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PhD Defense - Munira Syed

Start: 7/10/2020 at 10:00AM
End: 7/10/2020 at 1:00PM
Location: Remote via Zoom
Attendees: Remote via Zoom
For meeting ID and password, please email Munira Syed, msyed2@nd.edu, and she will provide this information.
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Munira Syed

Dissertation Defense

July 10, 2020        10:00 am        Remote via Zoom

Adviser:  Dr. Nitesh Chawla

Committee Members:

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



"Learning and Inferring User Characteristics from Online Behavior and Content"


Content consumption and generation is a major part of the Internet experience. Product and service-providers strive to improve user experience through personalization of services, recommendations, and understanding user interests. For this purpose, inferring user characteristics, such as demographic information, from their behavior would help understand their preferences. Through this dissertation, 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.