Date of Submission

Spring 5-6-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)


Computer Science


Big Data

Faculty Advisor

Ying Xie


Frank Tsui

Committee Member

Selena He

Committee Member

Yong Shi

Committee Member

Ying Xie


In the present big data era, there is a need to process large amounts of unlabeled data and find some patterns in the data to use it further. If data has many dimensions, it is very hard to get any insight of it. It is possible to convert high-dimensional data to low-dimensional data using different techniques, this dimension reduction is important and makes tasks such as classification, visualization, communication and storage much easier. The loss of information should be less while mapping data from high-dimensional space to low-dimensional space. Dimension reduction has been a significant problem in many fields as it needs to discard features that are unimportant and discover only the representations that are needed, hence it gathers our interest in this problem and basis of the research. We consider different techniques prevailing for dimension reduction like PCA (Principal Component Analysis), SVD (Singular Value Decomposition), DBN (Deep Belief Networks) and Stacked Auto-encoders. This thesis is intended to ultimately show which technique performs best for dimension reduction with the help of studied experiments.