Definition of algorithm in English:

algorithm

Syllabification: al·go·rithm
Pronunciation: /ˈalgəˌriT͟Həm
 
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noun

  • A process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer: a basic algorithm for division
    More example sentences
    • Another arithmetical result presented by Brahmagupta is his algorithm for computing square roots.
    • This first step is here reduced to a simple algorithm suitable for computer use.
    • Mathematicians can use similar algorithms to generate fractals and other forms.

Derivatives

algorithmic

Pronunciation: /ˌalgəˈriT͟Hmik/
adjective
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  • The overall style of Gordan's mathematical work was algorithmic.
  • Joseph Culberson has a nice perspective on such theorems from an algorithmic point of view, and attempts to frame them in the context of complexity theory.
  • This factor is the primary justification for replacing the standard algorithmic procedure with an alternative one.

algorithmically

Pronunciation: /ˌalgəˈriT͟Hmik(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • And if there can be no proper theory, then the bit string is called algorithmically random or irreducible.
  • It is possible to formulate this process algorithmically using graphs and therefore to automate the method.
  • Because the computer can generate material algorithmically, it can respond to the user's choices in real-time.

Origin

late 17th century: variant (influenced by Greek arithmos 'number') of Middle English algorism, via Old French from medieval Latin algorismus. The Arabic source, al-Ḵwārizmī 'the man of Ḵwārizm' (now Khiva), was a name given to the 9th-century mathematician Abū Ja῾far Muhammad ibn Mūsa.

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