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There are a number of designs for an online advertising system that allow for behavioral targeting without revealing user online behavior or user interest profiles to the ad network. Although these designs purport to be practical solutions, none of them adequately consider the role of ad auctions, which today are central to the operation of online advertising systems. Moreover, none of the proposed designs have been deployed in real-life settings. In this thesis, we present an effort to fill this gap. First, we address the challenge of running ad auctions that leverage user profiles while keeping the profile information private. We define the problem, broadly explore the solution space, and discuss the pros and cons of these solutions. We analyze the performance of our solutions using data from Microsoft Bing advertising auctions. We conclude that, while none of our auctions are ideal in all respects, they are adequate and practical solutions. Second, we build and evaluate a fully functional prototype of a practical privacy-preserving ad system at a reasonably large scale. With more than 13K opted-in users, our system was in operation for over two months serving an average of 4800 active users daily. During the last month alone, we registered 790K ad views, 417 clicks, and even a small number of product purchases. Our system obtained click-through rates comparable with those for Google display ads. In addition, our prototype is equipped with a differentially private analytics mechanism, which we used as the primary means for gathering experimental data. In this thesis, we describe our first-hand experience and lessons learned in running the world's first fully operational “private-by-design” behavioral advertising and analytics system.

An efficient multiscale approach is established in order to compute the macroscopic response of nonlinear composites. The micro problem is rewritten in an integral form of the Lippmann-Schwinger type and solved efficiently by Fast Fourier Transforms. Using realistic microstructure models complex nonlinear effects are reproduced and validated with measured data of fiber reinforced plastics. The micro problem is integrated in a Finite Element framework which is used to solve the macroscale. The scale coupling technique and a consistent numerical algorithm is established. The method provides an efficient way to determine the macroscopic response considering arbitrary microstructures, constitutive behaviors and loading conditions.

This bachelor thesis is concerned with arrangements of hyperplanes, that
is, finite collections of hyperplanes in a finite-dimensional vector
space. Such arrangements can be studied using methods from
combinatorics, topology or algebraic geometry. Our focus lies on an
algebraic object associated to an arrangement \(\mathcal{A}\), the module \(\mathcal{D(A)}\) of
logarithmic derivations along \(\mathcal{A}\). It was introduced by K. Saito in the
context of singularity theory, and intensively studied by Terao and
others. If \(\mathcal{D(A)}\) admits a basis, the arrangement \(\mathcal{A}\) is called free.
Ziegler generalized the concept of freeness to so-called
multiarrangements, where each hyperplane carries a multiplicity. Terao
conjectured that freeness of arrangements can be decided based on the
combinatorics. We pursue the analogous question for multiarrangements in
special cases. Firstly, we give a new proof of a result of Ziegler
stating that generic multiarrangements are totally non-free, that is,
non-free for any multiplicity. Our proof relies on the new concept of
unbalanced multiplicities. Secondly, we consider freeness asymptotically
for increasing multiplicity of a fixed hyperplane. We give an explicit
bound for the multiplicity where the freeness property has stabilized.

On the Extended Finite Element Method for the Elasto-Plastic Deformation of Heterogeneous Materials
(2015)

This thesis is concerned with the extended finite element method (XFEM) for deformation analysis of three-dimensional heterogeneous materials. Using the "enhanced abs enrichment" the XFEM is able to reproduce kinks in the displacements and therewith jumps in the strains within elements of the underlying tetrahedral finite element mesh. A complex model for the micro structure reconstruction of aluminum matrix composite AMC225xe and the modeling of its macroscopic thermo-mechanical plastic deformation behavior is presented, using the XFEM. Additionally, a novel stabilization algorithm is introduced for the XFEM. This algorithm requires preprocessing only.

Nitrogen element is preponderant in Nature. Found in its simplest form as diatomic gas in the air, as well as in elaborated molecules such as the double helix of DNA, this element is indisputably essential for life. Indeed, nitrogen is omnipresent in all metabolic pathways.
With the advent of green chemistry, researchers attempt to functionalize arenes without pre-functionalization of the later for the establishment of C-C bond formation. Why not C-N bond formation?
We investigated new oxidative amination reactions by cross-dehydrogenative-coupling. Concerned by atom economy and green processes, our objectives were: 1) to obviate pre-activation or pre-oxidation of both C-H coupling partner and N-aminating agent. 2) to avoid the use of chelating directing group.
We achieved C-N bond formation for some classes of amines. Thus, we will describe the reactivity of cyclic secondary amines: carbazole, in presence of catalytic amount of ruthenium (II) and copper (II) to build the challenging C-N bond between two carbazoles. The initial mechanistic experiments will be present and discuss.
Then, we will describe more challenging hetero-coupling formation between diarylamines and carbazoles. The new ruthenium (II)/ copper (II) catalytic system allowed forming the ortho-N-carbazolation of diarylamines. This reaction performed under mild conditions (O2 as terminal oxidant) displays an unusual intramolecular N-H••N interaction in the novel class of compounds.
Finally, we will present a surprising metal free C-N bond formation between the ubiquitous phenols and the phenothiazines. Initially conducted in the presence of transition metals (RuII/CuII), this reaction proved to be efficient with the only effect of cumene and O2. Those components suggest a mechanism initiated by a Hock process. An initial infra-red analysis might point out a strong intramolecular O-H••N interaction in the resulting products.
These first elements of reactivity, developed within the laboratory for “modern dehydrogenative amination reactions”, will be presented and discussed.

Optimal Multilevel Monte Carlo Algorithms for Parametric Integration and Initial Value Problems
(2015)

We intend to find optimal deterministic and randomized algorithms for three related problems: multivariate integration, parametric multivariate integration, and parametric initial value problems. The main interest is concentrated on the question, in how far randomization affects the precision of an approximation. We want to understand when and to which extent randomized algorithms are superior to deterministic ones.
All problems are studied for Banach space valued input functions. The analysis of Banach space valued problems is motivated by the investigation of scalar parametric problems; these can be understood as particular cases of Banach space valued problems. The gain achieved by randomization depends on the underlying Banach space.
For each problem, we introduce deterministic and randomized algorithms and provide the corresponding convergence analysis.
Moreover, we also provide lower bounds for the general Banach space valued settings, and thus, determine the complexity of the problems. It turns out that the obtained algorithms are order optimal in the deterministic setting. In the randomized setting, they are order optimal for certain classes of Banach spaces, which includes the L_p spaces and any finite dimensional Banach space. For general Banach spaces, they are optimal up to an arbitrarily small gap in the order of convergence.

In this thesis we extend the worst-case modeling approach as first introduced by Hua and Wilmott (1997) (option pricing in discrete time) and Korn and Wilmott (2002) (portfolio optimization in continuous time) in various directions.
In the continuous-time worst-case portfolio optimization model (as first introduced by Korn and Wilmott (2002)), the financial market is assumed to be under the threat of a crash in the sense that the stock price may crash by an unknown fraction at an unknown time. It is assumed that only an upper bound on the size of the crash is known and that the investor prepares for the worst-possible crash scenario. That is, the investor aims to find the strategy maximizing her objective function in the worst-case crash scenario.
In the first part of this thesis, we consider the model of Korn and Wilmott (2002) in the presence of proportional transaction costs. First, we treat the problem without crashes and show that the value function is the unique viscosity solution of a dynamic programming equation (DPE) and then construct the optimal strategies. We then consider the problem in the presence of crash threats, derive the corresponding DPE and characterize the value function as the unique viscosity solution of this DPE.
In the last part, we consider the worst-case problem with a random number of crashes by proposing a regime switching model in which each state corresponds to a different crash regime. We interpret each of the crash-threatened regimes of the market as states in which a financial bubble has formed which may lead to a crash. In this model, we prove that the value function is a classical solution of a system of DPEs and derive the optimal strategies.

In this work we focus on the regression models with asymmetrical error distribution,
more precisely, with extreme value error distributions. This thesis arises in the framework
of the project "Robust Risk Estimation". Starting from July 2011, this project won
three years funding by the Volkswagen foundation in the call "Extreme Events: Modelling,
Analysis, and Prediction" within the initiative "New Conceptual Approaches to
Modelling and Simulation of Complex Systems". The project involves applications in
Financial Mathematics (Operational and Liquidity Risk), Medicine (length of stay and
cost), and Hydrology (river discharge data). These applications are bridged by the
common use of robustness and extreme value statistics.
Within the project, in each of these applications arise issues, which can be dealt with by
means of Extreme Value Theory adding extra information in the form of the regression
models. The particular challenge in this context concerns asymmetric error distributions,
which significantly complicate the computations and make desired robustification
extremely difficult. To this end, this thesis makes a contribution.
This work consists of three main parts. The first part is focused on the basic notions
and it gives an overview of the existing results in the Robust Statistics and Extreme
Value Theory. We also provide some diagnostics, which is an important achievement of
our project work. The second part of the thesis presents deeper analysis of the basic
models and tools, used to achieve the main results of the research.
The second part is the most important part of the thesis, which contains our personal
contributions. First, in Chapter 5, we develop robust procedures for the risk management
of complex systems in the presence of extreme events. Mentioned applications use time
structure (e.g. hydrology), therefore we provide extreme value theory methods with time
dynamics. To this end, in the framework of the project we considered two strategies. In
the first one, we capture dynamic with the state-space model and apply extreme value
theory to the residuals, and in the second one, we integrate the dynamics by means of
autoregressive models, where the regressors are described by generalized linear models.
More precisely, since the classical procedures are not appropriate to the case of outlier
presence, for the first strategy we rework classical Kalman smoother and extended
Kalman procedures in a robust way for different types of outliers and illustrate the performance
of the new procedures in a GPS application and a stylized outlier situation.
To apply approach to shrinking neighborhoods we need some smoothness, therefore for
the second strategy, we derive smoothness of the generalized linear model in terms of
L2 differentiability and create sufficient conditions for it in the cases of stochastic and
deterministic regressors. Moreover, we set the time dependence in these models by
linking the distribution parameters to the own past observations. The advantage of
our approach is its applicability to the error distributions with the higher dimensional
parameter and case of regressors of possibly different length for each parameter. Further,
we apply our results to the models with generalized Pareto and generalized extreme value
error distributions.
Finally, we create the exemplary implementation of the fixed point iteration algorithm
for the computation of the optimally robust in
uence curve in R. Here we do not aim to
provide the most
exible implementation, but rather sketch how it should be done and
retain points of particular importance. In the third part of the thesis we discuss three applications,
operational risk, hospitalization times and hydrological river discharge data,
and apply our code to the real data set taken from Jena university hospital ICU and
provide reader with the various illustrations and detailed conclusions.

This diploma thesis sets out to analyse the applicability of the instrument ’European Grouping of
Territorial Cooperation (EGTC)’ in the transnational and interregional non-contiguous cooperation.
EGTCs that are applied in spatially non-contiguous cooperations are called ’Network-EGTCs’. As
no scientific research about network-EGTCs has been made so far, this diploma thesis fills this
research gap.
As a basis for the analysis, a literature review on the instrument EGTC in general and its historic
background was conducted. In addition the scientific literature has been searched for characteristics
of non-contiguous cooperations and different stakeholders were interviewed for their
estimations about network-EGTCs. The so far existing and planned network-EGTCs have been
explored. Out of these network-EGTCs two case studies – the E.G.T.C. Amphictyony and the
planned CETC-EGTC – have been examined in depth. Their characteristics have further been
compared with the information about EGTCs and non contiguous-cooperations in general.
It was found out that network-EGTCs show advantages from ordinary non-contiguous cooperations.
Additionally, it was discovered that network-EGTCs do not differ in their character as much
as it had been expected from EGTCs established in the cross-border cooperation. This applies
also to the establishment process as well as to the fulfilment of the instrument’s potentials. In
general all EGTCs show discrepancies between planning and practice. Only a few differences
have been discovered. Contrary to expectation network-EGTCs show only certain disadvantages
but also advantages compared to EGTCs in the cross-border cooperation.
This thesis delivers evidence that EGTCs are applicable in the transnational and interregional
cooperation when certain preconditions are fulfilled. Then they can contribute to a successful
transnational and interregional cooperation.
Recommendations were given to territorial non-contiguous cooperations that are considering to
establish an EGTC.
It is expected that more network-EGTCs will be established in the future due to the higher experience
and knowledge about network-EGTCs.