Comp5408: Advanced Data Structures

Instructor: Pat Morin, 5177 HP,

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About the Course

This is the home page for the graduate course Advanced Data Structures (formerly Topics in Data Structures) taught by Pat Morin in the School of Computer Science at Carleton University.

This course is about simple and easy to understand methods of data structure design and analysis that lead to efficient data structures for a variety of problems. The examples we use are selected because of their elegance and simplicity.

The course consists of three assignments, a final project, and a contribution to public knowledge. The final project is a theory or implementation project that students should choose and discuss with the instructor early in the semester. The contribution to public knowledge is a contribution to Wikipedia that adds information abouft one of the topics discussed in class or found while researching for the project.

Students in this graduate course are expected to have a background in algorithms and data structures. Assignments will require that students solve algorithmic and data structure problems and clearly explain their solutions in written english.

Learning Modality

Content for this course is delivered simultaneously in class and online via Zoom. Students who want to attend in-person can do so. Others can join via Zoom. The Zoom recordings will also be made available for offline viewing.

Notice: Today, Thursday December 2nd, there will be no online or in-person lecture.

Students joining over Zoom should use this link. This meeting has a waiting room. Before joining please make sure that you have a recognizable screen name, otherwise I may not let you in.

Important Dates

Due dates for assignments, contribution to knowledge, and the final project will be posted here.


More assignments will be posted here as they become available.

Please note the following rules and requirements about assignments:

Academic Integrity (New—Please Read)

As of 2020, there are new penalties in place for academic integrity violations. These will be issued by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Affairs) of Science to students who copy, in whole or in part, work they submit for assignments.

These are standard penalties. More-severe penalties will be applied in cases of egregious offences. Failure to inform yourself of the expectations regarding academic integrity is not a valid excuse for violations of the policy. When in doubt, ASK your instructor or TA.

More information can be found at the ODS website

Grading Scheme

Class participation 10%
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 15%
Contribution to public knowledge 15%
Final project 30%
Total 100%

Accommodation Statement

Carleton University is committed to providing access to the educational experience in order to promote academic accessibility for all individuals. Here is information on how to apply for academic accommodation.

Lecture topics

The following schedule is from the Winter 2014 offering of COMP5408. Dates, videos, and topics will be updated as the course progresses. In case I'm slow uploading or a link here is broken, you can find these videos on my YouTube channel.