Talk:What is an Algorithm

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This lesson would be easier for people to find if we remove the quotation marks. Hillgentleman|Talk 01:38, 18 July 2008 (UTC)[reply]

the wiki fairy was here :-) ----Erkan Yilmaz uses the Wikiversity:Chat (try) 17:15, 18 July 2008 (UTC)[reply]


I found the format in the first lesson helpful (History of computing - http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/History_of_computing), where you have "required work". Perhaps we could apply that in this lesson, and add as a first task an assignment to get familiar with (possibly write a 1/4-1/2 page summary?) this page on wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithm

The flowchart on the wikipedia algorithm page is very simple/helpful in explaining the concept, in particular.

The code would look something like this:

  1. Read the following Wikipedia article, and write a 1/2 page summary of how this concept applies to Computer Science.

AdaptiveCampus 17:59, 2 March 2009 (UTC)[reply]

This page isn't very clear, it needs some work.

I wasn't quite sure where you guys were going with this, but I tried to clean the article up. Should there be any discussions about types of algorithms or some examples (sort is the first which comes to mind). Azotochtli (talk) 22:10, 26 July 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Discussion of an actual computer algorithm[edit source]

I think some brief discussion of a real algorithm would be beneficial, as presently the only examples are explanations of processes not commonly performed by a computer. I think there should perhaps be one brief example of a task performed by humans, but only as a way of gently introducing the concept. The majority of the examples should be some very simple computer-performed task, in my opinion.

Bkconrad (talk) 17:36, 30 July 2012 (UTC)[reply]

I agree, the examples which exist in the lesson are a good starting point for beginners - but something more applicable would be great. As I said above I think a sort algorithm would fit in well. (there are also quite a few good gifs on wikimedia commons for this). I think it should be appended onto the end of the lesson as it stands now. Azotochtli (talk) 20:51, 30 July 2012 (UTC)[reply]