Xiaoyan Yu

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A syllabus defines the contents of a course, as well as other information such as resources and assignments. In this paper, we report on our work towards creating a syllabus repository of Computer Science courses across universities in the USA. We present some statistics from our initial collection of 8000+ syllabi. We show a syllabus creator that is(More)
In this paper, we present Stepping Stones and Pathways (SSP), an alternative model of building and presenting answers for the cases when queries on document collections cannot be answered just by a ranked list. Stepping Stones can handle questions like: "What is the relation of topics X and Y?" SSP addresses when the contents of a small set of related(More)
Well-run screening programs for cervical cancer in the population at risk have been shown to result in a sharp decrease in the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer in a number of large populations. Expression patterns of a recently identified biomarker family, microRNA, appear to be characteristic of tumor type and developmental origin. Several tumors(More)
Syllabi are important documents created by instructors for students. Students use syllabi to find information and to prepare for class. Instructors often need to find similar syllabi from other instructors to prepare new courses or to improve their old courses. Thus, gathering syllabi that are freely available, and creating useful services on top of the(More)
A course offering is a collection of learning objects composed together based on a syllabus. Syllabi define the contents of the course, as well as other information such as resources and assignments. Currently, there is no standard format for representing syllabi that can facilitate automatic processing of syllabi contents for various applications. In this(More)
This paper describes the idea of embodied data objects. Using this concept, everyday objects can be used to represent bits and bytes of active information. These data objects can be used to interact with information-appliance-like devices that provide specific services as dictated by the context of interaction. The inherent affordances of physical artifacts(More)
Non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) and homologous recombination repair (HRR), contribute to repair ionizing radiation (IR)-induced DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). Mre11 binding to DNA is the first step for activating HRR and Ku binding to DNA is the first step for initiating NHEJ. High-linear energy transfer (LET) IR (such as high energy charged particles)(More)
A key finding of the Reliable Information Access Workshop of 2003 was that in collections like those used for TREC 6-8, there are a number of hard queries for which no current search engine can return a high quality set of results. Our Stepping Stones and Pathways (SSP) approach may yield an effective solution to such hard problems, as well as support(More)
Syllabi are important educational resources. However, searching for a syllabus on the Web using a generic search engine is an error-prone process and often yields too many non-relevant links. In this paper, we present a syllabus classifier to filter noise out from search results. We discuss various steps in the classification process, including class(More)