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Undergraduate Course: Algorithms and Data Structures (INFR09006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course aims to provide general techniques for the design of efficient algorithms and, in parallel, develop appropriate mathematical tools for analysing their performance. In this, it broadens and deepens the study of algorithms and data structures initiated in INF2. The focus is on algorithms, more than data structures. Along the way, problem solving skills are exercised and developed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Informatics 2B - Algorithms, Data Structures, Learning (INFR08009) AND ( Mathematics for Informatics 3a (MATH08042) OR Foundations of Calculus (MATH08005)) AND ( Mathematics for Informatics 3b (MATH08043) OR Linear Algebra (MATH08007)) AND ( Mathematics for Informatics 4a (MATH08044) OR Methods of Applied Mathematics (MATH08035)) AND ( Mathematics for Informatics 4b (MATH08045) OR Several Variable Calculus (MATH08006))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who did not take Inf2B should get special permission from the course lecturer.

Successful completion of Year 2 of an Informatics Single or Combined Degree, or equivalent by permission of the School.

This course has the following mathematics prerequisites:

1 - Calculus: limits, sums, integration, differentiation, recurrence relations, the Master theorem.
2 - Graph theory: graphs, digraphs, components, trees, weighted graphs, DFS, BFS.
3 - Probability: random variables, expectation, variance, Markov's inequality, Chebychev's inequality
4 - Linear algebra: vectors, matrices, matrix multiplication, scalar products.
5 - Complex numbers: the imaginary unit i, addition and multiplication in C, exponentiation.
6 - Generalities: induction, O-notation, proof by contradiction.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 10:00 - 10:50
CentralLecture1-11 10:00 - 10:50
First Class Week 1, Tuesday, 10:00 - 10:50, Zone: Central. Minto House Lec Rm 1
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 10:00 - 10:50
CentralLecture1-11 10:00 - 10:50
First Class Week 1, Tuesday, 10:00 - 10:50, Zone: Central. Minto House Lec Rm 1
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - Should be able to describe, and implement, the major algorithms for well known combinatorial problems such as Sorting, Matrix Multiplication, Minimum Spanning Trees, and other problems listed in the syllabus.
2 - Should be able to demonstrate familiarity with algorithmic strategies such as Divide-and-Conquer, the Greedy strategy and Dynamic Programming; and should be able to test these strategies on new problems and identify whether or not they are likely to be useful for those problems.
3 - Should be able to construct clear and rigorous arguments to prove correctness/running-time bounds of algorithms, and should be able to present these arguments in writing.
4 - Should be able to explain the importance of the data structures used in a particular implementation of an algorithm, and how the data structure that is used can affect the running time.
5 - Should be able to construct simple lower bound arguments for algorithmic problems, and to understand the relationship between upper and lower bounds. Also should be able to perform simple average-case analyses of the running-time of an algorithm, as well as worst-case analyses.
Assessment Information
Written Examination 75
Assessed Assignments 25
Oral Presentations 0

In addition to the written exam there are two pieces of assessed coursework, which involve pen and paper exercises and programming.

If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Introductory concepts
Review of CS2. Models of computation; time and space complexity; upper and lower bounds, big-O and big-Omega notation; average and worst case analysis.

Divide and conquer
Matrix multiplication: Strassen's algorithm; the discrete Fourier transform (DFT), the fast Fourier transform (FFT). Expressing the runtime of a recursive algorithm as a recurrence relation; solving recurrence relations.

Quicksort and its analysis; worst-case, best-case and average-case.

Data structures: Disjoint sets
The ``disjoint sets'' (union-find) abstract data type: specification and implementations as lists and trees. Union-by-rank, path-compression, etc., ``heuristics''. Applications to finding minimum spanning trees.

Dynamic programming
Introduction to the technique; examples: Matrix-chain multiplication, Longest common subsequences.

Graph/Network algorithms
Network flow, Max-flow/min-cut theorem, Ford-Fulkerson algorithm.

Geometric algorithms
Convex hull of a set of points (in 2-d).

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Data Structures and Algorithms
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list * Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest, Stein: Introduction to Algorithms (2nd Edition). MIT Press, 2002. (Course text)
* Goodrich, Tamassia: Algorithm Design - Foundations, Analysis, and Internet Examples. Wiley, 2002.
* Kleinberg, Tardos: Algorithm Design. Addison-Wesley, 2005.

Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 20
Tutorials 8
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 25
Private Study/Other 47
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Nigel Goddard
Tel: (0131 6)51 3091
Course secretaryMiss Tamise Totterdell
Tel: 0131 650 9970
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