Definition: A computable set of steps to achieve a desired result.

Specialization (... is a kind of me.)
probabilistic algorithm, randomized algorithm, deterministic algorithm, nondeterministic algorithm, primitive algorithm, compound algorithm, on-line algorithm, off-line algorithm, oblivious algorithm, external memory algorithm, heuristic.

Note: The word comes from the Persian author Abu Ja'far Mohammed ibn Mûsâ al-Khowârizmî who wrote a book with arithmetic rules dating from about 825 A.D.

Author: PEB

More information

The Analysis of Algorithms web site.

Go to the Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures home page.

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Entry modified 24 February 2016.
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Paul E. Black, "algorithm", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 24 February 2016. (accessed TODAY) Available from: