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algorithm

noun [C]     /ˈælɡərɪðəm/ IT
a set of mathematical instructions that must be followed in a fixed order, and that, especially if given to a computer, will help to calculate an answer to a mathematical problem: a computer/mathematical/search algorithm The exchanges created computer algorithm systems to recreate the trading activity.
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