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An algorithm must terminate after a finite number of steps.
The termination of an algorithm is the point at which it has finished.
- Definition:Computational Method: a structure which has all the characteristics of an algorithm except that it is not necessarily finite.
- 1997: Donald E. Knuth: The Art of Computer Programming: Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms (3rd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): $\S 1.1$: Algorithms