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In 1962 Donald Knuth sketched out chapter titles for a twelve chapter book on computer algorithms called The Art of Computer Programming Chapter 7 was to cover combinatorial algorithms algorithms having to do with the arrangement of objects into patterns As Knuth himself put it At that time I decided to include a brief chapter about combinatorial algorithms just for fun Hey look most people use computers to deal with numbers but we can also write programs that deal with patterns In those days it was easy to give a fairly complete description of just about every combinatorial algorithm that was known And even by 1966 when I d finished a first draft of about 3000 handwritten pages for that already overgrown book fewer than 100 of those pages belonged to Chapter 7 from the preface to volume 4A of TAOCP Well needless to say he underestimated the scope of the problems and the resources eventually devoted to working on them This is the second fascicle in volume 4B This multivolume work on the analysis of algorithms has long been recognized as the definitive description of classical computer science The four volumes published to date already comprise a unique and invaluable resource in programming theory and practice Countless readers have spoken about the profound personal influence of Knuth s writings Scientists have marveled at the beauty and elegance of his analysis while practicing programmers have successfully applied his cookbook solutions to their day to day problems All have admired Knuth for the breadth clarity accuracy and good humor found in his books To continue the fourth and later volumes of the set and to update parts of the existing volumes Knuth has created a series of small books called fascicles which are published at regular intervals Each fascicle encompasses a section or more of wholly new or revised material Ultimately the content of these fascicles will be rolled up into the comprehensive final versions of ea

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Donald E. Knuth is known throughout the world for his pioneering work on algorithms and programming techniques, for his invention of the TEX and METAFONT systems for computer typesetting, and for his prolific and influential writing. Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University, he currently devotes full time to the completion of these fascicles and the seven volumes to which they belong.

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