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Algorithm

A set of instructions used to solve a problem or obtain a desired result. For example, the "shampoo algorithm" explains how to wash one's hair: wet hair, lather, rinse, repeat. Gaussian elimination is an algorithm for solving linear systems of equations.

 


  this page updated 21-feb-16
Mathwords: Terms and Formulas from Algebra I to Calculus
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