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Grokking Algorithms

Narrated by: Derek Lettman
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Technology
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Summary

Grokking Algorithms is a friendly guide that teaches you how to apply common algorithms to the practical problems you face every day as a programmer. You'll start with sorting and searching and, as you build up your skills in thinking algorithmically, you'll tackle more complex concerns such as data compression and artificial intelligence. Learning about algorithms doesn't have to be boring!

An algorithm is nothing more than a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem. The algorithms you'll use most often as a programmer have already been discovered, tested, and proven. If you want to understand them but refuse to slog through dense multipage proofs, this is the book for you. This engaging guide makes it easy to learn how to use the most important algorithms effectively in your own programs.

Contents include:

  • Introduction to algorithms
  • Selection sort
  • Recursion
  • Quicksort
  • Hash tables
  • Breadth-first search
  • Dijkstra's algorithm
  • Greedy algorithms
  • Dynamic programming
  • K-nearest neighbors  

This accessible introduction is suitable for self-taught programmers, engineers, or anyone who wants to brush up on algorithms. Each carefully presented example includes helpful diagrams and fully annotated code samples in Python.

Aditya Bhargava is a software engineer with a dual background in computer science and fine arts. He blogs on programming at adit.io.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2016 Manning Publications (P)2016 Manning Publications

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  • Tim
  • 23-05-19

Good, but feels very surface-level

I wish there were more books like this. This was well-written and kept my attention. That being said, it’s hard to say how much concrete information I’m walking away with after listening to this.

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  • M ABOU-BEIH
  • 31-08-19

Great Book

A great book and easy to understand. The author is really breaking down a complex topic into small understandable chunks. A must read for any newbie on algorithms. However, I went back to buy the printed version. I don't recommend having an audiobook to learn algorims. Yes, I mad this mistake but you should not do the same.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-19

Absolutely AMAZING!

Informative and well presented! It is a MUST-READ for anyone willing to acquire a strong foundation in Data Structures & Algorithms