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  1. Accuracy verification methods theory and algorithms

    Mali, Olli; Repin, Sergey

    2014-01-01

    The importance of accuracy verification methods was understood at the very beginning of the development of numerical analysis. Recent decades have seen a rapid growth of results related to adaptive numerical methods and a posteriori estimates. However, in this important area there often exists a noticeable gap between mathematicians creating the theory and researchers developing applied algorithms that could be used in engineering and scientific computations for guaranteed and efficient error control.   The goals of the book are to (1) give a transparent explanation of the underlying mathematical theory in a style accessible not only to advanced numerical analysts but also to engineers and students; (2) present detailed step-by-step algorithms that follow from a theory; (3) discuss their advantages and drawbacks, areas of applicability, give recommendations and examples.

  2. Precision manufacturing using LIGA

    Our objective is the fabrication of small high-precision parts using LIGA, which can be used in a variety of industrial applications. LIGA is a combination of deep x-ray lithography, electroplating, and replication processes that enables the fabrication of microstructures with vertical dimensions several millimeters high, lateral dimensions in the micrometer range, and submicron tolerances. On beamline 10.3.2, at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), the Center for X-ray Optics (CXRO) has built an end station suitable for LIGA. The ALS is an excellent source of radiation for this application. The CXRO, in close collaboration with Sandia National Laboratory and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has developed the other essential process steps of mask making, resist development, x-ray exposure, and electroplating. This technology provides a powerful tool for mass production and miniaturization of mechanical systems into a dimensional regime not accessible by traditional manufacturing operations. We will present several applications that exploit the characteristics of the LIGA process: the fabrication of magnetic laminations for a high precision stepping motor; miniature octopole lens for advanced e-beam lithography; high-aspect-ratio x-ray collimating grids for astronomy; and microscopic tumblers for nuclear security. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics

  3. On the accuracy of the asymptotic theory for cylindrical shells

    Niordson, Frithiof; Niordson, Christian

    1999-01-01

    We study the accuracy of the lowest-order bending theory of shells, derived from an asymptotic expansion of the three-dimensional theory of elasticity, by comparing the results of this shell theory for a cylindrical shell with clamped ends with the results of a solution to the three......-dimensional problem. The results are also compared with those of some commonly used engineering shell theories....

  4. Parametric Characterization of SGP4 Theory and TLE Positional Accuracy

    Oltrogge, D.; Ramrath, J.

    2014-09-01

    Two-Line Elements, or TLEs, contain mean element state vectors compatible with General Perturbations (GP) singly-averaged semi-analytic orbit theory. This theory, embodied in the SGP4 orbit propagator, provides sufficient accuracy for some (but perhaps not all) orbit operations and SSA tasks. For more demanding tasks, higher accuracy orbit and force model approaches (i.e. Special Perturbations numerical integration or SP) may be required. In recent times, the suitability of TLEs or GP theory for any SSA analysis has been increasingly questioned. Meanwhile, SP is touted as being of high quality and well-suited for most, if not all, SSA applications. Yet the lack of truth or well-known reference orbits that haven't already been adopted for radar and optical sensor network calibration has typically prevented a truly unbiased assessment of such assertions. To gain better insight into the practical limits of applicability for TLEs, SGP4 and the underlying GP theory, the native SGP4 accuracy is parametrically examined for the statistically-significant range of RSO orbit inclinations experienced as a function of all orbit altitudes from LEO through GEO disposal altitude. For each orbit altitude, reference or truth orbits were generated using full force modeling, time-varying space weather, and AGIs HPOP numerical integration orbit propagator. Then, TLEs were optimally fit to these truth orbits. The resulting TLEs were then propagated and positionally differenced with the truth orbits to determine how well the GP theory was able to fit the truth orbits. Resultant statistics characterizing these empirically-derived accuracies are provided. This TLE fit process of truth orbits was intentionally designed to be similar to the JSpOC process operationally used to generate Enhanced GP TLEs for debris objects. This allows us to draw additional conclusions of the expected accuracies of EGP TLEs. In the real world, Orbit Determination (OD) programs aren't provided with dense optical

  5. UV-LIGA: From Development to Commercialization

    Grégoire Genolet

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A major breakthrough in UV-LIGA (Lithographie, Galvanoformung and Abformung started with the use of epoxy-based EPON® SU-8 photoresist in the mid-1990s. Using this photoresist has enabled the fabrication of tall and high aspect ratio structures without the use of a very expensive synchrotron source needed to expose the photoresist layer in X-ray LIGA. SU-8 photoresist appeared to be well-suited for LIGA templates, but also as a permanent material. Based on UV-LIGA and SU-8, Mimotec SA has developed processes to manufacture mold inserts and metallic components for various market fields. From one to three-level parts, from Ni to other materials, from simple to complicated parts with integrated functionalities, UV-LIGA has established itself as a manufacturing technology of importance for prototyping, as well as for mass-fabrication. This paper reviews some of the developments that led to commercial success in this field.

  6. Depresija – liga visam gyvenimui

    Andrijauskas, Kornelijus

    2007-01-01

    Iki 20 amžiaus septintojo dešimtmečio vyravo nuomonė, kad depresija – liga visam gyvenimui. Tuo metu depresijos paūmėjimai tęsdavosi mėnesius ir net metus. Viskas pasikeitė, kai 7–8 dešimtmetyje rinkoje pasirodė vaistų, kurie ligos paūmėjimą nutraukdavo per kelias savaites. Atsiradus naujų veiksmingų vaistų, pasikeitė ir psichoterapijos strategija: iki tol buvusi intensyvi ir ilgalaikė, ji tapo labai koncentruota ir trumpalaikė. Aaron T. Beck sukūrė kognityvią elgsenos terapiją [1], Gerald L....

  7. The accuracy of QCD perturbation theory at high energies

    Brida, Mattia Dalla; Korzec, Tomasz; Ramos, Alberto; Sint, Stefan; Sommer, Rainer

    2016-01-01

    We discuss the determination of the strong coupling $\\alpha_\\mathrm{\\overline{MS}}^{}(m_\\mathrm{Z})$ or equivalently the QCD $\\Lambda$-parameter. Its determination requires the use of perturbation theory in $\\alpha_s(\\mu)$ in some scheme, $s$, and at some energy scale $\\mu$. The higher the scale $\\mu$ the more accurate perturbation theory becomes, owing to asymptotic freedom. As one step in our computation of the $\\Lambda$-parameter in three-flavor QCD, we perform lattice computations in a scheme which allows us to non-perturbatively reach very high energies, corresponding to $\\alpha_s = 0.1$ and below. We find that perturbation theory is very accurate there, yielding a three percent error in the $\\Lambda$-parameter, while data around $\\alpha_s \\approx 0.2$ is clearly insufficient to quote such a precision. It is important to realize that these findings are expected to be generic, as our scheme has advantageous properties regarding the applicability of perturbation theory.

  8. A MEMS-Based Micro Biopsy Actuator for the Capsular Endoscope Using LiGA Process

    Park, Sunkil; Koo, Kyo-In; Kim, Gil-Sub; Bang, Seoung Min; Song, Si Young; Chu, Chong Nam; Jeon, Doyoung; Cho, Dongil ``Dan''

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a LiGA (German acronym for LIthografie, Galvanoformung, Abformung) based micro biopsy actuator for the capsular endoscope. The proposed fabricated actuator aims to extract sample tissues inside small gastric intestines, that cannot be reached by conventional biopsy. The actuator size is 10 mm in diameter and 1.8 mm in length. The mechanism is of a slider-crank type. The actuator consists of trigger, rotational module, and micro biopsy tool. The core components are fabricated using the LiGA process, for overcoming the limitations in accuracy of conventional precision machining.

  9. Accuracy analysis of Lagrangian Godunov scheme using variational theory

    VAN WAGENINGEN-KESSELS,K; LECLERCQ,L; VUIK,K; Hoogendoorn, S.; VAN LIT,H

    2010-01-01

    The kinematic wave model is used to describe dynamic traffic flow. The model equations are solved using the Lagrangian Godunov scheme. Previously, this scheme has been found to be more accurate than the traditional Eulerian Godunov scheme. Furthermore, the variational theory has been applied to solve the model equations even more accurately and under certain conditions exactly. Therefore, it can be used as a benchmark. We analyse the global error of the Lagrangian Godunov scheme. This is the ...

  10. Optical measurement of LIGA milliengine performance

    Dickey, F.M.; Holswade, S.C.; Christenson, T.R.; Garcia, E.J.; Polosky, M.A.

    1997-12-31

    Understanding the parameters that affect the performance of milliscale and microscale actuators is essential to the development of optimized designs and fabrication processes, as well as the qualification of devices for commercial applications. This paper discusses the development of optical techniques for motion measurements of LIGA fabricated milliengines. LIGA processing permits the fabrication of precision millimeter-sized machine elements that cannot be fabricated by conventional miniature machining techniques because of their small feature sizes. In addition, tolerances of 1 part in 10{sup 3} to 10{sup 4} may be maintained in millimeter sized components with this processing technique. Optical techniques offer a convenient means for measuring long term statistical performance data and transient responses needed to optimize designs and manufacturing techniques. Optical techniques can also be used to provide feedback signals needed for control and sensing of the state of the machine. Optical probe concepts and experimental data obtained using a milliengine developed at Sandia National Laboratories are presented.

  11. Accuracy Assessment of LiDAR-Derived Digital Elevation Models Based on Approximation Theory

    XiaoHang Liu

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The cumulative error at a point in a LiDAR-derived DEM consists of three components: propagated LiDAR-sensor error, propagated ground error, and interpolation error. To combine these error components so as to assess the vertical accuracy of a LiDAR-derived DEM, statistical methods based on the error propagation theory are often used. Due to the existence of systematic error, statistical methods are only effective if a large number of checkpoints are available, which may not be affordable in many practical applications. This paper presents approximation theory as an alternative methodology that departs from error propagation theory in fundamental ways. Using approximation theory, an error bound of the cumulative error at any point in the study site can be obtained, thus informing users conservatively of the spatial variation of DEM accuracy and pointing out the weakly determined areas. The new method is illustrated from DEM users’ perspective by assessing whether a publicly available LiDAR-derived DEM meets FEMA’s accuracy standard for flood risk mapping. The paper calls for a change in the existing methods of assessing and reporting the errors in a LiDAR-derived DEM, in particular those introduced during the ground filtering process.

  12. Cyanoacrylate bonding of thick resists for LIGA

    Rogers, James G., IV; Marques, Christophe; Kelly, Kevin W.; Sangishetty, Venkat; Khan Malek, Chantal G.

    1996-09-01

    The MicroSystems Engineering Team ((mu) SET) at Louisiana State University, in close collaboration with the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, has successfully completed the lithography and electroplating steps of the LIGA process sequence using cyanoacrylate to bond a PMMA resist layer to a nickel surface. Nickel microstructures 300 micrometers in height have been electroplated. Tests were performed which indicate that the bond between cyanoacrylate and nickel is much stronger than the bond between PMMA and nickel.

  13. LIGA microsystems aging : evaluation and mitigation.

    Cadden, Charles H.; Yang, Nancy Y. C.; San Marchi, Christopher W.

    2003-12-01

    The deployment of LIGA structures in DP applications requires a thorough understanding of potential long term physical and chemical changes that may occur during service. While these components are generally fabricated from simple metallic systems such as copper, nickel and nickel alloys, the electroplating process used to form them creates microstructural features which differ from those found in conventional (e.g. ingot metallurgy) processing of such materials. Physical changes in non-equilibrium microstructures may occur due to long term exposure to temperatures sufficient to permit atomic and vacancy mobility. Chemical changes, particularly at the surfaces of LIGA parts, may occur in the presence of gaseous chemical species (e.g. water vapor, HE off-gassing compounds) and contact with other metallic structures. In this study, we have characterized the baseline microstructure of several nickel-based materials that are used to fabricate LIGA structures. Solute content and distribution was found to have a major effect on the electroplated microstructures. Microstructural features were correlated to measurements of hardness and tensile strength. Dormancy testing was conducted on one of the baseline compositions, nickel-sulfamate. Groups of specimens were exposed to controlled thermal cycles; subsequent examinations compared properties of 'aged' specimens to the baseline conditions. Results of our testing indicate that exposure to ambient temperatures (-54 C to 71 C) do not result in microstructural changes that might be expected to significantly effect mechanical performance. Additionally, no localized changes in surface appearance were found as a result of contact between electroplated parts.

  14. Accuracy of mean-field theory for dynamics on real-world networks

    Gleeson, James P.; Melnik, Sergey; Ward, Jonathan A.; Porter, Mason A.; Murcha, Peter J

    2012-01-01

    Mean-field analysis is an important tool for understanding dynamics on complex networks. However, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the question of whether mean-field predictions are accurate, and this is particularly true for real-world networks with clustering and modular structure. In this paper, we compare mean-field predictions to numerical simulation results for dynamical processes running on 21 real-world networks and demonstrate that the accuracy of such theory depends no...

  15. On the accuracy of coherent modified Redfield theory in simulating excitation energy transfer dynamics

    In this study, we investigate the accuracy of a recently developed coherent modified Redfield theory (CMRT) in simulating excitation energy transfer (EET) dynamics. The CMRT is a secular non-Markovian quantum master equation that is derived by extending the modified Redfield theory to treat coherence dynamics in molecular excitonic systems. Herein, we systematically survey the applicability of the CMRT in a large EET parameter space through the comparisons of the CMRT EET dynamics in a dimer system with the numerically exact results. The results confirm that the CMRT exhibits a broad applicable range and allow us to locate the specific parameter regimes where CMRT fails to provide adequate results. Moreover, we propose an accuracy criterion based on the magnitude of second-order perturbation to characterize the applicability of CMRT and show that the criterion summarizes all the benchmark results and the physics described by CMRT. Finally, we employ the accuracy criterion to quantitatively compare the performance of CMRT to that of a small polaron quantum master equation approach. The comparison demonstrates the complementary nature of these two methods, and as a result, the combination of the two methods provides accurate simulations of EET dynamics for the full parameter space investigated in this study. Our results not only delicately evaluate the applicability of the CMRT but also reveal new physical insights for factors controlling the dynamics of EET that should be useful for developing more accurate and efficient methods for simulations of EET dynamics in molecular aggregate systems

  16. Experimental verification of a theory of the influence of measurement conditions on temperature measurement accuracy with IR systems

    Chrzanowski, Krzysztof

    1996-07-01

    A theory of the influence of measurement conditions on temperature measurement accuracy with infrared systems has been recently presented. A comparison study of the shortwave (3-5- mu m) and longwave (8-12- mu m) measuring IR cameras was conducted on the basis of this theory. The results of the simulations show that the shortwave systems in typical measurement conditions generally offer better accuracy in temperature measurement than do the longwave systems. Some experiments that use a commercially available IR camera were carried out to verify the theory. The results of these experiments and a discussion about the theory limitations are presented. temperature measurement.

  17. Final-part metrology for LIGA springs, Build Group 1.

    Aigeldinger, Georg; Skala, Dawn M.; Ceremuga, Joseph T.; Mills, Bernice E.

    2004-03-01

    The LIGA spring is a recently designed part for defense program applications. The Sandia California LIGA team has produced an initial group build of these nickel alloy parts. These are distinctive in having a macroscopic lateral size of about 1 cm, while requiring microscopic dimensional precision on the order of a few micrometers. LIGA technology capabilities at Sandia are able to manufacture such precise structures. While certain aspects of the LIGA process and its production capabilities have been dimensionally characterized in the past, [1-6] the present work is exclusive in defining a set of methods and techniques to inspect and measure final LIGA nickel alloy parts in large prototype quantities. One hundred percent inspection, meaning that every single LIGA part produced needs to be measured, ensures quality control and customer satisfaction in this prototype production run. After a general visual inspection of the parts and an x-ray check for voids, high precision dimensional metrology tools are employed. The acquired data is analyzed using both in house and commercially available software. Examples of measurements illustrating these new metrology capabilities are presented throughout the report. These examples furthermore emphasize that thorough inspection of every final part is not only essential to characterize but also improve the LIGA manufacturing process.

  18. Improved Accuracy of Density Functional Theory Calculations for CO2 Reduction and Metal-Air Batteries

    Christensen, Rune; Hansen, Heine Anton; Vegge, Tejs

    2015-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have greatly contributed to the atomic level understanding of electrochemical reactions. However, in some cases, the accuracy can be prohibitively low for a detailed understanding of, e.g. reaction mechanisms. Two cases are examined here, i.e. the...... electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 and metal-air batteries. In theoretical studies of electrocatalytic CO2 reduction, calculated DFT-level enthalpies of reaction for CO2reduction to various products are significantly different from experimental values[1-3]. In theoretical studies of metal-air battery reactions......, systematic errors compared to experiments have also been found in calculation of enthalpies of formation for bulk metal oxide, peroxide and superoxide species[4,5]. It is here demonstrated how the errors, which depend explicitly on the choice of applied exchange-correlation functional, can be identified...

  19. Ureteric Injury due to the Use of LigaSure

    Muazzam Tahir

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. LigaSure is a bipolar clamping device used in open and laparoscopic surgeries for producing haemostasis in vascular pedicles up to 7 mm in diameter (“Covidien LigaSure technology: consistent, reliable, trusted vessel sealing,” 2012. The use of LigaSure has made securing haemostasis and tissue dissection relatively easy especially in laparoscopic surgery; however, if not used with care it can cause damage to the surrounding structures through lateral spread of energy. Case Report. This case report discusses the induction of a thermal ureteral injury associated with the use of LigaSure. An 80-year-old gentleman was operated for bowel cancer. LigaSure was used for securing haemostasis and tissue dissection. Postoperatively, he was found to have damage to the right ureter secondary to lateral spread of energy from the jaws of LigaSure with high abdominal drain output. Conclusion. Judicious and careful use of electrosurgical devices should be done to prevent inadvertent damage to the surrounding structures. Early recognition and involvement of a urologist can prevent long-term complications.

  20. Exploring the accuracy of relative molecular energies with local correlation theory

    Local coupled-cluster singles-doubles theory (LCCSD) is a theorist's attempt to capture electron-electron correlation in a fast amount of time and with chemical accuracy. Many of the difficult computational hurdles have been navigated over the last twenty years, including how to construct a linear scaling algorithm and how to produce smooth potential energy surfaces. Nevertheless, there remains the question of just how accurate a local correlation model can be, and what are the chemical limits within which local models are largely applicable. Here, we investigate how accurately can LCCSD approximate full CCSD for cases of atomization energies, isomerization energies, conformational energies, barrier heights and electron affinities. Our conclusion is that LCCSD computes relative energies that are correct to within 1-2 kcal mol-1 of the CCSD energy using relatively aggressive cutoffs and over a broad range of different molecular environments-alkane isomers, dipeptide conformations, Diels-Alder transition states and electron attachment in charge delocalized systems. These findings should push the reach of local correlation applications into new research terrain, including molecules on metal cluster surfaces or perhaps even metal-molecule-metal clusters

  1. Serotonin and Dopamine Gene Variation and Theory of Mind Decoding Accuracy in Major Depression: A Preliminary Investigation

    Zahavi, Arielle Y.; Sabbagh, Mark A.; Dustin Washburn; Raegan Mazurka; R. Michael Bagby; John Strauss; Kennedy, James L.; Arun Ravindran; Harkness, Kate L.

    2016-01-01

    Theory of mind-the ability to decode and reason about others' mental states-is a universal human skill and forms the basis of social cognition. Theory of mind accuracy is impaired in clinical conditions evidencing social impairment, including major depressive disorder. The current study is a preliminary investigation of the association of polymorphisms of the serotonin transporter (SLC6A4), dopamine transporter (DAT1), dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4), and catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) gene...

  2. Inspection strategy for LIGA microstructures using a programmable optical microscope.

    Kurfess, Thomas R (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA); Aigeldinger, Georg; Ceremuga, Joseph T.

    2004-07-01

    The LIGA process has the ability to fabricate very precise, high aspect ratio mesoscale structures with microscale features [l]. The process consists of multiple steps before a final part is produced. Materials native to the LIGA process include metals and photoresists. These structures are routinely measured for quality control and process improvement. However, metrology of LIGA structures is challenging because of their high aspect ratio and edge topography. For the scale of LIGA structures, a programmable optical microscope is well suited for lateral (XU) critical dimension measurements. Using grayscale gradient image processing with sub-pixel interpolation, edges are detected and measurements are performed. As with any measurement, understanding measurement uncertainty is necessary so that appropriate conclusions are drawn from the data. Therefore, the abilities of the inspection tool and the obstacles presented by the structures under inspection should be well understood so that precision may be quantified. This report presents an inspection method for LIGA microstructures including a comprehensive assessment of the uncertainty for each inspection scenario.

  3. Classification Accuracy and Consistency under Item Response Theory Models Using the Package classify

    Chris Wheadon

    2014-01-01

    The R package classify presents a number of useful functions which can be used to estimate the classification accuracy and consistency of assessments. Classification accuracy refers to the probability that an examinees achieved grade classification on an assessment reflects their true grade. Classification consistency refers to the probability that an examinee will be classified into the same grade classification under repeated administrations of an assessment. Understanding the classificatio...

  4. Accuracy and computational efficiency of real-time subspace propagation schemes for the time-dependent density functional theory

    Russakoff, Arthur; Li, Yonghui; He, Shenglai; Varga, Kalman

    2016-05-01

    Time-dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) has become successful for its balance of economy and accuracy. However, the application of TDDFT to large systems or long time scales remains computationally prohibitively expensive. In this paper, we investigate the numerical stability and accuracy of two subspace propagation methods to solve the time-dependent Kohn-Sham equations with finite and periodic boundary conditions. The bases considered are the Lánczos basis and the adiabatic eigenbasis. The results are compared to a benchmark fourth-order Taylor expansion of the time propagator. Our results show that it is possible to use larger time steps with the subspace methods, leading to computational speedups by a factor of 2-3 over Taylor propagation. Accuracy is found to be maintained for certain energy regimes and small time scales.

  5. Predicting behaviour from perceived behavioural control: tests of the accuracy assumption of the theory of planned behaviour.

    Sheeran, Paschal; Trafimow, David; Armitage, Christopher J

    2003-09-01

    The theory of planned behaviour assumes that the accuracy of perceived behavioural control (PBC) determines the strength of the PBC-behaviour relationship. However, this assumption has never been formally tested. The present research developed and validated a proxy measure of actual control (PMAC) in order to test the assumption. In two studies, participants completed measures of intention and PBC, and subsequently completed measures of behaviour and the PMAC. Validity of the PMAC was established by findings showing; (a). that the PMAC moderated the intention-behaviour relation, and (b). that PMAC scores did not reflect attributions for participants' failure to enact their stated intentions. Accuracy was operationalized as the difference between PBC and PMAC scores. Consistent with theoretical expectations, several analyses indicated that greater accuracy of PBC was associated with improved prediction of behaviour by PBC. PMID:14567844

  6. Serotonin and Dopamine Gene Variation and Theory of Mind Decoding Accuracy in Major Depression: A Preliminary Investigation.

    Arielle Y Zahavi

    Full Text Available Theory of mind-the ability to decode and reason about others' mental states-is a universal human skill and forms the basis of social cognition. Theory of mind accuracy is impaired in clinical conditions evidencing social impairment, including major depressive disorder. The current study is a preliminary investigation of the association of polymorphisms of the serotonin transporter (SLC6A4, dopamine transporter (DAT1, dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4, and catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT genes with theory of mind decoding in a sample of adults with major depression. Ninety-six young adults (38 depressed, 58 non-depressed completed the 'Reading the Mind in the Eyes task' and a non-mentalistic control task. Genetic associations were only found for the depressed group. Specifically, superior accuracy in decoding mental states of a positive valence was seen in those homozygous for the long allele of the serotonin transporter gene, 9-allele carriers of DAT1, and long-allele carriers of DRD4. In contrast, superior accuracy in decoding mental states of a negative valence was seen in short-allele carriers of the serotonin transporter gene and 10/10 homozygotes of DAT1. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for integrating social cognitive and neurobiological models of etiology in major depression.

  7. Serotonin and Dopamine Gene Variation and Theory of Mind Decoding Accuracy in Major Depression: A Preliminary Investigation

    Zahavi, Arielle Y.; Sabbagh, Mark A.; Washburn, Dustin; Mazurka, Raegan; Bagby, R. Michael; Strauss, John; Kennedy, James L.; Ravindran, Arun; Harkness, Kate L.

    2016-01-01

    Theory of mind–the ability to decode and reason about others’ mental states–is a universal human skill and forms the basis of social cognition. Theory of mind accuracy is impaired in clinical conditions evidencing social impairment, including major depressive disorder. The current study is a preliminary investigation of the association of polymorphisms of the serotonin transporter (SLC6A4), dopamine transporter (DAT1), dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4), and catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) genes with theory of mind decoding in a sample of adults with major depression. Ninety-six young adults (38 depressed, 58 non-depressed) completed the ‘Reading the Mind in the Eyes task’ and a non-mentalistic control task. Genetic associations were only found for the depressed group. Specifically, superior accuracy in decoding mental states of a positive valence was seen in those homozygous for the long allele of the serotonin transporter gene, 9-allele carriers of DAT1, and long-allele carriers of DRD4. In contrast, superior accuracy in decoding mental states of a negative valence was seen in short-allele carriers of the serotonin transporter gene and 10/10 homozygotes of DAT1. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for integrating social cognitive and neurobiological models of etiology in major depression. PMID:26974654

  8. Quantum limits on optical phase estimation accuracy from classical rate-distortion theory

    Nair, Ranjith [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 3 (Singapore)

    2014-12-04

    The classical information-theoretic lower bound on the distortion of a random variable upon transmission through a noisy channel is applied to quantum-optical phase estimation. An approach for obtaining Bayesian lower bounds on the phase estimation accuracy is described that employs estimates of the classical capacity of the relevant quantum-optical channels. The Heisenberg limit for lossless phase estimation is derived for arbitrary probe state and prior distributions of the phase, and shot-noise scaling of the phase accuracy is established in the presence of nonzero loss for a parallel entanglement-assisted strategy with a single probe mode.

  9. UV-LIGA microfabrication process for sub-terahertz waveguides utilizing multiple layered SU-8 photoresist

    Malekabadi, Ali; Paoloni, Claudio

    2016-09-01

    A microfabrication process based on UV LIGA (German acronym of lithography, electroplating and molding) is proposed for the fabrication of relatively high aspect ratio sub-terahertz (100–1000 GHz) metal waveguides, to be used as a slow wave structure in sub-THz vacuum electron devices. The high accuracy and tight tolerances required to properly support frequencies in the sub-THz range can be only achieved by a stable process with full parameter control. The proposed process, based on SU-8 photoresist, has been developed to satisfy high planar surface requirements for metal sub-THz waveguides. It will be demonstrated that, for a given thickness, it is more effective to stack a number of layers of SU-8 with lower thickness rather than using a single thick layer obtained at lower spin rate. The multiple layer approach provides the planarity and the surface quality required for electroforming of ground planes or assembly surfaces and for assuring low ohmic losses of waveguides. A systematic procedure is provided to calculate soft and post-bake times to produce high homogeneity SU-8 multiple layer coating as a mold for very high quality metal waveguides. A double corrugated waveguide designed for 0.3 THz operating frequency, to be used in vacuum electronic devices, was fabricated as test structure. The proposed process based on UV LIGA will enable low cost production of high accuracy sub-THz 3D waveguides. This is fundamental for producing a new generation of affordable sub-THz vacuum electron devices, to fill the technological gap that still prevents a wide diffusion of numerous applications based on THz radiation.

  10. W3 theory: robust computational thermochemistry in the kJ/mol accuracy range

    Boese, A D; Atasoylu, O; Martin, J M L; Kallay, M; Gauss, J; Oren, Mikhal; Atasoylu, Onur; Martin, Jan M.L.; Kallay, Mihaly; Gauss, Juergen

    2004-01-01

    We are proposing a new computational thermochemistry protocol denoted W3 theory, as a successor to W1 and W2 theory proposed earlier [Martin and De Oliveira, J. Chem. Phys. 111, 1843 (1999)]. The new method is both more accurate overall (error statistics for total atomization energies approximately cut in half) and more robust (particularly towards systems exhibiting significant nondynamical correlation) than W2 theory. The cardinal improvement rests in an approximate account for post-CCSD(T) correlation effects. Iterative T_3 (connected triple excitations) effects exhibit a basis set convergence behavior similar to the T_3 contribution overall. They almost universally decrease molecular binding energies. Their inclusion in isolation yields less accurate results than CCSD(T) nearly across the board: it is only when T_4 (connected quadruple excitations) effects are included that superior performance is achieved. $T_4$ effects systematically increase molecular binding energies. Their basis set convergence is qu...

  11. Metrology study of high precision mm parts made by the deep x-ray lithography (LIGA) technique

    Microcomponents are increasingly applied in industrial products, e.g. smallest gears, springs or the watch industry. Apart from their small dimensions, such components are characterized by a high contour accuracy. Industry requires the tolerances to be in the µm range. Measurement of lateral dimensions in the mm range with submicrometer accuracy and precision, however, results in high requirements on measurement technology. The relevance of this problem is illustrated by the fact that the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has launched the Collaborative Research Center 1159 on 'New Strategies of Measurement and Inspection for the Production of Microsystems and Nanostructures'. The Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnik, Karlsruhe (Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe), produces microstructures by means of the LIG(A) technique (German acronym for lithography, electrodeposition, molding). Presently, a coordinate measurement machine equipped with an optical fiber probe to measure these microstructures is being tested. This paper will particularly focus on the precision and accuracy of the machine. The rules of measurement system analysis will be applied for this purpose. Following the elimination of the systematic error, reproducibility of deep-etch x-ray lithography will be highlighted using the LIGA production of gold gears as an example

  12. High accuracy CO$_2$ line intensities determined from theory and experiment

    Polyansky, Oleg L; Ghysels, Mélanie; Lodi, Lorenzo; Zobov, Nikolai F; Hodges, Joseph T; Tennyson, Jonathan

    2015-01-01

    Atmospheric CO$_2$ concentrations are being closely monitored by remote sensing experiments which rely on knowing line intensities with an uncertainty of 0.5\\%\\ or better. Most available laboratory measurements have uncertainties much larger than this. We report a joint experimental and theoretical study providing rotation-vibration line intensities with the required accuracy. The {\\it ab initio} calculations are extendible to all atmospherically important bands of CO$_2$ and to its isotologues. As such they will form the basis for detailed CO$_2$ spectroscopic line lists for future studies.

  13. LiGA Research and Service at CAMD

    Since 1995 CAMD has been offering exposure services, so called print shop for a variety of users interested in making precision High-Aspect-Ratio Microstructures (HARMST) for various application. Services have been expanded beyond only the print shop service in recent years and now include x-ray mask fabrication, substrate preparation for PMMA and SU- 8 resists, electroplating, finishing and molding. Metallic and polymeric parts are now routinely fabricated for precision engineering, micro-fluidic and micro-optic applications. This paper presents a brief overview of the actual status of LiGA services provided at CAMD including ongoing research efforts and examples of LiGA components for different applications

  14. Entwicklung von elektrochemisch abgeschiedenem LIGA-Ni-Al für Hochtemperatur-MEMS-Anwendungen

    Teutsch, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Ni-Al-Superlegierungen sind bekannt für ihre guten mechanischen Eigenschaften unter hohen Temperaturen. Die elektrochemische Abscheidung von Ni mit Al-Nanopartikeln in LIGA-Strukturen und folgender Wärmebehandlung bietet die Möglichkeit, Ni-Al Superlegierungen für Hochtemperatur-LIGA-MEMS nutzbar zu machen. Über LIGA abgeschiedene Ni-Al-Mikrozugprüfkörper zeigen in Mikrozug- sowie Mikrokriechversuche eine verbesserte thermische Stabilität gegen plastische Verformung.

  15. On the accuracy of density functional theory and wave function methods for calculating vertical ionization energies

    The best practice in computational methods for determining vertical ionization energies (VIEs) is assessed, via reference to experimentally determined VIEs that are corroborated by highly accurate coupled-cluster calculations. These reference values are used to benchmark the performance of density functional theory (DFT) and wave function methods: Hartree-Fock theory, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, and Electron Propagator Theory (EPT). The core test set consists of 147 small molecules. An extended set of six larger molecules, from benzene to hexacene, is also considered to investigate the dependence of the results on molecule size. The closest agreement with experiment is found for ionization energies obtained from total energy difference calculations. In particular, DFT calculations using exchange-correlation functionals with either a large amount of exact exchange or long-range correction perform best. The results from these functionals are also the least sensitive to an increase in molecule size. In general, ionization energies calculated directly from the orbital energies of the neutral species are less accurate and more sensitive to an increase in molecule size. For the single-calculation approach, the EPT calculations are in closest agreement for both sets of molecules. For the orbital energies from DFT functionals, only those with long-range correction give quantitative agreement with dramatic failing for all other functionals considered. The results offer a practical hierarchy of approximations for the calculation of vertical ionization energies. In addition, the experimental and computational reference values can be used as a standardized set of benchmarks, against which other approximate methods can be compared

  16. Accuracy of generalized gradient approximation functionals for density functional perturbation theory calculations

    He, Lianhua; Liu, Fang; Hautier, Geoffroy; Oliveira, Micael J. T.; Marques, Miguel A. L.; Vila, Fernando D.; Rehr, J. J.; Rignanese, G. -M.; Zhou, Aihui

    2013-01-01

    We assess the validity of various exchange-correlation functionals for computing the structural, vibrational, dielectric, and thermodynamical properties of materials in the framework of density-functional perturbation theory (DFPT). We consider five generalized-gradient approximation (GGA) functionals (PBE, PBEsol, WC, AM05, and HTBS) as well as the local density approximation (LDA) functional. We investigate a wide variety of materials including a semiconductor (silicon), a metal (copper), a...

  17. On the accuracy of density functional theory and wave function methods for calculating vertical ionization energies.

    McKechnie, Scott; Booth, George H; Cohen, Aron J; Cole, Jacqueline M

    2015-05-21

    The best practice in computational methods for determining vertical ionization energies (VIEs) is assessed, via reference to experimentally determined VIEs that are corroborated by highly accurate coupled-cluster calculations. These reference values are used to benchmark the performance of density functional theory (DFT) and wave function methods: Hartree-Fock theory, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, and Electron Propagator Theory (EPT). The core test set consists of 147 small molecules. An extended set of six larger molecules, from benzene to hexacene, is also considered to investigate the dependence of the results on molecule size. The closest agreement with experiment is found for ionization energies obtained from total energy difference calculations. In particular, DFT calculations using exchange-correlation functionals with either a large amount of exact exchange or long-range correction perform best. The results from these functionals are also the least sensitive to an increase in molecule size. In general, ionization energies calculated directly from the orbital energies of the neutral species are less accurate and more sensitive to an increase in molecule size. For the single-calculation approach, the EPT calculations are in closest agreement for both sets of molecules. For the orbital energies from DFT functionals, only those with long-range correction give quantitative agreement with dramatic failing for all other functionals considered. The results offer a practical hierarchy of approximations for the calculation of vertical ionization energies. In addition, the experimental and computational reference values can be used as a standardized set of benchmarks, against which other approximate methods can be compared. PMID:26001454

  18. [Thyroidectomy with LigaSure versus traditional thyroidectomy: our experience].

    Marrazzo, Antonio; Casà, Luigi; David, Massimo; Lo Gerfo, Domenico; Noto, Antonio; Riili, Ignazio; Taormina, Pietra

    2007-01-01

    Over the past few decades the surgical strategy for both benign and malignant thyroid diseases has undergone several changes. In particular, total thyroidectomy today has become the routine operation for most thyroid diseases. The complications of this surgical procedure, though of multifactorial aetiopathogenesis, are often related to the efficacy of the haemostasis. Our aim in this study was to verify whether the use of the new LigaSure haemostatic system is capable of reducing the incidence of these complications as well as operative times and length of hospital stay as compared to the conventional haemostatic procedures. Twenty-five patients were randomly assigned to thyroidectomy with LigaSureTM (group A), and 25 to total thyroidectomy using the conventional haemostasis procedures (group B). Of these, 39 were women and 11 men, with a mean age +/- standard deviation of 52.26 +/- 13.57 years. In both groups the thyroidectomy was performed according to the standard total thyroidectomy surgical technique entailing the placement of two aspiration drainages at the end of the operation. As regards the assessment of operative times, these were significantly lower in thyroidectomy with LigaSureTM compared to traditional thyroidectomy (duration: 60 +/- 14.8 min [range: 60-105) in group A versus 92.4 +/- 27.5 min [range: 70-150] in group B, p = 0.02). The total amount of fluid drained postoperatively was substantially similar in the two groups (145 +/- 80 cc in group A versus 140 +/- 64.1 cc in group B). The incidence of postoperative complications was also similar in the two groups. We had only one case of haemorrhage in a patient submitted to thyroidectomy with LigaSureTM, 8 cases of transitory hypocalcaemia, 3 of which in patients with LigaSure thyroidectomy and 5 in patients treated with traditional thyroidectomy (p = 0.42), 2 cases of stupor of the recurrent nerve (1 in group A and 1 in group B) and a single definitive recurrent lesion in a group B patient with

  19. Application of Slepian theory for improving the accuracy of SH-based global ionosphere models in the Arctic region

    Etemadfard, Hossein; Mashhadi Hossainali, Masoud

    2016-03-01

    Due to significant energy resources in polar regions, they have emerged as strategic parts of the world. Consequently, various researches have been funded in order to study these areas in further details. This research intends to improve the accuracy of spherical harmonic (SH)-based Global Ionospheric Models (GIMs) by reconstructing a new map of ionosphere in the Arctic region. For this purpose, the spatiospectral concentration is applied to optimize the base functions. It is carried out using the Slepian theory which was developed by Simons. Here the new base functions and the corresponding coefficients are derived from the SH models for the polar regions. Then, VTEC (vertical total electron content) is reconstructed using Slepian functions and the new coefficients. Reconstructed VTECs and the VTECs derived from SH models are compared to the estimates of this parameter, which are directly derived from dual-frequency GPS measurements. Three International Global Navigation Satellite Systems Service stations located in the northern polar region have been used for this purpose. The starting and ending day of year of adopted GPS data are 69 and 83, respectively, (totally 15 successive days) of the year 2013. According to the obtained results, on average, application of Slepian theory can improve accuracy of the GIM by 1 to 2 total electron content unit (TECU) (1 TECU = 1016 el m-2) in the Arctic region.

  20. Balancing accuracy and efficiency in selecting vibrational configuration interaction basis states using vibrational perturbation theory

    Sibaev, Marat; Crittenden, Deborah L.

    2016-08-01

    This work describes the benchmarking of a vibrational configuration interaction (VCI) algorithm that combines the favourable computational scaling of VPT2 with the algorithmic robustness of VCI, in which VCI basis states are selected according to the magnitude of their contribution to the VPT2 energy, for the ground state and fundamental excited states. Particularly novel aspects of this work include: expanding the potential to 6th order in normal mode coordinates, using a double-iterative procedure in which configuration selection and VCI wavefunction updates are performed iteratively (micro-iterations) over a range of screening threshold values (macro-iterations), and characterisation of computational resource requirements as a function of molecular size. Computational costs may be further reduced by a priori truncation of the VCI wavefunction according to maximum extent of mode coupling, along with discarding negligible force constants and VCI matrix elements, and formulating the wavefunction in a harmonic oscillator product basis to enable efficient evaluation of VCI matrix elements. Combining these strategies, we define a series of screening procedures that scale as O ( Nmode 6 ) - O ( Nmode 9 ) in run time and O ( Nmode 6 ) - O ( Nmode 7 ) in memory, depending on the desired level of accuracy. Our open-source code is freely available for download from http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/pyvci-vpt2.

  1. The accuracy of geometries for iron porphyrin complexes from density functional theory

    Rydberg, Patrik Åke Anders; Olsen, Lars

    2009-01-01

    functionals is evaluated with regard to how they reproduce experimental structures. Seven different functionals (BP86, PBE, PBE0, TPSS, TPSSH, B3LYP, and B97-D) are used to study eight different iron porphyrin complexes. The results show that the TPSSH, PBE0, and TPSS functionals give the best results......Iron porphyrin complexes are cofactors in many important proteins such as cytochromes P450, hemoglobin, heme peroxidases, etc. Many computational studies on these systems have been done over the past decade. In this study, the performance of some of the most commonly used density functional theory...... (absolute bond distance deviations of 0.015-0.016 A), but the geometries are well-reproduced by all functionals except B3LYP. We also test four different basis sets of double-zeta quality, and we find that a combination of double-zeta basis set of Schafer et al. on the iron atom and the 6-31G* basis set on...

  2. Ligas Finemet nanocristalizadas a partir de precursores amorfos

    Neide Aparecida Mariano

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Atualmente, há muito interesse no desenvolvimento de materiais nanocristalinos e amorfos, que apresentem alta resistência mecânica combinada com boa ductilidade, abrindo grandes perspectivas tecnológicas para o processamento desses materiais. Devido a sua versatilidade, as ligas amorfas têm mostrado ter propriedades que podem ser utilizadas em diversas áreas, como em memórias de computadores, aplicações em vários tipos de transformadores para potência e usos eletrônicos. A técnica para obter as ligas amorfas utilizada nesse trabalho foi a de solidificação rápida a partir do estado líquido, por melt spinning. O processamento das fitas foi efetuado em duas etapas, inicialmente foi realizado a fusão da liga por indução magnética, posteriormente, a liga foi submetida a nova refusão para melhorar a homogeneização e, em seguida, produziu-se a fita metálica amorfa, utilizando uma taxa de resfriamento em torno de 10³°C/s. Durante o processamento, a fita obtida apresentou-se amorfa e com uma espessura em torno de 25µm.Now, there is a lot of interest in the development of nanocrystalline and amorphous materials, that present high mechanical resistance combined with good ductility, opening great technological perspectives for the processing these of materials. Due to its versatility, the amorphous alloys have been showing to have properties that can be used in several areas, as in memory of computers, applications in several types of transformers for potency and electronic uses. The technique used to obtain of amorphous alloys in this work, it went to of rapid solidification starting from the liquid state, for melt spinning. The processing of the ribbons of was made in two stages, initially the coalition of the alloy was accomplished by magnetic induction, later on, the alloy was submitted the new remelting to improve the homogenizationand soon after, the amorphous metallic ribbon was produced, used of the high cooling rate

  3. Enhanced adhesion for LIGA microfabrication by using a buffer layer

    Bajikar, Sateesh S.; DeCarlo, Francesco; Song, Joshua J.

    1998-05-22

    The present invention is an improvement on the LIGA microfabrication process wherein a buffer layer is applied to the upper or working surface of a substrate prior to the placement of a resist onto the surface of the substrate. The buffer layer is made from an inert low-Z material (low atomic weight), a material that absorbs secondary X-rays emissions from the substrate that are generated from the substrate upon exposure to a primary X-rays source. Suitable materials for the buffer layer include polyamides and polyimide. The preferred polyimide is synthesized from pyromellitic anhydride and oxydianiline (PMDA-ODA).

  4. X-ray Lenses Fabricated by LIGA Technology

    X-ray refractive optical lens systems have been successfully elaborated, designed, fabricated at the Institute for Microstructure Technology at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany) using LIGA technology in recent years. The lenses are structured in a SU-8 polymer. The capability of the LIGA technique to create an arbitrary profile of the focusing microstructures allow the fabrication of lenses with different curvature radius of parabolic geometry, minimized absorption and a large depth of focus. Also a set of planar lens systems on one substrate can be realized with 17 lenses providing identical focal distances for different X-ray energies from 2 to over 100 keV. Nickel lenses fabricated by electroforming using polymer templates can be applied for energies larger than 80 keV. The parabolic crossed lenses are used for 2D nano focusing of monochromatic beams. The quasi-parabolic crossed lenses with a submicron focus and a focus depth of the centimetre range can be used as an achromatic system. Mosaic truncated parabolic lenses with a focusing aperture up to 1 mm are made to increase the X-ray intensity in the focused spot

  5. Manufacturing microcomponents for optical information technology using the LIGA technique

    Bauer, Hans-Dieter; Ehrfeld, Wolfgang; Hossfeld, Jens; Paatzsch, Thomas

    1999-09-01

    Recently, splices and connectors for fibers ribbons, optical cross connects and especially planar waveguide devices have been fabricated via LIGA in combination with precision engineering techniques. LIGA combines high precision and mass production capability, necessary for products designed for applications in the telecom and datacom market. In this presentation the fabrication of three-level molding and embossing tools is presented, which have been used for the manufacturing of waveguide prestructures consisting of waveguide channels and bier-to-waveguide coupling grooves. The precision of the tools is better than 1 micrometers in all directions, which allows for simple passive pigtailing. A first product, a precision of the tool is better than 1 micrometers in all directions, which allows for simple passive pigtailing. A first product, sixfold array of 4 X 4 multimode star couplers has been realized. The molding behavior of PMMA and COC material has been tested and compared. Production and assembly was tested by fabricating a series of 300 star couplers. The average insertion los has been found better than 9dB, the uniformity better than 3dB, both measured at 830nm. THe device is designed for application in optical backplanes for high-speed computers.

  6. LIGA-based microsystem manufacturing:the electrochemistry of through-mold depostion and material properties.

    Kelly, James J. (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA); Goods, Steven Howard (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA)

    2005-06-01

    The report presented below is to appear in ''Electrochemistry at the Nanoscale'', Patrik Schmuki, Ed. Springer-Verlag, (ca. 2005). The history of the LIGA process, used for fabricating dimensional precise structures for microsystem applications, is briefly reviewed, as are the basic elements of the technology. The principal focus however, is on the unique aspects of the electrochemistry of LIGA through-mask metal deposition and the generation of the fine and uniform microstructures necessary to ensure proper functionality of LIGA components. We draw from both previously published work by external researchers in the field as well as from published and unpublished studies from within Sandia.

  7. Randomized clinical trial comparing LigaSure haemorrhoidectomy with open diathermy haemorrhoidectomy

    Tan, K. -Y.; Zin, T.; Sim, H. -L.; Poon, P. -L.; Cheng, A; Mak, K

    2008-01-01

    Background Milligan-Morgan excision haem-orrhoidectomy remains a very popular treatment modality for third and fourth degree haemorrhoids due to its cost effectiveness and good long-term results. The LigaSure tissue-sealing device is an alternative technique used in haemorrhoidectomy that has been shown to produce favourable results. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the LigaSure tissue sealing device in comparison with conventional diathermy haemorrhoidectomy Methods A...

  8. LIGA process - micromachining technique using synchrotron radiation lithography - and some industrial applications

    Hirata, Yoshihiro E-mail: hirata-yoshihiro@sei.co.jp

    2003-08-01

    We developed the LIGA (Lithographie or lithography/Galvanoformung or electroforming/Abformung or molding) process using a compact synchrotron radiation (SR) source. To make a compact SR source applicable for the LIGA process, we developed a highly sensitive resist and highly transparent mask for deep SR lithography. We commercialized two devices, a piezoelectric composite and a microprobe for IC testing. A microconnector and optical switch were also developed.

  9. A single institution experience using the LigaSure vessel sealing system in laparoscopic nephrectomy

    PING Hao; XING Nian-zeng; ZHANG Jun-hui; NIU Yi-nong; ZHANG Jian-zhong; WANG Jian-wen

    2011-01-01

    Background Vascular control and tissue dissection are crucial steps in successful laparoscopic surgery. Recently, a new commercially available vessel sealing technology, the LigaSure vessel sealing system (Valleylab, Boulder, USA),has been introduced. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the benefits of the LigaSure in laparoscopic nephrectomy.Methods From January 2005 to March 2010, 170 laparoscopic nephrectomies were performed with the LigaSure vessel sealing system, including simple and radical nephrectomy and nephroureterectomy. In a retrospective study, the laparoscopic operating time, estimated intraoperative blood loss, duration of postoperative drainage, total amount of postoperative drainage, as well as postoperative hospital stay, were recorded and studied.Results All 170 laparoscopic nephrectomies using LigaSure were accomplished successfully without conversion to open surgery. There was no severe vascular complication or other serious complications. The mean laparoscopic operating time was 124.2 minutes (range, 14-230 minutes); mean blood loss was 148.6 ml (range, 20-540 ml); mean time for postoperative drainage was 3.1 days (range, 1-7 days); mean amount of postoperative drainage was 206.5 ml (range, 27-435 ml) and mean postoperative hospital stay was 6.9 days (range, 3-18 days).Conclusions Laparoscopic nephrectomy using LigaSure appears technically feasible and easy, and produces satisfactory results. The LigaSure provides a safe and fast way to seal vessels and tissue bundles during nephrectomy.

  10. Concentraci??n presupuestaria y su importancia en la competitividad de la Liga BBVA = Budget concentration and its importance for the competitiveness of the Liga BBVA

    Llana Garc??a, C??sar

    2014-01-01

    Las caracter??sticas de una competici??n deportiva del m??s alto nivel han de ser analizadas desde un punto de vista econ??mico para ponerlas de este modo de manifiesto. Para ello se ha realizado unos an??lisis de concentraci??n o medidas de desigualdad para estudiar la competitividad, tanto desde un punto de vista econ??mico como deportivo de la Liga BBVA espa??ola, la cual est?? en entredicho actualmente. Con la finalidad de obtener informes viables sobre la competitividad de la Liga BBVA y...

  11. Materials for LiGA and LiGA-based microsystems

    The LiGA technique that has been developed for the inexpensive mass fabrication of microdevices consists of three basic processes: X-ray lithography, electroforming and moulding. In each of these steps the properties of the used materials and the process parameters are strongly correlated to each other. Thus, optimizing processes requires detailed knowledge of the materials properties especially as the LiGA technique offers an extremely broad variety of materials (polymers, metals, alloys, ceramics) for the fabrication of three-dimensional microstructures. When it comes to specific applications of LiGA devices, it is often desirable to tailor the properties of materials and surfaces e.g. in respect to mechanical properties, optical properties, thermo- and electrochemical stability and biocompatibility. Again, a detailed knowledge of the properties of the various materials is crucial to optimize these tasks, keeping in mind that these properties on the microscale can differ from those of bulk materials

  12. Fabrication of micro optical components and systems by the LIGA technique

    In micro-systems technology the LIGA technique is well established for the fabrication of microstructures. Using the combination of deep-etch X-ray lithography with synchrotron radiation, electro-forming and moulding techniques, microstructures, e.g. with mechanical and optical functions for optical communication technology and fibre optical sensing are produced. In this paper the development and quality of LIGA micro-optical components and systems as well as their applications in industrial products will be discussed. (authors). 19 refs., 4 figs., 9 photos

  13. Influence of Boundary Condition and Diffusion Coefficient on the Accuracy of Diffusion Theory in Steady-State Spatially Resolved Diffuse Reflectance of Biological Tissues

    张连顺; 张春平; 王新宇; 祁胜文; 许棠; 田建国; 张光寅

    2002-01-01

    The applicability of diffusion theory for the determination of tissue optical properties from steady-state diffuse reflectance is investigated. Analytical expressions from diffusion theory using the two most commonly assumed boundary conditions at the air-tissue interface and the two definitions of the diffusion coefficient are compared with Monte Carlo simulations. The effects of the choice of the boundary conditions and diffusion coefficients on the accuracy of the findings for the optical parameters are quantified, and criteria for accurate curve-fitting algorithms are developed. It is shown that the error in deriving the optical coefficients is considerably smaller for the solution which uses the extrapolated boundary condition and the diffusion coefficient independence of absorption coefficient, compared to the other three solutions.

  14. Liquid theory with high accuracy and broad applicability: Coupling parameter series expansion and non hard sphere perturbation strategy

    Shiqi Zhou

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Thermodynamic and structural properties of liquids are of fundamental interest in physics, chemistry, and biology, and perturbation approach has been fundamental to liquid theoretical approaches since the dawn of modern statistical mechanics and remains so to this day. Although thermodynamic perturbation theory (TPT is widely used in the chemical physics community, one of the most popular versions of the TPT, i.e. Zwanzig (Zwanzig, R. W. J. Chem. Phys. 1954, 22, 1420-1426 1st-order high temperature series expansion (HTSE TPT and its 2nd-order counterpart under a macroscopic compressibility approximation of Barker-Henderson (Barker, J. A.; Henderson, D. J. Chem. Phys. 1967, 47, 2856-2861, have some serious shortcomings: (i the nth-order term of the HTSE is involved with reference fluid distribution functions of order up to 2n, and the higher-order terms hence progressively become more complicated and numerically inaccessible; (ii the performance of the HTSE rapidly deteriorates and the calculated results become even qualitatively incorrect as the temperature of interest decreases. This account deals with the developments that we have made over the last five years or so to advance a coupling parameter series expansion (CPSE and a non hard sphere (HS perturbation strategy that has scored some of its greatest successes in overcoming the above-mentioned difficulties. In this account (i we expatiate on implementation details of our schemes: how input information indispensable to high-order truncation of the CPSE in both the HS and non HS perturbation schemes is calculated by an Ornstein-Zernike integral equation theory; how high-order thermodynamic quantities, such as critical parameters and excess constant volume heat capacity, are extracted from the resulting excess Helmholtz free energy with irregular and inevitable numerical errors; how to select reference potential in the non HS perturbation scheme. (ii We give a quantitative analysis on why

  15. Assessment of the accuracy of coupled cluster perturbation theory for open-shell systems. I. Triples expansions

    Eriksen, Janus J.; Matthews, Devin A.; Jørgensen, Poul; Gauss, Jürgen

    2016-05-01

    The accuracy at which total energies of open-shell atoms and organic radicals may be calculated is assessed for selected coupled cluster perturbative triples expansions, all of which augment the coupled cluster singles and doubles (CCSD) energy by a non-iterative correction for the effect of triple excitations. Namely, the second- through sixth-order models of the recently proposed CCSD(T-n) triples series [J. J. Eriksen et al., J. Chem. Phys. 140, 064108 (2014)] are compared to the acclaimed CCSD(T) model for both unrestricted as well as restricted open-shell Hartree-Fock (UHF/ROHF) reference determinants. By comparing UHF- and ROHF-based statistical results for a test set of 18 modest-sized open-shell species with comparable RHF-based results, no behavioral differences are observed for the higher-order models of the CCSD(T-n) series in their correlated descriptions of closed- and open-shell species. In particular, we find that the convergence rate throughout the series towards the coupled cluster singles, doubles, and triples (CCSDT) solution is identical for the two cases. For the CCSD(T) model, on the other hand, not only its numerical consistency, but also its established, yet fortuitous cancellation of errors breaks down in the transition from closed- to open-shell systems. The higher-order CCSD(T-n) models (orders n > 3) thus offer a consistent and significant improvement in accuracy relative to CCSDT over the CCSD(T) model, equally for RHF, UHF, and ROHF reference determinants, albeit at an increased computational cost.

  16. Assessment of the accuracy of coupled cluster perturbation theory for open-shell systems. I. Triples expansions.

    Eriksen, Janus J; Matthews, Devin A; Jørgensen, Poul; Gauss, Jürgen

    2016-05-21

    The accuracy at which total energies of open-shell atoms and organic radicals may be calculated is assessed for selected coupled cluster perturbative triples expansions, all of which augment the coupled cluster singles and doubles (CCSD) energy by a non-iterative correction for the effect of triple excitations. Namely, the second- through sixth-order models of the recently proposed CCSD(T-n) triples series [J. J. Eriksen et al., J. Chem. Phys. 140, 064108 (2014)] are compared to the acclaimed CCSD(T) model for both unrestricted as well as restricted open-shell Hartree-Fock (UHF/ROHF) reference determinants. By comparing UHF- and ROHF-based statistical results for a test set of 18 modest-sized open-shell species with comparable RHF-based results, no behavioral differences are observed for the higher-order models of the CCSD(T-n) series in their correlated descriptions of closed- and open-shell species. In particular, we find that the convergence rate throughout the series towards the coupled cluster singles, doubles, and triples (CCSDT) solution is identical for the two cases. For the CCSD(T) model, on the other hand, not only its numerical consistency, but also its established, yet fortuitous cancellation of errors breaks down in the transition from closed- to open-shell systems. The higher-order CCSD(T-n) models (orders n > 3) thus offer a consistent and significant improvement in accuracy relative to CCSDT over the CCSD(T) model, equally for RHF, UHF, and ROHF reference determinants, albeit at an increased computational cost. PMID:27208931

  17. Assessment of the accuracy of coupled cluster perturbation theory for open-shell systems. II. Quadruples expansions

    Eriksen, Janus J.; Matthews, Devin A.; Jørgensen, Poul; Gauss, Jürgen

    2016-05-01

    We extend our assessment of the potential of perturbative coupled cluster (CC) expansions for a test set of open-shell atoms and organic radicals to the description of quadruple excitations. Namely, the second- through sixth-order models of the recently proposed CCSDT(Q-n) quadruples series [J. J. Eriksen et al., J. Chem. Phys. 140, 064108 (2014)] are compared to the prominent CCSDT(Q) and ΛCCSDT(Q) models. From a comparison of the models in terms of their recovery of total CC singles, doubles, triples, and quadruples (CCSDTQ) energies, we find that the performance of the CCSDT(Q-n) models is independent of the reference used (unrestricted or restricted (open-shell) Hartree-Fock), in contrast to the CCSDT(Q) and ΛCCSDT(Q) models, for which the accuracy is strongly dependent on the spin of the molecular ground state. By further comparing the ability of the models to recover relative CCSDTQ total atomization energies, the discrepancy between them is found to be even more pronounced, stressing how a balanced description of both closed- and open-shell species—as found in the CCSDT(Q-n) models—is indeed of paramount importance if any perturbative CC model is to be of chemical relevance for high-accuracy applications. In particular, the third-order CCSDT(Q-3) model is found to offer an encouraging alternative to the existing choices of quadruples models used in modern computational thermochemistry, since the model is still only of moderate cost, albeit markedly more costly than, e.g., the CCSDT(Q) and ΛCCSDT(Q) models.

  18. New technique using LigaSure for endoscopic mucomyotomy of Zenker's diverticulum

    Nielsen, Hans Ulrik Kjaerem; Trolle, Waldemar; Rubek, Niclas;

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this study is to present a new approach for treatment of Zenker's diverticulum using the LigaSure (Covidien, Mansfield, MA) technique. STUDY DESIGN: A consecutive study with follow-up of 15 patients with Zenker's diverticulum endoscopically treated using the ...

  19. The Truth about Accuracy

    Buekens, Filip; Truyen, Frederik

    2014-01-01

    When we evaluate the outcomes of investigative actions as justified or unjustified, good or bad, rational or irrational, we make, in a broad sense of the term, evaluative judgments about them. We look at operational accuracy as a desirable and evaluable quality of the outcomes and explore how the concepts of accuracy and precision, on the basis of insights borrowed from pragmatics and measurement theory, can be seen to do useful work in epistemology. Operational accuracy (but not metaphysical...

  20. Investigating Early and Late Complications in Conventional and LigaSure Hemorroidectomy

    M Zare

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The traditional Milligan-Morgan and the Ferguson operations are still the most used for patients with symptomatic haemorrhoids of III and IV degrees. Nowadays LigaSure is used as a new technique to decrease the complications resulting from conventional hemorroidectomy. In this study, patients were investigated on the basis of the following main outcomes: mean operative time, postoperative pain (score and duration, bleeding loss in operation, early (within the first month after surgery and late (after the first month complications in conventional as well as LigaSure hemorroidectomy. Methods: it is an analytical study conducted on 101 patients aged 19–80 years old of both males and females with III and IV-degree hemorrhoids who had been gone to Shahid Sadoughi hospital between 2011 and 2012. Forty-three patients were treated by conventional diathermy and fifty -eight by LigaSure. Patients received analgesic administration for about 24 hours after operations and, after hospital discharge. In fact, analgesia was administered until 5 days (three times a day. All patients were required to record pain from the first postoperative day until the 28th postoperative day on a self-administered NAS scale (0–10. Results: Patients completed a questionnaire face to face one week, one month, six, and twelve months after the operation. The mean operative time, bleeding loss in operation and return to work were significantly shorter in LS group, whereas there were no difference in hospital stay period, anal stenosis, healing time of wound and retention of urinary. A statistically significant difference in pain score was observed three and four days after the operation. Finally, patients with LigaSure haemorrhoidectomy recovered from pain earlier than those with conventional diathermy. Conclusions: although LigaSure proposes additional costs, it is an effective instrument in order to treat hemorrhoids of III and IV degrees.

  1. Assessment of the accuracy of coupled cluster perturbation theory for open-shell systems. II. Quadruples expansions

    Eriksen, Janus J; Jørgensen, Poul; Gauss, Jürgen

    2016-01-01

    We extend our assessment of the potential of perturbative coupled cluster (CC) expansions for a test set of open-shell species to the description of quadruple excitations. In doing so, we compare the prominent CCSDT(Q) and lambda-CCSDT(Q) (a-CCSDT(Q)) models, in which the CC singles, doubles, and triples (CCSDT) energy is augmented by similar corrections for quadruple excitations, to the second- through sixth-order models of the CCSDT(Q-n) quadruples series, which is based on a CCSDT rather than an HF zeroth-order state. By comparing the models in terms of the size-intensive recovery of as well as the total deviation from the quadruples contribution to CC singles, doubles, triples, and quadruples (CCSDTQ) energies, we find (i) that the accuracy offered by the CCSDT(Q) and a-CCSDT(Q) models is strongly dependent on the spin of the molecular ground state - like for the CCSD(T) model in the first part of the present series [arXiv:1512.02846] - and (ii) that the performance of the CCSDT(Q-n) models is practically...

  2. Rigorous ab initio quantum embedding for quantum chemistry using Green's function theory: screened interaction, non-local self-energy relaxation, orbital basis, and chemical accuracy

    Lan, Tran Nguyen; Zgid, Dominika

    2016-01-01

    We present a detailed discussion of self-energy embedding theory (SEET) which is a quantum embedding scheme allowing us to describe a chosen subsystem very accurately while keeping the description of the environment at a lower cost. We apply SEET to molecular examples where commonly our chosen subsystem is made out of a set of strongly correlated orbitals while the weakly correlated orbitals constitute an environment. Such a self-energy separation is very general and to make this procedure applicable to multiple systems a detailed and practical procedure for the evaluation of the system and environment self-energy is necessary. We list all the intricacies for one of the possible procedures while focusing our discussion on many practical implementation aspects such as the choice of best orbital basis, impurity solver, and many steps necessary to reach chemical accuracy. Finally, on a set of carefully chosen molecular examples, we demonstrate that SEET which is a controlled, systematically improvable Green's fu...

  3. LigaSure versus Conventional Suture Ligature for Vaginal Hysterectomy: a Randomized Controlled Trial

    Mohamed Abd Elzaher, a, b, Ashraf Moawad, a, c and Hanaa Abu-Ria

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Vaginal hysterectomy is considered to be the method of choice for removal of the uterus. Of particular concern for the vaginal surgeon is the ability to access, visualize, and legate structures while maintaining adequate hemostasis. Surgical hemostasis can be secured by a variety of methods, including mechanical means (sutures or vessel coagulation (diathermy. Electro-surgical vessel sealing (LigaSure is a new hemostatic system based on the combination of pressure and bipolar electrical energy and is able to seal vessels up to 7 mm in diameter. Objective: To assess the safety and efficacy of using the LigaSure vessel sealing system for securing the pedicles during vaginal hysterectomy in comparison with the conventional method of securing the pedicles by suture ligation. Design: Prospective randomized controlled trial. Setting: Obstetrics and Gynecology departments (Al-Kharj University Hospital- KSA, Enjab Hospital - UAE and Gulf Medical College and Research Centre- UAE. Methods: 80 patients undergoing vaginal hysterectomy for benign conditions were randomized to either LigaSure group (n=40 or Suture group (n=40. Main outcome measures: The primary outcome measures were the operative time and blood loss while the secondary outcome measures were the hospital stay and intra- and post-operative complications. Results: Patients in the LigaSure group had a significantly reduced operating time (37.1 ± 8.9 min vs. 63.8 ± 10.9 min; P < 0.001, operative blood loss (125.5 ± 33.2 mL vs. 264.6 ± 70.4 mL; P < 0.001, requirement of surgical sutures(1.2 ± 0.4 units vs. 8.2 ± 0.4 units; p < 0.001, pain status (2.0 ± 0.6 vs. 3.7 ± 0.7; P < 0.001, and hospital stay (30.3 ± 2.5 h vs. 45.7 ±10.5 h; P < 0.001 compared to the control group. The overall complication rate in the study was 10 % (8/80, and did not differ between patients of the LigaSure and control group. Conclusion: The use of LigaSure device can reduce operative time. It allows

  4. Structure-guided Mutational Analysis of the Nucleotidyltransferase Domain of Escherichia coli DNA Ligase (LigA)*

    Wang, Li Kai; Zhu, Hui; Shuman, Stewart

    2009-01-01

    NAD+-dependent DNA ligases (LigA) are ubiquitous in bacteria, where they are essential for growth and present attractive targets for antimicrobial drug discovery. LigA has a distinctive modular structure in which a nucleotidyltransferase catalytic domain is flanked by an upstream NMN-binding module and by downstream OB-fold, zinc finger, helix-hairpin-helix, and BRCT domains. Here we conducted a structure-function analysis of the nucleotidyltransferase domain of Escher...

  5. Dataciones Rb/Sr en el complejo plutónico Táliga Barcarrota (CPTB) (Badajoz)

    Galindo Francisco, Mª del Carmen; Portugal Ferreira, Martín R.; Casquet, César; Priem, H.N.A.

    1990-01-01

    The Plutonic Complex of Táliga-Barcarrota crops out in the core of the Olivenza-Monesterio anticline, where it intrudes the Upper Precambrian and Lower Cambrian metasediments. As this Complex is made of a) the Circular Pluton of Barcarrota, where the core is constituted by gabbros, diorites and pegmatoides and the outer rim shows quartz monzonites, quartz syenites and hypersolvus granites, and b) the NW-SE elongated Táliga Massif, almost entirely made of biotite orthogneisses, ...

  6. Transferability and accuracy by combining dispersionless density functional and incremental post-Hartree-Fock theories: Noble gases adsorption on coronene/graphene/graphite surfaces

    The accuracy and transferability of the electronic structure approach combining dispersionless density functional theory (DFT) [K. Pernal et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 263201 (2009)] with the method of increments [H. Stoll, J. Chem. Phys. 97, 8449 (1992)], are validated for the interaction between the noble-gas Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe atoms and coronene/graphene/graphite surfaces. This approach uses the method of increments for surface cluster models to extract intermonomer dispersion-like (2- and 3-body) correlation terms at coupled cluster singles and doubles and perturbative triples level, while periodic dispersionless density functionals calculations are performed to estimate the sum of Hartree-Fock and intramonomer correlation contributions. Dispersion energy contributions are also obtained using DFT-based symmetry-adapted perturbation theory [SAPT(DFT)]. An analysis of the structure of the X/surface (X = Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) interaction energies shows the excellent transferability properties of the leading intermonomer correlation contributions across the sequence of noble-gas atoms, which are also discussed using the Drude oscillator model. We further compare these results with van der Waals-(vdW)-corrected DFT-based approaches. As a test of accuracy, the energies of the low-lying nuclear bound states supported by the laterally averaged X/graphite potentials (X = 3He, 4He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) are calculated and compared with the best estimations from experimental measurements and an atom-bond potential model using the ab initio-assisted fine-tuning of semiempirical parameters. The bound-state energies determined differ by less than 6–7 meV (6%) from the atom-bond potential model. The crucial importance of including incremental 3-body dispersion-type terms is clearly demonstrated, showing that the SAPT(DFT) approach effectively account for these terms. With the deviations from the best experimental-based estimations smaller than 2.3 meV (1.9%), the accuracy of

  7. Transferability and accuracy by combining dispersionless density functional and incremental post-Hartree-Fock theories: Noble gases adsorption on coronene/graphene/graphite surfaces.

    de Lara-Castells, María Pilar; Bartolomei, Massimiliano; Mitrushchenkov, Alexander O; Stoll, Hermann

    2015-11-21

    The accuracy and transferability of the electronic structure approach combining dispersionless density functional theory (DFT) [K. Pernal et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 263201 (2009)] with the method of increments [H. Stoll, J. Chem. Phys. 97, 8449 (1992)], are validated for the interaction between the noble-gas Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe atoms and coronene/graphene/graphite surfaces. This approach uses the method of increments for surface cluster models to extract intermonomer dispersion-like (2- and 3-body) correlation terms at coupled cluster singles and doubles and perturbative triples level, while periodic dispersionless density functionals calculations are performed to estimate the sum of Hartree-Fock and intramonomer correlation contributions. Dispersion energy contributions are also obtained using DFT-based symmetry-adapted perturbation theory [SAPT(DFT)]. An analysis of the structure of the X/surface (X = Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) interaction energies shows the excellent transferability properties of the leading intermonomer correlation contributions across the sequence of noble-gas atoms, which are also discussed using the Drude oscillator model. We further compare these results with van der Waals-(vdW)-corrected DFT-based approaches. As a test of accuracy, the energies of the low-lying nuclear bound states supported by the laterally averaged X/graphite potentials (X = (3)He, (4)He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) are calculated and compared with the best estimations from experimental measurements and an atom-bond potential model using the ab initio-assisted fine-tuning of semiempirical parameters. The bound-state energies determined differ by less than 6-7 meV (6%) from the atom-bond potential model. The crucial importance of including incremental 3-body dispersion-type terms is clearly demonstrated, showing that the SAPT(DFT) approach effectively account for these terms. With the deviations from the best experimental-based estimations smaller than 2.3 meV (1.9%), the accuracy of

  8. Role of oxide thickening in fatigue crack initiation in LIGA nickel MEMS thin films

    Shan, W.L., E-mail: wshan@alumni.princeton.edu [The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States); Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States); Yang, Y. [Centre for Advanced Structural Materials, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, the City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Hillie, K.T. [National Center for Nano-Structured Materials, DST/CSIR NIC, 1-Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, P.O. Box 395, Pretoria 0001 (South Africa); Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein, 9300 (South Africa); Jordaan, W.A. [National Metrology Institute of South Africa, Private Bag X34, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040 (South Africa); Soboyejo, W.O., E-mail: soboyejo@aol.com [The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States); Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The African University of Science and Technology, Abuja (AUST-Abuja), Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria)

    2013-01-20

    This paper presents the results of a combined experimental and theoretical study of the fatigue crack initiation in LIGA Ni thin films with a thickness of 270{mu}m. The potential roles of surface oxide thickening and slip bands are explored for fatigue crack initiation. Surface oxides and roughness are characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The underlying crack driving forces associated with pop-in in surface oxide layers are then compared to those associated with the early stages of fatigue crack growth. The implications of the results are discussed for the modeling of fatigue in LIGA Ni micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) structures.

  9. Role of oxide thickening in fatigue crack initiation in LIGA nickel MEMS thin films

    This paper presents the results of a combined experimental and theoretical study of the fatigue crack initiation in LIGA Ni thin films with a thickness of 270μm. The potential roles of surface oxide thickening and slip bands are explored for fatigue crack initiation. Surface oxides and roughness are characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The underlying crack driving forces associated with pop-in in surface oxide layers are then compared to those associated with the early stages of fatigue crack growth. The implications of the results are discussed for the modeling of fatigue in LIGA Ni micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) structures.

  10. LigaSure versus Conventional Suture Ligature for Vaginal Hysterectomy: a Randomized Controlled Trial

    Mohamed Abd Elzaher, a, b, Ashraf Moawad, a, c and Hanaa Abu-Ria

    2011-01-01

    Introduction: Vaginal hysterectomy is considered to be the method of choice for removal of the uterus. Of particular concern for the vaginal surgeon is the ability to access, visualize, and legate structures while maintaining adequate hemostasis. Surgical hemostasis can be secured by a variety of methods, including mechanical means (sutures) or vessel coagulation (diathermy). Electro-surgical vessel sealing (LigaSure) is a new hemostatic system based on the combination of pressure and bipolar...

  11. Diamond-like nanocomposite coatings for LIGA-fabricated nickel alloy parts.

    Prasad, Somuri V.; Scharf, Thomas W.

    2005-03-01

    A commercial plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technique with planetary substrate rotation was used to apply a thin (200-400 nm thick) conformal diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating (known as a diamond-like nanocomposite (DLN)) on LIGA fabricated Ni-Mn alloy parts. The PECVD technique is known to overcome the drawbacks associated with the line-of-sight nature of physical vapor deposition (PVD) and substrate heating inherent with traditional chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The purpose of the present study is to characterize the coverage, adhesion, and tribological (friction and wear) behavior of DLN coatings applied to planar and sidewall surfaces of small featured LIGA Ni-Mn fabricated parts, e.g. 280 {micro}m thick sidewalls. Friction and wear tests were performed in dry nitrogen, dry air, and air with 50% RH at Hertzian contact pressures ranging from 0.3 to 0.6 GPa. The friction coefficient of bare Ni-Mn alloy was determined to be 0.9. In contrast, low friction coefficients ({approx}0.02 in dry nitrogen and {approx}0.2 in 50% RH air) and minimal amount of wear were exhibited for the DLN coated LIGA Ni-Mn alloy parts and test coupons. This behavior was due to the ability of the coating to transfer to the rubbing counterface providing low interfacial shear at the sliding contact; resultantly, coating one surface was adequate for low friction and wear. In addition, a 30 nm thick titanium bond layer was determined to be necessary for good adhesion of DLN coating to Ni-Mn alloy substrates. Raman spectroscopy and cross-sectional SEM with energy dispersive x-ray analysis revealed that the DLN coatings deposited by the PECVD with planetary substrate rotation covered both the planar and sidewall surfaces of LIGA fabricated parts, as well as narrow holes of 300 {micro}m (0.012 inch) diameter.

  12. LigaSure meets endobronchial valve in a case of lung cancer with pneumoconiosis

    Fiorelli, Alfonso; Accardo, Marina; Vicidomini, Giovanni; Santini, Mario

    2013-01-01

    Resection of lung cancer associated with pneumoconiosis may be difficult since fibrosis limits the exposure of hilum, and the use of stapler; yet, surgery may be complicated by persistent air leaks due to the underlying disease. In this setting, LigaSure was used to perform the tumor resection, and the postoperative treatment of air leaks in the same patient was treated with placement of endobronchial valves.

  13. A LigA three-domain region protects hamsters from lethal infection by Leptospira interrogans.

    Mariana L Coutinho

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The leptospiral LigA protein consists of 13 bacterial immunoglobulin-like (Big domains and is the only purified recombinant subunit vaccine that has been demonstrated to protect against lethal challenge by a clinical isolate of Leptospira interrogans in the hamster model of leptospirosis. We determined the minimum number and location of LigA domains required for immunoprotection. Immunization with domains 11 and 12 was found to be required but insufficient for protection. Inclusion of a third domain, either 10 or 13, was required for 100% survival after intraperitoneal challenge with Leptospira interrogans serovar Copenhageni strain Fiocruz L1-130. As in previous studies, survivors had renal colonization; here, we quantitated the leptospiral burden by qPCR to be 1.2×10(3 to 8×10(5 copies of leptospiral DNA per microgram of kidney DNA. Although renal histopathology in survivors revealed tubulointerstitial changes indicating an inflammatory response to the infection, blood chemistry analysis indicated that renal function was normal. These studies define the Big domains of LigA that account for its vaccine efficacy and highlight the need for additional strategies to achieve sterilizing immunity to protect the mammalian host from leptospiral infection and its consequences.

  14. LA INFLUENCIA DE JUGAR LA LIGA DE CAMPEONES EN EL RESULTADO DE LOS EQUIPOS EN LA LIGA ESPAÑOLA DE FÚTBOL. LA IMPORTANCIA DE LA DENSIDAD COMPETITIVA

    C. Lago Peñas

    2010-09-01

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    RESUMEN

    Los objetivos de este trabajo son dos. En primer lugar estudiar los efectos que tiene disputar un partido de la Liga de Campeones sobre el resultado alcanzado por los equipos en la Liga Española en esa misma semana. En segundo lugar, verificar si la probabilidad de ganar frente a perder en la Liga Española es mayor o no para los equipos con experiencia en la Liga de Campeones frente a aquellos otros conjuntos que disputan por primera vez esta competición. La muestra consiste en 184 partidos de la Liga Española de Fútbol jugados por los equipos que se encontraban simultáneamente disputando la primera fase de la Liga de Campeones en las temporadas 2003-2004, 2004-2005 y 2005-2006. Los datos utilizados en la investigación han sido tomados de la página oficial de la Liga de Campeones, de la Liga Española y suministrados por GECA SPORT.

    De acuerdo con los resultados de la estimación de un modelo logit multinomial, disputar un partido de la Liga de Campeones durante la semana de competición no reduce la probabilidad de los equipos de ganar frente a perder en el partido de la Liga Nacional. Incluso tiene un efecto positivo para los equipos debutantes en la competición europea: cuando juegan durante la semana tienen más probabilidades de ganar en la Liga Nacional (p<0,01.

    Palabras clave: resultado, fútbol, Liga de Campeones. logit multinomial, Liga Española

     

    ABSTRACT

    This paper has two goals. First, studying the impact of playing in the Champions League on the results in the Spanish League. Second, analyzing whether being a beginner team in the

  15. Accuracy of Approximate Eigenstates

    Lucha, Wolfgang; Lucha, Wolfgang

    2000-01-01

    Besides perturbation theory, which requires, of course, the knowledge of the exact unperturbed solution, variational techniques represent the main tool for any investigation of the eigenvalue problem of some semibounded operator H in quantum theory. For a reasonable choice of the employed trial subspace of the domain of H, the lowest eigenvalues of H usually can be located with acceptable precision whereas the trial-subspace vectors corresponding to these eigenvalues approximate, in general, the exact eigenstates of H with much less accuracy. Accordingly, various measures for the accuracy of the approximate eigenstates derived by variational techniques are scrutinized. In particular, the matrix elements of the commutator of the operator H and (suitably chosen) different operators, with respect to degenerate approximate eigenstates of H obtained by some variational method, are proposed here as new criteria for the accuracy of variational eigenstates. These considerations are applied to that Hamiltonian the eig...

  16. LigaSure血管闭合系统在胃肠癌手术中的应用%Clinical study of LigaSure vessel sealing system for surgery in gastroenteric cancer

    庄树彤; 徐敏; 郑凯; 唐远志; 陈斌

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the value of LigaSure vessel sealing system for surgery in gastroenteric cancer. Methods From January to September 2009,44 cases of gastroenteric cancer were operated by using LigaSure vessel sealing system,including 13 cases of gastric cancer, 14 cases of colon cancer, 17 cases of rectum cancer. Laparoscopy was employed in 10 cases. Results All the cases were performed successfully. The operation time was 130-250 min, the blood loss was 50-250 ml, and the number of lymph nodes resected was 4-20. None of the cases had serious complications. Conclusion As an optimal hemostatic tool, LigaSure vessel sealing system is safe and feasible for gastroenteric cancer.%目的 探讨LigaSure血管闭合系统在胃肠癌手术中的应用价值.方法 2009年1-9月应用LigaSure血管闭合系统完成胃肠癌手术44例,包括胃癌手术13例,结肠癌手术14例,直肠癌手术17例,其中腹腔镜下结直肠癌手术10例.结果 全组病例手术均获得成功,手术时间130~250min,出血量50~250ml,淋巴结清扫数量4~20枚,无严重并发症发生.结论 LigaSure血管闭合系统止血安全、可靠,值得在胃肠癌手术中推广应用.

  17. Multi-dimensional multi-species modeling of transient electrodeposition in LIGA microfabrication.

    Evans, Gregory Herbert (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA); Chen, Ken Shuang

    2004-06-01

    This report documents the efforts and accomplishments of the LIGA electrodeposition modeling project which was headed by the ASCI Materials and Physics Modeling Program. A multi-dimensional framework based on GOMA was developed for modeling time-dependent diffusion and migration of multiple charged species in a dilute electrolyte solution with reduction electro-chemical reactions on moving deposition surfaces. By combining the species mass conservation equations with the electroneutrality constraint, a Poisson equation that explicitly describes the electrolyte potential was derived. The set of coupled, nonlinear equations governing species transport, electric potential, velocity, hydrodynamic pressure, and mesh motion were solved in GOMA, using the finite-element method and a fully-coupled implicit solution scheme via Newton's method. By treating the finite-element mesh as a pseudo solid with an arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian formulation and by repeatedly performing re-meshing with CUBIT and re-mapping with MAPVAR, the moving deposition surfaces were tracked explicitly from start of deposition until the trenches were filled with metal, thus enabling the computation of local current densities that potentially influence the microstructure and frictional/mechanical properties of the deposit. The multi-dimensional, multi-species, transient computational framework was demonstrated in case studies of two-dimensional nickel electrodeposition in single and multiple trenches, without and with bath stirring or forced flow. Effects of buoyancy-induced convection on deposition were also investigated. To further illustrate its utility, the framework was employed to simulate deposition in microscreen-based LIGA molds. Lastly, future needs for modeling LIGA electrodeposition are discussed.

  18. Linear-scaling time-dependent density-functional theory beyond the Tamm-Dancoff approximation: Obtaining efficiency and accuracy with in situ optimised local orbitals.

    Zuehlsdorff, T J; Hine, N D M; Payne, M C; Haynes, P D

    2015-11-28

    We present a solution of the full time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) eigenvalue equation in the linear response formalism exhibiting a linear-scaling computational complexity with system size, without relying on the simplifying Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA). The implementation relies on representing the occupied and unoccupied subspaces with two different sets of in situ optimised localised functions, yielding a very compact and efficient representation of the transition density matrix of the excitation with the accuracy associated with a systematic basis set. The TDDFT eigenvalue equation is solved using a preconditioned conjugate gradient algorithm that is very memory-efficient. The algorithm is validated on a small test molecule and a good agreement with results obtained from standard quantum chemistry packages is found, with the preconditioner yielding a significant improvement in convergence rates. The method developed in this work is then used to reproduce experimental results of the absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll in an organic solvent, where it is demonstrated that the TDA fails to reproduce the main features of the low energy spectrum, while the full TDDFT equation yields results in good qualitative agreement with experimental data. Furthermore, the need for explicitly including parts of the solvent into the TDDFT calculations is highlighted, making the treatment of large system sizes necessary that are well within reach of the capabilities of the algorithm introduced here. Finally, the linear-scaling properties of the algorithm are demonstrated by computing the lowest excitation energy of bacteriochlorophyll in solution. The largest systems considered in this work are of the same order of magnitude as a variety of widely studied pigment-protein complexes, opening up the possibility of studying their properties without having to resort to any semiclassical approximations to parts of the protein environment. PMID:26627950

  19. Linear-scaling time-dependent density-functional theory beyond the Tamm-Dancoff approximation: Obtaining efficiency and accuracy with in situ optimised local orbitals

    Zuehlsdorff, T. J.; Hine, N. D. M.; Payne, M. C.; Haynes, P. D.

    2015-11-01

    We present a solution of the full time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) eigenvalue equation in the linear response formalism exhibiting a linear-scaling computational complexity with system size, without relying on the simplifying Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA). The implementation relies on representing the occupied and unoccupied subspaces with two different sets of in situ optimised localised functions, yielding a very compact and efficient representation of the transition density matrix of the excitation with the accuracy associated with a systematic basis set. The TDDFT eigenvalue equation is solved using a preconditioned conjugate gradient algorithm that is very memory-efficient. The algorithm is validated on a small test molecule and a good agreement with results obtained from standard quantum chemistry packages is found, with the preconditioner yielding a significant improvement in convergence rates. The method developed in this work is then used to reproduce experimental results of the absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll in an organic solvent, where it is demonstrated that the TDA fails to reproduce the main features of the low energy spectrum, while the full TDDFT equation yields results in good qualitative agreement with experimental data. Furthermore, the need for explicitly including parts of the solvent into the TDDFT calculations is highlighted, making the treatment of large system sizes necessary that are well within reach of the capabilities of the algorithm introduced here. Finally, the linear-scaling properties of the algorithm are demonstrated by computing the lowest excitation energy of bacteriochlorophyll in solution. The largest systems considered in this work are of the same order of magnitude as a variety of widely studied pigment-protein complexes, opening up the possibility of studying their properties without having to resort to any semiclassical approximations to parts of the protein environment.

  20. Linear-scaling time-dependent density-functional theory beyond the Tamm-Dancoff approximation: Obtaining efficiency and accuracy with in situ optimised local orbitals

    We present a solution of the full time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) eigenvalue equation in the linear response formalism exhibiting a linear-scaling computational complexity with system size, without relying on the simplifying Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA). The implementation relies on representing the occupied and unoccupied subspaces with two different sets of in situ optimised localised functions, yielding a very compact and efficient representation of the transition density matrix of the excitation with the accuracy associated with a systematic basis set. The TDDFT eigenvalue equation is solved using a preconditioned conjugate gradient algorithm that is very memory-efficient. The algorithm is validated on a small test molecule and a good agreement with results obtained from standard quantum chemistry packages is found, with the preconditioner yielding a significant improvement in convergence rates. The method developed in this work is then used to reproduce experimental results of the absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll in an organic solvent, where it is demonstrated that the TDA fails to reproduce the main features of the low energy spectrum, while the full TDDFT equation yields results in good qualitative agreement with experimental data. Furthermore, the need for explicitly including parts of the solvent into the TDDFT calculations is highlighted, making the treatment of large system sizes necessary that are well within reach of the capabilities of the algorithm introduced here. Finally, the linear-scaling properties of the algorithm are demonstrated by computing the lowest excitation energy of bacteriochlorophyll in solution. The largest systems considered in this work are of the same order of magnitude as a variety of widely studied pigment-protein complexes, opening up the possibility of studying their properties without having to resort to any semiclassical approximations to parts of the protein environment

  1. Linear-scaling time-dependent density-functional theory beyond the Tamm-Dancoff approximation: Obtaining efficiency and accuracy with in situ optimised local orbitals

    Zuehlsdorff, T. J., E-mail: tjz21@cam.ac.uk; Payne, M. C. [Cavendish Laboratory, J. J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Hine, N. D. M. [Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom); Haynes, P. D. [Department of Materials, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Department of Physics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Thomas Young Centre for Theory and Simulation of Materials, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

    2015-11-28

    We present a solution of the full time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) eigenvalue equation in the linear response formalism exhibiting a linear-scaling computational complexity with system size, without relying on the simplifying Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA). The implementation relies on representing the occupied and unoccupied subspaces with two different sets of in situ optimised localised functions, yielding a very compact and efficient representation of the transition density matrix of the excitation with the accuracy associated with a systematic basis set. The TDDFT eigenvalue equation is solved using a preconditioned conjugate gradient algorithm that is very memory-efficient. The algorithm is validated on a small test molecule and a good agreement with results obtained from standard quantum chemistry packages is found, with the preconditioner yielding a significant improvement in convergence rates. The method developed in this work is then used to reproduce experimental results of the absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll in an organic solvent, where it is demonstrated that the TDA fails to reproduce the main features of the low energy spectrum, while the full TDDFT equation yields results in good qualitative agreement with experimental data. Furthermore, the need for explicitly including parts of the solvent into the TDDFT calculations is highlighted, making the treatment of large system sizes necessary that are well within reach of the capabilities of the algorithm introduced here. Finally, the linear-scaling properties of the algorithm are demonstrated by computing the lowest excitation energy of bacteriochlorophyll in solution. The largest systems considered in this work are of the same order of magnitude as a variety of widely studied pigment-protein complexes, opening up the possibility of studying their properties without having to resort to any semiclassical approximations to parts of the protein environment.

  2. Mechanical and metallographic characterization of LIGA fabricated nickel and 80%Ni-20%Fe Permalloy

    Christenson, T.R.; Buchheit, T.E.; Schmale, D.T. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Bourcier, R.J. [Corning Inc., NY (United States). Photonic Technologies Div.

    1998-04-13

    A table top servohydraulic load frame equipped with a laser displacement measurement system was constructed for the mechanical characterization of LIGA fabricated electroforms. A drop in tensile specimen geometry which includes a pattern to identify gauge length via laser scanning has proven to provide a convenient means to monitor and characterize mechanical property variations arising during processing. In addition to tensile properties, hardness and metallurgical data were obtained for nickel deposit specimens of current density varying between 20 and 80 mA/cm{sup 2} from a sulfamate based bath. Data from 80/20 nickel-iron deposits is also presented for comparison. As expected, substantial mechanical property differences from bulk metal properties are observed as well as a dependence of material strength on current density which is supported by grain size variation. While elastic modulus values of the nickel electrodeposit are near 160 GPa, yield stress values vary by over 60%. A strong orientation in the metal electrodeposits as well as variations in nucleating and growth morphology present a concern for anisotropic and geometry dependent mechanical properties within and between different LIGA components.

  3. Complex microstructure fabrication by integrating silicon anisotropic etching and UV-LIGA technology

    Jing Xiangmeng; Chen Di; Huang Chuang; Chen Xiang; Liu Jingquan; Zhu Jun

    2007-01-01

    A fabrication method which integrates silicon anisotropic etching micromachining with UV-LIGA technology to make complex microstructures is presented.This proposod combined process enables the fabrication of high-aspect-ratio and three-dimensional(3D)microstmctures,which cannot be fabricated by silicon bulk micromachining or UV-LIGA alone.To demonstrate this combined method.the 100μm thick SU-8 micro gears were fabricated on the silicon convex square structure.which is 100μm×100μm×80μm in dimension.In the subsequent micro hot embossing process,a novel type of plastics polyethylene terephtalate glycol(PETG)Was tried for use.Through optimizing process parameters,PETG shows the potential of being used as plastic replica in micro-electro-mechanical system(MEMS).This fabrication technology provides a new option for the increasing need of functionality,quality and economy of MEMS.

  4. Influência do tempo de espera na fluidez da liga comercial A356 com estrutura globular no estado semi-sólido Resting time influence on the fluid flow of commercial A356 alloy with globulitic structure in semi-solid state

    Estéfano Aparecido Vieira

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available O processo de conformação de ligas no estado semi-sólido (ESS é uma tecnologia que, devido às vantagens, é uma realidade na indústria automobilística em especial para ligas de Al-Si. Um dos aspectos mais importante, nesse processo, é o comportamento reológico dessas ligas, pois, tal comportamento afeta diretamente as condições de fluxo e, também, as propriedades mecânicas finais das peças tixoconformadas. Uma maneira empírica para avaliar esse parâmetro é através do teste de fluidez. O objetivo do presente trabalho foi estudar a influência do tempo de espera sobre a fluidez da liga A356, no estado semi-sólido (ESS. Amostras foram semifundidas até uma temperatura de 590ºC, processo este seguido de tempos de espera de 10min e 30min. A liga refundida foi injetada em uma matriz com um longo canal contínuo. Os resultados obtidos foram discutidos, tendo, como base, teorias preexistentes para sistemas de coexistência sólido/líquido. Parâmetros microestruturais foram medidos, com o intuito de explicar os fenômenos observados. O grau de fluidez da liga A356 sofre intensa influência do tempo de espera no ESS.Semi-solid state forming process (SS is a technology that, due its benefits, is a reality for automotive industry applications, especially for aluminum silicon alloys. In this forming process, one of the most important aspects is alloy rheological behavior because it directly affects the flux condition and mechanical properties of tixoformed parts. An empiric way for measuring this parameter is the fluidity test. The aim of this work was to study the influence of waiting time on the fluidity of an A356 alloy in a semi-solid state. Samples were heated until partial melting at 590ºC, followed by waiting times of 10min and 30min. The alloy was injected into a long and continuous channel. The results obtained were discussed using pre-existent theories for semi-solid state systems with coexisting solid and liquid phases. Some

  5. LigaSure血管闭合系统结合钳夹法在肝叶切除术中的应用%The clinical application of LigaSure vessel sealing system combined with crushing clamp method in hepatolobectomy

    徐永建; 佘明杰; 卢正磊

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨LigaSure血管闭合系统结合钳夹法在肝叶切除术中的应用价值。方法:采用LigaSure血管闭合系统结合钳夹法闭合处理肝脏动静脉及门静脉三级以下分支,5-0 Proline线加LigaSure血管闭合系统闭合处理肝左静脉及肝中静脉属支。结果:手术时间127~230 min,术中失血150~500 ml,住院时间8~14 d,无术后腹腔内出血、胆漏及死亡病例。结论:LigaSure血管闭合系统结合钳夹法是一种安全可靠的肝叶切除方法。%Objective:To investigate the clinical application of LigaSure vessel sealing system( LVSS) combined with crushing clamp method in hepatolobectomy. Methods:The hepatic artery and vein and less than level 3 branch of portal vein were treated with LVSS and crushing clamp method, the branches of left hepatic vein and middle hepatic vein were treated with 5-0 Proline line ligature combined with LVSS. Results:The time of operation was 127-230 min,the volume of bleeding was 150-500 ml,and the average time of hospitalization stay was 8 to 14 days. No intra-abdominal hemorrhage, bile leakage and death after operation were found. Conclusions:LVSS combined with crushing clamp method in hepatolobectomy was a safe and reliable means.

  6. Accuracy of temperature-derivative of radial distribution function calculated under approximations in Ornstein-Zernike theory for one-component Lennard-Jones fluid

    Miyata, Tatsuhiko; Miyazaki, Sanae

    2016-08-01

    The accuracy of the temperature derivative of radial distribution function obtained under hypernetted chain (HNC), Kovalenko-Hirata (KH), Percus-Yevick (PY) and Verlet-modified (VM) closure approximations is examined for one-component Lennard-Jones fluid. As relevant thermodynamic quantities, constant-volume heat capacity and thermal pressure coefficient are investigated in terms of their accuracy under the above four approximations. It is found that HNC and KH closures overestimate these quantities, whereas PY closure tends to underestimate them. VM closure predicts rather accurately the quantities. A significant cancellation is observed along the integration for the above quantities under HNC and KH closures, especially at high density state.

  7. Microfabrication of the LIGA process and its application for new industry

    Three dimensional micro-fabrication process technologies are required in the field of the micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) comprising micro-functional components such as micro-sensors and micro-actuators. The base technology is the highaspect-ratio structure process. In the process, the LIGA (Lithographie Galvanoformung Abformung) process using the SR (Synchrotron Radiation) has been carefully watched especially from industrial world. In this report, the present status of micro-three dimensional processes and application of them to industry are introduced. The three dimensional micro-fabrication process technologies are strongly required from not only micro-device related fields, but also display fields of plasma and liquid crystal and energy fields of fuel and solar cells. Recent development of the cantilever type resin optical switching and the three-dimensional micro-coil and their usefulness were shown. (author)

  8. A gente se liga em voc: reconfiguraes da TV Globo em um cenrio de convergncia miditica

    Diego Gouveia Moreira

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Os 46 anos da Rede Globo foram comemorados com o lanamento de uma nova assinatura. Em vez do a gente se v por aqui, a emissora passou a usar a gente se liga em voc. O novo slogan volta a ateno para o telespectador. Entender o processo de transio da TV em um cenrio de convergncia e as adaptaes que a TV Globo tem implementado para atender s novas demandas so os principais objetivos deste artigo. Para isso, so abordadas as mudanas que os meios tradicionais esto realizando diante dos novos meios e so mostradas as principais estratgias da Globo nesse ecossistema miditico. Por fim, o artigo constata a instaurao de um novo estatuto da televiso.

  9. LIGA fabrication of mm-wave accelerating cavity structures at the Advanced Photon Source (APS)

    Recent microfabrication technologies based on the LIGA (German acronym for Lithographe, Galvanoformung, und Abformung) process have been applied to build high-aspect-ratio, metallic or dielectric planar structures suitable for high-frequency rf cavity structures. The cavity structures would be used as parts of linear accelerators, microwave undulators, and mm-wave amplifiers. The microfabrication process includes manufacture of precision x-ray masks, exposure of positive resist x-rays through the mask, resist development, and electroforming of the final microstructure. Prototypes of a 32-cell, 108-GHz constant-impedance cavity and a 66-cell, 94-GHz constant-gradient cavity were fabricated with the synchrotron radiation sources at APS and NSLS. This paper will present an overview of the new technology and details of the mm-wave cavity fabrication

  10. On the accuracy of density-functional theory exchange-correlation functionals for H bonds in small water clusters. II. The water hexamer and van der Waals interactions

    Santra, Biswajit; Michaelides, Angelos; Fuchs, Martin; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Filippi, Claudia; Scheffler, Matthias

    2008-01-01

    Second order Møller–Plesset perturbation theory at the complete basis set limit and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo are used to examine several low energy isomers of the water hexamer. Both approaches predict the so-called prism to be the lowest energy isomer, followed by cage, book, and cyclic isomer

  11. Accuracy of Several Wave Function and Density Functional Theory Methods for Description of Noncovalent Interaction of Saturated and Unsaturated Hydrocarbon Dimers

    Granatier, Jaroslav; Pitoňák, M.; Hobza, Pavel

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 8, č. 7 (2012), s. 2282-2292. ISSN 1549-9618 Grant ostatní: APVV(SK) APVV-0059-10 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : intermolecular interaction energies * Plesset perturbation-theory * molecular-orbital methods * protein rubredoxin Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 5.389, year: 2012

  12. Fabrication of the 3 dimension resist microstructure using X-ray diffraction and applying to LIGA process

    The LIGA process consists of lithography, electroforming and molding has attracted attention in microstructure fabrication techniques. At the molding process of LIGA process, it is difficult to pull out from the mold that is assumed especially in the case of high aspect ratio structures. However, release from mold is improved by tapered structure. In this research, we have proposed a method for achieving tapered structure using the diffraction exposure technique which makes use of diffraction phenomenon. Diffraction is caused by providing a clearance between a resist structure and an X-ray mask. The fabricated structure was the lines and intermediate space whose processed depth was 200 μm and designated the taper angle of 5 degrees as set point. The variable parameters were the slit width, the X-ray dose and the gap between the X-ray mask and the resist structure. It is controlled that discovering the conditions for taper angle 5 degrees and inspecting the relationship between a taper angle and a mold releasability by electroforming and the molding of the LIGA process. We have fabricated the mold with taper angle of 2.5 degrees by electroforming. The Ni mold could partially copy the master pattern well. (author)

  13. Phoradendron liga (Gill. ex H. et A.) Eichl. (Viscaceae) used in folk medicine: anatomical, phytochemical, and immunochemical studies.

    Varela, Beatriz G; Fernández, Teresa; Ricco, Rafael A; Zolezzi, Paula Cerdá; Hajos, Silvia E; Gurni, Alberto A; Alvarez, Elida; Wagner, Marcelo L

    2004-09-01

    Phoradendron liga (Gill. ex H. et A.) Eichl. is a Viscaceae widely distributed in Argentina. It has been commonly used in folk medicine as a substitute of the European mistletoe (Viscum album L.) to decrease high blood pressure due to their external similarity. In this study, the anatomical features as well as micromolecular and macromolecular analysis of this species are reported. Anatomical study has shown that Phoradendron liga presents as anatomic features: papillous cuticle, clusters in leaves and stems, and isodiametric stone cells only in stems. The analysis of flavonoids showed that this species produces C-glycosylflavones and 3-desoxyproanthocyanidins. Protein study showed a protein pattern with components ranging from 14 to 90 kDa and the presence of related epitopes between the species was demonstrated by cross recognition using anti-Phoradendron and anti-Viscum antisera of both species by Western blot assay. In addition, a galactose specific lectin (L-Phl) was isolated form Phoradendron liga extracts. These results are part of a comprehensive project on Argentine hemiparasite species destinated to be applied to quality control of commercial samples and disclosed their potential use as a potential source for immunomodulatory compounds. PMID:15261970

  14. A density functional theory derived force field for p-cresol. Use of the ultraviolet resonance Raman intensities to check the vibrational analysis accuracy

    Lagant, P.; Gallouj, H.; Vergoten, G.

    1995-11-01

    An ab initio force field for p-cresol has been deduced from calculations based on density functional theory. A careful scaling of the internal force constants using correct vibrational assignments is shown to predict quite accurately the experimental vibrational frequencies and the potential energy distribution for p-cresol and all its deuterated analogs. Using this vibrational analysis, an attempt was made to predict the resonance Raman intensities for totally symmetric modes using the A-term part of the scattering tensor.

  15. Linear-scaling time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) beyond the Tamm-Dancoff approximation: obtaining efficiency and accuracy with in situ optimised local orbitals

    Zuehlsdorff, Tim J; Payne, Mike C; Haynes, Peter D

    2015-01-01

    We present a solution of the full TDDFT eigenvalue equation in the linear response formalism exhibiting a linear-scaling computational complexity with system size, without relying on the simplifying Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA). The implementation relies on representing the occupied and unoccupied subspace with two different sets of in situ optimised localised functions, yielding a very compact and efficient representation of the transition density matrix of the excitation with the accuracy associated with a systematic basis set. The TDDFT eigenvalue equation is solved using a preconditioned conjugate-gradients algorithm that is very memory-efficient. The algorithm is validated on a test molecule and a good agreement with results obtained from standard quantum chemistry packages is found, with the preconditioner yielding a significant improvement in convergence rates. The method developed in this work is then used to reproduce experimental results of the absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) i...

  16. A demonstration of the speed and accuracy of the biased-selection Monte Carlo methods in hamiltonian SU(2) lattice gauge theory

    For SU(2) hamiltonian lattice gauge theory we calculate the ground-state energy per plaquette and the glueball mass in 2 + 1 and 3 + 1 dimensions. In 2 + 1 dimensions, the calculations are made both analytically and using the Biased-Selection Monte Carlo (BSMC) method. In 3 + 1 dimensions the BSMC method alone was used to estimate the plaquette expectation value from which the other quantities can be calculated in our approximation. These calculations required about 10 minutes of IBM 3090-400 CPU time. (orig.)

  17. Demonstration of the speed and accuracy of the biased-selection Monte Carlo methods in hamiltonian SU(2) lattice gauge theory

    Huang, M.C.; Coldwell, R.L.; Katoot, M.W.

    1988-11-21

    For SU(2) hamiltonian lattice gauge theory we calculate the ground-state energy per plaquette and the glueball mass in 2 + 1 and 3 + 1 dimensions. In 2 + 1 dimensions, the calculations are made both analytically and using the Biased-Selection Monte Carlo (BSMC) method. In 3 + 1 dimensions the BSMC method alone was used to estimate the plaquette expectation value from which the other quantities can be calculated in our approximation. These calculations required about 10 minutes of IBM 3090-400 CPU time.

  18. Check of the accuracy of the relativity theory with atmospheric muon neutrinos from the AMANDA data of the years 2000 to 2003

    Atmospheric neutrinos allow one to test the principles of the Theory of Relativity in particular Lorentz invariance and the equivalence principle. Small deviations from these principles could lead, according to some theories, to detectable neutrino oscillations. Such oscillation effects are analysed in this thesis, using the data collected by the AMANDA detector. The neutrino telescope AMANDA is located at the South Pole and embedded in the Antarctic ice shield at a depth between 1500 m and 2000 m. AMANDA detects muon neutrinos via the Cherenkov light of neutrino induced muons allowing the reconstruction of the original neutrino direction. From the data of the years 2000 to 2003, which contain about seven billion recorded events and which mainly consist of the background of atmospheric muons, a sample of 3401 neutrino induced events has been selected. No indication for alternative oscillation effects has been found. For maximal mixing angles, a lower limit for parameters which violate Lorentz invariance or the equivalence principle could be set to Δβ(2 vertical stroke φ vertical stroke Δγ)≤5.15.10-27. (orig)

  19. Comparison and efficacy of LigaSure and rubber band ligature in closing the inflamed cecal stump in a rat model of acute appendicitis.

    Yeh, Chun-Chieh; Jan, Chia-Ing; Yang, Horng-Ren; Huang, Po-Han; Jeng, Long-Bin; Su, Wen-Pang; Chen, Hui-Chen

    2015-01-01

    Safety of either LigaSure or rubber band in closing inflamed appendiceal stump in acute appendicitis has been less investigated. In this study, cecal ligation followed by resecting inflamed cecum was performed to mimic appendectomy in a rat model of acute appendicitis. Rats were sacrificed immediately (Group A) and 7 days (Group B) after cecal resection, respectively. The cecal stumps were closed by silk ligature (S), 5 mm LigaSure (L), or rubber band (R). Seven days after cecal resection, the LigaSure (BL) and silk subgroups (BS) had significantly less intra-abdominal adhesion and better laparotomy wound healing than rubber band subgroup (BR). The initial bursting pressure at cecal stump was comparable among the three methods; along with tissue healing process, both BL and BS provided a higher bursting pressure than BR 7 days after appendectomy. BL subgroup had more abundant hydroxyproline deposition than BS and BR subgroup. Furthermore, serum TNF-α in BR group kept persistently increasing along with time after cecal resection. Thus, the finding that LigaSure but not rubber band is safe in sealing off the inflamed cecal stump in rat model of acute appendicitis suggests the possibility of applying LigaSure for appendectomy via single port procedure or natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). PMID:25699264

  20. Application of LigaSure vessel sealing system,Ultracision Harmonic scalpel and electrocautery in laparoscopic appendectomy:a contrast analysis

    Hong-wen DING

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective To compare the clinical therapeutic effects of LigaSure vessel sealing system,Ultracision Harmonic scalpel(UHS and monopolar high frequency electrocautery in laparoscopic appendectomy.Methods The clinical data of 213 patients undergone laparoscopic appendectomy from May 2005 to Apr.2010 were retrospectively analyzed.The LigaSure vessel sealing system was used in 71 cases(LigaSure group,Ultracision Harmonic scalpel in 73 cases(UHS group,and monopolar electrocautery in 69 cases(ME group.The clinical outcome of three groups was then compared.Results Operation was successful in all the 213 patients without switching to open laparotomy or serious complications.The mean operation time and intraoperative blood loss were less,while the hospitalization cost was higher in LigaSure group and UHS group than in ME group(P 0.05.There was no significant difference in the recovery time of bowel peristalsis and hospital stay days among the 3 groups(P > 0.05.Conclusion The use of LigaSure vessel sealing system and Ultracision Harmonic scalpel in laparoscopic appendectomy may shorten the operation time,reduce intraoperative blood loss and improve surgical safety.

  1. Comparison and Efficacy of LigaSure and Rubber Band Ligature in Closing the Inflamed Cecal Stump in a Rat Model of Acute Appendicitis

    Chun-Chieh Yeh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Safety of either LigaSure or rubber band in closing inflamed appendiceal stump in acute appendicitis has been less investigated. In this study, cecal ligation followed by resecting inflamed cecum was performed to mimic appendectomy in a rat model of acute appendicitis. Rats were sacrificed immediately (Group A and 7 days (Group B after cecal resection, respectively. The cecal stumps were closed by silk ligature (S, 5 mm LigaSure (L, or rubber band (R. Seven days after cecal resection, the LigaSure (BL and silk subgroups (BS had significantly less intra-abdominal adhesion and better laparotomy wound healing than rubber band subgroup (BR. The initial bursting pressure at cecal stump was comparable among the three methods; along with tissue healing process, both BL and BS provided a higher bursting pressure than BR 7 days after appendectomy. BL subgroup had more abundant hydroxyproline deposition than BS and BR subgroup. Furthermore, serum TNF-α in BR group kept persistently increasing along with time after cecal resection. Thus, the finding that LigaSure but not rubber band is safe in sealing off the inflamed cecal stump in rat model of acute appendicitis suggests the possibility of applying LigaSure for appendectomy via single port procedure or natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES.

  2. Comparison of LigaSure and Clamp Crushing Method in Hepatectomy for Single Hepatocellular Carcinoma%LigaSure与钳夹法在单发肝癌切除术中的比较

    秦红波; 石洁; 郭卫星; 李楠; 周飞国; 程树群

    2015-01-01

    目的 比较LigaSure与钳夹法在单发肝癌切除术中的应用价值. 方法 2014年6~1l月,回顾性分析我科60例单发肝癌患者资料,30例应用LigaSure,30例应用钳夹法,比较2组手术时间、断肝时间、肝断面处理时间、术中出血量,术前和术后第1、3、5天血清丙氨酸氨基转移酶(ALT)、总胆红素(TBIL)的变化,术后并发症发生情况. 结果 与钳夹组相比,LigaSure组手术时间长[(130.7±27.0) min vs.(115.2±27.8) min,t=2.106,P=0.044],断肝时间长[(25.6±12.1)min vs.(15.1±7.2) min,t=3.703,P=0.001],但肝断面处理时间短[(11.9±2.7) min vs.(16.4±7.3) min,t=-2.281,P =0.007],术中失血量少[(145.0±130.2) ml vs.(233.3±164.7)ml,t=-2.150,P=0.040],差异均有统计学意义.2组术前和术后第1、3、5天ALT和TBIL及术后并发症发生率差异无统计学意义. 结论 与钳夹法比较,LigaSure行肝癌切除术虽断肝时间长,但肝断面处理时间短,术中出血量少,更具有优势.

  3. Fabrication of a micro-punching head using LIGA and stacking processes

    A simple stacking process to fabricate microstructures with a high aspect ratio of 30 is presented in this study. For the x-ray absorption of a substance, an analytical model of the absorption dosage (exposure dosage) along a depth of x is developed. It can accurately estimate the time and dosage required for exposure. Based on the calculated result, 1 mm thick PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) photoresist with a separate gold (Au)/graphite mask is exposed using x-rays followed by a developing process. Then a stacking process is applied for these 1 mm thick PMMA microstructures to form a microstructure with a high aspect ratio. With this stacking method, a PMMA microstructure with a height of 3 mm has been fabricated. In addition, a nickel–cobalt (Ni–Co) alloy electroplating process is applied to fabricate a metallic mold with high hardness. The hardness of the mold by electroforming is the key factor to the quality of the micro-punch process. As an integrated micro-punch head for IC leadframes, the hardness should be higher than 500 Vickers hardness (Hv). In addition, it was found experimentally that changing the ratio of Ni sulfamate to Co sulfamate can affect the deposit hardness and internal stress. The deposit internal stress varies with Co content. Thus, it is necessary to add a stress reducer to improve the hardness and reduce internal stress. A hardness of the mold of 550–560 Hv with 26–28 wt.% of Co and zero internal stress have been made successfully after adding a stress reducer. With this electroplating technique, a micro-punching head with high hardness and high aspect ratio can be fabricated by LIGA technology

  4. Interacci??n de las relaciones socioafectivas y el rendimiento deportivo en los equipos de baloncesto de liga femenina

    D??ez Fl??rez, Gloria Mar??a

    2012-01-01

    306 p. El objetivo de esta investigaci??n es identificar la interacci??n del contexto deportivo de alto rendimiento y la construcci??n sociafectiva de las jugadoras de baloncesto de Liga Femenina. La muestra se compone de 64 jugadoras profesionales en activo con una media de edad de 25, 25 a??os (DT=3,71) que viven fuera del entorno familiar. El cuestionario de evaluaci??n utilizado recoge caracter??sticas sociodemogr??ficas, sociafectivas y de rendimiento deportivo. Para...

  5. Liga de Geriatria e Gerontologia da Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro: relato de experiência

    Liciane Langona Montanholi; Lucas Martins de Excel Nunes; Vicente de Paula Antunes Teixeira; Flávia Aparecida de Oliveira

    2010-01-01

    A Liga de Geriatria e Gerontologia da Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (LGG/UFTM), Uberaba-MG, fundada em 2003 foi composta por acadêmicos de medicina e enfermagem, que desenvolviam atividades ambulatoriais, científicas e de extensão. Nas atividades ambulatoriais os acadêmicos acompanharam consultas geriátricas e avaliaram física e mentalmente os internos de uma Instituição de Longa Permanência para Idosos (ILPI). Como atividades de extensão foram realizadas as campanhas sobre as doe...

  6. PERFIL DE RENDIMIENTO TÉCNICO DEL EQUIPO TETRACAMPEÓN DE LA LIGA SUPERIOR DE BALONCESTO DE COSTA RICA

    Braulio Sánchez Ureña; Jorge Salas Cabrera; Pedro Ureña Bonilla; Luis Blanco Romero

    2011-01-01

    El propósito de este estudio fue analizar y contrastar el perfil de rendimiento técnico del equipo tetracampeón de la Liga Superior de Baloncesto de Costa Rica. Se registró 142 juegos a lo largo de las temporadas 2007, 2008 y 2009. Los indicadores de rendimiento escogido fueron: lanzamientos de dos y tres puntos (convertidos, fallados, porcentaje de efectividad), lanzamientos de tiro libre (convertidos, fallados, porcentaje de efectividad), puntos, rebotes defensivos y ofensivos, faltas, pérd...

  7. Liga química magnesia-fosfato : Desarrollo y aplicación en cementos y hormigones refractarios

    Hipedinger, Nora Elba

    2007-01-01

    Esta tesis es un estudio científico-tecnológico sobre la aplicación de la liga química magnesia-fosfato a los materiales refractarios de base cordierita. Estos materiales son extensamente usados en aplicaciones de alta temperatura que requieran baja expansión térmica, buenas propiedades termomecánicas y excelente resistencia al choque térmico (por ejemplo: moblaje de hornos, quemadores de gas, soporte de elementos calefactores, partes de turbinas, bujías, soportes de catalizadores, etc.). En ...

  8. Comparison and Efficacy of LigaSure and Rubber Band Ligature in Closing the Inflamed Cecal Stump in a Rat Model of Acute Appendicitis

    Chun-Chieh Yeh; Chia-Ing Jan; Horng-Ren Yang; Po-Han Huang; Long-Bin Jeng; Wen-Pang Su; Hui-Chen Chen

    2015-01-01

    Safety of either LigaSure or rubber band in closing inflamed appendiceal stump in acute appendicitis has been less investigated. In this study, cecal ligation followed by resecting inflamed cecum was performed to mimic appendectomy in a rat model of acute appendicitis. Rats were sacrificed immediately (Group A) and 7 days (Group B) after cecal resection, respectively. The cecal stumps were closed by silk ligature (S), 5 mm LigaSure (L), or rubber band (R). Seven days after cecal resection, th...

  9. Liga de Geriatria e Gerontologia da Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro: relato de experiência

    Liciane Langona Montanholi

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A Liga de Geriatria e Gerontologia da Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (LGG/UFTM, Uberaba-MG, fundada em 2003 foi composta por acadêmicos de medicina e enfermagem, que desenvolviam atividades ambulatoriais, científicas e de extensão. Nas atividades ambulatoriais os acadêmicos acompanharam consultas geriátricas e avaliaram física e mentalmente os internos de uma Instituição de Longa Permanência para Idosos (ILPI. Como atividades de extensão foram realizadas as campanhas sobre as doenças de Alzheimer e Parkinson. Nas reuniões científicas foram discutidos temas abordando o envelhecimento. Projetos científicos foram desenvolvidos, dentre eles “Ensino sobre idoso e gerontologia: visão do discente de enfermagem no Estado de Minas Gerais” e “Amiloidose cerebral e cardíaca em indivíduos idosos autopsiados”. Além disso, a Liga participou da disciplina optativa “Processos patológicos gerais associados ao envelhecimento”. Portanto, os integrantes da LGG/UFTM por meio das atividades desenvolvidas puderam ampliar seu conhecimento científico-prático na área do envelhecimento, sendo estas experiências coadjuvantes da melhoria tanto da formação acadêmica quanto da assistência ao paciente idoso.

  10. An investigation of microstructure and mechanical properties of UV-LIGA nickel thin films electroplated in different electrolytes

    Different electrolytes are used to fabricate nickel structures in MEMS devices by the LIGA or UV-LIGA process to meet different requirements. In order to investigate the microstructure and mechanical properties of nickel thin films electroplated in different electrolytes, four sets of nickel specimens were fabricated in different electrolytes: sulfamate bath with both saccharine and butynediol added (type A-I); sulfamate bath with saccharine added (type A-II); watts bath with saccharine added (type B); and chloride bath with saccharine added (type C). The function of these additives was to obtain the stress-free nickel films. The specimens were measured in our uniaxial tensile test system; their surface morphology and fractography, microstructure and texture were studied by SEM, TEM and XRD, respectively. The results show that the four sets of specimens have different mechanical properties and microstructures. The tensile strength of type A-II, type C and type A-I specimens increases with decreasing grain size, which is in accordance with the Hall–Petch law. In contrast, type B specimens have the highest value of ultimate tensile strength and elongation, but with the largest grain size among all the specimens. The XRD results show that there is no preferred orientation in type B while others have a preferred orientation in (2 0 0) along the growth direction. This might be the reason for the difference between type B and other types.

  11. Target Price Accuracy

    Alexander G. Kerl

    2011-01-01

    This study analyzes the accuracy of forecasted target prices within analysts’ reports. We compute a measure for target price forecast accuracy that evaluates the ability of analysts to exactly forecast the ex-ante (unknown) 12-month stock price. Furthermore, we determine factors that explain this accuracy. Target price accuracy is negatively related to analyst-specific optimism and stock-specific risk (measured by volatility and price-to-book ratio). However, target price accuracy is positive...

  12. Heterologous expression of pathogen-specific genes ligA and ligB in the saprophyte Leptospira biflexa confers enhanced adhesion to cultured cells and fibronectin

    Haake David A

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In comparison to other bacterial pathogens, our knowledge of the molecular basis of the pathogenesis of leptospirosis is extremely limited. An improved understanding of leptospiral pathogenetic mechanisms requires reliable tools for functional genetic analysis. Leptospiral immunoglobulin-like (Lig proteins are surface proteins found in pathogenic Leptospira, but not in saprophytes. Here, we describe a system for heterologous expression of the Leptospira interrogans genes ligA and ligB in the saprophyte Leptospira biflexa serovar Patoc. Results The genes encoding LigA and LigB under the control of a constitutive spirochaetal promoter were inserted into the L. biflexa replicative plasmid. We were able to demonstrate expression and surface localization of LigA and LigB in L. biflexa. We found that the expression of the lig genes significantly enhanced the ability of transformed L. biflexa to adhere in vitro to extracellular matrix components and cultured cells, suggesting the involvement of Lig proteins in cell adhesion. Conclusions This work reports a complete description of the system we have developed for heterologous expression of pathogen-specific proteins in the saprophytic L. biflexa. We show that expression of LigA and LigB proteins from the pathogen confers a virulence-associated phenotype on L. biflexa, namely adhesion to eukaryotic cells and fibronectin in vitro. This study indicates that L. biflexa can serve as a surrogate host to characterize the role of key virulence factors of the causative agent of leptospirosis.

  13. Relative accuracy evaluation.

    Yan Zhang

    Full Text Available The quality of data plays an important role in business analysis and decision making, and data accuracy is an important aspect in data quality. Thus one necessary task for data quality management is to evaluate the accuracy of the data. And in order to solve the problem that the accuracy of the whole data set is low while a useful part may be high, it is also necessary to evaluate the accuracy of the query results, called relative accuracy. However, as far as we know, neither measure nor effective methods for the accuracy evaluation methods are proposed. Motivated by this, for relative accuracy evaluation, we propose a systematic method. We design a relative accuracy evaluation framework for relational databases based on a new metric to measure the accuracy using statistics. We apply the methods to evaluate the precision and recall of basic queries, which show the result's relative accuracy. We also propose the method to handle data update and to improve accuracy evaluation using functional dependencies. Extensive experimental results show the effectiveness and efficiency of our proposed framework and algorithms.

  14. Relative accuracy evaluation.

    Zhang, Yan; Wang, Hongzhi; Yang, Zhongsheng; Li, Jianzhong

    2014-01-01

    The quality of data plays an important role in business analysis and decision making, and data accuracy is an important aspect in data quality. Thus one necessary task for data quality management is to evaluate the accuracy of the data. And in order to solve the problem that the accuracy of the whole data set is low while a useful part may be high, it is also necessary to evaluate the accuracy of the query results, called relative accuracy. However, as far as we know, neither measure nor effective methods for the accuracy evaluation methods are proposed. Motivated by this, for relative accuracy evaluation, we propose a systematic method. We design a relative accuracy evaluation framework for relational databases based on a new metric to measure the accuracy using statistics. We apply the methods to evaluate the precision and recall of basic queries, which show the result's relative accuracy. We also propose the method to handle data update and to improve accuracy evaluation using functional dependencies. Extensive experimental results show the effectiveness and efficiency of our proposed framework and algorithms. PMID:25133752

  15. Soldagem por ponto no estado sólido de ligas leves Solid state spot welding of lightweight alloys

    Leonardo Contri Campanelli; Nelson Guedes de Alcântara; Jorge Fernandez dos Santos

    2011-01-01

    A recente preocupação quanto às mudanças climáticas vem impulsionando pesquisas em eficiência energética dos meios de transportes no sentido de reduzir a emissão de gases. Uma das principais soluções consiste na redução do peso estrutural através da aplicação de novos materiais, como as ligas leves de alumínio e magnésio. Entretanto, novos usos ficam muitas vezes limitados pela dificuldade de união desses materiais. A técnica de soldagem por fricção e mistura (FSW) é um processo de união no e...

  16. Ligações inter e intramoleculares - perspectivas de ensino/aprendizagem nos diferentes graus de ensino

    Osório, Margarida Maria de Jesus Pimentel

    2005-01-01

    O enorme crescimento científico/ tecnológico que ocorreu, sobretudo na última metade do século XX, introduziu alterações consideráveis nas condições e modo de vida da sociedade. As exigências das actuais sociedades democráticas impõem repensar finalidades do ensino das Ciências em geral da Química em particular. O largo espectro das Ligações Químicas confere a esta área do conhecimento em Química, uma importância crucial já que os fenómenos a ela inerentes, por via da sua...

  17. EFECTO DE LA GEOMETRÍA DEL MOLDE EN EL ELECTROFORMADO DE MICROPIEZAS POR UV-LIGA

    JUAN C. GAVIRIA VILLA

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available UV-LIGA es una técnica versátil que permite la fabricación de piezas metálicas con alta relación de aspecto (alto/ancho mediante la combinación del procesamiento fotolitográfico de un polímero y la electroformación de un metal al interior de las cavidades grabadas en el polímero. Esta técnica de bajo costo es empleada en una gran variedad de áreas que comprenden la microfluídica, la óptica, la instrumentación, el moldeado de plásticos y las telecomunicaciones, entre otras. Para aproximar a Colombia a estas tecnologías modernas de procesamiento de materiales, el Grupo de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales ha iniciado un proceso de apropiación de técnicas de microfabricación, específicamente, este artículo presenta los resultados de la implementación de la técnica UV-LIGA para la fabricación de micropiezas de Níquel y examina los efectos de la geometría del molde en la velocidad de crecimiento e integridad de los depósitos obtenidos, parámetros que sonimportantes para conseguir la fabricación de piezas micrométricas complejas que den origen a dispositivos con aplicaciones comerciales.

  18. Miniaturized fiber optical switches with nonmoving polymeric mirrors for tele- and data-communication networks fabricated using the LIGA technology

    Neumeier, Michel; Ehrfeld, Wolfgang; Jaeger, Jutta; Picard, Antoni; Schulze, Jens

    1998-03-01

    Fiber optical switches for telecom and datacom purposes become more and more important with the growth of fiber- based networks. This paper proposes a new principle for manipulating optical light paths through switchable, but non-moving polymeric mirrors in free-space optical interconnects. To achieve this a polymeric body and a thin liquid film are moved within a cavity. By moving the body up and down perpendicular to the light path the cavity wall can be switched from total reflective to transmissive state while the liquid film remains between body and wall due to capillary forces. The body can be moved with integrated electro-magnetic actuators and so the whole concept allows the realization of very compact switching elements. The coupling of single mode optical fibers requires a lateral and angular alignment precision in the micron and millirad range for both direct coupling and expanded beam coupling concepts. To meet these requirements, the LIGA technology provides a promising approach with respect to the high precision and also low-cost fabrication by mass replication processes. The combination of LIGA technology with other precision machining technologies allows the fabrication of miniaturized systems with both micro-optic and micromechanic components which fulfill the required tolerances for optical coupling. First demonstrators of 1 X 2 and 2 X 2 switches with bistable electro-magnetic actuators have been fabricated to show the feasibility of the proposed principle. The measured insertion loss is less than 2 dB at 1300 nm with -40 dB crosstalk. The switching time was measured 100 ms. The capabilities of the proposed non-moving mirror principle can be applied to 1 X 2 repair switches for the access area as well as to FDDI-switching-nodes up to compact N X M cross-connect switches for reconfiguration purposes or parallel interconnects to optical backplanes for the office area.

  19. Efeitos da adição de níquel em ligas ferro-cromo. Parte II: tempo de vida da ferramenta em processo de torneamento

    Daniel Cirillo Marques

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desse trabalho foi estudar a influência do teor de níquel na vida da ferramenta em ligas 18Cr-0,01C-0,2Si-0,4Mn (% em peso com diferentes teores de níquel (0, 10, 20, 40 e 60, % em peso submetidas à operação de acabamento em torno CNC. Os ensaios foram realizados com pastilhas de metal duro classe M15, revestidas com TiC/Al2O3/TiN. Todas as ligas foram usinadas nas mesmas condições (Vc = 230 m/min, ap = 0,6 mm e f = 0,1 mm/volta, garantindo, assim, como única fonte de variação, o teor de níquel. Observou-se que a elevação do teor de níquel diminuiu o tempo de vida útil das pastilhas de corte, o que pode ser devido ao aumento na resistência mecânica a quente (350ºC das ligas, causado pelo referido elemento. A rugosidade superficial nas ligas austeníticas (10 a 60 % Ni foi sempre menor que na liga ferrítica (0 % Ni e permaneceu praticamente constante durante toda a vida da ferramenta. Na liga ferrítica, os valores de rugosidade aumentaram com o crescente desgaste da ferramenta.The aim of this work was to study the influence of Ni content on coated cemented carbide tool wear during the machining process of stainless alloys. For this purpose alloys were prepared with an 18%Cr-0.01%C-0.2%Si-0.4%Mn base composition and variable Ni content (0, 10, 20, 40 and 60 weight %. Tests were carried out with coated cemented carbide tools; class M15 with TiC/Al2O3/TiN coating. All alloys were machined under the same process conditions (Vc = 230 m/min, ap = 0.6 mm and f = 0.1 mm/rotation, so the only variation source was the Ni content. Preliminary results indicate that the tool life lowers when Ni content rises.

  20. Rethinking Empathic Accuracy

    Meadors, Joshua

    2014-01-01

    The present study is a methodological examination of the implicit empathic accuracy measure introduced by Zaki, Ochsner, and Bolger (2008). Empathic accuracy (EA) is defined as the ability to understand another person's thoughts and feelings (Ickes, 1993). Because this definition is similar to definitions of cognitive empathy (e.g., Shamay-Tsoory, 2011) and because affective empathy does not appear to be related to empathic accuracy (Zaki et al., 2008), the Basic Empathy Scale--which measures...

  1. Transformações microestruturais nas ligas de alumínio arrefecidas desde o domínio semi-sólido

    Oliveira, Natália Ribeiro de

    2008-01-01

    O alumínio, após o seu desenvolvimento industrial no início do século XX, tem vindo a assumir uma importância crescente na vida quotidiana. Um dos factores determinantes para a sua vasta aplicação prende-se com a sua baixa densidade e, com isso, elevada resistência específica. Em particular, a liga A356 (Al7Si0,3Mg) tem sido muito utilizada na indústria automóvel. A conformação de ligas metálicas no estado semi-sólido é um processo tecnológico muito recente, decorrente de es...

  2. Application of high frequency bipolar electrocoagulation LigaSureTM in appendix vermiformis of rabbits with or without acute inflammatory process Aplicação do eletrocoagulador bipolar de alta frequência LigaSureTM no apêndice vermiforme na vigência ou não de processo inflamatório agudo

    Laura Cristina de Souza

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of the use of LigaSureTM in appendectomy, with or without acute inflammatory process, and to compare with simple ligature and conventional therapy. METHODS: A total of 30 rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus randomly allocated in two groups, group A and B, of 15 animals each were used. The group A without acute appendicitis and the group B with acute appendicitis were submitted to appendectomy. After, the groups were subdivided into three groups, each group containing five rabbits submitted to simple ligature, conventional therapy and application of LigaSureTM. We assessed macroscopic and microscopy parameters of appendiceal stump and operative wound. RESULTS: The group with acute appendicitis that LigaSureTM was applied had fibrosis in 100% of animals, as well as in the other operative techniques used. It suggested that application of LigaSureTM is efficient as other techniques used in healing of appendiceal stump. CONCLUSIONS: The application of LigaSureTM induces the formation of fibrosis in the appendiceal stump. The technique proved efficacy to induce enough fibrous tissue to obstruct leakage of enteric content.OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia da utilização do LigaSureTM na apendicectomia, com ou sem a presença de processo inflamatório agudo, comparando com ligadura simples ou técnica tradicional. MÉTODOS: Um total de 30 coelhos (Oryctolagus cuniculus foi alocado em dois grupos, grupos A e B, cada um composto por 15 animais. O grupo A não apresentava apendicite aguda e o grupo B com apendicite aguda, sendo os animais submetidos à apendicitectomia. Cada grupo foi divido em três subgrupos, cada um com cinco animais onde foram então submetidos à ligadura simples, técnica tradicional ou utilização do LigaSureTM. Foram avaliados parâmetros macroscópicos assim como microscópicos do coto apendicular assim como da ferida operatória. RESULTADOS: No grupo que apresentava apendicite aguda onde foi utilizado o

  3. La incertidumbre de los resultados en las ligas española, inglesa e italiana (2008/09 mediante el rating ELO

    Sala Garrido, Ramon

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN En numerosas ocasiones se discute si una determinada liga es la mejor de Europa o si es otra, pero muchas veces ese concepto de “mejor” queda indefinido y se basa en elementos subjetivos o apreciaciones. El objetivo de este trabajo es comparar las ligas, española, inglesa e italiana, utilizando el rating ELO para poder determinar cual de las ligas es más homogénea en términos de equilibrio entre los equipos.El interés de una liga depende en gran parte de que exista incertidumbre en el resultado, es decir, lo que viene a denominarse como balance competitivo entre los equipos que la forman, ya que si no es así, la competición pierde interés en la medida en que el resultado es demasiado prfevisible, es decir, que los “buenos” equipos siempre vencen a los restantes, con lo que se perjudica al espectáculo y por tanto, las ganancias que reportan los ingresos, especialmente los televisivos.ABSTRACT It is often discussed whether a particular football league (soccer in America is the best league. However, the term 'best' is often indefinite and based on subjective elements. The aim of this study is to compare the Spanish, English and Italian leagues by using the ELO rating system to determine which league is more homogeneous in terms of balance between the teams. The level of interest in a league largely depends on the uncertainty of outcome or the competitive balance between the teams. If there is a competitive imbalance between the teams then the competition loses interest because the expected results coincide with the real results, namely the 'top' teams always win against the others. This can damage the spectacle, and therefore the earnings produced – especially in the case of television.

  4. Marketingová a komunikační strategie pro hudební soutěž Skutečná liga

    Stanislav, Michal

    2010-01-01

    The first theoretical part of the work describes in general marketing, marketing and communication strategies. The practical part is given to description of the music contest Skutečná liga, then to analysis of its target group, to analysis of its competition and of previous marketing and communication strategy. SWOT analysis is made up on the grounds of these researches. Particular, concrete recommendations with time-harmonogram building a new marketing and communication strategy were suggest...

  5. Toxicidade e capacidade de ligação de proteínas Cry1 a receptores intestinais de Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae

    Isis Sebastião

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a toxicidade e a capacidade de ligação das proteínas Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac e Cry1Ca, de Bacillus thuringiensis, a receptores intestinais de Helicoverpa armigera. Realizou-se análise de ligação das proteínas ativadas às vesículas de membrana da microvilosidade apical (VMMA do intestino médio deH. armigera, além de ensaios de competição heteróloga para avaliar sua capacidade de ligação. Cry1Ac destacou-se como a proteína mais tóxica, seguida por Cry1Ab e Cry1Aa. A proteína Cry1Ca não foi tóxica às lagartas e, portanto, não foi possível determinar os seus parâmetros de toxicidade CL50 e CL90. As proteínas Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab e Cry1Ac são capazes de se ligar a um mesmo receptor nas membranas intestinais, o que aumenta o risco do desenvolvimento de resistência cruzada. Portanto, a utilização conjunta dessas proteínas deve ser evitada.

  6. The terminal portion of leptospiral immunoglobulin-like protein LigA confers protective immunity against lethal infection in the hamster model of leptospirosis.

    Silva, Everton F; Medeiros, Marco A; McBride, Alan J A; Matsunaga, Jim; Esteves, Gabriela S; Ramos, João G R; Santos, Cleiton S; Croda, Júlio; Homma, Akira; Dellagostin, Odir A; Haake, David A; Reis, Mitermayer G; Ko, Albert I

    2007-08-14

    Subunit vaccines are a potential intervention strategy against leptospirosis, which is a major public health problem in developing countries and a veterinary disease in livestock and companion animals worldwide. Leptospiral immunoglobulin-like (Lig) proteins are a family of surface-exposed determinants that have Ig-like repeat domains found in virulence factors such as intimin and invasin. We expressed fragments of the repeat domain regions of LigA and LigB from Leptospira interrogans serovar Copenhageni. Immunization of Golden Syrian hamsters with Lig fragments in Freund's adjuvant induced robust antibody responses against recombinant protein and native protein, as detected by ELISA and immunoblot, respectively. A single fragment, LigANI, which corresponds to the six carboxy-terminal Ig-like repeat domains of the LigA molecule, conferred immunoprotection against mortality (67-100%, P<0.05) in hamsters which received a lethal inoculum of L. interrogans serovar Copenhageni. However, immunization with this fragment did not confer sterilizing immunity. These findings indicate that the carboxy-terminal portion of LigA is an immunoprotective domain and may serve as a vaccine candidate for human and veterinary leptospirosis. PMID:17629368

  7. Diagnosing Eyewitness Accuracy

    Russ, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    Eyewitnesses frequently mistake innocent people for the perpetrator of an observed crime. Such misidentifications have led to the wrongful convictions of many people. Despite this, no reliable method yet exists to determine eyewitness accuracy. This thesis explored two new experimental methods for this purpose. Chapter 2 investigated whether repetition priming can measure prior exposure to a target and compared this with observers’ explicit eyewitness accuracy. Across three experiments slower...

  8. Resistência de união entre liga de níquel-cromo e cimentos resinosos

    FRANÇA Rodrigo de Oliveira

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do trabalho foi a determinação da retentividade, por ensaio de tração, entre uma liga de níquel-cromo e cimentos resinosos (Comspan, Panavia Ex e All-Bond C & B, com quatro tratamentos superficiais (liso, microjateado, ataque eletrolítico e silicoater e armazenagem por 3 e 30 dias em solução de NaCl a 0,9%, a 37° C e termociclagem intercalada na segunda (a 5 e 55° C, por 1 minuto em cada banho, perfazendo 600 ciclos. Os corpos de prova eram discos, providos de alça fixadora entre si dois a dois. Os resultados permitiram concluir que: superfícies lisas conduzem a baixíssimas retentividades e tratadas com silicoater a altíssimos valores, com qualquer cimento e condição de armazenagem; Panavia Ex com superfícies microjateadas também conduz a altas retentividades; a maior retentividade foi obtida pela combinação silicoater/All-Bond C&B.

  9. Fabrication of micro nickel/diamond abrasive pellet array lapping tools using a LIGA-like technology

    Luo, Sheng-Yih; Yu, Tsung-Han; Hu, Yuh-Chung

    2007-06-01

    A manufacturing process of micro nickel/diamond abrasive pellet array lapping tools using a LIGA-like technology is reported here. The thickness of JSR THB-151N resist coated on an aluminum alloy substrate for micro lithography can reach up to 110 µm. During the lithography, different geometrical photomasks were used to create specific design patterns of the resist mold on the substrate. Micro roots, made by electrolytic machining on the substrate with guidance of the resist mold, can improve the adhesion of micro nickel abrasive pellets electroplated on the substrate. During the composite electroforming, the desired hardness of the nickel matrix inside the micro diamond abrasive pellets can be obtained by the addition of leveling and stress reducing agents. At moderate blade agitation and ultrasonic oscillation, higher concentration and more uniform dispersion of diamond powders deposited in the nickel matrix can be achieved. With these optimal experiment conditions of this fabrication process, the production of micro nickel/diamond abrasive pellet array lapping tools is demonstrated.

  10. La liga contra la ignorancia: burguesía y educación en la Valencia de 1880

    Luis M. LÁZARO LORENTE

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: «Instruid y moralizad al pueblo, y no temáis ni la explosión violenta de las pasiones populares ni el triunfo del despotismo; instruid y moralizad al pueblo, y no temáis poner en sus manos el hierro y el fuego, porque él os devolverá el primero convertido en útiles instrumentos del campo y del taller y en poderosas máquinas, y hará del segundo la fuerza que debe ponerlas en movimiento». Estos consejos de Cirilo Amorós cerraban el primer discurso de la noche. Era el día 22 de julio de 1880. En el pabellón municipal de la Feria de Julio, se estaba inaugurando de forma oficial la Liga contra la Ignorancia. La culminación de un proceso iniciado —ese mismo año— meses atrás.

  11. Diagnostic test accuracy

    Campbell, Jared M.; Klugar, Miloslav; Ding, Sandrine; Carmody, Dennis P.; Håkonsen, Sasja Jul; Jadotte, Yuri T.; White, Sarahlouise; Munn, Zachary

    2015-01-01

    in providing methodological guidance for the conduct of systematic reviews and has developed methods and guidance for reviewers conducting systematic reviews of studies of diagnostic test accuracy. Diagnostic tests are used to identify the presence or absence of a condition for the purpose of...... developing an appropriate treatment plan. Owing to demands for improvements in speed, cost, ease of performance, patient safety, and accuracy, new diagnostic tests are continuously developed, and there are often several tests available for the diagnosis of a particular condition. In order to provide the...... evidence necessary for clinicians and other healthcare professionals to make informed decisions regarding the optimum test to use, primary studies need to be carried out on the accuracy of diagnostic tests and the results of these studies synthesized through systematic review. The Joanna Briggs Institute...

  12. Welding shape memory alloys with NdYAG lasers Soldadura de ligas de memória de forma com laser Nd-YAG

    Luisa Quintino

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The demand of emerging joining techniques for shape memory alloys (SMA has become of great importance, as their functional properties namely shape memory effect (SME and superelasticity (SE present unique solutions for state-of-the-art applications. Welding of SMAs is a challenge due to the risk of reduced mechanical performance after laser processing. The wider application of these alloys in various sectors as aerospace, medical or electronic industry is hindered by the limitations in its processing. The need to weld SMAs to other materials is pressing for applications in the above referred sectors. In dissimilar joints the need to understand materials behavior is even more challenging since base materials have different physical properties leading to different heat flow, convection processes and residual stress distribution. The chemical composition across the weld pool varies and intermetallic compounds are formed. Research detailing the effects of laser processing on NiTi is essential to overcome many of these challenges. The objectives of the current study are to analyze the effects of laser welding in the weld shape of both similar and dissimilar joints of NiTi to stainless steel and titanium alloys.A procura de técnicas de ligação para ligas de memória de forma tem-se revetido de importância crescente, devido ao desenvolvimento de aplicações deste material com particulares propriedades de memória de forma e superelasticidade. A soldadura de ligas de memória de forma é um desafio devido ao risco de emporbrecimento das propriedades mecânicas depois do processamento laser. A aplicação alargarda destas ligas em vários sectores como o aeroespacial, medico ou electrónico é prejudicado pelas limitações de processamento. A necessidade de soldar ligas de memória de forma a outros materiais é premente para estes sectores. Em juntas dissimilares, o entendimento do comportamento dos materaias é um desafio ainda maior uma vez que

  13. Kinetic mechanism and fidelity of nick sealing by Escherichia coli NAD+-dependent DNA ligase (LigA).

    Chauleau, Mathieu; Shuman, Stewart

    2016-03-18

    Escherichia coli DNA ligase (EcoLigA) repairs 3'-OH/5'-PO4 nicks in duplex DNA via reaction of LigA with NAD(+) to form a covalent LigA-(lysyl-Nζ)-AMP intermediate (step 1); transfer of AMP to the nick 5'-PO4 to form an AppDNA intermediate (step 2); and attack of the nick 3'-OH on AppDNA to form a 3'-5' phosphodiester (step 3). A distinctive feature of EcoLigA is its stimulation by ammonium ion. Here we used rapid mix-quench methods to analyze the kinetic mechanism of single-turnover nick sealing by EcoLigA-AMP. For substrates with correctly base-paired 3'-OH/5'-PO4 nicks, kstep2 was fast (6.8-27 s(-1)) and similar to kstep3 (8.3-42 s(-1)). Absent ammonium, kstep2 and kstep3 were 48-fold and 16-fold slower, respectively. EcoLigA was exquisitely sensitive to 3'-OH base mispairs and 3' N:abasic lesions, which elicited 1000- to >20000-fold decrements in kstep2. The exception was the non-canonical 3' A:oxoG configuration, which EcoLigA accepted as correctly paired for rapid sealing. These results underscore: (i) how EcoLigA requires proper positioning of the nick 3' nucleoside for catalysis of 5' adenylylation; and (ii) EcoLigA's potential to embed mutations during the repair of oxidative damage. EcoLigA was relatively tolerant of 5'-phosphate base mispairs and 5' N:abasic lesions. PMID:26857547

  14. Microlenticular lens replication by the combination of gas-assisted imprint technology and LIGA-like process

    A mold used in creating diffractive optical elements significantly affects the quality of these devices. In this study, we improved traditional microlens fabrication processes, which have shortcomings, mainly by combining gas-assisted imprint technology and the lithographie galvanoformung abformung (LIGA)-like process. This combination resulted in the production of high-quality optical components with high replication rates, high uniformity, large areas and high flexibility. Given the pixel size of the panel used, the optimal viewing distance, the film thickness and the glass thickness in the formula, we could determine the radius of curvature and the thickness of the lens. By the use of U-groove machining, precise electroforming and embossing to produce polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) molds, lens film elements can be produced via an ultraviolet (UV)-cured molding process that converts microlenses into flexible polyethylene terephthalate films. In this study, the microlenticular lens mold is fabricated by U-groove machining, Ni electroforming and PDMS casting. Then, the PDMS mold with microlenticular lens structure is used in the gas-assisted UV imprint process and the PET film with microlenticular lens array is obtained. The lenticular lens had a radius of curvature and height of 228 and 18 µm, respectively. A 3D confocal laser microscope was used to measure the radius of curvature and the spacing of the metal molds, nickel (Ni) molds, PDMS molds and the finished thin-film products. The geometry of the final microlenticular lens was very close to the design values. All geometric errors were below 5%, the surface roughness reached the optical level (with all Ra values less than 10 nm) and the replication rate was 95%. The results demonstrate that this process can be used to fabricate gapless, lenticular-shaped, high-precision microlens arrays with a unitary curvature. (paper)

  15. Microlenticular lens replication by the combination of gas-assisted imprint technology and LIGA-like process

    Yeh, Chia-Hung; Shih, Ching-Jui; Wang, Hsuan-Cheng; Chang, Fuh-Yu; Young, Hong-Tsu; Chang, Wen-Chuan

    2012-09-01

    A mold used in creating diffractive optical elements significantly affects the quality of these devices. In this study, we improved traditional microlens fabrication processes, which have shortcomings, mainly by combining gas-assisted imprint technology and the lithographie galvanoformung abformung (LIGA)-like process. This combination resulted in the production of high-quality optical components with high replication rates, high uniformity, large areas and high flexibility. Given the pixel size of the panel used, the optimal viewing distance, the film thickness and the glass thickness in the formula, we could determine the radius of curvature and the thickness of the lens. By the use of U-groove machining, precise electroforming and embossing to produce polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) molds, lens film elements can be produced via an ultraviolet (UV)-cured molding process that converts microlenses into flexible polyethylene terephthalate films. In this study, the microlenticular lens mold is fabricated by U-groove machining, Ni electroforming and PDMS casting. Then, the PDMS mold with microlenticular lens structure is used in the gas-assisted UV imprint process and the PET film with microlenticular lens array is obtained. The lenticular lens had a radius of curvature and height of 228 and 18 µm, respectively. A 3D confocal laser microscope was used to measure the radius of curvature and the spacing of the metal molds, nickel (Ni) molds, PDMS molds and the finished thin-film products. The geometry of the final microlenticular lens was very close to the design values. All geometric errors were below 5%, the surface roughness reached the optical level (with all Ra values less than 10 nm) and the replication rate was 95%. The results demonstrate that this process can be used to fabricate gapless, lenticular-shaped, high-precision microlens arrays with a unitary curvature.

  16. La liga de Cálculo I: una experiencia pedagógica y significativa en la Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar

    Barrios, Eder

    2012-01-01

    El siguiente trabajo tiene como propósito describir el proyecto “La liga de Cálculo I”, una experiencia pedagógica y significativa aplicada a estudiantes del primer semestre de la Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Cartagena). La estrategia se viene aplicando desde el primer periodo de 2009 a los estudiantes de las carreras de Ingenierías, Ciencias Económicas y Negocios. El estudio también muestra los resultados obtenidos semestre tras semestre hasta el 2º período de 2011. El proyecto ...

  17. Paliatyviosios pagalbos organizavimas onkologine nepagydoma liga sergančiam vaikui: specialistų patirtis ir požiūris

    Balčiūnienė, Andželika

    2013-01-01

    Tyrimo tikslas. Atskleisti sveikatos priežiūros specialistų, dirbančių vaikų onkohematologiniame skyriuje, patirtį teikiant paliatyviosios pagalbos paslaugas ir požiūrį į vaikų paliatyviosios pagalbos paslaugų organizavimą vaikui, sergančiam onkologine nepagydoma liga, Lietuvoje. Tyrimo klausimai: Kokia yra sveikatos priežiūros specialistų patirtis teikiant paliatyviosios pagalbos paslaugas vaikų onkohematologiniame skyriuje? Koks yra sveikatos priežiūros specialistų požiūris į vaikų pali...

  18. CRESCIMENTO DENDRÍTICO TERCIÁRIO DA LIGA Al-3%Cu-5,5%Si DURANTE A SOLIDIFICAÇÃO DIRECIONAL HORIZONTAL TRANSIENTE

    Otávio Fernandes Lima da Rocha; Marcos Brabo Silva; Rafael Hideo Kikuchi; André Santos Barros; Antonio Seabra Moreira

    2015-01-01

    Neste estudo, objetivando analisar as relações entre os parâmetros térmicos e os espaçamentos dendríticos terciários (λ3) a liga Al-3%Cu-5,5%Si foi solidificada direcionalmente sob condições de fluxo de calor transitório em um dispositivo de configuração horizontal,. Velocidades de deslocamento da isoterma liquidus (VL), taxas de resfriamento (TR) e tempos locais de solidificação (tLS) foram experimentalmente determinados a partir das curvas de resfriamento registradas em diferentes posições ...

  19. The Accuracy of Multiples

    Stauropoulos Antonios

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Equity valuation with the use of multiples is widely used by academics and practitioners concerning its functionality. This study aims to explore the sensitivity of three multiples in terms of accuracy. Approach: Price-to-Sales (P/S multiple, the price-to-book value of equity (P/B multiple and the Price-to-Earnings (P/E multiple are three multiples under consideration, using both current and one-year-ahead earnings forecasts. Results: Evidence of empirical results show that, the multiples P/mdfy1 and P/mnfy1 are effective in terms of accuracy, with their means being negatively biased and their medians being positively biased. Finally, current earnings are identified as more appropriate value driver for the calculation of the P/E ratio by terms of accuracy. The results can be considered as reliable owing to the large sample and the procedure followed for its selection. Conclusion: This study offers a better understanding of the valuation approach through the use of multiples, in order analysts assumption to be more carefully and properly chosen and their results to be more accurately produced.

  20. Overlay accuracy fundamentals

    Kandel, Daniel; Levinski, Vladimir; Sapiens, Noam; Cohen, Guy; Amit, Eran; Klein, Dana; Vakshtein, Irina

    2012-03-01

    Currently, the performance of overlay metrology is evaluated mainly based on random error contributions such as precision and TIS variability. With the expected shrinkage of the overlay metrology budget to interaction with the metrology technology, as the main source of overlay inaccuracy. The most important type of mark imperfection is mark asymmetry. Overlay mark asymmetry leads to a geometrical ambiguity in the definition of overlay, which can be ~1nm or less. It is shown theoretically and in simulations that the metrology may enhance the effect of overlay mark asymmetry significantly and lead to metrology inaccuracy ~10nm, much larger than the geometrical ambiguity. The analysis is carried out for two different overlay metrology technologies: Imaging overlay and DBO (1st order diffraction based overlay). It is demonstrated that the sensitivity of DBO to overlay mark asymmetry is larger than the sensitivity of imaging overlay. Finally, we show that a recently developed measurement quality metric serves as a valuable tool for improving overlay metrology accuracy. Simulation results demonstrate that the accuracy of imaging overlay can be improved significantly by recipe setup optimized using the quality metric. We conclude that imaging overlay metrology, complemented by appropriate use of measurement quality metric, results in optimal overlay accuracy.

  1. COEFICIENTE DE TRANSFERÊNCIA DE CALOR NA INTERFACE METAL/MOLDE E VARIÁVEIS TÉRMICAS NA SOLIDIFICAÇÃO DIRECIONAL HORIZONTAL DA LIGA Al-6%Cu

    Otávio Lima Rocha; José Marcelino Dias Filho; Thiago Antonio Costa; Angela Jesus Vasconcelos; Antonio Luciano Moreira; Rafael Kikushi

    2013-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho é determinar o coeficiente de transferência de calor na interface metal/molde (hi) da liga Al-6%Si solidificada direcionalmente em um sistema horizontal refrigerado a água bem como as varáveis térmicas de solidificação velocidade da isoterma liquidus (VL) e taxa de resfriamento (TR). Um dispositivo experimental de solidificação horizontal foi desenvolvido e amostras da liga foram obtidas sob condições transientes de fluxo de calor. As variáveis térmicas são calculada...

  2. Design and simulation of non-resonant 1-DOF drive mode and anchored 2-DOF sense mode gyroscope for implementation using UV-LIGA process

    Verma, Payal; Gopal, Ram; Butt, M. A.; Khonina, Svetlana N.; Skidanov, Roman V.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents the design and simulation of a 3-DOF (degree-of-freedom) MEMS gyroscope structure with 1-DOF drive mode and anchored 2-DOF sense mode, based on UV-LIGA technology. The 3-DOF system has the drive resonance located in the flat zone between the two sense resonances. It is an inherently robust structure and offers a high sense frequency band width and high gain without much scaling down the mass on which the sensing comb fingers are attached and it is also immune to process imperfections and environmental conditions. The design is optimized to be compatible with the UV-LIGA process, having 9 μm thick nickel as structural layer. The electrostatic gap between the drive comb fingers is 4 μm and sense comb fingers gap are 4 μm/12 μm. The damping effect is considered by assuming the flexures and the proof mass suspended about 6 μm over the substrate. Accordingly, mask is designed in L-Edit software.

  3. Coordinate metrology accuracy of systems and measurements

    Sładek, Jerzy A

    2016-01-01

    This book focuses on effective methods for assessing the accuracy of both coordinate measuring systems and coordinate measurements. It mainly reports on original research work conducted by Sladek’s team at Cracow University of Technology’s Laboratory of Coordinate Metrology. The book describes the implementation of different methods, including artificial neural networks, the Matrix Method, the Monte Carlo method and the virtual CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine), and demonstrates how these methods can be effectively used in practice to gauge the accuracy of coordinate measurements. Moreover, the book includes an introduction to the theory of measurement uncertainty and to key techniques for assessing measurement accuracy. All methods and tools are presented in detail, using suitable mathematical formulations and illustrated with numerous examples. The book fills an important gap in the literature, providing readers with an advanced text on a topic that has been rapidly developing in recent years. The book...

  4. Evaluating measurement accuracy a practical approach

    Rabinovich, Semyon G

    2013-01-01

    The goal of Evaluating Measurement Accuracy: A Practical Approach is to present methods for estimating the accuracy of measurements performed in industry, trade, and scientific research. From developing the theory of indirect measurements to proposing new methods of reduction, transformation, and enumeration, this work encompasses the full range of measurement data processing. It includes many examples that illustrate the application of general theory to typical problems encountered in measurement practice. As a result, the book serves as an inclusive reference work for data processing of all types of measurements: single and multiple, combined and simultaneous, direct (both linear and nonlinear), and indirect (both dependent and independent). It is a working tool for experimental scientists and engineers of all disciplines who work with instrumentation. It is also a good resource for natural science and engineering students and for technicians performing measurements in industry. A key feature of the book is...

  5. PERFIL DE RENDIMIENTO TÉCNICO DEL EQUIPO TETRACAMPEÓN DE LA LIGA SUPERIOR DE BALONCESTO DE COSTA RICA

    Braulio Sánchez Ureña

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de este estudio fue analizar y contrastar el perfil de rendimiento técnico del equipo tetracampeón de la Liga Superior de Baloncesto de Costa Rica. Se registró 142 juegos a lo largo de las temporadas 2007, 2008 y 2009. Los indicadores de rendimiento escogido fueron: lanzamientos de dos y tres puntos (convertidos, fallados, porcentaje de efectividad, lanzamientos de tiro libre (convertidos, fallados, porcentaje de efectividad, puntos, rebotes defensivos y ofensivos, faltas, pérdidas de balón, asistencias y robos de balón. La descripción de la información se basó en valores de frecuencia absoluta y relativa. El contraste de datos por temporada y periodo de juego se hizo con base en las técnicas no paramétricas U-test, test de Friedman y el Chi 2. En todos los casos se utilizó el SPSS versión 15.0 con un nivel de significancia de p ≤ 0,05. Los resultados mostraron un mejor perfil de rendimiento técnico en la temporada 2008, caracterizándose por mejores porcentajes en tiros de 2, tiros libres, menor número de pérdidas de balón y mayor cantidad de robos del balón y asistencias. En relación con el periodo de juego, el equipo mostró un mejor perfil de rendimiento técnico durante los segundos tiempos del partido. En general, el porcentaje de efectividad de tiros de 2 y tiros libres estuvo arriba del 60 % en ambos periodos de juego, mientras que el porcentaje de tiros de 3 osciló entre el 26.4 % y el 29.2 %. En conclusión, el equipo mostró un perfil de rendimiento técnico similar al reportado en la literatura y deja clara evidencia de la importancia que tiene el registro y seguimiento de los indicadores de rendimiento técnico en el baloncesto.

  6. Soldagem por ponto no estado sólido de ligas leves Solid state spot welding of lightweight alloys

    Leonardo Contri Campanelli

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available A recente preocupação quanto às mudanças climáticas vem impulsionando pesquisas em eficiência energética dos meios de transportes no sentido de reduzir a emissão de gases. Uma das principais soluções consiste na redução do peso estrutural através da aplicação de novos materiais, como as ligas leves de alumínio e magnésio. Entretanto, novos usos ficam muitas vezes limitados pela dificuldade de união desses materiais. A técnica de soldagem por fricção e mistura (FSW é um processo de união no estado sólido que surge como uma alternativa viável para substituir ou complementar as tecnologias de união consagradas. Como uma junta contínua não é sempre a requisitada, duas tecnologias de união por ponto derivadas do FSW estão em desenvolvimento: soldagem por fricção e mistura por ponto (FSSW e soldagem por fricção por ponto (FSpW. Além de fornecerem juntas de elevada resistência e praticamente isentas de defeitos, estas técnicas apresentam alta eficiência energética, curto ciclo de soldagem, facilidade de automação e compatibilidade com o meio-ambiente, fazendo frente às técnicas convencionais de união por ponto, como a soldagem por resistência por ponto (RSW e a rebitagem.The recent concern about climate change has stimulated research into transport energy efficiency in order to reduce the emission of gases. One of the main solutions is to reduce the structural weight through the application of new materials, such as aluminum and magnesium lightweight alloys. However, new applications are often limited by the difficulty of joining these materials. Friction Stir Welding (FSW is a solid state joining technique that emerges as a viable alternative to replace or complement the established joining technologies. As a continuous weld is not always requested, two spot welding technologies derived from FSW are under development: Friction Stir Spot Welding (FSSW and Friction Spot Welding (FSpW. Besides providing

  7. Theory and Experiment of Industrial Robot Accuracy Compensation Method Based on Spatial Interpolation%基于空间插值的工业机器人精度补偿方法理论与试验

    周炜; 廖文和; 田威

    2013-01-01

    随着工业机器人技术的不断发展,机器人在工业领域得到了越来越广泛的应用.针对机器人普遍存在重复定位精度高、绝对定位精度低的特点,提出一种改进其绝对定位精度的方法.以D-H运动学模型为基础建立机器人坐标系,并综合考虑机器人各关节参数引入的误差,建立机器人的位姿误差模型.利用该误差模型,通过分析相邻两点间定位误差之间的内在关联提出了定位误差相似度的概念,并在此基础上提出一种基于空间插值的工业机器人精度补偿方法.利用KUKA机器人对提出的精度补偿方法进行验证,试验结果表明,补偿前机器人的绝对定位精度为1~3mm,补偿后它的绝对定位误差的最大值为0.386 mm,平均值为0.156 mm,较未补偿前有了近一个数量级的提高,从而证明了该方法的可行性和有效性.%With the development of technology of robot, industrial robot is used more and more widely in the industrial field. The industrial robot usually has a high repeat positioning accuracy and a low absolute positioning accuracy. According to Denavit-Hartenberg kinematics model, the robot coordinate system is established, meanwhile the geometric error model is also established by taking account of errors introduced in joint parameters. The inner relationship between positioning accuracy of two adjacent points is discussed by using the error model, and therefore the concept of positioning errors similarity is proposed. Above on this, a method of robot accuracy compensation based on spatial interpolation is proposed. A KUKA robot is introduced to invalidate the proposed method, and the results show that by using the accuracy compensation method the maximum value of the robot positioning error is 0.386 mm, and the mean value is 0.156 mm, which are much more better than the previous values 1-3 mm, thus the method is feasible and effective.

  8. Accuracy of tablet splitting.

    McDevitt, J T; Gurst, A H; Chen, Y

    1998-01-01

    We attempted to determine the accuracy of manually splitting hydrochlorothiazide tablets. Ninety-four healthy volunteers each split ten 25-mg hydrochlorothiazide tablets, which were then weighed using an analytical balance. Demographics, grip and pinch strength, digit circumference, and tablet-splitting experience were documented. Subjects were also surveyed regarding their willingness to pay a premium for commercially available, lower-dose tablets. Of 1752 manually split tablet portions, 41.3% deviated from ideal weight by more than 10% and 12.4% deviated by more than 20%. Gender, age, education, and tablet-splitting experience were not predictive of variability. Most subjects (96.8%) stated a preference for commercially produced, lower-dose tablets, and 77.2% were willing to pay more for them. For drugs with steep dose-response curves or narrow therapeutic windows, the differences we recorded could be clinically relevant. PMID:9469693

  9. Force correcting atom centered potentials for generalized gradient approximated density functional theory: Approaching hybrid functional accuracy for geometries and harmonic frequencies in CCl$_3$F and other small molecules

    von Lilienfeld, O Anatole

    2013-01-01

    Generalized gradient approximated (GGA) density functional theory (DFT) typically overestimates polarizability and bond-lengths, and underestimates force constants of covalent bonds. To overcome this problem we show that one can use empirical frequency correcting atom centered potentials (FCACPs), parameterized for every nuclear species. Parameters are obtained through minimization of a penalty functional that explicitly encodes hybrid DFT geometries and static polarizabilities of reference molecules. For hydrogen, fluorine, chlorine, and carbon the respective reference molecules consist of H$_2$, F$_2$, Cl$_2$, and CH$_4$. The transferability of this approach to other systems and properties is assessed for harmonic frequencies of a small set of molecules. Numerical evidence, gathered for CCl$_3$F, HF, HCl, CFH$_3$, and CHCl$_3$, indicates that the GGA+FCACP level of theory yields significantly improved harmonic frequencies at the desired hybrid DFT geometry minima, as well as systematically reduced molecular...

  10. Genetic linkage maps of 'Pêra' sweet orange and 'Cravo' mandarin with RAPD markers Mapas genéticos de ligação de laranja 'Pêra' e tangerina 'Cravo' utilizando marcadores RAPD

    Roberto Pedroso de Oliveira

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to construct linkage maps of 'Pêra' sweet orange [Citrus sinensis (L. Osbeck] and 'Cravo' mandarin (Citrus reticulata Blanco using RAPD markers and the pseudo-testcross strategy. The parents were chosen according to the resistance/susceptibility to citrus variegate chlorosis (CVC. The segregation of 176 markers was analyzed in 94 progeny of F1 hybrids, which were obtained from controlled crossings. The linkage map of 'Pêra' sweet orange had 117 markers defined by 12 linkage groups, which spanned 612.1 cM. Only six markers could not be linked to the linkage group and 48.7% of the markers showed segregation distortion. The linkage map of 'Cravo' mandarin had 51 markers defined by 12 linkage groups, which spanned 353.3 cM. Only two markers did not link to the groups and 15.7% showed segregation distortion. The construction of linkage maps is relevant to future mapping studies of the inheritance of CVC, citrus canker and leprosis.O objetivo deste trabalho foi elaborar mapas de ligação de laranja 'Pêra' [Citrus sinensis (L. Osbeck] e tangerina 'Cravo' (Citrus reticulata Blanco utilizando marcadores RAPD e a estratégia pseudo-testcross. Os parentais foram escolhidos tomando-se por base o nível de resistência/suscetibilidade à clorose variegada dos citros (CVC. A segregação de 176 marcadores foi analisada em uma progênie de 94 híbridos F1, obtidos por meio de cruzamentos controlados. O mapa de ligação de laranja 'Pêra' apresentou 117 marcadores distribuídos em 12 grupos de ligação, totalizando 612,1 cM. Apenas seis marcadores não se ligaram a algum dos grupos de ligação e 48,7% deles apresentaram segregação distorcida. O mapa de ligação de tangerina 'Cravo' apresentou 51 marcadores distribuídos em 12 grupos de ligação, totalizando 353,3 cM. Apenas dois marcadores apresentaram-se desligados e 15,7% deles apresentaram segregação distorcida. A elaboração de mapas de ligação dessas

  11. Estudo da liga alumínio-zinco como filtração alternativa em aparelhos de raios X odontológicos Study of the aluminum-zinc alloy as an alternative means of filtration in dental X-ray devices

    HAITER Claudia Fátima Silva; Frab Norberto BÓSCOLO; Francisco HAITER NETO; ALMEIDA Solange Maria de

    2002-01-01

    O objetivo neste trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos da filtração alternativa da liga alumínio-zinco em aparelhos de raios X odontológicos, em relação ao espectro de energia dos feixes de raios X, a taxa de kerma no ar, o índice de contraste nas radiografias obtidas e a qualidade das imagens radiográficas. Este estudo foi realizado comparando-se o filtro convencional de alumínio com várias espessuras do filtro de liga alumínio-zinco, em diferentes porcentagens do elemento zinco na liga (2%, 3%, 4...

  12. Reticence, Accuracy and Efficacy

    Oreskes, N.; Lewandowsky, S.

    2015-12-01

    James Hansen has cautioned the scientific community against "reticence," by which he means a reluctance to speak in public about the threat of climate change. This may contribute to social inaction, with the result that society fails to respond appropriately to threats that are well understood scientifically. Against this, others have warned against the dangers of "crying wolf," suggesting that reticence protects scientific credibility. We argue that both these positions are missing an important point: that reticence is not only a matter of style but also of substance. In previous work, Bysse et al. (2013) showed that scientific projections of key indicators of climate change have been skewed towards the low end of actual events, suggesting a bias in scientific work. More recently, we have shown that scientific efforts to be responsive to contrarian challenges have led scientists to adopt the terminology of a "pause" or "hiatus" in climate warming, despite the lack of evidence to support such a conclusion (Lewandowsky et al., 2015a. 2015b). In the former case, scientific conservatism has led to under-estimation of climate related changes. In the latter case, the use of misleading terminology has perpetuated scientific misunderstanding and hindered effective communication. Scientific communication should embody two equally important goals: 1) accuracy in communicating scientific information and 2) efficacy in expressing what that information means. Scientists should strive to be neither conservative nor adventurous but to be accurate, and to communicate that accurate information effectively.

  13. Check of the accuracy of the relativity theory with atmospheric muon neutrinos from the AMANDA data of the years 2000 to 2003; Ueberpruefung der Genauigkeit der Relativitaetstheorie mit atmosphaerischen Myonneutrinos aus den AMANDA-Daten der Jahre 2000 bis 2003

    Ahrens, J.C.

    2006-11-08

    Atmospheric neutrinos allow one to test the principles of the Theory of Relativity in particular Lorentz invariance and the equivalence principle. Small deviations from these principles could lead, according to some theories, to detectable neutrino oscillations. Such oscillation effects are analysed in this thesis, using the data collected by the AMANDA detector. The neutrino telescope AMANDA is located at the South Pole and embedded in the Antarctic ice shield at a depth between 1500 m and 2000 m. AMANDA detects muon neutrinos via the Cherenkov light of neutrino induced muons allowing the reconstruction of the original neutrino direction. From the data of the years 2000 to 2003, which contain about seven billion recorded events and which mainly consist of the background of atmospheric muons, a sample of 3401 neutrino induced events has been selected. No indication for alternative oscillation effects has been found. For maximal mixing angles, a lower limit for parameters which violate Lorentz invariance or the equivalence principle could be set to {delta}{beta}(2 vertical stroke {phi} vertical stroke {delta}{gamma}){<=}5.15.10{sup -27}. (orig)

  14. Estudo da resistência à corrosão de ligas de magnésio para a indústria automóvel

    Caldeira, João Paulo Elias

    2011-01-01

    O magnésio com a sua baixa densidade, abundância natural e baixo custo, torna-se muito atractivo para aplicações onde o peso é determinante, como na indústria automóvel e aeroespacial. A utilização do magnésio ligado a outros elementos como o zircónio e o alumínio permite, por outro lado, melhorar as propriedades mecânicas. Um factor determinante para o emprego destas ligas é obviamente a sua resistência à corrosão. Como em todos os materiais, esta é condicionada pela presença de um filme ...

  15. On the 6A 1 ← 4T 1 luminescence of Fe 3+ in disordered nanocrystalline LiGa 5O 8 prepared by a combustion reaction

    Riesen, Hans

    2008-08-01

    A combustion reaction yields nanocrystalline LiGa 5O 8 in the inverse-spinel phase ( Fd3 m) in contrast to previous attempts by quenching microcrystalline powders from 1350 °C. This follows from XRD, IR and luminescence spectra of Fe 3+ at 298, 78 and 2.5 K. The ordered phase is obtained by calcination at 900 °C of the combustion product. The Fe 3+ luminescence is assigned to the 6A 1(S) ← 4T 1(G) transition of ions in tetrahedral sites in both polymorphs; this is confirmed by the similar behaviour of the 4A 2(F) ← 4T 1(P) luminescence of Co 2+ upon the order-disorder transition. The variation of the luminescence spectra is explained in terms of inhomogeneity and the Td → C3 symmetry reduction.

  16. Ligações culturais entre portugueses na Alemanha: o futebol e a gastronomia como espaços sociais para convívios internacionais

    Tiesler, Nina Clara, 1968-; Bergano, Nélia Alves

    2012-01-01

    O presente artigo examina os modos pelos quais os migrantes portugueses estabelecem elos de ligação ao seu país de origem. Como é que eles reconstroem e reinventam elementos da sua “cultura de origem” (narrada) em ­Hamburgo e noutras regiões da Alemanha do Norte? Baseadas em material etnográfico e num inquérito, as conclusões sugerem que, a par do declínio das competências linguísticas e da participação nas associações portuguesas, muitos dos elementos que moldaram as representações de cultur...

  17. Doenças sexualmente transmissíveis e o HIV/AIDS: enfermagem discutindo essas ligações perigosas para as mulheres

    Iara de Moraes Xavier

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como objetivo principal discutir as ligações perigosas entre as DSTs e o HIV/AIDS pelo prisma do gênero e da sexualidade. Apresenta a feminização da AIDS no Brasil como produto das relações sociais, econômicas, políticas e culturais. Pesquisa descritiva exploratória de natureza qualitativa. Focaliza mulheres com HIV/AIDS que se contaminaram através de relações sexuais com parceiros fixos e únicos. Conclui que o cuidado de enfermagem, no contexto do processo saúde-doença, constitui-se em uma das principais oportunidades para a (o enfermeira (o trabalhar o diagnóstico precoce, o tratamento e a prevenção das DSTs e da AIDS.

  18. Esboços de uma percepção Cyborg : ligações entre jovens portugueses e o social-networking Hi5

    Costa, Pedro Daniel Rodrigues da

    2009-01-01

    Dissertação mestrado Sociologia (área de especialização em Organizações e Trabalho) Esta dissertação tem como tema os “Esboços de uma percepção Cyborg. Ligações entre jovens portugueses e o social-networking Hi5”. É analisada a relação excêntrica entre jovens e um software social específico: o Hi5. Usando o conceito de individuação como conceito central para perceber as dinâmicas e os fluxos entre humanos e computadores, tenta-se esboçar sobre um novo tipo de percepções que ...

  19. Design and fabrication of a 1-DOF drive mode and 2-DOF sense mode micro-gyroscope using SU-8 based UV-LIGA process

    Verma, Payal; Juneja, Sucheta; Savelyev, Dmitry A.; Khonina, Svetlana N.; Gopal, Ram

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents design and fabrication of a 1-DOF (degree-of-freedom) drive mode and 2-DOF sense mode micro-gyroscope. It is an inherently robust structure and offers a high sense frequency bandwidth. The proposed design utilizes resonance of the1-DOF drive mode oscillator and employs dynamic amplification concept in sense modes to increase the sensitivity while maintaining robustness. The 2-DOF in the sense direction renders the device immune to process imperfections and environmental effects. The design is simulated using FEA software (CoventorWare®). The device is designed considering process compatibility with SU-8 based UV-LIGA process, which is an economical fabrication technique. The complete fabrication process is presented along with SEM images of the fabricated device. The device has 9 µm thick Nickel as the key structural layer with an overall reduced key structure size of 2.2 mm by 2.1 mm.

  20. Los dividendos de la presión política: la Liga Marítima Española (1899-1910)

    Rodrigo y Alharilla, Martín

    2004-01-01

    En el marco del debate sobre las relaciones entre poder económico y poder político, en el artículo se analiza la labor que un poliédrico grupo de presión, como fue la Liga Marítima Española, desarrolló en la primera década del siglo XX, prestando atención a su capacidad para condicionar tres variables diferentes de la política económica del período (las primas a la marina mercante, la protección a la producción hullera y la política estatal en materia de construcciones navales) así c...

  1. Comportamento das resinas epóxido na ligação por colagem de elementos de betão

    Aguiar, J. L. Barroso de

    1987-01-01

    Descrevem-se algumas situações verificadas em estruturas de betão, para as quais o uso de resinas epóxido tem sido aconselhado. Incluem-se neste tipo de situações os trabalhos de reparação e de pré-fabricação. Um dos problemas surgidos durante estes trabalhos é a humidade do betão, presente em menor ou maior grau. Por este motivo, interessámo-nos, pelo estudo do comportamento destas ligações quando o betão se apresenta húmido no momento da união. Verificámos que as resinas puras aderem mal ao...

  2. Design, fabrication and measurement of a novel 140 GHz folded waveguide based on SU-8 UV-LIGA technology

    In an RF MEMS field, a folded waveguide is the core structure of a traveling wave tube as a slow-wave structure. 140 GHz is an important atmospheric working window. In this paper, the dispersion property and interaction impedance of a novel 140 GHz folded waveguide were analyzed and simulated using CST Microwave Studio. The beam–wave interaction in the folded waveguide was also simulated, using CST Particle Studio. The output power gain of the folded waveguide reached 24.5 dB at 140 GHz when the emission voltage was 12.7 kV and the emission current was 0.15 A. The simulation process provided structure parameters for further micromachining. Furthermore, to analyze the effect of structure fabrication errors, CST was used to simulate the dispersion and interaction impedance by adding tolerance to some important structure parameters. Finally, multi-step SU-8 UV-LIGA technology was adopted for micromachining the folded waveguide. To ensure adhesion between the SU-8 photoresist and substrate, a thin TiO2 film was formed on the surface of the Ti substrate. In the end, test results showed that the reflection coefficient S 11 and transmission coefficient S 21 were near −28.1 dB and −1.2 dB respectively. Moreover, the output power gain was close to 23 dB at 140 GHz. Good accordance between the simulation and experimental results indicated a reasonable design and high precision of microfabrication by SU-8 UV-LIGA technology. (paper)

  3. Microhardness of Ni-Cr alloys under different casting conditions Microdureza de ligas de Ni-Cr fundidas sob diferentes condições

    José Roberto de Oliveira Bauer

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the microhardness of Ni-Cr alloys used in fixed prosthodontics after casting under different conditions. The casting conditions were: (1-flame/air torch flame made of a gas/oxygen mixture and centrifugal casting machine in a non-controlled casting environment; (2-induction/argon electromagnetic induction in an environment controlled with argon; (3-induction/vacuum electromagnetic induction in a vacuum environment; (4-induction/air electromagnetic induction in a non-controlled casting environment. The 3 alloys used were Ni-Cr-Mo-Ti, Ni-Cr-Mo-Be, and Ni-Cr-Mo-Nb. Four castings with 5 cylindrical, 15 mm-long specimens (diameter: 1.6 mm in each casting ring were prepared. After casting, the specimens were embedded in resin and polished for Vickers microhardness (VH measurements in a Shimadzu HMV-2 (1,000 g for 10 s. A total of 5 indentations were done for each ring, one in each specimen. The data was subjected to two-way ANOVA and Tukey's multiple comparison tests (alpha = 0.05. The VH values of Ni-Cr-Mo-Ti (422 ± 7.8 were statistically higher (p 0.05 and lower than the values obtained in the conditions induction/air and flame/air torch (p 0.05. The microhardness of the alloys is influenced by their composition and casting method. The hardness of the Ni-Cr alloys was higher when they were cast with the induction/air and flame/air torch methods.Este estudo avaliou a microdureza de ligas de Ni-Cr usadas em prótese fixa fundidas sob diferentes condições. As condições de fundição foram: (1-maçarico chama composta por uma mistura de gás/oxigênio e centrífuga sem o controle do ambiente de fundição; (2-indução/argônio indução eletromagnética com o ambiente controlado com argônio; (3-indução/vácuo indução eletromagnética com o ambiente sob vácuo; (4-indução/ar indução eletromagnética sem o controle da atmosfera. Foram utilizadas três ligas: Ni-Cr-Mo-Ti, Ni-Cr-Mo-Be e Ni-Cr-Mo-Nb. Foram realizadas 4

  4. Back-propagation of accuracy

    Senashova, M. Yu.; Gorban, A. N.; Wunsch II, D. C.

    2003-01-01

    In this paper we solve the problem: how to determine maximal allowable errors, possible for signals and parameters of each element of a network proceeding from the condition that the vector of output signals of the network should be calculated with given accuracy? "Back-propagation of accuracy" is developed to solve this problem. The calculation of allowable errors for each element of network by back-propagation of accuracy is surprisingly similar to a back-propagation of error, because it is...

  5. Current Concept of Geometrical Accuracy

    Görög Augustín; Görögová Ingrid

    2014-01-01

    Within the solving VEGA 1/0615/12 research project "Influence of 5-axis grinding parameters on the shank cutter´s geometric accuracy", the research team will measure and evaluate geometrical accuracy of the produced parts. They will use the contemporary measurement technology (for example the optical 3D scanners). During the past few years, significant changes have occurred in the field of geometrical accuracy. The objective of this contribution is to analyse the current standards in the fiel...

  6. Restauração metalocerâmica: um estudo comparativo da compatibilidade térmica de ligas Ni-Cr e porcelanas odontológicas

    ROLLO João Manuel Domingos de Almeida

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Uma das aplicações tecnológicas em que é necessário haver compatibilidade entre um material cerâmico e um material metálico é a confecção de restaurações odontológicas do tipo metalocerâmica. Neste caso, uma porcelana é fundida sobre um substrato metálico para obtenção da prótese de um dente. O requisito fundamental para o sucesso da união metalocerâmica é a adequação dos coeficientes de expansão térmica de cada um dos materiais, de forma a se obter um estado de tensão de compressão adequado na camada cerâmica. Este trabalho propôs-se a levantar as curvas de expansão térmica de ligas Ni-Cr e porcelanas odontológicas, através da técnica de dilatometria e verificar a possível compatibilidade térmica dos pares metal/cerâmica. Simulando a entrada de um novo produto no mercado, desenvolveu-se uma liga Ni-Cr experimental denominada SR, que foi comparada a uma liga comercial de Ni-Cr bastante utilizada em restaurações metalocerâmicas. A partir da análise das curvas de expansão térmica, foi possível verificar a compatibilidade dos pares metal/cerâmica quanto à dilatação térmica, segundo os conceitos preconizados por YAMAMOTO7 (1985. Sob este aspecto, a liga experimental apresentou valores que a incluem como mais uma opção na família de ligas Ni-Cr para utilização em restaurações metalocerâmicas. Os resultados obtidos indicam que o equipamento e a metodologia utilizados são adequados para análise comparativa da compatibilidade térmica entre ligas metálicas Ni-Cr e porcelanas odontológicas.

  7. Accuracy of the river discharge measurement

    Chung Yang, Han

    2013-04-01

    Discharge values recorded for water conservancy and hydrological analysis is a very important work. Flood control projects, watershed remediation and river environmental planning projects quite need the discharge measurement data. In Taiwan, we have 129 rivers, in accordance with the watershed situation, economic development and other factors, divided into 24 major rivers, 29 minor rivers and 79 ordinary rivers. If each river needs to measure and record these discharge values, it will be enormous work. In addition, the characteristics of Taiwan's rivers contain steep slope, flow rapidly and sediment concentration higher, so it really encounters some difficulties in high flow measurement. When the flood hazards come, to seek a solution for reducing the time, manpower and material resources in river discharge measurement is very important. In this study, the river discharge measurement accuracy is used to determine the tolerance percentage to reduce the number of vertical velocity measurements, thereby reducing the time, manpower and material resources in the river discharge measurement. The velocity data sources used in this study form Yang (1998). Yang (1998) used the Fiber-optic Laser Doppler Velocimetery (FLDV) to obtain different velocity data under different experimental conditions. In this study, we use these data to calculate the mean velocity of each vertical line by three different velocity profile formula (that is, the law of the wall, Chiu's theory, Hu's theory), and then multiplied by each sub-area to obtain the discharge measurement values and compared with the true values (obtained by the direct integration mode) to obtain the accuracy of discharge. The research results show that the discharge measurement values obtained by Chiu's theory are closer to the true value, while the maximum error is the law of the wall. The main reason is that the law of the wall can't describe the maximum velocity occurred in underwater. In addition, the results also show

  8. A liga republicana das mulheres portuguesas e a enfermagem no século xx: leituras na imprensa feminista La “Liga Republicana das Mulheres Portuguesas” y la enfermería in el siglo XX: lecturas en los periódicos feministas The “Liga Republicana das Mulheres Portuguesas” and nursing profession in the XXth century: readings in the feminist press

    Ana Maria Barros Pires

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available As representações que a sociedade associa à profissão de enfermagem e à enfermeira, muitas vezes contraditórias, persistem no imaginário individual e coletivo e pouco têm a ver com a evolução verificada no âmbito do exercício profissional, do ensino e da academia. As imagens associadas à enfermeira e à enfermagem inscrevem-se na memória dum passado mais ou menos longínquo e poderão ter uma justificação histórica, social e cultural. Desvendar do modo como as representações sociais associadas à enfermeira e à enfermagem se constituíram no passado poderá permitir-nos recriar, no presente, o percurso da nossa identidade profissional e compreender como, enquanto grupo social, produzimos, consumimos, divulgamos e assumimos imagens que definem essa própria identidade. Propomo-nos neste artigo dar a conhecer como a Liga Republicana das Mulheres Portuguesas (LRMP, no início do século XX, criou uma imagem positiva da enfermagem, desenvolvendo um discurso elogioso da profissão captando o interesse das mulheres para uma “profissão digna” que lhes possibilitaria a independência económica em caso de abandono ou viuvez. Utilizaremos um conjunto de artigos publicados na imprensa oficial da Liga: A Mulher e A Criança e A Madrugada dado que a imprensa foi uma importante forma de divulgação e doutrinação das ideias feministas.Las representaciones que la sociedad asocia con la profesión de enfermería y a la enfermera, a menudo contradictorias, persisten en el imaginario individual y colectivo y tienen poco que ver con la evolución en el campo profesional, la educación y la academia. Las imágenes asociadas con la enfermera y la enfermería están registradas en la memoria de un pasado más o menos lejano y pueden tener una justificación histórica, cultural y social. Descubrir cómo las representaciones asociadas con la enfermería y la enfermera se constituyeron nos permitirá recrear el curso de nuestra identidad

  9. Influência do teor de Mo na microestrutura de ligas Fe-9Cr-xMo Effect of the content of molybdenum in the microstructure of Fe-9Cr-xMo alloy

    Rodrigo Freitas Guimarães

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Aços Cr-Mo são usados na indústria do petróleo em aplicações com óleos crus ricos em compostos sulfurosos. Aços comerciais como 2.5Cr1Mo ou 9Cr1Mo têm se mostrado ineficientes em consequência de altos índices de corrosão naftênica. Uma estratégia para resolver este problema é o aumento do teor de molibdênio destes aços. Neste trabalho foi estudado o efeito do aumento do teor de molibdênio na microestrutura de ligas Fe-9Cr-xMo, solubilizadas e soldadas. Foram levantados os diagramas de fases com auxílio de um programa comercial para verificar as possíveis fases a serem formadas e identificar os problemas de soldagem. A microestrutura das ligas solubilizadas foi analisada por microscopia óptica e EBSD, além da medição da dureza. Foram realizadas soldagens autógenas para verificar o efeito do aporte térmico na microestrutura e na dureza das ligas. O aumento do teor de molibdênio resultou no aumento da dureza das ligas. A análise microestrutural das ligas soldadas apresentou uma particularidade para a liga com menor teor de molibdênio, a presença de martensita. Já as ligas com maior teor de molibdênio apresentaram uma microestrutura completamente ferrítica. A formação de martensita pode ser um problema na solda da liga com menor teor de molibdênio, uma vez que a mesma pode causar perdas nas propriedades mecânicas comprometendo sua aplicação.Cr-Mo steels are used in the petroleum industry in applications with crude oils rich in sulfur compounds. 2.5Cr1Mo or 9Cr1Mo do not resist to operating conditions when in contact with crude oils. The increasing of molybdenum content can improve the corrosion resistance of these alloys. This paper studied the effect of increased concentration of molybdenum in the microstructure of Fe-9Cr-xMo alloys, annealed and welded. Phase diagrams were built with the aid of commercial program to check the possible phases to be formed and to identify the problems of welding. Analyses were

  10. El litigio entre las Brigadas Femeninas y la Liga Defensora de la Libertad Religiosa, durante la persecución callista a los cristeros, 1925-1929 (La masonería blanca

    Héctor Díaz Zermeño

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Se muestra las diferencias y coincidencias entre las Brigadas Femeninas Cristeras y la Liga de los hombres que pretendían el liderazgo total en la lucha contra el gobierno mexicano anti cristero. El fin de esta triste historia fue el triunfo de los segundos en connivencia con la jerarquía católica, el gobierno y la intromisión norteamericana.

  11. Diagnostic accuracy in virtual dermatopathology

    Mooney, E.; Kempf, W.; Jemec, G.B.E.;

    2012-01-01

    slides and photomicrographs with corresponding clinical photographs and information in a self-assessment examination format. Descriptive data analysis and comparison of groups were performed using a chi-square test. Results Diagnostic accuracy in dermatopathology using virtual dermatopathology or...... diagnostic accuracy of dermatopathologists and pathologists using photomicrographs vs. digitized images, through a self-assessment examination, and to elucidate assessment of virtual dermatopathology. Methods Forty-five dermatopathologists and pathologists received a randomized combination of 15 virtual...

  12. A deficiência mental na concepção da liga brasileira de higiene mental Mental disability in the conception of brazilian league of mental hygiene

    Milena Luckesi de Souza

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste texto é investigar a concepção e as propostas de atendimento escolar destinado aos deficientes mentais segundo o ideário higienista e eugenista difundido pela Liga Brasileira de Higiene Mental (LBHM. Para tanto, utilizamos como fonte primária de estudo os Arquivos Brasileiros de Higiene Mental (ABHM, periódico publicado entre 1925 e 1947. Verificamos que a LBHM expressa diferentes opiniões quanto à concepção e às medidas de intervenção propostas para os deficientes mentais. De um lado, propõe a higienização da população, a ser alcançada com a formação de hábitos sadios através da educação escolar e especificamente da educação higiênica, com a possível adaptação do deficiente ao meio social. De outro, defende uma posição eugênica radical, que apregoa a purificação da raça, a esterilização e exclusão dos ditos degenerados (leprosos, loucos, idiotas, epilépticos, cancerosos, nefrolíticos, tuberculosos, prostitutas, vagabundos e deficientes mentais.The aim of this study is to investigate the conception and proposals of schooling for individuals with mental disability according to the hygienic and eugenic ideology divulged by the Brazilian League for Mental Hygiene (Liga Brasileira de Higiene Mental, LBHM. To this end, we used as a primary source the Brazilian Archives of Mental Hygiene (Arquivos Brasileiros de Higiene Mental, ABHM, a newspaper published from 1925 to 1947. We concluded that there were various opinions in the LBHM about the conception and proposed intervention methods for individuals with mental disability. On one side, there were proposals of population cleansing to be achieved through healthy habits taught in schools, mainly hygienic education, with possible adaptation of the disabled individual to society. On the other hand, there was an extreme eugenic proposal that emphasized race purification, sterilization and exclusion of so-called degenerate individuals (lepers

  13. Herança e ligação em locos de isoenzimas em Genipa americana L. Inheritance and linkage in isozymes loci of Genipa americana L.

    Alexandre Magno SEBBENN

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available A herança e a ligação foram estudadasem quatro locos polimórficos (6pghd-1, Pgi-2,Mdh-1 e Mdh-2 de três sistemas isoenzimáticos deGenipa americana, analisados por eletroforesehorizontal em gel de amido, usando tecidoscoletados de quinze progênies de polinização aberta,procedentes de Moji-Guaçu, Estado de São Paulo.Esses locos segregaram de dois a três alelos.A segregação nesses locos foi homogênea entreárvores. Contudo, existem desvios significativos dasegregação esperada 1:1 para algumas árvores emalguns locos. Desvios significativos da razão desegregação esperada 1:1 foram detectados noslocos Mdh-2 e 6pgdh-1. Não foram detectadasevidências de ligação entre nenhum dos pares delocos avaliados em G. americana e esses podemser utilizados sem restrição para estudos do sistemade reprodução, diversidade e estrutura genética depopulações da espécie.Inheritance and linkage for fourpolymorphic loci (6pghd-1, Pgi-2, Mdh-1 andMdh-2 from three enzyme systems in Genipaamericana were analyzed by horizontal starch gelelectrophoresis using tissues collected from fiftyopen-pollinated families in Moji-Guaçu, São PauloState. These allozyme loci have segregated fromtwo to four alleles per polymorphic locus. Genesegregation on those loci was homogeneous amongtrees. However, there were significant deviationsfrom the expected segregation ratios on some lociand some individual trees. In addition, Mdh-2 and6pgdh-1 loci have shown significant deviationsfrom the 1:1 expected segregation ratio. Linkagedisequilibrium evidences were not detected betweenany two pairs of loci from G. americana and thosecan be used with no restriction to study the matingsystem, genetic diversity, and genetic structure onthe species.

  14. Moliere's multiple scattering theory revisited

    Voskresenskaya, O.; Tarasov, A.

    2012-01-01

    A part of Moliere's multiple scattering theory concerning the determination of the screening angular parameter is revised. An universal form of the Coulomb corrections to the screening angle, the exponential part of the distribution function, and the angular distribution is discussed within the small-angle approximation of this theory. The accuracy of the Moliere theory in determining the screening angle is estimated.

  15. Ligatoxin B, a new cytotoxic protein with a novel helix-turn-helix DNA-binding domain from the mistletoe Phoradendron liga.

    Li, Shi-Sheng; Gullbo, Joachim; Lindholm, Petra; Larsson, Rolf; Thunberg, Eva; Samuelsson, Gunnar; Bohlin, Lars; Claeson, Per

    2002-09-01

    A new basic protein, designated ligatoxin B, containing 46 amino acid residues has been isolated from the mistletoe Phoradendron liga (Gill.) Eichl. (Viscaceae). The protein's primary structure, determined unambiguously using a combination of automated Edman degradation, trypsin enzymic digestion, and tandem MS analysis, was 1-KSCCPSTTAR-NIYNTCRLTG-ASRSVCASLS-GCKIISGSTC-DSGWNH-46. Ligatoxin B exhibited in vitro cytotoxic activities on the human lymphoma cell line U-937-GTB and the primary multidrug-resistant renal adenocarcinoma cell line ACHN, with IC50 values of 1.8 microM and 3.2 microM respectively. Sequence alignment with other thionins identified a new member of the class 3 thionins, ligatoxin B, which is similar to the earlier described ligatoxin A. As predicted by the method of homology modelling, ligatoxin B shares a three-dimensional structure with the viscotoxins and purothionins and so may have the same mode of cytotoxic action. The novel similarities observed by structural comparison of the helix-turn-helix (HTH) motifs of the thionins, including ligatoxin B, and the HTH DNA-binding proteins, led us to propose the working hypothesis that thionins represent a new group of DNA-binding proteins. This working hypothesis could be useful in further dissecting the molecular mechanisms of thionin cytotoxicity and of thionin opposition to multidrug resistance, and useful in clarifying the physiological function of thionins in plants. PMID:12049612

  16. Current Concept of Geometrical Accuracy

    Görög, Augustín; Görögová, Ingrid

    2014-06-01

    Within the solving VEGA 1/0615/12 research project "Influence of 5-axis grinding parameters on the shank cutteŕs geometric accuracy", the research team will measure and evaluate geometrical accuracy of the produced parts. They will use the contemporary measurement technology (for example the optical 3D scanners). During the past few years, significant changes have occurred in the field of geometrical accuracy. The objective of this contribution is to analyse the current standards in the field of geometric tolerance. It is necessary to bring an overview of the basic concepts and definitions in the field. It will prevent the use of outdated and invalidated terms and definitions in the field. The knowledge presented in the contribution will provide the new perspective of the measurement that will be evaluated according to the current standards.

  17. Current Concept of Geometrical Accuracy

    Görög Augustín

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Within the solving VEGA 1/0615/12 research project "Influence of 5-axis grinding parameters on the shank cutter´s geometric accuracy", the research team will measure and evaluate geometrical accuracy of the produced parts. They will use the contemporary measurement technology (for example the optical 3D scanners. During the past few years, significant changes have occurred in the field of geometrical accuracy. The objective of this contribution is to analyse the current standards in the field of geometric tolerance. It is necessary to bring an overview of the basic concepts and definitions in the field. It will prevent the use of outdated and invalidated terms and definitions in the field. The knowledge presented in the contribution will provide the new perspective of the measurement that will be evaluated according to the current standards.

  18. Classification Accuracy Is Not Enough

    Sturm, Bob L.

    2013-01-01

    A recent review of the research literature evaluating music genre recognition (MGR) systems over the past two decades shows that most works (81\\%) measure the capacity of a system to recognize genre by its classification accuracy. We show here, by implementing and testing three categorically...... different state-of-the-art MGR systems, that classification accuracy does not necessarily reflect the capacity of a system to recognize genre in musical signals. We argue that a more comprehensive analysis of behavior at the level of the music is needed to address the problem of MGR, and that measuring...... classification accuracy obscures the aim of MGR: to select labels indistinguishable from those a person would choose....

  19. The influence of screw type, alloy and cylinder position on the marginal fit of implant frameworks before and after laser welding Influência do tipo de parafuso, liga e da posição do cilindro na adaptação marginal das infra-estruturas sob implantes antes e após a soldagem a laser

    Daniela Castilio

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Misfit at the abutment-prosthetic cylinder interface can cause loss of preload, leading to loosening or fracture of gold and titanium screws. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the influence of screw type, alloy, and cylinder position on marginal fit of implant frameworks before and after laser welding. METHODS: After Estheticone-like abutments were screwed to the implants, thirty plastic prosthetic cylinders were mounted and waxed-up to fifteen cylindrical bars. Each specimen had three interconnected prosthetic components. Five specimens were one-piece cast in titanium and five in cobalt-chromium alloy. On each specimen, tests were conducted with hexagonal titanium and slotted gold screws separately, performing a total of thirty tested screws. Measurements at the interfaces were performed using an optical microscope with 5mm accuracy. After sectioning, specimens were laser welded and new measurements were obtained. Data were submitted to a four-way ANOVA and Tukey's multiple comparisons test (alpha=0.05. RESULTS: Slotted and hexagonal screws did not present significant differences regarding to the fit of cylinders cast in titanium, either in one-piece casting framework or after laser welding. When slotted and hexagonal screws were tested on the cobalt-chromium specimens, statistically significant differences were found for the one-piece casting condition, with the slotted screws presenting better fit (24.13µm than the hexagonal screws (27.93 µm. Besides, no statistically significant differences were found after laser welding. CONCLUSIONS: 1 The use of different metal alloys do exert influence on the marginal fit, 2 The slotted and hexagonal screws play the exclusive role of fixing the prosthesis, and did not improve the fit of cylinders, and 3 cylinder position did not affect marginal fit values.A desadaptação na interface abutment-cilindro protético pode causar perda da pré-carga, levando ao afrouxamento ou fratura dos parafusos de ouro e tit

  20. Improving Speaking Accuracy through Awareness

    Dormer, Jan Edwards

    2013-01-01

    Increased English learner accuracy can be achieved by leading students through six stages of awareness. The first three awareness stages build up students' motivation to improve, and the second three provide learners with crucial input for change. The final result is "sustained language awareness," resulting in ongoing…

  1. Uma comprovação químico-quântica sobre a formação de ligações de hidrogênio e interações secundárias em sistemas heterocíclicos intermoleculares

    Boaz Galdino de Oliveira

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Original Abstract (in Portuguese: Realizamos um estudo teórico sobre a topologia da densidade de carga dos complexos C2H4O···C2H2 e C2H4S···C2H2. Através de cálculos da Teoria Quântica de Átomos em Moléculas (QTAIM – Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules, foi observada a formação de ligações de hidrogênio e interações secundárias nestes complexos. Tal análise foi executada mediante determinação das geometrias otimizadas destes complexos no nível de cálculo B3LYP/6-31G(d,p, pelo qual os operadores topológicos QTAIM foram computados, tais como a densidade eletrônica ρ(r, o Laplaciano Ñ2ρ(r, e a elipicidade ε. A caracterização das ligações de hidrogênio (O···H—C e (S···H—C foi feita baseada nos cálculos destes operadores, embora também tenha sido detectada a existência de uma interação secundária entre os átomos de hidrogênio axiais Hα e o carbono do acetileno. Nesta visão, esta interação secundária foi verificada apenas no complexo C2H4S···C2H2 devido ao fato de sua estrutura ser propícia a formar múltiplas interações.Abstract (in English: We have performed a detailed theoretical study in order to understand the charge density topology of the C2H4O•••C2H2 and C2H4S•••C2H2 heterocyclic hydrogen-bonded complexes. Through the calculations derived from Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM, it was observed the formation of hydrogen bonds and secondary interactions. Such analysis was performed through the determination of optimized geometries at B3LYP/6-31G(d,p level of theory, by which is that QTAIM topological operators were computed, such as the electronic density ?(r, Laplacian ?2?(r, and ellipticity e. The examination of the hydrogen bonds has been performed through the measurement of ?(r, ?2?(r and e between (O•••H—C and (S•••H—C, whereas the secondary interaction between axial hydrogen atoms Ha and carbon of acetylene. In this insight, it was

  2. AMR, stability and higher accuracy

    Efforts to achieve better accuracy in numerical relativity have so far focused either on implementing second-order accurate adaptive mesh refinement or on defining higher order accurate differences and update schemes. Here, we argue for the combination, that is a higher order accurate adaptive scheme. This combines the power that adaptive gridding techniques provide to resolve fine scales (in addition to a more efficient use of resources) together with the higher accuracy furnished by higher order schemes when the solution is adequately resolved. To define a convenient higher order adaptive mesh refinement scheme, we discuss a few different modifications of the standard, second-order accurate approach of Berger and Oliger. Applying each of these methods to a simple model problem, we find these options have unstable modes. However, a novel approach to dealing with the grid boundaries introduced by the adaptivity appears stable and quite promising for the use of high order operators within an adaptive framework

  3. AMR, stability and higher accuracy

    Lehner, Luis [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, 202 Nicholson Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-4001 (United States); Liebling, Steven L [Department of Physics, Long Island University-C W Post Campus, Brookville, New York 11548 (United States); Reula, Oscar [FaMAF, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Cordoba, 5000 (Argentina)

    2006-08-21

    Efforts to achieve better accuracy in numerical relativity have so far focused either on implementing second-order accurate adaptive mesh refinement or on defining higher order accurate differences and update schemes. Here, we argue for the combination, that is a higher order accurate adaptive scheme. This combines the power that adaptive gridding techniques provide to resolve fine scales (in addition to a more efficient use of resources) together with the higher accuracy furnished by higher order schemes when the solution is adequately resolved. To define a convenient higher order adaptive mesh refinement scheme, we discuss a few different modifications of the standard, second-order accurate approach of Berger and Oliger. Applying each of these methods to a simple model problem, we find these options have unstable modes. However, a novel approach to dealing with the grid boundaries introduced by the adaptivity appears stable and quite promising for the use of high order operators within an adaptive framework.

  4. GPS kinematics measurements accuracy testing

    Miroslav Šimčák; Vladimír Sedlák; Gabriela Nemcová

    2007-01-01

    In the paper accuracy of GPS kinematics measurements is analyzed. GPS (Global Positioning System) apparatus Stratus (Sokkia) and Pro Mark2 (Aschtech) were tested. Testing was realized on the points of the geodetic network – the testing station Badín stabilized in the Central Slovak Region nearby Banská Bystrica. The semikinematics method STOP and GO was realized from the kinematics GPS methods. The terrestrial geodetic measurements by means of using the total station Nicon 352 were also reali...

  5. Accuracy of the geodetic plans

    Kekec, Tomislav

    2011-01-01

    This thesis investigates whether it is possible to give an overall assessment of the accuracy of geodetic plan. The introductory part presents the legal basis of geodetic plan and its definition under the Regulations of Land Survey Maps and Topographic Key. The content of the geodetic plan and description of geodetic and surveying information sources which are the graphical part of geodetic plan are introduced in the second part. This part also describes the types of land survey plans, as the...

  6. Municipal water consumption forecast accuracy

    Fullerton, Thomas M.; Molina, Angel L.

    2010-06-01

    Municipal water consumption planning is an active area of research because of infrastructure construction and maintenance costs, supply constraints, and water quality assurance. In spite of that, relatively few water forecast accuracy assessments have been completed to date, although some internal documentation may exist as part of the proprietary "grey literature." This study utilizes a data set of previously published municipal consumption forecasts to partially fill that gap in the empirical water economics literature. Previously published municipal water econometric forecasts for three public utilities are examined for predictive accuracy against two random walk benchmarks commonly used in regional analyses. Descriptive metrics used to quantify forecast accuracy include root-mean-square error and Theil inequality statistics. Formal statistical assessments are completed using four-pronged error differential regression F tests. Similar to studies for other metropolitan econometric forecasts in areas with similar demographic and labor market characteristics, model predictive performances for the municipal water aggregates in this effort are mixed for each of the municipalities included in the sample. Given the competitiveness of the benchmarks, analysts should employ care when utilizing econometric forecasts of municipal water consumption for planning purposes, comparing them to recent historical observations and trends to insure reliability. Comparative results using data from other markets, including regions facing differing labor and demographic conditions, would also be helpful.

  7. ¿Tienen los árbitros de fútbol influencia en los resultados de la liga española?

    Sala Garrido, Ramon

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN El trabajo analiza los resultados de las temporadas 2002-03 a 2007-08 de la Liga Española de Primera División con el fin de determinar la influencia de los árbitros en los mismos, tanto desde el punto de vista del tiempo extra que añaden, como de las sanciones disciplinarias (faltas y tarjetas a los equipos. Se estudia también la influencia que sobre las decisiones del árbitro puede tener la afición del equipo local. Se concluye que no puede afirmarse que la exista influencia arbitral de forma generalizada, aunque algunos árbitros en concreto sí parecen influir en los resultados. El análisis permite también confirmar algo ya sabido, el escaso valor del tiempo extra para cambiar el resultado de un partido.ABSTRACT This paper analyses the results of the 2002-03 to 2007-08 seasons of the First Division Spanish Football League with the aim of determining the influence of referees in them, both from the point of view of the extra time they allow, as well as the disciplinary sanctions (fouls and cards given to the teams. The influence that the supporters of the local team may have over the referee’s decisions is also studied. The conclusion is that it is not possible to confirm the existence of referee influence in a general sense, although some specific referees do seem to have an influence on the results. This analysis also confirms something already known, which is the minimal value of extra time in changing the results of a match.

  8. Avaliação da perda de massa de revestimento duro depositado por soldagem com arame tubular de liga FeCrC-Ti

    Fernando Henrique Gruber Colaço

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho estudou-se a perda de massa de revestimento duro aplicado pelo processo de soldagem com arame tubular com a variação de energia de soldagem, gás de proteção e número de camadas do revestimento. Com arame tubular autoprotegido de liga Fe-Cr-C-Ti foram depositados cordões sobrepostos na formação de camadas de revestimento sobre chapas de aço ao Carbono AISI 1020 para a análise da perda de massa, dureza, microestrutura. Foram realizadas medições de dureza na superfície dos corpos de prova de desgaste. Abrasômetro tipo roda de borracha foi usado para determinar a perda de massa dos revestimentos. Os revestimentos apresentaram microestrutura martensítica e austenita retida com carbonetos finamente dispersos na matriz. Os principais fatores que contribuíram para o aumento na perda de massa foram as trincas devido a maior taxa de resfriamento das amostras depositadas com baixa energia de soldagem, a diluição na primeira camada de todas as amostras também contribuiu para o aumento na perda de massa. As menores perdas de massa foram dos revestimentos de duas e quatro camadas depositados com alta energia de soldagem. A fração volumétrica de carbonetos de Titânio contribuiu para a diminuição do caminho livre médio entre as partículas de carbonetos aumentando a resistência ao desgaste dos revestimentos.

  9. Accuracy preserving surrogate for neutron transport calculations

    Recent advances in reduced order modeling and exact-to-precision generalized perturbation theory are combined in a novel algorithm that constructs a surrogate model for the Boltzmann equation, commonly used in assembly calculations to functionalize the few-group cross-sections in terms of the various assembly types, depletion characteristics, and thermal-hydraulics conditions. First, the algorithm employs reduced order modeling to determine the dominant input parameters, aggregated in the so-called active subspace, using a random sample of first-order derivatives calculated using an adjoint model. Next, exact-to-precision generalized perturbation theory identifies an active subspace for the state solution (i.e., angular flux) and constructs a surrogate model that is parameterized over the active subspace of the input parameters. This approach is shown to significantly reduce computational time needed for the analysis of a large number of model variations, while meeting the user-defined accuracy requirements. Numerical experiments are employed to demonstrate the mechanics and application of the proposed approach to assembly calculations commonly used in reactor physics analysis. (author)

  10. COEFICIENTE DE TRANSFERÊNCIA DE CALOR NA INTERFACE METAL/MOLDE E VARIÁVEIS TÉRMICAS NA SOLIDIFICAÇÃO DIRECIONAL HORIZONTAL DA LIGA Al-6%Cu

    Otávio Lima Rocha

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é determinar o coeficiente de transferência de calor na interface metal/molde (hi da liga Al-6%Si solidificada direcionalmente em um sistema horizontal refrigerado a água bem como as varáveis térmicas de solidificação velocidade da isoterma liquidus (VL e taxa de resfriamento (TR. Um dispositivo experimental de solidificação horizontal foi desenvolvido e amostras da liga foram obtidas sob condições transientes de fluxo de calor. As variáveis térmicas são calculadas a partir dos perfis de temperatura obtidos para cinco termopares inseridos no metal que permitem correlacionar a posição da isoterma liquidus (P com o tempo de solidificação. Um método baseado no confronto entre os perfis de temperatura teóricos e experimentais foi utilizado para determinar os valores hi. Para o cálculo dos perfis teóricos, aplicou-se um modelo numérico de transferência de calor e massa, consagrado na literatura, para solidificação direcional. Leis experimentais em forma de potência do tipo hi = A1(t-n1, VL = A2(P-n2 e TR = A3(P-n3 foram obtidas. Um estudo comparativo entre os valores de hi obtidos neste trabalho e aqueles propostos na literatura, durante a solidificação unidirecional vertical ascendente das ligas investigadas, também é apresentado.

  11. Design target accuracies, data uncertainties and sensitivity studies

    The aim of this course is to give an overview of the general problem of design parameter target accuracy assessment, the related data needs and the uncertainty analysis techniques which provide the tools for these studies. Concerning target accuracy assessment, this paper is essentially based on a paper, related to LMFBR's. Data needs will be illustrated by the example of fission data needs, in all the fields of core design and fuel cycle. Uncertainty analysis is a general notion which covers different fields. In this paper we will essentially describe the so-called data adjustment aspect. Finally, the sensitivity methods, based on perturbation theory will be described for different type of applications

  12. Study of Moessbauer effect on LiFe5-x Alx O8, LiFe 5-x Gax O8 and LiGa5-x Fex O8 systems

    The measures obtained by Moessbauer spectroscopy from LiFe5-x Ga xO8 and LiFe5-xAlxO8 systems are presented. A comparative study of the influences of dopant diamagnetic ions on magnetic structures of lithium ferrite was performed. The LiGa5-xFexO8 systems were analysed based on the existing data from LiAl5-xFexO8 systems, otaining informations about the iron ion behaviour in both matrices. (M.C.K.)

  13. CARACTERIZAÇÃO TECNOLÓGICA DA ESCÓRIA Fe-Cr BAIXO CARBONO E RECUPERAÇÃO DA LIGA METÁLICA POR MESA CONCENTRADORA

    Aline Maria dos Santos Teixeira

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available A escória Fe-Cr baixo carbono, é um dos principais resíduos advindos do processo metalúrgico para obtenção de liga de Fe-Cr. Este resíduo não possui aplicação e encontra-se acumulado em pátios, conforme regulamentação de órgãos ambientais. Este trabalho teve por finalidade caracterizar, sob os aspectos químicos e físicos, a escória Fe-Cr baixo carbono, pertencente à Companhia de Ferro e Ligas da Bahia S/A, FERBASA. Também foram realizados ensaios de concentração gravítica com a finalidade de remover a liga de Fe-Cr ainda residual na escória. As amostras da escória, após as etapas de preparação, foram submetidas aos ensaios de classificação granulométrica, FRX, lupa binocular e MEV-EDS. A análise dos resultados obtidos por lupa binocular indicou a existência, na escória, de grãos de quartzo, fragmento de rocha/minério e de fases metálicas e vítreas. As análises químicas revelaram teores de 30% de CaO, 15% de MgO e 12% de Cr2O3, com partículas metálicas contendo os elementos Fe e Cr associados. As investigações realizadas em mesas concentradoras possibilitaram a obtenção de um concentrado com aproximadamente 25% de Cr, sugerindo a reutilização do mesmo no processo siderúrgico de obtenção da liga de Fe-Cr.

  14. Contributo das analogias para a aprendizagem do tema ligação química: avaliação de uma intervenção pedagógica no 9º ano de escolaridade

    Pinto, Sandrina da Mota Bergueira Onofre

    2014-01-01

    Relatório de estágio de mestrado em Ensino de Física e Química no 3.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico e no Ensino Secundário A Ligação Química é um tema abordado no 9º ano de escolaridade que é considerado, por vários autores, fundamental na aprendizagem da Química. Este tema apresenta grande complexidade, essencialmente pelo grau de abstração que os conceitos a ele associados evidenciam, pelo que muitos alunos sentem dificuldades na sua aprendizagem. Assim, este tema apresenta grande p...

  15. Influence of stiffness in bolted connections in wooden plane structure of truss type Influência da rigidez de ligações parafusadas em estruturas planas de madeira do tipo treliça

    André L. Christoforo

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Trusses are structural systems commonly used in projects, being employed mainly in roof structures, present in most rural buildings. The design of trusses, as well as other structural systems, requires the determination of displacements, strains and stresses. However, the project is developed from an ideal model of calculation, considering free rotation between the elements of a connection. This paper presents a computer program for the analysis of bidimensional wooden trusses with connections formed with two screws per node. The formulation is based on the flexibility method, taking into account the influence of the effect of semi-rigid connections formed by two screws. An example of a structure is presented and analyzed by the program developed here, highlighting the importance of behavior analysis on semi-rigid connections.Treliças são sistemas estruturais comumente utilizados em projetos, empregadas principalmente em estruturas de cobertura, presentes na maioria das construções rurais. O dimensionamento de treliças, assim como o de outros sistemas estruturais, requer a determinação dos deslocamentos, esforços, tensões e deformações atuantes em seus elementos constituintes. O cálculo é desenvolvido com base em um modelo ideal, considerando-se o giro livre entre os elementos componentes de uma ligação. Este trabalho objetiva apresentar um programa computacional destinado à análise de treliças planas de madeira com ligações formadas com dois parafusos por nó. A formulação é fundamentada no Método da Flexibilidade, levando-se em consideração a influência do efeito semirrígido das ligações formadas por dois parafusos. Um exemplo de estrutura auxiliar de cobertura é apresentado e analisado pelo programa desenvolvido, evidenciando-se a importância da análise do comportamento semirrígido sobre as ligações.

  16. Estudo da densidade de ligações Cruzadas em géis superabsorventes obtidos do acetato de celulose Study of the crosslinking density in superabsorbent gels obtained from cellulose acetate

    André M. Senna

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram realizadas sínteses de géis derivados de acetato de celulose (AC com grau de substituição (GS 2,5 por intermédio de reações de reticulação via esterificação. Os grupos hidroxílicos livres do AC foram reagidos com o dianidrido do ácido 1, 2, 4, 5 benzenotetracarboxílico (PMDA em meio homogêneo. As caracterizações foram realizadas por TGA (Análise termogravimétrica, espectroscopia na região do infravermelho (FTIR, retro titulação para determinar o grau de substituição do AC e microscopia de força atômica (AFM. Os géis foram sintetizados com as seguintes razões estequiométricas: [1:1], [1:2/3], [1:3] e [3:1] mol de PMDA/mol de OH livre respectivamente. A base da teoria de Flory-Rehner foi empregada para determinar ligações cruzadas nos géis. Os resultados de AFM mostram topografias distintas quando são comparados os géis entre si e quando os géis são comparados ao polímero de acetato de celulose. Este trabalho foi motivado pela importância tecnológica de polímeros de fontes renováveis como a celulose, em que um derivado de celulose foi usado para obter um polímero promissor para liberação controlada de medicamentos e adsorção de metais pesados em meio aquoso. Uma das vantagens deste polímero derivado do acetato de celulose é o emprego de poucas etapas na sua síntese.This work reports the synthesis of gels derived from cellulose acetate (CA with degree of substitution (DS 2.5 through esterification and crosslinking reactions. The free hydroxyl groups were reacted by using dianhydride of acid 1,2,4,5 benzenotetracarboxylic (PMDA as modifier in a homogeneous media. Characterization was performed with Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR, retrotitration (known as back titration to determine the degree of substitution of AC and atomic force microscopy (AFM. The gels were synthesized with the following stoichiometric ratios: [1:1], [1:2/3], [1

  17. Estudo da densidade de ligações Cruzadas em géis superabsorventes obtidos do acetato de celulose Study of the crosslinking density in superabsorbent gels obtained from cellulose acetate

    André M. Senna

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram realizadas sínteses de géis derivados de acetato de celulose (AC com grau de substituição (GS 2,5 por intermédio de reações de reticulação via esterificação. Os grupos hidroxílicos livres do AC foram reagidos com o dianidrido do ácido 1, 2, 4, 5 benzenotetracarboxílico (PMDA em meio homogêneo. As caracterizações foram realizadas por TGA (Análise termogravimétrica, espectroscopia na região do infravermelho (FTIR, retro titulação para determinar o grau de substituição do AC e microscopia de força atômica (AFM. Os géis foram sintetizados com as seguintes razões estequiométricas: [1:1], [1:2/3], [1:3] e [3:1] mol de PMDA/mol de OH livre respectivamente. A base da teoria de Flory-Rehner foi empregada para determinar ligações cruzadas nos géis. Os resultados de AFM mostram topografias distintas quando são comparados os géis entre si e quando os géis são comparados ao polímero de acetato de celulose. Este trabalho foi motivado pela importância tecnológica de polímeros de fontes renováveis como a celulose, em que um derivado de celulose foi usado para obter um polímero promissor para liberação controlada de medicamentos e adsorção de metais pesados em meio aquoso. Uma das vantagens deste polímero derivado do acetato de celulose é o emprego de poucas etapas na sua síntese.This work reports the synthesis of gels derived from cellulose acetate (CA with degree of substitution (DS 2.5 through esterification and crosslinking reactions. The free hydroxyl groups were reacted by using dianhydride of acid 1,2,4,5 benzenotetracarboxylic (PMDA as modifier in a homogeneous media. Characterization was performed with Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR, retrotitration (known as back titration to determine the degree of substitution of AC and atomic force microscopy (AFM. The gels were synthesized with the following stoichiometric ratios: [1:1], [1:2/3], [1

  18. Efeito da temperatura e do teor de níquel nas propriedades mecânicas e a correlação com usinabilidade em ligas Fe-18Cr-Ni Effect of temperature and nickel content on the mechanical properties and their correlation with the machinability of Fe-18Cr-Ni alloys

    Franco de Castro Bubani

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Foram realizados ensaios de tração na temperatura ambiente em ligas Fe-18%Cr, com teor de níquel variando entre zero e 60% e correlacionaram-se as propriedades obtidas com os resultados de usinabilidade obtidos anteriormente pelo grupo. As ligas foram ensaiadas, também, a 350 e 700ºC, de modo a determinar suas propriedades, na faixa de temperatura alcançada, no local da usinagem. A liga ferrítica apresentou alongamento e limite de resistência menores que as ligas austeníticas, tanto à temperatura ambiente, como a 350°C, o que explica porque, na usinagem dessas ligas, a vida da ferramenta foi muito maior que nas ligas austeníticas (100 contra 20 a 50 minutos, respectivamente. No ensaio a 350ºC, temperatura atingida pela peça na região de usinagem, o aumento do teor de níquel elevou, tanto o limite de resistência das ligas austeníticas, o que dificulta a usinagem, como, também, elevou a ductilidade (alongamento, facilitando a adesão da liga sobre a ferramenta de corte e exigindo maior esforço na usinagem, com conseqüente redução da vida da ferramenta.Tensile tests were carried out at room temperature in Fe-18% Cr alloys, with nickel content varying between zero and 60%, and the properties obtained were correlated with the results of machinability previously obtained by the group. The alloys were also tested at 350 and 700°C in order to obtain these properties in the range of temperature compatible with the machining process. The ferritic alloy presented lower elongation and UTS (ultimate tensile strength than austenitic alloys at room temperature and 350°C, which explains why, in the machining process, the ferritic alloy shows much greater tool life if compared to austenitic alloys (100 against 20 to 50 minutes, respectively. In the test at 350°C, the temperature reached during machining, the increase in nickel content increased the UTS of austenitic alloys, hampering the machining, and also elevated the ductility

  19. Speed-accuracy trade-off behavior: Response caution adjustment or mixing task strategies?

    van Maanen

    2015-01-01

    The speed-accuracy trade-off (SAT) effect refers to the behavioral trade-off between fast yet error-prone responses and accurate but slow responses. Multiple theories on the cognitive mechanisms behind SAT exist. One theory assumes that SAT is a consequence of strategically adjusting the amount of evidence required for overt behaviors, such as perceptual choices. Another theory hypothesizes that SAT is the consequence of mixing different task strategies. In this paper these theories are disam...

  20. Chiral perturbation theory

    After a general introduction to the structure of effective field theories, the main ingredients of chiral perturbation theory are reviewed. Applications include the light quark mass ratios and pion-pion scattering to two-loop accuracy. In the pion-nucleon system, the linear σ model is contrasted with chiral perturbation theory. The heavy-nucleon expansion is used to construct the effective pion-nucleon Lagrangian to third order in the low-energy expansion, with applications to nucleon Compton scattering. (author)

  1. Error Model and Accuracy Calibration of 5-Axis Machine Tool

    Fangyu Pan

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available To improve the machining precision and reduce the geometric errors for 5-axis machinetool, error model and calibration are presented in this paper. Error model is realized by the theory of multi-body system and characteristic matrixes, which can establish the relationship between the cutting tool and the workpiece in theory. The accuracy calibration was difficult to achieve, but by a laser approach-laser interferometer and laser tracker, the errors can be displayed accurately which is benefit for later compensation.

  2. LigaSure Impact™ versus conventional dissection technique in pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy in clinical suspicion of cancerous tumours on the head of the pancreas: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Müller-Stich Beat P

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The pp-Whipple procedure requires extensive preparation. The conventional preparation technique is done with scissors for dissection and ligatures, and with clips and sutures for hemostasis. This procedure is very time-consuming and requires numerous changes of instruments. The LigaSure™ device allows dissection and hemostasis for preparation with one instrument. Up to now there has been no comparison of the two techniques with regard to operating time and the patients' outcome. It is still unclear which technique has the optimal benefit/risk ratio for the patient. Methods/Design A single-center, randomized, single-blinded, controlled superiority trial to compare two different techniques for dissection in a pp-Whipple procedure. 102 patients will be included and randomized pre-operatively. All patients aged 18 years or older scheduled for primary elective pp-Whipple procedure who signed the informed consent will be included. The primary endpoint is the operating time of the randomized technique. Control Intervention: Conventional dissection technique; experimental intervention: LigaSureTM dissection technique. Duration of study: Approximately 15 months; follow up time: 3 years. The trial is registered at German ClinicalTrials Register (DRKS00000166.

  3. Herança e desequilíbrio de ligação em sete locos isoenzimáticos de Cecropia pachystachya. Inheritance and linkage disequilibrium in sevem isozymes loci of Cecropia pachystachya.

    Luciano Arruda RIBAS

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Seis sistemas enzimáticos (ACP,G6PDH, IDH, PGI, PGM e SKDH, codificandosete locos polimórficos (Acp-3, G6pdh-1, Idh-1,Pgi-2, Pgm-1, Pgm-2 e Skdh-1, foram investigadospara a herança e desequilíbrio de ligação emCecropia pachystachya Trec. A herança mendelianafoi confirmada para todos os locos avaliados.Desvios significativos da razão de segregaçãoesperada 1:1 foram detectados apenas em umaprogênies de árvore heterozigótica. O desequilíbriode ligação foi examinado para 21 pares de locosisoenzimáticos, não sendo detectados desequilíbriosentre nenhum deles e, assim, estes podem serutilizados em subseqüentes estudos do sistemade reprodução, diversidade e estrutura genética deC. pachystachya.

  4. Narrow-width approximation accuracy

    A study of general properties of the narrow-width approximation (NWA) with polarization/spin decorrelation is presented. We prove for sufficiently inclusive differential rates of arbitrary resonant decay or scattering processes with an on-shell intermediate state decaying via a cubic or quartic vertex that decorrelation effects vanish and the NWA is of order Γ. Its accuracy is then determined numerically for all resonant 3-body decays involving scalars, spin-1/2 fermions or vector bosons. We specialize the general results to MSSM benchmark scenarios. Significant off-shell corrections can occur - similar in size to QCD corrections. We qualify the configurations in which a combined consideration is advisable. For this purpose, we also investigate process-independent methods to improve the NWA

  5. Increasing Accuracy in Environmental Measurements

    Jacksier, Tracey; Fernandes, Adelino; Matthew, Matt; Lehmann, Horst

    2016-04-01

    Human activity is increasing the concentrations of green house gases (GHG) in the atmosphere which results in temperature increases. High precision is a key requirement of atmospheric measurements to study the global carbon cycle and its effect on climate change. Natural air containing stable isotopes are used in GHG monitoring to calibrate analytical equipment. This presentation will examine the natural air and isotopic mixture preparation process, for both molecular and isotopic concentrations, for a range of components and delta values. The role of precisely characterized source material will be presented. Analysis of individual cylinders within multiple batches will be presented to demonstrate the ability to dynamically fill multiple cylinders containing identical compositions without isotopic fractionation. Additional emphasis will focus on the ability to adjust isotope ratios to more closely bracket sample types without the reliance on combusting naturally occurring materials, thereby improving analytical accuracy.

  6. Brasagem da zircônia metalizada com titânio à liga Ti-6Al-4V Brazing of metalized zirconia with titanium to Ti-6Al-4V alloy

    J. S. Pimenta

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Zircônia tetragonal estabilizada com ítria foi mecanicamente metalizada com titânio e a condição de molhamento avaliada com as ligas convencionais Ag-28Cu e Au-18Ni. Estas dissolveram o revestimento de titânio para uma completa distribuição deste metal ativo na superfície cerâmica, gerando uma liga ativa in situ e possibilitando adequadas ligações químicas ao metal base na temperatura de união. Os melhores resultados de molhamento foram selecionados para brasagem indireta em forno de alto-vácuo nas juntas ZrO2/Ti-6Al-4V. Testes de detecção de vazamento de gás hélio foram realizados na interface de união das juntas; amostras removidas na seção transversal de juntas estanques foram examinadas por técnicas de análise microestrutural. Formou-se uma camada escura adjacente à cerâmica metalizada, responsável pelo molhamento ocasionado pela liga Ag-28Cu. Entretanto, o uso da liga Au-18Ni resultou em precipitação de intermetálicos e microtrincamento interfacial. Perfis de microdureza através da interface resultante até onde a zircônia mostrou típico escurecimento não indicaram alternância significativa entre medições consecutivas; os resultados dos ensaios de resistência mecânica à flexão-3p foram considerados satisfatórios.Yttria tetragonal zirconia polycrystal was mechanically metallized with titanium and the wetting behavior on the ceramic surface was analyzed using the conventional fillers Ag-28Cu and Au-18Ni. These alloys had dissolved the active metal coating, which acts to zirconia reduction on its surface and promoting suitable chemical bonding to the metallic member. Better wetting results were selected for indirect brazing in a high-vacuum furnace for ZrO2/Ti-6Al-4V simple butt joints. Helium gas leak detection was made at the joints interface; samples were removed from the tight joints cross-section and examined by microstructural analysis techniques and EDX analysis. There was formation of a dark

  7. Accuracy analysis and design of A3 parallel spindle head

    Ni, Yanbing; Zhang, Biao; Sun, Yupeng; Zhang, Yuan

    2016-03-01

    As functional components of machine tools, parallel mechanisms are widely used in high efficiency machining of aviation components, and accuracy is one of the critical technical indexes. Lots of researchers have focused on the accuracy problem of parallel mechanisms, but in terms of controlling the errors and improving the accuracy in the stage of design and manufacturing, further efforts are required. Aiming at the accuracy design of a 3-DOF parallel spindle head(A3 head), its error model, sensitivity analysis and tolerance allocation are investigated. Based on the inverse kinematic analysis, the error model of A3 head is established by using the first-order perturbation theory and vector chain method. According to the mapping property of motion and constraint Jacobian matrix, the compensatable and uncompensatable error sources which affect the accuracy in the end-effector are separated. Furthermore, sensitivity analysis is performed on the uncompensatable error sources. The sensitivity probabilistic model is established and the global sensitivity index is proposed to analyze the influence of the uncompensatable error sources on the accuracy in the end-effector of the mechanism. The results show that orientation error sources have bigger effect on the accuracy in the end-effector. Based upon the sensitivity analysis results, the tolerance design is converted into the issue of nonlinearly constrained optimization with the manufacturing cost minimum being the optimization objective. By utilizing the genetic algorithm, the allocation of the tolerances on each component is finally determined. According to the tolerance allocation results, the tolerance ranges of ten kinds of geometric error sources are obtained. These research achievements can provide fundamental guidelines for component manufacturing and assembly of this kind of parallel mechanisms.

  8. A Review of Sodar Accuracy

    Bradley, Stuart; Mikkelsen, Torben

    large. On a uniform terrain site, differences between a SODAR and a mastmounted cup anemometer will arise due to turbulent fluctuations and wind components being measured in different spaces, as well as to variable background noise. We develop theories for turbulence-related random fluctuations due to...... different spaces. We show some field results which reinforce this view. Both the turbulencerelated random fluctuations and systematic errors in complex terrain (where systematic wind shears arise) can potentially be removed by use of a vertical column geometry. Field results from a new bistatic receiver...

  9. Data accuracy assessment using enterprise architecture

    Närman, Per; Holm, Hannes; Johnson, Pontus; König, Johan; Chenine, Moustafa; Ekstedt, Mathias

    2011-02-01

    Errors in business processes result in poor data accuracy. This article proposes an architecture analysis method which utilises ArchiMate and the Probabilistic Relational Model formalism to model and analyse data accuracy. Since the resources available for architecture analysis are usually quite scarce, the method advocates interviews as the primary data collection technique. A case study demonstrates that the method yields correct data accuracy estimates and is more resource-efficient than a competing sampling-based data accuracy estimation method.

  10. Astrophysics with Microarcsecond Accuracy Astrometry

    Unwin, Stephen C.

    2008-01-01

    Space-based astrometry promises to provide a powerful new tool for astrophysics. At a precision level of a few microarcsonds, a wide range of phenomena are opened up for study. In this paper we discuss the capabilities of the SIM Lite mission, the first space-based long-baseline optical interferometer, which will deliver parallaxes to 4 microarcsec. A companion paper in this volume will cover the development and operation of this instrument. At the level that SIM Lite will reach, better than 1 microarcsec in a single measurement, planets as small as one Earth can be detected around many dozen of the nearest stars. Not only can planet masses be definitely measured, but also the full orbital parameters determined, allowing study of system stability in multiple planet systems. This capability to survey our nearby stellar neighbors for terrestrial planets will be a unique contribution to our understanding of the local universe. SIM Lite will be able to tackle a wide range of interesting problems in stellar and Galactic astrophysics. By tracing the motions of stars in dwarf spheroidal galaxies orbiting our Milky Way, SIM Lite will probe the shape of the galactic potential history of the formation of the galaxy, and the nature of dark matter. Because it is flexibly scheduled, the instrument can dwell on faint targets, maintaining its full accuracy on objects as faint as V=19. This paper is a brief survey of the diverse problems in modern astrophysics that SIM Lite will be able to address.

  11. Assessing the accuracy of different simplified frictional rolling contact algorithms

    Vollebregt, E. A. H.; Iwnicki, S. D.; Xie, G.; Shackleton, P.

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents an approach for assessing the accuracy of different frictional rolling contact theories. The main characteristic of the approach is that it takes a statistically oriented view. This yields a better insight into the behaviour of the methods in diverse circumstances (varying contact patch ellipticities, mixed longitudinal, lateral and spin creepages) than is obtained when only a small number of (basic) circumstances are used in the comparison. The range of contact parameters that occur for realistic vehicles and tracks are assessed using simulations with the Vampire vehicle system dynamics (VSD) package. This shows that larger values for the spin creepage occur rather frequently. Based on this, our approach is applied to typical cases for which railway VSD packages are used. The results show that particularly the USETAB approach but also FASTSIM give considerably better results than the linear theory, Vermeulen-Johnson, Shen-Hedrick-Elkins and Polach methods, when compared with the 'complete theory' of the CONTACT program.

  12. Image Positioning Accuracy Analysis for the Super Low Altitude Remote Sensing Satellite

    Ming Xu

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Super low altitude remote sensing satellites maintain lower flight altitudes by means of ion propulsion in order to improve image resolution and positioning accuracy. The use of engineering data in design for achieving image positioning accuracy is discussed in this paper based on the principles of the photogrammetry theory. The exact line‐of‐sight rebuilding of each detection element and this direction precisely intersecting with the Earth’s elliptical when the camera on the satellite is imaging are both ensured by the combined design of key parameters. These parameters include: orbit determination accuracy, attitude determination accuracy, camera exposure time, accurately synchronizing the reception of ephemeris with attitude data, geometric calibration and precise orbit verification. Precise simulation calculations show that image positioning accuracy of super low altitude remote sensing satellites is not obviously improved. The attitude determination error of a satellite still restricts its positioning accuracy.

  13. Tracking accuracy assessment for concentrator photovoltaic systems

    Norton, Matthew S. H.; Anstey, Ben; Bentley, Roger W.; Georghiou, George E.

    2010-10-01

    The accuracy to which a concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) system can track the sun is an important parameter that influences a number of measurements that indicate the performance efficiency of the system. This paper presents work carried out into determining the tracking accuracy of a CPV system, and illustrates the steps involved in gaining an understanding of the tracking accuracy. A Trac-Stat SL1 accuracy monitor has been used in the determination of pointing accuracy and has been integrated into the outdoor CPV module test facility at the Photovoltaic Technology Laboratories in Nicosia, Cyprus. Results from this work are provided to demonstrate how important performance indicators may be presented, and how the reliability of results is improved through the deployment of such accuracy monitors. Finally, recommendations on the use of such sensors are provided as a means to improve the interpretation of real outdoor performance.

  14. Vinculação à mãe e ligação aos pares na adolescência: O papel mediador da auto-estima

    Rocha, Magda; Mota, C. P; Matos, P. M.

    2011-01-01

    De acordo com a teoria da vinculação, a qualidade da relação com as figuras parentais desempenha um papel fundamental na forma como os jovens se percebem a si e aos outros, contribuindo a qualidade destes laços para o desenvolvimento da auto-estima e dos laços que se constroem posteriormente com os pares. O objectivo deste estudo é observar a contribuição da qualidade da vinculação à mãe na predição da ligação aos pares, tendo em conta a hipótese do papel mediador da auto-estima, ...

  15. Comportamento sísmico de ligações metálicas: influência na resposta dinâmica de estruturas metálicas

    Nogueiro, Pedro; Silva, Luís Simões da; Bento, Rita

    2005-01-01

    Tem-se verificado nas últimas décadas a ocorrência de grande actividade sísmica em diversas zonas do globo, causando inúmeros danos, quer materiais quer humanos. A competitividade da construção metálica e mista, nomeadamente nestas zonas, requer a apresentação e o estudo de soluções que demonstrem claramente o bom desempenho estrutural. Sabendo-se a importância das ligações no comportamento das estruturas metálicas e mistas, avalia-se a resposta sísmica de três estruturas metál...

  16. Does DFT-SAPT method provide spectroscopic accuracy?

    Shirkov, Leonid; Makarewicz, Jan, E-mail: jama@amu.edu.pl [Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89b, 61-614 Poznań (Poland)

    2015-02-14

    Ground state potential energy curves for homonuclear and heteronuclear dimers consisting of noble gas atoms from He to Kr were calculated within the symmetry adapted perturbation theory based on the density functional theory (DFT-SAPT). These potentials together with spectroscopic data derived from them were compared to previous high-precision coupled cluster with singles and doubles including the connected triples theory calculations (or better if available) as well as to experimental data used as the benchmark. The impact of midbond functions on DFT-SAPT results was tested to study the convergence of the interaction energies. It was shown that, for most of the complexes, DFT-SAPT potential calculated at the complete basis set (CBS) limit is lower than the corresponding benchmark potential in the region near its minimum and hence, spectroscopic accuracy cannot be achieved. The influence of the residual term δ(HF) on the interaction energy was also studied. As a result, we have found that this term improves the agreement with the benchmark in the repulsive region for the dimers considered, but leads to even larger overestimation of potential depth D{sub e}. Although the standard hybrid exchange-correlation (xc) functionals with asymptotic correction within the second order DFT-SAPT do not provide the spectroscopic accuracy at the CBS limit, it is possible to adjust empirically basis sets yielding highly accurate results.

  17. Does DFT-SAPT method provide spectroscopic accuracy?

    Ground state potential energy curves for homonuclear and heteronuclear dimers consisting of noble gas atoms from He to Kr were calculated within the symmetry adapted perturbation theory based on the density functional theory (DFT-SAPT). These potentials together with spectroscopic data derived from them were compared to previous high-precision coupled cluster with singles and doubles including the connected triples theory calculations (or better if available) as well as to experimental data used as the benchmark. The impact of midbond functions on DFT-SAPT results was tested to study the convergence of the interaction energies. It was shown that, for most of the complexes, DFT-SAPT potential calculated at the complete basis set (CBS) limit is lower than the corresponding benchmark potential in the region near its minimum and hence, spectroscopic accuracy cannot be achieved. The influence of the residual term δ(HF) on the interaction energy was also studied. As a result, we have found that this term improves the agreement with the benchmark in the repulsive region for the dimers considered, but leads to even larger overestimation of potential depth De. Although the standard hybrid exchange-correlation (xc) functionals with asymptotic correction within the second order DFT-SAPT do not provide the spectroscopic accuracy at the CBS limit, it is possible to adjust empirically basis sets yielding highly accurate results

  18. Caracterização da liga comercial de alumínio 3003 produzida por fundição contínua de chapas (twin roll caster: microestrutura

    Juliana de Paula Martins

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho caracterizou a microestrutura da liga comercial de alumínio 3003, produzida em escala industrial pelo processo de fundição contínua de chapas. Microscopia óptica com luz polarizada e campo escuro, microscopia eletrônica de varredura e ensaios de dureza Brinell foram utilizados. Os teores de manganês em solução sólida foram avaliados por medidas de resistividade elétrica. A análise química, ao longo da espessura da chapa é homogênea, ou seja, revela ausência de macro-segregação. A microestrutura da liga caracteriza-se pela presença de grãos com estrutura dendrítica, partículas primárias da fase Al6(Mn,Fe localizadas, preferencialmente, nos contornos de grão e a fração volumétrica de precipitados varia ao longo da espessura.The present work characterized the microstructure of a commercial 3003 aluminum alloy produced on an industrial scale by a twin roll caster process. Optical microscopy using polarized light and dark field, scanning electron microscopy, and Brinell hardness tests were carried out. The manganese content in solid solution was evaluated by electric resistivity measurements. The chemical composition across sheet thickness is homogeneous, in other words, there is no macro-segregation. A microstructural examination showed the presence of: grains with a dendritic structure, primary phase particles Al6(Mn,Fe in the grain boundaries, and variable volumetric fractions of the precipitated along the thickness.

  19. A Theory of Cross-Validation Error

    Turney, Peter D.

    2002-01-01

    This paper presents a theory of error in cross-validation testing of algorithms for predicting real-valued attributes. The theory justifies the claim that predicting real-valued attributes requires balancing the conflicting demands of simplicity and accuracy. Furthermore, the theory indicates precisely how these conflicting demands must be balanced, in order to minimize cross-validation error. A general theory is presented, then it is developed in detail for linear regression a...

  20. Waltz's Theory of Theory

    Wæver, Ole

    2009-01-01

    Kenneth N. Waltz's 1979 book, Theory of International Politics, is the most influential in the history of the discipline. It worked its effects to a large extent through raising the bar for what counted as theoretical work, in effect reshaping not only realism but rivals like liberalism and......-empiricism and anti-positivism of his position. Followers and critics alike have treated Waltzian neorealism as if it was at bottom a formal proposition about cause-effect relations. The extreme case of Waltz being so victorious in the discipline, and yet being consistently mis-interpreted on the question of...

  1. Light MSSM Higgs boson mass to three-loop accuracy

    Kant, P; Mihaila, L; Steinhauser, M

    2010-01-01

    The light CP even Higgs boson mass, Mh, is calculated to three-loop accuracy within the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM). The result is expressed in terms of DRbar parameters and implemented in the computer program H3m. The calculation is based on the proper approximations and their combination in various regions of the parameter space. The three-loop effects to Mh are typically of the order of a few hundred MeV and opposite in sign to the two-loop corrections. The remaining theory uncertainty due to higher order perturbative corrections is estimated to be less than 1 GeV.

  2. Ring Theory

    Jara, Pascual; Torrecillas, Blas

    1988-01-01

    The papers in this proceedings volume are selected research papers in different areas of ring theory, including graded rings, differential operator rings, K-theory of noetherian rings, torsion theory, regular rings, cohomology of algebras, local cohomology of noncommutative rings. The book will be important for mathematicians active in research in ring theory.

  3. String theory

    Marino Beiras, Marcos

    2001-01-01

    We give an overview of the relations between matrix models and string theory, focusing on topological string theory and the Dijkgraaf--Vafa correspondence. We discuss applications of this correspondence and its generalizations to supersymmetric gauge theory, enumerative geometry and mirror symmetry. We also present a brief overview of matrix quantum mechanical models in superstring theory.

  4. Accuracy analysis of distributed simulation systems

    Lin, Qi; Guo, Jing

    2010-08-01

    Existed simulation works always emphasize on procedural verification, which put too much focus on the simulation models instead of simulation itself. As a result, researches on improving simulation accuracy are always limited in individual aspects. As accuracy is the key in simulation credibility assessment and fidelity study, it is important to give an all-round discussion of the accuracy of distributed simulation systems themselves. First, the major elements of distributed simulation systems are summarized, which can be used as the specific basis of definition, classification and description of accuracy of distributed simulation systems. In Part 2, the framework of accuracy of distributed simulation systems is presented in a comprehensive way, which makes it more sensible to analyze and assess the uncertainty of distributed simulation systems. The concept of accuracy of distributed simulation systems is divided into 4 other factors and analyzed respectively further more in Part 3. In Part 4, based on the formalized description of framework of accuracy analysis in distributed simulation systems, the practical approach are put forward, which can be applied to study unexpected or inaccurate simulation results. Following this, a real distributed simulation system based on HLA is taken as an example to verify the usefulness of the approach proposed. The results show that the method works well and is applicable in accuracy analysis of distributed simulation systems.

  5. Audiovisual biofeedback improves motion prediction accuracy

    Pollock, Sean; Lee, Danny; Keall, Paul; Kim, Taeho

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The accuracy of motion prediction, utilized to overcome the system latency of motion management radiotherapy systems, is hampered by irregularities present in the patients’ respiratory pattern. Audiovisual (AV) biofeedback has been shown to reduce respiratory irregularities. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that AV biofeedback improves the accuracy of motion prediction.

  6. Optimizing the geometrical accuracy of curvilinear meshes

    Toulorge, Thomas; Remacle, Jean-François

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a method to generate valid high order meshes with optimized geometrical accuracy. The high order meshing procedure starts with a linear mesh, that is subsequently curved without taking care of the validity of the high order elements. An optimization procedure is then used to both untangle invalid elements and optimize the geometrical accuracy of the mesh. Standard measures of the distance between curves are considered to evaluate the geometrical accuracy in planar two-dimensional meshes, but they prove computationally too costly for optimization purposes. A fast estimate of the geometrical accuracy, based on Taylor expansions of the curves, is introduced. An unconstrained optimization procedure based on this estimate is shown to yield significant improvements in the geometrical accuracy of high order meshes, as measured by the standard Haudorff distance between the geometrical model and the mesh. Several examples illustrate the beneficial impact of this method on CFD solutions, with a part...

  7. Image Positioning Accuracy Analysis for the Super Low Altitude Remote Sensing Satellite

    Ming Xu; Nan Zhou

    2012-01-01

    Super low altitude remote sensing satellites maintain lower flight altitudes by means of ion propulsion in order to improve image resolution and positioning accuracy. The use of engineering data in design for achieving image positioning accuracy is discussed in this paper based on the principles of the photogrammetry theory. The exact line‐of‐sight rebuilding of each detection element and this direction precisely intersecting with the Earth’s elliptical when the camera on the satellite is ima...

  8. Geographical Theories

    Golledge, Reginald G.

    2001-01-01

    The emergence of geographical theory was an inevitable product of the desire to systematize existing geographic knowledge and to use that systematized base to explore new areas of knowledge. Although the usefulness of theory and predictive models in geography is by now a matter of record, it was not always the case. The usefulness and need for theories was often disputed, despite the oft-repeated argument that theories of location explained the laws of spatial distributions, theories of inter...

  9. String theory

    The paper traces the development of the String Theory, and was presented at Professor Sir Rudolf Peierls' 80sup(th) Birthday Symposium. The String theory is discussed with respect to the interaction of strings, the inclusion of both gauge theory and gravitation, inconsistencies in the theory, and the role of space-time. The physical principles underlying string theory are also outlined. (U.K.)

  10. 100% Classification Accuracy Considered Harmful: The Normalized Information Transfer Factor Explains the Accuracy Paradox

    Valverde-Albacete, Francisco J.; Carmen Peláez-Moreno

    2014-01-01

    The most widely spread measure of performance, accuracy, suffers from a paradox: predictive models with a given level of accuracy may have greater predictive power than models with higher accuracy. Despite optimizing classification error rate, high accuracy models may fail to capture crucial information transfer in the classification task. We present evidence of this behavior by means of a combinatorial analysis where every possible contingency matrix of 2, 3 and 4 classes classifiers are dep...

  11. Physiological and Biomechancical Qualities of Young Players in the "EBA" League Cualidades Fisiológicas y Biomecánicas de Jugador Joven de Liga EBA

    J. García

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available

    The objective of this study is identify the functional characteristics and mechanics in the jump of young basketball players of EBA League. The findings of the study will allow adaptation of methods and means of training to reach high performance levels. In 10 basketball players aged 19.3±0.7 years aerobic and anaerobic potential, corporal composition and characteristics of the mechanics of jumps were determined in both laboratory and field tests. The players had a weight of 86.8±2.6 and a height of 197.1±2.9 cm, with an average of 8.2±0.3% of body fat, and an average of 50.3±0.5% muscle mass. In the incremental treatmill test they reached a VO2 max of 61.2±1.3 ml.kg-1.min-1; similar to the result obtained in the Course Navette (60.04±1.2 ml.kg-1.min-1 and different in the Cooper test (56.9±1.7 ml.kg-1.min-1. In the battery of jumps on the contact platform the results were: (Abalakov= 41.5±1.4 cm, SJ= 32.1±1.4 cm, CMJ= 35±1.2 cm, RJ30= 42.4±0.8 jumps with a average power of 36.9±2.2 kg/ w, and in the Wingate test they carried out a average power of 594.6±20.2 W (6.85 w/ kg, a peak power output of 693.4±24.6 W (7.98 w/ kg, and an index of fatigue of-28.7. The valuation of these characteristics is supposed to be an instrument to prescribe more individualized training sessions, in order to obtain a higher performance.
    KEY WORDS: Basketball, Physiology, Aerobic capacity, Anaerobic capacity; Muscular composition, VO2max, Wingate.

     

    El objetivo de este estudio es identificar las características morfofuncionales y de mecánica en el salto en jugadores jóvenes de Liga EBA. Lo que permitirá adecuar métodos y medios de entrenamiento para optimizar su rendimiento. En 10 jugadores de 19.3±0.7 años se determinó tanto en laboratorio como en campo, el potencial aeróbico, anaeróbico, composición corporal y

  12. Dualities in M-theory and Born-Infeld Theory

    Brace, Daniel, M

    2001-08-01

    We discuss two examples of duality. The first arises in the context of toroidal compactification of the discrete light cone quantization of M-theory. In the presence of nontrivial moduli coming from the M-theory three form, it has been conjectured that the system is described by supersymmetric Yang-Mills gauge theory on a noncommutative torus. We are able to provide evidence for this conjecture, by showing that the dualities of this M-theory compactification, which correspond to T-duality in Type IIA string theory, are also dualities of the noncommutative supersymmetric Yang-Mills description. One can also consider this as evidence for the accuracy of the Matrix Theory description of M-theory in this background. The second type of duality is the self-duality of theories with U(1) gauge fields. After discussing the general theory of duality invariance for theories with complex gauge fields, we are able to find a generalization of the well known U(1) Born-Infeld theory that contains any number of gauge fields and which is invariant under the maximal duality group. We then find a supersymmetric extension of our results, and also show that our results can be extended to find Born-Infeld type actions in any even dimensional spacetime.

  13. Prevalência do hiperaldosteronismo primário em uma liga de hipertensão arterial sistêmica Prevalencia del hiperaldosteronismo primario en una liga de hipertensión arterial sistémica Prevalence of primary hyperaldosteronism in a systemic arterial hypertension league

    Maria Jacqueline Silva Ribeiro

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Até recentemente, o hiperaldosteronismo primário era considerado uma causa rara de hipertensão secundária. Porém, ao longo dos últimos anos, muitos estudos têm sugerido que essa doença pode afetar até 20% dos hipertensos. OBJETIVO: Determinar a prevalência do hiperaldosteronismo primário em pacientes hipertensos em tratamento na liga de hipertensão de um hospital universitário. MÉTODOS: Foram realizadas dosagens de aldosterona sérica e atividade plasmática da renina em 105 pacientes, em vigência do tratamento anti-hipertensivo usual, excetuando-se aqueles em uso de beta-bloqueadores e espironolactona, em jejum e após repouso na posição deitada por 20 minutos. Aqueles com relação aldosterona/atividade plasmática da renina maior que 25 foram submetidos ao teste de supressão com sobrecarga salina endovenosa e, após a confirmação da autonomia da secreção de aldosterona, foi realizada tomografia computadorizada das adrenais. Os resultados são apresentados como porcentagens, médias e desvios-padrão. RESULTADOS: Dos 105 pacientes, 6,54% eram hipertensos refratários. Nove apresentaram relação aldosterona/atividade plasmática da renina > 25 (8,5% do total. Destes, oito foram submetidos ao teste de supressão e um (hipertenso refratário teve o diagnóstico confirmado de hiperaldosteronismo primário (0,96% do total. Foi realizada tomografia computadorizada de adrenais, sendo considerada normal. CONCLUSÃO: A prevalência do hiperaldosteronismo primário na amostra estudada foi de 0,96% do total. No entanto, quando avaliados apenas os portadores de hipertensão refratária, a prevalência foi de 14,3%.FUNDAMENTO: Hasta recientemente, se consideraba el hiperaldosteronismo primario como una causa rara de hipertensión secundaria. Sin embargo, a lo largo de los últimos años, muchos estudios han sugerido que esa enfermedad puede afectar hasta el 20% de los hipertensos. OBJETIVO: Determinar la prevalencia del

  14. Accuracy and consistency of modern elastomeric pumps.

    Weisman, Robyn S; Missair, Andres; Pham, Phung; Gutierrez, Juan F; Gebhard, Ralf E

    2014-01-01

    Continuous peripheral nerve blockade has become a popular method of achieving postoperative analgesia for many surgical procedures. The safety and reliability of infusion pumps are dependent on their flow rate accuracy and consistency. Knowledge of pump rate profiles can help physicians determine which infusion pump is best suited for their clinical applications and specific patient population. Several studies have investigated the accuracy of portable infusion pumps. Using methodology similar to that used by Ilfeld et al, we investigated the accuracy and consistency of several current elastomeric pumps. PMID:25140510

  15. O envolvimento do pai na gravidez/parto e a ligação emocional com o bebé La participación del padre en el embarazo/parto y el vínculo emocional con el bebé Father’s involvement in pregnancy/childbirth and the emotional bond with the baby

    João Rui Duarte Farias Nogueira; Manuela Ferreira

    2012-01-01

    Enquadramento: a ligação emocional entre pai e filho é determinante na transição para a paternidade e no desenvolvimento do bebé. Objetivos: pretendemos verificar se existe relação entre as variáveis sóciodemográficas, o envolvimento na gravidez ou o corte do cordão umbilical com a ligação emocional do pai com o bebé. Metodologia: efetuámos um estudo transversal, quantitativo de caráter descritivo analítico. Aplicámos um questionário e a escala bonding validada para a população Portuguesa (Fi...

  16. Asmenų, patyrusių apatinių galūnių amputaciją, asmenybės bruožų, streso, susijusio su liga, įveikos strategijų ir depresiškumo sąsajos

    Dirsytė, Inga

    2014-01-01

    Tyrimo tikslas: Atskleisti asmenų, patyrusių apatinių galūnių amputaciją, asmenybės bruožų, streso, susijusio su liga, įveikos strategijų bei depresiškumo sąsajas. Tyrime dalyvavo 70 asmenų, patyrusių apatinių galūnių amputaciją (53 vyrai, 17 moterų). Tyrime buvo naudojami trys klausimynai: 1. COPE (angl. Coping Orientation of Problem Experience)- streso, susijusio su liga, įveikos strategijų nustatymui. 2. „Penketo svarbiausių“ bruožų klausimynas- The Big Five Inventory (BFI) 3. HAD (H...

  17. Social Security Administration Data for Enumeration Accuracy

    Social Security Administration — This dataset provides data at the national level from federal fiscal year 2006 onwards for the accuracy of the assignment of Social Security numbers (SSN) based on...

  18. Critical thinking and accuracy of nurses' diagnoses.

    Lunney, Margaret

    2003-01-01

    Interpretations of patient data are complex and diverse, contributing to a risk of low accuracy nursing diagnoses. This risk is confirmed in research findings that accuracy of nurses' diagnoses varied widely from high to low. Highly accurate diagnoses are essential, however, to guide nursing interventions for the achievement of positive health outcomes. Development of critical thinking abilities is likely to improve accuracy of nurses' diagnoses. New views of critical thinking serve as a basis for critical thinking in nursing. Seven cognitive skills and ten habits of mind are identified as dimensions of critical thinking for use in the diagnostic process. Application of the cognitive skills of critical thinking illustrates the importance of using critical thinking for accuracy of nurses' diagnoses. Ten strategies are proposed for self-development of critical thinking abilities. PMID:14649031

  19. Accuracy and Efficiency of Raytracing Photoionisation Algorithms

    Mackey, Jonathan

    2012-01-01

    Three non-equilibrium photoionisation algorithms for hydrodynamical grid-based simulation codes are compared in terms of accuracy, timestepping criteria, and parallel scaling. Explicit methods with first order time accuracy for photon conservation must use very restrictive timestep criteria to accurately track R-type ionisation fronts. A second order accurate algorithm is described which, although it requires more work per step, allows much longer timesteps and is consequently more efficient. Implicit methods allow ionisation fronts to cross many grid cells per timestep while maintaining photon conservation accuracy. It is shown, however, that errors are much larger for multi-frequency radiation then for monochromatic radiation with the implicit algorithm used here, and large errors accrue when an ionisation front crosses many optical depths in a single step. The accuracy and convergence rates of the different algorithms are tested with a large number of timestepping criteria to identify the best criterion fo...

  20. Supergravity theories

    Of all supergravity theories, the maximal, i.e., N = 8 in 4-dimension or N = 1 in 11-dimension, theory should perform the unification since it owns the highest degree of symmetry. As to the N = 1 in d = 11 theory, it has been investigated how to compactify to the d = 4 theories. From the phenomenological point of view, local SUSY GUTs, i.e., N = 1 SUSY GUTs with soft breaking terms, have been studied from various angles. The structures of extended supergravity theories are less understood than those of N = 1 supergravity theories, and matter couplings in N = 2 extended supergravity theories are under investigation. The harmonic superspace was recently proposed which may be useful to investigate the quantum effects of extended supersymmetry and supergravity theories. As to the so-called Kaluza-Klein supergravity, there is another possibility. (Mori, K.)

  1. Moyamoya disease: diagnostic accuracy of MRI

    MRI may be employed to investigate moyamoya disease, since it provides vascular information without use of contrast medium. We reported the usefulness and limitations of MR angiography (MRA) in moyamoya disease. To our knowledge, no report has appeared dealing with the diagnostic accuracy of MRI in a large number of cases of moyamoya disease, although MRI is used more commonly than MRA. We therefore undertook to evaluate the accuracy of MRI in moyamoya disease. (orig.)

  2. Coding accuracy on the psychophysical scale

    Lubomir Kostal; Petr Lansky

    2016-01-01

    Sensory neurons are often reported to adjust their coding accuracy to the stimulus statistics. The observed match is not always perfect and the maximal accuracy does not align with the most frequent stimuli. As an alternative to a physiological explanation we show that the match critically depends on the chosen stimulus measurement scale. More generally, we argue that if we measure the stimulus intensity on the scale which is proportional to the perception intensity, an improved adjustment in...

  3. Development of an artillery accuracy model

    Fann, Chee Meng.

    2006-01-01

    This thesis explains the methodologies that predict the trajectory and accuracy of an unguided, indirect-fire launched projectile in predicted fire. The trajectory is the path that a projectile travels to the impact point, while the accuracy is the measurement of the deviation of the impact point from the target. In addition, this thesis describes, the methodology for calculating the various factors such as drag and drift in the trajectory calculation. A three degree of freedom model will...

  4. Is There Evidence for a Mixture of Processes in Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off Behavior?

    van Maanen, Leendert

    2016-01-01

    The speed-accuracy trade-off (SAT) effect refers to the behavioral trade-off between fast yet error-prone respones and accurate but slow responses. Multiple theories on the cognitive mechanisms behind SAT exist. One theory assumes that SAT is a consequence of strategically adjusting the amount of evidence required for overt behaviors, such as perceptual choices. Another theory hypothesizes that SAT is the consequence of the mixture of multiple categorically different cognitive processes. In this paper, these theories are disambiguated by assessing whether the fixed-point property of mixture distributions holds, in both simulations and data. I conclude that, at least for perceptual decision making, there is no evidence for a mixture of different cognitive processes to trade off accuracy of responding for speed. PMID:26748686

  5. Agency Theory

    Linder, Stefan; Foss, Nicolai Juul

    2015-01-01

    Agency theory studies the problems and solutions linked to delegation of tasks from principals to agents in the context of conflicting interests between the parties. Beginning from clear assumptions about rationality, contracting, and informational conditions, the theory addresses problems of ex...... agency theory to enjoy considerable scientific impact on social science; however, it has also attracted considerable criticism....

  6. Agency Theory

    Linder, Stefan; Foss, Nicolai Juul

    Agency theory studies the problems and solutions linked to delegation of tasks from principals to agents in the context of conflicting interests between the parties. Beginning from clear assumptions about rationality, contracting and informational conditions, the theory addresses problems of ex...... agency theory to enjoy considerable scientific impact on social science; however, it has also attracted considerable criticism....

  7. String theory

    This article is devoted to a nontechnical review on the present status of string theory towards an ultimate unification of all fundamental interactions including gravity. In particular, we emphasize the importance of string theory as a new theoretical framework in which the long-standing conflict between quantum theory and general relativity is resolved. (author)

  8. Packaging Theory.

    Williams, Jeffrey

    1994-01-01

    Considers the recent flood of anthologies of literary criticism and theory as exemplifications of the confluence of pedagogical concerns, economics of publishing, and other historical factors. Looks specifically at how these anthologies present theory. Cites problems with their formatting theory and proposes alternative ways of organizing theory…

  9. Formation and reversion of strain induced martensite on Fe-Cr-Ni alloys Formação e reversão da martensita em ligas ferro-cromo-níquel

    Gabriela Lujan Brollo

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Austenitic stainless steels represent a significant portion of the alloys used in the aeronautical, chemical, shipbuilding, food processing and biomechanical industries. They combine good mechanical properties with high corrosion resistance. When subjected to cold deformation, these steels exhibit a metastable phase called: strain induced martensite (ferromagnetic, whose formation increases mechanical strength and formability, allowing for a wide range of applications. Heated from room temperature, the strain induced martensite transforms to austenite (non-magnetic. It is easy to find information in literature about the strain induced martensite for 18Cr/8Ni austenitic steels, but there is no data for high nickel alloys like A286 (26Ni, 15Cr, Incoloy 800 (30-40 Ni, 21Cr and Inconel (50Ni, 19Cr. Therefore, this study aimed to verify the formation of strain induced martensite after cold working in Fe-18Cr base alloys with the addition of up to 60 %Ni. The reversion of this phase to austenite after annealing up to 600 ºC was also studied. Optical microscopy, magnetic characterization tests, and x-ray diffraction were used to analyze the transformations.Os aços inoxidáveis austeníticos são materiais de alto valor agregado, representando uma parcela importante das ligas usadas, principalmente, nas indústrias aeronáutica, química, naval, alimentícia e biomecânica. Apresentam boas propriedades mecânicas aliadas à elevada resistência à corrosão. Quando submetido à deformação a frio, esses aços exibem uma fase metaestável denominada martensita induzida por deformação (ferromagnética, cuja formação aumenta a resistência mecânica e conformabilidade, permitindo sua ampla gama de aplicações. Aquecida acima da temperatura ambiente, a martensita induzida por deformação se transforma em austenita. Existem dados na literatura sobre a formação da martensita induzida por deformação em aços austeníticos 18Cr/8Ni, mas não h

  10. Density Functional Theory Approach to Nuclear Fission

    Schunck, N

    2012-01-01

    The Skyrme nuclear energy density functional theory (DFT) is used to model neutron-induced fission in actinides. This paper focuses on the numerical implementation of the theory. In particular, it reports recent advances in DFT code development on leadership class computers, and presents a detailed analysis of the numerical accuracy of DFT solvers for near-scission calculations.

  11. Influence of measurement conditions and system parameters on accuracy of remote temperature measurement with dualspectral IR systems

    Chrzanowski, K.

    1996-04-01

    A theory of the influence of measurement conditions and system parameters on the accuracy of remote temperature measurements with dualspectral IR systems has been developed. An analysis of the influence of the disturbances of the measurement process caused by system noise, spectrally variable emissivity of the tested object, radiation reflected by the object, limited transmittance of the atmosphere, and radiation emitted by the filters and the optics on the accuracy of the dualspectral IR systems has been made using this theory. The results show that the accuracy definitively depends on the measurement conditions and the system parameters.

  12. Ring theory

    Rowen, Louis H

    1991-01-01

    This is an abridged edition of the author's previous two-volume work, Ring Theory, which concentrates on essential material for a general ring theory course while ommitting much of the material intended for ring theory specialists. It has been praised by reviewers:**""As a textbook for graduate students, Ring Theory joins the best....The experts will find several attractive and pleasant features in Ring Theory. The most noteworthy is the inclusion, usually in supplements and appendices, of many useful constructions which are hard to locate outside of the original sources....The audience of non

  13. Atomic theories

    Loring, FH

    2014-01-01

    Summarising the most novel facts and theories which were coming into prominence at the time, particularly those which had not yet been incorporated into standard textbooks, this important work was first published in 1921. The subjects treated cover a wide range of research that was being conducted into the atom, and include Quantum Theory, the Bohr Theory, the Sommerfield extension of Bohr's work, the Octet Theory and Isotopes, as well as Ionisation Potentials and Solar Phenomena. Because much of the material of Atomic Theories lies on the boundary between experimentally verified fact and spec

  14. Boccia: Factor de integración social y su significado en mujeres y hombres adscritos a la liga de parálisis cerebral de Bogotá

    Karim Alvis

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Antecedentes. El Boccia es un deporte que debido a sus características técnicas y metodológicas y a que es mixto, de precisión y estrategia, permite la participación de individuos con diversos tipos de limitaciones físicas, permitiendo de esta forma la integración social de los mismos, en un contexto de equidad, por lo cual ha tenido una gran acogida a nivel mundial siendo catalogado como el deporte bandera de la Asociación Internacional de Deportes y Recreación para personas con Parálisis Cerebral (CP-ISRA. Objetivo. Explorar los posibles significados que para mujeres y hombres en situación de discapacidad, tiene la práctica del Boccia como factor de integración social. Método. Esta investigación optó por el enfoque Cualitativo etnográfico, a través de las narrativas y experiencias de los protagonistas en este caso mujeres y hombres que hacen parte de la liga de Parálisis Cerebral de Bogotá- Boccia. Para estos efectos se utilizaron instrumentos como las entrevistas semiestructuradas, grupos focales y narrativas visuales. Resultados. El documento presenta un análisis de la percepción y los alcances de la práctica de un deporte como el Boccia en la integración social de los individuos desde las categorías de los conceptos de solidaridad, autonomía, reconocimiento de la diversidad, participación, universalidad, equidad, corresponsabilidad, efectividad, poder, libertad e identidad. Conclusión. Se concluye que los significados otorgados al Boccia como factor de integración social, por parte de los participantes en la Liga, en general se enmarcan de manera positiva en las categorías conceptuales propuestas para su análisis. Sin embargo, existe aún un alto desconocimiento de la discapacidad y de aceptación de las diferencias que se convierte en un factor limitante para una adecuada integración social.

  15. Multireference explicitly correlated F12 theories

    Shiozaki, Toru; Werner, Hans-Joachim

    2013-03-01

    We review our recent developments in multireference explicitly correlated F12 theories (explicitly correlated internally contracted multireference perturbation and multireference configuration interaction theories) that achieve near-basis-set-limit accuracy of the underlying multireference electron correlation methods with basis sets of medium size. The applicability of the multireference F12 theories is the same as that of their non-F12 counterpart, and therefore it is a computational tool with predictive accuracy for complicated electronic structures with strong correlation. A comparison with the earlier developments by others is also discussed.

  16. Accuracy Assessment and Analysis for GPT2

    YAO Yibin

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available GPT(global pressure and temperature is a global empirical model usually used to provide temperature and pressure for the determination of tropospheric delay, there are some weakness to GPT, these have been improved with a new empirical model named GPT2, which not only improves the accuracy of temperature and pressure, but also provides specific humidity, water vapor pressure, mapping function coefficients and other tropospheric parameters, and no accuracy analysis of GPT2 has been made until now. In this paper high-precision meteorological data from ECWMF and NOAA were used to test and analyze the accuracy of temperature, pressure and water vapor pressure expressed by GPT2, testing results show that the mean Bias of temperature is -0.59℃, average RMS is 3.82℃; absolute value of average Bias of pressure and water vapor pressure are less than 1 mb, GPT2 pressure has average RMS of 7 mb, and water vapor pressure no more than 3 mb, accuracy is different in different latitudes, all of them have obvious seasonality. In conclusion, GPT2 model has high accuracy and stability on global scale.

  17. Activity monitor accuracy in persons using canes

    Deborah Michael Wendland, PT, DPT, CPed

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The StepWatch activity monitor has not been validated on multiple indoor and outdoor surfaces in a population using ambulation aids. The aims of this technical report are to report on strategies to configure the StepWatch activity monitor on subjects using a cane and to report the accuracy of both leg-mounted and cane-mounted StepWatch devices on people ambulating over different surfaces while using a cane. Sixteen subjects aged 67 to 85 yr (mean 75.6 who regularly use a cane for ambulation participated. StepWatch calibration was performed by adjusting sensitivity and cadence. Following calibration optimization, accuracy was tested on both the leg-mounted and cane-mounted devices on different surfaces, including linoleum, sidewalk, grass, ramp, and stairs. The leg-mounted device had an accuracy of 93.4% across all surfaces, while the cane-mounted device had an aggregate accuracy of 84.7% across all surfaces. Accuracy of the StepWatch on the stairs was significantly less accurate (p < 0.001 when comparing surfaces using repeated measures analysis of variance. When monitoring community mobility, placement of a StepWatch on a person and his/her ambulation aid can accurately document both activity and device use.

  18. The Problems of Flexibility, Fluency, and Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off in Skilled Behavior.

    MacKay, Donald G.

    1982-01-01

    A theory of practice in high-proficiency skills such as speech production is proposed, involving activation of a hierarchy of nodes in serial order within an output system of behavior. Increased flexibility with practice, response mechanism transfer in skills, motor equivalence, automaticity, and speed-accuracy trade-off are discussed. (Author/CM)

  19. The control of manual entry accuracy in management/engineering information systems, phase 1

    Hays, Daniel; Nocke, Henry; Wilson, Harold; Woo, John, Jr.; Woo, June

    1987-01-01

    It was shown that clerical personnel can be tested for proofreading performance under simulated industrial conditions. A statistical study showed that errors in proofreading follow an extreme value probability theory. The study showed that innovative man/machine interfaces can be developed to improve and control accuracy during data entry.

  20. A new-generation density functional towards chemical accuracy for chemistry of main group elements

    Zhang, Igor Ying

    2013-01-01

    A New-Generation Density Functional: Towards Chemical Accuracy for Chemistry of Main Group Elements covers the most recent progress in the development of a new generation of density functional theory (DFT) for accurate descriptions of thermochemistry, thermochemical kinetics, and nonbonded interactions of main group molecules.

  1. The Theory of Variances in Equilibrium Reconstruction

    Zakharov, Leonid E.; Lewandowski, Jerome; Foley, Elizabeth L.; Levinton, Fred M.; Yuh, Howard Y.; Drozdov, Vladimir; McDonald, Darren

    2008-01-14

    The theory of variances of equilibrium reconstruction is presented. It complements existing practices with information regarding what kind of plasma profiles can be reconstructed, how accurately, and what remains beyond the abilities of diagnostic systems. The σ-curves, introduced by the present theory, give a quantitative assessment of quality of effectiveness of diagnostic systems in constraining equilibrium reconstructions. The theory also suggests a method for aligning the accuracy of measurements of different physical nature.

  2. The Theory of Variances in Equilibrium Reconstruction

    The theory of variances of equilibrium reconstruction is presented. It complements existing practices with information regarding what kind of plasma profiles can be reconstructed, how accurately, and what remains beyond the abilities of diagnostic systems. The σ-curves, introduced by the present theory, give a quantitative assessment of quality of effectiveness of diagnostic systems in constraining equilibrium reconstructions. The theory also suggests a method for aligning the accuracy of measurements of different physical nature

  3. Decreased interoceptive accuracy following social exclusion.

    Durlik, Caroline; Tsakiris, Manos

    2015-04-01

    The need for social affiliation is one of the most important and fundamental human needs. Unsurprisingly, humans display strong negative reactions to social exclusion. In the present study, we investigated the effect of social exclusion on interoceptive accuracy - accuracy in detecting signals arising inside the body - measured with a heartbeat perception task. We manipulated exclusion using Cyberball, a widely used paradigm of a virtual ball-tossing game, with half of the participants being included during the game and the other half of participants being ostracized during the game. Our results indicated that heartbeat perception accuracy decreased in the excluded, but not in the included, participants. We discuss these results in the context of social and physical pain overlap, as well as in relation to internally versus externally oriented attention. PMID:25701592

  4. Observer accuracy in reading chest films

    Four board-certified radiologists have read and reread four groups of 40 chest radiographs containing nodule and infiltrate images to investigate interreader and intrareader variation. Responses were recorded using a six-point confidence level scale. Accuracy was determined from the area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve. Accuracies ranged from 0.78 to 0.98, with an average of 0.83 and a mean uncertainty of 8.2%. Intraobserver uncertainties varied from 0.5% to 16%, with a mean of 5.9%. The data were analyzed for the significance of accuracy differences using correlated ROC techniques, the kappa statistic, and the Bonnferoni criteria. Implications for using reader performance as a recertification measure are discussed

  5. Training in timing improves accuracy in golf.

    Libkuman, Terry M; Otani, Hajime; Steger, Neil

    2002-01-01

    In this experiment, the authors investigated the influence of training in timing on performance accuracy in golf. During pre- and posttesting, 40 participants hit golf balls with 4 different clubs in a golf course simulator. The dependent measure was the distance in feet that the ball ended from the target. Between the pre- and posttest, participants in the experimental condition received 10 hr of timing training with an instrument that was designed to train participants to tap their hands and feet in synchrony with target sounds. The participants in the control condition read literature about how to improve their golf swing. The results indicated that the participants in the experimental condition significantly improved their accuracy relative to the participants in the control condition, who did not show any improvement. We concluded that training in timing leads to improvement in accuracy, and that our results have implications for training in golf as well as other complex motor activities. PMID:12038497

  6. Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy

    Leeflang, Mariska M G; Deeks, Jonathan J; Gatsonis, Constantine;

    2008-01-01

    More and more systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies are being published, but they can be methodologically challenging. In this paper, the authors present some of the recent developments in the methodology for conducting systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies....... Restrictive electronic search filters are discouraged, as is the use of summary quality scores. Methods for meta-analysis should take into account the paired nature of the estimates and their dependence on threshold. Authors of these reviews are advised to use the hierarchical summary receiver...

  7. Accuracy analysis of automatic distortion correction

    Kolecki Jakub

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper addresses the problem of the automatic distortion removal from images acquired with non-metric SLR camera equipped with prime lenses. From the photogrammetric point of view the following question arises: is the accuracy of distortion control data provided by the manufacturer for a certain lens model (not item sufficient in order to achieve demanded accuracy? In order to obtain the reliable answer to the aforementioned problem the two kinds of tests were carried out for three lens models.

  8. Final Technical Report: Increasing Prediction Accuracy.

    King, Bruce Hardison [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hansen, Clifford [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Stein, Joshua [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-12-01

    PV performance models are used to quantify the value of PV plants in a given location. They combine the performance characteristics of the system, the measured or predicted irradiance and weather at a site, and the system configuration and design into a prediction of the amount of energy that will be produced by a PV system. These predictions must be as accurate as possible in order for finance charges to be minimized. Higher accuracy equals lower project risk. The Increasing Prediction Accuracy project at Sandia focuses on quantifying and reducing uncertainties in PV system performance models.

  9. Field Accuracy Test of Rpas Photogrammetry

    Barry, P.; Coakley, R.

    2013-08-01

    Baseline Surveys Ltd is a company which specialises in the supply of accurate geospatial data, such as cadastral, topographic and engineering survey data to commercial and government bodies. Baseline Surveys Ltd invested in aerial drone photogrammetric technology and had a requirement to establish the spatial accuracy of the geographic data derived from our unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) photogrammetry before marketing our new aerial mapping service. Having supplied the construction industry with survey data for over 20 years, we felt that is was crucial for our clients to clearly understand the accuracy of our photogrammetry so they can safely make informed spatial decisions, within the known accuracy limitations of our data. This information would also inform us on how and where UAV photogrammetry can be utilised. What we wanted to find out was the actual accuracy that can be reliably achieved using a UAV to collect data under field conditions throughout a 2 Ha site. We flew a UAV over the test area in a "lawnmower track" pattern with an 80% front and 80% side overlap; we placed 45 ground markers as check points and surveyed them in using network Real Time Kinematic Global Positioning System (RTK GPS). We specifically designed the ground markers to meet our accuracy needs. We established 10 separate ground markers as control points and inputted these into our photo modelling software, Agisoft PhotoScan. The remaining GPS coordinated check point data were added later in ArcMap to the completed orthomosaic and digital elevation model so we could accurately compare the UAV photogrammetry XYZ data with the RTK GPS XYZ data at highly reliable common points. The accuracy we achieved throughout the 45 check points was 95% reliably within 41 mm horizontally and 68 mm vertically and with an 11.7 mm ground sample distance taken from a flight altitude above ground level of 90 m.The area covered by one image was 70.2 m × 46.4 m, which equals 0.325 Ha. This finding has shown

  10. ACCURACY ANALYSIS OF KINECT DEPTH DATA

    K. Khoshelham

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an investigation of the geometric quality of depth data obtained by the Kinect sensor. Based on the mathematical model of depth measurement by the sensor a theoretical error analysis is presented, which provides an insight into the factors influencing the accuracy of the data. Experimental results show that the random error of depth measurement increases with increasing distance to the sensor, and ranges from a few millimetres up to about 4 cm at the maximum range of the sensor. The accuracy of the data is also found to be influenced by the low resolution of the depth measurements.

  11. Translating Theory

    Jaques, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    Generative Linguistics can and should be engaged by those with an interest in Translation Studies while developing their own positions on literary theory in general, but translation theory in particular. Generative theory provides empirical evidence for a free, creative mind that can comprehend, read, speak and translate a language. What is being proposed here contrasts radically with the dominant position of this generation's Translation Studies specialists, who freely incorporate Post-struc...

  12. Viability Theory

    Aubin, Jean-Pierre; Saint-Pierre, Patrick

    2011-01-01

    Viability theory designs and develops mathematical and algorithmic methods for investigating the adaptation to viability constraints of evolutions governed by complex systems under uncertainty that are found in many domains involving living beings, from biological evolution to economics, from environmental sciences to financial markets, from control theory and robotics to cognitive sciences. It involves interdisciplinary investigations spanning fields that have traditionally developed in isolation. The purpose of this book is to present an initiation to applications of viability theory, explai

  13. Plasmin cleaves fibrinogen and the human complement proteins C3b and C5 in the presence of Leptospira interrogans proteins: A new role of LigA and LigB in invasion and complement immune evasion.

    Castiblanco-Valencia, Mónica Marcela; Fraga, Tatiana Rodrigues; Pagotto, Ana Helena; de Toledo Serrano, Solange Maria; Abreu, Patricia Antonia Estima; Barbosa, Angela Silva; Isaac, Lourdes

    2016-05-01

    Plasminogen is a single-chain glycoprotein found in human plasma as the inactive precursor of plasmin. When converted to proteolytically active plasmin, plasmin(ogen) regulates both complement and coagulation cascades, thus representing an important target for pathogenic microorganisms. Leptospira interrogans binds plasminogen, which is converted to active plasmin. Leptospiral immunoglobulin-like (Lig) proteins are surface exposed molecules that interact with extracellular matrix components and complement regulators, including proteins of the FH family and C4BP. In this work, we demonstrate that these multifunctional molecules also bind plasminogen through both N- and C-terminal domains. These interactions are dependent on lysine residues and are affected by ionic strength. Competition assays suggest that plasminogen does not share binding sites with C4BP or FH on Lig proteins at physiological molar ratios. Plasminogen bound to Lig proteins is converted to proteolytic active plasmin in the presence of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA). Lig-bound plasmin is able to cleave the physiological substrates fibrinogen and the complement proteins C3b and C5. Taken together, our data point to a new role of LigA and LigB in leptospiral invasion and complement immune evasion. Plasmin(ogen) acquisition by these versatile proteins may contribute to Leptospira infection, favoring bacterial survival and dissemination inside the host. PMID:26822552

  14. Sujeitos do crime e da notícia: casos PCC e Liga da Justiça e as apropriações da arena midiática contemporânea

    Flora Daemon

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Propomos investigar os gestos de apropriação da arena midiática por sujeitos criminosos como emergência do fenômeno de midiatização da sociedade contemporânea. Mais do que autores de trajetórias delinquentes, estes se engajam na produção de relatos sobre si numa campanha midiatizada, cujo objetivo principal é a disputa pelo controle das construções simbólicas a seu respeito. Ao se deslocarem do lugar de receptores de conteúdos informativos, rompem a fronteira da audiência e tornam-se produtores de relatos midiáticos como instrumento de disputa por espaços de produção e transmissão dos relatos midiáticos. Para tanto, elegemos dois eventos emblemáticos – o sequestro do jornalista Guilherme Portanova pelo PCC e a publicação dos vídeos com “entrevistas-defesa” pelo chefe da milícia carioca Liga da Justiça –, para iniciarmos a reflexão a respeito dos efeitos da midiatização também sobre sujeitos

  15. Graph Theory

    Sanfilippo, Antonio P.

    2005-12-27

    Graph theory is a branch of discrete combinatorial mathematics that studies the properties of graphs. The theory was pioneered by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in the 18th century, commenced its formal development during the second half of the 19th century, and has witnessed substantial growth during the last seventy years, with applications in areas as diverse as engineering, computer science, physics, sociology, chemistry and biology. Graph theory has also had a strong impact in computational linguistics by providing the foundations for the theory of features structures that has emerged as one of the most widely used frameworks for the representation of grammar formalisms.

  16. Elastoplasticity theory

    Hashiguchi, Koichi

    2009-01-01

    This book details the mathematics and continuum mechanics necessary as a foundation of elastoplasticity theory. It explains physical backgrounds with illustrations and provides descriptions of detailed derivation processes..

  17. Galois Theory

    Cox, David A

    2012-01-01

    Praise for the First Edition ". . .will certainly fascinate anyone interested in abstract algebra: a remarkable book!"—Monatshefte fur Mathematik Galois theory is one of the most established topics in mathematics, with historical roots that led to the development of many central concepts in modern algebra, including groups and fields. Covering classic applications of the theory, such as solvability by radicals, geometric constructions, and finite fields, Galois Theory, Second Edition delves into novel topics like Abel’s theory of Abelian equations, casus irreducibili, and the Galo

  18. Speed-Accuracy Response Models: Scoring Rules Based on Response Time and Accuracy

    Maris, Gunter; van der Maas, Han

    2012-01-01

    Starting from an explicit scoring rule for time limit tasks incorporating both response time and accuracy, and a definite trade-off between speed and accuracy, a response model is derived. Since the scoring rule is interpreted as a sufficient statistic, the model belongs to the exponential family. The various marginal and conditional distributions…

  19. Accuracy of abdominal auscultation for bowel obstruction

    Breum, Birger Michael; Rud, Bo; Kirkegaard, Thomas; Nordentoft, Tyge

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the accuracy and inter-observer variation of bowel sound assessment in patients with clinically suspected bowel obstruction. METHODS: Bowel sounds were recorded in patients with suspected bowel obstruction using a Littmann(®) Electronic Stethoscope. The recordings were processed...

  20. The Diagnostic Accuracy of Digitized Mammography

    M. Guiti

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Background/Objective: Digitized mammography has several advantages over screen-film radiography in data storage and retrieval, making it a useful alternative to screen-film mammography in screening programs. The purpose of this study was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of digitized mammography in detecting breast cancer. "nPatients and Methods: 185 women (845 Images were digitized at 600 dpi. All images were reviewed by an expert radiologist. The mammograms were scored on a scale of breast imaging reporting and data system (BIRADS. The definite diagnosis was made either on the pathologic results of breast biopsy, or upon the follow-up of at least one year. The overall diagnostic accuracy of digitized mammography was calculated by the area under receiver operating characteristic curve."nResults: 242 sets of mammograms had no lesions. The total counts of masses, microcalcifications or both in one breast were 39 (11%, 42 (12%, and 25 (7%, respectively. There were 321 (92% benign and 27 (8% definite malignant lesions. The diagnostic accuracy of digitized images was 96.34% (95% CI: 94%-98%."nConclusion: The diagnostic accuracy of digitized mammography is comparably good or even better than the published results. The digitized mammography is a good substitute modality for screen-film mammography in screening programs.

  1. Observed Consultation: Confidence and Accuracy of Assessors

    Tweed, Mike; Ingham, Christopher

    2010-01-01

    Judgments made by the assessors observing consultations are widely used in the assessment of medical students. The aim of this research was to study judgment accuracy and confidence and the relationship between these. Assessors watched recordings of consultations, scoring the students on: a checklist of items; attributes of consultation; a…

  2. Bullet trajectory reconstruction - Methods, accuracy and precision.

    Mattijssen, Erwin J A T; Kerkhoff, Wim

    2016-05-01

    Based on the spatial relation between a primary and secondary bullet defect or on the shape and dimensions of the primary bullet defect, a bullet's trajectory prior to impact can be estimated for a shooting scene reconstruction. The accuracy and precision of the estimated trajectories will vary depending on variables such as, the applied method of reconstruction, the (true) angle of incidence, the properties of the target material and the properties of the bullet upon impact. This study focused on the accuracy and precision of estimated bullet trajectories when different variants of the probing method, ellipse method, and lead-in method are applied on bullet defects resulting from shots at various angles of incidence on drywall, MDF and sheet metal. The results show that in most situations the best performance (accuracy and precision) is seen when the probing method is applied. Only for the lowest angles of incidence the performance was better when either the ellipse or lead-in method was applied. The data provided in this paper can be used to select the appropriate method(s) for reconstruction and to correct for systematic errors (accuracy) and to provide a value of the precision, by means of a confidence interval of the specific measurement. PMID:27044032

  3. 47 CFR 65.306 - Calculation accuracy.

    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Calculation accuracy. 65.306 Section 65.306 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) COMMON CARRIER SERVICES (CONTINUED) INTERSTATE RATE OF RETURN PRESCRIPTION PROCEDURES AND METHODOLOGIES Exchange Carriers § 65.306 Calculation...

  4. Accuracy of sampling during mushroom cultivation

    Baars, J.J.P.; Hendrickx, P.M.; Sonnenberg, A.S.M.

    2015-01-01

    Experiments described in this report were performed to increase the accuracy of the analysis of the biological efficiency of Agaricus bisporus strains. Biological efficiency is a measure of the efficiency with which the mushroom strains use dry matter in the compost to produce mushrooms (expressed as dry matter produced).

  5. High Accuracy Transistor Compact Model Calibrations

    Hembree, Charles E. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Mar, Alan [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Robertson, Perry J. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-09-01

    Typically, transistors are modeled by the application of calibrated nominal and range models. These models consists of differing parameter values that describe the location and the upper and lower limits of a distribution of some transistor characteristic such as current capacity. Correspond- ingly, when using this approach, high degrees of accuracy of the transistor models are not expected since the set of models is a surrogate for a statistical description of the devices. The use of these types of models describes expected performances considering the extremes of process or transistor deviations. In contrast, circuits that have very stringent accuracy requirements require modeling techniques with higher accuracy. Since these accurate models have low error in transistor descriptions, these models can be used to describe part to part variations as well as an accurate description of a single circuit instance. Thus, models that meet these stipulations also enable the calculation of quantifi- cation of margins with respect to a functional threshold and uncertainties in these margins. Given this need, new model high accuracy calibration techniques for bipolar junction transis- tors have been developed and are described in this report.

  6. ACCURACY AND FLUENCY IN COMMUNICATIVE LANGUAGE TEACHING

    2000-01-01

    Ⅰ. Introduction In English language teaching, at whatever level, teachers feel it very important to focus on accuracy and fluency in a pedagogic way. It is now widely accepted that neither of them should be focused on alone all the way through the teaching process. From our teaching experience, we can see that to some extent this is true.

  7. Accuracy in x-ray reflectivity analysis

    Tiilikainen, J; Tilli, J-M; Bosund, V; Mattila, M; Hakkarainen, T; Sormunen, J; Lipsanen, H [Micro and Nanosciences Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, Micronova, PO Box 3500, FI-02015 TKK (Finland)

    2007-12-07

    The influence of Poisson noise on the accuracy of x-ray reflectivity analysis is studied with an aluminium oxide (AlO) layer on silicon. A null hypothesis which argues that other than the exact solution gives the best fitness is examined with a statistical p-value test using a significance level of {alpha} = 0.01. Simulations are performed for a fit instead of a measurement since the exact error caused by noise cannot be determined from the measurement. The p-value is studied by comparing trial curves to 1000 'measurements', each of them including synthetic Poisson noise. Confidence limits for the parameters of Parratt's formalism and the Nevot-Croce approximation are determined in (mass density, surface roughness) (thickness, surface roughness) and (thickness, mass density) planes. The most significant result is that the thickness determination accuracy of AlO is approximately {+-}0.09 nm but the accuracy is better for materials having higher mass density. It is also shown that the accuracy of mass density determination can be significantly improved using a suitably designed fitness measure. Although the power of the presented method is demonstrated only in one case, it can be used in any parameter region for a plethora of single layer systems to find the lower limit of the error made in x-ray reflectivity analysis.

  8. Accuracy in x-ray reflectivity analysis

    The influence of Poisson noise on the accuracy of x-ray reflectivity analysis is studied with an aluminium oxide (AlO) layer on silicon. A null hypothesis which argues that other than the exact solution gives the best fitness is examined with a statistical p-value test using a significance level of α = 0.01. Simulations are performed for a fit instead of a measurement since the exact error caused by noise cannot be determined from the measurement. The p-value is studied by comparing trial curves to 1000 'measurements', each of them including synthetic Poisson noise. Confidence limits for the parameters of Parratt's formalism and the Nevot-Croce approximation are determined in (mass density, surface roughness) (thickness, surface roughness) and (thickness, mass density) planes. The most significant result is that the thickness determination accuracy of AlO is approximately ±0.09 nm but the accuracy is better for materials having higher mass density. It is also shown that the accuracy of mass density determination can be significantly improved using a suitably designed fitness measure. Although the power of the presented method is demonstrated only in one case, it can be used in any parameter region for a plethora of single layer systems to find the lower limit of the error made in x-ray reflectivity analysis

  9. Accuracy in Robot Generated Image Data Sets

    Aanæs, Henrik; Dahl, Anders Bjorholm

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we present a practical innovation concerning how to achieve high accuracy of camera positioning, when using a 6 axis industrial robots to generate high quality data sets for computer vision. This innovation is based on the realization that to a very large extent the robots positioning...... in using robots for image data set generation....

  10. Accuracy of References in Five Entomology Journals.

    Kristof, Cynthia

    ln this paper, the bibliographical references in five core entomology journals are examined for citation accuracy in order to determine if the error rates are similar. Every reference printed in each journal's first issue of 1992 was examined, and these were compared to the original (cited) publications, if possible, in order to determine the…

  11. Direct Behavior Rating: Considerations for Rater Accuracy

    Harrison, Sayward E.; Riley-Tillman, T. Chris; Chafouleas, Sandra M.

    2014-01-01

    Direct behavior rating (DBR) offers users a flexible, feasible method for the collection of behavioral data. Previous research has supported the validity of using DBR to rate three target behaviors: academic engagement, disruptive behavior, and compliance. However, the effect of the base rate of behavior on rater accuracy has not been established.…

  12. Bayesian Methods for Medical Test Accuracy

    Lyle D. Broemeling

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Bayesian methods for medical test accuracy are presented, beginning with the basic measures for tests with binary scores: true positive fraction, false positive fraction, positive predictive values, and negative predictive value. The Bayesian approach is taken because of its efficient use of prior information, and the analysis is executed with a Bayesian software package WinBUGS®. The ROC (receiver operating characteristic curve gives the intrinsic accuracy of medical tests that have ordinal or continuous scores, and the Bayesian approach is illustrated with many examples from cancer and other diseases. Medical tests include X-ray, mammography, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and tests based on biomarkers, such as blood glucose values for diabetes. The presentation continues with more specialized methods suitable for measuring the accuracies of clinical studies that have verification bias, and medical tests without a gold standard. Lastly, the review is concluded with Bayesian methods for measuring the accuracy of the combination of two or more tests.

  13. The impact of accuracy motivation on interpretation, comparison, and correction processes: accuracy x knowledge accessibility effects.

    Stapel, D A; Koomen, W; Zeelenberg, M

    1998-04-01

    Four studies provide evidence for the notion that there may be boundaries to the extent to which accuracy motivation may help perceivers to escape the influence of fortuitously activated information. Specifically, although accuracy motivations may eliminate assimilative accessibility effects, they are less likely to eliminate contrastive accessibility effects. It was found that the occurrence of different types of contrast effects (comparison and correction) was not significantly affected by participants' accuracy motivations. Furthermore, it was found that the mechanisms instigated by accuracy motivations differ from those ignited by correction instructions: Accuracy motivations attenuate assimilation effects because perceivers add target interpretations to the one suggested by primed information. Conversely, it was found that correction instructions yield contrast and prompt respondents to remove the priming event's influence from their reaction to the target. PMID:9569650

  14. Accuracy, convergence and stability of finite element CFD algorithms

    The requirement for artificial dissipation is well understood for shock-capturing CFD procedures in aerodynamics. However, numerical diffusion is widely utilized across the board in Navier-Stokes CFD algorithms, ranging from incompressible through supersonic flow applications. The Taylor weak statement (TWS) theory is applicable to any conservation law system containing an evolutionary component, wherein the analytical modifications becomes functionally dependent on the Jacobian of the corresponding equation system flux vector. The TWS algorithm is developed for a range of fluid mechanics conservation law systems including incompressible Navier-Stokes, depth-averaged free surface hydrodynamic Navier-Stokes, and the compressible Euler and Navier-Stokes equations. This paper presents the TWS statement for the problem class range and highlights the important theoretical issues of accuracy, convergence and stability. Numerical results for a variety of benchmark problems are presented to document key features. 8 refs

  15. Quantum Theory

    Manning, Phillip

    2011-01-01

    The study of quantum theory allowed twentieth-century scientists to examine the world in a new way, one that was filled with uncertainties and probabilities. Further study also led to the development of lasers, the atomic bomb, and the computer. This exciting new book clearly explains quantum theory and its everyday uses in our world.

  16. Concept theory

    Hjørland, Birger

    2009-01-01

    , evaluate and use such systems. Based on "a post-Kuhnian view" of paradigms this paper put forward arguments that the best understanding and classification of theories of concepts is to view and classify them in accordance with epistemological theories (empiricism, rationalism, historicism and pragmatism...

  17. Perturbation theory

    After noting some advantages of using perturbation theory some of the various types are related on a chart and described, including many-body nonlinear summations, quartic force-field fit for geometry, fourth-order correlation approximations, and a survey of some recent work. Alternative initial approximations in perturbation theory are also discussed. 25 references

  18. Popper and nursing theory.

    Allmark, Peter

    2003-04-01

    Science seems to develop by inducing new knowledge from observation. However, it is hard to find a rational justification for induction. Popper offers one attempt to resolve this problem. Nursing theorists have tended to ignore or reject Popper, often on the false belief that he is a logical positivist (and hence hostile to qualitative research). Logical positivism claims that meaningful sentences containing any empirical content should ultimately be reducible to simple, observation statements. Popper refutes positivism by showing that there are no such simple statements. He is not a positivist. For Popper, the scientist begins with problems and puts forward trial solutions. These are subjected to rigorous testing aimed at falsifying them. A new theoretical position is then reached in which the scientist knows either that the trial solutions are false or that they have not yet been falsified. Science is characterized by the fact that it tests its ideas through attempted falsification. Non-science tests its ideas through attempted refutation. Nursing theory is a mixture of science and non-science. Popper's method requires rigorous testing of theory in both realms. As such, some nursing theory should be discarded. Popper's view faces at least two important criticisms. One is that a scientist can always reject an apparent falsification by instead altering some auxiliary hypothesis (e.g. denying the accuracy of the falsifying observation). Popper can deal with this argument by saying that defence of a theory in this way will eventually break down if the theory is false. The second criticism is that Popper's method does ultimately draw upon induction. This criticism is true, but his method can be usefully adapted. An adapted from of Popper's philosophy of science provides a good basis for nursing theory. PMID:14498963

  19. High accuracy FIONA-AFM hybrid imaging

    Multi-protein complexes are ubiquitous and play essential roles in many biological mechanisms. Single molecule imaging techniques such as electron microscopy (EM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are powerful methods for characterizing the structural properties of multi-protein and multi-protein-DNA complexes. However, a significant limitation to these techniques is the ability to distinguish different proteins from one another. Here, we combine high resolution fluorescence microscopy and AFM (FIONA-AFM) to allow the identification of different proteins in such complexes. Using quantum dots as fiducial markers in addition to fluorescently labeled proteins, we are able to align fluorescence and AFM information to ≥8 nm accuracy. This accuracy is sufficient to identify individual fluorescently labeled proteins in most multi-protein complexes. We investigate the limitations of localization precision and accuracy in fluorescence and AFM images separately and their effects on the overall registration accuracy of FIONA-AFM hybrid images. This combination of the two orthogonal techniques (FIONA and AFM) opens a wide spectrum of possible applications to the study of protein interactions, because AFM can yield high resolution (5-10 nm) information about the conformational properties of multi-protein complexes and the fluorescence can indicate spatial relationships of the proteins in the complexes. -- Research highlights: → Integration of fluorescent signals in AFM topography with high (<10 nm) accuracy. → Investigation of limitations and quantitative analysis of fluorescence-AFM image registration using quantum dots. → Fluorescence center tracking and display as localization probability distributions in AFM topography (FIONA-AFM). → Application of FIONA-AFM to a biological sample containing damaged DNA and the DNA repair proteins UvrA and UvrB conjugated to quantum dots.

  20. Diagnostic accuracy of MRCP in choledocholithiasis

    Purpose: To evaluate the accuracy of MRCP in diagnosing choledocholithiasis considering Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) as the gold standard. To compare the results achieved during the first two years of use (1999-2000) of Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) in patients with suspected choledocholithiasis with those achieved during the following two years (2001-2002) in order to establish the repeatability and objectivity of MRCP results. Materials and methods: One hundred and seventy consecutive patients underwent MRCP followed by ERCP within 72 h. In 22/170 (13%) patients ERCP was unsuccessful for different reasons. MRCP was performed using a 1.5 T magnet with both multi-slice HASTE sequences and thick-slice projection technique. Choledocholithiasis was diagnosed in the presence of signal void images in the dependent portion of the duct surrounded by hyperintense bile and detected at least in two projections. The MRCP results, read independently from the ERCP results, were compared in two different and subsequent periods. Results: ERCP confirmed choledocholithiasis in 87 patients. In these cases the results of MRCP were the following: 78 true positives, 53 true negatives, 7 false positives, and 9 false negatives. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were 90%, 88% and 89%, respectively. After the exclusion of stones with diameters smaller than 6 mm, the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were 100%, 99% and 99%, respectively. MRCP accuracy was related to the size of the stones. There was no significant statistical difference between the results obtained in the first two-year period and those obtained in the second period. Conclusions: MRCP i sufficiently accurate to replace ERCP in patients with suspected choledocholithiasis. The results are related to the size of stones. The use of well-defined radiological signs allows good diagnostic accuracy independent of the learning curve

  1. Uncertainty theory

    Liu, Baoding

    2015-01-01

    When no samples are available to estimate a probability distribution, we have to invite some domain experts to evaluate the belief degree that each event will happen. Perhaps some people think that the belief degree should be modeled by subjective probability or fuzzy set theory. However, it is usually inappropriate because both of them may lead to counterintuitive results in this case. In order to rationally deal with belief degrees, uncertainty theory was founded in 2007 and subsequently studied by many researchers. Nowadays, uncertainty theory has become a branch of axiomatic mathematics for modeling belief degrees. This is an introductory textbook on uncertainty theory, uncertain programming, uncertain statistics, uncertain risk analysis, uncertain reliability analysis, uncertain set, uncertain logic, uncertain inference, uncertain process, uncertain calculus, and uncertain differential equation. This textbook also shows applications of uncertainty theory to scheduling, logistics, networks, data mining, c...

  2. Potential Theory

    Lukeš, Jaroslav; Netuka, Ivan; Veselý, Jiří

    1988-01-01

    Within the tradition of meetings devoted to potential theory, a conference on potential theory took place in Prague on 19-24, July 1987. The Conference was organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, with the collaboration of the Institute of Mathematics, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, the Department of Mathematics, Czech University of Technology, the Union of Czechoslovak Mathematicians and Physicists, the Czechoslovak Scientific and Technical Society, and supported by IMU. During the Conference, 69 scientific communications from different branches of potential theory were presented; the majority of them are in­ cluded in the present volume. (Papers based on survey lectures delivered at the Conference, its program as well as a collection of problems from potential theory will appear in a special volume of the Lecture Notes Series published by Springer-Verlag). Topics of these communications truly reflect the vast scope of contemporary potential theory. Some contributions deal...

  3. Field theory

    Kleiss, Ronald H P

    1999-01-01

    In these lectures I will build up the concept of field theory using the language of Feynman diagrams. As a starting point, field theory in zero spacetime dimensions is used as a vehicle to develop all the necessary techniques: path integral, Feynman diagrams, Schwinger-Dyson equations, asymptotic series, effective action, renormalization etc. The theory is then extended to more dimensions, with emphasis on the combinatorial aspects of the diagrams rather than their particular mathematical structure. The concept of unitarity is used to, finally, arrive at the various Feynman rules in an actual, four-dimensional theory. The concept of gauge-invariance is developed, and the structure of a non-abelian gauge theory is discussed, again on the level of Feynman diagrams and Feynman rules.

  4. Accuracy of marker-assisted selection with auxiliary traits

    P Narain

    2003-09-01

    Genetic information on molecular markers is increasingly being used in plant and animal improvement programmes particularly as indirect means to improve a metric trait by selection either on an individual basis or on the basis of an index incorporating such information. This paper examines the utility of an index of selection that not only combines phenotypic and molecular information on the trait under improvement but also combines similar information on one or more auxiliary traits. The accuracy of such a selection procedure has been theoretically studied for sufficiently large populations so that the effects of detected quantitative trait loci can be perfectly estimated. The theory is illustrated numerically by considering one auxiliary trait. It is shown that the use of an auxiliary trait improves the selection accuracy; and, hence, the relative efficiency of index selection compared to individual selection which is based on the same intensity of selection. This is particularly so for higher magnitudes of residual genetic correlation and environmental correlation having opposite signs, lower values of the proportion of genetic variation in the main trait associated with the markers, negligible proportion of genetic variation in the auxiliary trait associated with the markers, and lower values of the heritability of the main trait but higher values of the heritability of the auxiliary trait.

  5. Matter power spectrum and the challenge of percent accuracy

    Schneider, Aurel; Potter, Doug; Stadel, Joachim; Onions, Julian; Reed, Darren S; Smith, Robert E; Springel, Volker; Pearce, Frazer R

    2015-01-01

    Future galaxy surveys require one percent precision in the theoretical knowledge of the power spectrum over a large range including very nonlinear scales. While this level of accuracy is easily obtained in the linear regime with perturbation theory, it represents a serious challenge for small scales where numerical simulations are required. In this paper we quantify the accuracy of present-day $N$-body methods, identifying main potential error sources from the set-up of initial conditions to the measurement of the final power spectrum. We directly compare three widely used $N$-body codes, Ramses, Pkdgrav3, and Gadget3 which represent three main discretisation techniques: the particle-mesh method, the tree method, and a hybrid combination of the two. For standard run parameters, the codes agree to within one percent at $k\\leq1$ $h\\,\\rm Mpc^{-1}$ and to within three percent at $k\\leq10$ $h\\,\\rm Mpc^{-1}$. In a second step, we quantify potential errors due to initial conditions, box size, and resolution using an...

  6. Modeling Linkage Disequilibrium Increases Accuracy of Polygenic Risk Scores

    Vilhjálmsson, Bjarni J.; Yang, Jian; Finucane, Hilary K.; Gusev, Alexander; Lindström, Sara; Ripke, Stephan; Genovese, Giulio; Loh, Po-Ru; Bhatia, Gaurav; Do, Ron; Hayeck, Tristan; Won, Hong-Hee; Ripke, Stephan; Neale, Benjamin M.; Corvin, Aiden; Walters, James T.R.; Farh, Kai-How; Holmans, Peter A.; Lee, Phil; Bulik-Sullivan, Brendan; Collier, David A.; Huang, Hailiang; Pers, Tune H.; Agartz, Ingrid; Agerbo, Esben; Albus, Margot; Alexander, Madeline; Amin, Farooq; Bacanu, Silviu A.; Begemann, Martin; Belliveau, Richard A.; Bene, Judit; Bergen, Sarah E.; Bevilacqua, Elizabeth; Bigdeli, Tim B.; Black, Donald W.; Bruggeman, Richard; Buccola, Nancy G.; Buckner, Randy L.; Byerley, William; Cahn, Wiepke; Cai, Guiqing; Campion, Dominique; Cantor, Rita M.; Carr, Vaughan J.; Carrera, Noa; Catts, Stanley V.; Chambert, Kimberly D.; Chan, Raymond C.K.; Chen, Ronald Y.L.; Chen, Eric Y.H.; Cheng, Wei; Cheung, Eric F.C.; Chong, Siow Ann; Cloninger, C. Robert; Cohen, David; Cohen, Nadine; Cormican, Paul; Craddock, Nick; Crowley, James J.; Curtis, David; Davidson, Michael; Davis, Kenneth L.; Degenhardt, Franziska; Del Favero, Jurgen; DeLisi, Lynn E.; Demontis, Ditte; Dikeos, Dimitris; Dinan, Timothy; Djurovic, Srdjan; Donohoe, Gary; Drapeau, Elodie; Duan, Jubao; Dudbridge, Frank; Durmishi, Naser; Eichhammer, Peter; Eriksson, Johan; Escott-Price, Valentina; Essioux, Laurent; Fanous, Ayman H.; Farrell, Martilias S.; Frank, Josef; Franke, Lude; Freedman, Robert; Freimer, Nelson B.; Friedl, Marion; Friedman, Joseph I.; Fromer, Menachem; Genovese, Giulio; Georgieva, Lyudmila; Gershon, Elliot S.; Giegling, Ina; Giusti-Rodrguez, Paola; Godard, Stephanie; Goldstein, Jacqueline I.; Golimbet, Vera; Gopal, Srihari; Gratten, Jacob; Grove, Jakob; de Haan, Lieuwe; Hammer, Christian; Hamshere, Marian L.; Hansen, Mark; Hansen, Thomas; Haroutunian, Vahram; Hartmann, Annette M.; Henskens, Frans A.; Herms, Stefan; Hirschhorn, Joel N.; Hoffmann, Per; Hofman, Andrea; Hollegaard, Mads V.; Hougaard, David M.; Ikeda, Masashi; Joa, Inge; Julia, Antonio; Kahn, Rene S.; Kalaydjieva, Luba; Karachanak-Yankova, Sena; Karjalainen, Juha; Kavanagh, David; Keller, Matthew C.; Kelly, Brian J.; Kennedy, James L.; Khrunin, Andrey; Kim, Yunjung; Klovins, Janis; Knowles, James A.; Konte, Bettina; Kucinskas, Vaidutis; Kucinskiene, Zita Ausrele; Kuzelova-Ptackova, Hana; Kahler, Anna K.; Laurent, Claudine; Keong, Jimmy Lee Chee; Lee, S. Hong; Legge, Sophie E.; Lerer, Bernard; Li, Miaoxin; Li, Tao; Liang, Kung-Yee; Lieberman, Jeffrey; Limborska, Svetlana; Loughland, Carmel M.; Lubinski, Jan; Lnnqvist, Jouko; Macek, Milan; Magnusson, Patrik K.E.; Maher, Brion S.; Maier, Wolfgang; Mallet, Jacques; Marsal, Sara; Mattheisen, Manuel; Mattingsdal, Morten; McCarley, Robert W.; McDonald, Colm; McIntosh, Andrew M.; Meier, Sandra; Meijer, Carin J.; Melegh, Bela; Melle, Ingrid; Mesholam-Gately, Raquelle I.; Metspalu, Andres; Michie, Patricia T.; Milani, Lili; Milanova, Vihra; Mokrab, Younes; Morris, Derek W.; Mors, Ole; Mortensen, Preben B.; Murphy, Kieran C.; Murray, Robin M.; Myin-Germeys, Inez; Mller-Myhsok, Bertram; Nelis, Mari; Nenadic, Igor; Nertney, Deborah A.; Nestadt, Gerald; Nicodemus, Kristin K.; Nikitina-Zake, Liene; Nisenbaum, Laura; Nordin, Annelie; O’Callaghan, Eadbhard; O’Dushlaine, Colm; O’Neill, F. Anthony; Oh, Sang-Yun; Olincy, Ann; Olsen, Line; Van Os, Jim; Pantelis, Christos; Papadimitriou, George N.; Papiol, Sergi; Parkhomenko, Elena; Pato, Michele T.; Paunio, Tiina; Pejovic-Milovancevic, Milica; Perkins, Diana O.; Pietilinen, Olli; Pimm, Jonathan; Pocklington, Andrew J.; Powell, John; Price, Alkes; Pulver, Ann E.; Purcell, Shaun M.; Quested, Digby; Rasmussen, Henrik B.; Reichenberg, Abraham; Reimers, Mark A.; Richards, Alexander L.; Roffman, Joshua L.; Roussos, Panos; Ruderfer, Douglas M.; Salomaa, Veikko; Sanders, Alan R.; Schall, Ulrich; Schubert, Christian R.; Schulze, Thomas G.; Schwab, Sibylle G.; Scolnick, Edward M.; Scott, Rodney J.; Seidman, Larry J.; Shi, Jianxin; Sigurdsson, Engilbert; Silagadze, Teimuraz; Silverman, Jeremy M.; Sim, Kang; Slominsky, Petr; Smoller, Jordan W.; So, Hon-Cheong; Spencer, Chris C.A.; Stahl, Eli A.; Stefansson, Hreinn; Steinberg, Stacy; Stogmann, Elisabeth; Straub, Richard E.; Strengman, Eric; Strohmaier, Jana; Stroup, T. Scott; Subramaniam, Mythily; Suvisaari, Jaana; Svrakic, Dragan M.; Szatkiewicz, Jin P.; Sderman, Erik; Thirumalai, Srinivas; Toncheva, Draga; Tooney, Paul A.; Tosato, Sarah; Veijola, Juha; Waddington, John; Walsh, Dermot; Wang, Dai; Wang, Qiang; Webb, Bradley T.; Weiser, Mark; Wildenauer, Dieter B.; Williams, Nigel M.; Williams, Stephanie; Witt, Stephanie H.; Wolen, Aaron R.; Wong, Emily H.M.; Wormley, Brandon K.; Wu, Jing Qin; Xi, Hualin Simon; Zai, Clement C.; Zheng, Xuebin; Zimprich, Fritz; Wray, Naomi R.; Stefansson, Kari; Visscher, Peter M.; Adolfsson, Rolf; Andreassen, Ole A.; Blackwood, Douglas H.R.; Bramon, Elvira; Buxbaum, Joseph D.; Børglum, Anders D.; Cichon, Sven; Darvasi, Ariel; Domenici, Enrico; Ehrenreich, Hannelore; Esko, Tonu; Gejman, Pablo V.; Gill, Michael; Gurling, Hugh; Hultman, Christina M.; Iwata, Nakao; Jablensky, Assen V.; Jonsson, Erik G.; Kendler, Kenneth S.; Kirov, George; Knight, Jo; Lencz, Todd; Levinson, Douglas F.; Li, Qingqin S.; Liu, Jianjun; Malhotra, Anil K.; McCarroll, Steven A.; McQuillin, Andrew; Moran, Jennifer L.; Mortensen, Preben B.; Mowry, Bryan J.; Nthen, Markus M.; Ophoff, Roel A.; Owen, Michael J.; Palotie, Aarno; Pato, Carlos N.; Petryshen, Tracey L.; Posthuma, Danielle; Rietschel, Marcella; Riley, Brien P.; Rujescu, Dan; Sham, Pak C.; Sklar, Pamela; St. Clair, David; Weinberger, Daniel R.; Wendland, Jens R.; Werge, Thomas; Daly, Mark J.; Sullivan, Patrick F.; O’Donovan, Michael C.; Kraft, Peter; Hunter, David J.; Adank, Muriel; Ahsan, Habibul; Aittomäki, Kristiina; Baglietto, Laura; Berndt, Sonja; Blomquist, Carl; Canzian, Federico; Chang-Claude, Jenny; Chanock, Stephen J.; Crisponi, Laura; Czene, Kamila; Dahmen, Norbert; Silva, Isabel dos Santos; Easton, Douglas; Eliassen, A. Heather; Figueroa, Jonine; Fletcher, Olivia; Garcia-Closas, Montserrat; Gaudet, Mia M.; Gibson, Lorna; Haiman, Christopher A.; Hall, Per; Hazra, Aditi; Hein, Rebecca; Henderson, Brian E.; Hofman, Albert; Hopper, John L.; Irwanto, Astrid; Johansson, Mattias; Kaaks, Rudolf; Kibriya, Muhammad G.; Lichtner, Peter; Lindström, Sara; Liu, Jianjun; Lund, Eiliv; Makalic, Enes; Meindl, Alfons; Meijers-Heijboer, Hanne; Müller-Myhsok, Bertram; Muranen, Taru A.; Nevanlinna, Heli; Peeters, Petra H.; Peto, Julian; Prentice, Ross L.; Rahman, Nazneen; Sánchez, María José; Schmidt, Daniel F.; Schmutzler, Rita K.; Southey, Melissa C.; Tamimi, Rulla; Travis, Ruth; Turnbull, Clare; Uitterlinden, Andre G.; van der Luijt, Rob B.; Waisfisz, Quinten; Wang, Zhaoming; Whittemore, Alice S.; Yang, Rose; Zheng, Wei; Kathiresan, Sekar; Pato, Michele; Pato, Carlos; Tamimi, Rulla; Stahl, Eli; Zaitlen, Noah; Pasaniuc, Bogdan; Belbin, Gillian; Kenny, Eimear E.; Schierup, Mikkel H.; De Jager, Philip; Patsopoulos, Nikolaos A.; McCarroll, Steve; Daly, Mark; Purcell, Shaun; Chasman, Daniel; Neale, Benjamin; Goddard, Michael; Visscher, Peter M.; Kraft, Peter; Patterson, Nick; Price, Alkes L.

    2015-01-01

    Polygenic risk scores have shown great promise in predicting complex disease risk and will become more accurate as training sample sizes increase. The standard approach for calculating risk scores involves linkage disequilibrium (LD)-based marker pruning and applying a p value threshold to association statistics, but this discards information and can reduce predictive accuracy. We introduce LDpred, a method that infers the posterior mean effect size of each marker by using a prior on effect sizes and LD information from an external reference panel. Theory and simulations show that LDpred outperforms the approach of pruning followed by thresholding, particularly at large sample sizes. Accordingly, predicted R2 increased from 20.1% to 25.3% in a large schizophrenia dataset and from 9.8% to 12.0% in a large multiple sclerosis dataset. A similar relative improvement in accuracy was observed for three additional large disease datasets and for non-European schizophrenia samples. The advantage of LDpred over existing methods will grow as sample sizes increase. PMID:26430803

  7. Influence of chamber misalignment on cased telescoped (CT ammunition accuracy

    D. Corriveau

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available As part of a research program, it was desired to better understand the impact of the rotating chamber alignment with the barrel throat on the precision and accuracy of a novel cased telescoped (CT ammunition firing rifle. In order to perform the study, a baseline CT ammunition chamber which was concentric with a Mann barrel bore was manufactured. Additionally, six chambers were manufactured with an offset relative to the barrel bore. These chambers were used to simulate a misaligned chamber relative to the bore axis. Precision and accuracy tests were then performed at 200 m in an indoor range under controlled conditions. For this project, 5.56 mm CT ammunition was used. As the chamber axis offset relative to the gun bore was increased, the mean point of impact was displaced away from the target center. The shift in the impact location is explained by the presence of in-bore yaw which results in lateral throw-off and aerodynamic jump components. The linear theory of ballistics is used to establish a relationship between the chamber misalignment and the resulting projectile mean point of impact for a rifle developed to fire CT ammunition. This relationship allows for the prediction of the mean point of impact given a chamber misalignment.

  8. FINITE DEFORMATION ELASTO-PLASTIC THEORY AND CONSISTENT ALGORITHM

    Liu Xuejun; Li Mingrui; Huang Wenbin

    2001-01-01

    By using the logarithmic strain, the finite deformation plastic theory, corresponding to the infinitesimal plastic theory, is established successively. The plastic consistent algorithm with first order accuracy for the finite element method (FEM) is developed. Numerical examples are presented to illustrate the validity of the theory and effectiveness of the algorithm.

  9. Quantum theory

    Bohm, David

    1951-01-01

    This superb text by David Bohm, formerly Princeton University and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, provides a formulation of the quantum theory in terms of qualitative and imaginative concepts that have evolved outside and beyond classical theory. Although it presents the main ideas of quantum theory essentially in nonmathematical terms, it follows these with a broad range of specific applications that are worked out in considerable mathematical detail. Addressed primarily to advanced undergraduate students, the text begins with a study of t

  10. Plasticity theory

    Lubliner, Jacob

    2008-01-01

    The aim of Plasticity Theory is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary state of knowledge in basic plasticity theory and to its applications. It treats several areas not commonly found between the covers of a single book: the physics of plasticity, constitutive theory, dynamic plasticity, large-deformation plasticity, and numerical methods, in addition to a representative survey of problems treated by classical methods, such as elastic-plastic problems, plane plastic flow, and limit analysis; the problem discussed come from areas of interest to mechanical, structural, and

  11. Ramsey theory

    Hočevar, Mitja

    2015-01-01

    This BCs thesis deals with topics from graph theory. Ramsey theory in its most basic form deals with the problem of determining the minimal positive integer, such that for any edge-coloring of the complete graph of this size with a prescribed number of colors one can find a subgraph of predefined size all of whose edges are of the same colour. These minimal sizes are called Ramsey numbers. In this BCs thesis we present basic notions of graph theory needed to understand the basic theorem of...

  12. Number theory

    Andrews, George E

    1994-01-01

    Although mathematics majors are usually conversant with number theory by the time they have completed a course in abstract algebra, other undergraduates, especially those in education and the liberal arts, often need a more basic introduction to the topic.In this book the author solves the problem of maintaining the interest of students at both levels by offering a combinatorial approach to elementary number theory. In studying number theory from such a perspective, mathematics majors are spared repetition and provided with new insights, while other students benefit from the consequent simpl

  13. Martingale Theory

    Victor, Oluwafemi Oludu

    2015-01-01

    From ages to ages there had been expectation of individuals on a specific predictions and future occurrences. So also in a game, different participant that involves in those specified game have their various expectations of the results or the output of the game they are involved in. That is why we need a mathematical theory that helps in prediction of the future expectations in our day to day activities. Therefore the Martingale Theory is a very good theory that explains and dissects the expe...

  14. Improvement in Rayleigh Scattering Measurement Accuracy

    Fagan, Amy F.; Clem, Michelle M.; Elam, Kristie A.

    2012-01-01

    Spectroscopic Rayleigh scattering is an established flow diagnostic that has the ability to provide simultaneous velocity, density, and temperature measurements. The Fabry-Perot interferometer or etalon is a commonly employed instrument for resolving the spectrum of molecular Rayleigh scattered light for the purpose of evaluating these flow properties. This paper investigates the use of an acousto-optic frequency shifting device to improve measurement accuracy in Rayleigh scattering experiments at the NASA Glenn Research Center. The frequency shifting device is used as a means of shifting the incident or reference laser frequency by 1100 MHz to avoid overlap of the Rayleigh and reference signal peaks in the interference pattern used to obtain the velocity, density, and temperature measurements, and also to calibrate the free spectral range of the Fabry-Perot etalon. The measurement accuracy improvement is evaluated by comparison of Rayleigh scattering measurements acquired with and without shifting of the reference signal frequency in a 10 mm diameter subsonic nozzle flow.

  15. Positional Accuracy Assessment of Googleearth in Riyadh

    Farah, Ashraf; Algarni, Dafer

    2014-06-01

    Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program that is controlled by Google corporation. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe. With millions of users all around the globe, GoogleEarth® has become the ultimate source of spatial data and information for private and public decision-support systems besides many types and forms of social interactions. Many users mostly in developing countries are also using it for surveying applications, the matter that raises questions about the positional accuracy of the Google Earth program. This research presents a small-scale assessment study of the positional accuracy of GoogleEarth® Imagery in Riyadh; capital of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The results show that the RMSE of the GoogleEarth imagery is 2.18 m and 1.51 m for the horizontal and height coordinates respectively.

  16. Improving the accuracy of dynamic mass calculation

    Oleksandr F. Dashchenko

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available With the acceleration of goods transporting, cargo accounting plays an important role in today's global and complex environment. Weight is the most reliable indicator of the materials control. Unlike many other variables that can be measured indirectly, the weight can be measured directly and accurately. Using strain-gauge transducers, weight value can be obtained within a few milliseconds; such values correspond to the momentary load, which acts on the sensor. Determination of the weight of moving transport is only possible by appropriate processing of the sensor signal. The aim of the research is to develop a methodology for weighing freight rolling stock, which increases the accuracy of the measurement of dynamic mass, in particular wagon that moves. Apart from time-series methods, preliminary filtration for improving the accuracy of calculation is used. The results of the simulation are presented.

  17. The quantum theory of measurement

    Busch, Paul; Mittelstaedt, Peter

    1996-01-01

    The amazing accuracy in verifying quantum effects experimentally has recently renewed interest in quantum mechanical measurement theory. In this book the authors give within the Hilbert space formulation of quantum mechanics a systematic exposition of the quantum theory of measurement. Their approach includes the concepts of unsharp objectification and of nonunitary transformations needed for a unifying description of various detailed investigations. The book addresses advanced students and researchers in physics and philosophy of science. In this second edition Chaps. II-IV have been substantially rewritten. In particular, an insolubility theorem for the objectification problem has been formulated in full generality, which includes unsharp object observables and unsharp pointers.

  18. Moliere multiple scattering theory revisited

    Tarasov, Alexander

    2012-01-01

    We have received the rigorous relations between the screening parameters of the Moliere multiple scattering theory, instead of the approximate one obtained in the original paper by Moliere. We also calculated the relative Coulomb corrections to the first Born screening angle in the range from Z=4 to Z=82, and showed that their maximum values comprise the order of 40 percent. Additionally, we evaluated absolute and relative accuracies of the Moliere theory in determining the screening angle and have concluded that for Z~80 they are about 20, and 34 percents, respectively.

  19. The accuracy of portable peak flow meters.

    Miller, M. R.; Dickinson, S A; Hitchings, D J

    1992-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The variability of peak expiratory flow (PEF) is now commonly used in the diagnosis and management of asthma. It is essential for PEF meters to have a linear response in order to obtain an unbiased measurement of PEF variability. As the accuracy and linearity of portable PEF meters have not been rigorously tested in recent years this aspect of their performance has been investigated. METHODS: The response of several portable PEF meters was tested with absolute standards of flow ge...

  20. Limiting Accuracy of Inexact Saddle Point Solvers

    Rozložník, Miroslav; Jiránek, Pavel

    Dundee : University of Dundee, 2007 - (Griffith, D.; Watson , G.). s. 33-33 [Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis /22./. 26.06.2007-29.06.2007, University of Dundee] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0554; GA AV ČR 1ET400300415 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : saddle point systems * iterative methods * rounding error analysis * limiting accuracy

  1. Accuracy of radiocarbon analyses at ANTARES

    Lawson, E.M.; Fink, D.; Hotchkis, M.; Hua, Q.; Jacobsen, G.; Smith, A.M.; Tuniz, C. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights, NSW (Australia)

    1996-12-31

    Accuracy in Accelerator Mass Spectroscopy (AMS) measurements, as distinct from precision, requires the application of a number of corrections. Most of these are well known except in extreme circumstances and AMS can deliver radiocarbon results which are both precise and accurate in the 0.5 to 1.0% range. The corrections involved in obtaining final radiocarbon ages are discussed. 3 refs., 1 tab.

  2. FNAC ACCURACY IN DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST LESIONS

    Venugopal; Pratap; Nikshita

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Malignancy of breast imposes significant reduction in life span. The prognosis of breast cancer is primarily dependent on the extent of disease and also early diagnosis in important. FNAC is a widely accepted cytological technique in the early diagnosis of palpable breast lesions. There have been many studies of accuracy of FNAC, which has been shown to be high in many centres. AIMS: To compare cytological and histopathological diagnosis of breast lesions and to ...

  3. Marginal accuracy of temporary composite crowns.

    Tjan, A H; Tjan, A H; Grant, B E

    1987-10-01

    An in vitro study was conducted to quantitatively compare the marginal adaptation of temporary crowns made from Protemp material with those made from Scutan, Provisional, and Trim materials. A direct technique was used to make temporary restorations on prepared teeth with an impression as a matrix. Protem, Trim, and Provisional materials produced temporary crowns of comparable accuracy. Crowns made from Scutan material had open margins. PMID:2959770

  4. On the accuracy of language trees.

    Simone Pompei

    Full Text Available Historical linguistics aims at inferring the most likely language phylogenetic tree starting from information concerning the evolutionary relatedness of languages. The available information are typically lists of homologous (lexical, phonological, syntactic features or characters for many different languages: a set of parallel corpora whose compilation represents a paramount achievement in linguistics. From this perspective the reconstruction of language trees is an example of inverse problems: starting from present, incomplete and often noisy, information, one aims at inferring the most likely past evolutionary history. A fundamental issue in inverse problems is the evaluation of the inference made. A standard way of dealing with this question is to generate data with artificial models in order to have full access to the evolutionary process one is going to infer. This procedure presents an intrinsic limitation: when dealing with real data sets, one typically does not know which model of evolution is the most suitable for them. A possible way out is to compare algorithmic inference with expert classifications. This is the point of view we take here by conducting a thorough survey of the accuracy of reconstruction methods as compared with the Ethnologue expert classifications. We focus in particular on state-of-the-art distance-based methods for phylogeny reconstruction using worldwide linguistic databases. In order to assess the accuracy of the inferred trees we introduce and characterize two generalizations of standard definitions of distances between trees. Based on these scores we quantify the relative performances of the distance-based algorithms considered. Further we quantify how the completeness and the coverage of the available databases affect the accuracy of the reconstruction. Finally we draw some conclusions about where the accuracy of the reconstructions in historical linguistics stands and about the leading directions to improve

  5. Do Investors Learn About Analyst Accuracy?

    Chang, Charles; Daouk, Hazem; Wang, Albert

    2008-01-01

    We study the impact of analyst forecasts on prices to determine whether investors learn about analyst accuracy. Our test market is the crude oil futures market. Prices rise when analysts forecast a decrease (increase) in crude supplies. In the 15 minutes following supply realizations, prices rise (fall) when forecasts have been too high (low). In both the initial price action relative to forecasts and in the subsequent reaction relative to realized forecast errors, the price response is stron...

  6. Earnings Forecast Accuracy And Career Concerns

    Roger, Tristan

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies show that analysts' compensation is not linked to earnings forecast accuracy. We evidence however that analysts have incentives to issue accurate forecasts. We show that brokerage houses reward their best forecasters by assigning them to large, mature firms. Covering such firms increases the potential for future compensation as these firms generate a great deal of investment banking and trading activities. The coverage of such firms also increases analysts' exposure to large ...

  7. Credit report accuracy and access to credit

    Avery, Robert B.; Paul S. Calem; Glenn B. Canner

    2004-01-01

    Data that credit-reporting agencies maintain on consumers' credit-related experiences play a central role in U.S. credit markets. Analysts widely agree that the data enable these markets to function more efficiently and at lower cost than would otherwise be possible. Despite the great benefits of the current system, however, some analysts have raised concerns about the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, and consistency of consumer credit records and about the effects of data problems on the ...

  8. FIELD ACCURACY TEST OF RPAS PHOTOGRAMMETRY

    Barry, P; Coakley, R.

    2013-01-01

    Baseline Surveys Ltd is a company which specialises in the supply of accurate geospatial data, such as cadastral, topographic and engineering survey data to commercial and government bodies. Baseline Surveys Ltd invested in aerial drone photogrammetric technology and had a requirement to establish the spatial accuracy of the geographic data derived from our unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) photogrammetry before marketing our new aerial mapping service. Having supplied the construction i...

  9. Algorithms for improving accuracy of spray simulation

    ZHANG HuiYa; ZHANG YuSheng; XIAO HeLin; XU Bo

    2007-01-01

    Fuel spray is the pivotal process of direct injection engine combustion. The accuracy of spray simulation determines the reliability of combustion calculation. However, the traditional techniques of spray simulation in KIVA and commercial CFD codes are very susceptible to grid resolution. As a consequence, predicted engine performance and emission can depend on the computational mesh. The two main causes of this problem are the droplet collision algorithm and coupling between gas and liquid phases. In order to improve the accuracy of spray simulation, the original KIVA code is modified using the cross mesh droplet collision (CMC) algorithm and gas phase velocity interpolation algorithm. In the constant volume apparatus and D.I. Diesel engine, the improvements of the modified KIVA code in spray simulation accuracy are checked from spray structure, predicted average drop size and spray tip penetration, respectively. The results show a dramatic decrease in grid dependency. With these changes, the distorted phenomenon of spray structure is vanished. The uncertainty in predicted average drop size is reduced from 30 to 5 μm in constant volume apparatus calculation, and the uncertainty is further reduced to 2 μm in an engine simulation. The predicted spray tip penetrations in engine simulation also have better consistency in medium and fine meshes.

  10. Radioactivity analysis of food and accuracy control

    From the fact that radioactive substances have been detected from the foods such as agricultural and livestock products and marine products due to the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare stipulated new standards geared to general foods on radioactive cesium by replacing the interim standards up to now. Various institutions began to measure radioactivity on the basis of this instruction, but as a new challenge, a problem of the reliability of the data occurred. Therefore, accuracy control to indicate the proof that the quality of the data can be retained at an appropriate level judging from an objective manner is important. In order to consecutively implement quality management activities, it is necessary for each inspection agency to build an accuracy control system. This paper introduces support service, as a new attempt, for establishing the accuracy control system. This service is offered jointly by three organizations, such as TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd., Japan Frozen Foods Inspection Corporation, and Japan Chemical Analysis Center. This service consists of the training of radioactivity measurement practitioners, proficiency test for radioactive substance measurement, and personal authentication. (O.A.)

  11. Accuracy of stereolithographic models of human anatomy

    A study was undertaken to determine the dimensional accuracy of anatomical replicas derived from X-ray 3D computed tomography (CT) images and produced using the rapid prototyping technique of stereolithography (SLA). A dry bone skull and geometric phantom were scanned, and replicas were produced. Distance measurements were obtained to compare the original objects and the resulting replicas. Repeated measurements between anatomical landmarks were used for comparison of the original skull and replica. Results for the geometric phantom demonstrate a mean difference of +0.47mm, representing an accuracy of 97.7-99.12%. Measurements of the skull produced a range of absolute differences (maximum +4.62mm, minimum +0.1mm, mean +0.85mm). These results support the use of SLA models of human anatomical structures in such areas as pre-operative planning of complex surgical procedures. For applications where higher accuracy is required, improvements can be expected by utilizing smaller pixel resolution in the CT images. Stereolithographic models can now be confidently employed as accurate, three-dimensional replicas of complex, anatomical structures. 14 refs., 2 tabs., 8 figs

  12. [Nuclear theory

    This report discusses concepts in nuclear theory such as: neutrino nucleosynthesis; double beta decay; neutrino oscillations; chiral symmetry breaking; T invariance; quark propagator; cold fusion; and other related topics

  13. Model theory

    Hodges, Wilfrid

    1993-01-01

    An up-to-date and integrated introduction to model theory, designed to be used for graduate courses (for students who are familiar with first-order logic), and as a reference for more experienced logicians and mathematicians.

  14. Continuity theory

    Nel, Louis

    2016-01-01

    This book presents a detailed, self-contained theory of continuous mappings. It is mainly addressed to students who have already studied these mappings in the setting of metric spaces, as well as multidimensional differential calculus. The needed background facts about sets, metric spaces and linear algebra are developed in detail, so as to provide a seamless transition between students' previous studies and new material. In view of its many novel features, this book will be of interest also to mature readers who have studied continuous mappings from the subject's classical texts and wish to become acquainted with a new approach. The theory of continuous mappings serves as infrastructure for more specialized mathematical theories like differential equations, integral equations, operator theory, dynamical systems, global analysis, topological groups, topological rings and many more. In light of the centrality of the topic, a book of this kind fits a variety of applications, especially those that contribute to ...

  15. Plasma theory

    A series of lectures on plasma theory with the main headings: introduction; charged particles moving in em fields; the liquid model; transport phenomena in the plasma; wave propagation in plasmas; plasma instabilities. 57 figs. (qui)

  16. Chemical accuracy from quantum Monte Carlo for the benzene dimer.

    Azadi, Sam; Cohen, R E

    2015-09-14

    We report an accurate study of interactions between benzene molecules using variational quantum Monte Carlo (VMC) and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. We compare these results with density functional theory using different van der Waals functionals. In our quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations, we use accurate correlated trial wave functions including three-body Jastrow factors and backflow transformations. We consider two benzene molecules in the parallel displaced geometry, and find that by highly optimizing the wave function and introducing more dynamical correlation into the wave function, we compute the weak chemical binding energy between aromatic rings accurately. We find optimal VMC and DMC binding energies of -2.3(4) and -2.7(3) kcal/mol, respectively. The best estimate of the coupled-cluster theory through perturbative triplets/complete basis set limit is -2.65(2) kcal/mol [Miliordos et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 7568 (2014)]. Our results indicate that QMC methods give chemical accuracy for weakly bound van der Waals molecular interactions, comparable to results from the best quantum chemistry methods. PMID:26374029

  17. Chemical accuracy from quantum Monte Carlo for the benzene dimer

    We report an accurate study of interactions between benzene molecules using variational quantum Monte Carlo (VMC) and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. We compare these results with density functional theory using different van der Waals functionals. In our quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations, we use accurate correlated trial wave functions including three-body Jastrow factors and backflow transformations. We consider two benzene molecules in the parallel displaced geometry, and find that by highly optimizing the wave function and introducing more dynamical correlation into the wave function, we compute the weak chemical binding energy between aromatic rings accurately. We find optimal VMC and DMC binding energies of −2.3(4) and −2.7(3) kcal/mol, respectively. The best estimate of the coupled-cluster theory through perturbative triplets/complete basis set limit is −2.65(2) kcal/mol [Miliordos et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 7568 (2014)]. Our results indicate that QMC methods give chemical accuracy for weakly bound van der Waals molecular interactions, comparable to results from the best quantum chemistry methods

  18. Perspective on density functional theory

    Burke, Kieron

    2012-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) is an incredible success story. The low computational cost, combined with useful (but not yet chemical) accuracy, has made DFT a standard technique in most branches of chemistry and materials science. Electronic structure problems in a dazzling variety of fields are currently being tackled. However, DFT has many limitations in its present form: Too many approximations, failures for strongly correlated systems, too slow for liquids, etc. This perspective reviews...

  19. Graph theory

    Gould, Ronald

    2012-01-01

    This introduction to graph theory focuses on well-established topics, covering primary techniques and including both algorithmic and theoretical problems. The algorithms are presented with a minimum of advanced data structures and programming details. This thoroughly corrected 1988 edition provides insights to computer scientists as well as advanced undergraduates and graduate students of topology, algebra, and matrix theory. Fundamental concepts and notation and elementary properties and operations are the first subjects, followed by examinations of paths and searching, trees, and networks. S

  20. Quantum Theory

    Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    A theory based on the premise that, on the microscopic scale, physical quantities have discrete, rather than a continuous range of, values. The theory was devised in the early part of the twentieth century to account for certain phenomena that could not be explained by classical physics. In 1900, the German physicist, Max Planck (1858-1947), was able precisely to describe the previously unexplaine...

  1. 100% classification accuracy considered harmful: the normalized information transfer factor explains the accuracy paradox.

    Francisco J Valverde-Albacete

    Full Text Available The most widely spread measure of performance, accuracy, suffers from a paradox: predictive models with a given level of accuracy may have greater predictive power than models with higher accuracy. Despite optimizing classification error rate, high accuracy models may fail to capture crucial information transfer in the classification task. We present evidence of this behavior by means of a combinatorial analysis where every possible contingency matrix of 2, 3 and 4 classes classifiers are depicted on the entropy triangle, a more reliable information-theoretic tool for classification assessment. Motivated by this, we develop from first principles a measure of classification performance that takes into consideration the information learned by classifiers. We are then able to obtain the entropy-modulated accuracy (EMA, a pessimistic estimate of the expected accuracy with the influence of the input distribution factored out, and the normalized information transfer factor (NIT, a measure of how efficient is the transmission of information from the input to the output set of classes. The EMA is a more natural measure of classification performance than accuracy when the heuristic to maximize is the transfer of information through the classifier instead of classification error count. The NIT factor measures the effectiveness of the learning process in classifiers and also makes it harder for them to "cheat" using techniques like specialization, while also promoting the interpretability of results. Their use is demonstrated in a mind reading task competition that aims at decoding the identity of a video stimulus based on magnetoencephalography recordings. We show how the EMA and the NIT factor reject rankings based in accuracy, choosing more meaningful and interpretable classifiers.

  2. 100% classification accuracy considered harmful: the normalized information transfer factor explains the accuracy paradox.

    Valverde-Albacete, Francisco J; Peláez-Moreno, Carmen

    2014-01-01

    The most widely spread measure of performance, accuracy, suffers from a paradox: predictive models with a given level of accuracy may have greater predictive power than models with higher accuracy. Despite optimizing classification error rate, high accuracy models may fail to capture crucial information transfer in the classification task. We present evidence of this behavior by means of a combinatorial analysis where every possible contingency matrix of 2, 3 and 4 classes classifiers are depicted on the entropy triangle, a more reliable information-theoretic tool for classification assessment. Motivated by this, we develop from first principles a measure of classification performance that takes into consideration the information learned by classifiers. We are then able to obtain the entropy-modulated accuracy (EMA), a pessimistic estimate of the expected accuracy with the influence of the input distribution factored out, and the normalized information transfer factor (NIT), a measure of how efficient is the transmission of information from the input to the output set of classes. The EMA is a more natural measure of classification performance than accuracy when the heuristic to maximize is the transfer of information through the classifier instead of classification error count. The NIT factor measures the effectiveness of the learning process in classifiers and also makes it harder for them to "cheat" using techniques like specialization, while also promoting the interpretability of results. Their use is demonstrated in a mind reading task competition that aims at decoding the identity of a video stimulus based on magnetoencephalography recordings. We show how the EMA and the NIT factor reject rankings based in accuracy, choosing more meaningful and interpretable classifiers. PMID:24427282

  3. Caracterização microestrutural e propriedades mecânicas da liga de alumínio 2198-T851 em configuração tailored blank soldada por FSW - Friction Stir Welding

    Ivan Moroz

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Nos setores industriais relacionados à aeronáutica e automobilística, tem-se buscado o desenvolvimento e a aplicação de ligas metálicas leves com o intuito da redução de massa dos produtos e consequente redução do consumo de combustível. Por suas dimensões e requisitos estruturais, componentes e seções de aviões e automóveis são produzidos através da união por processos de soldagem por fusão. Entretanto, processos de soldagem no estado sólido são preferíveis por evitar defeitos decorrentes da fusão, e têm sido objeto de estudo nas últimas duas décadas. Este trabalho teve por objetivo a caracterização de uma solda por FSW - Friction Stir Welding em junta de topo, da Liga de Alumínio 2198-T851 com espessuras diferentes (configuração "Tailored Blanks". A metodologia utilizada na caracterização envolveu a determinação das propriedades mecânicas das juntas soldadas, compreendendo ensaios de tração e determinação de perfil de microdureza na seção transversal; e buscou-se compreender a relação entre as alterações microestruturais promovidas pelo processo de soldagem e as propriedades resultantes. Concluiu-se que, devido aos fenômenos metalúrgicos decorrentes do processo de soldagem utilizado, alterações microestruturais tais como refino de grão, encruamento e dissolução/formação de fases precipitadas permitiram a obtenção de uma solda cujas propriedades mecânicas de tração (salvo alongamento igualaram-se a ou excederam aquelas do metal base, evidenciando a viabilidade de utilização dos parâmetros de soldagem por FSW utilizados neste trabalho.In both aeronautic and automobile related industries, development and application of light-weighted metallic alloys have been pursued with the intention of reducing product weight and consequent fuel consumption. Due to their dimension and structural requirements, components and sections from airplanes and automobiles are produced through fusion

  4. «Em prol do bem comum» : o contributo da Liga Portuguesa de Profilaxia Social para a Educação Higiénica no Porto (1924-1960

    Ismael Cerqueira Vieira

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Founded in 1924 by Emilio de Magalhães,Gil da Costa and Veiga Pires, the Portuguese League of Social Prophylaxis (‘Liga Portuguesa de Profilaxia Social’ initiated numerous campaigns against the social scourges of the time,such as syphilis,tuberculosis,tetanus,leprosy,alcoholism and prostitution.Dedicated to the prevention of diseases and social problems, and under the motto «For the sake of the common good», the LPPS developed intense propaganda through conferences and medical and social actions that are embodied in a vast literature produced to educate the population and alert the public and philanthropists to the importance of their action. The conference papers and other publications are therefore a corpus of documents which can be explored through analytical procedures.Based on a content analysis methodology,this study aims to analyze the production of LPPS documents, edited and unedited, between 1924 and 1960, through procedures such as encryption, classification and categorization.We are thus able to obtain an overview of the most pressing and widely-discussed issues during the institution’s most intense period of activity, on the educational, social and hygienic problems of the «Invicta». This article aims to analyze the LPPS’s documents in the period considered, so as to highlight the concerns of the Portuguese League of Social Prophylaxis, as well as the contribution of medical personalities and policies to this institution’s unique work in difficult times of national life.

  5. Estudo do efeito de memória de forma em ligas inoxidáveis usando ensaio de compressão Study of shape memory effect in stainless steel using compression tests

    Fabiana Cristina Nascimento

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available As propriedades de recuperação de forma da liga à base de Fe-Mn-Si-Cr-Ni-Co foram estudadas usando ensaio de compressão. Foram analisadas medidas de recuperação elástica (Re, recuperação de forma (Rf e recuperação de forma total (R T = Re + Rf em função do número de ciclos de treinamento. Os resultados indicaram que 3,3 foi a melhor razão entre altura (h o = 20 mm e diâmetro (φo = 6 mm para se conseguirem uma deformação homogênea e curvas de carregamento bem definidas. A maior contribuição para a R T foi atribuída à recuperação de forma. No último ciclo de treinamento, foi obtida uma R T = 90%, sendo 25% atribuída a Re.The shape recovery properties of an Fe-Mn-Si-Cr-Ni-Co based alloy were studied using compression tests. Analyzed were the elastic recovery (Er, shape recovery (Sr and total shape recovery (T SR = Er + Sr measurements as a function of training cycles. The results indicated that 3.3 was the best ratio between height (h o = 20 mm and diameter (φo = 6 mm to obtain a homogeneous deformation and defined loading curves. A major contribution of T SR was attributed to shape recovery. In the last training cycle, a T SR = 90 % was obtained, where 25% was attributed to Er.

  6. Effective theories of universal theories

    Wells, James D.; Zhang, Zhengkang

    2016-01-01

    It is well-known but sometimes overlooked that constraints on the oblique parameters (most notably S and T parameters) are generally speaking only applicable to a special class of new physics scenarios known as universal theories. In the effective field theory (EFT) framework, the oblique parameters should not be associated with Wilson coefficients in a particular operator basis, unless restrictions have been imposed on the EFT so that it describes universal theories. We work out these restrictions, and present a detailed EFT analysis of universal theories. We find that at the dimension-6 level, universal theories are completely characterized by 16 parameters. They are conveniently chosen to be: 5 oblique parameters that agree with the commonly-adopted ones, 4 anomalous triple-gauge couplings, 3 rescaling factors for the h 3, hf f , hV V vertices, 3 parameters for hV V vertices absent in the Standard Model, and 1 four-fermion coupling of order y f 2 . All these parameters are defined in an unambiguous and basis-independent way, allowing for consistent constraints on the universal theories parameter space from precision electroweak and Higgs data.

  7. Caracterização do processo de análise do jogo em clubes da 1ª liga portuguesa profissional de futebol na época 2005/2006 Characterization of match analysis process in Portuguese first football league teams: season 2005/2006

    Pedro Miguel Silva; Jorge Castelo; Pedro Santos

    2011-01-01

    O nível competitivo alcançado pelo futebol profissional tem exigido níveis de desempenho cada vez mais elevados. Uma das formas que tem sido utilizada para monitorá-la é a análise do jogo (AJ). O presente trabalho pretendeu caracterizar o processo de AJ na 1ª liga portuguesa profissional de futebol. Os objetivos do estudo foram conhecer: 1) a importância da AJ; 2) a frequência da sua realização; 3) os profissionais envolvidos; 4) os instrumentos e métodos utilizados; e 5) a importância atribu...

  8. Caracterização da intervenção do treinador na reunião de preparação da equipa para a competição no Futebol : Estudo comparativo de treinadores da 1ª Liga e da 2ª Divisão-B no Escalão de Seniores Masculinos

    Pacheco, Rui Manuel de Gouveia

    2002-01-01

    Pretendemos neste estudo caracterizar os conteúdos que são transmitidos pelos treinadores aos jogadores, na reunião de preparação da equipa para a competição no futebol, no escalão de seniores masculinos. Realizamos um estudo comparativo partindo de uma amostra constituida por seis treinadores pertencentes a equipas classificadas no terço superior do campeonato nacional de futebol da 1ª liga e seis treinadores pertencentes a equipas que disputam os lugares cimeiros do campeonato nacional de f...

  9. Improvement of focus accuracy on processed wafer

    Higashibata, Satomi; Komine, Nobuhiro; Fukuhara, Kazuya; Koike, Takashi; Kato, Yoshimitsu; Hashimoto, Kohji

    2013-04-01

    As feature size shrinkage in semiconductor device progress, process fluctuation, especially focus strongly affects device performance. Because focus control is an ongoing challenge in optical lithography, various studies have sought for improving focus monitoring and control. Focus errors are due to wafers, exposure tools, reticles, QCs, and so on. Few studies are performed to minimize the measurement errors of auto focus (AF) sensors of exposure tool, especially when processed wafers are exposed. With current focus measurement techniques, the phase shift grating (PSG) focus monitor 1) has been already proposed and its basic principle is that the intensity of the diffraction light of the mask pattern is made asymmetric by arranging a π/2 phase shift area on a reticle. The resist pattern exposed at the defocus position is shifted on the wafer and shifted pattern can be easily measured using an overlay inspection tool. However, it is difficult to measure shifted pattern for the pattern on the processed wafer because of interruptions caused by other patterns in the underlayer. In this paper, we therefore propose "SEM-PSG" technique, where the shift of the PSG resist mark is measured by employing critical dimension-scanning electron microscope (CD-SEM) to measure the focus error on the processed wafer. First, we evaluate the accuracy of SEM-PSG technique. Second, by applying the SEM-PSG technique and feeding the results back to the exposure, we evaluate the focus accuracy on processed wafers. By applying SEM-PSG feedback, the focus accuracy on the processed wafer was improved from 40 to 29 nm in 3σ.

  10. [True color accuracy in digital forensic photography].

    Ramsthaler, Frank; Birngruber, Christoph G; Kröll, Ann-Katrin; Kettner, Mattias; Verhoff, Marcel A

    2016-01-01

    Forensic photographs not only need to be unaltered and authentic and capture context-relevant images, along with certain minimum requirements for image sharpness and information density, but color accuracy also plays an important role, for instance, in the assessment of injuries or taphonomic stages, or in the identification and evaluation of traces from photos. The perception of color not only varies subjectively from person to person, but as a discrete property of an image, color in digital photos is also to a considerable extent influenced by technical factors such as lighting, acquisition settings, camera, and output medium (print, monitor). For these reasons, consistent color accuracy has so far been limited in digital photography. Because images usually contain a wealth of color information, especially for complex or composite colors or shades of color, and the wavelength-dependent sensitivity to factors such as light and shadow may vary between cameras, the usefulness of issuing general recommendations for camera capture settings is limited. Our results indicate that true image colors can best and most realistically be captured with the SpyderCheckr technical calibration tool for digital cameras tested in this study. Apart from aspects such as the simplicity and quickness of the calibration procedure, a further advantage of the tool is that the results are independent of the camera used and can also be used for the color management of output devices such as monitors and printers. The SpyderCheckr color-code patches allow true colors to be captured more realistically than with a manual white balance tool or an automatic flash. We therefore recommend that the use of a color management tool should be considered for the acquisition of all images that demand high true color accuracy (in particular in the setting of injury documentation). PMID:27386623

  11. Accuracy of velocities from repeated GPS measurements

    Akarsu, V.; Sanli, D. U.; Arslan, E.

    2015-04-01

    Today repeated GPS measurements are still in use, because we cannot always employ GPS permanent stations due to a variety of limitations. One area of study that uses velocities/deformation rates from repeated GPS measurements is the monitoring of crustal motion. This paper discusses the quality of the velocities derived using repeated GPS measurements for the aim of monitoring crustal motion. From a global network of International GNSS Service (IGS) stations, we processed GPS measurements repeated monthly and annually spanning nearly 15 years and estimated GPS velocities for GPS baseline components latitude, longitude and ellipsoidal height. We used web-based GIPSY for the processing. Assuming true deformation rates can only be determined from the solutions of 24 h observation sessions, we evaluated the accuracy of the deformation rates from 8 and 12 h sessions. We used statistical hypothesis testing to assess the velocities derived from short observation sessions. In addition, as an alternative control method we checked the accuracy of GPS solutions from short observation sessions against those of 24 h sessions referring to statistical criteria that measure the accuracy of regression models. Results indicate that the velocities of the vertical component are completely affected when repeated GPS measurements are used. The results also reveal that only about 30% of the 8 h solutions and about 40% of 12 h solutions for the horizontal coordinates are acceptable for velocity estimation. The situation is much worse for the vertical component in which none of the solutions from campaign measurements are acceptable for obtaining reliable deformation rates.

  12. On the Accuracy of IGS Orbits

    Griffiths, J.; Ray, J.

    2007-12-01

    In order to explore the reliability of IGS internal orbit accuracy estimates, we have compared the geocentric satellite positions at the midnight epoch between consecutive days for the period since November 5, 2006, when the IGS changed its method of antenna calibration. For each pair of orbits, day "A" has been fitted to the extended CODE orbit model (three position and three velocity parameters plus nine nuisance solar radiation parameters), using the IGS05 Final orbits as psuedo-observations, and extrapolated to epoch 24:00 to compare with the 00:00 epoch from the IGS05 Final orbits of day "B". This yields a time series of orbit repeatability measures, analogous to the classical geodetic test for position determinations. To assess the error introduced by the fitting and extrapolation process, the same procedure has been applied to several days dropping the 23:45 epoch, fitting up to 23:30, extrapolating to 23:45, and comparing with reported positions for 23:45. The test differences range between 0 and 10 mm (mean = 3 mm) per geocentric component with 3D differences of 3 to 10 mm (mean = 6 mm). So, the effect of the orbit fitting-extrapolation process nearly always adds insignificant noise to the day- boundary orbit comparisons. If we compare our average 1D position differences to the official IGS accuracy codes (derived from the internal agreement among combined orbit solutions), root-sum-squared for each pair of days, the actual discontinuities are not well correlated with the expected performance values. If instead the IGS RMS values from the Final combination long-arc analyses (which also use the extended CODE model) are taken as the measure of IGS accuracy, the actual orbit discontinuties are much better represented. This is despite the fact that our day- boundary offsets apply to a single epoch each day and the long-arc analyses consider variations over a day (compared to the satellite dynamics determined over the full week). Our method is not well suited

  13. Computing High Accuracy Power Spectra with Pico

    Fendt, William A.; Wandelt, Benjamin D.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents the second release of Pico (Parameters for the Impatient COsmologist). Pico is a general purpose machine learning code which we have applied to computing the CMB power spectra and the WMAP likelihood. For this release, we have made improvements to the algorithm as well as the data sets used to train Pico, leading to a significant improvement in accuracy. For the 9 parameter nonflat case presented here Pico can on average compute the TT, TE and EE spectra to better than 1% ...

  14. Accuracy of Ultrasonography in Diagnosing Acute Appendicitis

    Parisa Javidi Parsijani; Nima Pourhabibi Zarandi; Shahram Paydar; Hamidreza Abbasi; Shahram Bolandparvaz

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: To evaluate the accuracy of sonography in diagnosing acute appendicitis in patients with Alvarado score 4–7.Methods: This is a retrospective cross-sectional study being performed in Namazee hospital affiliated with Shiraz University of Medical sciences during a one year period from 9/2007 to 9/2008. We evaluated all patients with Alvarado score 4-7 and divided them in two groups: those with Ultrasound study prior to surgery and those without any imaging modalities for diagnosis of...

  15. Proper motion accuracy of WFPDF stars

    Chapanov, Y.; Vondrák, Jan; Ron, Cyril; Štefka, Vojtěch

    Beograd : Astronomical Society "Rudjer Boškovič", 2012 - (Tsvetkov, M.; Dimitrijevič, M.; Tsvetkova, K.; Kounchev, O.; Mijajlovič, Ž.), s. 169-176 ISBN 9788689035018. [Bulgarian-Serbian Astronomical Conference /7./. Chepelare (BG), 01.06.2010-04.06.2010] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LC506 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10030501 Keywords : proper motions * accuracy Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics http://wfpdb.org/ftp/7_BSAC/pdfs/c06.pdf

  16. High precision numerical accuracy in physics research

    Concerns arise that the current standard of double-precision floating-point may no longer be sufficient for today's large-scale numerical simulations. One approach to solve this problem will be to switch to a wider floating-point format: the upcoming quadruple-precision standard is introduced and compared to currently available software-based approaches. Another complimentary approach is to use mathematical and algorithmic techniques to improve the accuracy of large floating-point programs and the confidence in the quality of the result

  17. Controlling the accuracy of chemical analysis

    Most of the IAEA reference materials are certified in intercomparisons by calculation of the overall mean of reported laboratory mean values. IAEA certification is provided at ''A level'' (satisfactory, or high degree of confidence), or at ''B level'' (acceptable, or reasonable degree of confidence) sampling , storage and preliminary processing, use of reliable analytical methods, internal and external control of accuracy and reliability result in excellent certified reference materials for inorganic, geologic, environmental, biological and other quantitative analysis by means of conventional and nuclear methods. 34 refs, 4 figs, 3 tabs

  18. Estimation of beam time needed for measurement of pion-kaon s-wave scattering length combination $a_{\\bar{0}}$ with a statistical accuracy 5%

    Yazkov, V

    2016-01-01

    Measurement of s-wave pion-kaon scattering length combina tion $a_{\\bar{0}} = 1/3( a^{1/2}_0 − a^{3/2}_0)$ with an accuracy 5% provides check of prediction made by Chir al Perturbation theory and Lattice QCD. Estimation of beam time for 450 GeV proton beam, needed for achievement this accuracy, has been done on a base of accuracy of |$a_{\\bar{0}}$| measurement, performed in DIRAC experiment.

  19. Test theory of special relativity: What it is and why we need it

    After a critical overview on the traditional way of expressing the accuracy of experiments testing the postulates of the special theory of relativity, the four-parameter test theory is briefly introduced. The existing experiments are then classified and their accuracies are expressed in terms of the parameter of the test theory. By changing the convention of synchronization of distant clocks, it is shown how different equivalent theories can be formulated. (author). 23 refs

  20. Possibility Theory versus Probability Theory in Fuzzy Measure Theory

    Parul Agarwal

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to compare probability theory with possibility theory, and to use this comparison in comparing probability theory with fuzzy set theory. The best way of comparing probabilistic and possibilistic conceptualizations of uncertainty is to examine the two theories from a broader perspective. Such a perspective is offered by evidence theory, within which probability theory and possibility theory are recognized as special branches. While the various characteristic of possibility theory within the broader framework of evidence theory are expounded in this paper, we need to introduce their probabilistic counterparts to facilitate our discussion.

  1. Biocultural Theory

    Carroll, Joseph; Clasen, Mathias; Jonsson, Emelie;

    2015-01-01

    Biocultural theory is an integrative research program designed to investigate the causal interactions between biological adaptations and cultural constructions. From the biocultural perspective, cultural processes are rooted in the biological necessities of the human life cycle: specifically human...... ideological beliefs, and artistic practices such as music, dance, painting, and storytelling. Establishing biocultural theory as a program that self-consciously encompasses the different particular forms of human evolutionary research could help scholars and scientists envision their own specialized areas of...... research as contributions to a coherent, collective research program. This article argues that a mature biocultural paradigm needs to be informed by at least 7 major research clusters: (a) gene-culture coevolution; (b) human life history theory; (c) evolutionary social psychology; (d) anthropological...

  2. Galois theory

    Stewart, Ian

    2003-01-01

    Ian Stewart's Galois Theory has been in print for 30 years. Resoundingly popular, it still serves its purpose exceedingly well. Yet mathematics education has changed considerably since 1973, when theory took precedence over examples, and the time has come to bring this presentation in line with more modern approaches.To this end, the story now begins with polynomials over the complex numbers, and the central quest is to understand when such polynomials have solutions that can be expressed by radicals. Reorganization of the material places the concrete before the abstract, thus motivating the g

  3. Quantum theory

    This textbook for students of physics is oriented in the selection of matter by the contents of a two-semester course about quantum theory. Thereby the foundations of quantum theory, among them the quantum-mechanical measurement process, the mathematical formalism, and Bell's inequalities, are extensively treated. Also modern concepts like feynman's path integral are regarded. This work is equally suited for a self-study, as course-accompanying lecture, and for preparations of examina. Application examples, supplementary explanations, and numerous illustration take car for a good understanding of the theoretical contents

  4. Curation accuracy of model organism databases.

    Keseler, Ingrid M; Skrzypek, Marek; Weerasinghe, Deepika; Chen, Albert Y; Fulcher, Carol; Li, Gene-Wei; Lemmer, Kimberly C; Mladinich, Katherine M; Chow, Edmond D; Sherlock, Gavin; Karp, Peter D

    2014-01-01

    Manual extraction of information from the biomedical literature-or biocuration-is the central methodology used to construct many biological databases. For example, the UniProt protein database, the EcoCyc Escherichia coli database and the Candida Genome Database (CGD) are all based on biocuration. Biological databases are used extensively by life science researchers, as online encyclopedias, as aids in the interpretation of new experimental data and as golden standards for the development of new bioinformatics algorithms. Although manual curation has been assumed to be highly accurate, we are aware of only one previous study of biocuration accuracy. We assessed the accuracy of EcoCyc and CGD by manually selecting curated assertions within randomly chosen EcoCyc and CGD gene pages and by then validating that the data found in the referenced publications supported those assertions. A database assertion is considered to be in error if that assertion could not be found in the publication cited for that assertion. We identified 10 errors in the 633 facts that we validated across the two databases, for an overall error rate of 1.58%, and individual error rates of 1.82% for CGD and 1.40% for EcoCyc. These data suggest that manual curation of the experimental literature by Ph.D-level scientists is highly accurate. Database URL: http://ecocyc.org/, http://www.candidagenome.org// PMID:24923819

  5. The IBIS / ISGRI Source Location Accuracy

    Gros, A; Soldi, S; Gotz, D; Caballero, I; Mattana, F; Heras, J A Zurita

    2013-01-01

    We present here results on the source location accuracy of the INTEGRAL IBIS/ISGRI coded mask telescope, based on ten years of INTEGRAL data and on recent developments in the data analysis procedures. Data were selected and processed with the new Off-line Scientific Analysis pipeline (OSA10.0) that benefits from the most accurate background corrections, the most performing coding noise cleaning and sky reconstruction algorithms available. We obtained updated parameters for the evaluation of the point source location error from the source signal to noise ratio. These results are compared to previous estimates and to theoretical expectations. Also thanks to a new fitting procedure the typical error at 90% confidence level for a source at a signal to noise of 10 is now estimated to be 1.5 arcmin. Prospects for future analysis on the Point Spread Function fitting procedure and on the evaluation of residual biases are also presented. The new consolidated parameters describing the source location accuracy that will...

  6. Improvements on the accuracy of beam bugs

    At LLNL resistive wall monitors are used to measure the current and position used on ETA-II show a droop in signal due to a fast redistribution time constant of the signals. This paper presents the analysis and experimental test of the beam bugs used for beam current and position measurements in and after the fast kicker. It concludes with an outline of present and future changes that can be made to improve the accuracy of these beam bugs. of intense electron beams in electron induction linacs and beam transport lines. These, known locally as ''beam bugs'', have been used throughout linear induction accelerators as essential diagnostics of beam current and location. Recently, the development of a fast beam kicker has required improvement in the accuracy of measuring the position of beams. By picking off signals at more than the usual four positions around the monitor, beam position measurement error can be greatly reduced. A second significant source of error is the mechanical variation of the resistor around the bug

  7. Improvements on the accuracy of beam bugs

    At LLNL resistive wall monitors are used to measure the current and position used on ETA-II show a droop in signal due to a fast redistribution time constant of the signals. This paper presents the analysis and experimental test of the beam bugs used for beam current and position measurements in and after the fast kicker. It concludes with an outline of present and future changes that can be made to improve the accuracy of these beam bugs. of intense electron beams in electron induction linacs and beam transport lines. These, known locally as beam bugs, have been used throughout linear induction accelerators as essential diagnostics of beam current and location. Recently, the development of a fast beam kicker has required improvement in the accuracy of measuring the position of beams. By picking off signals at more than the usual four positions around the monitor, beam position measurement error can be greatly reduced. A second significant source of error is the mechanical variation of the resistor around the bug

  8. Fast and High Accuracy Wire Scanner

    Koujili, M; Koopman, J; Ramos, D; Sapinski, M; De Freitas, J; Ait Amira, Y; Djerdir, A

    2009-01-01

    Scanning of a high intensity particle beam imposes challenging requirements on a Wire Scanner system. It is expected to reach a scanning speed of 20 m.s-1 with a position accuracy of the order of 1 μm. In addition a timing accuracy better than 1 millisecond is needed. The adopted solution consists of a fork holding a wire rotating by a maximum of 200°. Fork, rotor and angular position sensor are mounted on the same axis and located in a chamber connected to the beam vacuum. The requirements imply the design of a system with extremely low vibration, vacuum compatibility, radiation and temperature tolerance. The adopted solution consists of a rotary brushless synchronous motor with the permanent magnet rotor installed inside of the vacuum chamber and the stator installed outside. The accurate position sensor will be mounted on the rotary shaft inside of the vacuum chamber, has to resist a bake-out temperature of 200°C and ionizing radiation up to a dozen of kGy/year. A digital feedback controller allows maxi...

  9. Accuracy of the blood pressure measurement.

    Rabbia, F; Del Colle, S; Testa, E; Naso, D; Veglio, F

    2006-08-01

    Blood pressure measurement is the cornerstone for the diagnosis, the treatment and the research on arterial hypertension, and all of the decisions about one of these single aspects may be dramatically influenced by the accuracy of the measurement. Over the past 20 years or so, the accuracy of the conventional Riva-Rocci/Korotkoff technique of blood pressure measurement has been questioned and efforts have been made to improve the technique with automated devices. In the same period, recognition of the phenomenon of white coat hypertension, whereby some individuals with an apparent increase in blood pressure have normal, or reduced, blood pressures when measurement is repeated away from the medical environment, has focused attention on methods of measurement that provide profiles of blood pressure behavior rather than relying on isolated measurements under circumstances that may in themselves influence the level of blood pressure recorded. These methodologies have included repeated measurements of blood pressure using the traditional technique, self-measurement of blood pressure in the home or work place, and ambulatory blood pressure measurement using innovative automated devices. The purpose of this review to serve as a source of practical information about the commonly used methods for blood pressure measurement: the traditional Riva-Rocci method and the automated methods. PMID:17016412

  10. The Indicators’ Inadequacy and the Predictions’ Accuracy

    Constantin Mitruț

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available In this article, we proposed the introduction in literature of a new source of uncertainty in modeling and forecasting: the indicators’ inadequacy. Even if it was observed, a specific nominalization in the context of forecasting procedure has not been done yet. The inadequacy of indicators as a supplementary source of uncertainty generates a lower degree of accuracy in forecasting. This assumption was proved using empirical data related to the prediction of unemployment rate in Romania on the horizon 2011-2013. Four strategies of modeling and predicting the unemployment rate were proposed, observing two types of indicators’ inadequacy: the use of transformed variables in order to get stationary data set (the difference between the unemployment rates registered in two successive periods was used instead of the unemployment rate and the utilization of macro-regional unemployment rates whose predictions are aggregated in order to forecast the overall unemployment rate in Romania. The results put in evidence that the predictions of the total unemployment rate using moving average models of order 2 are the most accurate, being followed by the forecasts based on the predictions of active civil population and number of unemployed people. The strategies based on the aggregation of the predictions for the four macro-regional unemployment rates imply a higher inadequacy and consequently a lower degree of forecasts’ accuracy.

  11. Dust trajectory sensor: Accuracy and data analysis

    The Dust Trajectory Sensor (DTS) instrument is developed for the measurement of the velocity vector of cosmic dust particles. The trajectory information is imperative in determining the particles' origin and distinguishing dust particles from different sources. The velocity vector also reveals information on the history of interaction between the charged dust particle and the magnetospheric or interplanetary space environment. The DTS operational principle is based on measuring the induced charge from the dust on an array of wire electrodes. In recent work, the DTS geometry has been optimized [S. Auer, E. Gruen, S. Kempf, R. Srama, A. Srowig, Z. Sternovsky, and V Tschernjawski, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79, 084501 (2008)] and a method of triggering was developed [S. Auer, G. Lawrence, E. Gruen, H. Henkel, S. Kempf, R. Srama, and Z. Sternovsky, Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res. A 622, 74 (2010)]. This article presents the method of analyzing the DTS data and results from a parametric study on the accuracy of the measurements. A laboratory version of the DTS has been constructed and tested with particles in the velocity range of 2-5 km/s using the Heidelberg dust accelerator facility. Both the numerical study and the analyzed experimental data show that the accuracy of the DTS instrument is better than about 1% in velocity and 1 deg. in direction.

  12. Dimensional accuracy of 3D printed vertebra

    Ogden, Kent; Ordway, Nathaniel; Diallo, Dalanda; Tillapaugh-Fay, Gwen; Aslan, Can

    2014-03-01

    3D printer applications in the biomedical sciences and medical imaging are expanding and will have an increasing impact on the practice of medicine. Orthopedic and reconstructive surgery has been an obvious area for development of 3D printer applications as the segmentation of bony anatomy to generate printable models is relatively straightforward. There are important issues that should be addressed when using 3D printed models for applications that may affect patient care; in particular the dimensional accuracy of the printed parts needs to be high to avoid poor decisions being made prior to surgery or therapeutic procedures. In this work, the dimensional accuracy of 3D printed vertebral bodies derived from CT data for a cadaver spine is compared with direct measurements on the ex-vivo vertebra and with measurements made on the 3D rendered vertebra using commercial 3D image processing software. The vertebra was printed on a consumer grade 3D printer using an additive print process using PLA (polylactic acid) filament. Measurements were made for 15 different anatomic features of the vertebral body, including vertebral body height, endplate width and depth, pedicle height and width, and spinal canal width and depth, among others. It is shown that for the segmentation and printing process used, the results of measurements made on the 3D printed vertebral body are substantially the same as those produced by direct measurement on the vertebra and measurements made on the 3D rendered vertebra.

  13. Enhancing Accuracy of Plant Leaf Classification Techniques

    C. S. Sumathi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Plants have become an important source of energy, and are a fundamental piece in the puzzle to solve the problem of global warming. Living beings also depend on plants for their food, hence it is of great importance to know about the plants growing around us and to preserve them. Automatic plant leaf classification is widely researched. This paper investigates the efficiency of learning algorithms of MLP for plant leaf classification. Incremental back propagation, Levenberg–Marquardt and batch propagation learning algorithms are investigated. Plant leaf images are examined using three different Multi-Layer Perceptron (MLP modelling techniques. Back propagation done in batch manner increases the accuracy of plant leaf classification. Results reveal that batch training is faster and more accurate than MLP with incremental training and Levenberg– Marquardt based learning for plant leaf classification. Various levels of semi-batch training used on 9 species of 15 sample each, a total of 135 instances show a roughly linear increase in classification accuracy.

  14. Dust trajectory sensor: accuracy and data analysis.

    Xie, J; Sternovsky, Z; Grün, E; Auer, S; Duncan, N; Drake, K; Le, H; Horanyi, M; Srama, R

    2011-10-01

    The Dust Trajectory Sensor (DTS) instrument is developed for the measurement of the velocity vector of cosmic dust particles. The trajectory information is imperative in determining the particles' origin and distinguishing dust particles from different sources. The velocity vector also reveals information on the history of interaction between the charged dust particle and the magnetospheric or interplanetary space environment. The DTS operational principle is based on measuring the induced charge from the dust on an array of wire electrodes. In recent work, the DTS geometry has been optimized [S. Auer, E. Grün, S. Kempf, R. Srama, A. Srowig, Z. Sternovsky, and V Tschernjawski, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79, 084501 (2008)] and a method of triggering was developed [S. Auer, G. Lawrence, E. Grün, H. Henkel, S. Kempf, R. Srama, and Z. Sternovsky, Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res. A 622, 74 (2010)]. This article presents the method of analyzing the DTS data and results from a parametric study on the accuracy of the measurements. A laboratory version of the DTS has been constructed and tested with particles in the velocity range of 2-5 km/s using the Heidelberg dust accelerator facility. Both the numerical study and the analyzed experimental data show that the accuracy of the DTS instrument is better than about 1% in velocity and 1° in direction. PMID:22047326

  15. Accuracy of MR in growth plate measurement

    Shiguetomi-Medina, Juan Manuel [Aarhus University, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, Aarhus University Hospital NBG, Aarhus C (Denmark); Rahbek, Ole [Aarhus University Hospital NBG, Department of Children' s Orthopaedics, Aarhus C (Denmark); Ringgaard, Steffen; Kristiansen, Maja Sofie; Stoedkilde-Joergensen, Hans [Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, The MR Research Center, Aarhus N (Denmark); Moeller-Madsen, Bjarne [Aarhus University, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, Aarhus University Hospital NBG, Aarhus C (Denmark); Aarhus University Hospital NBG, Department of Children' s Orthopaedics, Aarhus C (Denmark)

    2014-09-15

    To analyze the accuracy of growth-plate thickness measurements detected on 1.5-T and 7-T MR images using histology sections as a standard of reference. Four defrosted pig tibiae were 1.5-T MR scanned and one fresh tibia was 7-T MR scanned. The height of the growth plate was measured and compared to histology. Histology measurements showed a mean growth plate thickness of 467 μm (SD = 82.2). The mean growth plate thickness measured in the 7-T MR images was 465 μm (SD = 62.2) and 1,325 μm (SD = 183.5) on 1.5-T MR measurements. We found a better correspondence between the growth plate thickness measured on the 7-T MR and histology samples compared to 1.5 T. The growth plate can be identified and measured with high accuracy using 7-T MR. 1.5-T MR can only describe some morphological characteristics. (orig.)

  16. Accuracy assessment of landslide prediction models

    The increasing population and expansion of settlements over hilly areas has greatly increased the impact of natural disasters such as landslide. Therefore, it is important to developed models which could accurately predict landslide hazard zones. Over the years, various techniques and models have been developed to predict landslide hazard zones. The aim of this paper is to access the accuracy of landslide prediction models developed by the authors. The methodology involved the selection of study area, data acquisition, data processing and model development and also data analysis. The development of these models are based on nine different landslide inducing parameters i.e. slope, land use, lithology, soil properties, geomorphology, flow accumulation, aspect, proximity to river and proximity to road. Rank sum, rating, pairwise comparison and AHP techniques are used to determine the weights for each of the parameters used. Four (4) different models which consider different parameter combinations are developed by the authors. Results obtained are compared to landslide history and accuracies for Model 1, Model 2, Model 3 and Model 4 are 66.7, 66.7%, 60% and 22.9% respectively. From the results, rank sum, rating and pairwise comparison can be useful techniques to predict landslide hazard zones

  17. Optimization and mechanical accuracy reliability of a new type of forging manipulator

    Chen, Kang; Ma, Chunxiang; Zheng, Maoqi; Gao, Feng

    2015-03-01

    Researches on forging manipulator have enormous influence on the development of the forging industry and national economy. Clamp device and lifting mechanism are the core parts of forging manipulator, and have been studied for longer time. However, the optimization and mechanical accuracy reliability of them are less analyzed. Based on General Function( G F) set and parallel mechanism theory, proper configuration of 10t forging manipulator is selected firstly. A new type of forging manipulator driven by cylinders is proposed. After solved mechanical analysis of manipulator's core mechanisms, expressions of force of cylinders are carried out. In order to achieve smaller force afforded by cylinders and better mechanical characteristics, some particular sizes of core mechanisms are optimized intuitively through the combined use of the genetic algorithms(GA) and GUI interface in MATLAB. Comparing with the original mechanisms, optimized clamp saves at least 8 percent efforts and optimized lifting mechanism 20 percent under maximum working condition. Finally, considering the existed manufacture error of components, mechanical accuracy reliability of optimized clamp, lifting mechanism and whole manipulator are demonstrated respectively based on fuzzy reliability theory. Obtained results show that the accuracy reliability of optimized clamp is bigger than 0.991 and that of optimized lifting mechanism is 0.995. To the whole manipulator under maximum working condition, that value exceeds 0.986 4, which means that optimized manipulator has high motion accuracy and is reliable. A new intuitive method is created to optimize forging manipulator sizes efficiently and more practical theory is utilized to analyze mechanical accuracy reliability of forging manipulator precisely.

  18. General constraints on influential error sources for super-high accuracy star tracker

    Zhang, J; Wang, L; Long, Y

    2015-01-01

    Though in-orbit calibration is adopted to reduce position error of individual star spot down to 0.02pixel on star tracker, little study has been conducted on the accuracy to what extent for some significant error sources which often leads to in-orbit correction inefficiency. This study presents the general theory and estimates of the minimum error constraints, including not only on position but also on intensity and scale of Gaussian shaped profile based on Cramer Rao Lower Bound(CRLB) theory. By imposing those constraints on motion, drift in focal length and so on, margins of in-flight error sources and the final accuracy of star tracker can be analytically determined before launch.

  19. Effective theories of universal theories

    Wells, James D

    2015-01-01

    It is well-known but sometimes overlooked that constraints on the oblique parameters (most notably $S$ and $T$ parameters) are only applicable to a special class of new physics scenarios known as universal theories. In the effective field theory (EFT) framework, the oblique parameters should not be associated with Wilson coefficients in a particular operator basis, unless restrictions have been imposed on the EFT so that it describes universal theories. We work out these restrictions, and present a detailed EFT analysis of universal theories. We find that at the dimension-6 level, universal theories are completely characterized by 16 parameters. They are conveniently chosen to be: 5 oblique parameters that agree with the commonly-adopted ones, 4 anomalous triple-gauge couplings, 3 rescaling factors for the $h^3$, $hff$, $hVV$ vertices, 3 parameters for $hVV$ vertices absent in the Standard Model, and 1 four-fermion coupling of order $y_f^2$. All these parameters are defined in an unambiguous and basis-indepen...

  20. Accuracy of Protein Embedding Potentials: An Analysis in Terms of Electrostatic Potentials

    Olsen, Jogvan Magnus Haugaard; List, Nanna Holmgaard; Kristensen, Kasper;

    2015-01-01

    Quantum-mechanical embedding methods have in recent years gained significant interest and may now be applied to predict a wide range of molecular properties calculated at different levels of theory. To reach a high level of accuracy in embedding methods, both the electronic structure model of the...... fragmentation strategies combined with single-fragment ab initio calculations. In fact, due to the self-interaction error in Kohn–Sham density functional theory (KS-DFT), use of large full-structure quantum-mechanical calculations based on conventional (hybrid) functionals leads to less accurate embedding...

  1. General constraints on influential error sources for super-high accuracy star tracker

    Zhang, J.; Hao, Y. C.; Wang, L.; Long, Y

    2015-01-01

    Though in-orbit calibration is adopted to reduce position error of individual star spot down to 0.02pixel on star tracker, little study has been conducted on the accuracy to what extent for some significant error sources which often leads to in-orbit correction inefficiency. This study presents the general theory and estimates of the minimum error constraints, including not only on position but also on intensity and scale of Gaussian shaped profile based on Cramer Rao Lower Bound(CRLB) theory...

  2. Theory summary

    This is a summary of the advances in magnetic fusion energy theory research presented at the 17th International Atomic Energy Agency Fusion Energy Conference from 19 24 October, 1998 in Yokohama, Japan. Theory and simulation results from this conference provided encouraging evidence of significant progress in understanding the physics of thermonuclear plasmas. Indeed, the grand challenge for this field is to acquire the basic understanding that can readily enable the innovations which would make fusion energy practical. In this sense, research in fusion energy is increasingly able to be categorized as fitting well the 'Pasteur's Quadrant' paradigm, where the research strongly couples basic science ('Bohr's Quadrant') to technological impact ('Edison's Quadrant'). As supported by some of the work presented at this conference, this trend will be further enhanced by advanced simulations. Eventually, realistic three-dimensional modeling capabilities, when properly combined with rapid and complete data interpretation of results from both experiments and simulations, can contribute to a greatly enhanced cycle of understanding and innovation. Plasma science theory and simulation have provided reliable foundations for this improved modeling capability, and the exciting advances in high-performance computational resources have further accelerated progress. There were 68 papers presented at this conference in the area of magnetic fusion energy theory

  3. Theory U

    Monthoux, Pierre Guillet de; Statler, Matt

    2014-01-01

    The recent Carnegie report (Colby, et al., 2011) characterizes the goal of business education as the development of practical wisdom. In this chapter, the authors reframe Scharmer’s Theory U as an attempt to develop practical wisdom by applying certain European philosophical concepts. Specifically...

  4. Scattering theory

    Written by the author of the widely acclaimed textbook. Theoretical Atomic Physics Includes sections on quantum reflection, tunable Feshbach resonances and Efimov states. Useful for advanced students and researchers. This book presents a concise and modern coverage of scattering theory. It is motivated by the fact that experimental advances have shifted and broadened the scope of applications where concepts from scattering theory are used, e.g. to the field of ultracold atoms and molecules, which has been experiencing enormous growth in recent years, largely triggered by the successful realization of Bose-Einstein condensates of dilute atomic gases in 1995. In the present treatment, special attention is given to the role played by the long-range behaviour of the projectile-target interaction, and a theory is developed, which is well suited to describe near-threshold bound and continuum states in realistic binary systems such as diatomic molecules or molecular ions. The level of abstraction is kept as low as at all possible, and deeper questions related to mathematical foundations of scattering theory are passed by. The book should be understandable for anyone with a basic knowledge of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. It is intended for advanced students and researchers, and it is hoped that it will be useful for theorists and experimentalists alike.

  5. Combinatorial Theory

    Hall, Marshall

    2011-01-01

    Includes proof of van der Waerden's 1926 conjecture on permanents, Wilson's theorem on asymptotic existence, and other developments in combinatorics since 1967. Also covers coding theory and its important connection with designs, problems of enumeration, and partition. Presents fundamentals in addition to latest advances, with illustrative problems at the end of each chapter. Enlarged appendixes include a longer list of block designs.

  6. Mapping Theory

    Smith, Shelley

    This paper came about within the context of a 13-month research project, Focus Area 1 - Method and Theory, at the Center for Public Space Research at the Royal Academy of the Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. This project has been funded by RealDania. The goals of the research p...

  7. Matching theory

    Plummer, MD

    1986-01-01

    This study of matching theory deals with bipartite matching, network flows, and presents fundamental results for the non-bipartite case. It goes on to study elementary bipartite graphs and elementary graphs in general. Further discussed are 2-matchings, general matching problems as linear programs, the Edmonds Matching Algorithm (and other algorithmic approaches), f-factors and vertex packing.

  8. Electricity Theory

    The text book composed of five parts, which are summary of this book, arrangement of electricity theory including electricity nad magnetism, a direct current, and alternating current. It has two dictionary electricity terms for a synonym. The last is an appendix. It is for preparing for test of officer, electricity engineer and fire fighting engineer.

  9. WILL IT BLEND? VISUALIZATION AND ACCURACY EVALUATION OF HIGH-RESOLUTION FUZZY VEGETATION MAPS

    A. Zlinszky; Kania, A.

    2016-01-01

    Instead of assigning every map pixel to a single class, fuzzy classification includes information on the class assigned to each pixel but also the certainty of this class and the alternative possible classes based on fuzzy set theory. The advantages of fuzzy classification for vegetation mapping are well recognized, but the accuracy and uncertainty of fuzzy maps cannot be directly quantified with indices developed for hard-boundary categorizations. The rich information in such a map is imposs...

  10. Approximation methods in probability theory

    Čekanavičius, Vydas

    2016-01-01

    This book presents a wide range of well-known and less common methods used for estimating the accuracy of probabilistic approximations, including the Esseen type inversion formulas, the Stein method as well as the methods of convolutions and triangle function. Emphasising the correct usage of the methods presented, each step required for the proofs is examined in detail. As a result, this textbook provides valuable tools for proving approximation theorems. While Approximation Methods in Probability Theory will appeal to everyone interested in limit theorems of probability theory, the book is particularly aimed at graduate students who have completed a standard intermediate course in probability theory. Furthermore, experienced researchers wanting to enlarge their toolkit will also find this book useful.

  11. Economic and Statistical Measures of Forecast Accuracy

    Granger, Clive W.J.; Pesaran, M. Hashem

    1999-01-01

    This paper argues in favour of a closer link between decision and forecast evaluation problems. Although the idea of using decision theory for forecast evaluation appears early in the dynamic stochastic programming literature, and has continued to be used in meteorological forecasts, it is hardly mentioned in standard academic textbooks on economic forecasting. Some of the main issues involved are illustrated in the context of a two-state, two-action decision problem as well as in a more gene...

  12. ASSESSMENT OF THE THEMATIC ACCURACY OF LAND COVER MAPS

    Høhle, Joachim

    user’s and producer’s accuracy, and kappa coefficient. In addition, confidence intervals were computed for several accuracy measures. The achieved accuracies and confidence intervals are thoroughly analysed and recommendations are derived from the gained experiences. Reliable reference values are...... methods perform equally for five classes. Trees are classified with a much better accuracy and a smaller confidence interval by means of the decision tree method. Buildings are classified by both methods with an accuracy of 99% (95% CI: 95%-100%) using independent 3D checkpoints. The average width of the...... confidence interval of six classes was 14% of the user’s accuracy....

  13. Improving the Accuracy of Cosmic Magnification Statistics

    Ménard, B; Yoshida, M B N; Menard, Brice; Hamana, Takashi; Yoshida, Matthias Bartelmann & Naoki

    2003-01-01

    The systematic magnification of background sources by the weak gravitational-lensing effects of foreground matter, also called cosmic magnification, is becoming an efficient tool both for measuring cosmological parameters and for exploring the distribution of galaxies relative to the dark matter. We extend here the formalism of magnification statistics by estimating the contribution of second-order terms in the Taylor expansion of the magnification and show that the effect of these terms was previously underestimated. We test our analytical predictions against numerical simulations and demonstrate that including second-order terms allows the accuracy of magnification-related statistics to be substantially improved. We also show, however, that both numerical and analytical estimates can provide only lower bounds to real correlation functions, even in the weak lensing regime. We propose to use count-in-cells estimators rather than correlation functions for measuring cosmic magnification since they can more easi...

  14. High accuracy 3-D laser radar

    Busck, Jens; Heiselberg, Henning

    2004-01-01

    We have developed a mono-static staring 3-D laser radar based on gated viewing with range accuracy below 1 m at 10 m and 1 cm at 100. We use a high sensitivity, fast, intensified CCD camera, and a Nd:Yag passively Q-switched 32.4 kHz pulsed green laser at 532 nm. The CCD has 752x582 pixels. Camera...... shutter is controlled in steps of 100 ps. Camera delay is controlled in steps of 100 ps. Each laser pulse triggers the camera delay and shutter. A 3-D image is constructed from a sequence of 50-100 2-D reflectivity images, where each frame integrates about 700 laser pulses on the CCD. In 50 Hz video mode...

  15. Comparative diagnostic accuracy in virtual dermatopathology

    Mooney, E.; Hood, A.F.; Lampros, J.;

    2011-01-01

    Background: Virtual microscopy can be used to teach histology and pathology and for in-training and certification examinations. A few online consultation websites already utilize virtual microscopy, thereby expanding the role of telemedicine in dermatopathology. There are, however, relatively few...... studies comparing the diagnostic accuracy and acceptability of virtual slides compared to traditional glass slides. Methods: Ten Nordic dermatopathologists and pathologists were given a randomized combination of 20 virtual and glass slides and asked to identify the diagnoses. They were then asked to give...... their impressions about the virtual images. Descriptive data analysis and comparison of groups using Fisher's exact test were performed. Objective: To compare the diagnostic ability of dermatopathologists and pathologists in two image formats: the traditional (glass) microscopic slides, and whole mount...

  16. On the accuracy of the Debye shielding

    Martínez-Fuentes, M A

    2012-01-01

    The expression for the Debye shielding in plasma physics is usually derived under the assumptions that the plasma particles are weakly coupled, so their kinetic energy is much larger than the potential energy between them, and that the velocity distributions of the plasma species are Maxwellian. The first assumption also establishes that the plasma parameter ND, the number of particles within a sphere with a Debye radius should be greater than 1, and determines the difference between weakly and strongly coupled plasmas. Under such assumptions, Poisson's equation can be linearised, and a simple analytic expression obtained for the electrostatic potential. However, textbooks rarely discuss the accuracy of this approximation. In this work we compare the linearised solution with the exact one, obtained numerically, and show that the linearisation, which underestimates the exact solution, is reasonably good even for ND ~ 40. We give quantitative criteria to set the limit of the approximation when the number of par...

  17. Accuracy of calculation of neutron detection efficiency

    The problems of the accuracy for the scintillator spectrometer calculation of neutron recording efficiency value are discussed. The calculation is performed by the method of direct simulation of neutron interaction with the scintillator substance. The preliminary calculations show that a contribution to efficiency of neutron recording in the range of energies of 10 through 50 MeV due to interaction of neutrons with carbon is mostly determined by reactions 12(in n' 2α)4He and 12(n, n' p)11B. The effciency calculation results are given for the cylindrical crystal of stilbene. Measurements of the neutron recording efficiency in the range of energies from 10 MeV indicate a good agreement between the calculation and the experiment

  18. Quantitative code accuracy evaluation of ISP33

    Kalli, H.; Miwrrin, A. [Lappeenranta Univ. of Technology (Finland); Purhonen, H. [VTT Energy, Lappeenranta (Finland)] [and others

    1995-09-01

    Aiming at quantifying code accuracy, a methodology based on the Fast Fourier Transform has been developed at the University of Pisa, Italy. The paper deals with a short presentation of the methodology and its application to pre-test and post-test calculations submitted to the International Standard Problem ISP33. This was a double-blind natural circulation exercise with a stepwise reduced primary coolant inventory, performed in PACTEL facility in Finland. PACTEL is a 1/305 volumetrically scaled, full-height simulator of the Russian type VVER-440 pressurized water reactor, with horizontal steam generators and loop seals in both cold and hot legs. Fifteen foreign organizations participated in ISP33, with 21 blind calculations and 20 post-test calculations, altogether 10 different thermal hydraulic codes and code versions were used. The results of the application of the methodology to nine selected measured quantities are summarized.

  19. Multi-Accuracy-Level Burning Plasma Simulations

    The design of a reactor grade tokamak is based on a hierarchy of tools. We present here three codes that are presently used for the simulations of burning plasmas. At the first level there is a 0-dimensional code that allows to choose a reasonable range of global parameters; in our case the HELIOS code was used for this task. For the second level we have developed a mixed 0-D / 1-D code called METIS that allows to study the main properties of a burning plasma, including profiles and all heat and current sources, but always under the constraint of energy and other empirical scaling laws. METIS is a fast code that permits to perform a large number of runs (a run takes about one minute) and design the main features of a scenario, or validate the results of the 0-D code on a full time evolution. At the top level, we used the full 1D1/2 suite of codes CRONOS that gives access to a detailed study of the plasma profiles evolution. CRONOS can use a variety of modules for source terms and transport coefficients computation with different level of complexity and accuracy: from simple estimators to highly sophisticated physics calculations. Thus it is possible to vary the accuracy of burning plasma simulations, as a trade-off with computation time. A wide range of scenario studies can thus be made with CRONOS and then validated with post-processing tools like MHD stability analysis. We will present in this paper results of this multi-level analysis applied to the ITER hybrid scenario. This specific example will illustrate the importance of having several tools for the study of burning plasma scenarios, especially in a domain that present devices cannot access experimentally. (Author)

  20. Dosimetric accuracy of a staged radiosurgery treatment

    Cernica, George; de Boer, Steven F.; Diaz, Aidnag; Fenstermaker, Robert A.; Podgorsak, Matthew B.

    2005-05-01

    For large cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), the efficacy of radiosurgery is limited since the large doses necessary to produce obliteration may increase the risk of radiation necrosis to unacceptable levels. An alternative is to stage the radiosurgery procedure over multiple stages (usually two), effectively irradiating a smaller volume of the AVM nidus with a therapeutic dose during each session. The difference between coordinate systems defined by sequential stereotactic frame placements can be represented by a translation and a rotation. A unique transformation can be determined based on the coordinates of several fiducial markers fixed to the skull and imaged in each stereotactic coordinate system. Using this transformation matrix, isocentre coordinates from the first stage can be displayed in the coordinate system of subsequent stages allowing computation of a combined dose distribution covering the entire AVM. The accuracy of this approach was tested on an anthropomorphic head phantom and was verified dosimetrically. Subtle defects in the phantom were used as control points, and 2 mm diameter steel balls attached to the surface were used as fiducial markers and reference points. CT images (2 mm thick) were acquired. Using a transformation matrix developed with two frame placements, the predicted locations of control and reference points had an average error of 0.6 mm near the fiducial markers and 1.0 mm near the control points. Dose distributions in a staged treatment approach were accurately calculated using the transformation matrix. This approach is simple, fast and accurate. Errors were small and clinically acceptable for Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Accuracy can be improved by reducing the CT slice thickness.

  1. Meteor orbit determination with improved accuracy

    Dmitriev, Vasily; Lupovla, Valery; Gritsevich, Maria

    2015-08-01

    Modern observational techniques make it possible to retrive meteor trajectory and its velocity with high accuracy. There has been a rapid rise in high quality observational data accumulating yearly. This fact creates new challenges for solving the problem of meteor orbit determination. Currently, traditional technique based on including corrections to zenith distance and apparent velocity using well-known Schiaparelli formula is widely used. Alternative approach relies on meteoroid trajectory correction using numerical integration of equation of motion (Clark & Wiegert, 2011; Zuluaga et al., 2013). In our work we suggest technique of meteor orbit determination based on strict coordinate transformation and integration of differential equation of motion. We demonstrate advantage of this method in comparison with traditional technique. We provide results of calculations by different methods for real, recently occurred fireballs, as well as for simulated cases with a priori known retrieval parameters. Simulated data were used to demonstrate the condition, when application of more complex technique is necessary. It was found, that for several low velocity meteoroids application of traditional technique may lead to dramatically delusion of orbit precision (first of all, due to errors in Ω, because this parameter has a highest potential accuracy). Our results are complemented by analysis of sources of perturbations allowing to quantitatively indicate which factors have to be considered in orbit determination. In addition, the developed method includes analysis of observational error propagation based on strict covariance transition, which is also presented.Acknowledgements. This work was carried out at MIIGAiK and supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project No. 14-22-00197.References:Clark, D. L., & Wiegert, P. A. (2011). A numerical comparison with the Ceplecha analytical meteoroid orbit determination method. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 46(8), pp. 1217

  2. Improvement in measurement accuracy for hybrid scanner

    The capability to provide dense three-dimensional (3D) data (point clouds) at high speed and at high accuracy has made terrestrial laser scanners (TLS) widely used for many purposes especially for documentation, management and analysis. However, similar to other 3D sensors, proper understanding regarding the error sources is necessary to ensure high quality data. A procedure known as calibration is employed to evaluate these errors. This process is crucial for TLS in order to make it suitable for accurate 3D applications (e.g. industrial measurement, reverse engineering and monitoring). Two calibration procedures available for TLS: 1) component, and 2) system calibration. The requirements of special laboratories and tools which are not affordable by most TLS users have become principle drawback for component calibration. In contrast, system calibration only requires a room with appropriate targets. By employing optimal network configuration, this study has performed system calibration through self-calibration for Leica ScanStation C10 scanner. A laboratory with dimensions of 15.5 m × 9 m × 3 m and 138 well-distributed planar targets were used to derive four calibration parameters. Statistical analysis (e.g. t-test) has shown that only two calculated parameters, the constant rangefinder offset error (0.7 mm) and the vertical circle index error (−45.4) were significant for the calibrated scanner. Photogrammetric technique was utilised to calibrate the 3D test points at the calibration field. By using the test points, the residual pattern of raw data and self-calibration results were plotted into the graph to visually demonstrate the improvement in accuracy for Leica ScanStation C10 scanner

  3. Improving Accuracy of Image Classification Using GIS

    Gupta, R. K.; Prasad, T. S.; Bala Manikavelu, P. M.; Vijayan, D.

    The Remote Sensing signal which reaches sensor on-board the satellite is the complex aggregation of signals (in agriculture field for example) from soil (with all its variations such as colour, texture, particle size, clay content, organic and nutrition content, inorganic content, water content etc.), plant (height, architecture, leaf area index, mean canopy inclination etc.), canopy closure status and atmospheric effects, and from this we want to find say, characteristics of vegetation. If sensor on- board the satellite makes measurements in n-bands (n of n*1 dimension) and number of classes in an image are c (f of c*1 dimension), then considering linear mixture modeling the pixel classification problem could be written as n = m* f +, where m is the transformation matrix of (n*c) dimension and therepresents the error vector (noise). The problem is to estimate f by inverting the above equation and the possible solutions for such problem are many. Thus, getting back individual classes from satellite data is an ill-posed inverse problem for which unique solution is not feasible and this puts limit to the obtainable classification accuracy. Maximum Likelihood (ML) is the constraint mostly practiced in solving such a situation which suffers from the handicaps of assumed Gaussian distribution and random nature of pixels (in-fact there is high auto-correlation among the pixels of a specific class and further high auto-correlation among the pixels in sub- classes where the homogeneity would be high among pixels). Due to this, achieving of very high accuracy in the classification of remote sensing images is not a straight proposition. With the availability of the GIS for the area under study (i) a priori probability for different classes could be assigned to ML classifier in more realistic terms and (ii) the purity of training sets for different thematic classes could be better ascertained. To what extent this could improve the accuracy of classification in ML classifier

  4. The electron-propagator approach to conceptual density-functional theory

    Junia Melin; Paul W Ayers; J V Ortiz

    2005-09-01

    Both electron propagator theory and density-functional theory provide conceptually useful information about chemical reactivity and, most especially, charge transfer. This paper elucidates thequalitative and quantitative links between the two theories, with emphasis on how the reactivity indicators of conceptual density-functional theory can be derived from electron propagator theory. Electron propagator theory could be used to compute reactivity indices with high accuracy at reasonable computational cost.

  5. Gauge theories

    An introduction to the unified gauge theories of weak and electromagnetic interactions is given. The ingredients of gauge theories and symmetries and conservation laws lead to discussion of local gauge invariance and QED, followed by weak interactions and quantum flavor dynamics. The construction of the standard SU(2)xU(1) model precedes discussion of the unification of weak and electromagnetic interactions and weak neutral current couplings in this model. Presentation of spontaneous symmetry breaking and spontaneous breaking of a local symmetry leads to a spontaneous breaking scheme for the standard SU(2)xU(1) model. Consideration of quarks, leptons, masses and the Cabibbo angles, of the four quark and six quark models and CP violation lead finally to grand unification, followed by discussion of mixing angles in the Georgi-Glashow model, the Higgses of the SU(5) model and proton/ neutron decay in SU(5). (JIW)

  6. Elastoplasticity theory

    Hashiguchi, Koichi

    2014-01-01

    This book was written to serve as the standard textbook of elastoplasticity for students, engineers and researchers in the field of applied mechanics. The present second edition is improved thoroughly from the first edition by selecting the standard theories from various formulations and models, which are required to study the essentials of elastoplasticity steadily and effectively and will remain universally in the history of elastoplasticity. It opens with an explanation of vector-tensor analysis and continuum mechanics as a foundation to study elastoplasticity theory, extending over various strain and stress tensors and their rates. Subsequently, constitutive equations of elastoplastic and viscoplastic deformations for monotonic, cyclic and non-proportional loading behavior in a general rate and their applications to metals and soils are described in detail, and constitutive equations of friction behavior between solids and its application to the prediction of stick-slip phenomena are delineated. In additi...

  7. Potential theory

    Helms, Lester L

    2014-01-01

    Potential Theory presents a clear path from calculus to classical potential theory and beyond, with the aim of moving the reader into the area of mathematical research as quickly as possible. The subject matter is developed from first principles using only calculus. Commencing with the inverse square law for gravitational and electromagnetic forces and the divergence theorem, the author develops methods for constructing solutions of Laplace's equation on a region with prescribed values on the boundary of the region. The latter half of the book addresses more advanced material aimed at those with the background of a senior undergraduate or beginning graduate course in real analysis. Starting with solutions of the Dirichlet problem subject to mixed boundary conditions on the simplest of regions, methods of morphing such solutions onto solutions of Poisson's equation on more general regions are developed using diffeomorphisms and the Perron-Wiener-Brelot method, culminating in application to Brownian motion. In ...

  8. Operator theory

    2015-01-01

    A one-sentence definition of operator theory could be: The study of (linear) continuous operations between topological vector spaces, these being in general (but not exclusively) Fréchet, Banach, or Hilbert spaces (or their duals). Operator theory is thus a very wide field, with numerous facets, both applied and theoretical. There are deep connections with complex analysis, functional analysis, mathematical physics, and electrical engineering, to name a few. Fascinating new applications and directions regularly appear, such as operator spaces, free probability, and applications to Clifford analysis. In our choice of the sections, we tried to reflect this diversity. This is a dynamic ongoing project, and more sections are planned, to complete the picture. We hope you enjoy the reading, and profit from this endeavor.

  9. Communication theory

    Stein, Irene F.; Stelter, Reinhard

    2011-01-01

    ascribe specific meanings to their experiences, their actions in life or work, and their interactions. Meaning is reshaped, adapted, and transformed in every communication encounter. Furthermore, meaning is cocreated in dialogues or in communities of practice, such as in teams at a workplace or in school......Communication theory covers a wide variety of theories related to the communication process (Littlejohn, 1999). Communication is not simply an exchange of information, in which we have a sender and a receiver. This very technical concept of communication is clearly outdated; a human being...... is not a data processing device. In this chapter, communication is understood as a process of shared meaning-making (Bruner, 1990). Human beings interpret their environment, other people, and themselves on the basis of their dynamic interaction with the surrounding world. Meaning is essential because people...

  10. MOND theory

    Milgrom, Mordehai

    2014-01-01

    A general account of MOND theory is given. I start with the basic tenets of MOND, which posit departure from standard dynamics in the limit of low acceleration -- below an acceleration constant a0 -- where dynamics become scale invariant. I list some of the salient predictions of these tenets. The special role of a0 and its significance are then discussed. In particular, I stress its coincidence with cosmologically relevant accelerations. The deep-MOND limit and the consequences of its scale ...

  11. Game theory

    Petrosjan, L A

    1996-01-01

    Game theory is a branch of modern applied mathematics that aims to analyze various problems of conflict between parties that have opposed, similar or simply different interests.Games are grouped into several classes according to some important features. In this volume zero-sum two-person games, strategic n-person games in normal form, cooperative games, games in extensive form with complete and incomplete information, differential pursuit games and differential cooperative n-person games are considered.

  12. Sturmians and generalized sturmians in quantum theory

    Avery, John Scales; Avery, James Emil

    2012-01-01

    The theory of Sturmians and generalized Sturmians is reviewed. It is shown that when generalized Sturmians are used as basis functions, calculations on the spectra and physical properties of few-electron atoms can be performed with great ease and good accuracy. The use of many-center Coulomb Stur...

  13. Scattering theory

    Friedrich, Harald

    2016-01-01

    This corrected and updated second edition of "Scattering Theory" presents a concise and modern coverage of the subject. In the present treatment, special attention is given to the role played by the long-range behaviour of the projectile-target interaction, and a theory is developed, which is well suited to describe near-threshold bound and continuum states in realistic binary systems such as diatomic molecules or molecular ions. It is motivated by the fact that experimental advances have shifted and broadened the scope of applications where concepts from scattering theory are used, e.g. to the field of ultracold atoms and molecules, which has been experiencing enormous growth in recent years, largely triggered by the successful realization of Bose-Einstein condensates of dilute atomic gases in 1995. The book contains sections on special topics such as near-threshold quantization, quantum reflection, Feshbach resonances and the quantum description of scattering in two dimensions. The level of abstraction is k...

  14. Accuracy Assessment Points for Tuzigoot National Monument Vegetation Mapping Project

    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — The accuracy assessment field work was performed in May, 1997 to verify the accuracy of the vegetation communities spatial data developed by the USGS-NPS Vegetation...

  15. Accuracy Assessment Points for Voyageurs National Park Vegetation Mapping Project

    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — Thematic accuracy requirements for the USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program specify 80% accuracy for each map unit that represents USNVC floristic types. A total of...

  16. Estudo da liga alumínio-zinco como filtração alternativa em aparelhos de raios X odontológicos Study of the aluminum-zinc alloy as an alternative means of filtration in dental X-ray devices

    Claudia Fátima Silva HAITER

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo neste trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos da filtração alternativa da liga alumínio-zinco em aparelhos de raios X odontológicos, em relação ao espectro de energia dos feixes de raios X, a taxa de kerma no ar, o índice de contraste nas radiografias obtidas e a qualidade das imagens radiográficas. Este estudo foi realizado comparando-se o filtro convencional de alumínio com várias espessuras do filtro de liga alumínio-zinco, em diferentes porcentagens do elemento zinco na liga (2%, 3%, 4% e 5%. Foi utilizado um aparelho de raios X odontológico convencional, operando com 60 kVp e 70 kVp, e filmes radiográficos dos grupos D e E de sensibilidade. Foram realizadas radiografias de um "phantom" e de uma escala de densidade de alumínio. Os resultados mostraram que o uso dos filtros de liga Al-Zn resultou em um não-endurecimento dos feixes. A taxa de kerma no ar diminuiu em até 18,53%, sem alteração no contraste das radiografias e a qualidade das imagens teve uma boa aceitação pelos examinadores. A análise dos resultados nos levou a concluir que o filtro de liga Al-Zn 2%, com 1,99 mm de espessura, tensão de 60 kVp, quando usado com filme D, foi o que obteve melhor desempenho, reduzindo a taxa de kerma no ar sem variar o índice de contraste das radiografias, mantendo a qualidade da imagem aceitável para diagnóstico, sem contudo aumentar o tempo de exposição.The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of alternative filtration with the aluminum-zinc alloy in dental X-ray devices, regarding the energy spectrum, dose, contrast and image quality. This study was carried out comparing the conventional aluminum filter with aluminum-zinc alloy filters of various thicknesses and with different percentages of zinc in the alloy (2, 3, 4 and 5%. A conventional X-ray device operating with 60 and 70 kVp as well as D- and E-speed films were utilized in order to obtain images of a phantom and an aluminum step wedge. The utilization

  17. Influencia de la lateralidad dominante de la jugadora en puesto específico de base en el juego de ataque en Liga Femenina 2 [Laterality dominance of female point guard influences in the offensive patterns in LF2

    Alejandra Manzano Rivera

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Resumen La lateralidad de la jugadora con el rol de base puede ser sólo una característica individual, o bien un factor influyente en el juego de su equipo, y por tanto, una herramienta a considerar por  parte del equipo rival. El trabajo de investigación se centra en la necesidad de reflejar si la lateralidad de una jugadora con rol de base en baloncesto, al iniciar la acción de juego (bote o pase influye de manera determinante en la toma de decisiones. El contexto de trabajo utilizado es la segunda categoría de baloncesto femenino nacional, Liga Femenina 2. En la observación han participado varios equipos de dicha categoría, con total de 10 partidos analizados y un total de 170 situaciones de juego analizadas (N=170. Para establecer las relaciones entre las variables se utilizó el Coeficiente de Contingencia. Los resultados muestran una relación estadísticamente significativa de la lateralidad de la base y el lado del campo en el que se empieza a jugar (c2(1, N=170 = 4.789, pPalabras clave: Baloncesto, Lateralidad, Base, Análisis de juego.   AbstractLaterality of the point-guard can be an individual characteristic, or in the other hand, an important factor in the offensive patterns of the team. In this way, it will be a useful information for the other team.  This research has focused in the laterality of the point guard, and it influences in the decision making. The League studied was the second female Spanish basketball league, LF2. 10 matches were observed and 170 game situations analyzed (N=170. Crosstabs Command and the Contingency Coefficient were used to establish the relationship between variables. The results shows a significant relationship between the laterality of the point guard and the side of the field where the attack begin (c2(1, N=170 = 4.789, pKey words:  Basketball, laterality, point guard, game analysis.

  18. Chemical accuracy from quantum Monte Carlo for the Benzene Dimer

    Azadi, Sam

    2015-01-01

    We report an accurate study of interactions between Benzene molecules using variational quantum Monte Carlo (VMC) and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. We compare these results with density functional theory (DFT) using different van der Waals (vdW) functionals. In our QMC calculations, we use accurate correlated trial wave functions including three-body Jastrow factors, and backflow transformations. We consider two benzene molecules in the parallel displaced (PD) geometry, and find that by highly optimizing the wave function and introducing more dynamical correlation into the wave function, we compute the weak chemical binding energy between aromatic rings accurately. We find optimal VMC and DMC binding energies of -2.3(4) and -2.7(3) kcal/mol, respectively. The best estimate of the CCSD(T)/CBS limit is -2.65(2) kcal/mol [E. Miliordos et al, J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 7568 (2014)]. Our results indicate that QMC methods give chemical accuracy for weakly bound van der Waals molecular interactions, compar...

  19. Perceptual Load Affects Eyewitness Accuracy and Susceptibility to Leading Questions.

    Murphy, Gillian; Greene, Ciara M

    2016-01-01

    Load Theory (Lavie, 1995, 2005) states that the level of perceptual load in a task (i.e., the amount of information involved in processing task-relevant stimuli) determines the efficiency of selective attention. There is evidence that perceptual load affects distractor processing, with increased inattentional blindness under high load. Given that high load can result in individuals failing to report seeing obvious objects, it is conceivable that load may also impair memory for the scene. The current study is the first to assess the effect of perceptual load on eyewitness memory. Across three experiments (two video-based and one in a driving simulator), the effect of perceptual load on eyewitness memory was assessed. The results showed that eyewitnesses were less accurate under high load, in particular for peripheral details. For example, memory for the central character in the video was not affected by load but memory for a witness who passed by the window at the edge of the scene was significantly worse under high load. High load memories were also more open to suggestion, showing increased susceptibility to leading questions. High visual perceptual load also affected recall for auditory information, illustrating a possible cross-modal perceptual load effect on memory accuracy. These results have implications for eyewitness memory researchers and forensic professionals. PMID:27625628

  20. High accuracy magnetic field mapping of the LEP spectrometer magnet

    Roncarolo, F

    2000-01-01

    The Large Electron Positron accelerator (LEP) is a storage ring which has been operated since 1989 at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), located in the Geneva area. It is intended to experimentally verify the Standard Model theory and in particular to detect with high accuracy the mass of the electro-weak force bosons. Electrons and positrons are accelerated inside the LEP ring in opposite directions and forced to collide at four locations, once they reach an energy high enough for the experimental purposes. During head-to-head collisions the leptons loose all their energy and a huge amount of energy is concentrated in a small region. In this condition the energy is quickly converted in other particles which tend to go away from the interaction point. The higher the energy of the leptons before the collisions, the higher the mass of the particles that can escape. At LEP four large experimental detectors are accommodated. All detectors are multi purpose detectors covering a solid angle of alm...

  1. 12 CFR 740.2 - Accuracy of advertising.

    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Accuracy of advertising. 740.2 Section 740.2 Banks and Banking NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS AFFECTING CREDIT UNIONS ACCURACY OF ADVERTISING AND NOTICE OF INSURED STATUS § 740.2 Accuracy of advertising. No insured credit union may use...

  2. Treatment accuracy of fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy

    Background and purpose: To assess the geometric accuracy of the delivery of fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT) for brain tumours using the Gill-Thomas-Cosman (GTC) relocatable frame. Accuracy of treatment delivery was measured via portal images acquired with an amorphous silicon based electronic portal imager (EPI). Results were used to assess the existing verification process and to review the current margins used for the expansion of clinical target volume (CTV) to planning target volume (PTV). Patients and methods: Patients were immobilized in a GTC frame. Target volume definition was performed on localization CT and MRI scans and a CTV to PTV margin of 5 mm (based on initial experience) was introduced in 3D. A Brown-Roberts-Wells (BRW) fiducial system was used for stereotactic coordinate definition. The existing verification process consisted of an intercomparison of the coordinates of the isocentres and anatomy between the localization and verification CT scans. Treatment was delivered with 6 MV photons using four fixed non-coplanar conformal fields using a multi-leaf collimator. Portal imaging verification consisted of the acquisition of orthogonal images centred through the treatment isocentre. Digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRRs) created from the CT localization scans were used as reference images. Semi-automated matching software was used to quantify set up deviations (displacements and rotations) between reference and portal images. Results: One hundred and twenty six anterior and 123 lateral portal images were available for analysis for set up deviations. For displacements, the total errors in the cranial/caudal direction were shown to have the largest SD's of 1.2 mm, while systematic and random errors reached SD's of 1.0 and 0.7 mm, respectively, in the cranial/caudal direction. The corresponding data for rotational errors (the largest deviation was found in the sagittal plane) was 0.7 deg. SD (total error), 0.5 deg. (systematic) and 0

  3. Accuracy of numerical functional transforms applied to derive Molière series terms and comparison with analytical results

    Takahashi, N.; Okei, K.; Nakatsuka, T.

    Accuracies of numerical Fourier and Hankel transforms are examined with the Takahasi-Mori theory of error evaluation. The higher Moliere terms both for spatial and projected distributions derived by these methods agree very well with those derived analytically. The methods will be valuable to solve other transport problems concerning fast charged particles.

  4. High-accuracy measurements on biperiodical circuits

    Coupled resonators in an assembled structure lose their individuality and in co-operation contribute to the generation of structure modes (resonant frequencies). The resonant frequencies of these modes are the only measurable quantities. In order to predict structural behaviour in a variety of cases, the problem that arises is the extraction of all the parameters characterizing the structure from the measurements mentioned here. If all the modes are confined in a bandwidth that is small with respect to the central frequency, the total coupled resonator system is well represented by a circuit of unknown lumped constants.The structure modes are the solutions of the equation obtained by equating to zero the determinant relevant to the lumped circuit representation. The equation is a polynomial of the squared frequency variable, the degree of which is equal to the number M of circuits.The analysis method described in this paper consists in varying, by an unknown amount, the frequency of a single resonator in the chain. This variation will produce a change in the frequencies of all structure modes. It is possible to find certain invariants linearly dependent on all the unchanged parameters of the circuit. These invariants have an algebraic representation that allows the extraction of the structure parameter values with extremely high accuracy. The proposed method is quite general and, in the present work, we give an example applying the method to the characterization of a side-coupled linac (SCL). (paper)

  5. Mass spectrometry accuracy improvement using two tracers

    The accuracy of the isotopic analyses performed by thermoionization mass spectrometry is limited by the effects of isotopic fractionation that occurs during the evaporation of the sample placed on the filament. It results in a continuous change over time of the isotopic compound determined. In order to determine the factor enabling the isotopic fractionation of the uranium to be adjusted, the mass spectrometers are calibrated by using isotopic standards of uranium. The adjusting factor K, defined as 235U/238U theoretical / 235U/238U determined is independent of the value of the 235U/238U ratio, but it has a relative random error of around +-0.28 to +-0.5%. The completion of very accurate isotopic analyses therefore calls for the application of a severe operational mode. Automation of all the sequences of the analysis appears to be the only valid method for attaining this objective, but it remains a very costly solution. These difficulties motivated the studies on the use of an internal standard for directly correcting the effects of isotopic fractionation, constituted of a 233 and 236 uranium solution of which the 236/233 ratio was determined accurately beforehand

  6. Needle placement accuracy during stereotactic localization mammography

    Aim: To derive a mathematical model to describe the relationship between lesion position in the breast and measurements derived from the stereoradiographs to enable more accurate sampling of a lesion during stereotactic mammographic needle placement. Materials and methods: The affect that registration errors have on the accuracy of needle placement when identifying the lesion on the stereoradiographs was investigated using the mathematical model. Results: The focus-to-film distance of the x-ray tube and the horizontal distance of the lesion from the centre of rotation have little effect on error. Registration errors for lesions lying at a greater perpendicular distance in the breast from the centre of rotation produce smaller localization errors when compared with lesions sited closer. Lesion registration errors during marking of the stereoradiographs are exacerbated by decreasing the angle of x-ray tube swing. Conclusions: When problems are encountered in making an accurate registration of the lesion on the stereoradiographs, consider the following error reducing strategies: (1) employ an approach that places the lesion the maximum distance away from the film cassette; (2) avoid reducing the angle of tube swing; and (3) consider sampling superficial and deep to, as well as at, the location indicated. The possibility of erroneous tissue sampling should be borne in mind when reviewing the pathology report.

  7. Residuation theory

    Blyth, T S; Sneddon, I N; Stark, M

    1972-01-01

    Residuation Theory aims to contribute to literature in the field of ordered algebraic structures, especially on the subject of residual mappings. The book is divided into three chapters. Chapter 1 focuses on ordered sets; directed sets; semilattices; lattices; and complete lattices. Chapter 2 tackles Baer rings; Baer semigroups; Foulis semigroups; residual mappings; the notion of involution; and Boolean algebras. Chapter 3 covers residuated groupoids and semigroups; group homomorphic and isotone homomorphic Boolean images of ordered semigroups; Dubreil-Jacotin and Brouwer semigroups; and loli

  8. Graph theory

    Diestel, Reinhard

    2012-01-01

    HauptbeschreibungThis standard textbook of modern graph theory, now in its fourth edition, combinesthe authority of a classic with the engaging freshness of style that is the hallmarkof active mathematics. It covers the core material of the subject with concise yetreliably complete proofs, while offering glimpses of more advanced methodsin each field by one or two deeper results, again with proofs given in full detail.The book can be used as a reliable text for an introductory course, as a graduatetext, and for self-study. Rezension"Deep, clear, wonderful. This is a serious book about the

  9. Circuit theory

    This book is divided into fourteen chapters, which deals with circuit theory of basis, sinusoidal alternating current on cycle and frequency, basics current circuit about R.L, C circuit and resonant circuit, current power, general linear circuit, inductive coupling circuit and vector locus on an alternating current bridge and mutual inductance and coupling coefficient, multiphase alternating current and method of symmetrical coordinates, non-sinusoidal alternating current, two terminal network, four terminal network, transient of circuits, distributed line circuit constant, frequency characteristic and a filter and Laplace transformation.

  10. A non-linear learning & classification algorithm that achieves full training accuracy with stellar classification accuracy

    Khogali, Rashid

    2014-01-01

    A fast Non-linear and non-iterative learning and classification algorithm is synthesized and validated. This algorithm named the "Reverse Ripple Effect(R.R.E)", achieves 100% learning accuracy but is computationally expensive upon classification. The R.R.E is a (deterministic) algorithm that super imposes Gaussian weighted functions on training points. In this work, the R.R.E algorithm is compared against known learning and classification techniques/algorithms such as: the Perceptron Criterio...

  11. Accuracy and Precision in Collider Event Shapes

    Kolodrubetz, Daniel W

    2016-01-01

    In this thesis, we discuss and investigate the use of Soft-Collinear Effective Theory (SCET) for high precision calculations. In the first part of the work, we present an extraction of the strong coupling, $\\alpha_s(m_Z)$ and the leading nonperturbative parameter $\\Omega_1$, using the event shape C-parameter. By comparing lepton collider data to the C-parameter cross section, we extract values $\\alpha_s(m_Z)=0.1123\\pm 0.0015$ and $\\Omega_1=0.421\\pm 0.063\\,{\\rm GeV}$ with $\\chi^2/\\rm{dof}=0.988$ for $404$ bins of data. The later parts of this thesis are dedicated to using on-shell helicity methods to extend SCET beyond leading power. We present a complete set of scalar helicity building blocks and describe an interesting angular momentum selection rule that restricts how these building blocks can be assembled.

  12. Kinematics of a striking task: accuracy and speed-accuracy considerations.

    Parrington, Lucy; Ball, Kevin; MacMahon, Clare

    2015-01-01

    Handballing in Australian football (AF) is the most efficient passing method, yet little research exists examining technical factors associated with accuracy. This study had three aims: (a) To explore the kinematic differences between accurate and inaccurate handballers, (b) to compare within-individual successful (hit target) and unsuccessful (missed target) handballs and (c) to assess handballing when both accuracy and speed of ball-travel were combined using a novel approach utilising canonical correlation analysis. Three-dimensional data were collected on 18 elite AF players who performed handballs towards a target. More accurate handballers exhibited a significantly straighter hand-path, slower elbow angular velocity and smaller elbow range of motion (ROM) compared to the inaccurate group. Successful handballs displayed significantly larger trunk ROM, maximum trunk rotation velocity and step-angle and smaller elbow ROM in comparison to the unsuccessful handballs. The canonical model explained 73% of variance shared between the variable sets, with a significant relationship found between hand-path, elbow ROM and maximum elbow angular velocity (predictors) and hand-speed and accuracy (dependant variables). Interestingly, not all parameters were the same across each of the analyses, with technical differences between inaccurate and accurate handballers different from those between successful and unsuccessful handballs in the within-individual analysis. PMID:25079111

  13. Options theory

    Techniques used in conventional project appraisal are mathematically very simple in comparison to those used in reservoir modelling, and in the geosciences. Clearly it would be possible to value assets in mathematically more sophisticated ways if it were meaningful and worthwhile so to do. The DCf approach in common use has recognized limitations; the inability to select a meaningful discount rate being particularly significant. Financial Theory has advanced enormously over the last few years, along with computational techniques, and methods are beginning to appear which may change the way we do project evaluations in practice. The starting point for all of this was a paper by Black and Scholes, which asserts that almost all corporate liabilities can be viewed as options of varying degrees of complexity. Although the financial presentation may be unfamiliar to engineers and geoscientists, some of the concepts used will not be. This paper outlines, in plain English, the basis of option pricing theory for assessing the market value of a project. it also attempts to assess the future role of this type of approach in practical Petroleum Exploration and Engineering economics. Reference is made to relevant published Natural Resource literature

  14. Cognitive Models of Risky Choice: Parameter Stability and Predictive Accuracy of Prospect Theory

    Glockner, Andreas; Pachur, Thorsten

    2012-01-01

    In the behavioral sciences, a popular approach to describe and predict behavior is cognitive modeling with adjustable parameters (i.e., which can be fitted to data). Modeling with adjustable parameters allows, among other things, measuring differences between people. At the same time, parameter estimation also bears the risk of overfitting. Are…

  15. Diagnostic accuracy of spirometry in primary care

    Dinant Geert-Jan

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To evaluate the sensitivity, specificity and predictive values of spirometry for the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD and asthma in patients suspected of suffering from an obstructive airway disease (OAD in primary care. Methods Cross sectional diagnostic study of 219 adult patients attending 10 general practices for the first time with complaints suspicious for OAD. All patients underwent spirometry and structured medical histories were documented. All patients received whole-body plethysmography (WBP in a lung function laboratory. The reference standard was the Tiffeneau ratio (FEV1/VC received by the spirometric maneuver during examination with WBP. In the event of inconclusive results, bronchial provocation was performed to determine bronchial hyper-responsiveness (BHR. Asthma was defined as a PC20 fall after inhaling methacholine concentration ≤ 16 mg/ml. Results 90 (41.1% patients suffered from asthma, 50 (22.8% suffered from COPD, 79 (36.1% had no OAD. The sensitivity for diagnosing airway obstruction in COPD was 92% (95%CI 80–97; specificity was 84% (95%CI 77–89. The positive predictive value (PPV was 63% (95%CI 51–73; negative predictive value (NPV was 97% (95%CI 93–99. The sensitivity for diagnosing airway obstruction in asthma was 29% (95%CI 21–39; specificity was 90% (95%CI 81–95. PPV was 77% (95%CI 60–88; NPV was 53% (95%CI 45–61. Conclusion COPD can be estimated with high diagnostic accuracy using spirometry. It is also possible to rule in asthma with spirometry. However, asthma can not be ruled out only using spirometry. This diagnostic uncertainty leads to an overestimation of asthma presence. Patients with inconclusive spirometric results should be referred for nitric oxide (NO – measurement and/or bronchial provocation if possible to guarantee accurate diagnosis.

  16. Accuracy of experimental partial structure factors

    For the discussion of the partial structure factors, a Figure of Merit (T) was suggested to design a proper experimental condition. In order to determine uniquely the partial structure factors in a binary alloy, three experiments are required, in which the scattering power of one or both elements, is varied. The measured scattering factors I(Q) from a binary alloy of composition A(1-x)B(x) are obtained for respective experiments. Then, the solution S(Q) is derived, and the error in I(Q) contributes to the error in S(Q). A measure of conditioning can be derived by the consideration of vector and matrix norms leading to a figure of merit called Turin's number T. The figure of merit, when multiplied by the expected errors in the measured intensity functions, the composition, and/or the values of the scattering length, gives an upper estimate of the expected errors in partial structure factors. In order to assess the accuracy required, a typical partial structure factor (the Pd-Pd pSF from a model of Pd(4)Si) was modified. By carefully choosing the system and optimizing the composition, good T's were able to be found for metallic glass-forming alloys. The best T found to date was for the Ni-Zr system using the Ni58 and Ni62 isotopes, and the T was 4.8. The techniques, which are complementary to the isotopic substitution method in Ni-Zr, are discussed. The expected errors in the partials were found to be small enough for extracting directly useful information. (Kato, T.)

  17. Excitation Spectra of Nucleobases with Multiconfigurational Density Functional Theory

    Hubert, Mickaël; Jensen, Hans Jørgen Aa; Hedegård, Erik D.

    2016-01-01

    Range-separated hybrid methods between wave function theory and density functional theory (DFT) can provide high-accuracy results, while correcting some of the inherent flaws of both the underlying wave function theory and DFT. We here assess the accuracy for excitation energies of the nucleobases...... linear response extension of CAS-srDFT, we compare the first 7-8 excited states of the nucleobases with perturbative multireference approaches as well as coupled cluster based methods. Our results show that the CAS-srDFT method can provide accurate excitation energies in good correspondence with the...

  18. The Friction Theory for Viscosity Modeling

    Cisneros, Sergio; Zeberg-Mikkelsen, Claus Kjær; Stenby, Erling Halfdan

    2001-01-01

    In this work the one-parameter friction theory (f-theory) general models have been extended to the viscosity prediction and modeling of characterized oils. It is demonstrated that these simple models, which take advantage of the repulsive and attractive pressure terms of cubic equations of state...... such as the SRK, PR and PRSV, can provide accurate viscosity prediction and modeling of characterized oils. In the case of light reservoir oils, whose properties are close to those of normal alkanes, the one-parameter f-theory general models can predict the viscosity of these fluids with good accuracy. Yet...... below the saturation pressure. In addition, a tuned f-theory general model delivers accurate modeling of different kinds of light and heavy oils. Thus, the simplicity and stability of the f-theory general models make them a powerful tool for applications such as reservoir simulations, between others. (C...

  19. Pion polarizabilities: Theory vs Experiment

    Ivanov, Mikhail A

    2015-01-01

    The values of charged pion polarizabilities obtained in the framework of chiral perturbation theory at the level of two-loop accuracy are compared with the experimental result recently reported by COMPASS Collaboration. It is found that the calculated value for the dipole polarizabilities $(\\alpha-\\beta)_{\\pi^\\pm}= (5.7\\pm 1.0)\\times 10^{-4}\\,{\\rm fm}^3$ fits quite well the experimental result $(\\alpha-\\beta)_{\\pi^\\pm} = (4.0 \\pm 1.2_{\\rm stat} \\pm 1.4_{\\rm syst}) \\times 10^{-4}\\,{\\rm fm}^3$.

  20. Sustainablegrowth theories

    With reference to highly debated sustainable growth strategies to counter pressing interrelated global environmental and socio-economic problems, this paper reviews economic and resource development theories proposed by classical and neoclassical economists. The review evidences the growing debate among public administration decision makers regarding appropriate methods to assess the worth of natural resources and ecosystems. Proposed methods tend to be biased either towards environmental protection or economic development. Two major difficulties in the effective implementation of sustainable growth strategies are also evidenced - the management of such strategies would require appropriate revisions to national accounting systems, and the dynamic flow of energy and materials between an economic system and the environment would generate a sequence of unstable structures evolving in a chaotic and unpredictable way

  1. Number Theories

    St-Amant, Patrick

    2010-01-01

    We will see that key concepts of number theory can be defined for arbitrary operations. We give a generalized distributivity for hyperoperations (usual arithmetic operations and operations going beyond exponentiation) and a generalization of the fundamental theorem of arithmetic for hyperoperations. We also give a generalized definition of the prime numbers that are associated to an arbitrary n-ary operation and take a few steps toward the development of its modulo arithmetic by investigating a generalized form of Fermat's little theorem. Those constructions give an interesting way to interpret diophantine equations and we will see that the uniqueness of factorization under an arbitrary operation can be linked with the Riemann zeta function. This language of generalized primes and composites can be used to restate and extend certain problems such as the Goldbach conjecture.

  2. Graph theory

    Diestel, Reinhard

    2000-01-01

    This book is a concise, yet carefully written, introduction to modern graph theory, covering all its major recent developments. It can be used both as a reliable textbook for an introductory course and as a graduate text: on each topic it covers all the basic material in full detail, and adds one or two deeper results (again with detailed proofs) to illustrate the more advanced methods of that field. This second edition extends the first in two ways. It offers a thoroughly revised and updated chapter on graph minors, which now includes full new proofs of two of the central Robertson-Seymour theorems (as well as a detailed sketch of the entire proof of their celebrated Graph Minor Theorem). Second, there is now a section of hints for all the exercises, to enhance their value for both individual study and classroom use.

  3. A blood pressure measurement method based on synergetics theory

    2010-01-01

    <正>The principle for blood pressure measurement using pulse transit time is introduced in this paper.And the math model of synergetics theory is studied in detail.The synergetics theory is applied in the analysis of blood pressure measurement data.The simulation results show that the application of synergetics theory is helpful to judge the normal blood pressure,and the accuracy is up to 80%.

  4. Graph-based linear scaling electronic structure theory

    Niklasson, Anders M N; Negre, Christian F A; Cawkwell, Marc J; Swart, Pieter J; Mohd-Yusof, Jamal; Germann, Timothy C; Wall, Michael E; Bock, Nicolas; Djidjev, Hristo

    2016-01-01

    We show how graph theory can be combined with quantum theory to calculate the electronic structure of large complex systems. The graph formalism is general and applicable to a broad range of electronic structure methods and materials, including challenging systems such as biomolecules. The methodology combines well-controlled accuracy, low computational cost, and natural low-communication parallelism. This combination addresses substantial shortcomings of linear scaling electronic structure theory, in particular with respect to quantum-based molecular dynamics simulations.

  5. Accuracy of quantitative visual soil assessment

    van Leeuwen, Maricke; Heuvelink, Gerard; Stoorvogel, Jetse; Wallinga, Jakob; de Boer, Imke; van Dam, Jos; van Essen, Everhard; Moolenaar, Simon; Verhoeven, Frank; Stoof, Cathelijne

    2016-04-01

    Visual soil assessment (VSA) is a method to assess soil quality visually, when standing in the field. VSA is increasingly used by farmers, farm organisations and companies, because it is rapid and cost-effective, and because looking at soil provides understanding about soil functioning. Often VSA is regarded as subjective, so there is a need to verify VSA. Also, many VSAs have not been fine-tuned for contrasting soil types. This could lead to wrong interpretation of soil quality and soil functioning when contrasting sites are compared to each other. We wanted to assess accuracy of VSA, while taking into account soil type. The first objective was to test whether quantitative visual field observations, which form the basis in many VSAs, could be validated with standardized field or laboratory measurements. The second objective was to assess whether quantitative visual field observations are reproducible, when used by observers with contrasting backgrounds. For the validation study, we made quantitative visual observations at 26 cattle farms. Farms were located at sand, clay and peat soils in the North Friesian Woodlands, the Netherlands. Quantitative visual observations evaluated were grass cover, number of biopores, number of roots, soil colour, soil structure, number of earthworms, number of gley mottles and soil compaction. Linear regression analysis showed that four out of eight quantitative visual observations could be well validated with standardized field or laboratory measurements. The following quantitative visual observations correlated well with standardized field or laboratory measurements: grass cover with classified images of surface cover; number of roots with root dry weight; amount of large structure elements with mean weight diameter; and soil colour with soil organic matter content. Correlation coefficients were greater than 0.3, from which half of the correlations were significant. For the reproducibility study, a group of 9 soil scientists and 7

  6. Accuracy of quantitative visual soil assessment

    van Leeuwen, Maricke; Heuvelink, Gerard; Stoorvogel, Jetse; Wallinga, Jakob; de Boer, Imke; van Dam, Jos; van Essen, Everhard; Moolenaar, Simon; Verhoeven, Frank; Stoof, Cathelijne

    2016-04-01

    Visual soil assessment (VSA) is a method to assess soil quality visually, when standing in the field. VSA is increasingly used by farmers, farm organisations and companies, because it is rapid and cost-effective, and because looking at soil provides understanding about soil functioning. Often VSA is regarded as subjective, so there is a need to verify VSA. Also, many VSAs have not been fine-tuned for contrasting soil types. This could lead to wrong interpretation of soil quality and soil functioning when contrasting sites are compared to each other. We wanted to assess accuracy of VSA, while taking into account soil type. The first objective was to test whether quantitative visual field observations, which form the basis in many VSAs, could be validated with standardized field or laboratory measurements. The second objective was to assess whether quantitative visual field observations are reproducible, when used by observers with contrasting backgrounds. For the validation study, we made quantitative visual observations at 26 cattle farms. Farms were located at sand, clay and peat soils in the North Friesian Woodlands, the Netherlands. Quantitative visual observations evaluated were grass cover, number of biopores, number of roots, soil colour, soil structure, number of earthworms, number of gley mottles and soil compaction. Linear regression analysis showed that four out of eight quantitative visual observations could be well validated with standardized field or laboratory measurements. The following quantitative visual observations correlated well with standardized field or laboratory measurements: grass cover with classified images of surface cover; number of roots with root dry weight; amount of large structure elements with mean weight diameter; and soil colour with soil organic matter content. Correlation coefficients were greater than 0.3, from which half of the correlations were significant. For the reproducibility study, a group of 9 soil scientists and 7

  7. Ordinal Recursion Theory

    Chong, Chi Tat; Friedman, Sy D.

    1996-01-01

    In this article, intended for the Handbook of Recursion Theory, we survey recursion theory on the ordinal numbers, with sections devoted to $\\alpha$-recursion theory, $\\beta$-recursion theory and the study of the admissibility spectrum.

  8. Liga v malom futbale v Bratislave

    Králik, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Focus of this Master's thesis is a business plan. The main focus of this business plan is organization of amateur football league in Bratislava. The goal of this Master's thesis was to determine whether this project can be successful, what is needed in terms of organization prior the league, during the league and after individual seasons of this amateur league. Furthermore,this project was also looking to determine demand and the registration fee and finally, to draw up financial analysis. Wh...

  9. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonija: sena liga nauju pavadinimu

    Matulionytė, Raimonda; Ambrozaitis, Arvydas; Paulauskienė, Rasutė; Aleksonienė, Regina

    2006-01-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii (anksčiau Pneumocystis carinii) pneumonija ilgą laiką buvo viena dažniausių žmogaus imunodeficito virusu (ŽIV) užsikrėtusių pacientų oportunistinių pneumonijų ir gyvybei grėsmingų infekcinių komplikacijų. Pradėjus taikyti kompleksinį antiretrovirusinį gydymą, sergamumas pneumocistine pneumonija ir kitomis oportunistinėmis infekcijomis akivaizdžiai sumažėjo. Pneumocistine pneumonija serga asmenys, nežinantys apie užsikrėtimą ŽIV, ir tie, kuriems neskiriamas arba antiretr...

  10. Loss of accuracy using smeared properties in composite beam modeling

    Liu, Ning

    Advanced composite materials have broad, proven applications in many engineering systems ranging from sports equipment sectors to components on the space shuttle because of their lightweight characteristics and significantly high stiffness. Together with this merit of composite materials is the challenge of improving computational simulation process for composites analysis. Composite structures, particularly composite laminates, usually consist of many layers with different lay-up angles. The anisotropic and heterogeneous features render 3D finite element analysis (FEA) computationally expensive in terms of the computational time and the computing power. At the constituent level, composite materials are heterogeneous. But quite often one homogenizes each layer of composites, i.e. lamina, and uses the homogenized material properties as averaged (smeared) values of those constituent materials for analysis. This is an approach extensively used in design and analysis of composite laminates. Furthermore, many industries tempted to use smeared properties at the laminate level to further reduce the model of composite structures. At this scale, smeared properties are averaged material properties that are weighted by the layer thickness. Although this approach has the advantage of saving computational time and cost of modeling significantly, the prediction of the structural responses may not be accurate, particularly the pointwise stress distribution. Therefore, it is important to quantify the loss of accuracy when one uses smeared properties. In this paper, several different benchmark problems are carefully investigated in order to exemplify the effect of the smeared properties on the global behavior and pointwise stress distribution of the composite beam. In the classical beam theory, both Newtonian method and variational method include several ad hoc assumptions to construct the model, however, these assumptions are avoided if one uses variational asymptotic method. VABS

  11. What is String Theory?

    Polchinski, Joseph

    1994-01-01

    The first part is an introduction to conformal field theory and string perturbation theory. The second part deals with the search for a deeper answer to the question posed in the title. Contents: 1. Conformal Field Theory 2. String Theory 3. Vacua and Dualities 4. String Field Theory or Not String Field Theory 5. Matrix Models

  12. Optical diffraction tomography: accuracy of an off-axis reconstruction

    Kostencka, Julianna; Kozacki, Tomasz

    2014-05-01

    Optical diffraction tomography is an increasingly popular method that allows for reconstruction of three-dimensional refractive index distribution of semi-transparent samples using multiple measurements of an optical field transmitted through the sample for various illumination directions. The process of assembly of the angular measurements is usually performed with one of two methods: filtered backprojection (FBPJ) or filtered backpropagation (FBPP) tomographic reconstruction algorithm. The former approach, although conceptually very simple, provides an accurate reconstruction for the object regions located close to the plane of focus. However, since FBPJ ignores diffraction, its use for spatially extended structures is arguable. According to the theory of scattering, more precise restoration of a 3D structure shall be achieved with the FBPP algorithm, which unlike the former approach incorporates diffraction. It is believed that with this method one is allowed to obtain a high accuracy reconstruction in a large measurement volume exceeding depth of focus of an imaging system. However, some studies have suggested that a considerable improvement of the FBPP results can be achieved with prior propagation of the transmitted fields back to the centre of the object. This, supposedly, enables reduction of errors due to approximated diffraction formulas used in FBPP. In our view this finding casts doubt on quality of the FBPP reconstruction in the regions far from the rotation axis. The objective of this paper is to investigate limitation of the FBPP algorithm in terms of an off-axis reconstruction and compare its performance with the FBPJ approach. Moreover, in this work we propose some modifications to the FBPP algorithm that allow for more precise restoration of a sample structure in off-axis locations. The research is based on extensive numerical simulations supported with wave-propagation method.

  13. Accuracy Improvement on the Measurement of Human-Joint Angles.

    Meng, Dai; Shoepe, Todd; Vejarano, Gustavo

    2016-03-01

    A measurement technique that decreases the root mean square error (RMSE) of measurements of human-joint angles using a personal wireless sensor network is reported. Its operation is based on virtual rotations of wireless sensors worn by the user, and it focuses on the arm, whose position is measured on 5 degree of freedom (DOF). The wireless sensors use inertial magnetic units that measure the alignment of the arm with the earth's gravity and magnetic fields. Due to the biomechanical properties of human tissue (e.g., skin's elasticity), the sensors' orientation is shifted, and this shift affects the accuracy of measurements. In the proposed technique, the change of orientation is first modeled from linear regressions of data collected from 15 participants at different arm positions. Then, out of eight body indices measured with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, the percentage of body fat is found to have the greatest correlation with the rate of change in sensors' orientation. This finding enables us to estimate the change in sensors' orientation from the user's body fat percentage. Finally, an algorithm virtually rotates the sensors using quaternion theory with the objective of reducing the error. The proposed technique is validated with experiments on five different participants. In the DOF, whose error decreased the most, the RMSE decreased from 2.20(°) to 0.87(°). This is an improvement of 60%, and in the DOF whose error decreased the least, the RMSE decreased from 1.64(°) to 1.37(°). This is an improvement of 16%. On an average, the RMSE improved by 44%. PMID:25622331

  14. BENCHMARKING THE ACCURACY OF INERTIAL SENSORS IN CELL PHONES

    An, Bin

    2012-01-01

    Many ubiquitous computing applications rely on data from a cell phone's inertial sensors. Unfortunately, the accuracy of this data is often unknown, which impedes predictive analysis of applications that require high sensor accuracy (e.g., dead reckoning). This work focuses on benchmarking the accuracy of the accelerometers and gyroscopes on a cell phone. The cell phones are attached to a robotic arm, which provides ground truth measurements. The misalignment between the cell phone's and the ...

  15. Influence of Exposure Time on Prototyping Accuracy in Stereolithography

    吴懋亮; 方明伦; 胡庆夕; 戴春祥; 卢秉恒

    2004-01-01

    A novel stereolithgraphy system with conventional UV light as a light source uses the 2D worktable as moving components,whose characteristics determine the accuracy of the prototyping parts. Many factors including mass of the worktable, elasticity and damp coefficients, speed and acceleration affect the non-uniform exposure time of the resin, and eventually influence the cured line shape and the curing accuracy. A light shuttle is used to eliminate the cure errors, greatly improving accuracy of the parts.

  16. Airborne Topographic Mapper Calibration Procedures and Accuracy Assessment

    Martin, Chreston F.; Krabill, William B.; Manizade, Serdar S.; Russell, Rob L.; Sonntag, John G.; Swift, Robert N.; Yungel, James K.

    2012-01-01

    Description of NASA Airborn Topographic Mapper (ATM) lidar calibration procedures including analysis of the accuracy and consistancy of various ATM instrument parameters and the resulting influence on topographic elevation measurements. The ATM elevations measurements from a nominal operating altitude 500 to 750 m above the ice surface was found to be: Horizontal Accuracy 74 cm, Horizontal Precision 14 cm, Vertical Accuracy 6.6 cm, Vertical Precision 3 cm.

  17. Wavelength Calibration Accuracy for the STIS CCD and MAMA Modes

    Pascucci, Ilaria; Hodge, Phil; Proffitt, Charles R.; Ayres, T.

    2011-03-01

    Two calibration programs were carried out to determine the accuracy of the wavelength solutions for the most used STIS CCD and MAMA modes after Servicing Mission 4. We report here on the analysis of this dataset and show that the STIS wavelength solution has not changed after SM4. We also show that a typical accuracy for the absolute wavelength zero-points is 0.1 pixels while the relative wavelength accuracy is 0.2 pixels.

  18. Diagnostic Accuracy of Procalcitonin in Bacterial Meningitis Versus Nonbacterial Meningitis

    Wei, Ting-Ting; Hu, Zhi-De; Qin, Bao-Dong; Ma, Ning; Tang, Qing-Qin; Wang, Li-li; ZHOU, Lin; Zhong, Ren-Qian

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Several studies have investigated the diagnostic accuracy of procalcitonin (PCT) levels in blood or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in bacterial meningitis (BM), but the results were heterogeneous. The aim of the present study was to ascertain the diagnostic accuracy of PCT as a marker for BM detection. A systematic search of the EMBASE, Scopus, Web of Science, and PubMed databases was performed to identify studies published before December 7, 2015 investigating the diagnostic accuracy of ...

  19. A Suite of Tools for Assessing Thematic Map Accuracy

    Jean-François Mas; Azucena Pérez-Vega; Adrián Ghilardi; Silvia Martínez; Jaime Octavio Loya-Carrillo; Ernesto Vega

    2014-01-01

    Although land use/cover maps are widely used to support management and environmental policies, only some studies have reported their accuracy using sound and complete assessments. Thematic map accuracy assessment is typically achieved by comparing reference sites labeled with the “ground-truth” category to the ones depicted in the land use/cover map. A variety of sampling designs are used to select these references sites. The estimators for accuracy indices and the variance of these estimator...

  20. Achievable precision and accuracy of dose determinations from routine dosemeters

    The concepts of accuracy and precision as associated with dose determinations from routine dosemeters are analyzed. The factors which are most important when considering the accuracy of such measurements are then discussed. These include environmental conditions such as humidity, temperature, dose rate and time since irradiation. Some examples are presented. It is concluded that precision under identical irradiation conditions for reproducibility can be ± 2% at the 95% confidence level. The corresponding accuracy should not be more than ± 5%. (U.K.)

  1. Kontrola tačnosti rezultata u simulacijama Monte Karlo / Accuracy control in Monte Carlo simulations

    Nebojša V. Nikolić

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available U radu je demonstrirana primena metode automatizovanog ponavljanja nezavisnih simulacionih eksperimenata sa prikupljanjem statistike slučajnih procesa, u dostizanju i kontroli tačnosti simulacionih rezultata u simulaciji sistema masovnog opsluživanja Monte Karlo. Metoda se zasniva na primeni osnovnih stavova i teorema matematičke statistike i teorije verovatnoće. Tačnost simulacionih rezultata dovedena je u direktnu vezu sa brojem ponavljanja simulacionih eksperimenata. / The paper presents an application of the Automated Independent Replication with Gathering Statistics of the Stochastic Processes Method in achieving and controlling the accuracy of simulation results in the Monte Carlo queuing simulations. The method is based on the application of the basic theorems of the theory of probability and mathematical statistics. The accuracy of the simulation results is linked with a number of independent replications of simulation experiments.

  2. High accuracy acoustic relative humidity measurement in duct flow with air.

    van Schaik, Wilhelm; Grooten, Mart; Wernaart, Twan; van der Geld, Cees

    2010-01-01

    An acoustic relative humidity sensor for air-steam mixtures in duct flow is designed and tested. Theory, construction, calibration, considerations on dynamic response and results are presented. The measurement device is capable of measuring line averaged values of gas velocity, temperature and relative humidity (RH) instantaneously, by applying two ultrasonic transducers and an array of four temperature sensors. Measurement ranges are: gas velocity of 0-12 m/s with an error of ± 0.13 m/s, temperature 0-100 °C with an error of ± 0.07 °C and relative humidity 0-100% with accuracy better than 2 % RH above 50 °C. Main advantage over conventional humidity sensors is the high sensitivity at high RH at temperatures exceeding 50 °C, with accuracy increasing with increasing temperature. The sensors are non-intrusive and resist highly humid environments. PMID:22163610

  3. High Accuracy Acoustic Relative Humidity Measurement inDuct Flow with Air

    Cees van der Geld

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available An acoustic relative humidity sensor for air-steam mixtures in duct flow is designed and tested. Theory, construction, calibration, considerations on dynamic response and results are presented. The measurement device is capable of measuring line averaged values of gas velocity, temperature and relative humidity (RH instantaneously, by applying two ultrasonic transducers and an array of four temperature sensors. Measurement ranges are: gas velocity of 0–12 m/s with an error of ±0.13 m/s, temperature 0–100 °C with an error of ±0.07 °C and relative humidity 0–100% with accuracy better than 2 % RH above 50 °C. Main advantage over conventional humidity sensors is the high sensitivity at high RH at temperatures exceeding 50 °C, with accuracy increasing with increasing temperature. The sensors are non-intrusive and resist highly humid environments.

  4. An Automatic K-Point Grid Generation Scheme for Enhanced Efficiency and Accuracy in DFT Calculations

    Mohr, Jennifer A.-F.; Shepherd, James J.; Alavi, Ali

    2013-03-01

    We seek to create an automatic k-point grid generation scheme for density functional theory (DFT) calculations that improves the efficiency and accuracy of the calculations and is suitable for use in high-throughput computations. Current automated k-point generation schemes often result in calculations with insufficient k-points, which reduces the reliability of the results, or too many k-points, which can significantly increase computational cost. By controlling a wider range of k-point grid densities for the Brillouin zone based upon factors of conductivity and symmetry, a scalable k-point grid generation scheme can lower calculation runtimes and improve the accuracy of energy convergence. Johns Hopkins University

  5. Ab Initio Calculation of Rate Constants for Molecule-Surface Reactions with Chemical Accuracy.

    Piccini, GiovanniMaria; Alessio, Maristella; Sauer, Joachim

    2016-04-18

    The ab initio prediction of reaction rate constants for systems with hundreds of atoms with an accuracy that is comparable to experiment is a challenge for computational quantum chemistry. We present a divide-and-conquer strategy that departs from the potential energy surfaces obtained by standard density functional theory with inclusion of dispersion. The energies of the reactant and transition structures are refined by wavefunction-type calculations for the reaction site. Thermal effects and entropies are calculated from vibrational partition functions, and the anharmonic frequencies are calculated separately for each vibrational mode. This method is applied to a key reaction of an industrially relevant catalytic process, the methylation of small alkenes over zeolites. The calculated reaction rate constants (free energies), pre-exponential factors (entropies), and enthalpy barriers show that our computational strategy yields results that agree with experiment within chemical accuracy limits (less than one order of magnitude). PMID:27008460

  6. Directional borehole antenna - Theory

    A directional antenna has been developed for the borehole radar constructed during phase 2 of the Stripa project. The new antenna can determine the azimuth of a strong reflector with an accuracy of about 3 degrees as confirmed during experiments in Stripa, although the ratio of borehole diameter to wavelength is small, about 0.03. The antenna synthesizes the effect of a loop antenna rotating in the borehole from four signals measured in turn by a stationary antenna. These signals are also used to calculate an electric dipole signal and a check sum which is used to examine the function of the system. The theory of directional antennas is reviewed and used to design an antenna consisting of four parallel wires. The radiation pattern of this antenna is calculated using transmission line theory with due regard to polarization, which is of fundamental importance for the analysis of directional data. In particular the multipole expansion of the field is calculated to describe the antenna radiation pattern. Various sources of error, e.g. the effect of the borehole, are discussed and the methods of calibrating the antenna are reviewed. The ambiguity inherent in a loop antenna can be removed by taking the phase of the signal into account. Typical reflectors in rock, e.g. fracture zones an tunnels, may be modelled as simple geometrical structures. The corresponding analysis is described and exemplified on measurements from Stripa. Radar data is nowadays usually analyzed directly on the computer screen using the program RADINTER developed within the Stripa project. An algorithm for automatic estimation of the parameters of a reflector have been tested with some success. The relation between measured radar data and external coordinates as determined by rotational indicators is finally expressed in terms of Euler angles. (au)

  7. Accuracy Driven Artificial Neural Networks in Stock Market Prediction

    Selvan Simon

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Globalization has made the stock market prediction (SMP accuracy more challenging and rewarding for the researchers and other participants in the stock market. Local and global economic situations alongwith the company’s financial strength and prospects have to be taken into account to improve the prediction accuracy. Artificial Neural Networks (ANN has been identified to be one of the dominant data mining techniques in stock market prediction area. In this paper, we survey different ANN models that have been experimented in SMP with the special enhancement techniques used with them to improve the accuracy. Also, we explore the possible research strategies in this accuracy driven ANN models.

  8. Emitter location accuracy using TDOA and differential Doppler

    Chestnut, P. C.

    1982-03-01

    The time difference of arrival (TDOA) and the differential Doppler methods for locating a radio or sonar transmitter are described, and some relationships between the accuracy of their measurements and the accuracy of the location estimates obtained from the measurements are presented. The formula for the one-sigma width of the lines of constant TDOA and the differential Doppler on the surface of the earth is used to characterize emitter location accuracy. The derived relations can be used by the systems engineer to evaluate proposed systems and to determine system specifications to satisfy given requirements on emitter location accuracy.

  9. Assessment of the Thematic Accuracy of Land Cover Maps

    Höhle, J.

    2015-08-01

    Several land cover maps are generated from aerial imagery and assessed by different approaches. The test site is an urban area in Europe for which six classes (`building', `hedge and bush', `grass', `road and parking lot', `tree', `wall and car port') had to be derived. Two classification methods were applied (`Decision Tree' and `Support Vector Machine') using only two attributes (height above ground and normalized difference vegetation index) which both are derived from the images. The assessment of the thematic accuracy applied a stratified design and was based on accuracy measures such as user's and producer's accuracy, and kappa coefficient. In addition, confidence intervals were computed for several accuracy measures. The achieved accuracies and confidence intervals are thoroughly analysed and recommendations are derived from the gained experiences. Reliable reference values are obtained using stereovision, false-colour image pairs, and positioning to the checkpoints with 3D coordinates. The influence of the training areas on the results is studied. Cross validation has been tested with a few reference points in order to derive approximate accuracy measures. The two classification methods perform equally for five classes. Trees are classified with a much better accuracy and a smaller confidence interval by means of the decision tree method. Buildings are classified by both methods with an accuracy of 99% (95% CI: 95%-100%) using independent 3D checkpoints. The average width of the confidence interval of six classes was 14% of the user's accuracy.

  10. Virtual Teaching Simulation for Robot Assembly Accuracy Analysis

    张征; 周宏甫; 刘斌

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, by teaching a 3D robot unit model and playing back to simulate the assembly process in a virtual assembly environment, errors in robot assembly are analyzed. The paper also presents a visualization method for analyzing accuracy of the robot assembly, and studies the influence of the spatial pose of a robot on the success rate of an axis-hole assembly, and accuracy of the robot teaching program in particular. Through integration of various errors and on the basis of assembly accuracy, tolerance of error sources can be reasonably distributed to meet the assembly accuracy requirement, therefore the planning of robot assembly unit can be improved.

  11. Rate theory

    This chapter presents the basic principles of cluster dynamics as a particular case of mesoscopic rate theory models developed to investigate fuel behaviour under irradiation such as in UO2. It is shown that as this method simulates the evolution of the concentration of every type of point or aggregated defect in a grain of material. It produces rich information that sheds light on the mechanisms involved in microstructure evolution and gas behaviour that are not accessible through conventional models but yet can provide for improvements in those models. Cluster dynamics parameters are mainly the energetic values governing the basic evolution mechanisms of the material (diffusion, trapping and thermal resolution). In this sense, the model has a general applicability to very different operational situations (irradiation, ion-beam implantation, annealing) provided that they rely on the same basic mechanisms, without requiring additional data fitting, as is required for more empirical conventional models. This technique, when applied to krypton implanted and annealed samples, yields a precise interpretation of the release curves and helps assess migration mechanisms and the krypton diffusion coefficient, for which data is very difficult to obtain due to the low solubility of the gas. (authors)

  12. Design and accuracy analysis of a metamorphic CNC flame cutting machine for ship manufacturing

    Hu, Shenghai; Zhang, Manhui; Zhang, Baoping; Chen, Xi; Yu, Wei

    2016-05-01

    The current research of processing large size fabrication holes on complex spatial curved surface mainly focuses on the CNC flame cutting machines design for ship hull of ship manufacturing. However, the existing machines cannot meet the continuous cutting requirements with variable pass conditions through their fixed configuration, and cannot realize high-precision processing as the accuracy theory is not studied adequately. This paper deals with structure design and accuracy prediction technology of novel machine tools for solving the problem of continuous and high-precision cutting. The needed variable trajectory and variable pose kinematic characteristics of non-contact cutting tool are figured out and a metamorphic CNC flame cutting machine designed through metamorphic principle is presented. To analyze kinematic accuracy of the machine, models of joint clearances, manufacturing tolerances and errors in the input variables and error models considering the combined effects are derived based on screw theory after establishing ideal kinematic models. Numerical simulations, processing experiment and trajectory tracking experiment are conducted relative to an eccentric hole with bevels on cylindrical surface respectively. The results of cutting pass contour and kinematic error interval which the position error is from-0.975 mm to +0.628 mm and orientation error is from-0.01 rad to +0.01 rad indicate that the developed machine can complete cutting process continuously and effectively, and the established kinematic error models are effective although the interval is within a `large' range. It also shows the matching property between metamorphic principle and variable working tasks, and the mapping correlation between original designing parameters and kinematic errors of machines. This research develops a metamorphic CNC flame cutting machine and establishes kinematic error models for accuracy analysis of machine tools.

  13. Evaluation of the shear bond strength of the union between two CoCr-alloys and a dental ceramic Avaliação da resistência ao cisalhamento da união entre duas ligas a base de CoCr e uma cerâmica

    Mariana Pretti

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Based on the importance of the integrity of the metal/ceramic interface, the purpose of this work was to evaluate the shear bond strength of the metal-ceramic union of two Co-Cr alloys (Wirobond C, Bego; Remanium 2000, Dentaurum combined with Omega 900 ceramic (Vita Zahnfabrik. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Eleven cylindrical matrixes were made for each alloy, and the metallic portion was obtained with the lost wax casting technique with standardized waxing of 4mm of height and of 4mm of diameter. The ceramic was applied according to the manufacturer's recommendations with the aid of a teflon matrix that allowed its dimension to be standardized in the same size as the metallic portion. The specimens were submitted to the shear bond test in an universal testing machine (EMIC, with the aid of a device developed for such intention, and constant speed of 0.5mm/min. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The mean resistance was 48.387MPa for Wirobond C alloy, with standard deviation of 17.718, and 55.956MPa for Remanium 2000, with standard deviation of 17.198. No statistically significant difference was observed between the shear strength of the two metal-ceramic alloys.INTRODUÇÃO: Baseados na importância da integridade da interface metal-cerâmica, este trabalho tem como objetivo avaliar a resistência ao cisalhamento da união metal-cerâmica de duas ligas de Co-Cr (Wirobond C, Bego; Remanium 2000, Dentaurum combinadas com a cerâmica Omega 900 (Vita Zahnfabrik. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram confeccionados 11 corpos-de-prova cilíndricos para cada liga utilizada, sendo que a porção metálica foi obtida por fundição pela técnica da cera perdida, através de enceramentos padronizados com 4mm de altura por 4mm de diâmetro. A aplicação da cerâmica foi realizada segundo recomendações do fabricante, com auxílio de uma matriz de teflon que permitia sua padronização com as mesmas dimensões da porção metálica. Os corpos-de-prova foram submetidos

  14. A crise da Liga das Nações de 1926: realismo neoclássico, multilateralismo e a natureza da política externa brasileira The League of Nations crisis of 1926: neoclassical realism, multilateralism, and the nature of Brazilian foreign policy

    Braz Baracuhy

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa a natureza da política externa brasileira na crise da Liga das Nações (1926, a partir de modelo teórico do realismo neoclássico. As dinâmicas por posições de poder nos tabuleiros geopolítico e multilateral do sistema internacional e as percepções e estratégias diplomáticas da elite de política externa brasileira são consideradas no estudo teórico.The article analyzes the nature of Brazilian foreign policy in the crisis of the League of Nations (1926 from a neoclassical-realist theoretical perspective. Within this theoretical framework, the dynamics of power positioning in the geopolitical and multilateral chessboards of the international system and the perceptions and diplomatic strategies of the Brazilian foreign-policy elite are taken into account.

  15. Determinação das propriedades mecânicas da martensita-ε por indentação instrumentada em ligas inoxidáveis com memória de forma Determination of the mechanical properties of epsilon martensite by nanoindentation in shape memory stainless alloys

    Fabiana Cristina Nascimento; Juliana Cristina Bueno; Carlos Maurício Lepienski; Jorge Otubo; Paulo Roberto Mei

    2010-01-01

    RESUMO Esse trabalho apresenta um estudo da dureza e do mee austenita-γ da liga inoxidável à base de ferro com efeito de memória de forma. Utilizando indentação instrumentada, foi possível determinar a dureza e o módulo de elasticidade das fases austenita-γ e martensita-ε separadamente. A fase martensítica apresentou uma dureza de 7,0 GPa, enquanto que a dureza da fase austenítica foi de 3,0 GPa. Os valores de módulo de elasticidade foram 202 e 137 GPa, para as fases martensita...

  16. Estudo da formação de ligações cruzadas por irradiação gama em membranas híbridas de Polissulfona Bisfenol-A e sílica precipitada Study of cross-linking reactions induced by gamma rays in hybrid membranes of Bisphenol-A-Polysulfone and precipitated silica

    Acácio Antonio M. Furtado Filho; Aílton de S. Gomes; Léa Lopes; Márcia R. Benzi

    2011-01-01

    No presente trabalho a polissulfona bisfenol-A (PSU) foi sulfonada com o agente de sulfonação trimetil silil cloro sulfônico [(CH3)3SiSO3Cl], em solução homogênea de dicloroetano. A reação de sulfonação foi confirmada por titulação ácido-base e análises FTIR. As membranas híbridas foram obtidas por vazamento da solução polimérica da polissulfona bisfenol-A sulfonada (SPSU) e sílica precipitada Tixosil® 333 em N-N-dimetilacetamida (DMAc), e a formação das ligações cruzadas foi estudada por irr...

  17. Fabricação de lã de rocha a partir da escória da produção de ligas FeSiMn Manufacture of mineral wool from slag of ferroalloy production FeSiMn

    G. F. Rodrigues; J. O. Alves; J. A. S. Tenório; D. C. R. Espinosa

    2012-01-01

    Este trabalho visou o estudo da produção de lã de rocha utilizando escória da produção de ligas de ferro silício manganês. O resíduo em questão possui características químicas que indicam a possibilidade de adição deste resíduo em formulações de lãs minerais. Procedeu-se a fusão da escória em um forno elétrico a arco, em escala de laboratório. A escória foi fundida e vazada na temperatura de 1450 ºC em um recipiente com água, visando um resfriamento brusco e com isso uma aproximação do método...

  18. Estudo comparativo da resistência ao desgaste abrasivo do revestimento de três ligas metálicas utilizadas na indústria, aplicadas por soldagem com arames tubulares Comparative study of the wear resistance of three metal cored wire welded coatings used in industry

    Ricardo Vinícius de Melo Leite; Paulo Villani Marques

    2009-01-01

    As ligas metálicas aplicadas por soldagem em superfícies, objetivando a proteção contra o desgaste e o conseqüente aumento da vida útil de peças e equipamentos, têm sido utilizadas em larga escala nas indústrias de bens de consumo e nos setores de mineração e sucroalcooleiro. O desgaste abrasivo em peças e equipamentos representa, nestas industriais, um dos principais fatores de depreciação de capital e uma importante fonte de despesas com manutenção. Para a aplicação do revestimento por sold...

  19. Recobrimento da liga Ti-6Al-4V com hidroxiapatita pelo método sol-gel e sua aplicação a hastes femorais não-cimentadas Coating of Ti-6Al-4V alloy with hydroxyapatite by using sol-gel method and its application to non-cemented femoral stem

    E. P. Avés

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available O recobrimento de ligas metálicas com cerâmicas bioativas visa acelerar a formação óssea ao redor do implante, contribuindo para a sua estabilização. Neste trabalho estudou-se a fase cerâmica de hidroxiapatita depositada pelo processo sol-gel em chapas da liga metálica Ti-6Al-4V. A camada de recobrimento foi caracterizada por microscopia eletrônica de varredura, por difração de raios X e sua adesão ao substrato foi avaliada pelo teste de cisalhamento O teste de citocompatibilidade mostrou que o processo de recobrimento por sol-gel não promoveu morte celular significativamente maior que o controle (p > 0,05. Além disso, hastes femorais removidas de pacientes (explantes foram adequadamente recobertas utilizando-se o processo sol-gel.The coating of metallic alloys with bioactive ceramics aims to accelerate bone formation around the implant, contributing to its fixation. In this paper, the deposition of hydroxyapatite ceramic on Ti-6Al-4V alloy sheets by the sol-gel method was studied. The coating layer was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and its adhesion to substrate was evaluated by shear testing. The citocompatibility test shows that the sol-gel coating did not provoke the cell death significantly higher than the control (p > 0.05. Moreover, femoral stems removed from patient (explants were adequately coated using the sol-gel process.

  20. THEORIES OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

    Sorin Nicolae BORLEA

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This study attempts to provide a theoretical framework for the corporate governance debate. The review of various corporate governance theories enhances the major objective of corporate governance which is maximizing the value for shareholders by ensuring good social and environment performances. The theories of corporate governance are rooted in agency theory with the theory of moral hazard’s implications, further developing within stewardship theory and stakeholder theory and evolving at resource dependence theory, transaction cost theory and political theory. Later, to these theories was added ethics theory, information asymmetry theory or the theory of efficient markets. These theories are defined based on the causes and effects of variables such as: the configuration of the board of directors, audit committee, independence of managers, the role of top management and their social relations beyond the legal regulatory framework. Effective corporate governance requires applying a combination

  1. Virtual Reference Interferometry: Theory & Experiment

    Galle, Michael Anthony

    This thesis introduces the idea that a simulated interferogram can be used as a reference for an interferometer. This new concept represents a paradigm shift from the conventional thinking, where a reference is the phase of a wavefront that traverses a known path. The simulated interferogram used as a reference is called a virtual reference. This thesis develops the theory of virtual reference interferometry and uses it for the characterization of chromatic dispersion in short length (development of many photonic systems. The current generation of short-length dispersion measurement techniques are either easy to operate but lack sufficient accuracy, or have sufficient accuracy but are difficult to operate. The use of a virtual reference combines the advantages of these techniques so that it is both accurate and easy to operate. Chromatic dispersion measurements based on virtual reference interferometry have similar accuracy as the best conventional measurement techniques due to the ability to measure first and second order dispersion directly from the interference pattern. Unique capabilities of virtual reference interferometry are demonstrated, followed by a derivation of the operational constraints and system parameters. The technique is also applied to the characterization of few-mode fibers, a hot topic in telecommunications research where mode division multiplexing promises to expand network bandwidth. Also introduced is the theory of dispersive virtual reference interferometry, which can be used to overcome the bandwidth limitations associated with the measurement of near-zero dispersion-length optical components via compression of the interference pattern. Additionally, a method for utilizing the virtual reference interferometer in a low-coherence setup is introduced, enabling characterization in new wavelength ranges and further reducing the cost of characterization.

  2. Perturbation theory and importance functions in integral transport formulations

    Perturbation theory expressions for the static reactivity derived from the flux, collision density, birth-rate density, and fission-neutron density formulations of integral transport theory, and from the integro-differential formulation, are intercompared. The physical meaning and relation of the adjoint functions corresponding to each of the five formulations are established. It is found that the first-order approximation of the perturbation expressions depends on the transport theory formulation and on the adjoint function used. The approximations of the integro-differential formulation corresponding to different first-order approximations of the integral transport theory formulations are identified. It is found that the accuracy of all first-order approximations of the integral transport formulations examined is superior to the accuracy of first-order integro-differential perturbation theory

  3. Feature Selection Software to Improve Accuracy and Reduce Cost in Automated Recognition Systems

    Somol, Petr

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 2011, č. 84 (2011), s. 54-54. ISSN 0926-4981 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0572 Grant ostatní: GA MŠk(CZ) 2C06019 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : feature selection * software library * machine learning Subject RIV: BD - Theory of Information http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2011/RO/somol-feature selection software to improve accuracy and reduce cost in automated recognition systems.pdf

  4. Concept Mapping Improves Metacomprehension Accuracy among 7th Graders

    Redford, Joshua S.; Thiede, Keith W.; Wiley, Jennifer; Griffin, Thomas D.

    2012-01-01

    Two experiments explored concept map construction as a useful intervention to improve metacomprehension accuracy among 7th grade students. In the first experiment, metacomprehension was marginally better for a concept mapping group than for a rereading group. In the second experiment, metacomprehension accuracy was significantly greater for a…

  5. The neural basis of the speed-accuracy tradeoff

    R. Bogacz; E.J. Wagenmakers; B.U. Forstmann; S. Nieuwenhuis

    2010-01-01

    In many situations, decision makers need to negotiate between the competing demands of response speed and response accuracy, a dilemma generally known as the speed-accuracy tradeoff (SAT). Despite the ubiquity of SAT, the question of how neural decision circuits implement SAT has received little att

  6. The accuracy of CT - determined femoral neck anteversion

    In order to establish the accuracy of CT determination of femoral neck anteversion, two models were constructed; one an idealized Plexiglas model and the other from a real femur. Experiments were carried out by pre-setting angles on the phantoms, and then determining these angles by CT. The results, which show a high degree of accuracy, are analyzed statistically. (orig.)

  7. Developing a Weighted Measure of Speech Sound Accuracy

    Preston, Jonathan L.; Ramsdell, Heather L.; Oller, D. Kimbrough; Edwards, Mary Louise; Tobin, Stephen J.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: To develop a system for numerically quantifying a speaker's phonetic accuracy through transcription-based measures. With a focus on normal and disordered speech in children, the authors describe a system for differentially weighting speech sound errors on the basis of various levels of phonetic accuracy using a Weighted Speech Sound…

  8. Aggregate Accuracy under Majority Rule with Heterogeneous Cost Functions

    Minoru Kitahara; Yohei Sekiguchi

    2006-01-01

    We investigate an election model with costly accuracy improvement by allowing heterogeneity in the cost functions. We find that the aggregate accuracy in large elections is characterized by the average value of the inverse of the second derivative at zero information.

  9. DESIGNA ND ANALYSIS FOR THEMATIC MAP ACCURACY ASSESSMENT: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

    Before being used in scientific investigations and policy decisions, thematic maps constructed from remotely sensed data should be subjected to a statistically rigorous accuracy assessment. The three basic components of an accuracy assessment are: 1) the sampling design used to s...

  10. Using inferred probabilities to measure the accuracy of imprecise forecasts

    Paul Lehner

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Research on forecasting is effectively limited to forecasts that are expressed with clarity; which is to say that the forecasted event must be sufficiently well-defined so that it can be clearly resolved whether or not the event occurred and forecasts certainties are expressed as quantitative probabilities. When forecasts are expressed with clarity, then quantitative measures (scoring rules, calibration, discrimination, etc. can be used to measure forecast accuracy, which in turn can be used to measure the comparative accuracy of different forecasting methods. Unfortunately most real world forecasts are not expressed clearly. This lack of clarity extends to both the description of the forecast event and to the use of vague language to express forecast certainty. It is thus difficult to assess the accuracy of most real world forecasts, and consequently the accuracy the methods used to generate real world forecasts. This paper addresses this deficiency by presenting an approach to measuring the accuracy of imprecise real world forecasts using the same quantitative metrics routinely used to measure the accuracy of well-defined forecasts. To demonstrate applicability, the Inferred Probability Method is applied to measure the accuracy of forecasts in fourteen documents examining complex political domains. Key words: inferred probability, imputed probability, judgment-based forecasting, forecast accuracy, imprecise forecasts, political forecasting, verbal probability, probability calibration.

  11. 40 CFR 86.1338-2007 - Emission measurement accuracy.

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 19 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Emission measurement accuracy. 86.1338... Procedures § 86.1338-2007 Emission measurement accuracy. (a) Minimum limit. (1) The minimum limit of an... it will allow a meaningful determination of compliance with respect to the applicable standard....

  12. Follow your breath: Respiratory interoceptive accuracy in experienced meditators

    Daubenmier, J; Sze, J.; Kerr, CE; Kemeny, ME; Mehling, W

    2013-01-01

    Attention to internal bodily sensations is a core feature of mindfulness meditation. Previous studies have not detected differences in interoceptive accuracy between meditators and nonmeditators on heartbeat detection and perception tasks. We compared differences in respiratory interoceptive accuracy between meditators and nonmeditators in the ability to detect and discriminate respiratory resistive loads and sustain accurate perception of respiratory tidal volume during nondistracted and dis...

  13. Integration of genomic information into sport horse breeding programs for optimization of accuracy of selection.

    Haberland, A M; König von Borstel, U; Simianer, H; König, S

    2012-09-01

    Reliable selection criteria are required for young riding horses to increase genetic gain by increasing accuracy of selection and decreasing generation intervals. In this study, selection strategies incorporating genomic breeding values (GEBVs) were evaluated. Relevant stages of selection in sport horse breeding programs were analyzed by applying selection index theory. Results in terms of accuracies of indices (r(TI) ) and relative selection response indicated that information on single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotypes considerably increases the accuracy of breeding values estimated for young horses without own or progeny performance. In a first scenario, the correlation between the breeding value estimated from the SNP genotype and the true breeding value (= accuracy of GEBV) was fixed to a relatively low value of r(mg) = 0.5. For a low heritability trait (h(2) = 0.15), and an index for a young horse based only on information from both parents, additional genomic information doubles r(TI) from 0.27 to 0.54. Including the conventional information source 'own performance' into the before mentioned index, additional SNP information increases r(TI) by 40%. Thus, particularly with regard to traits of low heritability, genomic information can provide a tool for well-founded selection decisions early in life. In a further approach, different sources of breeding values (e.g. GEBV and estimated breeding values (EBVs) from different countries) were combined into an overall index when altering accuracies of EBVs and correlations between traits. In summary, we showed that genomic selection strategies have the potential to contribute to a substantial reduction in generation intervals in horse breeding programs. PMID:23031511

  14. Accuracy of 11-year-olds selfreported school lunch consumption

    Lyng, Nina

    studies among children has addressed accuracy in relation to school meals. However, in several countries including Denmark packed lunch is the prevalent lunch format and the lack of packed lunch reporting accuracy studies needs to be addressed to increase the knowledge about school hour reporting accuracy......) 2- To assess reporting accuracy in relation to gender and self-reported methods (Paper I) 3- To address aspects of reporting inaccuracy from intrusions by food group, against different objective measures, and classification of intrusions in stretches and confabulations (Paper II) 4- To assess how...... reporting accuracy differ by the lunch format consumed (Paper III) Material and methods The study was conducted as a cross-sectional dietary reporting study. The population consisted of 11-year-old children from three public schools in Copenhagen. The study was conducted on two consecutive days and assessed...

  15. Testing an Automated Accuracy Assessment Method on Bibliographic Data

    Marlies Olensky

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates automated data accuracy assessment as described in data quality literature for its suitability to assess bibliographic data. The data samples comprise the publications of two Nobel Prize winners in the field of Chemistry for a 10-year-publication period retrieved from the two bibliometric data sources, Web of Science and Scopus. The bibliographic records are assessed against the original publication (gold standard and an automatic assessment method is compared to a manual one. The results show that the manual assessment method reflects truer accuracy scores. The automated assessment method would need to be extended by additional rules that reflect specific characteristics of bibliographic data. Both data sources had higher accuracy scores per field than accumulated per record. This study contributes to the research on finding a standardized assessment method of bibliographic data accuracy as well as defining the impact of data accuracy on the citation matching process.

  16. Application of function generator for checking reactivity meter accuracy

    The accuracy of reactivity meters is usually checked with a reactor kinetic simulator operating to an accuracy exceeding the expected accuracy of the measuring device. The present report describes a method to evaluate accuracy by comparing the response R(t) of the reactivity meter to a given function n(t) with the value of the reactivity function r(t) calculated from the same input function instead of using the input reference signal r(t) to the simulator with the output signal R(t) from the reactivity meter. This method has been successfully used by applying sawtooth and exponential input signals for the determination of the accuracy of reactivity meters developed in the Central Research Institute for Physics. (author)

  17. The accuracy assessment in areal interpolation:An empirical investigation

    2008-01-01

    Areal interpolation is the process of transferring data from source zones to target zones. While method development remains a top research priority in areal interpo-lation,the accuracy assessment aspect also begs for attention. This paper reports an empirical experience on probing an areal interpolation method to highlight the power and potential pitfalls in accuracy assessment. A kriging-based interpolation algorithm is evaluated by several approaches. It is found that accuracy assessment is a powerful tool to understand an interpolation method,e.g. the utility of ancillary data and semi-variogram modeling in kriging in our case study. However,different assessment methods and spatial units on which assessment is conducted can lead to rather different results. The typical practice to assess accuracy at the source zone level may overestimate interpolation accuracy. Assessment at the target zone level is suggested as a supplement.

  18. The Friction Theory for Viscosity Modeling

    Cisneros, Sergio; Zeberg-Mikkelsen, Claus Kjær; Stenby, Erling Halfdan

    2001-01-01

    In this work the one-parameter friction theory (f-theory) general models have been extended to the viscosity prediction and modeling of characterized oils. It is demonstrated that these simple models, which take advantage of the repulsive and attractive pressure terms of cubic equations of state...... such as the SRK, PR and PRSV, can provide accurate viscosity prediction and modeling of characterized oils. In the case of light reservoir oils, whose properties are close to those of normal alkanes, the one-parameter f-theory general models can predict the viscosity of these fluids with good accuracy....... Yet, in the case when experimental information is available a more accurate modeling can be obtained by means of a simple tuning procedure. A tuned f-theory general model can deliver highly accurate viscosity modeling above the saturation pressure and good prediction of the liquid-phase viscosity at...

  19. Accuracy of endoscopic ultrasonography for diagnosing ulcerative early gastric cancers.

    Park, Jin-Seok; Kim, Hyungkil; Bang, Byongwook; Kwon, Kyesook; Shin, Youngwoon

    2016-07-01

    Although endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) is the first-choice imaging modality for predicting the invasion depth of early gastric cancer (EGC), the prediction accuracy of EUS is significantly decreased when EGC is combined with ulceration.The aim of present study was to compare the accuracy of EUS and conventional endoscopy (CE) for determining the depth of EGC. In addition, the various clinic-pathologic factors affecting the diagnostic accuracy of EUS, with a particular focus on endoscopic ulcer shapes, were evaluated.We retrospectively reviewed data from 236 consecutive patients with ulcerative EGC. All patients underwent EUS for estimating tumor invasion depth, followed by either curative surgery or endoscopic treatment. The diagnostic accuracy of EUS and CE was evaluated by comparing the final histologic result of resected specimen. The correlation between accuracy of EUS and characteristics of EGC (tumor size, histology, location in stomach, tumor invasion depth, and endoscopic ulcer shapes) was analyzed. Endoscopic ulcer shapes were classified into 3 groups: definite ulcer, superficial ulcer, and ill-defined ulcer.The overall accuracy of EUS and CE for predicting the invasion depth in ulcerative EGC was 68.6% and 55.5%, respectively. Of the 236 patients, 36 patients were classified as definite ulcers, 98 were superficial ulcers, and 102 were ill-defined ulcers, In univariate analysis, EUS accuracy was associated with invasion depth (P = 0.023), tumor size (P = 0.034), and endoscopic ulcer shapes (P = 0.001). In multivariate analysis, there is a significant association between superficial ulcer in CE and EUS accuracy (odds ratio: 2.977; 95% confidence interval: 1.255-7.064; P = 0.013).The accuracy of EUS for determining tumor invasion depth in ulcerative EGC was superior to that of CE. In addition, ulcer shape was an important factor that affected EUS accuracy. PMID:27472672

  20. Theory and Vocational Education.

    Swanson, Gordon I.

    1988-01-01

    The search for an explanation of day-to-day problems is the appropriate framework for describing theory. Theory and research have reciprocal relationships: Theory gives direction to research and research refines theory. Vocational education occurs in the context of many theoretical frames. Understanding this theory relatedness is important to…