WPI Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Computer Science Department

CS4445 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining - A Term 2008 
Project Guidelines



Guidelines for Projects and for Written Reports

Each of the projects in this course deals with one or more specific data mining techniques. The guidelines below are intended to help you structure the experimental work you are expected to do for each project, as well as your written and oral reports.

An important aspect of both your written and oral reports is the "story-telling" aspect. Try to tell the story of what experiments you ran and why, how each experiment shed lights on what experiment(s) to run next, and what you learned with them.

Experiments' Guidelines

Guidelines for Oral Reports and Slides

We will discuss the results of each project in class. Your oral report should summarize the most important parts of your written report and should elaborate only on the most significant or more unique parts of your work. Each group will have 5 minutes to present their project in class. Given the time constraint, your presentation should consist of 3-4 slides (and no more!). Try to summarize results using tables when appropriate. Try to spend about 1 minutes describing each of the two individual parts of of the project, your and your partner's (1 slide each), for a total of 3 minutes. Spend the remaining 3 minutes (2 slides) describing the group part of the project. Be prepared and use your presentation time wisely!

Submission and Due Dates

  1. Please submit the following file containing your group oral presentation by email to cs4445-staff@cs.wpi.edu AT LEAST ONE HOUR BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF CLASS the day the project is due (submissions received after 12:00 noon won't be accepted):
    • [your-lastname]_projn_slides.[ext] (if you worked on the project alone) OR
    • [your-lastname]_[your-partner's_lastname]_projn_slides.[ext] (if you worked on the project in a group)
    containing your slides for your (group's) oral report. n is the project number. This file should be either a PDF file (ext=pdf) or a PowerPoint file (ext=ppt). Please use only lower case letters in the name file. For instance, the file with my slides for Project 1 would be named ruiz_proj1_slides.ppt (if I worked on the project alone) or ruiz_smith_proj1_slides.ppt (if I worked on the project in a group with Joe Smith). Please sort the lastnames in alphabetical order.

  2. Please submit one package per group containing:
    1. a hardcopy of your individual written report,
    2. a hardcopy of your partner's individual written report, AND
    3. a hardcopy of your group written report
    by the beginning of class the day that the project is due.

Grading Criteria

The project grade will be distributed as follows: Given that the written and the oral reports contain individual (as well as group) parts, it is likely that each member of the group will receive a different grade. A detailed distribution of the total points appears in the project description above. Extra points will be given to exceptional quality work.