CS:4/56101 Design & Analysis of Algorithms Spring 2019

Instructor Heather M. Guarnera
Class Time MW 12:30-1:45 pm @ MSB 109
Office Hours MW 2:30-3:30pm, and by appointment
Email hmichaud@kent.edu

This syllabus, and deadlines, are subject to change.

Course Description

This course is an introductory undergraduate/graduate course on the design and analysis of algorithms. The course builds on the study of the analysis and implementation of data structures and algorithms from CS 33001. The goal is to introduce a number of important algorithm design techniques as well as basic algorithms that are interesting both from a theoretical and also practical point of view. We will cover basic algorithm design techniques such as divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, and greedy techniques for optimization. We will cover techniques for proof of the correctness of algorithms and also asymptotic analysis of algorithm time bounds by the solution of recurrence equations. We will apply these design and analysis techniques to derive algorithms for a variety of tasks such as sorting, searching, and graph problems. Some specific algorithm topics include: deterministic and randomized sorting and searching algorithms, depth and breadth first search graph algorithms for finding paths and matchings, and algebraic algorithms for fast multiplication and linear system solving.

Learning Objectives

Students will learn (i) advanced data structures and their analysis; (ii) to think algorithmically like a "real" computer scientist; (iii) different techniques and methods for designing efficient algorithms for solving computational problems. Students will develop (i) the ability to design efficient algorithms; (ii) the ability to prove correctness and evaluate efficiency of algorithms.



Algorithm Design: Foundations, Analysis, and Internet Examples, Wiley, 2002, ISBN 0-471-38365-1
(by Michael T. Goodrich and Roberto Tamassia) Book's web site


We will cover the following topics (the topics and order listed are tentative and subject to change; some topics may only be quickly surveyed to add breadth, while others will be covered in reasonable depth).

Course Requirements

Homework 35%
Midterm Exam (tentatively, Mar. ??) 30%
Final Exam (Wednesday, May 8th @ 10:15am - 12:30pm) 30%
Participation 5%

Homework is very important. It is expected that most of your learning will come from the process of solving the homework problems. Exams will in large part be based on the homework.

Final Grading Scale is as follows.

Scale: 0% 60% 67% 70% 73% 77% 80% 83% 87% 90% 93%
Grade: F D D+ C- C C+ B- B B+ A- A
GPA: 0.00 1.00 1.30 1.70 2.00 2.30 2.70 3.00 3.30 3.70 4.00

Milestones for successful completion of the course

Make-up and Late policy

Attendance at times exams are given is a course requirement. Missed exams and missed homework are only excused if absence was essential and can be fully documented. Homework must be turned in by the end of class on due date, either typed and printed or hand-written. Unexcused late homework is not accepted. Class extensions on homework will be announced in class. They may also be announced by email and at the course website.

Homework and Collaboration

You will need to devote a considerable amount of time to homework. You may discuss the homework with other students, but you must write your solutions independently. Study groups should limit their size to 2-3 so that each collaborator can participate in solution. If you obtain a solution to a homework problem through research (e.g., from books or journals), you are expected to acknowledge your sources in your writeup and also to write up your solution independently.

Registration Requirement

The official registration deadline for this course is January 20. University policy requires all students to be officially registered in each class they are attending. Students who are not officially registered for a course by published deadlines should not be attending classes and will not receive credit or a grade for the course. Each student must confirm enrollment by checking his/her class schedule (using Student Tools in FlashFast) prior to the deadline indicated. Registration errors must be corrected prior to the deadline. The last day to withdraw before a grade of "W" is assigned is January 27. No approval is necessary before this date. The last day to withdraw with a grade of "W" assigned is March 24.

Student Accessibility Policy

University Policy 3342-3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-672-3391 or visit www.kent.edu/sas for more information on registration procedures).

Title IX

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If you do not want Title IX notified, instead of disclosing this information to your instructor, you can speak confidentially with the following people on campus and in the community.

They can connect you with support services and help explore your options now, or in the future.


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"Cheat" means to intentionally misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of academic work so as to accrue undeserved credit, or to cooperate with someone else in such misrepresentation. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

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