Lec1 - COT 6936: Topics in Algorithms Giri Narasimhan ECS...

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1 COT 6936: Topics in Algorithms Giri Narasimhan ECS 254A / EC 2443; Phone: x3748 giri@cs.fiu.edu http://www.cs.fiu.edu/~giri/teach/5407F08.html https://online.cis.fiu.edu/portal/course/view.php?id=427 Purpose of this class • First course in algorithms is inadequate preparation for most PhD students – Learn standard techniques – Solve standard problems – Learn basic analysis techniques – Need to go beyond that! • This course – Model/formalize a problem – Leverage existing solutions – Create your own solutions 1/5/10 COT 6936 2 Expectations • Attend class • Participate in class discussions • Team work; discussion groups • Solve practical research problems • Make a presentation; write a report – need a research component; may implement • Write research paper • No cell phones, SMS, or email during class 1/5/10 COT 6936 3
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1/5/10 COT 6936 4 Evaluation • Exam (1) 20% • Quizzes 5% • Homework Assignments 15% • Semester Project 40% • Class Participation 20% Semester Schedule • Milestones: – By Jan 18: Meet with me and discuss project – By Jan 25: Send me email with project team information and topic – Feb 3 rd week : Short presentation (15 minutes) giving intro to project, problem definition, notation, and background – March 2 nd week : Take-home Exam – Starting March last week : Full length presentation of project (1 hour) – April 15 : Written report on project 1/5/10 COT 6936 5 1/5/10 COT 6936 6 Why should I care about Algorithms ? Cartoon from
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