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Mathematical Modeling Of Fish Populations In Lake Ontario Using Differential Equations, Emily Kralles 2018 The College at Brockport

Mathematical Modeling Of Fish Populations In Lake Ontario Using Differential Equations, Emily Kralles

Senior Honors Theses

The purpose of this research is to use mathematical models to study the connection between the rainbow trout fish population and the lamprey population in Lake Ontario. These species have a parasite/host relationship. The lamprey, a destructive and invasive species, give the rainbow trout scars and wounds that hinder their life spans. I chose to use models that are traditionally used for predator/prey relationships. It is an acceptable method because by definition predation includes parasitism [8]. Besides, mathematical models will only take the most dominant features into account.

The predator/prey model quantifies what happens when the predators ...


A Computational Model Of Team-Based Dynamics In The Workplace: Assessing The Impact Of Incentive-Based Motivation On Productivity, Josef Di Pietrantonio 2018 Duquesne University

A Computational Model Of Team-Based Dynamics In The Workplace: Assessing The Impact Of Incentive-Based Motivation On Productivity, Josef Di Pietrantonio

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Large organizations often divide workers into small teams for the completion of essential tasks. In an effort to maximize the number of tasks completed over time, it is common practice for organizations to hire workers with the highest level of education and experience. However, despite capable workers being hired, the ability of teams to complete tasks may suffer if the workers' individual motivational needs are not satisfied.

To explore the impact of incentive-based motivation on the success of team-based organizations, we developed an agent-based model that stochastically simulates the proficiency of 100 workers with varying abilities and motive profiles to ...


Interdisciplinary Fun With Knapp Chairs, Mit's Erik And Martin Demaine, Ryan T. Blystone 2018 University of San Diego

Interdisciplinary Fun With Knapp Chairs, Mit's Erik And Martin Demaine, Ryan T. Blystone

Research Week

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Examples Of Solving The Wave Equation In The Hyperbolic Plane, Cooper Ramsey 2018 Liberty University

Examples Of Solving The Wave Equation In The Hyperbolic Plane, Cooper Ramsey

Senior Honors Theses

The complex numbers have proven themselves immensely useful in physics, mathematics, and engineering. One useful tool of the complex numbers is the method of conformal mapping which is used to solve various problems in physics and engineering that involved Laplace’s equation. Following the work done by Dr. James Cook, the complex numbers are replaced with associative real algebras. This paper focuses on another algebra, the hyperbolic numbers. A solution method like conformal mapping is developed with solutions to the one-dimensional wave equation. Applications of this solution method revolve around engineering and physics problems involving the propagation of waves. To ...


Automatic Construction Of Scalable Time-Stepping Methods For Stiff Pdes, Vivian Montiforte 2018 The University of Southern Mississippi

Automatic Construction Of Scalable Time-Stepping Methods For Stiff Pdes, Vivian Montiforte

Master's Theses

Krylov Subspace Spectral (KSS) Methods have been demonstrated to be highly scalable time-stepping methods for stiff nonlinear PDEs. However, ensuring this scalability requires analytic computation of frequency-dependent quadrature nodes from the coefficients of the spatial differential operator. This thesis describes how this process can be automated for various classes of differential operators to facilitate public-domain software implementation.


Classifying Textual Fast Food Restaurant Reviews Quantitatively Using Text Mining And Supervised Machine Learning Algorithms, Lindsey Wright 2018 East Tennessee State University

Classifying Textual Fast Food Restaurant Reviews Quantitatively Using Text Mining And Supervised Machine Learning Algorithms, Lindsey Wright

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Companies continually seek to improve their business model through feedback and customer satisfaction surveys. Social media provides additional opportunities for this advanced exploration into the mind of the customer. By extracting customer feedback from social media platforms, companies may increase the sample size of their feedback and remove bias often found in questionnaires, resulting in better informed decision making. However, simply using personnel to analyze the thousands of relative social media content is financially expensive and time consuming. Thus, our study aims to establish a method to extract business intelligence from social media content by structuralizing opinionated textual data using ...


The Computational Study Of Fly Swarms & Complexity, Austin Bebee 2018 Linfield College

The Computational Study Of Fly Swarms & Complexity, Austin Bebee

Senior Theses

A system is considered complex if it is composed of individual parts that abide by their own set of rules, while the system, as a whole, will produce non-deterministic properties. This prevents the behavior of such systems from being accurately predicted. The motivation for studying complexity spurs from the fact that it is a fundamental aspect of innumerable systems. Among complex systems, fly swarms are relatively simple, but even so they are still not well understood. In this research, several computational models were developed to assist with the understanding of fly swarms. These models were primarily analyzed by using the ...


Extending The Applicability Of The Lagrange Multipliers Method, Ashley Case 2018 The College at Brockport

Extending The Applicability Of The Lagrange Multipliers Method, Ashley Case

Senior Honors Theses

In this work we studied the use of the Lagrange Multipliers Method. We proved that substitutions can result in the ability to use this method when the method had previously failed. We also look at situations where this is not the case, and the method fails to maximize or minimize the function. In such cases, we will discuss what to do from there.


Physical Applications Of The Geometric Minimum Action Method, George L. Poppe Jr. 2018 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Physical Applications Of The Geometric Minimum Action Method, George L. Poppe Jr.

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This thesis extends the landscape of rare events problems solved on stochastic systems by means of the \textit{geometric minimum action method} (gMAM). These include partial differential equations (PDEs) such as the real Ginzburg-Landau equation (RGLE), the linear Schroedinger equation, along with various forms of the nonlinear Schroedinger equation (NLSE) including an application towards an ultra-short pulse mode-locked laser system (MLL).

Additionally we develop analytical tools that can be used alongside numerics to validate those solutions. This includes the use of instanton methods in deriving state transitions for the linear Schroedinger equation and the cubic diffusive NLSE.

These analytical solutions ...


Properties And Convergence Of State-Based Laplacians, Kelsey Wells 2018 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Properties And Convergence Of State-Based Laplacians, Kelsey Wells

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

The classical Laplace operator is a vital tool in modeling many physical behaviors, such as elasticity, diffusion and fluid flow. Incorporated in the Laplace operator is the requirement of twice differentiability, which implies continuity that many physical processes lack. In this thesis we introduce a new nonlocal Laplace-type operator, that is capable of dealing with strong discontinuities. Motivated by the state-based peridynamic framework, this new nonlocal Laplacian exhibits double nonlocality through the use of iterated integral operators. The operator introduces additional degrees of flexibility that can allow better representation of physical phenomena at different scales and in materials with different ...


Harmonic Functions And Harmonic Measure, David McDonald 2018 University of Connecticut

Harmonic Functions And Harmonic Measure, David Mcdonald

Honors Scholar Theses

The purpose of this thesis is to give a brief introduction to the field of harmonic measure. In order to do this we first introduce a few important properties of harmonic functions and show how to find a Green’s function for a given domain. Following this we calculate the harmonic measure for some easy cases and end by examining the connection between harmonic measure and Brownian motion.


Ultra-High Dimensional Statistical Learning, Yanxin Xu 2018 College of William and Mary

Ultra-High Dimensional Statistical Learning, Yanxin Xu

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Advancements in information technology have enabled scientists to collect data of unprecedented size as well as complexity. Nowadays, high-dimensional data commonly arise in diverse fields as biology, engineering, health sciences, and economics. In this project, we consider both linear and non-parametric models with variable selection in the high-dimensional setting by assuming that only a small number of index coefficients influence the conditional mean of the response variable. Both the numerical results and the real data application demonstrate that the proposed approach selects the correct model with a high frequency and estimates the model coefficients accurately even for moderate sample size ...


Power Corrections To Tmd Factorization For Z-Boson Production, I. Balitsky, A. Tatasov 2018 Old Dominion University

Power Corrections To Tmd Factorization For Z-Boson Production, I. Balitsky, A. Tatasov

Physics Faculty Publications

A typical factorization formula for production of a particle with a small transverse momentum in hadron-hadron collisions is given by a convolution of two TMD parton densities with cross section of production of the final particle by the two partons. For practical applications at a given transverse momentum, though, one should estimate at what momenta the power corrections to the TMD factorization formula become essential. In this paper we calculate the first power corrections to TMD factorization formula for Z-boson production and Drell-Yan process in high-energy hadron-hadron collisions. At the leading order in Nc power corrections are expressed in ...


Characterization Of Volcanic Terrains Using Lidar Reflectivity: A Statistical Approach, Michael Barber 2018 Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Characterization Of Volcanic Terrains Using Lidar Reflectivity: A Statistical Approach, Michael Barber

Theses and Dissertations (All)

In recent decades, lidar has revolutionized topographic mapping of the Earth and planets through the use of digital elevation models (DEMs). However, the return amplitudes of the reflected laser pulses, typically collected as part of a lidar dataset, have seldom beenused as a means of identifying and characterizing volcanic surface features such as lava flows, rafted tephra and agglutinate, and pyroclastic deposits consisting of tephra and ashfall. Here, we find an effective process for remotely characterizing volcanic terrains using a simple but rigorous cluster analysis of lidar return amplitudes and DEM data to define the parameters for a self-organizing mapping ...


The Advection-Diffusion Equation And The Enhanced Dissipation Effect For Flows Generated By Hamiltonians, Michael Kumaresan 2018 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

The Advection-Diffusion Equation And The Enhanced Dissipation Effect For Flows Generated By Hamiltonians, Michael Kumaresan

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

We study the Cauchy problem for the advection-diffusion equation when the diffusive parameter is vanishingly small. We consider two cases - when the underlying flow is a shear flow, and when the underlying flow is generated by a Hamiltonian. For the former, we examine the problem on a bounded domain in two spatial variables with Dirichlet boundary conditions. After quantizing the system via the Fourier transform in the first spatial variable, we establish the enhanced-dissipation effect for each mode. For the latter, we allow for non-degenerate critical points and represent the orbits by points on a Reeb graph, with vertices representing ...


Analysis Of Daily Precipitation Data From Selected Sites In The United States, Sahar Ahmed 2018 Montclair State University

Analysis Of Daily Precipitation Data From Selected Sites In The United States, Sahar Ahmed

Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects

Global warming is a contentious topic since modern climate records only exist for the last 100 years in contrast to ice-core analysis that establishes ice ages tens of thousands of years ago. Nevertheless, patterns associated with events such as El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), precipitation, tornadoes, and snowfall amounts over the last century can provide a useful and objective indicator of climate “change”. This project focuses on daily precipitation totals for the state of New Jersey over the last 100 to 150 years from nineteen meteorological recording stations and involves large data sets with a million observations. This research utilizes ...


Inertial Particle Transport By Lagrangian Coherent Structures In Geophysical Flows, Alexa Aucoin 2018 Montclair State University

Inertial Particle Transport By Lagrangian Coherent Structures In Geophysical Flows, Alexa Aucoin

Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects

Lagrangian Coherent Structures (LCS) provide a skeleton for the underlying structures in geophysical flows. It is known that LCS govern the movement of fluid particles within a flow, but it is not well understood how these same LCS influence the movement of inertial particles within a fluid flow. In this thesis, we consider two geophysical flows, the double-gyre model, and a single-layer quasi-geostrophic PDE model. In particular, we use finite-time Lyapunov exponents (FTLE) to characterize the attracting and repelling LCS for these models and show how inertial particles aggregate with respect to LCS. We numerically investigate the dynamics of inertial ...


Seasonal Switching Affects Bacterial-Fungal Dominance In An Ecological System, Kristin Carfora 2018 Montclair State University

Seasonal Switching Affects Bacterial-Fungal Dominance In An Ecological System, Kristin Carfora

Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects

We consider a model inspired by producer-herbivore-decomposer soil food webs and determine the effect of ecological parameters on the decomposer pool. In particular, we observe how seasonal changes in the stoichiometric quality of the producer coupled with the efficiency of herbivory over the calendar year can induce a shift in the composition of the decomposer pool. Decomposers have a significant effect on the movement of essential nutrients throughout an ecosystem; we further determine how this shift between a bacterially dominated decomposer pool and a fungally dominated pool affects primary production and relative distribution of biomass of the other compartments.


Homogenization In Perforated Domains And With Soft Inclusions, Brandon C. Russell 2018 University of Kentucky

Homogenization In Perforated Domains And With Soft Inclusions, Brandon C. Russell

Brandon Russell

In this dissertation, we first provide a short introduction to qualitative homogenization of elliptic equations and systems. We collect relevant and known results regarding elliptic equations and systems with rapidly oscillating, periodic coefficients, which is the classical setting in homogenization of elliptic equations and systems. We extend several classical results to the so-called case of perforated domains and consider materials reinforced with soft inclusions. We establish quantitative H^1-convergence rates in both settings, and as a result deduce large-scale Lipschitz estimates and Liouville-type estimates for solutions to elliptic systems with rapidly oscillating, periodic, bounded, and measurable coefficients. Finally, we connect ...


The Pope's Rhinoceros And Quantum Mechanics, Michael Gulas 2018 Bowling Green State University

The Pope's Rhinoceros And Quantum Mechanics, Michael Gulas

Honors Projects

In this project, I unravel various mathematical milestones and relate them to the human experience. I show and explain the solution to the Tautochrone, a popular variation on the Brachistochrone, which details a major battle between Leibniz and Newton for the title of inventor of Calculus. One way to solve the Tautochrone is using Laplace Transforms; in this project I expound on common functions that get transformed and how those can be used to solve the Tautochrone. I then connect the solution of the Tautochrone to clock making. From this understanding of clocks, I examine mankind’s understanding of time ...


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