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Algorithms Demystified

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Have you ever wondered how your GPS can find the fastest way to your destination, selecting one route from seemingly countless possibilities in mere seconds? How your credit card account number is protected when you make a purchase over the Internet? The answer is algorithms. And how do these mathematical formulations translate themselves into your GPS, your laptop, or you ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 15th 2013 by MIT Press (MA) (first published 2013)
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ice9
This book serves as a soft introduction to algorithms and how they work to solve real world problems,without any of the mathematical rigor. In that sense this book is quite useful to someone who is new to programming or simply wants to understand how computer programs or algorithms work. This is not a textbook (the other book ie. introduction to algorithms, coauthored by Cormen is more appropriate) that describes algorithm design techniques and certainly does not contain practice exercises at th ...more
Mohannad Hassan
Written by Thomas Cormen because the Introduction to Algorithms has been deemed too technical by the MIT Press!

Professor Cormen intended to make this book an in-between book between the very theoretical books and the very techincal books. He didn't assume much scientific or mathematical background knowledge for the readers. In other words it's not actually intended for people on the field.

How easy is it for people from outside the field? I can't say! It wouldn't be impossible to understand. I'd
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Mkfs
I had been asked, at one point, to recommend an algorithm book to a layman.

While I was wavering between O'Reilly's odd "Algorithms in a Nutshell" and the quite good (but more technical) "Algorithms" by Dasgupta/Papadimitriou/Vazirani, this book by Cormen came out. I blasted through it on the beach during vacation and found it perfect.


This is a book for people interested in how computers (or computer programmers) solve problems. It quite naturally requires a mathematical inclination, but unlike m
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Paweł Sobiegraj
Wreszcie znalazłem czas żeby skończyć. Lekko napisana książeczka o algorytmach. Dywagacje ZPL o tłumaczeniu różnych pojęć do zaakceptowania i nie doskwierają mocno.

Niestety jakość edytorska Helionu nadal pozostaje na niskim poziomie. Ginące wypunktowania, opisy rysunków czy tabel z tej samej strony, jakby były na stronie następnej zdarzają się często. Obyło się bez błędów w pseudokodzie, ale literówki w oznaczeniach zbiorów(lub grafów), albo błędne słowa(krawędź zamiast wierzchołka) też się poj
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Adel
A very good book for beginners, anyone who wants to know the basics should start with this book.
Jesús Navarrete
The book is good to see some algorithms without mathematical demonstration. If you want to remember how they works or if you never see algorithms before. For me was nice to read in a few pages to remember things. Although I was thinking that the book was to see problems or algorithms applied without to much maths.

There is a part at the end speaking about the what are the problems open. In general it is interesting to read but not what I was looking for.
Enoch Adablah
what are the different characteristics of algorithm
Sefa
Nice introduction to algorithms for layperson.
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Thomas H. Cormen is the co-author of Introduction to Algorithms, along with Charles Leiserson, Ron Rivest, and Cliff Stein. He is a Full Professor of computer science at Dartmouth College and currently Chair of the Dartmouth College Writing Program.

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