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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (October 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199740445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199740444
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Algorithmic Puzzles by Anany Levitin and Maria Levitin is an interesting and novel style of puzzle book. The emphasis lies in training the reader to think algorithmically and develop new puzzle-solving skills: the majority of puzzles are problems where we are asked to find the shortest distance or the fewest moves to get from A to B, or construct a proof that a puzzle has no solution. the book provides plenty of puzzles to keep even the most avid problem-solvers busy for a long time, all with varying levels of difficulty and different styles/contexts. The solutions provided are comprehensive and explain themselves in a friendly, constructive manner, complete with illustrations. In addition to questions and answers, a section of brief hints is also provided to assist the reader in their puzzle-solving endeavours." -- Graham Wheeler, Significance


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Anany Levitin is a professor of Computing Sciences at Villanova University. He is the author of a popular textbook on design and analysis of algorithms, which has been translated into Chinese, Greek, Korean, and Russian. He has also published papers on mathematical optimization theory, software engineering, data management, algorithm design, and computer science education.
Maria Levitin is an independent consultant. After some years working for leading software companies and developing business applications for large corporations, she now specializes in web-based applications and wireless computing.

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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By T Mark W Bottomley on April 25, 2012
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This book contains an excellent collection of algorithmic puzzles. There are lots (150) of puzzles in three difficulty categories. The book itself has 3 parts - the puzzle, the hint(s), and the solution explanation with references and a short history. The conversion to Kindle format was done poorly. You would have thought they could puzzle out that the three parts of the book should be linked so the reader can move back and forth. This is especially problematic as neither of the three sections can stand alone. The Pounstone books, Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need ... to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy and How Would You Move Mount Fuji?: Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle - How the World's Smartest Companies Select the Most Creative Thinkers are referenced in the book and they got the connectivity correct. I would recommend the paper version of the book with 3 book marks. Fixing this frustration would raise my rating to 5 stars.

The above Poundstone books do have a small overlap with this book, however they are sufficiently different that purchasing all three books is not a bad idea.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2013
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The content of the book itself is OK; there a lot of rehashing of things that have already been rehashed to death.

However, the Kindle edition is terrible. There is no useful navigation, and it's as if someone took a source document for the book and exported to a Kindle document.

There was a real opportunity here to make an extremely useful document; each puzzle can be linked to the hints and solution, and those in turn could be linked back to each other.

I really hope that the publisher will revisit the Kindle edition and make it useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CollinS on February 28, 2013
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I bought this book on sight. It's possibly my favorite book of any and all books I own. The puzzles are not only ubiquitous and exciting... they're educational and provide many "Aha!" moments. I've been looking for a book like this for years, and I recommend it to those looking for fun and challenging puzzles of varying difficulty levels. Being a computer science major, many of the puzzles are also fun to implement and solve using programming, emphasizing the "algorithmic" component in the title.

Buy this book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randolph L. Smith on October 2, 2012
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More than I ever wanted to know about puzzle analysis. Interesting to see all the logic behind the design. Highly recommended for the puzzle-minded.
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By Chris on January 22, 2014
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Took this book camping. Very clever puzzles from one of the best professors I ever had. This book is a great learning tool.
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