Seminar (Combinatorial) Algorithms, Spring 2021

  previous years

  Want to participate? Send e-mail to w.a.kosters@liacs.leidenuniv.nl before February 1, 2021,
  with an answer to the following exercise (from last year's Siegel book):
      Show that Blue-Red Hackenbush does not have N-positions, i.e.,
      in ordinary Hackenbush there are no positions where the first player can always win.

  Subject: papers from FUN2021,
  10th International Conference on Fun with Algorithms
  link —   another link
  and from FUN2018,
  9th International Conference on Fun with Algorithms
  link —   another link

  Schedule: Tuesday February 2 – May 11, 2021; 11:15–13:00 (not on April 27)
  Location: Kaltura live room; see Brightspace for location.

The Seminar (Combinatorial) Algorithms is intended for Master students in Computer Science. Lectures are in English.
The seminar is organised by dr. H.J. (Hendrik Jan) Hoogeboom and dr. W.A. (Walter) Kosters.

This year's subject is "FUN 2021" and "FUN 2018".
Both in the first half and second half of the semester every student presents a paper from this conference.
Meetings are on a weekly basis. Students can also suggest neighbouring subjects.
Credit points: 6 ECTS. There is no written exam.

Prerequisites: Algorithms, Complexity, Datastructures (all at bachelor's level, see for instance the Dutch course pages Datastructures and Complexity).

Students should register in advance, in December 2020, by personal visit to the organizers (come on, please do this). And answer a question, see above. The number of participants is at most 10 (approximately :).


In this seminar we will discuss several issues dealing with algorithms, as described in the books/papers mentioned above/below.

Students are supposed to present and discuss papers, during class. The setup depends on the number of participants.
Every student presents two papers, one in each half of the semester. Each presentation takes about 30 minutes, so in a session we have three presentations. Next to the oral presentations (using PDF or PowerPoint slides, with the additional help of the blackboard) ± ten page self-contained essays on the subject must be written (in LaTeX; in English/Dutch). See here for a template; and this is what it will look like. Deadline: one month after the presentation.
Essays should be improved until students and organizers agree on the contents. Students must be present during all sessions, and are supposed to actively take part in the presentations, e.g., ask questions. Some form of peer review will be used. Immediately after each lecture there is a short discussion between students and organizers, where the presentation is evaluated. The first and second meetings are used to make a proper schedule. Every student is supposed to choose and present two subjects, one in the first half and one in the second half of the seminar.
Students should use their own laptop for the presentations. It is wise to also have the slides for the presentation on a memory-stick, in PDF. A beamer is always available.

Grading The final grade is composed of the four Ps: presentation (2x), paper (2x), participation (including presence) and peer review OR programming.


April 16, 2021 — http://www.liacs.leidenuniv.nl/~kosterswa/semalg/index.html