What's an algorithm? Besides being the answer to most interview questions, an algorithm is a way to solve a particular problem in programming.
Google Maps uses an algorithm to calculate driving directions through 3 cities while avoiding highways. Amazon uses an algorithm to figure out exactly what product to recommend to you next so that you'll blindly one-click it.
In this workshop, we will discuss what an algorithm is, introduce the idea of algorithmic complexity (big O notation), demonstrate sort and search algorithms (with a hands-on re-enactment), and finish with an overview of the many types of algorithms out there.
This workshop focuses on design-thinking for algorithms, which is a pre-requisite to expressing these ideas in code.
Attendees would benefit from a basic understanding of a programming language, like from JS 101, but that is not required.
• Your laptop, if you'd like to follow along with the slides.
Thanks to Trulia for the great location and food!
If you'd like to attend but cannot afford the cost, please request a GDI scholarship.
If you are interested in being a TA, please fill out this form.