I often encounter these terms, seemingly bearing same semantics and meaning. I'm almost sure they mean same - the types of Algorithms categorized based on their implementation strategy/paradigm.

Just wondering if I'm right and I get this correct, because, again - in different books/courses these terms are encountered in the same context. I'm kind of a very critical to the exactness of the terms I read.

Could you please confirm or reject my assumption?


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Yes, they all refer to a categorization in terms of design paradigms (such as greedy, divide and conquer, dynamic programming, et cetera).

  • $\begingroup$ I don't think that Design Patterns are the same as Algorithm Strategies. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 15, 2020 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ I think, in the context of Algorithms, they are indeed used interchangeably. After all, Algorithm design pattern, such as Divide and Conquer, is exactly a strategy, how to approach the problem, by dividing and solving halves recursively. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 15, 2020 at 20:02

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