WHAT IS IT?
An algorithm is a set of clearly defined steps to solve a problem. Not only computer programs, but also cooking recipes or building instructions work according to this principle.
In navigation systems, algorithms calculate the shortest or fastest route to a destination.
On Google, Facebook and the like, algorithms provide us with customised search results, purchase recommendations and news – based on our previous online activities.
Algorithms help with online banking, for example by monitoring money transfers and sounding the alarm on unusual transactions.
Algorithms facilitate processes. However, it is not always clear where and how algorithms are used. Experts call for more transparency and clear rules in this respect.1 %
of Germans have no spontaneous associations with the term “algorithm”.
WHAT IS JÜLICH DOING?
Jülich uses algorithms in all areas of research. Scientists also optimise and develop algorithms, for example for new questions or for working with supercomputers.
Illustrations: Diane Köhne