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Natural Language Processing Based Generator Of Testing Instruments, Qianqian Wang 2017 California State University, San Bernardino

Natural Language Processing Based Generator Of Testing Instruments, Qianqian Wang

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is the field of study that focuses on the interactions between human language and computers. By “natural language” we mean a language that is used for everyday communication by humans. Different from programming languages, natural languages are hard to be defined with accurate rules. NLP is developing rapidly and it has been widely used in different industries. Technologies based on NLP are becoming increasingly widespread, for example, Siri or Alexa are intelligent personal assistants using NLP build in an algorithm to communicate with people. “Natural Language Processing Based Generator of Testing Instruments” is a stand-alone program ...


In Search Of Homo Sociologicus, Yunqi Xue 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

In Search Of Homo Sociologicus, Yunqi Xue

All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

The subject of this dissertation is to build an epistemic logic system that is able to show the spreading of knowledge and beliefs in a social network that contains multiple subgroups. Epistemic logic is the study of logical systems that express mathematical properties of knowledge and belief. In recent years, there have been increasing number of new epistemic logic systems that are focused on community properties such as knowledge and belief adoption among friends.

We are interested in revisable and actionable social knowledge/belief that leads to a large group action. Instead of centralized coordination, bottom-up approach is our focus ...


Compiler And Runtime Optimization Techniques For Implementation Scalable Parallel Applications, Zahra Khatami 2017 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Compiler And Runtime Optimization Techniques For Implementation Scalable Parallel Applications, Zahra Khatami

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

The compiler is able to detect the data dependencies in an application and is able to analyze the specific sections of code for parallelization potential. However, all of these techniques provided by a compiler are usually applied at compile time, so they rely on static analysis, which is insufficient for achieving maximum parallelism and desired application scalability. These compiler techniques should consider both the static information gathered at compile time and dynamic analysis captured at runtime about the system to generate a safe parallel application. On the other hand, runtime information is often speculative. Solely relying on it doesn't ...


The Tax Treatment Of Tokens: What Does It Betoken?, David J. Shakow 2017 University of Pennsylvania

The Tax Treatment Of Tokens: What Does It Betoken?, David J. Shakow

Faculty Scholarship

Digital tokens have been used to raise substantial amounts of money. But little attention has been paid to the tax consequences surrounding their issuance and sale. There are significant potential tax liabilities lurking in the use of digital tokens. But, because of the anonymity inherent in the blockchain structures used for the issuance of tokens and payments for them, there is a significant question as to whether those tax liabilities will ever be collected.


Computer-Aided Detection Of Pathologically Enlarged Lymph Nodes On Non-Contrast Ct In Cervical Cancer Patients For Low-Resource Settings, Brian M. Anderson, Laurence E. Court, Ann Klopp, Stephen F. Kry, Jennifer Johnson, Erik Cressman, Arvind Rao, Jinzhong Yang 2017 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Computer-Aided Detection Of Pathologically Enlarged Lymph Nodes On Non-Contrast Ct In Cervical Cancer Patients For Low-Resource Settings, Brian M. Anderson, Laurence E. Court, Ann Klopp, Stephen F. Kry, Jennifer Johnson, Erik Cressman, Arvind Rao, Jinzhong Yang

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

The mortality rate of cervical cancer is approximately 266,000 people each year, and 70% of the burden occurs in Low- and Middle- Income Countries (LMICs). Radiation therapy is the primary modality for treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer cases. In the absence of high quality diagnostic imaging needed to identify nodal metastasis, many LMIC sites treat standard pelvic fields, failing to include node metastasis outside of the field and/or to boost lymph nodes in the abdomen and pelvis. The first goal of this project was to create a program which automatically identifies positive cervical cancer lymph nodes on ...


Dynamic Adversarial Mining - Effectively Applying Machine Learning In Adversarial Non-Stationary Environments., Tegjyot Singh Sethi 2017 University of Louisville

Dynamic Adversarial Mining - Effectively Applying Machine Learning In Adversarial Non-Stationary Environments., Tegjyot Singh Sethi

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

While understanding of machine learning and data mining is still in its budding stages, the engineering applications of the same has found immense acceptance and success. Cybersecurity applications such as intrusion detection systems, spam filtering, and CAPTCHA authentication, have all begun adopting machine learning as a viable technique to deal with large scale adversarial activity. However, the naive usage of machine learning in an adversarial setting is prone to reverse engineering and evasion attacks, as most of these techniques were designed primarily for a static setting. The security domain is a dynamic landscape, with an ongoing never ending arms race ...


Prediction Of Graduation Delay Based On Student Characterisitics And Performance, Tushar Ojha 2017 University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Prediction Of Graduation Delay Based On Student Characterisitics And Performance, Tushar Ojha

Electrical and Computer Engineering ETDs

A college student's success depends on many factors including pre-university characteristics and university student support services. Student graduation rates are often used as an objective metric to measure institutional effectiveness. This work studies the impact of such factors on graduation rates, with a particular focus on delay in graduation. In this work, we used feature selection methods to identify a subset of the pre-institutional features with the highest discriminative power. In particular, Forward Selection with Linear Regression, Backward Elimination with Linear Regression, and Lasso Regression were applied. The feature sets were selected in a multivariate fashion. High school GPA ...


Large-Scale Flexible Membrane For Automatic Strain Monitoring Of Transportation Infrastructure, Simon Laflamme, Venkata D. Kolipara, Hussam S. Saleem, Randall L. Geiger 2017 Iowa State University

Large-Scale Flexible Membrane For Automatic Strain Monitoring Of Transportation Infrastructure, Simon Laflamme, Venkata D. Kolipara, Hussam S. Saleem, Randall L. Geiger

Randall Geiger

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of transportation infrastructures is a complex task, typically conducted by visual inspection due to the technical and economical constrains of existing health monitoring technologies. It results that health monitoring is highly dependent on scheduling and on the judgment of the inspectors, which can be costly and ineffective. Thus, it is fundamental to automate the SHM process to allow timely inspection, maintenance, and management of transportation infrastructure. The authors propose a flexible membrane that can be deployed over large surfaces, at low cost, for automatic and continuous monitoring of strains. The membrane, termed sensing skin, is constituted ...


One-To-Cloud One-Time Pad Data Encryption: Introducing Virtual Prototyping With Pspice, Paul Tobin, Lee Tobin, Roberto Gandia Blanquer DR, Michael McKeever, Jonathan Blackledge Professor 2017 Dublin Institute of Technology

One-To-Cloud One-Time Pad Data Encryption: Introducing Virtual Prototyping With Pspice, Paul Tobin, Lee Tobin, Roberto Gandia Blanquer Dr, Michael Mckeever, Jonathan Blackledge Professor

Conference papers

In this paper, we examine the design and application of a one-time pad encryption system for protecting data stored in the Cloud. Personalising security using a one-time pad generator at the client-end protects data from break-ins, side-channel attacks and backdoors in public encryption algorithms. The one-time pad binary sequences were obtained from modified analogue chaos oscillators initiated by noise and encoded client data locally. Specific ``one-to-Cloud'' storage applications returned control back to the end user but without the key distribution problem normally associated with one-time pad encryption. Development of the prototype was aided by ``Virtual Prototyping'' in the latest version ...


The Engineering Admissions Partnership Program: A Navigation Strategy For Community College Students Seeking A Pathway Into Engineering, Marcia R. Laugerman, Mack C. Shelley, Steven K. Mickelson, Diane T. Rover 2017 University of Iowa

The Engineering Admissions Partnership Program: A Navigation Strategy For Community College Students Seeking A Pathway Into Engineering, Marcia R. Laugerman, Mack C. Shelley, Steven K. Mickelson, Diane T. Rover

Diane Rover

This paper presents the evaluation of a program designed to improve transfer outcomes for community college students pursuing an engineering degree. The program, the Engineering Admissions Partnership Program (E-APP), was designed to improve the navigational success of community college transfer students through connections to the university. These connections include coordinated academic advising, peer-mentoring, campus visits, and online social and professional networks. The objective of the study is to determine the efficacy of the E-APP and its interventions, which will be measured by increased participation rates and increased university retention rates for E-APP participants. Outcome data for the students are analyzed ...


Daily Dose, Ken H. Yasui, Joey M. Angeja 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Daily Dose, Ken H. Yasui, Joey M. Angeja

Computer Engineering

The project goal is to develop a medication and vitamin management device that will sort and dispense pre-configured amounts of pills at designated times . The main clientele of this device is the elderly community with a secondary client base of the general public. The entire system is designed from scratch, powered by US standard line voltage. The main functionalities of the device are the ability to store multiple types of pills and the ability to accurately handle user input and data transfer. The two engineering specifications that were not met included the desired pill pick up rate and dimensions of ...


Underwater Computer Vision - Fish Recognition, Spencer Chang, Austin Otto 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Underwater Computer Vision - Fish Recognition, Spencer Chang, Austin Otto

Computer Engineering

The Underwater Computer Vision – Fish Recognition project includes the design and implementation of a device that can withstand staying underwater for a duration of time, take pictures of underwater creatures, such as fish, and be able to identify certain fish. The system is meant to be cheap to create, yet still able to process the images it takes and identify the objects in the pictures with some accuracy. The device can output its results to another device or an end user.


Sublimesurf, Nathan Sfard, Karis Russell 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Sublimesurf, Nathan Sfard, Karis Russell

Computer Engineering

Surf conditions change rapidly day to day and location to location, which forces modern day surfers to utilize online forecasts and obtain a detailed knowledge of the places they want to surf. To ease this pain, we are developing SublimeSurf, an iOS application that will keep track of the current surf conditions and allow users to rate aspects of the surf. We plan to use this rating data in combination with surf forecast data available online to notify a user when conditions look favorable, based on their previous ratings. We also intend to mine the data submitted by all users ...


Slither.Io Deep Learning Bot, James Caudill 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Slither.Io Deep Learning Bot, James Caudill

Computer Engineering

Recent advances in deep learning and computer vision techniques and algorithms have inspired me to create a model application. The game environment used is Slither.io. The system has no previous understanding of the game and is able to learn its surroundings through feature detection and deep learning. Contrary to other agents, my bot is able to dynamically learn and react to its environment. It operates extremely well in early game, with little enemy encounters. It has difficulty transitioning to middle and late game due to limited training time. I will continue to develop this algorithm.


Multispectral Identification Array, Zachary D. Eagan 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Multispectral Identification Array, Zachary D. Eagan

Computer Engineering

The Multispectral Identification Array is a device for taking full image spectroscopy data via the illumination of a subject with sixty-four unique spectra. The array combines images under the illumination spectra to produce an approximate reflectance graph for every pixel in a scene. Acquisition of an entire spectrum allows the array to differentiate objects based on surface material. Spectral graphs produced are highly approximate and should not be used to determine material properties, however the output is sufficiently consistent to allow differentiation and identification of previously sampled subjects. While not sufficiently advanced for use as a replacement to spectroscopy the ...


Micro-Spi Sediment Profile Imaging Micro-Inspector, Andrew P. Corvin, Caleb T. Davies, Matt R. Ferrari 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Micro-Spi Sediment Profile Imaging Micro-Inspector, Andrew P. Corvin, Caleb T. Davies, Matt R. Ferrari

Mechanical Engineering

This project was proposed by Dr. Brian Paavo through a desire to more easily study the benthic sediment layers of the ocean. To do so, he asked us to build a simple and compact machine for use in sediment profile imagery (SPI). Although devices like this already exist, they are all large scale devices that require a ship with a crane to deploy, which is expensive and time consuming. Instead, he desired a “micro” SPI, which is capable of being deployed from a small vessel that can easily navigate shallow waters. Our interpretation of these requirements was as follows: a ...


Cpu Db Data Visualization, Ruchita Patel, Marek Moreno 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Cpu Db Data Visualization, Ruchita Patel, Marek Moreno

Computer Engineering

Given the CPU database from Stanford, we wanted to create something that portrayed the data in a more visually pleasing way. The CPU database website wanted a web page that would allow users to create graphs based on the processor data from the database. The web page would allow users to select different data from the database and create the graphs they wanted to gain insight into the decades of processor data.


Farmbot Rfid Integration, Laura R. Swart 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Farmbot Rfid Integration, Laura R. Swart

Computer Engineering

The purpose of this project is to assist the company FarmBot improve their product by adding RFID tracking to the FarmBot robot. RFID tracking will allow the robot to select and pick up tool heads without any user interference.


A Survey Of Addictive Software Design, Chauncey J. Neyman 2017 California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

A Survey Of Addictive Software Design, Chauncey J. Neyman

Computer Science

The average smartphone owner checks their phone more than 150 times per day. As of 2015, 62% of smartphone users had used their phone to look up information about a health condition, while 57% had used their phone to do online banking. Mobile platforms have become the dominant medium of human-computer interaction. So how have these devices established themselves as our go to connection to the Internet? The answer lies in addictive design. Software designers have become well versed in creating software that captivates us at a primal level. In this article, we survey addictive software design strategies, their bases ...


Djukebox: A Mobile Application Senior Project, Alexander M. Mitchell 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Djukebox: A Mobile Application Senior Project, Alexander M. Mitchell

Computer Science

I’m going to discuss the process used to research, design, and develop a mobile application to handle song requests from patrons to disc jockeys. The research phase was completed in the first half of the project, during CSC-491, along with much of the design. The rest of the design and all of the development was completed during CSC-492. Once development began there were times when reverting back to the design phase was needed, which became apparent as more was learned about the mobile platform chosen for development, Android, and the backend server utilized, Google Firebase. Ultimately the project was ...


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