Something programmers use when they don't want to explain their code.
How did you translate the data from the hashtable to a few characters?
An algorithm.

How did you make the game run faster?
I optimized the running time of the algorithm.
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An algorithm is a precise process for solving a specific problem in a finite number of steps
An example of an algorithm is how your computer works. You tell it what to do and it utilizes all aspects to complete the job as quickly as possible.
by Sgt. Slaughter October 26, 2005
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Word used by programmers when they do not want to explain what they did.
How did you code that?

Erm, I created an algorithm...
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A set of steps used to solve a problem. A word primarily used in the fields of mathematics and computer science, but can be applied to almost anything.
Fred: Hey man, find a job yet?
Greg: No man, I developed an algorithm to make some mad cash!
Fred: ...
Greg: Step 1: Obtain a case of beer. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit!
Greg: Can't argue with that logic. Beer me.
<Greg and Fred both crack a beer and proceed to get drunk>
by vaxt February 20, 2006
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Bush: How does Al Gore get his groove on?
Dick: I don't know...I thought I shot him.
Condi: The Algorithm! (gaptoothed snicker)
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what al gore doesn't have
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The mythical genie that lives on the internet that controls what will go viral.
Hey man, have you figured out how to get on the youtube trending page.

Yea man, you need to please the youtube algorithm
by holy guacomole February 24, 2020
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