I found the book Pairwise Independence and Derandomization on the subject, but it's more research-oriented than tutorial oriented.

I'm new to the subject of "Derandomization," and as such, I wanted to know which reference to start from?

I prefer one that discusses literature and history, as well as the technical details.

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    $\begingroup$ Arora and Barak's textbook on computational complexity covers derandomization fairly well. Did you have something else in mind? $\endgroup$ – Ryan Williams Sep 8 '10 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I'll take a look. I don't have anything else in my mind. Just to read and understand some papers, I need to understand derandomization first. $\endgroup$ – M.S. Dousti Sep 8 '10 at 18:20

The notes from Salil Vadhan's class, "Pseudorandomness", are excellent for this purpose. He is writing a textbook based on these. The draft version of the book is available online.

  • $\begingroup$ nice link. Looking forward to the book when it comes out $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Sep 8 '10 at 20:48
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, really appreciated. $\endgroup$ – M.S. Dousti Sep 9 '10 at 15:54

I really like Pseudorandom Generators: A Primer by Oded Goldreich. I think it's very well written and probably at the level you want. (Not very research oriented, but still has technical details.)

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    $\begingroup$ It's been published as a book in 2010. $\endgroup$ – M.S. Dousti Sep 27 '10 at 9:59

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