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Master of Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Eugene Santos, PhD


This research presents an autonomous and computationally tractable method for scientific process analysis, combining an iterative algorithmic search and a recognition technique to discover multivariate linear and non-linear relations within experimental data series. These resultant data-driven relations provide researchers with a potentially real-time insight into experimental process phenomena and behavior. This method enables the efficient search of a potentially infinite space of relations within large data series to identify relations that accurately represent process phenomena. Proposed is a time series transformation that encodes and compresses real-valued data into a well-defined, discrete-space of 13 primitive elements where comparative evaluation between variables is both plausible and heuristically efficient. Additionally, this research develops and demonstrates binary discrete-space operations which accurately parallel their numeric-space equivalents. These operations extend the method's utility into trivariate relational analysis, and experimental evidence is offered supporting the existence of traceable multivariate signatures of incremental order within the discrete-space that can be exploited for higher dimensional analysis by means of an iterative best-n first search.

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