Semester | |

Module # | INF-ALG-14 |

Event # | INF-ALG-015 , INF-ALG-016 |

Programmes | Master Wirtschaftsinformatik, Master Informations-Systemtechnik, Master Informatik |

IBR Group | ALG (Prof. Fekete) |

Type | Vorlesung/Übung |

Lecturer | |

Assistants | Dr. Phillip Keldenich Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter keldenich[[at]]ibr.cs.tu-bs.de +49 531 3913112 Room 318 |

Hiwi | Victoria Sack |

Credits | 5 |

Hours | 2+1+1 |

Time & Place | Lecture: Tuesdays, 15:00-16:30, SN 19.2 |

Start | Lecture: October, 29th; Tutorial: November, 13th; Homework Discussion: November, 20th |

Prerequisites | Prerequisites are knowledge of algorithms and data structures, basic graph problems and graph algorithms (e.g., as provided in the lecture "Netzwerkalgorithmen"); basic knowledge from theoretical computer science (NP-completeness) are helpful, but will definitely be supplemented. |

Certificates | (Homework assignments during the semester, and)* an oral exam at the end. (*=Studienleistung) |

Content | Many interesting and natural algorithmic problems (e.g., the Traveling Salesman Problem) are NP-complete - hence, we cannot expect to find a "perfect" algorithm that (i) always and (ii) fast finds (iii) an optimal solution. However, hard problems still need to be solved! In this class we consider algorithms that do not necessarily find an optimal solution, but that (i) always and (ii) fast find a (iii) provably good solution. Among the topics of this class are: - A basic introduction to NP-completeness and approximation
- Approximation for vertex and set cover
- Packing problems
- Tour problems and variations
- Current research problems
In the context of various problems, a wide spectrum of techniques and concepts will be provided. |

## General Information- We only use this website and the mailinglist mentioned below to distribute informations; the information on other sites such as StudIP etc. may be missing or outdated.
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## Video recordingsThe lectures are videotaped; videos will typically be published on this website the day after the lecture. The video is available as h264-encoded mp4 that should be supported by any reasonable video player, and a newer, better and smaller h265-encoded mkv which requires a relatively recent video player. A note for Firefox users: Some versions of Firefox do not support playback of sound in the video due to the channel layout; if you do not have sound in the browser, just download the video and use a regular video player such as VLC or mplayer. - Lecture 1: [mp4] [mkv]
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## Homework SetsThere will be biweekly mandatory homework, which will typically be released on wednesdays. ## LiteratureThe first part of the lecture will be on basic results for which the following books can be useful. - Vazirani, Vijay V.: Approximation Algorithms, Springer-Verlag, 2001.
- Approximation Algorithms for NP-hard problems edited by Dorit S. Hochbaum, more info.
- The Design of Approximation Algorithms by David P. Williamson and David B. Shmoys, published by Cambridge University Press. more info
The second part of the lecture will be on recent results for which the corresponding papers will be announced in due time. ## Mailing List There will be a You may also want to check out the alg-studs mailing list which is similiar to cs-studs but for algorithmic students. |