CMSC651 Analysis of Algorithms, Fall 2012
Class Venue and Time: CSI 2120, TuTh 11-12:15
Office: AVW 3263, Phone: 301-405-2695
Instructor's office Hours: Thu 2-4 PM in AVW 3263, or by
appointment (please email Aravind)
Grader: Catalin Tiseanu (ctiseanu AT gmail)
Course Time and Location: Tue, Thu
11-12:15, CSIC 2120
Acknowledgment. I thank
for sharing their course resources with me.
Our primary goals are as follows:
- Use the standard class-format to teach the basics of algorithms.
- Expose the students (in the HWs and in class) to different
models such as parallel, multi-core, online, and distributed
computing, large data-sets & streaming data, and MapReduce-like
- Foster independent and group-based learning via a semester-long
reading and problem-solving project.
- Encourage participation and the airing of ideas: 5% of the class credit
will be for introducing oneself and having
a technical discussion during office hours.
Topics, Schedule, and Online Resources
Please click here for a lecture-by-lecture
schedule and online resources (notes and videos).
Grading, Homework, and Exams
The grading will be as follows -- students will form groups of typical size
three for the first two items below:
1, due at the beginning of class on Sept 18.
- Homework based on class material: 30%
- Homework based on Hopcroft-Kannan book: 15%
- Free discussion is strongly encouraged; students will receive 5% credit
for coming to Aravind's office hours before the end of October to discuss
- Take-home mid-term: 20%
- Will be given out Oct 22, due in class on Oct 25.
- Will cover all topics covered up to (and including) the class on Oct 18th,
as well as Chapter 2 of Hopcroft-Kannan.
- In-class final exam, 8-10AM on Dec 13th in our classroom: 30%
- Covers all topics covered in class for the whole semester; material from
Hopcroft-Kannan is not included.
- Update: For the final exam, you can bring
your own notes plus all
papers/notes posted in the class page or emailed to you. No other material
will be allowed.
- Aravind will hold additional office hours 11AM-12 noon and 1-2PM on
2, due at the beginning of class on Sept 27.
3, due at the beginning of class on Oct 9.
4, due at the beginning of class on Oct 18.
Mid-term exam, due by 11:59PM on Oct 25.
5: deadline extended to 10AM on Nov 19.
Homework based on Hopcroft-Kannan, due at the beginning of class on Dec 6.
6, due at the beginning of class on Dec 11.
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)."