Share this entry

Share this page

algorithm

Syllabification: al·go·rithm
Pronunciation: /ˈalɡəˌriT͟Həm
 
/

Definition of algorithm in English:

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.

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.

Derivatives

algorithmic

1
Pronunciation: /ˌalɡəˈriT͟Hmik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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

2
Pronunciation: /ˌalɡəˈriT͟Hmik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of algorithm in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈSHpräkɡəˌf(y)o͞ol
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…