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It is difficult to describe in words the gratitude that I feel toward Dr. Armin R. Mikler for his
tremendous help and support over the past several years. When I initially spoke with him about
enrolling as a PhD student at UNT, I was completely amazed by his knowledge and enthusiasm.
More than four years later, I am still completely amazed. His dedication to his job, field of study,
and particularly to his students is remarkable. Thank you, Dr. Mikler, for your patience, guidance,
and friendship. You are truly an inspiration to me.
I would like to thank Dr. Susie Ramisetty-Mikler for serving as a committee member and
for the additional assistance she provided as I was writing this dissertation. Through e-mail and
personal meetings, she helped me through some of the more difficult portions of this work. Her
input was invaluable. Additionally, I want to express gratitude toward committee members, Dr.
Samuel F. Atkinson, Dr. Philip H. Sweany, and Dr. Xiaohui Yuan. To all my committee members,
thank you for your time and support.
Many people have provided help and encouragement and I would be remiss if I did not include
the following people in this acknowledgement: Terry Griffin, not only for his help with GraphViz,
but also for his friendship and company on the drive to and from UNT. Dr. Ranette Halverson
and other faculty members at Midwestern State University for their encouragement and support.
Members of the CeCera Research Group for being a fantastic group of friends and a wonderful
resource for help. Dr. Thomas Bohme for graph theory insights and discussions and Dr. Sumihiro
Suzuki for assistance with statistical analyses.
Most important, I want to thank my family, Adam, Tonya, Kerri, Cullin, and many extended
family members. This journey has not been easy and I would not have finished if not for the people
who matter the most in my life. Thank you for your continued love and encouragement.
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