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Università della Svizzera italiana

Essays in asset pricing

Orlowski, Piotr ; Trojani, Fabio (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017ECO002.

My dissertation consists of three chapters, each of which focuses on a different area of research in asset pricing. The first chapter's focal point is the measurement of the premium for jump risks in index option markets. The second chapter is devoted to non- parametric measurement of pricing kernel dispersion. The third chapter contributes to the literature on latent state variable recovery in...

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Geometric deep learning for shape analysis : extending deep learning techniques to non-Euclidean manifolds

Boscaini, Davide ; Bronstein, Michael (Dir.) ; Masci, Jonathan (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017INFO009.

The past decade in computer vision research has witnessed the re-emergence of artificial neural networks (ANN), and in particular convolutional neural network (CNN) techniques, allowing to learn powerful feature representations from large collections of data. Nowadays these techniques are better known under the umbrella term deep learning and have achieved a breakthrough in performance in a...

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Cell mechanics in flow : algorithms and applications

Lykov, Kirill ; Pivkin, Igor V. (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017INFO008.

The computer simulations are pervasively used to improve the knowledge about biophysical phenomena and to quantify effects which are difficult to study experimentally. Generally, the numerical methods and models are desired to be as accurate as possible on the chosen length and time scales, but, at the same time, affordable in terms of computations. Until recently, the cell mechanics and blood...

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Theory and applications of bijective barycentric mappings

Schneider, Teseo ; Hormann, Kai (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017INFO007.

Barycentric coordinates provide a convenient way to represent a point inside a triangle as a convex combination of the triangle's vertices, and to linearly interpolate data given at these vertices. Due to their favourable properties, they are commonly applied in geometric modelling, finite element methods, computer graphics, and many other fields. In some of these applications it is desirable...

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Geometry–aware finite element framework for multi–physics simulations : an algorithmic and software-centric perspective

Zulian, Patrick ; Krause, Rolf (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017INFO006.

In finite element simulations, the handling of geometrical objects and their discrete representation is a critical aspect in both serial and parallel scientific software environments. The development of codes targeting such envinronments is subject to great development effort and man-hours invested. In this thesis we approach these issues from three fronts. First, stable and efficient ...

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Beyond the knowledge gap paradigm : the role of psychological empowerment in parents’ vaccination decision

Fadda, Marta ; Schulz, Peter J. (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017COM008.

Even though the efficacy and safety of immunization have been widely proven (Plotkin, 2014), an increasing number of parents have refused to vaccinate their children against serious infectious diseases in the past twenty years (Dubé, Gagnon, Nickels, Jeram, & Schuster, 2014). A recent shift in the study of vaccination decision- making has seen scholars moving beyond the idea that mere lack of...

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Analysis and new constructions of generalized barycentric coordinates in 2D

Anisimov, Dmitry ; Hormann, Kai (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017INFO004.

Different coordinate systems allow to uniquely determine the position of a geometric element in space. In this dissertation, we consider a coordinate system that lets us determine the position of a two-dimensional point in the plane with respect to an arbitrary simple polygon. Coordinates of this system are called generalized barycentric coordinates in 2D and are widely used in computer...

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Holistic recommender systems for software engineering

Ponzanelli, Luca ; Lanza, Michele (Dir.) ; Mocci, Andrea (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017INFO005.

The knowledge possessed by developers is often not sufficient to overcome a programming problem. Short of talking to teammates, when available, developers often gather additional knowledge from development artifacts (e.g., project documentation), as well as online resources. The web has become an essential component in the modern developer’s daily life, providing a plethora of information ...

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Observable dynamic compilation

Zheng, Yudi ; Binder, Walter (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017INFO003.

Managed language platforms such as the Java Virtual Machine rely on a dynamic compiler to achieve high performance. Despite the benefits that dynamic compilation provides, it also introduces some challenges to program profiling. Firstly, profilers based on bytecode instrumentation may yield wrong results in the presence of an optimizing dynamic compiler, either due to not being aware of...

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Shorting ethos? : Aristotelian ethos in the context of corporate reputation, persuasion and shared values

Shanahan, Michael Ford ; Seele, Peter (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017COM006.

Corporate ethics is a complex field of study that focuses on the sources and role of moral expectations among modern corporate stakeholders. While there has been significant theoretical development and adoption by practitioners on the topic over the past thirty years in the field, ethical scandals persist, almost at unprecedented levels. The pressure to meet short term shareholder financial...