CS107 - Lab 3

Due Tuesday 09/28 at the beginning of class.
Given an algorithm that solves a problem, how do we measure its efficiency? How do we know that one algorithm is more efficient than another? This lab helps us to understand the measurement of algorithm efficiency and its importance.

In this lab you will cover:

The reading for this lab is Chapter 3 in the textbook.

Course software

Following the same steps that you used for Lab 2, double-click the icon csci107 - Invitation (OSX) that you copied to the desktop. The following menu should appear:

The buttons Data Cleanup Animator will be useful for this assignment. When you select either of these, you will be able to animate the behavior of several different algorithms in Chapter 3.

For example, select Algorithm -> Shuffle Left in the Data Cleanup Animator and then select the Run button. You may Reset and Rerun this exercise several times to get a feeling for how the shuffle left algorithm works. Its behavior should be familiar from our discussions in class.

Now select Algorithm -> Converging Pointers, and then select Run again. Note the behavior of this new algorithm for each of several different sets of data values (using Reset and Run several times).

These animators will be useful for answering some of the questions below.

Designing and analyzing algorithms

Complete exercises 1, 3, 4, 5, 11, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 27, 28 at the end of chapter 3 of your textbook (page 119-120).

What to turn in:

Be sure to justify your answers! You may do this work either with a word processor or by hand. If you type your solutions, bring a hard copy of your assignment and hand it in class. If you write by hand, do your best at writing legibly and leave space between problems.

You may choose to do this assignment either by yourself or in a group. However, solutions should be written up individually and handed in on Tuesday, at the beginning of class.

Once you are finished in the lab, if you saved any documents in yout collaboration personal directory, be sure to drag the csci107 icon to the Trash (this step disconnects you from the server and prevents someone else, who may use this iMac later in the day, from accidentally accessing files in your personal folder) and log out!