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Bridge Course Algorithms and Data Structures (SS 23)
A blended learning bridge course for master students with little background in theoretical computer science.
This course is only open for Data Science students.
(Students from other programs may of course watch the video lectures and study the text book on their own.
However, they can neither register for the exam, nor take the exam, and in particular they
cannot receive credit points for this course.)
- Data Science students have to use the exam registration in RWTHonline.
It is not necessary to register for the lecture, because this course is a self learning course.
At the end of the semester there will be an oral exam in person at the chair of computer science 1.
Please contact fuchs(at)algo.rwth-aachen.de to plan an appointment for your oral exam.
The course is self paced and consists of 12
from MIT Open CourseWare.
has been developed by Prof Charles Leiserson and Prof Erik Demaine.
- Lecture 1: Introduction; Analysis of Algorithms, Insertion Sort, Mergesort
- Lecture 2: Asymptotic Notation; Recurrences; Substitution, Master Method
- Lecture 3: Divide-and-Conquer: Strassen, Fibonacci, complete binary trees
- Lecture 4: Quicksort, Randomized Algorithms
- Lecture 5: Linear-time Sorting: Lower Bounds, Counting Sort, Radix Sort
- Lecture 6: Order Statistics, Median
- Lecture 7: Hashing, Hash Functions
- Lecture 9: Binary search trees
- Lecture 15: Dynamic Programming, Longest Common Subsequence
- Lecture 16: Greedy Algorithms, Minimum Spanning Trees
- Lecture 17: Shortest Paths I: Properties, Dijkstra's Algorithm, Breadth-first Search
- Lecture 18: Shortest Paths II: Bellman-Ford, Linear Programming, Difference Constraints
If you encounter problems or have questions regarding some topic of the lecture, you can wirte your question to fuchs(at)algo.rwth-aachen.de
On top of the
[problems and exercises]
posed at the MIT page, we also recommend the following exercises and problems from the book by Cormen et al (2nd edition
Exercises are shown in black, and problems (listed in the final section of every chapter)
are shown in red color
- Lecture 1: 1.2-3, 2.1-2, 2.2-2, 2.3-3, 2.3-5; 2-2
- Lecture 2: 3.1-2, 3.2-3; 3-2, 3-4; 4.2-1; 4.3-1; 4-4
- Lecture 3: 28.2-2, 28.2-6
- Lecture 4: 7.1-2, 7.2-1, 7.3-1, 7.4-2
- Lecture 5: 8.1-1, 8.1-3, 8.2-2, 8.3-2, 8.4-2
- Lecture 6: 9.1-1, 9.3-1, 9.3-2, 9.3-8, 9.3-9
- Lecture 7: 11.1-2, 11.2-1, 11.2-5, 11.3-3, 11.3-4
- Lecture 9: 12.1-1, 12.1-2, 12.1-4, 12.2-4, 12.3-3, 12.3-5
- Lecture 15: 15.1-2, 15.1-3, 15.4-1, 15.4-2, 15.4-5
- Lecture 16: 23.1-1, 23.1-3, 23.1-5, 23.2-1, 23.2-4, 23-3
- Lecture 17: 24.3-1, 24.3-2, 24.3-3, 24.3-4, 24.3-8
- Lecture 18: 24.1-1, 24.1-2, 24.1-4, 24.2-4, 24.4-2, 24.4-6
The underlying text book is "Introduction to Algorithms"
by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald Rivest, and Clifford Stein, MIT Press.
All references to chapters (and in particular: all numbers of exercises and problems) concern the 2nd edition
of the book; the other editions contain essentially the same information, but slightly deviate in the numbering
of chapters and exercises.