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algorithm

## algorithm

```  3  definitions  found

From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]:

Algorism  \Al"go*rism\,  Algorithm  \Al"go*rithm\,  n.  [OE.
algorism,  algrim  augrim,  OF  algorisme  F.  algorithme  (cf.
Sp  algoritmo  OSp.  alguarismo  LL  algorismus),  fr  the  Ar
al-Khow[=a]rezm[=i]  of  Khow[=a]rezm,  the  modern  Khiwa
surname  of  Abu  Ja'far  Mohammed  ben  Mus[=a],  author  of  a  work
on  arithmetic  early  in  the  9th  century,  which  was  translated
into  Latin,  such  books  bearing  the  name  algorismus  The
spelling  with  th  is  due  to  a  supposed  connection  with  Gr  ?
number.]
1.  The  art  of  calculating  by  nine  figures  and  zero.

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

From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]:

algorithm
n  :  a  precise  rule  (or  set  of  rules)  specifying  how  to  solve
some  problem  [syn:  {algorithmic  rule},  {algorithmic
program}]

From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]:

algorithm

A  detailed  sequence  of  actions  to
perform  to  accomplish  some  task.  Named  after  an  Iranian
mathematician,  Al-Khawarizmi.

Technically,  an  algorithm  must  reach  a  result  after  a  {finite}
number  of  steps,  thus  ruling  out  {brute  force}  search  methods
for  certain  problems,  though  some  might  claim  that  brute  force
search  was  also  a  valid  (generic)  algorithm.  The  term  is  also
used  loosely  for  any  sequence  of  actions  (which  may  or  may  not
terminate).

{Dictionary  of  Algorithms,  Data  Structures,  and  Problems