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Algorithmic Thinking: Interview Prep?

 
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Hi Daniel!

I'm brand new to the forum as well and I haven't had the time to check out the other questions, so I apologize in advance if you've already answered a similar question.
For computer science students such as myself, how does Algorithmic Thinking stand as an interview prep tool? Should it help with the prep, or is it more of a supplementary tool, or rather an introduction to thinking a certain way?

Thanks so much!
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

We shall have to wait for the author, but I would have thought it is more an introduction to thinking a certain way. What the author says in other posts and the book's website suggest he thinks this way of thinking is a bit experimental.
 
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Adam Do wrote:Hi Daniel!

I'm brand new to the forum as well and I haven't had the time to check out the other questions, so I apologize in advance if you've already answered a similar question.
For computer science students such as myself, how does Algorithmic Thinking stand as an interview prep tool? Should it help with the prep, or is it more of a supplementary tool, or rather an introduction to thinking a certain way?

Thanks so much!



Hi Adam, and welcome!

We're currently using the book in our data structures course here so I think it could serve for that course purpose.

But interview prep... I do cover the standard interview topics (recursion, hash tables, dynamic programming, trees, graphs, breadth-first search, Dijkstra's algorithm, union-find, heaps, binary search, etc.), but it's designed to teach this material for the first time. So if you've seen this material before, a book targeted at interview prep would probably go at a better pace.

I also agree with Campbell that I'm trying to teach people how to think about algorithms in addition to teaching the classics. So it's probably too verbose if anyone here is looking for a night-before-the-interview whirlwind reminder tour.

Thank you,
Dan
 
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