Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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2013 2017

League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game. MOBA games are generally formatted where two teams of five, each player controlling a character (champion), will try to take each other’s base as quickly as possible. Currently, with about 70 million, League of Legends is number one in the digital entertainment industry with $1.63 billion dollars of revenue in year 2015. This research analysis scopes in on the niche of the “Jungler” role between different tiers of player in League of Legends. I uncovered differences in player strategy that may explain the achievement of high rank using data ...

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Poon, Alex, Clark, Joseph, Simon, Alan, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The area of real-time baseball statistics presents several challenges that can be addressed using mobile devices. In order to accurately record real-time statistics, it is necessary to present the user with a concise interface that can be used to quickly record the necessary data during in-game events. In this project, we use a mobile application to address this by separating out the required input into pre-game and in-game inputs. We also explore the use of a mobile application to leverage crowd sourcing techniques, which address the challenge of accuracy and precision in subjective real-time statistics.

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Van Egmond, Eric David, Tadayon-Navabi, Farideh, Wilkerson, Kelly, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

The widespread use of statistical analysis in sports-particularly Baseball- has made it increasingly necessary for small and mid-market teams to find ways to maintain their analytical advantages over large market clubs. In baseball, an opportunity for exists for teams with limited financial resources to sign players under team control to long-term contracts before other teams can bid for their services in free agency. If small and mid-market clubs can successfully identify talented players early, clubs can save money, achieve cost certainty and remain competitive for longer periods of time. These deals are also advantageous to players since they receive job ...

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Jack, Nathan Scott, Shunk, Dan, Montgomery, Douglas, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

This paper intends to analyze the Phoenix Suns’ shooting patterns in real NBA games, and compare them to the “NBA 2k16” Suns’ shooting patterns. Data was collected from the first five Suns’ games of the 2015-2016 season and the same games played in “NBA 2k16”. The findings of this paper indicate that “NBA 2k16” utilizes statistical findings to model their gameplay. It was also determined that “NBA 2k16” modeled the shooting patterns of the Suns in the first five games of the 2015-2016 season very closely. Both, the real Suns’ games and the “NBA 2k16” Suns’ games, showed a higher ...

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Harrington, John P., Armbruster, Dieter, Kamarianakis, Ioannis, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Problems related to alcohol consumption cause not only extra economic expenses, but are an expense to the health of both drinkers and non-drinkers due to the harm directly and indirectly caused by alcohol consumption. Investigating predictors and reasons for alcohol-related problems is of importance, as alcohol-related problems could be prevented by quitting or limiting consumption of alcohol. We were interested in predicting alcohol-related problems using multiple linear regression and regression trees, and then comparing the regressions to the tree. Impaired control, anxiety sensitivity, mother permissiveness, father permissiveness, gender, and age were included as predictors. The data used was comprised of ...

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Voorhies, Kirsten Reed, McCulloch, Robert, Zheng, Yi, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

In this paper, I will show that news headlines of global events can predict changes in stock price by using Machine Learning and eight years of data from r/WorldNews, a popular forum on Reddit.com. My data is confined to the top 25 daily posts on the forum, and due to the implicit filtering mechanism in the online community, these 25 posts are representative of the most popular news headlines and influential global events of the day. Hence, these posts shine a light on how large-scale social and political events affect the stock market. Using a Logistic Regression and a Naive ...

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Priniski, John Hunter, Haiyan, Wang, Hazel, Kwon, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

We seek a comprehensive measurement for the economic prosperity of persons with disabilities. We survey the current literature and identify the major economic indicators used to describe the socioeconomic standing of persons with disabilities. We then develop a methodology for constructing a statistically valid composite index of these indicators, and build this index using data from the 2014 American Community Survey. Finally, we provide context for further use and development of the index and describe an example application of the index in practice.

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Theisen, Ryan, Helms, Tyler, Lewis, Paul, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

The concentration factor edge detection method was developed to compute the locations and values of jump discontinuities in a piecewise-analytic function from its first few Fourier series coecients. The method approximates the singular support of a piecewise smooth function using an altered Fourier conjugate partial sum. The accuracy and characteristic features of the resulting jump function approximation depends on these lters, known as concentration factors. Recent research showed that that these concentration factors could be designed using aexible iterative framework, improving upon the overall accuracy and robustness of the method, especially in the case where some Fourier data are untrustworthy ...

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Lubold, Shane Michael, Gelb, Anne, Cochran, Doug, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Analytic research on basketball games is growing quickly, specifically in the National Basketball Association. This paper explored the development of this analytic research and discovered that there has been a focus on individual player metrics and a dearth of quantitative team characterizations and evaluations. Consequently, this paper continued the exploratory research of Fewell and Armbruster’s “Basketball teams as strategic networks” (2012), which modeled basketball teams as networks and used metrics to characterize team strategy in the NBA’s 2010 playoffs. Individual players and outcomes were nodes and passes and actions were the links. This paper used data that was recorded from ...

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Mohanraj, Hariharan, Choi, David, Armbruster, Dieter, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

This paper explores the consequences of cleaning rescue ropes with common disinfectants and cleansers in order to assess their usability in cleaning ropes contaminated with blood borne pathogens. Using a modified version of an industry-standard testing procedure and in-depth statistical analysis, it characterizes the effect each chemical has on the mechanical properties of the rope. The experiment measured the strength and elastic properties of rope core fibers soaked in different chemicals and at different concentration levels. The data show that certain common solutions for cleaning equipment are, in fact, damaging to the equipment and thus dangerous to the users. Even ...

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Denike, Andrew Nicholas, Middleton, James, Liao, Yabin, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.