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Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python / Edition 2
     

Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python / Edition 2

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by John V. Guttag
 

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ISBN-10: 0262525003

ISBN-13: 9780262525008

Pub. Date: 08/31/2013

Publisher: MIT Press

This book introduces students with little or no prior programming experience to the art of computational problem solving using Python and various Python libraries, including PyLab. It provides students with skills that will enable them to make productive use of computational techniques, including some of the tools and techniques of "data science" for using

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This book introduces students with little or no prior programming experience to the art of computational problem solving using Python and various Python libraries, including PyLab. It provides students with skills that will enable them to make productive use of computational techniques, including some of the tools and techniques of "data science" for using computation to model and interpret data. The book is based on an MIT course (which became the most popular course offered through MIT's OpenCourseWare) and was developed for use not only in a conventional classroom but in a massive open online course (or MOOC) offered by the pioneering MIT-Harvard collaboration edX.

Students are introduced to Python and the basics of programming in the context of such computational concepts and techniques as exhaustive enumeration, bisection search, and efficient approximation algorithms. The book does not require knowledge of mathematics beyond high school algebra, but does assume that readers are comfortable with rigorous thinking and not intimidated by mathematical concepts. Although it covers such traditional topics as computational complexity and simple algorithms, the book focuses on a wide range of topics not found in most introductory texts, including information visualization, simulations to model randomness, computational techniques to understand data, and statistical techniques that inform (and misinform) as well as two related but relatively advanced topics: optimization problems and dynamic programming. Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python can serve as a stepping-stone to more advanced computer science courses, or as a basic grounding in computational problem solving for students in other disciplines.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262525008
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/31/2013
Edition description:
revised and expanded edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
278,234
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Older_Gent More than 1 year ago
With this book, you'll not only get introduced to the Python programming language but establish habits of good programming procedure. You'll learn to think before you code. The later chapters will give you an opportunity to explore programs in many fields of computational activity.