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Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python

ISBN-10: 0262525003
ISBN-13: 9780262525008
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
Authors: John V. Guttag
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

This book introduces students with little or no prior programming experience to theart of computational problem solving using Python and various Python libraries, including PyLab. Itprovides students with skills that will enable them to make productive use of computationaltechniques, including some of the tools and techniques of "data science" for usingcomputation to model and interpret data. The book is based on an MIT course (which became the mostpopular course offered through MIT's OpenCourseWare) and was developed for use not only in aconventional classroom but in in a massive open online course (or MOOC) offered by the pioneeringMIT--Harvard collaboration edX. Students are introduced to Python and the basics of programming inthe context of such computational concepts and techniques as exhaustive enumeration, bisectionsearch, and efficient approximation algorithms. The book does not require knowledge of mathematicsbeyond high school algebra, but does assume that readers are comfortable with rigorous thinking andnot intimidated by mathematical concepts. Although it covers such traditional topics ascomputational complexity and simple algorithms, the book focuses on a wide range of topics not foundin most introductory texts, including information visualization, simulations to model randomness,computational techniques to understand data, and statistical techniques that inform (and misinform)as well as two related but relatively advanced topics: optimization problems and dynamicprogramming. Introduction to Computation and Programming UsingPython can serve as a stepping-stone to more advanced computer science courses, or as abasic grounding in computational problem solving for students in other disciplines.

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