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CS 410 - Text Information Systems

Fall 2020

Text Information SystemsCS410DSO67393ONL4 -    ChengXiang Zhai
Text Information SystemsCS410TI173824ONL3 -    ChengXiang Zhai
Text Information SystemsCS410TI273825ONL4 -    ChengXiang Zhai

Official Description

Theory, design, and implementation of text-based information systems. Text analysis, retrieval models (e.g., Boolean, vector space, probabilistic), text categorization, text filtering, clustering, retrieval system design and implementation, and applications to web information management. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: CS 225.

Course Director


ChengXiang Zhai and Sean Massung. 2016. Text Data Management and Analysis: a Practical Introduction to Information Retrieval and Text Mining. Association for Computing Machinery and Morgan & Claypool, New York, NY, USA.

Learning Goals

Be able to explain the basic concepts and principles of text information systems, such as push vs. push information access, probability ranking principle, and generative models. (1), (2), (6 )

Be able to explain how key algorithms for information retrieval, Web search, and text data mining work and compare them. (1), (2), (6 )
Be able to evaluate a text information system using various metrics such as precision, recall, mean average precision, and nDCG (2 ), (6)
Be able to modify a search engine to improve accuracy (1), (2), (6)
Be able to apply knowledge of text information systems to solve a real-world problem with a course project (1), (2), (3), (5), (6)

Topic List

Background & General Introduction

Information Retrieval Models
Web search
Recommender systems
Text data mining
Course Project

Last updated

2/2/2019by ChengXiang Zhai