|Overview: Brute Force|
|Definition||An algorithm that tries a large number of patterns to solve a problem.|
|Related Concepts||Statistical AnalysisInformation Security|
What is a Brute Force Algorithm?
John Spacey, March 31, 2016
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.
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