Algorithms

 I understand algorithms as a means of figuring out a problem. When I was in high school, my math teacher tried to teach me algebra. Unfortunately, algebra was incomprehensible, with all those xes and pis. I passed math, and do well enough, but when it came to algebra not so much. I know algebra is to determine formulations. A formulation was a solution to a problem that was predetermined. Trigonometry etc. are higher forms of math, that is used in a more significant way than algebra to discover solutions.

There can be a few steps or many steps in a process, allowing a specific order to get you to the desired result or outcome. When we ladies bake, we use a recipe whether we bake a cake from scratch or a box mix, there are directions we follow to get the best result. These steps we follow are the recipe, and, from this tried and true method, you get consecutive results. Thus we have an algorithm.

If you are in a town and are lost, you would use your GPS. Looking for someone in the city or a destination out of town, you use your GPS and follow its prompts. Before the GPS, and could still be the case in many places today, if you do not have GPS, that the directions were quite different. You may stop and ask how to get to where you want to go. This helpful and friendly person would say keep going on this street until you get to Mr. Fred’s gas station and take a right. Keep on going until you see a crossroads, don’t turn to the right or left, keep on going across that road, and in just a bit, you will come to a mailbox on the left with a dog on it. Turn onto that path and go about two miles, and you will be where you want to be. Now, if you get to the big house on the hill on your left, you have gone too far. You will need to go back the way you came, to the mailbox with the dog, and it will be on your right this time. Look close because there could be weeds growing around it, and you might miss it. Both methods give you directions that, when put into following them, you have a solution—an algorithm.

 An algorithm is an ebb and flow system. You put data or information into the equation, whether you are putting it into a pc program or electrical solution, a building solution, a baking solution, etc. It goes through the steps or channels to compute the correct outcome. That formula or data put in, flows out to be the answer to the problem that needed a remedy.

Humans are conduits of algorithms. What is input through our brains, comes out to be what we have preconceived or formulated in our minds, good or bad. I am sure some other formulas and rhythms flow through all our bodies’ organs, each communicating with one another to solve and keep a perfect flow of life needed solutions to keep us healthy.

My mind is awhirl as I think of algorithm usages. Many businesses rely on algorithms, Electrical engineers, manufacturers, etc. and of course, those that deal in anything concerning technology.

We often attribute algorithms to the technological world. I see the interactions of different formulas interacting to promote or rectify an issue in the processes of an operating system. 

Algorithms were indeed useful in setting up the blockchain, transporting digital transactions through the system, miners, security solutions, confirming transactions, the ease, and flow of interconnection of the different platforms like the wallets for storing the digital currencies that you purchase. Algorithms are used many times for many reasons in the blockchain technology.

 Almost all of the set up of the Compummatrix business and our CDAP operations use algorithms. Traffic is running here and there to keep all things in working mode. I can visualize the info zipping from here to pick up more information to take it to another processing station. All of Compumatrix’s intricately connected ecosystem uses algorithms to keep the network kosher connections and all processes flowing accurately and speedily. When we go to our CDAP, we do not see all that is going on behind the scene. We see the beautiful and accessible compilation of sections, where we perform a specific command or commands. We make our order, and the processes behind the scene carry them out. Indeed there is no other Company compares with Compumatrix Networks International.

About the author

Carmen is a wife of 59 yrs., mother of five children, grandmother of 10 grandchildren and great grandmother to 6 great-grandchildren. She embraced the world of technology and became a member and a committed advocate of Compumatrix International.

Comments

  1. what a great read Carmen — and do understand the algebra issues and trigonometry also — am very adept at numbers and adding subtracting etc, but get into the other not so much — but do relate to the facts of Compumatrix being alone in its workings and intricacies — thank you for sharing will read again guaranteed —

  2. When you started talking about math in high school, my mind became flooded with memories. I was a math-maniac in high school. My favorite was geometry and calculus. When I went to college, my calculus classes were like studying Greek. I was turned upside down. In regard to your mention of Compumatrix at the end of your blog, I also have found the rewards here. I felt as though getting on the internet was a part of my upside-down world and Compumatrix is right-siding this.

  3. Love the two choices of algorithms for directions – I prefer the old fashioned one of asking people and getting directions by relating turns and twists to buildings, scenery, trees, colors, etc. This is so much more personal and interacting and even allows the pleasure of meeting new people and perhaps learning some history of the area from them – priceless. Stephen, I too had a similar experience with maths – loving it in high school and then a calculus class in university was like I moved to another planet and wondered what the heck I learned in high school!!

  4. Yeah it’s amazing how much math is being used in the world today..
    Algorithm is all around us..It’s used to analyse, to design, to trade and so on…Programmers uses algorithm’s daily to create new functions and codes.
    Great post Carmen!

  5. Algorithms- Carmen
    In this blog, Carmen does a good job of describing the simplicity and complexity of algorithms. She describes them as a means of figuring problems. Algebra, and Trig are those that one might struggle with in highschool to figure for X, Y, or Pie. More simple use of an algorithm is baking a cake. Follow steps from a box or a cookbook to get the best results in baking cakes. Another example is listening to a GPS. People use GPS today instead of asking questions, and receiving complicated instructions about the color of a house, a mailbox hidden by grass, etc. Each are algorithms, getting you where you need to go. Eb and flow systems to get the right answer to a problem. Homeostasis in the body is done through different systems constantly finding solutions to problems. Algorithms are used in the world of computer networks. Compumatrix is no exception. Algorithms are used to solve problems in the wallet, the echo system, and making orders. Compumatrix international is at the top of it’s game in the world of problem solving and service delivery. Carmen does a good job of describing the need for algorithms and how they are utilized in Compumatrix.

  6. Good article Carmen. We have used algorithms at our workplace for years, but I never thought about humans using an algorithm in our brains. Very interesting thoughts. We process things in a systematic orderly way ( well at least I hope we do LOL) and that in turn determines the outcome of our thoughts and behaviors. Yes, the CDAP will have all those algorithms in place soon. I’m excited.

  7. as i said earlier came back to read more than once — there is so much great information in this posting and seriously just have to look at — and then appreciate the actual facts and truths of the numbers and also how the trigonometry and algebra equations figure in — awesome read — thanks —

  8. Stephen, I too had a similar experience with maths – loving it in high school and then a calculus class in university was like I moved to another planet and wondered what the heck I learned in high school!!
    Love the two choices of algorithms for directions – I prefer the old fashioned one of asking people and getting directions by relating turns and twists to buildings, scenery, trees, colors, etc. This is so much more personal and interacting and even allows the pleasure of meeting new people and perhaps learning some history of the area from them – priceless.

  9. I aws not great at maths in school. I can reember my father tearing his hair out whilst asking How can I get this into your thick head. I still do not like the subject and am grateful for a calcuator and a husband who is pretty good at maths. I do think however that I will be able to deal with the BTC concersion when it becomes available in our CDAP.

  10. Yeah it’s amazing how much math is being used in the world today..
    Algorithm is all around us..It’s used to analyse, to design, to trade and so on…Programmers uses algorithm’s daily to create new functions and codes.
    Great post Carmen

  11. Interesting analogy about asking all those people for directions being an algorithm. It;s funny sometimes that when you ask people directions, they rarely tell you “I don’t know”. I have found that many times because of pride, even if they don’t know, they often will act like they do know and just tell you anything. I love sticking to the GPS instead of relying on man who can be flawed. LOL

  12. I love your description of algorithms, Carmen! You are so right when it comes to “looking” at an online business and only seeing the front end, not the intricate balance that lies in the back end. I enjoyed your analogies, too. I’m going to steal them 🙂 Thank You!

  13. Thank you, Carmen for this article. Algorithms seem to me to be sequences of related, interconnected formulations that choose outcomes based on the imput information. They are widely used to operate systems and process information behind the scenes so that life is made easier for us. We do rely on algorithms every day. Well written, Carmen.

  14. I think applying algorithms to everyday life and business is very important. For example, we grow up learning different equations, formulas, and patterns in math and science, but never get to really see their role in real life. When we learn more and more about new algorithms it is easier for our brains to adapt and apply more to our everyday lives.

  15. I recently had to relive high school math, algorithms became a household name again. Thank you for the awareness of what is behind the scenes in CDAP. It brings conscious attention to the programming and work that we take for granted when we are just thinking of the business opportunity that has been provided to us.

  16. I like your analogy on algorithms when you compare simple things like baking, that helps to understand it better, great blog I see it as a solution to the problems or following directions always helps men are awful about that especially when it is putting something together like furniture or toys you have to put together.

  17. I was never a fan of math through in life I have found myself relating with numbers, the way you have put all the illustrations in our daily life makes me admire the application. a whole lot of analogy to the simplest of life and practical brings home the message. I have enjoyed reading.

  18. Carmen Thank you for the great blog. I hated math in school but as an adult I guess its all where you are in life. I look at it differently now. When you think of all the behind the scenes work I’m in aww of them all. We have a great team and Thank you again I will be reading it again.

  19. Great article Carmen. very instructive and illuminating regards Algorithms. To come to think of it each and every task performed by us each and every day is an Algorithm,just think about it and marvel because we never I for sure imagined that each and every task we perform is one. Defining Algorithm does make it easier to comprehend the definition of the Word

  20. it is a great part of the everyday existence we call life — but math and different parts of math are so integral in our Business world and seriously even more so in everyday life — it is amazing honestly when you take time and quote unquote do the Math of every moment of our life — it is quite an impressive thought process thanks Carmen–

  21. Good and detailed article Carmen, which I guess we should learn something from? Unfortunately, reading the blog makes me dizzy. I am happy and grateful not to have to write any algorithm, thanks to our fantastic and intelligent software developers and problem solvers both in Compumatrix, and in other areas.

  22. Although the older algorithm takes longer to gather the information, my brain processes that information in a manner that I can understand. If I take a wrong turn, I can turn around and go back to the last turn to figure out where I made my mistake and try something different. Although I did well in algebra when I was younger, I don’t have a clue today. I think that “simple” is the key word in this instance. And, I am so happy that we have someone else working with all of the algorithms to work out our programming at Compumatrix. I know that our devs are the best in existence.

  23. this is another one of those great n informative reads — and love numbers in my existence and still do the adding n subtracting multiplying n dividing but algebra and above i passed in high school but no more — but do really understand that Algorithms are so essential in our Compu biz but even more so in everyday life — but most of us just go right past that fact — the speed of technology — awesome read — thanks Carmen —

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