This course will cover traditional material as well as recent advances in information retrieval (IR), the study of the processing, indexing, querying, organization, and classification of textual documents, including hypertext documents available on the world-wide-web. See the course syllabus for further details.
Relevant reading assignments from the text and recent research papers are given in the syllabus. This information is best read before the corresponding lecture. Students will primarily be held responsible for all information presented in class, the reading assignments are supplementary.
Class lectures will use Powerpoint presentations available on the course homepage . This should allow students to focus on understanding the material during class and reduce the need for taking notes; however, simply reading the slides is no substitute for attending class in which additional explanation and discussion is presented.
Prompt attendance at class is required. Attendance will be taken at the very beginning of every class period and a student's attendance record will count as part of the course grade.
There will be four programming assignments throughout the semester. These will involve using and modifying existing Java programs for various IR and web search tasks. You can use your student account on the department Linux workstations or any other Java platform available to you (however, we will only provide support for running on departmental Linux machines). If you are not a CS student and need a temporary department account, apply on the web here.
There will be an in-class midterm exam on Thu. Oct. 15 that will cover the material in the first half of the course. We will review for the test the class before. A sample former midterm is available on the course home page. You will need a scientific calculator for the exam.
The final will be held Thursday, December 10, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm. It will be comprehensive test covering all material presented in the course. We will review for the final on the last class day. A sample former final is available on the course home page. You will need a scientific calculator for the exam.
Read the department's academic policy page. Students who demonstrably violate the Academic Honesty policy will receive a failing grade in the class. We will be using the Moss system to screen submited programs for plagiarism. Over the years, I have unfortunately had to fail over 20 students for copying on programming assignments. To avoid problems, limit any discussion of assignments with other students to clarification of the requirements or definitions of the problems, or to understanding the existing code or general course material. Never discuss issues directly relevant to problem solutions.
46% Assignments 18% Midterm 28% Final 8% Attendance