Module Description, Aims and Objectives:
Module Description, Aims and Objectives: This
module discusses the basic concepts and methods of information
retrieval including capturing, representing, storing, organizing,
and retrieving unstructured or loosely structured information. The
most well-known aspect of information retrieval is document
retrieval: the process of indexing and retrieving text
documents. However, the field of information retrieval includes
almost any type of unstructured or semi-structured data, including
newswire stories, transcribed speech, email, blogs, images, or
video. Therefore, information retrieval is a critical aspect of
Web search engines. This module also serves as the foundation for
subsequent modules on the understanding, processing and retrieval
of particular web media.
There is a Facebook page (accessible from the FB
link on the top menu) for this course across cohorts.
Current students and alumni are welcome to contribute news
and items of potential interest to the page (i.e., IR
news, job openings specific to IR).
N.B. We will be using the Python 3 and the NLTK library throughout this class.
- Modular credits: 4.
- Prerequisites: (CS2010 or its equivalent) or CS2020 or (CS2040 or its equivalent).
It is highly suggested to have some advanced
mathematics background such as probability and
statistics, and/or linear algebra. Exceptions to
these pre-requisites can be made on a case-by-case basis
only. See instructor for details.
- Instructor: ZHAO Jin,
Office: COM2-02-10 (66011083).
- Teaching Assistant: TBA
He Tingyu / Zhong Suyang
- Office hours are by appointment. Emails to me as a default are assumed to be
public, and my replies and your anonymized email will
likely be posted to the forum. Please let me know if
you do not want the contents of your
email posted; I will be happy to honor your
- Workload: (2-1-0-5-2)
- 2 lecture hours per week
- 1 tutorial hour per week
- 5 hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork, etc. per week
- 2 hours for preparatory work by a student per week
- Lectures: The lectures are conducted on Fridays at 12:00-14:00 at LT15 @ AS6 Level 1 (Map / Photo).
- Tutorials: The (optional) tutorials are scheduled in odd weeks (Weeks 3/5/7...). Participation marks will be awarded to the students who present their answers for discussion during the tutorials. There will be 5 tutorial groups as listed below and the venue of the tutorials is SR15 @ COM3-01-25 (Map).
- Tutorial Group 1: Thursday 10:00-11:00
- Tutorial Group 2: Thursday 11:00-12:00
- Tutorial Group 3: Thursday 12:00-13:00
- Tutorial Group 4: Friday 10:00-11:00
- Tutorial Group 5: Friday 11:00-12:00
- Forum: The module forum is hosted on Piazza. Participation marks will be awarded to students who take part in the discussion.
- Final Exam: The exam is scheduled on 25 Apr (Tue), 9-11am. Venue: TBA.
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