British Museum algorithm

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The British Museum algorithm is a general approach to find a solution by checking all possibilities one by one, beginning with the smallest. The term refers to a conceptual, not a practical, technique where the number of possibilities is enormous.

Newell, Shaw, and Simon[1] called this procedure the British Museum algorithm

"... since it seemed to them as sensible as placing monkeys in front of typewriters in order to reproduce all the books in the British Museum."

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  • Original text by  This article incorporates public domain material from the NIST document: Black, Paul E. "British Museum technique". Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures..