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Introduction to Algorithms, Heuristics and Meta-heuristics

At school I was always confused between Algorithms and Logarithms

Reblogged from Algorithms in Real Life:

At school I was always confused between Algorithms and Logarithms…Anagrams were meaningful later. Then I encountered heuristics and lately meta-heuristics. I tried to differentiate algorithms, heuristics and meta-heuristics. Additional words such as methods, steps and instructions also joined the fray.

A simple definition of algorithm – Wikipedia defines it as – “it is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function”.

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Udayan Banerjee is CTO at NIIT Technologies Ltd, an IT industry veteran with more than 30 years' experience. He blogs at
The blog focuses on emerging technologies like cloud computing, mobile computing, social media aka web 2.0 etc. It also contains stuff about agile methodology and trends in architecture. It is a world view seen through the lens of a software service provider based out of Bangalore and serving clients across the world. The focus is mostly on...

  • Keep the hype out and project a realistic picture
  • Uncover trends not very apparent
  • Draw conclusion from real life experience
  • Point out fallacy & discrepancy when I see them
  • Talk about trends which I find interesting