MEng Software Engineering
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Advanced Algorithms 1
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Computer Science|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course unit has two objectives. The first is to introduce the student to a range of fundamental, non-trivial algorthms, and to the techniques required to analyse their correctness and running-time. The second is to present a conceptual framework for analysing the intrinsic complexity of computational problems, which abstracts away from details of particular algorithms.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Mathematical Techniques for Computer Science||COMP11120||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Foundations of Pure Mathematics A||MATH10101||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Foundations of Pure Mathematics B||MATH10111||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Algorithms and Imperative Programming||COMP26120||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
To enrol students are required to have taken COMP26120 and one of the following: COMP11120, MATH10101 or MATH10111.
Topics considered include finding components in graphs, computing optimum flows in networks, matching in bi-partite graphs, solving the stable marriage problem, and string matching in text.
The second part considers the more general problem of analysing the intrinsic complexity of computational problems. Topics considered include the Turing model of computation and its associated complexity hierarchy, hardness and reductions, and both upper and lower complexity-bounds for various well-known problems from logic and graph theory.
Reproduce a range of standard algorithms in Computer Science, and reason about their correctness and computational complexity.
Define the notions complexity class (such as PTIME and NPTIME), completeness and hardness, and compare complexity classes by reduction.
Show that some tasks are NP-complete and give a range of NP-complete problems.
Explain the hierarchy of complexity classes (including deterministic and non-deterministic classes, and time- and space-classes) and prove some of the key theorems concerning these classes.
Undirected graphs: union find and the inverse Ackerman function
Flow optimization and matching
The stable marriage problem and the Gale-Shapley algorithm
String matching and the KMP algorithm.
Some problems from logic: upper bounds
Hardness and reductions: Cook's theorem
Some problems from graph theory: 3-colouring, Hamiltonian and Eulerian circuits, the TSP
Some problems from logic: lower bounds
Savitch's theorem and the Immerman-Szelepcsényi theorem
How to pass the exam.
36111-cwk1-F-Formulating Arguments; Out of 20; Deadline End Wk II Oct 4th 14:00
36111-cwk2-S-exercisesA; Out of 20; Deadline End Wk IV Oct 18th 14:00
36111-cwk3-S-exercisesB; Out of 20; Deadline End Wk IX Nov 22nd 14:00
Teaching and learning methods
22 lecture course but some lectures will be cancelled to provide time for assessed exercises.
- Analytical skills
- Problem solving
|Written assignment (inc essay)||30%|
COMP36111 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Ian Pratt-Hartmann||Unit coordinator|
Course unit materials
Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.