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DataStuctures and algorithms

narain ashwin
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Joined: Dec 27, 2007
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Hi all,
I am looking for a Data structures and algorithms book that would help me understand the following things
1. Different data structures like List, Map, different types of tress like B-Tree, Red black tree
2. Sorting algorithms like Heap,bubble,Quick etc..
3. Searching algorithms
4. Big O Notation

I am short on time so I need to learn them over this weekend, please suggest some book that would help me achieve this goal. TIA

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fred rosenberger
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This is the classic book on the topic that many CS classes use. I'm not sure it's a weekend kind of book, though.

It is very detailed, and IMHO a fantastic book.

And there is always Knuth's book, another classic.

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Winston Gutkowski

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narain ashwin wrote:I am short on time so I need to learn them over this weekend...

And what do you plan to do next week - square the circle?

By next Monday you might be able to name some of the algorithms in the books that Fred suggested (both excellent, BTW), and perhaps give a cursory explanation of where and when they're used. Understanding them will take you years, unless you're a Mensa member.


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Randall Twede
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if you are short on time, i would try the tutorials at
i am sure they have some info there.

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dennis deems
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Wait, what? You are saying you need to learn an entire semester's worth of content in two days. Should the rest of us just fold up our CS degrees into paper airplanes?
Hunter McMillen
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I learned most of the algorithms I know from:

Introduction to Design and Analysis of Algorithms, by Anany Levitin (

Most of this book is on Google books, and there are psuedocode algorithms laid out in the text already, so if you are trying to learn/implement a lot of algorithms quickly, this would be a good place to start.


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