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Uncertainty in poker stems from two key sources, the shuffled deck and an adversary whose strategy is unknown. One approach to playing poker is to find a pessimistic game-theoretic solution (i.e., a Nash equilibrium), but human players have idiosyncratic weaknesses that can be exploited if some model or counter-strategy can be learned by observing their… (More)

We explore several ways to estimate movie similarity from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia with the goal of improving our predictions for the Netflix Prize. Our system first uses the content and hyperlink structure of Wikipedia articles to identify similarities between movies. We then predict a user's unknown ratings by using these similarities in… (More)

A Bayesian belief network models a joint distribution with an directed acyclic graph representing dependencies among variables and network parameters characterizing conditional distributions. The parameters are viewed as random variables to quantify uncertainty about their values. Belief nets are used to compute responses to queries; i.e., conditional… (More)

An algorithm is presented for fully automated brain tumor segmentation from only two magnetic resonance image modalities. The technique is based on three steps: (1) alternating different levels of automatic histogram-based multi-thresholding step, (2) performing an effective and fully automated procedure for skull-stripping by evolving deformable contours,… (More)

Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Library to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein before provided, neither the… (More)

A Bayesian network is a model of a distribution, encoded using a network structure S augmented with conditional distribution parameters (CDP) Θ that specify the conditional probability of a variable, given each assignment to its parents. Given a fixed structure S and CDP Θ, we can compute the response to a fixed query Q(Θ) = P S,Θ (C = c | E = e), which is… (More)

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