CSCI H343 Data Structures Fall 2023

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)

Workspace (signup)


Day Lecture Topic Reading Due Assignments and Due Dates Link
Aug. 21 Introduction      
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
Lab Notes
test, code
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
Lab Notes
test, code
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
Lab Notes
test, code
Oct. 2 Heaps and Priority Queues Ch. 6 sec. 1-4, 9    
Oct. 4 Heaps Continued      
Oct. 6     Lab: finish
Project 2 Segment Intersection
test, code
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
Lab Notes
test, code
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
Lab Notes
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. 20
Nov. 24
Thanksgiving Break      
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      


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90% before 2nd deadline (one week after 1st)
0% after 2nd deadline

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