CS161, Winter 2011

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Course overview: Introduction to fundamental techniques for designing and analyzing algorithms, including asymptotic analysis; divide-and-conquer algorithms and recurrences; greedy algorithms; data structures; dynamic programming; graph algorithms; and randomized algorithms. Course staff: • Instructor: Tim Roughgarden (tim@cs.stanford.edu) • Head TA: Kshipra Bhawalkar (kshipra@stanford.edu) • TA: Michael Abercrombie (mabercr@stanford.edu) • TA: Daniel Chen (danielc@cs.stanford.edu) • TA: Zavain Dar (zdar@stanford.edu) • TA: Steven Elia (selia@stanford.edu) • TA: Moontae Lee (moontae@stanford.edu) • TA: Karl Uhlig (knuhlig@stanford.edu) Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:45 AM, room 370-370. Course home page: http://cs161.stanford.edu/. Newsgroup and email list: The staff email list is cs161-win1011-staff@lists.stanford.edu. We will be using the discussion forum on the course’s Courseware site in lieu of a newsgroup. Please use the discussion forum for questions whenever possible. Office hours: Office hours begin the week of January 10th. • Tim: Tuesdays 1–2 PM and by appointment (Gates 462) • Moontae: Tuesdays 4:30–6:30 PM (Gates 100) • Daniel: Wednesdays 9:30–11:30 AM (Clark S297) • Steven: Wednesdays 3–5 PM (Gates B24A) • Zavain: Wednesdays 6–8 PM (460-040A, basement of Margaret Jacks Hall) • Karl: Thursdays 11 AM–1 PM (Gates B26B) • Kshipra: Thursdays 1:30–3:30 PM (Gates 200) • Michael: Thursdays 4–6 PM (Huang Engineering Center, 1st floor, around Ike’s.) Section: There will not be a weekly section. However, the TAs will run occasional review sessions (e.g., before the final). Required textbook: Kleinberg and Tardos, Algorithm Design, 2005. We will be covering most of Chapters 4–6, some parts of Chapter 13, and a couple of topics not in the book.


g. Each homework will go out on a Thursday and will be due on the Friday of the following week. stay tuned for details. and other students) for hints and debugging help. (In particular. each worth 30 points. Honor Code and collaboration policy: Under the Honor Code at Stanford. you should expect to do some independent reading during the course on topics including random variables. this course has no “late days”. 12:15 – 3:15 PM. March 18th. project. Mid-Quarter Project: There will also be some type of programming project around the middle of the quarter. While you are not permitted to receive aid from other people. the most well-prepared CS161 students may not feel sufficiently challenged by the homeworks. We will drop your lowest homework score. In any event. Stay tuned for further details. Your dropped homework score is intended to cover all of the usual reasons for extension requests. but you must indicate on your assignments any assistance you receive. (Location TBA. conditioning. CS 103 and Stat 116). Completed homework should be placed in the homework drop-box labeled “CS161” in the filing cabinet near the side entrance to the Gates building (in the 1B wing). the solutions must be written up independently of the other students. you are responsible for understanding and being able to explain all of the statements in your homeworks and exam solutions. as well as graded homeworks not picked up in class. it is useful to ask others (TAs. will be placed in the “Handout Hangout. so your final homework total will be out of 180 points. I anticipate the median score to correspond to a “B” grade. The exam is closed book and closed computer. graded out of 70 points. no late homeworks will be accepted. by noon. I explicitly disallow the use of any material outside the prescribed textbook and my handouts in class for solving the homeworks and exams. There may or may not be an alternative exam time earlier in week. Homeworks: There will be 7 homework assignments. just beyond the elevator in the hallway leading to the B wing. As a consequence. I will make the following exception. If you have not taken a probability course. Most importantly. Challenge Problems: I try to design homework problems so that most of you can come up with a correct solution in a reasonable amount of time. will be available from the course home page. Final grades: Your homework. In particular. We will also be less generous with partial credit for challenge problems than with required ones. the instructor.. 2 . though this could change (in either direction). but you are permitted one (double-sided) sheet of notes. To rectify this. On many occasions. For this reason. All handouts.” This is located on the fourth floor of the Gates building. Final Exam: The final exam will take place at the officially scheduled time: Friday. Handouts and graded homework: All handouts. Any assistance received (from human or inanimate sources) that is not given proper citation may be considered a violation of the Honor Code. While correct solutions will be awarded extra credit (up to 10 points per problem). and exam scores will be added to give you a point total for the class (out of 400). each of you is expected to submit your own work in this course.) Exceptions will be granted only in the case of a severe medical emergency.Prerequisites: Introduction to proofs. and basic combinatorics. rather than as a time-effective way of increasing your score in the course. expectation.) The exam will be worth 150 points. and discrete mathematics and probability (e. and are completely optional. Such activity is both acceptable and encouraged. I will include “challenge problems”. I want to be clear: these problems are meant to push your problem-solving abilities. save for homework and exam solutions. or to talk generally about problem-solving strategies and presentation — the type of advice you would expect to get from the instructor and TAs during their office hours. These will typically be substantially more difficult than the required homework problems.

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