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The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2: Seminumerical Algorithms (Art of Computer Programming)

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Knuth's multivolume work, widely recognized as the definitive description of classical computer science, is now available in an attractive, boxed set. The three volumes included in this set have each been revised recently to reflect developments in the field. As earlier editions clearly demonstrated, they comprise an invaluable resource in programming theory and practice f ...more
Hardcover, Second Edition, 704 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by Addison-Wesley Pub (first published 1969)
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Josh Berry
This was a much denser volume than the first volume. To say that it went over my head in many parts would be an understatement. It is interesting to see the points for where highly computationally intensive applications will have to be concerned.

The first half is a good warning to consider before you try and do anything "random." It actually begins with simple tests that are very intuitive to determine how random a series is and builds up to some fairly comprehensive tests.

Interestingly, the i
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Eugene Miya
A short story: some years ago, a Silicon Valley institution existed named Computer Literacy Bookshop founded by a couple of friends and run by a 3rd. They sold the shop to a couple of guys who owned the cbooks domain, and they decided to have a book signing with Knuth for the newly reprinted TeX versions of TAOCP. I was lucky to be invited to a dinner before hand. The new owners reached out to shake Don's hand when one asked the question: "Are there any applications for Fibonacci numbers?" Which ...more
Joecolelife
Volume 2 of "The Art of Computer Programming" is about random numbers and also about relearning one of the three Rs from grade school, viz. arithmetic. Each topic gets one chapter.

When you generate random numbers in Excel, or VBA, or Perl, or C using functions packaged with the software, you are really using a deterministic algorithm that is not random at all; the results do however look random and so we call them "pseudorandom".

Chapter 3 contains four main sections. First a section devoted to
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Arun Rajappa
Difficult, instructive, intelligent, amusing and brain-numbing - all rolled-in-to-one in this classic of CS. Buy it, read a page at a sitting and savor it - this is a book read over 5 years.
Linda Friedman
didn't really read this volume. :)
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Donald Ervin Knuth, born January 10th 1938, is a renowned computer scientist and Professor Emeritus of the Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University.

Author of the seminal multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming ("TAOCP"), Knuth has been called the "father" of the analysis of algorithms, contributing to the development of, and systematizing formal mathematical techniques for, the
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