CSCI-UA.0310-001 Basic Algorithms , Spring 2013

Lecturer: Esther Ezra , my first name at, (212) 998-4859, room 416, WWH. Office hour: Wednesday 3:15--4:15PM
Meeting Time/Place: M/W 2:00--3:15PM, WWH 202 WWH.
Recitation Time/Place: Thur 3:30--4:45PM, WWH 202, WWH.
Graders: Wen Xing .
Midterm: TBA Final: TBA
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Brief Course Description:

This is an introductory course in algorithms. This course covers the design and analysis of combinatorial algorithms. The curriculum is concept-based and emphasizes the art of problem-solving. The course features weekly exercises designed to strengthen conceptual understanding and problem solving skills. Students are presumed to have adequate programming skills and to have a solid understanding of basic data structures and their implementation in the programming languages of their choice. Although some mathematical sophistication would be helpful for this course, the necessary mathematics is contained within the curriculum. Because of the emphasis on problem solving, students are expected to attend the Thursday recitation sessions. Be sure that you register for the recitation (section 003) as well as the class (section 001/002).

Course Topics


1. An Introduction to Algorithms: their methods and madness, by A.R. Siegel, available at NYU Copy Central 547 LaGuardia Place.

2. Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Cliff Stein, published by MIT Press.
You can get either the THIRD EDITION or the SECOND EDITION.


There will be one in-class midterm and a final exam, in addition to approximately weekly homework assignments. Tentative grade split is 30% homework, 30% midterm and 40% final exam.

Students can increase their total grade by up to 5% by doing well in self-grading their homework, as explained in class. Please make sure you make a copy of your homework before handing it in.


There will be approximately 12 written homework assignments. Some of the homework exercises will be routine, but others will be more challenging. I do not expect you to solve all of the homework problems, but I hope that you will benefit from working on the more difficult ones. Homework will be assigned on Monday, and will be due the following Monday. No late homework will be accepted. Self-graded homework will be due one week from the assignment due date. It will not be returned to the students.

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