# What is an algorithm?

What exactly is an algorithm? I'm assuming it has something to do with math or computers... but i really don't know.

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Algorithm: A methodical, logical rule or procedure that will guarantee to solve a particular problem. You will always find your solution. This contrasts with the usually speedier but also more error-prone - heuristics.

Example: Decipher the unscrambled word - SPLOYOCHYG

- We could try each letter in each position, but generating and examining 907,200
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In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.

Starting from an initial state and initial input (perhaps null), the instructions describe a computation that, when executed, will proceed through a finite  number of well-defined
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An algorithm is a set of instructions. For example, the algorithm for solving  ax + b = c is:

1. subtract b from both sides

2. divide both sides by a

this set of instructions will solve any problem of the form ax + b = c. another example of
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an algorithm is a simple set of instructions that can be followed over and over to calculate the numbers in pi as an example.

an algorithm to change a car tire:

get jack, lug wrench, and spare tire out of the trunk.

loosen all lugs on a tire that is flat one turn
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In mathematics, computer science, and related subjects, an algorithm is an effective method for solving a problem using a finite sequence of instructions. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and many other fields.