Dear MS CS student
Please be aware of the course below that is being offered in Fall 2010
on Wed from 4:30 to 7:10pm. This course is of interest to MS CS students
who wish to learn about information retrieval:
INFS 623 Classical and Web Information Retrieval.
The need to locate information efficiently on the World-Wide-Web has
moved the traditional field of information retrieval (previously
confined to applications such as document retrieval from library
collections) to the center of the stage. This is demonstrated by the
simple fact that these days nearly everyone uses Internet search engines
and is thus familiar with previously obscure IR concepts such keywords,
relevance, ranking, search refinement, etc. In addition, market
capitalization of information retrieval now exceeds that of databases!
This graduate course is an introduction to the area of information
retrieval. This course has been revised and now covers principles of
both Classical information retrieval (e.g., the Boolean and vector space
model, document indexing, ranking, effectiveness measurement) and Modern
information retrieval (e.g., hypertext documents, Internet search
engines, Web crawling, link analysis).
Roughly speaking, the subject of INFS-623 is complemetary to the subject
of a database management course, such as
Database Management or
Advanced Database Management. Whereas database management is concerned
mainly with storage and retrieval of structured information, information
retrieval is concerned mainly with storage and retrieval of unstructured
information, such as documents and World-Wide-Web pages.