The Sixth Seminar on the
Analysis of Algorithms

Krynica Morska (near Gdansk),
July 3 - July 7, 2000


Design by Mariola Szpankowska


This is the sixth meeting specifically dedicated to the Average-Case Analysis of Algorithms. The previous ones have been held in Schloss Dagstuhl (Germany) in 1993, 1995, and 1997, in Princeton (USA) in 1998 and in Barcelona (Spain) in 1999 (see Analysis of Algorithms homepage for more information). This year we all meet in Hotel Continental in Krynica Morska, near Gdansk, on the sea shore of Baltic Sea, Poland. The meeting is sponsored by Technical University of Gdansk and Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.

Scope . Predicting the performance of algorithms is a likely outgrowth of ongoing research in analytic combinatorics and the analysis of random discrete structures. This workshop will bring together leading researchers in this field to focus on such problems. Probabilistic considerations on inputs and the random combinatorial structures underlying algorithmic analysis have provided an active area of modern research. One assumes some reasonable probability distribution on input instances to an algorithm as a way of understanding the inner workings of the algorithm and its "typical behavior." Experience in the field shows that it is often unwieldy to work with exact models, where on the other hand one can say something meaningful and precise on the typical "asymptotic" behavior of the algorithm, when either the underlying combinatorial structure becomes very large or when the algorithm is challenged by massive data sets. In these cases one sometimes gets simplified but exact expressions dealing with first (or higher) order expansions of averages, moments or distributions, as some parameters of the algorithmic problem grow to be very large. The focus of this workshop is the average case analysis of algorithms, and its relation to the wider areas of analytic combinatorics, exact and limiting distributions, formal techniques, probability theory, combinatorics and computer science. We identify the following areas as being of particular interest:

Atmosphere. Following the tradition of the first four seminars, this seminar intends to bring together leading researchers in the Analysis of Algorithms and provide them with a relaxed atmosphere for interaction and discussion. Therefore, the talks will generally be brief and somewhat sparse. Long lunch breaks and one free afternoon will be purposely planned. A problem session will also be planned.

Special Issue. Following the tradition of previous seminars, we have a special issue of Random Structures & Algorithms on Average-Case Analysis of Algorithms. Call for Papers .

Program Committee : Philippe Flajolet, Hosam Mahmoud, Conrado Martinez, Helmut Prodinger,Robert Sedgewick, and Wojciech Szpankowski (chair).

Organizing Committee: Michal Karonski (co-chair), Marek Kubale, Andrzej Kusiuk (co-chair), Ryszard Sobczak and Jozef Wozniak.

List of Participants

The following persons have confirmed their participation in the seminar.
List of already confirmed participants (updated daily).


The registration fee is $420. It covers the lodging for six nights (starting from Sunday July 2nd till Saturday July 8th), three meals per day (July 2-7), a banquet, a trip to Gdansk, coffee breaks during the seminar, and perhaps two surprises. We are renting the whole hotel for the entire period of the seminar, so we do not expect partial payments.

This registration fee is good only till APRIL 1st.

After April 1st the registration fee is $500. The accompanying person is asked to pay $250

Please download the registration form ( MS document, Postscript), fill it out and send it by fax (+ 48 58 341 61 32) or by ordinary mail to:

Andrzej Kusiuk (e-mail:
Wydzial ETI
Politechnika Gdanska
ul. Narutowicza
80-952 Gdansk


Our plan is that all participants stay at Hotel Continental, where all talks will take place. The address of the hotel is:

Hotel Continental
ul. Przyjazni 7
82-210 Krynica Morska.
There are a few other hotels in Krynica Morska that we might use if there is not enough room in the conference hotel. We expect that most participants will have single rooms, however, a few might end up in double rooms.

Local Information

If you need a help with the local arrangments, please contact either Ryszard Sobczak or Andrzej Kusiuk .

Post-conference photos

Here are some photos from the conference:
A group photo under a tree in Krynica Morska
A group photo under a tree in Krynica Morska -- another view
A group photo under a tree in Krynica Morska -- yet another view
A group photo in Gdansk
A group photo in Gdansk under Neptun