Information Theory in Computer Science (Harvard CS 229r, Spring 2019)

General Info:
  • Lecturer: Madhu Sudan;  MD 339; email: first name at cs dot harvard dot edu; Office Hours: TuTh 1:15-2:15pm
  • TFs:
    • Mitali Bafna: MD 138; email first name dot last name at gmail dot com; Office hours and location: TuTh 4:30-5:30 @ LISE 319.
    • Noah Golowich: email ngolowich at college.
  • Lecture Time and Location: TuTh 12:00-1:15pm; 60 Oxford Street Room 330.

Other links for the course:


  • Project Presentation Schedule is here. All presentations in LISE 303. (Room number corrected now - 4/30/2019!)
  • Practice Problem Set 4 (tex, pdf).
  • Problem Set 3 (tex, pdf).
  • Problem Set 2 (tex, pdf). Solutions (pdf).
  • Problem Set 1 (tex, pdf). Solutions (pdf).
  • Sign up for the course on Piazza. This will be principal forum for discussions and announcements. If you do not have a harvard email, send mail to Madhu to get enrolled.
  • Canvas will be the main mechanism for submitting psets and getting them graded. If you are not (yet) on canvas, submit your psets by email till you get added to canvas.
  • Sign up for scribing! Signup sheet here. Template for scribing (preamble, lect01.tex).

Topics (Tentative), Calendar and Handouts:

Reference Materials:

  • The closest reference material may be notes from the last incarnation of this course - here.
  • The classic background text is Elements of Information Theory by Cover and Thomas. While it will not suffice for this course, it might come in handy.