Information Retrieval Systems
INFO624, winter, 2005
College of Information Science and Technology
6:00 to 9:00pm Wednesdays
Classroom: Room 9, Rush Building
Instructor: Xia Lin
Office: Room 415, Rush Building
Office Hours: by appointments
Course page: http://research.cis.drexel.edu/classes/info624/
Objectives of the course
The objective of the course is to introduce students to the theoretical underpinnings of information retrieval (IR), an active and rapid growing branch of applied computational science. Main topics of the course include document representation, document indexing, digital information storage, retrieval, and distribution. Emphasis is given to application of IR theories and practices to web indexing and web search engines. Specifically, this course will help students
Lectures and discussions are primary techniques used to achieve the objectives of the course. Completion of the assigned reading and assignments is also essential to the learning process. Some group activities may be assigned during the term.
Ricardo Baeza-Yates & Berthier Ribeiro-Neto Modern Information Retrieval New York: Addison-Wesley, 1999.
Other recommended books:
van Rijsbergen, C. J. Information Retrieval. (Second Edition) Butterworths (Boston, MA), 1979. (Full text of the book is available on the web).
Frakes, W. B. & Baeza-Yates, R. Information Retrieval: Data Structures & Algorithms. Prentice Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) (ISBN: 0-13-463837-9). 1992.
Students are expected to read assigned materials and to participate in class discussions and other activities. Assignments are generally due one week after they are assigned unless otherwise specified. Assignments MUST hand in before the class on the day they are due. Assignments that are late will be penalized for 10% each section (for any reasons). Other penalties may be applied for long overdue assignments. It is the student's responsibility to be present for exams. A make-up will only be given to students who miss exams under EXTREME circumstances.
Grades and assignments:
Grades for this course will be based on the following:
Final project 30 %
Midterm exam 30 %
Three assignments 30 %
Class participation & attendance 10%
Some other assignments or readings may be given throughout the term.
Course Outline for INFO624, Winter 2003
Week 1. Introduction -What is Information Retrieval
Week 2. Models of Information Retrieval
Week 3. Retrieval Evaluation
Week 4. Query Languages and Query Operations
Week 5. Text Retrieval and Languages
Week 6. Indexing and Searching
Week 7. Effectiveness Improvement Techniques
Week 8. User Interfaces and Visualization
Week 9. IR Research and Future of IR Systems
Week 10. Final Project Presentation