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Algorithms 1st Edition
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The website says "draft" but it's the same or better (errata corrected) than the print version. (I accidentally bought the print version even though I knew about the PDF. At least I was able to resell it for [...])
I used this book for CSE 101 Design and Analysis of Algorithms at UCSD. It's OK, but the level of detail of algorithms was too low for me to use just this book. I sometimes had to reference Wikipedia and other publications to achieve complete understanding.
this one is exceptional: It is concise, informative, and inspiring.
I don't know since when computer books are synonymous to boring, lengthy
piles of printed papers filled with screen dumps. Truely innovative
books are rare. Not only does this book explain algorithms clearly, it also tells the stories behind them.
I would consider this book a good complement rather than a substitution
to Corman et al's book Introduction to Algorithms (which is one of the
most widely used textbook for algorithm course). If you just want to
find a book where you can translate the suedo code into a program, this
is not for you. The focus of this book is to explain and to inspire (which is also what I believe the real "Education" should be) rather than
dumping the students' head with codes and rules.
I would also like to mention that the book "the design and analysis of
algorithms" is also a good one. It is good for most colleges at undergraduate level except for a few "top-level" universities.
That we get one of the greatest researchers in the area (Papadimitriou) alongside two other distinguished authors is just icing on the cake.
The first printing had numerous errors, though the online version of the book had already corrected many of them. I haven't used the book since then, but will in the Fall, and I'd expect with the vigor already invested by the authors, the book will be in even better shape.
I'm glad they wrote this thing.. it was long overdue.
The exercises in this book are very valuable to understanding the material especially as the book is terse and does not delve deeply into any particular aspect of algorithms. Overall the book is a joy to read and the exercises are fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't understand the 5 star reviews surrounding this book. The descriptions tremendously lack detail and thoroughness, often leaving students confused. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Ava
Book has little to no examples and assumes you already are familar with the topic. This book is also a free pdf if you search the internet. Read morePublished 6 months ago by RealityShifter
exactly what ad says it is. just what i needed, came in great condition.Published 12 months ago by David B
It's written well, provides clear explanations and is not loaded with repeat explanations. The fact that it's a flexible paperback makes it great for 1handed reading as well,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Eric Muller
The actual textbook is an excellent introduction to basic classes of algorithms. Most things were pretty clear, and the chapter on NP-completeness ties everything together nicely... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Margaret