algorithms meaning

  "algorithms" in a sentence
  • [Medicine]
    A procedure consisting of a sequence of algebraic formulas and/or logical steps to calculate or determine a given task.

  • [Computer]
    <algorithm, programming> A detailed sequence of actions to perform to accomplish some task. Named after the Iranian, Islamic mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and geographer, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi.

    Technically, an algorithm must reach a result after a finite number of steps, thus ruling out brute force search methods for certain problems, though some might claim that brute force search was also a valid (generic) algorithm. The term is also used loosely for any sequence of actions (which may or may not terminate).

    Paul E. Black's Dictionary of Algorithms, Data Structures, and Problems.


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  1. any mathematical algorithms must be supplemented by heuristics.
  2. let us start with an immediate consequence of the algorithm.
  3. it is, of course, very easy to improve the efficiency of the greedy algorithm.
  4. in many earlier studies simplicity of the algorithms used has been emphasized.
  5. this way, the advantages and disadvantages offered by the various algorithms will be more appreciated.

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