Randomized Algorithms (Cambridge International Series on Parallel Computation)

Randomized Algorithms (Cambridge International Series on Parallel Computation)

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Rajeev Motwani, Prabhakar Raghavan
Cambridge University Press, 10/5/1995
EAN 9780521474658, ISBN10: 0521474655

Hardcover, 496 pages, 26.4 x 17.8 x 3 cm
Language: English

For many applications a randomized algorithm is either the simplest algorithm available, or the fastest, or both. This tutorial presents the basic concepts in the design and analysis of randomized algorithms. The first part of the book presents tools from probability theory and probabilistic analysis that are recurrent in algorithmic applications. Algorithmic examples are given to illustrate the use of each tool in a concrete setting. In the second part of the book, each of the seven chapters focuses on one important area of application of randomized algorithms: data structures; geometric algorithms; graph algorithms; number theory; enumeration; parallel algorithms; and on-line algorithms. A comprehensive and representative selection of the algorithms in these areas is also given. This book should prove invaluable as a reference for researchers and professional programmers, as well as for students.

Part I. Tools and Techniques
1. Introduction
2. Game-theoretic techniques
3. Moments and deviations
4. Tail inequalities
5. The probabilistic method
6. Markov chains and random walks
7. Algebraic techniques
Part II. Applications
8. Data structures
9. Geometric algorithms and linear programming
10. Graph algorithms
11. Approximate counting
12. Parallel and distributed algorithms
13. Online algorithms
14. Number theory and algebra
Appendix A
notational index
Appendix B
mathematical background
Appendix C
basic probability theory.

'The techniques described by Rajeev Motwani and Prabhaker Raghavan are wide-ranging and powerful, so this book is an important one. As far as I have been able to find out this is the only book on the entire subject ... this excellent volume does us proud!' American Scientist