Date of Award

Winter 12-2018

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department


Degree Name

Master of Arts (AM/MA)

Degree Type



Inspired by classic cocktail-party problem, the basic Independent Component Analysis (ICA) model is created. What differs Independent Component Analysis (ICA) from other kinds of analysis is the intrinsic non-Gaussian assumption of the data. Several approaches are proposed based on maximizing the non-Gaussianity of the data, which is measured by kurtosis, mutual information, and others. With each estimation, we need to optimize the functions of expectations of non-quadratic functions since it can help us to access the higher-order statistics of non-Gaussian part of the data. In this thesis, our goal is to review the one of the most efficient estimation methods, that is, the Fast Fixed-Point Independent Component Analysis (FastICA) algorithm, illustrate it with some examples using an R package.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

John E. McCarthy

Committee Members

Jose E. Figueroa-Lopez; Jimin Ding


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Example 2

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R result 1

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R result 2

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R result 3

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R code (knitted)

Thesis(edited).pdf (1049 kB)