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6.006 Introduction to Algorithms Lecture 1: Document Distance Prof. Erik Demaine
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Your Professors Prof. Erik Demaine Prof. Piotr Indyk Prof. Manolis Kellis
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Your TAs Kevin Kelley Joseph Laurendi Tianren Qi Nicholas Zehender David Wen
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Your Textbook
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Administrivia Handout: Course information Webpage: http://courses.csail.mit.edu/6.006/spring11/ Sign up for recitation if you didn’t fill out form already Sign up for problem set server: https://alg.csail.mit.edu/ Sign up for Piazzza account to ask/answer questions: http://piazzza.com/ Prereqs: 6.01 (Python), 6.042 (discrete math) Grades: Problem sets (30%) Quiz 1 (20%; Mar. 8 @ 7.30–9.30pm) Quiz 2 (20%; Apr. 13 @ 7.30–9.30pm) Final (30%) Lectures & Recitations; Homework labs; Quiz reviews Read collaboration policy!
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Today Class overview What’s a (good) algorithm? Topics Document Distance Vector space model Algorithms Python profiling & gotchas
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What’s an Algorithm? Mathematical abstraction of computer program Well‐specified method for solving a computational problem Typically, a finite sequence of operations Description might be structured English, pseudocode, or real code Key: no ambiguity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Euclid_flowchart_1.png
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al Khw ā rizm ī (c. 780–850) “al‐kha‐raz‐mi” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Abu_Abdullah_Muhammad_bin_Musa_al‐Khwarizmi_edit.png http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al‐Khwarizmi
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al Khw ā rizm ī (c. 780–850) “al‐kha‐raz‐mi” Father of algebra The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing (c. 830) equations: some of the first algorithms http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Image‐Al‐Kit%C4%81b_al‐ mu%E1%B8%ABta%E1%B9%A3ar_f%C4%AB_%E1%B8%A5is%C4%81b_al‐ %C4%9Fabr_wa‐l‐muq%C4%81bala.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al‐Khwarizmi
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Efficient Algorithms Want an algorithm that’s Correct Fast Small space General Simple Clever
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Efficient Algorithms Mainly interested in scalability as problem size grows
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Why Efficient Algorithms? Save wait time, storage needs, energy
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