a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps, as for finding the greatest common divisor.
a logical arithmetical or computational procedure that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problem Compare heuristic
(logic, maths) a recursive procedure whereby an infinite sequence of terms can be generated
by 1799, from algorithm + -ic. In reference to symbolic rules or language, by 1881.
1690s, from French algorithme, refashioned (under mistaken connection with Greek arithmos “number”) from Old French algorisme “the Arabic numeral system” (13c.), from Medieval Latin algorismus, a mangled transliteration of Arabic al-Khwarizmi “native of Khwarazm,” surname of the mathematician whose works introduced sophisticated mathematics to the West (see algebra). The earlier form in Middle English was algorism (early 13c.), from Old French.
algorithm al·go·rithm (āl’gə-rĭð’əm)
A step-by-step protocol, as for management of health care problems.
A finite set of unambiguous instructions performed in a prescribed sequence to achieve a goal, especially a mathematical rule or procedure used to compute a desired result. Algorithms are the basis for most computer programming.
A set of instructions for solving a problem, especially on a computer. An algorithm for finding your total grocery bill, for example, would direct you to add up the costs of individual items to find the total.
- Algorithmic assembly language
algorithmic assembly language language (ALIAS) A machine oriented variant of BLISS. ALIAS was implemented in BCPL for the PDP-9. [“ALIAS”, H.E. Barreveld, Int Rep, Math Dept, Delft U Tech, Netherlands, 1973]. (1997-03-13)
- Algorithmic language
. Algol 60
- Algorithmic model
algorithmic model programming A method of estimating software cost using mathematical algorithms based on the parameters which are considered to be the major cost drivers. These estimate of effort or cost are based primarily on the size of the software or Delivered Source Instructions (DSI)s, and other productivity factors known as Cost Driver Attributes. See […]
- Algorithmic test case generation
algorithmic test case generation programming A computational method for identifying test cases from data, logical relationships or other software requirements information. (1996-05-10)