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I have a background in computer science and I am starting to work on some problems those are basically combinatorial optimization problems.

I have good knowleges of graphs, *-flow algorithms and so on and I took some courses about operations research and similar stuff.

I am looking for one (or two) book to get a uniform and semi-complete view on the topic.

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For the short version, Combinatorial Optimization by Papadimitriou and Stieglitz is a good introduction, and at $12, you can't really go wrong.

For the in-depth version, Combinatorial Optimization by Schrijver is pretty encyclopedic.

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  • $\begingroup$ You accidentally linked twice to the book by Papadimitriou and Stieglitz. $\endgroup$ – Someone Dec 20 '11 at 9:26
  • $\begingroup$ The second one is impressive. $\endgroup$ – Gighen Dec 23 '11 at 12:10
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Operative research -> operations research. A great reference is:

Introduction To Operations Research (IBM) [Hardcover] Frederick S. Hillier (Author), Gerald J. Lieberman (Author)

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you but I guess there is a gap between OR and combinatorial optimization. Isn't there? $\endgroup$ – Gighen Dec 19 '11 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ Well, if you know CS, you know the other part of combinatorial optimization (as you say yourself, network flows, etc). So, the OR is the part you are missing. $\endgroup$ – Igor Rivin Dec 19 '11 at 19:26

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