Grading: Grading is done on an absolute, but adjustable scale. In other words, there is no curve. Anyone earning 90% or more of the total number of points available will receive a grade in the A range; 80% or more guarantees a grade in the B range; 70% or more guarantees a grade in the C range; 60% or more guarantees a grade in the D range.

  • Class attendance (10%): Since group discussion and teamwork are essential to this course, attendance is mandatory.
  • Reading assignments (25%): You will read a fairly large number of research papers throughout the semester, and some of them will require you to write a short review.
  • Paper/topic presentations (25%): Each of you will be expected to present and/or lead discussion in 1-2 class meetings.
  • Project (40%): You will do a semester-long research project, in groups of up to three. The project can be on defining/solving a new data cleaning/integration problem, or applying techniques you learn in this class to a real-world domain. There will be three deliverables throughout the course: a proposal presentation, a midterm progress presentation, and the final presentation/demonstration and report. The aim should be to have a research paper or a prototype for demonstration (better, both!) that can be submitted to a conference/journal/workshop either in databases or in the respective research area of the student.

There are no exams in this course.

Communication: You should check your email regularly for important course-related announcements. Old email messages can be found in the email archive. All questions that may be of general interest to the class should be directed to Piazza; do not use the mailing list. You will get your questions answered faster on Piazza than via personal emails to the course staff, because Piazza is monitored closely by everybody in the class, not just the course staff.

Standards of Conduct: Under the Duke Community Standard, you are expected to do your own work in this course, including reviews, presentations, and project. On many occasions when working on reading assignments and project, it is useful to ask others (the course staff or other students) for help or discussion. In your presentations, you may also borrow slides others (e.g., paper authors) have produced. Such activities are acceptable, but you must clearly credit any assistance you received or materials reused. Any assistance received/material reused that is not given proper citation will be considered a violation of the Standard. In any event, you are responsible for understanding and being able to explain on your own all materials that you submit/present. The course staff will pursue aggressively all suspected cases of violations, and they will be handled through official University channels.