Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Web Intelligence

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Artificial Intelligence

DESCRIPTION The Internet is an evolving medium of information, social interactions, communication, entertainment, commerce, politics, medicine and science. The challenges to address such a huge, evolving network require the use of approaches which are grounded in a solid mathematical background and home to different areas of research.

This study-unit will introduce the fundamental concepts and technologies underlying the Web. It will provide the necessary mathematical background behind graphs, probabilistic modeling and data analysis, as well as, practical applications of various techniques, such as text and link analysis, which are important to analyse the content and structure of this evolving distributed space.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to introduce a broad range of methods and techniques that are considered as being fundamental to the development of intelligent applications that seek, exchange, distribute and/or process information found on the World Wide Web.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• explain the mathematical concepts behind probabilistic modeling and data analysis as applied to the World Wide Web;
• describe the principals underpinning Graphs (which include eigenvectors, adjacency matrix, directed networks, degree and paths, power law) in the context of the Web graph;
• explain the techniques and fundamental principals central to text analysis as applied to Web content;
• explain the techniques and fundamental principals behind link analysis as applied to the analysis of the topological structure of the Web.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• evaluate and apply specific methods and techniques to analyse the Web's content and structure;
• evaluate and apply specific analysis techniques within the development of intelligent web applications.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

• Modeling the Internet and the Web: Probabilistic Methods and Algorithms by P. Baldi, P.Frasconi and P. Smyth, Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN: 0-470-84906-1
• Mining the Web: Discovering Knowledge from Hypertext Data, by Soumen Chakrabarti, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, ISBN: 1-55860-754-4

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM1 Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 60%


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