Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Computer Science and Computer Engineering


Li, Wing

Committee Member/Reader

Patitz, Matthew

Committee Member/Third Reader

Beavers, Gordon


Data file layout inference refers to building the structure and determining the metadata of a text file. The text files dealt within this research are personal information records that have a consistent structure. Traditionally, if the layout structure of a text file is unknown, the human user must undergo manual labor of identifying the metadata. This is inefficient and prone to error. Content-based oracles are the current state-of-the-art automation technology that attempts to solve the layout inference problem by using databases of known metadata. This paper builds upon the information and documentation of the content-based oracles, and improves the databases of the oracles through experimentation.