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.

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