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ASU Electronic Theses and Dissertations


This collection includes most of the ASU Theses and Dissertations from 2011 to present. ASU Theses and Dissertations are available in downloadable PDF format; however, a small percentage of items are under embargo. Information about the dissertations/theses includes degree information, committee members, an abstract, supporting data or media.

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Gray codes are perhaps the best known structures for listing sequences of combinatorial objects, such as binary strings. Simply defined as a minimal change listing, Gray codes vary greatly both in structure and in the types of objects that they list. More specific types of Gray codes are universal cycles and overlap sequences. Universal cycles are Gray codes on a set of strings of length n in which the first n-1 letters of one object are the same as the last n-1 letters of its predecessor in the listing. Overlap sequences allow this overlap to vary between 1 and n-1. …

Contributors
Horan, Victoria E., Hurlbert, Glenn H, Czygrinow, Andrzej, et al.
Created Date
2012

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph. A \emph{list assignment} $L$ for $G$ is a function from $V$ to subsets of the natural numbers. An $L$-\emph{coloring} is a function $f$ with domain $V$ such that $f(v)\in L(v)$ for all vertices $v\in V$ and $f(x)\ne f(y)$ whenever $xy\in E$. If $|L(v)|=t$ for all $v\in V$ then $L$ is a $t$-\emph{list assignment}. The graph $G$ is $t$-choosable if for every $t$-list assignment $L$ there is an $L$-coloring. The least $t$ such that $G$ is $t$-choosable is called the list chromatic number of $G$, and is denoted by $\ch(G)$. The complete multipartite graph with $k$ …

Contributors
Wang, Ran, Kierstead, H.A., Colbourn, Charles, et al.
Created Date
2015

Finding the optimal solution to a problem with an enormous search space can be challenging. Unless a combinatorial construction technique is found that also guarantees the optimality of the resulting solution, this could be an infeasible task. If such a technique is unavailable, different heuristic methods are generally used to improve the upper bound on the size of the optimal solution. This dissertation presents an alternative method which can be used to improve a solution to a problem rather than construct a solution from scratch. Necessity analysis, which is the key to this approach, is the process of analyzing the …

Contributors
Nayeri, Peyman, Colbourn, Charles, Konjevod, Goran, et al.
Created Date
2011

A community in a social network can be viewed as a structure formed by individuals who share similar interests. Not all communities are explicit; some may be hidden in a large network. Therefore, discovering these hidden communities becomes an interesting problem. Researchers from a number of fields have developed algorithms to tackle this problem. Besides the common feature above, communities within a social network have two unique characteristics: communities are mostly small and overlapping. Unfortunately, many traditional algorithms have difficulty recognizing these small communities (often called the resolution limit problem) as well as overlapping communities. In this work, two enhanced …

Contributors
Wang, Ran, Liu, Huan, Sen, Arunabha, et al.
Created Date
2015