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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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A Game Theoretical Analysis of War Situations and International Conflicts., Joaquin Abos
Department: Mathematics

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Is the Pandemic Racist? Trends in Coronavirus Case Rate and Death Rate in the U.S., Mian Ahsan Ali
Department: Mathematics

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The Economic Impact of the Coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic, Paapa Amoako-Temeng
Department: Mathematics

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Musical Feature Engineering with Wavelet Analysis for Music Recommendation, Rephael Moshe Berkooz
Department: Mathematics

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The Canny Edge Detection Technique in Image Analysis, Tran Anh Vu Bui
Department: Mathematics

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It's Friezing Out There: Take My Sweater! Examining How Math can be Enhanced by Knitting in the Case of Frieze Patterns, Emma Leigh Busch
Department: Mathematics

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Exploring Social Tendencies via Twitter Using Network Analysis, Aditi Chowbey
Department: Mathematics

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Option Implied Volatility's Predictability on Monthly Stock Returns, Hung T. Dao
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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An Investigation into Finite Difference Methods in Solving a Reaction-Diffusion System to Model the Spread of Wildfires, Molly Hutter
Department: Mathematics

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Visualizing Concepts: Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) visuals synthesized from semantic vectors, Alayt Abraham Issak
Department: Art and Art History; Mathematics

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Accurately Predicting Soccer Games In English Premier League Using Ordered Probit Models and Artificial Neural Networks, Shivam K C
Department: Mathematics; Computer Science

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Identifying Non-Genetic Predictors of Alcoholism with the Aid of Reweighting Techniques, Trevor Krisan
Department: Mathematics

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The Effect of Rest on Soccer Match Outcomes in the Premier League, David Ku
Department: Mathematics

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Statistical and Machine Learning Approaches to Depressive Disorders Among Adults in the United States: From Factor Discovery to Prediction Evaluation, Minhwa Lee
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Flipping the College Calculus with Algebra Classroom: Does it Improve Student Performance?, Sejeong Lee
Department: Mathematics

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A Comparison of Two Distance-Based Phylogenetic Reconstruction Methods, Botao Liu
Department: Mathematics

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Trajectory of an Anisotropic Particle Near a Light-Transmitting Optical Nanofiber, Carlos Owusu-Ansah
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Abstract Unity in Material Diversity: An Introduction to Category Theory and a Phenomenological Defense of Mathematical Realism, Micah Taylor Phillips-Gary
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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A Data Analytics Approach to Predicting Player Breakouts in Major League Baseball, Carter James Rogers
Department: Mathematics

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Energy Conservation: Harnessing Excess Thermal Energy and Converting to Electricity by Use of the Thermoelectric Effect, Katherine Shideler
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Finding Stationarity: Integer Vs Fractional Differentiation, Angad Singh
Department: Mathematics

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Hit or Miss: An Examination of how Free Agency Affects Competitive Balance through the Major League Baseball (MLB) Labor Market, Brett Stern
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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An Exploration of Real-Time Computer Graphics, Morgan Thompson
Department: Mathematics; Computer Science

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Exploring Spotify Genre Recommendation Systems, Angelo Williams
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Exoplanets Sunsets, Xinchen Xie
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Investigation of Para-Aminobenzoic Acid's Photodegradation in Different pH Environments under UVB Light, Jingyi Zhou
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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On The Relative Long-Term Future Importance of Investments in Economic Growth and Global Catastrophic Risk Reduction, Pedro Adami Oliboni
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Who Will Be Crowned King of Europe? A Predictive Model for the Uefa Champions League, Zacharias Andreou
Department: Mathematics

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Predicting Major College Football All-American teams & NFL Draft Value, D'Andre E. Brown
Department: Mathematics

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Finding a Satisfying Way of Healthy Eating – A Diet Model that Cares about Personal Preferences, Tianyi Cai
Department: Mathematics

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The Art Gallery Problem, Nicole Driver
Department: Mathematics

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Cheat Detection using Machine Learning within Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Harry Dunham
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Optimizing Crop Rotations and Pest Management Strategies in Agriculture, Madeleine Ferguson
Department: Mathematics

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A Mathematical Analysis of the Game of Santorini, Carson Clyde Geissler
Department: Mathematics

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Computational Analysis of PsAvh172 Data to Investigate the Targets of Phytophthora sojae in Soybean Host A Hierarchical Clustering Evaluation of Yeast RNA-Seq Data, Vi Huynh
Department: Mathematics; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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A Theory of Fire Service Provision: With an empirical analysis of response time, suppression time, and service output, Hyong-gu Hwang
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Yijing and Its Mathematical Thinkings, Yifan Jiang
Department: History; Mathematics

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Modeling Community Resource Management: an Agent-Based Approach, Maya M. Lapp
Department: Mathematics

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Optimization of a Hybrid Clean Energy System, Jacob I. Lewis
Department: Mathematics

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Calculators in the High School Classroom: Anxiety Levels and Attitudes Towards Mathematics, Kendall Lloyd
Department: Mathematics; Education

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What a Mouthful! Geographic Tongue as a Reaction-Diffusion System, Margaret K. McGuire
Department: Mathematics

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Developing A Web-Based Application for Finding Meeting Places, Aedan D. Pettit
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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What’s in the Water? Examining Contamination by Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Rainwater, Kyndal A. Pike
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

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The Planar Rook Algebra, Henry Potts-Rubin
Department: Mathematics

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Rings & Things: Localization, Discrete Valuations, and Completion in Ring Theory, Lily Richardson
Department: Mathematics

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A Predictive Model for Coach Firings in NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball, Eli Samuelson
Department: Mathematics

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Ordinal Data Analysis: Determining the Effectiveness of Domestic Abuse Intervention in Adolescent Teens, Christian Santos
Department: Mathematics

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An Exploration of Retention and Persistence in STEM Fields at the College of Wooster, Harriet FC Sudduth
Department: Mathematics

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SkillSHARE: An Advisor Consulting Web-app utilizing a Hybrid Recommender Engine, Hieu Tran
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Compactness Measures for Legislative Districts, Isaac Weiss
Department: Mathematics; Political Science

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Minimize Return Risk: —Using NLP Model to Select a Desirable American and European Options Portfolio, Yinxi Zhao
Department: Mathematics

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A Time Series Analysis of the Relationship between Agriculture and Economic Growth in Southeast Asia from 1960-2018, Daniel E. Zuchelkowski
Department: Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Watching Sunsets in Exoplanet Skies, Hwan Bae
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Analysis of the relationship between Prices and Transactional Drivers of Bitcoin, Christian Betre
Department: Mathematics

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3D Object Recognition in Real Time Using Machine Learning, Bhargav Anandkumar Bhalodi
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Investigation of Granger-causality in the Context of Cross-Spectral Analysis, Allison Clough
Department: Mathematics

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Predictive Modeling for the Women's Division I National Championship Bracketing, Hunter D. Coia
Department: Mathematics

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The Best Offense: Game Theory in Video Game Enemies, Nicholas Czaban
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Learning Quantum Computing, Jacob Denbeaux
Department: Mathematics

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College Football Win Probability, Jordan Dennis
Department: Mathematics

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Optimizing Timber Harvest Value: A Dynamic Programming Investigation, Kayleigh T. Dietz
Department: Mathematics

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Spacetime Engineering: Time-Slowing Space-Expanding Lunchbox, Haidar Esseili
Department: Physics; Mathematics

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Deep Reinforcement Learning in Self-Driving Car Systems, Eric Michael Gabriel
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Functions of Bounded Variations and Their Properties, Thomas Gin
Department: Mathematics

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Sputnik, The Beep-Beep-Beep Heard Around the World: An Analysis of the Orbital Trajectory of Sputnik and its Reception in the Soviet Union, Gillian Gregory
Department: Mathematics; Russian Studies

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Ethics in Computing, David Edward Hale
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Determining the Accuracy of GALFIT in Morphology Measurement of Galaxies from Image Analysis, Vincent W.H. Hui
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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The Difficulties of Modeling Virtual Water Using Gravity Models, Hope Hunter
Department: Mathematics

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Ray Tracing: A Study Of Realism, Mijiti Mierkamili
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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You Are What You Eat: Regression Analysis of the Social Determinants of Diet, Callie Ogland-Hand
Department: Mathematics; Sociology and Anthropology

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Conversational Mathematics, Dylan Orris
Department: Mathematics; Computer Science

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Queuing Theory in Manufacturing Systems, Shuwen Pang
Department: Mathematics

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Gardening Algorithms for the Fruitful Future: Decision Trees and Random Forest Algorithms to Predict Child Malnutrition Populations Globally, Kory Sansom
Department: Mathematics

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Investigation of the Aqueous Photodegradation of Ortho-Substituted Aminobenzoic Acid Derivatives Under UVC Light, Rose D. Taylor
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

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Of Elder Gods and Calculated Odds, Benjamin Peleh Verschell
Department: Mathematics

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Exploring Topics of the Art Gallery Problem, Megan Vuich
Department: Mathematics

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Investigation of the Development and Behavior of Heterogeneous Tumors, Afton H. Widdershins
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Mathematics

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2020 United States Election Forecasting, Micheas Yimam
Department: Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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Connecting Five Stones: Artificial Intelligence Implementation For Go-moku In Unity, Jianqiu Bai
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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The First Spacewalk: An Exploration of the Mathematical and Cultural Implications of the Space Race, Aidan Brown
Department: Mathematics; Russian Studies

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Understanding Human Well-Being, Junyi Chen
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Analyzing and Solving the Nurse Scheduling Problem, Nicholas Hagopian-Zirkel
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Sports Analytics With Computer Vision, Colby T. Jeffries
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Dispatches from the Fly Killer: A mathematical model that studies the correlation between sleep fragmentation and longevity in Drosophila melanogaster, Vedica Jha
Department: Biology; Mathematics

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Fractals and Fractal Time Series, Sonia Malik
Department: Mathematics

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Algorithmic Music Composition, Thomas Matlak
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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She Shoots, She Scores: Creating a Mathematical Model to Predict Expected Shot Value in Women's NCAA Division III Basketball, Paige McKean
Department: Mathematics

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A Behavioral Approach To CAPM, Ethan Myers
Department: Mathematics; Business Economics

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Understanding Municipal Bond Ratings Using Ordered Multinomial Logistic Regression, Thao Nguyen
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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An Investigation of Markov Chains and their Application to Hospital Patient Flow, Sarah Padrutt
Department: Mathematics

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The Shot Heard Around The World: Determining the Influence and the Spread of the Anti-vaccination Ideology on Measles Outbreaks Using Epidemiological Models, Jennifer Shepheard
Department: Biology; Mathematics

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Crime Around the World: Using Mathematical Modeling Techniques to Model Aggregated Worldwide Crime Rates, Kelly M. Steurer
Department: Mathematics

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Logic -> Proof -> REST, Maxwell Taylor
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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SOMETHING FISHY: A Comprehensive Analysis of Terror Plots subject to Binomial and Poisson Distributions, Sabrina S. Tobe
Department: Mathematics

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Does Insurance Impact Happiness? An Analysis of Crop Micro-Insurance Structures' Impact on the Well Being of Farmers within Developing Economies: A Sri-Lankan Study Using a Utility Framework & Linear Algebra Perspective, Giorgio Tramonto
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Inclusion of Blocking Power for a Complete Voting Power Analysis in the IMF, Shiwani Varal
Department: Mathematics; Political Science

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On Hausdorff Dimension and Julia Sets, Ruifeng Xu
Department: Mathematics

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Artificial Intelligence with Reinforcement Learning in First Person Shooter Games, Zhirui Zhang
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Skilled Emigration, Return, and Human Capital Formation: A Game Theoretic Approach, Ruben Aguero Quinteros
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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A Mathematical Modeling Examination of the Changing Social, Economic and Environmental Indicators for Infant Mortality Rates Across The United States, Sophia Anderson
Department: Mathematics