Introduction to Algorithms

Introduction to Algorithms

Cover of the third edition
Author Thomas H. Cormen
Charles E. Leiserson
Ronald L. Rivest
Clifford Stein
Country  United States
Language English
Subject Computer algorithms
Publisher MIT Press
Publication date
1990 (first edition)
Pages 1292
ISBN 978-0-262-03384-8

Introduction to Algorithms is a book by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein. It is used as the textbook for algorithms courses at many universities and is commonly cited as a reference for algorithms in published papers, with over 8900 citations documented on CiteSeerX.[1] The book sold half a million copies during its first 20 years.[2] Its fame has led to the common use of the abbreviation "CLRS" (Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest, Stein), or, in the first edition, "CLR" (Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest).[3]


The first edition of the textbook did not include Stein as an author, and thus the book became known by the initialism CLR. After the addition of the fourth author in the second edition, many began to refer to the book as "CLRS". This first edition of the book was also known as "The Big White Book (of Algorithms)." With the second edition, the predominant color of the cover changed to green, causing the nickname to be shortened to just "The Big Book (of Algorithms)."[4] A third edition was published in August 2009.

Cover design

The mobile depicted on the cover, Big Red (1959) by Alexander Calder, can be found at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.[5]

Table of Contents

Publication history

See also


  1. "Introduction to AlgorithmsCiteSeerX citation query". CiteSeerX. The College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  2. Larry Hardesty (August 10, 2011). "Milestone for MIT Press's bestseller". MIT News Office. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  3. "Eternally Confuzzled - Red/Black Trees".
  4. Neato Tech Books (J. Blustein)
  5. Cormen et al, back cover. See, also, Big Red at the Whitney Museum of American Art web site.

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