Algorithms Unlocked

Algorithms Unlocked

Thomas H. Cormen

Language: English

Pages: 237

ISBN: 0262518805

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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Have you ever wondered how your GPS can find the fastest way to your destination, selecting one route from seemingly countless possibilities in mere seconds? How your credit card account number is protected when you make a purchase over the Internet? The answer is algorithms. And how do these mathematical formulations translate themselves into your GPS, your laptop, or your smart phone? This book offers an engagingly written guide to the basics of computer algorithms. In Algorithms Unlocked, Thomas Cormen -- coauthor of the leading college textbook on the subject -- provides a general explanation, with limited mathematics, of how algorithms enable computers to solve problems. Readers will learn what computer algorithms are, how to describe them, and how to evaluate them. They will discover simple ways to search for information in a computer; methods for rearranging information in a computer into a prescribed order ("sorting"); how to solve basic problems that can be modeled in a computer with a mathematical structure called a "graph" (useful for modeling road networks, dependencies among tasks, and financial relationships); how to solve problems that ask questions about strings of characters such as DNA structures; the basic principles behind cryptography; fundamentals of data compression; and even that there are some problems that no one has figured out how to solve on a computer in a reasonable amount of time.

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And r to 1 and n, respectively, and so the loop invariant is true when the procedure first enters the loop. Maintenance: We argued above that steps 2C and 2D adjust either p or r correctly. Chapter 3: Algorithms for Sorting and Searching 31 Termination: If x is not in the array, then eventually the procedure gets to the point where p and r are equal. When that happens, step 2A computes q to be the same as p and r. If step 2C sets r to q 1, then at the start of the next iteration, r will equal.

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Bound applies to every comparison sorting algorithm, no matter how simple or complex. The lower bound applies to comparison sorting algorithms that have already been invented or will be invented in the future. It even applies to comparison sorting algorithms that will never be discovered by mankind! Beating the lower bound with counting sort We’ve already seen how to beat the lower bound in a highly restricted setting: there are only two possible values for the sort keys, and each element.

To PERT charts, it’s now easy to see that finding a critical path takes ‚.n C m/ time, where the PERT chart has n vertices and m edges. We add the two vertices, start and finish, and we add at most m edges leaving start and at most m edges entering finish, for a total of at most 3m edges in the dag. Negating the weights and pushing them from the vertices to the edges takes ‚.m/ time, and then finding a shortest path through the resulting dag takes ‚.n C m/ time. Chapter 5: Directed Acyclic.

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