Before there were computers, there were algorithms. But now that there are computers, there are even more algorithms, and algorithms lie at the heart of computing.
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the modern study of computer algorithms. It presents many algorithms and covers them in considerable depth, yet makes their design and analysis accessible to all levels of readers. We have tried to keep explanations elementary without sacrificing depth of coverage
or mathematical rigor.
Each chapter presents an algorithm, a design technique, an application area, or a related topic. Algorithms are described in English and in a pseudocode designed to be readable by anyone who has done a little programming. The book contains 244 figures—many with multiple parts—illustrating how the algorithms work. Since we emphasize efficiency as a design criterion, we include careful analyses of the running times of all our algorithms.
The text is intended primarily for use in undergraduate or graduate courses in
algorithms or data structures. Because it discusses engineering issues in algorithm
design, as well as mathematical aspects, it is equally well suited for self-study by
In this, the third edition, we have once again updated the entire book. The
changes cover a broad spectrum, including new chapters, revised pseudocode, and
a more active writing style.