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    DescriptionAlgorithmic puzzles are puzzles involving well-defined procedures for solving problems. This book will provide an enjoyable and accessible introduction to algorithmic puzzles that will develop the reader's algorithmic thinking. The first part of this book is a tutorial on algorithm design strategies and analysis techniques. Algorithm design strategies - exhaustive search, backtracking, divide-and-conquer and a few others - are general approaches to designing step-by-step instructions for solving problems. Analysis techniques are methods for investigating such procedures to answer questions about the ultimate result of the procedure or how many steps are executed before the procedure stops. The discussion is an elementary level, with puzzle examples, and requires neither programming nor mathematics beyond a secondary school level. Thus, the tutorial provides a gentle and entertaining introduction to main ideas in high-level algorithmic problem solving. The second and main part of the book contains 150 puzzles, from centuries-old classics to newcomers often asked during job interviews at computing, engineering, and financial companies. The puzzles are divided into three groups by their difficulty levels. The first fifty puzzles in the Easier Puzzles section require only middle school mathematics. The sixty puzzle of average difficulty and forty harder puzzles require just high school mathematics plus a few topics such as binary numbers and simple recurrences, which are reviewed in the tutorial. All the puzzles are provided with hints, detailed solutions, and brief comments. The comments deal with the puzzle origins and design or analysis techniques used in the solution. The book should be of interest to puzzle lovers, students and teachers of algorithm courses, and persons expecting to be given puzzles during job interviews.


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    Title
    Algorithmic Puzzles
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anany Levitin, By (author) Maria Levitin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199740444
    ISBN 10: 0199740445
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HOB
    BIC subject category V2: WDK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T13.4
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC22: 793.74
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: MA
    Libri: I-MA
    BIC subject category V2: UMB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26280
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MAT029000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: MAT025000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QA95 .L475 2011
    Thema V1.0: WDK, UMB
    Illustrations note
    249 b&w
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    28 November 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Anany Levitin is a professor of Computing Sciences at Villanova University. He is the author of a popular textbook on design and analysis of algorithms, which has been translated into Chinese, Greek, Korean, and Russian. He has also published papers on mathematical optimization theory, software engineering, data management, algorithm design techniques, and computer science education. Maria Levitin is an independent consultant specializing in web applications and data compression. She has previously worked for several leading software companies.
    Review quote
    Indeed, I would say that this is a book that any mathematical puzzle enthusiast ought to consider buying. Martin Griffiths, The Mathematical Gazette
    Table of contents
    Preface ; List of Puzzles ; Tutorial Puzzles ; Main Section Puzzles ; 1. Tutorials ; General Strategies for Algorithm Design ; Analysis Techniques ; 2. Puzzles ; Easier Puzzles (#1 - #50) ; Medium Dic culty Puzzles (51 - 110) ; Harder Puzzles (#111 - 150) ; 3. Hints ; 4. Solutions ; References ; Design Strategy and Analysis Index ; Index of Terms and Names