Course Scope: In this course, a thorough examination of several well-known techniques that are used for the design and analysis of algorithms will be covered. Topics to be covered include theoretical measures of algorithm complexity, sorting and selection algorithms, greedy algorithms, divide and conquer techniques, dynamic programming, graph algorithms, search strategies, and an introduction to the theory of NP-completeness. Additional topics may be covered if time permits. Students are expected to have taken prior undergraduate courses in data structures and algorithms, as well as calculus and discrete mathematics. Programming skills are also a prerequisite.
CS 310 and CS 330 Calculus (MATH 113, 114, 213) and MATH 125 Familiarity with a high-level programming language
Jon Kleinberg and Eva Tardos: Algorithm Design
There will be a midterm examination, several practice homework assignments, one programming projects and a comprehensive final examination. All required assignments must be completed by the stated due date and time. Late coursework will not be accepted and make-up tests will not be given for missed examinations. Please note that all coursework is to be done independently- see the GMU Honor Code System and Policies at http://oai.gmu.edu/the-mason-honor-code-2 .
Students will gain an understanding of classical problems in Computer Science and practical knowledge and understadning of commonly used algorithm design and analysis strategies. They will gain an ability to analyze the computability of a problem and design and analyze new algorithms to solve a computational problem often encountered in practical applications. The students will gain ability to reason algorithmically.
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