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Data Structures and Algorithms in Python Paperback – 2016
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From the Back Cover
This all-new Data Structures and Algorithms in Python is designed to provide an introduction to data structures and algorithms, including their design, analysis, and implementation. The authors take advantage of the beauty and simplicity of Python to present executable source code that is clear and concise. Furthermore, a consistent object-oriented viewpoint is retained throughout the book, including the use of inheritance, both to maximize code reuse and to draw attention to the clear similarities and differences of various abstract data types and algorithmic approaches.
This is a “sister” book to Goodrich & Tamassia’s Data Structures and Algorithms in Java and Goodrich, Tamassia and Mount’s Data Structures and Algorithms in C++. This Python version retains much of the same pedagogical approach and general structure as the Java and C++ versions, so that curriculums that teach data structures in Python, Java, and C++ can share the same core syllabus.
Key Features of this Book
- A primer that reviews the basics of programming in Python (Chapter 1), followed by a separate introduction to object-oriented programming in Python (Chapter 2).
- Extensive coverage of recursion (Chapter 4).
- A chapter describing the array-based underpinnings of Python’s standard list, string, and tuple classes (Chapter 5), including both theoretical and empirical analyses of their efficiencies.
- Source code with complete implementations of the majority of data structures and algorithms described in the book; the code follows modern standards for Python 3, and makes use of the standard collections module.
- 500 illustrations that present data structures and algorithms in a clear, visual manner.
- More than 750 exercises, divided into categories of reinforcement, creativity, and projects.
About the cover:
The cover art is based on an indigenous Australian painting style portraying what is known as Dreamtime. This style is traditionally iconic and representative of connections between points of interest or concepts; hence, it is a fitting way to capture at a high level the connections and points of interest used to visualize data structures and algorithms.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This book is nothing special and I just don't understand how publishers have the heart to set these disgusting prices ripping off poor students. I am giving this book a 3-star rating not only because of the content but also because of the price. Some people say this is not right, that only the content should be reviewed. I disagree. When you pay prices that are morbidly inflated, then you should get something more than your average data structures and algorithms book written in black and white. I'm not gonna give a Toyota Prius a 5-star rating if it cost me as much as a Ferrari even though it's a decent car. Stay away from this book. Teach the publishers a lesson. There's just as good and better books for much much less.
There are many examples that follow the explanations to each of the most important (as well of the minor ones) data structures or algorithms. This makes it easy to understand the concepts and to apply them.
The authors often offer alternatives to the algorithms such as a in-place alternative to a algorithm that uses a help array. They also show the content in such a way that, whenever possible and appropriate, they build on top of previously presented topics, also making it easy to augment the knowledge you previously acquired.
Recommend for students or for someone preparing to a programming interview.