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Pearls of Functional Algorithm Design

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The smallest free number; 2. A surpassing problem; 3. Improving on saddleback search; 4. A selection problem; 5. Sorting pairwise sums; 6. Making a century; 7. Building a tree with minimum height; 8. Unravelling greedy algorithms; 9. Finding celebrities; 10. Removing duplicates; 11. Not the maximum segment sum; 12. Ranking suffixes; 13. The Burrows-Wheeler transform; 14. The last tail; 15. All the common prefixes; 16. The Boyer-Moore algorithm; 17. The Knuth-Morris-Pratt algorithm; 18. Planning solves the rush hour problem; 19. A simple Sudoku solver; 20. The countdown problem; 21. Hylomorphisms and nexuses; 22. Three ways of computing determinants; 23. Inside the convex hull; 24. Rational arithmetic coding; 25. Integer arithmetic coding; 26. The Schorr-Waite algorithm; 27. Orderly insertion; 28. Loopless functional algorithms; 29. The Johnson-Trotter algorithm; 30. Spider spinning for dummies; Index.

About the Author

Richard Bird is Professor of Computer Science at Oxford University Computing Laboratory.


'... well-presented and well-motivated material strives to become a stepping stone to further discovery. Any serious computer scientist would benefit from reading and properly understanding this book.' Computing Reviews '... an excellent guide into this method of algorithm development.' Journal of Functional Programming

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