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November 17, 2015

SAS Supports Healey’s Research on Predictive Analytics

Dr. Christopher Healey, professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $108,262 by SAS Institute to support his research proposals entitled “Predictive Analytics and Visualization of Narrative Threads for Large Document Collections,” and “Visualizing the Structure of a Deep Convolution Neural Net for Text Understanding.”
The award will run from August 16, 2015 to August 15, 2016. 
Abstract – Our goal in this project is to focus on two related tasks. First, we will extend work from last year’s (2014-2015) SAS-NCSU MRA research project to study predictive analytics for narrative threads: the ability to predict how a sequence of narrative events could unfold in the future, based on past and current events; algorithms to determine how different past choices would have effect on current and future states; and visualization and user interface tools and techniques to allow users to explore the predictive space in efficient and effective ways. Second, we will collaborate with the deep learning group to study the problem of visualizing nodes and relationships in the layers of convolution neural networks (CNN). Visualization may allow researchers to gain important insights into how different nodes in the layers of a CNN are contributing to their final output.
For more information on Dr. Healey, click here.

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