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I'm currently searching for the original formal definition of online algorithms. The earliest mentions of online algorithms that I found are from the mid 80s. But none of these papers seem to be the one that was the original reference.

Note: English is my second language.

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Thanks.

With Garmow's comment I was able to find the first two references which also called on-line algorithms as on-line:

Johnson, David S. "Fast algorithms for bin packing." Journal of Computer and System Sciences 8.3 (1974): 272-314.

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Johnson, David S. Near-optimal bin packing algorithms. Diss. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973.

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