Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

COMP3009J Information Retrieval

This module introduces to the concepts of Information Retrieval (IR). Students will encounter various techniques used in IR and means of evaluating their performance. They will also gain an exposure to the practical design of large-scale IR systems that are commonly used in the web search domain. Students are encouraged to reflect on the tradeoffs inherent in the choice of any IR strategy, in addition to the analysis of the findings of diverse evaluation metrics. Beyond the traditional IR mechanisms and strategies, focus will also be on modern applications and aspects of IR research.

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Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to contrast individual IR algorithms; implement various IR strategies; compare the performance of IR techniques through the use of evaluation metrics; describe and implement the various search strategies employed by commercial search engines; and demonstrate an understanding of modern challenges in the IR research domain. 
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Autonomous Student Learning




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2 hour End of Semester Exam


This module is not passable by compensation

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End of Semester Exam


If you fail this module you may repeat, resit or substitute where permissible.

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