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Etymology :
Function : noun.

1: A definite list of well-defined instructions for completing a task; that given an initial state, will proceed through a well-defined series of successive states, eventually terminating in an end-state. The transition from one state to the next is not necessarily deterministic; some algorithms, known as probabilistic algorithms, incorporate randomness.
The concept of an algorithm originated as a means of recording procedures for solving mathematical problems such as finding the common divisor of two numbers or multiplying two numbers[1].
2: Related to mathematics, computing, linguistics, and other disciplines.

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(maite-bravo, 08/12/07)
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