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Definition a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem
  • We wrote a computer algorithm to find words that would interest you.
  • Writing the program code wasn't hard, but specifying the algorithm to solve the problem was challenging.
  • Anyone can follow an algorithm.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • algorithm = a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem
  • They'd be discussing computer algorithms and I'd be speaking football.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • "Since we changed the acceleration algorithm, you can push the joystick forward a bit and it won't take off," Cristian coached him.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • That's part of the algorithm.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Even if you had the fastest processors and blindingly fast algorithms, a search would still take days.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Was it the pinpoint accuracy of the algorithms?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • He does this automatically, without really thinking, like a computer executing a tried-and-true algorithm.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The program was known in the navy as the signal algorithmic processing system (SAPS).
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Now it was time to construct an algorithm that could tease some conclusions from this mass of data.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • When Hiro wrote The Black Sun's sword-fighting algorithms -code that was later picked up and adopted by the entire Mets. verse-he discovered that there was no good way to handle the aftermath.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • His path was filled with abrupt twists and turns and about-faces, with erratic loops and figure-eights, with corkscrews and triple lutzes, as though he were following some bizarre algorithm that only he could understand.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Lennon and McCartney had a musical gift of the sort that comes along once in a generation, and Bill Joy, let us not forget, had a mind so quick that he was able to make up a complicated algorithm on the fly that left his professors in awe.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Anyone who can come up with such an algorithm is a genius.
    Cixin Liu  --  The Three-Body Problem
  • And it wasn't encrypted with some fancy computer algorithm.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Use the instruction to bypass the processing algorithms.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Apparently, they are like algorithms for carrying out certain activities essential to the society.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • LEITZKE DNA SEARCH ALGORITHM DNA: Version Search Criteria: RANA (all, fragment len > 0) DNA Incorporating RANA Fragments Versions Maiasaurs 2.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The algorithm guessed right more than 95 percent of the time.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink

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