Stiles, Eric Todd
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Expert System Tools for veterinary students can improve treatments the animals receive and help to train new students. The usability of such a tool is important for acceptance by the target community and for the productivity of users. This thesis involves the development of a visualization-based tool, BoneDesktop, to help with the evaluation of external skeletal fixation proposals. BoneDesktop is also surveyed by Veterinarian Residents, Interns, and Students for evaluation to further enhance its usability in meeting the needs of its target community. BoneDesktop offers its review based on machine learning techniques. In this thesis we compare several variations of two common machine learning techniques, K-Nearest Neighbor and Decision Trees, in their application of veterinary domain data. BoneDesktop then serves as a platform for building future, advanced user friendly features.