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Coursera course review: Design and Analysis of Algorithms I

by Henrik Warne

I recently finnished the Coursera course Design and Analysis of Algorithms I, given by Professor Tim Roughgarden of Stanford. This was my second on-line course from Coursera (last fall I took Introduction to Databases, which I wrote about here), and I thought it would be interesting to compare  the two.

When I went to university (M.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering), I took both an algorithm course and a data structures course, so a lot of the material in this course wasn’t new to me. However, that was over 20 years ago, so I thought it would be good with a refresher course. There were also several topics that were new to me, in particular some of the graph algorithms (case in point: Karger’s min-cut algorithm presented in the course had not been invented when I went to university).


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