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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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Date Range
2015 2019


This thesis studies recommendation systems and considers joint sampling and learning. Sampling in recommendation systems is to obtain users' ratings on specific items chosen by the recommendation platform, and learning is to infer the unknown ratings of users to items given the existing data. In this thesis, the problem is formulated as an adaptive matrix completion problem in which sampling is to reveal the unknown entries of a $U\times M$ matrix where $U$ is the number of users, $M$ is the number of items, and each entry of the $U\times M$ matrix represents the rating of a user to an …

Contributors
Zhu, Lingfang, Xue, Guoliang, He, Jingrui, et al.
Created Date
2015

Many neurological disorders, especially those that result in dementia, impact speech and language production. A number of studies have shown that there exist subtle changes in linguistic complexity in these individuals that precede disease onset. However, these studies are conducted on controlled speech samples from a specific task. This thesis explores the possibility of using natural language processing in order to detect declining linguistic complexity from more natural discourse. We use existing data from public figures suspected (or at risk) of suffering from cognitive-linguistic decline, downloaded from the Internet, to detect changes in linguistic complexity. In particular, we focus on …

Contributors
Wang, Shuai, Berisha, Visar, LaCross, Amy, et al.
Created Date
2016

Online learning platforms such as massive online open courses (MOOCs) and intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs) have made learning more accessible and personalized. These systems generate unprecedented amounts of behavioral data and open the way for predicting students’ future performance based on their behavior, and for assessing their strengths and weaknesses in learning. This thesis attempts to mine students’ working patterns using a programming problem solving system, and build predictive models to estimate students’ learning. QuizIT, a programming solving system, was used to collect students’ problem-solving activities from a lower-division computer science programming course in 2016 Fall semester. Differential mining techniques …

Contributors
Mandal, Partho Pratim, Hsiao, I-Han, Davulcu, Hasan, et al.
Created Date
2017

In trading, volume is a measure of how much stock has been exchanged in a given period of time. Since every stock is distinctive and has an alternate measure of shares, volume can be contrasted with historical volume inside a stock to spot changes. It is likewise used to affirm value patterns, breakouts, and spot potential reversals. In my thesis, I hypothesize that the concept of trading volume can be extrapolated to social media (Twitter). The ubiquity of social media, especially Twitter, in financial market has been overly resonant in the past couple of years. With the growth of its …

Contributors
Awasthi, Piyush, Davulcu, Hasan, Tong, Hanghang, et al.
Created Date
2015

Networks naturally appear in many high-impact applications. The simplest model of networks is single-layered networks, where the nodes are from the same domain and the links are of the same type. However, as the world is highly coupled, nodes from different application domains tend to be interdependent on each other, forming a more complex network model called multi-layered networks. Among the various aspects of network studies, network connectivity plays an important role in a myriad of applications. The diversified application areas have spurred numerous connectivity measures, each designed for some specific tasks. Although effective in their own fields, none of …

Contributors
Chen, Chen, Tong, Hanghang, Davulcu, Hasan, et al.
Created Date
2019

Diffusion processes in networks can be used to model many real-world processes, such as the propagation of a rumor on social networks and cascading failures on power networks. Analysis of diffusion processes in networks can help us answer important questions such as the role and the importance of each node in the network for spreading the diffusion and how to top or contain a cascading failure in the network. This dissertation consists of three parts. In the first part, we study the problem of locating multiple diffusion sources in networks under the Susceptible-Infected-Recovered (SIR) model. Given a complete snapshot of …

Contributors
Chen, Zhen, Ying, Lei, Tong, Hanghang, et al.
Created Date
2018

Stock market news and investing tips are popular topics in Twitter. In this dissertation, first I utilize a 5-year financial news corpus comprising over 50,000 articles collected from the NASDAQ website matching the 30 stock symbols in Dow Jones Index (DJI) to train a directional stock price prediction system based on news content. Next, I proceed to show that information in articles indicated by breaking Tweet volumes leads to a statistically significant boost in the hourly directional prediction accuracies for the DJI stock prices mentioned in these articles. Secondly, I show that using document-level sentiment extraction does not yield a …

Contributors
Alostad, Hana, Davulcu, Hasan, Corman, Steven, et al.
Created Date
2016

Node proximity measures are commonly used for quantifying how nearby or otherwise related to two or more nodes in a graph are. Node significance measures are mainly used to find how much nodes are important in a graph. The measures of node proximity/significance have been highly effective in many predictions and applications. Despite their effectiveness, however, there are various shortcomings. One such shortcoming is a scalability problem due to their high computation costs on large size graphs and another problem on the measures is low accuracy when the significance of node and its degree in the graph are not related. …

Contributors
Kim, Jung Hyun, Candan, K. Selcuk, Davulcu, Hasan, et al.
Created Date
2017

Online social media is popular due to its real-time nature, extensive connectivity and a large user base. This motivates users to employ social media for seeking information by reaching out to their large number of social connections. Information seeking can manifest in the form of requests for personal and time-critical information or gathering perspectives on important issues. Social media platforms are not designed for resource seeking and experience large volumes of messages, leading to requests not being fulfilled satisfactorily. Designing frameworks to facilitate efficient information seeking in social media will help users to obtain appropriate assistance for their needs and …

Contributors
Ranganath, Suhas, Liu, Huan, Lai, Ying-Cheng, et al.
Created Date
2017

Teams are increasingly indispensable to achievements in any organizations. Despite the organizations' substantial dependency on teams, fundamental knowledge about the conduct of team-enabled operations is lacking, especially at the {\it social, cognitive} and {\it information} level in relation to team performance and network dynamics. The goal of this dissertation is to create new instruments to {\it predict}, {\it optimize} and {\it explain} teams' performance in the context of composite networks (i.e., social-cognitive-information networks). Understanding the dynamic mechanisms that drive the success of high-performing teams can provide the key insights into building the best teams and hence lift the productivity and …

Contributors
Li, Liangyue, Tong, Hanghang, Baral, Chitta, et al.
Created Date
2018