Project for Probabilistic Reasoning in AI (308-526B)

Winter 2002


The main goal of the project is to allow you to study more in-depth probabilistic reasoning techniques described in class. A secondary goal is to help you develop your research skills (reviewing research literature, formulating questions, deciding on a theoretical or empirical approach to answer them, writing up your findings). Ideally, the project topic you choose should be related to your research interests.

There are three main categories of projects:

Ideally, the projects would be individual. However, teams of two people would be accepted under special circumstances. If you choose to team up, there should be a clear delimitation between the work of that each person does. Both students should turn in separate write-ups.

I strongly encourage you to perform some experiments as part of your project, in order to gain practical experience with probabilistic reasoning algorithms. Many algorithms are available free from universities and research labs, so you would not have to code them. The resources web page should help you find both papers and software as needed.

Project themes

If you are already have a research topic in mind, feel free to propose it. Otherwise, you can choose a topic from the list below (which is ordered fairly randomly). If no topic suits your interest, please make an appointment to discuss alternatives.

Proposed topics:

Format and dates

Please send me by e-mail by Monday, March 25, a brief project description, specifying the topic you want to address, why you are interested in it, a rough plan of what you will do and five references you think might be useful. You do not have to read the papers before the proposal, nor do you have to include them in your final bibliography, if they end up not being relevant. The main purpose of this document is to inform me of your intentions, so I can give you feedback on the scope of the work.

Project report.
The report should be approximately 10 pages long (this requirement is just to get you oriented; do not take it as a hard restriction). The format should be similar to the research papers we have been reading during the semester. It should contain the following information:

The due date for the report is April 30.

Prof. Doina PRECUP
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