Definition: Any algorithm that works for all practical purposes but has a theoretical chance of being wrong.
Specialization (... is a kind of me.)
Bloom filter, sublinear time algorithm.
See also Monte Carlo algorithm, Las Vegas algorithm, randomized algorithm, heuristic, deterministic algorithm.
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Entry modified 27 January 2004.
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Paul E. Black, "probabilistic algorithm", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 27 January 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/probablAlgo.html