Behavior of Algorithms OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Course on the Study of Algorithms

Published Jan 06, 2009

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Graduate students earning master's degrees in Mathematics who are interested in theoretical topics in computer science may be interested in this OpenCourseWare on the study of algorithms. Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free course, 'Behavior of Algorithms,' takes an in-depth look at a variety of topics in this exciting field. Students interested in this course should first complete courses in algorithms, numerical analysis and computer programming.

Behavior of Algorithms: Course Specifics

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Behavior of Algorithms: Course Description

In Professor Daniel Spielman's course 'Behavior of Algorithms,' students analyze the performance of algorithms using three different approaches, including smoothed analysis, condition numbers and parametric analysis and subclassing inputs. This course is offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Over the course of 19 lectures and readings, students will explore a variety of topics, including condition numbers, spectral partitioning, von Neumann's algorithm and Gaussian random constraints. Students are required to use the MATLAB software package, for some of the required analysis. Before embarking on this course, students will need graduate-level knowledge of algorithms or numerical analysis.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes and a list of suggested readings. Students interested in completing the course should visit the behavior of algorithms course web page.

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