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What is a Brute Force Algorithm?

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Brute force is a type of algorithm that tries a large number of patterns to solve a problem. In some cases, they are extremely simple and rely on raw computing power to achieve results.
A common example of a brute force algorithm is a security threat that attempts to guess a password using known common passwords. Such an algorithm might also try dictionary words or even every combination of ASCII strings of a certain length.
Brute force algorithms also have non-security applications. For example, a technique known as data dredging is a brute force method of looking for statistically significant patterns in data.
Overview: Brute Force
An algorithm that tries a large number of patterns to solve a problem.
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