Ever played the Kevin Bacon game? This class will show you how it works by giving you an introduction to the design and analysis of algorithms, enabling you to discover how individuals are connected.
A Social Network Magic Trick
Become familiar with algorithm analysis.,Eulerian Path and Correctness of Na.,Russian peasants algorithm and more.
Growth Rates in Social Networks
Use mathematical tools to analyze how things are connected.,Chain, ring and grid networks.,Big Theta and more.
Basic Graph Algorithms
Find the quickest route to Kevin Bacon.,Properties of social networks.,Clustering coefficient and more.
It's Who You Know
Learn to keep track of your best friends using heaps.,Degree centrality.,Top K Via Partitioning and more.
Strong and Weak Bonds
Work with social networks that have edge weights.,Make a tree and strength of connections.,Weighted social networks and more.
Hardness of Network Problems
Explore what it means for a social network problem to be "harder" than other.,Tetristan and Exponential Running Time,Degrees of hardness and more.
Review and Application
Interview with Peter Winker (Professor, Dartmouth College) on names and boxes problem and puzzles and algorithms.,Interview with Tina Eliassi-Rad (Professor, Rutgers University) on statistical measures in network and social networks in security and protests.,Additional interviews with Andrew Goldberg (Microsoft Research), Vukosi Marivate (Rutgers University) and Duncan Watts (Microsoft).
What math you need is not clear. High-school algebra at least. However the pace, poor explanations, ambiguous code requirements, and a total lack of support makes this course incredibly difficult if you have no experience with algorithms at all. It really feels like an algorithms refresher course. This is not a good course for beginners.
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Not much of an intro - he goes way too fast & you need a LOT MORE than high school algebra for this!