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# Algorithms Unlocked

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For anyone who has ever wondered how computers solve problems, an engagingly written guide for nonexperts to the basics of computer algorithms.

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ebook, 237 pages

Published
May 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 ...more

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 ...more

If you've never read a book on algorithms and don't have enough time to go into 1000+ pages of CLRS ("Introduction to Algorithms"), this book is for you. In 10 short chapters (total of 240 pages), it goes through no more than 20 algorithms in just enough detail so you get the gist. It's not just merge-sort and bubble-sort either – it goes into string matching, compression, paths in graphs and even NP-completeness.

It will give you a taste of a beautiful subject ...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.

**I'd**...more

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 ...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 ...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.

Jun 13, 2013
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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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