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Administrative stuff from 1999, 2000

synopsis (ftp from cambridge) 2 pages.
Postscript version of synopsis, including updated bibliography. (the 1997 version of the synopsis is available as a text file)
Old exam questions with worked solutions
(Many more such questions are also included in the book.)

Compression challenge - compress me!

One of the main assignments for this course is to write compression and uncompression algorithms to compress a sparse file containing N=10000 bits of which roughly 0.01 are 1s; your algorithm should work well on all such files. Please email to djcm1 the compressed size that your algorithm achieves, and maybe write a brief webpage summarising your method. If you'd like to use the Huffman algorithm in constructing your solution, here's one in perl. [Worked solutions: C programs for compression]

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