CS598CXZ Advanced Topics in Information Retrieval (Fall 2013)

Instructor: ChengXiang Zhai

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Link to all lecture videos

Date Topic Readings Notes

Background
8/27 Tue Course overview(ppt); Overview of IR research (ppt) IR History
8/29 Thu Basic IR Concepts and Techniques (ppt) Singhal's review Assign #1 out
9/3 Tue Math Review I: Basic Probability & Statistics (ppt) Rosenfeld's note on estimation
9/5 Thu Math Review II: Basic Concepts of Information Theory (ppt; video) Rosenfeld's note on information theory Assign #1 due; Assign #2 out
9/10 Tue Introduction to NLP (ppt; video)

Core Topics in IR: Evaluation, Retrieval Models, and Scalability
9/12 Thu Early Milestones (ppt; video) [Salton & Lesk 68]; Assign #2 due
9/17 Tue No class; project proposal discussion Assign #3 out
9/19 Thu IR Evaluation I ( ppt; video) IREval (Chapters 2-4)
9/24 Tue IR Evaluation II (ppt; video) IREval (Chapters 2-4)
9/26 Thu IR Models I: Vector Space Model (ppt; video) [Singhal et al. 96] Assign #3 due; Project proposal due
10/1 Tue IR Models II: Classic Probabilistic Model (ppt; video) [Robertson and Zaragoza 2009] (Chapters 1-3)
10/3 Thu IR Models III: Basic Language Models (ppt; video) SLMIR (Chapters 3-5)
10/8 Tue IR Models IV: Review of Basic Models (ppt, video) SLMIR (Chapters 3-5) Proposal review due; Assign #4 out
10/10 Thu IR Models V: Feedback Language Models (ppt, video) SLMIR (Chapters 3-5); Note on KL-div ; Note on EM
10/15 Tue IR Models VI: Feedback & Other Models (ppt; ICTIR13Tutorial, video) [Fang 07] (Chapters 3 & 4); Online resources on axiomatic analysis
10/17 Thu Learning to Rank (ppt; video) Introduction to Learning to Rank
10/22 Tue Scalability & Efficiency (ppt; video) [Zobel & Moffat 2006] ; MapReduce (Chapters 2-4)
10/24 Thu Topic Models I (ppt; video) SLMIR(Ch7); PLSA Assign #4 due; Assign #5 out
10/29 Tue Review for midterm ( video) Topics to be covered in the midterm; pmidterm practice questions
10/31 Thu Midterm Exam Topics to be covered in the midterm

Emerging Topics in IR
11/5 Tue Topic Models II (ppt; video) SLMIR (Ch7)
11/7 Thu Overview of Frontier Topics in IR (ppt)
11/12 Tue Frontier Topic Review & Discussion I
(Papers T{1-6}.1, T{1-6}.2 )
Guidelines and Schedule
11/14 Thu Frontier Topic Review & Disscussion II
(Papers T{1-6}.3, T{1-6}.4 )
Guidelines and Schedule Assign #5 due
11/19 Tue Frontier Topic Review & Discussion III
(Papers T{1-6}.5, T{1-6}.6 )
Guidelines and Schedule
11/21 Thu Frontier Topic Review & Discussion IV
(Papers T{1-6}.7, T{1-6}.8, T2.9 )
Guidelines and Schedule
11/26 Tue Thanksgiving Break
11/28 Thu Thanksgiving Break
12/3 Tue Frontier Topic Presentation I (Topics 1, 2, 3) video
12/5 Thu Frontier Topic Presentation II (Topics 4,5, 6) video
12/10 Tue Course Summary (ppt; video)
12/11 Wed Last Day of Instruction
12/17 Tue Project Presentation (1:30-4:30pm, 1109SC) Guidelines and Schedule
12/19 Thu Project Reports due guidelines