# algorithm

Mathematics. a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps, such as the Euclidean algorithm for finding the greatest common divisor.

Computers. an ordered set of instructions recursively applied to transform data input into processed data output, such as a mathematical solution, search engine result, descriptive statistics, or predictive text suggestions.

## Origin of algorithm

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## Other words from algorithm

- al·go·rith·mic [al-guh-rith-mik], /ˌæl gəˈrɪð mɪk/, adjective

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## How to use algorithm in a sentence

The

*algorithm*creates a shape that meets your design intent, your constraints.Leveraging collective intelligence and AI to benefit society | Jason Sparapani | November 18, 2020 | MIT Technology ReviewThe latter

*algorithm*also keeps track of how the opponent changes tack on the basis of its own response, so it can learn to influence the opponent’s actions.The key to smarter robot collaborators may be more simplicity | Karen Hao | November 13, 2020 | MIT Technology ReviewThe company says it saw a 3% increase in click-through rate on its product recommendations after it rolled out its improved

*algorithm*, a pattern that held up during Singles’ Day.How the pandemic readied Alibaba’s AI for the world’s biggest shopping day | Karen Hao | November 13, 2020 | MIT Technology ReviewThese algorithms are still not as accurate as people tend to be.

His group’s AI

*algorithm*uses an approach known as machine learning.Computers are changing how art is made | Stephen Ornes | November 12, 2020 | Science News For Students

## British Dictionary definitions for algorithm

/ (ˈælɡəˌrɪðəm) /

a logical arithmetical or computational procedure that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problem: Compare heuristic

logic maths a recursive procedure whereby an infinite sequence of terms can be generated

## Origin of algorithm

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- French name: algorism

## Derived forms of algorithm

- algorithmic, adjective
- algorithmically, adverb

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## Scientific definitions for 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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## Cultural definitions for 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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