What is the difference between Pseudocode and Algorithm? - ProProfs Discuss

# What is the difference between Pseudocode and Algorithm?

Asked by R. Jones, Last updated: Sep 23, 2020

#### C. Bernthal

Its kind of my job to give answers

C. Bernthal, Teacher, MA, P.hD, Seattle

Algorithm refers to systematic, logical steps taken to solve a computation problem. The algorithm is expressed using natural language or flowchart. Algorithms can also be described in mathematical formulas and graphs. On the other hand, pseudocode is one of the methods of writing algorithm.

It is a simple description of what a program or algorithm should do. It is a simpler version of programming. Pseudocode does not have any specific syntax as seen in other programming languages. It is a readable representation of programming. I hope you find this information helpful.

#### F. Ray

F. Ray, Student, Kansas City

The algorithm usually refers to a certain type of specification on how a certain problem can be solved. The pseudocode is known to be the method that is used in order to write the algorithm which will be used to solve the problem. There are some programmers that will use simple language in order to create pseudocode.

Some pseudocodes are also used in order to add two different numbers together so that the results can be correctly displayed. Take note that the pseudocode is more appropriate for human reading even if it follows the conventions of typical programming as compared to machine reading while the algorithm can be deciphered easily by machines.