One of the most common school exercice about recursion is the factorial. Guess what, I am going to do it in sql with hierarchies!
I use the following ln property :
x1*…*xn = exp(ln(x1)+..+ln(xn)))
Ok, here it is
SQL> select n, (select exp(sum(ln(level))) from dual connect by level<=n) "N!" from t1; N N! - --- 4 24 6 720