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Algorithms in Systems Engineering ISE 172 Lecture 1 Dr. Ted Ralphs
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ISE 172 Lecture 1 1 References for Today’s Lecture Required reading Chapter 1 References D.E. Knuth, The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms (Third Edition), 1997. On-line dictionary , and a few other on-line dictionaries.
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ISE 172 Lecture 1 2 What is an Algorithm?
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ISE 172 Lecture 1 3 An Interesting Quote “Here is your book, the one your thousands of letter have asked us to publish. It has taken us years to do, checking and rechecking countless recipes to bring you only the best, only the interesting, only the perfect. Now we can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that every single one of them, if you follow the directions to the letter, will work for you exactly as it did for us, even if you have never cooked before.” –McCall’s Cookbook (1963)
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ISE 172 Lecture 1 4 A Brief History of Algorithms According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word algorithm is a combination of the Middle English word algorism with arithmetic . This word probably did not enter common usage in the English language until sometime last century.
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