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Introduction to Algorithms November 17, 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6.006 Fall 2011 Professors Erik Demaine and Srini Devadas Quiz 2 Solutions Quiz 2 Solutions Problem 1. [1 points] Write your name on top of each page. Problem 2. True/False [28 points] (14 parts) Circle (T)rue or (F)alse. You don’t need to justify your choice. (a) T F [2 points] Computing b a c for an n -bit positive integer a can be done in O (lg n ) iterations of Newton’s method. Solution: True. This is the bound obtained by Newton’s Method’s quadratic convergence. (b) T F [2 points] Suppose we want to solve a polynomial equation f ( x ) = 0 . While our choice of initial approximation x 0 will affect how quickly Newton’s method converges, it will always converge eventually. Solution: False. Take e.g. f ( x ) = x 3 - 2 x +2 and x 0 = 0 . Then x 2 i +1 = 1 and x 2 i = 0 for all i (that is, the approximations alternate between 0 and 1 without ever converging). (c) T F [2 points] Karatsuba’s integer multiplication algorithm always runs faster than the grade-school integer multiplication algorithm. Solution: False. Problem Set 5 has shown that the O ( N 2 ) algorithm runs faster for small numbers. (d) T F [2 points] If we convert an n -digit base-256 number into base 2, the resulting number of digits is Θ( n 2 ) . Solution: False. log 256 n = log 2 n = log 2 n log 256 8 . By converting a base-256 number to base 2, the number of digits is 2 multiplied by 8. For all b 1 , b 2 = 1 , converting a base- b 1 number to base- b 2 results in a linear increase or decrease in the number of digits. (e) T F [2 points] In a weighted undirected graph G = ( V, E, w ) , breadth-first search from a vertex s finds single-source shortest paths from s (via parent pointers) in O ( V + E ) time. Solution: False. Only in unweighted graphs. (f) T F [2 points] In a weighted undirected tree G = ( V, E, w ) , breadth-first search from a vertex s finds single-source shortest paths from s (via parent pointers) in O ( V + E ) time. 6

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6.006 Quiz 2 Solutions Name 2 Solution: True. In a tree, there is only one path between two vertices, and breadth-first search finds it. (g) T F [2 points] In a weighted undirected tree G = ( V, E, w ) , depth -first search from a vertex s finds single-source shortest paths from s (via parent pointers) in O ( V + E ) time. Solution: True. In a tree, there is only one path between two vertices, and depth-first search finds it. (h) T F [2 points] If a graph represents tasks and their interdependencies (i.e., an edge ( u, v ) indicates that u must happen before v happens), then the breadth-first search order of vertices is a valid order in which to tackle the tasks. Solution: No, you’d prefer depth-first search, which can easily be used to pro- duce a topological sort of the graph, which would correspond to a valid task order. BFS can produce incorrect results. (i) T F [2 points] Dijkstra’s shortest-path algorithm may relax an edge more than once in a graph with a cycle.
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