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The following are last minute news you should be aware of ;-)

06/10/2016: Grades from the 30/09/2016 exam can be found at this link
16/09/2016: Grades from the 12/09/2016 exam can be found at this link
02/08/2016: Updated the past exams list with exams from the 2015/2016 year
31/07/2016: Grades from the 08/07/2016 exam can be found at this link
14/03/2016: Grades from the 22/02/2016 exam can be found at this link
17/02/2016: Grades from the 05/02/2016 exam can be found at this link
18/01/2015: Schedule revised due to a cut & paste error :-(
18/01/2015: Schedule revised to avoid the overlap with Operational Research Course
15/12/2015: Schedule revised until January (Note: on 18/01/2016 two extra hours are borrowed from PAMI)
09/12/2015: IRDM Exams for the Winter Calls will be on: 05/02/2016 and 22/02/2016
04/12/2015: Added slides on Decision Tree Pruning and Classification Rules
24/11/2015: Moved from 21/12 to 14/12 a lecture by Luca Bondi 
10/11/2015: Moved from 14/12 to 30/11 a lecture by Luca Bondi 
25/10/2015: Added slides on data representation and decision trees
11/10/2015: Added link to Teaching Assistant website to get his material
09/10/2015: First edition of IRDM website is out, stay tuned!

Contents

Course Aim & Organization

The course covers tools and systems adopted to handle big data, e.g., large collections of textual data. In the first part, the course focuses on the analysis of information embedded in large collections, using tools that range from decision trees, classification rules, association rules, graph-based link analysis. The second part of the course covers the efficient retrieval of information, discussing the algorithms and data structures adopted to enable answering keyword based queries, as well as indexing methods to enable fast search.

Teachers

The course is composed by a blending of lectures and exercises by the course teacher and a teaching assistant.

Course Program

The course outline is:

  • Data mining
    • The Data Mining process
    • Decision Trees and Decision Rules
    • Rule Induction Methods
    • Association Rules
    • Frequent Itemset Analysis
  • Web information retrieval
    • Web modelling and crawling
    • Graph-based retrieval models (PageRank, HITS)
  • Text-based information retrieval
  • IR models (Boolean models, vector space models, probabilistic models)
    • Evaluation of IR systems
    • Text processing
    • Advanced IR models (Latent Semantic Indexing)
  • Indexing
    • Inverted indexing
    • Multidimensional indexing
    • Rank aggregation

Detailed course schedule

A detailed schedule of the course can be found here; topics are just indicative while days and teachers are correct up to some last minute change (I will notify you by email). Please note that not all days we have lectures!!

Note: Lecture timetable interpretation
* On Mondays, in V.08, starts at 15:30 (quarto d'ora accademico), ends at 18:15
* On Fridays, in V.08, starts at 08:30 (quarto d'ora accademico), ends at 10:15
Date Day Time Room Teacher Topic
05/10/2015 Monday 15:15 - 18:15 V08 Matteo Matteucci Course Introduction
09/10/2015 Friday 08:15 - 10:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci The Data Mining Process
12/10/2015 Monday 15:15 - 18:15 V.S8-B Luca Bondi Introduction to Information Retrieval
16/10/2015 Friday 08:15 - 10:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci Data representation and coding
19/10/2015 Monday 15:15 - 18:15 V.S8-B Luca Bondi Basic models for Information Retrieval
23/10/2015 Friday 08:15 - 10:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci Introduction to probability
26/10/2015 Monday -- -- -- No Lecture Today
30/11/2015 Friday 08:15 - 10:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci Entropy and information gain
02/11/2015 Monday -- -- -- No Lecture Today
06/11/2015 Friday 08:15 - 10:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci Decision Trees
09/11/2015 Monday 15:15 - 18:15 V.S8-B Luca Bondi Evaluation of IR systems and Text processing
13/11/2015 Friday 08:15 - 10:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci Decision Trees
16/11/2015 Monday 15:15 - 18:15 V.S8-B Luca Bondi Math background and Advanced IR models
20/11/2015 Friday -- -- -- No Lecture Today
23/11/2015 Monday 15:15 - 18:15 V.S8-B Luca Bondi Advanced IR models, Inverted indexing
27/11/2015 Friday 08:15 - 10:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci Classification rules
30/11/2015 Monday 15:15 - 18:15 V.S8-B Luca Bondi Multidimentional indexing
04/12/2015 Friday 08:15 - 12:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci Sequential covering algorithm
07/12/2015 Monday - - - No Lecture Today
11/12/2014 Friday 08:15 - 10:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci Rule pruning by Chi-Square test
14/12/2014 Monday 15:15 - 17:15 V.S8-B Luca Bondi Rank aggregation
18/12/2015 Friday - - - No Lecture Today
21/12/2014 Monday - - - No Lecture Today
08/01/2016 Friday - - - No Lecture Today
11/01/2016 Monday 15:15 - 18:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci Frequent pattern mining and association rules
15/01/2016 Friday 08:15 - 10:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci A-priori algorithm and sequential patterns mining
18/01/2016 Monday 15:15 - 17:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci Markov chains
22/01/2016 Friday 08:15 - 10:15 V.S8-B Matteo Matteucci

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation is through a written exam covering the whole program

Teaching Material

Teachers Slides

In the following you can find the lecture slides used by the teacher and the teaching assistants during classes.

Teacher Lectures:


Teaching Assistand Lectures can be found directly on Luca Bondi website.

Additional Resources

Papers, links, and stuff useful to integrate the textbook


Past Exams and Sample Questions

Since 2015/2016 the course has changed teacher, this might have an impact on the exams format as well. Some examples from the past year can be found here, please expect differences:

Online Resources

The following are links to online sources which might be useful to complement the material above

* TBC