TTA_2015 is the home page for "The Top Ten Algorithms", a 1-credit seminar class offered by the Department of Scientific Computing at Florida State University, Fall Session 2015.
Undergraduates should register for this class as: ISC4932: Senior Seminar in Scientific Computing, and graduate students should register for this class as: ISC5939: Advanced Graduate Seminar in Scientific Computing.
This 1-credit seminar focusses on algorithms. At one time, algorithms were thought of simply as procedures for computing numerical results, such as square roots. Now, algorithms can recognize faces, recommend a movie, predict a crime wave, or set up a price schedule for seats on an airline flight.
Each week, we will:
At the end of the semester, each student will submit a document describing an algorithm that should be considered for the final Top Ten List. We will vote for our favorites, and prepare a "Top Ten Algorithms" poster to be printed out and hung in room 499.
The course is inspired by the Dongarra/Sullivan list of the top ten algorithms that appeared in the January-February 2000 issue of the magazine "Computing in Science and Engineering", and by the book "9 Algorithms That Changed the Future" by John MacCormick.
Nick Berry works at Facebook as a data scientist, and produces a short fascinating online articles about computing, simulation, and puzzles, at http://www.datagenetics.com/blog.html.
Brian Hayes is a columnist for the journal "American Scientist". He has a series of articles on computing, including many discussions of algorithms. Go to http://bit-player.org, and then under the "About" menu item, select "publications" to see any of his articles.
Stephen Skiena, author of "The Algorithm Design Book", maintains a corresponding website http://www3.cs.stonybrook.edu/~algorith/, the Stony Book Algorithm Repository, which lists lectures, slides, implementations of algorithms in many languages, lists algorithmic data structures, problems in numerics, combinatorics, graph theory, computational geometry, sets and strings.