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Analysis and implementation of a positivity preserving numerical method for an HIV model
(2007)This thesis deals with analysis and implementation of a positivity preserving numerical method for a vaccination model for the transmission dynamics of two HIVsubtypesnin a given community. The continuous model is analyzed ... 
Analysis and implementation of robust numerical methods to solve mathematical models of HIV and Malaria coinfection
(University of the Western Cape, 2011)There is a growing interest in the dynamics of the coinfection of these two diseases. In this thesis, firstly we focus on studying the effect of a distributed delay representing the incubation period for the malaria ... 
Analysis of errors in derivatives of trigonometric functions: a case study in an extended curriculum programme
(University of the Western Cape, 2012)The purpose of this study was to explore errors that are displayed by students when learning derivatives of trigonometric functions in an extended curriculum programme. The first aim was to identify errors that are displayed ... 
An analytical model for assessing the knowledge of statistical procedures amongst postgraduate students in a higher educational environment
(University of the Western Cape, 2019)Over the past decades, the use and application of statistical concepts for university students have been a big challenge learned from their previous courses. Aftermath of democracy, South African higher education focused ... 
Automorphism groups of some designs of steiner triple systems and the atomorphism groups of their block intersection graphs
(University of the Western Cape, 2014)A Steiner triple system of order v is a collection of subsets of size three from a set of velements such that every pair of the elements of the set is contained in exactly one 3subset. In this study, we discuss some ... 
The Birch and SwinnertonDyer Conjecture for elliptic curves.
(University of the Western Cape, 2014)The aim of this dissertation is to provide an exposition of the Birch and SwinnertonDyer Conjecture, considered by many to be one of the most important unsolved problems in modern Mathematics. A review of topics in Algebraic ... 
Character tables of some selected groups of extension type using FischerClifford matrices
(University of the Western Cape, 2015)The aim of this dissertation is to calculate character tables of group extensions. There are several well developed methods for calculating the character tables of some selected group extensions. The method we study in ... 
Codes from uniform subset graphs and cycle products
(University of the Western Cape, 2007)In this thesis only Binary codes are studied. Firstly, the codes overs the field GF(2) by the adjacency matrix of the complement T(n), ofthe triangular graph, are examined. It is shown that the code obtained is the full ... 
Codes Related to and Derived from Hamming Graphs
(University of the Western Cape, 2013)Codes Related to and Derived from Hamming Graphs T.R Muthivhi M.Sc thesis, Department of Mathematics, University of Western Cape For integers n; k 1; and k n; the graph k n has vertices the 2n vectors of Fn2 and ... 
Codes, graphs and designs from maximal subgroups of alternating groups
(University of the Western Cape, 2018)The main theme of this thesis is the construction of linear codes from adjacency matrices or submatrices of adjacency matrices of regular graphs. We first examine the binary codes from the row span of biadjacency ... 
Codes, graphs and designs related to iterated line graphs of complete graphs
(University of the Western Cape, 2011)In this thesis, we describe linear codes over prime fields obtained from incidence designs of iterated line graphs of complete graphs Li(Kn) where i = 1, 2. In the binary case, results are extended to codes from neighbourhood ... 
Construction and analysis of efficient numerical methods to solve mathematical models of TB and HIV coinfection
(University of the Western Cape, 2011)The global impact of the converging dual epidemics of tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is one of the major public health challenges of our time, because in many countries, human immunodeficiency ... 
Design, analysis and simulation of a robust numerical method to solve Zika virus models
(University of the Western Cape, 2019)This thesis deals with the analysis and robust simulation of mathematical models describing Zika virus disease. Some background information about the occurrences of this disease and most recent literature indicating some ... 
Discrete and continuous time methods of optimization in pension fund management
(2010)Pensions are essentially the only source of income for many retired workers. It is thus critical that the pension fund manager chooses the right type of plan for his/her workers.Every pension scheme follows its own set of ... 
Discrete time methods of pricing Asian options
(University of Western Cape, 2014)This dissertation studies the computation methods of pricing of Asian options. Asian options are options in which the underlying variable is the average price over a period of time. Because of this, Asian options have a ... 
Do money managers outperform their respective benchmark? Evidence from South African Unit Trust industry
(University of the Western Cape, 2015)Motivated by the growing attraction of the mutual fund industries across the world, this research seeks to explore the economic benefits contributed by the South African equity unit trust managers over the period from 1 ... 
Efficient Monte Carlo methods for pricing of electricity derivatives
(University of the Western Cape, 2012)We discuss efficient Monte Carlo methods for pricing of electricity derivatives. Electricity derivatives are risk management tools used in deregulated electricity markets. In the past,research in electricity derivatives ... 
Efficient numerical methods based on integral transforms to solve option pricing problems
(University of the Western Cape, 2012)In this thesis, we design and implement a class of numerical methods (based on integral transforms) to solve PDEs for pricing a variety of financial derivatives. Our approach is based on spectral discretization of the ... 
Efficient numerical methods to solve some reactiondiffusion problems arising in biology
(2013)In this thesis, we solve some timedependent partial differential equations, and systems of such equations, that governs reactiondiffusion models in biology. we design and implement some novel exponential time differencing ... 
Elementary logic as a tool in proving mathematical statements
(University of the Western Cape, 2008)The findings of the study indicate that knowledge of logic does help to improve the ability of students to make logical connections (deductions) between and from statements.The results of the study, however, do not indicate ...