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Matthew Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062749

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.001.0001

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(p.14) (p.15) Algorithm
Software Studies

Andrew Goffey

The MIT Press

This chapter starts with the brief description of the importance of the algorithm concept in the field of software studies. It also focuses on the crucial role and historic position of the algorithm in the computer science field. The chapter proves that in the area of computational linguistics, the algorithm is the sum of logic and control that has its origins in ancient mathematics. The chapter also analyzes the concept of the statement and its relationship with the algorithm. Throughout the chapter, the works of several computer scientists are reflected upon for a better understanding of the core theme.

Keywords:   algorithm, computer science, logic, control, software studies, ancient mathematics

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