Fencepost-problem Definition

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(computing) In computer programming, a problem dealing with how to treat the initial or boundary values of a discrete problem.

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fencepost-problem
Plural:
fencepost-problems

Origin of Fencepost-problem

  • By analogy with fence-building. If one wants to say "lay a fencepost, then a length of fence, then repeat", then a special case must be made for the final fencepost. If one wants to say "lay a length of fence, then a fencepost, then repeat", then a special case must be made for the initial fencepost.

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