# algorithm

## al·go·rithm

*noun*\ˈal-gə-ˌri-

__th__əm\

: a set of steps that are followed in order to solve a mathematical problem or to complete a computer process

## Full Definition of *ALGORITHM*

**:**a procedure for solving a mathematical problem (as of finding the greatest common divisor) in a finite number of steps that frequently involves repetition of an operation;

*broadly*

**:**a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer

**al·go·rith·mic**\ˌal-gə-ˈri

__th__-mik\

*adjective*

**al·go·rith·mi·cal·ly**\-mi-k(ə-)lē\

*adverb*

## Origin of *ALGORITHM*

*algorisme,*from Old French & Medieval Latin; Old French, from Medieval Latin

*algorismus,*from Arabic

*al-khuwārizmi,*from

*al-Khwārizmī fl*

*a.d.*825 Islamic mathematician

## Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

## algorithm

*noun*

*(Concise Encyclopedia)*

Procedure that produces the answer to a question or the solution to a problem in a finite number of steps. An algorithm that produces a yes or no answer is called a decision procedure; one that leads to a solution is a computation procedure. A mathematical formula and the instructions in a computer program are examples of algorithms. Euclid's *Elements* (*c.* 300 BC) contained an algorithm for finding the greatest common divisor of two integers. Manipulation of lists (searching for, inserting, and removing items) can be done efficiently by using algorithms.

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