Date of Award

Summer 7-13-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Xin Qi

Second Advisor

Ruiyan Luo

Third Advisor

Yi Jiang


In this project, the raw data from a survey, 2011-2012 Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey, is cleaned. Based on the research purpose of the collaborator, important variables are extracted and principal component analysis is used to form a new data set. The iterative clustering technique is applied to the new data set to classify the households involved in the survey into different categories. The categories are interpreted as reflecting the different economic activities in Bangladesh.