Algorithms and Data Structures, MSc
This course provides the basic algorithmic tools indispensable for every software developer.
Computers help us compute things: To sort alphabetically the entries in a telephone directory; to compute the next frame of a video game; to find the seats available on an airplane. However, there are faster and slower ways to compute things. To be an effective programmer, you must know not only how to make a computer compute things, but how to efficiently compute things.
This course provides the basic algorithmic tools indispensible for every software developer.
Topics covered are among others complexity analysis, big-O, algorithmic problem solving techniques including divide-and-conquer, concrete algorithms and data structures for search trees, sorting, hashing, graphs, shortest paths.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Discuss and clearly explain the mechanics of computations and data structures involving manipulation of references, nested loops and recursion, specified in natural language, in abstract pseudocode or in concrete programming language (Java/Python)
- Implement abstractly specified computations and data structures in an imperative programming language (Java/Python).
- Analyze time and space usage of algorithms/programs.
- Assess scalability of a given single-threaded software application, using asymptotic analysis.
- Choose among and make use of the most important algorithms and data structures in libraries, based on knowledge of their complexity.
- Design algorithms for ad hoc problems by using and combining known algorithms and data structures
- Describe the most important hardware and programming language factors influencing the speed at which a program runs and take them into account in assessment of speed of algorithms.
Ordinary examExam type:
A: Written exam on premises, external (7-trinsskala)
A33: Written exam on premises on paper with restrictions
Written exam, 4 hours, with access to all paper-based aids.
For instance, you may bring the course book and your own notes.
The test is filled in in handwriting, for instance using pen.
You do not have access to any electronic devices, in particularly you may not use a mobile phone, a computer, a pocket calculator, or an e-book reader.