CSI 3334: Data structures, Spring 2008
Data structures and the algorithms that operate on them are the keys to making efficient software. They are also very interesting. This course will cover data structures in a way that exercises your problem-solving skills. These problem-solving skills are what you will need to be a successful programmer, scientist, engineer, or mathematician.
This course covers:
- fundamental data structures: arrays, lists, queues, stacks, heaps, trees, and graphs
- appropriateness of different data structures for different tasks
- standard algorithms to operate on data structures, including searching and sorting
- analysis of algorithms for time and space complexity
- data abstraction (separation of interface and implementation)
- C++ implementation
This is a difficult course. My recommendation is to attend lectures, study hard, start projects early, and seek help from the professor when you need it.
Lectures are from 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM in Rogers 204 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You may use the general lab in Rogers 112, though there is no lab component of the course.
My office is in the Rogers Engineering and Computer Science building, and office hours are listed on my home page. I am glad to talk to students during and outside of office hours. If you can't come to my office hour, please make an appointment for another time, or just stop by.
The TA for this course is Sweta Shrestha.
Here is a schedule of the material we will cover:
|1||Jan 14-18||Overview, C++ review||1.1-1.6||Project 0 assigned||Homework 0 assigned||Project 1 assigned|
|2||Jan 21-25||Algorithm analysis||2||MLK, Jr. holiday|
|3||Jan 28-Feb 1||Algorithm analysis||Homework 1 assigned||Project 2 assigned|
|4||Feb 4-8||ADTs, lists, stacks, queues||3.1-3.3, 3.6, 3.7|
|5||Feb 11-15||Trees||4||Homework 2 assigned||Project 3 assigned|
|7||Feb 25-29||Heaps||6||Homework 3 assigned||Project 4 assigned|
|8||Mar 3-7||Heaps||Midterm exam|
|9||Mar 10-14||Spring break|
|10||Mar 17-21||Hashing||5||Easter holiday|
|11||Mar 24-28||Hashing||7 (skip 7.4)||Easter holiday||Homework 4 assigned||Project 5 assigned|
|12||Mar 31-Apr 4||Sorting|
|13||Apr 7-11||Sorting, Graphs||9.1-9.5|
|14||Apr 14-18||Graphs||Homework 5 assigned||Project 6 assigned|
|15||Apr 21-25||Graphs, Disjoint set||8|
|16||Apr 28-May 2||Algorithm design||10|
|17||May 5-9||Algorithm design||Dead days/Final exams|
The final exam will tentatively be Saturday, May 10 at 2 PM (but this is subject to change; as of writing this, the final exam schedule is not definite). The latest university finals information is available here.
Textbooks & resources
Required text: we will be using Mark Weiss' textbook Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++ (3rd Edition). An older edition might be okay, but you are responsible in case there are differences between the editions. You can purchase this book from the Baylor bookstore or amazon, among other places.
Further online resources:
- We will use Blackboard for keeping records of assignment grades.
- Bruce Eckel, Thinking in C++ (2nd edition)
- the Standard Template Library (STL) reference
- Project submission guidelines and coding style guidelines for this course.
Grades will be assigned based on this breakdown:
- midterm exam: 20%
- final exam: 25%
- projects: 30% (including 5% for milestones)
- homework: 25%
Important: Each project not completed by the end of the semester will result in a drop of one letter grade. For example, if you would have received a 'B', but you did not complete one of the projects, then your letter grade will be a 'C'.
Different projects and assignments may have different point values. In-class exams are closed-book. The final will be comprehensive.
Homework is due at the beginning of class; homework turned in after it has been collected but before the end of class will receive a 20% penalty. Homework will not be accepted after class on the due date.
Final letter grades will be assigned at the discretion of the instructor, but
here is a minimum guideline for letter grades:
A: 90-100, B+: 88-89, B: 80-87, C+: 78-79, C: 70-77, D: 60-69, F: 0-59
- This website contains the official course information. Please check it for updates.
- All work in this course is strictly individual, unless the instructor explicitly states otherwise. While discussion of course material is encouraged, collaboration on assignments is not allowed. Collaboration includes (but is not limited to) discussing with anyone (other than the professor) anything that is specific to completing an assignment. You are encouraged to discuss the course material with the professor, preferably in office hours, and also by email.
- Exams may be made up with prior arrangement (made at least one class before to the exam) or due to illness, with a note from a health care professional.
- Bring any grading correction requests to your professor's attention within 2 weeks of receiving the grade or before the end of the semester, whichever comes first.
- Baylor policy requires 75% class attendance from each student. Even "excused" absences are included in the overall absent count.
- In order to facilitate keeping attendance, please choose a seat on the second class meeting that you will use for the rest of the course.
I take academic honesty very seriously. Many studies, including one by Sheilah Maramark and Mindi Barth Maline have suggested that "some students cheat because of ignorance, uncertainty, or confusion regarding what behaviors constitute dishonesty" (Maramark and Maline, Issues in Education: Academic Dishonesty Among College Students, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Research, August 1993, page 5). In an effort to reduce misunderstandings, here is a minimal list of activities that will be considered cheating in this class:
- Copying another student's work. Simply looking over someone else's source code is copying.
- Providing your work for another student to copy.
- Collaboration on any assignment, unless the work is explicitly given as collaborative work. Any discussion of an assignment or project is considered collaboration.
- Using notes or books during any exam.
- Giving another student answers during an exam.
- Reviewing a stolen copy of an exam.
- Studying tests or using assignments from previous semesters.
- Providing someone with tests or assignments from previous semesters.
- Taking an exam for someone else.
- Turning in someone else's work as your own work.
- Studying a copy of an exam prior to taking a make-up exam.
- Providing a copy of an exam to someone who is going to take a make-up exam.
- Giving test questions to students in another class.
- Reviewing previous copies of the instructor's tests without permission from the instructor.