CIS 775, Analysis of Algorithms, Fall 2022
This syllabus is subject to (hopefully only minor) modifications
This course (3 credit hours)
teaches important concepts
involved in the design and analysis of algorithms.
This semester, this course will be offered fully in-person,
and also as a distance course.
Detailed course material will be posted on Canvas,
accessible also for on-campus students
(who will need to be on campus only for exams but certainly are much
encouraged to show up in class).
Students are expected to have the following background:
significant experience with programming in some
high-level programming language
familiarity with standard data structures such as lists, trees, graphs, etc.
understanding of fundamental mathematics such as:
basic set theory, propositional and predicate logic, functions, solution of equations, limits, summations,
derivatives and integrals, combinatorics
ability to write rigorous proofs.
See the course schedule (separate document).
Students should attain competency in the following:
In addition, students should get to appreciate and be familiar with
mathematical analysis of algorithms:
their running times and
space usage, and their
recognizing and applying algorithmic design techniques.
mathematical rigor in solving theoretical problems
the significance and ramifications of some problems being known
to be (NP)-hard.
- Additional information sources
The uploaded lecture notes will provide all the material
needed to successfully complete the course.
Still, you may benefit from some optional readings
(the lecture notes contain references to
Introduction to Algorithms
by Thomas H Cormen & Charles E Leiserson &
Ronald L Rivest & Clifford Stein,
4th Ed., MIT Press, 2022.
This renowned book is a useful reference
which could be very helpful even in your future career.
Algorithms: A Top-Down Approach
by Rodney Howell, 9th draft.
This textbook is (for now) available at
and is designed to provide motivation that will
help you to learn and appreciate the various topics.
For each class,
lecture notes on the given topic(s) will have been posted
quizzes on the given topic(s) will be due one week later.
The instructor makes efforts to keep up with email (please do not
use Canvas messaging) even though he may not check his inbox all the time (to decrease disruption of productivity, he usually reads his email only twice or thrice a day). But you may expect an email answer no later than on the next business day, and often even earlier.
For questions (or comments) of general interest,
we strongly encourage that you post in the Canvas discussion forum
so that also other students will benefit from the answers.
We even encourage you to answer questions from other students
(of course you should not give more hints towards solutions
than you would reasonably expect the instructor to give).
Deliverables and Grading
will be open book and open notes, with the third (final) comprehensive
but with emphasis on what was covered in the last part of the course.
On-campus students must take the exams on campus
Distance students must take the exams proctored by the Examity system
(details to be provided).
If you do not show up for an exam, then
if you can document a valid excuse
(such as illness, or conference travel)
we will aim to reschedule; if that is not possible,
we will disregard that exam and it will not count towards your final grade.
(But if you have to skip two exams, you must make up for that in
some way, or perhaps get an Incomplete for the course.)
otherwise, you will get a zero,
except that you may be allowed to
take the exam shortly afterwards (with some points subtracted from your score).
- Homework Assignments
are due almost every week,
on topics covered the previous week.
The lowest assignment score will be disregarded.
(But if you can document valid excuses for not submitting
two assignments, they will both
If you submit an assignment late but less than 12 hours
after the deadline, we will grade it, but afterwards subtract
up to 20% (proportional to the delay) of the score you earned.
If you have not submitted 12 hours after the deadline,
you'll receive a zero for that assignment.
are posted after each class (when new material has been introduced)
and are due one week later;
for each quiz you may submit up to 5 times (the highest score counts).
If you do not attempt to submit a quiz, it will be disregarded,
but only up to two times: the third non-submitted quiz,
and each subsequent, will (at the end of the semester)
be converted to a zero.
Extra credit will be given if you actively contribute to
the learning climate
by constructive and interesting comments and questions
(as subjectively judged by me).
Homework assignments: 25%
Exam 1: 16%
Exam 2: 16%
Final Exam: 25%
are not based on strict percentage cutoffs but are
"curved" by taking into account the difficulty of the exercises and
As a rule of thumb, however, you should expect
In general, my approach to grading is expressed well by
piece by S.A. Miller.
to earn an A will require a bit more than 85%
to earn a B will require around 70%
It is your responsibility to drop the course if you are enrolled but decide not to complete the course; there are no "automatic" drops due to nonattendance.
If you think the instructor has made an error when grading your test or your homework, you are of course very welcome to ask for clarification. But complaints about judgment calls, like how much credit to give for a partially correct solution, are not encouraged (it is like arguing balls and strikes).
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You are allowed and encouraged to discuss assignments with each other and with us. However, the final write up that you submit should be solely your understanding of the solutions and should be written individually (and not shown to anyone else).
You are welcome and encouraged to search the Internet for general material
that gives alternative presentations of the topics of the course,
but you are not allowed to solicit for solutions to
specific homework problems (or consult previous model solutions
that may be around).
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