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==Books we're using for general preparation==
==Books we're using for general preparation==
* Software Systems and Methodology
* Software Systems and Methodology
**'''(CTMCP)''': Peter Van Roy and Seif Haridi, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Concepts-Techniques-Models-Computer-Programming/dp/0262220695 Concepts, Techniques, and Models of Computer Programming]''. First edition, fourth printing.
**'''CTMCP''': Peter Van Roy and Seif Haridi, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Concepts-Techniques-Models-Computer-Programming/dp/0262220695 Concepts, Techniques, and Models of Computer Programming]''. First edition, fourth printing.
**'''(SICP)''': Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Structure-Interpretation-Computer-Programs-Engineering/dp/0262011530 Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs]''. Second edition, first printing, and [http://mitpress.mit.edu/sicp/full-text/book/book.html online version].
**'''SICP''': Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Structure-Interpretation-Computer-Programs-Engineering/dp/0262011530 Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs]''. Second edition, first printing, and [http://mitpress.mit.edu/sicp/full-text/book/book.html online version].
* Computer Organization and Architecture
* Computer Organization and Architecture
**'''(H&P2), (H&P4)''': John Hennessy and David Patterson, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Architecture-Quantitative-Approach-4th/dp/0123704901 Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach]''. Second and fourth editions (first printing each).
**'''H&P2, H&P4''': John Hennessy and David Patterson, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Architecture-Quantitative-Approach-4th/dp/0123704901 Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach]''. Second and fourth editions (first printing each).
**'''(WARD)''': Stephen Ward and Robert Halstead, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Computation-Structures-Electrical-Engineering-Computer/dp/0262231395 Computation Structures]''. First edition, first printing.
**'''WARD''': Stephen Ward and Robert Halstead, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Computation-Structures-Electrical-Engineering-Computer/dp/0262231395 Computation Structures]''. First edition, first printing.
* Theory and Mathematical Background
* Theory and Mathematical Background
**'''(CLR)''': Thomas Cormen, Charles Leiserson and Ron Rivest, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Algorithms-Second-Thomas-Cormen/dp/0262032937 Introduction to Algorithms]''. First edition, 19th printing.
**'''CLR''': Thomas Cormen, Charles Leiserson and Ron Rivest, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Algorithms-Second-Thomas-Cormen/dp/0262032937 Introduction to Algorithms]''. First edition, 19th printing.
**'''(SIPSER)''': Michael Sipser, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Theory-Computation-Michael-Sipser/dp/053494728X Introduction to the Theory of Computation]''. First edition, first printing.
**'''SIPSER''': Michael Sipser, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Theory-Computation-Michael-Sipser/dp/053494728X Introduction to the Theory of Computation]''. First edition, first printing.
**'''(CINP)''': Michael Garey and David Johnson, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Computers-Intractability-NP-Completeness-Mathematical-Sciences/dp/0716710455 Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NP-Completeness]''. First edition, 26th printing.
**'''CINP''': Michael Garey and David Johnson, ''[http://www.amazon.com/Computers-Intractability-NP-Completeness-Mathematical-Sciences/dp/0716710455 Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NP-Completeness]''. First edition, 26th printing.
**'''(KNUTH2)''': Donald Knuth, ''[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0201896842 The Art of Computer Programming, Vol. 2: Seminumerical Algorithms]''. Third edition, first printing.
**'''KNUTH2''': Donald Knuth, ''[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0201896842 The Art of Computer Programming, Vol. 2: Seminumerical Algorithms]''. Third edition, first printing.
Further texts are listed in the applicable sections below.
Further texts are listed in the applicable sections below.



Revision as of 05:44, 7 August 2009

Anything above a 800 (it's on a 200-990-point scale) seems pretty good. It appears that quality single-volume preparation materials cannot be had at any price. Perhaps one ought be written?

(This second link is pretty dubiously-formed; YMMV. Go to the GRE page, click on Subject Info details, click on Computer Science --Dank 14:58, 30 July 2009 (UTC))

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Books we're using for general preparation

Further texts are listed in the applicable sections below.

Online courseware

Subject Material

Outline taken from the ETS CS GRE page, 2009-07-30 1500 UTC)

Area vocabulary listings follow each area in small, italicized, bolded text References and Supplements
SOFTWARE SYSTEMS AND METHODOLOGY - 40%
Data Organization
Data types
Data structures and implementation techniques
Program control and structure
Iteration and recursion
Procedures, functions, methods, and exception handlers
Concurrency, communication, and synchronization
Programming languages and notation
Constructs for data organization and program control
Scope, binding, and parameter passing
Expression evaluation
Software engineering
Formal specifications and assertions
Verification techniques
Software development models, patterns, and tools
Systems
Compilers, interpreters, and run-time systems
Operating systems, including resource management and protection/security
Networking, Internet, and distributed systems
Databases
System analysis and development tools
COMPUTER ORGANIZATION AND ARCHITECTURE - 15%
Digital logic design
Implementation of combinational and sequential circuits
Optimization and analysis
Processors and control units
Instruction sets
Computer arithmetic and number representation signed magnitude, one's complement, two's complement, binary coded decimal, IEEE 754
Register and ALU organization
Data paths and control sequencing
Memories and their hierarchies
Performance, implementation, and management
Cache, main, and secondary storage
Virtual memory, paging, and segmentation
Networking and communications
Interconnect structures (e.g., buses, switches, routers)
I/O systems and protocols
Synchronization
High-performance architectures
Pipelining superscalar and out-of-order execution processors
Parallel and distributed architectures
THEORY AND MATHEMATICAL BACKGROUND - 40%
Algorithms and complexity
Exact and asymptotic analysis of specific algorithms Big-O (), Big-Theta (), Big-Omega (), Little-O (), Little-Omega () Asymptotic Notation and Recurrences lecture from MIT's 6.046J
Algorithmic design techniques (e.g. greedy, dynamic programming, divide and conquer) Divide+Conquer, Dynamic Programming and Greedy algorithm lectures from MIT's 6.046J
Upper and lower bounds on the complexity of specific problems
Computational complexity, including NP-completeness
Automata and language theory
Models of computation (finite automata, Turing machines)
Formal languages and grammars (regular and context free)
Decidability
Discrete structures
Mathematical logic
Elementary combinatorics and graph theory connected, connectivity, directed (digraph), eccentricity, circumference, acyclic, path, weighted, subgraph, expander, hypergraph, multigraph, tournament, complete (), scorpion, set cover, vertex cover
Discrete probability, recurrence relations, and number theory
OTHER TOPICS - 5% "Example areas include..."
Numerical analysis
Artificial intelligence
Computer graphics
Cryptography
Security
...and social issues.