Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4, Fascicle 4,The: Generating All Trees--History of Combinatorial Generation
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Donald E. Knuth is known throughout the world for his pioneering work on algorithms and programming techniques, for his invention of the Tex and Metafont systems for computer typesetting, and for his prolific and influential writing. Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University, he currently devotes full time to the completion of these fascicles and the seven volumes to which they belong.
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Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4, Fascicle 4,The: Generating All Trees--History of Combinatorial Generation: Generating All Trees--History of Combinatorial Generation
This multivolume work on the analysis of algorithms has long been recognized as the definitive description of classical computer science.The three complete volumes published to date already comprise a unique and invaluable resource in programming theory and practice. Countless readers have spoken about the profound personal influence of Knuth's writings. Scientists have marveled at the beauty and elegance of his analysis, while practicing programmers have successfully applied his “cookbook” solutions to their day-to-day problems. All have admired Knuth for the breadth, clarity, accuracy, and good humor found in his books.
To begin the fourth and later volumes of the set, and to update parts of the existing three, Knuth has created a series of small books called fascicles, which will be published at regular intervals. Each fascicle will encompass a section or more of wholly new or revised material. Ultimately, the content of these fascicles will be rolled up into the comprehensive, final versions of each volume, and the enormous undertaking that began in 1962 will be complete.
Volume 4, Fascicle 4
This latest fascicle covers the generation of all trees, a basic topic that has surprisingly rich ties to the first three volumes of The Art of Computer Programming. In thoroughly discussing this well-known subject, while providing 124 new exercises, Knuth continues to build a firm foundation for programming. To that same end, this fascicle also covers the history of combinatorial generation. Spanning many centuries, across many parts of the world, Knuth tells a fascinating story of interest and relevance to every artful programmer, much of it never before told. The story even includes a touch of suspense: two problems that no one has yet been able to solve.
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has a distinctive historical monograph,
This review is from: Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4, Fascicle 4: Generating All Trees--History of Combinatorial Generation (Paperback)This fascicle can perhaps best be read as a sequel to Knuth's Volume 3, on sorting and searching, where he discusses trees. The fascicle extends that into how does one generate every tree. Of the four fascicles thus published, this might be the skimpiest in terms of current mathematical knowledge. Though to a practising programmer, trees are a vital construct and the book could well have germane analysis. And, as with his other books in this series, there is a tough set problems that can be just as instructive and interesting as the text.
Still, to perhaps compensate for the thin length, the book contains a distinctive section on the history of combinatorial generation. Knuth delves into this subject while giving a deeper treatment of the maths than one would likely encounter in a popular text directed at a general audience. He cites the I Ching, as well as ancient Indian and Arab manuscripts. The I Ching is notable as it is still in print and likely to be familiar to... Read more
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The best computer book published in 2006,
This review is from: Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4, Fascicle 4: Generating All Trees--History of Combinatorial Generation (Paperback)It can be convincingly argued that Knuth's three volumes The Art of Programming is the best reference set for computer science ever written. They top my list of required reference works; the only items that might be placed ahead of them are books such as complete listings of the values of Unicode characters. Even then, it would be very specific to the situation.
It would be very difficult to overstate the value of the tree data structure in computing. If you cannot program the creation and searching of trees, do yourself and your employer a favor and find another line of work. In this book, Knuth gives the history of how the many uses of trees arose in the history of human problem solving. Concise with just enough detail, it is well worth reading. He frequently uses algorithms expressed in stepwise notation to make his points.
However, the real value of this book is in the exercises at the end of the sections. Because so much of it was familiar to me, I was often... Read more
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Great for comp sci and math majors...,
This review is from: Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4, Fascicle 4: Generating All Trees--History of Combinatorial Generation (Paperback)I've known about The Art of Computer Programming volumes by Donald E. Knuth for some time, but I've always avoided reviewing them for fear of not being able to do them justice. But after being contacted specifically by the publisher asking if I was interested in the latest - The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4, Fascicle 4 : Generating All Trees--History of Combinatorial Generation - I decided to give it a try. For the right audience, this is really good stuff. But I can tell you that I'm not it...
Chapter 7 - Combinatorial Searching: 7.2 - Generating All Possibilities; 7.2.1 - Generating Basic Combinatorial Patterns; 22.214.171.124 - Generating all n-tuples; 126.96.36.199 - Generating all permutations; 188.8.131.52 - Generating all combinations; 184.108.40.206 - Generating all partitions; 220.127.116.11 - Generating all set partitions; 18.104.22.168 - Generating all trees; 22.214.171.124 - History and further references; Answers to Exercises; Index and Glossary
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Table of Contents
Chapter 7 Combinatorial Searching 1
7.2. Generating All Possibilities 1
7.2.1. Generating Basic Combinatorial Patterns 1
126.96.36.199. Generating all n-tuples 1
188.8.131.52. Generating all permutations 1
184.108.40.206 Generating all combinations 1
220.127.116.11 Generating all partitions 1
18.104.22.168 Generating all set partitions 2
22.214.171.124 Generating all trees 2
126.96.36.199 History and further references 48
Answers to Exercises 76
Index and Glossary 112
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