FDD3381 sum of Square Seminar 7.5 credits


Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The sum-of-squares hierarchy, algorithms that can be formalised by the sum-of-squares hierarchy and lower bounds for the sum-of-squares hierarchy

Intended learning outcomes *

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

- explain the fundamental ideas behind the sum-of-squares hierarchy

- apply the sum-of-squares hierarchy on small problem instances

- account for the most important results about the sum-of-squares hierarchy

- account for current research about the sum-of-squares hierarchy and the large open problems at a general level.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

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Recommended prerequisites

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Lecture notes and research articles about the sum-of-squares hierarchy.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Home assignments and presentation of research article.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Per Austrin

    Ethical approach *

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Further information

    Course web

    Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

    Course web FDD3381

    Offered by

    EECS/Theoretical Computer Science

    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Aaron Potechin

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Theoretical Computer Science