# algorithm

[al-guh-rith-uh m]

- a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps, as for finding the greatest common divisor.

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## Origin of algorithm^{}

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## Examples from the Web for algorithm

### Contemporary Examples

#### “Today we will learn the algorithm for receiving presents,” the instructor tells her students.

#### As long as that double-standard persists, no algorithm can fix its injustice.

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October 1, 2014

#### It's leveraging its user base to make it more the algorithm more intelligent.

#### The biggest challenge for the Amiigo before its 2015 launch is perfecting the training portion of the algorithm.

#### “At the most basic level, the algorithm helps people make tough decisions—or any decisions really,” he says.

### Historical Examples

#### Then the CAD people added an algorithm that would take the sensor data and generate random variations on the same basis.

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## algorithm

- a logical arithmetical or computational procedure that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problemCompare heuristic
- logic maths a recursive procedure whereby an infinite sequence of terms can be generated

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French name: algorism

## Word Origin

C17: changed from algorism, through influence of Greek arithmos number

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## Word Origin and History for algorithm

### n.

1690s, from French algorithme, refashioned (under mistaken connection with Greek arithmos "number") from Old French algorisme "the Arabic numeral system" (13c.), from Medieval Latin algorismus, a mangled transliteration of Arabic al-Khwarizmi "native of Khwarazm," surname of the mathematician whose works introduced sophisticated mathematics to the West (see algebra). The earlier form in Middle English was algorism (early 13c.), from Old French.

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## algorithm

(ăl′gə-rĭð′əm)- A step-by-step protocol, as for management of health care problems.

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## algorithm

[ăl′gə-rĭð′əm]

- A finite set of unambiguous instructions performed in a prescribed sequence to achieve a goal, especially a mathematical rule or procedure used to compute a desired result. Algorithms are the basis for most computer programming.

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## algorithm

[(al-guh-rith-uhm)]

A set of instructions for solving a problem, especially on a computer. An algorithm for finding your total grocery bill, for example, would direct you to add up the costs of individual items to find the total.

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