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Uma Murthy
CSS 490
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in Computing and Software Systems

Examines current topics and issues associated with computing and software systems. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Introduction to Information Retrieval

This project-based class will provide an overview of the foundations of modern day search engines. We will discuss Analyzing, indexing, representing, storing, searching, retrieving, processing and presenting information and documents using fully automatic systems. In the class, students will become familiar with classical information retrieval (IR) models, such as the vector space and probabilistic models, their implementation using inverted indices, thesauri, and other utilities, search interfaces, and their evaluation. Through the class, we will build a search engine and become familiar with available IR packages, such as Lucene. The class will also introduce multimedia IR, content-based image retrieval, and social search.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, Assignments, Project, Exams

Recommended preparation

CSS 342 CSS 343

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Uma Murthy
Date: 10/25/2012