# CodeStepByStep

## match_count

Language/Type: Python recursion return

Write a recursive function named `match_count` that accepts two references to lists of integers as parameters and that returns the number of elements that match between them. Two elements match if they occur at the same index in both lists and have equal values. For example, given the two lists shown below, the call of `match_count(v1, v2)` would compare as follows:

```v1: {2, 5, 0, 3, 8, 9, 1, 1, 0, 7}
|  |  |  |  |  |  |
v2: {2, 5, 3, 0, 8, 4, 1}
```

The function should return 4 in this case because 4 of these pairs match (2-2, 5-5, 8-8, and 1-1). If either list is empty, by definition it has no matches with the other list, so your function should return 0.

Constraints: Your function must be recursive and not use any loops (for, while, etc.). You may not use a string or any data structure (dictionary, set, etc.) other than the lists passed. When your code is done running, the two lists should have the same contents as when the call began. Either do not modify the lists, or if you do modify them, restore them to their original state afterward. Note again that you may not declare any additional data structures. Your solution should run in no worse than O(N) time, where N is the number of elements in the lists.

Function: Write a Python function as described, not a complete program.