CSE 350: Theory of Computation: Honors (Fall 2022)
1 Class Meetings
- Lectures: TuTh, 11:30AM to 12:50PM in Room 2311 (Old CS).
- Recitations: Th 1:15 PM to 2:10 PM in Room 2311 (Old CS)
- Instructor: Omkant Pandey, omkant [at] cs stonybrook edu
- Office hours: TuTh 4:30 PM onwards in NCS 345
- Teaching Assistant(s):
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2 Course Description
An introduction to the abstract notions encountered in machine computation. Topics include finite automata, regular expressions, and formal languages, with emphasis on regular and context-free grammars. Questions relating to what can and cannot be done by machines are covered by considering various models of computation, including Turing machines, recursive functions, and universal machines.
3 Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, the students should have an understanding of different models of computation, their strengths and limitations, as well as why some problems cannot be solved by a computer. The students should have the ability to argue about the the correctness and complexity of a computational algorithm as well as perform reductions between different computational problems.
4 Prerequisites C or higher: CSE 215/150 or CSE 214/160
Introduction to the Theory of Computation, 3rd edition, by Michael Sipser
The grading will be based on the following examinations and assignments:
Note the following:
- Final Exam: 30%
- Midterm Exam: 20%
- Homework Assignments: 5 x 10% = 50%. (Best 5 scores out of 6 assignments))
- Students will have exactly one week to review their graded answer sheets following the release of scores for each assignment/exam. The scores will be final after this week and no further reviews will be entertained.
- Exams are open book and open notes. However, access to electronic notes or resources will NOT be permitted during the exams. No make-up exams or assignments will be provided except when mandated by university regulations.
- Homework assignments must be completed in LaTeX, and submitted on time. Students will be responsible for learning LaTeX on their own. Late submissions will not be accepted.
- Students must complete their work independently. Offering or accepting solutions from others is an act of plagiarism, which is a serious offense. All parties involved in academically dishonest behavior will be penalized according to the Academic Integrity Policy provided below.
7 Tentative Examination Dates and Times:
- Midterm Exam: Thursday, October 13, 11:30 AM to 12:50 PM, in class.
- Final Exam: Wednesday, December 14, 11:15 AM to 1:45 PM, in class. (See official schedule.)
8 Tentative Class Schedule
||Finite automata, non-determinism, regular languages, pumping lemma. [Chap. 0--1]
||Context-free languages, grammars, pushdown automata [Chap. 2]
||Turing machines, decidability, reductions, computability [Chap. 3--5]
|| HW 3, 4 + Midterm
||Complexity theory, NP Completeness [Chap. 7]
|| HW 5, 6
9 Student Accessibility Support Center Statement
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10 Academic Integrity Statement
Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty is required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology & Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty please refer to the academic judiciary website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/academic_integrity/index.html
11 Critical Incident Management
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