CAS 746 - Advanced Topics in Combinatorial Optimization

Lectures

Tuesday 13:30-16:20 in ITB 222



Slides 1: Introduction using Peg Solitaire as an illustartion
Slides 2: Tim Evans' Quantum Field Theory Course
Slides 3: Optimization Algorithms
Slides 4: Combinatorial Optimization

Instructor

Antoine Deza
Office: ITB 127
Extension: 23750
Email: deza@mcmaster.ca
Office hours: Tuesday 16:30-17:20 or by appointment

Course Outline

Combinatorial optimization deals with the design and analysis of algorithms for finding the best or an approximate solution to problems which have a discrete structure. This course provides an introduction to useful frameworks for discrete optimization problems. We introduce the basic concepts of polyhedra, lattices and integer cones and illustrate these notions by some examples coming from combinatorial optimization. In this course we are also concerned with computational issues and the analysis of algorithmic performances. Open questions dealing with optimizaton algorithms, diameter of polytopes, Minkowski sums, and degree sequences of hypergraphs are presented and discussed. The course will be relatively self-contained. Reading will be assigned to cover some of the topics.


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