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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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The Semantic Web contains large amounts of related information in the form of knowledge graphs such as DBpedia. These knowledge graphs are typically enormous and are not easily accessible for users as they need specialized knowledge in query languages (such as SPARQL) as well as deep familiarity of the ontologies used by these knowledge graphs. So, to make these knowledge graphs more accessible (even for non- experts) several question answering (QA) systems have been developed over the last decade. Due to the complexity of the task, several approaches have been undertaken that include techniques from natural language processing (NLP), information …

Contributors
Athreya, Ram G, Bansal, Srividya, Usbeck, Ricardo, et al.
Created Date
2018

Since the advent of the internet and even more after social media platforms, the explosive growth of textual data and its availability has made analysis a tedious task. Information extraction systems are available but are generally too specific and often only extract certain kinds of information they deem necessary and extraction worthy. Using data visualization theory and fast, interactive querying methods, leaving out information might not really be necessary. This thesis explores textual data visualization techniques, intuitive querying, and a novel approach to all-purpose textual information extraction to encode large text corpus to improve human understanding of the information present …

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Hashmi, Syed Usama, Bansal, Ajay, Bansal, Srividya, et al.
Created Date
2018

Ensemble learning methods like bagging, boosting, adaptive boosting, stacking have traditionally shown promising results in improving the predictive accuracy in classification. These techniques have recently been widely used in various domains and applications owing to the improvements in computational efficiency and distributed computing advances. However, with the advent of wide variety of applications of machine learning techniques to class imbalance problems, further focus is needed to evaluate, improve and optimize other performance measures such as sensitivity (true positive rate) and specificity (true negative rate) in classification. This thesis demonstrates a novel approach to evaluate and optimize the performance measures (specifically …

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Bahl, Neeraj Dharampal, Bansal, Ajay, Amresh, Ashish, et al.
Created Date
2017

Keyword search provides a simple and user-friendly mechanism for information search, and has become increasingly popular for accessing structured or semi-structured data. However, there are two open issues of keyword search on semi/structured data which are not well addressed by existing work yet. First, while an increasing amount of investigation has been done in this important area, most existing work concentrates on efficiency instead of search quality and may fail to deliver high quality results from semantic perspectives. Majority of the existing work generates minimal sub-graph results that are oblivious to the entity and relationship semantics embedded in the data …

Contributors
Shan, Yi, Chen, Yi, Bansal, Srividya, et al.
Created Date
2016

Semantic web is the web of data that provides a common framework and technologies for sharing and reusing data in various applications. In semantic web terminology, linked data is the term used to describe a method of exposing and connecting data on the web from different sources. The purpose of linked data and semantic web is to publish data in an open and standard format and to link this data with existing data on the Linked Open Data Cloud. The goal of this thesis to come up with a semantic framework for integrating and publishing linked data on the web. …

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Padki, Aparna, Bansal, Srividya, Bansal, Ajay, et al.
Created Date
2016

With the inception of World Wide Web, the amount of data present on the internet is tremendous. This makes the task of navigating through this enormous amount of data quite difficult for the user. As users struggle to navigate through this wealth of information, the need for the development of an automated system that can extract the required information becomes urgent. The aim of this thesis is to develop a Question Answering system to ease the process of information retrieval. Question Answering systems have been around for quite some time and are a sub-field of information retrieval and natural language …

Contributors
Chandurkar, Avani, Bansal, Ajay, Bansal, Srividya, et al.
Created Date
2016

The concept of Linked Data is gaining widespread popularity and importance. The method of publishing and linking structured data on the web is called Linked Data. Emergence of Linked Data has made it possible to make sense of huge data, which is scattered all over the web, and link multiple heterogeneous sources. This leads to the challenge of maintaining the quality of Linked Data, i.e., ensuring outdated data is removed and new data is included. The focus of this thesis is devising strategies to effectively integrate data from multiple sources, publish it as Linked Data, and maintain the quality of …

Contributors
Dhekne, Chinmay, Bansal, Srividya, Bansal, Ajay, et al.
Created Date
2016

Text Classification is a rapidly evolving area of Data Mining while Requirements Engineering is a less-explored area of Software Engineering which deals the process of defining, documenting and maintaining a software system's requirements. When researchers decided to blend these two streams in, there was research on automating the process of classification of software requirements statements into categories easily comprehensible for developers for faster development and delivery, which till now was mostly done manually by software engineers - indeed a tedious job. However, most of the research was focused on classification of Non-functional requirements pertaining to intangible features such as security, …

Contributors
Swadia, Japa Nimish, Ghazarian, Arbi, Bansal, Srividya, et al.
Created Date
2016

Mobile data collection (MDC) applications have been growing in the last decade especially in the field of education and research. Although many MDC applications are available, almost all of them are tailor-made for a very specific task in a very specific field (i.e. health, traffic, weather forecasts, …etc.). Since the main users of these apps are researchers, physicians or generally data collectors, it can be extremely challenging for them to make adjustments or modifications to these applications given that they have limited or no technical background in coding. Another common issue with MDC applications is that its functionalities are limited …

Contributors
Al-Kaf, Zahra M., Lindquist, Timothy E, Bansal, Srividya, et al.
Created Date
2016

The processing of large volumes of RDF data require an efficient storage and query processing engine that can scale well with the volume of data. The initial attempts to address this issue focused on optimizing native RDF stores as well as conventional relational databases management systems. But as the volume of RDF data grew to exponential proportions, the limitations of these systems became apparent and researchers began to focus on using big data analysis tools, most notably Hadoop, to process RDF data. Various studies and benchmarks that evaluate these tools for RDF data processing have been published. In the past …

Contributors
Mammo, Mulugeta, Bansal, Srividya, Bansal, Ajay, et al.
Created Date
2014