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Explaining algorithms using metaphors

Author: Michal Forišek; Monika Steinová
Publisher: London ; New York : Springer, ©2013.
Series: SpringerBriefs in computer science.
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There is a significant difference between designing a new algorithm, proving its correctness, and teaching it to an audience. When teaching algorithms, the teacher's main goal should be to convey the underlying ideas and to help the students form correct mental models related to the algorithm. This process can often be facilitated by using suitable metaphors. This work provides a set of novel metaphors identified  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michal Forišek; Monika Steinová
ISBN: 9781447150190 1447150198 1299692141 9781299692145
OCLC Number: 840486687
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction --
Graph Algorithms --
Computational Geometry --
Strings and Sequences.
Series Title: SpringerBriefs in computer science.
Responsibility: Michal Forišek, Monika Steinová.

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There is a significant difference between designing a new algorithm, proving its correctness, and teaching it to an audience. When teaching algorithms, the teacher's main goal should be to convey the underlying ideas and to help the students form correct mental models related to the algorithm. This process can often be facilitated by using suitable metaphors. This work provides a set of novel metaphors identified and developed as suitable tools for teaching many of the "classic textbook" algorithms taught in undergraduate courses worldwide. Each chapter provides exercises and didactic notes for teachers based on the authors' experiences when using the metaphor in a classroom setting.

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