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Data Structures and Algorithms

Higher School of Economics and University of California, San Diego via Coursera Specialization

Overview

This specialization is a mix of theory and practice: you will learn algorithmic techniques for solving various computational problems and will implement about 100 algorithmic coding problems in a programming language of your choice. No other online course in Algorithms even comes close to offering you a wealth of programming challenges that you may face at your next job interview. To prepare you, we invested over 3000 hours into designing our challenges as an alternative to multiple choice questions that you usually find in MOOCs. Sorry, we do not believe in multiple choice questions when it comes to learning algorithms...or anything else in computer science! For each algorithm you develop and implement, we designed multiple tests to check its correctness and running time — you will have to debug your programs without even knowing what these tests are! It may sound difficult, but we believe it is the only way to truly understand how the algorithms work and to master the art of programming. The specialization contains two real-world projects: Big Networks and Genome Assembly. You will analyze both road networks and social networks and will learn how to compute the shortest route between New York and San Francisco (1000 times faster than the standard shortest path algorithms!) Afterwards, you will learn how to assemble genomes from millions of short fragments of DNA and how assembly algorithms fuel recent developments in personalized medicine.

Syllabus

Course 1: Algorithmic Toolbox
- The course covers basic algorithmic techniques and ideas for computational problems arising frequently in practical applications: sorting ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Data Structures
- A good algorithm usually comes together with a set of good data structures that allow the algorithm to manipulate the data efficiently. In ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Algorithms on Graphs
- If you have ever used a navigation service to find optimal route and estimate time to destination, you've used algorithms on graphs. Graphs ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Algorithms on Strings
- World and internet is full of textual information. We search for information using textual queries, we read websites, books, e-mails. All ... Enroll for free.

Course 5: Advanced Algorithms and Complexity
- You've learned the basic algorithms now and are ready to step into the area of more complex problems and algorithms to solve them. Advanced ... Enroll for free.

Course 6: Genome Assembly Programming Challenge
- In Spring 2011, thousands of people in Germany were hospitalized with a deadly disease that started as food poisoning with bloody diarrhea ... Enroll for free.

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Taught by

Alexander S. Kulikov, Daniel M Kane, Michael Levin, Neil Rhodes and Pavel Pevzner

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