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 CSE 521 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Winter 2006
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Course Info

TTh 10:30 - 11:50 AM, EE 037

Course Staff:
Instructor: Venkatesan Guruswami
TA: Ning Chen

Office Hours:
  • Venkat: Tuesday 2:30-3:30, CSE 656
  • Ning: Monday 12:30-1:30 and Wednesday 4:30-5:30, CSE 216

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.


A brief outline of lectures.


The rough grading split will be as follows:
  • 5 problem sets (5*10%) (roughly bi-weekly, see tentative schedule below)
  • 1 take-home midterm (15-20%); will be handed out on Feb 9, due Feb 14 in class
  • 1 in-class (open book) final (30-35%); Mar 13, 10:30-12:20pm

Problem Sets

Problem set



Homework 0

Jan 10


Problem Set 1

Jan 19 (Thu)


Problem Set 2

Jan 31 (Tue)


Problem Set 3

Feb 9 (Thu)


Problem Set 4

Feb 24 (Fri)


Problem Set 5

Mar 9 (Thu)


Please try to type your solution or write it clearly. Also, please write your name clearly and use the same name during the quarter.



  • Take home midterm, due on Feb 14 in class.
  • Final, in class, open book, 10:30-12:20pm Monday, March 13.
  • Here is an old final as a sample.

Class Mailing List

The mailing list ( is used to communicate important information that is relevant to all the students. Make sure that you are registered to it, by visiting this page.

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

You are allowed to collaborate on the homework to the extent of formulating ideas as a group. However, you must write up the solutions to each problem set completely on your own. Please list the names of everyone that you discussed the problem set with. Needless to say, you are expected to maintain the utmost level of academic integrity in the course.

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