605.744: Information Retrieval

Prospective students: 605.744 is next being offered as an online course in Fall 2019. The next offering after that will be Fall 2020, also online.

I will also be co-teaching Natural Language Processing (605.646) with James Mayfield in Fall 2019. This will be an in-person course at the APL campus. Registration for Fall '19 opens July 11th.

Paul McNamee


Note: the overview below is for convenience. Consult the official syllabus for section-specific details. The course catalog page also gives an overview.

Course Times and Location

Course Overview
This course covers the storage and retrieval of unstructured digital information. Topics include automatic index construction, retrieval models, textual representations, efficiency issues, search engines, text classification, and multilingual retrieval.
Grading Policy
Work for the class includes homework assignments, an independent research project, exams, and scholarly engagement. Refer to the course outline and syllabus for details. I assign grades with plus/minus modifiers (e.g., A+, B-, etc...)

Course related web-links

Software Resources

Cool Demos

IR Test collections

Several Web Search Engines

JHU Links

Regional Links

Paul McNamee