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Abstract data types including priority queues, dynamic dictionaries, and disjoint sets. Efficient data structures for these data types, including heaps, self-balancing trees, and hash tables. Analysis of data structures including worst-case, average-case, and amortized analysis. Storage reclamation and secondary storage considerations. Extensive practice in implementing these data structures in several languages for a variety of applications.
Prerequisites: Computer Science 60.
3 credit hours.
In this course, you should learn
You will also get lots of practice writing software, including some moderately large programs, so as to improve your coding skills and speed.
List of key topics, (very) approximately in the order in which they will be covered:
There will be about 8-10 homework assignments. Most will take 1 week, but you will be given 2 weeks to complete a few of them, due either to difficulty or to other factors such as school breaks. Assignments will be posted here and announced on the class mailing list. Assignments will generally be due on Wednesday evenings at 9 P.M. See the homework policies and homework grading guidelines pages for general information on homework. There is also a page of frequently asked questions about homework that is worth checking from time to time.
Homework assignment #1, cleaning up stylistically bad code, and its grading curve.
Homework assignment #2, a program to find stylistically bad constructs, and its grading curve.
Homework assignment #3 (which also includes assignment #4), a registrar database for Deep Glen Polytechnic, and the grading curves for homework 3 and homework 4.
Homework assignment #5, interactive debuggers, and its grading curve.
Homework assignment #6, complexity analysis and its grading curve.
Homework assignment #7, DNA recombination, and its grading curve.
Homework assignment #8 (which also includes assignment #9), an encryption program using chunky strings, and the grading curves for homework 8 and homework 9.
Homework assignment #10, a hash-based spell checker, and its grading curve.
Homework assignment #11, binary trees and binary I/O, and its grading curve.
The following handouts were provided to students in class. For those who missed the lecture, or who wish to make use of code from the handouts, they are also available for downloading here. Note that C++ source files are exactly the same as were presented in class, which means that any bugs discovered during the lecture are still present.
Postscript files may be printed from Turing by simply typing
lpr foo.ps". They may be directly viewed with the
gv (if your shell claims it's not found, try
At the beginning of each class session, two students will be asked to present a 5-minute summary of what occurred in the previous class session. These summaries should be cooperative (i.e., you shouldn't both cover the same material). The summaries will become part of your class participation grade. There is more information on the Class Summaries Web Page.
The summaries are scheduled well in advance for both Section 1 (11 AM) and Section 2 (1:15 PM). Please check these schedules and be prepared for your summaries.
The midterm has been graded and the curve is available.
The final has been graded and the curve is available.
Reading assignments are selected from both texts.
Kernighan & Pike, Chapter 1.
Stroustrup, 1.1, 1.2, 1.7, 1.8; Chapter 2.
|September 6||Stroustrup, Chapter 4.|
|September 11|| Weiss, 1-1.4, Appendix D.
|September 20||Stroustrup 6.2.6-22.214.171.124, 6.4|
|September 25||Weiss, Chapter 2|
|September 27||Kernighan & Pike, Chapters 5 & 6.|
|October 9||Weiss, Chapter 6|
|October 23||Stroustrup, Chapter 10|
|October 27|| Weiss, Chapter 4
Stroustrup, Chapter 12
|October 30||Stroustrup, Chapter 11|
|November 1||Weiss, Chapter 5|
|November 6|| Weiss, Chapter 3
Stroustrup, Chapter 13
|November 13||Weiss, Chapter 16|
|November 15||Weiss, Chapter 20|
|November 22||Weiss, Chapter 18|
|November 27||Weiss, Sections 19.1-19.4, 19.7-19.8|
|December 6||Weiss, Chapter 7|
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If you have questions that you prefer not to ask during class, or suggestions that you would rather have remain anonymous, there is now a class suggestion box on the Web. This interface will allow you to send e-mail to Prof. Kuenning such that it appears to have also come from him, instead of from yourself.
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