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Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition (MIT Press) (edition 2009)

by Thomas H. Cormen (Author)

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Title:Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition (MIT Press)
Authors:Thomas H. Cormen (Author)
Info:The MIT Press (2009), Edition: 3rd, 1312 pages
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Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas H. Cormen

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    billmcn: The other definitive algorithms textbook, though I like Cormen better because it's shorter and more accessible.

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apparently the second most cited computer science book, and for good reason. (no, i don't know the top most cited, and no, its not knuth). but, what a vast and exciting array of pseudocode, algorithms, and their data structures! good largley for being rich and dense, but readable. doesn't waste space over explaining, but should be sufficient for most anyone with a active interest.

an interesting feature, with respect to the exercises and especially problems for each chapter, is that i think cormen subscribes to a methodology where the solution to a problem should often require information or intuition not found in the chapter, nor even necessarily in the preceding chapters. you find yourself driving towards solutions that are used in later sections, or revisiting old problems once you find a better solution later on.

and, of course, cormen is here at dartmouth. one should probably always have a copy handy when writing code. ( )
  jmilloy | Nov 8, 2017 |
This book is like an encyclopedia of algorithms. The algorithms are presented with pseudo code so it doesn’t matter what your favorite programming language is. A very rigorous mathematical approach is used for the analysis of for instance performance. ( )
  IvanIdris | Dec 26, 2011 |
Normally I wouldn't review a textbook, but reading this one is enjoyable.

It's one of the very best textbooks I've ever used. Unbelievably well written. Well organized. Great examples and pictures. Clearly explained proofs. It is easy to read and learn from. I'm surprised I was able to get an already-used copy of this book; I'll be keeping mine for a very long time. ( )
  pammab | Dec 15, 2011 |
The definitive graduate or upper-level undergraduate computer science textbook. This is the place to go to learn basic algorithms, data structures, proofs of correctness, and big-O notation. I prefer it to Knuth's three-volume opus, because it's shorter and doesn't get bogged down in the details of an artificial assembly language.

Cormen et al. also makes for a fine self-study guide. If you're reading it on your own, check out the MIT Open Course Introduction to Algorithms class, which has a full set of online lectures and problem sets based on this book. ( )
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1- Mathematical Foundations

2- Sorting and order statistics

3- Data stuctures

4- Advanced design and analysis techniques

5- Advanced Data Stucture

6- Graph algorithm

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Aimed at any serious programmer or computer science student, the new second edition of Introduction to Algorithms builds on the tradition of the original with a truly magisterial guide to the world of algorithms. Clearly presented, mathematically rigorous, and yet approachable even for the math-averse, this title sets a high standard for a textbook and reference to the best algorithms for solving a wide range of computing problems.

With sample problems and mathematical proofs demonstrating the correctness of each algorithm, this book is ideal as a textbook for classroom study, but its reach doesn't end there. The authors do a fine job of explaining each algorithm. (Reference sections on basic mathematical notation will help readers bridge the gap, but it will help to have some math background to appreciate the full achievement of this handsome hardcover volume.) Every algorithm is presented in pseudo-code, which can be implemented in any computer language, including C/C++ and Java. This ecumenical approach is one of the book's strengths. When it comes to sorting and common data structures, from basic linked lists to trees (including binary trees, red-black, and B-trees), this title really shines, with clear diagrams that show algorithms in operation. Even if you just glance over the mathematical notation here, you can definitely benefit from this text in other ways.

The book moves forward with more advanced algorithms that implement strategies for solving more complicated problems (including dynamic programming techniques, greedy algorithms, and amortized analysis). Algorithms for graphing problems (used in such real-world business problems as optimizing flight schedules or flow through pipelines) come next. In each case, the authors provide the best from current research in each topic, along with sample solutions.

This text closes with a grab bag of useful algorithms including matrix operations and linear programming, evaluating polynomials, and the well-known Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) (useful in signal processing and engineering). Final sections on "NP-complete" problems, like the well-known traveling salesman problem, show off that while not all problems have a demonstrably final and best answer, algorithms that generate acceptable approximate solutions can still be used to generate useful, real-world answers.

Throughout this text, the authors anchor their discussion of algorithms with current examples drawn from molecular biology (like the Human Genome Project), business, and engineering. Each section ends with short discussions of related historical material, often discussing original research in each area of algorithms. On the whole, they argue successfully that algorithms are a "technology" just like hardware and software that can be used to write better software that does more, with better performance. Along with classic books on algorithms (like Donald Knuth's three-volume set, The Art of Computer Programming), this title sets a new standard for compiling the best research in algorithms. For any experienced developer, regardless of their chosen language, this text deserves a close look for extending the range and performance of real-world software. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: Overview of algorithms (including algorithms as a technology); designing and analyzing algorithms; asymptotic notation; recurrences and recursion; probabilistic analysis and randomized algorithms; heapsort algorithms; priority queues; quicksort algorithms; linear time sorting (including radix and bucket sort); medians and order statistics (including minimum and maximum); introduction to data structures (stacks, queues, linked lists, and rooted trees); hash tables (including hash functions); binary search trees; red-black trees; augmenting data structures for custom applications; dynamic programming explained (including assembly-line scheduling, matrix-chain multiplication, and optimal binary search trees); greedy algorithms (including Huffman codes and task-scheduling problems); amortized analysis (the accounting and potential methods); advanced data structures (including B-trees, binomial and Fibonacci heaps, representing disjoint sets in data structures); graph algorithms (representing graphs, minimum spanning trees, single-source shortest paths, all-pairs shortest paths, and maximum flow algorithms); sorting networks; matrix operations; linear programming (standard and slack forms); polynomials and the Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT); number theoretic algorithms (including greatest common divisor, modular arithmetic, the Chinese remainder theorem, RSA public-key encryption, primality testing, integer factorization); string matching; computational geometry (including finding the convex hull); NP-completeness (including sample real-world NP-complete problems and their insolvability); approximation algorithms for NP-complete problems (including the traveling salesman problem); reference sections for summations and other mathematical notation, sets, relations, functions, graphs and trees, as well as counting and probability backgrounder (plus geometric and binomial distributions).

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