To pass the course you will have to write an essay in which you convince the reader that you have mastered pattern set mining you understand the problems and solutions proposed, you can reflect and choose. In the first part you give a brief survey of the content of the course: what is the problem and what are the main directions of solutions we have seen; this part of the essay should be 5 (minimum) to 6 (maximum) pages. The second part of the essay is where you use 4 (minimum) to 6 (maximum) pages to show that you really understand what is going on, by going beyond the material we covered in class. You can. e.g., write

  • A survey on one of the major techniques (constraints, condensed representations etc) besides and beyond the papers we already read for class on this topic
  • A critical discussion: does this type of approach really solve the problem we want to solve -- like, e.g., paper 7
  • A paper in which you describe how, e.g., constraints and condensed representations can be combined and still be discovered efficiently?
  • A paper in which you critically explain why pattern set mining is doomed from the start.

`In a sense, everything goes, as long as you convince me that you have deeply thought about pattern set mining. In case of doubt, please bring it up during class. Note that you will not be graded on whether or not you agree with me, authors of papers, or anybody else. Rather, you are graded on your understanding of pattern set mining.

The essay should be submitted as a single pdf file by 9 AM, July 4 as an attachment to an email that has in the subject the string [ESSAY PSM], your name and your student number - please also provide a title page with the same information. Using PSM, your name and studentnumber in the name of your file would be a nice gesture

  • If your essay is OK you'll receive a (passing) grade
  • If not, you'll receive feedback on how to improve your essay. The improved version should be submitted by midnight, July 22