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Last Updated : 02 Aug, 2023
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Who coined the term “Backtracking”?

(A)

Lehmer

(B)

Donald

(C)

Ross

(D)

Ford


Answer: (A)

Explanation:

The term “backtracking” was popularized and introduced to the field of computer science by American mathematician and computer scientist D. H. Lehmer. He used the term in his 1950 paper titled “A machine program for theorem-proving” published in the journal Communications of the ACM. Backtracking refers to the technique of systematically searching through a problem’s solution space by trying out different possibilities and “backtracking” or undoing choices that lead to dead ends.

Hence (A) is the correct answer.


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