i was doing some exercises outside codecademy and came across this code:

```
def is_even(x):
if x == 0:
return True
else:
return is_odd(x-1)
def is_odd(x):
return not is_even(x)
print(is_odd(17))
print(is_even(23))
```

this is the explanation:

Recursion can also be indirect. One function can call a second, which calls the first, which calls the second, and so on. This can occur with any number of functions.

but i can’t wrap my head around it, can someone explain why this code works?

i understand of course that there are far more efficient ways to determine if the number is even or odd (by using `%`

), but i just want to understand recursive function calling each other

this is the code for the question:

```
def fib(x):
if x == 0 or x == 1:
return 1
else:
return fib(x-1) + fib(x-2)
print(fib(4))
```

but given i don’t understand this, i have no idea how this could be 5.

could someone explain the example (odd/even) and/or the question?