(algorithm)

**Definition:**
An algorithm to compute the optimal (most likely) state sequence in a *hidden Markov model* given a sequence of observed outputs.

**Aggregate child** (... is a part of or used in me.)

*hidden Markov model*.

**See also**
*Baum Welch algorithm*.

*Note:
Also used to decode, i.e. remove noise from, linear error-correcting codes.*

Author: PEB

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Paul E. Black, "Viterbi algorithm", in
*Dictionary of Algorithms and Data
Structures* [online], Paul E. Black, ed.,
U.S. National Institute of
Standards and Technology. 6 July 2004. (accessed TODAY)
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