(definition)

**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.*

Author: PEB

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Entry modified 10 January 2007.

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Cite this as:

Paul E. Black, "algorithm", in
*Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures* [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 10 January 2007. (accessed TODAY)
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