CSC 321 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
This course is a first course in the analysis and design of algorithms. It
will be the most mathematical course of your CS courses so far. We will first
review recursion and talk about the complexity of algorithms, (Chapter 2). The
complexity of algorithms is concerned with measuring the efficiency of an
algorithm. We will then see an application of this in solving recurrence
As an application of the mathematical ideas introduced in Chapter 2, we will
discuss sorting algorithms (Chapters 5 and 6). One common technique is the
study of algorithms is divide and conquer, and mergesort is an example of this,
as is quicksort.
Another common technique in the study of algorithms is greedy algorithms
(Chapter 7), and we will study three graph algorithms (Prim , Kruskal, and
Dijkstra). To implement some of these, we will need the union-find algorithms
discussed in Section 3.6.
We will also study searching algorithms (Chapter 4), and in particular the
difference between depth-first, breadth-first, and heuristic search algorithms.
Finally, we will discuss dynamic programming (Chapter 8), which is another
technique is algorithm design.
Algorithms, by Richard Johnsonbaugh and Marcus Schaefer, Prentice-Hall,
The grading will be done as follows: there will be two in class exams, one
or two programming assignments, as well as exercises from the book. The exams
will be of equal weight and will each count for 25% of the grade. The homework
will count for 50% grade. The homework will consist of written assignments and
programs. The first program will be dealing with sorting and the second
algorithm (if given) deal with searching. There will be a 10% penalty per week
for late homework. Late work will not be accepted that is more than two weeks
There will be no class curving, but grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
A more than 92
F less than 60
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