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algorithm

1. A logical step-by-step procedure for solving a mathematical problem in a finite number of steps, often involving repetition of the same basic operation.

2. A logical sequence of steps for solving a problem, often written out as a flow chart, which can be translated into a computer program.

3. A set of rules for solving problems or doing calculations, especially rules that a computer uses.

4. A completely determined and finite procedure for solving a problem; especially, when used in relation to mathematics and computer science.

5. A set of ordered steps for solving a problem; such as, a mathematical formula or the instructions in a computer program.

2. A logical sequence of steps for solving a problem, often written out as a flow chart, which can be translated into a computer program.

3. A set of rules for solving problems or doing calculations, especially rules that a computer uses.

4. A completely determined and finite procedure for solving a problem; especially, when used in relation to mathematics and computer science.

5. A set of ordered steps for solving a problem; such as, a mathematical formula or the instructions in a computer program.

The terms *algorithm* and *logic* are synonymous because both refer to a sequence of steps to solve a problem; however, an algorithm implies an expression that solves a complex problem rather than the overall input-process-output logic of typical business programs.

*algorithme*, an alteration (under mistaken connection with Greek*arithmos*, "number") from Old French*algorisme*, "the Arabic numeral system" (13th century), from Middle Latin*algorismus*, a mistaken transliteration of Arabic*al-Khwarizmi*, "native of Khwarazm", the surname of the mathematician whose works introduced sophisticated mathematics and algorithms to the West.The earlier form in Middle English was *algorism* from about the early 13th century, from Old French.

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algorithm

A defined set of instructions or procedural steps that leads to a logical conclusion to a problem.

In computer science, algorithms are generally the programmed steps that manipulate data and produce the desired results.

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