Algorithms to Live By (Book Review)

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A book by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

Whether you’re a computer science veteran, or just want to dip your toes into the fantastic world of algorithms, this book is for you. Being able to explain complex ideas in simple words is the hallmark of mastery of a subject, and Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths prove every bit of theirs in this book.

Algorithms to Live By takes you on a journey of eleven ideas from computer science, that we, knowingly or not, use in our lives every day. I enjoyed this book a lot, so this review is going to be a long one.

1. Optimal Stopping

Imagine the following scenario: you have to hire a secretary from a pool


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