**Programming Algorithm Defined**

A programming algorithm is a procedure or formula used for solving a problem. It is based on conducting a sequence of specified actions in which these actions describe how to do something, and your computer will do it exactly that way every time. An algorithm works by following a procedure, made up of inputs. Once it has followed all the inputs, it will see a result, also known as output.

Characteristics of an algorithm:

**Precision**– the steps are precisely stated.**Uniqueness**– results of each step are uniquely defined and only depend on the input and the result of the preceding steps.**Finiteness**– the algorithm stops after a finite number of instructions are executed.**Input**– the algorithm receives input.**Output**– the algorithm produces output.**Generality**– the algorithm applies to a set of inputs.

There are seven different types of programming algorithms:

- Sort algorithms
- Search algorithms
- Hashing
- Dynamic Programming
- Exponential by squaring
- String matching and parsing
- Primality testing algorithms

The advantages of programming algorithms include:

- A stepwise representation of a solution to a given problem, making it easy to understand.
- Uses a definite procedure.
- Not dependent on a particular programming language.
- Every step in an algorithm has its own logical sequence, making it easy to debug.

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