COMP423 (2019) - Intelligent Agents
This course examines the construction of intelligent agents - software programs that can act for themselves in some part of the human world. This course focuses on agents for improving web search and includes topics such as agents for information extraction from the web, web page clustering and classification, automatic query expansion and web page ranking.
Course learning objectives
Students who pass this course should be able to:
- achieve an understanding of the basic problems and basic principles in a variety of related research areas such as information retrieval, information extraction, clustering and classification and natural language processing. (Graduate Attributes: BE 3(a), 3(c), 3(d), 3(e); BSc COMP 1, 2, 3, 4)
- achieve greater skill at reading, understanding, and giving presentations on papers from the research literature. (Graduate Attributes: BE 2(b); BSc COMP 2, 4)
- achieve practical experience of building text mining systems. (Graduate Attributes: BE 3(a); BSc COMP 1)
The course focuses on text mining and Web search. We will cover a variety of topics including text representation, document classification and clustering, opinion mining, information retrieval, recommender systems, query expansion, and information extraction.
Withdrawal from Course
Withdrawal dates and process:
During the trimester there will usually be two lectures per week on Mondays and Thursdays. Tuesday lecture time is only occationally used for overflow and if this is the case, it will be announced in Monday lectures and on our course home page.
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Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)
- Teaching: 04 March 2019 - 09 June 2019
- Break: 15 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
- Study period: 10 June 2019 - 13 June 2019
- Exam period: 14 June 2019 - 29 June 2019
No other classes.
Set Texts and Recommended Readings
There are no required texts for this offering.
Mandatory Course Requirements
There are no mandatory course requirements for this course.
If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.
The assessment of the course will be based on several assignments and a final exam. All these are designed for our learning objectives outlined above and the marking is based on how well the students achieve these objectives. The assignments will consist of:
- Joining the discussions and doing the peer review.
- Giving a presentation on one paper or a self-chosen topic. The student can select a presentation time.
- Wrting a paper review.
- Completing a project on text classification. This project will be explained in lectures. The baseline code is due week 4 Friday 5pm and the full code is due week 7, Monday 9am. Its assessment is based on a demonstration of the built system in lectures and a written report due week 8, Friday 5pm (Page limit:3).
|Assessment Item||Due Date or Test Date||CLO(s)||Percentage|
|Group discussion and peer review||CLO: 1,2||3%|
|Presentation||Sign up time||CLO: 1,2||7%|
|project baseline||week 4||CLO: 1,2,3||3%|
|Project full code||Week 7||CLO: 1,2,3||5%|
|Project report||Week 8||CLO: 1,2,3||15%|
|Paper Review||week 10||CLO: 1,2||7%|
|Final examination||exam period||CLO: 1,2,3||60%|
Any assignment submitted after the deadline will be penalised by 20% per day of the full assignment marks. Individual extensions will only be granted in exceptional personal circumstances. We have a late days policy to cover minor problems.
LATE DAYS POLICY: Each student will have three "late days" which you may choose to use for any assignment or assignments during the course. There will be no penalty applied for these late days. You do not need to apply for these, instead any late days you have left will be automatically applied to assignments that you submit late.
Individual extensions will only be granted in exceptional personal circumstances, and should be negotiated with the course coordinator before the deadline whenever possible. Documentation (eg, medical certificate) may be required.
Submission & Return
All work is submitted through the ECS submission system, accessible through the course web pages. Marks and comments will be returned using our online assessment system.
We encourage you to discuss the principles of the course and assignments with other students, to help and seek help with programming details, problems involving the lab machines. However, any work you hand in must be your own work.
In order to maintain satisfactory progress in COMP 423, you should plan to spend an average of 10 hours per week on this paper. A plausible and approximate breakdown for these hours would be:
- Lectures: 2
- Readings: 3
- Assignments: 5
Communication of Additional Information
All online material for this course can be accessed at https://ecs.victoria.ac.nz/Courses/COMP423_2019T1/
Links to General Course Information
- Academic Integrity and Plagiarism: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/students/study/exams/integrity-plagiarism
- Academic Progress: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/students/study/progress/academic-progess (including restrictions and non-engagement)
- Dates and deadlines: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/students/study/dates
- Grades: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/students/study/progress/grades
- Special passes: Refer to the Assessment Handbook, at https://www.victoria.ac.nz/documents/policy/staff-policy/assessment-handbook.pdf
- Statutes and policies, e.g. Student Conduct Statute: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/about/governance/strategy
- Student support: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/students/support
- Students with disabilities: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/st_services/disability/
- Student Charter: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/learning-teaching/learning-partnerships/student-charter
- Terms and Conditions: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/apply-enrol/terms-conditions/student-contract
- Turnitin: http://www.cad.vuw.ac.nz/wiki/index.php/Turnitin
- University structure: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/about/governance/structure
- VUWSA: http://www.vuwsa.org.nz
Offering CRN: 4962
Prerequisites: COMP 307, plus one further course from COMP 301-399, ECEN 301-399, NWEN 301-399, or SWEN 301-399
Duration: 04 March 2019 - 30 June 2019
Starts: Trimester 1