CS6742 Fall 2013: Assignment 1

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Your open-ended task: Come up with a research idea related to one of the readings below and execute a pilot empirical study using one of the datasets below. The most important thing to me is that the idea is interesting; but do make some nod to feasibility in the given timeframe into account.

You should do required posting of your idea for your study to the course Piazza page as early as possible (preferably far ahead of the deadlines below), for two reasons: I will give you public feedback on your idea, indeed, multiple founds of it if you like — so feel free to post preliminary ideas if you'd like some help in choosing— and, because you are encouraged to work in groups, doing so will facilitate the finding of people with similar interests.

Also, if you have questions or interesting partial results or need help as you go along, please post to Piazza. Naturally, if you have useful feedback for others, please respond on Piazza. My thinking of typical scenarios might be issues with selecting some subset of the data, or noticing some odd behavior that needs explaining.

Basically, I'd like us to act as a team; we're all in this together!


These readings were chosen because they are short, accessible, and thought-provoking, and as a pair take interestingly different perspectives.

Datasets Permission to use something other than these must be obtained from the instructor well in advance of the due date.

Milestone deadlines

All deadlines refer to 11:59pm that night except, of course, for in-class activities.

Academic Integrity Academic and scientific integrity compels one to properly attribute to others any work, ideas, or phrasing that one did not create oneself. To do otherwise is fraud.

We emphasize certain points here. As you can see above, talking to and helping others is strongly encouraged. The easiest rule of thumb is, acknowledge the work and contributions and ideas and words and wordings of others. Do not copy or slightly reword portions of papers, Wikipedia articles, textbooks, other students' work, something you heard from a talk or a conversation, or anything else, really, without acknowledging your sources. See http://www.cs.cornell.edu/courses/cs6742/2011sp/handouts/ack-others.pdf and http://www.theuniversityfaculty.cornell.edu/AcadInteg/ for more information and useful examples.