Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems
Hardcover: 904 pages
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (March 15, 1996)
Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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This book is a classic, and I was excited when I learned that this excellent reference work is also available as a Kindle edition.Unfortunately, the technical quality of the Kindle version is extremely poor. In particular, many parts of it are very difficult to follow because of several technical errors that have been introduced in the conversion of the printed book into Kindle edition.The Kindle edition is barely useful as a reference if you already have read the printed book, and just want to quickly look up some definitions or references. Trying to read any non-trivial fragment of the Kindle version is a painful experience.- - -I am giving here just some examples of the issues that should have been easy to spot before publishing the Kindle version of the book.Throughout the book, there are numerous strange errors in mathematical formulas. There are confusing mistakes such as using $o(n)$ instead of $O(n)$, or replacing the floor notation with brackets "[...]", or replacing the $\ge$ symbol with text "VI". In many places, the book uses $\epsilon$ instead of $\in$, "U" instead of $\cup$, "V" instead of $\vee$, "." instead of $\cdot$, etc.There are lots of alignment issues; superscripts and subscripts are often lost. Spacing is wrong, for example, there is often "O (n log n)" instead of "O(n log n)" or "O (logn)" instead of "O(log n)". Hyphens and minus signs are wildly mixed up even within a single paragraph of text. In general, you can expect all kinds of mistakes that happen when you try to apply OCR to mathematical formulas, without carefully proofreading the end result.Many text fragments - more complicated formulas, algorithm listings, etc. - seem to be low-resolution scanned images.
I am happy with the seriousness of the book. This book is written in a very formal, mathematical style. I am happy with the seriousness of the book, and the breadth of material it covers. I like that it organizes material by network models.What I really dislike about this book is that it provides very little intuition for the algorithms it presents. The book will pose a problem, then present a distributed algorithm that solves the problem, with a proof of correctness. It would be very helpful if the book presented naive attempts at solutions, explaining why they didn't work, and how the final solution addresses and avoids those failures.This would be helpful because with many of the algorithms Prof. Lynch presents, I waste a lot of time trying to figure out why a simpler approach wouldn't work. I usually do convince myself why the presented solution truly addresses failings of my naive solutions, but it takes a long time. A second reason this would be helpful is that it would help explain the presented algorithms; I spend a lot of time scratching my head, trying to figure out how a complicated algorithm works. If I could see a simpler, easier to understand, but not entirely correct "partial solution", I could grok that, and then slowly understand a series of evolutionary steps as we improve that algorithm toward a full solution.This makes the book difficult for use for self-study. In a classroom setting, I think you could get more of the intuition from a lecturer, or from having someone to ask questions too. That said, I do feel a great sense of achievement as I make progress through the book; Prof. Lynch doesn't rob you of a sense of discovery by taking you through every baby step.
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