MQP Project Topics

Craig E. Wills

April, 2017

cew@cs.wpi.edu

General Ideas

Semantic-Based Specification for Ad Blockers to Protect Privacy

Third-party advertisers track the behavior and learn much information users on the Web and mobile platforms. Concerned users install ad blockers to limit such tracking, but often do so without understanding what these ad blockers are doing. The goal of this project is to create a tool using semantic-based specifications compiled directly from user responses to desired privacy levels. The tool will then generate a customized set of rules for different ad blockers and platforms.

Suggested Background: Familiarity with Webware and Networking.

Sports Rankings (Co-Advisor Gabor Sarkozy)

It is common in sports that teams (or players) are ranked based on head-to-head competition. These head-to-head matches provide direct evidence on which team is better, but converting these "partial orderings" into a total ordering (ranking) of teams can be difficult. This project will gather sports data and use it to explore different approaches to rankings that minimize partial ordering violations. Other factors such as margin of victory, home team adjustment and recency of match will also be considered.

This is an example of the feedback arc set problem, which is NP-complete, but has many approximations. We will be looking to examine how to apply these approximations to this problem and to understand how the results compare with other ranking approaches.

Suggested Background: Familiarity with data analysis, scripting, and algorithms.

Data Analytics/Visualization

Apply data analytics and visualization to domain-specific problems such as education and sports.

Suggested Background: Familiarity with data analysis, scripting, and visualization.

IQP Project Topics

Studying the Location and Influence of Professional Sports Franchises

This project would examine different means of examining the influence of professional sports franchises in different sports. Some work has been done for baseball and football using different metrics. The project would compare with other metrics and sports. Project results could also point to "missing metropolitan markets" that currently do not have a franchise in a sport, but would be good markets for doing so.