CMSC 858C, Randomized Algorithms, Fall 2011: Tue, Thu
Office: AVW 3263, Phone: 301-405-2695
Instructor's office Hours: Thu 2:45-4:45 PM in AVW 3263
Course Time and Location: Tue, Thu
12:30-1:45PM, CSIC 3118
Acknowledgment: I thank
for their valuable input with various aspects of this course.
Please see a lecture-by-lecture schedule
here and the course outline
There will be no required textbook for this course; we will distribute
notes/papers as necessary. Four excellent books in this field are:
The course will be valid for Ph.D. qualifying coursework,
M.S. qualifying coursework, and M.S. comps, all in the "Algorithms and
Computation Theory" area; the relevant exams will be the
mid-term and the final.
Grading: We will have a take-home mid-term and in-class
final. The grade will be determined by: Homework 30%, Mid-term 25%,
Final 35%, and Class Participation 10%.
Enthusiastic participation is strongly encouraged.
Homework: We will have some graded and some ungraded
homework assignments. Students will work in groups of three for all graded
homework assignments, and are also urged to complete the
ungraded assignments (solutions to which will be provided).
Homework 1, due Sept 20th.
Homework 2, due Sept 29th.
Ungraded Homework 1.
Ungraded Homework 2.
Homework 3, due Dec. 13th. (This is a longer homework
Exams: The final will be during the university's
official time: in our classroom CSIC 3118, 1:30-3:30PM on Tuesday,
Dec 20th. The final will include everything covered during the semester: you
can bring your own notes, HW solutions, and handouts given in class - no
other material is allowed. The mid-term will be emailed to the students
on the 17th of October, and will be due in class on Oct. 25th.
General Info: Class participation is strongly encouraged;
students are urged to come to the office hours if they have questions, and
can also email Aravind to setup alternative times if they cannot attend the
regular office hours. A few lectures will be rescheduled (or covered by
guest lectures) during Aravind's travel; very few of the office hours
may also be canceled. (Again, students are always welcome to email Aravind
to setup additional meeting-times as needed.)
Students are strongly encouraged to complete their course evaluations;
please do so at the CourseEvalUM
See the university's policy on medically-necessitated absence from class. The
"Major Scheduled Grading Events" for this course are the mid-term and
final exams; students claiming an excused absence from these events
must apply in writing and furnish documentary support (such as from a
health-care professional who treated
the student) for any assertion that the absence qualifies as an excused
absence. The support should explicitly indicate the dates or times the
student was incapacitated due to illness. Self-documentation of illness
is not itself sufficient support to excuse the absence. An instructor
is not under obligation to offer a substitute assignment or to give a
student a make-up assessment unless the failure to perform was due to
an excused absence.
Academic Accommodations for Disabilities
Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations
due to a disability is requested to provide, to the instructor in office
hours, a letter of accommodation from the Office of Disability Support
Services (DSS) within the first two weeks of the semester.
The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized
Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council.
This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all
undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible
for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for
you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication,
facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of
Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit
To further exhibit your commitment to academic integrity, remember to
sign the Honor Pledge on all examinations and assignments: "I pledge on
my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance
on this examination (assignment)."