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Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Discrete mathematics forms the mathematical foundation of computer and information science. It is also a fascinating subject in itself.
Learners will become familiar with a broad range of mathematical objects like sets, functions, relations, graphs, that are omnipresent in computer science. Perhaps more importantly, they will reach a certain level of mathematical maturity - being able to understand formal statements and their proofs; coming up with rigorous proofs themselves; and coming up with interesting results.
This course attempts to be rigorous without being overly formal. This means, for every concept we introduce we will show at least one interesting and non-trivial result and give a full proof. However, we will do so without too much formal notation, employing examples and figures whenever possible.
The main topics of this course are (1) sets, functions, relations, (2) enumerative combinatorics, (3) graph theory, (4) network flow and matchings. It does not cover modular arithmetic, algebra, and logic, since these topics have a slightly different flavor and because there are already several courses on Coursera specifically on these topics.

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Subtitles: English

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Suggested: 11 weeks of study, 3-5 hours per week....

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1This module gives the learner a first impression of what discrete mathematics is about, and in which ways its "flavor" differs from other fields of mathematics. It introduces basic objects like sets, relations, functions, which form the foundation of discrete mathematics....

2 videos (Total 27 min), 3 quizzes

Sets, relations, and functions30m

Week

2Even without knowing, the learner has seen some orderings in the past. Numbers are ordered by <=. Integers can be partially ordered by the "divisible by" relation. In genealogy, people are ordered by the "A is an ancestor of B" relation. This module formally introduces partial orders and proves some fundamental and non-trivial facts about them....

2 videos (Total 28 min), 2 quizzes

Partial orders, maximal and minimal elements, chains, antichainss

Week

3A big part of discrete mathematics is about counting things. A classic example asks how many different words can be obtained by re-ordering the letters in the word Mississippi. Counting problems of this flavor abound in discrete mathematics discrete probability and also in the analysis of algorithms....

3 videos (Total 35 min), 2 quizzes

Evaluating Simple Sums8m

Pascal's Triangle14m

Counting Basic Objectss

Week

4The binomial coefficient (n choose k) counts the number of ways to select k elements from a set of size n. It appears all the time in enumerative combinatorics. A good understanding of (n choose k) is also extremely helpful for analysis of algorithms....

3 videos (Total 55 min), 3 quizzes

Estimating the Binomial Coefficient22m

Excursion to Discrete Probability: Computing the Expected Minimum of k Random Elements from {1,...,n}18m

An Eagle's View of Pascal's Triangle8m

Week

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1 video (Total 14 min), 3 quizzes

The Big-O-Notation18m

Week

6Graphs are arguably the most important object in discrete mathematics. A huge number of problems from computer science and combinatorics can be modelled in the language of graphs. This module introduces the basic notions of graph theory - graphs, cycles, paths, degree, isomorphism....

3 videos (Total 41 min), 3 quizzes

Graph Isomorphism, Degree, Graph Score13m

Graph Score Theorem16m

Graphs, isomorphisms, and the sliding tile puzzle30m

Week

7We continue with graph theory basics. In this module, we introduce trees, an important class of graphs, and several equivalent characterizations of trees. Finally, we present an efficient algorithm for detecting whether two trees are isomorphic....

3 videos (Total 36 min), 3 quizzes

Cycles and Trees15m

An Efficient Algorithm for Isomorphism of Trees12m

Cycles and Trees30m

Week

8Starting with the well-known "Bridges of Königsberg" riddle, we prove the well-known characterization of Eulerian graphs. We discuss Hamiltonian paths and give sufficient criteria for their existence with Dirac's and Ore's theorem....

2 videos (Total 27 min), 2 quizzes

Hamiltonian Cycles and Pathss

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9We discuss spanning trees of graphs. In particular we present Kruskal's algorithm for finding the minimum spanning tree of a graph with edge costs. We prove Cayley's formula, stating that the complete graph on n vertices has n^(n-2) spanning trees....

2 videos (Total 29 min), 3 quizzes

Spanning Trees40m

Week

10This module is about flow networks and has a distinctively algorithmic flavor. We prove the maximum flow minimum cut duality theorem....

2 videos (Total 29 min), 2 quizzes

Flow Networks: The Maxflow - Mincut Theorem15m

Network flow8m

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11We prove Hall's Theorem and Kőnig's Theorem, two important results on matchings in bipartite graphs. With the machinery from flow networks, both have quite direct proofs. Finally, partial orderings have their comeback with Dilworth's Theorem, which has a surprising proof using Kőnig's Theorem....

3 videos (Total 46 min), 1 quiz

Matchings in Bipartite Graphs: Hall's and König's Theorem16m

Partial Orders: Dilworth's Theorem on Chains and Antichains15m

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31 ReviewsBy NP•Oct 23rd 2017

Fantastic course. Fascinating material, presented at a reasonably fast pace, and some really challenging assignments.

By AG•Dec 5th 2018

This course is good to comprehend relation, function and combinations.

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