# Intro - Introduction CS 344 1 What is an algorithm • A well defined computational procedure that takes some value as input and produces some

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction CS 344 1 What is an algorithm? • A well defined computational procedure that takes some value as input and produces some value as output. Subhasish Mazumdar CS 344 Home Page Fall 2008 Introduction CS 344 2 An algorithm is a well-ordered collection of unambiguous and effectively computable opera- tions that, when executed, produces a result and halts in a finite amount of time. Subhasish Mazumdar CS 344 Home Page Fall 2008 Introduction CS 344 3 Note: • finite sequence • of precise instructions • written in a fixed symbolic vocabulary • execution of instructions requires neither intelli- gence nor intuition and • execution eventually terminates. Subhasish Mazumdar CS 344 Home Page Fall 2008 Introduction CS 344 4 Algorithm: the idea • Simple : Euclid’s procedure for computation of gcd was an algorithm. • A bridge : The digital computer transformed the simple notion of an algorithm into something profound: a bridge between abstract mathemat- ics and the concrete world. • Non-trivial : Algorithms intertwined with other algorithms extract complex behavior from a sim- ple machine. Subhasish Mazumdar CS 344 Home Page Fall 2008 Introduction CS 344 5 • Far-ranging : Turing proposed that any physical process, including the human mind, can be cap- tured by an algorithm, simulated on a machine.tured by an algorithm, simulated on a machine....
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Intro - Introduction CS 344 1 What is an algorithm • A well defined computational procedure that takes some value as input and produces some

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