Algorithms are used in everything we do in one way or other. Say you got a new microwave; A new microwave comes with a set of instructions that tells you how to operate it. This operating manual is an Algorithm.
Do you like to cook? If you follow a recipe, that set of “instructions” which tells you how to prepare your culinary delight is also an Algorithm.
We could enumerate various things that too use specific Algorithms but suffice it to say that Algorithms are everywhere in our lives. Most use math and programming, and for those not using these, the definition is a bit vague.
In actuality, a programmer who does not care to explain their work, will jocularly state “it is an Algorithm;” and who could argue with that?
YOU may have heard the term or even use it in a sentence, but what is it actually?
An Algorithm’s crux is quintessentially a predetermined guide to be followed “step by step” to complete something useful or solve a problem.
For a computer to manipulate data, complete a task or solve a problem, it needs a set of specific instructions. THIS is known as an Algorithm.
How do Algorithms work?
Computers use Algorithmic input and output to do their work. They intake the “instructions” from the Algorithm, apply each step, then propagate an output.
If you have ever “googled” a query to educate yourself on a subject, basically, you have input a parameter for the computer to locate on the www, once done it gives you the results in an output.
Envision an Algorithm as a flowchart where the input comprises steps to follow in a specific order to completion. Once the task is done, the task results in an output.
Algorithms are used in Automation.
Ok, so far, Algorithms‘ definition seems unambiguous and easy to understand, but what are some other use cases of Algorithms? Well, in reality, they are used in broad-case scenarios.
Algorithms are widely used in IT and computers. The technology can be used to finagle and transform data, make calculations, and decide on actions.
Automation Software is one dynamic prototype of an Algorithm in action. Automation works by performing a set of rules to complete certain tasks. This set of rules is known as an Algorithm.
Many processes demand several Algorithms, and they work together to automate processes.
As an illustration, perhaps you needed automation software to be written to take all your customer invoices from email and put them onto a spreadsheet. You would need an Algorithm with that specific set of rules to complete that task for you.
In this case, every email is the input, which goes through the step-by-step process needed to finish the task. This process may include scanning the email to procure information needed for the spreadsheet. The data collected is the output.
SO, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
Basically, Algorithms are simply a map that gives directions on how to complete a task. For computers, Algorithms are the list of step-by-step instructions used as input for the computer to finish a task as the output. You can be certain that our developers in Compumatrix use Algorithms in all their programming!