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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Algorithms That Dominate the World

A fun example list of how algorithms are being used today in just about everything we do.  At first I thought these were detail level examples, but they are more process level examples.  For example the process of Search, Adwords, Dating matches, Trading, Data gathering.    Also, there is not much detail here.  Still worth a look to understand some of the basic yet most important algorithmic engines operating today.

" ... The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating sites. But some algorithms shape and control our world more than others — and these ten are the most significant.

Just a quick refresher before we get started. Though there's no formal definition, computer scientists describe algorithms as a set of rules that define a sequence of operations. They're a series of instructions that tell a computer how it's supposed to solve a problem or achieve a certain goal. A good way to think of algorithms is by visualizing a flowchart. .... " 

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