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Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms:  2013-2014



Schedule S1(CS&P)(3rd years)Computer Science and Philosophy

Schedule S1(3rd years)Computer Science

Schedule B1Computer Science

Schedule B1(M&CS)Mathematics and Computer Science



This course builds on the first-year Design and Analysis of Algorithms course. It introduces students to a number of highly efficient algorithms and data structures for fundamental computational problems across a variety of areas. Students are also introduced to techniques such as amortised complexity analysis. As in the first-year course, the style of the presentation is rigorous but not formal.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will:

  • Be able to understand and analyse some fundamental data structures, such as binary search trees, disjoint sets, and self-adjusting lists
  • Understand the implementation and complexity analysis of fundamental algorithms such as RSA, primality testing, max flow, discrete Fourier transform
  • Have been exposed to algorithmic issues in a variety of areas, including linear programming and game-theory
  • Have some familiarity with randomised algorithms and approximation algorithms


  • Amortised analysis
  • Disjoint sets / union-find 
  • Binary search trees (Red-Black trees)
  • Splay trees
  • Self-adjusting lists
  • Number theoretic algorithms + RSA
  • Primality testing 
  • Fast Fourier transform
  • Linear programming 
  • Max flow in networks 
  • Randomized algorithms
  • Approximation algorithms
  • Stable matching and game theory

Reading list

The main text used in the course is:

  • Thomas Cormen, Charles Leiserson, Ronald Rivest and Clifford Stein, Introduction to Algorithms, MIT Press, 2009 (third edition).

Other usefull textbooks that cover some of the material are 

  • S. Dasgupta, C.H. Papadimitriou, and U.V. Vazirani, Algorithms, Mcgraw-Hill, 2006.
  • J. Kleinberg and E. Tardos, Algorithm Design, Addison-Wesley, 2006.