CS590N Statistical Relational Learning
Spring 2007: Project information

Your project is a significant undertaking that allows you to explore one or more issues within statistical relational learning (SRL). Choose a topic area that is interesting to you, with a scope that is likely to be doable in a semester, and preferably that is sufficiently new and interesting that it could form the basis of some additional research. The only broad restriction on topic choice is that it must deal with statistical relational learning. Better projects might be preliminary investigations of something that could ultimately become a conference submission. That level of originality is encouraged but not required.

Here are a couple of ideas for projects. They need to be fleshed out with more detail; the list should be viewed as ideas for inspiration. If none of these interests you, feel free to propose your own topic. Before a project is undertaken, the key idea must be approved by the instructor. Approval can be oral and can be based on an oral description of the project's goals. You are also welcome to send the instructor a few paragraphs by email describing what you want to do.

You may work on this project individually or in small groups. A group's project is expected to be larger in scope than an individual's project, and will be graded on that assumption.

Proposal: Due Feb 18

The project proposal should be a 2-3 page report that includes:

Preliminary report: Due Mar 27

The preliminary report should be a 2-3 page report that includes:

If there are any problems, the report should include ideas for how to address them and/or specific questions to the instructor regarding how to address them.

Presentation: Due Apr 17-19

The oral presentation to the class should provide an overview of the project's goals, necessary background information (including work done by others), a description of any experiments, and a summary of your results and findings.

Final report: Due Apr 26

The final report should be a 6-8 page report that includes:

The final report should resemble a conference or workshop submission regardless of the quality of the final results (i.e., even if the project did not succeed). The final report can (and should) include material from the proposal and preliminary report.