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# Algorithms Demystified

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
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Paperback, 240 pages

Published
March 15th 2013
by MIT Press (MA)
(first published 2013)

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I am reading the book as part of preparation for a technical interview. It is wonderful in this context. I've been familiar with 99% of the algorithmic concepts this book discusses for years, and yet details not used daily are eventually fo ...more

May 31, 2014
Manju
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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
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Feb 24, 2017
Frank Palardy
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His other book has so much math you forget the algorithms. His one tries to avoid that but its still very detailed. More math than coding.

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 ...more

*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.

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Apr 23, 2014
Paweł Sobiegraj
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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 ...more

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 ...more

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.

Feb 14, 2014
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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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“By the way, if you’re wondering where the word “algorithm” comes from, Knuth says that it derives from the name “al-Khowârizmî,” a ninth-century Persian mathematician.”
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