Archived Versions

6.046J / 18.410J Introduction to Algorithms (SMA 5503)

As taught in: Fall 2005

Cover of the textbook used in this course.

Cover of 6.046J textbook, Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition, by Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest, and Stein. (Image courtesy of MIT Press.)




Prof. Charles Leiserson

Prof. Erik Demaine

Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes and videos. The course textbook was co-written by Prof. Leiserson.

Course Description

This course teaches techniques for the design and analysis of efficient algorithms, emphasizing methods useful in practice. Topics covered include: sorting; search trees, heaps, and hashing; divide-and-conquer; dynamic programming; amortized analysis; graph algorithms; shortest paths; network flow; computational geometry; number-theoretic algorithms; polynomial and matrix calculations; caching; and parallel computing.

This course was also taught as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) programme as course number SMA 5503 (Analysis and Design of Algorithms).

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .c, .java.