Graduate Algorithms - Fall 2014
Students are assumed to have working knowledge of the material taught
in CS 225 and CS 373. This is not the same as merely having passed;
hence Homework Zero. If you are an under- graduate and you have not
taken these courses, you need Sariel's permission to enroll.
Grades will be based on 6-10 homeworks (15%) (dropping the lowest),
one in-class midterm (30%), and a final exam (50%), there might be
quizzes (5%), otherwise their weight would be assigned to the
homeworks. All major grades (i.e., midterm, final, and homeworks
overall grade) in the course would be normalized to the scale between
0..100. Extra credit would be given for pointing out errors in the
class notes and similar stuff.
Textbooks are ridiculously overpriced and none of them are
recommended or required for this class
- CS 573 lecture notes from previous semesters are available
online through the course web page. The lecture notes will be
updated (and new notes will be added) online as the course
progresses. Jeff Erickson also have excellent set of class notes on
by Sanjoy Dasgupta, Christos Papadimitriou, and Umesh Vazirani
(McGraw- Hill, 2006).
This book is available online for free - it is a decent book - if
you want a ref book to have around. (Again, this book is not required.)
- If you feel a need for other books (because of religious
or other considerations), any of the Harry Potter books
would be a good reference, but they cover only parts of the stuff
covered in the lectures. Some other books that might be useful:
- Algorithm Design by Jon Kleinberg and Eva Tardos
(Addison-Wesley, 2005). Not recommended and not required.
- Thomas H. Cormen, Charles Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and
Clifford Stein. Introduction to Algorithms, 2nd Ed. MIT Press/McGraw
Hill, 2001. Not recommended and not required.
Cheating of any form or magnitude would be handled with the utmost
severity and might result in an 'F' grade in the course, or a zero
grade in the homework or exam involved. Drop the class before you
cheat - do not cheat!
Last modified: Mon Aug 25 14:28:59 CDT 2014