Henry S. Baird Spring
Design & Analysis of Algorithms
340 3 credits
CRNs: 11264 (CSE); 17771 (Math)
Note to all students: this is an undergraduate version of the graduate-level Algorithms course CSE/Math 441, which covers more topics and is significantly harder; no student may take both of these courses for credit.
to undergraduate students: this is a required (core) course for
several undergraduate degree programs: B.S. in CS (in RCEAS); B.A. in
CS (in CAS); and the B.S. in Computer Science & Business (in RCEAS
Algorithms are methods for
information processing problems. Every algorithm must be
automatable (for example, a computer can
run it), and provably correct (that is, it
must find the right answer for
every instance of the problem it is given). We also often want
fast as possible, and use as little memory as possible, even on huge
instances. Fast algorithms for hard, practically important
problems are among the key discoveries
computer science research. This course presents algorithms
searching, sorting, manipulating graphs and trees,
scheduling tasks, finding shortest paths, matching patterns in
strings, etc---and gives proofs of their correctness and analysis of
runtime and memory demands. General strategies for
greediness, dynamic programming---are stressed. Limits on algorithm
explored through elementary NP-completeness theory.
II (Math 22 or Math 32) and Discrete Structures (CSE/Math
261); or close equivalents (in which case, check with
the instructor). To review your Discrete Structures background,
at the textbook's Appendix sections A.1-2, B.1-3, C.1.,
completing this course, students will be able to design algorithms and
apply knowledge of complexity; and, more generally, to apply
mathematics to CS problems. They will be sufficiently familiar
with the theory, practice, notation, and vocabulary of algorithm design
and analysis to be able to locate in the literature (or design from
scratch) provably correct and---to the extent possible---efficient
solve a wide range of problems. They will understand how to judge
not a new problem is likely to have an efficient algorithm.
They will also have a grasp
of basic engineering issues arising in the implementation,
application of algorithms.
T. Cormen, C. Leiserson, R. Rivest, & C.
Stein, Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd
The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2009 (ISBN-13
978-0-262-03384-8 hardcover, or 978-0-262-53305-8 paperback).
If there are no copies available in the Univ. bookstore, email me immediately. You do not need to buy the companion Java CD-ROM. A desk copy
may be consulted in the
CSE Dept office PL 354 when the office is open (but this copy cannot be taken away). Another
extra copy is available in Dr. Baird's office PL380 when he's
there (but, again, it can't be taken away).
the textbook closely. Lectures may discuss only the most
important topics in a section of the textbook, but students are
expected to study the
corresponding assigned reading in the textbook completely. Unless
material in assigned textbook sections is relevant to
homework and tests.
Lectures Time and Place:
MonWedFri 11:10 AM - 12:00 noon, Packard Laboratory room 416.
at lectures is not
required. There may be, however, Pop Quizes, and a missing
results in zero points.
There are weekly written homework assignments, due normally
on Friday morning, to be handed in as hardcopy at the start of the class.
There are no programming assignments. For part of each
Friday's class, students are invited
to present their solutions on the blackboard, for which they
receive 5 points credit (whether or not their solution is correct);
this 'presentation' credit is added to the HW+Quiz score, up to a
fixed maximum---and so can make up for points lost.
There are two one-hour exams (in class),
on Friday February 14, and again Monday March 31; and one three-hour final exam (during end-of-semester exam period):
these are all closed-book, written exams. Exams are
never repeated: if under extraordinary circumstances a student
cannot take an exam, it will be assigned a grade which is
the average of the other two
exams' grades. If you anticipate that you must---for excellent reasons---miss any of these exams, please give me as much notice in advance as you can, and I will try to arrange for you to take the exam (or some roughly equivalent version of it) before the scheduled exam date.
80% Exams (20% 1st hour exam, 20% 2nd hour exam, 40% final exam); 20%
Homeworks + Quizzes + Presentations.
Baird, Prof., CSE Dept, firstname.lastname@example.org. Office: Packard Lab 380.
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:10-1:00 PM, or by
appointment. He will grade all the exams.
Graders (for homeworks only): there are two graders, each responsible for grading homeworks for half the students:
ask questions about homework problems or grades, contact your grader by
email; if you wish, he will arrange to meet you in person.
& Analysis of Algorithms (Not Yet Posted).
We will use the University's on-line
CourseSite system to email
announcements & to distribute lecture
notes, homeworks, solution sets, grades, etc. Once you enrolled in the course, go ahead and browse coursesite.lehigh.edu,
your Lehigh Id and password, and you should see that you
have access to this course. If you can't login, email the instructor
Topics Covered (probable;
chapters in textbook):
Definitions, Properties (Ch. 1)
Algorithm Performance Analysis (Ch. 2)
Insertion Sort &
Growth of Functions: O(.)-notation etc (Ch. 3)
Divide and Conquer (Ch, 4)
Recurrences & their
Heapsort, Priority Queues (Ch. 6)
Quicksort (Ch. 7)
Lower Bounds, Sorting in Linear Time (Ch. 8)
Stacks, queues, lists, graphs, trees (Ch. 10; review)
Union/Find (Ch. 21)
Bread-first & Depth-first Search (Ch. 22)
Bellman-Ford, Dijkstra (Ch. 24)
Huffman Trees (Ch. 16)
Minimum Spanning Trees: Kruskal (Ch. 23)
Shortest Paths: Floyd-Warshall (Ch. 25)
Matrix-chain multiplication (Ch. 15)
String Edit Distance (Section 15.4)
The Complexity Classes P & NP (Ch. 34)
Polynomial-time Reductions among
NP-complete Problems; P=NP?
Approximation Algorithms (Ch. 35)
Coping with NP-completeness
(if time permits):
String Matching: KMP, Rabin-Karp (Ch. 32)
Computational Geometry: Convex Hull
Polynomials & the Fast Fourier Transform
have any questions, ask the instructor: Henry Baird, email@example.com.
Accommodations for Students
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting
accommodations, please contact both your instructor and the Office of
Academic Support Services, University Center 212 (610-758-4152) as
early as possible in the semester. You must have
the Academic Support Services office before accommodations can be
Lehigh University endorses The Principles of Our Equitable Community (http://www4.lehigh.edu/diversity/principles).
We expect each member of this class to acknowledge and practice these
Principles. Respect for each other and for differing viewpoints is a
vital component of the learning environment inside and outside the