The primary topics in this part of the specialization are: asymptotic ("Big-oh") notation, sorting and searching, divide and conquer (master method, integer and matrix multiplication, closest pair), and randomized algorithms (QuickSort, contraction algorithm for min cuts).
Week 1 Introduction; "big-oh" notation and asymptotic analysis.
Week 2 Divide-and-conquer basics; the master method for analyzing divide and conquer algorithms.
Week 3 The QuickSort algorithm and its analysis; probability review.
Linear-time selection; graphs, cuts, and the contraction algorithm.
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