The Algorithm Design Manual

by Steven S S. Skiena

Book Reviews

  • @VictorPontis Yeah the central concept of TSG is mind-bending. Have you read the Algorithm Design Manual by @StevenSkiena? Good, complementary book to CLRS. More about how to "think in algorithms" than specific algorithms.Link to Tweet
  • @RealParsaa They are very different books. This one is about algorithms and data structures. Fundamentals of Computer Science. The other one is focused on Software Engineering principles. They are both good books and touch on really important topics.Link to Tweet
  • If you are looking for a book covering these, look no further: 💰 This one has it all. 8/8 to Tweet

About Book

Most professional programmers that I’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: • Techniques – 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. • Resources – 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.

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