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**Unformatted text preview: **Last Updated: January 5, 2012 CSE 2011 Prof. J. Elder Algorithm • Definition: A finite set of unambiguous instructions performed in a prescribed sequence to achieve a goal, especially a mathematical rule or procedure used to compute a desired result. – The word algorithm comes from the name of the 9th century Persian mathematician Muhammad ibn M ū s ā al-Khw ā rizm ī . – He worked in Baghdad at the time when it was the centre of scientific studies and trade. – The word algorism originally referred only to the rules of performing arithmetic using Arabic numerals but evolved via European Latin translation of al-Khwarizmi's name into algorithm by the 18th century. – The word evolved to include all definite procedures for solving problems or performing tasks....

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