What does algorithm mean?

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ˈæl gəˌrɪð əmal·go·rithm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. algorithm, algorithmic rule, algorithmic program(noun)

    a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem


  1. algorithm(n.)

    a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem; a set of procedures guaranteed to find the solution to a problem.


  1. algorithm(Noun)

    A precise step-by-step plan for a computational procedure that begins with an input value and yields an output value in a finite number of steps.

  2. Origin: From algorithme; from the algorisme, a modification likely due to a mistaken connection with ἀριθμός; from algorismus, a transliteration of Arabicized form of the name of the Persian mathematician al-Khwārizmī (الخوارزمي).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Algorithm(noun)

    the art of calculating by nine figures and zero

  2. Algorithm(noun)

    the art of calculating with any species of notation; as, the algorithms of fractions, proportions, surds, etc


  1. Algorithm

    In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is a step-by-step procedure for calculations. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning. An algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function. Starting from an initial state and initial input, the instructions describe a computation that, when executed, proceeds through a finite number of well-defined successive states, eventually producing "output" and terminating at a final ending state. The transition from one state to the next is not necessarily deterministic; some algorithms, known as randomized algorithms, incorporate random input. Though al-Khwārizmī's algorism referred to the rules of performing arithmetic using Hindu-Arabic numerals and the systematic solution of linear and quadratic equations, a partial formalization of what would become the modern algorithm began with attempts to solve the Entscheidungsproblem posed by David Hilbert in 1928. Subsequent formalizations were framed as attempts to define "effective calculability" or "effective method"; those formalizations included the Gödel–Herbrand–Kleene recursive functions of 1930, 1934 and 1935, Alonzo Church's lambda calculus of 1936, Emil Post's "Formulation 1" of 1936, and Alan Turing's Turing machines of 1936–7 and 1939. Giving a formal definition of algorithms, corresponding to the intuitive notion, remains a challenging problem.

Editors Contribution

  1. algorithm

    A precise step-by-step plan for a computational procedure that begins with an input value and produces an output value in an accurate and specific number of steps.

    Algorithms are widely used in all computers, programs and software which empower the technology we have and use.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on January 8, 2016
  2. algorithm

    Is a computational instruction or procedure with accurate input using intelligent and logical steps that produces an accurate and specific execution or output.

    All computers in 2016 have an algorithm used within them in some shape or form, they are vital to the design and execution of a computer, program or software.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on January 8, 2016


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of algorithm in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of algorithm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of algorithm in a Sentence

  1. President Bertrand Girin:

    In a sense, we are helping Google. We are tweaking the algorithm to have less negative side effects.

  2. Link Starbureiy:

    The word 'natural' implies that artificiality is following an algorithm with strict fidelity.

  3. Roberto Tapia:

    It is like an algorithm that allows us to go step by step so that none of the crucial elements of prenatal care are forgotten.

  4. Scott Huettel:

    I'd be very surprised if the algorithm ... has anything more than just superficial analogy to what we would call human intuition.

  5. Maciej Pawlicki:

    The rate (which results from the algorithm) means that neither zloty nor foreign currency borrowers are privileged against each others.

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