CSE 312: Foundations of Computing II, Autumn 2014

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course information

Lectures time and place: MWF 9:30-10:20am, in GWN 301
Sections time and place: AC: Thursday 12:30 -- 1:20 in MGH 234; AA: Thursday 1:30 -- 2:20 in MGH 271; AB: Thursday 2:30 -- 3:20 in EEB 031

Instructor: Anna Karlin, CSE 594, tel. 543 9344
Office hours: Thursdays: 9:30-11am, CSE 594, and by appointment -- just send email.

Teaching assistants: Kira Goldner, Phillip Huang, Stephen Jonany, and Gunnar Onarheim
Office hours: Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm, Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm and Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm in CSE 218 and by appointment.

Course evaluation and grading:


Learning Objectives:

Course goals include an appreciation and introductory understanding of (1) methods of counting and basic combinatorics, (2) the language of probability for expressing and analyzing randomness and uncertainty (3) properties of randomness and their application in designing and analyzing computational systems, (4) some basic methods of statistics and their use in a computer science & engineering context, and (5) introduction to inference.

Class mailing list:

The mailing list (cse312a_au14@uw.edu) is used to communicate important information that is relevant to all the students. If you are registered for the course, you should automatically be on the mailing list.

Academic Integrity and Collaboration:

Homeworks are all individual, not group, exercises. Discussing them with others is fine, even encouraged, but you must produce your own homework solutions. Also, please include at the top of your homework a list of all students you discussed the homework with. We suggest you follow the "Gilligan's Island Rule": if you discuss the assignment with someone else, don't keep any notes (paper or electronic) from the discussion, then go watch 30+ minutes of TV (Gilligan's Island reruns especially recommended) before you continue work on the homework by yourself. You may not look at other people's written solutions to these problems, not in your friends' notes, not in the dorm files, not on the internet, ever. If in any doubt about whether your activities cross allowable boundaries, tell us before, not after, you turn in your assignment. See also the UW CSE Academic Misconduct Policy, and the links there.


Thanks to previous instructors of this course (James Lee, Larry Ruzzo, Martin Tompa and Pedro Domingos) for the use of their slides and other materials. (Some of these were in turn drawn from other sources.) We have also drawn on materials from "Mathematics for Computer Science" at MIT, and "Great Theoretical Ideas in Computer Science" at CMU, from Edward Ionides at the University of Michigan, from an offering of CS 70 at Berkeley by Tse and Wagner, and from an offering of 6.S080 at MIT by Daskalakis and Golland.