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Which is a good book to refresh discrete maths fundamentals for a grad student?

It would be great if the book has short and terse explanations of concepts with lots of worked out examples(/to be worked out exercises) to set the brain rolling.

Can someone suggest a similar refresher for graduate level algorithms?

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Concrete Mathematics by Knuth is useful as a refresher AFAIK. But this is not a research level question so not really belongs here :).

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Yes, you are right. Sorry about that. Where should i post this question? –  Anonymous Mar 1 '11 at 3:06
    
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I don't think it's a graduate textbook, but I really like the discrete math book by Matousek and Nesetril. It presents the topics more succinctly than the standard discrete math undergraduate texts and has much more interesting exercises.

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Kleinberg and Tardos is a good book. I followed this book for an Introductory Graduate Discrete Mathematics course. It starts from basics and covers a good amount of material in depth. Kleinberg and Tardos has a lot of Exercises at the end of each chapter.

Algorithms book by S. Dasgupta, C.H. Papadimitriou, and U.V. Vazirani is an equally good book and is probably well-written than Kleinberg and Tardos. I have not read this book completely though.

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