# Divide and conquer algorithm

An algorithm recursively breaking down a problem

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(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divide_and_conquer_algorithm, 21 April 2013)

In computer science, divide and conquer (D&C) is an important algorithm design paradigm based on multi-branched recursion. A divide and conquer algorithm works by recursively breaking down a problem into two or more sub-problems of the same (or related) type, until these become simple enough to be solved directly. The solutions to the sub-problems are then combined to give a solution to the original problem.

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