CSE 5311 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. Junzhou Huang

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CSE 5311 | Class Number: 94834

Online | Friday 1:00-3:50 PM

Junzhou Huang | jzhuang@uta.edu | Office: ERB 650 | Office hours: Friday 3:50-5:50 PM (or by appointment)

T.H. Cormen, C.E. Leiserson, R.L. Rivest, and C. Stein, Introduction to Alghorithms. 3nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009,

All students are expected to have passed the courses CSE 2320 Algorithms and Data Structures and CSE 3315 Theoretical Computer Science or an equivalent before attending this course. Students are expected to have working experiences on software development, compilation process and programming in Standard C or Java.

Chunyuan Li | chunyuan.li@mavs.uta.edu | Office: ERB 426 | Office hours: Wed. 9:00am ~ 12:00pm (or by appointment)

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Computer algorithms is at the heart of computer sciences. Algorithms are used everywhere, from operating systems to databases, to solving a variety of optimization problems. This course will cover all major areas of algorithms: sorting algorithms, greedy algorithms, graph algorithms, dynamical programming, maximum flow problems, string matching algorithms, geometric algorithms, and randomized algorithms. Besides above traditional algorithms, several state-of-art practical algorithms will be covered. Major ideas are introduced through examples and historical perspectives, so that students will have a grasp on the evolution and development of algorithms. Class projects are required to practice the algorithms learned in the class. After completing this course, students will have the ability to independently investigate a computational problem, design a practical algorithm to solve it and analyze the performance of the algorithm.


There will be homeworks, projects, 1 midterm, and 1 final exams. Course grades will be determined by the following weights:

Final letter grades will be assigned based on absolute percentage as follows:

where [ ] denotes inclusion and ( ) denotes exclusion. The instructor reserves the right to move the thresholds down based on the distribution of final percentages, but they will not move up.


  • Week 1
    • Aug. 27: Introduction (Slides) ; Algorithms and Growth functions (Slides) ;
  • Week 2
    • Sep. 03: Divide-and-Conquer (Slides) ; Master Theorem (Slides) ;
  • Week 3
    • Sep. 10: Fast Fourier Transform (Slides) ; Heapsort (Slides);
  • Week 4
    • Sep. 17: Quicksort (Slides) ; Sorting in Linear Time (Slides) ; (HW1 Due)
  • Week 5
    • Sep. 24: Median and Order Statistics (Slides) ; Binary Search Trees (Slides) ;
  • Week 6
    • Oct. 01: Red-Black Trees (Slides) ; Dynamic Programming (Slides) ;
  • Week 7
  • Week 8
    • Oct. 15: Recitation Class by GTA (Practice)
  • Week 9
    • Oct. 22: Midterm Exam (Chapter 1-4, 6-9, Chapter 12-13, Chapter 30)
  • Week 10
    • Oct. 29: Greedy algorithms (Slides) ; Greedy algorithms (Slides)
  • Week 11
    • Nov. 05: Graph Algorithms: BFS and DFS(Slides) ; Topological Sort (Slides) (HW3 Due)
  • Week 12
    • Nov. 12: Minimum Spanning Trees (Slides) ; Single-source Shortest Path (Slides)
  • Week 13
    • Nov. 19: All-pairs Shortest Path (Slides) ; Maximum Flow (Slides) ; NP-Completeness (Slides) (HW4 Due)
  • Week 14
    • Nov. 26: No class due to Thanksgiving Holidays
  • Week 15
    • Dec. 03: Project Due and Class Presentation (HW5 Due)
  • Week 16
    • Dec. 10: Final Exam 2:00-4:30 PM


Homeworks, Programming Assignments and other material will be made available here. They are due at the beginning of class. Automatic 10% is deducted for each day late to hand in assignments (including weekend). They will not be accepted more than 3 days late.

Homework 1 : Textbook, 2.2-1(page.29), 2.3-3 (page 39), 2.1 (page39), 3-1, 3-2, 3-6, 4.5-1(a, b), 4.5-4, 4-1(a,b), 30-3

Homework 1 Solution [PDF]

Homework 2 : Textbook, 6.2-6, 6-2, 7.2-2, 7-1, 8.1-3, 8-3, 9-1, 12.3-3, 13.1-4, 13.1-5

Homework 2 Solution [PDF]

Homework 3 : Textbook, 15.1-1, 15.1-2, 15.1-3, 15.2-4, 15.2-5, 16.1-1, 16.1-2, 16.1-3, 16.2-4, 16.3-1

Homework 3 Solution [PDF]

Homework 4 : Textbook, 22.1-7, 22.2-5, 22.2-7, 22.4-3, 22-1, 23.1-4, 23.1-10, 24.1-3, 24.3-3, 24.3-4

Homework 4 Solution [PDF]

Homework 5: Textbook, 25.1-3, 25.1-5, 25.2-6, 25.3-4, 25.3-6, 26.1-6, 26.2-1, 26.2-8, 26.2-9, 26.3-3

Homework 5 Solution [PDF]


Assignment Strategies:
a) You are expected to submit all assignments on the due date. Type up is preferred.
b) Assigments should be turned in before or in the class or TA office hour on due date.
c) Your name and ID number should appear in your homework.


Implementing and comparing the following algorithms. How their running times change with respect to data size? How their speed compare to each other in the cases with different data size? Can you improve their running time with your discovery? Which one is better in terms what conditions?

Each group has two members at most. Each group should choose at least one project from the following projects. Each group should submit a project report and do a presentation in the class. Each member in the group should mention her/his contribution respectively.

1. Implement and compare the following sorting algorithm:
● Mergesort
● Heapsort
● Quicksort
● Insertion sort
● Radix sort

2. Implement and compare the following search algorithm:
● Linear search
● Binary search in sorted array.
● Binary search tree
● Red-Black Tree

3. Implement and compare the following shortest paths algorithm for weighted graph and unweighted graph:
● Breadth-first search (unweighted graph)
● The Bellman-Ford algorithm
● Dijkstra’s algorithm

4. Implement and compare the following Minimum Spanning Trees algorithms:
● Kruskal algorithm
● Prim algorithm

5. Implement and compare the following max flow algorithms:
● The Ford-Fulkerson method
● Push relabel algorithm
● The relabel-to-front algorithm


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Drop Policy

The university withdrawal policy will be strictly adhered to. Up to the initial withdrawal date, all students will receive a W. The drops after the final withdrawal date will not be approved normally unless the student has already shown to complete the course work satisfactorily, etc.


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