Principles of Discrete Applied Mathematics

A graphic showing a collection of parallel and perpendicular lines of various colors.

A representation for Batcher's algorithm on 8 inputs; the color coding refers to sorting in groups of size 8 from groups of size 4. (Image by Michel Goemans.)


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Fall 2013



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This course is an introduction to discrete applied mathematics. Topics include probability, counting, linear programming, number-theoretic algorithms, sorting, data compression, and error-correcting codes. This is a Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M) course, and thus includes a writing component.

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Michel Goemans, Susan Ruff, Lorenzo Orecchia, and Richard Peng. 18.310 Principles of Discrete Applied Mathematics. Fall 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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