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Algorithms in a Nutshell by Gary Pollice, Stanley Selkow, George T. Heineman

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Chapter 11. Epilogue

Overview

While we have reached the end of this book, there is almost no limit to how much information you can find on algorithms in which you are interested. Indeed, there is no end to the kind of problems to which you can apply the techniques presented in this book.

We finally have the opportunity to step back and review the nearly three dozen algorithms that we described in detail and by example. We hope you are satisfied that we have accomplished what we set out to do. To show the breadth of material that we've covered, we'll now summarize the principles behind the algorithms presented in this book. In doing so, we can demonstrate the similarities of different algorithms that were designed to solve different problems. Instead of simply summarizing each of the previous chapters, we'll end this book by focusing on key principles that were instrumental in designing these algorithms in the first place. We also take this opportunity to summarize the concepts used by each algorithm; recall that these were listed in the algorithm fact sheets in the upper-right corner of those figures. In doing so, we provide a quick summary and make it possible to cross-index this book in terms of shared concepts across different algorithms.

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