Elements of the Theory of Computation / Edition 2

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Overview

Lewis and Papadimitriou present this long awaited Second Edition of their best-selling theory of computation. The authors are well-known for their clear presentation that makes the material accessible to a a broad audience and requires no special previous mathematical experience. In this new edition, the authors incorporate a somewhat more informal, friendly writing style to present both classical and contemporary theories of computation. Algorithms, complexity analysis, and algorithmic ideas are introduced informally in Chapter 1, and are pursued throughout the book. Each section is followed by problems.

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As with the 1973 edition, Lewis (computer science, Harvard U.) and Papadamitriou (computer science, U. of California, Berkeley) provide an undergraduate text introducing the classical and contemporary theory of computation. While the treatment is mathematical, the viewpoint is that of computer science. Taking into account the generations of changes in computer science in the interim, their treatment of Turing machines, algorithm analysis, NP-completeness, and finite automata have been revised. Other topics covered are: sets, relations, and languages; context-free languages; undecidability; and computational complexity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132624787
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/5/1997
  • Series: Software Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 361
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Sets, Relations, and Languages.

2. Finite Automata.

3. Context-free Languages.

4. Turing Machines.

5. Undecidability.

6. Computational Complexity.

7. NP-completeness.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2006

    Torture your students

    Apparently, the only way to understand this book is by having gotten your PhD in the 1950's. Completely incomprehensible, stilted, and pompous, this book is the long sought after cure for insomnia. If you are a professor, please do not choose this book for your class. If you are a student, pray.

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    Posted February 19, 2006

    Horrible book

    Very difficult to follow book. The 'examples' in each chapter might as well not be there. They are useless in helping to describe the concepts. Answers to exercises are no where to be found so you can never even check your answers to make sure you get them. Worst book I've had my whole college career.

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    Posted April 30, 2001

    This book is the worst book that I ever use

    Nothing is good in this book. Explaination is not good and very brief. The only people who can understand it are the professors who taught the course. The students cannot understand this book and there is no answer key. Therefore nobody knows if the question they did in the book is good. Overall, this is the worst book that I ever encounter in my College carrer.

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