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- /BasicInfo - about the course; /Text - about the textbook
- /Glossary - basic terms, ApproxAlgsReferences - relevant texts, notes, on-line information sources

- /Students - pages for individual students
- /ProofsGroups - page for groups working on proofs and presentations of proofs

- Concepts, in order covered:
- Background: [Johnson], Chapter 1 of text, KleinAndYoung
- ChristofidesAlgorithm, SteinerTree, VertexCoverByMatching
- LinearProgram, IntegerLinearProgram, Relaxation, VertexCoverByRounding, LPExamples
- LPDuality, VertexCoverByDuality
- BasicProbability, RandomizedRounding, MaxSATByRandomizedRounding
- ChernoffBound, load balancing example (section 4 of KleinAndYoung)
- SemidefiniteProgramming, MaxCutBySemidefiniteProgramming
- KnapsackByCoarsening
- SetCoverByGreedy, MulticommodityFlowByLagrangianRelaxation
- HardnessOfApproximation
- SelfTestingCorrecting
- WeakPCPTheorem

- Presentation schedule
- /WojciechJawor (Feb 17) - Facility location (primal dual schema)
- /SwastikKopparty (Feb 22) - Lovasz Theta Function, SDP
- /KinFaiKan - Feb 24
- /PriyaMandawat - Thursday, 26th Feb
- /ZhengLiu - Approximation algorithms for NMR spectral peak assignment, Thursday, Feb 26th
- /JieZheng? - Approximation of Minimum Common Partition, Mar. 2, Tue
- /VarunKohli - K-center problem, 2nd March
- /SerdarBozdag - March 4, Thu
- /ZhengFu - Mixed Postman problem, March 4th, Thu
- /QiFu - multiway cut, Mar. 9, Tue
- /QiaofengYang - Bipartite sandwiches: bounding the size of a maximum biclique, Mar. 9 Tue

- Suggested papers for student presentations (add your own, too):
- multiway cut, Chapter 4 of text and [Klein et al]
- Euclidean TSP, Chapter 11 of text (hard)
- applications in biology / bioinformatics (see [Shamir's course])
- graph coloring by SDP, or MAX-2SAT by SDP
- hardness of approximation examples (Chapter 29 in text, set cover - Feige)
- Leighton/Rao? balanced separators (parts of Chapter 21 in text)
- Facility location (Chapter 24 in text)
- David Johnson's work on TSP
- Bin Packing
- ...
- [Opportunities for Combinatorial Optimization in Computational Biology] (NEW)