Definition: A computable set of steps to achieve a desired result.
Specialization (... is a kind of me.)
probabilistic algorithm, randomized algorithm, deterministic algorithm, nondeterministic algorithm, on-line algorithm, off-line algorithm, oblivious algorithm, external memory algorithm, heuristic.
Note: The word comes from the Persian author Abu Ja'far Mohammed ibn Mûsâ al-Khowârizmî who wrote a book with arithmetic rules dating from about 825 A.D.
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Entry modified 10 January 2007.
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Paul E. Black, "algorithm", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 10 January 2007. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/algorithm.html