CSC 390: Topics in Artificial Intelligence

Homework 6: Project Proposal

Due: Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:59pm on Moodle

The goal of this assignment is to help you continue thinking about your final project and assemble the different resources you want to use (literature, data, software, etc).

Submit your proposal as a PDF on Moodle, addressing the following points. It should no more than a page long. If you are interested in doing a project that does not fit this format (i.e. no data, for example) please come talk to me about it first.


Why is this topic interesting and relevant to our class? You could talk about your personal motivation for this topic, or why it would be interesting to investigate in general. There should be some component of your project that is explicitly unsupervised, although it could also involve supervised learning.


What data will you use for this project? Include a link to the data online and briefly describe the format of the data. Here are a few databases to get started:

If your data is to big to open in a text editor, you can use the unix command "less":
  >less filename.txt


What software/methods will you use for the project? You can write your own method(s) or use existing software, but there should be some programming component. You could test out an existing method on a new dataset, or visa versa. You could compare two existing methods, or compare your own method to an existing method.

Even if you're planning to use existing software, there will likely be a significant programming component since you'll have to get the data in the right format, learn how to run the program, and interpret the results.

If you are using any existing software that we have not used in this class, include a link.


What is the end goal of the project? It could be a specific type of figure or table, or the outcome of a comparison.


Include a bibliography with at least 3 references. I do not mind what format the bibliography is in (include author, title, and year at a minimum).