Good discrete math background to fully appreciate If you ve read and understood a good portion of Vol 1 of his TAOCP series I think you d have minimal difficulties with this compilation based on what I m seeing Full disclosure I received a Knuth Reward Check for TAOCP. S the Faller Gallagher Knuth algorithm for adaptive Huffman coding the Knuth Morris Pratt algorithm for pattern matching the Dijkstra Knuth algorithm for optimum xpressions and the Knuth Bendix algorithm for deducing the conseuences of axioms Others are pedagogically important helping students to learn how to design new algorithms for new tasks One or two are significant historically as they show how things were done in computing’s arly days All are found here together with than forty newly created illustrations.
I originally picked up this book primarily due to Chapter 9 which covers what is known as the Knuth Morris Pratt KMP Algorithm with additional interest in reading other chapters I later read Chapter 3 which covers a uicksort implementation for a special case I m curr. Donald Knuth’s influence in computer science ranges from the invention of methods for translating and defining programming languages to the creation of the TEX and METAFONT systems for desktop publishing His award winning textbooks have become classics that are often given credit for shaping the field; his scientific papers are widely referenced and stand as milestones of development over a wide variety of topics The present volume which is the seventh in a series of his collected papers is devoted to his work on.
Ently reading the last chapter which is of a historical look into how data was stored also Knuth s first published computer science paper as well as the first chapter also historical and Chapter 12 Some of the chapters such as what I see so far in Chapter 12 reuire The design of new algorithms It covers methods for numerous discrete problems such as sorting searching data compression optimization theorem proving and cryptography as well as methods for controlling rrors in numerical computations and for Brownian motionNearly thirty of Knuth’s classic papers on the subject are collected in this book brought up to date with The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl extensive revisions and notes on subseuent developments Many of these algorithms have seen wide use forxample Knuth’s algorithm for optimum search tree.
The Art of Computer Programming TAOCP Knuth has been called the father of the analysis of algorithms contributing to the development of and systematizing formal mathematical techniues for the rigorous analysis of the computational complexity of algorithms and in the process popularizing asymptotic notationIn addition to fundamental contributions in several branches of theoretical computer science Knuth is the creator of the TeX computer typesetting system the related METAFONT font definition language and rendering system and the Computer Modern family of typefacesA prolific writer and scholar Knuth created the WEBCWEB computer programming systems designed to encourage and facilitate literate programming and designed the MMIX instruction set architecture