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The CS Detective: An Algorithmic Tale of Crime, Conspiracy, and Computation by [Kubica, Jeremy]
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About the Author

Jeremy Kubica is a principal engineer at Google working on machine learning and algorithms, with a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in computer science from Cornell. Kubica is the author of the popular Computational Fairy Tales blog.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9273 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01J92NR0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughters love it 27 Sept. 2016
By Michael Nonemacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 2 oldest daughters (12 and 10) love Jeremy's first two books, and promptly devoured this one as well. They couldn't put it down, and have both already re-read it a couple times. They're entertained; I don't know how much they're picking up of the algorithmic content, but as long as they associate it with something that's fun and not boring/difficult, that's enough for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Mar. 2017
By Buck McBuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Helping my 11 year old son learn some basic algorithms with this book. He is getting into it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Aug. 2016
By Matthias Schwab - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book with great brainy themes. Can't wait to read it to our youngest. :-)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An O(1) Read with O(2^n) Capacity for Fun 24 Aug. 2016
By Iron Angel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was a fun, light read. PI Runtime's adventures in a mixed fantasy/film noir world are clever and work well with the data structures and algorithms they detail. I found the problem set ups very engaging and the explanations crystal (ball) clear. The world was a fun place where people of Boolean descent know right from wrong, and pickled eel regulations lead to perfect data structures. That said, I wasn't too into the actual mystery. It seemed a little too obvious because it relied on the silliness of the world, so nothing was subtle. A good mystery needs something the reader can familiarize themselves with and draw them in. All said, I enjoyed the algorithms and writing style enough to read it all. I think this sort of book would be even better as a series of mini-mysteries a la Sherlock Holmes, and I look forward to a sequel like this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun intro to algorithms and performance! 3 Oct. 2016
By Jeanne Boyarsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
“The CS Detective” is a fun book for learning about algorithms and performance. It's not language specific and it is easy to read. The book uses a story to tie together the algorithms. The story is about a detective who needs to find out who stole documents. It's actually a good story.

The analogies while introducing the algorithms are very well thought out. I like the actual maze for back tracking and the array cart for transporting animals. There are fun references sprinkled throughout like the Brazen Booleans – want to guess that type of answers they give? And the Port of USB. There were also some references that are nice for parents reading this with a child (Intro to Turtle Graphics). The detective meets some fun characters like a wizard.

While I knew most of what was in the book, I hadn't learned (or had forgotten) about iterative deepening so I learned something new.

I read this book so I could recommend it to teenagers starting out with algorithms. It definitely fit the bill. I think adults would enjoy it as well. It's like Head First – fun to read and easy to retain the info. Then there's the interest to go read a harder book. The first half of this book is provided online by the publisher so you can decide for yourself if you like the style.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher for reviewing it on behalf of CodeRanch.
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