Honors Basic Algorithms -- V22.0310-001

Instructor. Richard Cole, WWW412, tel: 998-3119, cole@cs.nyu.edu.

Class time.
Lectures: Mon-Wed 1:20-2:35, room 101, Warren Weaver Hall.
Recitation: Tues 1:20-2:35, room 101, Warren Weaver Hall.
First meeting: Wednesday, September 9.

Office hours. Mon. 2:45-3:45pm, Wed. 2:45-3:45, and by appointment.

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Syllabus. This course will study the fundamentals of data structure and algorithm design, including methods for determining the (asymptotic) running time of algorithms. A detailed syllabus can be found here. Topics to covered include: Order of magnitude growth (e.g. O(n), O(n log n), O(n^2)), solving recurrence equations, sorting, balanced trees, graph algorithms, divide and conquer, dynamic programming.

Assignments. There will be more or less weekly homeworks comprising problems drawn from the textbook and elsewhere. Late homeworks will not be accepted (except in the event of illness or other unavoidable circumstances). If for some reason you will be unable to hand in a homework on time, please discuss it with me beforehand.

Assessment. There will be one or more midterms, counting 0-25% toward the final grade. The final exam will comprise 50-75% of the course grade, depending on how the midterms are counted. If the grade for the final is better than the grade for the midterms, the final grade will be used instead of the midterm grade. Homework will count for 25%.

Required text. Siegel and Cole, An Inside guide to Algorithms. Photocopied Lecture Notes.
These are available, as of 9/5/98, for purchase at Unique Copy, 252 Greeene St; hours: 8am to 11pm, Mon-Fri; 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun.
Other texts which can be used as alternate texts include:
Aho, Hopcroft and Ullman. Data Structures and Algorithms.
Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest. Introduction to Algorithms.
Brassard and Bratley. Algorithmics, Theory and Practice.

Course Outline

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Last modified: Sep 3, 1998