CSC 575
Winter 2023

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Intelligent Information Retrieval

Final Project Checklist

The following is a final checklist of what you need to turn in for your project. Please note that these are general requirements and in specific cases, not all of these requirements may apply. If you are not sure about what to include, please consult with me before your submission. Also, if you think that installation of your system may require non-trivial or unusual steps, you can arrange for a demonstration of your system.


Implementation Projects

You will need to electronically submit a compressed file containing your project distribution files and documentation. Your project documentation should contain the following components:

  1. A detailed report describing your system (including specific techniques and algorithms you used), and the interaction between the components (make references to code segments, modules, methods, functions, etc. as necessary). If you used any outside sources in your implementation, please clearly indicate which sources, and how and where they were used. The report should also include the results of the evaluation of your system.
  2. Several complete sample runs of your program with description, illustrating how your system works, along with any intermediate input or output used for the sample run. You should also inlcude a short (5-7 minute) video summarising your project and demonstrating its functionality. You may provide a link to your video as part of your report. Please make sure that your video is publicly accessible. Exceeding the time limit on the video may result in point deductions.

Your project distribution files should contain the following:

  1. Complete source code (be sure that your source code is fully documented and easy to read).
  2. Binary files (e.g., executables, DLLs, Class files) or other components necessary to run your program.
  3. Readme file containing instructions on how to compile, install, and/or run your program.
  4. If your application has a server-side component, please provide a URL for a demo version of your system.
  5. Data sets used to evaluate your system.

General note on submissions:  Your final report must be detailed and include the elements specified in the above checklist. Your main report document must be a PDF document and should be separate from your code (except when you are referring to specific functions or components in your implementation). For example, you should not submit Jupyter notebooks with your write up and code combined as your project report. You should write a separate report and separately submit your well-documented code (such as annotated Jupyter notebooks) as appendices to your report. Also, a readme file to describe the submissions and installation details is not a replacement for a detailed report. Please note that a significant part of the grade for the project is for the quality of your report and documentation.


Research Papers

Written research projects will be evaluated based on thoroughness, soundness, originality, significance, and organization. The main deliverable is a research paper describing the problem you re examining, background and related work including references to scientific research relevant to the topic), details of proposed approaches, and results of your experiments and evaluation, including a detailed discussion experimental methodologies used. You must have the following sections in addition to the main body of the paper:

  1. Abstract: This is a short synopsis of the main points of the paper. This should be 200-300 words, and should appear along with the title and your name, ID number, and email, on the first page. The rest of the paper should start on page 2.
  2. Conclusion: Summarize your conclusions and findings. Keep this to 300-400 words.
  3. References: This is a list of references that you have used in doing your research and throughout your paper. The references should be numbered and the number for the reference should appear in the appropriate places in the text of the paper where the reference was used (it is not enough to list a bibliography at the end of the paper without actually using any references within the body of the paper). You can look at any of the papers assigned for reading in the class for acceptable uses of references. URL references should only be used for referring to specific system Web sites and not as a way to reference published work.
The main body fo your paper should be well-organized and divided into logical subsections. Clarity, organization, and good exposition will be among the evaluation criteria for research papers. In addition to your paper, you shoud also include, as appendices, your implementation code for methods/techniques mentioned in the paper as well as data sets used in your experiments and evaluations.

Your final paper should be submitted electronically in PDF.



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