# fencepost problem

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## English[edit]

### Etymology[edit]

By analogy with fence-building. If one wants to say "lay a fencepost, then a length of fence, then repeat", then a special case must be made for the final fencepost. If one wants to say "lay a length of fence, then a fencepost, then repeat", then a special case must be made for the initial fencepost.

### Noun[edit]

**fencepost problem** (*plural* **fencepost problems**)

- (programming) A problem dealing with how to treat the initial or boundary values of a discrete problem.