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This tag is for questions about presenting specific algorithms or general principles of algorithmic design and analysis to students. It IS NOT for questions about writing or fixing algorithms.

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"Pseudocode as first language" is a terrible idea. Some of the hurdles a newbie programmer faces is to understand that you have to spell everything out, precisely; that the computer does as told, not …
answered Aug 8 by vonbrand
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You need to understand the problem the data structure is trying to solve, how it is used (algorithms around it). You need to be able to see any alternatives and their advantages and disadvantages … ); Jeff Ericson's Algorithms text is very good, if somewhat heavy going; there are many sets of (more or less) polished lecture notes and textbook drafts floating around, like the one by Dasgupta et al …
answered Aug 8 by vonbrand