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 Two Studies on the Application of Machine Learning for Biomedical Big Data.
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Lung, PeiYau, Zhang, Jinfeng, Liu, Xiuwen, Barbu, Adrian G., Wu, Wei, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Statistics
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Large volumes of genomic data and new scientific discoveries in biomedical research are being made every day by laboratories in both academia and industry. However, two issues severely affect the usability of socalled biomedical big data: 1) the majority of the public genomic data do not contain enough clinical information, and 2) scientific discoveries are stored in text as unstructured data. This dissertation presents two studies, which address each issue using machine learning methods, in...
Show moreLarge volumes of genomic data and new scientific discoveries in biomedical research are being made every day by laboratories in both academia and industry. However, two issues severely affect the usability of socalled biomedical big data: 1) the majority of the public genomic data do not contain enough clinical information, and 2) scientific discoveries are stored in text as unstructured data. This dissertation presents two studies, which address each issue using machine learning methods, in order to maximize the usability of biomedical big data. In the first study, we infer missing clinical information using multiple gene expression data sets and a wide variety of machine learning methods. We proposed a new performance measure, Proportion of Positives which can be predicted with High accuracy (PPH), to evaluate models in term of their effectiveness in recovering data with missing clinical information. PPH estimates the percentage of data that can be recovered given a desired level of accuracy. The experiment results demonstrate the effectiveness of the predicted clinical information in downstream inference tasks. In the second study, we propose a threestage computational method to automatically extract chemicalprotein interactions (CPIs) from a given text. Our method extracts CPIpairs and CPItriplets from sentences; where a CPIpair consists of a chemical compound and a protein name, and a CPItriplet consists of a CPIpair along with an interaction word describing their relationship. We extract a diverse set of features from sentences, which are used to build multiple machine learning models. Our models contain both simple features, which can be directly computed from sentences, and more sophisticated features derived using sentence structure analysis techniques. Our method performed the best among systems which use nondeeplearning methods, and outperformed several deeplearningbased systems in the track 5 of the BioCreative VI challenge. The features we designed in this study are informative and can be applied to other machine learning methods including deep learning.
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 2019
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 2019_Summer_Lung_fsu_0071E_15134
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 An Investigation into College Mathematics in a Florida State College Preand PostOptional Developmental Education Legislation.
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Danuff, Allan G., Park, Toby J., Jakubowski, Elizabeth M., Hu, Shouping, Rutledge, Stacey A., Florida State University, College of Education, Department of Educational...
Show moreDanuff, Allan G., Park, Toby J., Jakubowski, Elizabeth M., Hu, Shouping, Rutledge, Stacey A., Florida State University, College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
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The Florida Legislature passed a bill that changed the placement methods for some incoming students to the Florida State College System in 2013. This analysis of state policy looks at Senate Bill 1720 as the treatment in an interrupted timeseries trend study at one state college in Florida. This research attempts to answer three questions: (1) What is the enrollment trend over the last 10 years in firstlevel math courses, such as Intermediate Algebra (MAT1033), Liberal Arts Math (MGF1106),...
Show moreThe Florida Legislature passed a bill that changed the placement methods for some incoming students to the Florida State College System in 2013. This analysis of state policy looks at Senate Bill 1720 as the treatment in an interrupted timeseries trend study at one state college in Florida. This research attempts to answer three questions: (1) What is the enrollment trend over the last 10 years in firstlevel math courses, such as Intermediate Algebra (MAT1033), Liberal Arts Math (MGF1106), and Elementary Statistics (STA2023) for first time in college (FTIC) students? (2) What is the trend of course passing rates in the above listed gateway math courses before and after the developmental education requirements changed? (3) What are the trends in student success rates before and after the changes to developmental education requirements in these courses for various demographics, such as race, age, and gender, for FTIC students in these math courses? This study looked at one college’s gateway math sequence in terms of enrollment and student success. The observed benefits to this institution were the gains in FTIC student enrollment in the gateway math courses. There were observed decreases in FTIC passing rates in the three gateway math courses, yet the total share of FTIC students taking and passing gateway math courses increased. This study should be shared with the Mathematics Department with the hope that it will continue to track student success in its courses and investigate other research in the area of gateway math instruction for younger postsecondary students as their enrollment continues to follow a decrease in the average student’s age.
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 2019
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 2019_Spring_Danuff_fsu_0071E_15030
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 Connecting Disciplinary and Pedagogical Spaces in Statistics: Perspectives from Graduate Teaching Assistants.
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Findley, Kelly P., Whitacre, Ian Michael, Jakubowski, Elizabeth M., Chicken, Eric, Jaber, Lama, Forman, Jennifer Kaplan, Florida State University, College of Education, School...
Show moreFindley, Kelly P., Whitacre, Ian Michael, Jakubowski, Elizabeth M., Chicken, Eric, Jaber, Lama, Forman, Jennifer Kaplan, Florida State University, College of Education, School of Teacher Education
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As a young and dynamically evolving discipline, statistics evokes many conceptions about its purpose, the nature of its development, and the tools and mindset needed to engage in statistical work. While much research documents the perceptions of statisticians and experts on these matters, little is known about how the disciplinary perspectives of statistics instructors may interact with the work of teaching. Such connections are likely relevant since research has shown that teachers’ and...
Show moreAs a young and dynamically evolving discipline, statistics evokes many conceptions about its purpose, the nature of its development, and the tools and mindset needed to engage in statistical work. While much research documents the perceptions of statisticians and experts on these matters, little is known about how the disciplinary perspectives of statistics instructors may interact with the work of teaching. Such connections are likely relevant since research has shown that teachers’ and instructors’ views about the discipline they teach inform their instructional approaches. This work specifically focuses on the disciplinary views of graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), who continue to serve a critical role in undergraduate instruction. Using multiple case study design, I document the views, experiences, and teaching practices of four statistics GTAs over the course of a full year—from their induction into the department in the fall, until their first soloteaching opportunity the following summer. From the literature, I organized important disciplinary themes in statistics, including disciplinary purpose, epistemology, and disciplinary engagement. Targeting issues and questions stemming from these areas, I documented the various perspectives, models, and tensions that characterized the disciplinary views of the participants. I also documented the relevant experiences and influences that motivated these views. Additionally, I explored the GTAs’ pedagogical views and vision for teaching introductory statistics while looking for possible connections (and glaring disconnects) between these views and their disciplinary views. Finally, I observed their instruction and considered the participants’ teaching reflections as I looked for alignment between their expressed views and actual instructional decisions. From the data, I found that several of the GTAs expressed sophisticated views and expert notions about the discipline. There was a clear disconnect, however, between their perceptions of disciplinary work and the work of students in an introductory statistics course. Despite recognition that statistical questions typically do not have right answers, that statistical methods are often quite flexible and contextuallydriven, or that many disciplinary elements developed through community negotiation rather than discovery, the GTAs struggled to bridge these considerations to the tasks being posed and the practices being emphasized in introductory courses. The participants also expressed a basic desire to engage students in practice problems and activities, yet their instructional visions were not specific and wellgrounded in rich classroom experiences that modeled studentcentered pedagogy. As a result, all four GTAs converged on a singular vision for introductory statistics. This vision involved focusing on “the basics,” acquainting students with a wide array of procedures, honing students’ computational abilities, and emphasizing statistical problemsolving as a pursuit for right answers. This dissertation study provides insights into disciplinary tensions that may be of value in developing an instrument for assessing the disciplinary views of instructors and students alike. GTAs without welldeveloped views may need opportunity to engage in rich, openended tasks that serve to develop their disciplinary perspectives. Additionally, this work reveals how GTAs may struggle to bridge their perceptions of advanced disciplinary work to the work of their own students. Acquaintance and experience engaging in tasks that promote informal inferential reasoning or exploratory data analysis, coupled with connections to situated and constructivist learning theories, may enrich GTAs’ instructional visions as they see how disciplinary and instructional spaces may interact and inform one another.
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 2019
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 2019_Spring_Findley_fsu_0071E_15023
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 Bayesian Tractography Using Geometric Shape Priors.
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Dong, Xiaoming, Srivastava, Anuj, Klassen, E. (Eric), Wu, Wei, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Statistics
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Diffusionweighted image(DWI) and tractography have been developed for decades and are key elements in recent, largescale efforts for mapping the human brain. The two techniques together provide us a unique possibility to access the macroscopic structure and connectivity of the human brain noninvasively and in vivo. The information obtained not only can help visualize brain connectivity and help segment the brain into different functional areas but also provides tools for understanding some...
Show moreDiffusionweighted image(DWI) and tractography have been developed for decades and are key elements in recent, largescale efforts for mapping the human brain. The two techniques together provide us a unique possibility to access the macroscopic structure and connectivity of the human brain noninvasively and in vivo. The information obtained not only can help visualize brain connectivity and help segment the brain into different functional areas but also provides tools for understanding some major cognitive diseases such as multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, epilepsy, etc. There are lots of efforts have been put into this area. On the one hand, a vast spectrum of tractography algorithms have been developed in recent years, ranging from deterministic approaches through probabilistic methods to global tractography; On the other hand, various mathematical models, such as diffusion tensor, multitensor model, spherical deconvolution, Qball modeling, have been developed to better exploit the acquisition dependent signal of Diffusionweighted image(DWI). Despite considerable progress in this area, current methods still face many challenges, such as sensitive to noise, lots of false positive/negative fibers, incapable of handling complex fiber geometry and expensive computation cost. More importantly, recent researches have shown that, even with highquality data, the results using current tractography methods may not be improved, suggesting that it is unlikely to obtain an anatomically accurate map of the human brain solely based on the diffusion profile. Motivated by these issues, this dissertation develops a global approach that incorporates anatomical validated geometric shape prior when reconstructing neuron fibers. The fiber tracts between regions of interest are initialized and updated via deformations based on gradients of the posterior energy defined in this paper. This energy has contributions from diffusion data, shape prior information, and roughness penalty. The dissertation first describes and demonstrates the proposed method on the 2D dataset and then extends it to 3D Phantom data and the real brain data. The results show that the proposed method is relatively immune to issues such as noise, complicated fiber structure like fiber crossings and kissing, false positive fibers, and achieve more explainable tractography results.
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 2019
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 2019_Spring_DONG_fsu_0071E_15144
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 Effects of a Mathematics Vocabulary Tutoring Intervention.
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Hollingsworth, Leah Nicole, Jakubowski, Elizabeth M., Schwartz, Robert A., Whalon, Kelly J., Root, Jenny Rose, Florida State University, College of Education, School of Teacher...
Show moreHollingsworth, Leah Nicole, Jakubowski, Elizabeth M., Schwartz, Robert A., Whalon, Kelly J., Root, Jenny Rose, Florida State University, College of Education, School of Teacher Education
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a vocabulary tutoring intervention with defining key vocabulary terms and algebraic problemsolving skills of students who struggle with mathematics. Literature shows that there is a need to further explore how students with mathematical learning difficulties learn mathematics vocabulary at the postsecondary level. The participants for this study included five collegeaged students, 18 years or older, who selfidentified as struggling...
Show moreThe purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a vocabulary tutoring intervention with defining key vocabulary terms and algebraic problemsolving skills of students who struggle with mathematics. Literature shows that there is a need to further explore how students with mathematical learning difficulties learn mathematics vocabulary at the postsecondary level. The participants for this study included five collegeaged students, 18 years or older, who selfidentified as struggling with mathematics. Each participant completed two vocabulary tutoring sessions each week and complete layeredlook books during each session. The layeredlook books included the vocabulary word, definition, an example, and nonexample. The dependent variable was the percentage of correct answers on a sixquestion test. Each test will contain three vocabulary short answer questions and three multiplechoice algebraic exercises. The researcher used a multiple probe across behaviors, replicated across participants design to determine what effect mathematics vocabulary tutoring has on a student’s ability to define vocabulary terms and what effect mathematics vocabulary tutoring has on a student’s algebraic problem solving. The study included three phases: baseline, vocabulary tutoring (intervention), and maintenance. The researcher followed a modeling and guided practice teaching strategy to tutor the student. Based on the results of this study, it was concluded that the vocabulary tutoring intervention did help students learn the vocabulary. Three of the five participants showed a functional relationship between the vocabulary intervention and defining key vocabulary words. However, the vocabulary tutoring intervention did not help participants with the algebraic problemsolving examples. None of the five participants had three demonstrations of effect.
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 2019
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 2019_Spring_Hollingsworth_fsu_0071E_14995
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 Elementary and Special Education PreService Teachers' SelfEfficacy Beliefs about Teaching Mathematics and Science to Students with Autism: A Preliminary Study.
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Garris, G. Stephen (Gregory Stephen), Hanline, Mary Frances, Paek, Insu, Jakubowski, Elizabeth M., Whalon, Kelly J., Florida State University, College of Education, School of...
Show moreGarris, G. Stephen (Gregory Stephen), Hanline, Mary Frances, Paek, Insu, Jakubowski, Elizabeth M., Whalon, Kelly J., Florida State University, College of Education, School of Teacher Education
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The prevalence rate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among school aged children in the US has increased exponentially, compared to estimates from the year 2000. Increased numbers of elementary students with ASD are spending 80% or more of the school day in general education settings, which may pose challenges for both veteran and beginning elementary teachers. Furthermore, there are more rigorous mathematics and science standards that beginning teachers will be responsible for providing...
Show moreThe prevalence rate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among school aged children in the US has increased exponentially, compared to estimates from the year 2000. Increased numbers of elementary students with ASD are spending 80% or more of the school day in general education settings, which may pose challenges for both veteran and beginning elementary teachers. Furthermore, there are more rigorous mathematics and science standards that beginning teachers will be responsible for providing instruction to all students, including those with ASD. The transition of mathematics and science standards impacts both elementary teachers and special education teachers because many professional teaching organizations feel both types of instructors should have the proper knowledge in these subject areas for effective instruction. However, there is evidence that both special education and elementary education teachers may not feel efficacious to teach this content. Established and novel survey instruments were administered to a sample of 39 senior preservice teachers majoring in special education and elementary education, to obtain data related to their field teaching experiences, personal experience interacting with individuals with ASD, and their reported undergraduate coursework. This study was designed to investigate and compare the selfefficacy beliefs of preservice teachers majoring in special education and elementary education, which was focused on the following contextspecific instructional situations: 1) mathematics instruction; 2) science instruction; 3) mathematics instruction to students with ASD; 4) science instruction to students with ASD; and 5) general instructional considerations for teaching students with ASD. Results of the study indicated elementary education preservice teachers had lower teaching efficacy beliefs in teaching mathematics and science to students with ASD, compared to their mean teaching efficacy scores for the instruction with mathematics and science in general situations. Furthermore, elementary education majors scored significantly lower on teaching mathematics to students with ASD, teaching science to students with ASD, and teaching students with ASD in general, compared to their special education peers in the obtained sample. The new instruments measuring mathematics and science teaching efficacy were determined to have good reliability. Implications for teacher preparation programs and recommendations for future research are discussed.
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 2019
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 2019_Spring_Garris_fsu_0071E_15026
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 Modeling the Synchronous Behavior of Pancreatic Islets.
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Vinson, Ryan M., Bertram, R. (Richard), Miller, Brian G., Jain, Harsh Vardhan, Magnan, Jeronimo Francisco, Roper, Michael Gabriel, Florida State University, College of Arts and...
Show moreVinson, Ryan M., Bertram, R. (Richard), Miller, Brian G., Jain, Harsh Vardhan, Magnan, Jeronimo Francisco, Roper, Michael Gabriel, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Pancreatic islets of Langerhans are responsible for the release of the hormone insulin. This release is pulsatile, and proper insulin levels are necessary to maintain glucose homeostasis. In order to achieve the requisite insulin levels, the many islets of Langerhans must release the hormone in phase with one another. However, islets are not connected to each other in a physical way, so the cause of this synchronization is unclear. One hypothesis is that acetylcholine (ACh) release from...
Show morePancreatic islets of Langerhans are responsible for the release of the hormone insulin. This release is pulsatile, and proper insulin levels are necessary to maintain glucose homeostasis. In order to achieve the requisite insulin levels, the many islets of Langerhans must release the hormone in phase with one another. However, islets are not connected to each other in a physical way, so the cause of this synchronization is unclear. One hypothesis is that acetylcholine (ACh) release from intrapancreatic ganglia can give rise to these synchronized insulin signals. We test the nature of these ACh pulses, and find that their application need not be periodic to achieve synchronization. We also challenge previous results which suggest that ACh pulses may not be the underlying cause of synchronization, due to glucose's ability to override their effects. We find that the two chemical signals can not only coexist, but actually reinforce each other. Finally, we explore how islets may be able to maintain synchronicity through the effects of a coupling agent produced within the islets themselves.
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 2019
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 2019_Spring_Vinson_fsu_0071E_15046
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 Belief Function Theory: Monte Carlo Methods and Application to Stock Markets.
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Salehy, Seyyed Nima, Ökten, Giray, Srivastava, Anuj, Cogan, Nicholas G., Fahim, Arash, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Belief function theory, also known as DempsterShafer theory or evidence theory, gives a general framework for quantifying, representing, and managing uncertainty, and it is widely used in several applications from artificial intelligence to accounting. The belief function theory provides tools to combine several sources' opinions (belief functions), among which, Dempster's rule of combination is the most commonly used. The main drawback of using Dempster's rule to combine belief functions is...
Show moreBelief function theory, also known as DempsterShafer theory or evidence theory, gives a general framework for quantifying, representing, and managing uncertainty, and it is widely used in several applications from artificial intelligence to accounting. The belief function theory provides tools to combine several sources' opinions (belief functions), among which, Dempster's rule of combination is the most commonly used. The main drawback of using Dempster's rule to combine belief functions is its computational complexity, which limits the application of Dempster's rule to small number of belief functions. We introduce a family of new Monte Carlo and quasiMonte Carlo algorithms aimed at approximating Dempster's rule of combination. Then, we present numerical results to show the superiority of the new methods over the existing ones. The algorithms are then used to implement some stock investment strategies based on DempsterShafer theory. We will introduce a new strategy, and apply it to the U.S. stock market over a certain period of time. Numerical results suggest the strategies based on the belief function theory outperform the S&P 500 index, with our new strategy giving the best returns.
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 2019
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 2019_Spring_SALEHY_fsu_0071E_15151
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 Mathematical Modeling and Sensitivity Analysis for Biological Systems.
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Aggarwal, Manu, Cogan, Nicholas G., Hussaini, M. Yousuff, Chicken, Eric, Jain, Harsh Vardhan, Bertram, R. (Richard), Mio, Washington, Florida State University, College of Arts...
Show moreAggarwal, Manu, Cogan, Nicholas G., Hussaini, M. Yousuff, Chicken, Eric, Jain, Harsh Vardhan, Bertram, R. (Richard), Mio, Washington, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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In this work, we propose a framework to develop testable hypotheses for the effects of changes in the experimental conditions on the dynamics of a biological system using mathematical models. We discuss the uncertainties present in this process and show how information from different experiment regimes can be used to identify a region in the parameter space over which subsequent mathematical analysis can be conducted. To determine the significance of variation in the parameters due to varying...
Show moreIn this work, we propose a framework to develop testable hypotheses for the effects of changes in the experimental conditions on the dynamics of a biological system using mathematical models. We discuss the uncertainties present in this process and show how information from different experiment regimes can be used to identify a region in the parameter space over which subsequent mathematical analysis can be conducted. To determine the significance of variation in the parameters due to varying experimental conditions, we propose using sensitivity analysis. Using our framework, we hypothesize that the experimentally observed decrease in the survivability of bacterial populations of Xylella fastidiosa (causal agent of Pierce’s Disease) upon addition of zinc, might be because of starvation of the bacteria in the biofilm due to an inhibition of the diffusion of the nutrients through the extracellular matrix of the biofilm. We also show how sensitivity is related to uncertainty and identifiability; and how it can be used to drive analysis of dynamical systems, illustrating it by analyzing a model which simulates bursting oscillations in pancreatic βcells. For sensitivity analysis, we use Sobol’ indices for which we provide algorithmic improvements towards computational efficiency. We also provide insights into the interpretation of Sobol’ indices, and consequently, define a notion of the importance of parameters in the context of inherently flexible biological systems.
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 2019
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 2019_Spring_Aggarwal_fsu_0071E_15070
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 Surface Subgroups of 3Manifold Groups.
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Rasheed, Mohammad Aamir, Heil, Wolfgang H., Wahl, Horst, Bowers, Philip L., Ballas, Samuel A., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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This dissertation is concerned with the study of how various properties such as malnormality and maximality of surface groups embedded in a 3manifold group give us information about the topology of a 3manifold. In this direction we show that the malnormality of certain surface groups is sufficient to detect whether or not there are any Seifert fibered pieces in the JSJ decomposition of a 3manifold. On the other hand topology itself imposes a strong constraint on what properties a surface...
Show moreThis dissertation is concerned with the study of how various properties such as malnormality and maximality of surface groups embedded in a 3manifold group give us information about the topology of a 3manifold. In this direction we show that the malnormality of certain surface groups is sufficient to detect whether or not there are any Seifert fibered pieces in the JSJ decomposition of a 3manifold. On the other hand topology itself imposes a strong constraint on what properties a surface group might have. For example, we show that a surface group associated with an essential embedding must be maximal among all surface groups. The first chapter starts with an overview and introduction to the material along with some of the background material needed to understand this dissertation. Here we provide all the appropriate definitions as well as the statements of the theorems and lemmas that are used in this dissertation. All the theorems stated in chapter 1 are standard and well known results in 3manifold theory and all we have done is provide a brief exposition. We have made an effort to provide appropriate references whenever we could. In the second chapter we study the relationship between malnormal subgroups corresponding to incompressible tori and Klein bottles and the absence of Seifert pieces in the JSJ decomposition. In particular, we show that a rank two free abelian subgroup correspond ing to an embedded incompressible torus in an orientable Haken manifold is a malnormal subgroup if and only if the JSJ piece that contains the torus is nonSeifert. We further generalize this result to any embedded Klein bottle and answer the question of when a maximal abelian subgroup in a Haken manifold group is malnormal. We also explore other conditions that guaranty that there are no Seifert pieces in the JSJ decomposition. Some other results regarding the malnormality of peripheral groups corresponding to higher genus surfaces are also found. The third chapter is concerned with the study of properly embedded incompressible surfaces (closed or otherwise) in a Haken manifold. Here we give a sufficient condition for two embedded surfaces to be isotopic. We show that given two embedded 2sided incompressible surfaces such that the subgroup associated to one is contained in the subgroup associated to the other, then it must be that case that the surfaces are isotopic. This, in particular, shows that it is impossible to embed two surfaces of different genus in an orientable Haken manifold such that one is a subgroup of the other. In the fourth chapter we generalize the results of the third chapter to immersed π1 injective surfaces. We show that any two immersed surfaces satisfying an analogous condi tions on their associated subgroups can always be deformed so that one immersed surface is a covering onto the other immersed surface. In particular, this shows that embedded surface groups are maximal among all surface groups.
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 2019
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 2019_Spring_Rasheed_fsu_0071E_15146
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 Random Walks over Point Processes and Their Application in Finance.
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Salehy, Seyyed Navid, Kercheval, Alec N., Ewald, Brian, Fahim, Arash, Ökten, Giray, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences,...
Show moreSalehy, Seyyed Navid, Kercheval, Alec N., Ewald, Brian, Fahim, Arash, Ökten, Giray, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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In continuoustime models in finance, it is common to assume that prices follow a geometric Brownian motion. More precisely, it is assumed that the price at time t ≥ 0 is given by Zt = Z₀exp(σBt + mt) where Z₀ is the initial price, B is standard Brownian motion, σ is the volatility, and m is the drift. We discuss how Z can be viewed as the limit of a sequence of discrete price models based on random walks. We note that in the usual random walks, jumps can only happen at deterministic times....
Show moreIn continuoustime models in finance, it is common to assume that prices follow a geometric Brownian motion. More precisely, it is assumed that the price at time t ≥ 0 is given by Zt = Z₀exp(σBt + mt) where Z₀ is the initial price, B is standard Brownian motion, σ is the volatility, and m is the drift. We discuss how Z can be viewed as the limit of a sequence of discrete price models based on random walks. We note that in the usual random walks, jumps can only happen at deterministic times. We first construct a natural simple model for price by considering a random walk in which jumps can happen at random times following a counting process N. We then develop a sequence of discrete price models using random walks over point processes. The limit process gives the new price model: Zt = Z₀exp(σBΛt + mΛt), where Λ is the compensator for the counting process N. We note that if N is a Poisson process with intensity 1, then this model coincides with the geometric Brownian motion model for the price. But this new model provides more flexibility as we can choose N to be many other wellknown counting processes. This includes not only homogeneous and inhomogeneous Poisson processes which have deterministic compensators but also Hawkes processes which have stochastic compensators. We also discuss and prove many properties for the process BΛ. For example, we show that BΛ is a continuous square integrable martingale. Moreover, we discuss when BΛ has uncorrelated increments and when it has independent increments. Moreover, we investigate how the BlackScholes pricing formula will change if the price of the risky asset follows this new model when N is an inhomogeneous Poisson process. We show that the usual BlackScholes formula is obtained when the counting process N is a Poisson process with intensity 1.
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 2019
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 2019_Spring_Salehy_fsu_0071E_15152
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 Gliomas Diagnosis, Progress, and Treatment: A Mathematical Approach.
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Sorribes Rodriguez, Inmaculada Concepcion, Jain, Harsh Vardhan, Sang, QingXiang, Cogan, Nicholas G., Moore, Matthew Nicholas J., Florida State University, College of Arts and...
Show moreSorribes Rodriguez, Inmaculada Concepcion, Jain, Harsh Vardhan, Sang, QingXiang, Cogan, Nicholas G., Moore, Matthew Nicholas J., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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The diagnosis and treatment of gliomas continues to pose a significant challenge for oncologists who not only have to contend with managing acute neurological symptoms, but also the almost inevitable development of resistance to treatment. Indeed, the last 25 years have produced minimal advancements in treatment efficacy, even though significant efforts and resources have been invested in the quest for breakthroughs. This effort has not been restricted only to clinicians or oncologists, with...
Show moreThe diagnosis and treatment of gliomas continues to pose a significant challenge for oncologists who not only have to contend with managing acute neurological symptoms, but also the almost inevitable development of resistance to treatment. Indeed, the last 25 years have produced minimal advancements in treatment efficacy, even though significant efforts and resources have been invested in the quest for breakthroughs. This effort has not been restricted only to clinicians or oncologists, with mathematical modeling also playing an increasingly important role. A variety of models aimed at providing new insights into glioma growth and response to treatment have been proposed. Initially designed to capture fundamental behavior of tumor cells, such as growth and motility, these models quickly became wellestablished and multiple extensions have since been introduced. However, as increasing biological details of how tumor cells respond to treatment at cellular and subcellular levels are revealed, mathematical models need to include this state of the art knowledge. The work presented in this thesis seeks to do this by refocusing our attention back to the most fundamental question: why are gliomas fatal? Biologically, it is known that glioma lethality is driven by a fast growth that increases intracranial pressure resulting in lethal neurological damage, which current treatments fail to prevent due to tumor cell resistance to treatments such as chemotherapy. By creating mathematical models inspired by these key elements of glioma malignancy, the work presented here seeks to elucidate what drives resistance to chemotherapy and how to overcome or mitigate it, as well as how malignancy correlated with intracranial pressure dynamics. Thus, the work comprises two main parts: (1) in silico optimization of treatment strategies using chemotherapy coupled with novel cellrepair inhibitors currently in various stages of the clinical trial; and (2) a study of tumorinduced intracranial pressure and edema in gliomas of grade IIV. A wide variety of mathematical modeling techniques are used, that incorporate biomechanical, biochemical, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics aspects, and include a level of detail hitherto unconsidered. The proposed models are validated and analyzed by employing a diverse set of mathematical tools that range from structural identifiability, parameter estimation, to global and local sensitivity analysis. As a result of this work, we propose a treatment strategy that showed a 30% improvement in patient survival time over conventional treatment when treating heterogeneous brain tumors in silico. Moreover, the second part of this work demonstrates how the spatiotemporal dynamics of tumorinduced intracranial pressure correlate with cancer grade, providing a better understanding of the mechanisms that underlie increased intracranial pressure onset. Both projects come together as a first step towards a better understanding of the poor survival rates of patients afflicted with gliomas. They raise new questions about what characterizes the malignancy of primary brain tumors and how clinicians can fight it. Continued modeling effort in these directions has the potential to make an impact in the field of brain cancer diagnostics and treatment.
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 2019
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 2019_Summer_SorribesRodriguez_fsu_0071E_15274
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 Mathematical Models of Prostate Cancer Progression and Response to Treatment.
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Barnaby, Johnna Pauline, Jain, Harsh Vardhan, Sang, QingXiang, Bertram, R. (Richard), Cogan, Nicholas G., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of...
Show moreBarnaby, Johnna Pauline, Jain, Harsh Vardhan, Sang, QingXiang, Bertram, R. (Richard), Cogan, Nicholas G., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Prostate cancer is currently a major pubic health issue due to the fact that it is the second most common cancer in men with an estimated 174,650 new cases diagnosed in 2019. While prostate cancer has a survival rate of nearly 100% for localized cancer that number quickly drops once the tumor has metastasized. Treatments for this metastasized state have shown varied response based on the phenotype of the tumor. Additionally, studies have show that the biomarker used to determine response to...
Show moreProstate cancer is currently a major pubic health issue due to the fact that it is the second most common cancer in men with an estimated 174,650 new cases diagnosed in 2019. While prostate cancer has a survival rate of nearly 100% for localized cancer that number quickly drops once the tumor has metastasized. Treatments for this metastasized state have shown varied response based on the phenotype of the tumor. Additionally, studies have show that the biomarker used to determine response to treatment, PSA, is an inadequate indicator of tumor progression and response to treatment. I propose two ODE models of prostate cancer and response to treatment that try to quantify these two diculties in treating prostate cancer. In the rst, I model blood vessel formation within the tumor to better understand the mechanisms by which PSA is able to leak into the blood, and how this may not correlate to tumor burden. I further extend this model to the human case where tumor volume is usually unknown. In the second model I explore combinations of treatments with androgen deprivation therapy and an immunotherapy vaccine. I propose a model of tumor and immune cell dynamics after treatment with androgen deprivation therapy. I then include additional treatment with a vaccine. With the aid of this model I simulate tumor response to various combinations of treatments, and determine an optimal treatment protocol. I also explore how resistance to androgen deprivation therapy may aect the ecacy of the vaccine. These models give a better understanding of tumor response to treatment. Conclusions from these models can aid with optimizing treatment response.
Show less  Date Issued
 2019
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 2019_Summer_Barnaby_fsu_0071E_15328
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 The Home Math Environment and Math Achievement: A MetaAnalysis.
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Daucourt, Mia Cristina, Hart, Sara, Ganley, Colleen M., Meyer, Alexandria, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
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Mathematical thinking is in high demand in the global market, but compared to their international peers, U.S. school children fail to meet math performance benchmarks. This is especially problematic, given that early math skills predict later success in math and reading, beyond the effects of early reading skills and that math difficulties prior to formal schooling make it unlikely that children who start off behind will catch up. The home math environment (HME), which includes all math...
Show moreMathematical thinking is in high demand in the global market, but compared to their international peers, U.S. school children fail to meet math performance benchmarks. This is especially problematic, given that early math skills predict later success in math and reading, beyond the effects of early reading skills and that math difficulties prior to formal schooling make it unlikely that children who start off behind will catch up. The home math environment (HME), which includes all mathrelated activities, attitudes, expectations, resources, and interactions between parents and children in the home, provides a potentially promising way to promote children's early math development. In order to understand the role played by the HME in children's math abilities, the a preregistered metaanalysis was conducted to estimate the average weighted correlation coefficient, r between the HME and children's math achievement and the sample, assessment, and study features that contribute to study heterogeneity. A multilevel correlated effects model was run on 51 studies and a total of 456 effect sizes, which found a positive, significant average weighted correlation of r = .14, p < .0001. Although the association found was low in magnitude, our combined sensitivity analyses showed that the present findings were robust, and that the sample of studies has evidential value. Interestingly, moderator analyses revealed that all moderators tested contributed to study heterogeneity and when the HME component moderation analyses were run, no significant betweenstudy heterogeneity remained.
Show less  Date Issued
 2019
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 2019_Summer_Daucourt_fsu_0071N_15441
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 On the Use of Conformal Mappings, Invariants and Warpings in Investigations of the Cortical Surface.
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Eady, Carolyn M. (Carolyn Marie), Cogan, Nicholas G., Stroupe, M. Elizabeth (Margaret Elizabeth), Bowers, Philip L., Mio, Washington, Florida State University, College of Arts...
Show moreEady, Carolyn M. (Carolyn Marie), Cogan, Nicholas G., Stroupe, M. Elizabeth (Margaret Elizabeth), Bowers, Philip L., Mio, Washington, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Brain mapping studies the structure and function of the brain through imaging techniques in an effort to relate function to specific anatomical regions. The highly folded nature of the human brain makes visualization difficult; thus neuroscientists desire quantitative methods to assist with characterization of anatomical differences between subjects. As cortical folding patterns are unique to each person, methods for quantifying differences across subjects are lacking. A first step in...
Show moreBrain mapping studies the structure and function of the brain through imaging techniques in an effort to relate function to specific anatomical regions. The highly folded nature of the human brain makes visualization difficult; thus neuroscientists desire quantitative methods to assist with characterization of anatomical differences between subjects. As cortical folding patterns are unique to each person, methods for quantifying differences across subjects are lacking. A first step in quantifying data is to define a normal, healthy brain in terms of both shape and function. Establishing spatial characteristics of a healthy brain, or an aggregate of healthy brains, will allow for better diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries and diseases. The research discussed in this thesis uses a twodimensional, or ``flat", map of the cortical surface based on a threedimensional reconstruction from medical images acquired using magnetic resonance imaging. Such mappings can be used to measure crosssubject differences, as well as the development of abnormalities in longitudinal studies of diseased patient brains. The ``flat" mappings we discuss are constructed using a mathematical approach known as circle packing. Our research makes use of conformal mappings and the properties preserved under them, defining ways to apply them to brain data. These conformally invariant properties take into account aspects of the threedimensional shape of the surface which are not easily visualized, and allow us to quantify them in a twodimensional result. In particular, we develop methods for calculation of extremal length and harmonic measure. We also give various forms of visualization of each invariant, and in some cases visualization of biological data in conjunction with our calculations. After calculating methods of comparison to be used indirectly, we offer two adaptations to an existing program which allow for the direct comparison of cortical surfaces. The data we use does not fit specific criteria of the program, so these adaptations are necessary to generalize the usage of the existing program. We again use the concept of circle packing for ``flat" mappings; however, the ingenuity of our adaptations lies in the connecting between these ``flat" maps. We follow a procedure for transforming the coordinates of a source surface into those of a destination surface, through a system of weighting vertices by barycentric or gyrobarycentric coordinates. Though our research focuses on a small region of the human brain, we proceed with the expectation that all methods can be generalized to other regions of the brain. As many psychological disorders have structural manifestations, the research can be used to investigate anomalies in brain data for such illnesses. Additionally, the methods we provide can be further generalized to surfaces other than the brain, laying groundwork for use in general investigations of two and threedimensional surfaces.
Show less  Date Issued
 2019
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 2019_Summer_Eady_fsu_0071E_15275
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 Primary Sources and Professional Growth: A Phenomenological Study of University Mathematics Instructors.
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Can, Cihan, Clark, Kathleen (Kathleen M.), Ke, Fengfeng, Larson, Christine (Christine J.), Myers, John P. (John Patrick), Florida State University, College of Education, School...
Show moreCan, Cihan, Clark, Kathleen (Kathleen M.), Ke, Fengfeng, Larson, Christine (Christine J.), Myers, John P. (John Patrick), Florida State University, College of Education, School of Teacher Education
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My goal in this study was to investigate the role of primary source projects (PSPs) on instructor growth regarding the postsecondary mathematics teaching. A PSP is a curricular material that aims to guide students reading of primary historical sources through some tasks and secondary narrative by the author of the PSP (Barnett, Lodder, & Pengelley, 2014). This study was primarily motivated by university mathematics instructors’ growing interest in using PSPs for some part of their teaching...
Show moreMy goal in this study was to investigate the role of primary source projects (PSPs) on instructor growth regarding the postsecondary mathematics teaching. A PSP is a curricular material that aims to guide students reading of primary historical sources through some tasks and secondary narrative by the author of the PSP (Barnett, Lodder, & Pengelley, 2014). This study was primarily motivated by university mathematics instructors’ growing interest in using PSPs for some part of their teaching through their participation in the National Science Foundationfunded Transforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources (TRIUMPHS) project. In this regard, an examination of instructor’s experiences with PSPs in a textbookdominated field as undergraduate mathematics instruction has the potential to respond to the recent calls by major mathematical institutions’ for improving the quality of instruction at the undergraduate level (Saxe & Braddy, 2015). In this phenomenologically grounded study, I explored the interactions of two mathematics instructors who taught with the PSP, “Solving a System of Linear Equations Using Ancient Chinese Methods” (SSLE; Flagg, 2018) to investigate if, and how, such interactions contribute to the professional growth of instructors. One of the participants is the author of the PSP and the other one was a firsttime user of the material. I used semistructured interviews, instructors’ responses to the openended items in TRIUMPHS surveys, and their CVs as the data collection methods to understand their engagement with SSLE, and the role of such engagements on their professional growth. I used the Interconnected Model (Clarke & Hollingsworth, 2002) to document the changes that instructors reported as a result of using the PSP for their teaching, where I derived conclusions regarding instructors’ professional growth. PSP engagement had significant impact on Dr. Flagg’s and Dr. Edward’s classroom teaching, participation to scholarly activities, and hence contributing to their professional growth. In my detailed analysis of data, I observed that what both instructors considered prior to their PSP engagement as salient outcomes of mathematical learning experience had a pivotal role on the changes that they experienced as a result of their PSP engagement.
Show less  Date Issued
 2019
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 2019_Fall_Can_fsu_0071E_15541
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 Novel Numerical Analysis Methods, Using the WENO and WENOZ Algorithms, for Combining Observational Data with Model Predictions for Improving Forecasts.
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Liu, Feifan, Sussman, Mark, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Gallivan, Kyle A., Moore, Matthew Nicholas J., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of...
Show moreLiu, Feifan, Sussman, Mark, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Gallivan, Kyle A., Moore, Matthew Nicholas J., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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“Data assimilation is a mathematical discipline that seeks to optimally combine theory (usually in the form of a numerical model) with observations.” — Wikipedia Strong constraint 4DVariational data assimilation (4DVar) seeks to find optimal initial condition for computing solutions to appropriate dynamical system equations. The optimal initial condition minimizes the weighted mismatch between (i) the computed initial condition and given “background” data and (ii) the computed state...
Show more“Data assimilation is a mathematical discipline that seeks to optimally combine theory (usually in the form of a numerical model) with observations.” — Wikipedia Strong constraint 4DVariational data assimilation (4DVar) seeks to find optimal initial condition for computing solutions to appropriate dynamical system equations. The optimal initial condition minimizes the weighted mismatch between (i) the computed initial condition and given “background” data and (ii) the computed state trajectory and observed data. The optimal initial condition and subsequent prediction are sensitive to the numerical method used to discretize the dynamical system equations. Especially, if the expected forecast has large gradients, the sensitivity of a prediction due to a given selected numerical method is significantly more pronounced. Weighted essential nonoscillatory(WENO) schemes, as a class of finite difference schemes, have been applied extensively in computational fluid dynamics for numerically solving problems with solutions which contain both strong shocks and rich smooth region structures. However, WENO, and its improved version WENOZ, have never been analyzed as discretization techniques for the data assimilation model equations (i.e. data assimilation constraint equations) as compared to existing stateoftheart discretization strategies. In this dissertation, we analyze the properties of the WENO and WENOZ schemes, when used in the “4DVar” process for the linear advection equation, and compare them quantitatively to the following schemes: Upwind Scheme, LaxFriedrichs Scheme, LaxWendroff and Quick Scheme. In our analysis, we also compare the performance of the WENO and WENOZ based 4DVar algorithms when used together with L1 norm total variation regularization technique which reduces Gibb’s phenomena of discontinuous observed data in the data assimilation process.
Show less  Date Issued
 2019
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 2019_Fall_Liu_fsu_0071E_15552
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 A Riemannian Approach for Computing Geodesics in Elastic Shape Space and Its Applications.
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You, Yaqing, Gallivan, Kyle A., Absil, PierreAntoine, Erlebacher, Gordon, Ökten, Giray, Sussman, Mark, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of...
Show moreYou, Yaqing, Gallivan, Kyle A., Absil, PierreAntoine, Erlebacher, Gordon, Ökten, Giray, Sussman, Mark, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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This dissertation proposes a Riemannian approach for computing geodesics for closed curves in elastic shape space. The application of two Riemannian unconstrained optimization algorithms, Riemannian Steepest Descent (RSD) algorithm and Limitedmemory Riemannian BroydenFletcherGoldfarbShanno (LRBFGS) algorithm are discussed in this dissertation. The application relies on the definition and computation for basic differential geometric components, namely tangent spaces and tangent vectors,...
Show moreThis dissertation proposes a Riemannian approach for computing geodesics for closed curves in elastic shape space. The application of two Riemannian unconstrained optimization algorithms, Riemannian Steepest Descent (RSD) algorithm and Limitedmemory Riemannian BroydenFletcherGoldfarbShanno (LRBFGS) algorithm are discussed in this dissertation. The application relies on the definition and computation for basic differential geometric components, namely tangent spaces and tangent vectors, Riemannian metrics, Riemannian gradient, as well as retraction and vector transport. The difference between this Riemannian approach to compute closed curve geodesics as well as accurate geodesic distance, the existing PathStraightening algorithm and the existing Riemannian approach to approximate distances between closed shapes, are also discussed in this dissertation. This dissertation summarizes the implementation details and techniques for both Riemannian algorithms to achieve the most efficiency. This dissertation also contains basic experiments and applications that illustrate the value of the proposed algorithms, along with comparison tests to the existing alternative approaches. It has been demonstrated by various tests that this proposed approach is superior in terms of time and performance compared to a stateoftheart distance computation algorithm, and has better performance in applications of shape distance when compared to the distance approximation algorithm. This dissertation applies the Riemannian geodesic computation algorithm to calculate Karcher mean of shapes. Algorithms that generate less accurate distances and geodesics are also implemented to compute shape mean. Test results demonstrate the fact that the proposed algorithm has better performance with sacrifice in time. A hybrid algorithm is then proposed, to start with the fast, less accurate algorithm and switch to the proposed accurate algorithm to get the gradient for Karcher mean problem. This dissertation also applies Karcher mean computation to unsupervised learning of shapes. Several clustering algorithms are tested with the distance computation algorithm and Karcher mean algorithm. Different versions of Karcher mean algorithm used are compared with tests. The performance of clustering algorithms are evaluated by various performance metrics.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Su_You_fsu_0071E_14686
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 Characteristic Classes and Local Invariants of Determinantal Varieties and a Formula for Equivariant ChernSchwartzMacPherson Classes of Hypersurfaces.
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Zhang, Xiping, Aluffi, Paolo, Piekarewicz, Jorge, Aldrovandi, Ettore, Petersen, Kathleen L., Hoeij, Mark van, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department...
Show moreZhang, Xiping, Aluffi, Paolo, Piekarewicz, Jorge, Aldrovandi, Ettore, Petersen, Kathleen L., Hoeij, Mark van, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Determinantal varieties parametrize spaces of matrices of given ranks. The main results of this dissertation are computations of intersectiontheoretic invariants of determinantal varieties. We focus on the ChernMather and ChernSchwartzMacPherson classes, on the characteristic cycles, and on topologically motivated invariants such as the local Euler obstruction. We obtain explicit formulas in both the ordinary and the torusequivariant setting, and formulate a conjecture concerning the...
Show moreDeterminantal varieties parametrize spaces of matrices of given ranks. The main results of this dissertation are computations of intersectiontheoretic invariants of determinantal varieties. We focus on the ChernMather and ChernSchwartzMacPherson classes, on the characteristic cycles, and on topologically motivated invariants such as the local Euler obstruction. We obtain explicit formulas in both the ordinary and the torusequivariant setting, and formulate a conjecture concerning the effectiveness of the ChernSchwartzMacPherson classes of determinantal varieties. We also prove a vanishing property for the ChernSchwartzMacPherson classes of general group orbits. As applications we obtain formulas for the sectional Euler characteristic of determinantal varieties and the microlocal indices of their intersection cohomology sheaf complexes. Moreover, for a close embedding we define the equivariant version of the Segre class and prove an equivariant formula for the ChernSchwartzMacPherson classes of hypersurfaces of projective varieties.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Sp_Zhang_fsu_0071N_14521
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 Symmetric Surfaces and the Character Variety.
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Leach, Jay, Petersen, Kathleen L., Duke, D. W., Heil, Wolfgang H., Ballas, Samuel A., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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We extend Culler and Shalen's work on constructing essential surfaces in 3manifolds to orbifolds. A consequence of this work is that every valuation on the canonical component that detects an essential surface, detects an essential surface that is preserved by every orientation preserving symmetry on the manifold. This Theorem applies to orientable hyperbolic manifolds, with orientation preserving symmetry group, whose quotient by this group is an orbifold with a flexible cusp, which is the...
Show moreWe extend Culler and Shalen's work on constructing essential surfaces in 3manifolds to orbifolds. A consequence of this work is that every valuation on the canonical component that detects an essential surface, detects an essential surface that is preserved by every orientation preserving symmetry on the manifold. This Theorem applies to orientable hyperbolic manifolds, with orientation preserving symmetry group, whose quotient by this group is an orbifold with a flexible cusp, which is the case for most hyperbolic 3manifolds. We then look at a family of two bridge knots where our theorem shows it is impossible for every essential surface to be detected on the canonical component. We then prove that all surfaces that are preserved by the orientation preserving symmetries of these knots are detected by ideal points on the canonical component of the character variety by calculating the canonical component of the Apolynomial for the family of knots. We then prove that every essential surface in these knot that is not detected on the canonical component of the character variety is detected on another component.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Su_Leach_fsu_0071E_14753
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 Using Number Talks with Supports to Increase the Early Number Sense Skills of Preschool Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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Henning, Bonnie Lynne, Whalon, Kelly J., Ke, Fengfeng, Hanline, Mary Frances, Whitacre, Ian Michael, Florida State University, College of Education, School of Teacher Education
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This multiple probe across participants design evaluated the effectiveness of teaching early number sense skills (ENS) to young children (age 4) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using Number Talks with supports. Following participation in Number Talks with supports, young children with ASD learned the ENS skills of subitizing, onetoone correspondence, number conservation, and magnitude discrimination. This study included a baseline condition, a Number Talks alone condition, and a Number...
Show moreThis multiple probe across participants design evaluated the effectiveness of teaching early number sense skills (ENS) to young children (age 4) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using Number Talks with supports. Following participation in Number Talks with supports, young children with ASD learned the ENS skills of subitizing, onetoone correspondence, number conservation, and magnitude discrimination. This study included a baseline condition, a Number Talks alone condition, and a Number Talks with supports condition in order to evaluate how much support young learners with ASD required to learn ENS skills during Number Talks. The Number Talks with support condition combined the socially constructivism learning techniques in Number Talks alone with the direct instruction practices of visual supports, a least to most prompting hierarchy, and explicit modeling. A functional relationship was found between Number Talks with supports and increased ENS skills of all three participants with ASD. The ENS skills were also maintained at near mastery criteria levels by all three participants with ASD. A peer comparison as well as peer pre and posttest data showed that peers also increased their ENS skills from baseline to the end of intervention. This study successfully combined the socially constructed learning technique of Number Talks with direct instruction support, and increased the ENS skills of young children with ASD and peers alike. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Su_Henning_fsu_0071E_14690
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 The 1Type of Algebraic KTheory as a Multifunctor.
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Valdes, Yaineli, Aldrovandi, Ettore, Rawling, John Piers, Agashe, Amod S., Aluffi, Paolo, Petersen, Kathleen L., Hoeij, Mark van, Florida State University, College of Arts and...
Show moreValdes, Yaineli, Aldrovandi, Ettore, Rawling, John Piers, Agashe, Amod S., Aluffi, Paolo, Petersen, Kathleen L., Hoeij, Mark van, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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It is known that the category of Waldhausen categories is a closed symmetric multicategory and algebraic Ktheory is a multifunctor from the category of Waldhuasen categories to the category of spectra. By assigning to any Waldhausen category the fundamental groupoid of the 1type of its Ktheory spectrum, we get a functor from the category of Waldhausen categories to the category of Picard groupoids, since stable 1types are classified by Picard groupoids. We prove that this functor is a...
Show moreIt is known that the category of Waldhausen categories is a closed symmetric multicategory and algebraic Ktheory is a multifunctor from the category of Waldhuasen categories to the category of spectra. By assigning to any Waldhausen category the fundamental groupoid of the 1type of its Ktheory spectrum, we get a functor from the category of Waldhausen categories to the category of Picard groupoids, since stable 1types are classified by Picard groupoids. We prove that this functor is a multifunctor to a corresponding multicategory of Picard groupoids.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Sp_Valdes_fsu_0071E_14374
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 Affine Dimension of Smooth Curves and Surfaces.
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Williams, Ethan Randy, Oberlin, Richard, Ormsbee, Michael J., Reznikov, Alexander, Bauer, Martin, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Our aim is to study the affine dimension of some smooth manifolds. In Chapter 1, we review the notions of Minkowski and Hausdorff dimension, and compare them with the lesser studied affine dimension. In Chapter 2, we focus on understanding the affine dimension of curves. In Section 2.1, we review the existing results for the affine dimension of a strictly convex curve in the plane, and in Section 2.2, we classify the smooth curves in ℝn based on affine dimension. In Chapter 3, we classify the...
Show moreOur aim is to study the affine dimension of some smooth manifolds. In Chapter 1, we review the notions of Minkowski and Hausdorff dimension, and compare them with the lesser studied affine dimension. In Chapter 2, we focus on understanding the affine dimension of curves. In Section 2.1, we review the existing results for the affine dimension of a strictly convex curve in the plane, and in Section 2.2, we classify the smooth curves in ℝn based on affine dimension. In Chapter 3, we classify the smooth hypersurfaces in ℝ3 with nonnegative Gaussian curvature based on affine dimension, and in Chapter 4 we provide a lower and upper bound for the affine dimension of smooth, convex hypersurfaces in ℝn.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Sp_Williams_fsu_0071E_14512
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 Overcoming Geometric Limitations in the Finite Element Method by Means of Polynomial Extension: Application to Second Order Elliptic Boundary Value and Interface Problems.
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Cheung, James, Gunzburger, Max D., Steinbock, Oliver, Bochev, Pavel B., Perego, Mauro, Peterson, Janet S., Shanbhag, Sachin, Florida State University, College of Arts and...
Show moreCheung, James, Gunzburger, Max D., Steinbock, Oliver, Bochev, Pavel B., Perego, Mauro, Peterson, Janet S., Shanbhag, Sachin, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Scientific Computing
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In this dissertation, we present a new approach for approximating the solution of second order partial differential equations and interface problems. This approach is based on the classical finite element method, where instead of using geometric manipulations to fit the discrete domain to the curved domain given by the continuous problem, we use polynomial extensions to enforce that a suitably constructed extension of the numerical solution matches the boundary condition given by the...
Show moreIn this dissertation, we present a new approach for approximating the solution of second order partial differential equations and interface problems. This approach is based on the classical finite element method, where instead of using geometric manipulations to fit the discrete domain to the curved domain given by the continuous problem, we use polynomial extensions to enforce that a suitably constructed extension of the numerical solution matches the boundary condition given by the continuous problem in the weak sense. This method is thus aptly named the Polynomial Extension Finite Element Method (PEFEM). Using this approach, we may approximate the solution of elliptic interface problems by enforcing that the extension of the solution on their respective subdomains matches weakly the continuity conditions prescribed by the continuous problem on a curved interface. This method is then called the Method of Virtual Interfaces (MVI), since, while the continuous interface exists in the context of the continuous problem, it is virtual in the context of its numerical approximation. The key benefits of this polynomial extension approach is that it is simple to implement and that it is optimally convergent with respect to the best approximation results given by interpolation. Theoretical analysis and computational results are presented.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Sp_Cheung_fsu_0071E_14328
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 Metric Learning for Shape Classification: A Fast and Efficient Approach with Monte Carlo Methods.
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Cellat, Serdar, Mio, Washington, Ökten, Giray, Aggarwal, Sudhir, Cogan, Nicholas G., Jain, Harsh Vardhan, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of...
Show moreCellat, Serdar, Mio, Washington, Ökten, Giray, Aggarwal, Sudhir, Cogan, Nicholas G., Jain, Harsh Vardhan, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Quantifying shape variation within a group of individuals, identifying morphological contrasts between populations and categorizing these groups according to morphological similarities and dissimilarities are central problems in developmental evolutionary biology and genetics. In this dissertation, we present an approach to optimal shape categorization through the use of a new family of metrics for shapes represented by a finite collection of landmarks. We develop a technique to identify...
Show moreQuantifying shape variation within a group of individuals, identifying morphological contrasts between populations and categorizing these groups according to morphological similarities and dissimilarities are central problems in developmental evolutionary biology and genetics. In this dissertation, we present an approach to optimal shape categorization through the use of a new family of metrics for shapes represented by a finite collection of landmarks. We develop a technique to identify metrics that optimally differentiate and categorize shapes using Monte Carlo based optimization methods. We discuss the theory and the practice of the method and apply it to the categorization of 62 mice offsprings based on the shape of their skull. We also create a taxonomic classification tree for multiple species of fruit flies given the shape of their wings. The results of these experiments validate our method.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Sp_Cellat_fsu_0071E_14295
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 Optimal Portfolio Execution under TimeVarying Liquidity Constraints.
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Lin, HuaYi, Fahim, Arash, Atkins, Jennifer, Kercheval, Alec N., Ökten, Giray, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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The problem of optimal portfolio execution has become one of the most important problems in the area of financial mathematics. Over the past two decades, numerous researchers have developed a variety of different models to address this problem. In this dissertation, we extend the LOB (Limit Order Book) model proposed by Obizhaeva and Wang (2013) by incorporating a more realistic assumption on the order book depth; the amount of liquidity provided by a LOB market is finite at all times. We use...
Show moreThe problem of optimal portfolio execution has become one of the most important problems in the area of financial mathematics. Over the past two decades, numerous researchers have developed a variety of different models to address this problem. In this dissertation, we extend the LOB (Limit Order Book) model proposed by Obizhaeva and Wang (2013) by incorporating a more realistic assumption on the order book depth; the amount of liquidity provided by a LOB market is finite at all times. We use an algorithmic approach to solve the problem of optimal execution under timevarying constraints on the depth of a LOB. For the simplest case where the order book depth stays at a fixed level for the entire trading horizon, we reduce the optimal execution problem into a onedimensional rootfinding problem which can be readily solved by standard numerical algorithms. When the depth of the LOB is monotone in time, we first apply the KKT (KarushKuhnTucker) conditions to narrow down the set of candidate strategies and then use a dichotomybased search algorithm to pin down the optimal one. For the general case that the order book depth doesn't exhibit any particular pattern, we start from the optimal strategy subject to no liquidity constraints and iterate over execution strategy by sequentially adding more constraints to the problem in a specific fashion until primal feasibility is achieved. Numerical experiments indicate that our algorithms give comparable results to those of current existing convex optimization toolbox CVXOPT with significantly lower time complexity.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Sp_Lin_fsu_0071E_14349
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 Using Mathematical Tools to Investigate the Autoimmune Hair Loss Disease Alopecia Areata.
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Dobreva, Atanaska, Cogan, Nicholas G., Stroupe, M. Elizabeth, Bertram, R., Hurdal, Monica K., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks hair follicles and disrupts their natural cycle through phases of growth, regression, and rest. The disease manifests with distinct hair loss patterns, and what causes it and how to treat it are open questions. We first construct an ODE model for alopecia areata in follicles which are in stage of growth. The dynamical system describes the behavior of immune cells and signals highlighted by experimental studies as...
Show moreAlopecia areata is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks hair follicles and disrupts their natural cycle through phases of growth, regression, and rest. The disease manifests with distinct hair loss patterns, and what causes it and how to treat it are open questions. We first construct an ODE model for alopecia areata in follicles which are in stage of growth. The dynamical system describes the behavior of immune cells and signals highlighted by experimental studies as primarily involved in the disease development. We perform sensitivity analysis and linear stability and bifurcation analysis to investigate the importance of processes in relation to the levels of immune cells. Our findings indicate that the proinflammatory pathway via the messenger protein interferongamma and the immunosuppressive pathway via hair follicle immune privilege agents are crucial. Next, we incorporate follicle cycling into the model and explore what processes have the greatest impact on the duration of hair growth in healthy versus diseased follicles. The results suggest that some processes matter in both cases, but there are differences, as well. Finally, the study presents and analyzes a PDE model which captures patterns characteristic of hair loss in alopecia areata.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Sp_Dobreva_fsu_0071E_14479
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 Construction of a General Trading Approach for Financial Markets with Artificial Neural Networks.
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Manakov, Andrey, Magnan, Jeronimo Francisco, Duke, Dennis, Beaumont, Paul, Case, Bettye Anne, Nolder, Craig, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department...
Show moreManakov, Andrey, Magnan, Jeronimo Francisco, Duke, Dennis, Beaumont, Paul, Case, Bettye Anne, Nolder, Craig, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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In this work, we research several aspects of creating a general trading strategy by developing a forecasting model that uses an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) model that is based on the Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). In particular, we introduce inverted inputs and demonstrate that they reduce directional bias and reduce correlation with respect to the buyandhold strategy (for the underlying instrument). We empirically address issues of applying an ANN to create a trading strategy that...
Show moreIn this work, we research several aspects of creating a general trading strategy by developing a forecasting model that uses an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) model that is based on the Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). In particular, we introduce inverted inputs and demonstrate that they reduce directional bias and reduce correlation with respect to the buyandhold strategy (for the underlying instrument). We empirically address issues of applying an ANN to create a trading strategy that does not use the ANN output to predict price (or its change) but provides a specific trading allocation of the underlying security for the next day of trading by using a global Sharperatiodependent cost function, instead of the oftenused sum of local (or individual) squared prediction errors. The importance of the Sharpedependent cost function and Sharpe ratio being an appropriate measure of trading strategy is addressed and discussed. We propose a method of comparison of the trading results to random trading that employs the Sharperatio distribution. We also discuss the uniqueness of the trained solution and ways to make it more independent of the initialization of the ANN's weights, either by averaging, or by the sharing of markets when pretraining the convolutional layers. The proposed method tested well in the controlled environment of artificially generated time series with different properties, extracting signal where present. It is applied to real market time series, and compared with the performance of more traditional methods, and shows promise for creating a less risky, profitable, trading strategy for a portfolio consisting of alternative investments together with the buyandhold of underlying securities.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2019_Spring_Manakov_fsu_0071E_14890
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 Thesis
 Title
 Using RBFGenerated Quadrature Rules to Solve Nonlocal Continuum Models.
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Lyngaas, Isaac R., Peterson, Janet S., Musslimani, Ziad H., Gunzburger, Max D., Quaife, Bryan, Shanbhag, Sachin, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences,...
Show moreLyngaas, Isaac R., Peterson, Janet S., Musslimani, Ziad H., Gunzburger, Max D., Quaife, Bryan, Shanbhag, Sachin, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Scientific Computing
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Recently nonlocal continuum models have gained interest as alternatives to traditional PDE models due to their capability of handling solutions with discontinuities and their ease of modeling anomalous diffusion. The typical approach used for approximating timedependent nonlocal integrodifferential models is to use finite element or discontinuous Galerkin methods; however, these approaches can be quite computationally intensive especially when solving problems in more than one dimension due...
Show moreRecently nonlocal continuum models have gained interest as alternatives to traditional PDE models due to their capability of handling solutions with discontinuities and their ease of modeling anomalous diffusion. The typical approach used for approximating timedependent nonlocal integrodifferential models is to use finite element or discontinuous Galerkin methods; however, these approaches can be quite computationally intensive especially when solving problems in more than one dimension due to the approximation of the nonlocal integral. In this work, we propose a novel method based on using radial basis functions to generate accurate quadrature rules for the nonlocal integral appearing in the model and then coupling this with a finite difference approximation to the timedependent terms. The viability of our method is demonstrated through various numerical tests on time dependent nonlocal diffusion, nonlocal anomalous diffusion, and nonlocal advection problems in one and two dimensions. In addition to nonlocal problems with continuous solutions, we modify our approach to handle problems with discontinuous solutions. We compare some numerical results with analogous finite element results and demonstrate that for an equivalent amount of computational work we obtain much higher rates of convergence.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Fall_Lyngaas_fsu_0071E_14886
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 Thesis
 Title
 Development, Validation, and Use of an Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Introductory Linear Algebra Classes.
 Creator

Haider, Muhammad Qadeer, Larson, Christine (Christine J.), Ökten, Giray, Whitacre, Ian Michael, Almond, Russell G., Florida State University, College of Education, School of...
Show moreHaider, Muhammad Qadeer, Larson, Christine (Christine J.), Ökten, Giray, Whitacre, Ian Michael, Almond, Russell G., Florida State University, College of Education, School of Teacher Education
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Inquiryoriented teaching is a specific form of active learning gaining popularity in teaching communities. The goal of inquiryoriented classes is to help students in gaining a conceptual understanding of the material. My research focus is to gauge students’ performance and conceptual understanding in inquiryoriented linear algebra classes. This work is part of a broader NSF funded project; Teaching InquiryOriented Mathematics: Establishing Support (TIMES) (Grant # 1431393), and TIMES...
Show moreInquiryoriented teaching is a specific form of active learning gaining popularity in teaching communities. The goal of inquiryoriented classes is to help students in gaining a conceptual understanding of the material. My research focus is to gauge students’ performance and conceptual understanding in inquiryoriented linear algebra classes. This work is part of a broader NSF funded project; Teaching InquiryOriented Mathematics: Establishing Support (TIMES) (Grant # 1431393), and TIMES project was designed to support instructors to shift towards inquiryoriented instruction/teaching. Being part of the TIMES team, a broader goal of my dissertation is pragmatic to the project that is to measure the effectiveness of inquiryoriented teaching on students learning of linear algebra concepts. Through my research, my contribution to math education field is the development of a valid and reliable assessment instrument for instructors teaching linear algebra concepts in their classes. My dissertation is a mixed method research and follows a threepaper format, and in these papers I discuss (1) the development and validation of a reliable linear algebra assessment tool, (2) comparison of performance of students in inquiryoriented classes with the students in noninquiryoriented classes by using the tool developed in the first paper, and (3) development of researchbased choices and distractors to convert the current openended assessment into a multiplechoice test by looking into students’ ways of reasoning and problemsolving approaches. The first paper is a quantitative study in which I establish the validity of the linear algebra assessment, and I also measure the reliability of the assessment. In the second paper, I use the linear algebra assessment to measure students’ conceptual and procedural understanding of linear algebra concepts and to compare the performance of students in inquiryoriented classes with the students in noninquiryoriented classes. In the final paper, I focus on the analysis of patterns in student responses, particularly to openended response items, to inform the multiplechoices and distractors for the openended questions on the linear algebra assessment. This analysis will help me to convert the existing linear algebra assessment into a multiplechoice format research tool that linear algebra researchers can use for various comparisons to gauge the effectiveness of interventions. Additionally, the multiplechoice format of the assessment will be easy to administer and grade, so instructors can also use the assessment to measure their students’ conceptual and procedural understanding of linear algebra concepts.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
 Identifier
 2019_Spring_Haider_fsu_0071E_14971
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 Thesis
 Title
 Exploration of the Role of Disinfection Timing, Duration, and Other Control Parameters on Bacterial Populations Using a Mathematical Model.
 Creator

Acar, Nihan, Cogan, Nicholas G., Keller, Thomas C. S., Bertram, R., Mio, Washington, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
 Abstract/Description

Tolerant bacteria enmeshed in a biofilm causes several difficult to treat illnesses like tuberculosis, chronic pneumonia, and chronic inner ear infections. These diseases typically respond poorly to antibiotics due to high tolerance. Bacterial tolerance can be genotypic (resistancee.g. MRSA), phenotypic (nonheritable) or environmental (e.g. nutrient gradients). Persister formation is phenotypic tolerance that is highly tolerant to disinfection. Constant dosing is typically ineffective in...
Show moreTolerant bacteria enmeshed in a biofilm causes several difficult to treat illnesses like tuberculosis, chronic pneumonia, and chronic inner ear infections. These diseases typically respond poorly to antibiotics due to high tolerance. Bacterial tolerance can be genotypic (resistancee.g. MRSA), phenotypic (nonheritable) or environmental (e.g. nutrient gradients). Persister formation is phenotypic tolerance that is highly tolerant to disinfection. Constant dosing is typically ineffective in eliminating persister cells. To generate an effective treatment protocol, more research must examine the dynamics of persister cells. This study investigates how manipulating the application of antibiotics and the addition of nutrient may enhance the disinfection of a bacterial population in batch culture. Previous studies focused on the antimicrobial agent as a control variable to eliminate the bacterial population. In addition to antibiotic treatments, we consider the significance of the nutrient in eradicating the susceptible and persister cells since the disinfection of the susceptible population is dependent on nutrient intake. We present a mathematical model that captures the dynamics between susceptible and persister bacteria with antibiotic and nutrient as control variables. We investigate the optimal dosewithdrawal timing of antibiotic in several cases including: constant nutrient in time, dynamic nutrient in time, and piecewise constant nutrient in time. Also a global sensitivity analysis method, Partial Rank Correlation Coefficient (PRCC), is applied to determine the significance of model parameters for a quantity of interest. The highlights of this study are; 1.) Constant dosing is not an effective disinfection protocol. 2.) Nutrient plays a significant role such that in the presence of nutrient, bacterial population is eliminated much faster. 3.) Checking the eigenvalues of the established Poincaré map gives us information on how to choose withdrawdose timing for the nonlinear system. 4.) Periodic dosewithdraw offers a more efficient disinfection provided dose time is longer than withdrawal of antibiotic. 5.) As duration of dose decreases, the elimination of bacteria decreases and the death rate becomes insignificant.
Show less  Date Issued
 2018
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 2018_Su_Acar_fsu_0071E_14749
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 Thesis
 Title
 Monte Carlo Scheme for a Singular Control Problem: InvestmentConsumption under Proportional Transaction Costs.
 Creator

Tsai, WanYu, Fahim, Arash, Atkins, Jennifer, Zhu, Lingjiong, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
 Abstract/Description

Nowadays free boundary problems are considered as one of the most important directions in the mainstream of partial differential equations (PDEs) analysis, with an abundance of applications in various sciences and real world problems. Free boundary problems on finance have been extended in many areas, such as optimal portfolio selection, control credit risks, and different American style products etc. To modelling these financial problems in the real world, the qualitative and quantitative...
Show moreNowadays free boundary problems are considered as one of the most important directions in the mainstream of partial differential equations (PDEs) analysis, with an abundance of applications in various sciences and real world problems. Free boundary problems on finance have been extended in many areas, such as optimal portfolio selection, control credit risks, and different American style products etc. To modelling these financial problems in the real world, the qualitative and quantitative behaviors of the solution to a free boundary problem are still not well understood and also numerical solutions to free boundary problems remain a challenge. Stochastic control problems reduce to freeboundary problems in partial differential equations while there are no bounds on the rate of control. In a free boundary problem, the solution as well as the domain to the PDE need to be determined simultaneously. In this dissertation, we concern the numerical solution of a fully nonlinear parabolic double obstacle problem arising from a finite time portfolio selection problem with proportional transaction costs. We consider optimal allocation of wealth among multiple stocks and a bank account in order to maximize the finite horizon discounted utility of consumption. The problem is mainly governed by a timedependent HamiltonJacobiBellman equation with gradient constraints. We propose a numerical method which is composed of Monte Carlo simulation to take advantage of the highdimensional properties and finite difference method to approximate the gradients of the value function. Numerical results illustrate behaviors of the optimal trading strategies and also satisfy all qualitative properties proved in Dai et al. (2009) and Chen and Dai (2013).
Show less  Date Issued
 2017
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 FSU_FALL2017_Tsai_fsu_0071E_14174
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 Thesis
 Title
 Mathematical Modeling of Biofilms with Applications.
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Li, Jian, Cogan, Nicholas G., Chicken, Eric, Gallivan, Kyle A., Hurdal, Monica K., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Biofilms are thin layers of microorganisms in which cells adhere to each other and stick to a surface. They are resistant to antibiotics and disinfectants due to the protection from extracellular polymeric substance (EPS), which is a gel like selfproduced matrix, consists of polysaccharide, proteins and nucleic acids. Biofilms play significant roles in many applications. In this document, we provide analysis about effects and influences of biofilms in microfiltration and dental plaque...
Show moreBiofilms are thin layers of microorganisms in which cells adhere to each other and stick to a surface. They are resistant to antibiotics and disinfectants due to the protection from extracellular polymeric substance (EPS), which is a gel like selfproduced matrix, consists of polysaccharide, proteins and nucleic acids. Biofilms play significant roles in many applications. In this document, we provide analysis about effects and influences of biofilms in microfiltration and dental plaque removing process. Differential equations are used for modelling the microfiltration process and the optimal control method is applied to analyze the efficiency of the filtration. The multiphase fluid system is introduced to describe the dental plaque removing process and results are obtained by numerical schemes.
Show less  Date Issued
 2017
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 FSU_FALL2017_Li_fsu_0071E_13839
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 Thesis
 Title
 Third Order AHypergeometric Functions.
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Xu, Wen, Hoeij, Mark van, Reina, Laura, Agashe, Amod S. (Amod Sadanand), Aldrovandi, Ettore, Aluffi, Paolo, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of...
Show moreXu, Wen, Hoeij, Mark van, Reina, Laura, Agashe, Amod S. (Amod Sadanand), Aldrovandi, Ettore, Aluffi, Paolo, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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To solve globally bounded order $3$ linear differential equations with rational function coefficients, this thesis introduces a partial $_3F_2$solver (Section~\ref{3F2 type solution}) and $F_1$solver (Chapter~\ref{F1 solver}), where $_3F_2$ is the hypergeometric function $_3F_2(a_1,a_2,a_3;b_1,b_2\,\,x)$ and $F_1$ is the Appell's $F_1(a,b_1,b_2,c\,\,x,y).$ To investigate the relations among order $3$ multivariate hypergeometric functions, this thesis presents two multivariate tools:...
Show moreTo solve globally bounded order $3$ linear differential equations with rational function coefficients, this thesis introduces a partial $_3F_2$solver (Section~\ref{3F2 type solution}) and $F_1$solver (Chapter~\ref{F1 solver}), where $_3F_2$ is the hypergeometric function $_3F_2(a_1,a_2,a_3;b_1,b_2\,\,x)$ and $F_1$ is the Appell's $F_1(a,b_1,b_2,c\,\,x,y).$ To investigate the relations among order $3$ multivariate hypergeometric functions, this thesis presents two multivariate tools: compute homomorphisms (Algorithm~\ref{hom}) of two $D$modules, where $D$ is a multivariate differential ring, and compute projective homomorphisms (Algorithm~\ref{algo ProjHom}) using the tensor product module and Algorithm~\ref{hom}. As an application, all irreducible order $2$ subsystems from reducible order $3$ systems turn out to come from Gauss hypergeometric function $_2F_1(a,b;c\,\,x)$ (Chapter~\ref{chapter applications}).
Show less  Date Issued
 2017
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 FSU_FALL2017_XU_fsu_0071E_14234
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 Title
 Comparison of Different Noise Forcings, Regularization of Noise, and Optimal Control for the Stochastic NavierStokes Equations.
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Zhao, Wenju, Gunzburger, Max D., Sussman, Mark, Peterson, Janet S., Quaife, Bryan, Huang, Chen (Professor of Scientific Computing), Florida State University, College of Arts and...
Show moreZhao, Wenju, Gunzburger, Max D., Sussman, Mark, Peterson, Janet S., Quaife, Bryan, Huang, Chen (Professor of Scientific Computing), Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Scientific Computing
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Stochastic NavierStokes equations have been widely applied in various computational fluid dynamics (CFD) fields in recent years. It can be considered as another milestone in CFD. Our work focuses on exploring some theoretical and numerical properties of the stochastic NavierStokes equations and related optimal control problems. In particular, we consider: a numerical comparison of solutions of the stochastic NavierStokes equations perturbed by a large range of random noises in time and...
Show moreStochastic NavierStokes equations have been widely applied in various computational fluid dynamics (CFD) fields in recent years. It can be considered as another milestone in CFD. Our work focuses on exploring some theoretical and numerical properties of the stochastic NavierStokes equations and related optimal control problems. In particular, we consider: a numerical comparison of solutions of the stochastic NavierStokes equations perturbed by a large range of random noises in time and space; effective Martingale regularized methods for the stochastic NavierStokes equations with additive noises; and the stochastic NavierStokes equations constrained stochastic boundary optimal control problems. We systemically provide numerical simulation methods for the stochastic NavierStokes equations with different types of noises. The noises are classified as colored or white based on their autocovariance functions. For each type of noise, we construct a representation and a simulation method. Numerical examples are provided to illustrate our schemes. Comparisons of the influence of different noises on the solution of the NavierStokes system are presented. To improve the simulation accuracy, we impose a Martingale correction regularized method for the stochastic NavierStokes equations with additive noise. The original systems are split into two parts, a linear stochastic Stokes equations with Martingale solution and a stochastic modified NavierStokes equations with smoother noise. In addition, a negative fractional Laplace operator is introduced to regularize the noise term. Stability and convergence of the pathwise modified NavierStokes equations are proved. Numerical simulations are provided to illustrate our scheme. Comparisons of nonregularized and regularized noises for the NavierStokes system are presented to further demonstrate the efficiency of our numerical scheme. As a consequence of the above work, we consider a stochastic optimal control problem constrained by the NavierStokes equations with stochastic Dirichlet boundary conditions. Control is applied only on the boundary and is associated with reduced regularity, compared to interior controls. To ensure the existence of a solution and the efficiency of numerical simulations, the stochastic boundary conditions are required to belong almost surely to H¹(∂D). To simulate the system, state solutions are approximated using the stochastic collocation finite element approach, and sparse grid techniques are applied to the boundary random field. Oneshot optimality systems are derived from Lagrangian functionals. Numerical simulations are then made, using a combination of Monte Carlo methods and sparse grid methods, which demonstrate the efficiency of the algorithm.
Show less  Date Issued
 2017
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 FSU_SUMMER2017_Zhao_fsu_0071E_14002
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 Thesis
 Title
 Ensemble Methods for Capturing Dynamics of Limit Order Books.
 Creator

Wang, Jian, Zhang, Jinfeng, Ökten, Giray, Kercheval, Alec N., Mio, Washington, Simon, Capstick C., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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According to rapid development in information technology, limit order books(LOB) mechanism has emerged to prevail in today's nancial market. In this paper, we propose ensemble machine learning architectures for capturing the dynamics of highfrequency limit order books such as predicting price spread crossing opportunities in a future time interval. The paper is more datadriven oriented, so experiments with ve realtime stock data from NASDAQ, measured by nanosecond, are established. The...
Show moreAccording to rapid development in information technology, limit order books(LOB) mechanism has emerged to prevail in today's nancial market. In this paper, we propose ensemble machine learning architectures for capturing the dynamics of highfrequency limit order books such as predicting price spread crossing opportunities in a future time interval. The paper is more datadriven oriented, so experiments with ve realtime stock data from NASDAQ, measured by nanosecond, are established. The models are trained and validated by training and validation data sets. Compared with other models, such as logistic regression, support vector machine(SVM), our outofsample testing results has shown that ensemble methods had better performance on both statistical measurements and computational eciency. A simple trading strategy that we devised by our models has shown good prot and loss(P&L) results. Although this paper focuses on limit order books, the similar frameworks and processes can be extended to other classication research area. Keywords: limit order books, highfrequency trading, data analysis, ensemble methods, F1 score.
Show less  Date Issued
 2017
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 FSU_SUMMER2017_Wang_fsu_0071E_14047
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 Thesis
 Title
 On the Multidimensional Default Threshold Model for Credit Risk.
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Zhou, Chenchen, Kercheval, Alec N., Wu, Wei, Ökten, Giray, Fahim, Arash, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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This dissertation is based on the structural model framework for default risk that was first introduced by garreau2016structural (henceforth: the "GK model"). In this approach, the time of default is defined as the first time the logreturn of the firm's stock price jumps below a (possibly stochastic) "default threshold'' level. The stock price is assumed to follow an exponential L\'evy process and, in the multidimensional case, a multidimensional L\'evy process. This new structural model is...
Show moreThis dissertation is based on the structural model framework for default risk that was first introduced by garreau2016structural (henceforth: the "GK model"). In this approach, the time of default is defined as the first time the logreturn of the firm's stock price jumps below a (possibly stochastic) "default threshold'' level. The stock price is assumed to follow an exponential L\'evy process and, in the multidimensional case, a multidimensional L\'evy process. This new structural model is mathematically equivalent to an intensitybased model where the intensity is parameterized by a L\'evy measure. The dependence between the default times of firms within a basket is the result of the jump dependence of their respective stock prices and described by a L\'evy copula. To extend the previous work, we focus on generalizing the joint survival probability and related results to the ddimensional case. Using the link between L\'evy processes and multivariate exponential distributions, we derive the joint survival probability and characterize correlated default risk using L\'evy copulas. In addition, we extend our results to include stochastic interest rates. Moreover, we describe how to use the default threshold as the interface for incorporating additional exogenous economic factors, and still derive basket credit default swap (CDS) prices in terms of expectations. If we make some additional modeling assumptions such that the default intensities become affine processes, we obtain explicit formulas for the single name and firsttodefault (FtD) basket CDS prices, up to quadrature.
Show less  Date Issued
 2017
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 FSU_SUMMER2017_Zhou_fsu_0071E_14012
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 Thesis
 Title
 Algorithms for Solving Linear Differential Equations with Rational Function Coefficients.
 Creator

Imamoglu, Erdal, van Hoeij, Mark, van Engelen, Robert, Agashe, Amod S. (Amod Sadanand), Aldrovandi, Ettore, Aluffi, Paolo, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences...
Show moreImamoglu, Erdal, van Hoeij, Mark, van Engelen, Robert, Agashe, Amod S. (Amod Sadanand), Aldrovandi, Ettore, Aluffi, Paolo, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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This thesis introduces two new algorithms to find hypergeometric solutions of second order regular singular differential operators with rational function or polynomial coefficients. Algorithm 3.2.1 searches for solutions of type: exp(∫ r dx) ⋅ ₂F₁ (a₁,a₂;b₁;f) and Algorithm 5.2.1 searches for solutions of type exp(∫ r dx) (r₀ ⋅ ₂F₁(a₁,a₂;b₁;f) + r₁ ⋅ ₂F´₁ (a₁,a₂;b₁;f)) where f, r, r₀, r₁ ∈ ℚ̅(̅x̅)̅ and a₁,a₂,b₁ ∈ ℚ and denotes the Gauss hypergeometric function. The algorithms use modular...
Show moreThis thesis introduces two new algorithms to find hypergeometric solutions of second order regular singular differential operators with rational function or polynomial coefficients. Algorithm 3.2.1 searches for solutions of type: exp(∫ r dx) ⋅ ₂F₁ (a₁,a₂;b₁;f) and Algorithm 5.2.1 searches for solutions of type exp(∫ r dx) (r₀ ⋅ ₂F₁(a₁,a₂;b₁;f) + r₁ ⋅ ₂F´₁ (a₁,a₂;b₁;f)) where f, r, r₀, r₁ ∈ ℚ̅(̅x̅)̅ and a₁,a₂,b₁ ∈ ℚ and denotes the Gauss hypergeometric function. The algorithms use modular reduction, Hensel lifting, rational function reconstruction, and rational number reconstruction to do so. Numerous examples from different branches of science (mostly from combinatorics and physics) showed that the algorithms presented in this thesis are very effective. Presently, Algorithm 5.2.1 is the most general algorithm in the literature to find hypergeometric solutions of such operators. This thesis also introduces a fast algorithm (Algorithm 4.2.3) to find integral bases for arbitrary order regular singular differential operators with rational function or polynomial coefficients. A normalized (Algorithm 4.3.1) integral basis for a differential operator provides us transformations that convert the differential operator to its standard forms (Algorithm 5.1.1) which are easier to solve.
Show less  Date Issued
 2017
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 FSU_SUMMER2017_Imamoglu_fsu_0071E_13942
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 Thesis
 Title
 SpaceTime Spectral Element Methods in Fluid Dynamics and Materials Science.
 Creator

Pei, Chaoxu, Sussman, Mark, Hussaini, M. Yousuff, Dewar, William K., Cogan, Nicholas G., Wang, Xiaoming, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of...
Show morePei, Chaoxu, Sussman, Mark, Hussaini, M. Yousuff, Dewar, William K., Cogan, Nicholas G., Wang, Xiaoming, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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In this manuscript, we propose spacetime spectral element methods to solve problems arising from fluid dynamics and materials science. Many engineering applications require one to solve complex problems, such as flows containing multiscale structure in either space or time or both. It is straightforward that highorder methods are always more accurate and efficient than loworder ones for solving smooth problems. For example, spectral element methods can achieve a given level of accuracy...
Show moreIn this manuscript, we propose spacetime spectral element methods to solve problems arising from fluid dynamics and materials science. Many engineering applications require one to solve complex problems, such as flows containing multiscale structure in either space or time or both. It is straightforward that highorder methods are always more accurate and efficient than loworder ones for solving smooth problems. For example, spectral element methods can achieve a given level of accuracy with significantly fewer degrees of freedom compared to methods with algebraic convergence rates, e.g., finite difference methods. However, when it comes to complex problems, a high order method should be augmented with, e.g., a level set method or an artificial viscosity method, in order to address the issues caused by either sharp interfaces or shocks in the solution. Complex problems considered in this work are problems with solutions exhibiting multiple scales, i.e., the Stefan problem, nonlinear hyperbolic problems, and problems with smooth solutions but forces exhibiting disparate temporal scales, such as advection, diffusion and reaction processes. Correspondingly, two families of spacetime spectral element methods are introduced in order to achieve spectral accuracy in both space and time. The first category of spacetime methods are the fully implicit spacetime discontinuous Galerkin spectral element methods. In the fully implicit spacetime methods, time is treated as an additional dimension, and the model equation is rewritten into a spacetime formulation. The other category of spacetime methods are specialized for problems exhibiting multiple time scales: multiimplicit spacetime spectral element methods are developed. The method of lines approach is employed in the multiimplicit spacetime methods. The model is first discretized by a discontinuous spectral element method in space, and the resulting ordinary differential equations are then solved by a new multiimplicit spectral deferred correction method. A novel fully implicit spacetime discontinuous Galerkin (DG) spectral element method is presented to solve the Stefan problem in an Eulerian coordinate system. This method employs a level set procedure to describe the timeevolving interface. To deal with the prior unknown interface, a backward transformation and a forward transformation are introduced in the spacetime mesh. By combining an Eulerian description with a Lagrangian description, the issue of dealing with the implicitly defined arbitrary shaped spacetime elements is avoided. The backward transformation maps the unknown timevarying interface in the fixed frame of reference to a known stationary interface in the moving frame of reference. In the moving frame of reference, the transformed governing equations, written in the spacetime framework, are discretized by a DG spectral element method in each spacetime slab. The forward transformation is used to update the level set function and then to project the solution in each phase onto the new corresponding timedependent domain. Two options for calculating the interface velocity are presented, and both options exhibit spectral accuracy. Benchmark tests in one spatial dimension indicate that the method converges with spectral accuracy in both space and time for the temperature distribution and the interface velocity. The interrelation between the interface position and the temperature makes the Stefan problem a nonlinear problem; a Picard iteration algorithm is introduced in order to solve the nonlinear algebraic system of equations and it is found that just a few iterations lead to convergence. We also apply the fully implicit spacetime DG spectral element method to solve nonlinear hyperbolic problems. The spacetime method is combined with two different approaches for treating problems with discontinuous solutions: (i) spacetime dependent artificial viscosity is introduced in order to capture discontinuities/shocks, and (ii) the sharp discontinuity is tracked with spacetime spectral accuracy, as it moves through the grid. To capture the discontinuity whose location is initially unknown, an artificial viscosity term is strategically introduced, and the amount of artificial viscosity varies in time within a given spacetime slab. It is found that spectral accuracy is recovered everywhere except in the "troublesome element(s)'' where the unresolved steep/sharp gradient exists. When the location of a discontinuity is initially known, a spacetime spectrally accurate tracking method has been developed so that the spectral accuracy of the position of the discontinuity and the solution on either side of the discontinuity is preserved. A Picard iteration method is employed to handle nonlinear terms. Within each Picard iteration, a linear system of equations is solved, which is derived from the spacetime DG spectral element discretization. Spectral accuracy in both space and time is first demonstrated for the Burgers' equation with a smooth solution. For tests with discontinuities, the present spacetime method enables better accuracy at capturing the shock strength in the element containing shock when higher order polynomials in both space and time are used. Moreover, the spectral accuracy of the shock speed and location is demonstrated for the solution of the inviscid Burgers' equation obtained by the shock tracking method, and the sensitivity of the number of Picard iterations to the temporal order is discussed. The dynamics of many physical and biological systems involve two or more processes with a wide difference of characteristic time scales, e.g., problems with advection, diffusion and reaction processes. The computational cost of solving a coupled nonlinear system of equations is expensive for a fully implicit (i.e., "monolithic") spacetime method. Thus, we develop another type of a spacetime spectral element method, which is referred to as the multiimplicit spacetime spectral element method. Rather than coupling space and time together, the method of lines is used to separate the discretization of space and time. The model is first discretized by a discontinuous spectral element method in space and the resulting ordinary differential equations are then solved by a new multiimplicit spectral deferred correction method. The present multiimplicit spectral deferred correction method treats processes with disparate temporal scales independently, but couples them iteratively by a series of deferred correction steps. Compared to lower order operator splitting methods, the splitting error in the multiimplicit spectral deferred correction method is eliminated by exploiting an iterative coupling strategy in the deferred correction procedure. For the spectral element discretization in space, two advective flux reconstructions are proposed: extended elementwise flux reconstruction and nonextended elementwise flux reconstruction. A loworder Istable building block time integration scheme is introduced as an explicit treatment for the hyperbolic terms in order to obtain a stable and efficient building block for the spectrally accurate spacetime scheme along with these two advective flux reconstructions. In other words, we compare the extended elementwise reconstruction with Istable building block scheme with the nonextended elementwise reconstruction with Istable building block scheme. Both options exhibit spectral accuracy in space and time. However, the solutions obtained by extended elementwise flux reconstruction are more accurate than those yielded by nonextended elementwise flux reconstruction with the same number of degrees of freedom. The spectral convergence in both space and time is demonstrated for advectiondiffusionreaction problems. Two different coupling strategies in the multiimplicit spectral deferred correction method are also investigated and both options exhibit spectral accuracy in space and time.
Show less  Date Issued
 2017
 Identifier
 FSU_SUMMER2017_Pei_fsu_0071E_13972
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 Thesis
 Title
 Character Varieties of Knots and Links with Symmetries.
 Creator

Sparaco, Leona H., Petersen, Kathleen L., Harper, Kristine, Ballas, Sam, Bowers, Philip L., Hironaka, Eriko, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department...
Show moreSparaco, Leona H., Petersen, Kathleen L., Harper, Kristine, Ballas, Sam, Bowers, Philip L., Hironaka, Eriko, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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: Let M be a hyperbolic manifold. The SL2(C) character variety of M is essentially the set of all representations ρ : π1(M) → SL2(C) up to trace equivalence. This algebraic set is connected to many geometric properties of the manifold M. We examine the effect of symmetries of M on its character variety. We compute the SL2(C) and PSL2(C) character varieties for an infinite family of twobridge hyperbolic knots with symmetry. We explore the effect the symmetry has on the character variety and...
Show more: Let M be a hyperbolic manifold. The SL2(C) character variety of M is essentially the set of all representations ρ : π1(M) → SL2(C) up to trace equivalence. This algebraic set is connected to many geometric properties of the manifold M. We examine the effect of symmetries of M on its character variety. We compute the SL2(C) and PSL2(C) character varieties for an infinite family of twobridge hyperbolic knots with symmetry. We explore the effect the symmetry has on the character variety and exploit this symmetry to factor the character variety. We then find the geometric genus of both components of the character variety. We compute the SL2(C) character variety for the Borromean ring complement in S^3. Further, we explore how the symmetries effect this character variety. Finally, we prove some general results about the structure of character varieties of links with symmetries.
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 2017
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 FSU_SUMMER2017_Sparaco_fsu_0071E_13851
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 Arithmetic Aspects of Noncommutative Geometry: Motives of Noncommutative Tori and Phase Transitions on GL(n) and Shimura Varieties Systems.
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Shen, Yunyi, Marcolli, Matilde, Aluffi, Paolo, Chicken, Eric, Bowers, Philip L., Petersen, Kathleen L., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of...
Show moreShen, Yunyi, Marcolli, Matilde, Aluffi, Paolo, Chicken, Eric, Bowers, Philip L., Petersen, Kathleen L., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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In this dissertation, we study three important cases in noncommutative geometry. We first observe the standard noncommutative object, noncommutative torus, in noncommutative motives. We work with the category of holomorphic bundles on a noncommutative torus, which is known to be equivalent to the heart of a nonstandard tstructure on coherent sheaves of an elliptic curve. We then introduce a notion of (weak) tstructure in dg categories. By lifting the nonstandard tstructure to the t...
Show moreIn this dissertation, we study three important cases in noncommutative geometry. We first observe the standard noncommutative object, noncommutative torus, in noncommutative motives. We work with the category of holomorphic bundles on a noncommutative torus, which is known to be equivalent to the heart of a nonstandard tstructure on coherent sheaves of an elliptic curve. We then introduce a notion of (weak) tstructure in dg categories. By lifting the nonstandard tstructure to the tstructure that we defined, we find a way of seeing a noncommutative torus in noncommutative motives. By applying the tstructure to a noncommutative torus and describing the cyclic homology of the category of holomorphic bundle on the noncommutative torus, we finally show that the periodic cyclic homology functor induces a decomposition of the motivic Galois group of the Tannakian category generated by the associated auxiliary elliptic curve. In the second case, we generalize the results of Laca, Larsen, and Neshveyev on the GL2ConnesMarcolli system to the GLnConnesMarcolli systems. We introduce and define the GLnConnesMarcolli systems and discuss the existence and uniqueness questions of the KMS equilibrium states. Using the ergodicity argument and Hecke pair calculation, we classify the KMS states at different inverse temperatures β. Specifically, we show that in the range of n − 1 < β ≤ n, there exists only one KMS state. We prove that there are no KMS states when β < n − 1 and β ̸= 0, 1, . . . , n − 1,, while we actually construct KMS states for integer values of β in 1 ≤ β ≤ n − 1. For β > n, we characterize the extremal KMS states. In the third case, we push the previous results to more abstract settings. We mainly study the connected Shimura dynamical systems. We give the definition of the essential and superficial KMS states. We further develop a set of arithmetic tools to generalize the results in the previous case. We then prove the uniqueness of the essential KMS states and show the existence of the essential KMS stats for high inverse temperatures.
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 2017
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 FSU_SUMMER2017_Shen_fsu_0071E_13982
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 Sorvali Dilatation and Spin Divisors on Riemann and Klein Surfaces.
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Almalki, Yahya Ahmed, Nolder, Craig, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Klassen, E. (Eric), Klassen, E. (Eric), van Hoeij, Mark, Florida State University, College of Arts and...
Show moreAlmalki, Yahya Ahmed, Nolder, Craig, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Klassen, E. (Eric), Klassen, E. (Eric), van Hoeij, Mark, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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We review the Sorvali dilatation of isomorphisms of covering groups of Riemann surfaces and extend the definition to groups containing glidereflections. Then we give a bound for the distance between two surfaces, one of them resulting from twisting the other at a decomposing curve. Furthermore, we study spin structures on Riemann and Klein surfaces in terms of divisors. In particular, we take a closer look at spin structures on hyperelliptic and pgonal surfaces defined by divisors supported...
Show moreWe review the Sorvali dilatation of isomorphisms of covering groups of Riemann surfaces and extend the definition to groups containing glidereflections. Then we give a bound for the distance between two surfaces, one of them resulting from twisting the other at a decomposing curve. Furthermore, we study spin structures on Riemann and Klein surfaces in terms of divisors. In particular, we take a closer look at spin structures on hyperelliptic and pgonal surfaces defined by divisors supported on branch points. Moreover, we study invariant spin divisors under automorphisms and antiholomorphic involutions of Riemann surfaces.
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 2017
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 FSU_SUMMER2017_ALMALKI_fsu_0071E_14064
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 QuasiMonte Carlo and Markov Chain QuasiMonte Carlo Methods in Estimation and Prediction of Time Series Models.
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Tzeng, YuYing, Ökten, Giray, Beaumont, Paul M., Srivastava, Anuj, Kercheval, Alec N., Kim, Kyounghee (Professor of Mathematics), Florida State University, College of Arts and...
Show moreTzeng, YuYing, Ökten, Giray, Beaumont, Paul M., Srivastava, Anuj, Kercheval, Alec N., Kim, Kyounghee (Professor of Mathematics), Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Randomized quasiMonte Carlo (RQMC) methods were first developed in mid 1990’s as a hybrid of Monte Carlo and quasiMonte Carlo (QMC) methods. They were designed to have the superior error reduction properties of lowdiscrepancy sequences, but also amenable to the statistical error analysis Monte Carlo methods enjoy. RQMC methods are used successfully in applications such as option pricing, high dimensional numerical integration, and uncertainty quantification. This dissertation discusses the...
Show moreRandomized quasiMonte Carlo (RQMC) methods were first developed in mid 1990’s as a hybrid of Monte Carlo and quasiMonte Carlo (QMC) methods. They were designed to have the superior error reduction properties of lowdiscrepancy sequences, but also amenable to the statistical error analysis Monte Carlo methods enjoy. RQMC methods are used successfully in applications such as option pricing, high dimensional numerical integration, and uncertainty quantification. This dissertation discusses the use of RQMC and QMC methods in econometric time series analysis. In time series simulation, the two main problems are parameter estimation and forecasting. The parameter estimation problem involves the use of Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms such as MetropolisHastings and Gibbs sampling. In Chapter 3, we use an approximately completely uniform distributed sequence which was recently discussed by Owen et al. [2005], and an RQMC sequence introduced by O ̈kten [2009], in some MCMC algorithms to estimate the parameters of a Probit and SVlogAR(1) model. Numerical results are used to compare these sequences with standard Monte Carlo simulation. In the time series forecasting literature, there was an earlier attempt to use QMC by Li and Winker [2003], which did not provide a rigorous error analysis. Chapter 4 presents how RQMC can be used in time series forecasting with its proper error analysis. Numerical results are used to compare various sequences for a simple AR(1) model. We then apply RQMC to compute the valueatrisk and expected shortfall measures for a stock portfolio whose returns follow a highly nonlinear Markov switching stochastic volatility model which does not admit analytical solutions for the returns distribution. The proper use of QMC and RQMC methods in Monte Carlo and Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms can greatly reduce the computational error in many applications from sciences, en gineering, economics and finance. This dissertation brings the proper (R)QMC methodology to time series simulation, and discusses the advantages as well as the limitations of the methodology compared the standard Monte Carlo methods.
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 2017
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 FSU_SUMMER2017_Tzeng_fsu_0071E_13607
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 Modelling Limit Order Book Dynamics Using Hawkes Processes.
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Chen, Yuanda, Kercheval, Alec N., Beaumont, Paul M., Ewald, Brian D., Zhu, Lingjiong, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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The Hawkes process serves as a natural choice for modeling selfexciting dynamics, such as the behavior of an electronic exchangehosted limit order book (LOB). However, due to the lack of analytical solutions, probability estimates of future events often must rely on Monte Carlo simulation. Although Monte Carlo simulation is known to be good at solving pathdependent problems, it has the limitation that a high computation time is often required to get good accuracy. This is a concern in...
Show moreThe Hawkes process serves as a natural choice for modeling selfexciting dynamics, such as the behavior of an electronic exchangehosted limit order book (LOB). However, due to the lack of analytical solutions, probability estimates of future events often must rely on Monte Carlo simulation. Although Monte Carlo simulation is known to be good at solving pathdependent problems, it has the limitation that a high computation time is often required to get good accuracy. This is a concern in fields like algorithmic trading where fast calculation is essential. In this dissertation we propose the use of a 4dimensional Hawkes process to model the LOB and to forecast midprice movement probabilities using Monte Carlo simulation. We study the feasibility of making this prediction quickly enough to be applicable in practice. We show that fast predictions are feasible, and show in tests on real data that the model has some trading value in forecasting midprice movements. This dissertation also compares the performance of several popular computer languages, Python, MATLAB, Cython and C, in singlecore experiments, and examines the scalability for parallel computing using Cython and C.
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 2017
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 FSU_2017SP_Chen_fsu_0071E_13187
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 Trend and VariablePhase Seasonality Estimation from Functional Data.
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Tai, LiangHsuan, Gallivan, Kyle A., Srivastava, Anuj, Wu, Wei, Klassen, E. (Eric), Ökten, Giray, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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The problem of estimating trend and seasonality has been studied over several decades, although mostly using single time series setup. This dissertation studies the problem of estimating these components from a functional data point of view, i.e. multiple curves, in situations where seasonal effects exhibit arbitrary time warpings or phase variability across different observations. Rather than ignoring the phase variability, or using an offtheshelf alignment method to remove phase, we take...
Show moreThe problem of estimating trend and seasonality has been studied over several decades, although mostly using single time series setup. This dissertation studies the problem of estimating these components from a functional data point of view, i.e. multiple curves, in situations where seasonal effects exhibit arbitrary time warpings or phase variability across different observations. Rather than ignoring the phase variability, or using an offtheshelf alignment method to remove phase, we take a modelbased approach and seek Maximum Likelihood Estimators (MLEs) of the trend and the seasonal effects, while performing alignments over the seasonal effects at the same time. The MLEs of trend, seasonality, and phase are computed using a coordinate descent based optimization method. We use bootstrap replication for computing confidence bands and for testing hypothesis about the estimated components. We also utilize loglikelihood for selecting the trend subspace, and for comparisons with other candidate models. This framework is demonstrated using experiments involving synthetic data and three real data (Berkeley growth velocity, U.S. electricity price, and USD exchange fluctuation). Our framework is further applied to another biological problem, significance analysis of gene sets of timecourse gene expression data and outperform the stateoftheart method.
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 2017
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 FSU_2017SP_Tai_fsu_0071E_13816
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 The Impact of Competition on Elephant Musth Strategies: A Gametheoretic Model.
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Wyse, J. Maxwell (John Maxwell), MestertonGibbons, Mike, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Hurdal, Monica K., Cogan, Nicholas G., Florida State University, College of Arts and...
Show moreWyse, J. Maxwell (John Maxwell), MestertonGibbons, Mike, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Hurdal, Monica K., Cogan, Nicholas G., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Mature male African elephants are known to periodically enter a temporary state of heightened aggression called "musth," often linked with increased androgens, particularly testosterone. Sexually mature males are capable of entering musth at any time of year, and will often travel long distances to find estrous females. When two musth bulls or two nonmusth bulls encounter one another, the agonistic interaction is usually won by the larger male. When a smaller musth bull encounters a larger...
Show moreMature male African elephants are known to periodically enter a temporary state of heightened aggression called "musth," often linked with increased androgens, particularly testosterone. Sexually mature males are capable of entering musth at any time of year, and will often travel long distances to find estrous females. When two musth bulls or two nonmusth bulls encounter one another, the agonistic interaction is usually won by the larger male. When a smaller musth bull encounters a larger nonmusth bull, however, the smaller musth male can win. The relative mating success of musth males is due partly to this fighting advantage, and partly to estrous females' general preference for musth males. Though musth behavior has long been observed and documented, the evolutionary advantages of musth remain poorly understood. Here we develop a gametheoretic model of male musth behavior which assumes musth duration as a parameter, and distributions of small, medium and large musth males are predicted in both time and space. The predicted results are similar to the observed timing strategies in the Amboseli National Park elephant population. We discuss small male musth behavior, musthestrus coincidence, the effects of estrous female spatial heterogeneity on musth timing, conservation applications, the assumptions underpinning the model and possible modifications to the model for the purpose of determining musth duration.
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 2017
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 FSU_2017SP_Wyse_fsu_0071E_13713
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 Scroll Waves and How They Interact with NonReactive Spheres, Tori, and Knots.
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Weingard, Daniel, Bertram, R. (Richard), Rikvold, Per Arne, Steinbock, Oliver, Hurdal, Monica K., Magnan, Jerry F., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences,...
Show moreWeingard, Daniel, Bertram, R. (Richard), Rikvold, Per Arne, Steinbock, Oliver, Hurdal, Monica K., Magnan, Jerry F., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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Threedimensional reactiondiffusion systems are able to produce scroll waves which rotate around a curve called the filament. A scroll ring is formed when the filament is a closed curve. In isotropic systems where reactants have equal diffusion coefficients, scroll rings will shrink over time and eventually collapse. Chemical experiments and numerical studies have shown that filaments can pin to certain nonreactive objects and prevent scroll ring collapse. With numerical simulation, we study...
Show moreThreedimensional reactiondiffusion systems are able to produce scroll waves which rotate around a curve called the filament. A scroll ring is formed when the filament is a closed curve. In isotropic systems where reactants have equal diffusion coefficients, scroll rings will shrink over time and eventually collapse. Chemical experiments and numerical studies have shown that filaments can pin to certain nonreactive objects and prevent scroll ring collapse. With numerical simulation, we study how new types of objects affect scroll ring behavior. In particular, we explore the properties of random sphere arrangements that prevent scroll ring collapse. In addition, we discover a novel mechanism that causes scroll rings to expand when pinning to a nonreactive trefoil knot.
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 2017
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 FSU_2017SP_Weingard_fsu_0071E_13790
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 Random Sobol' Sensitivity Analysis and Model Robustness.
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Mandel, David, Ökten, Giray, Hussaini, M. Yousuff, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Kercheval, Alec N., Fahim, Arash, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences,...
Show moreMandel, David, Ökten, Giray, Hussaini, M. Yousuff, Huffer, Fred W. (Fred William), Kercheval, Alec N., Fahim, Arash, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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This work develops both the theoretical foundation and the practical application of random Sobol' analysis with two goals. The first is to provide a more general and accommodating approach to global sensitivity analysis, in which the parameter distribution themselves contain uncertainty, and hence the sensitivity results are random quantities as well. The framework for this approach is motivated by empirical evidence of such behavior, and examples of this behavior in interest rate and...
Show moreThis work develops both the theoretical foundation and the practical application of random Sobol' analysis with two goals. The first is to provide a more general and accommodating approach to global sensitivity analysis, in which the parameter distribution themselves contain uncertainty, and hence the sensitivity results are random quantities as well. The framework for this approach is motivated by empirical evidence of such behavior, and examples of this behavior in interest rate and temperature modeling are provided. The second goal is to compare competing models on their robustness, a notion developed and defined to provide a quantitative solution to model selection based on model uncertainty and sensitivity
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 2017
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 FSU_2017SP_Mandel_fsu_0071E_13682
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 Effective Methods in Intersection Theory and Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry.
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Harris, Corey S. (Corey Scott), Chicken, Eric, Aldrovandi, Ettore, Kim, Kyounghee, Petersen, Kathleen L., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of...
Show moreHarris, Corey S. (Corey Scott), Chicken, Eric, Aldrovandi, Ettore, Kim, Kyounghee, Petersen, Kathleen L., Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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This dissertation presents studies of effective methods in two main areas of algebraic geometry: intersection theory and characteristic classes, and combinatorial algebraic geometry. We begin in chapter 2 by giving an effective algorithm for computing Segre classes of subschemes of arbitrary projective varieties. The algorithm presented here comes after several others which solve the problem in special cases, where the ambient variety is for instance projective space. To our knowledge, this...
Show moreThis dissertation presents studies of effective methods in two main areas of algebraic geometry: intersection theory and characteristic classes, and combinatorial algebraic geometry. We begin in chapter 2 by giving an effective algorithm for computing Segre classes of subschemes of arbitrary projective varieties. The algorithm presented here comes after several others which solve the problem in special cases, where the ambient variety is for instance projective space. To our knowledge, this is the first algorithm to be able to compute Segre classes in projective varieties with arbitrary singularities. In chapter 3, we generalize an algorithm by Goward for principalization of monomial ideals in nonsingular varieties to work on any scheme of finite type over a field, proving that the more general class of r.c. monomial subschemes in arbitrarily singular varieties can be principalized by a sequence of blowups at codimension 2 r.c. monomial centers. The main result of chapter 4 is a classification of the monomial Cremona transformations of the plane up to conjugation by certain linear transformations. In particular, an algorithm for enumerating all such maps is derived. In chapter 5, we study the multiview varieties and compute their ChernMather classes. As a corollary we derive a polynomial formula for their Euclidean distance degree, partially addressing a conjecture of Draisma et al. [35]. In chapter 6, we discuss the classical problem of counting planes tangent to general canonical sextic curves at three points. We investigate the situation for real and tropical sextics. In chapter 6, we explicitly compute equations of an Enriques surface via the involution on a K3 surface.
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 2017
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 FSU_2017SP_Harris_fsu_0071E_13829
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 GameTheoretic Models of Animal Behavior Observed in Some Recent Experiments.
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Dai, Yao, MestertonGibbons, Mike, Hurdal, Monica K., Kercheval, Alec N., Quine, J. R. (John R.), Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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In this dissertation, we create three theoretical models to answer questions raised by recent experiments that lie beyond the scope of current theory. In the landmarkeffect model, we determine size, shape and location for a territory that is optimal in the sense of minimizing defense costs, when a given proportion of the boundary is landmarked and its primary benefit in terms of fitness is greater ease of detecting intruders across it. In the subjectiveresourcevalue model, we develop a...
Show moreIn this dissertation, we create three theoretical models to answer questions raised by recent experiments that lie beyond the scope of current theory. In the landmarkeffect model, we determine size, shape and location for a territory that is optimal in the sense of minimizing defense costs, when a given proportion of the boundary is landmarked and its primary benefit in terms of fitness is greater ease of detecting intruders across it. In the subjectiveresourcevalue model, we develop a gametheoretic model based on the WarofAttrition game. Our results confirm that allowing players to adapt their subjective resource value based on their experiences can generate strong winner effects with weak or even no loser effects, which is not predicted by other theoretical models. In the rearguardaction model, we develop two versions of a gametheoretic model with different hypotheses on the function of volatile chemical emissions in animal contests, and we compare their results with observations in experiments. The two hypotheses are whether volatile chemicals are released to prevent the winner of the current round of contest from translating its victory into permanent possession of a contested resource, or are used to prevent a winner from inflicting costs on a fleeing loser.
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 2017
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 FSU_2017SP_Dai_fsu_0071E_13762
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