Doctoral Dissertations

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Computer Science

Major Professor

Michael Berry

Committee Members

Jian Huang, Bradley Vander Zanden, Charles Collins


The focus of this dissertation has been on improving the non-negative tensor factorization technique of text mining. The improvements have been made in both pre-processing and post-processing stages, with the goal of making the non-negative tensor factorization algorithm accessible to the casual user. The improved implementation allows the user to construct and modify the contents of the tensor, experiment with relative term weights and trust measures, and experiment with the total number of algorithm output features. Non-negative tensor factorization output feature production is closely integrated with a visual post-processing tool, FutureLens, that allows the user to perform in depth analysis and has a great potential for discovery of interesting and novel patterns within a large collection of textual data. This dissertation necessitated a number of significant modifications and additions to FutureLens in order to facilitate its integration into the analysis environment.

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