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The easiest way to find the answer to any question is to ask someone who
knows.
Below, I describe some useful resources of contact information
for experts in algorithms.
Email and the WWW make it very easy to track down experts.
In fact,
maybe too easy.
Please use this information responsibly, for many of them are my friends!
Limit your queries to short, specific questions; and contact them
only after you have
checked the standard textbooks and references described in this section.

comp.theory 
The USENET newsgroup comp.theory is the proper forum for online discussions
on algorithms and related topics.
Other appropriate newsgroups include comp.graphics.algorithms
and sci.math.

TCS Virtual Address Book 
This WWWpage address book is particularly
useful to track down the whereabouts of researchers in the design and
analysis of algorithms.
It is maintained by Ian Parbery and is available from the ACM SIGACT WWW page
http://sigact.acm.org/sigact/.
An excellent way to learn of recent progress on a particular problem is
to ask a researcher who has previously published on the problem,
or at least check out their WWW page.

Algorithm Courses 
A comprehensive page of pointers to algorithm courses on the WWW
is maintained at http://www.cs.pitt.edu/ kirk/algorithmcourses/index.html.
Lecture notes, problems, and solutions are typically available,
with some of the material being amazingly thorough.
Software associated with course projects is available from some of the sites.
Algorithms
Mon Jun 2 23:33:50 EDT 1997