(definition)

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

**Generalization** (I am a kind of ...)

*algorithm*.

**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

**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)
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