The Algorithm Design Manual

The Algorithm Design Manual

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Most professional programmers that Ia€™ve encountered are not well prepared to tackle algorithm design problems. This is a pity, because the techniques of algorithm design form one of the core practical technologies of computer science. Designing correct, efficient, and implementable algorithms for real-world problems requires access to two distinct bodies of knowledge: a€c Techniques a€“ Good algorithm designers understand several fundamental algorithm design techniques, including data structures, dynamic programming, depth first search, backtracking, and heuristics. Perhaps the single most important design technique is modeling, the art of abstracting a messy real-world application into a clean problem suitable for algorithmic attack. a€c Resources a€“ Good algorithm designers stand on the shoulders of giants. Rather than laboring from scratch to produce a new algorithm for every task, they can figure out what is known about a particular problem. Rather than re-implementing popular algorithms from scratch, they seek existing implementations to serve as a starting point. They are familiar with many classic algorithmic problems, which provide sufficient source material to model most any application. This book is intended as a manual on algorithm design, providing access to combinatorial algorithm technology for both students and computer professionals.In particular, we assume that each string has been padded with an initial blank character, so the first real character of string s sits in s[1]. Why did we do this? It enables us to keep the matrix m indices in sync with those of the strings for clarity.

Title:The Algorithm Design Manual
Author:Steven S Skiena
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2009-04-05


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