Definition:Algorithm/Linguistic Note

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Linguistic Note on Algorithm

The word algorithm ultimately derives from the name Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi.

It is strongly believed that it is the result of linguistic evolution of the archaic term algorism, with which algorithm ought not be confused (although some sources do not make the distinction).

The term was seen in German literature in its Latin form algorithmus at around the time of Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, where the classical algorithms were referenced.