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Algorithms, Fourth Edition by Kevin Wayne, Robert Sedgewick

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3.5 Applications

FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF COMPUTING, when symbol tables allowed programmers to progress from using numeric addresses in machine language to using symbolic names in assembly language, to modern applications of the new millennium, when symbolic names have meaning across worldwide computer networks, fast search algorithms have played and continue to play an essential role in computation. Modern applications for symbol tables include organization of scientific data, from searching for markers or patterns in genomic data to mapping the universe; organization of knowledge on the web, from searching in online commerce to putting libraries online; and implementing the internet infrastructure, from routing packets among machines on the ...

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