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COMP542A Web Search: Technical and Social Issues

15 Points

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.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify threats to the traditional means of knowledge development in the Web era.
  • Critique policies and practices of web search engines.
  • Explain how the web is organized.
  • Discuss current digitization efforts for conventional books and libraries.
  • Analyze social issues concerning web democracy and the control of information.

Pre Requisite Papers
Three 300 level Computer Science papers, and either
COMP204 Object Oriented Program Design or
COMP242 Software Engineering Process

Corresponding Papers
COMP442 Web Search: Technical and Social Issues

Lecturers and Tutors

A Semester


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Official Timetable Information

NOTE: Lectures will be 4 hours/week given during weeks 1-3 and 7-10.

Required Reading
Witten, I.H., Gori, M. and Numerico, T. (2006) Web Dragons: Inside the Myths of Search Engine Technology, Morgan Kaufman, San Francisco.

Assessment Ratio
Internal assessment/final examination ratio 1:0

Attendance Policy
Class attendance is expected. The course notes provided are not comprehensive, additional material will be covered in class. You are responsible for all material covered in class.

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Performance Impairment
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University Regulations
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