Page Rank is the basis of Google’s ranking of web pages

Page rank

PageRank is the basis of Google’s ranking of web pages in search results. Given a directed graph where pages are nodes and the links between pages are edges, the algorithm calculates the likelihood, or rank, that a page will be visited. The rank of a page is determined recursively by the ranks of the pages that link to it. In this definition, pages that have a lot of incoming links or links from highly ranked pages are likely to be highly ranked. This idea is quite simple and yet powerful enough to produce search results that correspond well to human expectations of which pages are important. For this assignment you need to do the following tasks:

1. Implement the PageRank algorithm in Python with alpha = 0.85.

2. Using the PageRank algorithm, find the top 15 popular airports using this data The file contains directions between airports. The first column is a code of the first airport, and the second column is the code of the second (destination) airport.

3. Using the PageRank algorithm, find the top 10 cited publications in the Cora dataset

4.The value of alpha changes the PageRank vector. You will vary alpha between .75 and .95 to see how the PageRank vector changes. The way in which you measure or describe this change is up to you. Some examples might be:

a. How different are the top airports/publications for each alpha? How different are the PageRanks of the top airports/publications?

b. What is the largest change in any airport/publication’s PageRank as alpha changes? c. How does the PageRank vector change as a whole?

You don’t have to do any particular one of the above. If you think of a different way to measure the change, you are entirely free to use that method. For whatever method you choose for measuring the change in the PageRank vector, explain why you chose that metric and to what extent the PageRank vector changes using that metric. Write any interesting observations you find.

Recommender System


In this assignment, you will implement a simple movie recommender system. You will use the MovieLens dataset from the sample movie ratings data (Small: 100,000 ratings and 3,600 tag applications applied to 9,000 movies by 600 users. Last updated 9/2018), (size: 1 MB).

Familiarize yourself with the format of the data by reading the README.txt file. You can write your own Python code or use an existing Python library such as You should submit your code (1 file) and report (1 PDF) to Blackboard which answers the following questions:

1. Determine the top-10 recommendations for user #100 using user-user collaborative filtering with Pearson correlation and cosine similarity.

2. Evaluate your recommendation system using Precision and Recall at 10 and neighborhood size from 2 to 50. 3. Determine the top-10 similar movies to (Toy Story) and (Batman Forever).

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