TTh 930-1050 TECH LG76
Prof. Hai Zhou
haizhou AT northwestern.edu
L461 Tech Institute
Office Hours: Th 11am-1pm or by appointment
Mr. Debasish Das
dda902 AT eecs.northwestern.edu
M314 Tech Institute
Office Hours: M 2-5 or by appointment
This course will cover the theoretical aspects of algorithm design and analysis. Topics include correctness proofs and performance analysis; number-theory algorithms (cryptography and hashing); divide-and-conquer; greedy algorithms; dynamic programming; linear programming and duality; graph algorithms; NP-completeness and reductions; and quantum algorithms. Besides a deep understanding of useful algorithms, a main goal of this course is to improve the problem solving abilities of the students. Therefore, if possible, we will study together how an efficient algorithm is designed.
EECS 310 and EECS 311.
- S. Dasgupta, C. Papadimitriou, U. Vazirani, Algorithms, McGraw Hill, 2006.
- J. Kleinberg and E. Tardos, Algorithm Design, Addison Wesley, 2005.
- E. W. Dijkstra, A Discipline of Programming, Prentice-Hall, 1975.
Grading: 40% Homework 30% Take-home exam 30% Final exam
Late policy: -40% per day
Homework 0: bio and background
Homework 1 (1/9 out, 1/16 due): algorithm correctness and analysis
Homework 2 (1/16 out, 1/23 due): arithmic and cryptography algorithms
Homework 3 (1/23 out, 1/30 due): divide-and-conquer and graphs
Homework 4 (1/30 out, 2/6 due): divide-and-conquer and path algorithms
Homework 5 (2/6 out, 2/13 due): greedy algorithms
Homework 6 (2/13 out, 2/20 due): greedy algorithms and dynamic programming
Take home exam (2/20 out, 2/27 due): pdf
Homework 7 (2/27 out, 3/6 due): max flow and linear programming
Homework 8 (3/6 out, 3/8 due): NP-completeness and approximation
Week 1: Algorithm design, correctness proofs, and performance analysis. READING: chapters 0,1
Week 2: Primality and cryptography. READING: chapter 1
Week 3: Divide-and-conquer algorithms. READING: chapter 2
Week 4: Graph algorithms. READING: chapters 3,4
Week 5: Greedy algorithms. READING: chapter 5
Week 6: Dynamic programming. READING: chapter 6
Week 7: Linear programming and duality. READING: chapter 7
Week 8: NP-completeness and reductions. READING: chapter 8
Week 9: Approximation and heuristic algorithms. READING: chapter 9
Week 10: Quantum algorithms. READING: chapter 10
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