Definition: A function that can be computed by an algorithm --- equivalently, by a Turing machine.
See also uncomputable function, decidable problem, solvable, tractable, primitive recursive.
Note: From Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, page 24-19, Copyright © 1999 by CRC Press LLC. Appearing in the Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Copyright © 2000 CRC Press LLC.
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Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, CRC Press LLC, 1999, "computable", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 9 August 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: https://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/computable.html