263-4500-00L  Advanced Algorithms

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersM. Ghaffari, G. Zuzic
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


263-4500-00 VAdvanced Algorithms
Online lecture: This lecture will primarily take place online. Reserved rooms will remain blocked on campus for students to follow the course from there.
3 hrs
Wed09-12HG D 5.2 »
M. Ghaffari, G. Zuzic
263-4500-00 UAdvanced Algorithms2 hrs
Fri10-12CAB G 59 »
M. Ghaffari, G. Zuzic
263-4500-00 AAdvanced Algorithms3 hrsM. Ghaffari, G. Zuzic

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AbstractThis is a graduate-level course on algorithm design (and analysis). It covers a range of topics and techniques in approximation algorithms, sketching and streaming algorithms, and online algorithms.
ObjectiveThis course familiarizes the students with some of the main tools and techniques in modern subareas of algorithm design.
ContentThe lectures will cover a range of topics, tentatively including the following: graph sparsifications while preserving cuts or distances, various approximation algorithms techniques and concepts, metric embeddings and probabilistic tree embeddings, online algorithms, multiplicative weight updates, streaming algorithms, sketching algorithms, and derandomization.
Lecture noteshttps://people.inf.ethz.ch/gmohsen/AA21/
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is designed for masters and doctoral students and it especially targets those interested in theoretical computer science, but it should also be accessible to last-year bachelor students.

Sufficient comfort with both (A) Algorithm Design & Analysis and (B) Probability & Concentrations. E.g., having passed the course Algorithms, Probability, and Computing (APC) is highly recommended, though not required formally. If you are not sure whether you're ready for this class or not, please consult the instructor.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits9 credits
ExaminersM. Ghaffari, G. Zuzic
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.
Mode of examinationwritten 180 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationThis course has a final exam (3 hours, open book, 60% of the final
grade) plus two graded homework (20% each). The two mandatory graded homework (compulsory continuous performance assessments) will be released throughout the semester, in specific dates that will be announced. Each graded homework will have a deadline two weeks after the release. The solutions must be typeset in LaTeX (or similar).
These solutions will be graded and the grade for each GHW accounts for 20% of the final grade.
Written aidsopen book: you are permitted to consult any books, handouts, and personal notes. The use of electronic devices is not allowed.

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