## Honours Algorithm Design

**308-362B
Winter 2014 Trottier 1080 MW 8:30-10:00**

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**Texts:
***Algorithm Design*,
Jon Kleinberg and Eva Tardos, Addison-Wesley, 2006 (not required)

*Linear Programming, *
Vasek Chvatal, W.H. Freeman, 1983 (this text will be made available online)

We will use Chvatal for the first part of the course. It is out of print but the appropriate sections will be provided to students.

**Prerequisite:** COMP252

Students without the prerequisites will be
deleted from the course list.

**Assessment:**

There will be one midterm exam, in class on march 10th,
and a final exam in the exam period. There will be 5 or 6 homework assignments.
It will be possible to obtain up to 20 marks on the assignments and up to 20
marks on the midterm exam. The final will be worth the remainder. Thus if a student
obtains 13 points on the assignment and 17 on the midterm then he has 30/30
for term work and his final is marked out of 70.

Assignments are to be handed in using the drop box in the Trottier building.

Late assignments will not be accepted or marked.

**Topics: (tentative)**
Linear and Integer Linear Programming (6 lectures)

NP-complete problems (4 lectures)

Midterm (1 lecture)

Dealing with NP-complete problems (14 lectures)

Review and Perspective(1 lecture)

**Other Resources**
*Introduction to Algorithms,* Cormen, Leiserson,
Rivest, Stein

*Computer Algorithms*, Baase and Van Gelder

**Instructor: ** Bruce Reed

McConnell 301 breed@cs.mcgill.ca
Office Hours: Monday; 14:00-15:30

**Teaching Assistant:**

Lena Yuditsky

McConnell 109 yuditskyl@gmail.com
Office Hours: Friday 9:30-11:00

**Midterm:** in class March 10th

*Final exam:* tba

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*Last update:January 2 2013*