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 CSE 421 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Winter 2008
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Course Info

MWF 1:30 - 2:20 PM, CHL 015

Course Staff:
Instructor: Anna Karlin
TA: Ning Chen

Office Hours:
  • Anna: Monday 2:30-3:15, CSE 594
  • Ning: Tuesday 4:30-5:20, CSE 220

If you need an appointment and can't make it to the scheduled office hours, please email us, and we will set up some other time.


We will be using the book, Algorithm Design (Addison Wesley, 2005), by Jon Kleinberg and Eva Tardos.


The rough grading split will be as follows:
  • weekly problem sets (45-55%)
  • 1 take-home midterm (15-20%): pdf
  • 1 in-class (open book) final (30-35%)

Problem Sets

Please read the grading guidelines

Problem set



Homework 1

Jan 16


Homework 2

Jan 23


Homework 3

Jan 30


Homework 4

Feb 6


Homework 5

Feb 13


Homework 6

Feb 20


Homework 7

Mar 5


Homework 8

Mar 12


We have a preference for typed solutions. If that is not possible, please be sure to write very clearly.

Class Mailing List

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The mailing list is also a very useful tool for collaboration and interaction between students. You are encouraged to post questions, thoughts, and ideas, that you believe would interest your fellow students.

Messages to the mailing list are stored in the archive.

Academic Integrity and Collaboration

You are allowed to collaborate with your classmates to the extent of formulating ideas. When it comes to writing up solutions, I will allow pairs of students to collaborate on the preparation and submission of a single joint written homework. Other than with your partner, if you choose to have one, no collaboration on the writing up of homework solutions is allowed. On the homework you submit, please include a list of all the people that you discussed the problems with. You may not consult written materials other than the course materials in coming up with your solutions. Needless to say, you are expected to maintain the utmost level of academic integrity in the course.

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