algorithm (ˈælɡəˌrɪðəm) | |
—n | |
1. | Compare heuristic a logical arithmetical or computational procedure that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problem |
2. | logic, maths a recursive procedure whereby an infinite sequence of terms can be generated |
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algo'rithmic | |
—adj | |
algo'rithmically | |
—adv |
algorithm al·go·rithm (āl'gə-rĭð'əm)
n.
A step-by-step protocol, as for management of health care problems.
algorithm (āl'gə-rĭ'əm) Pronunciation Key
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.