ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I would like to give my sincere thanks to Dr. Michael W Sobolewski and Dr. Noe Lopez Benitez for serving on my Thesis committee and for their invaluable guidance. I started off with only a bunch of dreams in my mind and they accepted to guide me on my ideas. They motivated me, made me work hard and gave timely hints to direct me. Without their guidance and patience, this thesis wouldn’t have been possible. Also, I thank all my colleagues at the SORCER laboratory and the USDA Livestock Research Unit. They gave me support and different perspectives for my thesis all through my research work. A special thanks to Max Berger for his ideas and time for the productive discussions. He will hopefully extend my research to his dissertation. I am also thankful to the Computer Science department, Texas Tech Library an
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