Jan 23rd 2017

Algorithms on Strings (Coursera)

World and internet is full of textual information. We search for information using textual queries, we read websites, books, e-mails. All those are strings from the point of view of computer science. To make sense of all that information and make search efficient, search engines use many string algorithms. Moreover, the emerging field of personalized medicine uses many search algorithms to find disease-causing mutations in the human genome.

Algorithms on Strings is course 4 of 6 in the Data Structures and Algorithms Specialization.

The Specialization covers algorithmic techniques for solving problems arising in computer science applications. It is a mix of theory and practice: you will not only design algorithms and estimate their complexity, but you will get a deeper understanding of algorithms by implementing them in the programming language of your choice. This Specialization is unique, because you will have a choice between two Capstone Projects, developed in partnership with industry leaders. In the Shortest Paths Capstone, you'll deal with road network analysis and social network analysis. You'll learn how to compute the fastest route between New York and Mountain View thousands of times faster than classic algorithms and close to those used in Google Maps. In the Bioinformatics Capstone, you'll learn how to assemble genomes from millions of short pieces and how algorithms fuel recent developments in personalized medicine.