Computer Science 501
Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis

Fall 2015, The College of Saint Rose

Lab 5: More Analysis
Due: 6:00 PM, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This "mini" lab, which is mostly a problem set moreso than a lab, will give you a chance to practice with more of the analysis tools we have considered in class. You will also do a small amount of programming in preparation for upcoming lab experiments.

You may work individually or in a group of 2 or 3 on this lab, but it is essential that each individual understands how to do the lecture assignment and problem set questions, as exam questions will be very similar. As you know, exams are not group efforts.

Getting Set Up

To get your BlueJ environment set up for this week's lab assignment, start BlueJ and choose "New Project" from the "Project" menu. Navigate to your folder for this course and choose the name "Lab5" (no spaces) for the project.

Create a document where you will record your answers to the lecture assignment and lab questions. If you use plain text, call it "lab5.txt". If it's a Word document, you can call it whatever you'd like, but when you submit, be sure you convert it to a PDF document "lab5.pdf" before you submit it.

Lecture Assignment Questions

We will usually discuss these questions at the start of class on the lab due date, so no credit can be earned for late submissions of lecture assignment questions.

LA Question 1: Bailey Exercise 5.34, p. 114, parts a-c. Set up and solve a recurrence to answer part b. (5 points)

LA Question 2: Solve the following recurrence relations. (5 points, 1 each)

a. x(n)= x(n-1) + 6 for n > 1, x(1)= 0

b. x(n)= 2x(n-1) for n > 1, x(1)= 4

c. x(n)= x(n-1) + n for n > 0, x(0)= 0

d. x(n)= x(n/2) + n for n > 1, x(1)= 1 (solve for n=2k)

e. x(n)= x(n/3) + 2 for n > 1, x(1)= 1 (solve for n=3k)

Problem Set Problems

Consider the following recursive algorithm:

int mystery(int A[0..n-1])
  if (n==1) return A[0]
    temp = mystery(A[0..n-2])
    if (temp <= A[n-1]) return temp
    else return A[n-1]

Question 1: What does this algorithm compute? (3 points)

Question 2: Set up and solve a recurrence relation for the algorithm's basic operation count. (10 points)

Consider the following recursive algorithm:

int S(n)
  if (n==1) return 1
  else return S(n-1) + n*n*n

Question 3: Set up and solve a recurrence relation for the algorithm's basic operation count. (10 points)

Generating Example Arrays

Soon, you will be asked to perform empirical analysis on the sorting algorithms we will be studying. As part of that task, you will be required to generate input arrays for the sorting algorithms. In order to test the best, worst, and average cases of some of these algorithms, you will need to generate input arrays with various characteristics. For simplicity, we will sort arrays of int.

Practice Program: Write a Java class IntArrayGenerator that includes static methods to generate and return arrays of int with each of the above characteristics, and a main method that tests these methods for various values of n and ranges. (12 points)


Before 6:00 PM, Wednesday, October 7, 2015, submit your lab for grading. There are two things you need to do to complete the submission: (i) Copy your file with the answers to the lecture assignment and lab questions into your project directory. Be sure to use the correct file name. If you prepared your answers in Word, export to a PDF file and submit that. (ii) Email a copy of your lab (a .7z or .zip file containing your project directory) to terescoj AT Please use a meaningful subject line such as "Joe Student Lab5 Submission".


This assignment is worth 45 points, which are distributed as follows:

> FeatureValueScore
LA Question 1 (5.34) 5
LA Question 2 (recurrences) 5
Question 1: mystery computes 3
Question 2: mystery recurrence 10
Question 3: S recurrence 10
IntArrayGenerator required methods 10
IntArrayGenerator main method 2
Total 45