Informatics 141/ Computer Science 121: Information Retrieval


Winter 2008

Department of Informatics

Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

University of California, Irvine

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Information Retrieval is a *the* hot industry on the web today thanks to Google, Yahoo!, MSN and all of the other competitors out there both current and past. The amount of effort required to translate your 2 or 3 keywords into 5-10 relevant documents is enormous. During this class we will attempt to explore some of the complexities behind search.

Algorithms for the storage, retrieval, filtering and classification of textual and multimedia data.


This quarter we will primarily focus on creating an information retrieval tool based on the techniques that we learn.


This class requires programming and math skills.

Instructor: Professor Don Patterson


Lecture: M W F 10:00 - 10:50

Classroom: 1300 DBH

Office Hours:

R 10:00-11:00, ICS1 3rd Floor Computer Lab

F 2:00-3:00, ICS1 3rd Floor Computer Lab

Teaching Assistant : Jahmeilah Richardson

Email: jarichar "at"

Discussion: W 11:00 - 11:50

Classroom: ICS 180

Office Hours: by appointment