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About CS 224 A

Comprehensive study of algorithms including greedy algorithms, divide and conquer, dynamic programming, graph algorithms and network flow. Computational intractability. Approximation, local search and randomization. Prerequisite: CS 124. Pre/co-requisites: Recommended: CS 125; STAT 143, STAT 151, or CS 128.


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Section Description

We will study broad classes of algorithms including greedy algorithms, divide-and-tackle algorithms, dynamic programming, and network-flow algorithms. Students will learn how to characterize the complexity of algorithms. We will discuss NP and NP completeness and advanced algorithm design methods for hard problems, such as approximation, local search, and randomization.

Section Expectation

Students will do written assignments involving proofs and the tracing of algorithms and programming assignments that implement some of the algorithms presented in class. The required text is Algorithm Design by Kleinberg and Tardos (ISBN-10: 0321295358).


There will be two exams. Final grades will be assigned based on written and programming assignments and the exam.

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