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Course module: 202001360
Algorithmic Discrete Mathematics
Course info
Course module202001360
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
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dr. A. Antoniadis
Examiner P. van 't Hof
dr. J. de Jong
Examiner R. Langerak
Contactperson for the course R. Langerak
Academic year2021
Starting block
RemarksMinor students: register for the minor!
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes

At the end of the course the student is able to:

  • use and explain elementary data structures like lists, heaps, binary trees, and priority queues
  • use and explain elementary algorithms like sorting, traversing and updating data structures, and basic optimization problems
  • analyse the time complexity of algorithms and operations on data structures, e.g. using the Master Theorem or recursions, and use dynamic programming
  • use and understand the Euclidean algorithm, in fact the “grand daddy of all algorithms” (Knuth), in particular its computational efficiency, and its relevance in applications such as, e.g., RSA public key encryption
  • use, explain and design algorithms on graphs and networks, such as computation of shortest paths, spanning trees and maximum flows
  • solve second order linear recurrence relations using characteristic polynomials or generating functions
  • solve complex combinatorial counting problems using the method of (linear or exponential) generating functions
The first two weeks of the study unit “Algorithmic Discrete Mathematics” are devoted to the understanding of elementary data structures, and their use in the design and theoretical analysis of classic discrete algorithms. This includes basic principles and techniques to analyse the time and space complexity of algorithms, worst-case and average-case. The data structures include heaps, binary trees, as well as priority queues. Algorithms that are dealt with are for sorting, computational problems with permutations, the Euclidean algorithm to compute the greatest common divisor, the computation of shortest paths, and minimum spanning trees. General algorithmic techniques that are introduced are divide and conquer, as well as dynamic programming. (Some of these algorithms are implemented using the Python programming language, as part of the graph isomorphism implementation project.)

The third and fourth weeks are devoted to structural, algorithmic, and combinatorial problems that lie in the core of discrete and combinatorial mathematics: Students understand the algorithmic power of duality on the example of maximum flows and minimum cuts, the characterization of graph classes by means of forbidden minors on the example of planarity, and learn how to solve advanced combinatorial counting problems using two different techniques, namely solving (second-order, linear) recurrence relations using the characteristic polynomial, as well as generating functions.
Module 7
Participating study
Bachelor Applied Mathematics
Participating study
Required materials
Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics: An Applied Introduction, Ralph P. Grimaldi, Pearson, 2003 (5th ed.). ISBN: 978-0201726343
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
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Algorithmic Discrete Mathematics

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