CSE 4833/6833  Introduction to Analysis of Algorithms (Fall 2017) - Course Syllabus

Course catalog description: Study of complexity of algorithms and algorithm design. Tools for analyzing efficiency; design of algorithms, including recurrence, divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, and greedy algorithms.

Class Times and Location: Tuesday & Thursday 3:30 - 4:45, Butler 100

Instructor: Eric Hansen

Grader: Jinchuan Shi 

Textbook: There is not a required textbook for the course. Two recommended textbooks that we have used in previous semesters are Algorithms, by Dasgupta, Papadimitriou, and Vazirani and  Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd edition, by Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest and Stein.  There are many other excellent textbooks and online sources of information, and you are encouraged to read whatever helps you the most to understand the material.


Prerequisites: CSE 2383 Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms, and CSE 2813 Discrete Structures, all with a grade of C or better.  Students are assumed to already be familiar with elementary data structures, searching, sorting, and basic terminology involving graphs, including the concepts of depth-first search and breadth-first search.

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