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A new Routh-like algorithm for determining the number of right-half plane (RHP) roots of a polynomial with real or complex coefficients is given. It includes the Routh algorithm for real polynomials as a special case. Moreover, the algorithm also applies directly to the singular case wherein the leading coefficient of a row, but not the entire row, vanishes, needing far fewer computations than the heuristic - method about which there was a vigorous discussion in these TRANSACTIONS a few years ago, and further not requiring investigation of an auxiliary polynomial. The algorithm is illustrated by a few examples. The proof of the algorithm is based on the Principle of the Argument, and thus also constitutes a simple proof of the Routh algorithm in the regular case.