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5.G: Iterations (Glossary)

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  • accumulator
    A variable used in a loop to add up or accumulate a result.
    counter
    A variable used in a loop to count the number of times something happened. We initialize a counter to zero and then increment the counter each time we want to "count" something.
    decrement
    An update that decreases the value of a variable.
    initialize
    An assignment that gives an initial value to a variable that will be updated.
    increment
    An update that increases the value of a variable (often by one).
    infinite loop
    A loop in which the terminating condition is never satisfied or for which there is no terminating condition.
    iteration
    Repeated execution of a set of statements using either a function that calls itself or a loop.