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People who analyze algorithms have double happiness. First of all they experience the sheer beauty of elegant mathematical patterns that surround elegant computational procedures. Then they receive a practical payoff when their theories make it possible to get other jobs done more quickly and more economically.
Mathematical models have been a crucial inspiration for all scientific activity, even though they are only approximate idealizations of real-world phenomena. Inside a computer, such models are more relevant than ever before, because computer programs create artificial worlds in which mathematical models often apply precisely. I think that's why I got hooked on analysis of algorithms when I was a graduate student, and why the subject has been my main life's work ever since.

Analysis of Algorithms (Winter 2022/23)


This course is about mathematical tools and techniques needed to analyze algorithms rigorously. We will learn how to analyze the average running time of algorithms (as opposed to the worst-case running time), recurrence relations, generating functions, and asymptotic approximations.


The entire course (lectures and tutorials) will be in English and in person .


There are soft requirements for this course: We expect students to have taken basic undergraduate courses in algorithms and programming along with the relevant math courses.


Please register for the lecture so that we can send you emails. There will be no Moodle room. You must, however, register for the final exam.

ECTS Credits

Students will be awarded 8 ECTS credits after passing the final exam.


Every week we will release an exercise sheet with tutorial and homework exercises. In the tutorial session on Monday, we together will solve the tutorial exercises. For the exam admission you have to hand in your solution to the homework exercises one week later in the next tutorial session. Do not be afraid to hand in partial solutions. We want to see you putting thought and effort into the homework. You receive the exam admission if you solve most sheets satisfactory.


There is a script that contains all material. It will be provided at the beginning of lectures. Moreover, the books that are referred below provide excellent material for this course and should definitely be consulted.

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