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  • Title: Lecture Notes for the Algorithms
  • Author(s) Jeff Erickson
  • Publisher: Independently published (June 13, 2019); eBook (Creative Commons Licensed, 2019)
  • License(s): CC BY 4.0
  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • eBook: HTML and PDF files
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1792644833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1792644832
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Book Description

Algorithms are the lifeblood of computer science. They are the machines that proofs build and the music that programs play. Their history is as old as mathematics itself.

This textbook is a wide-ranging, idiosyncratic treatise on the design and analysis of algorithms, covering several fundamental techniques, with an emphasis on intuition and the problem-solving process. The book includes important classical examples, hundreds of battle-tested exercises, far too many historical digressions, and exaclty four typos.

Some books on algorithms are rigorous but incomplete; others cover masses of material but lack rigor. This lecture notes uniquely combines rigor and comprehensiveness.

It covers a broad range of algorithms in depth, yet makes their design and analysis accessible to all levels of readers. Each chapter is relatively self-contained and can be used as a unit of study.

The algorithms are described in English and in a pseudocode designed to be readable by anyone who has done a little programming. The explanations have been kept elementary without sacrificing depth of coverage or mathematical rigor.

Jeff Erickson wrote: These are lecture notes that I wrote for various algorithms classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which I have taught on average once a year since January 1999.

Whenever I teach an algorithms class, I revise, update, and sometimes cull these notes as the course progresses, so you may find more recent versions on the web page of whatever course I am currently teaching.

About the Authors
  • Jeff Erickson is a computer science professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; this book is based on algorithms classes he has taught there since 1998.
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