This paper covers the operation of web search engines, the development of web spam and techniques for combatting it, and social issues raised by centralised search engines.
Three 300 level Computer Science papers, and either
COMP204 Object Oriented Program Design or
COMP242 Software Engineering Process
COMP442 Web Search: Technical and Social Issues
Witten, I.H., Gori, M. and Numerico, T. (2006) Web Dragons: Inside the Myths of Search Engine Technology, Morgan Kaufman, San Francisco.
Internal assessment/final examination ratio 1:0