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Feature Extraction on Sentiment Attitude Values to Better Predict the Stock Market Using Twitter Sentiment

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Behavioral economics suggests that emotions can affect an individual’s decision making. Recent research on this idea’s application on large societies hints that there may exist some correlation or maybe even some causation relationship between public sentiment—at least what can be

Behavioral economics suggests that emotions can affect an individual’s decision making. Recent research on this idea’s application on large societies hints that there may exist some correlation or maybe even some causation relationship between public sentiment—at least what can be pulled from Twitter—and the movement of the stock market. One major result of consistent research on whether or not public sentiment can predict the movement of the stock market is that public sentiment, as a feature, is becoming more and more valid as a variable for stock-market-based machine learning models. While raw values typically serve as invaluable points of data, when training a model, many choose to “engineer” new features for their models—deriving rates of change or range values to improve model accuracy.
Since it doesn’t hurt to attempt to utilize feature extracted values to improve a model (if things don’t work out, one can always use their original features), the question may arise: how could the results of feature extraction on values such as sentiment affect a model’s ability to predict the movement of the stock market? This paper attempts to shine some light on to what the answer could be by deriving TextBlob sentiment values from Twitter data, and using Granger Causality Tests and logistic and linear regression to test if there exist a correlation or causation between the stock market and features extracted from public sentiment.

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Optimizing a Parallel Computing Stack for Single Board Computers

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The current trend of interconnected devices, or the internet of things (IOT) has led to the popularization of single board computers (SBC). This is primarily due to their form-factor and low price. This has led to unique networks of devices

The current trend of interconnected devices, or the internet of things (IOT) has led to the popularization of single board computers (SBC). This is primarily due to their form-factor and low price. This has led to unique networks of devices that can have unstable network connections and minimal processing power. Many parallel program- ming libraries are intended for use in high performance computing (HPC) clusters. Unlike the IOT environment described, HPC clusters will in general look to obtain very consistent network speeds and topologies. There are a significant number of software choices that make up what is referred to as the HPC stack or parallel processing stack. My thesis focused on building an HPC stack that would run on the SCB computer name the Raspberry Pi. The intention in making this Raspberry Pi cluster is to research performance of MPI implementations in an IOT environment, which had an impact on the design choices of the cluster. This thesis is a compilation of my research efforts in creating this cluster as well as an evaluation of the software that was chosen to create the parallel processing stack.

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Data Management Behind Machine Learning

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This thesis dives into the world of artificial intelligence by exploring the functionality of a single layer artificial neural network through a simple housing price classification example while simultaneously considering its impact from a data management perspective on both the

This thesis dives into the world of artificial intelligence by exploring the functionality of a single layer artificial neural network through a simple housing price classification example while simultaneously considering its impact from a data management perspective on both the software and hardware level. To begin this study, the universally accepted model of an artificial neuron is broken down into its key components and then analyzed for functionality by relating back to its biological counterpart. The role of a neuron is then described in the context of a neural network, with equal emphasis placed on how it individually undergoes training and then for an entire network. Using the technique of supervised learning, the neural network is trained with three main factors for housing price classification, including its total number of rooms, bathrooms, and square footage. Once trained with most of the generated data set, it is tested for accuracy by introducing the remainder of the data-set and observing how closely its computed output for each set of inputs compares to the target value. From a programming perspective, the artificial neuron is implemented in C so that it would be more closely tied to the operating system and therefore make the collected profiler data more precise during the program's execution. The program is designed to break down each stage of the neuron's training process into distinct functions. In addition to utilizing more functional code, the struct data type is used as the underlying data structure for this project to not only represent the neuron but for implementing the neuron's training and test data. Once fully trained, the neuron's test results are then graphed to visually depict how well the neuron learned from its sample training set. Finally, the profiler data is analyzed to describe how the program operated from a data management perspective on the software and hardware level.

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Dining Hall Web Application

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For my thesis project, I have developed a cash register web application for the Arizona State University Barrett Dining Hall. I previously worked at the Barrett Dining Hall, and I would occasionally step in as a cashier. This work is

For my thesis project, I have developed a cash register web application for the Arizona State University Barrett Dining Hall. I previously worked at the Barrett Dining Hall, and I would occasionally step in as a cashier. This work is how I came to be familiar with the system and all its inefficiencies. The system requires multiple user inputs to implement even the most basic of tasks, is not user-friendly, and therefore very prone to error. In the event that multiple incorrect inputs are entered, the software will freeze, and the user will have to turn off the computer and turn it back on. In theory, this application is an improvement over the software system that is currently in place in that the user interface has been specifically designed to be user-friendly. This application reduces the number of required user inputs by automating certain tasks (such as pricing and determining the meal period), thereby reducing the chance of user error. It is also an improvement in that it allows students to log in to the system to view how many meals they have left, how much M&G is in their account, and how many guest passes they have left. This functionality is extremely important because this is a feature that is not currently in place, and is something that students have actively complained about. Currently, if students want to check on their meal plan, they have to either physically go to a dining hall and ask the cashier, or call a toll-free number. The two technologies used to develop this application are C# and XML. These technologies were chosen because I wanted to learn something new for this project to broaden my knowledge. I also happened to be taking a class at the start of this project that utilized C# and XML for Web Applications, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to transfer over the skills I had been learning.

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Random Python Program Generator for JavaScript

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The most important task for a beginning computer science student, in order for them to succeed in their future studies, is to learn to be able to understand code. One of the greatest indicators of student success in beginning programming

The most important task for a beginning computer science student, in order for them to succeed in their future studies, is to learn to be able to understand code. One of the greatest indicators of student success in beginning programming courses is the ability to read code and predict its output, as this shows that the student truly understands what each line of code is doing. Yet few tools available to students today focus on helping students to improve their ability to read code. The goal of the random Python program generator is to give students a tool to practice this important skill.

The program writes randomly generated, syntactically correct Python 3 code in order to provide students infinite examples from which to study. The end goal of the project is to create an interactive tool where beginning programming students can click a button to generate a random code snippet, check if what they predict the output to be is correct, and get an explanation of the code line by line. The tool currently lacks a front end, but it currently is able to write Python code that includes assignment statements, delete statements, if statements, and print statements. It supports boolean, float, integer, and string variable types.

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Using Machine Learning to Predict the NBA

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Machine learning is one of the fastest growing fields and it has applications in almost any industry. Predicting sports games is an obvious use case for machine learning, data is relatively easy to collect, generally complete data is available, and

Machine learning is one of the fastest growing fields and it has applications in almost any industry. Predicting sports games is an obvious use case for machine learning, data is relatively easy to collect, generally complete data is available, and outcomes are easily measurable. Predicting the outcomes of sports events may also be easily profitable, predictions can be taken to a sportsbook and wagered on. A successful prediction model could easily turn a profit. The goal of this project was to build a model using machine learning to predict the outcomes of NBA games.
In order to train the model, data was collected from the NBA statistics website. The model was trained on games dating from the 2010 NBA season through the 2017 NBA season. Three separate models were built, predicting the winner, predicting the total points, and finally predicting the margin of victory for a team. These models learned on 80 percent of the data and validated on the other 20 percent. These models were trained for 40 epochs with a batch size of 15.
The model for predicting the winner achieved an accuracy of 65.61 percent, just slightly below the accuracy of other experts in the field of predicting the NBA. The model for predicting total points performed decently as well, it could beat Las Vegas’ prediction 50.04 percent of the time. The model for predicting margin of victory also did well, it beat Las Vegas 50.58 percent of the time.

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A Tool for Researching and Presenting Evidence in High School and College Debates

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Debate provides a valuable educational opportunity for students to learn a variety of portable research and public speaking skills, but many of its goals are hindered by the lack of a dedicated software. Currently, the primary tool for research and

Debate provides a valuable educational opportunity for students to learn a variety of portable research and public speaking skills, but many of its goals are hindered by the lack of a dedicated software. Currently, the primary tool for research and presentation of evidence is paperlessdebate.com's Verbatim, which is built as a template for Microsoft Word. While functional, Verbatim suffers from several shortcomings; its reliance on Word means that it cannot be fully cross-platform, and it also means that it is difficult to streamline Verbatim's workflow for the particular needs of debaters. Thus, the goal of this project was to fill the need for a stand-alone, cross platform application that debaters (and coaches) can use to research and present evidence. The bulk of the project consisted of creating a specialized editor, including a variety of features catered towards usability in a range of debate contexts. Additionally, the software is integrated with a back end database such that it can also replace the mixture of storage solutions (such as Dropbox and Microsoft's OneDrive) that teams currently use to maintain and share their data. In order to make the software more extensible and to improve its accessibility, it is released as free open source software under the GNU General Public License v3.0. This paper describes the core features of the application and the motivation behind those features' implementations, and briefly includes a discussion of the companion mobile app for Android devices. It also reviews the technologies that were used to create the software's implementation.

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Improving Patient Medical Awareness through an Android-based Assistant

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As modern advancements in medical technology continue to increase overall life expectancy, hospitals and healthcare systems are finding new and more efficient ways of storing extensive amounts of patient healthcare information. This progression finds people increasingly dependent on hospitals as

As modern advancements in medical technology continue to increase overall life expectancy, hospitals and healthcare systems are finding new and more efficient ways of storing extensive amounts of patient healthcare information. This progression finds people increasingly dependent on hospitals as the primary providers of medical data, ranging from immunization records to surgical history. However, the benefits of carrying a copy of personal health information are becoming increasingly evident. This project aims to create a simple, secure, and cohesive application that stores and retrieves user health information backed by Google’s Firebase cloud infrastructure. Data was collected to both explore the current need for such an application, and to test the usability of the product. The former was done using a multiple-choice survey distributed through social media to understand the necessity for a patient-held health file (PHF). Subsequently, user testing was performed with the intent to track the success of our application in meeting those needs. According to the data, there was a trend that suggested a significant need for a healthcare information storage device. This application, allowing for efficient and simple medical information storage and retrieval, was created for a target audience of those seeking to improve their medical information awareness, with a primary focus on the elderly population. Specific correlations between the frequency of physician visits and app usage were identified to target the potential use cases of our app. The outcome of this project succeeded in meeting the significant need for increased patient medical awareness in the healthcare community.

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Honey, I Forgot the Milk: An Alexa Shopping Assistant

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If you’ve ever found yourself uttering the words “Honey, I forgot the—” or “how did I miss the—" when coming home from the grocery store, then you’re not alone. This everyday problem that we disregard as part of life may

If you’ve ever found yourself uttering the words “Honey, I forgot the—” or “how did I miss the—" when coming home from the grocery store, then you’re not alone. This everyday problem that we disregard as part of life may not seem like much, but it is the driving force behind my honors thesis.
Shopping Buddy is a complete Amazon Web Services solution to this problem which is so innate to the human condition. Utilizing Alexa to keep track of your pantry, this web application automates the daunting task of creating your shopping list, putting the power of the cloud at your fingertips while keeping your complete shopping list only a click away.
Say goodbye to the nights of spaghetti without the parmesan that you left on the store shelf or the strawberries that you forgot for the strawberry shortcake. With this application, you will no longer need to rely on your memory of what you think is in the back of your fridge nor that pesky shopping list that you always end up losing when you need it the most. Accessible from any web enabled device, Shopping Buddy has got your back through all your shopping adventures to come.

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An Analysis of Student Major Choice at ASU In Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering and Software Engineering

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Even in the largest public university in the country, computer related degrees such as Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering and Software Engineering have low enrollment rates and high dropout rates. This is interesting because the careers that require these degrees

Even in the largest public university in the country, computer related degrees such as Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering and Software Engineering have low enrollment rates and high dropout rates. This is interesting because the careers that require these degrees are marketed as the highest paying and most powerful. The goal of this project was to find out what the students of Arizona State University (ASU) thought about these majors and why they did or did not pick them. A total of 206 students were surveyed from a variety of sources including upper level classes, lower level classes and Barrett, the Honors College. Survey questions asked why the students picked their current major, if they had a previous major and why did they switch, and if the students had considered one of the three computer related degrees. Almost all questions were open ended, meaning the students did not have multiple choice answers and instead could write as short or as long of a response as needed. Responses were grouped based on a set of initial hypotheses and any emerging trends. These groups were displayed in several different bar graphs broken down by gender, grade level and category of student (stayed in a computer related degree, left one, joined one or picked a non-computer related degree). Trends included students of all grade levels picking their major because they were passionate or interested in the subject. This may suggest that college students are set in their path and will not switch majors easily. Students also reported seeing computer related degrees as too difficult and intimidating. However, given the low (when compared to all of ASU) number of students surveyed, the conclusions and trends given cannot be representative of ASU as a whole. Rather, they are just representative of this sample population. Further work on this study, if time permitted, would be to try to survey more students and question some of the trends established to find more specific answers.

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