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RecursionError when running my Python script - What's happening?

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I'm working on a Python script, and suddenly, I'm getting this "RecursionError: maximum recursion depth exceeded." What does this error mean, and how can I fix it? My function seems to be calling itself too many times.

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The error "RecursionError: maximum recursion depth exceeded" occurs when a function calls itself too many times, exceeding the default recursion limit in Python. To resolve this, you can either optimize your recursive function or use an iterative approach if recursion isn't strictly necessary.

Ensure your recursive function has a base case, a condition where the function stops calling itself. Without a base case, it's like trying to climb a ladder that goes on forever. The base case is the step where you say, "I'm done; let's stop here."

Here's a simple example:

In this recursive factorial function, n <= 0 serves as the base case. Once n reaches 0, the recursion stops. Adjust your function accordingly based on your specific task.

def my_function(n):
    if n <= 0:  # Base case to stop recursion
        return 1
        return n * my_function(n - 1)

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