Indiana University, Fall 2023
This course studies the fundamental ideas for efficiently analyzing large amounts of data, such as DNA sequence databases and geographic information. These fundamental ideas come in two kinds: algorithms and data structures. Algorithms are instructions for solving problems and data structures are strategies for organizing information on computers. Efficient algorithms require appropriate data structures, and vice versa, so the study of algorithms and data structures is tightly linked. In this course we learn about the algorithms and data structures that form the building blocks for many of Today’s large-scale computer systems. We apply these ideas to solve challenging problems in bioinformatics and geographic information systems. Warning: a possible side-effect of taking this course is doing better on job interview questions.
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:15pm-2:30pm, Ballantine Hall (BH), Room 344.
Fridays 10:20am-12:15pm, Ballantine Hall (BH) 118.
Expect at least one quiz per month during lab time.
Instructors and Office Hours
Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in Java, 3rd Ed. by Mark A. Weiss
Slack (communicating with instructors and other students)
|Day||Lecture Topic||Reading Due||Assignments and Due Dates||Link|
|Aug. 23||Arrays, Rotation, Testing||Ch. 1|
|Aug. 25||Lab 1: Array Search Testing||submit|
|Aug. 28||Algorithm Analysis||Lab 1 due||video|
|Aug. 30||Algorithm Analysis continued||Ch. 2||Homework 1 due||video|
|Sep. 1||Lab 2: Array Search||submit|
|Sep. 4||Labor Day|
|Sep. 5||Lab 2: Array Search due|
|Sep. 6||Linked Lists and Abstract Data Types||Ch. 3 sec. 1-5|
|Sep. 8||Quiz 1||Lab: work on Project 1 FloodIt!||submit|
|Sep. 11||More ADTs, Binary Trees||Ch. 3 sec. 6-7,
Ch. 4 sec. 1-2
|Project 1: FloodIt! due|
|Sep. 13||Binary Search Trees||Ch. 4 sec. 3 and 7|
|Sep. 15||Lab 3: Merge Sort on Linked Lists
|Sep. 18||Balanced Search Trees (AVL)||Ch. 4 sec. 4||Lab 3 due|
|Sep. 20||More AVL, Code Review (Flood It!)|
|Sep. 22||Lab 4: Next Prev Binary Tree
|Sep. 25||Hash tables||Ch. 5 sec. 1,2,3,5,6||Lab 4 due|
|Sep. 27||Code Review (Merge Sort),
Assertions and Correctness
|Sep. 29||Quiz 2||Lab: work on
Project 2 Segment Intersection
|Oct. 2||Heaps and Priority Queues||Ch. 6 sec. 1-4, 9|
|Oct. 4||Heaps Continued|
|Oct. 6||Lab: finish
Project 2 Segment Intersection
|Oct. 9||Review for Midterm Exam||Project 2: Segment Intersection due|
|Oct. 11||Midterm Exam (in class)|
|Oct. 13||Fall Break|
|Oct. 16||Binomial Queues||Ch. 6 sec. 8|
|Oct. 18||Quicksort||Ch. 7, sec. 1-7|
|Oct. 20||Lab 5: Binomial Heaps
|Oct. 23||No class on Oct. 23||Lab 5 due|
|Oct. 25||Quicksort continued, Sorting in Linear Time|
|Oct. 27||Quiz 3||Lab 6: Generic Quicksort||test, code|
|Oct. 30||Graphs and Breadth-first Search||Lab 6 due|
|Nov. 1||Depth-first Search||Ch. 9 sec. 3|
|Nov. 3||Lab 7: Connected Components||test, code|
|Nov. 6||Shortest Paths||Ch. 9 sec. 6||Lab 7 due|
|Nov. 8||Union Find||Ch. 8|
|Nov. 10||Quiz 4||Lab: work on
Project 3 Routing Wires
|Nov. 13||Minimum Spanning Tree||Ch. 9 sec. 5|
|Nov. 15||Backtracking||Ch. 10 sec. 5|
|Nov. 17||Lab: finish
Project 3 Routing Wires
|Nov. 27||Dynamic Programming||Ch. 10, sec. 3||Project 3: Routing Wires due|
|Nov. 29||DNA Alignment|
|Dec. 1||Quiz 5||Lab 8: DNA Alignment||test, code|
|Dec. 4||TBD||Lab 8 due|
|Dec. 6||Review for Final Exam|
|Dec. 11||Final Exam 3-5pm|
Autograder for submitting coding assignments.
|100%||before 1st deadline|
|90%||before 2nd deadline (one week after 1st)|
|0%||after 2nd deadline|
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