C Program For Fibonacci Numbers

• Difficulty Level : Basic
• Last Updated : 18 Oct, 2022

The Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following integer sequence. 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, …….. In mathematical terms, the sequence Fn of Fibonacci numbers is defined by the recurrence relation

`    Fn = Fn-1 + Fn-2`

with seed values

`   F0 = 0 and F1 = 1.`

C

 `// Fibonacci Series using Recursion``#include ``int` `fib(``int` `n)``{``    ``if` `(n <= 1)``        ``return` `n;``    ``return` `fib(n - 1) + fib(n - 2);``}`` ` `int` `main()``{``    ``int` `n = 9;``    ``printf``(``"%d"``, fib(n));``    ``getchar``();``    ``return` `0;``}`

Output:

`34`

Time Complexity: T(n) = T(n-1) + T(n-2) which is exponential. We can observe that this implementation does a lot of repeated work (see the following recursion tree). So this is a bad implementation for nth Fibonacci number.

```                         fib(5)
/
fib(4)                fib(3)
/                      /
fib(3)      fib(2)         fib(2)    fib(1)
/             /           /
fib(2)   fib(1)  fib(1) fib(0) fib(1) fib(0)
/
fib(1) fib(0)```

Extra Space: O(n) if we consider the function call stack size, otherwise O(1). Method 2 ( Use Dynamic Programming ) We can avoid the repeated work done is the method 1 by storing the Fibonacci numbers calculated so far.

C

 `// Fibonacci Series using Dynamic Programming``#include `` ` `int` `fib(``int` `n)``{``    ``/* Declare an array to store Fibonacci numbers. */``    ``int` `f[n + 1];``    ``int` `i;`` ` `    ``/* 0th and 1st number of the series are 0 and 1*/``    ``f[0] = 0;``    ``f[1] = 1;`` ` `    ``for` `(i = 2; i <= n; i++) {``        ``/* Add the previous 2 numbers in the series``         ``and store it */``        ``f[i] = f[i - 1] + f[i - 2];``    ``}`` ` `    ``return` `f[n];``}`` ` `int` `main()``{``    ``int` `n = 9;``    ``printf``(``"%d"``, fib(n));``    ``getchar``();``    ``return` `0;``}`

Output:

`34`

Time Complexity: O(N)

Auxiliary Space: O(N)

Please refer complete article on Program for Fibonacci numbers for more details!

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