primitive algorithm


Definition: An algorithm in which all the computable steps are basic operations.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)

See also compound algorithm, primitive recursive.

Note: Any algorithm is either a primitive algorithm or a compound algorithm. The distinction between primitive and compound is somewhat subjective.

Author: VP

More information

Vreda Pieterse, Topic Maps for Specifying Algorithm Taxonomies: A Case using Transitive Closure Algorithms, doctoral dissertation, University of Pretoria, 2016.

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Vreda Pieterse, "primitive algorithm", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 24 February 2016. (accessed TODAY) Available from: