[Solved] CI6226 Assignment 1-Indexing

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You are provided a dataset for this assignment, which you are free to use. You can use your own dataset as well.

In this assignment you will create the indexing component of an information retrieval system using one of the external sorting algorithms that were discussed in class: BSBI or SPIMI.

The assignment is to write a software system. As an input to the system, it should take 1) path to the directory containing the text files to index; 2) block size parameter for BSBI/SPIMI. The output of the algorithm should be a single text file containing a sorted list of term-document pairs.

You can pass the inputs to your system using any of the standard approaches: as command-line arguments, via an ini-file, or using environment variables. You may have other inputs and outputs if you prefer (e.g., optional parameter to indicate the desired path for the output file; or output timings and statistics).

The system should contain a linguistic processing module that normalizes tokens and turns them into terms. For this assignment, it is not necessary to create a document-docID mapping and you can use the document path itself as a docID.

In your reports indicate the time it takes to index to whole dataset, to sort a block, to merge blocks, etc. Try to measure how much memory your application requires and whether it is consistent with the block size parameter. Make sure that you never read more at once than the block size stipulated as an input parameter.

Below are some hints that you may consider when doing the assignment.


It might be convenient to start by creating two helper components (functions, methods, classes – depending on which language or programming paradigm you use) that will make doing the rest of the assignment easier and faster.

Directory Listing

Input: string (path to directory)

Output: list of strings (full paths to files in the directory)

This component will list all the files (with full paths) in the directory. This will simplify going through the files at the indexing stage.

File Reading

Input: string (full path to file)

Output: string/text (full contents of a file)

Some programming languages have this function in the standard library, and some don’t. It will be very useful to have this functionality easily accessible in this project, so either find it in the standard library of your language or write a small function that does that.


Output: pairs < token , document >

Note that you can’t output a full list of tokens at once because it may be larger than the block size. One approach may be to output pairs one by one with each call to the tokenizer component.

For this assignment, split tokens only on whitespace characters (space, newline, tab).

Tip: Take note that there could be several whitespace characters in a row. Do not create empty tokens.

Linguistic Modules

Input: pairs < token , document >

Output: pairs < modified token , document >

This component performs some simple linguistic transformations on tokens, e.g.: removing punctuation symbols ([email protected]#$%^&*()-_=+’`~ “:;|/.,?[]{}<>), case folding, stemming, removing numbers. For stemming, you can use existing implementations of Porter Stemmer, such as:

Also, feel free to find any other implementations. If you want, you can create your own implementation, but there will be no additional marks for that.


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[Solved] CI6226 Assignment 1-Indexing
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