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Spring 2015-2016
* COS 435   No Pass/D/Fail

Information Retrieval, Discovery, and Delivery

Andrea S. LaPaugh

This course examines the methods used to gather, organize and search for information in large digital collections (e.g. web search engines). We study classic techniques of indexing documents and searching text and also new algorithms that exploit properties of the Web (e.g. links) social networks and other digital collections, including multimedia collections. Techniques include those for relevance and ranking of documents, exploiting user history, and information clustering. We also examine systems aspects of search technology: how distributed computing and storage are used to make information delivery efficient.

Sample reading list:
C. Manning, P. Raghavan, and H. Schutze, Introduction to Information Retrieval
Rajaraman, Leskovec, and Ullman, Mining of Massive Datasets

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: about one chapter of the textbook a week. Some papers will also be handed out. Written: approximately six problem sets, two exams and design project.

Mid Term Exam - 15%
Other Exam - 20%
Design Project - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 5%
Problem set(s) - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
COS 226 and some familiarity with linear algebra..


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40809 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Robertson Hall   016   Enrolled:40 Limit:63