Devyn Hedin - 6 months ago 37

Java Question

I'm writing a recursive method to compute the sum of all odd numbers in the array. However, my program was adding negative numbers as positive numbers.

`if(nums[start] % 2 == 1) {`

sum+=nums[start];

return computeSumOfOdd(nums, start + 1, sum);

So I changed my code around to this:

`if(nums[start] % 2 == 1) {`

if(nums[start] < 0)

sum-=nums[start];

else

sum+=nums[start];

return computeSumOfOdd(nums, start + 1, sum);

It still gives me the same response and I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

Answer

In Java, `x % 2`

can never equal `1`

for negative `x`

(the only possible values for `x % 2`

are `-1`

and `0`

).

Therefore, your two snippets are equivalent: the outer `if`

statement is never entered when `nums[start] < 0`

.

https://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/jls/se7/html/jls-15.html#jls-15.17.3