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T). lx- yl The function lx - yl is defined as the absolute value of the difference between x and y. It can be expressed simply as lx- yl = and thus is primitive recursive.

We want to show that f belongs to '??. Since f is a primitive recursive function, there is a list / 1 , f 2 , ••• , fn of functions such that fn = f and each /; in the list is either an initial function or can be obtained from preceding functions in the list by composition or recursion. 4. Every primitive recursive function is computable. Proof. By the theorem just proved, every primitive recursive function • belongs to the PRC class of computable functions. In Chapter 4 we shall show how to obtain a computable function that is not primitive recursive.

Xn) are defined and also f(z 1, ... , zk) is defined. 1. If h is obtained from the (partially) computable functions f, g 1, ... , gk by composition, then h is (partially) computable. 39 40 Chapter 3 Primitive Recursive Functions The word partially is placed in parentheses in order to assert the correctness of the statement with the word included or omitted in both places. Proof. The following program obviously computes h: ~ Z1 gl(Xl , ... , Xn) Zk ~gk(X1, ... ,Xn) Y ~ f(Zl, · · ·, Zk) Iff, g 1 , ••• , gk are not only partially computable but are also total, then so is h.