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Ask HN: What's a great algorithms book?
8 points by kemiller on Dec 11, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments
A web resource would do, too. I'm looking for an engaging read, and a tool for recognizing patterns, more than a complete dissertation on the subject.

To recognize patterns, a great resource is Steven Skiena's "Algorithm Design Manual."

After a few introductory/overview chapters, it launches into a dictionary of algorithms, organized by problem description. There are also pointers to implementations, but the focus is high-level descriptions of what sorts of algorithms for look for, and how to choose among them.

I'll second Skiena's work. It's amazing, pragmatic advice and an enjoyable read.

This looks like exactly what I want, thank you!

I learned from Sedgewick http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/032157351X/

However, it was a much earlier edition and all the examples are in Pascal. Having to mentally convert the code from 1-based arrays to 0-based like any decent language has been a major pain over the years.

This looks like a C version: http://www.amazon.com/Algorithms-Parts-1-4-Fundamentals-Stru...

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