May 16, 2009
I never got around to writing about the projects that I did since I have come here. Well here they are:
1. Alternate Spring Break 2009:
I volunteered to work at Cabrini Connections, Chicago. This is a small not for profit organization which helps under privileged children move towards a first career through various activities like after school programs, etc. They are connected to a lot of organizations in various fields like legal services, corporate services, etc. which help them in their endeavors.
I transformed a static conceptual map at their website into a visualization applet. This applet helped new volunteers understand the role of Cabrini Connections plays in helping these kids. This applet can be seen on their site at: www.tutormentorexchange.net (its on the rightmost link on the top named "Village strategy map").
2. I made a computer adaptive security test for my SI630 class. This test can be found here. This test rather than evaluating how secure your computer system is tests hows secure you are in terms of computer security namely your browsing and data storage habits.
The questions that are thrown at the test-taker are based on their responses to prior questions. At the end each user is associated with a score, which tell the user whether he is in the safe zone or the danger zone, along with a couple of recommendations about how to improve.
3. Clustering users based on their queries to the AOL search engine. Yes I had access to thousands of actual user queries from the AOL database. I used JUNG and lucene to perform random walks on this data and then cluster the users based on their similarities in querying. More about this would soon be appearing on my personal blog, where I would be talking about the algorithm I made and how I finally cracked into how to use JUNG :)
Then there were a number of other projects for the management class and the statistics class that I took, one of them was about a regression analysis I did in predicting the market based on a couple of parameters like GDP, dollar index, etc.
Posted by malhar at May 16, 2009 02:53 PM