CS223 SPRING 2023
Schedule
(colors indicate weeks)
Day  Date  Topic & Lecture  Other Handouts/Readings  Homework 

Tu  1/24  Class Introduction : Read Chapters 14 on your own when possible  syllabus, survey, problems (Note class problems will generally not be made available until after class.) 

Th  1/26  Balls and bins (Chapter 5 of MU)  HW1, Skeleton Latex file for HW solutions  
Tu  1/31  Random Graphs (Read Chapter 5 of MU) 
Read How to Read a Research Paper (discussion Thursday) 

Th  2/2  Coupon Collector's (Read Chapter 5 of MU) 
HW2  
Tu  2/7  Odd Sketches, End Chapter 5 of MU 


Th  2/9  Start Probabilistic Method (Chapter 6 of MU) 
Encoding Arguments Paper Read in background, good if you read at least the beginning (up to section 4.2 or 4.3) for Tuesday. 

Tu  2/14  Continue Probabilistic Method (Chapter 6 of MU) 
Moser's algorithm and LLL writeup Read in background  
Th  2/16  Algorithmic Lovasz Local Lemma (Chapter 6 of MU) 
Project Description pdf ; New assignment: Make a Project Proposal 
HW3 due March 2 
Tu  2/21  Markov Chains (Read Chapter 7 of MU) 
Schoning's 3SAT paper (For your enjoyment, not required) 

Th  2/23  Continue Markov Chains (Read Chapter 7 of MU) 


Tu  2/28  Finish Markov chains Continuous Random Variables (Read Chapter 8 of MU) 


Th  3/2  Percolation 
Read for next Tuesday the paper on COBRA walks at least through section 3. (Read more if you like; you can ignore the expander stuff.) 

Tu  3/7  Cobra Walks/Continuous Random Variables 

Th  3/9  Finish Continuous Random Variables; Entropy (Read Chapter 10 of MU); Start with compression (other stuff will be later) 

Tu  3/14  Spring Break 

Th  3/16  Spring Break 


Tu  3/21  Compression (Ch 10) 
Read for next Tuesday the paper on Compressing Deep Neural Networks. For this paper you will write a short summary. 

Th  3/23  Codes (Ch 10) 
HW4, Due April 6 

Tu  3/28  Ch 13 Martingales, Discuss Weightless paper 

Th  3/30  Ch 13, Continue Martingales 


Tu  4/4  Ch 15, Pairwise Independence  
Th  4/6  Continue Pairwise Independence; Start Chapter 12, Convergence/Coupling 
For next week read Why Simple Hash Functions Work 
Assignment 5, Due April 20 
Tu  4/11  Ch 11 Coupling, Discuss Hash Functions paper 

Th  4/13  Ch 16, Power Laws 
For next week read Power law paper 