multiway decision


Definition: A decision which has more than two results. For instance, testing if a < b yields two results, but some languages allow a test to return a < b, a=b, or a > b in one operation.

Note: The standard library function strcmp() in C returns -1, 0, or 1 depending on whether one is less than, equal to, or greater than the other.

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Patrick Rodgers, "multiway decision", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: