# algorithm

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Step by step procedure designed to perform an operation, and which (like a map or flowchart) will lead to the sought result if followed correctly. Algorithms have a definite beginning and a definite end, and a finite number of steps. An algorithm produces the same output information given the same input information, and several short algorithms can be combined to perform complex tasks such as writing a computer program. A cookbook recipe, a diagnosis, a problem solving routine, are some common examples of simple algorithms. Suitable for solving structured problems (amenable to sequential analysis) algorithms are, however, unsuitable for problems where value judgments are required.

## Use 'algorithm' in a Sentence

The scientists required an algorithm that would allow them to figure out the problem in an orderly, numerical and precise manner, resulting in a conclusive answer.
Every time you run a computer program, the program runs an algorithm of codes, which results in functions being operated at certain orders based on conditions written in such code.
To solve a Rubiks cube you must learn various algorithms that move a specific block but returns to its starting position after a certain number of turns.

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