CS/Info 6742 Fall : 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 is that (a) your idea is interesting, and (b) your pilot empirical study demonstrates that you can quickly evaluate feasibility and estimate the chances of an interesting result.

It is neither required nor expected that your proposal for this assignment will relate to your final course project.

Please strive to post your proposal well in advance of the actual due date (a suggested goal: ), for two reasons. First, (and, 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. Second, you are encouraged to work in groups, and early posting will facilitate linking up with classmates having similar interests.

After posting your proposal, 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 you've found that it's worth alerting others to; unexpected early results that are interesting or that you need help interpreting.

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


These readings were chosen because they are thought-provoking, accessible, short, and together represent a wide range of possibilities.


Due dates

All deadlines refer to 5:00pm unless otherwise specified.

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. You may also, with attribution, use the code from other sources. 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, Stack Overflow answers, something you heard from a talk or a conversation or saw on the Internet, or anything else, really, without acknowledging your sources. See http://www.cs.cornell.edu/courses/cs6742/2011sp/handouts/ack-others.pdf and http://gradschool.cornell.edu/academic-integrity for more information and useful examples.

This is not to say that you can receive course credit for work that is not your own — e.g., taking someone else's report and putting your name at the top, next to the other person(s)' names. However, violations of academic integrity (e.g., fraud) undergo the academic-integrity hearing process on top of any grade penalties imposed, whereas not following the rules of the assignment only risk grade penalties.