Approximation Algorithms Part II

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Approximation algorithms, Part 2 This is the continuation of Approximation algorithms, Part 1. Here you will learn linear programming duality applied to the design of some approximation algorithms, and semidefinite programming applied to Maxcut. By taking the two parts of this course, you will be exposed to a range of problems at the foundations of theoretical computer science, and to powerful design and analysis techniques. Upon completion, you will be able to recognize, when faced with a new combinatorial optimization problem, whether it is close to one of a few known basic problems, and will be able to design linear programming relaxations and use randomized rounding to attempt to solve your own problem. The course content and in particular the homework is of a theoretical nature without any programming assignments. This is the second of a two-part course on Approximation Algorithms.
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This is a great course with challenging material. The instructors are excellent and the materials truely educational. It is also free and that is a great thing. However beware you need to know latex and have your own latex editing facilities. As there are inadequate instructions for entering mathematical formulae students simply paste latex code into the answer boxes so that without latex knowledge and your own latex viewer submission and marking will be a great pain for you and perhaps even prevent you from passing this course so beware.
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