Hsieh, Samuel C. Department of Computer Science, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherfort, Oklahoma.
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- Classic algorithms
- Sieve of Eratosthenes
- Euclid's algorithm
- Data structures
- Elementary algorithms
- Analysis of algorithms
- Randomized algorithms
- Adaptive systems
- Parallel algorithms
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
A well-defined procedure to solve a problem. As such, an algorithm describes how to solve a problem (Fig. 1). The study of algorithms is a fundamental area of computer science. In writing a computer program to solve a problem, a programmer expresses in a computer language an algorithm that solves the problem, thereby turning the algorithm into a computer program. See also: Computer programming
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