COMP 554 – Analysis of Algorithms – Fall 2022

  • Course URL: http://prof.msoltys.com/?page_id=6532
  • Canvas Page: https://cilearn.csuci.edu/courses/22840
  • Course Syllabus
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  • Instructor: Michael Soltys <michael.soltys@csuci.edu>
  • Course Outline: This course is an advanced review of the main topic in analysis of algorithms. We are going to cover some basics of proving algorithm correctness (pre/post-condition, loop invariants, and termination), and then we are going to spend the bulk of the time on three classical classes of algorithms: Greedy, Divide-and-Conquer, and Dynamic Programming. We are going to see examples of problems that yield to these types of algorithms. We will discuss NP-completeness when we cover Dynamic Programming. We will also see three more advanced types of algorithmic approaches: Approximation, Online, Randomized and Parallel. Randomized algorithms are intimately connected to modern Cryptography, and so we will introduce the algorithmic foundations of Cryptography as well.
  • Lectures: Mondays, 7:15-10:15pm, Location: Sierra Hall 1212.
  • Textbook: An Introduction to the Analysis of Algorithms, by Michael Soltys.
  • Grading: Five assignments, each worth 20% of the course grade. We are also going to have ungraded quizzes in the class, so that you can assess your understanding of the material. Please form a group of 3 at the beginning of the course, and work on all the assignments with the same group. There is tremendous value in working on problems with your group; it amplifies the learning experience, and teaches teamwork.
  • How to avoid plagiarism: As mentioned above, the assignments will be written in groups. Each group has to work independently of the other groups; verbal discussions of problems among groups are allowed, but you should not show written notes, and you should not leave such discussions with written notes. The same applies to the final individual exam.
  • Attendance: Students are encouraged but not required to attend the lectures. The assignments will be posted online.
  • Students with disabilities: Cal State Channel Islands is committed to equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The mission of Disability Accommodation Services is to assist students with disabilities to realize their academic and personal potential. Students with physical, learning, or other disabilities are encouraged to contact the Disability Accommodation Services office at (805) 437-8510 for personal assistance and accommodations. Please discuss your arrangements with the instructor as soon as possible.
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