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Title:New group testing paradigms: from practice to theory
Author(s):Emad, Amin
Director of Research:Milenkovic, Olgica
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Milenkovic, Olgica
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Bresler, Yoram; Moulin, Pierre; Nedich, Angelia; Raginsky, Maxim; Wu, Yihong
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Integer Compressed Sensing
Group Testing
Sparse Signal Recovery
Semi-quantitative Group Testing
Code Construction
Decoding Algorithm
Message Passing
Abstract:We propose a novel group testing framework, termed semi-quantitative group testing, motivated by a class of problems arising in genome screening experiments in addition to other applications such as interpretable rule learning for decision making. Semi-quantitative group testing (SQGT) is a (possibly) non-binary pooling scheme that may be viewed as a concatenation of an adder channel and an integer-valued quantizer. In its full generality, SQGT may be viewed as a unifying framework for group testing, in the sense that most group testing models are special instances of SQGT. For the new testing scheme, we define the notion of SQ-disjunct and SQ-separable test matrices, representing generalizations of classical disjunct and separable matrices. We describe combinatorial and probabilistic constructions for such matrices without considering any restriction on the thresholds of the SQGT model (i.e. SQGT with arbitrary thresholds). Then, we focus on the important special case in which the thresholds are equidistant, and construct SQ-disjunct and SQ-separable matrices for this model. While for most of the constructions described in this dissertation, it is assumed that the number of defectives is much smaller than total number of test subjects, we also consider the case in which there is no restriction on the number of defectives and they may be as large as the total number of subjects. For the constructed matrices, we describe a number of efficient decoding algorithms based on algebraic methods and message passing on graphical models. Finally, we introduce the novel probabilistic group testing framework of Poisson group testing, applicable to dynamic testing with diminishing relative rates of defectives. For this new model, we consider both nonadaptive and adaptive testing schemes and develop lower bounds and tight constructive upper bounds on the number of required tests.
Issue Date:2015-05-18
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/88135
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Amin Emad
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-29
Date Deposited:August 201


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