Definition: An algorithm that must process each input in turn, without detailed knowledge of future inputs.
See also off-line algorithm, adversary.
Note: From Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, pages 10-17 and 19-27, Copyright © 1999 by CRC Press LLC. Appearing in the Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Copyright © 2000 CRC Press LLC.
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Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, CRC Press LLC, 1999, "on-line algorithm", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/online.html