CS 5970: Empirical Methods for Computer Science: Projects

The semester-long project constitutes a significant percentage of your class grade and is intended as a venue in which you explore the techniques that we have been discussing. The topic of your project will be one of your own choosing (subject to approval). Ideally, the research topic will be one in which you are already engaged and have conducted experiments. The focus of your project should be on the process of formulating hypotheses and experimental questions, and on conducting and evaluating experiments. The focus should not be on the design and implementation of the algorithms of study (although some of this will probably be required).

Your project will be developed incrementally. Over the course of the semester, there will be a total of five checkpoints. Each checkpoint consists of an oral and a written component. The oral components are presented in class (with slides) and will focus on the new work that you have done since the last checkpoint. The written component is a "living document" that will evolve and be added to at each checkpoint. You must make progress at each checkpoint in order to receive full credit.

Possible general topics include (these are not exclusive):

Project Checkpoint 1: Proposal

Grading rubric: postscript and pdf

Oral presentation: Sept 16th

Written document (incorporating feedback from presentation): Sept 23rd

You should:

Project Checkpoint 2: Exploratory Analysis

Oral presentation: Oct 9th

Written document: Oct 14th. Include:

At this checkpoint, you have completed an initial exploratory analysis. In particular, you have examined a number of candidate experimental questions.

Report on the results of this first set of exploratory experiments:

Project Checkpoint 3: Experimental Evaluation

Grading rubric: postscript and pdf

Oral presentation: Oct 30th

Written document: Nov 4th

For this checkpoint, you have completed a first set of experiments, focusing largely on the promising directions as identified in the 2nd checkpoint.

Project Checkpoint 4: Hypothesis Testing

Grading rubric: postscript and pdf

Oral presentation: Nov 20th

Written document: Nov 25th

For this checkpoint, you have completed a detailed set of experiments and have used hypothesis testing to analyze the results.

Project Checkpoint 5: Final

Written document: Dec 11th

Oral presentation: Dec 12th (CS Poster Session)

Poster guidelines:

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