Algorithmic Thinking will teach you how to solve challenging programming problems and design your own algorithms. Daniel Zingaro, a master teacher, draws his examples from world-class programming competitions like USACO and IOI. You’ll learn how to classify problems, choose data structures, and identify appropriate algorithms. You’ll also learn how your choice of data structure, whether a hash table, heap, or tree, can affect runtime and speed up your algorithms; and how to adopt powerful strategies like recursion, dynamic programming, and binary search to solve challenging problems.

Line-by-line breakdowns of the code will teach you how to use algorithms and data structures like:
– The breadth-first search algorithm to find the optimal way to play a board game or find the best way to translate a book;
– Dijkstra’s algorithm to determine how many mice can exit a maze or the number of fastest routes between two locations;
– The union-find data structu …