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dc.contributor.authorAkupatni, Vivek Bharathen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-18T20:04:48Z
dc.date.available2015-09-18T20:04:48Z
dc.date.issued2015-09-17en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:6156en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/56579
dc.description.abstractWhile many human computation (human-in-the-loop) systems exist in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve problems that can't be solved by computers alone, comparatively fewer platforms exist for collecting human knowledge, and evaluation of various techniques for harnessing human insights in improving forecasting models for infectious diseases, such as Influenza and Ebola. In this thesis, we present the design and implementation of My4Sight, a human computation system developed to harness human insights and intelligence to improve forecasting models. This web-accessible system simplifies the collection of human insights through the careful design of the following two tasks: (i) asking users to rank system-generated forecasts in order of likelihood; and (ii) allowing users to improve upon an existing system-generated prediction. The structured output collected from querying human computers can then be used in building better forecasting models. My4Sight is designed to be a complete end-to- end analytical platform, and provides access to data collection features and statistical tools that are applied to the collected data. The results are communicated to the user, wherever applicable, in the form of visualizations for easier data comprehension. With My4Sight, this thesis makes a valuable contribution to the field of epidemiology by providing the necessary data and infrastructure platform to improve forecasts in real time by harnessing the wisdom of the crowd.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjecthuman computationen_US
dc.subjecthuman-in-the-loopen_US
dc.subjectcrowd sourcingen_US
dc.subjectmy4sighten_US
dc.subjectinfluenza forecastingen_US
dc.titleMy4Sight: A Human Computation Platform for Improving Flu Predictionsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Scienceen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineComputer Science and Applicationsen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMarathe, Madhav Vishnuen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRamakrishnan, Narendranen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberChen, Jiangzhuoen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBisset, Keith R.en_US


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