CS6742 Fall 2014: Assignment 1

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Your task: Propose a research idea related to one of the readings below and execute a pilot empirical study using one of the listed datasets. Most crucial to me is that (a) the idea is interesting, and (b) your pilot empirical study demonstrates that you can quickly evaluate feasibility and estimate likely chance of an interesting result. Note that there is no requirement that your final course project has to be at all related to your proposal for this assignment.

You should post your proposal to Piazza as early as possible (preferably far ahead of the deadlines below), for two reasons. First, I (and, I hope, your classmates) will give you public feedback on your idea — indeed, multiple rounds of it if you like — to help you refine or adapt it as appropriate. Second, you are encouraged to work in groups, so early posting will facilitate linking up with classmates having similar interests.

After posting your proposal, you should continue to monitor and participate in the Piazza forum. After all, your classmates have read the same papers and are using the same data, so we have a lot of common ground. Example things to post: feedback on other people's proposals; some oddity of the datasets that it's worth alerting others to; unexpected early results that are interesting or that you need help interpreting.

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 together represent a pretty wide range of possibilities.


Milestone deadlines

All deadlines refer to 5:00pm that afternoon, 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.