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Approx. 26 hours to complete

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Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Flows in Networks

Network flows show up in many real world situations in which a good needs to be transported across a network with limited capacity. You can see it when shipping goods across highways and routing packets across the internet. In this unit, we will discuss the mathematical underpinnings of network flows and some important flow algorithms. We will also give some surprising examples on seemingly unrelated problems that can be solved with our knowledge of network flows....
Reading
9 videos (Total 72 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Network Flows9m
Residual Networks10m
Maxflow-Mincut7m
The Ford–Fulkerson Algorithm7m
Slow Example3m
The Edmonds–Karp Algorithm11m
Bipartite Matching11m
Image Segmentation7m
Reading3 readings
Slides and Resources on Flows in Networks10m
Available Programming Languages10m
FAQ on Programming Assignments10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Flow Algorithms10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Linear Programming

Linear programming is a very powerful algorithmic tool. Essentially, a linear programming problem asks you to optimize a linear function of real variables constrained by some system of linear inequalities. This is an extremely versatile framework that immediately generalizes flow problems, but can also be used to discuss a wide variety of other problems from optimizing production procedures to finding the cheapest way to attain a healthy diet. Surprisingly, this very general framework admits efficient algorithms. In this unit, we will discuss some of the importance of linear programming problems along with some of the tools used to solve them....
Reading
10 videos (Total 84 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Linear Programming8m
Linear Algebra: Method of Substitution5m
Linear Algebra: Gaussian Elimination10m
Convexity9m
Duality12m
(Optional) Duality Proofs7m
Linear Programming Formulations8m
The Simplex Algorithm10m
(Optional) The Ellipsoid Algorithm6m
Reading1 reading
Slides and Resources on Linear Programming10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Linear Programming Quiz10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

NP-complete Problems

Although many of the algorithms you've learned so far are applied in practice a lot, it turns out that the world is dominated by real-world problems without a known provably efficient algorithm. Many of these problems can be reduced to one of the classical problems called NP-complete problems which either cannot be solved by a polynomial algorithm or solving any one of them would win you a million dollars (see Millenium Prize Problems) and eternal worldwide fame for solving the main problem of computer science called P vs NP. It's good to know this before trying to solve a problem before the tomorrow's deadline :) Although these problems are very unlikely to be solvable efficiently in the nearest future, people always come up with various workarounds. In this module you will study the classical NP-complete problems and the reductions between them. You will also practice solving large instances of some of these problems despite their hardness using very efficient specialized software based on tons of research in the area of NP-complete problems....
Reading
16 videos (Total 115 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video16 videos
Search Problems9m
Traveling Salesman Problem7m
Hamiltonian Cycle Problem8m
Longest Path Problem1m
Integer Linear Programming Problem3m
Independent Set Problem3m
P and NP4m
Reductions5m
Showing NP-completeness6m
Independent Set to Vertex Cover5m
3-SAT to Independent Set14m
SAT to 3-SAT7m
Circuit SAT to SAT12m
All of NP to Circuit SAT5m
Using SAT-solvers14m
Reading1 reading
Slides and Resources on NP-complete Problems10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
NP-complete Problems12m
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Coping with NP-completeness

After the previous module you might be sad: you've just went through 5 courses in Algorithms only to learn that they are not suitable for most real-world problems. However, don't give up yet! People are creative, and they need to solve these problems anyway, so in practice there are often ways to cope with an NP-complete problem at hand. We first show that some special cases on NP-complete problems can, in fact, be solved in polynomial time. We then consider exact algorithms that find a solution much faster than the brute force algorithm. We conclude with approximation algorithms that work in polynomial time and find a solution that is close to being optimal. ...
Reading
11 videos (Total 119 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
2-SAT10m
2-SAT: Algorithm12m
Independent Sets in Trees14m
3-SAT: Backtracking11m
3-SAT: Local Search12m
TSP: Dynamic Programming15m
TSP: Branch and Bound9m
Vertex Cover9m
Metric TSP12m
TSP: Local Search6m
Reading1 reading
Slides and Resources on Coping with NP-completeness10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Coping with NP-completeness6m
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By EMJan 4th 2018

As usual, complex arguments explained in simple terms!\n\nSome problems are really tough! (e.g. there's a problem from Google Code Jam).\n\nThank you for this course!

By ASJun 15th 2018

Another great course in this specialization with challenging and interesting assignments. However, this one is somewhat harder but rewarding.

Instructors

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Alexander S. Kulikov

Visiting Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
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Michael Levin

Lecturer
Computer Science
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Daniel M Kane

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering / Department of Mathematics
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Neil Rhodes

Adjunct Faculty
Computer Science and Engineering

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About the Data Structures and Algorithms Specialization

This specialization is a mix of theory and practice: you will learn algorithmic techniques for solving various computational problems and will implement about 100 algorithmic coding problems in a programming language of your choice. No other online course in Algorithms even comes close to offering you a wealth of programming challenges that you may face at your next job interview. To prepare you, we invested over 3000 hours into designing our challenges as an alternative to multiple choice questions that you usually find in MOOCs. Sorry, we do not believe in multiple choice questions when it comes to learning algorithms...or anything else in computer science! For each algorithm you develop and implement, we designed multiple tests to check its correctness and running time — you will have to debug your programs without even knowing what these tests are! It may sound difficult, but we believe it is the only way to truly understand how the algorithms work and to master the art of programming. The specialization contains two real-world projects: Big Networks and Genome Assembly. You will analyze both road networks and social networks and will learn how to compute the shortest route between New York and San Francisco (1000 times faster than the standard shortest path algorithms!) Afterwards, you will learn how to assemble genomes from millions of short fragments of DNA and how assembly algorithms fuel recent developments in personalized medicine....
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