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Chapter 26. Search Techniques

Overview

You have arrived at long last at the final chapter, which follows naturally from the previous chapter by looking at methods for using the computer to solve problems. A leading topic of this chapter concerns how the computer can be used to search through many possibilities to find an answer to a problem or a problem with a particular answer. As was discussed in Chapter 22, finding the optimum solution to a difficult problem can be a big task, with no computationally efficient algorithm that can solve it. However, as you saw in Chapter 24, you can take advantage of a few tricks to arrive at better answers. While you’re looking at such tricks, ...

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