Feb 11: Lecture 01: Introduction to Information Retrieval
Feb 18: Lecture 02: Boolean Retrieval and Inverted Index
Feb 25: Lecture 03: Data Structures in IR and Tolerant Retrieval
Mar 4: Lecture 04: Term Weighting and Vector Space Model
Mar 11: No lecture
Mar 18: Lecture 05: Probabilistic Information Retrieval
Mar 25: Lecture 06: Language Modelling for Information Retrieval
Apr 1: Lecture 07: Relevance Feedback and Query Expansion
Apr 8: IR Project coaching (IE 681), no lecture
Apr 15: Easter break, no lecture
Apr 22: Easter break, no lecture
Apr 29: Lecture 08: Latent and Semantic Retrieval
May 6: Lecture 09: Classification, Clustering, Learning to Rank, Evaluation
May 13: IR Project coaching (IE 681), no lecture
May 20: Lecture 10: Web Search and Link Analysis
May 27: IR Project presentations (IE 681), no lecture
Level: Master (Diploma)
Given the vastness and richness of the Web, users need high-performing, scalable and efficient methods to access its wealth of information and satisfy their information needs. As such, being able to search and effectively retrieve relevant pieces of information from large text collections is a crucial task for the majority (if practically not all) of Web applications. In this course we will explore a variety of basic and advanced techniques for text-based information retrieval and Web search. Coursework will include homework assignments (exercises), a term project and a final exam. Homework assignments are meant to introduce the students to the problems that will be covered in the final exam. In addition, students are expected to successfully complete a term project in teams of 2-4 people. The projects will focus on a variety of IR problems covered in class. Project deliverables include both software (i.e., code and documentation) and a short report explaining the work performed and its evaluation.
B. Croft, D. Metzler, T. Strohman, Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice, Addison-Wesley, 2009 (available at http://ciir.cs.umass.edu/irbook/).
R. Baeza-Yates, B. Ribeiro-Neto, Modern Information Retrieval, Addison-Wesley, 2011 (2nd Edition).
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