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Oral Candidacy - Munira Syed

Start: 5/17/2019 at 2:00PM
End: 5/17/2019 at 5:00PM
Location: 384 Nieuwland Hall
Attendees: Faculty and students are welcome to attend the presentation portion of the defense.
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Munira Syed

Oral Candidacy

May 17, 2019      2:00 pm      384 Nieuwland

Adiviser:  Dr. Nitesh Chawla

Committee Members:

Dr. Alex Ambrose        Dr. Meng Jiang        Dr. Tim Weninger

Title

"Learning and Inferring User Characteristics from Content-Rich Behavior Data"

Abstract:

Content consumption and generation is a major part of the Internet experience. Companies strive to improve user experience through personalization of services, recommendations, and newsfeeds. For this purpose, inferring user characteristics, such as demographic information, from their behavior would help understand their preferences. Through this proposal, we analyze the use of content-rich heterogeneous data from the perspective of different problems and techniques, in order to understand users in the domain of education and online content consumption. Since these domains commonly have an imbalanced distribution of users, we also explore the challenges and solutions for solving the imbalanced classification problem.