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In this course, students will get familiar with combinatorics through selected exciting ideas in theoretical computer science (in particular, algorithms and complexity). You will obtain a basic understanding of various types of combinatorial objects and their relationships. Upon completing the course you are able to apply basic combinatorial analysis and proof techniques.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 19.04.2022 - 25.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Parinya Chalermsook

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • Forbidden Structures, Geometry, and Data structures: Davenport-Schinzel Sequences, Zarankiewitz problems 
    • Algorithms through Ramsey-type results: Independent set and graph coloring 
    • Concentration Inequalities: Chernoff bound and Martingale, applications in algorithms design. 
    • Lovasz Local Lemma: Algorithmic Proofs and applications in routing. 
    • Set systems, VC-dimension, epsilon-nets, and discrepancies: Applications in computational geometry. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contribution to the course wiki. Exercises. Independent project. 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures. Exercise sessions. Independent work.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture notes and selected book chapters.  

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring V

    2021-2022 Spring V

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