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A high-level programming language, typically used for mathematical computations.
1960s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the AFIPS Conference. Initialism from associative programming language, but now often explained as initialism from A Programming Language, the title of a 1962 book by K. E. Iverson, who devised the mathematical notation which was developed into the programming language.
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