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ISBN-13: 978-0132316811 ISBN-10: 0132316811 Edition: 3rd

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About the Author

Dr. Anany Levitin graduated from the Moscow State University with an MS degree in Mathematics. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky.  Introduction to the Design and Analysis of Algorithms has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Greek, and Korean and is used in hundreds of schools all over the world.  Dr. Levitin is also the author of Algorithmic Puzzles, publishing in Fall 2011.

Dr. Levitin teaches courses in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms at Villanova University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 3 edition (October 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132316811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132316811
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book may be good as a reference guide but not for learning.
Alley
He trys to throw tricks on the homework problems and then does not give solutions but rather 'hints' in the back.
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The review is about the paper and binding of the book instead of the content.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Davis on July 31, 2012
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Levitin approaches this broad topic by focusing on design methods first, rather than application. After a brief introduction to efficiency analysis, he moves into elementary methods such as brute force, divide-and-conquer, etc. before broaching more difficult ideas like dynamic programming and greedy technique. In each chapter, most classes of problems that can be solved with the technique are at least mentioned, if not explained in some detail. As a beginner to computer science but having a good amount of programming experience, I was able to pick up the ideas from this book better than from my professor. Bear in mind that this book does not discuss implementation at all, but most algorithms are designed with a C-like or procedural style; you may want to follow up with a book more focused on OO design techniques if you are implementing with C++ or Java. As another reviewer mentioned, there are no solutions to the exercises, but I did find the hints helpful on a few occasions. The solution manual was provided to us by our instructor electronically. The only other complaint is the relatively high cost; this is not a book I plan to keep around for reference due to its limited scope. Nonetheless, as a solid introduction to the field, I found it to be indispensable in my algorithms course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Recovering Engineer on January 16, 2015
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I like the way that this book explains stuff. The language is straightforwards and easy to follow, unlike, for example, CLRS. It also has good refresher tips on the math that you will need for analyzing algorithms, but will probably have forgotten.

However, the latest printing (the 5th, I believe) has the poorest production qualities that I have ever seen in a textbook — particularly one that is priced at $120! The paper is yellowed newsprint, and is so thin that you can read the printing that's on the back of each page. Pearson should be ashamed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donabed C. Kopoian on May 13, 2014
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Had to buy it for a class. Things are detailed and spelled out. Excellent text book. Lots of filler to go through, but everything you need is there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wehbe, T. on March 28, 2014
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I had the pleasure to be taught by the write of this book. He perfectly explains each and every algorithm in there. Definitely enjoying this class and enjoying reading this book. The problems presented after each section are interesting to solve.
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I like the way that this book describes algorithms. Prof. Levitin is good at explaining complicated contents in an intuitive way, so this book is very easy to follow.
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21 of 35 people found the following review helpful By SAS on February 20, 2012
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This was the required textbook for my Design and Analysis of Algorithms class. The text content is decent and clearly written, but there are no answers to the heavily math-oriented (that's the nature of this topic) exercises in the back of this book -instead the author thinks that an annoying series of hints will provide the necessary help with the exercises.

As anyone who has done any schoolwork involving math will know, feedback in the form of answers to exercises is critical to knowing whether or not you're on the right track with learning the material. The publisher website has the solutions -available only to instructors (presumably) behind a pay wall, which is about as useful to me as a steering wheel on a sliding-glass door. And for a $90 book, I really don't think I should have to petition an instructor to get answers for me so that I can check my work.

IMHO, the author would have wasted less time by simply putting odd answers in and skipping the hint BS. Now I've gotta drop another wad of cash on a supplemental book (I'm going to try Introduction to Algorithms since it has answers available online at least) so that I'm not flying blind or stuck receiving feedback after the fact in the form of a grade that may suffer for the lack of answers to compare my work to.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fluffy on August 16, 2013
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Had this for a graduate class I took. My teacher used this book despite the fact he said some the problems were not right. I found there were not enough examples in the book and it was not easy to understand even for my teacher.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Brummett Jr. on May 21, 2013
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If I was reading this book leisurely I would probably enjoy it, but since it's required for a class and I'm supposed to know the whole thing well enough to answer long questions about it perfectly I hate it. The back of the book is completely unhelpful. I get that making us think about the answer and solving it ourselves will help us understand the problem and material better, but when there is only a limited amount of time to solve these very difficult problems so that we can be well prepared for a test it is very insulting to flip to the back of the book and have only 5% of the answers explained clearly and the rest just pretty much say "try harder" or "refer to chapter 2."
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