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- Projects will be done in groups of 1-2
- The following is the schedule of submissions related to the project:
| (a) || Project Proposal (and Team): ||Sep 27 (Thu) ||1-2 pages
| (b) || Revised Project Proposal: ||Oct 18 (Thu) ||1-2 pages
| (c) || Project Progress Report: ||Nov 15 (Thu) ||3-4 pages
| (d) || Final Project Report: ||Dec 13 noon (Thu)|| 10 pages
- Project Grading:
| (a) || Project Proposal: || 0%, but have to submit
| (b) || Revised Project Proposal: || 5%
| (c) || Project Progress Report: ||25%
| (d) || Project Presentation: ||20%
| (e) || Final Project Report: ||50%
- Project Submission:
- You have to submit a paper copy of the report by noon, Dec 13 (Thu).
There will be a submission box outside Arindam's office. The box will vanish at noon,
on Thu, Dec 13.
- Additionally, you have to email your report in pdf to Arindam by noon, Dec 13.
- Grading will be based on the following aspects (with the given weighting):
- Novelty/Originality (15%): What is new/original in your project? Have you
worked on a new algorithm? Have you made novel extensions of an existing idea
for applications in new domains? Have you given new perspective on an existing
set of ideas? Have you, through empirical evaluation,
uncovered any new facts about performance of algorithms?
- Focus and Relevance (15%): What is the focus of your work, and is the work
relevant? You have to justify why/how your work is important. Such a justification
is a motivation for the work you have done. Also, the focus of your work
is important? Just saying inference is important, hence I will experiment with
inference algorithms is not very interesting as it lacks focus.
- Exposition to Related Work (15%): Give a detailed account of related work.
This helps in motivating the problem, shows
that you have done your homework, and helps in identifying the novelty aspect of your work.
- Evaluation (15%): How do you evaluate your proposed ideas? Such evaluation
can be based on extensive empirical evaluation, mathematical proofs, or clear arguments
showing the value of your approach.
- Presentation (15%): Clarity of presentation is important. Your proposed
idea, and conclusions should be clear to a person in the field. Think in terms of the
form and order of presentation.
- Other aspects (25%): Did you achieve your goals for the project? What were
the main conclusions from the project? How did you manage/split the total work load
in the group? Did you learn anything new/useful from the project? etc.
- Project Writeups:
- Project Proposal: 1-2 pages, type-set, paper submissions and pdf via email.
- Midterm Progress Report: 3-4 pages, type-set, paper submissions and pdf via email.
- Brief summary of what your (revised) proposed work was.
- How much of each of the proposed aspects have you completed.
- If you are ahead, what additional things do you plan to work on.
- If you are behind, what proposed things do you wish to drop, or, how
do you want to prioritize things.
- How has the work been split among the group so far? What is the plan going
- An approximate timeline for tasks till the end of the semester.
- Final Report: 10 pages, type-set, paper submissions and pdf via email.
- The final report should be in the form of scientific paper.
- It should include sections on/related to introduction, motivation,
approach, results, contributions, related work, and conclusions. The sections
should be changed appropriately depending on your project.
- On a separate document (1 page), present the contributions of each member,
and summarize the hours spent.
- Sample High-scoring Reports from an earlier class:
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