Graduate Special Topics in Computer Science
NOTE: for descriptions
of standard graduate computer science courses, see Graduate Course Descriptions.
with databases; some knowlegde of AI helpful, but not mandatory.
As more and more information
is being collected, aggregated, and presented in different formats
for analytical purposes, the question of how poor data quality
affects the ability to use data becomes extremely important. In
this course, we will explore issues of data quality, ranging from
clearly stating a value proposition for a data quality program,
to investigating the dimensions of data quality and their
effects with respect to data extraction and transformation,
methods for improving data quality, reference data domains and
mappings between those domains, the definition and use of rules
to describe data quality, and how those rules can be used to effect
higher quality information systems.
In addition, we will
look at data cleansing and standardization techniques, knowledge
discovery for business and data quality rules, and scalability
issues surrounding data quality applications. There will be at
least one project involving the accumulation, and qualification
of data sets for importation into an analytical data
Strategies & Technologies
& Technologies is designed to investigate existing and proposed
models of electronic commerce and examine their underlying implementation
strategies. Topics will include (but are not limited to) design,
performance, privacy, security, and risk assessment.
Special emphasis will
be placed on business-to-business e-commerce solutions, incubator-style
interventions, and issues confronting the deployment of e-commerce
in developing and transition economies. Students will conduct
case-studies of selected e-commerce enterprises, with a
focus on their technical implementation, and, in small groups,
specify a new or hypothetical e-commerce system.
Class size will be
limited so as to encourage a seminar-like dialogue and provide
the opportunity for student presentations of selected case studies.
Familiarity with web technologies, database systems, and programming
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