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The Algorithm Design Manual

Skiena, Steven S

2nd ed. 2008, XVI, 730 p. 115 illus. With online files/update.

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  • Unique, handy reference package with a practical, hands-on appeal to a wide audience
  • The new edition of this classic bestseller has been expanded and updated with twice the original tutorial material and exercises
  • Contains a highly unique catalog of the 75 most important algorithmic problems
  • Additional useful information such as lecture slides and updates available via author's website

....The most comprehensive guide to designing practical and efficient algorithms!....

The Algorithm Design Manual, Second Edition

"...the book is an algorithm-implementation treasure trove, and putting all of these implementations in one place was no small feat. The list of implementations [and] extensive bibliography make the book an invaluable resource for everyone interested in the subject." --ACM Computing Reviews

"It has all the right ingredients: rich contents, friendly, personal language, subtle humor, the right references, and a plethora of pointers to resources." -- P. Takis Metaxas, Wellesley College

"This is the most approachable book on algorithms I have." -- Megan Squire, Elon University, USA

This newly expanded and updated second edition of the best-selling classic continues to take the "mystery" out of designing algorithms, and analyzing their efficacy and efficiency. Expanding on the first edition, the book now serves as the primary textbook of choice for algorithm design courses while maintaining its status as the premier practical reference guide to algorithms for programmers, researchers, and students.

The reader-friendly Algorithm Design Manual provides straightforward access to combinatorial algorithms technology, stressing design over analysis. The first part, Techniques, provides accessible instruction on methods for designing and analyzing computer algorithms. The second part, Resources, is intended for browsing and reference, and comprises the catalog of algorithmic resources, implementations and an extensive bibliography.

NEW to the second edition:

Doubles the tutorial material and exercises over the first edition

• Provides full online support for lecturers, and a completely updated and improved website component with lecture slides, audio and video

• Contains a unique catalog identifying the 75 algorithmic problems that arise most often in practice, leading the reader down the right path to solve them

• Includes several NEW "war stories" relating experiences from real-world applications

Provides up-to-date links leading to the very best algorithm implementations available in C, C++, and Java

ADDITIONAL Learning Tools:

• Exercises include "job interview problems" from major software companies

• Highlighted take-home lesson boxes emphasize essential concepts

• Provides comprehensive references to both survey articles and the primary literature

• Exercises point to relevant programming contest challenge problems

• Many algorithms presented with actual code (written in C) as well as pseudo-code

• A full set of lecture slides and additional material available at www.algorist.com

Written by a well-known algorithms researcher who received the IEEE Computer Science and Engineering Teaching Award, this new edition of The Algorithm Design Manual is an essential learning tool for students needing a solid grounding in algorithms, as well as a special text/reference for professionals who need an authoritative and insightful guide. Professor Skiena is also author of the popular Springer text, Programming Challenges: The Programming Contest Training Manual.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Algorithms - Analysis - C++ - Java - algorithm - computational geometry - computer - computer science - data structure - data structures - design - programming - structured analysis

Related subjects » Computational Science & Engineering - Software Engineering - Theoretical Computer Science

Table of contents 

Practical Algorithm Design.- to Algorithm Design.- Algorithm Analysis.- Data Structures.- Sorting and Searching.- Graph Traversal.- Weighted Graph Algorithms.- Combinatorial Search and Heuristic Methods.- Dynamic Programming.- Intractable Problems and Approximation Algorithms.- How to Design Algorithms.- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Algorithms.- A Catalog of Algorithmic Problems.- Data Structures.- Numerical Problems.- Combinatorial Problems.- Graph Problems: Polynomial-Time.- Graph Problems: Hard Problems.- Computational Geometry.- Set and String Problems.- Algorithmic Resources.

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Distribution rights for India: IBH Books & Magazines, New Delhi, India

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