CS 432/532 - Web Science
Spring 2020: Tues/Thurs, 11am-12:15pm, Dragas 1117

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  • Dr. Michele Weigle
  • mweigle at cs.odu.edu
  • E&CS 3206
  • Office Hours:
    Thurs 9:30-10:30am
    or by appointment


  this week

Class Tools
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Course Overview

Catalog Description: Provides an overview of the World Wide Web and associated decentralized information structures, focusing mainly on the computing aspects of the Web: how it works, how it is used, and how it can be analyzed. Students will examine a number of topics including: web architecture, web characterization and analysis, web archiving, Web 2.0, social networks, collective intelligence, search engines, web mining, information diffusion on the web, and the Semantic Web.

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CS 361 (Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms) and CS 330 (Object-Oriented Programming and Design) - or similar experience for graduate students.

We will be using several websites for class this semester. This site (https://www.cs.odu.edu/~mweigle/CS432-S20/) should be your first stop -- it contains links to all of the other sites that are needed.

Summary Schedule

Note: This is a tentative schedule and may be updated during the semester.

Week Date Topic Homework Assigned Homework Due
1 Jan 14 Web Science, Web Architecture HW0, HW1
Jan 16 blank cells mean that the topic will be continued from the previous class
2 Jan 21 Introduction to Python HW0
Jan 23
3 Jan 28 Introduction to R HW1
Jan 30
4 Feb 4 Measuring and Archiving the Web HW2
Feb 6
5 Feb 11 Searching the Web HW3
Feb 13
6 Feb 18 Social Networks HW4 HW2
Feb 20
7 Feb 25 Selection and Social Influence HW3
Feb 27
8 Mar 3 Visualizing Social Networks HW5
Mar 5 HW4
Mar 10 No Class - Spring Break
Mar 12
9 Mar 17 Collective Intelligence and Recommender Systems HW6
Mar 19
10 Mar 24 Clustering Algorithms HW7 HW5
Mar 26
11 Mar 31 Document Filtering HW6
Apr 2
12 Apr 7 Binary web queries classifier HW8 HW7
Apr 9
13 Apr 14 kNN and SVM HW9, HW10 HW8
Apr 16
14 Apr 21 Student Presentations HW9, HW10
Apr 23