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**Abbas0000****Member**- Registered: 2017-03-18
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Hi guys,I'm abbas from iran 14years and I was just searching for maths sites and suddenlly discoverd this amazing site.I had a question. What is algorithm and its usement and the field we can use it in maths? THANK YOU ALL

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Wikipedia wrote:

An algorithm is an effective method that can be expressed within a finite amount of space and time[1] and in a well-defined formal language[2] for calculating a function.[3] Starting from an initial state and initial input (perhaps empty),[4] the instructions describe a computation that, when executed, proceeds through a finite[5] number of well-defined successive states, eventually producing "output"[6] and terminating at a final ending state. The transition from one state to the next is not necessarily deterministic; some algorithms, known as randomized algorithms, incorporate random input.

That is a lot of fancy talk, I like to think that an algorithm is like a recipe.

The use of it in math? Well, the steps you take to solve an equation or to get a GCD might be considered an algorithm.

If you think you can handle it then go here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithm

Welcome to the forum!

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**Abbas0000****Member**- Registered: 2017-03-18
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Thanks

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Were you able to understand some of that Wiki article?

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**Abbas0000****Member**- Registered: 2017-03-18
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Nearly??

Without question marks

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

They say that Wikipedia is written for people who already understand the material so well they do not need Wikipedia.

What did you not understand?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**Abbas0000****Member**- Registered: 2017-03-18
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just I confused a bit. Is this algorithm just a name that people put on things that are match with algorithm defenition or it got some formulas like another stuff in maths?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I would say that it is a definition.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**Abbas0000****Member**- Registered: 2017-03-18
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Thanks for your answering.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

You are welcome.

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Hi there;

Loosely speaking, an algorithm is a step by step recipe of solving a problem.

Algorithms in mathematics are ubiquitous. Can you calculate 123 + 23? Yes, you can do so because you learnt an algorithm to do so in primary school.

Algorithms are a lot of fun. An interesting (and very approachable) book on algorithms is "Algorithms Unlocked" by Thomas Cormen.

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