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Dr Jan Pajak: research project on "search engines"


The subject of my most recent research, carried out since 2002, are search engines. This web page is to provide more details on this subject.
- For user instructions see the end of this Web page.
- Click the button BACK (from the browser) to return to the previous page.
The last update of this Web page was on: 23 July 2005.


Part 1: general description of this research:

My current research on search engines has several goals. Let us analyse these ones of them, which are already accomplished. The first such a goal is to test the feasibility of involving students into research in circumstances of a user-paid educational system. The second goal is to develop a kind of approach to research, which would define how to carry out research with active involvement of students in circumstances of user-paid educational system. The third goal is to develop a robust search engine, which would be simple enough to be produced by students within 4 assignments issued during two terms of Cyber-Technology courses. This third goal coincides also with the objective of this research, which is to design, develop, and test in semi-natural conditions a search engine which would be enough simple to be developped by students of Cyber-Technology as topics of their assignments during two subsequent terms (i.e. within 2x8 weeks).

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A comprehensive description of aims, thesis, goals, and outcomes of this current research on search engines is provided in my "2003 unofficial report from research on search engines", a copy of which is available here - to review it just click on the following link: 2003 unofficial report from research.
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A refereed publication on this subject is also available, namely:
[SE1] Pajak J.: "Developing a Search Engine Design for Research and Development in a Polytechnic Teaching Environment". A conscise paper presented on the NACCQ 16th Annual Conference in Palmerston North, New Zealand, 6-9 July 2003. Published on pages 363 to 366 of the Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications 6th - 9th July 2003, ISBN 0-473-09673-0, (NACCQ, P.O. Box 11050, Hilcrest, Hamilton, New Zealand).
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The above should be complemented with an information, that this my current research project on search engines is mirroring a similar research project on natural languages processing that was completed in 1998 in circumstances of a New Zealand university, and described comprehensively in the following conference paper: Pajak J.: "Concept of a user-tuned information system for natural language processing", ANZAME Conference, The University of Western Australia, Perth, 29 November 1988 - 2 December 1988 (Abstracts, page 73). A copy of this paper is available here - to review it just click on the following link: 1988 ANZAME Paper. Therefore, both research projects (i.e. the one completed in circumstances of a user-paid educational system, and another completed at a university) allow to compare each other, and to draw comparative conclusions.



Part 2: search engine submission forms:


Explanations:

The development of the search engine is started from writing two web pages named submit.htm, and confirm.asp. Sudents write these two pages withon 8 weeks of PR515 course while learning client-side and server-side scriptiong in JavaScript.


Materials issued to students:

The title page for the course booklet (for block 3 of 2003).

Course Outline (for block 3 of 2003).

Exercise T1 (Environment and tools for client-side scripting).

Exercise T2 (Client-side scripting).

Client-side revision (Revision questions to answer).

Exercise T3 (Environment and tools for server-side scripting).

Exercise T4 (Server-side scripting).

Client-side revision (Revision questions to answer).

Assignment 1 for CS scripting. (PR515).

Assignment 2 for SS scripting. (PR515).


Sample solutions produced by students in block 1/2003:



Part 3: search engine:


Explanations:

At the second level students write the remaining part of search engine, namely further 5 web pages. It is done within 8 weeks of PR655 course, while applying client-side and server-side scriptiong in JavaScript learned in PR515 course.


Materials issued to students:

Exercise E1. (Search engine client scripting).

Exercise E2. (Search engine server scripting).

PR215 Assignment 1 (2002) - specification. (Client-side scripting).

PR215 Assignment 2 (2002) - specification. (Server-side scripting).


Sample solutions produced by students:


Part 4: User instructions:

(1) In order to download to your computer a web page containing example solution click on it, then reveal the source code (means click in your internet browser on: view/source pull-down menu), finally save the source code of HTML with JavaScript to your own computer!
(2) In order to download to your computer a ZIP site containing example solution click on it, then save the ZIP file to your computer, finally UNZIP the directory containing the entire system of web pages.
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(5) Address for correspondence (July 2005): Dr Jan Pajak, P.O. Box 33250, Petone 6340, New Zealand.

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