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Hours to complete

Approx. 21 hours to complete

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AlgorithmsRandomized AlgorithmSorting AlgorithmDivide And Conquer Algorithms
Specialization

Course 1 of 4 in the

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 21 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 4-8 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 1

Introduction; "big-oh" notation and asymptotic analysis....
Reading
13 videos (Total 130 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video13 videos
Integer Multiplication8m
Karatsuba Multiplication12m
About the Course17m
Merge Sort: Motivation and Example8m
Merge Sort: Pseudocode12m
Merge Sort: Analysis9m
Guiding Principles for Analysis of Algorithms15m
The Gist14m
Big-Oh Notation4m
Basic Examples7m
Big Omega and Theta7m
Additional Examples [Review - Optional]7m
Reading3 readings
Welcome and Week 1 Overview10m
Overview, Resources, and Policies10m
Lecture slides10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Problem Set #110m
Programming Assignment #12m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 2

Divide-and-conquer basics; the master method for analyzing divide and conquer algorithms....
Reading
11 videos (Total 170 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
O(n log n) Algorithm for Counting Inversions II16m
Strassen's Subcubic Matrix Multiplication Algorithm22m
O(n log n) Algorithm for Closest Pair I [Advanced - Optional]31m
O(n log n) Algorithm for Closest Pair II [Advanced - Optional]18m
Motivation7m
Formal Statement10m
Examples13m
Proof I9m
Interpretation of the 3 Cases10m
Proof II16m
Reading2 readings
Week 2 Overview10m
Optional Theory Problems (Batch #1)10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Problem Set #210m
Programming Assignment #22m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 3

The QuickSort algorithm and its analysis; probability review....
Reading
9 videos (Total 156 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Partitioning Around a Pivot24m
Correctness of Quicksort [Review - Optional]10m
Choosing a Good Pivot22m
Analysis I: A Decomposition Principle21m
Analysis II: The Key Insight11m
Analysis III: Final Calculations8m
Probability Review I25m
Probability Review II17m
Reading1 reading
Week 3 Overview10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Problem Set #310m
Programming Assignment #36m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Week 4

Linear-time selection; graphs, cuts, and the contraction algorithm....
Reading
11 videos (Total 184 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video11 videos
Randomized Selection - Analysis20m
Deterministic Selection - Algorithm [Advanced - Optional]16m
Deterministic Selection - Analysis I [Advanced - Optional]22m
Deterministic Selection - Analysis II [Advanced - Optional]12m
Omega(n log n) Lower Bound for Comparison-Based Sorting [Advanced - Optional]13m
Graphs and Minimum Cuts15m
Graph Representations14m
Random Contraction Algorithm8m
Analysis of Contraction Algorithm30m
Counting Minimum Cuts7m
Reading3 readings
Week 4 Overview10m
Optional Theory Problems (Batch #2)10m
Info and FAQ for final exam10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Problem Set #410m
Programming Assignment #42m
Final Exam20m
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Top Reviews

By KSSep 14th 2018

Well researched. Topics covered well, with walkthrough for exam.le cases for each new introduced algorithm. Great experience, learned a lot of important algorithms and algorithmic thinking practices.

By CVJun 11th 2017

A really exciting and challenging course. Loved the way the instructor explained everything with so much detail and precision. Definitely looking forward to the next course in the specialization.

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Tim Roughgarden

Professor
Computer Science

About Stanford University

The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is an American private research university located in Stanford, California on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus near Palo Alto, California, United States....

About the Algorithms Specialization

Algorithms are the heart of computer science, and the subject has countless practical applications as well as intellectual depth. This specialization is an introduction to algorithms for learners with at least a little programming experience. The specialization is rigorous but emphasizes the big picture and conceptual understanding over low-level implementation and mathematical details. After completing this specialization, you will be well-positioned to ace your technical interviews and speak fluently about algorithms with other programmers and computer scientists. About the instructor: Tim Roughgarden has been a professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University since 2004. He has taught and published extensively on the subject of algorithms and their applications....
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