# Recursively print pyramid of numbers

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I have to print a pyramid of numbers with this rule:

odd index: 1 to index, even index: index to 1:

``1 21 123 4321 12345 654321 1234567 87654321 123456789 ``

I wrote this code:

``def printFigure(rows):     if rows > 0:         if rows%2 == 0:             printFigure(rows-1)             while(rows>0):                 print(str(rows)[::-1], end = '')                 rows -= 1             print('')          if rows%2 == 1:             printFigure(rows-1)             while (rows>0):                 print(str(rows),end = '')                 rows -= 1             print('') ``

but the output is:

``1 21 321, 4321 54321 654321 7654321 87654321 987654321 ``

I'm a beginner with recursion, I'll be glad for your explanations too. thanks.

You have two major problems with your current code. First, the check on whether the `rows` is even or odd should be happening after the recursive call to `printFigure`. The reason for this is that it is after backing out from the recursive call that you want to decide to print the line in order or backwards.

The second problem was with the logic in the `else` printing condition. You need to print starting at 1, up to the number of rows. I used a dummy variable to achieve this, though there are probably a few other ways of doing it.

``def printFigure(rows):     if rows > 0:         printFigure(rows-1)         if rows%2 == 0:             while(rows>0):                 print(str(rows)[::-1], end='')                 rows -= 1             print('')         else:             i = 1             while (i <= rows):                 print(str(i), end='')                 i += 1             print('')  printFigure(9)  1 21 123 4321 12345 654321 1234567 87654321 123456789 ``