Capstone Abstracts – v1

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I/ Sometimes lectures and text books can be too “dry” for students to get excited about a subject, specifically economics. At the same time, researchers have found the potential of games in education, especially when used as an introduction to new concepts. EconBuild is a game that simulates different aspects of economics that we normally encounter in our economics intro classes, proving students a platform to practice what they learn in class. The game can help students to enforce the most fundamental elements of economics such as demand and supply, stock market, etc.

II/ In this day and age, more and more businesses choose to expand their brand using social networks, thus leading to the fact that social media users continue to provide advertisement, positive and negative. In order to become competitive, it is necessary for a company to establish its online present as well as analyze its component’s dominance. Using a Hadoop based approach to reduce the size of database, we can gather and analyze information about a company on social media and predict certain trends to help with its growth.

III/ Stock market is usually unpredictable. There is no particular rule that it obeys to, which is why investing in stock is considered a risky business. Many people have tried to analyze particular trends in order to guess whether the stock price would rise or not. However there hasn’t been a lot of software that analyze the relationship between different related stocks. Using support vector machine approach, combining with graph similarity scoring and matching algorithm, we can establish relationships between different stocks, thus open the possibility of being able to predict particular stock trends.

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