Princeton University
Computer Science Dept.

Computer Science 435
Information Retrieval, Discovery, and Delivery

Andrea LaPaugh

Spring 2002

General Information | Schedule and Readings | Work of the Course | Project Page | Announcements

Work of the Course

The course will have the following components weighted as indicated:

Problem sets

There will be 4 problem sets distributed throughout the semester. Most will be written work, although you may be asked to write a few very short programs. Each student will be assigned responsibility for preparing the solutions for between one and three problems over the semester, in consultation with the instructor. Quality of the prepared solutions will be part of the problem-set component of each student's grade.


There will be one take-home exam. It will take place roughly in week 8 or 9 of the semester. There is no exam during final exam period.

Class presentation

Each student will present a topic to the class in a 20 minute presentation. The topic must be related to the material of the course, but not duplicate material planned by the instructor or other presenters. The presentation should be based on readings such as book chapters or articles in conference proceedings. The readings must be made available to the class. Normally, the topic will relate to the student's final project, but this is not a requirement. The presentation topic and readings must be approved by the instructor in advance.


Each student will do a final project of his or her choosing related to the material of the course. The project must be approved in advance by the course instructor. See the project page for more information and a list of suggested projects.


This course will be essentially ``paperless''. All assignments will be posted only on the course Web site (see Schedule and Readings). ``Handouts'' and copies of any transparencies used in class will be posted on the course Web site as well. Important announcements on all aspects of the course will be made on the Announcements page. Students are responsible for monitoring the postings under ``Announcements''. Schedule changes will be made on the on-line schedule page. and announced under ``Announcements''. The only paper we will exchange is your solutions to the problem sets, which we will grade and hand back, the exam questions and your responses, and your project reports.

You are encouraged to use electronic mail to set up appointments, leave messages, and ask quick questions (like ``What was that reference you gave today in class?'' or ``I've been at McCosh Infirmary all week; can I have an extension on my assignment?'') However, an old fashioned face-to-face meeting is still best for clarifying confusions and other technical discussions.

A.S. LaPaugh Sun Feb 17 12:02:29 EST 2002