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  1. Centroid finding method for position-sensitive detectors

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    A new centroid finding method for all detectors where the signal charge is collected or induced on strips of wires, or on subdivided resistive electrodes, is presented. The centroid of charge is determined by convolution of the sequentially switched outputs from these subdivisions or from the strips with a linear centroid finding filter. The position line width is inversely proportional to N/sup 3/2/, where N is the number of subdivisions

  2. A new Initial Centroid finding Method based on Dissimilarity Tree for K-means Algorithm

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    Kumar, Abhishek; Gupta, Suresh Chandra

    2015-01-01

    Cluster analysis is one of the primary data analysis technique in data mining and K-means is one of the commonly used partitioning clustering algorithm. In K-means algorithm, resulting set of clusters depend on the choice of initial centroids. If we can find initial centroids which are coherent with the arrangement of data, the better set of clusters can be obtained. This paper proposes a method based on the Dissimilarity Tree to find, the better initial centroid as well as every bit more acc...

  3. Modification of backgammon shape cathode and graded charge division readout method for a novel triple charge division centroid finding method

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    Triple Charge Division (TCD) centroid finding method that uses modified pattern of Backgammon Shape Cathode (MBSC) is introduced for medium range length position sensitive detectors with optimum numbers of cathode segments. MBSC pattern has three separated areas and uses saw tooth like insulator gaps for separating the areas. Side areas of the MBSC pattern are severed by a central common area. Size of the central area is twice of the size of both sides. Whereas central area is the widest area among three, both sides' areas have the main role in position sensing. With the same resolution and linearity, active region of original Backgammon pattern increases twice by using MBSC pattern, and with the same length, linearity of TCD centroid finding is much better than Backgammon charge division readout method. Linearity prediction of TCD centroid finding and experimental results conducted us to find an optimum truncation of the apices of MBCS pattern in the central area. The TCD centroid finding has an especial readout method since charges must be collected from two segments in both sides and from three segments in the central area of MBSC pattern. The so called Graded Charge Division (GCD) is the especial readout method for TCD. The GCD readout is a combination of the charge division readout and sequence grading of serial segments. Position sensing with TCD centroid finding and GCD readout were done by two sizes MBSC patterns (200mm and 80mm) and Spatial resolution about 1% of the detector length is achieved

  4. A new type of centroid finding method for position sensitive detectors

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    A new method is introduced for determining the position of events in all detectors where the signals are collected through strips or wires or subdivided electrodes.Signals issued from a position-sensitive detector are processed to construct two pulses. Then, the position is determined by the time interval between these two waveforms. This method is a generalization of the delay line one used mostly in MWPC. However, the new method allows higher rates. The delay can be adjusted to smaller values (24 ns for our prototype).Tests were performed with 1D gas-filled detector with 100 mm length, designed for SAXS experiment at the ESRF synchrotron in Grenoble. The induced signal on a segmented cathode was collected through a resistor network similar to the charge division. The left and the right signals were used to determine the position using the new method based prototype. A spatial resolution of 0.67 mm at FWHM was obtained. Good linearity was achieved after correction of the U-distortion observed on a homogeneous irradiation of the detector. (orig.)

  5. Optimum threshold selection method of centroid computation for Gaussian spot

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    Li, Xuxu; Li, Xinyang; Wang, Caixia

    2015-10-01

    Centroid computation of Gaussian spot is often conducted to get the exact position of a target or to measure wave-front slopes in the fields of target tracking and wave-front sensing. Center of Gravity (CoG) is the most traditional method of centroid computation, known as its low algorithmic complexity. However both electronic noise from the detector and photonic noise from the environment reduces its accuracy. In order to improve the accuracy, thresholding is unavoidable before centroid computation, and optimum threshold need to be selected. In this paper, the model of Gaussian spot is established to analyze the performance of optimum threshold under different Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) conditions. Besides, two optimum threshold selection methods are introduced: TmCoG (using m % of the maximum intensity of spot as threshold), and TkCoG ( using?n +?? n as the threshold), ?n and ?n are the mean value and deviation of back noise. Firstly, their impact on the detection error under various SNR conditions is simulated respectively to find the way to decide the value of k or m. Then, a comparison between them is made. According to the simulation result, TmCoG is superior over TkCoG for the accuracy of selected threshold, and detection error is also lower.

  6. Multiple centroid method to evaluate the adaptability of alfalfa genotypes

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    Moysés Nascimento

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate the efficiency of multiple centroids to study the adaptability of alfalfa genotypes (Medicago sativa L.. In this method, the genotypes are compared with ideotypes defined by the bissegmented regression model, according to the researcher's interest. Thus, genotype classification is carried out as determined by the objective of the researcher and the proposed recommendation strategy. Despite the great potential of the method, it needs to be evaluated under the biological context (with real data. In this context, we used data on the evaluation of dry matter production of 92 alfalfa cultivars, with 20 cuttings, from an experiment in randomized blocks with two repetitions carried out from November 2004 to June 2006. The multiple centroid method proved efficient for classifying alfalfa genotypes. Moreover, it showed no unambiguous indications and provided that ideotypes were defined according to the researcher's interest, facilitating data interpretation.

  7. Gaussian Analytic Centroiding method of star image of star tracker

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    Wang, Haiyong; Xu, Ershuai; Li, Zhifeng; Li, Jingjin; Qin, Tianmu

    2015-11-01

    The energy distribution of an actual star image coincides with the Gaussian law statistically in most cases, so the optimized processing algorithm about star image centroiding should be constructed also by following Gaussian law. For a star image spot covering a certain number of pixels, the marginal distribution of the gray accumulation on rows and columns are shown and analyzed, based on which the formulas of Gaussian Analytic Centroiding method (GAC) are deduced, and the robustness is also promoted due to the inherited filtering effect of gray accumulation. Ideal reference star images are simulated by the PSF (point spread function) with integral form. Precision and speed tests for the Gaussian Analytic formulas are conducted under three scenarios of Gaussian radius (0.5, 0.671, 0.8 pixel), The simulation results show that the precision of GAC method is better than that of the other given algorithms when the Gaussian radius is not bigger than 5 × 5 pixel window, a widely used parameter. Above all, the algorithm which consumes the least time is still the novel GAC method. GAC method helps to promote the comprehensive performance in the attitude determination of a star tracker.

  8. Finding binary active galactic nuclei by the centroid shift in imaging surveys

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    Liu, Yuan

    2015-01-01

    The census of binary active galactic nuclei (AGNs) is important in order to understand the merging history of galaxies and the triggering of AGNs. However, there is still no efficient method for selecting the candidates of binary AGNs. The non-synchronous variations of the two AGNs in one binary system will induce the shift of the image centroid. Since the astrometric error is normally much smaller than the angular resolution of telescopes, it is possible to detect such shifts even in the unresolved system via multi-epoch observations. We perform some simulations and find that hundreds of observations are required to discover compact binary AGNs. This method is suitable for the future large-scale surveys, e.g., the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and it might lead to a large sample of binary AGNs with a 1-2 yr survey.

  9. Enhancing K-Means Algorithm with Semi-Unsupervised Centroid Selection Method

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    R Shanmugasundaram; Sukumaran, S

    2010-01-01

    The k-means algorithm is one of the frequently used clustering methods in data mining, due to its performance in clustering massive data sets. The final clustering result of the kmeans clustering algorithm is based on the correctness of the initial centroids, which are selected randomly. The original k-means algorithm converges to local minimum, not the global optimum. The k-means clustering performance can be enhanced if the initial cluster centers are found. To find the initial cluster cent...

  10. Electronic lifetime measurements with a Ge(Li) detector using the centroid-shift method

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    The centroid-shift method was applied to lifetime measurements using a pulsed beam. A time-centroid spectrum and a mean-life spectrum were created automatically with a minimum of human interference. The method is illustrated with the 98Mo(α,3n)99Ru reaction, in which an isomeric state in 99Ru was found. (Auth.)

  11. Path integral centroid molecular dynamics method for Bose and Fermi statistics: formalism and simulation

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    Kinugawa, Kenichi; Nagao, Hidemi; Ohta, Koji

    1999-07-01

    A method is proposed for path integral centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) extended to Bose/Fermi statistics. It is based on the `pseudo-Boltzmann' canonical partition function of quantum statistical mechanics. An extended technique of path integral molecular dynamics (PIMD) is further presented for the calculation of thermodynamic properties and centroid mean force of Bose/Fermi systems. Bosonic PIMD and CMD simulations have been performed for 4He and the ideal Bose gas, respectively. The remnant of ? transition is observed for 4He, while Bose statistics causes a decay of the centroid velocity autocorrelation function of the ideal Bose gas in a nanosecond scale.

  12. Statistical analysis of x-ray stress measurement by centroid method

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    The X-ray technique allows a nondestructive and rapid measurement of residual stresses in metallic materials. The centroid method has an advantage over other X-ray methods in that it can determine the angular position of a diffraction line, from which the stress is calculated, even with an asymmetrical line profile. An equation for the standard deviation of the angular position of a diffraction line, σsub(p), caused by statistical fluctuation was derived, which is a fundamental source of scatter in X-ray stress measurements. This equation shows that an increase of X-ray counts by a factor of k results in a decrease of σsub(p) by a factor of 1/√k. It also shows that σsub(p) increases rapidly as the angular range used in calculating the centroid increases. It is therefore important to calculate the centroid using the narrow angular range between the two ends of the diffraction line where it starts to deviate from the straight background line. By using quenched structural steels JIS S35C and S45C, the residual stresses and their standard deviations were calculated by the centroid, parabola, Gaussian curve, and half-width methods, and the results were compared. The centroid of a diffraction line was affected greatly by the background line used. The standard deviation of the stress measured by the centroid method was found to be the largest among the four methods. (author)

  13. [Spectra Classification Based on Local Mean-Based K-Nearest Centroid Neighbor Method].

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    Tu, Liang-ping; Wei, Hui-ming; Wang, Zhi-heng; Wei, Peng; Luo, A-li; Zhao, Yong-heng

    2015-04-01

    In the present paper, a local mean-based K-nearest centroid neighbor (LMKNCN) technique is used for the classification of stars, galaxies and quasars (QSOS). The main idea of LMKNCN is that it depends on the principle of the nearest centroid neighborhood(NCN), and selects K centroid neighbors of each class as training samples and then classifies a query pattern into the class with the distance of the local centroid mean vector to the samples . In this paper, KNN, KNCN and LMKNCN were experimentally compared with these three different kinds of spectra data which are from the United States SDSS-DR8. Among these three methods, the rate of correct classification of the LMKNCN algorithm is higher than the other two algorithms or comparable and the average rate of correct classification is higher than the other two algorithms, especially for the identification of quasars. Experiment shows that the results in this work have important significance for studying galaxies, stars and quasars spectra classification. PMID:26197610

  14. Multiple centroid method to evaluate the adaptability of alfalfa genotypes / Metodologia dos centroides mltiplos para avaliao da adaptabilidade em gentipos de alfafa

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    Moyss, Nascimento; Adsio, Ferreira; Ana Carolina Campana, Nascimento; Fabyano Fonseca e, Silva; Reinaldo de Paula, Ferreira; Cosme Damio, Cruz.

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a eficincia do mtodo dos centroides mltiplos em um estudo de adaptabilidade de gentipos de alfafa (Medicago sativa L.). Neste mtodo os gentipos so comparados a idetipos definidos de acordo com o interesse do pesquisador por meio do modelo de regresso [...] bissegmentada. Desta forma a classificao dos gentipos realizada conforme objetivo do pesquisador e a estratgia de recomendao desejada. Apesar do grande potencial do mtodo h a necessidade que o mesmo seja avaliado sob o aspecto biolgico (com dados reais). Assim, diante deste contexto foram utilizados dados provenientes de um experimento em blocos casualizados com 2 repeties, que constituiu-se da avaliao da produo de matria seca de 92 cultivares de alfafa em 20 cortes, realizados no perodo de novembro de 2004 a junho de 2006. A metodologia dos Centroides Mltiplos mostrou-se eficiente na classificao de gentipos de alfafa. Alm de no apresentar duplicidade de indicaes e proporcionar que idetipos fossem definidos de acordo com o interesse do pesquisador facilitando a interpretao dos dados. Abstract in english This study aimed to evaluate the efficiency of multiple centroids to study the adaptability of alfalfa genotypes (Medicago sativa L.). In this method, the genotypes are compared with ideotypes defined by the bissegmented regression model, according to the researcher's interest. Thus, genotype classi [...] fication is carried out as determined by the objective of the researcher and the proposed recommendation strategy. Despite the great potential of the method, it needs to be evaluated under the biological context (with real data). In this context, we used data on the evaluation of dry matter production of 92 alfalfa cultivars, with 20 cuttings, from an experiment in randomized blocks with two repetitions carried out from November 2004 to June 2006. The multiple centroid method proved efficient for classifying alfalfa genotypes. Moreover, it showed no unambiguous indications and provided that ideotypes were defined according to the researcher's interest, facilitating data interpretation.

  15. Generalized centroid shift method for lifetime measurements in heavy ion reactions

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    Andrejtscheff, W.; Senba, M.; Tsoupas, N.; Ding, Z.Z. (Rutgers - the State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (USA). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy)

    1982-12-15

    An application of the generalized centroid shift method for lifetime measurements in the nano-second and subnanosecond region in HI reactions on the Rutgers tandem is described. Delayed ..gamma gamma..-coincidence measurements using plastic scintillators (start) and a germanium detector (stop) are discussed. Details of the analysis including treatment of the time background (random coincidences) and the choice of range of analysis of the time distributions are considered.

  16. The Generalized Centroid Difference method for lifetime measurements via ?-? coincidences using large fast-timing arrays

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    Rgis J.-M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel method for direct electronic fast-timing lifetime measurements of nuclear excited states via ?-? coincidences using an array equipped with N very fast high-resolution LaBr3(Ce scintillator detectors is presented. The generalized centroid difference method provides two independent start and stop time spectra obtained without any correction by a superposition of the N(N 1/2 calibrated ?-? time difference spectra of the N detector fast-timing system. The two fast-timing array time spectra correspond to a forward and reverse gating of a specific ?-? cascade and the centroid difference as the time shift between the centroids of the two time spectra provides a picosecond-sensitive mirror-symmetric observable of the set-up. The energydependent mean prompt response difference between the start and stop events is calibrated and used as a single correction for lifetime determination. These combined fast-timing array mean ?-? zero-time responses can be determined for 40 keV < E? < 1.4 MeV with a precision better than 10 ps using a 152Eu ?-ray source. The new method is described with examples of (n,? and (n,f,? experiments performed at the intense cold-neutron beam facility PF1B of the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France, using 16 LaBr3(Ce detectors within the EXILL&FATIMA campaign in 2013. The results are discussed with respect to possible systematic errors induced by background contributions.

  17. A multi-resolution method for climate system modeling: application of Spherical Centroidal A multi-resolution method for climate system modeling: Application of Spherical Centroidal Voroni Tessellations

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    Ringler, Todd D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gunzburger, Max [FLORIDA STATE UNIV; Ju, Lili [UNIV OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    2008-01-01

    During the next decade and beyond, climate system models will be challenged to resolve scales and processes that are far beyond their current scope. Each climate system component has its prototypical example of an unresolved process that may strongly influence the global climate system, ranging from eddy activity within ocean models, to ice streams within ice sheet models, to surface hydrological processes within land system models, to cloud processes within atmosphere models. These new demands will almost certainly result in the develop of multi-resolution schemes that are able, at least regional to faithfully simulate these fine-scale processes. Spherical Centroidal Voronoi Tessellations (SCVTs) offer one potential path toward the development of robust, multi-resolution climate system component models, SCVTs allow for the generation of high quality Voronoi diagrams and Delaunay triangulations through the use of an intuitive, user-defined density function, each of the examples provided, this method results in high-quality meshes where the quality measures are guaranteed to improve as the number of nodes is increased. Real-world examples are developed for the Greenland ice sheet and the North Atlantic ocean. Idealized examples are developed for ocean-ice shelf interaction and for regional atmospheric modeling. In addition to defining, developing and exhibiting SCVTs, we pair this mesh generation technique with a previously developed finite-volume method. Our numerical example is based on the nonlinear shallow-water equations spanning the entire surface of the sphere. This example is used to elucidate both the potential benefits of this multi-resolution method and the challenges ahead.

  18. Comparison of pure and 'Latinized' centroidal Voronoi tessellation against various other statistical sampling methods

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    A recently developed centroidal Voronoi tessellation (CVT) sampling method is investigated here to assess its suitability for use in statistical sampling applications. CVT efficiently generates a highly uniform distribution of sample points over arbitrarily shaped M-dimensional parameter spaces. On several 2-D test problems CVT has recently been found to provide exceedingly effective and efficient point distributions for response surface generation. Additionally, for statistical function integration and estimation of response statistics associated with uniformly distributed random-variable inputs (uncorrelated), CVT has been found in initial investigations to provide superior points sets when compared against latin-hypercube and simple-random Monte Carlo methods and Halton and Hammersley quasi-random sequence methods. In this paper, the performance of all these sampling methods and a new variant ('Latinized' CVT) are further compared for non-uniform input distributions. Specifically, given uncorrelated normal inputs in a 2-D test problem, statistical sampling efficiencies are compared for resolving various statistics of response: mean, variance, and exceedence probabilities

  19. Repeatability and precision of a weighted centroid method for estimating dynamic in vivo tibiofemoral surface interactions in sheep.

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    Beveridge, Jillian E; Shrive, Nigel G; Frank, Cyril B

    2014-01-01

    Persistent changes in joint biomechanics resulting from knee injury are thought to contribute to progressive cartilage damage and post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA). The identification and quantification of in vivo tibiofemoral surface interactions are critical to understanding them, particularly abnormal interactions that are damaging to articular cartilage and other structures of the knee. In this study, we describe an approach for understanding such potential interactions by using a weighted centroid derived from in vivo stifle kinematics in sheep. Collectively, repeatability and sensitivity analyses indicate that the magnitude of the changes in tibiofemoral centroid location resulting from combined ligament transection is greater than the repeatability and precision of the current weighted centroid approach, making this method useful for describing the changes in dynamic surface interactions that may be relevant in the pathogenesis of PTOA in this stifle injury model. PMID:23742689

  20. Localization Methods of Weighted Centroid of dBZ on Weather-Radar Echo Maps in Vector Format

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    Xue-tao Yu

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Fast generation of weather-radar echo maps in vector format and accurate localization of weighted centroid of dBZ (dBZ stands for decibels of reflectivity of a radar signal reflected off a remote object are the basis of studying the characteristic tracking algorithms which are based on the vector echoes. The authors principally studied the approach to generating the vector echo map, and discussed the localization methods of weighted centroid of dBZ on vector echo maps. First, based on the traditional calculation method on raster echo data, some new localization methods of weighted centroid of dBZ on vector echo data were proposed by considering the weights of features’ area and distance from their location to radar center. Second, taking the base reflectivity products of CINRAD/SA weather radar in Meizhou city of China as data sources, they illustrated the storage structure of this type of echo data and studied the drawing mode of changing this type of data into vector format files under the polar coordinate system in detail. Third, using the same vector echo maps created by the above method, the weighted centroid of the same area was calculated by the above localization methods. In the end, Compared with the calculated value of the same area by traditional method which is based on raster echo maps, the three new calculated results and the sources of error were analyzed in detail and two conclusions were drawn: the echo’s precision in vector format is much higher than that in raster format and it is more accurate to take the features’ area and distance to radar center as weights during the calculation of weighted centroid of dBZ on echo maps in vector format.

  1. A multi-resolution method for climate system modeling: application of spherical centroidal Voronoi tessellations

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    Ringler, Todd [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Ju, Lili [University of South Carolina; Gunzburger, Max [Florida State University

    2008-01-01

    During the next decade and beyond, climate system models will be challenged to resolve scales and processes that are far beyond their current scope. Each climate system component has its prototypical example of an unresolved process that may strongly influence the global climate system, ranging from eddy activity within ocean models, to ice streams within ice sheet models, to surface hydrological processes within land system models, to cloud processes within atmosphere models. These new demands will almost certainly result in the develop of multiresolution schemes that are able, at least regionally, to faithfully simulate these fine-scale processes. Spherical centroidal Voronoi tessellations (SCVTs) offer one potential path toward the development of a robust, multiresolution climate system model components. SCVTs allow for the generation of high quality Voronoi diagrams and Delaunay triangulations through the use of an intuitive, user-defined density function. In each of the examples provided, this method results in high-quality meshes where the quality measures are guaranteed to improve as the number of nodes is increased. Real-world examples are developed for the Greenland ice sheet and the North Atlantic ocean. Idealized examples are developed for ocean–ice shelf interaction and for regional atmospheric modeling. In addition to defining, developing, and exhibiting SCVTs, we pair this mesh generation technique with a previously developed finite-volume method. Our numerical example is based on the nonlinear, shallow water equations spanning the entire surface of the sphere. This example is used to elucidate both the potential benefits of this multiresolution method and the challenges ahead.

  2. A multiresolution method for climate system modeling: application of spherical centroidal Voronoi tessellations

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    Ringler, Todd; Ju, Lili; Gunzburger, Max

    2008-12-01

    During the next decade and beyond, climate system models will be challenged to resolve scales and processes that are far beyond their current scope. Each climate system component has its prototypical example of an unresolved process that may strongly influence the global climate system, ranging from eddy activity within ocean models, to ice streams within ice sheet models, to surface hydrological processes within land system models, to cloud processes within atmosphere models. These new demands will almost certainly result in the develop of multiresolution schemes that are able, at least regionally, to faithfully simulate these fine-scale processes. Spherical centroidal Voronoi tessellations (SCVTs) offer one potential path toward the development of a robust, multiresolution climate system model components. SCVTs allow for the generation of high-quality Voronoi diagrams and Delaunay triangulations through the use of an intuitive, user-defined density function. In each of the examples provided, this method results in high-quality meshes where the quality measures are guaranteed to improve as the number of nodes is increased. Real-world examples are developed for the Greenland ice sheet and the North Atlantic ocean. Idealized examples are developed for ocean-ice shelf interaction and for regional atmospheric modeling. In addition to defining, developing, and exhibiting SCVTs, we pair this mesh generation technique with a previously developed finite-volume method. Our numerical example is based on the nonlinear, shallow-water equations spanning the entire surface of the sphere. This example is used to elucidate both the po tential benefits of this multiresolution method and the challenges ahead.

  3. A novel, view-independent method for strain mapping in myocardial elastography: eliminating angle and centroid dependence

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    Robust indices of regional and global cardiac function are a key factor in detection and treatment of heart disease as well as understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of a healthy heart. Myocardial elastography provides a noninvasive method for imaging and measuring displacement and strain of the myocardium for the early detection of cardiovascular disease. However, two-dimensional in-plane axial and lateral strains measured depend on the sonographic view used. This becomes especially critical in a clinical setting and may induce large variations in the measured strains, potentially leading to false diagnoses. A novel method in myocardial elastography is proposed for eliminating this view dependence by deriving the polar, principal and classified principal strains. The performance of the proposed methodology is assessed by employing 3D finite-element left-ventricular models of a control and an ischemic canine heart. Although polar strains are angle-independent, they are sensitive to the selected reference coordinate system, which requires the definition of a centroid of the left ventricle (LV). In contrast, principal strains derived through eigenvalue decomposition exhibit the inherent characteristic of coordinate system independence, offering view (i.e., angle and centroid)-independent strain measurements. Classified principal strains are obtained by assigning the principal components in the physical ventricular coordinate system. An extensive strain analysis illustrates the improvement in interpretation and visualization of the full-field myocardial deformation by using the classified principal strains, clearly depicting the ischemic and non-ischemic regions. Strain maps, independent of sonographic views and imaging planes, that can be used to accurately detect regional contractile dysfunction are demonstrated

  4. INTEGRATING NAIVE BAYES AND K-MEANS CLUSTERING WITH DIFFERENT INITIAL CENTROID SELECTION METHODS IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF HEART DISEASE PATIENTS

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    Mai Shouman

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world over the past 10 years. Researchers have been using several data mining techniques to help health care professionals in the diagnosis of heart disease. Naïve Bayes is one of the data mining techniques used in the diagnosis of heart disease showing considerable success. K-means clustering is one of the most popular clustering techniques; however initial centroid selection strongly affects its results. This paper demonstrates the effectiveness of an unsupervised learning technique which is kmeans clustering in improving supervised learning technique which is naïve bayes. It investigates integrating K-means clustering with Naïve Bayes in the diagnosis of heart disease patients. It also investigates different methods of initial centroid selection of the K-means clustering such as range, inlier, outlier, random attribute values, and random row methods in the diagnosis of heart disease patients. The results show that integrating k-means clustering with naïve bayes with different initial centroid selection could enhance the naïve bayes accuracy in diagnosing heart disease patients. It also showed that the two clusters random row initial centroid selection method could achieve higher accuracy than other initial centroid selection methods in the diagnosis of heart disease patients showing accuracy of 84.5%.

  5. Comparison of pure and 'Latinized' centroidal Voronoi tessellation against various other statistical sampling methods

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    Romero, Vicente J. [Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM 87185-0828 (United States)]. E-mail: vjromer@sandia.gov; Burkardt, John V. [School of Computational Science and Information Technology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4120 (United States)]. E-mail: burkardt@csit.fsu.edu; Gunzburger, Max D. [School of Computational Science and Information Technology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4120 (United States)]. E-mail: gunzburg@csit.fsu.edu; Peterson, Janet S. [School of Computational Science and Information Technology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4120 (United States)]. E-mail: jspeters@csit.fsu.edu

    2006-10-15

    A recently developed centroidal Voronoi tessellation (CVT) sampling method is investigated here to assess its suitability for use in statistical sampling applications. CVT efficiently generates a highly uniform distribution of sample points over arbitrarily shaped M-dimensional parameter spaces. On several 2-D test problems CVT has recently been found to provide exceedingly effective and efficient point distributions for response surface generation. Additionally, for statistical function integration and estimation of response statistics associated with uniformly distributed random-variable inputs (uncorrelated), CVT has been found in initial investigations to provide superior points sets when compared against latin-hypercube and simple-random Monte Carlo methods and Halton and Hammersley quasi-random sequence methods. In this paper, the performance of all these sampling methods and a new variant ('Latinized' CVT) are further compared for non-uniform input distributions. Specifically, given uncorrelated normal inputs in a 2-D test problem, statistical sampling efficiencies are compared for resolving various statistics of response: mean, variance, and exceedence probabilities.

  6. Alteração no método centroide de avaliação da adaptabilidade genotípica Alteration of the centroid method to evaluate genotypic adaptability

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    Moysés Nascimento

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi alterar o método centroide de avaliação da adaptabilidade e estabilidade fenotípica de genótipos, para deixá-lo com maior sentido biológico e melhorar aspectos quantitativos e qualitativos de sua análise. A alteração se deu pela adição de mais três ideótipos, definidos de acordo com valores médios dos genótipos nos ambientes. Foram utilizados dados provenientes de um experimento sobre produção de matéria seca de 92 genótipos de alfafa (Medicago sativa realizado em blocos ao acaso, com duas repetições. Os genótipos foram submetidos a 20 cortes, no período de novembro de 2004 a junho de 2006. Cada corte foi considerado um ambiente. A inclusão dos ideótipos de maior sentido biológico (valores médios nos ambientes resultou em uma dispersão gráfica em forma de uma seta voltada para a direita, na qual os genótipos mais produtivos ficaram próximos à ponta da seta. Com a alteração, apenas cinco genótipos foram classificados nas mesmas classes do método centroide original. A figura em forma de seta proporciona uma comparação direta dos genótipos, por meio da formação de um gradiente de produtividade. A alteração no método mantém a facilidade de interpretação dos resultados para a recomendação dos genótipos presente no método original e não permite duplicidade de interpretação dos resultados.ABSTRACT The objective of this work was to modify the centroid method of evaluation of phenotypic adaptability and the phenotype stability of genotypes in order for the method to make greater biological sense and improve its quantitative and qualitative performance. The method was modified by means of the inclusion of three additional ideotypes defined in accordance with the genotypes' average yield in the environments tested. The alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. forage yield of 92 genotypes was used. The trial had a randomized block design, with two replicates, and the data were used to test the method. The genotypes underwent 20 cuts, from November 2004 to June 2006. Each cut was considered an environment. The inclusion of ideotypes of greater biological average production in the environments produced an arrow-shaped graphical dispersion directed to the right in which the most productive genotypes were placed near the tip of the arrow. With the alteration only five genotypes were classified into the former classes of the original centroid method. The arrow-shaped figure allowed a direct comparison of genotypes throughout the productivity gradient. The alteration performed in the method preserved the easy interpretation of results for genotype recommendations of the original method, and does leaves no room for ambiguity in interpretation of the results.

  7. A Reference Point Construction Method Using Mobile Terminals and the Indoor Localization Evaluation in the Centroid Method

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    Takahiro Yamaguchi

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available As smartphones become widespread, a variety of smartphone applications are being developed. This paper proposes a method for indoor localization (i.e., positioning that uses only smartphones, which are general-purpose mobile terminals, as reference point devices. This method has the following features: (a the localization system is built with smartphones whose movements are confined to respective limited areas. No fixed reference point devices are used; (b the method does not depend on the wireless performance of smartphones and does not require information about the propagation characteristics of the radio waves sent from reference point devices, and (c the method determines the location at the application layer, at which location information can be easily incorporated into high-level services. We have evaluated the level of localization accuracy of the proposed method by building a software emulator that modeled an underground shopping mall. We have confirmed that the determined location is within a small area in which the user can find target objects visually.

  8. Centroid Based Text Clustering

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    Priti Maheshwari

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Web mining is a burgeoning new field that attempts to glean meaningful information from natural language text. Web mining refers generally to the process of extracting interesting information and knowledge from unstructured text. Text clustering is one of the important Web mining functionalities. Text clustering is the task in which texts are classified into groups of similar objects based on their contents. Current research in the area of Web mining is tacklesproblems of text data representation, classification, clustering, information extraction or the search for and modeling of hidden patterns. In this paper we propose for mining large document collections it is necessary to pre-process the web documents and store the information in a data structure, which is more appropriate for further processing than a plain web file. In this paper we developed a php-mySql based utility to convert unstructured web documents into structured tabular representation by preprocessing, indexing .We apply centroid based web clustering method on preprocessed data. We apply three methods for clustering. Finally we proposed a method that can increase accuracy based on clustering ofdocuments.

  9. Geogebra: Calculation of Centroid

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    Qamil Kllogjeri

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Our paper is result of the research done in a special direction for solving problems of physics by using GeoGebra programme: calculation of centroid. Lots of simulations of physical phenomena from the class of Mechanics can be performed and computational problems can be solved with GeoGebra. GeoGebra offers many commands and one of them is the command “centroid” to calculate the coordinates of the centroid of a polygon but, we have created a new tool to calculate the coordinates of the centroid of a plane region bounded by curves. Our work is part of the passionate work of many GeoGebra users which will result with a very rich fund of GeoGebra virtual tools, examples and experiences that will be worldwidely available for many teachers and practioners.

  10. Application example: Preliminary Results of ISOLA use to find moment tensor solutions and centroid depth applied to aftershocks of Mw=8.8 February 27 2010, Maule Earthquake

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    Nacif, S. V.; Sanchez, M. A.

    2013-05-01

    We selected seven aftershocks from Maule earthquake between 33.5°S to 35°S from May to September to find single source inversion. The data were provided by XY Chile Ramp Experiment* which was deployed after great Maule earthquake. Waveform data are from 13 broad band stations chosen from the 58 broad band stations deployed by IRIS-PASCAL from April to September 2010. Stations are placed above the normal subduction section south of ~33.5°S. Events were located with an iterative software called Hypocenter using one dimensional local model, obtained above for the forearc region between 33°S to 35°S. We used ISOLA which is a fortran code with a Matlab interface to obtain moment tensors solutions, optimum position and time of the subevents. Values depth obtained by a grid search of centroid position show range values which are compatibles with the interplate seismogenic zone. Double-Couple focal mechanism solutions (Figure 1) show 4 thrust events which can be associated with that zone. However, only one of them has strike, dip and rake of 358°, 27° and 101 respectively, appropriate to be expected for interplate seismogenic zone. On the other hand, the other 3 events show strike and normal double-couple focal mechanism solutions (Figure 1). This last topic makes association to those events to the contact of the Nazca and South American plate difficult. Nevertheless, in a first stage, their depths may allow possibility of an origin there. * The facilities of the IRIS Data Management System, and specifically the IRIS Data Management Center, were used for access to waveform, metadata or products required in this study. The IRIS DMS is funded through the National Science Foundation and specifically the GEO Directorate through the Instrumentation and Facilities Program of the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement EAR-0552316. Some activities of are supported by the National Science Foundation EarthScope Program under Cooperative Agreement EAR-0733069. Figure 1. Doble-Couple focal mechanisms solutions from Moment Tensor Inversion using ISOLA. Triangles show broad band stations used in this work from IRIS-PASSCAL.

  11. A Robust Front-End Processor combining Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficient and Sub-band Spectral Centroid Histogram methods for Automatic Speech Recognition

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    R. Thangarajan

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Environmental robustness is an important area of research in speech recognition. Mismatch between trained speech models and actual speech to be recognized is due to factors like background noise. It can cause severe degradation in the accuracy of recognizers whichare based on commonly used features like mel-frequency cepstral co-efficient (MFCC and linear predictive coding (LPC. It is well understood that all previous auditory based feature extraction methods perform extremely well in terms of robustness due to the dominantfrequency information present in them. But these methods suffer from high computational cost. Another method called sub-band spectral centroid histograms (SSCH integrates dominant-frequency information with sub-band power information. This method is based onsub-band spectral centroids (SSC which are closely related to spectral peaks for both clean and noisy speech. Since SSC can be computed efficiently from short-term speech power spectrum estimate, SSCH method is quite robust to background additive noise at a lowercomputational cost. It has been noted that MFCC method outperforms SSCH method in the case of clean speech. However in the case of speech with additive noise, MFCC method degrades substantially. In this paper, both MFCC and SSCH feature extraction have beenimplemented in Carnegie Melon University (CMU Sphinx 4.0 and trained and tested on AN4 database for clean and noisy speech. Finally, a robust speech recognizer which automatically employs either MFCC or SSCH feature extraction methods based on the variance of shortterm power of the input utterance is suggested.

  12. Research on Centroid Position for Stairs Climbing Stability of Search and Rescue Robot

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    Yan Guo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper represents the relationship between the stability of stairs climbing and the centroid position of the search and rescue robot. The robot system is considered as a mass point-plane model and the kinematics features are analyzed to find the relationship between centroid position and the maximal pitch angle of stairs the robot could climb up. A computable function about this relationship is given in this paper. During the stairs climbing, there is a maximal stability-keeping angle depends on the centroid position and the pitch angle of stairs, and the numerical formula is developed about the relationship between the maximal stability-keeping angle and the centroid position and pitch angle of stairs. The experiment demonstrates the trustworthy and correction of the method in the paper.

  13. Weighted Centroid Correction Localization in Cellular Systems

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    Rong-Zheng Li

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: There is a large demand for wireless Location-Based Service (LBS and it is provided by many wireless cellular systems. In process of positioning a Mobile Station (MS, the computing speed is as important as the positioning accuracy and the algorithm should also be resistant to environmental influences. Approach: A new positioning method based on Weighted Centroid Correction Localization (WCCL for wireless cellular systems is introduced in this article. Firstly, referring to the receiving-state of an MS in cellular systems, it computes a weighted centroid of surrounding Base Stations (BSs as a rough approximate position of the MS. Then, according to the distances between the MS and the BSs being less or bigger than the computed distances between the BSs and the weighted centroid, it corrects the coordinate of the weighted centroid towards the directions of the BSs by moving it closer or farther in turn. Results: According to our experiments, WCCL improves the positioning accuracy, as well as to provide a better resistance to environmental influences. Conclusion: As a modified centroid-based localization algorithm, WCCL obtains weighting factors from the receiving-state of MS in multi-cells structured cellular systems and obtains a better positioning result in cellular systems without updating the network equipment. Therefore, for the cellular positioning problem, WCCL algorithm can be an alternate solution.

  14. Comparao dos mtodos de determinao da estabilidade oxidativa de biodiesel B100, em mistura com antioxidantes sintticos: aplicao do delineamento simplex-centroide com varivel de processo Comparison of methods for determination of oxidative stability of B100 biodiesel mixed with synthetic antioxidants: application of simplex-centroid design with process variable

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    Joo Rafael de Moraes Cini

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The Rancimat and accelerated stove tests were used to determine the oxidative stability of B100 biodiesel mixed with synthetic antioxidants. The predictive equations, with process variable, were obtained by applying a simplex-centroid design. Regardless of the antioxidant used, all assays carried out with the accelerated stove test presented storage time longer than 177.88 d, the greatest value obtained by applying the Rancimat test. The t test, applied to the parameters containing the process variable, showed a statistically significant difference (at the level of 5% between the methods used.

  15. Quantum spatial superresolution by optical centroid measurements

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    Shin, Heedeuk; Chan, Kam Wai Clifford; Chang, Hye Jeong; Robert W. Boyd

    2011-01-01

    Quantum lithography (QL) has been suggested as a means of achieving enhanced spatial resolution for optical imaging, but its realization has been held back by the low multi-photon detection rates of recording materials. Recently, an optical centroid measurement (OCM) procedure was proposed as a way to obtain spatial resolution enhancement identical to that of QL but with higher detection efficiency (M. Tsang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 253601, 2009). Here we describe a variation of the OCM method ...

  16. An efficient g-centroid location algorithm for cographs

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    V. Prakash

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available In 1998, Pandu Rangan et al. Proved that locating the g-centroid for an arbitrary graph is 𝒩𝒫-hard by reducing the problem of finding the maximum clique size of a graph to the g-centroid location problem. They have also given an efficient polynomial time algorithm for locating the g-centroid for maximal outerplanar graphs, Ptolemaic graphs, and split graphs. In this paper, we present an O(nm time algorithm for locating the g-centroid for cographs, where n is the number of vertices and m is the number of edges of the graph.

  17. Statistics of Centroids of Velocity

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    Esquivel, A

    2009-01-01

    We review the use of velocity centroids statistics to recover information of interstellar turbulence from observations. Velocity centroids have been used for a long time now to retrieve information about the scaling properties of the turbulent velocity field in the interstellar medium. We show that, while they are useful to study subsonic turbulence, they do not trace the statistics of velocity in supersonic turbulence, because they are highly influenced by fluctuations of density. We show also that for sub-Alfv\\'enic turbulence (both supersonic and subsonic) two-point statistics (e.g. correlation functions or power-spectra) are anisotropic. This anisotropy can be used to determine the direction of the mean magnetic field projected in the plane of the sky.

  18. Quantum spatial superresolution by optical centroid measurements

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    Shin, Heedeuk; Chang, Hye Jeong; Boyd, Robert W

    2011-01-01

    Quantum lithography (QL) has been suggested as a means of achieving enhanced spatial resolution for optical imaging, but its realization has been held back by the low multi-photon detection rates of recording materials. Recently, an optical centroid measurement (OCM) procedure was proposed as a way to obtain spatial resolution enhancement identical to that of QL but with higher detection efficiency (M. Tsang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 253601, 2009). Here we describe a variation of the OCM method with still higher detection efficiency based on the use of photon-number-resolving detection. We also report laboratory results for two-photon interference. We compare these results with those of the standard QL method based on multi-photon detection and show that the new method leads to superresolution but with higher detection efficiency.

  19. Intelligent systems for analyzing soccer games: The weighted centroid / Sistemas Inteligentes para el anlisis de ftbol: centroide ponderado

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    F, Clemente; M, Santos-Couceiro; F, Loureno-Martins; R, Sousa; A, Figueiredo.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Nuevos sistemas inteligentes se han desarrollado recientemente, con el fin de mejorar la calidad de anlisis del partido. Estos sistemas basan su anlisis en el comportamiento tctico de los equipos, sin embargo, todos los mtodos innovadores necesitan algunos cambios para aumentar su potencial en l [...] as implicaciones prcticas. Por lo tanto, el objetivo principal de este trabajo es proponer una actualizacin del centroide y mtrica del equipo, teniendo en cuenta a todos los jugadores del equipo y tambin la posicin de la bola, adems, tiene como objetivo analizar la relacin entre los centroides de los equipos oponentes. Un partido de ftbol 11, fue analizado con el fin de aplicar el nuevo algoritmo del centroide; los principales resultados mostraron una fuerte evidencia de la relacin positiva entre centroides en el eje x (r s = 0.781) y el eje y (r s = 0.0707). Este estudio, confirma trabajos previos que analizaron la relacin positiva y fuerte entre equipos centroides. Adems, fue posible demostrar la pertinencia de la nueva actualizacin de mtrica tctica y su importancia para el aumento de la informacin en las aplicaciones prcticas durante el partido. Abstract in english New, intelligent systems have been developed recently to improve the quality of match analysis. These systems analyze the tactical behavior of the teams. However, the existing methods leave room for improvement. Thus, the main goal of this study is to refine the team centroid metric by considering a [...] ll of the players on the team and the ball position. Furthermore, this study analyzes the relationship between the centroids of the two opposing teams. One 11-on-11 soccer match was analyzed to test the new centroid algorithm. The results provided strong evidence of the positive relation between the centroids of the two teams over time in the x-axis (r s = 0.781) and the y-axis (r s = 0.0707). This study confirmed the results of previous studies that analyzed the relationship between team centroids. Furthermore, it was possible to prove the effectiveness of the new tactical metric and its relevance for adding information during a match.

  20. FINGERPRINT MATCHING BASED ON PORE CENTROIDS

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    S. Malathi

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available In recent years there has been exponential growth in the use of bio- metrics for user authentication applications. Automated Fingerprint Identification systems have become popular tool in many security and law enforcement applications. Most of these systems rely on minutiae (ridge ending and bifurcation features. With the advancement in sensor technology, high resolution fingerprint images (1000 dpi pro- vide micro level of features (pores that have proven to be useful fea- tures for identification. In this paper, we propose a new strategy for fingerprint matching based on pores by reliably extracting the pore features The extraction of pores is done by Marker Controlled Wa- tershed segmentation method and the centroids of each pore are con- sidered as feature vectors for matching of two fingerprint images. Experimental results shows that the proposed method has better per- formance with lower false rates and higher accuracy.

  1. Estimating the Doppler centroid of SAR data

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    Madsen, Søren Nørvang

    1989-01-01

    After reviewing frequency-domain techniques for estimating the Doppler centroid of synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) data, the author describes a time-domain method and highlights its advantages. In particular, a nonlinear time-domain algorithm called the sign-Doppler estimator (SDE) is shown to have...... attractive properties. An evaluation based on an existing SEASAT processor is reported. The time-domain algorithms are shown to be extremely efficient with respect to requirements on calculations and memory, and hence they are well suited to real-time systems where the Doppler estimation is based on raw SAR...... data. For offline processors where the Doppler estimation is performed on processed data, which removes the problem of partial coverage of bright targets, the ΔE estimator and the CDE (correlation Doppler estimator) algorithm give similar performance. However, for nonhomogeneous scenes it is found that...

  2. Algebraic method for finding equivalence groups

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    Bihlo, Alexander; Cardoso-Bihlo, Elsa Dos Santos; Popovych, Roman O.

    2015-01-01

    The algebraic method for computing the complete point symmetry group of a system of differential equations is extended to finding the complete equivalence group of a class of such systems. The extended method uses the knowledge of the corresponding equivalence algebra. Two versions of the method are presented, where the first involves the automorphism group of this algebra and the second is based on a list of its megaideals. We illustrate the megaideal-based version of the method with the com...

  3. Communication: Relation of centroid molecular dynamics and ring-polymer molecular dynamics to exact quantum dynamics

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    Hele, Timothy J. H.; Willatt, Michael J.; Muolo, Andrea; Althorpe, Stuart C., E-mail: sca10@cam.ac.uk [Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (United Kingdom)

    2015-05-21

    We recently obtained a quantum-Boltzmann-conserving classical dynamics by making a single change to the derivation of the “Classical Wigner” approximation. Here, we show that the further approximation of this “Matsubara dynamics” gives rise to two popular heuristic methods for treating quantum Boltzmann time-correlation functions: centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) and ring-polymer molecular dynamics (RPMD). We show that CMD is a mean-field approximation to Matsubara dynamics, obtained by discarding (classical) fluctuations around the centroid, and that RPMD is the result of discarding a term in the Matsubara Liouvillian which shifts the frequencies of these fluctuations. These findings are consistent with previous numerical results and give explicit formulae for the terms that CMD and RPMD leave out.

  4. Communication: Relation of centroid molecular dynamics and ring-polymer molecular dynamics to exact quantum dynamics

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    We recently obtained a quantum-Boltzmann-conserving classical dynamics by making a single change to the derivation of the “Classical Wigner” approximation. Here, we show that the further approximation of this “Matsubara dynamics” gives rise to two popular heuristic methods for treating quantum Boltzmann time-correlation functions: centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) and ring-polymer molecular dynamics (RPMD). We show that CMD is a mean-field approximation to Matsubara dynamics, obtained by discarding (classical) fluctuations around the centroid, and that RPMD is the result of discarding a term in the Matsubara Liouvillian which shifts the frequencies of these fluctuations. These findings are consistent with previous numerical results and give explicit formulae for the terms that CMD and RPMD leave out

  5. Relation of centroid molecular dynamics and ring-polymer molecular dynamics to exact quantum dynamics

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    Hele, Timothy J H; Muolo, Andrea; Althorpe, Stuart C

    2015-01-01

    We recently obtained a quantum-Boltzmann-conserving classical dynamics by making a single change to the derivation of the `Classical Wigner' approximation. Here, we show that the further approximation of this `Matsubara dynamics' gives rise to two popular heuristic methods for treating quantum Boltzmann time-correlation functions: centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) and ring-polymer molecular dynamics (RPMD). We show that CMD is a mean-field approximation to Matsubara dynamics, obtained by discarding (classical) fluctuations around the centroid, and that RPMD is the result of discarding a term in the Matsubara Liouvillian which shifts the frequencies of these fluctuations. These findings are consistent with previous numerical results, and give explicit formulae for the terms that CMD and RPMD leave out.

  6. Orbit extension method for finding unstable orbits

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    The orbit extension method is a technique for building long orbits from shorter ones. Combined with Newton's method, it gives a powerful and efficient tool for finding various orbits of area-preserving twist maps on a cylinder. It is particularly valuable for unstable orbits. This method is developed and used to find two kinds of orbits: ordered periodic orbits and principal heteroclinic orbits between two resonances. Flux from one resonance to another is obtained as a by-product of the principal heteroclinic orbits

  7. Maser Source-Finding Methods in HOPS

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    Walsh, A. J.; Purcell, C.; Longmore, S.; Jordan, C. H.; Lowe, V.

    2012-12-01

    The H2O Southern Galactic Plane Survey (HOPS) has observed 100 deg2 of the Galactic plane, using the Mopra radio telescope to search for emission from multiple spectral lines in the 12-mm band (19.5-27.5GHz). Perhaps the most important of these spectral lines is the 22.2-GHz water-maser transition. We describe the methods used to identify water-maser candidates and subsequent confirmation of the sources. Our methods involve a simple determination of likely candidates by searching peak emission maps, utilising the intrinsic nature of water-maser emission, spatially unresolved and spectrally narrow-lined. We estimate completeness limits and compare our method with results from the DUCHAMP source finder. We find that the two methods perform similarly. We conclude that the similarity in performance is due to the intrinsic limitation of the noise characteristics of the data. The advantages of our method are that it is slightly more efficient in eliminating spurious detections and is simple to implement. The disadvantage is that it is a manual method of finding sources and so is not practical on datasets much larger than HOPS, or for datasets with extended emission that needs to be characterised. We outline a two-stage method for the most efficient means of finding masers, using DUCHAMP.

  8. Comparao dos mtodos de determinao da estabilidade oxidativa de biodiesel B100, em mistura com antioxidantes sintticos: aplicao do delineamento simplex-centroide com varivel de processo Comparison of methods for determination of oxidative stability of B100 biodiesel mixed with synthetic antioxidants: application of simplex-centroid design with process variable

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    Joo Rafael de Moraes Cini; Dionsio Borsato; Carmen Lusa Barbosa Guedes; Hgata Cremasco da Silva; Rodolfo Lopes Coppo

    2013-01-01

    The Rancimat and accelerated stove tests were used to determine the oxidative stability of B100 biodiesel mixed with synthetic antioxidants. The predictive equations, with process variable, were obtained by applying a simplex-centroid design. Regardless of the antioxidant used, all assays carried out with the accelerated stove test presented storage time longer than 177.88 d, the greatest value obtained by applying the Rancimat test. The t test, applied to the parameters containing the proces...

  9. A measure of variable planar locations anchored on the centroid of the vowel space

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    Watt, Dominic; Fabricius, Anne

    2011-01-01

    of desiderata for choice of normalization algorithm(s) based on replicable procedures. We then present the principles of centroid-based normalization and account for its performance in recent road tests. In sections 4 and 5 we introduce a method that utilizes the centroid of the speaker’s vowel space...

  10. Statistical Properties of Line Centroid Velocities and Centroid Velocity Increments in Compressible Turbulence

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    Lis, D. C.; Pety, J.; Phillips, T.G.; Falgarone, E.

    1996-01-01

    We have calculated probability density functions (PDFs) of centroid velociti and centroid velocity increments of line profiles computed from the output of a 512 simulation of compressible turbulence. The PDFs of centroid velocities calculated over the whole data cube are roughly Gaussian. On a smaller scale, non-Gaussian PDFs are observed in some cases. However, this is far from being the rule, and most of the distributions show relatively minor deviations from a Gaussian. By contrast, PDFs o...

  11. Fast tracking mode predictive centroiding scheme

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    Rehman, Masood-Ur; Fang, Jiancheng; Saffih, Faycal; Quan, Wei

    2008-10-01

    The autonomous star trackers, using charge couple device CCD camera, or active pixel sensor APS, as natural sensors for optical input, has assumed a permanent position. This is due to their highly accurate attitude determination, small size, light weight and simple functionality, making them devices of choice in nearly all modern space vehicles especially for Nano-satellites. In all star trackers, star centroiding is a fundamental process necessary for pattern recognition. In this paper, a new method is presented, which predicts centers of regions of star locations, in successive image frames, from the current knowledge of boresight direction, which is updated successively. This method is very attractive for hardware implementation using APS imagers known for their random accessibility feature lacked in CCD's. The big advantage of this method is that it does not need pattern recognition, thus making it fast. This reduction of computational budget, power consumption and time, added to the capability of incorporating them in APS imagers, is appealing to Nano-satellites navigational instrumentation.

  12. Maser Source Finding Methods in HOPS

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    Walsh, Andrew J; Longmore, Steven; Jordan, Christopher H; Lowe, Vicki

    2011-01-01

    The {\\bf H}$_2${\\bf O} Southern Galactic {\\bf P}lane {\\bf S}urvey (HOPS) has observed 100 square degrees of the Galactic plane, using the Mopra radio telescope to search for emission from multiple spectral lines in the 12\\,mm band (19.5\\,--\\,27.5\\,GHz). Perhaps the most important of these spectral lines is the 22.2\\,GHz water maser transition. We describe the methods used to identify water maser candidates and subsequent confirmation of the sources. Our methods involve a simple determination of likely candidates by searching peak emission maps, utilising the intrinsic nature of water maser emission - spatially unresolved and spectrally narrow-lined. We estimate completeness limits and compare our method with results from the {\\sc Duchamp} source finder. We find that the two methods perform similarly. We conclude that the similarity in performance is due to the intrinsic limitation of the noise characteristics of the data. The advantages of our method are that it is slightly more efficient in eliminating spuri...

  13. Finding protein sites using machine learning methods

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The increasing amount of protein three-dimensional (3D structures determined by x-ray and NMR technologies as well as structures predicted by computational methods results in the need for automated methods to provide inital annotations. We have developed a new method for recognizing sites in three-dimensional protein structures. Our method is based on a previosly reported algorithm for creating descriptions of protein microenviroments using physical and chemical properties at multiple levels of detail. The recognition method takes three inputs: 1. A set of control nonsites that share some structural or functional role. 2. A set of control nonsites that lack this role. 3. A single query site. A support vector machine classifier is built using feature vectors where each component represents a property in a given volume. Validation against an independent test set shows that this recognition approach has high sensitivity and specificity. We also describe the results of scanning four calcium binding proteins (with the calcium removed using a three dimensional grid of probe points at 1.25 angstrom spacing. The system finds the sites in the proteins giving points at or near the blinding sites. Our results show that property based descriptions along with support vector machines can be used for recognizing protein sites in unannotated structures.

  14. The Burbea-Rao and Bhattacharyya centroids

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    Nielsen, Frank

    2010-01-01

    We study the centroid with respect to the class of information-theoretic distortion measures called Burbea-Rao divergences. Burbea-Rao divergences generalize the Jensen-Shannon divergence by measuring the non-negative Jensen difference induced by a strictly convex and differentiable function expressing a measure of entropy. We first show that a symmetrization of Bregman divergences called Jensen-Bregman distances yields a natural definition of Burbea-Rao divergences. We then define skew Burbea-Rao divergences, and prove that skew Burbea-Rao divergences amount to compute Bregman divergences in asymptotical cases. We prove that Burbea-Rao centroids are always unique, and we design a generic iterative algorithm for efficiently estimating those centroids with guaranteed convergence. In statistics, the Bhattacharyya distance is widely used to measure the degree of overlap of probability distributions. This distance notion is all the more useful as it provides both upper and lower bounds on Bayes misclassification ...

  15. Determination of Star Bodies from -Centroid Bodies

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    Lujun Guo; Gangsong Leng

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, we prove that an origin-symmetric star body is uniquely determined by its -centroid body. Furthermore, using spherical harmonics, we establish a result for non-symmetric star bodies. As an application, we show that there is a unique member of $_p\\langle K \\rangle$ characterized by having larger volume than any other member, for all real ≥ 1 that are not even natural numbers, where $_p\\langle K \\rangle$ denotes the -centroid equivalence class of the star body .

  16. Properties of Planet-induced Deviations in the Astrometric Microlensing Centroid Shift Trajectory

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    Han, Cheongho; Lee, Chunguk

    2001-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the properties of the planet-induced deviations in the trajectory of the microlensed source star centroid motion (astrometric curve) and the correlations between the astrometric and photometric deviations. For this, we construct vector field maps of excess centroid shifts. Fromthe investigation of the maps, we find that the astrometric deviation is closely correlated with the photometric one. The astrometric deviation increases as the photometric deviation increa...

  17. Foot Bone in Vivo: Its Center of Mass and Centroid of Shape

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    Fan, Yifang; Fan, Yubo; Lin, Zhiyu; Lv, Changsheng

    2010-01-01

    This paper studies foot bone geometrical shape and its mass distribution and establishes an assessment method of bone strength. Using spiral CT scanning, with an accuracy of sub-millimeter, we analyze the data of 384 pieces of foot bones in vivo and investigate the relationship between the bone's external shape and internal structure. This analysis is explored on the bases of the bone's center of mass and its centroid of shape. We observe the phenomenon of superposition of center of mass and centroid of shape fairly precisely, indicating a possible appearance of biomechanical organism. We investigate two aspects of the geometrical shape, (i) distance between compact bone's centroid of shape and that of the bone and (ii) the mean radius of the same density bone issue relative to the bone's centroid of shape. These quantities are used to interpret the influence of different physical exercises imposed on bone strength, thereby contributing to an alternate assessment technique to bone strength.

  18. Maser Source Finding Methods in HOPS

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    Walsh, Andrew J.; Purcell, Cormac; Longmore, Steven; Jordan, Christopher H.; Lowe, Vicki

    2011-01-01

    The {\\bf H}$_2${\\bf O} Southern Galactic {\\bf P}lane {\\bf S}urvey (HOPS) has observed 100 square degrees of the Galactic plane, using the Mopra radio telescope to search for emission from multiple spectral lines in the 12\\,mm band (19.5\\,--\\,27.5\\,GHz). Perhaps the most important of these spectral lines is the 22.2\\,GHz water maser transition. We describe the methods used to identify water maser candidates and subsequent confirmation of the sources. Our methods involve a simple determination ...

  19. Radiographic measures of thoracic kyphosis in osteoporosis: Cobb and vertebral centroid angles

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    Several measures can quantify thoracic kyphosis from radiographs, yet their suitability for people with osteoporosis remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to examine the validity and reliability of the vertebral centroid and Cobb angles in people with osteoporosis. Lateral radiographs of the thoracic spine were captured in 31 elderly women with osteoporosis. Thoracic kyphosis was measured globally (T1-T12) and regionally (T4-T9) using Cobb and vertebral centroid angles. Multisegmental curvature was also measured by fitting polynomial functions to the thoracic curvature profile. Canonical and Pearson correlations were used to examine correspondence; agreement between measures was examined with linear regression. Moderate to high intra- and inter-rater reliability was achieved (SEM = 0.9-4.0 ). Concurrent validity of the simple measures was established against multisegmental curvature (r = 0.88-0.98). Strong association was observed between the Cobb and centroid angles globally (r = 0.84) and regionally (r 0.83). Correspondence between measures was moderate for the Cobb method (r 0.72), yet stronger for the centroid method (r = 0.80). The Cobb angle was 20% greater for regional measures due to the influence of endplate tilt. Regional Cobb and centroid angles are valid and reliable measures of thoracic kyphosis in people with osteoporosis. However, the Cobb angle is biased by endplate tilt, suggesting that the centroid angle is more appropriate for this population. (orig.)

  20. Radiographic measures of thoracic kyphosis in osteoporosis: Cobb and vertebral centroid angles

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    Briggs, A.M.; Greig, A.M. [University of Melbourne, Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, School of Physiotherapy, Victoria (Australia); University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria (Australia); Wrigley, T.V.; Tully, E.A.; Adams, P.E.; Bennell, K.L. [University of Melbourne, Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, School of Physiotherapy, Victoria (Australia)

    2007-08-15

    Several measures can quantify thoracic kyphosis from radiographs, yet their suitability for people with osteoporosis remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to examine the validity and reliability of the vertebral centroid and Cobb angles in people with osteoporosis. Lateral radiographs of the thoracic spine were captured in 31 elderly women with osteoporosis. Thoracic kyphosis was measured globally (T1-T12) and regionally (T4-T9) using Cobb and vertebral centroid angles. Multisegmental curvature was also measured by fitting polynomial functions to the thoracic curvature profile. Canonical and Pearson correlations were used to examine correspondence; agreement between measures was examined with linear regression. Moderate to high intra- and inter-rater reliability was achieved (SEM = 0.9-4.0 ). Concurrent validity of the simple measures was established against multisegmental curvature (r = 0.88-0.98). Strong association was observed between the Cobb and centroid angles globally (r = 0.84) and regionally (r = 0.83). Correspondence between measures was moderate for the Cobb method (r = 0.72), yet stronger for the centroid method (r = 0.80). The Cobb angle was 20% greater for regional measures due to the influence of endplate tilt. Regional Cobb and centroid angles are valid and reliable measures of thoracic kyphosis in people with osteoporosis. However, the Cobb angle is biased by endplate tilt, suggesting that the centroid angle is more appropriate for this population. (orig.)

  1. Centroid Velocity Statistics of Molecular Clouds

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    Bertram, Erik; Konstandin, Lukas; Shetty, Rahul; Glover, Simon C. O.; Klessen, Ralf S.

    2014-01-01

    We compute structure functions and Fourier spectra of 2D centroid velocity (CV) maps in order to study the gas dynamics of typical molecular clouds (MCs) in numerical simulations. We account for a simplified treatment of time-dependent chemistry and the non-isothermal nature of the gas and use a 3D radiative transfer tool to model the CO line emission in a post-processing step. We perform simulations using three different initial mean number densities of n_0 = 30, 100 and 300 cm^{-3} to span ...

  2. Numerical Methods for Finding Stationary Gravitational Solutions

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    Dias, Oscar J C; Way, Benson

    2015-01-01

    The wide applications of higher dimensional gravity and gauge/gravity duality have fuelled the search for new stationary solutions of the Einstein equation (possibly coupled to matter). In this topical review, we explain the mathematical foundations and give a practical guide for the numerical solution of gravitational boundary value problems. We present these methods by way of example: resolving asymptotically flat black rings, singly-spinning lumpy black holes in anti-de Sitter (AdS), and the Gregory-Laflamme zero modes of small rotating black holes in AdS$_5\\times S^5$. We also include several tools and tricks that have been useful throughout the literature.

  3. Centroid Velocity Statistics of Molecular Clouds

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    Bertram, Erik; Shetty, Rahul; Glover, Simon C O; Klessen, Ralf S

    2014-01-01

    We compute structure functions and Fourier spectra of 2D centroid velocity (CV) maps in order to study the gas dynamics of typical molecular clouds (MCs) in numerical simulations. We account for a simplified treatment of time-dependent chemistry and the non-isothermal nature of the gas and use a 3D radiative transfer tool to model the CO line emission in a post-processing step. We perform simulations using three different initial mean number densities of n_0 = 30, 100 and 300 cm^{-3} to span a range of typical values for dense gas clouds in the solar neighbourhood. We compute slopes of the centroid velocity increment structure functions (CVISF) and of Fourier spectra for different chemical components: the total density, H2 number density, 12CO number density as well as the integrated intensity of 12CO (J=1-0) and 13CO (J=1-0). We show that optical depth effects can significantly affect the slopes derived for the CVISF, which also leads to different scaling properties for the Fourier spectra. The slopes of CVI...

  4. New simultaneous methods for finding all zeros of a polynomial

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    Song, Jun-Seop

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to present three new methods for finding all simple zeros of polynomials simultaneously. First, we give a new method for finding simultaneously all simple zeros of polynomials constructed by applying the Weierstrass method to the zero in the trapezoidal Newton's method, and prove the convergence of the method. We also present two modified Newton's methods combined with the derivative-free method, which are constructed by applying the derivative-free method to the ...

  5. ASTROMETRIC IMAGE CENTROID DISPLACEMENTS DUE TO GRAVITATIONAL MICROLENSING BY THE ELLIS WORMHOLE

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    Continuing work initiated in an earlier publication, we study the gravitational microlensing effects of the Ellis wormhole in the weak-field limit. First, we find a suitable coordinate transformation, such that the lens equation and analytic expressions of the lensed image positions can become much simpler. Second, we prove that two images always appear for the weak-field lens by the Ellis wormhole. By using these analytic results, we discuss astrometric image centroid displacements due to gravitational microlensing by the Ellis wormhole. The astrometric image centroid trajectory by the Ellis wormhole is different from the standard one by a spherical lensing object that is expressed by the Schwarzschild metric. The anomalous shift of the image centroid by the Ellis wormhole lens is smaller than that by the Schwarzschild lens, provided that the impact parameter and the Einstein ring radius are the same. Therefore, the lensed image centroid by the Ellis wormhole moves slower. Such a difference, although it is very small, will be, in principle, applicable for detecting or constraining the Ellis wormhole by using future high-precision astrometry observations. In particular, the image centroid position gives us additional information, so that the parameter degeneracy existing in photometric microlensing can be partially broken. The anomalous shift reaches the order of a few micro arcseconds, if our galaxy hosts a wormhole with throat radius larger than 105 km. When the source moves tangentially to the Einstein ring, for instance, the maximum position shift of the image centroid by the Ellis wormhole is 0.18 normalized by the Einstein ring radius. For the same source trajectory, the maximum difference between the centroid displacement by the Ellis wormhole lens and that by the Schwarzschild one with the same Einstein ring radius is -0.16 in the units of the Einstein radius, where the negative means that the astrometric displacement by the Ellis wormhole lens is smaller than that by the Schwarzschild one.

  6. The Schrdinger formulation of the Feynman path centroid density

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    Ramrez, R; Ram\\'irez, Rafael; Lpez-Ciudad, Telesforo

    1999-01-01

    We present an analysis of the Feynman path centroid density that provides new insight into the correspondence between the path integral and the Schrdinger formulations of statistical mechanics. The path centroid density is a central concept for several approximations (centroid molecular dynamics, quantum transition state theory, and pure quantum self-consistent harmonic approximation) that are used in path integral studies of thermodynamic and dynamical properties of quantum particles. The centroid density is related to the quasi-static response of the equilibrium system to an external force. The path centroid dispersion is the canonical correlation of the position operator, that measures the linear change in the mean position of a quantum particle upon the application of a constant external force. At low temperatures, this quantity provides an approximation to the excitation energy of the quantum system. In the zero temperature limit, the particle's probability density obtained by fixed centroid path integ...

  7. Hierarchical Bayesian Inversion for the Centroid Moment Tensor

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    Mustac, M.; Tkalcic, H.

    2014-12-01

    Kinematic point source inversions using data from complex tectonic settings (e.g. geothermal or volcanic areas and mines) often result in large non-double-couple components. Examining events with mechanisms more complex than shear motion on a planar fault requires a sophisticated inversion method. We have developed a technique within the probabilistic Bayesian framework that combines previous knowledge about the mechanism with the information from the data and results in a posterior probability distribution for the model parameters. It is capable of yielding parameter uncertainties, which cannot be analytically calculated for a non-linear inversion that includes the source location. The code uses time-series of displacements of regional earthquakes and explosions with moderate magnitudes to compute the centroid location and the seismic moment tensor. The noise is also treated as an unknown in the inversion, in order to determine the level of data fit. As a result, the model complexity (i.e. the contribution of isotropic and compensated linear vector dipole components) is determined by the data themself. Furthermore, the noise weights the contribution of each waveform and the noise covariance matrix accounts for both observational and theoretical errors. The code has been extensively tested in synthetic experiments with a variety of focal mechanisms and different types of noise added to synthetic waveforms. It showed fast convergence of the centroid location, accompanied with thorough sampling of the moment tensor parameters leading to narrow posterior distributions. Subsequently, it is being applied to waveforms from earthquakes that occurred in various tectonic environments.

  8. Measurement of centroid trajectory of Dragon-I electron beam

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    The control of the electron beam in an intense current linear induction accelerator (LIA) is very important. The center position of the electron beam and the beam profile are two important parameters which should be measured accurately. The setup of a time-resolved measurement system and a data processing method for determining the beam center position are introduced for the purpose of obtaining Dragon-I electron beam trajectory including beam profile. The actual results show that the centroid position error can be controlled in one to two pixels. the time-resolved beam centroid trajectory of Dragon-I (18.5 MeV, 2 kA, 90 ns) is obtained recently in 10 ns interval, 3 ns exposure time with a multi-frame gated camera. The results show that the screw movement of the electron beam is mainly limited in an area with a radius of 0.5 mm and the time-resolved diameters of the beam are 8.4 mm, 8.8 mm, 8.5 mm, 9.3 mm and 7.6 mm. These results have provided a very important support to several research areas such as beam trajectory tuning and beam transmission. (authors)

  9. Transverse centroid oscillations in solenoidially focused beam transport lattices

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    Lund, Steven M.

    2008-01-01

    Linear equations of motion are derived that describe small-amplitude centroid oscillations induced by displacement and rotational misalignments of the focusing solenoids in the transport lattice, dipole steering elements, and initial centroid offset errors. These equations are analyzed in a local rotating Larmor frame to derive complex-variable "alignment functions" and "bending functions" that efficiently describe the characteristics of the centroid oscillations induced by mechanical misalig...

  10. Rapid determinations of centroid moment tensor in Turkey

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    Nakano, Masaru; Citak, Seckin; Kalafat, Dogan

    2015-04-01

    Rapid determination of centroid moment tensor (CMT) of earthquakes, namely the source centroid location, focal mechanism, and magnitude is important for early disaster responses and issuing Tsunami warnings. Using the SWIFT system (Source parameter determinations based on Waveform Inversion of Fourier Transformed seismograms) developed by Nakano et al. (2008), we are developing earthquake monitoring system in Turkey. Also determinations of CMT for background seismicity can resolve the stress field in the crust, which may contribute to evaluate potential earthquake, to develop scenarios for future disastrous earthquakes, or to find hidden faults in the crust. Using data from regional network in Turkey, we have tried a waveform inversion for an M=4.4 earthquake that occurred about 50 km south of Sea of Marmara, of which source location is at 40.0N and 27.9E with 15 km depth (after the ANSS Comprehensive Catalog). We successfully obtained the CMT solution showing a right-lateral strike-slip fault, of which one of the nodal planes strikes ENE-WSW, corresponding to the strike of an active fault mapped here. This fault runs parallel to the north Anatolian fault, and large earthquakes of Ms 7.2 and 7.0 ruptured this fault on 1953 and 1964, respectively. Using the regional network data, we can determine CMT for earthquakes as small as magnitude about 4. Of course, the lower limit of magnitude depend on the data quality. In the research project of SATREPS - Earthquake and tsunami disaster mitigation in the Marmara region and disaster education in Turkey, we will develop CMT determination system and CMT catalogue in Turkey.

  11. Consolidating boundary methods for finding the eigenstates of billiards

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    The plane-wave decomposition method, a widely used means of numerically finding eigenstates of the Helmholtz equation in billiard systems is described as a variant of the mathematically well-established boundary integral method (BIM). A new unified framework encompassing the two methods is discussed. Furthermore, a third numerical method, which we call the gauge freedom method is derived from the BIM equations. This opens the way to further improvements in eigenstate search techniques

  12. A graphical method for finding maximin efficiency designs.

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    Imhof, L; Wong, W K

    2000-03-01

    We consider the problem of designing an experiment when there are two competing optimality criteria. Designs that maximize the minimum efficiencies under the two criteria are proposed along with a graphical method for finding these maximin designs. PMID:10783784

  13. Visualization Method for Finding Critical Care Factors in Variance Analysis

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    YUI, Shuntaro; BITO, Yoshitaka; OBARA, Kiyohiro; KAMIYAMA, Takuya; SETO, Kumiko; Ban, Hideyuki; HASHIZUME, Akihide; HAGA, Masashi; Oka, Yuji

    2006-01-01

    We present a novel visualization method for finding care factors in variance analysis. The analysis has two stages: first stage enables users to extract a significant variance, and second stage enables users to find out a critical care factors of the variance. The analysis has been validated by using synthetically created inpatient care processes. It was found that the method is efficient in improving clinical pathways.

  14. Optimization of the autocorrelation weighting function for the time-domain calculation of spectral centroids.

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    Heo, Seo; Hur, Don; Kim, Hyungsuk

    2015-03-01

    Spectral centroid from the backscattered ultrasound provides important information about the attenuation properties of soft tissues and Doppler effects of blood flows. Because the spectral centroid is originally determined from the power spectrum of backscattered ultrasound signals in the frequency domain, it is natural to calculate it after converting time-domain signals into spectral domain signals, using the fast Fourier transform (FFT). Recent research, however, derived the time-domain equations for calculating the spectral centroid using a Parseval's theorem, to avoid the calculation of the Fourier transform. The work only presented the final result, which showed that the computational time of the proposed time-domain method was 4.4 times faster than that of the original FFT-based method, whereas the average estimation error was negligible. In this paper, we present the optimal design of the autocorrelation weighting function, which is used for the timedomain spectral centroid estimation process, to reduce the computational time significantly. We also carry out a comprehensive analysis of the computational complexities of the FFTbased and time-domain methods with respect to the length of ultrasound signal segments. The simulation results using numerical phantoms show that, with the optimized autocorrelation weighting function, we only need approximately 3% of the full set of data points. In addition to that, because the proposed optimization technique requires a fixed number of data points to calculate the spectral centroid, the execution time is constant as the length of the data segment increases, whereas the execution time of the conventional FFT-based method is increased. Analysis of the computational complexities between the proposed method and the conventional FFT-based method presents O(N) and O(Nlog2N), respectively. PMID:25768811

  15. Gridded Population of the World, Version 3 (GPWv3): Centroids

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Gridded Population of the World, Version 3 (GPWv3) Centroids consists of estimates of human population counts and densities for the years 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005,...

  16. Gridded Population of the World, Version 3 (GPWv3): Centroids

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration Gridded Population of the World, Version 3 (GPWv3) Centroids consists of estimates of human population counts and densities for the years 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005,...

  17. Centroid Detection by Gaussian Pattern Matching in Adaptive Optics

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    Vyas, Akondi; Roopashree, M B; Prasad, B. Raghavendra

    2009-01-01

    Shack Hartmann wavefront sensor is a two dimensional array of lenslets which is used to detect the incoming phase distorted wavefront through local tilt measurements made by recording the spot pattern near the focal plane. Wavefront reconstruction is performed in two stages - (a) image centroiding to calculate local slopes, (b) formation of the wavefront shape from local slope measurement. Centroiding accuracy contributes to most of the wavefront reconstruction error in Shack Hartmann sensor ...

  18. A new method for finding vacua in string phenomenology

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    Gray, James [Institut d' Astrophysique de Paris and APC, Universite de Paris 7, 98 bis, Bd. Arago 75014, Paris (France); He, Yang-Hui [Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford, 1 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3NP (United Kingdom)]|[Merton College, Oxford, OX1 4JD and Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, Oxford (United Kingdom); Ilderton, Anton [School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA (United Kingdom); Lukas, Andre [Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford, 1 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3NP (United Kingdom)

    2007-05-15

    One of the central problems of string-phenomenology is to find stable vacua in the four dimensional effective theories which result from compactification. We present an algorithmic method to find all of the vacua of any given string-phenomenological system in a huge class. In particular, this paper reviews and then extends hep-th/0606122 to include various nonperturbative effects. These include gaugino condensation and instantonic contributions to the superpotential. (authors)

  19. EPA flow reference method testing and analysis: Findings report. Appendices

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    In the summer of 1997, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a series of week-long field tests at three electric utility sites to evaluate potential improvements to Method 2, EPA's test method for measuring flue gas volumetric flow in stacks. The findings from that study are presented in document EPA/430-R-99-009a (NTIS Order Number PB99-150286). This document contains 10 appendices for that report

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  1. Doppler Centroid Estimation for Airborne SAR Supported by POS and DEM

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    CHENG Chunquan

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available It is difficult to estimate the Doppler frequency and modulating rate for airborne SAR by using traditional vector method due to instable flight and complex terrain. In this paper, it is qualitatively analyzed that the impacts of POS, DEM and their errors on airborne SAR Doppler parameters. Then an innovative vector method is presented based on the range-coplanarity equation to estimate the Doppler centroid taking the POS and DEM as auxiliary data. The effectiveness of the proposed method is validated and analyzed via the simulation experiments. The theoretical analysis and experimental results show that the method can be used to estimate the Doppler centroid with high accuracy even in the cases of high relief, instable flight, and large squint SAR.

  2. Robust of Doppler Centroid for Mapping Sea Surface Current by Using Radar Satellite Data

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    Mazlan Hashim

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Sea surface current retrieving from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR is required standard methods due to the complexity of sea surface ocean imaging in SAR data. In this context, various analytical models have been developed which describe overall effects of sea surface roughness on the Doppler signal mechanisms. Nevertheless, such models are limited in the complexity of the sea surface current estimation that can be used. In fact, the resolution of the sea surface Doppler velocity in azimuth direction is typically coarser as compared to the normalized radar cross section image. Approach: This study introduced a new method to retrieve sea surface current from RADARSAT-1 SAR Standard beam mode (S2 data. The method was based on the utilization of the Wavelength Diversity Ambiguity Resolving (WDAR and Multi Look beat Frequency (MLBF algorithms to remove Doppler centroid (fDC ambiguity. Results: The result showed that the proposed methods are able to correct Doppler centroid (fDC ambiguity and produced fine spatial sea surface current variations in S2 mode data. The current velocities were ranged between 0.18 and 0.78 m sec-1 with standard error of 0.11 m sec-1. Conclusion: In conclusion, RADARSAT-1 SAR standard beam mode (S2 data can be utilized to retrieve real time sea surface current. Both WDAR and MLBF algorithms are able to provide accurately information on Doppler Centroid (fDC in which accurately real time sea surface current can be retrieved from SAR data.

  3. Interfractional Variations of Tumor Centroid Position and Tumor Regression during Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Lung Tumor

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    Yanan Sun; Yufei Lu; Siguo Cheng; Wei Guo; Ke Ye; Huiyun Zhao; Xiaoli Zheng; Dingjie Li; Shujuan Wang; Chengliang Yang; Hong Ge

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. To determine interfractional changes of lung tumor centroid position and tumor regression during stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Methods and Materials. 34 patients were treated by SBRT in 4-5 fractions to a median dose of 50?Gy. The CT scans acquired for verification were registered with simulation CT scans. The gross target volume (GTV) was contoured on all verification CT scans and compared to the initial GTV in treatment plan system. Results. The mean (standard deviat...

  4. Relation of centroid molecular dynamics and ring-polymer molecular dynamics to exact quantum dynamics

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    Hele, Timothy J. H.; Willatt, Michael J.; Muolo, Andrea; Althorpe, Stuart C.

    2015-01-01

    We recently obtained a quantum-Boltzmann-conserving classical dynamics by making a single change to the derivation of the `Classical Wigner' approximation. Here, we show that the further approximation of this `Matsubara dynamics' gives rise to two popular heuristic methods for treating quantum Boltzmann time-correlation functions: centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) and ring-polymer molecular dynamics (RPMD). We show that CMD is a mean-field approximation to Matsubara dynamics, obtained by disc...

  5. A Centroid Model for the Depth Assessment of Images using Rough Fuzzy Set Techniques

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    P. Swarnalatha

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Detection of affected areas in images is a crucial step in assessing the depth of the affected area for municipal operators. These affected areas in the underground images, which are line images are indicative of the condition of buried infrastructures like sewers and water mains. These images identify affected areas and extract their properties like structures from the images, whose contrast has been enhanced... A Centroid Model for the Depth Assessment of Images using Rough Fuzzy Set Techniques presents a three step method which is a simple, robust and efficient one to detect affected areas in the underground concrete images. The proposed methodology is to use segmentation and feature extraction using structural elements. The main objective for using this model is to find the dimensions of the affected areas such as the length, width, depth and the type of the defects/affected areas. Although human eye is extremely effective at recognition and classification, it is not suitable for assessing defects in images, which might have spread over thousands of miles of image lines. The reasons are mainly fatigue, subjectivity and cost. Our objective is to reduce the effort and the labour of a person in detecting the affected areas in underground images. A proposal to apply rough fuzzy set theory to compute the lower and upper approximations of the affected area of the image is made in this paper. In this connection we propose to use some concepts and technology developed by Pal and Maji.

  6. Outlier Finding from Clusters using Categorical Data

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    Anamika Malaiya; Pradeep Chouskey; Gajendra Vaiker

    2012-01-01

    A New Categorical Data algorithm which combines a systematic method for finding initial centroids and an efficient way for assigning data points to clusters. This method ensures the entire process generate cluster without sacrificing the accuracy. It always generate good cluster by reducing the mean square error. Our clustering algorithm serves as a good benchmark to monitor the progression of students performance in institute. It also enhances the decision making by academic planners to mon...

  7. Optimizing the calculation of point source count-centroid in pixel size measurement

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    Purpose: Pixel size is an important parameter of gamma camera and SPECT. A number of Methods are used for its accurate measurement. In the original count-centroid method, where the image of a point source(PS) is acquired and its count-centroid calculated to represent PS position in the image, background counts are inevitable. Thus the measured count-centroid (Xm) is an approximation of the true count-centroid (Xp) of the PS, i.e. Xm=Xp+(Xb-Xp)/(1+Rp/Rb), where Rp is the net counting rate of the PS, Xb the background count-centroid and Rb the background counting rate. To get accurate measurement, Rp must be very big, which is unpractical, resulting in the variation of measured pixel size. Rp-independent calculation of PS count-centroid is desired. Methods: The proposed method attempted to eliminate the effect of the term (Xb-Xp)/(1+Rp/Rb) by bringing Xb closer to Xp and by reducing Rb. In the acquired PS image, a circular ROI was generated to enclose the PS, the pixel with the maximum count being the center of the ROI. To choose the diameter (D) of the ROI, a Gaussian count distribution was assumed for the PS, accordingly, K=I-(0.5)D/R percent of the total PS counts was in the ROI, R being the full width at half maximum of the PS count distribution. D was set to be 6*R to enclose most (K=98.4%) of the PS counts. The count-centroid of the ROI was calculated to represent Xp. The proposed method was tested in measuring the pixel size of a well-tuned SPECT, whose pixel size was estimated to be 3.02 mm according to its mechanical and electronic setting (128*128 matrix, 387 mm UFOV, ZOOM=1). For comparison, the original method, which was use in the former versions of some commercial SPECT software, was also tested. 12 PSs were prepared and their image acquired and stored. The net counting rate of the PSs increased from 10cps to 1183cps. Results: Using the proposed method, the measured pixel size (in mm) varied only between 3.00 and 3.01( mean= 3.010.00) as Rp increased, and the difference between the measured and estimated pixel size was < 1%. While using the original method, the measured pixel size decreased from 23.11 to 3.10 (mean= 7.076.35) as Rp increased, and the difference between the measured and estimated pixel size was much bigger. Conclusions: The proposed method is not only Rp-independent, but also accurate and precise. (authors)

  8. Finding and characterising WHIM structures using the luminosity density method

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    Nevalainen, J; Tempel, E; Branchini, E; Roncarelli, M; Giocoli, C; Heinamaki, P; Saar, E; Bonamente, M; Einasto, M; Finoguenov, A; Kaastra, J; Lindfors, E; Nurmi, P; Ueda, Y

    2014-01-01

    We have developed a new method to approach the missing baryons problem. We assume that the missing baryons reside in a form of Warm Hot Intergalactic Medium, i.e. the WHIM. Our method consists of (a) detecting the coherent large scale structure in the spatial distribution of galaxies that traces the Cosmic Web and that in hydrodynamical simulations is associated to the WHIM, (b) map its luminosity into a galaxy luminosity density field, (c) use numerical simulations to relate the luminosity density to the density of the WHIM, (d) apply this relation to real data to trace the WHIM using the observed galaxy luminosities in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and 2dF redshift surveys. In our application we find evidence for the WHIM along the line of sight to the Sculptor Wall, at redshifts consistent with the recently reported X-ray absorption line detections. Our indirect WHIM detection technique complements the standard method based on the detection of characteristic X-ray absorption lines, showing that the galaxy l...

  9. Metrology calibration and very high accuracy centroiding with the NEAT testbed

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    Crouzier, A; Preis, O; Henault, F; Kern, P; Martin, G; Feautrier, P; Stadler, E; Lafrasse, S; Delboulbe, A; Behar, E; Saint-Pe, M; Dupont, J; Potin, S; Cara, C; Donati, M; Doumayrou, E; Lagage, P O; Léger, A; LeDuigou, J M; Shao, M; Goullioud, R

    2014-01-01

    NEAT is an astrometric mission proposed to ESA with the objectives of detecting Earth-like exoplanets in the habitable zone of nearby solar-type stars. NEAT requires the capability to measure stellar centroids at the precision of 5e-6 pixel. Current state-of-the-art methods for centroid estimation have reached a precision of about 2e-5 pixel at two times Nyquist sampling, this was shown at the JPL by the VESTA experiment. A metrology system was used to calibrate intra and inter pixel quantum efficiency variations in order to correct pixelation errors. The European part of the NEAT consortium is building a testbed in vacuum in order to achieve 5e-6 pixel precision for the centroid estimation. The goal is to provide a proof of concept for the precision requirement of the NEAT spacecraft. The testbed consists of two main sub-systems. The first one produces pseudo stars: a blackbody source is fed into a large core fiber and lights-up a pinhole mask in the object plane, which is imaged by a mirror on the CCD. The ...

  10. An Accurate and Efficient Gaussian Fit Centroiding Algorithm for Star Trackers

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    Delabie, Tjorven; Schutter, Joris De; Vandenbussche, Bart

    2015-06-01

    This paper presents a novel centroiding algorithm for star trackers. The proposed algorithm, which is referred to as the Gaussian Grid algorithm, fits an elliptical Gaussian function to the measured pixel data and derives explicit expressions to determine the centroids of the stars. In tests, the algorithm proved to yield accuracy comparable to that of the most accurate existing algorithms, while being significantly less computationally intensive. Hence, the Gaussian Grid algorithm can deliver high centroiding accuracy to spacecraft with limited computational power. Furthermore, a hybrid algorithm is proposed in which the Gaussian Grid algorithm yields an accurate initial estimate for a least squares fitting method, resulting in a reduced number of iterations and hence reduced computational cost. The low computational cost allows to improve performance by acquiring the attitude estimates at a higher rate or use more stars in the estimation algorithms. It is also a valuable contribution to the expanding field of small satellites, where it could enable low-cost platforms to have highly accurate attitude estimation.

  11. Relation between medium fluid temperature and centroid subchannel temperatures of a nuclear fuel bundle mock-up

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    The subchannel method used in nuclear fuel bundle thermal-hydraulic analysis lies in the statement that subchannel fluid temperatures are taken at mixed mean values. However, the development of mixing correlations and code assessment procedures are, sometimes in the literature, based upon the assumption of identity between lumped and local (subchannel centroid) temperature values. The present paper is concerned with the presentation of an approach for correlating lumped to centroid subchannel temperatures, based upon previously formulated models by the author, applied, applied to a nine heated tube bundle experimental data set. (Author)

  12. Relation between medium fluid temperature and centroid subchannel temperatures of a nuclear fuel bundle mock-up

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    The subchannel method used in nuclear fuel bundle thermal-hydraulic analysis lies in the statement that subchannel fluid temperatures are taken at mixed mean values. However, the development of mixing correlations and code assessment procedures are, sometimes in the literature, based upon the assumption of identity between lumped and local (subchannel centroid) temperature values. The present paper is concerned with the presentation of an approach for correlating lumped to centroid subchannel temperatures, based upon previously formulated models by the author, applied to a nine heated tube bundle experimental data set. (Author)

  13. Classification of open clusters by centroid method of taxonomical analysis

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    Distributions of open clusters of the Galaxy in spaces with coordinates being mass, absolute magnitude, integrated colour index, diameter, metallicity, and age, are considered. Majority of clusters are shown to enter several taxons (classes) with narrow enough limits of these parameters. The classes form a linear sequence by age and two-dimensional sequence on colour - magnitude diagram. They are not isolated but transit into each other continuously. It possibly means an absence of significant gaps in cluster formation process. Bifurcation of age sequence of classes depending on mass and diameter values is found. This allows an evolutionary interpretation

  14. Non-obtuse Remeshing with Centroidal Voronoi Tessellation

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    Yan, Dongming

    2015-12-03

    We present a novel remeshing algorithm that avoids triangles with small and triangles with large (obtuse) angles. Our solution is based on an extension to Centroidal Voronoi Tesselation (CVT). We augment the original CVT formulation by a penalty term that penalizes short Voronoi edges, while the CVT term helps to avoid small angles. Our results show significant improvements of the remeshing quality over the state of the art.

  15. Uncertain Centroid based Partitional Clustering of Uncertain Data

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    Gullo, Francesco; Tagarelli, Andrea

    2012-01-01

    Clustering uncertain data has emerged as a challenging task in uncertain data management and mining. Thanks to a computational complexity advantage over other clustering paradigms, partitional clustering has been particularly studied and a number of algorithms have been developed. While existing proposals differ mainly in the notions of cluster centroid and clustering objective function, little attention has been given to an analysis of their characteristics and limits. In this work, we theor...

  16. A double inequality for bounding Toader mean by the centroidal mean

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    Yun Hua; Feng Qi

    2014-11-01

    In this paper, the authors find the best numbers and such that $\\overline{C}( a+ (1 - )b$, $ b + (1 - )a) < T (a, b) < \\overline{C} ( a + (1 - )b, b + (1 - )a)$ for all , > 0 with ≠ , where $\\overline{C}(a, b) = \\frac{2(a^{2}+ab+b^{2})}{3(a+b)}$ and $T(a, b) = \\frac{2}{} \\int^{/2}_{0}\\sqrt{a^{2}\\cos^{2} + b^{2}\\sin^{2} } {\\rm d}$ denote respectively the centroidal mean and Toader mean of two positive numbers and .

  17. Real time quantum dynamics preaveraged over imaginary time path integral: A formal basis for both Centroid Molecular Dynamics and Ring Polymer Molecular Dynamics

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    Jang, Seogjoo

    2013-01-01

    An exact real time quantum dynamics preaveraged over imaginary time path integral is formulated for general condensed phase equilibrium ensemble. This formulation results in the well-known centroid dynamics approach upon filtering of centroid constraint, and provides a rigorous framework to understand and analyze a related quantum dynamics approximation method called ring polymer molecular dynamics. The formulation also serves as the basis for developing new kinds of quantum dynamics that uti...

  18. Model Independent Analysis of Beam Centroid Dynamics in Accelerators

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    Fundamental issues in Beam-Position-Monitor (BPM)-based beam dynamics observations are studied in this dissertation. The major topic is the Model-Independent Analysis (MIA) of beam centroid dynamics. Conventional beam dynamics analysis requires a certain machine model, which itself of ten needs to be refined by beam measurements. Instead of using any particular machine model, MIA relies on a statistical analysis of the vast amount of BPM data that often can be collected non-invasively during normal machine operation. There are two major parts in MIA. One is noise reduction and degrees-of-freedom analysis using a singular value decomposition of a BPM-data matrix, which constitutes a principal component analysis of BPM data. The other is a physical base decomposition of the BPM-data matrix based on the time structure of pulse-by-pulse beam and/or machine parameters. The combination of these two methods allows one to break the resolution limit set by individual BPMs and observe beam dynamics at more accurate levels. A physical base decomposition is particularly useful for understanding various beam dynamics issues. MIA improves observation and analysis of beam dynamics and thus leads to better understanding and control of beams in both linacs and rings. The statistical nature of MIA makes it potentially useful in other fields. Another important topic discussed in this dissertation is the measurement of a nonlinear Poincare section (one-turn) map in circular accelerators. The beam dynamics in a ring is intrinsically nonlinear. In fact, nonlinearities are a major factor that limits stability and influences the dynamics of halos. The Poincare section map plays a basic role in characterizing and analyzing such a periodic nonlinear system. Although many kinds of nonlinear beam dynamics experiments have been conducted, no direct measurement of a nonlinear map has been reported for a ring in normal operation mode. This dissertation analyzes various issues concerning map measurements and shows that it is possible to measure the Poincare section map (in terms of Taylor series) of a circular accelerator to a surprisingly high order and accuracy based on present BPM technology. MIA can overcome the inherent limit of BPM resolution. Nonlinear map measurements will advance understanding of the beam dynamics of a ring

  19. Fixed J spectral distributions in large shell model spaces. III. Fixed J quasiparticle centroids and widths

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    A method is developed to exactly calculate the fixed J quasiparticle centroid energies and partial widths. Some results obtained in the even-mass lead isotopes with various interactions are analysed. Fixed J quasi-particle distributions are used to predict an upper limit for the deviations between the quasiparticle approximation and the shell model results for the low-energy levels. The influence of the states with a high quasiparticle number in the low-energy region is seen to strongly depend upon the interaction. The importance of the dimensionalities and the internal widths in explaining the admixtures is stressed

  20. Improving centroiding by super-resolution reconstruction of sodium layer density in Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors.

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    Mello, Alexandre J T S; Pipa, Daniel R

    2016-05-10

    Adaptive optics in the new generation of large telescopes, over 24 m in diameter, present new challenges. One of them is spot elongation in Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors when using laser guide stars. The laser brightness depends on the sodium layer density profile, and this is reproduced in the format of an elongated spot. The pattern of the spot is a problem for centroiding techniques, and knowledge of the sodium layer profile is essential for adequate centroiding. In this work, we propose a super-resolution reconstruction technique that combines the information available in various low-resolution elongated spots over the sub-apertures of the sensor to obtain a high-resolution sodium layer density profile that can be used as a reference in centroiding. This is achieved with the information available in the Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor only, dispensing with external measurements. Finally, we present simulation results of an iterative method that yields a super-resolved sodium layer density profile jointly with improved centroiding. PMID:27168279

  1. Methods to find out the expression of activated genes

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    Cekan Sten Z

    2004-01-01

    Abstract This review deals with the methods of identifying genes that have been activated by inner or outer impulses. The activation and subsequent expression of a gene can be detected by its transcription into a corresponding messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). Principles of the methods for identification of individual activated genes, as well as groups of activated genes are described, the former methods being mostly based on subtractive hybridization and serial analysis of gene expression (...

  2. Gender-based violence: concepts, methods, and findings.

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    Russo, Nancy Felipe; Pirlott, Angela

    2006-11-01

    The United Nations has identified gender-based violence against women as a global health and development issue, and a host of policies, public education, and action programs aimed at reducing gender-based violence have been undertaken around the world. This article highlights new conceptualizations, methodological issues, and selected research findings that can inform such activities. In addition to describing recent research findings that document relationships between gender, power, sexuality, and intimate violence cross-nationally, it identifies cultural factors, including linkages between sex and violence through media images that may increase women's risk for violence, and profiles a host of negative physical, mental, and behavioral health outcomes associated with victimization including unwanted pregnancy and abortion. More research is needed to identify the causes, dynamics, and outcomes of gender-based violence, including media effects, and to articulate how different forms of such violence vary in outcomes depending on cultural context. PMID:17189506

  3. Metrology calibration and very high accuracy centroiding with the NEAT testbed

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    Crouzier, A.; Malbet, F.; Preis, O.; Henault, F.; Kern, P.; Martin, G.; Feautrier, P.; Stadler, E.; Lafrasse, S.; Delboulbe, A.; Behar, E.; Saint-Pe, M.; Dupont, J.; Potin, S.; Cara, C.; Donati, M.; Doumayrou, E.; Lagage, P. O.; Léger, A.; Le Duigou, J. M.; Shao, M.; Goullioud, R.

    2014-08-01

    NEAT is an astrometric mission proposed to ESA with the objectives of detecting Earth-like exoplanets in the habitable zone of nearby solar-type stars. NEAT requires the capability to measure stellar centroids at the precision of 5 x 10-6 pixel. Current state-of-the-art methods for centroid estimation have reached a precision of about 2 x 10-5 pixel at two times Nyquist sampling, this was shown at the JPL by the VESTA experiment. A metrology system was used to calibrate intra and inter pixel quantum efficiency variations in order to correct pixelation errors. The European part of the NEAT consortium is building a testbed in vacuum in order to achieve 5 x 10-6 pixel precision for the centroid estimation. The goal is to provide a proof of concept for the precision requirement of the NEAT spacecraft. The testbed consists of two main sub-systems. The first one produces pseudo stars: a blackbody source is fed into a large core fiber and lights-up a pinhole mask in the object plane, which is imaged by a mirror on the CCD. The second sub-system is the metrology, it projects young fringes on the CCD. The fringes are created by two single mode fibers facing the CCD and fixed on the mirror. In this paper we present the experiments conducted and the results obtained since July 2013 when we had the first light on both the metrology and pseudo stars. We explain the data reduction procedures we used.

  4. Hough transform method for track finding in center drift chamber

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    Azmi, K. A. Mohammad Kamal; Wan Abdullah, W. A. T.; Ibrahim, Zainol Abidin

    2016-01-01

    Hough transform is a global tracking method used which had been expected to be faster approach for tracking the circular pattern of electron moving in Center Drift Chamber (CDC), by transforming the point of hit into a circular curve. This paper present the implementation of hough transform method for the reconstruction of tracks in Center Drift Chamber (CDC) which have been generated by random number in C language programming. Result from implementation of this method shows higher peak of circle parameter value (xc,yc,rc) that indicate the similarity value of the parameter needed for circular track in CDC for charged particles in the region of CDC.

  5. Methods to find out the expression of activated genes

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    Cekan Sten Z

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This review deals with the methods of identifying genes that have been activated by inner or outer impulses. The activation and subsequent expression of a gene can be detected by its transcription into a corresponding messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA. Principles of the methods for identification of individual activated genes, as well as groups of activated genes are described, the former methods being mostly based on subtractive hybridization and serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE, the latter on microarrays. Examples of gene activation by the hormone 17beta-estradiol (E2 are given.

  6. Direct assessment of quantum nuclear effects on hydrogen bond strength by constrained-centroid ab initio path integral molecular dynamics

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    Walker, Brent; Michaelides, Angelos

    2010-11-01

    The impact of quantum nuclear effects on hydrogen (H-) bond strength has been inferred in earlier work from bond lengths obtained from path integral molecular dynamics (PIMD) simulations. To obtain a direct quantitative assessment of such effects, we use constrained-centroid PIMD simulations to calculate the free energy changes upon breaking the H-bonds in dimers of HF and water. Comparing ab initio simulations performed using PIMD and classical nucleus molecular dynamics (MD), we find smaller dissociation free energies with the PIMD method. Specifically, at 50 K, the H-bond in (HF)2 is about 30% weaker when quantum nuclear effects are included, while that in (H2O)2 is about 15% weaker. In a complementary set of simulations, we compare unconstrained PIMD and classical nucleus MD simulations to assess the influence of quantum nuclei on the structures of these systems. We find increased heavy atom distances, indicating weakening of the H-bond consistent with that observed by direct calculation of the free energies of dissociation.

  7. Class hierarchy method to find Change-Proneness

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    Malan V.Gaikwad

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Finding Proneness of software is necessary to identify fault prone and change prone classes at earlier stages of development, so that those classes can be given special attention. Also to improves the quality and reliability of the software. For corrective and adaptive maintenance we require to make changes during the software evolution.As such changes cluster around number of key components in software, it is important to analyze the frequency of changes in individual classes and also to identify and show related changes in multiple classes. Early detection of fault prone and change prone classes can enables the developers and experts to spend their valuable time and resources on these areas of software. Prediction of change-prone and fault prone classes of a software is an active topic in the area of software engineering. Such prediction can be used to predict changes to different classes of a system from one release of software to the next release. Identifying the change-prone and fault prone classes in advance can helps to focus attention on these classes.In this paper we are focusing on finding dependency of software that can be chieved by estimating the proneness of Object Oriented Software. Two main types of proneness are associated with OO software. Fault Proneness and Change Proneness.

  8. A Simple Method To Find All Lensed Quasars

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    Kochanek, C. S.; Mochejska, B.; Morgan, N. D.; Stanek, K. Z.

    2005-01-01

    We demonstrate that gravitationally lensed quasars are easily recognized using image subtraction methods as time variable sources that are spatially extended. For Galactic latitudes |b|>20 deg, lensed quasars dominate the population of spatially extended variable sources, although there is some contamination from variable star pairs, variable star-quasar pairs and binary quasars that can be easily controlled using other information in the survey such as the object light curves and colors. Thi...

  9. Finding Methods for Innovative Packaging Development: The Card Approach

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    Magnusson, Amanda; Olander, Malin; Olsson, Annika

    2013-01-01

    Innovation strategies are crucial for corporate success and should be a top priority for packaging companies. However, to improve the innovativeness of packaging manufacturers, there is a need to increase the integration of product and packaging development and collaboration within the supply chain. New methods for innovative packaging development are needed. Packaging plays a valuable role in the marketing and distribution of products, and can thus add great value for actors in the supply...

  10. Functional Imaging of Autonomic Regulation: Methods and Key Findings

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    Macey, Paul M.; Ogren, Jennifer A.; Kumar, Rajesh; Harper, Ronald M.

    2016-01-01

    Central nervous system processing of autonomic function involves a network of regions throughout the brain which can be visualized and measured with neuroimaging techniques, notably functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The development of fMRI procedures has both confirmed and extended earlier findings from animal models, and human stroke and lesion studies. Assessments with fMRI can elucidate interactions between different central sites in regulating normal autonomic patterning, and demonstrate how disturbed systems can interact to produce aberrant regulation during autonomic challenges. Understanding autonomic dysfunction in various illnesses reveals mechanisms that potentially lead to interventions in the impairments. The objectives here are to: (1) describe the fMRI neuroimaging methodology for assessment of autonomic neural control, (2) outline the widespread, lateralized distribution of function in autonomic sites in the normal brain which includes structures from the neocortex through the medulla and cerebellum, (3) illustrate the importance of the time course of neural changes when coordinating responses, and how those patterns are impacted in conditions of sleep-disordered breathing, and (4) highlight opportunities for future research studies with emerging methodologies. Methodological considerations specific to autonomic testing include timing of challenges relative to the underlying fMRI signal, spatial resolution sufficient to identify autonomic brainstem nuclei, blood pressure, and blood oxygenation influences on the fMRI signal, and the sustained timing, often measured in minutes of challenge periods and recovery. Key findings include the lateralized nature of autonomic organization, which is reminiscent of asymmetric motor, sensory, and language pathways. Testing brain function during autonomic challenges demonstrate closely-integrated timing of responses in connected brain areas during autonomic challenges, and the involvement with brain regions mediating postural and motoric actions, including respiration, and cardiac output. The study of pathological processes associated with autonomic disruption shows susceptibilities of different brain structures to altered timing of neural function, notably in sleep disordered breathing, such as obstructive sleep apnea and congenital central hypoventilation syndrome. The cerebellum, in particular, serves coordination roles for vestibular stimuli and blood pressure changes, and shows both injury and substantially altered timing of responses to pressor challenges in sleep-disordered breathing conditions. The insights into central autonomic processing provided by neuroimaging have assisted understanding of such regulation, and may lead to new treatment options for conditions with disrupted autonomic function.

  11. Findings from analysing and quantifying human error using current methods

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    In human reliability analysis (HRA), the scarcity of data means that, at best, judgement must be applied to transfer to the domain of the analysis what data are available for similar tasks. In particular for the quantification of tasks involving decisions, the analyst has to choose among quantification approaches that all depend to a significant degree on expert judgement. The use of expert judgement can be made more reliable by eliciting relative judgements rather than absolute judgements. These approaches, which are based on multiple criterion decision theory, focus on ranking the tasks to be analysed by difficulty. While these approaches remedy at least partially the poor performance of experts in the estimation of probabilities, they nevertheless require the calibration of the relative scale on which the actions are ranked in order to obtain the probabilities of interest. This paper presents some results from a comparison of some current HRA methods performed in the frame of a study of SLIM calibration options. The HRA quantification methods THERP, HEART, and INTENT were applied to derive calibration human error probabilities for two groups of operator actions. (author)

  12. Novas abordagens da avaliao do comportamento ttico no futebol: anlise do centroid e ndice de disperso / Towards a new evaluation of the football' tactical behaviour: analysis of the centroid and stretch index

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    Rui Manuel, Mendes; Filipe Manuel, Clemente; Micael Santos, Couceiro; Fernando Manuel Loureno, Martins.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available A tendncia evolutiva do futebol determina as necessidades de produzir ferramentas inovadoras que aumentem substancialmente a eficincia da anlise de jogo. Considerando os mtodos tradicionais notacionais como limitados para a interpretao dos processos de jogo, a investigao carece de novos mto [...] dos nos quais prevalea a anlise do processo. Dessa forma, o presente trabalho prope-se a analisar novas mtricas quantitativas e automticas de avaliao ttica no futebol, nomeadamente o centroid de equipe e o ndice de disperso. Abstract in english The evolutionary tendency of the football game determines the conception of the new tools that increase the efficiency of the match analysis. The traditional notational analysis, actually, are limited to understand the true dynamic of the football match, thus the investigation lacks by new methods t [...] o understand the process and not just the product. Therefore, this work aims analyze new automatically tactical metrics, specifically the centroid and the stretch index method.

  13. Visualising Pipeline Sensor Datasets with Modified Incremental Orthogonal Centroid Algorithm

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    Folorunso Olufemi Ayinde

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Each year, millions of people suffer from after-effects of pipeline leakages, spills, and eruptions. Leakages Detection Systems (LDS are often used to understand and analyse these phenomena but unfortunately could not offer complete solution to reducing the scale of the problem. One recent approach was to collect datasets from these pipeline sensors and analyse offline, the approach yielded questionable results due to vast nature of the datasets. These datasets together with the necessity for powerful exploration tools made most pipelines operating companies "data rich but information poor". Researchers have therefore identified problem of dimensional reduction for pipeline sensor datasets as a major research issue. Hence, systematic gap filling data mining development approaches are required to transform data "tombs" into "golden nuggets" of knowledge. This paper proposes an algorithm for this purpose based on the Incremental Orthogonal Centroid (IOC. Search time for specific data patterns may be enhanced using this algorithm.

  14. Finding Similarities in Ancient Ceramics by EDXRF and Multivariate Methods

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    We have studied 39 samples of fragments from ceramic roof tiles with different stamps(Diamalas and Heraion), dated between 330 to 170 BC and found at the archaeological site of Dimales, some 30 km from the Adriatic coast. The data from these samples were compared with those obtained from 7 samples of similar objects and period with the stamp Heraion, found at the archaeological site of APOLLONIA. The samples were analyzed by energy-dispersive X -ray fluorescence(EDXRF), using of the x-ray lines of the elements to the intensity of the Compton peak. The results have been treated with diverse multivariate methods. The application of hierarchical cluster analysis and factor analysis permitted the identification of two main clusters. The first cluster is composed from the ''Heraion'' samples discovered in Apollonia, while the second comprises all the samples discovered in Dimale independent of their stamp. (authors)

  15. A evolutionary method for finding communities in bipartite networks

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    WeiHua, Zhan; Jihong, Guan; Shuigeng, Zhou

    2010-01-01

    Common practice in community structure detection is to develop different methods for different classes of networks. Here, we first show that unipartite networks and directed networks can be uniformly represented as bipartite networks, and their modularity completely consist with that for bipartite networks. To optimize the bipartite modularity, we then present a modified adaptive genetic algorithm, called as MMOGA, which is especially suited for community structure detection. In MMOGA, we introduce a new measure for the informativeness of a locus instead of the standard deviation, which can exactly determine those loci to mutate. This measure is the bias between the distribution of a locus over the current population and the uniform distribution of the locus, i.e., Kull-back Divergence between them. Moreover, we develop a reassignment technique for differentiating the informative state a locus has attained from the random state at initial phase. Also we present a modified mutation rule which incorporating rel...

  16. Centroid depth and mechanism of trench-outer rise earthquakes

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    Lefeldt, Marten; Grevemeyer, Ingo

    2008-01-01

    Trench-outer rise earthquakes occur by reactivation or creation of normal faults caused as the oceanic lithosphere approaches a subduction zone and bends into the deep-sea trench. These faults may cut deep enough into the mantle to allow sea water to penetrate into the lithosphere, causing serpentinization. The amount of water carried into the mantle is linked to the maximum depth that the tensional faults cut into the lithosphere, which in turn is directly linked to the maximum focal depths of outer rise normal faulting earthquakes. We analysed teleseismic P and S waves of seven earthquakes from the trench-outer rise offshore of Central America using teleseismic waveform inversion of broad-band data. For the computation of Green's functions for waveform inversion, probabilistic earthquake locations were calculated. To study the rupture process, earthquake centroid depths and focal mechanisms for a sequence of subevents were calculated. Both, hypocentral depths from the relocation process and the estimated centroid depths from the waveform inversion show that all events occur at shallow depths (<30 km). Furthermore, the locations of the subevents relative to each other suggest that fault planes for Mw ~ 6 are in the order of 50 km in length and only 5-10 km in width. Rupture generally propagates downdip and the focal mechanisms change for most events from normal faulting to strike-slip or oblique thrusting with time. The depth at which this mechanism change is observed may represent the depth of the nodal plane between tensional and compressional regions in the incoming plate.

  17. Onychomycosis: Clinical findings, etiological agents and evaluation of laboratory methods

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    Dubljanin Eleonora

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to identify the etiological agents in patients with suspected onychomycosis, and to carry out comparative testing of individual or combinations of tests: direct microscopy with KOH and Blankophor (BP, culturing on Sabouraud’s dextrose agar (SDA, diluted Sabouraud’s dextrose agar (D-SDA and dermatophyte test medium (DTM. From 70 nail samples (65 toenails, 5 fingernails, 46 (60.5% had at least one of five positive tests. Isolation was possible in 41, while in 5 samples the presence of fungi was observed by KOH and/or BP. Dermatophytes were most frequently isolated (80.5% where Trichophyton rubrum was predominant. Candida spp. was isolated in 9.8%, Aspergillus spp. 4.9%, Alternaria spp. 2.4% and Fusarium spp. 2.4%. Application of BP as an individual test was the most sensitive method. The combination of BP with DTM or D-SDA provides the best sensitivity and allows the identification of fungi to the species/genus level.

  18. Planning Pharmacies: An Operational Method to Find the Best Location

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    Simona Tondelli

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The theme of the spatial distribution of the pharmacies on the territory is closely connected to urban planning and to services supply. In Italy, the regulatory change that took place in 2012, triggered partly by the need to adhere more to a constantly changing economic system, has led to a revision of the existing situation, consisting both on the method to quantify the pharmacies distribution and on the efficiency of the service. If Law 27/2012 has effectively allowed municipalities to increase the number of pharmacies that they can settle on the municipal territory, it has also started a process of rethinking the logic of pharmacies location and of their catchment areas. In this framework, the present paper aims to discuss the merits of a regulatory evolutions that sparked the process of liberalization of locations, integrating the law guidelines and goals with an operating logic process, usable and useful to translate goals into planning actions in a continuous dialogue between law and territory, constraints and opportunities, equity and accessibility of the care services. Following this logic operations, we have investigated the urban context of Castelfranco Emilia, assuming the location of new offices on the basis of pharmaceutical analyzes.

  19. A NOVEL METHOD FOR FINDING PRIVACY PRESERVING ASSOCIATION RULE MINING

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Association rule mining is one of the significant research areas which explore the association between various item sets. The issue of privacy arises when several legitimate people share their data or knowledge for their mutual benefits. In case of centralized database, sensitive item sets are hidden by using association rule hiding approaches.Based on the execution time, the degree of optimality, the level of tolerance of side effects and guaranteed to get solution different association rule hiding approaches are exist. Among the commonly used approaches, heuristic approach is widely used since it guarantees to provide solution but causes some side effects. In this paper a heuristic based methodology is proposed to hide the sensitive item sets efficiently by adopting two criterions. This methodology protects private information by doing sanitization process but before participating in the sanitization process, the method analysis the side effects and select the most promising one to change so that side effects can be fully avoided or accepting few side effects which will not harm the informational accuracy.

  20. A Fuzzy Centroids Clustering Algorithm with Between-cluster Information for Categorical Data

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    Wang Li-Na; Liu Qian; Zhou Yuan

    2013-01-01

    In this study, a new fuzzy centroids clustering for categorical data is presented. The objective function of the fuzzy k-modes algorithm is modified by adding the between-cluster information so as to simultaneously minimize the within-cluster dispersion and enhance the between-cluster separation. Due to the misclassification by using the hard centroids, a fuzzy centroids clustering with the between-cluster information for categorical data is provided. Furthermore, the dissimilarity measure be...

  1. User Manual and Supporting Information for Library of Codes for Centroidal Voronoi Point Placement and Associated Zeroth, First, and Second Moment Determination; TOPICAL

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    The theory, numerical algorithm, and user documentation are provided for a new ''Centroidal Voronoi Tessellation (CVT)'' method of filling a region of space (2D or 3D) with particles at any desired particle density. ''Clumping'' is entirely avoided and the boundary is optimally resolved. This particle placement capability is needed for any so-called ''mesh-free'' method in which physical fields are discretized via arbitrary-connectivity discrete points. CVT exploits efficient statistical methods to avoid expensive generation of Voronoi diagrams. Nevertheless, if a CVT particle's Voronoi cell were to be explicitly computed, then it would have a centroid that coincides with the particle itself and a minimized rotational moment. The CVT code provides each particle's volume and centroid, and also the rotational moment matrix needed to approximate a particle by an ellipsoid (instead of a simple sphere). DIATOM region specification is supported

  2. Assessing the uncertainties on seismic source parameters: Towards realistic error estimates for centroid-moment-tensor determinations

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    Valentine, A.P.; Trampert, J.

    2012-01-01

    The centroid-moment-tensor (CMT) algorithm provides a straightforward, rapid method for the determination of seismic source parameters from waveform data. As such, it has found widespread application, and catalogues of CMT solutions particularly the catalogue maintained by the Global CMT Project are routinely used by geoscientists. However, there have been few attempts to quantify the uncertainties associated with any given CMT determination: whilst catalogues typically quote ...

  3. A Fuzzy Centroids Clustering Algorithm with Between-cluster Information for Categorical Data

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    Wang Li-Na

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a new fuzzy centroids clustering for categorical data is presented. The objective function of the fuzzy k-modes algorithm is modified by adding the between-cluster information so as to simultaneously minimize the within-cluster dispersion and enhance the between-cluster separation. Due to the misclassification by using the hard centroids, a fuzzy centroids clustering with the between-cluster information for categorical data is provided. Furthermore, the dissimilarity measure between an object and the centroid at the feature level is given as 1 minus the frequency of the feature value of the object. On several real data sets from UCI, the proposed algorithm is effective and the performance of the novel algorithm outperforms the one with hard-type centroids.

  4. Total Magnification and Magnification Centroid Due to Strongly Naked Singularity Lensing

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    DeAndrea, Justin

    2015-01-01

    A strongly naked singularity (SNS) was modelled at the center of the Galaxy. This specific type of naked singularity was characterized in 2008 by Virbhadra and Keeton. The lens is described using the Janis-Newman-Winicour metric, which has an ordinary mass and massless scalar charge parameters. Gravitational lensing by the SNS gives rise to 4 images: 2 images on the same side as the source and 2 images on the opposite side of the source from the optic axis. We compute magnification centroid, magnification centroid shift, and total absolute magnification for many values of the angular source position. The nature of the curve for all three results are qualitatively similar to Schwarzschild black hole lenses, but quantitatively different. Magnification centroid increases as angular source position increases. As angular source position increases, magnification centroid shift increases to a maximum value, and then begins to decrease. As angular source position becomes large, magnification centroid shift will appro...

  5. Grand-Canonical Adaptive Resolution Centroid Molecular Dynamics: Implementation and Application

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    Agarwal, Animesh

    2016-01-01

    We have implemented the Centroid Molecular Dynamics scheme (CMD) into the Grand Canonical-like version of the Adaptive Resolution Simulation Molecular Dynamics (GC-AdResS) method. We have tested the implementation on two different systems, liquid parahydrogen at extreme thermodynamic conditions and liquid water at ambient conditions; the reproduction of structural as well as dynamical results of reference systems are highly satisfactory. The capability of performing GC-AdResS CMD simulations allows for the treatment of a system characterized by some quantum features and open boundaries. This latter characteristic not only is of computational convenience, allowing for equivalent results of much larger and computationally more expensive systems, but also suggests a tool of analysis so far not explored, that is the unambiguous identification of the essential (quantum) degrees of freedom required for a given property.

  6. Centroid offset estimation in the Fourier domain for a highly sensitive Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor

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    The estimation of the centroid offset can have an effect on the accuracy of wavefront measurements conducted by highly sensitive Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensors. In this paper, a novel offset estimation algorithm processed in the Fourier domain is proposed. This method can be used to process the offset estimation in the Fourier domain and is efficient in noise suppression. The principle of the algorithm is described in detail. Comparisons between the technique and two other widely used algorithms, the best-threshold center of gravity algorithm and the correlation algorithm, are performed theoretically using numerical simulation and experimentally using a Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor. The results show that the proposed offset estimation algorithm is unbiased, as robust as the correlation algorithm, as fast as the best-threshold center of gravity algorithm, and achieves a good balance between precision and speed. (paper)

  7. Outlier Finding from Clusters using Categorical Data

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    Anamika Malaiya

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A New Categorical Data algorithm which combines a systematic method for finding initial centroids and an efficient way for assigning data points to clusters. This method ensures the entire process generate cluster without sacrificing the accuracy. It always generate good cluster by reducing the mean square error. Our clustering algorithm serves as a good benchmark to monitor the progression of students performance in institute. It also enhances the decision making by academic planners to monitor the students performance semester by semester by improving on the future academic results in the subsequence academic session.

  8. An Efficient Range Partitioning Method for Finding Frequent Patterns from Huge Database

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    Ms. Ruchita Gupta

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Data mining is finding increasing acceptance inscience and business areas that need to analyzelarge amounts of data to discover trends that theycould not otherwise find. Different applications mayrequire different data mining techniques. The kindsof knowledge that could be discovered from adatabase are categorized into association rulesmining, sequential patterns mining, classification,and clustering. In this paper we present an efficientrange partitioning method for finding frequentpattern from huge database. It is based on key baseddivision for finding the local frequent pattern(LFP. After finding the partition frequent patternfrom the subdivided local database, we then find theglobal frequent pattern from the local database andperform the pruning from the whole database.

  9. A Third-Order Newton-Type Method for Finding Polar Decomposition

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    Khaksar Haghani, F.

    2014-01-01

    It is attempted to present an iteration method for finding polar decomposition. The approach is categorized in the scope of Newton-type methods. Error analysis and rate of convergence are studied. Some illustrations are also given to disclose the numerical behavior of the proposed method.

  10. Finding zeros of nonlinear functions using the hybrid parallel cell mapping method

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    Xiong, Fu-Rui; Schütze, Oliver; Ding, Qian; Sun, Jian-Qiao

    2016-05-01

    Analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems including finding equilibrium states and stability boundaries often leads to a problem of finding zeros of vector functions. However, finding all the zeros of a set of vector functions in the domain of interest is quite a challenging task. This paper proposes a zero finding algorithm that combines the cell mapping methods and the subdivision techniques. Both the simple cell mapping (SCM) and generalized cell mapping (GCM) methods are used to identify a covering set of zeros. The subdivision technique is applied to enhance the solution resolution. The parallel implementation of the proposed method is discussed extensively. Several examples are presented to demonstrate the application and effectiveness of the proposed method. We then extend the study of finding zeros to the problem of finding stability boundaries of potential fields. Examples of two and three dimensional potential fields are studied. In addition to the effectiveness in finding the stability boundaries, the proposed method can handle several millions of cells in just a few seconds with the help of parallel computing in graphics processing units (GPUs).

  11. A correspondence finding method based on space conversion in 3D shape measurement using fringe projection.

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    Yong, Liu

    2015-06-01

    Phase correlation is an effective method used for 3D shape measurement. It has a defect in the step of finding corresponding points. This work analyses the complexity of phase maps and the problems caused by it in real applications, proposes a correspondence finding method based on space conversion. Applying space conversion, two sets of phase maps from two cameras are integrated to a unique phase space. Accordingly, searching corresponding point between two images can be carried out in the same image coordinate system of the projector. As a supplementary, two algorithms are given for CC method and VR method. Experimental results show that proposed algorithms are successful and effective. PMID:26072786

  12. Accuracy Evaluation for Region Centroid-Based Registration of Fluorescent CLSM Imagery

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    Lin Amy

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available We present an accuracy evaluation of a semiautomatic registration technique for 3D volume reconstruction from fluorescent confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM imagery. The presented semiautomatic method is designed based on our observations that (a an accurate point selection is much harder than an accurate region (segment selection for a human, (b a centroid selection of any region is less accurate by a human than by a computer, and (c registration based on structural shape of a region rather than based on intensity-defined point is more robust to noise and to morphological deformation of features across stacks. We applied the method to image mosaicking and image alignment registration steps and evaluated its performance with 20 human subjects on CLSM images with stained blood vessels. Our experimental evaluation showed significant benefits of automation for 3D volume reconstruction in terms of achieved accuracy, consistency of results, and performance time. In addition, the results indicate that the differences between registration accuracy obtained by experts and by novices disappear with the proposed semiautomatic registration technique while the absolute registration accuracy increases.

  13. Constraint Consensus Methods for Finding Interior Feasible Points in Second-Order Cones

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    Anna Weigandt; Kaitlyn Tuthill; Shafiu Jibrin

    2010-01-01

    Optimization problems with second-order cone constraints (SOCs) can be solved efficiently by interior point methods. In order for some of these methods to get started or to converge faster, it is important to have an initial feasible point or near-feasible point. In this paper, we study and apply Chinneck's Original constraint consensus method and DBmax constraint consensus method to find near-feasible points for systems of SOCs. We also develop and implement a new backtracking...

  14. Quantitative measurement of Parkinsonian gait from walking in monocular image sequences using a centroid tracking algorithm.

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    Lin, Sheng-Huang; Chen, Shih-Wei; Lo, Yu-Chun; Lai, Hsin-Yi; Yang, Chich-Haung; Chen, Shin-Yuan; Chang, Yuan-Jen; Chen, Chin-Hsing; Huang, Wen-Tzeng; Jaw, Fu-Shan; Chen, You-Yin; Tsang, Siny; Liao, Lun-De

    2016-03-01

    Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system that results from the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. Abnormal gait begins in the early stage and becomes severe as the disease progresses; therefore, the assessment of gait becomes an important issue in evaluating the progression of PD and the effectiveness of treatment. To provide a clinically useful gait assessment in environments with budget and space limitations, such as a small clinic or home, we propose and develop a portable method utilizing the monocular image sequences of walking to track and analyze a Parkinsonian gait pattern. In addition, a centroid tracking algorithm is developed and used here to enhance the method of quantifying kinematic gait parameters of PD in different states. Twelve healthy subjects and twelve mild patients with PD participate in this study. This method requires one digital video camera and subjects with two joint markers attached on the fibula head and the lateral malleolus of the leg. All subjects walk with a natural pace in front of a video camera during the trials. Results of our study demonstrate the stride length and walking velocity significantly decrease in PD without drug compared to PD with drug in both proposed method and simultaneous gait assessment performed by GAITRite(®) system. In gait initiation, step length and swing velocity also decrease in PD without drug compared to both PD with drug and controls. Our results showed high correlation in gait parameters between the two methods and prove the reliability of the proposed method. With the proposed method, quantitative measurement and analysis of Parkinsonian gait could be inexpensive to implement, portable within a small clinic or home, easy to administer, and simple to interpret. Although this study is assessed Parkinsonian gait, the proposed method has the potential to help clinicians and researchers assess the gait of patients with other neuromuscular diseases, such as traumatic brain injury and stroke patients. PMID:26109520

  15. Finding-equal regression method and its application in predication of U resources

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    The commonly adopted deposit model method in mineral resources predication has two main part: one is model data that show up geological mineralization law for deposit, the other is statistics predication method that accords with characters of the data namely pretty regression method. This kind of regression method may be called finding-equal regression, which is made of the linear regression and distribution finding-equal method. Because distribution finding-equal method is a data pretreatment which accords with advanced mathematical precondition for the linear regression namely equal distribution theory, and this kind of data pretreatment is possible of realization. Therefore finding-equal regression not only can overcome nonlinear limitations, that are commonly occurred in traditional linear regression or other regression and always have no solution, but also can distinguish outliers and eliminate its weak influence, which would usually appeared when Robust regression possesses outlier in independent variables. Thus this newly finding-equal regression stands the best status in all kind of regression methods. Finally, two good examples of U resource quantitative predication are provided

  16. An Efficient Range Partitioning Method for Finding Frequent Patterns from Huge Database

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    Ruchita Gupta

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Data mining is finding increasing acceptance in science and business areas that need to analyze large amounts of data to discover trends that they could not otherwise find. Different applications may require different data mining techniques. The kinds of knowledge that could be discovered from a database are categorized into association rules mining, sequential patterns mining, classification, and clustering. In this paper we present an efficient range partitioning method for finding frequent pattern from huge database. It is based on key based division for finding the local frequent pattern (LFP. After finding the partition frequent pattern from the subdivided local database, we then find the global frequent pattern from the local database and perform the pruning from the whole database.

  17. The impact of the in-orbit background and the X-ray source intensity on the centroiding accuracy of the Swift X-ray telescope

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    The optical components of the Swift Gamma Ray Burst Explorer X-ray Telescope (XRT), consisting of the JET-X spare flight mirror and a charge coupled device of the type used in the EPIC program, were used in a re-calibration study carried out at the Panter facility, which is part of the Max Plank Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. The objective of this study was to check the focal length and the off axis performance of the mirrors and to show that the half energy width (HEW) of the on-axis point spread function (PSF) was of the order of 16 arcsec at 1.5 keV (Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A 488 (2002) 543; SPIE 4140 (2000) 64) and that a centroiding accuracy better that 1 arcsec could be achieved within the 4 arcmin sampling area designated by the Burst Alert Telescope (Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A 488 (2002) 543). The centroiding accuracy of the Swift XRT's optical components was tested as a function of distance from the focus and off axis position of the PSF (Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A 488 (2002) 543). The presence of background events in the image frame introduced errors in the centroiding process, making the choice of centroiding algorithm important (Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A 488 (2002) 543). Since the objective of Swift is to rapidly investigate the X-ray afterglows of Gamma Ray Bursts the possibility of detecting a bright source with intensity greater than 25 Crab could not be excluded and therefore the impact of a saturated PSF core on the centroiding accuracy was investigated by experimental methods

  18. An Inversion-Free Method for Finding Positive Definite Solution of a Rational Matrix Equation

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    Sharifi, Mahdi; Karimi Vanani, Solat; Khaksar Haghani, Farhad; Kılıçman, Adem

    2014-01-01

    A new iterative scheme has been constructed for finding minimal solution of a rational matrix equation of the form X + A*X−1A = I. The new method is inversion-free per computing step. The convergence of the method has been studied and tested via numerical experiments. PMID:25215323

  19. Parallel shooting methods for finding steady state solutions to engine simulation models

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    Andersen, Stig Kildegård; Thomsen, Per Grove; Carlsen, Henrik

    2007-01-01

    Parallel single- and multiple shooting methods were tested for finding periodic steady state solutions to a Stirling engine model. The model was used to illustrate features of the methods and possibilities for optimisations. Performance was measured using simulation of an experimental data set as...

  20. Dressing transformation method for finding soliton solutions of the sinh-Gordon equation

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    In this paper, the establishment of the dressing transformations in the sinh-Gordon model is reconsidered. By carefully analysing the infinitesimal structures of dressing transformations, we improve the algebraic method for solving the dressing problem in the system and then lay the dressing transformation method on a firm basis. The modified dressing transformation method, which no longer contains any deductive jumps, turns out to become a powerful Hamiltonian approach to finding N-soliton solutions (N≥1) of the integrable systems. (author)

  1. Enhancing Gibbs sampling method for motif finding in DNA with initial graph representation of sequences.

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    Stepančič, Ziva

    2014-10-01

    Finding short patterns with residue variation in a set of sequences is still an open problem in genetics, since motif-finding techniques on DNA and protein sequences are inconclusive on real data sets and their performance varies on different species. Hence, finding new algorithms and evolving established methods are vital to further understanding of genome properties and the mechanisms of protein development. In this work, we present an approach to finding functional motifs in DNA sequences in connection to Gibbs sampling method. Starting points in the search space are partly determined via graphical representation of input sequences opposed to completely random initial points with the standard Gibbs sampling. Our algorithm is evaluated on synthetic as well as on real data sets by using several statistics, such as sensitivity, positive predictive value, specificity, performance, and correlation coefficient. Additionally, a comparison between our algorithm and the basic standard Gibbs sampling algorithm is made to show improvement in accuracy, repeatability, and performance. PMID:25121709

  2. Polynomiography Based on the Nonstandard Newton-Like Root Finding Methods

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    Krzysztof Gdawiec; Wiesław Kotarski; Agnieszka Lisowska

    2015-01-01

    A survey of some modifications based on the classic Newton’s and the higher order Newton-like root finding methods for complex polynomials is presented. Instead of the standard Picard’s iteration several different iteration processes, described in the literature, which we call nonstandard ones, are used. Kalantari’s visualizations of root finding process are interesting from at least three points of view: scientific, educational, and artistic. By combining different kinds of iterations, diffe...

  3. An MDL method for finding haplotype blocks and for estimating the strength of haplotype block boundaries.

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    Koivisto, M; Perola, M; Varilo, T; Hennah, W; Ekelund, J; Lukk, M; Peltonen, L; Ukkonen, E; Mannila, H

    2003-01-01

    We describe a new method for finding haplotype blocks based on the use of the minimum description length principle. We give a rigorous definition of the quality of a segmentation of a genomic region into blocks, and describe a dynamic programming algorithm for finding the optimal segmentation with respect to this measure. We also describe a method for finding the probability of a block boundary for each pair of adjacent markers: this gives a tool for evaluating the significance of each block boundary. We have applied the method to the published data of Daly et al. The results are in relatively good agreement with the published results, but also show clear differences in the predicted block boundaries and their strengths. We also give results on the block structure in population isolates. PMID:12603053

  4. A trilinear method for finding null points in a three-dimensional vector space

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    Null points are important locations in vector fields, such as a magnetic field. A new technique (a trilinear method for finding null points) is presented for finding null points over a large grid of points, such as those derived from a numerical experiment. The method was designed so that the null points found would agree with any field lines traced using the commonly used trilinear interpolation. It is split into three parts: reduction, analysis, and positioning, which, when combined, provide an efficient means of locating null points to a user-defined subgrid accuracy. We compare the results of the trilinear method with that of a method based on the Poincare index, and discuss the accuracy and limitations of both methods

  5. Estimation Normal Vector of Triangular Mesh Vertex by Angle and Centroid Weights and its Application

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    Yueping Chen

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available To compute vertex normal of triangular meshes more accurately, this paper presents an improved algorithm based on angle and centroid weights. Firstly, four representational algorithms are analyzed by comparing their weighting characteristics such as angles, areas and centroids. The drawbacks of each algorithm are discussed. Following that, an improved algorithm is put forward based on angle and centroid weights. Finally, by taking the deviation angle between the nominal normal vector and the estimated one as the error evaluation standard factor, the triangular mesh models of spheres, ellipsoids, paraboloids and cylinders are used to analyze the performance of all these estimation algorithms. The machining and inspection operations of one mould part are conducted to verify the improved algorithm. Experimental results demonstrate that the algorithm is effective.

  6. Systematic centroid error compensation for the simple Gaussian PSF in an electronic star map simulator

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    Wang Haiyong

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Simulated star maps serve as convenient inputs for the test of a star sensor, whose standardability mostly depends on the centroid precision of the simulated star image, so it is necessary to accomplish systematic error compensation for the simple Gaussian PSF (or SPSF, in which PSF denotes point spread function. Firstly, the error mechanism of the SPSF is described, the reason of centroid deviations of the simulated star images based on SPSF lies in the unreasonable sampling positions (the centers of the covered pixels of the Gaussian probability density function. Then in reference to the IPSF simulated star image spots regarded as ideal ones, and by means of normalization and numerical fitting, the pixel center offset function expressions are got, so the systematic centroid error compensation can be executed simply by substituting the pixel central position with the offset position in the SPSF. Finally, the centroid precision tests are conducted for the three big error cases of Gaussian radius σ = 0.5, 0.6, 0.671 pixel, and the centroid accuracy with the compensated SPSF (when σ = 0.5 is improved to 2.83 times that of the primitive SPSF, reaching a 0.008 pixel error, an equivalent level of the IPSF. Besides its simplicity, the compensated SPSF further increases both the shape similarity and the centroid precision of simulated star images, which helps to improve the image quality and the standardability of the outputs of an electronic star map simulator (ESS.

  7. A Fast Randomized Method to Find Homotopy Classes for Socially-Aware Navigation

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    Palmieri, Luigi; Rudenko, Andrey; Arras, Kai O.

    2015-01-01

    We introduce and show preliminary results of a fast randomized method that finds a set of K paths lying in distinct homotopy classes. We frame the path planning task as a graph search problem, where the navigation graph is based on a Voronoi diagram. The search is biased by a cost function derived from the social force model that is used to generate and select the paths. We compare our method to Yen's algorithm, and empirically show that our approach is faster to find a subset of homotopy cla...

  8. Nudged-elastic band method with two climbing images: finding transition states in complex energy landscapes

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    Zarkevich, Nikolai A

    2014-01-01

    The nudged-elastic band (NEB) method is modified with concomitant two climbing images (C2-NEB) to find a transition state (TS) in complex energy landscapes, such as those with serpentine minimal energy path (MEP). If a single climbing image (C1-NEB) successfully finds the TS, C2-NEB finds it with higher stability and accuracy. However, C2-NEB is suitable for more complex cases, where C1-NEB misses the TS because the MEP and NEB directions near the saddle point are different. Generally, C2-NEB not only finds the TS but guarantees that the climbing images approach it from the opposite sides along the MEP, and it estimates accuracy from the three images: the highest-energy one and its climbing neighbors. C2-NEB is suitable for fixed-cell NEB and the generalized solid-state NEB (SS-NEB).

  9. Fast simulators for satellite cloud optical centroid pressure retrievals; evaluation of OMI cloud retrievals

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    J. Joiner

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The cloud Optical Centroid Pressure (OCP is a satellite-derived parameter that is commonly used in trace-gas retrievals to account for the effects of clouds on near-infrared through ultraviolet radiance measurements. Fast simulators are desirable to further expand the use of cloud OCP retrievals into the operational and climate communities for applications such as data assimilation and evaluation of cloud vertical structure in general circulation models. In this paper, we develop and validate fast simulators that provide estimates of the cloud OCP given a vertical profile of optical extinction. We use a pressure-weighting scheme where the weights depend upon optical parameters of clouds and/or aerosols. A cloud weighting function is easily extracted using this formulation. We then use fast simulators to compare two different satellite cloud OCP retrievals, from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI, with estimates based on collocated cloud extinction profiles from a combination of CloudSat radar and MODIS visible radiance data. These comparisons are made over a wide range of conditions to provide a comprehensive validation of the OMI cloud OCP retrievals. We find generally good agreement between OMI cloud OCPs and those predicted by CloudSat. However, the OMI cloud OCPs from the two independent algorithms agree better with each other than either does with the estimates from CloudSat/MODIS. Differences between OMI cloud OCPs and those based on CloudSat/MODIS may result from undetected snow/ice at the surface, cloud 3-D effects, cases of low clouds obscurred by ground-clutter in CloudSat observations and by opaque high clouds in CALIPSO lidar observations, and the fact that CloudSat/CALIPSO only observes a relatively small fraction of an OMI field-of-view.

  10. Fast simulators for satellite cloud optical centroid pressure retrievals, 1. evaluation of OMI cloud retrievals

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    J. Joiner

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The cloud Optical Centroid Pressure (OCP is a satellite-derived parameter that is commonly used in trace-gas retrievals to account for the effects of clouds on near-infrared through ultraviolet radiance measurements. A fast simulator is desirable in order to further expand the use of cloud OCP retrievals into the operational and climate communities for applications such as data assimilation and evaluation of cloud vertical structure in general circulation models. In this paper, we develop and validate a fast simulator that provides estimates of the cloud OCP given a vertical profile of optical extinction. We use a pressure-weighting scheme where the weights depend upon optical parameters of clouds and/or aerosol. A cloud weighting function is easily extracted using this formulation. We then use the fast simulator to compare two different satellite cloud OCP retrievals from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI with estimates based on collocated cloud extinction profiles from a combination of CloudSat radar and MODIS visible radiance data. These comparisons are made over a wide range of conditions in order to provide a comprehensive validation of the OMI cloud OCP retrievals. We find generally good agreement between OMI cloud OCPs and those predicted by CloudSat. However, the OMI cloud OCPs from the two independent algorithms agree better with each other than either does with the estimates from CloudSat/MODIS. Differences between OMI cloud OCPs and those based on CloudSat/MODIS may result from undetected snow/ice at the surface, cloud 3-D effects, and the fact that CloudSat only observes a relatively small fraction of OMI pixel.

  11. Fast Simulators for Satellite Cloud Optical Centroid Pressure Retrievals, 1. Evaluation of OMI Cloud Retrievals

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    Joiner, J.; Vasilkov, A.; Gupta, P.; Bhartia, P. K.; Veefkind, P.; Sneep, M.; de Haan, J.; Polonsky, I.; Spurr, R.

    2012-01-01

    The cloud Optical Centroid Pressure (OCP), also known as the effective cloud pressure, is a satellite-derived parameter that is commonly used in trace-gas retrievals to account for the effects of clouds on near-infrared through ultraviolet radiance measurements. Fast simulators are desirable to further expand the use of cloud OCP retrievals into the operational and climate communities for applications such as data assimilation and evaluation of cloud vertical structure in general circulation models. In this paper, we develop and validate fast simulators that provide estimates of the cloud OCP given a vertical profile of optical extinction. We use a pressure-weighting scheme where the weights depend upon optical parameters of clouds and/or aerosol. A cloud weighting function is easily extracted using this formulation. We then use fast simulators to compare two different satellite cloud OCP retrievals from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) with estimates based on collocated cloud extinction profiles from a combination of CloudS at radar and MODIS visible radiance data. These comparisons are made over a wide range of conditions to provide a comprehensive validation of the OMI cloud OCP retrievals. We find generally good agreement between OMI cloud OCPs and those predicted by CloudSat. However, the OMI cloud OCPs from the two independent algorithms agree better with each other than either does with the estimates from CloudSat/MODIS. Differences between OMI cloud OCPs and those based on CloudSat/MODIS may result from undetected snow/ice at the surface, cloud 3-D effects, low altitude clouds missed by CloudSat, and the fact that CloudSat only observes a relatively small fraction of an OMI field-of-view.

  12. A new method for direction finding based on Markov random field model

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    Ota, Mamoru; Kasahara, Yoshiya; Goto, Yoshitaka

    2015-07-01

    Investigating the characteristics of plasma waves observed by scientific satellites in the Earth's plasmasphere/magnetosphere is effective for understanding the mechanisms for generating waves and the plasma environment that influences wave generation and propagation. In particular, finding the propagation directions of waves is important for understanding mechanisms of VLF/ELF waves. To find these directions, the wave distribution function (WDF) method has been proposed. This method is based on the idea that observed signals consist of a number of elementary plane waves that define wave energy density distribution. However, the resulting equations constitute an ill-posed problem in which a solution is not determined uniquely; hence, an adequate model must be assumed for a solution. Although many models have been proposed, we have to select the most optimum model for the given situation because each model has its own advantages and disadvantages. In the present study, we propose a new method for direction finding of the plasma waves measured by plasma wave receivers. Our method is based on the assumption that the WDF can be represented by a Markov random field model with inference of model parameters performed using a variational Bayesian learning algorithm. Using computer-generated spectral matrices, we evaluated the performance of the model and compared the results with those obtained from two conventional methods.

  13. Image Centroid Algorithms for Sun Sensors with Super Wide Field of View

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    ZHAN Yinhu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Sun image centroid algorithm is one of the key technologies of celestial navigation using sun sensors, which directly determine the precision of the sensors. Due to the limitation of centroid algorithm for non-circular sun image of the sun sensor of large field of view, firstly, the ellipse fitting algorithm is proposed for solving elliptical or sub-elliptical sun images. Then the spherical circle fitting algorithm is put forward. Based on the projection model and distortion model of the camera, the spherical circle fitting algorithm is used to obtain the edge points of the sun in the object space, and then the centroid of the sun can be determined by fitting the edge points as a spherical circle. In order to estimate the precision of spherical circle fitting algorithm, the centroid of the sun should be projected back to the image space. Theoretically, the spherical circle fitting algorithm is no longer need to take into account the shape of the sun image, the algorithm is more precise. The results of practical sun images demonstrate that the ellipse fitting algorithm is more suitable for the sun image with 70~80.3 half angle of view, and the mean precision is about 0.075 pixels; the spherical circle fitting algorithm is more suitable for the sun image with a half angle of view larger than 80.3, and the mean precision is about 0.082 pixels.

  14. Centroid and Theoretical Rotation: Justification for Their Use in Q Methodology Research

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    Ramlo, Sue

    2016-01-01

    This manuscript's purpose is to introduce Q as a methodology before providing clarification about the preferred factor analytical choices of centroid and theoretical (hand) rotation. Stephenson, the creator of Q, designated that only these choices allowed for scientific exploration of subjectivity while not violating assumptions associated with…

  15. European-Mediterranean Regional Centroid Moment Tensor Catalog: Solutions for Years 2003 and 2004

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    Pondrelli, S.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Bologna, Bologna, Italia; Salimbeni, S.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Bologna, Bologna, Italia; Morelli, A.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Bologna, Bologna, Italia; Ekstrm, G.; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA; Boschi, E.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Roma, Italy

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    We present an update, for years 2003 and 2004, of the European Mediterranean Regional Centroid Moment Tensor (RCMT) catalog that we maintain since 1997. This update adds 177 new solutions to the database, relating to moderate-magnitude (4.5 ?M

  16. Progressive track finding coupled with track fitting by the Kalman filtering method

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    A progressive track finding algorithm based on the Kalman filtering method has been proposed and tested for the track reconstruction in high energy physics experiment. The algorithm starts from small track segments with fitted track parameters and weight matrices or from fitted tracks of a neighboring detector, then extends the candidate tracks by adding measured points one by one. The track parametes and weight matrices of the candidate tracks are updated at the same time of each point addition. Therefore at the end of the track finding, the track fitting is accomplished simultaneously. The main procedures and its advantages of the algorithm are presented. Its performance is briefed

  17. A fast method of finding minimal cutsets in a risk monitor

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    This paper introduces a new fast method to find minimal cutsets to calculate CDF (core damage frequency) in a risk monitor. The new method, called McFarm (a Missing Cutsets Finding Algorithm for Risk Monitor), is a fast and accurate algorithm to find minimal cutsets to calculate CDF by changing the fault tree to a simpler one. McFarm shows good results especially for non-safety systems out-of-service (OOS) cases and for OOS cases of supporting systems, such as the diesel generator and component cooling water, which are located at many places and lower levels in the fault tree structure. The fast calculation achieved in the OOS cases of supporting systems is due to adopting the 'Super OOS AND gate' concept. McFarm can be used for multiple-equipment OOS as well as single-equipment OOS. McFarm was tested by using two risk-monitor models for Korean nuclear power plants (i.e. for YGN 3,4 and for UCN 3,4) with KIRAP. However, McFarm can be used for the risk monitors which use any quantification methods such as CAFTA, IRRAS, etc. Because McFarm just changes the fault tree to a simpler one, thereafter any quantification methods can be applied to the simplified fault tree

  18. A method for finding the ridge between saddle points applied to rare event rate estimates

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    Maronsson, Jon Bergmann; Jónsson, Hannes; Vegge, Tejs

    2012-01-01

    to the path. The method is applied to Al adatom diffusion on the Al(100) surface to find the ridge between 2-, 3- and 4-atom concerted displacements and hop mechanisms. A correction to the harmonic approximation of transition state theory was estimated by direct evaluation of the configuration......A method is presented for finding the ridge between first order saddle points on a multidimensional surface. For atomic scale systems, such saddle points on the energy surface correspond to atomic rearrangement mechanisms. Information about the ridge can be used to test the validity of the harmonic...... approximation to transition state theory, in particular to verify that second order saddle points—maxima along the ridge—are high enough compared to the first order saddle points. New minima along the ridge can also be identified during the path optimisation, thereby revealing additional transition mechanisms...

  19. Finite difference method to find period-one gait cycles of simple passive walkers

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    Dardel, Morteza; Safartoobi, Masoumeh; Pashaei, Mohammad Hadi; Ghasemi, Mohammad Hassan; Navaei, Mostafa Kazemi

    2015-01-01

    Passive dynamic walking refers to a class of bipedal robots that can walk down an incline with no actuation or control input. These bipeds are sensitive to initial conditions due to their style of walking. According to small basin of attraction of passive limit cycles, it is important to start with an initial condition in the basin of attraction of stable walking (limit cycle). This paper presents a study of the simplest passive walker with point and curved feet. A new approach is proposed to find proper initial conditions for a pair of stable and unstable period-one gait limit cycles. This methodology is based on finite difference method which can solve the nonlinear differential equations of motion on a discrete time. Also, to investigate the physical configurations of the walkers and the environmental influence such as the slope angle, the parameter analysis is applied. Numerical simulations reveal the performance of the presented method in finding two stable and unstable gait patterns.

  20. Numerical Properties of Different Root-Finding Algorithms Obtained for Approximating Continuous Newton’s Method

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    José M. Gutiérrez

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper is dedicated to the study of continuous Newton’s method, which is a generic differential equation whose associated flow tends to the zeros of a given polynomial. Firstly, we analyze some numerical features related to the root-finding methods obtained after applying different numerical methods for solving initial value problems. The relationship between the step size and the order of convergence is particularly considered. We have analyzed both the cases of a constant and non-constant step size in the procedure of integration. We show that working with a non-constant step, the well-known Chebyshev-Halley family of iterative methods for solving nonlinear scalar equations is obtained.

  1. A novel method for finding the initial structure parameters of optical systems via a genetic algorithm

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    Jun, LIU; Huang, Wei; Hongjie, Fan

    2016-02-01

    A novel method for finding the initial structure parameters of an optical system via the genetic algorithm (GA) is proposed in this research. Usually, optical designers start their designs from the commonly used structures from a patent database; however, it is time consuming to modify the patented structures to meet the specification. A high-performance design result largely depends on the choice of the starting point. Accordingly, it would be highly desirable to be able to calculate the initial structure parameters automatically. In this paper, a method that combines a genetic algorithm and aberration analysis is used to determine an appropriate initial structure of an optical system. We use a three-mirror system as an example to demonstrate the validity and reliability of this method. On-axis and off-axis telecentric three-mirror systems are obtained based on this method.

  2. Implementation of Multi-Centroid Moment Invariants in Thermal-Based Face Identification System

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    Khairul H. Abas

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Current paramount methods and approaches in face identification field rely on facial characteristics; such as location of eyes, length of nose and mouth, regardless the type of medium used to acquire the facial images. The visibility of these facial characteristics varies significantly with environmental factors (e.g., lighting elements. Various researches have been devoted to develop methodologies for addressing these problems. Despite the overwhelming effort to overcome these problems, the current framework of face identification research has a conceivable weakness due to its very nature. Approach: In this study, we presented a novel framework for face identification based on thermal information extracted from facial images acquired within the thermal spectrum. The motivation initiating to conduct this research was to engage in extracting significant facial characteristics from the acquired thermal information, which differs from current facial characteristics that are visible over the skin. Primarily, we proposed a non-holistic analysis approach by decomposing the input image into several input images via multiple threshold method (3 threshold values. This allowed us to analyze the thermal information given within a specific thermal range. Then, the first moment invariant, I1, from Hus classical moment invariants were computed and extracted (with respect to centroid point obtained from frontal shot source images which constituted the feature database. For each subject, we used one (frontal shot registered image with two and four test images (left, mid left, right and mid right. This approach employs minimum distance measurement method for classification purposes. Results: We had conducted experiments on the IRIS IR facial dataset with encouraging results of 95% of correct identification rate for test to registered image ratio of 2:1 and 92.5% of correct identification rate for test to registered image ratio of 4:1. Conclusion: The obtained results demonstrated the high capability of Hus classical moment invariants as a feature in thermal based face identification and introduce new ways for classical methods to further be utilized in theoretical and empirical research in the area.

  3. 4D tumor centroid tracking using orthogonal 2D dynamic MRI: Implications for radiotherapy planning

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    Purpose: Current pretreatment, 4D imaging techniques are suboptimal in that they sample breathing motion over a very limited “snapshot” in time. Heretofore, long-duration, 4D motion characterization for radiotherapy planning, margin optimization, and validation have been impractical for safety reasons, requiring invasive markers imaged under x-ray fluoroscopy. To characterize 3D tumor motion and associated variability over durations more consistent with treatments, the authors have developed a practical dynamic MRI (dMRI) technique employing two orthogonal planes acquired in a continuous, interleaved fashion.Methods: 2D balanced steady-state free precession MRI was acquired continuously over 9–14 min at approximately 4 Hz in three healthy volunteers using a commercial 1.5 T system; alternating orthogonal imaging planes (sagittal, coronal, sagittal, etc.) were employed. The 2D in-plane pixel resolution was 2 × 2 mm2 with a 5 mm slice profile. Simultaneous with image acquisition, the authors monitored a 1D surrogate respiratory signal using a device available with the MRI system. 2D template matching-based anatomic feature registration, or tracking, was performed independently in each orientation. 4D feature tracking at the raw frame rate was derived using spline interpolation.Results: Tracking vascular features in the lung for two volunteers and pancreatic features in one volunteer, the authors have successfully demonstrated this method. Registration error, defined here as the difference between the sagittal and coronal tracking result in the SI direction, ranged from 0.7 to 1.6 mm (1σ) which was less than the acquired image resolution. Although the healthy volunteers were instructed to relax and breathe normally, significantly variable respiration was observed. To demonstrate potential applications of this technique, the authors subsequently explored the intrafraction stability of hypothetical tumoral internal target volumes and 3D spatial probability distribution functions. The surrogate respiratory information allowed the authors to show how this technique can be used to study correlations between internal and external (surrogate) information over these prolonged durations. However, compared against the gold standard of the time stamps in the dMRI frames, the temporal synchronization of the surrogate 1D respiratory information was shown to be likely unreliable.Conclusions: The authors have established viability of a novel and practical pretreatment, 4D tumor centroid tracking method employing a commercially available dynamic MRI sequence. Further developments from the vendor are likely needed to provide a reliably synchronized surrogate 1D respiratory signal, which will likely broaden the utility of this method in the pretreatment radiotherapy planning context

  4. 4D tumor centroid tracking using orthogonal 2D dynamic MRI: Implications for radiotherapy planning

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    Tryggestad, Erik [Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21231 and Department of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905 (United States); Flammang, Aaron; Shea, Steven M. [Center for Applied Medical Imaging, Siemens Corporation, Corporate Technology, Baltimore, Maryland 21205 (United States); Hales, Russell; Herman, Joseph; Lee, Junghoon; McNutt, Todd; Roland, Teboh; Wong, John [Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21231 (United States)

    2013-09-15

    Purpose: Current pretreatment, 4D imaging techniques are suboptimal in that they sample breathing motion over a very limited “snapshot” in time. Heretofore, long-duration, 4D motion characterization for radiotherapy planning, margin optimization, and validation have been impractical for safety reasons, requiring invasive markers imaged under x-ray fluoroscopy. To characterize 3D tumor motion and associated variability over durations more consistent with treatments, the authors have developed a practical dynamic MRI (dMRI) technique employing two orthogonal planes acquired in a continuous, interleaved fashion.Methods: 2D balanced steady-state free precession MRI was acquired continuously over 9–14 min at approximately 4 Hz in three healthy volunteers using a commercial 1.5 T system; alternating orthogonal imaging planes (sagittal, coronal, sagittal, etc.) were employed. The 2D in-plane pixel resolution was 2 × 2 mm{sup 2} with a 5 mm slice profile. Simultaneous with image acquisition, the authors monitored a 1D surrogate respiratory signal using a device available with the MRI system. 2D template matching-based anatomic feature registration, or tracking, was performed independently in each orientation. 4D feature tracking at the raw frame rate was derived using spline interpolation.Results: Tracking vascular features in the lung for two volunteers and pancreatic features in one volunteer, the authors have successfully demonstrated this method. Registration error, defined here as the difference between the sagittal and coronal tracking result in the SI direction, ranged from 0.7 to 1.6 mm (1σ) which was less than the acquired image resolution. Although the healthy volunteers were instructed to relax and breathe normally, significantly variable respiration was observed. To demonstrate potential applications of this technique, the authors subsequently explored the intrafraction stability of hypothetical tumoral internal target volumes and 3D spatial probability distribution functions. The surrogate respiratory information allowed the authors to show how this technique can be used to study correlations between internal and external (surrogate) information over these prolonged durations. However, compared against the gold standard of the time stamps in the dMRI frames, the temporal synchronization of the surrogate 1D respiratory information was shown to be likely unreliable.Conclusions: The authors have established viability of a novel and practical pretreatment, 4D tumor centroid tracking method employing a commercially available dynamic MRI sequence. Further developments from the vendor are likely needed to provide a reliably synchronized surrogate 1D respiratory signal, which will likely broaden the utility of this method in the pretreatment radiotherapy planning context.

  5. Methods and findings of a systems interaction study of a Westinghouse PWR

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    This paper describes the methods and findings of a systems interaction study of a Westinghouse PWR. BNL conducted the study as a methods application that was performed to support the resolution of Unresolved Safety Issue A-17 on Systems Interactions. The method calls for a fault tree model of the plant to be developed in stages, corresponding to successively increasing levels of scope and detail. A functional model is developed first, resolved only to sufficient detail to reflect support system dependences; this guides the subsequent searches for spatial and induced-human interactions. This process has led to the identification of an active single failure causing loss of low pressure injection following a large or medium LOCA

  6. Methods and findings of a systems interaction study of a Westinghouse PWR

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    Youngblood, R.; Hanan, N.; Fitzpatrick, R.; Xue, D.; Bozoki, G.; Fresco, A.; Papazoglou, I.; Mitra, S.; Macdonald, G.; Chelliah, E.

    1985-01-01

    This paper describes the methods and findings of a systems interaction study of a Westinghouse PWR. BNL conducted the study as a methods application that was performed to support the resolution of Unresolved Safety Issue A-17 on Systems Interactions. The method calls for a fault tree model of the plant to be developed in stages, corresponding to successively increasing levels of scope and detail. A functional model is developed first, resolved only to sufficient detail to reflect support system dependences; this guides the subsequent searches for spatial and induced-human interactions. This process has led to the identification of an active single failure causing loss of low pressure injection following a large or medium LOCA.

  7. A Lin's method approach to finding and continuing heteroclinic connections involving periodic orbits

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    We present a numerical method for finding and continuing heteroclinic connections of vector fields that involve periodic orbits. Specifically, we concentrate on the case of a codimension-d heteroclinic connection from a saddle equilibrium to a saddle periodic orbit, denoted EtoP connection for short. By employing a Lin's method approach we construct a boundary value problem that has as its solution two orbit segments, one from the equilibrium to a suitable section ? and the other from ? to the periodic orbit. The difference between their two end points in ? can be chosen in a d-dimensional subspace, and this gives rise to d well-defined test functions that are called the Lin gaps. A connecting orbit can be found in a systematic way by closing the Lin gaps one by one in d consecutive continuation runs. Indeed, any common zero of the Lin gaps corresponds to an EtoP connection, which can then be continued in system parameters. The performance of our method is demonstrated with a number of examples. Specifically, we computate different types of EtoP orbits in the Lorenz system, in a vector-field model of a saddle-node Hopf bifurcation with global reinjection and in a four-dimensional Duffing-type system. Finally, we demonstrate the versatility of our geometric approach by finding a codimension-zero heteroclinic connection between two saddle periodic orbits in a four-dimensional vector field

  8. A simple method for finding explicit analytic transition densities of diffusion processes with general diploid selection.

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    Song, Yun S; Steinrücken, Matthias

    2012-03-01

    The transition density function of the Wright-Fisher diffusion describes the evolution of population-wide allele frequencies over time. This function has important practical applications in population genetics, but finding an explicit formula under a general diploid selection model has remained a difficult open problem. In this article, we develop a new computational method to tackle this classic problem. Specifically, our method explicitly finds the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the diffusion generator associated with the Wright-Fisher diffusion with recurrent mutation and arbitrary diploid selection, thus allowing one to obtain an accurate spectral representation of the transition density function. Simplicity is one of the appealing features of our approach. Although our derivation involves somewhat advanced mathematical concepts, the resulting algorithm is quite simple and efficient, only involving standard linear algebra. Furthermore, unlike previous approaches based on perturbation, which is applicable only when the population-scaled selection coefficient is small, our method is nonperturbative and is valid for a broad range of parameter values. As a by-product of our work, we obtain the rate of convergence to the stationary distribution under mutation-selection balance. PMID:22209899

  9. A novel method to find the neutral position of the breast

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    Knight, Miranda; Wheat, Jon; Driscoll, Heather; Haake, Steve

    2014-01-01

    Breast pain affects up to 70% of the female population. It is believed that stretching of the breast tissue causes discomfort and that by placing the breast into a position in which the tissue is neither in compression or tension (termed neutral position) will eliminate breast pain. The purpose of the study was to find a simple method that could be used to determine the location of the neutral position. One participant with a breast size of 34C performed three activities. The breast and torso...

  10. Exponential tails in the centroid velocity distributions of star-forming regions

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    Miesch, M S; Miesch, Mark S; Scalo, John M

    1994-01-01

    Probability density functions (pdfs) of ^{13}CO emission line centroid (line-of-sight, intensity-weighted average) velocities are presented for several densely sampled molecular clouds as quantitative descriptors of their underlying dynamics. Although some are approximately Gaussian in form, most of the pdfs exhibit relatively broader, often nearly exponential, tails, similar to the pdfs of velocity {\\em differences} and {\\em derivatives} (but not the velocity field itself) found in experiments and numerical simulations of incompressible turbulence. The broad pdf tails found in the present work are also similar to those found in decades-old measurements of interstellar velocity pdfs using atomic line centroids, and to the excess wing emission recently found in individual molecular line profiles. Some possible interpretations of the observed deviations are briefly discussed, although none of these account for the nearly exponential tails.

  11. Reconciling incongruous qualitative and quantitative findings in mixed methods research: exemplars from research with drug using populations

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    WAGNER, KARLA D.; Davidson, Peter J.; Pollini, Robin A.; Strathdee, Steffanie A.; Washburn, Rachel; Palinkas, Lawrence A.

    2011-01-01

    Mixed methods research is increasingly being promoted in the health sciences as a way to gain more comprehensive understandings of how social processes and individual behaviours shape human health. Mixed methods research most commonly combines qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis strategies. Often, integrating findings from multiple methods is assumed to confirm or validate the findings from one method with the findings from another, seeking convergence or agreement betwe...

  12. Fast simulators for satellite cloud optical centroid pressure retrievals; evaluation of OMI cloud retrievals

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    J. Joiner; A. P. Vasilkov; P. Gupta; Bhartia, P. K.; P. Veefkind; Sneep, M.; de Haan, J.; I. Polonsky; R. Spurr

    2012-01-01

    The cloud Optical Centroid Pressure (OCP) is a satellite-derived parameter that is commonly used in trace-gas retrievals to account for the effects of clouds on near-infrared through ultraviolet radiance measurements. Fast simulators are desirable to further expand the use of cloud OCP retrievals into the operational and climate communities for applications such as data assimilation and evaluation of cloud vertical structure in general circulation models. In this paper, w...

  13. Fast simulators for satellite cloud optical centroid pressure retrievals; evaluation of OMI cloud retrievals

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    Joiner, J.; Vasilkov, A. P.; Gupta, P; Bhartia, P. K.; Veefkind, P.; Sneep, M.; Haan, J. de; I. Polonsky; Spurr, R.

    2012-01-01

    The cloud Optical Centroid Pressure (OCP) is a satellite-derived parameter that is commonly used in trace-gas retrievals to account for the effects of clouds on near-infrared through ultraviolet radiance measurements. Fast simulators are desirable to further expand the use of cloud OCP retrievals into the operational and climate communities for applications such as data assimilation and evaluation of cloud vertical structure in general circulation models. In this paper, we develop and validat...

  14. A Centroid-based Heuristic Algorithm for the Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem

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    Kwangcheol Shin; Sangyong Han

    2012-01-01

    The vehicle routing problem (VRP) is famous as a nondeterministic polynomial-time hard problem. This study proposes a centroid-based heuristic algorithm to solve the capacitated VRP in polynomial time. The proposed algorithm consists of three phases: cluster construction, cluster adjustment, and route establishment. At the cluster construction phase, the farthest node (customer) among un-clustered nodes is selected as a seed to form a cluster. The notion of the geometrical centre of a cluster...

  15. European Mediterranean Regional Centroid Moment Tensor catalog: Solutions for years 2003 and 2004

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    Pondrelli, S.; Salimbeni, S.; Morelli, A.; Ekstrm, G.; Boschi, E.

    2007-09-01

    We present an update, for years 2003 and 2004, of the European- Mediterranean Regional Centroid Moment Tensor (RCMT) catalog that we maintain since 1997. This update adds 177 new solutions to the database, relating to moderate-magnitude ( 4.5?MHoceima, Morocco in 2004) and in Southern Greece and Dodecanese region (August 2003 and 2004). The complete RCMT catalog for the European and Mediterranean region now covers 8 years, and contains about 600 solutions.

  16. Application of a Bayesian method to absorption spectral-line finding in simulated ASKAP data

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    Allison, J R; Whiting, M T

    2011-01-01

    The large spectral bandwidth and wide field-of-view of the Australian SKA Pathfinder radio telescope will open up a completely new parameter space for large extragalactic HI surveys. Here we focus on identifying and parametrising HI absorption-lines which occur in the line of sight towards strong radio continuum sources. We have developed a method for simultaneously finding and fitting HI absorption-lines in radio data by using multi-nested sampling, a Bayesian Monte-arlo algorithm. The method is tested on a simulated ASKAP data cube, and is shown to be reliable at detecting absorption-lines in low signal-to-noise data without the need to smooth or alter the data. Estimation of the local Bayesian evidence statistic provides a quantitative criterion for assigning significance to a detection and selecting between competing analytical line-profile models.

  17. Enhancing spatial resolution of soft x-ray CCD detectors by single-photon centroid determination

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    Amorese, Andrea; Braicovich, Lucio; Ghiringhelli, Giacomo

    2014-01-01

    In Charge Coupled Device (CCD) detectors the electrons excited upon absorption of a single x-ray photon quickly diffuse and generate charge-spots often larger than pixel dimensions. In the soft x-ray range this phenomenon drastically limits the effective spatial resolution to approximately 25\\mu m, irrespective of the pixel size. For very low fluence the charge-cloud centroid determination can be used, on each individual spot, to estimate the actual photon impact position with sub-pixel precision. The readout noise and speed, together with the charge and spatial undersampling, are the main factors limiting the accuracy of this procedure in commercial devices. We have developed and extensively tested an algorithm for efficient centroid reconstruction on images acquired by low noise detectors not designed for single photon counting. We have thus measured a position uncertainty of 6-7\\mu m in CCDs with 13.5\\mu m and 20.0\\mu m pixel size, around 1 keV photon energy. We have analyzed the centroid calculation perfo...

  18. Inclusion of inversion symmetry in centroid molecular dynamics: A possible avenue to recover quantum coherence

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    Inversion symmetry is included in the operator formulation of the centroid molecular dynamics (CMD). This work involves the development of a symmetry-adapted CMD (SA-CMD), here particularly for symmetrization and antisymmetrization projections. A symmetry-adapted quasidensity operator, as defined by Blinov and Roy [J. Chem. Phys. 115, 7822 (2001)], is employed to obtain the centroid representation of quantum mechanical operators. Numerical examples are given for a single particle confined to one-dimensional symmetric quartic and symmetric double-well potentials. Two SA-CMD simulations are performed separately for both projections, and centroid position autocorrelation functions are obtained. For each projection, the quality of the approximation as well as the accuracy are similar to those of regular CMD. It is shown that individual trajectories from two separate SA-CMD simulations can be properly combined to recover trajectories for Boltzmann statistics. Position autocorrelation functions are compared to the exact quantum mechanical ones. This explicit account of inversion symmetry provides a qualitative improvement on the conventional CMD approach and allows the recovery of some quantum coherence

  19. Application of Artificial Intelligence methods in Finding Program Comprehension Differences in Novice Object Oriented Programmers

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    Full Text Available Program comprehension is the first step required for software maintenance, which accounts for a considerable number of job opportunities. For this to happen, it seems obvious that improving this ability in the teaching environment is required. The literature shows, however, that not enough solutions for improving program comprehension are offered as much as for programming itself.The aim of this research therefore, is to find a pattern of how different students vary in terms of comprehending a code written in an object-oriented language. For this, we have focused on two concepts including inheritance and polymorphism, gathered data online and analyzed it qualitatively. To find the right subject for all the students to study, a data mining technique i.e., the K-means clustering algorithm, was used.Results showed that a slight difference in programming experience can have a significant impact on program comprehension ability. The methods that were used by participants who succeeded in the experiment were the same as methods used by experts as mentioned in earlier research. Inheritance and polymorphism did not play an important role in lack of success in the process of program comprehension.

  20. Colorectal Cancer Staging Using Three Clustering Methods Based on Preoperative Clinical Findings.

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    Pourahmad, Saeedeh; Pourhashemi, Soudabeh; Mohammadianpanah, Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    Determination of the colorectal cancer stage is possible only after surgery based on pathology results. However, sometimes this may prove impossible. The aim of the present study was to determine colorectal cancer stage using three clustering methods based on preoperative clinical findings. All patients referred to the Colorectal Research Center of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences for colorectal cancer surgery during 2006 to 2014 were enrolled in the study. Accordingly, 117 cases participated. Three clustering algorithms were utilized including k-means, hierarchical and fuzzy c-means clustering methods. External validity measures such as sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were used for evaluation of the methods. The results revealed maximum accuracy and sensitivity values for the hierarchical and a maximum specificity value for the fuzzy c-means clustering methods. Furthermore, according to the internal validity measures for the present data set, the optimal number of clusters was two (silhouette coefficient) and the fuzzy c-means algorithm was more appropriate than the k-means clustering approach by increasing the number of clusters. PMID:26925686

  1. Finding transition pathways using the string method with swarms of trajectories.

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    Pan, Albert C; Sezer, Deniz; Roux, Benot

    2008-03-20

    An approach to find transition pathways in complex systems is presented. The method, which is related to the string method in collective variables of Maragliano et al. (J. Chem. Phys. 2006, 125, 024106), is conceptually simple and straightforward to implement. It consists of refining a putative transition path in the multidimensional space supported by a set of collective variables using the average dynamic drift of those variables. This drift is estimated on-the-fly via swarms of short unbiased trajectories started at different points along the path. Successive iterations of this algorithm, which can be naturally distributed over many computer nodes with negligible interprocessor communication, refine an initial trial path toward the most probable transition path (MPTP) between two stable basins. The method is first tested by determining the pathway for the C7eq to C7ax transition in an all-atom model of the alanine dipeptide in vacuum, which has been studied previously with the string method in collective variables. A transition path is found with a committor distribution peaked at 1/2 near the free energy maximum, in accord with previous results. Last, the method is applied to the allosteric conformational change in the nitrogen regulatory protein C (NtrC), represented here with a two-state elastic network model. Even though more than 550 collective variables are used to describe the conformational change, the path converges rapidly. Again, the committor distribution is found to be peaked around 1/2 near the free energy maximum between the two stable states, confirming that a genuine transition state has been localized in this complex multidimensional system. PMID:18290641

  2. Study of finding out uranium deposit with geophysical methods at Zhongdong district Onyuan county Guangdong province

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    The soil natural thermoluminescence measurement and radon survey were chosen, whose penetrability is stronger, and their applied effects were studied in prospecting uranium deposit at Xiazhuang granite area. The 236 stations were measured respectively with these two methods at Zhongdong district Ongyuan county Guangdong province. The research results show that: 1. There are good effects which fractured zones were found out with radon survey. 2. The soil natural thermoluminescence measurement is one of the cumulative measurement methods. It can obviously respond the projected position of uranium deposit of intersected point type. 3. The sensitivity, stability and reappearance of the soil natural thermoluminescence is good, and it was less affected by human activity on the surface. The measured anomalies can reflect the variety of the radioactive field, so amplitude and width of anomalies can basically respond the distribution of uranium ore body. The problems to be solved in the future are: If the rocks above the 'intersection point type' uranium deposits are relatively intact, how much depth can it be found out with soil natural thermoluminescence method? A set of nuclear geophysical prospecting pattern on the different types of uranium deposits in Xiazhuang uranium ore field should be summarized so that they can be used to find out uranium deposits in granite area in the future. (authors)

  3. A method for automatic matching of multi-timepoint findings for enhanced clinical workflow

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    Raghupathi, Laks; Dinesh, MS; Devarakota, Pandu R.; Valadez, Gerardo Hermosillo; Wolf, Matthias

    2013-03-01

    Non-interventional diagnostics (CT or MR) enables early identification of diseases like cancer. Often, lesion growth assessment done during follow-up is used to distinguish between benign and malignant ones. Thus correspondences need to be found for lesions localized at each time point. Manually matching the radiological findings can be time consuming as well as tedious due to possible differences in orientation and position between scans. Also, the complicated nature of the disease makes the physicians to rely on multiple modalities (PETCT, PET-MR) where it is even more challenging. Here, we propose an automatic feature-based matching that is robust to change in organ volume, subpar or no registration that can be done with very less computations. Traditional matching methods rely mostly on accurate image registration and applying the resulting deformation map on the findings coordinates. This has disadvantages when accurate registration is time-consuming or may not be possible due to vast organ volume differences between scans. Our novel matching proposes supervised learning by taking advantage of the underlying CAD features that are already present and considering the matching as a classification problem. In addition, the matching can be done extremely fast and at reasonable accuracy even when the image registration fails for some reason. Experimental results∗ on real-world multi-time point thoracic CT data showed an accuracy of above 90% with negligible false positives on a variety of registration scenarios.

  4. A Bayesian Method For Finding Galaxies That Cause Quasar Absorption Lines

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    Shoemaker, Emileigh Suzanne; Laubner, David Andrew; Scott, Jennifer E.

    2016-01-01

    We present a study of candidate absorber-galaxy pairs for 39 low redshift quasar sightlines (0.06 Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). We downloaded the COS linelists for these quasar spectra from MAST and queried the SDSS DR12 database for photometric data on all galaxies within 1 Mpc of each of these quasar lines of sight. We calculated photometric redshifts for all the SDSS galaxies using the Bayesian Photometric Redshift code. We used all these absorber and galaxy data as input into an absorber-galaxy matching code which also employs a Bayesian scheme, along with known statistics of the intergalactic medium and circumgalactic media of galaxies, for finding the most probable galaxy match for each absorber. We compare our candidate absorber-galaxy matches to existing studies in the literature and explore trends in the absorber and galaxy properties among the matched and non-matched populations. This method of matching absorbers and galaxies can be used to find targets for follow up spectroscopic studies.

  5. Establishing the soft and hard tissue area centers (centroids) for the skull and introducing a newnon-anatomical cephalometric line

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    The purpose of this study was to demonstrate how to establish the area center (centroid) of both the soft and hard tissues of the outline of the lateral cephalometric skull image, and to introduce the concept of a new non-anatomical centroid line. Lateral cephalometric radiographs, size 12 x 14 inch, of fifty seven adult subjects were selected based on their pleasant, balanced profile, Class I skeletal and dental relationship and no major dental malocclusion or malrelationship. The area centers (centroids) of both soft and hard tissue skull were practically established using a customized software computer program called the m-file. Connecting the two centers introduced the concept of a new non-anatomical soft and hard centroids line. (author)

  6. School Locations and Traffic Emissions — Environmental (InJustice Findings Using a New Screening Method

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    Philine Gaffron

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available It has been shown that the location of schools near heavily trafficked roads can have detrimental effects on the health of children attending those schools. It is therefore desirable to screen both existing school locations and potential new school sites to assess either the need for remedial measures or suitability for the intended use. Current screening tools and public guidance on school siting are either too coarse in their spatial resolution for assessing individual sites or are highly resource intensive in their execution (e.g., through dispersion modeling. We propose a new method to help bridge the gap between these two approaches. Using this method, we also examine the public K-12 schools in the Sacramento Area Council of Governments Region, California (USA from an environmental justice perspective. We find that PM2.5 emissions from road traffic affecting a school site are significantly positively correlated with the following metrics: percent share of Black, Hispanic and multi-ethnic students, percent share of students eligible for subsidized meals. The emissions metric correlates negatively with the schools’ Academic Performance Index, the share of White students and average parental education levels. Our PM2.5 metric also correlates with the traffic related, census tract level screening indicators from the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool and the tool’s tract level rate of asthma related emergency department visits.

  7. A Novel Systematic Error Compensation Algorithm Based on Least Squares Support Vector Regression for Star Sensor Image Centroid Estimation

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    Jingyan Song; Bin Liang; Tao Zhang; Jun Yang

    2011-01-01

    The star centroid estimation is the most important operation, which directly affects the precision of attitude determination for star sensors. This paper presents a theoretical study of the systematic error introduced by the star centroid estimation algorithm. The systematic error is analyzed through a frequency domain approach and numerical simulations. It is shown that the systematic error consists of the approximation error and truncation error which resulted from the discretization approx...

  8. Old Wine in New Skins: The Sensitivity of Established Findings to New Methods

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    Foster, E. Michael; Wiley-Exley, Elizabeth; Bickman, Leonard

    2009-01-01

    Findings from an evaluation of a model system for delivering mental health services to youth were reassessed to determine the robustness of key findings to the use of methodologies unavailable to the original analysts. These analyses address a key concern about earlier findings--that the quasi-experimental design involved the comparison of two…

  9. Old Wine in New Skins: The Sensitivity of Established Findings to New Methods

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    Foster, E. Michael; Wiley-Exley, Elizabeth; Bickman, Leonard

    2009-01-01

    Findings from an evaluation of a model system for delivering mental health services to youth were reassessed to determine the robustness of key findings to the use of methodologies unavailable to the original analysts. These analyses address a key concern about earlier findings--that the quasi-experimental design involved the comparison of two

  10. Comparao dos mtodos de determinao da estabilidade oxidativa de biodiesel B100, em mistura com antioxidantes sintticos: aplicao do delineamento simplex-centroide com varivel de processo

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    Joo Rafael de Moraes Cini

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The Rancimat and accelerated stove tests were used to determine the oxidative stability of B100 biodiesel mixed with synthetic antioxidants. The predictive equations, with process variable, were obtained by applying a simplex-centroid design. Regardless of the antioxidant used, all assays carried out with the accelerated stove test presented storage time longer than 177.88 d, the greatest value obtained by applying the Rancimat test. The t test, applied to the parameters containing the process variable, showed a statistically significant difference (at the level of 5% between the methods used.

  11. Determination of the beam centroid of an obstructed focused Gaussian laser beam.

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    St John, W Doyle

    2009-08-01

    Diffraction of an obstructed focused Gaussian laser beam has been treated theoretically using the Huygens-Fresnel diffraction integral and was found to be in good agreement with experimental measurements. The obstruction is a vertically oriented opaque cylinder treated as a flat hard aperture. Measurements and calculations are compared for the diffracted irradiance profile and the beam centroid as a function of cylinder diameter and lateral and longitudinal placement along the optic axis. The cylinders used were gauge pins and/or wires with diameters from 0.5 to 100 mil. PMID:19649057

  12. Determination of the beam centroid of an obstructed focused Gaussian laser beam

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    Diffraction of an obstructed focused Gaussian laser beam has been treated theoretically using the Huygens-Fresnel diffraction integral and was found to be in good agreement with experimental measurements. The obstruction is a vertically oriented opaque cylinder treated as a flat hard aperture. Measurements and calculations are compared for the diffracted irradiance profile and the beam centroid as a function of cylinder diameter and lateral and longitudinal placement along the optic axis. The cylinders used were gauge pins and/or wires with diameters from 0.5 to 100 mil.

  13. Determination of the beam centroid of an obstructed focused Gaussian laser beam

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    Doyle St John, W.

    2009-08-01

    Diffraction of an obstructed focused Gaussian laser beam has been treated theoretically using the Huygens-Fresnel diffraction integral and was found to be in good agreement with experimental measurements. The obstruction is a vertically oriented opaque cylinder treated as a flat hard aperture. Measurements and calculations are compared for the diffracted irradiance profile and the beam centroid as a function of cylinder diameter and lateral and longitudinal placement along the optic axis. The cylinders used were gauge pins and/or wires with diameters from 0.5 to 100 mil.

  14. Sistemas inteligentes para el análisis de fútbol: centroide ponderado

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    Clemente, Filipe Manuel; Santos Couceiro, Micael; Lourenço Martins, Fernando Manuel; Sousa Mendes, Rui; Figueiredo, António José

    2014-01-01

    Nuevos sistemas inteligentes se han desarrollado recientemente, con el fin de mejorar la calidad de análisis del partido. Estos sistemas basan su análisis en el comportamiento táctico de los equipos, sin embargo, todos los métodos innovadores necesitan algunos cam-bios para aumentar su potencial en las implicaciones prácticas. Por lo tanto, el objetivo principal de este trabajo es proponer una actualización del centroide y métrica del equipo, teniendo en cuenta a todos los jugadores del equip...

  15. Cooling as a method of finding topological dislocations in lattice models

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    It is well known that the O(3) two-dimensional model has configurations with topological charge Q=1 and action S/sub min/=6.69. Since the exponent characterizing the renormalization-group behavior of this model is 4? such configurations invalidate the standard scaling behavior of the topological susceptibility. The analog exponent for the four-dimensional lattice SU(2) gauge model is 10.77. If there would exist configurations with Q=1 and S<10.77 in this model, they would invalidate the standard scaling behavior of its topological susceptibility. Kremer et al. have calculated the action of different configurations during cooling runs. They report that they do not find any configuration with S<12.7 and Q=1. I show that in the O(3) two-dimensional model cooling runs fail to uncover the well-known configurations with S<8. We conclude that the cooling method is not effective in uncovering the smallest action configurations in the Q=1 sector

  16. Criteria to find qualified candidates--professional personnel recruitment methods adapted to neurosurgery.

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    Gilsbach, J M; Pillong, A

    1997-01-01

    A neurosurgeon has not received any special training in personnel recruitment at the time he becomes chief of a department. Consequently, a suboptimal personnel policy is most probable. Due to the rapid changes in social behaviour and style of leadership in postwar Europe, he might be ill advised to follow only the example of his successful predecessors, apart from the fact, that this would only be possible if the personalities (of the former and new chief) were similar. To save time and energy for optimal patient care, personnel recruitment can be improved and made more reproducible and reliable by adopting modern, professional non-medical principles. A typical stepwise process of personnel recruitment includes an analysis of the position and function, the definition of demands and offers, the choice of advertising and searching methods, the analysis of the application documents, the interview with the candidate including its re-evaluation and the ongoing evaluation process during the training. This election process is not only conducted by the chief of a department, but also by senior staff-members and even young, competing assistants. It aims to find the candidate who fits best in the requirements, who will be trained and educated with the least effort and who has the best potential to succeed in the long run. The only factors seemingly predicting a good development of a candidate are personality, energy (potential, motivation) and intelligence. Therefore, the search should especially aim to discover these-admittedly difficult to detect-qualities. PMID:9253431

  17. Research on the effect of noise at different times of day: Models, methods and findings

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    Fields, J. M.

    1985-01-01

    Social surveys of residents' responses to noise at different times of day are reviewed. Some of the discrepancies in published reports about the importance of noise at different times of day are reduced when the research findings are classified according to the type of time of day reaction model, the type of time of day weight calculated and the method which is used to estimate the weight. When the estimates of nighttime weights from 12 studies are normalized, it is found that they still disagree, but do not support stronger nighttime weights than those used in existing noise indices. Challenges to common assumptions in nighttime response models are evaluated. Two of these challenges receive enough support to warrant further investigation: the impact of changes in numbers of noise events may be less at night than in the day and nighttime annoyance may be affected by noise levels in other periods. All existing social survey results in which averages of nighttime responses were plotted by nighttime noise levels are reproduced.

  18. Findings from a mixed-methods study of an interprofessional faculty development program.

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    Abu-Rish Blakeney, Erin; Pfeifle, Andrea; Jones, Mandy; Hall, Leslie Walter; K Zierler, Brenda

    2016-01-01

    Forty faculty members from eight schools participated in a year-long National Faculty Development Program (NFDP) conducted in 2012-2013, aimed at developing faculty knowledge and skills for interprofessional education (IPE). The NFDP included two live conferences. Between conferences, faculty teams implemented self-selected IPE projects at their home institutions and participated in coaching and peer-support conference calls. This paper describes program outcomes. A mixed methods approach was adopted. Data were gathered through online surveys and semi-structured interviews. The study explored whether faculty were satisfied with the program, believed the program was effective in developing knowledge and skills in designing, implementing, and evaluating IPE, and planned to continue newly-implemented IPE and faculty development (FD). Peer support and networking were two of the greatest perceived benefits. Further, this multi-institutional program appears to have facilitated early organizational change by bringing greater contextual understanding to assumptions made at the local level that in turn could influence hidden curricula and networking. These findings may guide program planning for future FD to support IPE. PMID:26576839

  19. Iteratively Weighted Centroiding for Shack-Hartmann Wave-Front Sensors

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    Baker, K L; Moallem, M M

    2007-02-28

    Several techniques have been used with Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors to determine the local wave-front gradient across each lenslet. In this article we introduce an iterative weighted technique which is specifically targeted for open-loop applications such as aberrometers and metrology. In this article the iterative centroiding technique is compared to existing techniques such as center-of-mass with thresholding, weighted center-of-gravity, matched filter and cross-correlation. Under conditions of low signal-to-noise ratio, the iterative weighted centroiding algorithm is demonstrated to produce a lower variance in the reconstructed phase than existing techniques. The iteratively weighted algorithm was also compared in closed-loop and demonstrated to have the lowest error variance along with the weighted center-of-gravity, however, the iteratively weighted algorithm removes the bulk of the aberration in roughly half the iterations than the weighted center-of-gravity algorithm. This iterative weighted algorithm is also well suited to applications such as guiding on telescopes.

  20. Update of the European-Mediterranean Regional Centroid Moment Tensor (RCMT) Catalog: an Insight on Notable Recent Mediterranean Seismicity

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    Pondrelli, S.; Salimbeni, S.; Ekstrm, G.; Morelli, A.

    2006-12-01

    The European-Mediterranean Regional Centroid Moment Tensor (RCMT) Catalog collects solutions routinely computed since 1997 for earthquakes with moderate magnitude (4.5? M ? 5.5) in the Mediterranean region. The database represents an extension to smaller magnitudes of the Harvard global CMT catalog, based on analysis of seismograms recorded at regional distance, and modeling of intermediate period surface waves. The catalog, updated to 2005, includes about 650 events, and represents a valuable tool for seismotectonic and geodynamic studies. The most interesting seismic sequences in the most recent years occurred in Northern Africa (Boumerdes, Algerian coast in 2003 and Al Hoceima, Morocco in 2004) and in the Southern Greece, Dodecanese area and Aegean Sea (August 2003 and 2004, October 2005). For most of the events of these sequences moment tensor solutions were not available in the literature. We further extended the catalog back in time for the Italian region, as far as allowed by availability of digital data --- i.e. since 1977 --- with the same analysis and inversion method used for current seismicity. The new dataset includes events in many seismic zones where moderate seismicity had previously been scarcely documented, e.g. the Po Plain and the Adriatic Sea. In particular, both older and more recent seismicity in the Central Adriatic Sea holds particular interest, as the region had often been depicted as aseismic. New solutions, providing new information on the geometry of seismic deformation, mainly represent moderate magnitude events, that can effectively be modeled by the method we use.

  1. Infant feeding experiences among teen mothers in North Carolina: Findings from a mixed-methods study

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    Samandari Ghazaleh

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Adolescent mothers in the U.S. are much less likely to initiate breastfeeding than older mothers, and teens who do initiate breastfeeding tend to breastfeed for shorter durations. The purpose of this mixed-methods study is to investigate breastfeeding practices, barriers and facilitators among adolescent mothers ages 17 and younger. Methods Quantitative descriptive analyses are conducted using data from the North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS. The population-based sample comprises 389 teens ages 13-17 giving birth to a live born infant in North Carolina in 2000 - 2005 and in 2007. Qualitative analyses are based on in-depth interviews with 22 Black, White and Hispanic teen mothers residing in rural and urban areas of North Carolina conducted between November 2007 and February 2009. Results In quantitative analyses, 52% (196 of 389 of North Carolina teen mothers initiated breastfeeding, but half of those who initiated breastfeeding (92/196 stopped within the first month postpartum. Hispanic teens (44/52 or 89% were much more likely than Black (61/159 or 41% or White teens (87/164 or 52% to initiate breastfeeding and to continue for a longer duration. Nearly sixty two percent (29/52 of Hispanic respondents breastfed for greater than four weeks as compared to 16% (29/159 of Black respondents and 26% (39/164 of White respondents. Common barriers to breastfeeding initiation and continuation included not liking breastfeeding, returning to school, nipple pain, and insufficient milk. Qualitative data provided context for the quantitative findings, elucidating the barriers and facilitators to breastfeeding from the teens' perspective and insight into the ways in which breastfeeding support to teens could be enhanced. Conclusions The large number of adolescents ceasing breastfeeding within the first month points to the need for more individualized follow-up after hospital discharge in the first few days postpartum, to address common technical challenges and to provide assistance managing the transition back to school. Provision of an extra home visit or outpatient visit for teens within the first few days following hospital discharge, and advocacy to make schools more compatible with breastfeeding, could potentially help teens who desire to breastfeed to successfully continue. These interventions warrant further research to test their effectiveness among adolescents.

  2. A Method to Find Generic Thresholds for Identifying Relevant Physical Activity Events in Sensor Data.

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    Marschollek, Michael

    2016-01-01

    The increasing use of wearable actimetry devices in cohort studies can provide a deep and objective insight in physical activity (PA) patterns. For reliable and reproducible pattern recognition, and to minimize the influence of specific device characteristics, there is a need for a generic method to identify relevant PA events in sensor data sets on the basis of comprehensive features such as PA duration and intensity. The objectives of this paper are to present a method to identify universal event detection thresholds for such parameters, and to attempt to find stable meta-clusters of PA behaviour. PA events of 5, 10, 20 and 30 min with low, medium and high intensity thresholds found in literature and intensity deciles were computed for a random sample (N?=?100) of the NHANES 2005-06 accelerometer data set (N?=?7457). On the basis of all combinations of the above, activity events were detected, and parameters mean duration, mean intensity and event regularity were computed. Results were clustered using x-Means clustering and visualized for 5-, 10-, 20-, and 30-min events. Stable clustering results are obtained with intensity thresholds up to the 8th decile and for event durations up to 10 min. Two stable meta-clusters were detected: 'irregularly active' (intensity at 52nd percentile) and 'regularly active' (intensity at 42nd percentile). Distinct generic thresholds could be identified and are proposed. They may prove useful for further investigations of similar actimetry data sets, minimising the influence of specific device characteristics. The results also confirm that distinct PA event patterns - including event regularity - can be identified using wearable sensor devices, especially when regarding low-intensity, short-term activities which do not correspond to current PA recommendations. Further research is necessary to evaluate actual associations between sensor-based PA parameters and health outcome. The author identified generic intensity and duration thresholds for analysing objective PA data from wearable devices. This may contribute to further analyses of PA patterns along with their relations with health outcome parameters. PMID:26547849

  3. Alternatives for implementing methods for finding agents in a Multi-Agent Systems

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    Tucat, Mariano; García, Alejandro Javier

    2006-01-01

    Interaction is an essential characteristic of Multi- Agent Systems (MASs). Agents that are part of a MAS usually interact by exchanging messages accord- ing to some conversation policy. Therefore, the ability to find other agents and exchange messages with them are features that need to be implemented in agents that are part of a MAS. Finding an agent means been aware of it existence and obtaining the information needed to send to it a message. There exists different alternatives of implement...

  4. Centroid-Point of Ranking Fuzzy Numbers and Its Application to Health Related Quality of Life Indicators

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    Lazim Abdullah,

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Ranking of fuzzy numbers is not an easy task as fuzzy numbers are represented by possibility distributions and they can overlap with each other. Since it was introduced, various approaches on ranking fuzzy numbers have been proposed. The recent ranking fuzzy numbers proposed by Wang and Li is claimed to be the improved version in ranking. However, the method was never been simplified and tested in real life application. This paper presents a four-step computation ofranking fuzzy numbers and its application in ranking indicatorsof health related quality of life. The four steps algorithm was proposed as to establish ranking and followed by a testimony inhealth related symptoms among elderly. Data in form of linguistic terms were collected from three experts at State of Terengganu Malaysia. Decisions were made based on the centroid-point ( x, y , where the degree of representative location ( x is higher than average height ( y . These points permit to characterize the evaluation behaviour of each indicator. The ranking reflects the problematic level of elderly people. The results show the feasibility of the proposed stepwise computation in real application.

  5. The expanded FindCore method for identification of a core atom set for assessment of protein structure prediction.

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    Snyder, David A; Grullon, Jennifer; Huang, Yuanpeng J; Tejero, Roberto; Montelione, Gaetano T

    2014-02-01

    Maximizing the scientific impact of NMR-based structure determination requires robust and statistically sound methods for assessing the precision of NMR-derived structures. In particular, a method to define a core atom set for calculating superimpositions and validating structure predictions is critical to the use of NMR-derived structures as targets in the CASP competition. FindCore (Snyder and Montelione, Proteins 2005;59:673-686) is a superimposition independent method for identifying a core atom set and partitioning that set into domains. However, as FindCore optimizes superimposition by sensitively excluding not-well-defined atoms, the FindCore core may not comprise all atoms suitable for use in certain applications of NMR structures, including the CASP assessment process. Adapting the FindCore approach to assess predicted models against experimental NMR structures in CASP10 required modification of the FindCore method. This paper describes conventions and a standard protocol to calculate an "Expanded FindCore" atom set suitable for validation and application in biological and biophysical contexts. A key application of the Expanded FindCore method is to identify a core set of atoms in the experimental NMR structure for which it makes sense to validate predicted protein structure models. We demonstrate the application of this Expanded FindCore method in characterizing well-defined regions of 18 NMR-derived CASP10 target structures. The Expanded FindCore protocol defines "expanded core atom sets" that match an expert's intuition of which parts of the structure are sufficiently well defined to use in assessing CASP model predictions. We also illustrate the impact of this analysis on the CASP GDT assessment scores. PMID:24327305

  6. A path method for finding energy barriers and minimum energy paths in complex micromagnetic systems

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    Minimum energy paths and energy barriers are calculated for complex micromagnetic systems. The method is based on the nudged elastic band method and uses finite-element techniques to represent granular structures. The method was found to be robust and fast for both simple test problems as well as for large systems such as patterned granular media. The method is used to estimate the energy barriers in CoCr-based perpendicular recording media

  7. Finding the Social Value of Forests Through Stated Preference Methods: A Mediterranean Forest Valuation Exercise

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    Pere Riera

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available There are several methods to estimate the social value of forests or forest attributes, the most widely used being the stated preference methods. This paper illustrates the use of such methods to estimate some recreational functions of Mediterranean forests, as well as CO2 sequestration and soil erosion prevention. It also compares the results from a contingent ranking and a choice experiment method application.

  8. A New Homotopy Analysis Method for Finding the Exact Solution of Systems of Partial Differential Equations

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    M. Matinfar; M. Saeidy; B. Gharahsuflu

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, the application of a new homotopy analysis method presented for obtaining solutions of systems of non-linear partial differential equations. Theoretical considerations are discussed. To explain the capability and reliability of the new method some examples are provided. The results show that the new technique is very effective and convenient and comparison of the obtained solutions of this new method with those of applying homotopy analysis method have high accuracy.

  9. A Novel Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm Model with Centroid and its Application

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    Shengli Song

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available In order to enhance inter-particle cooperation and information sharing capabilities, an improved particle swarm algorithm optimization model is proposed by introducing the centroid of particle swarm in the standard PSO model to improve global optimum efficiency and accuracy of algorithm, then parameter selection guidelines are derived in the convergence of new algorithm. The results of Benchmark function simulation and the material balance computation (MBC in alumina production show the new algorithm, with both a steady convergence and a better stability, not only enhance the local searching efficiency and global searching performance greatly, but also have faster higher precision and convergence speed, and can avoid the premature convergence problem effectively.

  10. Path integral centroid molecular dynamics simulations of semiinfinite slab and bulk liquid of para-hydrogen

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    Kinugawa, Kenichi [Nara Women`s Univ., Nara (Japan). Dept. of Chemistry

    1998-10-01

    It has been unsuccessful to solve a set of time-dependent Schroedinger equations numerically for many-body quantum systems which involve, e.g., a number of hydrogen molecules, protons, and excess electrons at a low temperature, where quantum effect evidently appears. This undesirable situation is fatal for the investigation of real low-temperature chemical systems because they are essentially composed of many quantum degrees of freedom. However, if we use a new technique called `path integral centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) simulation` proposed by Cao and Voth in 1994, the real-time semi-classical dynamics of many degrees of freedom can be computed by utilizing the techniques already developed in the traditional classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Therefore, the CMD simulation is expected to be very powerful tool for the quantum dynamics studies or real substances. (J.P.N.)

  11. Path integral centroid molecular dynamics simulations of semiinfinite slab and bulk liquid of para-hydrogen

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    It has been unsuccessful to solve a set of time-dependent Schroedinger equations numerically for many-body quantum systems which involve, e.g., a number of hydrogen molecules, protons, and excess electrons at a low temperature, where quantum effect evidently appears. This undesirable situation is fatal for the investigation of real low-temperature chemical systems because they are essentially composed of many quantum degrees of freedom. However, if we use a new technique called 'path integral centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) simulation' proposed by Cao and Voth in 1994, the real-time semi-classical dynamics of many degrees of freedom can be computed by utilizing the techniques already developed in the traditional classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Therefore, the CMD simulation is expected to be very powerful tool for the quantum dynamics studies or real substances. (J.P.N.)

  12. Weighted Centroid Algorithm for Estimating Primary User Location: Theoretical Analysis and Distributed Implementation

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    Wang, Jun; Han, Yuxing; ?abri?, Danijela

    2010-01-01

    Information about primary user (PU) location is crucial in enabling several key capabilities in dynamic spectrum access networks, including improved spatio-temporal sensing, intelligent location-aware routing, as well as aiding spectrum policy enforcement. Compared to other proposed non-interactive localization algorithms, the weighted centroid localization (WCL) scheme uses only received signal strength information, which makes it simple and robust to variations in the propagation environment. In contrast to prior work, which focused mainly on proposing algorithmic variations and verifying their performance through simulations, in this paper we present the first theoretical framework for WCL performance analysis in terms of its localization error distribution parameterized by node density, node placement, shadowing variance and correlation distance. Using this analysis, we quantify the robustness of WCL to various physical conditions and provide guidelines, such as node placement, for practical deployment of...

  13. The centroidal algorithm in molecular similarity and diversity calculations on confidential datasets.

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    Trepalin, Sergey; Osadchiy, Nikolay

    2005-01-01

    Chemical structure provides exhaustive description of a compound, but it is often proprietary and thus an impediment in the exchange of information. For example, structure disclosure is often needed for the selection of most similar or dissimilar compounds. Authors propose a centroidal algorithm based on structural fragments (screens) that can be efficiently used for the similarity and diversity selections without disclosing structures from the reference set. For an increased security purposes, authors recommend that such set contains at least some tens of structures. Analysis of reverse engineering feasibility showed that the problem difficulty grows with decrease of the screen's radius. The algorithm is illustrated with concrete calculations on known steroidal, quinoline, and quinazoline drugs. We also investigate a problem of scaffold identification in combinatorial library dataset. The results show that relatively small screens of radius equal to 2 bond lengths perform well in the similarity sorting, while radius 4 screens yield better results in diversity sorting. The software implementation of the algorithm taking SDF file with a reference set generates screens of various radii which are subsequently used for the similarity and diversity sorting of external SDFs. Since the reverse engineering of the reference set molecules from their screens has the same difficulty as the RSA asymmetric encryption algorithm, generated screens can be stored openly without further encryption. This approach ensures an end user transfers only a set of structural fragments and no other data. Like other algorithms of encryption, the centroid algorithm cannot give 100% guarantee of protecting a chemical structure from dataset, but probability of initial structure identification is very small-order of 10(-40) in typical cases. PMID:16331405

  14. Bayesian data augmentation methods for the synthesis of qualitative and quantitative research findings

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    Crandell, Jamie L.; Voils, Corrine I; Chang, YunKyung; Sandelowski, Margarete

    2011-01-01

    The possible utility of Bayesian methods for the synthesis of qualitative and quantitative research has been repeatedly suggested but insufficiently investigated. In this project, we developed and used a Bayesian method for synthesis, with the goal of identifying factors that influence adherence to HIV medication regimens. We investigated the effect of 10 factors on adherence. Recognizing that not all factors were examined in all studies, we considered standard methods for dealing with missin...

  15. METHOD FOR ESTIMATING METHANE EMISSIONS FROM UNDERGROUND COAL MINES: PRELIMINARY FINDINGS

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    The paper discusses the development of an improved method for estimating global methane (CH4) emissions from underground coal mining. ince emissions data presently not available for surface mines, this method is currently restricted to underground mines. The EPA has embarked on a...

  16. An MLE method for finding LKB NTCP model parameters using Monte Carlo uncertainty estimates

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    The aims of this work were to establish a program to fit NTCP models to clinical data with multiple toxicity endpoints, to test the method using a realistic test dataset, to compare three methods for estimating confidence intervals for the fitted parameters and to characterise the speed and performance of the program.

  17. The functional variable method for finding exact solutions of some nonlinear time-fractional differential equations

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    Wenjun Liu; Kewang Chen

    2013-09-01

    In this paper, we implemented the functional variable method and the modified Riemann–Liouville derivative for the exact solitary wave solutions and periodic wave solutions of the time-fractional Klein–Gordon equation, and the time-fractional Hirota–Satsuma coupled KdV system. This method is extremely simple but effective for handling nonlinear time-fractional differential equations.

  18. A New Method for Finding Point Sources in High-energy Neutrino Data

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    Fang, Ke

    2016-01-01

    The IceCube collaboration has reported the first detection of high-energy astrophysical neutrinos including $\\sim 50$ high-energy starting events, but no individual sources have been identified. It is therefore important to develop the most sensitive and efficient possible algorithms to identify point sources of these neutrinos. The most popular current method works by exploring a dense grid of possible directions to individual sources, and identifying the single direction with the maximum probability of having produced multiple detected neutrinos. This method has numerous strengths, but it is computationally intensive and, because it focuses on the single best location for a point source, additional point sources are not included in the evidence. We propose a new maximum likelihood method that uses the angular separations between all pairs of neutrinos in the data. Unlike existing autocorrelation methods for this type of analysis, which also use angular separations between neutrino pairs, our method incorpor...

  19. Towards understanding household-level forest reliance in Cambodia - study sites, methods, and preliminary findings

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    Ra, Koy; Pichdara, Lonn; Dararath, Yem; Jiao, Xi; Smith-Hall, Carsten

    There is growing international interest in the role of forests in poverty prevention and reduction. In consequence, this broad area of investigation has been subject to increased research; one major international research project is that facilitated by the Poverty Environment Network (PEN). This ...... project covers a large number of sites in 26 countries throughout the tropics. The present report contains contextual details, methodological information and preliminary findings for the PEN sites in Cambodia....

  20. A comparison of three clustering methods for finding subgroups in MRI, SMS or clinical data

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    Kent, Peter; Jensen, Rikke K; Kongsted, Alice

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    BACKGROUND: There are various methodological approaches to identifying clinically important subgroups and one method is to identify clusters of characteristics that differentiate people in cross-sectional and/or longitudinal data using Cluster Analysis (CA) or Latent Class Analysis (LCA). There is......, Latent Gold LCA and SNOB LCA). METHODS: The performance of these three methods was compared: (i) quantitatively using the number of subgroups detected, the classification probability of individuals into subgroups, the reproducibility of results, and (ii) qualitatively using subjective judgments about...... known subgroups and correctly classify individuals into those subgroups. CONCLUSIONS: Our subjective judgement was that Latent Gold offered the best balance of sensitivity to subgroups, ease of use and presentation of results with these datasets but we recognise that different clustering methods may...

  1. A numerical method for finding sign-changing solutions of superlinear Dirichlet problems

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    Neuberger, J.M.

    1996-12-31

    In a recent result it was shown via a variational argument that a class of superlinear elliptic boundary value problems has at least three nontrivial solutions, a pair of one sign and one which sign changes exactly once. These three and all other nontrivial solutions are saddle points of an action functional, and are characterized as local minima of that functional restricted to a codimension one submanifold of the Hilbert space H-0-1-2, or an appropriate higher codimension subset of that manifold. In this paper, we present a numerical Sobolev steepest descent algorithm for finding these three solutions.

  2. Thermal analysis of parabolic concentrator for finding optical efficiency by different methods with varying parameters.

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    Abhijeet Auti

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Parabolic concentrator is used to utilize the solar energy for heating purpose. Thermal tests are performed on concentrator at different time periods and at different masses to find the variation in the optical efficiency and heat loss factor. The results verified by graphical test can be used to design the concentrator for the desired output. It was found that the system gave almost the same values of optical efficiency, for the various masses of water on different days. The value of optical efficiency factor increases slightly by reducing the mass of water. The value of optical efficiency for the parabolic concentrator is obtained as 35%.

  3. The Findings from the OECD/NEA/CSNI UMS (Uncertainty Method Study)

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    Within licensing procedures there is the incentive to replace the conservative requirements for code application by a 'best estimate' concept supplemented by an uncertainty analysis to account for predictive uncertainties of code results. Methods have been developed to quantify these uncertainties. The Uncertainty Methods Study (UMS) Group, following a mandate from CSNI (Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations) of OECD/NEA (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development / Nuclear Energy Agency), has compared five methods for calculating the uncertainty in the predictions of advanced 'best estimate' thermal-hydraulic codes. Most of the methods identify and combine input uncertainties. The major differences between the predictions of the methods came from the choice of uncertain parameters and the quantification of the input uncertainties, i.e. the wideness of the uncertainty ranges. Therefore, suitable experimental and analytical information has to be selected to specify these uncertainty ranges or distributions. After the closure of the Uncertainty Method Study (UMS) and after the report was issued comparison calculations of experiment LSTF-SB-CL-18 were performed by University of Pisa using different versions of the RELAP 5 code. It turned out that the version used by two of the participants calculated a 170 K higher peak clad temperature compared with other versions using the same input deck. This may contribute to the differences of the upper limit of the uncertainty ranges. A 'bifurcation' analysis was also performed by the same research group also providing another way of interpreting the high temperature peak calculated by two of the participants. (authors)

  4. Finding a needle in a haystack: toward a psychologically informed method for aviation security screening.

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    Ormerod, Thomas C; Dando, Coral J

    2015-02-01

    Current aviation security systems identify behavioral indicators of deception to assess risks to flights, but they lack a strong psychological basis or empirical validation. We present a new method that tests the veracity of passenger accounts. In an in vivo double-blind randomized-control trial conducted in international airports, security agents detected 66% of deceptive passengers using the veracity test method compared with less than 5% using behavioral indicator recognition. As well as revealing advantages of veracity testing over behavioral indicator identification, the study provides the highest levels to date of deception detection in a realistic setting where the known base rate of deceptive individuals is low. PMID:25365531

  5. A Simple Method to Find out when an Ordinary Differential Equation Is Separable

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    Cid, Jose Angel

    2009-01-01

    We present an alternative method to that of Scott (D. Scott, "When is an ordinary differential equation separable?", "Amer. Math. Monthly" 92 (1985), pp. 422-423) to teach the students how to discover whether a differential equation y[prime] = f(x,y) is separable or not when the nonlinearity f(x, y) is not explicitly factorized. Our approach is…

  6. The Dynamics of Poverty in the United States: A Review of Data, Methods, and Findings

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    Cellini, Stephanie Riegg; McKernan, Signe-Mary; Ratcliffe, Caroline

    2008-01-01

    This paper reviews the literature on poverty dynamics in the U.S. It surveys the most prevalent data, theories, and methods used to answer three key questions: How likely are people to enter, exit, and reenter poverty? How long do people remain in poverty? And what events are associated with entering and exiting poverty? The paper then analyzes…

  7. The Dynamics of Poverty in the United States: A Review of Data, Methods, and Findings

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    Cellini, Stephanie Riegg; McKernan, Signe-Mary; Ratcliffe, Caroline

    2008-01-01

    This paper reviews the literature on poverty dynamics in the U.S. It surveys the most prevalent data, theories, and methods used to answer three key questions: How likely are people to enter, exit, and reenter poverty? How long do people remain in poverty? And what events are associated with entering and exiting poverty? The paper then analyzes

  8. Finding the Roots of System of Nonlinear Equations by a Novel Filled Function Method

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    Ying Zhang; Wei-Xiang Wang; Wei-Gang Sun; You-Lin Shang

    2011-01-01

    We present a novel filled function approach to solve box-constrained system of nonlinear equations. The system is first transformed into an equivalent nonsmooth global minimization problem, and then a new filled function method is proposed to solve this global optimization problem. Numerical experiments on several test problems are conducted and the computational results are also reported.

  9. Method for finding the critical temperature of the island in a SET structure

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    We present a method to measure the critical temperature of the island of a superconducting single electron transistor. The method is based on a sharp change in the slope of the zero-bias conductance as a function of temperature. We have used this method to determine the superconducting phase transition temperature of the Nb island of an superconducting single electron transistor with Al leads. We obtain TcNb as high as 8.5 K and gap energies up to ΔNb ≅ 1.45 meV. By looking at the zero bias conductance as a function of magnetic field instead of temperature, also the critical field of the island can be determined. Using the orthodox theory, we have performed extensive numerical simulations of charge transport properties in the SET at temperatures comparable to the gap, which match very well the data, therefore providing a solid theoretical basis for our method. PACS: 73.23.Hk,73.40.Gk,74.50.+r

  10. Method for finding the critical temperature of the island in a SET structure

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    Toppari, J J; Kuehn, T; Halvari, A P [NanoScience Center, Department of Physics, University of Jyvaskyla, PO Box 35 (YN), FIN-40014 University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); Paraoanu, G S [Low Temperature Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, PO Box 5100, FIN-02015 TKK (Finland)], E-mail: paraoanu@cc.hut.fi

    2009-02-01

    We present a method to measure the critical temperature of the island of a superconducting single electron transistor. The method is based on a sharp change in the slope of the zero-bias conductance as a function of temperature. We have used this method to determine the superconducting phase transition temperature of the Nb island of an superconducting single electron transistor with Al leads. We obtain T{sub c}{sup Nb} as high as 8.5 K and gap energies up to {delta}Nb {approx_equal} 1.45 meV. By looking at the zero bias conductance as a function of magnetic field instead of temperature, also the critical field of the island can be determined. Using the orthodox theory, we have performed extensive numerical simulations of charge transport properties in the SET at temperatures comparable to the gap, which match very well the data, therefore providing a solid theoretical basis for our method. PACS: 73.23.Hk,73.40.Gk,74.50.+r.

  11. A Simple Method to Find out when an Ordinary Differential Equation Is Separable

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    Cid, Jose Angel

    2009-01-01

    We present an alternative method to that of Scott (D. Scott, "When is an ordinary differential equation separable?", "Amer. Math. Monthly" 92 (1985), pp. 422-423) to teach the students how to discover whether a differential equation y[prime] = f(x,y) is separable or not when the nonlinearity f(x, y) is not explicitly factorized. Our approach is

  12. A few basic considerations on the method of finding the law - Einige Grundberlegungen zur Methode der Rechtsfindung

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    Jochen Bung

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The contribution attempts to illustrate why it is appropriate to speak of finding, re-cognising and application, or applying, of the law. Reservations have been articulated about this use of language as a consequence of ontologically sceptical assumptions, which raise doubts as to the level of reality contained in these terms. Legal ontology is used as a knock-down argument in certain pointed aspects of this scepticism. However, there is no reason to do so.Der Beitrag versucht zu verdeutlichen, warum es in Ordnung ist, von Rechtsfindung, Rechtserkenntnis und Rechtsanwendung zu sprechen. Bedenken gegenber diesem Sprachgebrauch sind in der Folge ontologieskeptischer Annahmen artikuliert worden, die Zweifel am Realittsgehalt der genannten Begriffe anmelden. Rechtsontologie wird in bestimmten Pointierungen dieser Skepsis als Knock-down-Argument eingesetzt. Dafr gibt es aber keinen Grund.

  13. A Novel Systematic Error Compensation Algorithm Based on Least Squares Support Vector Regression for Star Sensor Image Centroid Estimation

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    Jingyan Song

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The star centroid estimation is the most important operation, which directly affects the precision of attitude determination for star sensors. This paper presents a theoretical study of the systematic error introduced by the star centroid estimation algorithm. The systematic error is analyzed through a frequency domain approach and numerical simulations. It is shown that the systematic error consists of the approximation error and truncation error which resulted from the discretization approximation and sampling window limitations, respectively. A criterion for choosing the size of the sampling window to reduce the truncation error is given in this paper. The systematic error can be evaluated as a function of the actual star centroid positions under different Gaussian widths of star intensity distribution. In order to eliminate the systematic error, a novel compensation algorithm based on the least squares support vector regression (LSSVR with Radial Basis Function (RBF kernel is proposed. Simulation results show that when the compensation algorithm is applied to the 5-pixel star sampling window, the accuracy of star centroid estimation is improved from 0.06 to 6 × 10−5 pixels.

  14. An alignment-free method to find and visualise rearrangements between pairs of DNA sequences.

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    Pratas, Diogo; Silva, Raquel M; Pinho, Armando J; Ferreira, Paulo J S G

    2015-01-01

    Species evolution is indirectly registered in their genomic structure. The emergence and advances in sequencing technology provided a way to access genome information, namely to identify and study evolutionary macro-events, as well as chromosome alterations for clinical purposes. This paper describes a completely alignment-free computational method, based on a blind unsupervised approach, to detect large-scale and small-scale genomic rearrangements between pairs of DNA sequences. To illustrate the power and usefulness of the method we give complete chromosomal information maps for the pairs human-chimpanzee and human-orangutan. The tool by means of which these results were obtained has been made publicly available and is described in detail. PMID:25984837

  15. An Intercomparison of Methods for Finding Coupled Patterns in Climate Data.

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    Bretherton, Christopher S.; Smith, Catherine; Wallace, John M.

    1992-06-01

    This paper introduces a conceptual framework for comparing methods that isolate important coupled modes of variability between time series of two fields. Four specific methods are compared: principal component analysis with the fields combined (CPCA), canonical correlation analysis (CCA) and a variant of CCA proposed by Barnett and Preisendorfer (BP), principal component analysis of one single field followed by correlation of its component amplitudes with the second field (SFPCA), and singular value decomposition of the covariance matrix between the two fields (SVD). SVD and CPCA are easier to implement than BP, and do not involve user-chosen parameters. All methods are applied to a simple but geophysically relevant model system and their ability to detect a coupled signal is compared as parameters such as the number of points in each field, the number of samples in the time domain, and the signal-to-noise ratio are varied.In datasets involving geophysical fields, the number of sampling times may not be much larger than the number of observing locations or grid points for each field. In a model system with these characteristics, CPCA usually extracted the coupled pattern somewhat more accurately than SVD, BP, and SFPCA, since the patterns it yielded exhibit smaller sampling variability; SVD and BP gave quite similar results; and CCA was uncompetitive due to a high sampling variability unless the coupled signal was highly localized. The coupled modes derived from CPCA and SFPCA exhibit an undesirable mean bias toward the leading EOFs of the individual fields; in fact, for small signal-to-noise ratios these methods may identify a coupled signal that is similar to a dominant EOF of one of the fields but is completely orthogonal to the true coupled signal within that field. For longer time series, or in situations where the coupled signal does not resemble the EOFs of the individual fields, these biases can make SVD and BP substantially superior to CPCA.

  16. The relationship between vocational interests and intelligence: Do findings generalize across different assessment methods?

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    Ren T. Proyer

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this study was to further explore the relationship between vocational interests and intelligence. There is some evidence in literature on the stable relationships between vocational interests and intelligence (cf. Ackerman & Heggestad, 1997). It should be noted that the majority of the previous studies have only used questionnaires for the assessment of vocational interests. Thus, it is of interest whether the results are also stable when different assessment methods are used. Ther...

  17. Exploring Community Gardens in a Health Disparate Population: Findings from a Mixed Methods Pilot Study

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    Zanko, Ashley; Price, Bryan; Bonner, Jennifer; Hill, Jennie L; Zoellner, Jamie M

    2012-01-01

    Background: Despite recommendations, there have been few efforts to apply the community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community gardens. Objectives: As guided by the CBPR approach and grounded in a social-ecological model and behavioral theory, the purpose of this mixed methods study was to understand opinions and interests in developing and implementing a community garden and to understand factors impacting fruit, vegetable...

  18. Study methods, recruitment, socio-demographic findings and demographic representativeness in the OPPERA study

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    Slade, Gary D.; Bair, Eric; By, Kunthel; Mulkey, Flora; Baraian, Cristina; Rothwell, Rebecca; Reynolds, Maria; Miller, Vanessa; Gonzalez, Yoly; Gordon, Sharon; Ribeiro-Dasilva, Margarete; Lim, Pei Feng; Greenspan, Joel D.; Dubner, Ron; Fillingim, Roger B

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes methods used in the project “Orofacial Pain Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment” (OPPERA) and evaluates socio-demographic characteristics associated with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) in the OPPERA case-control study. Representativeness was investigated by comparing socio-demographic profiles of OPPERA participants with population census profiles of counties near study sites and by comparing age- and gender-associations with TMD in OPPERA and the 2007-09 US Nat...

  19. Paediatric cardiac CT examinations: impact of the iterative reconstruction method ASIR on image quality - preliminary findings

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    Radiation dose exposure is of particular concern in children due to the possible harmful effects of ionizing radiation. The adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) method is a promising new technique that reduces image noise and produces better overall image quality compared with routine-dose contrast-enhanced methods. To assess the benefits of ASIR on the diagnostic image quality in paediatric cardiac CT examinations. Four paediatric radiologists based at two major hospitals evaluated ten low-dose paediatric cardiac examinations (80 kVp, CTDIvol 4.8-7.9 mGy, DLP 37.1-178.9 mGy.cm). The average age of the cohort studied was 2.6 years (range 1 day to 7 years). Acquisitions were performed on a 64-MDCT scanner. All images were reconstructed at various ASIR percentages (0-100%). For each examination, radiologists scored 19 anatomical structures using the relative visual grading analysis method. To estimate the potential for dose reduction, acquisitions were also performed on a Catphan phantom and a paediatric phantom. The best image quality for all clinical images was obtained with 20% and 40% ASIR (p < 0.001) whereas with ASIR above 50%, image quality significantly decreased (p < 0.001). With 100% ASIR, a strong noise-free appearance of the structures reduced image conspicuity. A potential for dose reduction of about 36% is predicted for a 2- to 3-year-old child when using 40% ASIR rather than the standard filtered back-projection method. Reconstruction including 20% to 40% ASIR slightly improved the conspicuity of various paediatric cardiac structures in newborns and children with respect to conventional reconstruction (filtered back-projection) alone. (orig.)

  20. A critical assessment of theoretical methods for finding reaction pathways and transition states of surface processes

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    The performance of a variety of techniques for locating transition states on potential energy surfaces is evaluated within the density functional theory framework. Diffusion of a water molecule across NaCl(001) and HCl bond breaking on the same surface are treated as general test cases; the former is an example of a low barrier diffusion process and the latter an example of a relatively high barrier covalent bond rupture event. The methods considered include the nudged elastic band (NEB), Dewar, Healy and Stewart (DHS), dimer, constrained optimization (CO), activation-relaxation technique (ART) and one-side growing string (OGS) as well as novel combinations of the DHS with growing string (DHS + GS) and DHS plus climbing image (CI-DHS). A key conclusion to come from this study is that the NEB method is relatively fast, especially when just a single (climbing) image is used. Indeed, using more images represents an unnecessary computational burden for our set of processes. The dimer method exhibits variable performance; being poor for the water diffusion processes, which have small activation energies, but much more efficient for the HCl bond breaking process which has a higher barrier. When only a poor initial guess of the transition state geometry is available, the CI-DHS scheme is one of the most efficient techniques considered. And as a means to quickly establish an approximate minimum energy pathway the DHS + GS scheme offers some potential.

  1. Kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of biodiesel oxidation with synthetic antioxidants: simplex centroid mixture design

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    Dionisio, Borsato; Diego, Galvan; Jaqueline L., Pereira; Juliane R., Orives; Karina G., Angilelli; Rodolfo L., Coppo.

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available A influncia da temperatura sobre a oxidao de biodiesel foi avaliada pelos parmetros cinticos e termodinmicos do biocombustvel de leo de soja e gordura suna com antioxidantes sintticos: 3-terc-butil-4-hidroxianisol (BHA), 3,5-di-terc-butil-hidroxitolueno (BHT), 2-terc-butil-hidroquinona (TB [...] HQ) e galato de propila (PG), de acordo com delineamento de mistura simplex-centride. Os parmetros cinticos foram determinados considerando-se reao de primeira ordem e aplicando a equao de Arrhenius. A adio de antioxidantes promoveu o aumento da energia de ativao (Ea), sendo TBHQ e PG os mais eficientes, apresentando efeito sinrgico. BHT e BHA foram os menos eficientes, assim como suas misturas. Os parmetros termodinmicos de ativao, avaliados pela equao de Eyring, no indicaram processos espontneos (?G > 0) com valores de ?H positivos, e ?S positivos e negativos. O delineamento simplex-centride indicou valor otimizado de 174,46 kJ mol-1 para a mistura contendo 33,33 e 66,67% de TBHQ e PG, respectivamente. Abstract in english Temperature's influence on biodiesel oxidation was evaluated by kinetic and thermodynamic data in biofuel from soybean oil and lard with synthetic antioxidants: butylatedhydroxyanisol (BHA), butylatedhydroxytoluene (BHT), tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), and propylgallate (PG) by simplex centroid mixt [...] ure design. The kinetic parameters ware obtained by Arrhenius equation and showed that addition of antioxidants in all tests increased activation energy (Ea) and that TBHQ and PG were more efficient and presented synergistic effect. BHT and BHA were the least efficient, as well as their mixtures. The thermodynamic activation parameters of the reactions, evaluated by the Eyring equation and based on the theory of the activated complex (ACT), indicated no spontaneous processes (?G > 0) with positive ?H values and positive and negative ?S values. The application of simplex centroid mixture design, using Ea as response, showed the optimised value of 174.46 kJ mol-1 for a mixture containing 33.33 and 66.67% of TBHQ and PG, respectively.

  2. Finding a method to analyze qualitative data: using a study of conceptual learning.

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    McMillan, Wendy J

    2009-01-01

    There is increasing awareness in the health sciences of the potential of qualitative research to address questions that quantitative research cannot satisfactorily answer. While a growing number of studies in health sciences and health sciences education discuss the value of such research or describe the methodology and data collection processes, few detail how analysis was carried out. Reliability and validity of findings from qualitative research depend on the quality of data management, retrieval, and interpretation or identification of meaning. The robustness of data analysis is therefore an important factor in the rigor of qualitative research. This article uses a study of dental students' conceptual learning to illustrate strategies that ensure rigor in qualitative analysis. Factors that informed the decisions regarding analysis are discussed in detail. The use of both grounded theory and literature is discussed. The role that deductive and inductive reasoning played in the analysis is outlined. A brief section illustrates the kinds of conclusions that can be made about conceptual learning when qualitative data are rigorously analyzed. Finally, potential shortcomings in the study and alternatives or additional mechanisms for ensuring validity and reliability of analysis are discussed. PMID:19126767

  3. The SHIELD (Safety & Health Improvement: Enhancing Law Enforcement Departments) Study: Mixed Methods Longitudinal Findings.

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    Kuehl, Kerry S; Elliot, Diane L; MacKinnon, David P; O'Rourke, Holly P; DeFrancesco, Carol; Miočević, Milica; Valente, Matthew; Sleigh, Adriana; Garg, Bharti; McGinnis, Wendy; Kuehl, Hannah

    2016-05-01

    The SHIELD (Safety & Health Improvement: Enhancing Law Enforcement Departments) Study is a worksite wellness team-based intervention among police and sheriff departments assessing the program's effectiveness to reduce occupational risks and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. The SHIELD program focused on improving diet, physical activity, body weight and sleep, and reducing the effects of unhealthy stress and behaviors, such as tobacco and substance abuse. The SHIELD team-based health promotion program was found to be feasible and effective at 6 months in improving diet, sleep, stress, and overall quality of life of law enforcement department personnel. Both intervention and control groups were followed for 24 months, and we report those durability findings, along with qualitative group interview results that provide insight into the changes of the long-term outcomes. Long-term effects were observed for consumption of fruits and vegetables, and there was some evidence for effects on tobacco and alcohol use. Assessment of dietary habits, physical activity behaviors, weight loss maintenance, and substance use is rare more than 1 year following an intervention, and in general, initial positive changes do not persist in prior research. The SHIELD program was feasible, effective, and durable for improving dietary changes. PMID:27158956

  4. Pneumonia case-finding in the RESPIRE Guatemala indoor air pollution trial: standardizing methods for resource-poor settings

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    Nigel Bruce; Martin Weber; Byron Arana; Anaite Diaz; Alisa Jenny; Lisa Thompson; John McCracken; Mukesh Dherani; Damaris Juarez; Sergio Ordonez; Robert Klein; Kirk R. Smith

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Trials of environmental risk factors and acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI) face a double challenge: implementing sufficiently sensitive and specific outcome assessments, and blinding. We evaluate methods used in the first randomized exposure study of pollution indoors and respiratory effects (RESPIRE): a controlled trial testing the impact of reduced indoor air pollution on ALRI, conducted among children < 18 months in rural Guatemala. METHODS: Case-finding used weekly home...

  5. A unified trial function method in finding the explicit and exact solutions to three NPDEs

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    In this paper, by introducing a transformation and utilizing the trial function method, it is quite interesting that three nonlinear partial differential equations called the KdV equation, Boussinesq equation and CDGSK equation have exactly the same trial function form and that their explicit and exact solutions which include solitary wave solutions, singular travelling wave solutions, and triangle function-type periodic wave solutions can be easily derived in a unified and concise way. Among them, some are new travelling wave solutions of physical interest

  6. A Vision based Geometrical Method to find Fingers Positions in Real Time Hand Gesture Recognition

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    Ankit Chaudhary; Raheja, Jagdish L.; Shekhar Raheja

    2012-01-01

    A novel method to calculate the bended fingers angle has presented here which could be used to control the electro-mechanical robotic hand. It is assumed that the robotic hand has the human hand like joints and same number of degree of freedom as human hand. In many applications an equipment like human hand is needed, to do the same kind of operation like human do. These days it is easy to make the electro-mechanical robotic hand which has five fingers and same joint but it is not easi...

  7. Preliminary Findings of a Format-based Foreign Language Teaching Method for School Children in the Basque Country.

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    Azpillaga, Beronika; Arzamendi, Jesus; Etxeberria, Feli; Garagorri, Xabier; Lindsay, Diana; Joaristi, Luis

    2001-01-01

    Describes the preliminary findings in the Basque Country of a project shared by four European countries to teach a second language or a foreign language to preschool and school-age children. The method used to teach the foreign language--English--is based on the use of dramatized formats. Examines level of language proficiency achieved with each…

  8. Application of geo-microbial prospecting method for finding oil and gas reservoirs

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    Rasheed, M. A.; Hasan, Syed Zaheer; Rao, P. L. Srinivasa; Boruah, Annapurna; Sudarshan, V.; Kumar, B.; Harinarayana, T.

    2015-03-01

    Microbial prospecting of hydrocarbons is based on the detection of anomalous population of hydrocarbon oxidizing bacteria in the surface soils, indicates the presence of subsurface oil and gas accumulation. The technique is based on the seepage of light hydrocarbon gases such as C1-C4 from the oil and gas pools to the shallow surface that provide the suitable conditions for the development of highly specialized bacterial population. These bacteria utilize hydrocarbon gases as their only food source and are found enriched in the near surface soils above the hydrocarbon bearing structures. The methodology involves the collection of soil samples from the survey area, packing, preservation and storage of samples in pre-sterilized sample bags under aseptic and cold conditions till analysis and isolation and enumeration of hydrocarbon utilizing bacteria such as methane, ethane, propane, and butane oxidizers. The contour maps for the population density of hydrocarbon oxidizing bacteria are drawn and the data can be integrated with geological, geochemical, geophysical methods to evaluate the hydrocarbon prospect of an area and to prioritize the drilling locations thereby reducing the drilling risks and achieve higher success in petroleum exploration. Microbial Prospecting for Oil and Gas (MPOG) method success rate has been reported to be 90%. The paper presents details of microbial prospecting for oil and gas studies, excellent methodology, future development trends, scope, results of study area, case studies and advantages.

  9. New method for finding hydraulic diffusivity from data in underground storage

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    Udegbunam, E.O.; Tek, M.R.; Wilkes, J.O.

    1983-11-01

    A new transient well-testing procedure, which extends ''pulse-testing'' technology, has been developed for determining the hydraulic diffusivity (K/(uc/phi/)) in underground-storage reservoirs. The method depends on the availability of cyclic pressure data from a pair of adjacent and communicating wells: A, the upstream or ''forcing-function'' well, and B, the downstream or ''observation'' well. In general, the pressure fluctuations at well B will exhibit both an attenuated amplitude and a phase lag when compared with those at well A. The theory, which relates the two sets of fluctuations, relies on a solution of the diffusion equation, which governs pressure or potential variations with time and distance in a compressible medium. To apply the theory to experimental observations, a Fourier analysis is performed on the transient pressures at both A and B. The method has been tested with field data and indicates good success in predicting the pressures at offset wells.

  10. A Vision based Geometrical Method to find Fingers Positions in Real Time Hand Gesture Recognition

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    Ankit Chaudhary

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available A novel method to calculate the bended finger’s angle has presented here which could be used to control the electro-mechanical robotic hand. It is assumed that the robotic hand has the human hand like joints and same number of degree of freedom as human hand. In many applications an equipment like human hand is needed, to do the same kind of operation like human do. These days it is easy to make the electro-mechanical robotic hand which has five fingers and same joint but it is not easily controllable as the human hand for accurate work. In our method the hand gesture will be interpreted for controlling the robotic hand. The angles for all the fingers will be calculated and that could be further passed to the robotic hand for controlling its finger. User would perform gesture according to the action as he wants to be done by robotic hand. Here finger positions are detected using geometric modeling of hand in the extracted image Region of interest cropping from the image made the algorithm faster.

  11. Finding a needle by removing the haystack: A spatio-temporal normalization method for geophysical data

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    Pavlidou, E.; van der Meijde, M.; van der Werff, H.; Hecker, C.

    2016-05-01

    We introduce a normalization algorithm which highlights short-term, localized, non-periodic fluctuations in hyper-temporal satellite data by dividing each pixel by the mean value of its spatial neighbourhood set. In this way we suppress signal patterns that are common in the central and surrounding pixels, utilizing both spatial and temporal information at different scales. We test the method on two subsets of a hyper-temporal thermal infra-red (TIR) dataset. Both subsets are acquired from the SEVIRI instrument onboard the Meteosat-9 geostationary satellite; they cover areas with different spatiotemporal TIR variability. We impose artificial fluctuations on the original data and apply a window-based technique to retrieve them from the normalized time series. We show that localized short-term fluctuations as low as 2 K, which were obscured by large-scale variable patterns, can be retrieved in the normalized time series. Sensitivity of retrieval is determined by the intrinsic variability of the normalized TIR signal and by the amount of missing values in the dataset. Finally, we compare our approach with widely used techniques of statistical and spectral analysis and we discuss the improvements introduced by our method.

  12. Three-Dimensional Computed Tomography as a Method for Finding Die Attach Voids in Diodes

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    Brahm, E. N.; Rolin, T. D.

    2010-01-01

    NASA analyzes electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) parts used in space vehicles to understand failure modes of these components. The diode is an EEE part critical to NASA missions that can fail due to excessive voiding in the die attach. Metallography, one established method for studying the die attach, is a time-intensive, destructive, and equivocal process whereby mechanical grinding of the diodes is performed to reveal voiding in the die attach. Problems such as die attach pull-out tend to complicate results and can lead to erroneous conclusions. The objective of this study is to determine if three-dimensional computed tomography (3DCT), a nondestructive technique, is a viable alternative to metallography for detecting die attach voiding. The die attach voiding in two- dimensional planes created from 3DCT scans was compared to several physical cross sections of the same diode to determine if the 3DCT scan accurately recreates die attach volumetric variability

  13. A comparative method for finding and folding RNA secondary structures within protein-coding regions

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    Pedersen, Jakob Skou; Meyer, Irmtraud Margret; Forsberg, Roald; Simmonds, Peter; Hein, Jotun

    2004-01-01

    Existing computational methods for RNA secondary-structure prediction tacitly assume RNA to only encode functional RNA structures. However, experimental studies have revealed that some RNA sequences, e.g. compact viral genomes, can simultaneously encode functional RNA structures as well as proteins...... that RNA-DECODER's parameters can be automatically trained to successfully fold known secondary structures within the HCV genome. We scan the genomes of HCV and polio virus for conserved secondary-structure elements, and analyze performance as a function of available evolutionary information. On known...... secondary structures, RNA-DECODER shows a sensitivity similar to the programs MFOLD, PFOLD and RNAALIFOLD. When scanning the entire genomes of HCV and polio virus for structure elements, RNA-DECODER's results indicate a markedly higher specificity than MFOLD, PFOLD and RNAALIFOLD....

  14. Combined Calibration Method and its Realization for Direction Finding Antenna Systems with Patch Antennas

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    R. Seller

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available A novel radio channel compensation method aiming to give optimal calibration for microstrip antenna array systems is presented in this paper, realized for an actual DOA measurement antenna system using microstrip antennas to sample the electromagnetic field, operating at 4.5GHz. This new approach considers mismatch between antennas and channel RF ports, channel transmission inequalities, and also decreases the effects of multipath propagation components of calibration reference signals by placing the calibration reference signal feeding network on the microstrip antenna array bearer, directly beside the antenna patches. It is combined with orthogonal spread spectrum calibration signal utility for continuous uninterrupted measurements. The spread spectrum calibration signal is orthogonal to the continuous wave (CW signal to be measured, therefore, the 2 signals can be separated in the receiver, enabling them to be present simultaneously. DOA measurement results are shown, measured with the realized integrated microstrip patch antenna array with calibration network hardware.

  15. Finding an optimal method for imaging lymphatic vessels of the upper limb

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    Lymphoscintigraphy involves interstitial injection of radiolabelled particulate materials or radioproteins. Although several variations in the technique have been described, their place in clinical practice remains controversial. Traditional diagnostic criteria are based primarily on lymph node appearances but in situations such as breast cancer, where lymph nodes may have been excised, these criteria are of limited use. In these circumstances, lymphatic vessel morphology takes on greater importance as a clinical endpoint, so a method that gives good definition of lymphatic vessels would be useful. In patients with breast cancer, for example, such a method, used before and after lymph node resection, may assist in predicting the development of breast cancer-related lymphoedema. The aim of this study was to optimise a method for the visualisation of lymphatic vessels. Subcutaneous (sc) and intradermal (id) injection sites were compared, and technetium-99m nanocolloid, a particulate material, was compared with 99mTc-human immunoglobulin (HIG), which is a soluble macromolecule. Twelve normal volunteers were each studied on two occasions. In three subjects, id 99mTc-HIG was compared with sc 99mTc-HIG, in three id 99mTc-nanocolloid was compared with sc 99mTc-nanocolloid, in three id 99mTc-HIG was compared with id 99mTc-nanocolloid and in three sc 99mTc-HIG was compared with sc 99mTc-nanocolloid. Endpoints were quality of lymphatic vessel definition, the time after injection at which vessels were most clearly visualised, the rate constant of depot disappearance (k) and the systemic blood accumulation rate as measured by gamma camera imaging over the liver or cardiac blood pool. Excellent definition of lymphatic vessels was obtained following id injection of either radiopharmaceutical, an injection route that was clearly superior to sc. Differences between radiopharmaceuticals were less clear, although after id injection, 99mTc-HIG gave images that were marginally but significantly better than those given by 99mTc-nanocolloid. Image quality correlated inversely with time after injection at which the best image was obtained, consistent with the notion that good vessel definition was dependent on a ''narrow'' bolus width. k was approximately three times higher after id injection than after sc injection but it was not significantly different between radiopharmaceuticals for either injection route. Intradermal 99mTc-HIG gave a cardiac blood pool signal that, over the first 60 min, increased about five times faster than that with sc 99mTc-HIG, but no clear difference was observed in the rate of increase in hepatic activity between id 99mTc-nanocolloid and sc 99mTc-nanocolloid. We conclude that id injection provides rapid access of radiotracers to lymphatic vessels, which is ideal for imaging lymphatic vessel morphology. 99mTc-HIG is marginally superior to nanocolloid for this purpose and, in drainage basins from which lymph nodes have been excised, is not handicapped by a potentially inferior ability, compared with radiocolloid, to image lymph nodes. (orig.)

  16. Finding an optimal method for imaging lymphatic vessels of the upper limb

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    O' Mahony, Susan; Purushotham, Arnie D. [Cambridge Breast Unit, Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Rose, Sarah L.; Chilvers, Alison J.; Ballinger, James R.; Solanki, Chandra K.; Barber, Robert W.; Peters, A. Michael [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Hills Road, CB2 2QQ, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Mortimer, Peter S. [Department of Medicine, St George' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom)

    2004-04-01

    Lymphoscintigraphy involves interstitial injection of radiolabelled particulate materials or radioproteins. Although several variations in the technique have been described, their place in clinical practice remains controversial. Traditional diagnostic criteria are based primarily on lymph node appearances but in situations such as breast cancer, where lymph nodes may have been excised, these criteria are of limited use. In these circumstances, lymphatic vessel morphology takes on greater importance as a clinical endpoint, so a method that gives good definition of lymphatic vessels would be useful. In patients with breast cancer, for example, such a method, used before and after lymph node resection, may assist in predicting the development of breast cancer-related lymphoedema. The aim of this study was to optimise a method for the visualisation of lymphatic vessels. Subcutaneous (sc) and intradermal (id) injection sites were compared, and technetium-99m nanocolloid, a particulate material, was compared with {sup 99m}Tc-human immunoglobulin (HIG), which is a soluble macromolecule. Twelve normal volunteers were each studied on two occasions. In three subjects, id {sup 99m}Tc-HIG was compared with sc {sup 99m}Tc-HIG, in three id {sup 99m}Tc-nanocolloid was compared with sc {sup 99m}Tc-nanocolloid, in three id {sup 99m}Tc-HIG was compared with id {sup 99m}Tc-nanocolloid and in three sc {sup 99m}Tc-HIG was compared with sc {sup 99m}Tc-nanocolloid. Endpoints were quality of lymphatic vessel definition, the time after injection at which vessels were most clearly visualised, the rate constant of depot disappearance (k) and the systemic blood accumulation rate as measured by gamma camera imaging over the liver or cardiac blood pool. Excellent definition of lymphatic vessels was obtained following id injection of either radiopharmaceutical, an injection route that was clearly superior to sc. Differences between radiopharmaceuticals were less clear, although after id injection, {sup 99m}Tc-HIG gave images that were marginally but significantly better than those given by {sup 99m}Tc-nanocolloid. Image quality correlated inversely with time after injection at which the best image was obtained, consistent with the notion that good vessel definition was dependent on a ''narrow'' bolus width. k was approximately three times higher after id injection than after sc injection but it was not significantly different between radiopharmaceuticals for either injection route. Intradermal {sup 99m}Tc-HIG gave a cardiac blood pool signal that, over the first 60 min, increased about five times faster than that with sc {sup 99m}Tc-HIG, but no clear difference was observed in the rate of increase in hepatic activity between id {sup 99m}Tc-nanocolloid and sc {sup 99m}Tc-nanocolloid. We conclude that id injection provides rapid access of radiotracers to lymphatic vessels, which is ideal for imaging lymphatic vessel morphology. {sup 99m}Tc-HIG is marginally superior to nanocolloid for this purpose and, in drainage basins from which lymph nodes have been excised, is not handicapped by a potentially inferior ability, compared with radiocolloid, to image lymph nodes. (orig.)

  17. Collective centroid oscillations as an emittance preservation diagnostic in linear collider linacs

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    Transverse bunch centroid oscillations, induced at operating beam currents at which transverse wakefields are substantial, and observed at Beam Position Monitors, are sensitive to the actual magnetic focusing, energy gain, and rf phase profiles in a linac, and are insensitive to misalignments and jitter sources. In the pulse stealing set-up implemented at the SLC, they thus allow the frequent monitoring of the stability of the in-place emittance growth inhibiting or mitigating measures--primarily the energy scaled magnetic lattice and the rf phases necessary for BNS damping--independent of the actual emittance growth as driven by misalignments and jitter. The authors have developed a physically based analysis technique to meaningfully reduce the data. Oscillation beta-beating is a primary indicator of beam energy errors; shifts in the invariant amplitude reflect differential internal motion along the longitudinally extended bunch and thus are a sensitive indicator of the real rf phases in the machine; shifts in betatron phase advance contain corroborative information sensitive to both effects

  18. Optimization of Phenolic Antioxidant Extraction from Wuweizi (Schisandra chinensis Pulp UsingRandom-Centroid Optimazation Methodology

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The extraction optimization and composition analysis of polyphenols in the fresh pulp of Wuweizi (Schisandra chinensis have been investigated in this study. The extraction process of polyphenols from Wuweizi pulp was optimized using Random-Centroid Optimization (RCO methodology. Six factors including liquid and solid ratio, ethanol concentration, pH, temperature, heating time and extraction times, and three extraction targets of polyphenol content, antioxidant activity and extract yield were considered in the RCO program. Three sets of optimum proposed factor values were obtained corresponding to three extraction targets respectively. The set of optimum proposed factor values for polyphenol extraction given was chosen in further experiments as following: liquid and solid ratio (v/w 8, ethanol 67.3% (v/v, initial pH 1.75, temperature 55 C for 4 h and extraction repeated for 4 times. The Wuweizi polyphenol extract (WPE was obtained with a yield of 16.37 mg/g and composition of polyphenols 1.847 mg/g, anthocyanins 0.179 mg/g, sugar 9.573 mg/g and protein 0.327 mg/g. The WPE demonstrated high scavenging activities against DPPH radicals.

  19. Spot centroid sensitivity to angle of intensity on image detector with lenslet array.

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    Hui, Mei; Zhou, Ping; Su, Peng; Zhao, Zhu

    2015-05-20

    Lenslet array was introduced to an image detector to compensate for low sensitivity. These lenses deviate the light from different incident angles and potentially introduce errors when subpixel accuracy is needed. We investigated the spot centroid position because the angle of incidence changes on a Kodak KAI-16000 image detector with lenslet array. In our experiment, we noticed that there is a cubic dependency on the incident angle. The experimental results show that dependence on the angle of incidence is related to the lenslet array in the Kodak detector used for the pentaprism test. This situation caused an error in spherical aberration on the test surface after integration. The magnitude of the cubic component at incident angle of 14° (equivalent to F/2) is 11.6 μm, which corresponds to a 48 nm rms spherical aberration for the test surface and brings the scanning pentaprism test closer to the principal test while there is a 56 nm rms discrepancy. The discrepancy in spherical aberration between the two tests reduced to 8 nm after this calibration. It also showed the contrast measurement results for the Kodak detector and PointGrey detector. We performed experiments with two different detectors to quantify this effect. PMID:26192498

  20. Power centroid radar and its rise from the universal cybernetics duality

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    Feria, Erlan H.

    2014-05-01

    Power centroid radar (PC-Radar) is a fast and powerful adaptive radar scheme that naturally surfaced from the recent discovery of the time-dual for information theory which has been named "latency theory." Latency theory itself was born from the universal cybernetics duality (UC-Duality), first identified in the late 1970s, that has also delivered a time dual for thermodynamics that has been named "lingerdynamics" and anchors an emerging lifespan theory for biological systems. In this paper the rise of PC-Radar from the UC-Duality is described. The development of PC-Radar, US patented, started with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funded research on knowledge-aided (KA) adaptive radar of the last decade. The outstanding signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) performance of PC-Radar under severely taxing environmental disturbances will be established. More specifically, it will be seen that the SINR performance of PC-Radar, either KA or knowledgeunaided (KU), approximates that of an optimum KA radar scheme. The explanation for this remarkable result is that PC-Radar inherently arises from the UC-Duality, which advances a "first principles" duality guidance theory for the derivation of synergistic storage-space/computational-time compression solutions. Real-world synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images will be used as prior-knowledge to illustrate these results.

  1. Rapid Centroids and the Refined Position Accuracy of the Swift Gamma-ray Burst Catalogue

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    The Swift X-ray Telescope autonomously refines the Burst Alert Telescope positions (∼1-4' uncertainty) to better than 5 arcsec, within 5 seconds of target acquisition by the observatory for typical bursts. The results of the rapid positioning capability of the XRT are presented here for both known sources and newly discovered GRBs, demonstrating the ability to automatically utilise one of two integration times according to the burst brightness, and to correct the position for alignment offsets caused by the fast pointing performance and variable thermal environment of the satellite as measured by the Telescope Alignment Monitor. We present an evaluation of the position accuracy for both the onboard centroiding software and the ground software for the calibration targets and show that a significant improvement in position accuracy is obtained if the boresight detector position is optimised relative to the spacecraft pointing. Finally, we present an updated catalogue of Swift GRB X-ray positions obtained in Photon Counting Mode using the improved, calibrated boresight

  2. A COMPARATIVE STUDY TO FIND A SUITABLE METHOD FOR TEXT DOCUMENT CLUSTERING

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Text mining is used in various text related tasks such as information extraction, concept/entity extraction,document summarization, entity relation modeling (i.e., learning relations between named entities,categorization/classification and clustering. This paper focuses on document clustering, a field of textmining, which groups a set of documents into a list of meaningful categories. The main focus of thispaper is to present a performance analysis of various techniques available for document clustering. Theresults of this comparative study can be used to improve existing text data mining frameworks andimprove the way of knowledge discovery. This paper considers six clustering techniques for documentclustering. The techniques are grouped into three groups namely Group 1 - K-means and its variants(traditional K-means and K* Means algorithms, Group 2 - Expectation Maximization and its variants(traditional EM, Spherical Gaussian EM algorithm and Linear Partitioning and Reallocation clustering(LPR using EM algorithms, Group 3 - Semantic-based techniques (Hybrid method and Feature-basedalgorithms. A total of seven algorithms are considered and were selected based on their popularity inthe text mining field. Several experiments were conducted to analyze the performance of the algorithmand to select the winner in terms of cluster purity, clustering accuracy and speed of clustering.

  3. Examining the effects of interprofessional problem-based clinical ethics: Findings from a mixed methods study.

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    Chou, Fremen Chihchen; Kwan, Chiu-Yin; Hsin, Dena Hsin-Chen

    2016-05-01

    Understanding how interprofessional education (IPE) works in learning clinical ethics via problem-based learning (PBL) and how different professions' perspectives influence each other in this setting may inform future IPE. Eighty-nine students participated in a clinical ethics PBL and were assigned into three study groups, i.e., medical, nursing, and interprofessional groups. This study applied an explanatory sequential mixed methods design. The quantitative phase involved observation of the learning process in PBL tutorial with checklists to code students' performance of learning behaviour, ethics discussion skills, learning content explored, and analysis through comparison of accumulative percentage of the coded performance between groups. Content analysis of post-PBL homework self-reflections from interprofessional group was conducted as the following explanatory qualitative phase. Quantitative results indicated that nursing students performed favourably on course engagement, caring, and communication while medical students performed positively on issue identification and the life science aspect. Interprofessional group showed the strength of the both professions and performed best through the learning process. Content analysis revealed that students in the interprofessional group achieved interprofessional learning from recognizing the differences between to appreciating learning from each other and to sense the need of future collaboration. With early exposure to IPE, undergraduate students may learn to balance their socialized viewpoints by seeing ethical dilemmas from each other's standpoint. PMID:27152541

  4. An efficient method to find potentially universal population genetic markers, applied to metazoans

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite the impressive growth of sequence databases, the limited availability of nuclear markers that are sufficiently polymorphic for population genetics and phylogeography and applicable across various phyla restricts many potential studies, particularly in non-model organisms. Numerous introns have invariant positions among kingdoms, providing a potential source for such markers. Unfortunately, most of the few known EPIC (Exon Primed Intron Crossing loci are restricted to vertebrates or belong to multigenic families. Results In order to develop markers with broad applicability, we designed a bioinformatic approach aimed at avoiding multigenic families while identifying intron positions conserved across metazoan phyla. We developed a program facilitating the identification of EPIC loci which allowed slight variation in intron position. From the Homolens databases we selected 29 gene families which contained 52 promising introns for which we designed 93 primer pairs. PCR tests were performed on several ascidians, echinoderms, bivalves and cnidarians. On average, 24 different introns per genus were amplified in bilaterians. Remarkably, five of the introns successfully amplified in all of the metazoan genera tested (a dozen genera, including cnidarians. The influence of several factors on amplification success was investigated. Success rate was not related to the phylogenetic relatedness of a taxon to the groups that most influenced primer design, showing that these EPIC markers are extremely conserved in animals. Conclusions Our new method now makes it possible to (i rapidly isolate a set of EPIC markers for any phylum, even outside the animal kingdom, and thus, (ii compare genetic diversity at potentially homologous polymorphic loci between divergent taxa.

  5. Healthy bread initiative: methods, findings, and theories--Isfahan Healthy Heart Program.

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    Talaei, Mohammad; Mohammadifard, Noushin; Khaje, Mohammad-Reza; Sarrafzadegan, Nizal; Sajjadi, Firoozeh; Alikhasi, Hasan; Maghroun, Maryam; Iraji, Farhad; Ehteshami, Shahram

    2013-03-01

    The scientific evidences show that the content, baking methods, and types of bread can make health impacts. Bread, as a major part of Iranian diet, demonstrates a significant potential to be targeted as health promotion subject. Healthy Food for Healthy Communities (HFHC) was a project of Isfahan Healthy Heart Program (IHHP), consisting of a wide variety of strategies, like Healthy Bread (HB) Initiative. The HB Initiative was designed to improve the behaviour of both producers and consumers, mainly aiming at making high-fibre, low-salt bread, eliminating the use of baking soda, providing enough rest time for dough before baking (at least one hour), and enough baking time (at least one minute in oven). A workshop was held for volunteer bakers, and a baker-to-baker training protocol under direct supervision was designed for future volunteers. Cereal Organization was persuaded to provide less refined flour that contained more bran. Health messages in support of new breads were disseminated by media and at bakeries by health professionals. Evaluation of the HB Initiative was done using before-after assessments and population surveys. While HB was baked in 1 (0.01%) bakery at baseline, 402 (41%) bakeries in the intervention area joined the HB Initiative in 2009. Soda was completely eliminated and fibre significantly increased from 4 +/- 0.4 g% before study to 12 +/- 0.6 g% after the intervention (p bread decreased from 13 +/- 1.8 g% to 2 +/- 0.5 g% and was expressed as the most important advantage of this initiative by consumers. People who lived in Isfahan city consumed whole bread 6 times more than those who lived in reference area Arak (p breads as a healthy choice that were compatible with local dishes and made a model to solve the longstanding problems of bread. It used various health promotion approaches but was best consistent with Beattie's model. PMID:23617204

  6. Digital animation as a method to disseminate research findings to the community using a community-based participatory approach.

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    Vaughn, Nicole A; Jacoby, Sara F; Williams, Thalia; Guerra, Terry; Thomas, Nicole A; Richmond, Therese S

    2013-03-01

    Community-based participatory research (CBPR) has garnered increasing interest over the previous two decades as researchers have tackled increasingly complex health problems. In academia, professional presentations and articles are major ways that research is disseminated. However, dissemination of research findings to the people and communities who participated in the research is many times forgotten. In addition, little scholarly literature is focused on creative dissemination of research findings to the community using CBPR methods. We seek to fill this gap in the literature by providing an exemplar of research dissemination and partnership strategies that were used to complete this project. In this paper, we present a novel approach to the dissemination of research findings to our targeted communities through digital animation. We also provide the foundational thinking and specific steps that were taken to select this specific dissemination product development and distribution strategy. PMID:22395365

  7. A region finding method to remove the noise from the images of the human hand gesture recognition system

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    Khan, Muhammad Jibran; Mahmood, Waqas

    2015-12-01

    The performance of the human hand gesture recognition systems depends on the quality of the images presented to the system. Since these systems work in real time environment the images may be corrupted by some environmental noise. By removing the noise the performance of the system can be enhanced. So far different noise removal methods have been presented in many researches to eliminate the noise but all have its own limitations. We have presented a region finding method to deal with the environmental noise that gives better results and enhances the performance of the human hand gesture recognition systems so that the recognition rate of the system can be improved.

  8. SEQUENTIAL AND PARALLEL ALGORITHM TO FIND MAXIMUM FLOW ON EXTENDED MIXED NETWORKS BY REVISED POSTFLOW-PULL METHODS

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    Lau Nguyen Dinh

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The problem of finding maximum flow in network graph is extremely interesting and practically applicable in many fields in our daily life, especially in transportation. Therefore, a lot of researchers have been studying this problem in various methods. Especially in 2013, we has developed a new algorithm namely, postflow-pull algorithm to find the maximum flow on traditional networks. In this paper, we revised postflow-push methods to solve this problem of finding maximum flow on extended mixed network. In addition, to take more advantage of multi-core architecture of the parallel computing system, we build this parallel algorithm. This is a completely new method not being announced in the world. The results of this paper are basically systematized and proven. The idea of this algorithm is using multi processors to work in parallel by postflow_push algorithm. Among these processors, there is one main processor managing data, sending data to the sub processors, receiving data from the sub-processors. The sub-processors simultaneously execute their work and send their data to the main processor until the job is finished, the main processor will show the results of the problem.

  9. The Shortlist Method for fast computation of the Earth Mover's Distance and finding optimal solutions to transportation problems.

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    Gottschlich, Carsten; Schuhmacher, Dominic

    2014-01-01

    Finding solutions to the classical transportation problem is of great importance, since this optimization problem arises in many engineering and computer science applications. Especially the Earth Mover's Distance is used in a plethora of applications ranging from content-based image retrieval, shape matching, fingerprint recognition, object tracking and phishing web page detection to computing color differences in linguistics and biology. Our starting point is the well-known revised simplex algorithm, which iteratively improves a feasible solution to optimality. The Shortlist Method that we propose substantially reduces the number of candidates inspected for improving the solution, while at the same time balancing the number of pivots required. Tests on simulated benchmarks demonstrate a considerable reduction in computation time for the new method as compared to the usual revised simplex algorithm implemented with state-of-the-art initialization and pivot strategies. As a consequence, the Shortlist Method facilitates the computation of large scale transportation problems in viable time. In addition we describe a novel method for finding an initial feasible solution which we coin Modified Russell's Method. PMID:25310106

  10. Low-Frequency Centroid Moment Tensor Inversion of the 2015 Illapel Earthquake from Superconducting-Gravimeter Data

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    Zábranová, Eliška; Matyska, Ctirad

    2016-04-01

    After the 2015 Illapel earthquake the radial and spheroidal modes up to 1 mHz were registered by the network of superconducting gravimeters. These data provide unique opportunity to obtain ultralow-frequency estimates of several centroid moment tensor components. We employ the superconducting-gravimeter records of 60-h lengths and perform the joint inversion for M_{rr}, (M_{\\vartheta \\vartheta }-M_{\\varphi \\varphi })/2 and M_{\\vartheta \\varphi } centroid moment tensor components from spheroidal modes up to 1 mHz. The M_{rr} component is also obtained from independent inversion of the radial modes _0S_0 and _1S_0. Our results are consistent with the published solutions obtained from higher frequency data, suggesting thus negligible slow afterslip phenomenon.

  11. Quantum size correction to the work function and the centroid of excess charge in positively ionized simple metal clusters

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    M. Payami

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available  In this work, we have shown the important role of the finite-size correction to the work function in predicting the correct position of the centroid of excess charge in positively charged simple metal clusters with different values . For this purpose, firstly we have calculated the self-consistent Kohn-Sham energies of neutral and singly-ionized clusters with sizes in the framework of local spin-density approximation and stabilized jellium model (SJM as well as simple jellium model (JM with rigid jellium. Secondly, we have fitted our results to the asymptotic ionization formulas both with and without the size correction to the work function. The results of fittings show that the formula containing the size correction predict a correct position of the centroid inside the jellium while the other predicts a false position, outside the jellium sphere.

  12. New Insight into the Topology of Excited States through Detachment/Attachment Density Matrices-Based Centroids of Charge.

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    Etienne, Thibaud; Assfeld, Xavier; Monari, Antonio

    2014-09-01

    In parallel with the derivation of a novel descriptor (ϕS) related to chromophores' electronic excited states topology, the present article emphasizes some congruence of significance between our ϕS index and formerly developed centroid-related indices. We especially point out the possibility to formally adapt a barycenter (centroid) approach to the use of detachment/attachment densities. While the reciprocity of the two approaches can be mathematically evidenced, we will show that some difficulties brought by the use of ground and excited states electron densities in direct space can be overcome by undertaking some operations on the Hilbert space-related detachment/attachment matrices. We further wish to point out the crucial case of some chromophores holding two electron-withdrawing groups symmetrically disposed in a rod-like structure. Finally, we will qualitatively highlight the quadratic-like relationship between the amount of displaced charge induced by light absorption and the ϕS index. PMID:26588534

  13. A Proposal to Speed up the Computation of the Centroid of an Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Set

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    Celemin, Carlos E.; Melgarejo, Miguel A.

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents two new algorithms that speed up the centroid computation of an interval type-2 fuzzy set. The algorithms include precomputation of the main operations and initialization based on the concept of uncertainty bounds. Simulations over different kinds of footprints of uncertainty reveal that the new algorithms achieve computation time reductions with respect to the Enhanced-Karnik algorithm, ranging from 40 to 70%. The results suggest that the initialization used in the new al...

  14. Solving the Task of Finding the Meaning of Dreams as a Method of Exploring Comprehension of Meanings of Life

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    Kubarev V.S.

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents outcomes of a quantitative psychotechnological research on the process of one's comprehension of his/her own life. It focuses on the reflective mechanisms of realizing meanings of life, thus further developing research on meaning formations of personality within the culturalactivity approach. For these purposes a method of solving the task of finding the meaning of a dream was used in the study, which is in fact an operationalization of the method of productive amplification of consciousness. Rather than examining the already formed contents of meanings of life available for introspective descriptions, this method allows the exploration of the constructive activity of consciousness through which these meanings of life are formed. The main outcome is the reconstruction and empirical model of reflective activity carried out by the individual in the process of comprehending meanings of life and his/her life situation

  15. Estimation Of Young's Modulus Of Elesticity By The Form Finding Of Grid Shell Structures By The Dynamic Relaxation Method

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    Grančičová, Ivana; Brodniansky, Ján

    2015-12-01

    The paper is basically focused on the process of form finding by the dynamic relaxation method (DRM) with the aid of computational tools that enable us to make many calculations with different inputs. There are many important input values with a significant impact on the course of the calculations and the resulting displacement of a structure. One of these values is Young's modulus of elasticity. This value has a considerable impact on the final displacement of a grid shell structure and the resulting internal forces.

  16. Energy Method of Finding Distribution Constants of an Antiferromagnetic Vector for an Antidot System in a Two-sublattice Antiferromagnet

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper investigates the antiferromagnetic vector distribution in an antiferromagnetic film with a system of antidots. A static distribution of the antiferromagnetic vector is written and a method – based on the minimization of the antiferromagnet energy – that allows reducing the number of boundary conditions required for finding the constants of this distribution is proposed. Equations for the distribution constants are obtained for the both cases of minimizing the antiferromagnet energy by one and by two distribution constants that enter the expression for the antiferromagnet energy. The method is illustrated on a system of one isolated antidot. For such system, one additional condition – for the case when two boundary conditions on the surface of the antidot are given – and two additional conditions – for the case when one boundary condition on the surface of the antidot is given – on the distribution constants are written.

  17. The Exploration of the Artistic Methods and Significances of Cartoonised Characters of A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Flannery O’Connor is one of the 20th Century Southern American writers, whose usual theme of absurdity and alienation is well embodied in her classic short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find. This paper mainly deals with the cartoonised characters, especially the granny. The artistic methods used to describe the characters are closely related to the following: realistic method, exaggerative method, metaphorical method, and symbolic method. This article attempts to explore the artistic methods used to describe the characters and their significances and also their contributions to the theme of absurdity and alienation.
    Key words: A Good Man Is Hard to Find, cartoonised character, absurdity
    Résumé Flannery O’Connor est une des femmes écrivains très connues des Etats-Unis du IIe siècle. Son recueil des nouvelles « A Good Man Is Hard to Find » attire surtout plus d’attention des lecteurs. Il décris des personnages humouristiques très vives, ce qui se traduit en évidence par la grand-mère. Les méthodes de description des personnages caricaturistes( les méthodes artistiques peuvent de résumer en : méthodes réalistique, méthode exagérative, méthode métaphorique et méthode symbolique. Cette thèse part des personnages humoristiques et cherche les formes de description et les significations des personnages dans des oeuves pour dévoiler le thème d’absurdité.
    Mots-clés: A Good Man Is Hard to Find, les personnages humoristiques, l’absurdité.
    摘 要 弗蘭納裏 •奧康納是 20世紀美國著名女作家。她的短篇小說集《好人難尋》較引人注意,而其中《好人難尋》更是倍受關注。她刻畫了栩栩如生的漫畫式人物,這一特點在老奶奶身上表現得尤為突出。漫畫式人物的表現方式 (藝術手法可概括為:寫實法,誇張法,比喻法與象徵法。本文擬從小說中漫畫式人物出發,探討此類人物在作品中的表現方式及其意義,從而揭示其荒誕主題。
    關鍵詞:好人難尋;漫畫式人物;荒誕

  18. The centroid shift of the 5d levels of Ce sup 3 sup + with respect to the 4f levels in ionic crystals, a theoretical investigation

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    Andriessen, J; Eijk, C W E

    2002-01-01

    The centroid shifts of the 5d level of Ce sup 3 sup + in BaF sub 2 , LaAlO sub 3 and LaCl sub 3 have been calculated using the ionic cluster approach. By applying configuration interaction as extension of the basic HF-LCAO approach the dynamical polarization contribution to the centroid shift was calculated. This was found to be only successful if basis sets are used optimized for polarization of the anions.

  19. Meeting report: discussions and preliminary findings on extracellular RNA measurement methods from laboratories in the NIH Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium

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    Louise C. Laurent

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Extracellular RNAs (exRNAs have been identified in all tested biofluids and have been associated with a variety of extracellular vesicles, ribonucleoprotein complexes and lipoprotein complexes. Much of the interest in exRNAs lies in the fact that they may serve as signalling molecules between cells, their potential to serve as biomarkers for prediction and diagnosis of disease and the possibility that exRNAs or the extracellular particles that carry them might be used for therapeutic purposes. Among the most significant bottlenecks to progress in this field is the lack of robust and standardized methods for collection and processing of biofluids, separation of different types of exRNA-containing particles and isolation and analysis of exRNAs. The Sample and Assay Standards Working Group of the Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium is a group of laboratories funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to develop such methods. In our first joint endeavour, we held a series of conference calls and in-person meetings to survey the methods used among our members, placed them in the context of the current literature and used our findings to identify areas in which the identification of robust methodologies would promote rapid advancements in the exRNA field.

  20. Using quantitative and qualitative data in health services research – what happens when mixed method findings conflict? [ISRCTN61522618

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    Howel Denise

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In this methodological paper we document the interpretation of a mixed methods study and outline an approach to dealing with apparent discrepancies between qualitative and quantitative research data in a pilot study evaluating whether welfare rights advice has an impact on health and social outcomes among a population aged 60 and over. Methods Quantitative and qualitative data were collected contemporaneously. Quantitative data were collected from 126 men and women aged over 60 within a randomised controlled trial. Participants received a full welfare benefits assessment which successfully identified additional financial and non-financial resources for 60% of them. A range of demographic, health and social outcome measures were assessed at baseline, 6, 12 and 24 month follow up. Qualitative data were collected from a sub-sample of 25 participants purposively selected to take part in individual interviews to examine the perceived impact of welfare rights advice. Results Separate analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data revealed discrepant findings. The quantitative data showed little evidence of significant differences of a size that would be of practical or clinical interest, suggesting that the intervention had no impact on these outcome measures. The qualitative data suggested wide-ranging impacts, indicating that the intervention had a positive effect. Six ways of further exploring these data were considered: (i treating the methods as fundamentally different; (ii exploring the methodological rigour of each component; (iii exploring dataset comparability; (iv collecting further data and making further comparisons; (v exploring the process of the intervention; and (vi exploring whether the outcomes of the two components match. Conclusion The study demonstrates how using mixed methods can lead to different and sometimes conflicting accounts and, using this six step approach, how such discrepancies can be harnessed to interrogate each dataset more fully. Not only does this enhance the robustness of the study, it may lead to different conclusions from those that would have been drawn through relying on one method alone and demonstrates the value of collecting both types of data within a single study. More widespread use of mixed methods in trials of complex interventions is likely to enhance the overall quality of the evidence base.

  1. Finding possible transition states of defects in silicon-carbide and alpha-iron using the dimer method

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    Energetic primary recoil atoms from ion implantation or fast neutron irradiation produce isolated point defects and clusters of both vacancies and interstitials. The migration energies and mechanisms for these defects are crucial to successful multiscale modeling of microstructural evolution during ion-implantation, thermal annealing, or under irradiation over long periods of time. The dimer method is employed to search for possible transition states of interstitials and small interstitial clusters in SiC and α-Fe. The method uses only the first derivatives of the potential energy to find saddle points without knowledge of the final state of the transition. In SiC, the possible migration pathway for the C interstitial is found to consist of the first neighbor jump via a Si site or second neighbor jump, but the relative probability for the second neighbor jump is very low. In α-Fe, the possible transition states are studied as a function of interstitial cluster size, and the lowest energy barriers correspond to defect migration along directions. However, this paper addresses whether migrating interstitial clusters can thermally change their direction, and the activation energies and corresponding mechanisms for changing the direction of these clusters are determined

  2. Pneumonia case-finding in the RESPIRE Guatemala indoor air pollution trial: standardizing methods for resource-poor settings

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    Nigel Bruce

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Trials of environmental risk factors and acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI face a double challenge: implementing sufficiently sensitive and specific outcome assessments, and blinding. We evaluate methods used in the first randomized exposure study of pollution indoors and respiratory effects (RESPIRE: a controlled trial testing the impact of reduced indoor air pollution on ALRI, conducted among children 90% of children meeting ALRI criteria, of whom about 70% attended a physician. Referrals for cough without respiratory signs and self-referrals contributed 19.0% and 17.9% of physician-diagnosed ALRI cases respectively. Intervention group attendance following ALRI referral was 7% higher than controls, a trend also seen in compliance with RSV tests and CXR. There was no evidence of bias by intervention status in fieldworker classification or physician diagnosis. Incidence of fieldworker ALRI (1.12 episodes/child/year is consistent with high sensitivity and low specificity; incidence of physician-diagnosed ALRI (0.44 episodes/child/year is consistent with comparable studies. CONCLUSION: The combination of case-finding methods achieved good sensitivity and specificity, but intervention cases had greater likelihood of reaching the physician and being investigated. There was no evidence of bias in fieldworkers’ classifications despite lack of concealment at home visits. Pulse oximetry offers practical, objective severity assessment for field studies of ALRI.

  3. Radiation organ doses received in a nationwide cohort of U.S. radiologic technologists: methods and findings.

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    Simon, Steven L; Preston, Dale L; Linet, Martha S; Miller, Jeremy S; Sigurdson, Alice J; Alexander, Bruce H; Kwon, Deukwoo; Yoder, R Craig; Bhatti, Parveen; Little, Mark P; Rajaraman, Preetha; Melo, Dunstana; Drozdovitch, Vladimir; Weinstock, Robert M; Doody, Michele M

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    In this article, we describe recent methodological enhancements and findings from the dose reconstruction component of a study of health risks among U.S. radiologic technologists. An earlier version of the dosimetry published in 2006 used physical and statistical models, literature-reported exposure measurements for the years before 1960, and archival personnel monitoring badge data from cohort members through 1984. The data and models previously described were used to estimate annual occupational radiation doses for 90,000 radiological technologists, incorporating information about each individual's employment practices based on a baseline survey conducted in the mid-1980s. The dosimetry methods presented here, while using many of the same methods as before, now estimate 2.23 million annual badge doses (personal dose equivalent) for the years 1916-1997 for 110,374 technologists, but with numerous methodological improvements. Every technologist's annual dose is estimated as a probability density function to reflect uncertainty about the true dose. Multiple realizations of the entire cohort distribution were derived to account for shared uncertainties and possible biases in the input data and assumptions used. Major improvements in the dosimetry methods from the earlier version include: A substantial increase in the number of cohort member annual badge dose measurements; Additional information on individual apron usage obtained from surveys conducted in the mid-1990s and mid-2000s; Refined modeling to develop lognormal annual badge dose probability density functions using censored data regression models; Refinements of cohort-based annual badge probability density functions to reflect individual work patterns and practices reported on questionnaires and to more accurately assess minimum detection limits; and Extensive refinements in organ dose conversion coefficients to account for uncertainties in radiographic machine settings for the radiographic techniques employed. For organ dose estimation, we rely on well-researched assumptions about critical exposure-related variables and their changes over the decades, including the peak kilovoltage and filtration typically used in conducting radiographic examinations, and the usual body location for wearing radiation monitoring badges, the latter based on both literature and national recommendations. We have derived organ dose conversion coefficients based on air-kerma weighting of photon fluences from published X-ray spectra and derived energy-dependent transmission factors for protective lead aprons of different thicknesses. Findings are presented on estimated organ doses for 12 organs and tissues: red bone marrow, female breast, thyroid, brain, lung, heart, colon, ovary, testes, skin of trunk, skin of head and neck and arms, and lens of the eye. PMID:25361400

  4. Pseudometrically Constrained Centroidal Voronoi Tessellations: Generating uniform antipodally symmetric points on the unit sphere with a novel acceleration strategy and its applications to Diffusion and 3D radial MRI

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    Koay, Cheng Guan

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this work is to investigate the hypothesis that uniform sampling measurements that are endowed with antipodal symmetry play an important role when the raw data and image data are related through the Fourier relationship as in q-space diffusion MRI and 3D radial MRI. Currently, it is extremely challenging to generate large uniform antipodally symmetric point sets suitable for 3D radial MRI. A novel approach is proposed to solve this important and long-standing problem. Methods: The proposed method is based upon constrained centroidal Voronoi tessellations of the upper hemisphere with a novel pseudometric. Geometrically intuitive approach to tessellating the upper hemisphere is also proposed. Results: The average time complexity of the proposed centroidal tessellations was shown to be effectively on the order of the product of the number of iterations and the number of generators. For small sample size, the proposed method was comparable to the state-of-the-art iterative method in terms ...

  5. Essential features influencing collaboration in team-based non-specific back pain rehabilitation: Findings from a mixed methods study.

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    Hellman, Therese; Jensen, Irene; Bergström, Gunnar; Brämberg, Elisabeth Björk

    2016-05-01

    The aim of the study presented in this article was to explore how professionals, without guidelines for implementing interprofessional teamwork, experience the collaboration within team-based rehabilitation for people with back pain and how this collaboration influences their clinical practice. This study employed a mixed methods design. A questionnaire was answered by 383 participants and 17 participants were interviewed. The interviews were analysed using content analysis. The quantitative results showed that the participants were satisfied with their team-based collaboration. Thirty percent reported that staff changes in the past year had influenced their clinical practice, of which 57% reported that these changes had had negative consequences. The qualitative findings revealed that essential features for an effective collaboration were shared basic values and supporting each other. Furthermore, aspects such as having enough time for reflection, staff continuity, and a shared view of the team members' roles were identified as aspects which influenced the clinical practice. Important clinical implications for nurturing and developing a collaboration in team-based rehabilitation are to create shared basic values and a unified view of all team members' roles and their contributions to the team. These aspects need to be emphasised on an ongoing basis and not only when the team is formed. PMID:27152534

  6. Meat intake, cooking methods, dietary carcinogens, and colorectal cancer risk: findings from the Colorectal Cancer Family Registry

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    Diets high in red meat and processed meats are established colorectal cancer (CRC) risk factors. However, it is still not well understood what explains this association. We conducted comprehensive analyses of CRC risk and red meat and poultry intakes, taking into account cooking methods, level of doneness, estimated intakes of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that accumulate during meat cooking, tumor location, and tumor mismatch repair proficiency (MMR) status. We analyzed food frequency and portion size data including a meat cooking module for 3364 CRC cases, 1806 unaffected siblings, 136 unaffected spouses, and 1620 unaffected population-based controls, recruited into the CRC Family Registry. Odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for nutrient density variables were estimated using generalized estimating equations. We found no evidence of an association between total nonprocessed red meat or total processed meat and CRC risk. Our main finding was a positive association with CRC for pan-fried beefsteak (Ptrend < 0.001), which was stronger among MMR deficient cases (heterogeneity P = 0.059). Other worth noting associations, of borderline statistical significance after multiple testing correction, were a positive association between diets high in oven-broiled short ribs or spareribs and CRC risk (Ptrend = 0.002), which was also stronger among MMR-deficient cases, and an inverse association with grilled hamburgers (Ptrend = 0.002). Our results support the role of specific meat types and cooking practices as possible sources of human carcinogens relevant for CRC risk

  7. Multi-response optimisation of the extraction solvent system for phenolics and antioxidant activities from fermented soy flour using a simplex-centroid design.

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    Handa, Cíntia Ladeira; de Lima, Fernando Sanches; Guelfi, Marcela Fernanda Geton; Georgetti, Sandra Regina; Ida, Elza Iouko

    2016-04-15

    A simplex-centroid design comprising three solvents (water, ethanol and methanol) was used to optimise the extraction mixture for phenolics and antioxidant activities from defatted soy flour fermented with Monascus purpureus or Aspergillus oryzae. Total phenolics were more efficiently extracted using only water for both samples. The highest antioxidant activities by the DPPH and ABTS methods were obtained using extraction mixtures containing at least 75 wt% water. Specific water:ethanol:methanol ratios promoted the joint optimisation of the total phenolic and isoflavone contents as well as antioxidant activities: 0.5:0.375:0.125 (wt/wt/wt) and 0.5:0.3:0.2 (wt/wt/wt) from defatted soy flour fermented with M. purpureus or A. oryzae, respectively. However, a water:ethanol ratio of 0.5:0.5 (wt/wt) was deemed optimal because it is comprised of green solvents and yielded results that were greater than 90% of the multi-response maximum values. Both the solvents and the sample matrix strongly influenced the extractability of total phenolics and isoflavones. PMID:26616938

  8. Aims, methods and preliminary findings of the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Allergies in Children Examined in Athens (PANACEA epidemiological study

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    Papadimitriou Anastasios

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To determine the prevalence of asthma symptoms in a sample of Greek children aged 1012 years, and to evaluate these rates in relation to anthropometric, lifestyle characteristics and dietary habits. Methods During 2006, 700 schoolchildren (323 male and 377 female, aged 1012 years (4th to 6th school grade, were selected from 18 schools located in the greater Athens area. The schools were randomly selected from a list provided by the regional educational offices. To achieve a representative sample the schools enrolled were selected from various region of the Athens area. For each child a questionnaire was completed that was developed for the purposes of the study to retrieve information on: age, sex, school class, other socio-demographic characteristics, anthropometric measurements, dietary habits (through a semi-quantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire and physical activity status; the presence of asthma and allergies was assessed by the standard ISAAC questionnaire. Results The prevalence of wheezing in the past was 25% in boys and 19% in girls, while the prevalence of current wheezing was 9.0% in boys and 5.8% in girls. The prevalence of any asthma symptoms was 27.6% in boys and 20.4% in girls. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that increased body weight and sedentary lifestyle is associated with asthma symptoms only in boys. Conclusion The present cross-sectional study cannot establish causal relationships between asthma and increased body weight of schoolchildren; however, our findings underline the associations between asthma, increased body weight, and physical activity at population level, and urge for actions that should be taken by public health policy makers in order to prevent these conditions among children.

  9. A new method for the discovery of the best threshold value for finding positive or negative association rules using Binary Particle Swarm Optimization

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    Abdoljabbar Asadi; Azad Shojaei; Salar Saeidi; Salah Karimi; Ebad Karimi

    2012-01-01

    In association rule mining most of former researches have worked on analytic optimizing method , but finding and specifying the advocate initiation limit influences on association rule mining's quality , which still is important hence this research wants to present a new algorithm for optimizing the analytic efficiency improvement including automatic analyze proper amount for initiation. Through former method this task had been performing based on positive rules but regarding that finding the...

  10. A Medoid-based Method for Clustering Categorical Data

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    Ali Seman; Zainab Abu Bakar; Azizian Mohd. Sapawi; Ida Rosmini Othman

    2013-01-01

    Medoid-based method is an alternative technique to centroid-based method for partitional clustering algorithms. This method has been incorporated in a recently introduced clustering algorithm for categorical data, called k-Approximate Modal Haplotype (k-AMH) algorithm. This study reports the performance evaluation between the medoid-based method represented by the k-AMH algorithm and the centroid-based method represented by the extended k-Mode algorithm, the k-Po...

  11. An Example of the Use of Research Methods and Findings as an Experiential Learning Exercise in an Accounting Theory Course

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    Bublitz, Bruce; Philipich, Kirk; Blatz, Robert

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this teaching note is to describe an experiential learning exercise used in a master's level financial accounting theory course. The experiential exercise illustrates how order effects can affect user's judgments, a long-standing research finding. This experiential exercise was used in an attempt to make students more cognizant of…

  12. Implementation of Multi-Centroid Moment Invariants in Thermal-Based Face Identification System

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    Khairul H. Abas; Osamu Ono

    2010-01-01

    Problem statement: Current paramount methods and approaches in face identification field rely on facial characteristics; such as location of eyes, length of nose and mouth, regardless the type of medium used to acquire the facial images. The visibility of these facial characteristics varies significantly with environmental factors (e.g., lighting elements). Various researches have been devoted to develop methodologies for addressing these problems. Despite the overwhelming effort to overcome ...

  13. Robust seed selection algorithm for k-means type algorithms - Optimal centroids using high density object

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    K Karteeka Pavan; Allam Appa Rao; A.V. DATTATREYA RAO; Sridhar, G. R.

    2011-01-01

    Selection of initial seeds greatly affects the quality of the clusters and in k-means typealgorithms. Most of the seed selection methods result different results in different independent runs. Wepropose a single, optimal, outlier insensitive seed selection algorithm for k-means type algorithms asextension to k-means++. The experimental results on synthetic, real and on microarray data setsdemonstrated that effectiveness of the new algorithm in producing the clustering results

  14. Robust of Doppler Centroid for Mapping Sea Surface Current by Using Radar Satellite Data

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    Mazlan Hashim; Maged Marghany

    2009-01-01

    Problem statement: Sea surface current retrieving from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is required standard methods due to the complexity of sea surface ocean imaging in SAR data. In this context, various analytical models have been developed which describe overall effects of sea surface roughness on the Doppler signal mechanisms. Nevertheless, such models are limited in the complexity of the sea surface current estimation that can be used. In fact, the resolution of the sea surface Doppler ve...

  15. Experimental Validation of the Dynamic Inertia Measurement Method to Find the Mass Properties of an Iron Bird Test Article

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    Chin, Alexander; Herrera, Claudia; Spivey, Natalie; Fladung, William; Cloutier, David

    2015-01-01

    This presentation describes the DIM method and how it measures the inertia properties of an object by analyzing the frequency response functions measured during a ground vibration test (GVT). The DIM method has been in development at the University of Cincinnati and has shown success on a variety of small scale test articles. The NASA AFRC version was modified for larger applications.

  16. For a reasoned development of experimental methods in information and communication sciences Some epistemological findings of methodological pluralism

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available If multidisciplinarity is necessary, first, for studying the widest possible set of communication phenomena (organizational, in groups, interpersonal, media, computer-mediated communication... and, secondly, for grasping the complexity of the different moments of the same phenomenon of communication (production, content, reception, circulation ..., methodological pluralism is also important. However, French research in communication sciences leaves in the shade a number of phenomena and moments of communication that could be better understood thanks to the experimental method. We will underline that the epistemological issues related to rational use of the experimental method in communication sciences are not negligible: it allows the study of objects that cannot be investigated with other methods and offers the opportunity to build knowledge by the refutation of hypotheses and theoretical propositions. We will clarify some epistemological misunderstandings concerning this method. First, it is actually a method of studying complex systems and communication processes. Secondly, its use is not incompatible with constructivism.

  17. The Shortlist Method for Fast Computation of the Earth Mover's Distance and Finding Optimal Solutions to Transportation Problems

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    Gottschlich, Carsten; Schuhmacher, Dominic

    2014-01-01

    Finding solutions to the classical transportation problem is of great importance, since this optimization problem arises in many engineering and computer science applications. Especially the Earth Mover's Distance is used in a plethora of applications ranging from content-based image retrieval, shape matching, fingerprint recognition, object tracking and phishing web page detection to computing color differences in linguistics and biology. Our starting point is the well-known revised simplex ...

  18. Radiation Organ Doses Received in a Nationwide Cohort of U.S. Radiologic Technologists: Methods and Findings

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    Simon, Steven L.; Preston, Dale L.; Martha S. Linet; Miller, Jeremy S.; Sigurdson, Alice J.; Alexander, Bruce H.; Kwon, Deukwoo; Yoder, R. Craig; Bhatti, Parveen; Little, Mark P.; Rajaraman, Preetha; Melo, Dunstana; Drozdovitch, Vladimir; Weinstock, Robert M.; Doody, Michele M.

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    In this article, we describe recent methodological enhancements and findings from the dose reconstruction component of a study of health risks among U.S. radiologic technologists. An earlier version of the dosimetry published in 2006 used physical and statistical models, literature-reported exposure measurements for the years before 1960, and archival personnel monitoring badge data from cohort members through 1984. The data and models previously described were used to estimate annual occupat...

  19. K-nearest Neighbour Method of Analysing the ECG Signal (To Find out the Different Disorders Related to Heart)

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    S. Jayalalitha; D.Susan; Shalini Kumari; Archana, B.

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    Heart attack is very common thing now-a-days. This results because of many disorders occurring in the heart. These disorders can be found out by analysing the ECG signal. The conventional method of analysing the ECG signal is done by the doctors who are expert in that. So far there is no systematic procedure for analysing the ECG signal. The main goal of this study is to obtain a systematic method of analysing the Electrocardiogram (ECG) from the patient an...

  20. Suppressing beam-centroid motion in a long-pulse linear induction accelerator

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    Ekdahl, Carl; Abeyta, E. O.; Archuleta, R.; Bender, H.; Broste, W.; Carlson, C.; Cook, G.; Frayer, D.; Harrison, J.; Hughes, T.; Johnson, J.; Jacquez, E.; McCuistian, B. Trent; Montoya, N.; Nath, S.; Nielsen, K.; Rose, C.; Schulze, M.; Smith, H. V.; Thoma, C.; Tom, C. Y.

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    The second axis of the dual-axis radiography of hydrodynamic testing (DARHT) facility produces up to four radiographs within an interval of 1.6μs. It does this by slicing four micropulses out of a 2-μs long electron beam pulse and focusing them onto a bremsstrahlung converter target. The 1.8-kA beam pulse is created by a dispenser cathode diode and accelerated to more than 16 MeV by the unique DARHT Axis-II linear induction accelerator (LIA). Beam motion in the accelerator would be a problem for multipulse flash radiography. High-frequency motion, such as from beam-breakup (BBU) instability, would blur the individual spots. Low-frequency motion, such as produced by pulsed-power variation, would produce spot-to-spot differences. In this article, we describe these sources of beam motion, and the measures we have taken to minimize it. Using the methods discussed, we have reduced beam motion at the accelerator exit to less than 2% of the beam envelope radius for the high-frequency BBU, and less than 1/3 of the envelope radius for the low-frequency sweep.

  1. Optical telecommunications system and signal analysis using data-entropy and multiple-centroid data-scatter

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    Egan, J.; McMillan, N. D.; Denieffe, D.; Riedel, S.; Doyle, G.; Farrell, G.

    2005-09-01

    The data-entropy quality-budget developed by the authors is used as an alternative to the conventional power budget. The traditional power budget approach is not capable of providing a full analysis of a system with different noise types and specifically providing a measure of signal quality. The quality-budget addressed this issue by applying its dimensionless 'bit measure' to integrate the analysis of all types of losses. A data-entropy visualisation is produced for each set of points in a reference and test signal. This data-entropy signal is a measure of signal disorder and reflects the power loss and types of signal degradation experienced by the test signal. To analyse the differences between two signals an algorithm known as phase-coherent data-scatter (PCDS) is used to assess levels of attenuation, dispersion, jitter, etc. Practical analysis of telecommunications signals using the new multiple-centroid (MC) PCDS is presented here for the first time. MC-PCDS is then used to analyse differences between sets of data-entropy signals and digital signals. The theory behind MC data-scatter is discussed and its advantages for the quantification of signal degradations are assessed. Finally, a brief consideration is given to the use of pattern recognition algorithms to measure optical signal degrading factors.

  2. A Method for Finding Solutions of the Hermitian Theory of Relativity which Depend on Three Co-ordinates

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    Antoci, S.

    2001-01-01

    A method is presented, which can generate solutions of the Hermitian theory of relativity from known solutions of the general theory of relativity, when the latter depend on three co-ordinates and are invariant under reversal of the fourth one.

  3. OMERACT 10 sharp symposium: important findings in examination of imaging methods for measurement of joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis

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    Strand, Vibeke; Kingsbury, Sarah R; Woodworth, Thasia; Landewé, Robert; Østergaard, Mikkel; Peterfy, Charles; van der Heijde, Désirée; D'Agostino, Maria-Antonietta; Maksymowych, Walter; Tak, Paul P; Wells, George; Conaghan, Philip G

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    The Sharp Symposium was held at the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology Clinical Trials 2010 meeting (OMERACT 10) in honor of the late John Sharp, consummate rheumatologist and researcher. The symposium focused on the status of current scoring methods in radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI...

  4. Six Forms of Variety in Students' Moral Reasoning: An Age-Old Distinction Enabling New Methods and Findings

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    Backman, Ylva; Gardelli, Viktor

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the age-old distinction between decision method and criterion of rightness, commonly employed in normative ethics, was used to attain a detailed understanding of inter- and intrapersonal variety in students' moral reasoning. A total of 24 Swedish students, 12-15 years of age, were interviewed. Inter- and intrapersonal varieties in…

  5. Assessing the impacts of regional characteristics on the location of manufacturing facilities: A review of recent methods and findings

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    Calzonetti, F.J. [West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, WV (United States). Dept. of Geology and Geography; Hemphill, R.C. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Environmental Assessment and Information Sciences Div.

    1992-01-01

    This report gives federal agencies background information to help them assess the impacts that siting a nuclear-waste storage facility could have on industries making location decisions in various regions of influence. It reviews two major research methods used to analyze reasons for location choices: economic-based or econometric methods and survey-based factor-ranking methods. It summarizes the results of studies that have used these methods, identifying and ranking factors shown to be important to industries making location decisions throughout the nation and in western states. Neither economic-based nor survey-based studies have shown the public`s perceptions of a region to be an important determinant in the selection of new manufacturing sites, although consideration of the level of amenities is gaining importance in the West. In general, available studies are inconclusive with respect to the extent to which perceptions about hazards play a role in the location of manufacturing facilities in any region of the nation.

  6. Assessing the impacts of regional characteristics on the location of manufacturing facilities: A review of recent methods and findings

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    Calzonetti, F.J. (West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, WV (United States). Dept. of Geology and Geography); Hemphill, R.C. (Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Environmental Assessment and Information Sciences Div.)

    1992-01-01

    This report gives federal agencies background information to help them assess the impacts that siting a nuclear-waste storage facility could have on industries making location decisions in various regions of influence. It reviews two major research methods used to analyze reasons for location choices: economic-based or econometric methods and survey-based factor-ranking methods. It summarizes the results of studies that have used these methods, identifying and ranking factors shown to be important to industries making location decisions throughout the nation and in western states. Neither economic-based nor survey-based studies have shown the public's perceptions of a region to be an important determinant in the selection of new manufacturing sites, although consideration of the level of amenities is gaining importance in the West. In general, available studies are inconclusive with respect to the extent to which perceptions about hazards play a role in the location of manufacturing facilities in any region of the nation.

  7. Comparing Monte Carlo methods for finding ground states of Ising spin glasses: Population annealing, simulated annealing, and parallel tempering.

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    Wang, Wenlong; Machta, Jonathan; Katzgraber, Helmut G

    2015-07-01

    Population annealing is a Monte Carlo algorithm that marries features from simulated-annealing and parallel-tempering Monte Carlo. As such, it is ideal to overcome large energy barriers in the free-energy landscape while minimizing a Hamiltonian. Thus, population-annealing Monte Carlo can be used as a heuristic to solve combinatorial optimization problems. We illustrate the capabilities of population-annealing Monte Carlo by computing ground states of the three-dimensional Ising spin glass with Gaussian disorder, while comparing to simulated-annealing and parallel-tempering Monte Carlo. Our results suggest that population annealing Monte Carlo is significantly more efficient than simulated annealing but comparable to parallel-tempering Monte Carlo for finding spin-glass ground states. PMID:26274303

  8. Population Size Estimation of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Tbilisi, Georgia; Multiple Methods and Triangulation of Findings

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    Sulaberidze, Lela; Mirzazadeh, Ali; Chikovani, Ivdity; Shengelia, Natia; Tsereteli, Nino; Gotsadze, George

    2016-01-01

    Introduction An accurate estimation of the population size of men who have sex with men (MSM) is critical to the success of HIV program planning and to monitoring of the response to epidemic as a whole, but is quite often missing. In this study, our aim was to estimate the population size of MSM in Tbilisi, Georgia and compare it with other estimates in the region. Methods In the absence of a gold standard for estimating the population size of MSM, this study reports a range of methods, including network scale-up, mobile/web apps multiplier, service and unique object multiplier, network-based capture-recapture, Handcock RDS-based and Wisdom of Crowds methods. To apply all these methods, two surveys were conducted: first, a household survey among 1,015 adults from the general population, and second, a respondent driven sample of 210 MSM. We also conducted a literature review of MSM size estimation in Eastern European and Central Asian countries. Results The median population size of MSM generated from all previously mentioned methods was estimated to be 5,100 (95% Confidence Interval (CI): 3,243 ~ 9,088). This corresponds to 1.42% (95%CI: 0.9% ~ 2.53%) of the adult male population in Tbilisi. Conclusion Our size estimates of the MSM population (1.42% (95%CI: 0.9% ~ 2.53%) of the adult male population in Tbilisi) fall within ranges reported in other Eastern European and Central Asian countries. These estimates can provide valuable information for country level HIV prevention program planning and evaluation. Furthermore, we believe, that our results will narrow the gap in data availability on the estimates of the population size of MSM in the region. PMID:26828366

  9. Sylfiden findes

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    Christensen, Anne Middelboe

    Sylfiden findes. Men hvordan kan sylfiden findes - og bare vre en drm? Denne svvebog fortolker lngslen i Bournonvilles internationale ballethit - gennem nye fotos af katastrofefotografen Jan Grarup samt fortolkende svveessays, meddigtende flakserier, en sylfidescrapbog med anmeldelser af...

  10. Teacher Characteristics and Student Achievements in TIMSS. Findings Gained from Applying the "First-Difference" Method to TIMSS-2007 Data

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    Tatiana Khavenson; Yulia Tyumeneva

    2012-01-01

    The advantage of Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study is that not only does it perform a direct cognitive assessment of students concerning these students' teachers, but also their education, work experience and the instructional strategies used in their classes. In order to estimate teachers’ characteristics effects on a student’s achievements and overcome the limits of the TIMSS' correlational design, we have employed the first-difference method. Teachers’ characteristics e...

  11. Meat intake, cooking methods, dietary carcinogens, and colorectal cancer risk: findings from the Colorectal Cancer Family Registry

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    Joshi, Amit D.; Kim, Andre; Lewinger, Juan Pablo; Ulrich, Cornelia M.; Potter, John D; Cotterchio, Michelle; Le Marchand, Loic; Stern, Mariana C.

    2015-01-01

    Diets high in red meat and processed meats are established colorectal cancer (CRC) risk factors. However, it is still not well understood what explains this association. We conducted comprehensive analyses of CRC risk and red meat and poultry intakes, taking into account cooking methods, level of doneness, estimated intakes of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that accumulate during meat cooking, tumor location, and tumor mismatch repair proficiency (MMR) status. We analyzed food frequency and porti...

  12. Characterization of a millefiori glass find from Aquincum by SEM-EDX and micro-PIXE methods

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    Uzonyi, I., E-mail: uzonyi@atomki.hu [Institute of Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-4026 Debrecen, Bem ter 18/C (Hungary); Csontos, K.; Verebes, A. [Budapest History Museum, Aquincum Museum H-8211 Budapest, Zahony u. 4. (Hungary); Cserhati, C. [Department of Solid State Physics, University of Debrecen H-4032 Debrecen, Bem ter 18/B (Hungary); Csedreki, L.; Kis-Varga, M.; Kiss, A.Z. [Institute of Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-4026 Debrecen, Bem ter 18/C (Hungary)

    2011-10-15

    Research has been focused on the analysis of archaeological glasses from the Roman age and medieval times. Study of ancient millefiori type glasses from the collection of Hungarian Museums has been started. A test measurement, carried out on a glass fragment supposedly part of a dish, was performed by SEM-EDX and micro-PIXE methods. Complementary analytical data were obtained for texture and composition. Results suggest that Roman and Mesopotamian techniques were used together. Our data contribute to data bases of millefiori glasses.

  13. Characterization of a millefiori glass find from Aquincum by SEM-EDX and micro-PIXE methods

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    Research has been focused on the analysis of archaeological glasses from the Roman age and medieval times. Study of ancient millefiori type glasses from the collection of Hungarian Museums has been started. A test measurement, carried out on a glass fragment supposedly part of a dish, was performed by SEM-EDX and micro-PIXE methods. Complementary analytical data were obtained for texture and composition. Results suggest that Roman and Mesopotamian techniques were used together. Our data contribute to data bases of millefiori glasses.

  14. A vision-based hybrid particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) technique using a modified cascade correlation peak-finding method

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    Lei, Y.C. [University of Washington, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Seattle, WA (United States); Canadian Aviation Electronics Inc., Performance Group Division, Quebec, CA (Canada); Tien, W.H.; Dabiri, D. [University of Washington, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Seattle, WA (United States); Duncan, J. [University of Washington, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Seattle, WA (United States); Edwards Air Force Base, CA (United States); Paul, M. [University of Washington, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Seattle, WA (United States); Eglin Air Force Base, FL (United States); Ponchaut, N. [Exponent, Natick, MA (United States); Mouton, C. [RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA (United States); Roesgen, T. [ETH Zurich, Institute of Fluid Dynamics, Zurich (Switzerland); Hove, J. [University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States)

    2012-11-15

    A novel technique for particle tracking velocimetry is presented in this paper to overcome the issue of overlapping particle images encountered in the flows with high particle density or under volumetric illumination conditions. To achieve this goal, algorithms for particle identification and tracking are developed based on current methods and validated with both synthetic and experimental image sets. The results from synthetic image tests show that the particle identification algorithm is able to resolve overlapped particle images up to 50 % under noisy conditions, while keeping the root mean square peak location error under 0.07 pixels. The algorithm is also robust to the size changes up to a size ratio of 5. The tracking method developed from a classic computer vision matching algorithm is capable of capturing a velocity gradient up to 0.3 while maintaining the error under 0.2 pixels. Sensitivity tests were performed to describe the optimum conditions for the technique in terms of particle image density, particle image sizes and velocity gradients, also its sensitivity to errors of the PIV results that guide the tracking process. The comparison with other existing tracking techniques demonstrates that this technique is able to resolve more vectors out of a dense particle image field. (orig.)

  15. Centroid Based Text Clustering

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    Priti Maheshwari; Jitendra Agrawal

    2010-01-01

    Web mining is a burgeoning new field that attempts to glean meaningful information from natural language text. Web mining refers generally to the process of extracting interesting information and knowledge from unstructured text. Text clustering is one of the important Web mining functionalities. Text clustering is the task in which texts are classified into groups of similar objects based on their contents. Current research in the area of Web mining is tacklesproblems of text data representa...

  16. Improvements and new findings in Monte Carlo method with complex-valued weights for neutron leakage-corrected assembly calculations

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    The author of this paper recently proposed a Monte Carlo calculation algorithm to solve a complex transport equation with complex-valued weights. The algorithm enables one to generate neutron leakage-corrected group constants and anisotropic diffusion coefficients for a unit fuel pin cell or assembly. The group constants are subsequently used for multi-group deterministic core calculations. The technique, however, had some limitations in applying itself to general problems. Some improvements have been done in this paper. The reflective boundary condition has newly become available. It has been found that a cumbersome weight cancellation of fission sources with positive and negative weights can be omitted in general fuel assembly geometries. A homogenization method of diffusion coefficients for a fuel assembly has been proposed. (author)

  17. Investigation of methods to search for the boundaries on the image and their use on lung hardware of methods finding saliency map

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    Semenishchev, E. A.; Marchuk, V. I.; Fedosov, V. P.; Stradanchenko, S. G.; Ruslyakov, D. V.

    2015-05-01

    This work aimed to study computationally simple method of saliency map calculation. Research in this field received increasing interest for the use of complex techniques in portable devices. A saliency map allows increasing the speed of many subsequent algorithms and reducing the computational complexity. The proposed method of saliency map detection based on both image and frequency space analysis. Several examples of test image from the Kodak dataset with different detalisation considered in this paper demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach. We present experiments which show that the proposed method providing better results than the framework Salience Toolbox in terms of accuracy and speed.

  18. Numerical methods for finding periodic points in discrete maps. High order islands chains and noble barriers in a toroidal magnetic configuration

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    Steinbrecher, G. [Association Euratom-Nasti Romania, Dept. of Theoretical Physics, Physics Faculty, University of Craiova (Romania); Reuss, J.D.; Misguich, J.H. [Association Euratom-CEA Cadarache, 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France). Dept. de Recherches sur la Fusion Controlee

    2001-11-01

    We first remind usual physical and mathematical concepts involved in the dynamics of Hamiltonian systems, and namely in chaotic systems described by discrete 2D maps (representing the intersection points of toroidal magnetic lines in a poloidal plane in situations of incomplete magnetic chaos in Tokamaks). Finding the periodic points characterizing chains of magnetic islands is an essential step not only to determine the skeleton of the phase space picture, but also to determine the flux of magnetic lines across semi-permeable barriers like Cantori. We discuss here several computational methods used to determine periodic points in N dimensions, which amounts to solve a set of N nonlinear coupled equations: Newton method, minimization techniques, Laplace or steepest descend method, conjugated direction method and Fletcher-Reeves method. We have succeeded to improve this last method in an important way, without modifying its useful double-exponential convergence. This improved method has been tested and applied to finding periodic points of high order m in the 2D 'Tokamap' mapping, for values of m along rational chains of winding number n/m converging towards a noble value where a Cantorus exists. Such precise positions of periodic points have been used in the calculation of the flux across this Cantorus. (authors)

  19. Plotting of liquidus surface in the system In - InP - GaAs - InAs using simplex-centroidal planning

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    Liquidus surface in the In-InP-GaAs-InAs system is plotted using simplex-centroidal planning. The analysis of the results obtained permitted to state that growth of indium phosphide concentration increases liquidus temperature in quasiternary cross section of the system with constant indium content, increase of indium arsenide content gives the inverse result, while change of gallium arsenide concentration does not result in essential change of liquidus temperature (at constant concentration ratio of the other two compounds)

  20. Comparao dos mtodos de determinao da estabilidade oxidativa de biodiesel B100, em mistura com antioxidantes sintticos: aplicao do delineamento simplex-centroide com varivel de processo

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    Joo Rafael de Moraes Cini; Dionsio Borsato; Carmen Lusa Barbosa Guedes; Hgata Cremasco da Silva; Rodolfo Lopes Coppo

    2013-01-01

    The Rancimat and accelerated stove tests were used to determine the oxidative stability of B100 biodiesel mixed with synthetic antioxidants. The predictive equations, with process variable, were obtained by applying a simplex-centroid design. Regardless of the antioxidant used, all assays carried out with the accelerated stove test presented storage time longer than 177.88 d, the greatest value obtained by applying the Rancimat test. The t test, applied to the parameters containing the proces...

  1. Determination of the centroid depths of the depth profiles of ion-implanted analytes by angle-resolved electron microbeam analysis

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    Angle-resolved signal ratio electron microbeam analysis (AR/SR/EMA) was applied for the determination of the centroid depth of the ion-implanted depth profile of 100 keV 1016 cm-2 P in Si. The experiment is part of an investigation on the suitability of AR/SR/EMA for application in the (non-destructive) calibration of ion-implanted reference materials. (author)

  2. A new method for the discovery of the best threshold value for finding positive or negative association rules using Binary Particle Swarm Optimization

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    Abdoljabbar Asadi

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available In association rule mining most of former researches have worked on analytic optimizing method , but finding and specifying the advocate initiation limit influences on association rule mining's quality , which still is important hence this research wants to present a new algorithm for optimizing the analytic efficiency improvement including automatic analyze proper amount for initiation. Through former method this task had been performing based on positive rules but regarding that finding the negative ones were though for administrator, this research's privilege is that the initiation level automatically is analyzed for the first time; also it has high efficiency in large data base. Particle Swarm Optimization is observed for any particle's efficiency and as data turned in binary the advocate amount will be found. Results showed Particle Swarm Optimization could present better initiation level, and enhance the former algorithm's result a lot. Consequence will be comparing with Weka and Apriori.

  3. The New Multi-HAzard and MulTi-RIsK Assessment MethodS for Europe (MATRIX) Project - An overview of its major findings

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    Fleming, Kevin; Zschau, Jochen; Gasparini, Paolo

    2014-05-01

    Recent major natural disasters, such as the 2011 T?hoku earthquake, tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear accident, have raised awareness of the frequent and potentially far-reaching interconnections between natural hazards. Such interactions occur at the hazard level, where an initial hazard may trigger other events (e.g., an earthquake triggering a tsunami) or several events may occur concurrently (or nearly so), e.g., severe weather around the same time as an earthquake. Interactions also occur at the vulnerability level, where the initial event may make the affected community more susceptible to the negative consequences of another event (e.g., an earthquake weakens buildings, which are then damaged further by windstorms). There is also a temporal element involved, where changes in exposure may alter the total risk to a given area. In short, there is the likelihood that the total risk estimated when considering multiple hazard and risks and their interactions is greater than the sum of their individual parts. It is with these issues in mind that the European Commission, under their FP7 program, supported the New Multi-HAzard and MulTi-RIsK Assessment MethodS for Europe or MATRIX project (10.2010 to 12.2013). MATRIX set out to tackle multiple natural hazards (i.e., those of concern to Europe, namely earthquakes, landslides, volcanos, tsunamis, wild fires, storms and fluvial and coastal flooding) and risks within a common theoretical framework. The MATRIX work plan proceeded from an assessment of single-type risk methodologies (including how uncertainties should be treated), cascade effects within a multi-hazard environment, time-dependent vulnerability, decision making and support for multi-hazard mitigation and adaption, and an assessment of how the multi-hazard and risk viewpoint may be integrated into current decision making and risk mitigation programs, considering the existing single-hazard and risk focus. Three test sites were considered during the project: Naples, Cologne, and the French West Indies. In addition, a software platform, the MATRIX-Common IT sYstem (MATRIX-CITY), was developed to allow the evaluation of characteristic multi-hazard and risk scenarios in comparison to single-type analyses. This presentation therefore outlines the more significant outcomes of the project, in particular those dealing with the harmonization of single-type hazards, cascade event analysis, time-dependent vulnerability changes and the response of the disaster management community to the MATRIX point of view.

  4. The Two-Phase Method for Finding a Great Number of Eigenpairs of the Symmetric or Weakly Non-symmetric Large Eigenvalue Problems

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    Dul, Franciszek A.; Arczewski, Krzysztof

    1994-03-01

    Although it has been stated that "an attempt to solve (very large problems) by subspace iterations seems futile" (H. G. Matthies, Comput. Struct.21 (1985), p. 324), we will show that the statement is not true, especially for extremely large eigenproblems. In this paper a new two-phase subspace iteration/Rayleigh quotient/conjugate gradient method for generalized, large, symmetric eigenproblems Ax = λBx is presented. It has the ability of solving extremely large eigenproblems, N = 216,000, for example, and finding a large number of leftmost or rightmost eigenpairs, up to 1000 or more. Multiple eigenpairs, even those with multiplicity 100, can be easily found. The use of the proposed method for solving the big full eigenproblems ( N ˜ 10 3), as well as for large weakly non-symmetric eigenproblems, have been considered also. The proposed method is fully iterative; thus the factorization of matrices is avoided. The key idea consists in joining two methods: subspace and Rayleigh quotient iterations. The systems of indefinite and almost singular linear equations ( A - σ B) x = By are solved by various iterative conjugate gradient/Lanczos methods. It will be shown that the standard conjugate gradient method can be used without danger of breaking down due to its property that may be called "self-correction towards the eigenvector," discovered recently by us. The use of various preconditioners (SSOR and IC) has also been considered. The main features of the proposed method have been analyzed in detail. Comparisons with other methods, such as, accelerated subspace iteration, Lanczos, Davidson, TLIME, TRACMN, and SRQMCG, are presented. The results of numerical tests for various physical problems (acoustic, vibrations of structures, quantum chemistry) are presented as well. The final conclusion is that our new method is usually much faster than other iterative methods, especially for very large eigenproblems arising from 3D elliptic or biharmonic problems defined on irregular, multiply-connected domains, discretized by the finite element (FEM) or finite difference (FDM) methods.

  5. An X-ray method for detecting substructure in galaxy clusters - Application to Perseus, A2256, Centaurus, Coma, and Sersic 40/6

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    Mohr, Joseph J.; Fabricant, Daniel G.; Geller, Margaret J.

    1993-01-01

    We use the moments of the X-ray surface brightness distribution to constrain the dynamical state of a galaxy cluster. Using X-ray observations from the Einstein Observatory IPC, we measure the first moment FM, the ellipsoidal orientation angle, and the axial ratio at a sequence of radii in the cluster. We argue that a significant variation in the image centroid FM as a function of radius is evidence for a nonequilibrium feature in the intracluster medium (ICM) density distribution. In simple terms, centroid shifts indicate that the center of mass of the ICM varies with radius. This variation is a tracer of continuing dynamical evolution. For each cluster, we evaluate the significance of variations in the centroid of the IPC image by computing the same statistics on an ensemble of simulated cluster images. In producing these simulated images we include X-ray point source emission, telescope vignetting, Poisson noise, and characteristics of the IPC. Application of this new method to five Abell clusters reveals that the core of each one has significant substructure. In addition, we find significant variations in the orientation angle and the axial ratio for several of the clusters.

  6. Finding Sliesthorp?

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    Dobat, Andres S.

    2015-01-01

    In 2003, a hitherto unknown Viking age settlement was discovered at Füsing in Northern Germany close to Hedeby/Schleswig, the largest of the early Scandinavian towns. Finds and building features suggest a high status residence and a seat of some chiefly elite that flourished from around 700 to the...

  7. Global pathways to men's caregiving: mixed methods findings from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey and the Men Who Care study.

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    Kato-Wallace, Jane; Barker, Gary; Eads, Marci; Levtov, Ruti

    2014-01-01

    Promoting men's participation in unpaid care work is part of the Programme of Action for the International Conference on Population and Development. However, men's involvement in care work does not mirror the advances women have made in paid work outside the home. This mixed method study explores which men are more involved in caregiving, and what childhood and adulthood factors influence their level of involvement. Quantitative research presents findings from 1169 men across six countries with children aged 0-4, and a qualitative study presents findings from in-depth interviews with 83 men engaged in atypical caregiving practices. Survey research finds that being taught to care for children, witnessing one's father take care of one's siblings, respondents' present attitudes about gender equality and having outside help (or none, in some cases) were all also associated with men's higher level of involvement. Qualitative research reveals that men's experiences of violence, the normalisation of domestic work as children and life circumstances rather than greater-than-average beliefs in gender equality all propelled them into care work. Findings suggest that engaging more men into care work implies changes to policies and structural realities in the workplace coupled with changing gender attitudes. These insights inform policy and practice aimed at promoting greater involvement in care work by men. PMID:24938308

  8. A colorimetric method for highly sensitive and accurate detection of iodide by finding the critical color in a color change process using silver triangular nanoplates

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    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: Demonstrated a new colorimetric strategy for iodide detection by silver nanoplates. The colorimetric strategy is to find the critical color in a color change process. The colorimetric strategy is more accurate and sensitive than common colorimetry. Discovered a new morphological transformation phenomenon of silver nanoplates. -- Abstract: In this contribution, we demonstrated a novel colorimetric method for highly sensitive and accurate detection of iodide using citrate-stabilized silver triangular nanoplates (silver TNPs). Very lower concentration of iodide can induce an appreciable color change of silver TNPs solution from blue to yellow by fusing of silver TNPs to nanoparticles, as confirmed by UVvis absorption spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The principle of this colorimetric assay is not an ordinary colorimetry, but a new colorimetric strategy by finding the critical color in a color change process. With this strategy, 0.1 ?M of iodide can be recognized within 30 min by naked-eyes observation, and lower concentration of iodide down to 8.8 nM can be detected using a spectrophotometer. Furthermore, this high sensitive colorimetric assay has good accuracy, stability and reproducibility comparing with other ordinary colorimetry. We believe this new colorimetric method will open up a fresh insight of simple, rapid and reliable detection of iodide and can find its future application in the biochemical analysis or clinical diagnosis

  9. A colorimetric method for highly sensitive and accurate detection of iodide by finding the critical color in a color change process using silver triangular nanoplates

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    Yang, Xiu-Hua; Ling, Jian, E-mail: lingjian@ynu.edu.cn; Peng, Jun; Cao, Qiu-E., E-mail: qecao@ynu.edu.cn; Ding, Zhong-Tao; Bian, Long-Chun

    2013-10-10

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Demonstrated a new colorimetric strategy for iodide detection by silver nanoplates. •The colorimetric strategy is to find the critical color in a color change process. •The colorimetric strategy is more accurate and sensitive than common colorimetry. •Discovered a new morphological transformation phenomenon of silver nanoplates. -- Abstract: In this contribution, we demonstrated a novel colorimetric method for highly sensitive and accurate detection of iodide using citrate-stabilized silver triangular nanoplates (silver TNPs). Very lower concentration of iodide can induce an appreciable color change of silver TNPs solution from blue to yellow by fusing of silver TNPs to nanoparticles, as confirmed by UV–vis absorption spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The principle of this colorimetric assay is not an ordinary colorimetry, but a new colorimetric strategy by finding the critical color in a color change process. With this strategy, 0.1 μM of iodide can be recognized within 30 min by naked-eyes observation, and lower concentration of iodide down to 8.8 nM can be detected using a spectrophotometer. Furthermore, this high sensitive colorimetric assay has good accuracy, stability and reproducibility comparing with other ordinary colorimetry. We believe this new colorimetric method will open up a fresh insight of simple, rapid and reliable detection of iodide and can find its future application in the biochemical analysis or clinical diagnosis.

  10. Method of transient identification based on a possibilistic approach, optimized by genetic algorithm

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    This work develops a method for transient identification based on a possible approach, optimized by Genetic Algorithm to optimize the number of the centroids of the classes that represent the transients. The basic idea of the proposed method is to optimize the partition of the search space, generating subsets in the classes within a partition, defined as subclasses, whose centroids are able to distinguish the classes with the maximum correct classifications. The interpretation of the subclasses as fuzzy sets and the possible approach provided a heuristic to establish influence zones of the centroids, allowing to achieve the 'don't know' answer for unknown transients, that is, outside the training set. (author)

  11. Reliability of change in lumbar MRI findings over time in patients with and without disc prosthesis - comparing two different image evaluation methods

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    Berg, Linda; Espeland, Ansgar [Haukeland University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Bergen (Norway); University of Bergen, Section for Radiology, Department of Surgical Sciences, Bergen (Norway); Gjertsen, Oeivind [Oslo University Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Oslo (Norway); Hellum, Christian [Oslo University Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics, Oslo (Norway); University of Oslo, Department of Orthopaedics, Oslo (Norway); Neckelmann, Gesche [Haukeland University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Bergen (Norway); Johnsen, Lars G. [University Hospital of Trondheim, National Centre for Diseases of the Spine, Trondheim (Norway); University Hospital of Trondheim, Orthopaedic Department, Trondheim (Norway); Eide, Geir E. [Haukeland University Hospital, Centre for Clinical Research, Bergen (Norway); University of Bergen, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Bergen (Norway)

    2012-12-15

    To assess the reliability of change in lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings evaluated retrospectively by direct comparison of images and by non-comparison. Pre-treatment and 2-year follow-up MRI was performed in 126 patients randomized to disc prosthesis surgery or non-surgical treatment. Two experienced radiologists independently evaluated progress and regress for Modic changes, disc findings, and facet arthropathy (FA) at L3/L4, L4/L5, and L5/S1, both by non-comparison and by comparison of initial and follow-up images. FA was evaluated at all levels, and other findings at non-operated levels. We calculated prevalence- and bias-adjusted kappa (PABAK) values for interobserver agreement. The impact of an adjacent prosthesis (which causes artefacts) and image evaluation method on PABAK was assessed using generalized estimating equations. Image comparison indicated good interobserver agreement on progress and regress (PABAK 0.63-1.00) for Modic changes, posterior high-intensity zone, disc height, and disc contour at L3-S1 and for nucleus pulposus signal and FA at L3/L4; and moderate interobserver agreement (PABAK 0.46-0.59) on decreasing nucleus signal and increasing FA at L4-S1. Image comparison indicated lower (but fair) interobserver agreement (PABAK 0.29) only for increasing FA at L5/S1 in patients with prosthesis in L4/L5 and/or L5/S1. An adjacent prosthesis had no overall impact on PABAK values (p {>=} 0.22). Comparison yielded higher PABAK values than non-comparison (p < 0.001). Regarding changes in lumbar MRI findings over time, comparison of images can provide moderate or good interobserver agreement, and better agreement than non-comparison. An adjacent prosthesis may not reduce agreement on change for most findings. (orig.)

  12. Reliability of change in lumbar MRI findings over time in patients with and without disc prosthesis - comparing two different image evaluation methods

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    To assess the reliability of change in lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings evaluated retrospectively by direct comparison of images and by non-comparison. Pre-treatment and 2-year follow-up MRI was performed in 126 patients randomized to disc prosthesis surgery or non-surgical treatment. Two experienced radiologists independently evaluated progress and regress for Modic changes, disc findings, and facet arthropathy (FA) at L3/L4, L4/L5, and L5/S1, both by non-comparison and by comparison of initial and follow-up images. FA was evaluated at all levels, and other findings at non-operated levels. We calculated prevalence- and bias-adjusted kappa (PABAK) values for interobserver agreement. The impact of an adjacent prosthesis (which causes artefacts) and image evaluation method on PABAK was assessed using generalized estimating equations. Image comparison indicated good interobserver agreement on progress and regress (PABAK 0.63-1.00) for Modic changes, posterior high-intensity zone, disc height, and disc contour at L3-S1 and for nucleus pulposus signal and FA at L3/L4; and moderate interobserver agreement (PABAK 0.46-0.59) on decreasing nucleus signal and increasing FA at L4-S1. Image comparison indicated lower (but fair) interobserver agreement (PABAK 0.29) only for increasing FA at L5/S1 in patients with prosthesis in L4/L5 and/or L5/S1. An adjacent prosthesis had no overall impact on PABAK values (p ≥ 0.22). Comparison yielded higher PABAK values than non-comparison (p < 0.001). Regarding changes in lumbar MRI findings over time, comparison of images can provide moderate or good interobserver agreement, and better agreement than non-comparison. An adjacent prosthesis may not reduce agreement on change for most findings. (orig.)

  13. Estimation Of Young’s Modulus Of Elesticity By The Form Finding Of Grid Shell Structures By The Dynamic Relaxation Method

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    Grančičová Ivana

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper is basically focused on the process of form finding by the dynamic relaxation method (DRM with the aid of computational tools that enable us to make many calculations with different inputs. There are many important input values with a significant impact on the course of the calculations and the resulting displacement of a structure. One of these values is Young’s modulus of elasticity. This value has a considerable impact on the final displacement of a grid shell structure and the resulting internal forces.

  14. PERFORMANCE OF SELECTED AGGLOMERATIVE HIERARCHICAL CLUSTERING METHODS

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    Nusa Erman

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A broad variety of different methods of agglomerative hierarchical clustering brings along problems how to choose the most appropriate method for the given data. It is well known that some methods outperform others if the analysed data have a specific structure. In the presented study we have observed the behaviour of the centroid, the median (Gower median method, and the average method (unweighted pair-group method with arithmetic mean – UPGMA; average linkage between groups. We have compared them with mostly used methods of hierarchical clustering: the minimum (single linkage clustering, the maximum (complete linkage clustering, the Ward, and the McQuitty (groups method average, weighted pair-group method using arithmetic averages - WPGMA methods. We have applied the comparison of these methods on spherical, ellipsoid, umbrella-like, “core-and-sphere”, ring-like and intertwined three-dimensional data structures. To generate the data and execute the analysis, we have used R statistical software. Results show that all seven methods are successful in finding compact, ball-shaped or ellipsoid structures when they are enough separated. Conversely, all methods except the minimum perform poor on non-homogenous, irregular and elongated ones. Especially challenging is a circular double helix structure; it is being correctly revealed only by the minimum method. We can also confirm formerly published results of other simulation studies, which usually favour average method (besides Ward method in cases when data is assumed to be fairly compact and well separated.

  15. The two-phase method for finding a great number of eigenpairs of the symmetric or weakly non-symmetric large eigenvalue problems

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    Dul, F.A.; Arczewski, K. (Warsaw Univ. of Technology, Warsaw (Poland))

    1994-03-01

    Although it has been stated that [open quotes]an attempt to solve (very large problems) by subspace iterations seems futile[close quotes], we will show that the statement is not true, especially for extremely large eigenproblems. In this paper a new two-phase subspace iteration/Rayleigh quotient/conjugate gradient method for generalized, large, symmetric eigenproblems Ax = [lambda]Bx is presented. It has the ability of solving extremely large eigenproblems, N = 216,000, for example, and finding a large number of leftmost or rightmost eigenpairs, up to 1000 or more. Multiple eigenpairs, even those with multiplicity 100, can be easily found. The use of the proposed method for solving the big full eigenproblems (N [approximately] 10[sup 3]), as well as for large weakly non-symmetric eigenproblems, have been considered also. The proposed method is fully iterative; thus the factorization of matrices ins avoided. The key idea consists in joining two methods: subspace and Rayleigh quotient iterations. The systems of indefinite and almost singular linear equations (a - [sigma]B)x = By are solved by various iterative conjugate gradient method can be used without danger of breaking down due to its property that may be called [open quotes]self-correction towards the eigenvector,[close quotes] discovered recently by us. The use of various preconditioners (SSOR and IC) has also been considered. The main features of the proposed method have been analyzed in detail. Comparisons with other methods, such as, accelerated subspace iteration, Lanczos, Davidson, TLIME, TRACMN, and SRQMCG, are presented. The results of numerical tests for various physical problems (acoustic, vibrations of structures, quantum chemistry) are presented as well. 40 refs., 12 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. Estimation of the path-averaged wind velocity by cross-correlation of the received power and the shift of laser beam centroid

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    Marakasov, Dmitri A.; Tsvyk, Ruvim S.

    2015-11-01

    We consider the problem of estimation of the average wind speed on atmospheric path from measurements of time series of average power of the laser radiation detected through the receiving aperture and the position of the centroid of the image of the laser beam. It is shown that the mutual correlation function of these series has a maximum, whose position characterizes the average speed of the cross wind on the path. The dependence of the coordinates and magnitude of the maximum of the correlation function from the size of the receiving aperture and the distribution of turbulence along the atmospheric path.

  17. Oscar — Using Byte Pairs to Find File Type and Camera Make of Data Fragments

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    Karresand, Martin; Shahmehri, Nahid

    Mapping out the contents of fragmented storage media is hard if the file system has been corrupted, especially as the current forensic tools rely on meta information to do their job. If it was possible to find all fragments belonging to a certain file type, it would also be possible to recover a lost file. Such a tool could for example be used in the hunt for child pornography. The Oscar method identifies the file type of data fragments based solely on statistics calculated from their structure. The method does not need any meta data to work. We have previously used the byte frequency distribution and the rate of change between consecutive bytes as basis for the statistics, as well as calculating the 2-gram frequency distribution to create a model of different file types. This paper present a variant of the 2-gram method, in that it uses a dynamic smoothing factor. In this way we take the amount of data used to create the centroid into consideration. A previous experiment on file type identification is extended with .mp3 files reaching a detection rate of 76% with a false positives rate of 0.4%. We also use the method to identify the camera make used to capture a .jpg picture from a fragment of the picture. The result shows that we can clearly separate a picture fragment coming from a Fuji or Olympus cameras from a fragment of a picture of the other camera makes used in our test.

  18. Factors affecting uncertainty in lung nodule volume estimation with CT: comparisons of findings from two estimation methods in a phantom study

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    Li, Qin; Gavrielides, Marios A.; Zeng, Rongping; Myers, Kyle J.; Sahiner, Berkman; Petrick, Nicholas

    2015-03-01

    This work aimed to compare two different types of volume estimation methods (a model-based and a segmentationbased method) in terms of identifying factors affecting measurement uncertainty. Twenty-nine synthetic nodules with varying size, radiodensity, and shape were placed in an anthropomorphic thoracic phantom and scanned with a 16- detector row CT scanner. Ten repeat scans were acquired using three exposures and two slice collimations, and were reconstructed with varying slice thicknesses. Nodule volumes were estimated from the reconstructed data using a matched-filter and a segmentation approach. Log transformed volumes were used to obtain measurement error with truth obtained through micro-CT. ANOVA and multiple linear regression were applied to measurement error to identify significant factors affecting volume estimation for each method. Root mean square of measurement errors (RMSE) for meaningful subgroups, repeatability coefficients (RC) for different imaging protocols, and reproducibility coefficients (RDC) for thin and thick collimation conditions were evaluated. Results showed that for both methods, nodule size, shape and slice thickness were significant factors. Collimation was significant for the matched-filter method. RMSEs for matched-filter measurements were in general smaller than segmentation. To achieve RMSE on the order of 15% or less for {5, 8, 9, 10mm} nodules, the corresponding maximum allowable slice thicknesses were {3, 5, 5, 5mm} for the matched-filter and {0.8, 3, 3, 3mm} for the segmentation method. RCs showed similar patterns for both methods, increasing with slice thickness. For 8-10mm nodules, the measurements were highly repeatable provided the slice thickness was ≤3mm, regardless of method and across varying acquisition conditions. RDCs were lower for thin collimation than thick collimation protocols. While RDC of matched filter volume estimation results was always lower than segmentation results, for 8-10mm nodules with thin collimation protocols, the measurements for both approaches were highly reproducible (RDC on the order of 15% or less). These findings are valuable for validating lung nodule volume as a quantitative imaging biomarker.

  19. The impact of the in-orbit background and the X-ray source intensity on the centroiding accuracy of the Swift X-ray telescope

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    Ambrosi, R M; Hill, J; Cheruvu, C; Abbey, A F; Short, A D T

    2002-01-01

    The optical components of the Swift Gamma Ray Burst Explorer X-ray Telescope (XRT), consisting of the JET-X spare flight mirror and a charge coupled device of the type used in the EPIC program, were used in a re-calibration study carried out at the Panter facility, which is part of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. The objective of this study was to check the focal length and the off axis performance of the mirrors and to show that the half energy width (HEW) of the on-axis point spread function (PSF) was of the order of 16 arcsec at 1.5 keV (Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A 488 (2002) 543; SPIE 4140 (2000) 64) and that a centroiding accuracy better that 1 arcsec could be achieved within the 4 arcmin sampling area designated by the Burst Alert Telescope (Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A 488 (2002) 543). The centroiding accuracy of the Swift XRT's optical components was tested as a function of distance from the focus and off axis position of the PSF (Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A 488 (2002) 543). The presence ...

  20. CT findings of minimally invasive adenocarcinoma (MIA) of the lung and comparison of solid portion measurement methods at CT in 52 patients

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    Lee, Sang Min; Lee, Kyung Hee; Park, Chang Min [Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, and Institute of Radiation Medicine, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Goo, Jin Mo [Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, and Institute of Radiation Medicine, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Seoul National University College of Medicine, Cancer Research Institute, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Doo Hyun; Koh, Jaemoon [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-15

    We aimed to retrospectively investigate CT findings of minimally invasive adenocarcinoma (MIA) and to determine the appropriate method for measurement of solid portions in MIAs at CT. From May 2012 to April 2014, 55 pulmonary nodules in 52 patients were pathologically confirmed as MIAs and were included in this study. CT findings of MIAs and measurements of solid portions at CT were evaluated by two independent radiologists. Mean size of MIAs was 10.5 mm ± 4.8 (range, 4-28 mm). Fifty-two MIAs manifested as 28 pure ground glass nodules (GGNs) (53.8 % %), 22 part-solid GGNs (42.3 % %), and 2 two solid nodules (3.8 % %) at CT. Lobulated border, bubble lucency, and pleural retraction were frequently found in both observers (26.9-42.3 % %). Differences according to window settings between solid portion size and invasive component size were not significantly different in both observers (p > 0.05). As for interobserver agreement, 95 % CIs for solid portion size in the mediastinal window setting (-2.2 to 3.4; mean, 0.6) were slightly narrower than those in the lung window setting (-2.6 to 3.1; mean, 0.3). Nearly all MIAs appear as pure and part-solid GGNs. Mediastinal and lung window settings can be applied for measurement of solid portions at CT without a significant difference. (orig.)

  1. CT findings of minimally invasive adenocarcinoma (MIA) of the lung and comparison of solid portion measurement methods at CT in 52 patients

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    We aimed to retrospectively investigate CT findings of minimally invasive adenocarcinoma (MIA) and to determine the appropriate method for measurement of solid portions in MIAs at CT. From May 2012 to April 2014, 55 pulmonary nodules in 52 patients were pathologically confirmed as MIAs and were included in this study. CT findings of MIAs and measurements of solid portions at CT were evaluated by two independent radiologists. Mean size of MIAs was 10.5 mm ± 4.8 (range, 4-28 mm). Fifty-two MIAs manifested as 28 pure ground glass nodules (GGNs) (53.8 % %), 22 part-solid GGNs (42.3 % %), and 2 two solid nodules (3.8 % %) at CT. Lobulated border, bubble lucency, and pleural retraction were frequently found in both observers (26.9-42.3 % %). Differences according to window settings between solid portion size and invasive component size were not significantly different in both observers (p > 0.05). As for interobserver agreement, 95 % CIs for solid portion size in the mediastinal window setting (-2.2 to 3.4; mean, 0.6) were slightly narrower than those in the lung window setting (-2.6 to 3.1; mean, 0.3). Nearly all MIAs appear as pure and part-solid GGNs. Mediastinal and lung window settings can be applied for measurement of solid portions at CT without a significant difference. (orig.)

  2. A comprehensive method to find RPO trajectory and incentive scheme for promotion of renewable energy in India with study of impact of RPO on tariff

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    Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) regime in India started in 2011 with the announcement of benchmark RPO (BRPO) of states for the Financial Year (FY) 2011 by respective State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERC), to promote Renewable Energy (RE). The report submitted to Forum of Regulators (FoR) in this regard has recommended uniform rate of increase of BRPO of states and studied the impact of RPO on tariff for FY 20112015. However, more rigorous analysis is needed for fixing BRPO in a scientific manner and for fair allocation of incentives to promote RE. This paper attempts to evaluate all states on a common platform to find BRPO, giving due weightage to the state-wise energy demand and RE generation, ensuring minimum change in BRPO of consecutive years and hence less impact of RPO on tariff. To encourage the states to align their actual RPO with BRPO, a financial incentive scheme is proposed giving due weightage to RE consumption, RE capacity addition and RPO compliance of the states. The methods are illustrated for the Indian states using real system data. A study of RPO's impact on electricity tariff of Indian states is also conducted and reported for FY 20112015, considering Renewable Energy Certificate (REC). - Author-Highlights: Proposes a comprehensive method to find the BRPO of Indian states for promoting RE. Minimum change in BRPO of consecutive years hence less impact of RPO on tariff. Incentive scheme to encourage the states to align their actual RPO with BRPO. Study of impact of RPO on tariff of Indian states is conducted

  3. Subtropical Real Root Finding

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    Sturm, T.

    2015-01-01

    We describe a new incomplete but terminating method for real root finding for large multivariate polynomials. We take an abstract view of the polynomial as the set of exponent vectors associated with sign information on the coefficients. Then we employ linear programming to heuristically find roots. There is a specialized variant for roots with exclusively positive coordinates, which is of considerable interest for applications in chemistry and systems biology. An implementation of our method...

  4. New treatment method for developmental dysplasia of the hips after walking age. Arthroscopic reduction with limboplasty based on the findings of preoperative imaging

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    What makes treatment choice for developmental dysplasia of the hips diagnosed after walking age difficult is the poor understanding of prereduction conditions that obstruct the reduction in spatial terms. To evaluate these problems, we employed subtraction three-dimensional imaging to search for the factors involved in intraarticular obstruction. On the basis of the findings of preoperative subtraction three-dimensional imaging from computed tomography, we developed a new method, a minimum invasive arthroscopic reduction with limboplasty, for reduction of developmental dysplasia of the hips after walking age. The purposes of this report were to: describe the technique of the arthroscopic procedure, and evaluate our new method using radiographic parameters. Ten patients with ten hips with developmental dysplasia after walking age treated by arthroscopic reduction with limboplasty were included in this study. The mean age of the patients at reduction was 22.6 months (range, 18.6-29.7 months); mean age at follow up was 7.2 years (range, 3.9-10.9 years); and mean follow up was 5.4 years (range, 1.7-9.0 years). These ten hips were evaluated using radiographic measurements. Moderate or severe avascular necrosis of the femoral head was not observed. Two hips that had a spherical-shaped head with minimal residual height loss or coxa magna were classified as Kalamchi and MacEwen grade 1. Additional surgery had been performed for two hips classified as Severin group 4 during the course of follow up. These two hips were classified as Severin group 1 at final examination. One more hip was classified as Severin group 4 at final examination, and additional surgery was recommended. The remaining seven hips (70%) therefore obtained good evaluations by arthroscopic reduction with limboplasty alone. We developed a new reduction method by using an arthroscopic procedure for the reduction of developmental dysplasia of the hips after walking age when this dysplasia failed to be reduced with nonoperative methods. The result of our new method is acceptable because good evaluations were obtained in 70% of hips 5.4 years after reduction by our new method alone. (author)

  5. Main findings

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    Licensing regimes vary from country to country. When the license regime involves several regulators and several licenses, this may lead to complex situations. Identifying a leading organisation in charge of overall coordination including preparation of the licensing decision is a useful practice. Also, if a stepwise licensing process is implemented, it is important to fix in legislation decisions and/or time points and to identify the relevant actors. There is considerable experience in civil and mining engineering that can be applied when constructing a deep geological disposal facility. Specific challenges are, however, the minimization of disturbances to the host rock and the understanding of its long-term behavior. Construction activities may affect the geo-hydraulic and geochemical properties of the various system components which are important safety features of the repository system. Clearly defined technical specifications and an effective quality management plan are important in ensuring successful repository implementation which is consistent with safety requirements. Monitoring plan should also be defined in advance. The regulatory organization should prepare itself to the licensing review before construction by allocating sufficient resources. It should increase its competence, e.g., by interacting early with the implementer and through its own R and D. This will allow the regulator to define appropriate technical conditions associated to the construction license and to elaborate a relevant inspection plan of the construction work. After construction, obtaining the operational license is the most important and crucial step. Main challenges include (a) establishing sufficient confidence so that the methods for closing the individual disposal units comply with the safety objectives and (b) addressing the issue of ageing of materials during a 50-100 years operational period. This latter challenge is amplified when reversibility/retrievability is required. Managing concomitant construction of new galleries with continuing operation and/or closure in the existing galleries remains as another challenge. There is a need, during the project, to address targets very different in nature and which may potentially compete with each other. Alternative solutions are typically compared and evaluated with a view to lower potential impacts and risks to workers, people and the environment in the short and the long term to as low as reasonably practicable. This is often called 'radiological optimisation'. In repository development, the set of target functions can be much broader, blurring the meaning of 'optimisation'. The visibility and importance to optimisation for licensing varies from country to country, and it may take different names

  6. Novel Method of Detecting Movement of the Interference Fringes Using One-Dimensional PSD

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    Qi Wang; Ji Xia; Xu Liu; Yong Zhao

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a method of using a one-dimensional position-sensitive detector (PSD) by replacing charge-coupled device (CCD) to measure the movement of the interference fringes is presented first, and its feasibility is demonstrated through an experimental setup based on the principle of centroid detection. Firstly, the centroid position of the interference fringes in a fiber Mach-Zehnder (M-Z) interferometer is solved in theory, showing it has a higher resolution and sensitivity. Accordi...

  7. Combined radioimmunoassay of 17-alpha-hydroxyprogesterone and 11-desoxycortisol, and of dehydroepiandrosterone-sulphate: Methods and some novel clinical findings

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    The radioimmunoassay (RIA) methods for determining 17-alpha-hydroxyprogesterone (17HOP), 11-desoxycortisol (Cpd.-S), and dehydroepiandrosterone-sulphate, are reported. The plasma levels of these hormones were measured in a series of 15 diagnostic groups including adrenal diseases, fertility-related problems and human growth hormone (HGH) deficiency states. The relations of DHEA-S and growth hormone were studied in a group of children with growth retardation who presented an absent response to HGH stimulation tests. The DHEA-S level found in these patients was significantly lower than that of their age-matched controls. Furthermore, in an etiologically different entity, i.e. head-injury patients, similar findings were also made. In a single case with HGH deficiency due to antibodies against HGH, DHEA-S levels were not detectable. It is suggested that the determination of DHEA-S plasma levels can provide further insight into the classification of patients with fertility-related problems. Furthermore, it appears that DHEA-S can be taken as an indicator for the availability of bioactive human growth hormone. The various forms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) can be successfully screened and detected by the determination of the plasma levels of 17-alpha-hydroxyprogesterone (17HOP), of 11-desoxycortisol (Cpd.-S), and of dehydroepiandrosterone-sulphate (DHEA-S). These tests are also relevant in the investigation of patients with hirsutism, hyperandrogenism, and amenorrhea. RIA procedures for the measurement of these hormones are described and new clinical data on DHEA-S are presented in relation to fertility problems both in men and women, such as oligozoospermia, oligomenorrhea and aspermia and, in cases of human growth hormone (HGH), deficiency states such as retarded growth, head-injury patients and, in one case, HGH deficiency due to antibodies directed against HGH. The relations between normo- and hyperprolactinaemia and DHEA-S are also examined

  8. H.U.B city steps: methods and early findings from a community-based participatory research trial to reduce blood pressure among african americans

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    Molaison Elaine

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Community-based participatory research (CBPR has been recognized as an important approach to develop and execute health interventions among marginalized populations, and a key strategy to translate research into practice to help reduce health disparities. Despite growing interest in the CBPR approach, CBPR initiatives rarely use experimental or other rigorous research designs to evaluate health outcomes. This behavioral study describes the conceptual frameworks, methods, and early findings related to the reach, adoption, implementation, and effectiveness on primary blood pressure outcomes. Methods The CBPR, social support, and motivational interviewing frameworks are applied to test treatment effects of a two-phased CBPR walking intervention, including a 6-month active intervention quasi experimental phase and 12-month maintenance randomized controlled trial phase to test dose effects of motivational interviewing. A community advisory board helped develop and execute the culturally-appropriate intervention components which included social support walking groups led by peer coaches, pedometer diary self-monitoring, monthly diet and physical activity education sessions, and individualized motivational interviewing sessions. Although the study is on-going, three month data is available and reported. Analyses include descriptive statistics and paired t tests. Results Of 269 enrolled participants, most were African American (94% females (85% with a mean age of 43.8 (SD = 12.1 years. Across the 3 months, 90% of all possible pedometer diaries were submitted. Attendance at the monthly education sessions was approximately 33%. At the 3-month follow-up 227 (84% participants were retained. From baseline to 3-months, systolic BP [126.0 (SD = 19.1 to 120.3 (SD = 17.9 mmHg; p Conclusions This CBPR study highlights implementation factors and signifies the community's active participation in the development and execution of this study. Reach and representativeness of enrolled participants are discussed. Adherence to pedometer diary self-monitoring was better than education session participation. Significant decreases in the primary blood pressure outcomes demonstrate early effectiveness. Importantly, future analyses will evaluate long-term effectiveness of this CBPR behavioral intervention on health outcomes, and help inform the translational capabilities of CBPR efforts.

  9. Splitting Methods for Convex Clustering

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    Chi, Eric C.; Lange, Kenneth

    2013-01-01

    Clustering is a fundamental problem in many scientific applications. Standard methods such as $k$-means, Gaussian mixture models, and hierarchical clustering, however, are beset by local minima, which are sometimes drastically suboptimal. Recently introduced convex relaxations of $k$-means and hierarchical clustering shrink cluster centroids toward one another and ensure a unique global minimizer. In this work we present two splitting methods for solving the convex clustering problem. The fir...

  10. Methods of Pest Control and Direct Yield Loss Assessment of Country Bean (Dolichos lablab) at Farmer`s Field Condition: A Survey Finding

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    Ahmed, K. U.; Rahman, M. M.; M. Z. Alam; Ahmed, S.U.

    2004-01-01

    A survey on farmer`s pest control methods and direct yield loss assessment of country bean (Dolichos lablab) was done during September 2000 to February 2001 in North Edilpur and South Mohadebpur villages of Sitakundu under Chittagong district. Results revealed that farmers used Fanfan, Nogos, Ripcord, Malathion, Roxion and Sumithion as chemical methods and applying ash and handpicking of insect pests as non-chemical method to control insect pests. The frequency of insecticide application duri...

  11. Multiresponse optimisation on biodiesel obtained through a ternary mixture of vegetable oil and animal fat: Simplex-centroid mixture design application

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    Highlights: • Mixture experimental design was used which allowed evaluating various responses. • Predictive equation was presented that allows verifying the behavior of the mixtures. • The results depicted that the obtained biodiesel dispensed the use of any additives. - Abstract: The quality of biodiesel is a determining factor in its commercialisation, and parameters such as the Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP) and Induction Period (IP) determine its operability in engines on cold days and storage time, respectively. These factors are important in characterisation of the final product. A B100 biodiesel formulation was developed using a multiresponse optimisation, for which the CFPP and cost were minimised, and the IP and yield were maximised. The experiments were carried out according to a simplex-centroid mixture design using soybean oil, beef tallow, and poultry fat. The optimum formulation consisted of 50% soybean oil, 20% beef tallow, and 30% poultry fat and had CFPP values of 1.92 °C, raw material costs of US$ 903.87 ton−1, an IP of 8.28 h, and a yield of 95.68%. Validation was performed in triplicate and the t-test indicated that there were no difference between the estimated and experimental values for none of the dependent variables, thus indicating efficiency of the joint optimisation in the biodiesel production process that met the criteria for CFPP and IP, as well as high yield and low cost

  12. Radiological findings after gastrectomy

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    Riedl, P.; Polterauer, P.; Funovics, J.

    1980-06-01

    In 63 patients after total gastrectomy and reconstruction of the small bowel described by Beal-Longmire, Roux and Tomoda radiological findings were correlated with clinical symptoms. No correlation could be found between clinical symptoms of dumping and oesophagitis caused by reflux on one side and increased length of intestinal transit time, increased diameter of intestinal loops and gastro-oesophageal reflux on the other side. Enlarged blind loops after termino-lateral oesophago-jejunostomy and insufficient ligations (operation technique by Tomoda) were correlated with higher incidence of pains. Patients operated by the method of Beal-Longmire and Roux showed better results than those operated with the method of Tomoda.

  13. Assessment of prior learning in vocational education and training:findings from a study about methods for assessing prior learning in preparation for vocational Qualifications (VET)

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    Wahlgren, Bjarne; Aarkrog, Vibe

    2014-01-01

    The article deals about the results of a study of the assessment of prior learning among adult workers who want to obtain formal qualifications as skilled workers. The study contributes to developing methods for assessing prior learning including both the teachers’ ways of eliciting the students’ knowledge, skills and competences during the students’ performances and the methods that the teachers apply in order to assess the students’ prior learning in relation to the regulations of the curre...

  14. Matrix Organization and Merit Factor Evaluation as a Method to Address the Challenge of Finding a Polymer Material for Roll Coated Polymer Solar Cells

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    Bundgaard, Eva; Livi, Francesco; Hagemann, Ole; Carlé, Jon Eggert; Helgesen, Martin; Heckler, Ilona Maria; Zawacka, Natalia Klaudia; Angmo, Dechan; Larsen-Olsen, Thue Trofod; Benatto, Gisele Alves dos Reis; Roth, Bérenger; Madsen, Morten Vesterager; Andersson, Mats; Jørgensen, Mikkel; Søndergaard, Roar R.; Krebs, Frederik C

    2015-01-01

    silver comb back electrode structure. The matrix organization enables fast identification of active layer materials according to a weighted merit factor that includes more than simply the power conversion efficiency and is used as a method to identify the lead candidates. Based on several characteristics...

  15. Uni and multivariate methods applied to studies of phenotypic adaptability in maize (Zea mays L.)=Métodos uni e multivariados aplicados em estudos de adaptabilidade fenotípica em milho (Zea mays L.).

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    Antonio Carlos Gerage; Pedro Mário de Araújo; Deoclécio Domingos Garbuglio; Esmael Lopes dos Santos; Pedro Sentaro Shioga; Cássio Egidio Cavenaghi Prete

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of 15 maize cultivars in seven locations in Paraná State, Brazil. Towards this aim, grain yield trials were conducted during two crop seasons, and centroid (multivariate) and bissegmented regression (univariate) methods were used to evaluate possible divergences among results obtained. The genotypes were evaluated in randomized complete blocks with three replications. The centroid method was effective for indicating productive potent...

  16. Granulomatous mastitis: radiological findings

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    Purpose: To evaluate the radiological, ultrasonographic, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis. Material and Methods: Between April 2002 and June 2005, the mammography, ultrasound, color Doppler ultrasound, non enhanced MR, and dynamic MR findings of nine patients with the preliminary clinical diagnosis of malignancy and the final diagnosis of granulomatous mastitis were evaluated. Results: On mammography, asymmetrical focal densities with no distinct margins, ill-defined masses with spiculated contours, and bilateral multiple ill-defined nodules were seen. On ultrasound, in four patients a discrete, heterogenous hypoechoic mass, in two patients multiple abscesses, in one patient bilateral multiple central hypo peripheral hyperechoic lesions, in two patients heterogeneous hypo- and hyperechoic areas together with parenchymal distortion, and in one patient irregular hypoechoic masses with tubular extensions and abscess cavities were seen. Five of the lesions were vascular on color Doppler ultrasound. On MR mammography, the most frequent finding was focal or diffuse asymmetrical signal intensity changes that were hypointense on T1W images and hyperintense on T2W images, without significant mass effect. Nodular lesions were also seen. On dynamic contrast-enhanced mammography, mass-like enhancement, ring-like enhancement, and nodular enhancement were seen. The time-intensity curves differed from patient to patient and from lesion to lesion. Conclusion: The imaging findings of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis have a wide spectrum, and they are inconclusive for differentiating malignant and benign lesions

  17. Granulomatous mastitis: radiological findings

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    Ozturk, M.; Mavili, E.; Kahriman, G.; Akcan, A.C.; Ozturk, F. [Depts. of Radiology, Surgery, and Pathology, Erciyes Univ. Medical Faculty, Kayseri (Turkey)

    2007-02-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the radiological, ultrasonographic, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis. Material and Methods: Between April 2002 and June 2005, the mammography, ultrasound, color Doppler ultrasound, non enhanced MR, and dynamic MR findings of nine patients with the preliminary clinical diagnosis of malignancy and the final diagnosis of granulomatous mastitis were evaluated. Results: On mammography, asymmetrical focal densities with no distinct margins, ill-defined masses with spiculated contours, and bilateral multiple ill-defined nodules were seen. On ultrasound, in four patients a discrete, heterogenous hypoechoic mass, in two patients multiple abscesses, in one patient bilateral multiple central hypo peripheral hyperechoic lesions, in two patients heterogeneous hypo- and hyperechoic areas together with parenchymal distortion, and in one patient irregular hypoechoic masses with tubular extensions and abscess cavities were seen. Five of the lesions were vascular on color Doppler ultrasound. On MR mammography, the most frequent finding was focal or diffuse asymmetrical signal intensity changes that were hypointense on T1W images and hyperintense on T2W images, without significant mass effect. Nodular lesions were also seen. On dynamic contrast-enhanced mammography, mass-like enhancement, ring-like enhancement, and nodular enhancement were seen. The time-intensity curves differed from patient to patient and from lesion to lesion. Conclusion: The imaging findings of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis have a wide spectrum, and they are inconclusive for differentiating malignant and benign lesions.

  18. How possible is the development of an operational psychometric method to assess the presence of the 5-HTTLPR s allele? Equivocal preliminary findings

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    Laszik Andras; Rihmer Zoltan; Fountoulakis Konstantinos N; Gonda Xenia; Akiskal Hagop S; Bagdy Gyorgy

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Objective The s allele of the 5-hydroxytryptamine transporter-linked promoter region (5-HTTLPR) polymorphism of the serotonin transporter gene has been found to be associated with neuroticism-related traits, affective temperaments and response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) treatment. The aim of the current study was to develop a psychometric tool that could at least partially substitute for laboratory testing and could predict the presence of the s allele. Methods ...

  19. Finding of experience of the use of computer-integrated forms and methods of teaching in the process of preparation of future teachers of initial school

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Theoretically grounded and experimentally examined that one of the trends of future teachers training for the integrated activity is gaining experience in using the integrated organization forms of learning. It is realized in the process of specially organized student's learning and during their pedagogical practice. It was promoted by conducting the special course The integrated forms of learning organization in primary school with the use of interactive forms and methods of learning, fulfilling the aimed tasks while passing pedagogical practice.

  20. Methods of Pest Control and Direct Yield Loss Assessment of Country Bean (Dolichos lablab at Farmer`s Field Condition: A Survey Finding

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    K.U. Ahmed

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A survey on farmer`s pest control methods and direct yield loss assessment of country bean (Dolichos lablab was done during September 2000 to February 2001 in North Edilpur and South Mohadebpur villages of Sitakundu under Chittagong district. Results revealed that farmers used Fanfan, Nogos, Ripcord, Malathion, Roxion and Sumithion as chemical methods and applying ash and handpicking of insect pests as non-chemical method to control insect pests. The frequency of insecticide application during flowering stage to harvest was 9 to 15 with waiting period of only 3 to 20 days and 6 to 12 with waiting period of 3 to 25 days in North Edilpur and South Mohadebpur, respectively. The pod infestation by pod borer and aphids varied from 2.29 to 5.12% and from 2.83 to7.16% in North Edilpur and South Mohadebpur, respectively. Insect pests thus caused direct yield loss of 60.38-200.69 kg ha-1 in North Edilpur and 92.63-345.80 kg ha-1 in South Mohadebpur.

  1. Tarsal coalitions: CT findings

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    Purpose: To show the CT findings and the accuracy in determining the presence of osseous or figrocartilaginous tarsal coalitions. Materials and Methods: Ten CT scans performed between 5/00 and 6/01 with the diagnosis of tarsal coalitions were evaluated. The CT scans were done with a helical scanner and a multislice one, with 1 mm collimation thickness and were evaluated in the axial, coronal and sagittal plane with MPR reconstructions. Results: We identified 6 osseous coalitions, 2 cuboid-first cuneiform and 4 talocalcaneal ones and 10 fibrocartilaginous coalitions, 4 talocalcaneal and 6 calcaneonavicular ones. Conclusion: CT determines the presence of osseous bridges or the degenerative or bone deformities associated to the diagnosis of fibrocartilaginous coalitions. In complex cases, the use of MPR reconstructions helps to find the ideal plane to establish the diagnosis. Talocalcaneal coalition is best diagnosed by coronal MPR reconstruction. (author)

  2. MANAGEMENT CONTROL SYSTEM AND THE CASE OF CSR IN THE TUNISIAN INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES: WHAT FINDINGS BY THE METHOD OF STRUCTURAL EQUATION?

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    Hichem Dkhili

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to the behavior of management control; it is providing a model to the behavior of integration of social responsibility in the management control tools. This model was validated with 306 Tunisian companies in the industrial sector. Through a questionnaire, the data collected are processed using exploratory and confirmatory analysis by the methods of structural equations. The results revealed that the management control system in industrial Tunisia is facing economic responsibility. This is in response to emerging pressures of uncertainty related to the environment, and in enrolling a strategy of domination by cost. In addition, the management control system is designed as a guidance tool actions and behaviors.

  3. Methodical particularities of study speakers of accumulation and a finding out Cs-137 in the organism of rats and in their experiments at oral arrival in the organism from radioactive-polluted mushrooms

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    In the given article happen to methodical particularities of study speakers of contents Cs 137 in the organism of rats, which use real doses radionuclide in the natural provender (mushrooms) and were researched mechanisms of accumulation and a finding out Cs 137. (authors)

  4. Servicemembers and veterans with major traumatic limb loss from Vietnam war and OIF/OEF conflicts: Survey methods, participants, and summary findings

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    Charles Maynard, PhD

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Care of veterans and servicemembers with major traumatic limb loss from combat theaters is one of the highest priorities of the Department of Veteran Affairs. We achieved a 62% response rate in our Survey for Prosthetic Use from 298 Vietnam war veterans and 283 servicemembers/veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF who sustained major traumatic limb loss. Participants reported their combat injuries; health status; quality of life; and prosthetic device use, function, rejection, and satisfaction. Despite the serious injuries experienced, health status was rated excellent, very good, or good by 70.7% of Vietnam war and 85.5% of OIF/OEF survey participants. However, many health issues persist for Vietnam war and OIF/OEF survey participants(respectively: phantom limb pain (72.2%/76.0%, chronic back pain (36.2%/42.1%, residual-limb pain (48.3%/62.9%, prosthesis-related skin problems (51.0%/58.0%, hearingloss (47.0%/47.0%, traumatic brain injury (3.4%/33.9%, depression (24.5%/24.0%, and posttraumatic stress disorder (37.6%/58.7%. Prosthetic devices are currently used by 78.2% of Vietnam war and 90.5% of OIF/OEF survey participants to improve function and mobility. On average, the annual rate for prosthetic device receipt is 10.7-fold higher for OIF/OEF than for Vietnam war survey participants. Findings from this cross-conflict survey identify many strengths in prosthetic rehabilitationfor those with limb loss and several areas for future attention.

  5. Gradenigo's syndrome: imaging findings

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    The Gradenigo's syndrome is characterized by unilateral palsy of the abducens nerve (6th cranial nerve), retrorbirtary deep pain and otitis. Objective: present the imaging studies of a patient with the disease. Methods: a patient with Gradeningo's syndrome studied with, images of magnetic resonance and computerized tomography with imaging findings like alteration of the intensity of signal of the left petrous apex, occupation by inflammatory material of the mastoid cavities and bony litic injury at level of petrous apex, classically described. Conclusion: the imaging studies (IRM and CT) are of special aid in the detection of the clinical Gradenigo's syndrome as well as in the control of their evolution

  6. Form finding and analysis of extensible membranes attached to 2-D and 3-D frames intended for micro air vehicles via experimentally validated finite element methods

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    Abudaram, Yaakov Jack

    This work is concerned with a new method to apply consistent and known pretension to silicone rubber membranes intended for micro air vehicles as well as an understanding in the science of developed pre-tension in membranes constrained by 2- D and 3-D frames and structures. Pre-tension has a marked effect on the static and dynamic response of membrane wings and controls the overall deflections, as such control and measurement of the membrane pre-tension is important. Two different 2-D frame geometries were fabricated to evaluate the technique. For open-cell frames, the pretension was not uniform, whereas it was for closed-cell frames. Results show developed full-field stress and strain fields as a function of membrane attachment temperature and frame geometry along with experimental iterations to prove repeatability. The membranes can be stretched to a specific pretension according to the temperature at which it adheres to frames. Strain fields in membranes attached to 3-D frames at various temperatures are modeled through FEA utilizing Abaqus to be able to predict the developed membrane deformations, stresses, and strains. Rigid frames with various curvatures are built via appropriate molds and then adhered to silicone rubber membranes and elevated to various temperatures to achieve different pre-strains for experimental validation. Additional experiments are conducted for more complex frame geometries involving both convex and concave topologies embedded within frames. Results are then compared with the Abaqus outputs to validate the accuracy of the FEA model. Highly compliant wings have been used for MAV platforms, where the wing structure is determined by some combination of carbon fiber composites and a membrane skin, adhered in between the layers of composite material. Another new technique of attaching membranes firmly on wing structures is introduced, which involves the application of a technology known as corona treatment coupled with another method of tensioning silicone membranes on any given frame geometry. Corona treatment provided a means of increasing adhesion of silicone on carbon fiber through the use of a high-frequency high-voltage air plasma discharge. The silicone membrane is co-cured with carbon fiber under vacuum pressure at an elevated temperature. After cool down, the membrane is tensioned.

  7. How possible is the development of an operational psychometric method to assess the presence of the 5-HTTLPR s allele? Equivocal preliminary findings

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    Laszik Andras

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective The s allele of the 5-hydroxytryptamine transporter-linked promoter region (5-HTTLPR polymorphism of the serotonin transporter gene has been found to be associated with neuroticism-related traits, affective temperaments and response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI treatment. The aim of the current study was to develop a psychometric tool that could at least partially substitute for laboratory testing and could predict the presence of the s allele. Methods The study included 138 women of Caucasian origin, mean 32.20 ± 1.02 years old. All subjects completed the Hungarian standardised version of the Temperament Evaluation of the Memphis, Pisa, Paris, and San Diego Autoquestionnaire (TEMPS-A instrument and were genotyped for 5-HTTLPR using PCR. The statistical analysis included the calculation of the Index of Discrimination (D, Discriminant Function Analysis, creation of scales on the basis of the above and then item analysis and calculation of sensitivity and specificity. Results Four indices were eventually developed, but their psychometric properties were relatively poor and their joint application did not improve the outcome. Conclusions We could not create a scale that predicts the 5-HTTLPR genotype with sufficient sensitivity and specificity, therefore we could not substitute a psychometric scale for laboratory genetic testing in predicting genotype, and also possibly affective disorder characterisation and treatment.

  8. Two methods to estimate the position resolution for straw chambers with strip readouts

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    The centroid and charge-ratio methods are used to investigate the position resolutions of a new kind of gas detector: A straw chamber with a strip readout. The methods are simple and give the same resolution. The charge-ratio method is not sensitive to the pedestal subtraction and cross talks between the strips. (orig.)

  9. Asking about Sex in General Health Surveys: Comparing the Methods and Findings of the 2010 Health Survey for England with Those of the Third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

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    Prah, P.; Johnson, AM; Nardone, A.; Clifton, S.; Mindell, JS; Copas, AJ; Robinson, C.; Craig, R.; Woodhall, SC; Macdowall, W; Fuller, E; Erens, B.; Sonnenberg, P.; Wellings, K; Mercer, CH

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Including questions about sexual health in the annual Health Survey for England (HSE) provides opportunities for regular measurement of key public health indicators, augmenting Britain's decennial National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal). However, contextual and methodological differences may limit comparability of the findings. We examine the extent of these differences between HSE 2010 and Natsal-3 and investigate their impact on parameter estimates. Methods Co...

  10. Radiological findings in angiofibroma

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    Surgery after pre-operative embolization has become the main treatment modality in angiofibroma therapy. As surgical planning is based on precise pre-operative tumour evaluation, knowledge of the characteristic growth patterns is of great interest. Analysis of tumour extension and blood supply, as well as methods of controlling intra-operative bleeding, help in determining the appropriate surgical approach. Though benign, angiofibroma demonstrates a locally aggressive nature. This fibrovascular tumour is characterised by typical radiological findings and by predictable growth patterns. The tumour extension and blood supply can be accurately determined by CT, MR imaging and angiography. With classic radiological findings, no pre-operative biopsy is necessary in most angiofibromas. Advances in radiological imaging have contributed to improved surgical planning and tumour resection. The surgeon is able to select the least traumatic approach with secure haemostatic control, which is also critical for avoiding the disturbance of facial skeletal growth in this group of young patients. Embolization, pre-operative autologous donation and the cell saver system for immediate retransfusion of the collected blood after filtration, are important tools for dealing with blood loss in angiofibroma surgery as they minimize homologous blood transfusion

  11. Abdominal aspergillosis: CT findings

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    Yeom, Suk Keu, E-mail: pagoda20@hanmail.net [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hye Jin, E-mail: kimhyejin@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of); Byun, Jae Ho, E-mail: jhbyun@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ah Young, E-mail: aykim@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Moon-Gyu, E-mail: mglee@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of); Ha, Hyun Kwon, E-mail: hkha@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-03-15

    Objective: In order to retrospectively evaluate the CT findings of abdominal aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients. Materials and methods: CT scans were reviewed with regard to the sites, number, morphologic appearance, attenuation, and the contrast enhancement patterns of the lesions in six patients (5 women, 1 man; mean age, 43.4 years; range, 23-59 years) with pathologically proved abdominal aspergillosis by two gastrointestinal radiologists in consensus. Medical records were also reviewed to determine each patient's clinical status and outcome. Results: All patients were immunocompromised state: 4 patients received immunosuppressive therapy for solid organ transplantation and 2 patients received chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. Aspergillosis involved blood vessels (n = 3), liver (n = 2), spleen (n = 2), gastrointestinal tract (n = 2), native kidney (n = 1), transplanted kidney (n = 1), peritoneum (n = 1), and retroperitoneum (n = 1). CT demonstrated solid organ or bowel infarction or perforation secondary to vascular thrombosis or pseudoaneurysm, multiple low-attenuating lesions of solid organs presenting as abscesses, concentric bowel wall thickening mimicking typhlitis, or diffuse or nodular infiltration of the peritoneum and retroperitoneum. Conclusion: Familiarity with findings commonly presenting as angioinvasive features or abscesses on CT, may facilitate the diagnosis of rare and fatal abdominal aspergillosis.

  12. Radiological findings in angiofibroma

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    Schick, B. [Univ. of Marburg (Germany). Dept. of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases; Kahle, G. [Univ. of Marburg, (Germany). Inst.of Radiology

    2000-11-01

    Surgery after pre-operative embolization has become the main treatment modality in angiofibroma therapy. As surgical planning is based on precise pre-operative tumour evaluation, knowledge of the characteristic growth patterns is of great interest. Analysis of tumour extension and blood supply, as well as methods of controlling intra-operative bleeding, help in determining the appropriate surgical approach. Though benign, angiofibroma demonstrates a locally aggressive nature. This fibrovascular tumour is characterised by typical radiological findings and by predictable growth patterns. The tumour extension and blood supply can be accurately determined by CT, MR imaging and angiography. With classic radiological findings, no pre-operative biopsy is necessary in most angiofibromas. Advances in radiological imaging have contributed to improved surgical planning and tumour resection. The surgeon is able to select the least traumatic approach with secure haemostatic control, which is also critical for avoiding the disturbance of facial skeletal growth in this group of young patients. Embolization, pre-operative autologous donation and the cell saver system for immediate retransfusion of the collected blood after filtration, are important tools for dealing with blood loss in angiofibroma surgery as they minimize homologous blood transfusion.

  13. Abdominal aspergillosis: CT findings

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    Objective: In order to retrospectively evaluate the CT findings of abdominal aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients. Materials and methods: CT scans were reviewed with regard to the sites, number, morphologic appearance, attenuation, and the contrast enhancement patterns of the lesions in six patients (5 women, 1 man; mean age, 43.4 years; range, 23-59 years) with pathologically proved abdominal aspergillosis by two gastrointestinal radiologists in consensus. Medical records were also reviewed to determine each patient's clinical status and outcome. Results: All patients were immunocompromised state: 4 patients received immunosuppressive therapy for solid organ transplantation and 2 patients received chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. Aspergillosis involved blood vessels (n = 3), liver (n = 2), spleen (n = 2), gastrointestinal tract (n = 2), native kidney (n = 1), transplanted kidney (n = 1), peritoneum (n = 1), and retroperitoneum (n = 1). CT demonstrated solid organ or bowel infarction or perforation secondary to vascular thrombosis or pseudoaneurysm, multiple low-attenuating lesions of solid organs presenting as abscesses, concentric bowel wall thickening mimicking typhlitis, or diffuse or nodular infiltration of the peritoneum and retroperitoneum. Conclusion: Familiarity with findings commonly presenting as angioinvasive features or abscesses on CT, may facilitate the diagnosis of rare and fatal abdominal aspergillosis.

  14. Glossopharyngeal neuralgia: MR findings

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    Objective: To investigate the possibility of MRI on visualizing the relationship between glossopharyngeal nerve and surrounding vessels, and to evaluate the significance of MRI in the diagnosis and treatment of glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Methods: MRI findings were analyzed retrospectively in 12 patients with glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and were compared with surgical findings and effect of pain relief. Results: The artery compression or contact of the glossopharyngeal entry zone, as revealed during operation in 10 patients with glossopharyngeal neuralgia, was visualized on MRI in 9 and not seen in 1. The venous compression of the glossopharyngeal entry zone was not identified on MRI in 1. The conglutinative arachnoids of the glossopharyngeal entry, zone was not visualized on MRI in 1. MRI demonstrated the affected glossopharyngeal nerve root entry zone was compressed or contacted by the posterior inferior cerebellar artery. (PICA) in 8 patients and by the vertebral artery in 1 patient. One patient's offending vessel was confirmed to be the anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) by the operation, and the surgical findings were corresponded with MRI in others. Vascular compression or' contact of the affected glossopharyngeal nerve was not visualized on MRI in 3 patients, and operation confirmed that the glossopharyngeal nerve root entry zone was compressed by unknown artery in 1, by small vein in 1, and by conglutinative arachnoids in 1, respectively. Eight patients presented with symptoms of the ipsilateral trigeminal neuralgia concurrently. The compression of the affected trigeminal nerve root by superior cerebellar artery (SCA) was visualized on MRI in 6 patients, and operation did not reveal the source of artery compression in 1 and corresponded with MRI findings in other 5 cases. Vascular compression of affected trigeminal nerve was not visualized on MRI in 2 patients, and intraoperative inspection revealed that trigeminal nerve root was compressed by draining vein of brainstem in 1 and not compressed by any vessels in 1. All patient's neuralgia resolved alter microvascular decompression of glossopharyngeal nerve and trigeminal nerve. Conclusion: It is possible to visualize the glossopharyngeal and surrounding arteries on MRI, and it is of great significance in the diagnosis and treatment of this kind of glossopharyngeal neuralgia. (authors)

  15. Finding Cryptography in Object Code

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    Jason L. Wright

    2008-10-01

    Finding and identifying Cryptography is a growing concern in the malware analysis community. In this paper, a heuristic method for determining the likelihood that a given function contains a cryptographic algorithm is discussed and the results of applying this method in various environments is shown. The algorithm is based on frequency analysis of opcodes that make up each function within a binary.

  16. A Two-Stage Method for Scientific Papers Analysis

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    Damien Hanyurwimfura

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available A considerable amount of research is being conducted by many people (researchers, graduate students, professors etc everyday. Finding information about aspecific topic is one of the most time consuming activities of those people. People doing research have to search, read and analyze multiple research papers, e-books and other documents and then determine what they contain and discover knowledge from them. Many available resources are in the form of unstructured text format of long text pages which require long time to read and analyze. In this paper we propose a two-stage method for scientific paper analysis. The method uses information extraction to extract the main idea key sentences (mainly needed by the most readers from the paper and the extracted paper’s information is then organized in a structured format and grouped in different clusters according to their topics using a multi-word based clustering method. The proposed method combines different features in paper’s topics extraction and uses multi-word matching feature in selection of initial centroids for clustering. The proposed method can help readers to access and analyze multiple research papers documents timely and efficiently. Conducted experiments show the effectiveness and usefulness of our proposed approach.

  17. Find din stemme

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    Hansen, Jette Barnholdt

    Anmeldelse af Dorte Kock og Lene Kleinschmidts: Find din stemme. En brugsbog.Hans Reitzels Forlag 2010.......Anmeldelse af Dorte Kock og Lene Kleinschmidts: Find din stemme. En brugsbog.Hans Reitzels Forlag 2010....

  18. Finding beam focus errors automatically

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    An automated method for finding beam focus errors using an optimization program called COMFORT-PLUS. The steps involved in finding the correction factors using COMFORT-PLUS has been used to find the beam focus errors for two damping rings at the SLAC Linear Collider. The program is to be used as an off-line program to analyze actual measured data for any SLC system. A limitation on the application of this procedure is found to be that it depends on the magnitude of the machine errors. Another is that the program is not totally automated since the user must decide a priori where to look for errors

  19. Characterization of uncertainty in the classification of multivariate assays: application to PAM50 centroid-based genomic predictors for breast cancer treatment plans

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    Ebbert Mark TW

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Multivariate assays (MVAs for assisting clinical decisions are becoming commonly available, but due to complexity, are often considered a high-risk approach. A key concern is that uncertainty on the assay's final results is not well understood. This study focuses on developing a process to characterize error introduced in the MVA's results from the intrinsic error in the laboratory process: sample preparation and measurement of the contributing factors, such as gene expression. Methods Using the PAM50 Breast Cancer Intrinsic Classifier, we show how to characterize error within an MVA, and how these errors may affect results reported to clinicians. First we estimated the error distribution for measured factors within the PAM50 assay by performing repeated measures on four archetypal samples representative of the major breast cancer tumor subtypes. Then, using the error distributions and the original archetypal sample data, we used Monte Carlo simulations to generate a sufficient number of simulated samples. The effect of these errors on the PAM50 tumor subtype classification was estimated by measuring subtype reproducibility after classifying all simulated samples. Subtype reproducibility was measured as the percentage of simulated samples classified identically to the parent sample. The simulation was thereafter repeated on a large, independent data set of samples from the GEICAM 9906 clinical trial. Simulated samples from the GEICAM sample set were used to explore a more realistic scenario where, unlike archetypal samples, many samples are not easily classified. Results All simulated samples derived from the archetypal samples were classified identically to the parent sample. Subtypes for simulated samples from the GEICAM set were also highly reproducible, but there were a non-negligible number of samples that exhibit significant variability in their classification. Conclusions We have developed a general methodology to estimate the effects of intrinsic errors within MVAs. We have applied the method to the PAM50 assay, showing that the PAM50 results are resilient to intrinsic errors within the assay, but also finding that in non-archetypal samples, experimental errors can lead to quite different classification of a tumor. Finally we propose a way to provide the uncertainty information in a usable way for clinicians.

  20. Thoracic textilomas: CT findings

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    Objective: the aim of this study was to analyze chest CT scans of patients with thoracic textiloma. Methods: this was a retrospective study of 16 patients (11 men and 5 women) with surgically confirmed thoracic textiloma. The chest CT scans of those patients were evaluated by two independent observers, and discordant results were resolved by consensus. Results: the majority (62.5%) of the textilomas were caused by previous heart surgery. The most common symptoms were chest pain (in 68.75%) and cough (in 56.25%). In all cases, the main tomographic finding was a mass with regular contours and borders that were well-defined or partially defined. Half of the textilomas occurred in the right hemithorax and half occurred in the left. The majority (56.25%) were located in the lower third of the lung. The diameter of the mass was ≤ 10 cm in 10 cases (62.5%) and > 10 cm in the remaining 6 cases (37.5%). Most (81.25%) of the textilomas were heterogeneous in density, with signs of calcification, gas, radiopaque marker, or sponge-like material. Peripheral expansion of the mass was observed in 12 (92.3%) of the 13 patients in whom a contrast agent was used. Intraoperatively, pleural involvement was observed in 14 cases (87.5%) and pericardial involvement was observed in 2 (12.5%). Conclusions: it is important to recognize the main tomographic aspects of thoracic textilomas in order to include this possibility in the differential diagnosis of chest pain and cough in patients with a history of heart or thoracic surgery, thus promoting the early identification and treatment of this postoperative complication. (author)

  1. Thoracic textilomas: CT findings

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    Machado, Dianne Melo; Zanetti, Glaucia; Araujo Neto, Cesar Augusto; Nobre, Luiz Felipe; Meirelles, Gustavo de Souza Portes; Silva, Jorge Luiz Pereira e; Guimaraes, Marcos Duarte; Escuissato, Dante Luiz; Souza Junior, Arthur Soares; Hochhegger, Bruno; Marchiori, Edson, E-mail: edmarchiori@gmail.com [Hospital Universitario Antonio Pedro (HUAP/UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)

    2014-09-15

    Objective: the aim of this study was to analyze chest CT scans of patients with thoracic textiloma. Methods: this was a retrospective study of 16 patients (11 men and 5 women) with surgically confirmed thoracic textiloma. The chest CT scans of those patients were evaluated by two independent observers, and discordant results were resolved by consensus. Results: the majority (62.5%) of the textilomas were caused by previous heart surgery. The most common symptoms were chest pain (in 68.75%) and cough (in 56.25%). In all cases, the main tomographic finding was a mass with regular contours and borders that were well-defined or partially defined. Half of the textilomas occurred in the right hemithorax and half occurred in the left. The majority (56.25%) were located in the lower third of the lung. The diameter of the mass was ≤ 10 cm in 10 cases (62.5%) and > 10 cm in the remaining 6 cases (37.5%). Most (81.25%) of the textilomas were heterogeneous in density, with signs of calcification, gas, radiopaque marker, or sponge-like material. Peripheral expansion of the mass was observed in 12 (92.3%) of the 13 patients in whom a contrast agent was used. Intraoperatively, pleural involvement was observed in 14 cases (87.5%) and pericardial involvement was observed in 2 (12.5%). Conclusions: it is important to recognize the main tomographic aspects of thoracic textilomas in order to include this possibility in the differential diagnosis of chest pain and cough in patients with a history of heart or thoracic surgery, thus promoting the early identification and treatment of this postoperative complication. (author)

  2. Finding solution by Tabu search

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    Ratanamanee, W.

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the method of finding the solution by Tabu search is addressed. Tabu search is one of the local search heuristics, which has been applied extensively in operations research works. In this paper, the basic concepts of the Tabu search heuristic and some examples of applying this search technique in operations research problems are presented.

  3. Radiological findings in pulmonary sequestration

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    Pulmonary sequestration is a rare congenital disorder, the clinical diagnosis of which is difficult and requires the aid of imaging methods. We present our experience in 5 patients with pulmonary sequestration (4 intralobar and 1 extralobar) confirmed by pathology. We assess the radiological findings using the different imaging techniques. (Author) 16 refs

  4. MEMS AO for Planet Finding

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    Rao, Shanti; Wallace, J. Kent; Shao, Mike; Schmidtlin, Edouard; Levine, B. Martin; Samuele, Rocco; Lane, Benjamin; Chakrabarti, Supriya; Cook, Timothy; Hicks, Brian; Jung, Paul

    2008-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews a method for planet finding using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) Adaptive Optics (AO). The use of a deformable mirror (DM) is described as a part of the instrument that was designed with a nulling interferometer. The strategy that is used is described in detail.

  5. Fact Finding Nuclear Energy; Fact Finding Kernenergie

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    Scheepers, M.J.J.; Seebregts, A.J.; Lako, P. [ECN-Beleidsstudies, Petten (Netherlands); Blom, F.J.; Van Gemert, F. [Sociaal-Economische Raad SER, Den Haag (Netherlands)

    2007-09-15

    Facts and figures on nuclear energy are presented to enable a discussion on the role of nuclear power in the transition to a sustainable energy supply for the Netherlands. The following issues are presented: Nuclear technology, safety and security (including non-proliferation and protection against terrorism); Environmental aspects (including greenhouse gas emissions of the nuclear energy lifecycle); Nuclear power and the power market (including impact of nuclear power on electricity market prices); Economic aspects (including costs of nuclear power and external costs and benefits); Policy issues (including sustainable development); Social acceptance of nuclear energy; Knowledge infrastructure for nuclear energy in the Netherlands; and Nuclear power in long term energy scenarios for the Netherlands and Europe. Using two long-term energy scenarios the report also presents a social impact analysis of an increasing share of nuclear power in the Dutch electricity supply. [Dutch] In dit onderzoek zijn feiten en gegevens over kernenergie verzameld op basis van bestaande inzichten en een veelheid aan literatuur (fact finding). Voor technologische expertise heeft ECN zich laten bijstaan door de Nucleair Research and consultancy Group (NRG). Op basis van de fact-finding studie bereidt de SER een advies voor over de rol van kernenergie in de toekomstige nationale elektriciteitsproductie. In de eerste acht hoofdstukken worden feiten en gegevens gepresenteerd over verschillende onderwerpen die bij kernenergie van belang zijn. In Hoofdstuk 2 wordt de kernenergietechnologie beschreven, inclusiefde veiligheid van kernenergie besproken, omdat die nauw met de technologie samenhangt. Hierbij gaat het om de technische veiligheid van de installaties, maar ook om beveiliging tegen misbruik van technologie en nucleair materiaal, waaronder beveiliging tegen terrorisme. De milieuaspecten door radioactiviteit en door emissies van kooldioxide die met het gebruik van kernenergie samenhangen worden in Hoofdstuk 3 besproken. In hoofdstuk 4 wordt eerst uitgelegd hoe de elektriciteitsprijs in een geliberaliseerde elektriciteitsmarkt tot stand komt en wordt nagegaan of uitbreiding van het productievermogen met kernenergie daar invloed op zou kunnen hebben. Ook wordt de concurrentie met andere elektriciteitsproductietechnologieen besproken. Verder komen mededingingsaspecten aan de orde en inpassing in het Nederlandse elektriciteitssysteem. In Hoofdstuk 5 wordt een overzicht gegeven van kosteninformatie over kernenergie. Daarnaast wordt de economische rentabiliteit van kernenergie besproken, evenals externe kosten en baten. In Hoofdstuk 6 wordt eerst ingegaan op de vraag aan welke voorwaarden kernenergie moet voldoen om een rol te kunnen spelen in (een overgangsfase naar) een duurzame energievoorziening. Hierna wordt de rol van de overheid besproken bij het maken van keuzes over voorwaarden van kernenergie en het vertalen daarvan in wet- en regelgeving. Ook wordt een overzicht gegeven van het kernenergiebeleid in een aantal andere Europese landen. Hoofdstuk 7 gaat over maatschappelijke acceptatie en bespreekt hoe risicoperceptie van kernenergie wordt onderzocht. Daarnaast worden resultaten gepresenteerd van onderzoek naar opvattingen en meningen van de bevolking over kernenergie. In Hoofdstuk 8 wordt de Nederlandse kennisinfrastructuur op het gebied van kernenergie beschreven, alsmede de nucleaire kennis bij de overheid en de toekomstige kennisinfrastructuur. Hoofdstuk 9 geeft een overzicht van verschillende Nederlandse en Europese lange termijn toekomstscenario's voor de elektriciteitsvoorziening en de rol die kernenergie daarin kan spelen. Om een beeld te kunnen geven van mogelijke maatschappelijke gevolgen van uitbreiding van kernenergie in Nederland, is een maatschappelijke impact analyse uitgevoerd. Een dergelijke analyse beschrijft op systematische wijze de mogelijke economische en sociale effecten van een nieuwe kerncentrale en de effecten op het milieu. De resultaten van deze analyse worden beschreven in Hoofdstuk 10. Bij de analyse is gebru

  6. Radiologic findings of anthracofibrosis

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    To evaluate the CT findings of bronchial anthracofibrosis. Fourteen patients with bronchoscopically confirmed anthracofibrosis were involved in this study. CT findings (n=3D12) were retrospectively analysed; the pattern, distri-bution and extent of bronchial and parenchymal abnormalities and additional findings such as mediastinal lymphadenopathy and pleural effusion were assessed. Age, sex, and occupational and disease history were history were also reviewed. Patients were aged between 63 and 95 (mean, 71.3) years, and ten were female. Only one patient had an occupational history, but four had a history of pulmonary tuberculosis. Frequent radiologic findings were bronchial wall thickening(n=3D6), atelectasis(n=3D8), mediastinal lymphad-enopathy(n=3D7) and mass(n=3D4). Other accompanying findings were bronchial wall calcification(n=3D3), consolidation(n=3D2) and pleural effusion(n=3D2). Right upper (n=3D7) and right middle lobe(n=3D7) were the most commonly involved sites, and multifocal involvement (n=3D7) was frequent. Bronchial wall thickening, atelectasis and mediastinal lymphadenopathy were characteristic CT findings of anthracofibrosis. When such findings are noted in older or aged female patients, anthracofibrosis should be included in the differential diagnosis

  7. Finding the Needles in the Haystacks: Feasibility of Exomoon Detection and Spectral Recovery

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    Jansen, Tiffany C.; Roberge, Aki; Agol, Eric; Stark, Chris; Robinson, Tyler; Haystacks Team

    2016-01-01

    Although nearly two thousand exoplanets have been discovered and confirmed to date, exomoons have yet to be detected orbiting these planets. The detection of an exomoon would give insight into planetary formation and possibly increase the habitable real estate in a planetary system. Current telescopes are not capable of spatially resolving an exoplanet and its exomoon, or of separating the two blended spectra in a combined light measurement. However, previous work has shown that there is a wavelength dependent photometric centroid shift between a planet and its moon due to the weighted nature of the center of light (Agol et al. 2015). This spectroastrometric shift is highest in bands where the planet is dim and the moon is relatively bright, which can happen if it differs compositionally from its planet.As part of the "Finding the Needles in the Haystacks" project, we generated a realistic spatial / spectral model of an Earth-like exomoon orbiting a warm Jupiter in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star, including plausible exozodiacal dust structure. Preliminary results show that the presence of an Earth-like exomoon can produce centroid shifts greater than a milliarcsecond at some wavelengths, enabling the detection of the Earth-like exomoon even in the presence of dust. However, extracting the spectrum of the Earth-like exomoon proved challenging, even when employing a simple telescope simulation devoid of coronagraphic effects, and further work will be needed to determine if it is possible even with 12-meter-class space telescopes.

  8. An Optimized Hybrid Approach for Path Finding

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    Ansari, Ahlam; Sayyed, Mohd Amin; Ratlamwala, Khatija; Shaikh, Parvin

    2015-01-01

    Path finding algorithm addresses problem of finding shortest path from source to destination avoiding obstacles. There exist various search algorithms namely A*, Dijkstra's and ant colony optimization. Unlike most path finding algorithms which require destination co-ordinates to compute path, the proposed algorithm comprises of a new method which finds path using backtracking without requiring destination co-ordinates. Moreover, in existing path finding algorithm, the number of iterations req...

  9. Finding Activities You Enjoy

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    ... choose physical activities that match your interests! Love music? Take dancing lessons. Sign up for an aerobics ... and flexibility. The variety helps keep things interesting! Download the Tip Sheet Finding Activities You Enjoy (PDF, ...

  10. Dermoscopic findings in cicatricial alopecia

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Dermoscopy is an important tool for the diagnosis of pigmented skin lesions. Newly, this method has also been used in the diagnosis and follow-up hair and scalp disorders. Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate dermoscopic findings in a sample of patients with clinical and histopathological compatible with cicatricial alopecia. Methods: Twenty nine patients with cicatricial alopecia diagnosed by clinical and histological findings were examined by dermoscopy.. Results: Dermoscopic features evaluated included folliculitis decalvans (n=8, pseudopelade of Brocq (n=7, lichen planopilaris (n=6, discoid lupus erythematosus (n=2, dissecting cellulitis (n=1, and secondary cicatricial alopecia (n=5. Visualization of structures previously examined with naked eye were seen in great detail with dermoscopy. The loss of follicular orifices was seen in all patients with cicatricial alopecia. Perifollicular scaling, arborizing red lines, honeycomb pigment pattern, white dots and tufted hairs were the other most obvious findings. Conclusion: Use of dermoscopy in the clinical evaluation of cicatrical alopecia improves diagnostic capability beyond simple clinic inspection, but larger studies correlating dermoscopic findings with histopathology exams are needed to improve understanding of this method.

  11. Radiologic findings of emphysematous pyelonephritis

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    Emphysematous pyelonephritis is a rare, life threatening infection of kidney and the perinephric space, characterized by the production of gas within the renal parenchyma. The aim of this study is to analyze the clinical and radiologic characteristics of emphysematous pyelonephritis. We reviewed 7 cases of the emphysematous pyelonephritis. Six patients had plain abdominal radiographs, ultrasonograms and abdominal CT scans. Only one patient had plain radiograph and ultrasonogram. In 5 operated cases, CT findings were compared with surgical records. Plain radiographs showed characteristic diffuse mottling of gas in renal fossa. On sonogram, intrarenal gas was identified as echogenic foci with dirty shadows. CT scan showed inflammatory mass with gas and fluid levels in adjacent to the kidney. CT findings corresponded relatively wall with the surgical findings in regard to disease extent. Intrarenal gas in appropriate clinical setting is highly specific for emphysematous pyelonephritis. CT is the most sensitive method for demonstrating the disease extent as well as specific diagnosis

  12. An actuator extension transformation for a motion simulator and an inverse transformation applying Newton-Raphson's method

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    Dieudonne, J. E.

    1972-01-01

    A set of equations which transform position and angular orientation of the centroid of the payload platform of a six-degree-of-freedom motion simulator into extensions of the simulator's actuators has been derived and is based on a geometrical representation of the system. An iterative scheme, Newton-Raphson's method, has been successfully used in a real time environment in the calculation of the position and angular orientation of the centroid of the payload platform when the magnitude of the actuator extensions is known. Sufficient accuracy is obtained by using only one Newton-Raphson iteration per integration step of the real time environment.

  13. Antrochoanal polyp: CT findings

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    Juhng, Seon Kwan; Lee, Kyoung Soo; Kim, Chang Guhn; Won, Jong Jin; Jang, Chul Ho [Wonkwang University School of Medicine, Iksan (Korea, Republic of)

    1992-07-15

    An antrochoanal polyp is a solitary polypoid mass that arises from the maxillary sinus, and protrudes through the natural ostium into the middle meatus, and reaches the choana. The polyp does not differ histologically from an ordinary nasal polyp, which is composed of edematous, hyperplastic submucosal connective tissue stroma, and is relatively hypocellular. In this sequence of events, its computed tomographic(CT) findings are characteristic. We retrospectively analyzed CT studies of nine cases, all of which showed similar CT findings: a solitary, homogeneous, hypodense mass without bony destruction that extends from the maxillary sinus through the widened ostium into choana.

  14. Antrochoanal polyp: CT findings

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    An antrochoanal polyp is a solitary polypoid mass that arises from the maxillary sinus, and protrudes through the natural ostium into the middle meatus, and reaches the choana. The polyp does not differ histologically from an ordinary nasal polyp, which is composed of edematous, hyperplastic submucosal connective tissue stroma, and is relatively hypocellular. In this sequence of events, its computed tomographic(CT) findings are characteristic. We retrospectively analyzed CT studies of nine cases, all of which showed similar CT findings: a solitary, homogeneous, hypodense mass without bony destruction that extends from the maxillary sinus through the widened ostium into choana

  15. Finding optimal exact reducts

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    AbouEisha, Hassan M.

    2014-01-01

    The problem of attribute reduction is an important problem related to feature selection and knowledge discovery. The problem of finding reducts with minimum cardinality is NP-hard. This paper suggests a new algorithm for finding exact reducts with minimum cardinality. This algorithm transforms the initial table to a decision table of a special kind, apply a set of simplification steps to this table, and use a dynamic programming algorithm to finish the construction of an optimal reduct. I present results of computer experiments for a collection of decision tables from UCIML Repository. For many of the experimented tables, the simplification steps solved the problem.

  16. Intrathoracic gossypiboma: imaging findings

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    The authors report three cases of intrathoracic foreign body that is defined as a cotton matrix mass, mostly retained surgical sponge, a rare complication of a thoracic surgery. The patients were evaluated by chest radiography and computed tomography with the imaging findings confirmed after thoracotomy and anatomopathological study. The mainly imaging findings consisted of intrathoracic masses in patients with previous thoracic surgery that return to hospital with lower respiratory tract symptoms in different period after surgery procedure. The three cases were related with a brief review of the literature. (author)

  17. Videonystagmographic Finding in Meniere's Patients

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Back ground and Objective: Vertigo is the most common complaints of patients who refer to physician and menier's disease is one of the most common causes of it. Diagnose of menier's disease depend on clinical finding. Vestibular tests are affect the treatment method and prognosis of disease, to differentiate it from other causes of vertigo as well. In this study we performed evaluation and analysis of videonystagmoghrapy (VNG finding in menier's disease.Subjects and Methods: Total 61 patients with menier’s disease referred to ENT outpatient department of Imam Khomeini and Apadana Hospitals were evaluated with VNG and Sacade, Smooth pursuit, Optokinetic, Positional and caloric tests. SPSS 16 software for data analysis was used.Results: Directional preponderance was found in 11.44%, unilateral weakness in 39.33% and Latency of sacad in 42.6% with abnormal results.Conclusion: There was no significant correlation between severity of vertigo, severity of hearing loss, duration of Disease and videonysta- gmography finding. Unilateral weakness was most important finding in this study. Sci Med J 2011; 10(3:289-293

  18. Neuroimaging findings in movement disorders

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    Full text: Neuroimaging methods are of great importance for the differential diagnostic delimitation of movement disorders associated with structural damage (neoplasms, ischemic lesions, neuroinfections) from those associated with specific pathophysiological mechanisms (dysmetabolic disorders, neurotransmitter disorders). Learning objective: Presentation of typical imaging findings contributing to nosological differentiation in groups of movement disorders with similar clinical signs. In this presentation are discussed neuroimaging findings in Parkinson‘s disease, atypical parkinsonian syndromes (multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration), parkinsonism in genetically mediated diseases (Wilson’s disease, pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration – PKAN), vascular parkinsonism, hyperkinetic movement disorders (palatal tremor, Huntington‘s chorea, symptomatic chorea in ischemic stroke and diabetes, rubral tremor, ballismus, hemifacial spasm). Contemporary neuroimaging methods enable support for diagnostic and differential diagnostic precision of a number of hypo- and hyperkinetic movement disorders, which is essential for neurological clinical practice

  19. CT findings of necrotizing jejunitis

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    Kim, Pyo Nyun; Lee, Kyung Soo; Bae, Won Kyung; Kim, Il Young; Lee, Byoung Ho [College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang Univ., Chunan (Korea, Republic of)

    1990-07-15

    Necrotizing enterocolitis, which is localized only in the jejunum, is very rare and this entity cannot be found in the English medical literature. We report the computed tomographic(CT) findings of necrotizing jejunitis in a 45-year-old man, which showed ring like and mottled air shadows between the contrast filled bowel lumen and its wall, dirty mesenteric fat and prominent mesenteric vascular enhancement. We regard CT is a useful diagnostic method of necrotizing jejunitis.

  20. Organizing pneumonia: chest HRCT findings*

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    Faria, Igor Murad; Zanetti, Gláucia; Barreto, Miriam Menna; Rodrigues, Rosana Souza; Araujo-Neto, Cesar Augusto; Jorge Luiz Pereira e Silva; Escuissato, Dante Luiz; Souza, Arthur Soares; Irion, Klaus Loureiro; Mançano, Alexandre Dias; Nobre, Luiz Felipe; Hochhegger, Bruno; Edson MARCHIORI

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    OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of HRCT findings and their distribution in the lung parenchyma of patients with organizing pneumonia. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of the HRCT scans of 36 adult patients (26 females and 10 males) with biopsy-proven organizing pneumonia. The patients were between 19 and 82 years of age (mean age, 56.2 years). The HRCT images were evaluated by two independent observers, discordant interpretations being resolved by consensus. RESULTS: The most co...

  1. Primary cerebral lymphoma: radiological findings

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    We present four cases of primary cerebral lymphoma in non-immunodepressed adult patients. All cases were dsemonstrated with pathological study. CAT study showed solitary or multiple isodense lesions, which incorporated avidly and homoneneously the contrast. Arteriography performed in three patients and magnetic resonance, performed in one did not help for diagnosis. We also review the radiological findings obtained with different imaging methods, and suggest the criteria which could be useful for early diagnosis (Author)

  2. Finding Distinct Subpalindromes Online

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    Kosolobov, Dmitry; Rubinchik, Mikhail; Arseny M. Shur

    2013-01-01

    We exhibit an online algorithm finding all distinct palindromes inside a given string in time $\\Theta(n\\log|\\Sigma|)$ over an ordered alphabet and in time $\\Theta(n|\\Sigma|)$ over an unordered alphabet. Using a reduction from a dictionary-like data structure, we prove the optimality of this algorithm in the comparison-based computation model.

  3. Helium leak finding plant

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    The invention concerns a helium leak finding plant with a mass spectrometer cell on the suction side of a molecular pump and a mechanical pre-pump, where a test sample or a test sensor is connected between the two pumps. The mechanical pre-pump consists of three successive stages. (orig./HP)

  4. Finding Dental Care

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    ... Search Text size: Website Contents NIDCR Home Oral Health Diseases and Conditions Gum Disease TMJ Disorders Oral Cancer Dry Mouth Burning Mouth Tooth Decay See All Oral Complications of Systemic ... You may also be able to find care at federally-funded health centers, where you pay what you can afford, ...

  5. Vertebral sarcoidosis: imaging findings

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    Poyanli, A.; Sencer, S.; Acunas, B. [Dept. of Radiology, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul (Turkey); Poyanli, O.; Akan, K. [Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Goeztepe SSK Educational Hospital, Istanbul (Turkey); Sayrak, H. [Department of Pathology, Goeztepe SSK Educational Hospital, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2000-01-01

    Sarcoidosis is a multisystemic disease of unknown aetiology characterised by noncaseating granulomatous inflammation with varying presentation and prognosis. Osseous disease reported in 1-13 % of cases commonly involves hands and feet; however, vertebral sarcoidosis is rare. This report describes the radiologic, CT, MRI and radionuclide imaging findings of vertebral involvement of a case with sarcoidosis. (orig.)

  6. Poland's syndrome: radiologic findings

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    Poland's syndrome is a rare non-inherited congenital anomaly. The authors describe the classic radiologic findings of Poland's syndrome by reporting the case of a male four-year old patient with asymmetry of hands and chest, illustrating the fundamental imaging criteria for a conclusive diagnosis. (author)

  7. Tooth Tutoring: The Findings.

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    Cone, Richard; And Others

    Findings are reported on a three year cross-age tutoring program in which undergraduate dental hygiene students and college students from other disciplines trained upper elementary students to tutor younger students in the techniques of dental hygiene. Data includes pre-post scores on the Oral Hygiene Index of plaque for both experimental and…

  8. Finding Initial Parameters of Neural Network for Data Clustering

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available K-means fast learning artificial neural network (K-FLANN algorithm begins with the initialization oftwoparameters vigilance and tolerance which are the key to get optimal clustering outcome. The optimizationtask is to change these parameters so a desired mapping between inputs and outputs (clusters of the K-FLANN is achieved. This study presents finding thebehavioral parameters of K-FLANN that yield goodclustering performance using an optimization methodknown as Differential Evolution. DE algorithm is asimple efficient meta-heuristic for global optimization over continuous spaces. The K-FLANN algorithmismodified to select winning neuron (centroid for adata member in order to improve the matching rate frominput to output. The experiments were performed toevaluate the proposed work using machine learningartificial data sets for classification problems and synthetic data sets. The simulation results haverevealedthat optimization of K-FLANN has given quite promising results in terms of convergence rate and accuracywhen compared with other algorithms. Also the comparisons are made between K-FLANN and modified K-FLANN.

  9. Gallstone ileus: CT findings

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    Delabrousse, E.; Bartholomot, B.; Sohm, O.; Kastler, B. [Dept. of Radiology A, CHU Jean Minjoz, University of Besancon (France); Wallerand, H. [Dept. of Surgery, CHU Jean Minjoz, University of Besancon (France)

    2000-06-01

    Gallstone ileus is a rare complication of recurrent gallstone cholecystitis. The classic radiographic triad of small bowel obstruction, pneumobilia and ectopic gallstone on abdominal plain radiograph is described with CT imaging. Because of the better resolution of CT compared with abdominal radiography and its recent accession to emergency use, radiologists should be aware of CT findings of gallstone ileus. We report a case in which gallstone ileus was initially diagnosed by CT. (orig.)

  10. BIOMOD - preliminary findings

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    Certain preliminary findings on the workings of the biosphere code BIOMOD are presented. These are intended as the basis for technical discussions relating to the development of BIOMOD1. Discussion is restricted to observations on the relationships between user-defined input and i) relative significance of different pathways for activity transfer to man, ii) total activity consumption by man, and iii) activity released to dose conversion factors to be used in SYVAC. (author)

  11. Heterotopic pregnancy: Sonographic findings

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    To evaluate the sonographic findings of the heterotopic pregnancy which is increasing recently. Thirty-nine cases of heterotopic pregnancy after ovulation induction and IVF-ET (In Vitro Fertilization-Embryo Transfer) during the recent 3 years were analyzed. They were diagnosed by ultrasonography and proved surgically afterwards. Sonographic findings were analyzed focusing on gestational week of intrauterine pregnancy and location of ectopic pregnancy. In particular, adnexal mass was evaluated with regard to size and the characteristic findings such as ectopic gestational sac (echogenic ring). Also, overian cyst and fluid collection in cul-de-sac space were reviewed carefully. Heterotopic pregnancy was proved surgically by salpingectomy in 33 cases and by resection of cornus in six cases. Sonographic diagnosis using transvaginal ultrasound was made from five weeks to nine weeks two days (six weeks and four days in average) from last menstral period in all 39 cases. Ectopic pregnancy was identified in ampullary part in 29 cases, in the isthmic portion of tube in four cases and in the cornus of uterus in six cases. The intrauterine pregnancy was diagnosed by identifying the intrauterine gestational saccontaining a yolk sac in seven cases and the embryo with fetal heart beat in the remaining 32 cases. Adnexal masses of heterotopic pregnancy were less than 3 cm in diameter in 2 cases (57%), 3-4 cm in 11 cases (28%) and more than 4 cm in 6 cases (15%). A characteristic finding of ectopic mass was echogenic ring which was visible in 33 (84.6%) cases by transvaginal ultrasound. Six cases had pelvic hematosalpinx and two had pelvic hematoma. Of 10 cases (26%) which were identified to have ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, eight (21%) had large amount of fluid collection in cul-de-sac and abdomen. Ultrasonographic identification of the intrauterine pregnancy and the ectopic chorion ring is effective for the early diagnosis of the heterotopic pregnancy.

  12. Imaging findings of tarsal chondroblastoma

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    Objective: To analysis the imaging features of the chondroblastoma in the tarsal bone. Methods: The locations of 134 cases of pathologically confirmed chondroblastoma were retrospectively analyzed. Eleven of them were in tarsal bones and their X-ray and CT findings were analyzed. Results: Of the 11 cases of tarsal chondroblastoma, 6 were in talus, 3 were in calcaneus and 2 cases were in navicular bones. They were examined by the X-ray and 5 cases had additional CT scans. The common locations were the posterior portion of the talus and calcaneus. The X-ray findings included expansive destruction (10/11), mild osteosclerosis (11/11), bone ridge (9/11), articular facet destruction (7/11) and spot or patching calcification (6/11). The imaging findings of CT included articular facets destruction (5/5), bone ridge (5/5) and spot or patching calcification (2/5). Conclusion: The talus and the calcaneus are the frequently involved location of tarsal chondroblastoma. Its X-ray and CT findings are characteristic but not exclusive. (authors)

  13. Radiological findings in NAO syndrome

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    Al-Otaibi, Leftan; Hugosson, Claes O. [Department of Radiology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Al-Mayouf, Sulalman M.; Majeed, Mahmoud; Al-Eid, Wea' am; Bahabri, Sultan [Department of Paediatrics, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    2002-07-01

    Background: Diseases exhibiting osteolysis in children are rare hereditary conditions. Several types have been recognised with different clinical manifestations. One type includes subcutaneous nodules, arthropathy and osteolysis and has been termed NAO syndrome. Previous radiological reports have described the affected bones, usually the carpal and tarsal regions, but a detailed analysis of the radiological findings of both the axial as well as the appendicular skeleton has not been reported. Objectives: To describe the radiological findings in a large group of children with an autosomal recessive disease characterized by nodules, familial arthropathy and osteolysis. Materials and methods: The study comprises 14 patients from 9 families and all patients had the triad of nodulosis, arthropathy and osteolysis (NAO). Results: The most common radiological manifestations were osteopenia, undertubulation of long bones, arthritic changes, sclerotic sutures of the calvaria, osteolysis and muscle contractures. Other common findings were squared vertebrae, broad medial clavicles and brachycephaly. Progress of disease was documented in more than half of the patients. Conclusions: Our study is the first report of the detailed radiological findings of NAO syndrome. In NAO syndrome, both the axial and appendicular skeleton are involved (orig.)

  14. MR findings of ulegyria

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    Magnetic resonance (MR) findings of the brains diagnosed to have ulegyria were reviewed. The reviewed subjects comprised six epileptic children, ranged from 2 to 16 years of age. All patients had convulsion of tonic-clonic type of various severity and had histories of ischemic-hypoxic or hypoglycemic episode in the perinatal or postnatal period. T1-weighted images demonstrated the findings precisely reflecting the salient macroscopic features of ulegyria; localized atrophy of the brain with mushroom-shaped cortical gyri with narrow roots and relatively spared wider crowns. T2-weighted images showed the areas of hyperintensity in the subcortical and deep white matter subjacent to the atrophic cortex, suggestive of cicatrical gliosis as well as cystic degeneration. The atrophic gyri were seen in the anterior and/or posterior parasagittal arterial border zones bilaterally with minimal asymmetry. Although these findings were nearly pathognomonic to ulegyria, polymicrogyria could mimic it since both are characterized by abnormally diminutive cortical gyri seen in epileptic children. In polymicrogyria, however, affected gyri are uniformly diminutive and not mushroom-shaped, the cortex is rather thickened than atrophic, the underlying white matter shows no focal hyperintensity, subcortical cystic changes are not present, and affected cortex is not restricted to arterial border zones. Even in one of our cases with extensive ulegyria, it was easy to differentiate it from polymicrogyria since parasagittal regions were most severely affected. Although the previous reports on ulegyria have been exclusively based on postmortem pathological examinations or experimental models, its easy recognition on MRI would contribute to further understanding of its clinical significance and mechanisms. (author)

  15. Sialoblastoma: MRI findings

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    Yekeler, Ensar; Dursun, Memduh; Ucar, Adem; Genchellac, Hakan; Acunas, Gulden [Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Istanbul (Turkey); Gun, Feryal; Kilincaslan, Huseyin [Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Paediatric Surgery, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2004-12-01

    Sialoblastoma is a rare, aggressive and potentially malignant salivary gland tumour diagnosed in the neonatal period. A total of 28 cases have been reported in the literature, but reports of the imaging findings are limited. We describe a neonate with a right parotid sialoblastoma. MRI showed a large facial mass, which was mostly hypointense to the brain on T1-weighted images and mildly hyperintense on T2-weighted images. There were foci of haemorrhage and necrosis. Heterogeneous and weak contrast enhancement was detected on contrast-enhanced images. The tumour invaded the maxilla and adjacent muscles. (orig.)

  16. Finding things out

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    Arthur, Rhona; McCullough, Sheila

    2007-01-01

    Packed with useful information and adviceCovers modern and traditional routes to accessing informationHelps you evaluate the reliability of sourcesHandy checklists at the end of each section summarize the key points Finding Things Out offers solutions to anyone who has ever had trouble tracking down essential information. It describes the techniques that will lead to a successful outcome and covers the full range of resources available, including the World Wide Web, libraries and public record offices. It is a boon to students and researchers needing to trac

  17. Cannabinoid findings in children hair - what do they really tell us? An assessment in the light of three different analytical methods with focus on interpretation of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A concentrations.

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    Moosmann, Bjoern; Roth, Nadine; Hastedt, Martin; Jacobsen-Bauer, Andrea; Pragst, Fritz; Auwärter, Volker

    2015-05-01

    Hair analysis for drugs and drugs of abuse is increasingly applied in child protection cases. To determine the potential risk to a child living in a household where drugs are consumed, not only can the hair of the parents be analyzed but also the hair of the child. In the case of hair analysis for cannabinoids, the differentiation between external contamination and systemic uptake is particularly difficult, since the drug is quite often handled extensively prior to consumption (e.g. when preparing a joint) and smoke causes a further risk for an external contamination. Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A (THCA-A), the non-psychoactive biogenetic precursor of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is a suitable marker for external contamination since it is not incorporated into the hair matrix through the bloodstream in relevant amounts. In the presented study, hair samples from 41 children, 4 teenagers, and 34 drug-consuming parents were analyzed for THCA-A, THC and cannabinol (CBN) applying methanolic extraction and a fully validated liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method (Method 1). For comparison, a part of the samples was also analyzed applying alkaline hydrolysis followed by liquid/liquid extraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-M)S (Method 2), or by headspace-solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC-MS) (Method 3). Furthermore, 458 seized marihuana samples and 180 seized hashish samples were analyzed for the same cannabinoids by gas-chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID). In all but one of the hair samples, the concentration of THCA-A was higher than the concentration of THC and in 14 cases no THC could be detected despite the presence of THCA-A, suggesting that in almost all cases a significant external contamination had occurred. Within-family comparison showed a higher THCA-A/THC ratio in hair of children than of their consuming caregivers. Mean and median of this ratio of all hair samples (6.7 and 4.2) were between those of marihuana (11.0 and 8.3) and hashish (2.8 and 2.1) with a large variation in all samples. Comparison of the Methods 1 to 3 showed clearly that the choice of the analytical procedure has a strong influence on the quantitative results, mainly because of decarboxylation of THCA-A during hair hydrolysis by NaOH and other analytical steps, which lead to artifactually elevated THC concentrations. In conclusion, these findings suggest that the major part of the cannabinoids detected in the hair samples from children arose from an external contamination through 'passive' transfer by e.g. contaminated hands or surfaces and not from inhalation or deposition of side stream smoke. PMID:25069954

  18. Renal dysplasia: US findings

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    Renal dysplasia is a congenital anomaly with abnormal development of nephrotic and ductal structure and untreatable disease with absent renal function. To determine whether any consistent sonographic patterns exists,the sonograms of 27 pediatric patients with mastocytosis despotically kidney were reviewed. The diagnosis was proved by pathology in 16 cases and other radiologic imaging in 11 cases. In the classical multicystic despotically kidney(pelvoinfundibular atresia type, 10 cases), there were typical findings, such as absent communication between peripherally located variable sized cysts and presence of the largest cyst away from the renal hilum. One case was associated contralateral renal hydronephrosis. There cases were hydro nephrotic type which had medial location of the largest cyst with non communicating peripheral cysts. Segmental dysplasia with double collecting system and ureterocele (5 cases) and dysplasia due to parasite urethral valve (2 cases) showed hydronephrosis without identifiable peripheral cysts. Among the hypoplastic dysplastic kidney (7 cases) including ectopic kidneys (3cases), corticomedullary differentiation were hard to be identified in 2 cases. In conclusion, diagnosis of the renal dysplasia can be obtained by US only or US with other functional studies such as radionuclide scan(99mTc-DMSA or renogram) and IVP. US detection of renal dysplasia is easy, and US findings provide valuable information in the subsequent management

  19. Renal dysplasia: US findings

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    Ha, Doo Hoe; Oh, Ki Keun; Jung, Woo Hee; Yoon, Choon Sik; Ahn, Chang Soo; Kim, Myung Joon [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    Renal dysplasia is a congenital anomaly with abnormal development of nephrotic and ductal structure and untreatable disease with absent renal function. To determine whether any consistent sonographic patterns exists,the sonograms of 27 pediatric patients with mastocytosis despotically kidney were reviewed. The diagnosis was proved by pathology in 16 cases and other radiologic imaging in 11 cases. In the classical multicystic despotically kidney(pelvoinfundibular atresia type, 10 cases), there were typical findings, such as absent communication between peripherally located variable sized cysts and presence of the largest cyst away from the renal hilum. One case was associated contralateral renal hydronephrosis. There cases were hydro nephrotic type which had medial location of the largest cyst with non communicating peripheral cysts. Segmental dysplasia with double collecting system and ureterocele (5 cases) and dysplasia due to parasite urethral valve (2 cases) showed hydronephrosis without identifiable peripheral cysts. Among the hypoplastic dysplastic kidney (7 cases) including ectopic kidneys (3cases), corticomedullary differentiation were hard to be identified in 2 cases. In conclusion, diagnosis of the renal dysplasia can be obtained by US only or US with other functional studies such as radionuclide scan(99mTc-DMSA or renogram) and IVP. US detection of renal dysplasia is easy, and US findings provide valuable information in the subsequent management

  20. Climate change: Recent findings

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    In the late eighties several reports have been published on climate change and sea level rise. In the meantime insights may have changed due to the availability of better and more observations and/or more advanced climate models. The aim of this report is to present the most recent findings with respect to climate change, in particular of sea level rise, storm surges and river peak flows. These climate factors are important for the safety of low-lying areas with respect to coastal erosion and flooding. In the first chapters a short review is presented of a few of the eighties reports. Furthermore, the predictions by state of the art climate models at that time are given. The reports from the eighties should be considered as 'old' information, whereas the IPCC supplement and work, for example, by Wigley should be considered as new information. To assess the latest findings two experts in this field were interviewed: dr J. Oerlemans and dr C.J.E. Schuurmans, a climate expert from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). Their views are presented together with results published in recent papers on the subject. On the basis of this assessment, the report presents current knowledge regarding predictions of climate change (including sea-level rise) over the next century, together with an assessment of the uncertainties associated with these predictions. 14 figs., 11 tabs., 24 refs

  1. Learning as way-finding

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    This paper is based on case study findings from studying undergraduate students’ perceptions of their navigation in a blended learning environment where different learning spaces are offered. In this paper learning is regarded as a multi-level and multi complex concept. In this regard the concept...... assumptions, is based on the findings from research of the implementation of blended learning in two undergraduate programmes at University College North in Denmark. The data collection methods is based on eighteen focus-group interview collected in a period of the first two years of students enrolment in...... of learning used in this paper is inspired by the latest work of the Danish professor Illeris and the interwoven concept of knowledge development as revealed in the SECI-model generated by the Japanese professors Nonaka and Takeuchi. The empirical investigation, which is the basis of the presented...

  2. Electroencephalographic findings in panic disorder

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    Full Text Available Some studies have reported the importance of electroencephalography (EEG as a method for investigating abnormal parameters in psychiatric disorders. Different findings in time and frequency domain analysis with regard to central nervous system arousal during acute panic states have already been obtained. This study aimed to systematically review the EEG findings in panic disorder (PD, discuss them having a currently accepted neuroanatomical hypothesis for this pathology as a basis, and identify limitations in the selected studies. Literature search was conducted in the databases PubMed and ISI Web of Knowledge, using the keywords electroencephalography and panic disorder; 16 articles were selected. Despite the inconsistency of EEG findings in PD, the major conclusions about the absolute power of alpha and beta bands point to a decreased alpha power, while beta power tends to increase. Different asymmetry patterns were found between studies. Coherence studies pointed to a lower degree of inter-hemispheric functional connectivity at the frontal region and intra-hemispheric at the bilateral temporal region. Studies on possible related events showed changes in memory processing in PD patients when exposed to aversive stimuli. It was noticed that most findings reflect the current neurobiological hypothesis of PD, where inhibitory deficits of the prefrontal cortex related to the modulation of amygdala activity, and the subsequent activation of subcortical regions, may be responsible to trigger anxiety responses. We approached some important issues that need to be considered in further researches, especially the use of different methods for analyzing EEG signals. Keywords: Electroencephalography, panic disorder, neurobiology, brain mapping.

  3. CT findings of hypersensitivity pneumonitis

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    CT findings of 22 cases of hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) were evaluated on 1 cm slices. All cases were diagnosed by transbronchial lung biopsy and clinical information. The study population included 8 men and 14 women with a mean age of 43 years. The causative antigens were considered to be so-called summer type in 17 cases, air humidifier in 1, pigeon in 1 and paint spray (isocyanate was suspected) in 3. CT examinations were performed at a mean of 1.5 weeks after admission. In conclusion, characteristic CT findings of HP include combination of small nodular shadows and slight elevation of lung density. The size of nodular shadows was usually within 1 cm diameter, and their distribution was considered to be a centrilobular pattern, representing alveolitis and granuloma formation in a secondary lobule. It was thought that the slight elevation of lung density developed when the disease extended all over the secondary lobule and the nodules developed when the disease was limited to the centrilobular lesion. In most cases, significant changes in proximal bronchi and pulmonary vasculatures could not be detected. The presence of segmental or lobar distribution of the shadows was also suggested. In addition to the typical findings, various other findings were also revealed; irregular shaped dense shadows, subpleural curvilinear shadow and honeycombing formation, especially in chronic cases. These findings have caused some difficulty in distinguishing HP from other interstitial diseases. More precise information can probalty be obtained by thin slice CT than by 1 cm slice thicknesses, nevertheless, the standard method of CT should yield a useful diagnostic imaging. (author)

  4. Ultrasonic range finding

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    The patent concerns ultrasonic range finding equipment which can be employed in a nuclear reactor to monitor the spacing between structural components which are under stress. The invention is described with reference to the general layout of a pool-type liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactor. The equipment includes a generated reference signal, a portion of which is used to produce an ultrasonic beam which is directed towards a target. The ultrasonic beam is then reflected as an echo and received by a transducer. The pulse echo transit time and the phase displacement of the echo signal with respect to the reference signal, gives a measure of the range of the target with a high degree of precision. (U.K.)

  5. CT findings of retinoblastoma

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    Authors retrospectively analyzed CT findings of 10 cases which proved retinoblastoma by pathology from May in 1983 to August in 1986 at Yeungnam University Hospital. The results obtained were as follows: 1. The age at time of diagnosis was 1-5 year old. 2. In 9 cases (9/10) reintroblastoma was unilateral. 3. Of all 10 cases, 8 cases revealed intraocular calcification. 4. At time of diagnosis of reintroblastoma, optic nerve involvement with or without intracranial extension were 2 cases. The diagnosis of retinoblastoma can be made clinically, but CT is valuable adjunct in differential diagnosis and management as well as diagnosis of retinoblastoma. In addition, orbital CT can be used to determine if there is retrobubar extension of retinoblastoma, involvement of CNS, and development of secondary orbital tumors.

  6. Radiologic findings in neurofibromatosis

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    Neurofibromatosis is an uncommon but certainly not a rare hereditary disorder, probably of neuralcrest origin, involving not only neuroectoderm and mesoderm but also endoderm and characterized by cafe au lait spots and cutaneous and subcutaneous tumors, with secondary mesodermal defects responsible for protean osseous abnormalities and various manifestations in other systems. This paper is a study of confirmed 143 cases of neurofibromatosis collected for past 8 years. In this analysis, special attention was given to the selected 37 cases which showed abnormal findings on radiological examinations. Overall male to female ratio was 1 : 1.3. The most frequent kind of abnormalities was vertebral kyphoscoliosis in 12 cases. Among the more pathognomonic but uncommon abnormalities to neurofibromatosis, we experienced each 2 cases of lambdoid defect, pseudoarthrosis and renovascular hypertension, and 1 cases of sphenoid bone absence.

  7. Radiologic findings of dwarfism

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    The stature of human is very important factor in human-being, especially in childhood. The stature depends on various different conditions, such as familial factor, constitutional factor, chromosomal anomalies, skeletal disorders, or endocrinopathies. The early diagnosis of dwarfism is very important problem, because if appropriate treatment is delayed, the complication or sequales are more increased. The survey of familial history or patient's past history, detail check up of physical examination, radiological evaluation, and other laboratory examinations are essentially needed for the accurate diagnosis of dwarfism. Among the patients admitted to Yonsei University college of Medicine, Severance Hospital since 1963, with chief complaint of short stature or other associated diseases, an analysis of radiological findings were made for the 72 cases of chromosomal anomalies, skeletal dysplasia, and cretinism in which radiologic evaluation was available. The conclusions are as follows; 1. The cause of short stature are chromosomal anomalies (48 cases), skeletal dysplasia (14 cases) and cretinism (10 cases). 2. in chromosomal anomalies, 43 cases of mongolism and 5 cease of Turner's syndrome are noted. In mongolism, 18 cases among the 30 cases below 1 year old are distributed below the 10 percentile of height. On radiologic findings, 11 paired ribs (22/43), congenital heart disease (14/43), decreased iliac index (8/12), and associated anomalies or diseases, such as pneumonia (14 cases), C1-C2 dislocation (1 case), imperforated anus (1 case), Morgagni's hernia (1 case) and leukemia with sepsis (1 case). In Turner's syndrome, decreased bone density (5/5), positive metacarpal sign (2/5), positive carpal sign (1/5), change of knee joint (3/5), hypoplasia of (1/3), and increased carrying angle of elbows (1/3) are noted

  8. Brain venous pathologies: MRI findings

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    Purpose: To describe MRI findings of the different brain venous pathologies. Material and Methods: Between January 2002 and March 2004, 18 patients were studied 10 males and 8 females between 6 and 63 years old; with different brain venous pathologies. In all cases brain MRI were performed including morphological sequences with and without gadolinium injection and angiographic venous sequences. Results: 10 venous occlusions were found, 6 venous angiomas, and 2 presented varices secondary to arteriovenous dural fistula. Conclusion: Brain venous pathologies can appear in many different clinical contexts, with different prognosis and treatment. In all the cases brain MRI was the best imaging study to disclose typical morphologic abnormalities. (author)

  9. Novel Method of Detecting Movement of the Interference Fringes Using One-Dimensional PSD

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    Full Text Available In this paper, a method of using a one-dimensional position-sensitive detector (PSD by replacing charge-coupled device (CCD to measure the movement of the interference fringes is presented first, and its feasibility is demonstrated through an experimental setup based on the principle of centroid detection. Firstly, the centroid position of the interference fringes in a fiber Mach-Zehnder (M-Z interferometer is solved in theory, showing it has a higher resolution and sensitivity. According to the physical characteristics and principles of PSD, a simulation of the interference fringe’s phase difference in fiber M-Z interferometers and PSD output is carried out. Comparing the simulation results with the relationship between phase differences and centroid positions in fiber M-Z interferometers, the conclusion that the output of interference fringes by PSD is still the centroid position is obtained. Based on massive measurements, the best resolution of the system is achieved with 5.15, 625 μm. Finally, the detection system is evaluated through setup error analysis and an ultra-narrow-band filter structure. The filter structure is configured with a one-dimensional photonic crystal containing positive and negative refraction material, which can eliminate background light in the PSD detection experiment. This detection system has a simple structure, good stability, high precision and easily performs remote measurements, which makes it potentially useful in material small deformation tests, refractivity measurements of optical media and optical wave front detection.

  10. Novel method of detecting movement of the interference fringes using one-dimensional PSD.

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    Wang, Qi; Xia, Ji; Liu, Xu; Zhao, Yong

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a method of using a one-dimensional position-sensitive detector (PSD) by replacing charge-coupled device (CCD) to measure the movement of the interference fringes is presented first, and its feasibility is demonstrated through an experimental setup based on the principle of centroid detection. Firstly, the centroid position of the interference fringes in a fiber Mach-Zehnder (M-Z) interferometer is solved in theory, showing it has a higher resolution and sensitivity. According to the physical characteristics and principles of PSD, a simulation of the interference fringe's phase difference in fiber M-Z interferometers and PSD output is carried out. Comparing the simulation results with the relationship between phase differences and centroid positions in fiber M-Z interferometers, the conclusion that the output of interference fringes by PSD is still the centroid position is obtained. Based on massive measurements, the best resolution of the system is achieved with 5.15, 625 μm. Finally, the detection system is evaluated through setup error analysis and an ultra-narrow-band filter structure. The filter structure is configured with a one-dimensional photonic crystal containing positive and negative refraction material, which can eliminate background light in the PSD detection experiment. This detection system has a simple structure, good stability, high precision and easily performs remote measurements, which makes it potentially useful in material small deformation tests, refractivity measurements of optical media and optical wave front detection. PMID:26043175

  11. Calcaneal tendon: imaging findings

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    We reviewed the radiological and clinical features of 23 patients with calcaneal tendon diseases, who were submitted to ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging. The objective of this study was to characterize the lesions for a precise diagnosis of calcaneal tendon injuries. A wide range of calcaneal tendon diseases include degenerative lesions, inflammation of the peritendinous tissue such as peritendinitis and bursitis, and rupture. Imaging methods are essential in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of calcaneal tendon diseases. (author)

  12. Finding Communities of Related Genes

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    Wilkinson, D; Wilkinson, Dennis; Huberman, Bernardo A.

    2002-01-01

    We present an automated method of identifying communities of functionally related genes from the biomedical literature. These communities encapsulate human gene and protein interactions and identify groups of genes that are complementary in their function. We use graphs to represent the network of gene cooccurrences in articles mentioning particular keywords, and find that these graphs consist of one giant connected component and many small ones. In addition, the vertex degree distribution of the graphs follows a power law, whose exponent we determine. We then use an algorithm based on betweenness centrality to identify community structures within the giant component. The different structures are then aggregated into a final list of communities, whose members are weighted according to how strongly they belong to them. Our method is efficient enough to be applicable to the entire Medline database, and yet the information it extracts is significantly detailed, applicable to a particular problem, and interesting...

  13. Radiographic findings in immunodeficiency

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    This paper reviews the chest radiographs and high-resolution CT (HRCT) scans in patients with immunodeficiency disorders and define the role of HRCT. Thirty-three cases were retrospectively graded according to the consensus of two radiologists. Patients with HIV seropositivity and asthma were excluded. HRCT was performed in 12 cases with standard techniques. Diagnoses included common variable hypogammaglobulinemia (n = 19), X-linked agammaglobulinemia (n = 4), chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis (n = 4), and selective immunoglobulin g deficiencies (n = 2). Chest radiographs showed bronchiectasis in 11 of 33 cases with a predominant lower lobe distribution (82%). Nodules were present in six cases and mucus plugs in four cases. HRCT showed bronchiectasis in nine of 12 cases; in five of these nine cases, bronchiectasis was not apparent on chest radiographs. Other HRCT findings included segmental air trapping (four of 12), mucus plugs (three of 12), hazy consolidation (four of 12), nodules (five of 12), and bronchiolectasis (two of 12). Therapy was altered in seven of 12 cases in which HRCT was performed. Most pertinent to clinical management were the presence of a thymoma (n = 1) and severe focal of diffuse bronchiectasis

  14. Verified scientific findings

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    In this essay, the author attempts to enlighten the reader as to the meaning of the term ''verified scientific findings'' in section 13, sub-section 1, sentence 2 of the new Chemicals Control Law. The examples given here are the generally accepted regulations in regards to technology (that is sections 7a and 18b of the WHG (law on water economy), section 3, sub-section 1 of the machine- and engine protection laws) and to the status of technology (section 3, sub-section 6 of the BImSchG (Fed. law on prevention of air-borne pollution)), and to the status of science (section 5, sub-section 2 of the AMG (drug legislation). The ''status of science and technology'' as defined in sections 4 ff of the Atomic Energy Law (AtomG) and in sections 3, 4, 12, 2) of the First Radiation Protection Ordinance (1.StrlSch. VO), is also being discussed. The author defines the in his opinion ''dynamic term'' as the generally recognized result of scientific research, and the respective possibilities of practical utilization of technology. (orig.)

  15. Findings of autopsy imaging

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    Described is the outline of autopsy imaging (Ai) by CT, MRI and ultrasonography (US) as the reading of the postmortem images is becoming important for radiologist on site. The present major Ai modality is CT, where the cause of death can be identified in most cases of injuries like that by traffic accident, and of intracranial hemorrhagic lesions. It is difficult for CT alone to determine the cause due to acute heart failure, for which Ai by enhanced CT (2-min heart massage during the intravenous infusion of a contrast agent) has been introduced. CT findings in Ai are varied according to the death cause, anabiotic treatment conducted and postmortem changes. The second item includes the gastrointestinal tract dilation, rib fracture, pneumo- or hemo-thorax, bruise or rupture, and intravascular gas, and the third, the blood hypostasis, which emphasizing the shadow at the gravity-loaded portions in Ai CT. MRI signals vary dependently on the temperature and the inversion time should be shortened to suppress the cerebrospinal signal at Ai of the cold body like that stored in a refrigerator. US can detect clear, macroscopic morphological changes and the portable machine has been in practice at autopsy onsite. As sound speed depends on the temperature in water, Ai US images are obscure relative to living body due to the low temperature. Authors think the problem to identify the cause of death will be mostly solved in Japan when radiological technologists more actively participate in Ai. (K.T.)

  16. Finding one tight cycle

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    A cycle on a combinatorial surface is tight if it as short as possible in its (free) homotopy class. We describe an algorithm to compute a single tight, noncontractible, essentially simple cycle on a given orientable combinatorial surface in ▫$O(n log n)$▫ time. The only method previously known for this problem was to compute the globally shortest noncontractible or nonseparating cycle in ▫$O(min{ g^3,n}, n log n)$▫ time, where ▫$g$▫ is the genus of the surface. As a consequence, we can compu...

  17. Validation of a new method for finding the rotational axes of the knee using both marker-based roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis and 3D video-based motion analysis for kinematic measurements.

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    Roland, Michelle; Hull, M L; Howell, S M

    2011-05-01

    In a previous paper, we reported the virtual axis finder, which is a new method for finding the rotational axes of the knee. The virtual axis finder was validated through simulations that were subject to limitations. Hence, the objective of the present study was to perform a mechanical validation with two measurement modalities: 3D video-based motion analysis and marker-based roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA). A two rotational axis mechanism was developed, which simulated internal-external (or longitudinal) and flexion-extension (FE) rotations. The actual axes of rotation were known with respect to motion analysis and RSA markers within ± 0.0006 deg and ± 0.036 mm and ± 0.0001 deg and ± 0.016 mm, respectively. The orientation and position root mean squared errors for identifying the longitudinal rotation (LR) and FE axes with video-based motion analysis (0.26 deg, 0.28 m, 0.36 deg, and 0.25 mm, respectively) were smaller than with RSA (1.04 deg, 0.84 mm, 0.82 deg, and 0.32 mm, respectively). The random error or precision in the orientation and position was significantly better (p=0.01 and p=0.02, respectively) in identifying the LR axis with video-based motion analysis (0.23 deg and 0.24 mm) than with RSA (0.95 deg and 0.76 mm). There was no significant difference in the bias errors between measurement modalities. In comparing the mechanical validations to virtual validations, the virtual validations produced comparable errors to those of the mechanical validation. The only significant difference between the errors of the mechanical and virtual validations was the precision in the position of the LR axis while simulating video-based motion analysis (0.24 mm and 0.78 mm, p=0.019). These results indicate that video-based motion analysis with the equipment used in this study is the superior measurement modality for use with the virtual axis finder but both measurement modalities produce satisfactory results. The lack of significant differences between validation techniques suggests that the virtual sensitivity analysis previously performed was appropriately modeled. Thus, the virtual axis finder can be applied with a thorough understanding of its errors in a variety of test conditions. PMID:21599094

  18. Ultrasonographic findings of acute appendicitis

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    For the evaluation of acute appendicitis, many diagnostic methods, such as physical examination, laboratory findings, plain abdomen and barium enema have been widely used. But the overall accuracy was ranged from 50% to 84% and negative appendectomy rate was reported between 5% and 35%. In these days, high resolution ultrasonography is well known to be a good imaging modality in evaluation of acute appendicitis and its complications. Using high resolution ultrasonography, 138 patients with right lower quadrant abdominal pain were examined for 16 months. The results were compared to post-operative findings and clinical follow up study. The results were as follows: 1. The sex distribution of cases were 58 males and 80 females, and most common in the third decade (33.3%). 2. The positive ultrasonographic findings were in 69 cases (50%), those were simple appendicitis without complication in 46 cases (66.7%), acute appendicitis with periappendicitis in 9 cases (13.0%), acute appendicitis with abscess in 6 cases (8.7%), acute appendicitis with appendicolith in 4 cases (5.8%) and perforated appendicitis in 4 cases (16%). 3. The ultrasonographic findings of normal appendix were in 69 cases (50%), those were nonvisualization of appendix in 62 cases (91.3%) and visualization of normal appendix with single thin echogenic wall in 6 cases (8.7%). 4. In the 50 cases of control group, the visualization of normal appendix on ultrasonography were in 8 cases (16%). 5. The overall accuracy was 95.7% with 97.1% of sensitivity and 94.4% of specificity

  19. Finding polynomials of best approximation with weight

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    A new iterative method for finding the parameters of polynomials of best approximation with weight in C[-1, 1] is presented. It is based on the representation of the error in the trigonometric form in terms of the phase function. The iterative method of finding the corrections to the phase functions that determine the joint motion of the zeros and the e-points of the error is based on inverse analysis, perturbation theory, and asymptotic formulae for extremal polynomials. Bibliography: 24 titles

  20. Presentation of findings

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    The conference served an important purpose in bringing together and consolidating information on the termination of nuclear practices from around the world, and the Proceedings will therefore represent a very valuable overview of the current situation. I should add, however, that the information presented at the conference was concentrated on the decommissioning of large nuclear facilities. A concerted international effort should be made to obtain a realistic picture of the scope of the decommissioning task to be expected from the many other practices using radioactive material, for example in medical, industrial and research applications. In this regard, one notes that the IAEA is currently compiling information on the magnitude of this problem, and urge it to continue with this work. This should provide a solid basis for an international discussion of actions to begin solving the problem. A great deal of practical decommissioning experience that has been accumulated was presented at the conference.The international community should consider ways to make this information more widely available. The IAEA could contribute to this by means of a Web-based chat room dedicated to decommissioning. One conclusion from the discussion was that the IAEA should ensure that its safety standards on decommissioning are reviewed, improved and updated, and provide more detailed guidance on practical issues. Turning to the main findings from Sessions 2.A - 2.E, six major topics emerged: the importance of early and thorough planning; social issues; funding; waste management issues; long term retention of knowledge; and the removal of regulatory controls. With regard to the issue of early planning for decommissioning, emphasis was placed during the conference on the importance of planning decommissioning thoroughly. Planning should start as early as possible, ideally at the design stage of a facility, as required by the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. The overall decommissioning strategy to be adopted should be identified as early as possible in the planning process. The presentations and discussions at this conference indicated a distinct shift towards immediate dismantling as a preferred strategy. Turning to social issues, the participation of the public, including community leaders, work forces and interest groups, in the decision making processes should be initiated as early as possible and should continue throughout the process. The aim is to minimize the negative social and economic effects of decommissioning. In the discussion on waste management issues, it was noted that there was progress on the provision of national repositories for radioactive waste would be of great benefit to decommissioning. The long term retention of knowledge is of great importance in two respects: people and records. Funding is clearly vital to decommissioning. Provision needs to be made to ensure that sufficient funds will be available, with a high degree of confidence, when they are needed. An appropriate mechanism should be in place before a new facility is licensed to operate. With regard to the removal of regulatory controls, it was noted that the recycling or reuse of materials from decommissioning can greatly reduce the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of in a repository.This can preserve resources and repository capacity. Criteria for the international trade in such materials are needed, and therefore should be internationally agreed. A great deal of work has been done aimed at establishing criteria for the removal of materials from regulatory control.Work aimed at reaching international consensus on an acceptable methodology, including codes and scenarios, for establishing clearance levels should continue. Questions remain as to whether the criteria for the release of sites should be the same as those for materials, whether natural and artificial radionuclides can be subject to the same criteria, and whether there is a market for materials released from a nuclear facility, even in the case when they have been declared to be 'non-radioactive'. The international community should make concerted efforts to resolve these issues

  1. The color doppler ultrasonography findings of leptospirosis

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    Objective: To study the color ultrasonography findings of leptospirosis. Methods: The color ultrasonography findings of heart, liver, spleen, kidney, lymph node and gastrocnemius in 51 cases of leptospirosis were studied retrospectively. Results: Changes of the color ultrasonography findings were showed in all cases. The changes of liver, kidney, lymph node and gastrocnemius were conspicuous, and the positive rates were 62%, 47%, 88% and 90%. Conclusion: Changes of the color ultrasonography findings of heart, liver, spleen, kidney, lymph node and gastrocnemius can be found in leptospirosis cases, without specificity. (authors)

  2. Sonographic Findings of Human Fascioliasis

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    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Background/Objective: Ultrasonography is an imaging modality which is easy to use and less expensive than other imaging methods. It is becoming more widely available in regions of the world where Fasciola hepatica infestation is prevalent. In this report, we described the sonographic findings of hepatic lesions in patients with fascioliasis. Patients and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 248 patients with confirmed hepatic fascioliasis from Guilan province who were referred by internists or infectious disease specialists to private sonographic offices were studied. Abdominal sonography was performed in supine and left decubitus positions using an Aloka 288 scanner and a 3.5 MHz transducer. Results: Out of 176 hepatobiliary involvement, the right lobe of liver and the periportal area with echoic or hypoechoic lesions, had the most involvement (45.2%. There were lesions in the gallbladder of 34 (13.7% and biliary tracts of 17 (7% patients. There was coincident in-volvement of both liver and biliary tracts in 13 (5.2% patients. Conclusion: Sonography is a useful method to confirm hepatobiliary lesions in human fascio-liasis and can facilitate the diagnosis of this condition, particularly in areas where it is endemic.

  3. Radiologic findings of epiploic appendagitis

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    Full text: Introduction: Epiploic appendagitis is a rare condition characterized by the ischemia and inflammation of the epiploic appendices of the colon. Its clinical features can mimic acute abdominal diseases such as diverticulitis and appendicitis. Objectives: The aim of this report is to present typical ultrasonography (US) and computed tomography (CT) features of this benign disease. Materials and method: A 44 year old man admitted to emergency department with a localized pain to umbilical region. His physical examination revealed rebound tenderness. He had no fever and his laboratory findings were normal. US examination showed a hyperechoic mass with a hypoechoic rim posterior to abdominal wall. Results: He was diagnosed with epiploic appendagitis and CT features confirmed the diagnosis. After a 5-day antibiotic treatment his clinical symptoms resolved. Conclusion: Epiploic appendagitis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients with an acute onset, localized pain. Because it is managed medically and has a self limited course, recognition of radiologic findings of this entity is important

  4. MR findings of tuberous sclerosis

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    Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of thirteen patients with tuberous sclerosis were reviewed. Seven patients underwent computed tomography (CT). The characteristic MR finding of tuberous sclerosis was those of subependymal nodules which were best seen on short repetition time (TR) spin-echo images. Hypointensities within the nodules consistent with calcification were most evident on long TR images. Contrast enhancing lesions, indicative subependymal giant cell astrocytoma, occurred in four cases. Cortical tubers (n = 11) and white matter lesions (n = 8) exhibited long T1 and T2 relaxation characteristics although reversed pattern was noted in one newborn patient. Cortical tubers and white matter lesions had more irregular shapes in early childhood patients. MR imaging is the sensitive method in detection of gyral tubers and white matter lesions and also valuable in detecting giant cell astrocytoma

  5. CT findings of tuberculous peritonitis

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    Objective: To describe the characteristic CT appearances of tuberculous peritonitis (TBP). Methods: There were 19 patients with TBP proved by laparoscopy and operation. CT scans were respectively analyzed as follows: (1) forms of peritoneal thickening; (2) existence and attenuation of ascites; (3) enhanced forms of lymphadenitis. Results: (1) Patterns of tuberculous peritoneal thickening included: smudged peritoneum (18 cases), omental caking (5 cases) and nodular thickening (3 cases); (2) Ascites was present in 17 of 19 patients. High density ascites (> 20 HU) and low density ascites (<20 HU) were seen in 4 cases and 13 cases respectively; and (3) Lymphopathy was found in only 2 cases and had no special patterns of enhancement. Conclusion: Smudged peritoneum is the most common finding on CT in TBP. Although none of those CT signs of TBP is pathognomonic of the disease, they might prove to be of diagnostic value when seen together with clinical manifestations

  6. Congenital mediastinal cysts: imaging findings

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    Congenital mediastinal cysts are uncommon benign lesions generally caused by an abnormal embryological development of the foregut or coelomic cavity. They are expansive lesions, frequently asymptomatic that may manifest as a result from compression of adjacent structures. Bronchogenic, pericardial, enteric, thymic, esophageal duplication cysts and lymphangiomas are the main entities in this group of lesions. Congenital mediastinal cysts morphology is typical and imaging methods allow a correct diagnosis in a great number of cases. Surgical treatment is indicated only in cases of symptomatic lesions, considering that these lesions present no potential for malignant degeneration. The present study was aimed at commenting and illustrating the most relevant imaging findings of these lesions based on a retrospective review of ten cases collected in the records of the involved institutions. (author)

  7. Initial findings from a mixed-methods evaluation of computer-assisted therapy for substance misuse in prisoners: Development, implementation and clinical outcomes from the ‘Breaking Free Health & Justice’ treatment and recovery programme

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: Within the United Kingdom’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ agenda, reshaping drug and alcohol interventions in prisons is central to the Government’s approach to addressing substance dependence in the prison population and reduce reoffending. To achieve this, a through-care project to support offenders following release, ‘Gateways’, is taking place providing ‘through the gate’ support to released offenders, including help with organising accommodation, education and employment, and access to a peer supporter. In addition, Gateways is providing access to an evidence-based computer-assisted therapy (CAT programme for substance misuse, Breaking Free Health & Justice (BFHJ. Developed in partnership with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ National Offender Management Services (NOMS, and based on a community version of the programme, Breaking Free Online (BFO, BFHJ provides access to clinically-robust techniques based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT and promotes the role of technology-enhanced approaches in recovery from substance misuse. The BFHJ programme is provided via ‘Virtual Campus’ (VC, a secure, web-based learning environment delivered by NOMS and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which has no links to websites not approved by MoJ, and provides prisoners with access to online training courses around work and skills. Providing BFHJ on VC makes the programme the world’s first online healthcare programme to be provided in prisons. Aims: Although here is an emerging evidence-base for the effectiveness of the community version of the BFO programme and its implementation within community treatment settings (Davies, Elison, Ward, & Laudet, 2015; Elison, Davies, & Ward, 2015a, 2015b; Elison, Humphreys, Ward, & Davies, 2013; Elison, Ward, Davies, Lidbetter, et al., 2014; Elison, Ward, Davies, & Moody, 2014, its potential within prison settings requires exploration. This study therefore sought to examine the processes of implementation of this novel digital health programme and the various barriers and facilitators of this, including the practicalities of providing an online treatment programme in an environment in which there are multiple, complex security requirements and considerations. Additionally, the acceptability of the BFHJ programme to prisoners who may have limited experience of using online technologies was also explored. Clinical outcomes in terms of the programmes impact on substance dependence and use were also examined. Methods: In line with the Medical Research Council (MRC guidelines around development and evaluation of complex interventions (Craig et al., 2008, a mixed-methods approach was used including a qualitative study to explore the implementation of this online treatment programme within the secure prison environment, and offender perceptions of this novel, technology-enhanced approach to substance misuse treatment. In addition, quantitative data derived from a battery of standardised psychometric assessments was used to examine clinical effectiveness of BFHJ. Results: In order to meet MoJ security requirements prior to implementation, the BFHJ programme had to be reviewed and ‘white listed’ by NOMS and their security partner XMA to ensure the programme met all security, quality and information assurance processes and standards. This was a lengthy and costly process that entailed freshly developing the programme in partnership with VC experts at NOMS to ensure the programme is ‘sterile’ i.e., there are no holes in the system or links to external websites – this comprised some aspects of the programme content and resulted in some clinical techniques requiring reworking e.g., removing Google maps from one section of the programme. Themes emerging from qualitative data around offenders experiences of BFHJ illustrate its potential for use in prison settings and also to provide, for the first time, genuine continuity of care during transfer between different prisons and upon release from prison into the community, given prisoners can access their BFHJ programme account regardless of their location. In terms of clinical outcomes, changes in psychometric scores from baseline to follow-up indicated significant reductions in dependence to drugs and alcohol, alongside improvements to quality of life and other aspects of psychosocial functioning relevant to substance misuse and recovery progression. Linear regression were conducted for each psychometric outcome to examine whether time periods in weeks between baseline and follow-up assessment acted as predictors of change in psychometric scores. Time elapsed between assessments did not predict change in scores for severity of dependence to drugs and alcohol or quality of life. However, time between baseline and follow-up assessment did significantly predict change in psychosocial aspects of recovery progression. In addition, degree of improvement on the outcomes measured appeared to be associated with prisoner age, with older prisoners demonstrating greater improvements than younger prisoners. Conclusions: Findings from this study support the use of BFHJ within prisons settings in terms of acceptability of this technology-enhanced approach to treatment, despite the complexities around implementing an online treatment programme in the highly digitally secure setting of the prison estate. Additionally, clinical outcomes appear to replicate the outcomes from studies of the programme in community-based substance misuse treatment settings. Further work is now underway, including a randomised controlled trial (RCT and longer-term follow-up of substance use and offending outcomes, which is being conducted in collaboration with the MoJ Justice Data Lab.

  8. Arthroscopic findings after shoulder dislocation

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Recurrent instability of the shoulder joint is frequently difficult to differentiate from diseased or injured rotator cuff or tendon of the forearm flexor (m. biceps brachii. Shoulder joint arthroscopy has been only recently introduced into instable shoulder joint lesion examination. The aim of this study was to present and analyze an arthroscopic finding on instable shoulder joint in order to determine causes and mechanisms of instability, as well as principles of surgical treatment. Methods. Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint was performed in 158 patients with at least one documented shoulder joint dislocation. These patients were divided into two groups. The group I included the patients with one to three dislocations, while the group II those with more than three dislocations. Preoperative diagnosis was based on anamnestic data and clinical examination using specific tests, and on the diagnosis of shoulder joint using radiography or computed tomography. Results. Out of the total number of the patients 138 (87.34% had injury of the anterior patellar brim, 119 (75.32% had failure of the anterior capsule, 126 (79.75% had compressive cartilage injury of the posterior part of the head of the upper arm bone (Hill-Sachs lesion, 102 (64.56% had insufficiency of glenohumeral tendon, 11 (6.96 had complete cut of the rotator cuff, 23 (14.56% had injury of the posterior patellar brim, 12 (7.59% had injury of the upper anterior-posterior patellar brim (SLAP. Conclusion. According to the obtained results it could be concluded that there is no a unique injury that leads to shoulder joint instability. It is necessary to point out to the significance of anamnesis and clinical examination in making diagnosis. Arthroscopic diagnostics is indicated in clinically unreliable findings as an additional method for determining operative treatment.

  9. MR findings of polymyositis / dermatomyositis

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    Lee, Hak Soo; Joo, Kyung Bin; Moon, Won Jin; Lee, Tae Hee; Park, Ki Ho; Park, Dong Woo; Hahm, Chang Kok [Hanyang Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the MR findings and useful sequences in Polymyositis/ Dermatomyositis, and to correlate MR findings with disease activity. Materials and Methods: The study included nine clinically proven cases of Polymyositis/Dermatomyositis, eight involving the thigh and one, the shoulder (2 cases, 1 follow-up). The contrast between affected and normal muscles and difference in signal intensity ratio in the muscle groups were retrospectively evaluated on Gd-enhanced T1WI and T2WI. We also evaluated the magnitude of involvement of muscle groups, fatty replacement of muscle and change of subcutaneous fat layer, and correlated signal intensity ratio with serum level of muscle enzymes. Differences in signal intensity ratio and the frequency of chemical shift artifact were evaluated on T2WI as active and inactive groups classified according to clinical findings, and the chemical shift artifact was correlated with the finding of Gd-enhanced T1WI. Except in the case of one shoulder, statistical analysis was assessed by the Anova test and-test. Results: On Gd-enhanced T1WI and T2WI contrast was 0.54 and 0.82, respectively and p value was 0.02. With regard to difference in signal intensity ratios of muscle groups, as seen on Gd-enhanced T1WI and T2WI, p valves were 0.07 and < 0.01, respectively. Muscle involvement was thus clearly visualized on T2WI. The order of frequency of involved muscle groups was vastus muscles, gluteus maximus, sartorius muscles, adductor muscles, gracilis muscle, and hamstring muscles. Fatty replacement and subcutaneous fatty change were visualized in five cases and one, respectively. The correlation coefficient between the signal intensity seen on T2WI and muscle enzymes was 0.59 (CPK) and 0.52 (LDH). The chemical-shift artifact was detected in both clinical groups (four active two inactive) and corresponded to one case of muscle involvement and five of perimuscular edema, as seen on Gd-enhanced T1WI. Conclusion: T2WI is useful for the evaluation of muscle involvement and correlated closely with disease activity; signal intensity ratio could not be substituted for the serum level of muscle enzymes. The group of thigh muscles most affected was the vastus muscles, while the hamstring muscles were least affected. The chemical-shift artifact corresponded mainly to perimuscular edema and did not correlate with disease activity.

  10. Subungual glomus tumors: imaging findings

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    Objective: to evaluate main imaging findings of subungual glomus tumors. Materials and methods: retrospective study of eight cases of subungual glomus tumors from the archives of two private clinics in Goiania, GO, Brazil. Plain radiographs were obtained in five cases, Doppler ultrasonography in five, and magnetic resonance imaging in five cases. Results: mean age of the patients included in the present study was 39 years, with female predominance (7:1). Tumors didn't present prevalence in any specific finger and in most of cases the tumor was located in the medial subungual region. Plain radiography was positive in five cases, demonstrating pressure erosion. Doppler ultrasonography was positive in five cases, demonstrating a hypoechoic and hyper vascularized solid nodule. Magnetic resonance imaging was positive in all of the cases, showing a solid nodule, hypointense on T1-, hyperintense on T2-weighted image, with homogeneous contrast uptake. All the patients underwent surgical excision of the lesion with histopathological confirmation. Conclusion: in most of cases, glomus tumors are subungual. The diagnosis is clinical and generally is lately achieved. Imaging methods are useful tools for the early diagnosis besides aiding in the surgical planning, considering that the treatment of choice is surgical excision (author)

  11. A dose-finding, long-term study on the use of calcium chloride in saline solution as a method of nonsurgical sterilization in dogs: evaluation of the most effective concentration with the lowest risk

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    Leoci, Raffaella; Aiudi, Giulio; Silvestre, Fabio; Lissner, Elaine A; Marino, Fabio; Giovanni M. Lacalandra

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    Background Canine overpopulation is a global issue with serious health and welfare implications. Nonsurgical methods of sterilization could yield positive impacts on this problem, but no long-term data on such methods are available. The objective of the current investigation was to determine the effects of intratesticular injections of calcium chloride dihydrate (CaCl2) in saline in dogs over a one year period. Five concentrations (0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 60%) of CaCl2 in saline were administered ...

  12. A new method for designing floor slabs on grade due to the difficulty of applying simplified design methods, amongst them being the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Wire Reinforcement Institute (WRI) methods

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    This article presents a methodology for designing slabs on grade for industrial floors where there is an eccentricity between the slab centroid and the gravity centre loads of the loaded axle of forklift trucks travelling over the floor. An example was used for analysing how Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the Wire Reinforcement Institute (WRI) methods are inadequate for designing floors sublected to this condition. The new proposal for designing slabs on grade for industrial floors h...

  13. Findings.

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    Viadero, Debra; Coles, Adrienne D.

    1998-01-01

    Studies on race-based admissions, sports and sex, and religion and drugs suggest that: affirmative action policies were successful regarding college admissions; boys who play sports are more likely to be sexually active than their peers, with the opposite true for girls; and religion is a major factor in whether teens use cigarettes, alcohol, and…

  14. Chronic eosinophilic pneumonia: CT findings

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    Objective: To assess the usefulness of computerized tomography (CT) in the diagnosis of chronic eosinophilic pneumonia. Material and Methods: A double helical CT was performed in 6 patients referred to our center because of a chest X-ray with pulmonary infiltrates. Clinical presentation was cough, fever and eosinophilia in peripheral blood. Patients' age ranged from 25 to 55 years; 4 were women and 2 were men, one of the latter had a history of bronchial asthma. All patients received treatment with corticosteroids, with remission of the clinical and radiological parameters. Three patients underwent a control CT. Results: Findings consisted in focal parenchymal alterations, with areas of pulmonary consolidation and areas of 'ground glass' appearance; both patterns coexisted in certain areas. In 3 cases the lesions extended from the apices to the pulmonary bases, with predominance of the upper and middle fields. In 1 patient, there was frank predominance in the left hemi thorax. In another patient, who had a history of asthma, there were signs of pulmonary hyperinflation, with diffuse thickening of the bronchial walls, added to the previously mentioned findings, which involved the entire lung. In the mediastinum, 1 patient had lymph nodes larger than 1 cm, 3 had lymph nodes that were not enlarged but were more numerous than usual, and in the remaining patients no lymph nodes were found. The control CT's showed almost total resolution of the pulmonary infiltrates. Conclusion: The combination of eosinophilia and characteristic pulmonary infiltrates with a likely clinical presentation, associated with an optimal response to treatment with corticosteroids allows to make a reliable diagnosis and avoids the need for a pulmonary biopsy. (author)

  15. CT findings of Wilson's disease

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    Thirteen cases of Wilson's disease were examined by computerized tomography. Two of them were latent cases. The other 11 were typical cases with a Kayser-Fleisher ring and neurological signs, and in which the ceruloplasmin level in serum was low. The caudate heads were measured by Barr's method using two ratios, FH/CC and CC/OT. The CT findings were as follows: (1) caudate head atrophy (10 cases), (2) cerebral atrophy and/or ventricular dilatation (7 cases), (3) symmetrical low density of thalamus (3 cases), (4) symmetrical low density of pallidum (2 cases), (5) low density of midbrain (2 cases), (6) symmetrical low density of putamen (1 case), (7) pons atrophy (1 case), (8) cerebellar atrophy (1 case), (9) low density of r-temporal area (1 case). All of them except for the two latent cases showed some abnormal findings on CT. Only one symptomatic case showed no caudate atrophy one year after the onset, though two other cases already showed marked atrophy after only 10 months. It was stressed that the low-density lesions in the thalamic area were found with a high frequency. There was no correlation between the duration of illness and the degree of caudate atrophy among the patients with Wilson's disease as compared with those with Huntington's chorea. As in a previous study of pneumoencephalography, we failed also to distinguish the two diseases by measuring the ratios on CT films. It may be valuable to study the progression of the CNS lesions of Wilson's disease by using CT repeatedly. (author)

  16. Outlier Detection Method on UCI Repository Dataset by Entropy Based Rough K-means

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Rough set theory is used to handle uncertainty and incomplete information by applying two sets, lower and upper approximation. In this paper, the clustering process is improved by adapting the preliminary centroid selection method on rough K-means (RKM algorithm. The entropy based rough K-means (ERKM method is developed by adapting entropy based preliminary centroids selection on RKM and executed and also validated by cluster validity indexes. An example shows that the ERKM performs effectively by selection of entropy based preliminary centroid. In addition, Outlier detection is an important task in data mining and very much different from the rest of the objects in the cluster. Entropy based rough outlier factor (EROF method is used to detect outlier effectively for yeast dataset. An example shows that EROF detects outlier effectively on protein localisation sites and ERKM clustering algorithm performed effectively. Further, experimental readings show that the ERKM and EROF method outperformed the other methods.Defence Science Journal, Vol. 66, No. 2, March 2016, pp. 113-121, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.66.9463

  17. A method to search for bulk motions in the ICM with {\\sl Chandra} CCD spectra: application to the Bullet cluster

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    We propose a strategy to search for bulk motions in the intracluster medium (ICM) of merging clusters based on {\\sl Chandra} CCD data. Our goal is to derive robust measurements of the average redshift of projected ICM regions obtained from the centroid of the $K_\\alpha$ line emission. We thoroughly explore the effect of the unknown temperature structure along the line of sight to accurately evaluate the systematic uncertainties on the ICM redshift. We apply our method to the "Bullet cluster" (1E~0657-56). We directly identify 23 independent regions on the basis of the surface brightness contours, and measure the redshift of the ICM averaged along the line of sight in each. We find that the redshift distribution across these regions is marginally inconsistent with the null hypothesis of a constant redshift or no bulk motion in the ICM, at a confidence level of about $2\\, \\sigma$. We tentatively identify the regions most likely affected by bulk motions and find a maximum velocity gradient of about $(46\\pm 13)$ ...

  18. Fast, rugged and sensitive ultra high pressure liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method for analysis of cyanotoxins in raw water and drinking water-First findings of anatoxins, cylindrospermopsins and microcystin variants in Swedish source waters and infiltration ponds

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    Freshwater blooms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in source waters are generally composed of several different strains with the capability to produce a variety of toxins. The major exposure routes for humans are direct contact with recreational waters and ingestion of drinking water not efficiently treated. The ultra high pressure liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry based analytical method presented here allows simultaneous analysis of 22 cyanotoxins from different toxin groups...

  19. Fast, rugged and sensitive ultra high pressure liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method for analysis of cyanotoxins in raw water and drinking water-First findings of anatoxins, cylindrospermopsins and microcystin variants in Swedish source waters and infiltration ponds.

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    Pekar, Heidi; Westerberg, Erik; Bruno, Oscar; Lääne, Ants; Persson, Kenneth M; Sundström, L Fredrik; Thim, Anna-Maria

    2016-01-15

    Freshwater blooms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in source waters are generally composed of several different strains with the capability to produce a variety of toxins. The major exposure routes for humans are direct contact with recreational waters and ingestion of drinking water not efficiently treated. The ultra high pressure liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry based analytical method presented here allows simultaneous analysis of 22 cyanotoxins from different toxin groups, including anatoxins, cylindrospermopsins, nodularin and microcystins in raw water and drinking water. The use of reference standards enables correct identification of toxins as well as precision of the quantification and due to matrix effects, recovery correction is required. The multi-toxin group method presented here, does not compromise sensitivity, despite the large number of analytes. The limit of quantification was set to 0.1μg/L for 75% of the cyanotoxins in drinking water and 0.5μg/L for all cyanotoxins in raw water, which is compliant with the WHO guidance value for microcystin-LR. The matrix effects experienced during analysis were reasonable for most analytes, considering the large volume injected into the mass spectrometer. The time of analysis, including lysing of cell bound toxins, is less than three hours. Furthermore, the method was tested in Swedish source waters and infiltration ponds resulting in evidence of presence of anatoxin, homo-anatoxin, cylindrospermopsin and several variants of microcystins for the first time in Sweden, proving its usefulness. PMID:26755412

  20. MR findings in intralabyrinthine schwannomas

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    Montague, Mary-Louise; Kishore, Ameet; Hadley, Donald M.; O' Reilly, Brian

    2002-05-01

    AIM: Intralabyrinthine schwannomas (ILS) are rare benign tumours. They are not always recognized on routine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We aimed to study the clinical presentation and MRI findings in our patients with ILS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of patients with vestibular schwannomas treated at this center. RESULTS: Of 144 vestibular schwannomas studied at this centre, three patients had an ILS. The most common presenting symptoms were unilateral hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo. Two patients demonstrated a progressive sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). The third patient had a severe SNHL at presentation. MRI enhanced with contrast medium was positive in the two patients with progressive SNHL and negative in the patient with the severe SNHL. CONCLUSION: This series demonstrates the ability of MRI to identify schwannomas filling the labyrinth, and also its inability to identify extremely small ILS. It underlines the importance of sending the cristae of patients undergoing labyrinthectomy for presumed Meniere's disease for histological examination. Montague, M.-L. et al. (2002)

  1. MR findings in intralabyrinthine schwannomas

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    AIM: Intralabyrinthine schwannomas (ILS) are rare benign tumours. They are not always recognized on routine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We aimed to study the clinical presentation and MRI findings in our patients with ILS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of patients with vestibular schwannomas treated at this center. RESULTS: Of 144 vestibular schwannomas studied at this centre, three patients had an ILS. The most common presenting symptoms were unilateral hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo. Two patients demonstrated a progressive sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). The third patient had a severe SNHL at presentation. MRI enhanced with contrast medium was positive in the two patients with progressive SNHL and negative in the patient with the severe SNHL. CONCLUSION: This series demonstrates the ability of MRI to identify schwannomas filling the labyrinth, and also its inability to identify extremely small ILS. It underlines the importance of sending the cristae of patients undergoing labyrinthectomy for presumed Meniere's disease for histological examination. Montague, M.-L. et al. (2002)

  2. Gastric traumatic injuries: CT findings

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    Objective: Gastric blunt traumatic injuries are uncommon and their radiological appearance has been infrequently reported in medical literature. These injuries are difficult to diagnose preoperatively, though they require immediate recognition to minimize their otherwise high mortality and morbidity. The aim of our study is to describe the radiological appearance of blunt gastric traumatic injuries. Materials and methods: Retrospective evaluation of a 25 patients series observed between January 1997 and May 2005. Results: We observed rupture of the stomach in 20% of cases, in 44% of cases a partial lesion of the stomach, in one case a necrotic post-traumatic volvulus, five patients (20%) had benign portal pneumatosis, in three patients the stomach was secondarily involved because of a diaphragmatic hernia. The fundus resulted to be the most frequently damaged part of the stomach (80%). Conclusions: Blunt traumatic injuries need a careful and systematic approach given their economical and social relevance. For these reasons uncommon lesions require attention and may be important to search for specific findings of gastric lesions

  3. Radiologic findings of osteochondritis dissecans

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    To evaluate the radiographic characteristics of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and useful parameter for predicting mechanical stability, we retrospectively analysed 26 plain radiographic examinations and seven MR imagings in 28 cases of OCD in 24 patients. Typical radiologic findings were osteochondral defect with sclerotic rim of variable thickness and osteochondral fragment. Sites of osteochondral defect were medial (35.9%) or lateral (32%) femoral chondyle and medial (7.1%) or lateral (25%) side of talar dome. Sclerotic rim was seen in 24 cases (85%) and osteochondral fragments including nine loose bodies were seen in 21 cases (75%). The size of osteochondral defect with unstable fragment (average 2.05 cm) and loose body (2.04 cm) in the knee joint were similar to, but statistically larger than that with stable fragment (1.35 cm). All osteochondral defects were well visualized on MR images. Abnormalities of articular cartilage and effusion in the interface between the parent bone and fragment were seen in five cases of which there were confirmed three unstable cases arthroscopically. We concluded that size of defect may be a good parameter for predicting mechanical stability and MRI may be useful in the diagnosis of OCD and determining the methods of treatment

  4. An Investigation of the Academic Information Finding and Re-finding Behavior on the Web

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    Full Text Available Academic researchers often need and re-use relevant information found after a period of time. This preliminary study used various methods, including experiments, interviews, search log analysis, sequential analysis, and observation to investigate characteristics of academic information finding and re-finding behavior. Overall, the participants in this study entered short queries either in finding or re-finding phases. Comparatively speaking, the participants entered greater number of queries, modified more queries, browsed more web pages, and stayed longer on web pages in the finding phase. On the other hand, in the re-finding phase, they utilized personal information management tools to re-find instead of finding again using search engine, such as checking browsing history; moreover, they tend to input less number of queries and stayed shorter on web pages. In short, the participants interacted more with the retrieval system during the finding phase, while they increased the use of personal information management tools in the re-finding phase. As to the contextual clues used in re-finding phase, the participants used less clues from the target itself, instead, they used indirect clues more often, especially location-related information. Based on the results of sequential analysis, the transition states in the re-finding phase was found to be more complex than those in the finding phase. Web information finding and re-finding behavior is an important and novel area of research. The preliminary results would benefit research on Web information re-finding behavior, and provide useful suggestions for developing personal academic information management systems. [Article content in Chinese

  5. Validation of the Martin Method for Estimating Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Levels in Korean Adults: Findings from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009-2011

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    Lee, Jongseok; Jang, Sungok; Son, Heejeong

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    Despite the importance of accurate assessment for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), the Friedewald formula has primarily been used as a cost-effective method to estimate LDL-C when triglycerides are less than 400 mg/dL. In a recent study, an alternative to the formula was proposed to improve estimation of LDL-C. We evaluated the performance of the novel method versus the Friedewald formula using a sample of 5,642 Korean adults with LDL-C measured by an enzymatic homogeneous assay (LDL-CD). Friedewald LDL-C (LDL-CF) was estimated using a fixed factor of 5 for the ratio of triglycerides to very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (TG:VLDL-C ratio). However, the novel LDL-C (LDL-CN) estimates were calculated using the N-strata-specific median TG:VLDL-C ratios, LDL-C5 and LDL-C25 from respective ratios derived from our data set, and LDL-C180 from the 180-cell table reported by the original study. Compared with LDL-CF, each LDL-CN estimate exhibited a significantly higher overall concordance in the NCEP-ATP III guideline classification with LDL-CD (p< 0.001 for each comparison). Overall concordance was 78.2% for LDL-CF, 81.6% for LDL-C5, 82.3% for LDL-C25, and 82.0% for LDL-C180. Compared to LDL-C5, LDL-C25 significantly but slightly improved overall concordance (p = 0.008). LDL-C25 and LDL-C180 provided almost the same overall concordance; however, LDL-C180 achieved superior improvement in classifying LDL-C < 70 mg/dL compared to the other estimates. In subjects with triglycerides of 200 to 399 mg/dL, each LDL-CN estimate showed a significantly higher concordance than that of LDL-CF (p< 0.001 for each comparison). The novel method offers a significant improvement in LDL-C estimation when compared with the Friedewald formula. However, it requires further modification and validation considering the racial differences as well as the specific character of the applied measuring method. PMID:26824910

  6. Aspectos radiográficos e ultra-sonográficos dos pacientes submetidos a alongamento ósseo pelo método de Ilizarov Radiographic and sonographic findings in patients submitted to limb lengthening using the Ilizarov method

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    Patrícia Martins e Souza

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram monitorados, por meio de radiografias simples e ultra-sonografias, dez pacientes submetidos a alongamento ósseo com o uso do fixador externo de Ilizarov, no período de março de 2001 a março de 2002. Os pacientes submetidos ao método de Ilizarov foram principalmente crianças e adolescentes, para correção de anomalias congênitas (seis casos. A correção do encurtamento se deveu a trauma complicado com osteomielite em três pacientes e a ressecção tumoral em um paciente. O fêmur esteve envolvido em 60% dos casos, a tíbia em 30% e a fíbula em 10%. Os achados radiográficos encontrados na evolução normal do regenerado ósseo foram um centro radiotransparente, ossificação linear, reação periosteal, aumento das partes moles e ossificação completa. Os achados da formação do osso novo na ultra-sonografia foram o regenerado anecóico, ecos esparsos no sítio de distração, ecos lineares alinhados longitudinalmente, ecos grosseiros e amorfos e calcificação completa. Ocorreram 15 complicações em seis pacientes: cisto no regenerado (cinco casos, infecção adjacente aos pinos (quatro casos, coleção em partes moles (três casos, consolidação precoce (dois casos e retardo na consolidação (um caso.Ten patients treated with Ilizarov external fixator for limb lengthening were monitored with radiographs and sonography examinations between March, 2001 and March, 2002. Most of the patients were children and adolescents who were submitted to surgery for correction of congenital deformities (six cases. In three patients shortening was secondary to post-traumatic osteomielitis and in one patient due to tumor resection. The femur was affected in 60%, tibia in 30% and fibula in 10% of the cases. The main radiographic findings of bone regeneration during the normal process of limb lengthening were lucent areas, linear ossification, periosteal reaction, soft tissue abnormalities and complete consolidation. Sonographic findings of new bone formation included anechoic areas, sparse echogenic foci within the distraction site, linear longitudinally oriented echogenic foci, amorphous and coarse echogenic foci and complete calcification. There were 15 complications in six patients: fluid collection at the distraction site (five cases, pin site infection (four cases, soft tissue collection (three cases, premature consolidation (two cases and delayed consolidation (one case.

  7. CT findings of infant epilepsy

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    CT diagnosis of infantile epilepsy was evaluated. High incidence of abnormal CT findings in infantile spasms and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome was same as in other reports. Comparison between CT findings and neurological complications and that between CT findings and electroencephalogram findings revealed a stronger relationship existing in the former. This suggested that CT is more useful as a measure to detect underlying diseases which are due to organic change of the brain to cause epilepsy, rather than as that to disclose epileptic primary lesions of functional change. (Ueda, J.)

  8. A Medoid-based Method for Clustering Categorical Data

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Medoid-based method is an alternative technique to centroid-based method for partitional clustering algorithms. This method has been incorporated in a recently introduced clustering algorithm for categorical data, called k-Approximate Modal Haplotype (k-AMH algorithm. This study reports the performance evaluation between the medoid-based method represented by the k-AMH algorithm and the centroid-based method represented by the extended k-Mode algorithm, the k-Population algorithm and the new Fuzzy k-Mode algorithm in clustering common categorical data. Nine common categorical data sets were used in the experiments to compare the performance of both methods using clustering accuracy scores. In overall results, the medoid-based method of k-AMH algorithm produced significant results for all data sets. The method showed its advantage of obtaining the highest clustering accuracy of 0.94 when clustering large number of clusters. This result indicated that the medoid-based method has a significant contribution for clustering categorical data, particularly for clustering large number of clusters.

  9. Associations between spondyloarthritis features and MRI findings

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    Arnbak, Bodil; Jurik, Anne Grethe; Hørslev-Petersen, Kim; Hendricks, Oliver; Hermansen, Louise Thuesen; Loft, Anne Gitte; Østergaard, Mikkel; Pedersen, Susanne Juhl; Zejden, Anna; Egund, Niels; Holst, René; Manniche, Claus; Jensen, Tue Secher

    2015-01-01

    clinical features and MRI findings included in ASAS criteria, and 2) explore the associations between clinical features and MRI findings. METHODS: Patients aged 18-40 years with persistent LBP referred to an outpatient spine clinic were included. Information on clinical features (incl. HLA-B27 and CRP) and...... MRI findings of the spine and sacroiliac joints (SIJ) were collected. RESULTS: Of 1020 included patients, 537(53%) had minimum one clinical feature. Three clinical features were common; inflammatory back pain, good response to NSAID and family disposition (15-17% each). MRI sacroiliitis, according to...... ASAS definition, was present in 217(21%) patients. Of those, 91(42%) had bone marrow oedema (BMO) at the minimum requirement according to ASAS (low BMO score). HLA-B27, peripheral arthritis, good response to NSAID, and preceding infection associated independently with SIJ MRI findings (OR range 1...

  10. Isolated perihepatic tuberculosis: imaging findings

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    Aim: To review the imaging findings of isolated perihepatic tuberculosis without coexistent active tuberculosis elsewhere in the body. Materials and methods: Over a 9-year period, six patients with histopathologically proven perihepatic tuberculosis without simultaneous active tuberculosis elsewhere in the body were included in this study. Two radiologists retrospectively evaluated in consensus the location (right, left, or both perihepatic spaces), size (maximum diameter), morphology (ovoid or round), number, attenuation (low-, iso-, or high-attenuation compared with the adjacent liver parenchyma), and the presence or absence of contrast enhancement of the lesions on computed tomography (CT), and echogenicity (low-, iso-, or high-echogenicity compared with the adjacent liver parenchyma) of the lesions on ultrasonography. Results: On CT, an isolated perihepatic lesion was located in the right perihepatic space in five patients, whereas three lesions were located in both perihepatic spaces in the remaining patient. The mean maximum diameter of the isolated perihepatic tuberculosis lesions was 29.7 mm. Isolated perihepatic tuberculosis appeared as an ovoid-shaped, homogeneous, and low-attenuating (n = 5) or high-attenuating (n = 1) lesion relative to the liver. There was peripheral rim enhancement of the lesion in two patients. On ultrasonography, isolated perihepatic tuberculosis was revealed as a homogeneous, low-echoic (n = 5) or iso-echoic (n = 1) lesion relative to the liver. Conclusion: Although various inflammatory or malignant lesions can be located in the perihepatic space, isolated perihepatic tuberculosis appears an ovoid-shaped, homogeneous, and low-attenuating or low-echoic lesion compared with the liver parenchyma on CT or ultrasonography

  11. Post-therapeutic imaging findings

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    Highlights: • This study is the result of collaboration between neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons. • Comparison between neuroimaging techniques to better evaluate the complications after treatment of the spin. • Evaluation of the imaging features of complications and definition of follow-up. - Abstract: Any surgical approach modifies the normal anatomical and functional arrangement of the segmental spine which is aimed, therefore image interpretation cannot ignore a correct set of knowledge in the field of anatomy, pathophysiology, drug compliance, interventional radiology and surgery. Neuroradiological imaging has an important role before surgery to direct the surgeon or interventional radiologist during the operation, both in post-surgery, where imaging examination can rightly evaluate properties and effects of the treatment and can detect potential complications as infections, abscess, bleeding, exuberant scar, mobilization and rupture of devices. The available methods of imaging are the X-rays (XR) made at least in two projections, Computed Tomography (CT) with MPR (multiplanar) and VR (volume rendering) reconstruction, and Magnetic Resonance (MR), often performed before and after contrast media injection. Imaging assessment of spine after surgery is complex and depends upon several factors, including surgical procedures and disease for which it was performed; biomechanical of the underlying cortical and cancellous bone findings; conditions of muscles, intervertebral disk and ligaments; time since surgery procedures; duration and nature of the post-surgical syndrome. Depending upon several factors, one or a combination of complementary imaging modalities (X-rays, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance) may be required to evaluate effectiveness of the treatment; to demonstrate any clinically relevant abnormality at the treated region and adjacent structures (complications such as inflammation, abscesses, bleeding and misplacement of the device); to assist the interventional radiologist or surgeon in deciding if is necessary intervene again, in which nature and in which vertebral level(s)

  12. Post-therapeutic imaging findings.

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    Pollice, Saverio; Muto, Mario; Scarabino, Tommaso

    2015-05-01

    Any surgical approach modifies the normal anatomical and functional arrangement of the segmental spine which is aimed, therefore image interpretation cannot ignore a correct set of knowledge in the field of anatomy, pathophysiology, drug compliance, interventional radiology and surgery. Neuroradiological imaging has an important role before surgery to direct the surgeon or interventional radiologist during the operation, both in post-surgery, where imaging examination can rightly evaluate properties and effects of the treatment and can detect potential complications as infections, abscess, bleeding, exuberant scar, mobilization and rupture of devices. The available methods of imaging are the X-rays (XR) made at least in two projections, Computed Tomography (CT) with MPR (multiplanar) and VR (volume rendering) reconstruction, and Magnetic Resonance (MR), often performed before and after contrast media injection. Imaging assessment of spine after surgery is complex and depends upon several factors, including surgical procedures and disease for which it was performed; biomechanical of the underlying cortical and cancellous bone findings; conditions of muscles, intervertebral disk and ligaments; time since surgery procedures; duration and nature of the post-surgical syndrome. Depending upon several factors, one or a combination of complementary imaging modalities (X-rays, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance) may be required to evaluate effectiveness of the treatment; to demonstrate any clinically relevant abnormality at the treated region and adjacent structures (complications such as inflammation, abscesses, bleeding and misplacement of the device); to assist the interventional radiologist or surgeon in deciding if is necessary intervene again, in which nature and in which vertebral level(s). PMID:25017151

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    Pollice, Saverio, E-mail: saveriopollice@hotmail.it [Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology, “L. Bonomo Hospital”, 76123 Andria, BT (Italy); Muto, Mario, E-mail: mutomar@tiscali.it [Department of Neuroradiology, “Cardarelli Hospital”, Naples (Italy); Scarabino, Tommaso, E-mail: tscarabino@hotmail.com [Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology, “L. Bonomo Hospital”, 76123 Andria, BT (Italy)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • This study is the result of collaboration between neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons. • Comparison between neuroimaging techniques to better evaluate the complications after treatment of the spin. • Evaluation of the imaging features of complications and definition of follow-up. - Abstract: Any surgical approach modifies the normal anatomical and functional arrangement of the segmental spine which is aimed, therefore image interpretation cannot ignore a correct set of knowledge in the field of anatomy, pathophysiology, drug compliance, interventional radiology and surgery. Neuroradiological imaging has an important role before surgery to direct the surgeon or interventional radiologist during the operation, both in post-surgery, where imaging examination can rightly evaluate properties and effects of the treatment and can detect potential complications as infections, abscess, bleeding, exuberant scar, mobilization and rupture of devices. The available methods of imaging are the X-rays (XR) made at least in two projections, Computed Tomography (CT) with MPR (multiplanar) and VR (volume rendering) reconstruction, and Magnetic Resonance (MR), often performed before and after contrast media injection. Imaging assessment of spine after surgery is complex and depends upon several factors, including surgical procedures and disease for which it was performed; biomechanical of the underlying cortical and cancellous bone findings; conditions of muscles, intervertebral disk and ligaments; time since surgery procedures; duration and nature of the post-surgical syndrome. Depending upon several factors, one or a combination of complementary imaging modalities (X-rays, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance) may be required to evaluate effectiveness of the treatment; to demonstrate any clinically relevant abnormality at the treated region and adjacent structures (complications such as inflammation, abscesses, bleeding and misplacement of the device); to assist the interventional radiologist or surgeon in deciding if is necessary intervene again, in which nature and in which vertebral level(s)

  14. MRI Findings In Dengue Encephalitis

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Neurological manifestations are rare in dengue fever. Two cases with encephalopathy and systemic features of dengue fever with abnormal CSF and MR imaging are reported. Striking MRI finding was bilateral symmetrical thalamic lesions similar to those reported in Japanese encephalitis. This report highlights that MRI findings can be similar in dengue and Japanese encephalitis.

  15. Finding Maximal Quasiperiodicities in Strings

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    Brodal, Gerth Stølting; Pedersen, Christian N. S.

    Apostolico and Ehrenfeucht defined the notion of a maximal quasiperiodic substring and gave an algorithm that finds all maximal quasiperiodic substrings in a string of length n in time O(n log2 n). In this paper we give an algorithm that finds all maximal quasiperiodic substrings in a string of...

  16. Aetiology of Autism: Findings and Questions

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    Rutter, M.

    2005-01-01

    Background Although there is good evidence that autism is a multifactorial disorder, an adequate understanding of the genetic and non-genetic causes has yet to be achieved. Methods Empirical research findings and conceptual reviews are reviewed with respect to evidence on possible causal influences. Results Much the strongest evidence concerns the

  17. On König's root finding algorithms

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    Buff, Xavier; Henriksen, Christian

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, we first recall the definition of a family of root-finding algorithms known as König's algorithms. We establish some local and some global properties of those algorithms. We give a characterization of rational maps which arise as König's methods of polynomials with simple roots. We...

  18. Integrated method for adaptability and phenotypic stability analysis = Método integrado para análise de adaptabilidade e estabilidade fenotipica

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    Edmar Soares Vasconcelos; Múcio Silva Reis; Cosme Damião Cruz; Tuneo Sediyama; Carlos Alberto Scapim

    2011-01-01

    The objectives of this study were a description of the Centroid Method, which is used to investigate the phenotypic adaptability of genotypes and the inclusion of new ideotypes therein, creating the Integrated Method for adaptability and phenotypic stability analysis, as well as a comparison of the two methods in a study example. As an applied example of the new proposal, grain yield data of 14 soybean genotypes from experiments at four locations in the state of Minas Gerais were used. In a c...

  19. Ultrasonographic findings of testicular tumors: Correlation with pathologic findings

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    Scrotal sonography is a valuable tool for assessing the testis and surrounding structures, and has become the imaging modality of choice for evaluation of the scrotum. Scrotal sonography is also helpful for differentiating cystic from slid mass and testicular from extratesticular mass, but is sometimes difficult in differentiating malignant tumor from various benign conditions such as epidermoid cyst, focal orchitis, testicular hematoma, and abscess. We demonstrate the sonographic findings of the various testicular mass, and correlation with pathologic findings.

  20. CT findings of necrotizing pneumonia

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    Kim, Hyae Young; Im, Jung Gi; Whang, Sung Il; Cheon, Jung Eun; Lee, Jae Kyo; Song, Jae Woo [Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-07-01

    Necrotizing pneumonia causes necrosis of pulmonary parenchyma and may lead to pulmonary gangrene. Prior to the antibiotic era, extensive pulmonary involvement was potentially fatal, but the incidence of necrotizing pneumoniais now less common. On contrast-enhanced CT scans, consolidation with contrast enhancement containing necrotic foci with low attenuation and cavities is characteristic. Radiologic findings do not differ according to the causative organism and in most of cases, specific diagnosis may be impossible. Clinical findings and certain characteristic radiologic findings may be helpful for narrowing the differential diagnosis. We illustrate the clinical and radiologic characteristics of necrotizing pneumonia according to causative bacterial organisms.

  1. Chest radiographic findings of leptospirosis

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    1. A study on chest radiographic findings of 54 cases with pneumonia like symptoms was performed. Of 54 cases, 8 cases were confirmed to be leptospirosis and 7 cases were leptospirosis combined with Korean hemorrhagic fever. 2. Of 8 cases of leptospirosis, 4 cases showed abnormal chest radiographic findings: acinar nodular type 2, massive confluent consolidation type 2. Of 7 cases of leptospirosis combined with Korean hemorrhagic fever: acinar nodular type 3, massive confluent consolidation type 1, and increased interstitial markings type 1 respectively. 3. It was considered to be difficult to diagnose the leptospirosis on chest radiographic findings alone, especially the case combined with Korean hemorrhagic fever.

  2. Chest radiographic findings of leptospirosis

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    Kim, Mee Hyun; Jung, Hee Tae; Lee, Young Joong; Yoon, Jong Sup [Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1986-04-15

    1. A study on chest radiographic findings of 54 cases with pneumonia like symptoms was performed. Of 54 cases, 8 cases were confirmed to be leptospirosis and 7 cases were leptospirosis combined with Korean hemorrhagic fever. 2. Of 8 cases of leptospirosis, 4 cases showed abnormal chest radiographic findings: acinar nodular type 2, massive confluent consolidation type 2. Of 7 cases of leptospirosis combined with Korean hemorrhagic fever: acinar nodular type 3, massive confluent consolidation type 1, and increased interstitial markings type 1 respectively. 3. It was considered to be difficult to diagnose the leptospirosis on chest radiographic findings alone, especially the case combined with Korean hemorrhagic fever.

  3. Finding an Eye Care Professional

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    ... care specialist. Call the department of ophthalmology or optometry at a nearby hospital or university medical center. ... at 610-664-1175. The American Board of Optometry provides an online “Find a Board-Certified Optometrist” ...

  4. A Family Finds Its Way

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    ... Past Issues Cover Story: Traumatic Brain Injury A Family Finds Its Way Past Issues / Fall 2008 Table ... are living with serious health conditions as a family. Photo courtesy of Stefan Radtke, www.stefanradtke.com ...

  5. Cystic intrapulmonary lymphangioma: HRCT findings

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    We report a rare case of cystic intrapulmonary lymphangioma involving the left lung, which presented with pneumothorax and respiratory distress in a 6-month-old infant. Chest radiographs showed a multicystic lesion in the left lung mimicking the features of congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation of the lung. The lesion appeared on high-resolution CT (HRCT) as a multiseptate, air-filled cystic lesion in the left hilar area. Associated HRCT findings were thickening of interlobular septa and bronchovascular bundles in the left lung and the presence of peripheral pulmonary vessels within cystic lesions in the apex of the left lung. HRCT findings correlated well with histopathologic findings. We suggest that these associated findings may be helpful in distinguishing this condition from other cystic lung diseases and that this entity should be included in the differential diagnosis of multicystic lung lesions. (orig.)

  6. Find an Endocrinology - Thyroid Specialist

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    ... History Resource Center Patients Thyroid Information Find an Endocrinology – Thyroid Specialist Patient Support Links Clinical Thyroidology for ... Access Thyroid Online Access Clinical Thyroidology Online Video Endocrinology Donate Give Online Donate by Mail/Fax/Phone ...

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    ... Complicated vegetables on forks - Vegetarianism: The Basic Facts Vegetarianism: The Basic Facts freezer of processed foods Processed Foods: What's OK, What to Avoid Health Health Find out more Categories Lifestyle Weight Loss ...

  8. Global optimization for track finding

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    Hopfield networks with mean-field annealing have been proposed for track finding in particle detectors by Peterson and Denby. In this paper we investigate and compare some other - probabilistic and heuristic - approaches to finding the global minimum of the associated energy function: Simulated annealing, threshold accepting, great deluge, record-to-record travel, and tabu search. We also use a branch-and-bound and a branch-and-cut algorithm in order to obtain the exact global minimum. (orig.)

  9. MRI findings in Kallmann syndrome

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    Madan R; Sawlani Vijay; Gupta Sushil; Phadke R

    2004-01-01

    Kallmann syndrome (KS) is a neuronal migration disorder characterised by hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism and anosmia or hyposmia. Five patients with clinical findings suggestive of KS were evaluated with MRI. All patients had abnormalities of olfactory system. Olfactory bulbs were absent in all patients. Olfactory sulci were absent in 3 patients and hypoplastic in 2 patients. Anterior pituitary was hypoplastic in two patients. The MRI findings in KS are characteristic and MRI is a useful adjun...

  10. Radiographic findings in liveborn triploidy

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    The detailed radiographic features of triploidy, a fatal congenital disorder with 69 chromosomes, have not previously been reported. Radiographs of ten liveborn infants with chromosomally confirmed triploidy showed six findings highly suggestive of this diagnosis: Harlequin orbits, small anterior fontanelle, gracile ribs, diaphyseal overtubulation of long bones, upswept clavicles and antimongoloid pelvis. Sixteen other less specific findings showed many similarities to those found in trisomy 18. (orig.)

  11. Radiographic findings in liveborn triploidy

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    Silverthorn, K.G.; Houston, C.S.; Newman, D.E.; Wood, B.J.

    1989-05-01

    The detailed radiographic features of triploidy, a fatal congenital disorder with 69 chromosomes, have not previously been reported. Radiographs of ten liveborn infants with chromosomally confirmed triploidy showed six findings highly suggestive of this diagnosis: Harlequin orbits, small anterior fontanelle, gracile ribs, diaphyseal overtubulation of long bones, upswept clavicles and antimongoloid pelvis. Sixteen other less specific findings showed many similarities to those found in trisomy 18.

  12. Radiographic findings in liveborn triploidy.

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    Silverthorn, K G; Houston, C S; Newman, D E; Wood, B J

    1989-01-01

    The detailed radiographic features of triploidy, a fatal congenital disorder with 69 chromosomes, have not previously been reported. Radiographs of ten liveborn infants with chromosomally confirmed triploidy showed six findings highly suggestive of this diagnosis: harlequin orbits, small anterior fontanelle, gracile ribs, diaphyseal overtubulation of long bones, upswept clavicles and antimongoloid pelvis. Sixteen other less specific findings showed many similarities to those found in trisomy 18. PMID:2748230

  13. Rhombencephalosynapsis: CT and MRI findings

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available An unusual disorder of cerebellar development, rhombencephalosynapsis is a unique entity which presents with cerebellar fusion and absence of cerebellar vermis on imaging studies, often associated with supratentorial findings. No specific clinical syndrome has been described in these patients so far, and most cases are found in infancy and childhood. MRI and its multiplanar capabilities and high spatial and contrast resolution increased its recognition. Two cases are reported, with emphasis on imaging findings.

  14. MRI findings in Kallmann syndrome

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    Madan R

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Kallmann syndrome (KS is a neuronal migration disorder characterised by hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism and anosmia or hyposmia. Five patients with clinical findings suggestive of KS were evaluated with MRI. All patients had abnormalities of olfactory system. Olfactory bulbs were absent in all patients. Olfactory sulci were absent in 3 patients and hypoplastic in 2 patients. Anterior pituitary was hypoplastic in two patients. The MRI findings in KS are characteristic and MRI is a useful adjunct to the diagnosis of KS.

  15. Radiologic findings of granulomatous mastitis

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    The describe the radiologic findings of granulomatous mastitis of the breast. This study included 19 patients (age range: 22 to 56 years; mean 37 years) with 22 lesions that were pathologically confirmed as having granulomatous mastitis. All the patients underwent a breast ultrasonography and 13 patients underwent a mammography. The results of the mammography revealed focal asymmetry (n = 9), multiple ill-defined isodense nodules (n 2), ill-defined nodular density on craniocaudal view (n = 1), and unremarkable finding (n = 1). The sonographic findings included continuous or discontinuous multiple tubular and nodular low echoic lesions (n = 7), ill-defined heterogeneously low echoic lesion (n = 5), irregular-shaped, ill-defined low echoic mass (n = 4), fluid collection with internal floating materials suggesting the presence of an abscess (n = 4), ill-defined heterogeneously low echoic lesion and abscess (n = 1), and multiple ill-defined nodules (n = 1). In the case of granulomatous mastitis, the mammography results indicate a lack of specificity between normal findings and focal asymmetry. The sonographic findings indicate that ill-defined heterogeneously low echoic lesions or irregular shaped, ill-defined low echoic masses are difficult to differentiate from breast cancer. The sonographic findings of abscesses indicate a difficulty in differentiating them from cases of pyogenic mastitis. However, multiple tubular and nodular low echoic lesions, especially with a continuous appearance, should point to granulomatous mastitis, and is helpful in its differential diagnosis and treatment

  16. Radiologic findings of granulomatous mastitis

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    Kim, Tae Gyu; Kim, Ji Young; Jeong, Myeong Ja; Kim, Jae Hyung; Kim, Soung Hee; Kim, Soo Hyun; Jun, Woo Sun; Park, Kyeong Mee; Han, Se Hwan [Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-08-15

    The describe the radiologic findings of granulomatous mastitis of the breast. This study included 19 patients (age range: 22 to 56 years; mean 37 years) with 22 lesions that were pathologically confirmed as having granulomatous mastitis. All the patients underwent a breast ultrasonography and 13 patients underwent a mammography. The results of the mammography revealed focal asymmetry (n = 9), multiple ill-defined isodense nodules (n 2), ill-defined nodular density on craniocaudal view (n = 1), and unremarkable finding (n = 1). The sonographic findings included continuous or discontinuous multiple tubular and nodular low echoic lesions (n = 7), ill-defined heterogeneously low echoic lesion (n = 5), irregular-shaped, ill-defined low echoic mass (n = 4), fluid collection with internal floating materials suggesting the presence of an abscess (n = 4), ill-defined heterogeneously low echoic lesion and abscess (n = 1), and multiple ill-defined nodules (n = 1). In the case of granulomatous mastitis, the mammography results indicate a lack of specificity between normal findings and focal asymmetry. The sonographic findings indicate that ill-defined heterogeneously low echoic lesions or irregular shaped, ill-defined low echoic masses are difficult to differentiate from breast cancer. The sonographic findings of abscesses indicate a difficulty in differentiating them from cases of pyogenic mastitis. However, multiple tubular and nodular low echoic lesions, especially with a continuous appearance, should point to granulomatous mastitis, and is helpful in its differential diagnosis and treatment.

  17. Near-Earth objects finding them before they find us

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    2012-01-01

    Of all the natural disasters that could befall us, only an Earth impact by a large comet or asteroid has the potential to end civilization in a single blow. Yet these near-Earth objects also offer tantalizing clues to our solar system's origins, and someday could even serve as stepping-stones for space exploration. In this book, Donald Yeomans introduces readers to the science of near-Earth objects--its history, applications, and ongoing quest to find near-Earth objects before they find us. In its course around the sun, the Earth passes through a veritable shooting gallery of million

  18. MR findings of cerebral palsy

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    To evaluate the MR findings of brain damage in cerebral palised patients and to correlate it with gestational age and the time of damage. A retrospective analysis was performed in 40 patients who underwent MR scanning for evaluation of brain lesion in clinically diagnosed cerebral palsy. Authors classified the patients into two groups as premature and full-term and compared MR findings of the two groups. Abnormal MR findings were noted in 28 cases (70%). Five out of 6 patients who had been born prematurely showed isolate periventricular white matter lesions. Twenty-three out of 34 patients who had been born at full-term showed abnormal MR findings. Of these 23 patients, migration anomalies in 7 patients, isolate periventricular white matter lesions in 3 patients, and other combined periventricular subcortical white matter and deep gray matter lesions in 14 patients were seen. At least, 10 patients(43%) of full term group showed abnormal MRI findings reflecting intrauterine brain damage and all 5 patients of premature group showed isolate periventricular white matter lesions suggesting immaturity of brain. MRI is thought to be very useful in the assessment of brain damage for the patients with cerebral palsy by recognizing the location of the lesion and estimating the time of damage

  19. MR findings of cerebral palsy

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    Yoon, Sang Hum; Chang, Seung Kuk; Cho, Mee Young; Park, Dong Woo; Kim, Jong Deok; Eun, Choong Ki [Pusan Paik Hospital, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-11-15

    To evaluate the MR findings of brain damage in cerebral palised patients and to correlate it with gestational age and the time of damage. A retrospective analysis was performed in 40 patients who underwent MR scanning for evaluation of brain lesion in clinically diagnosed cerebral palsy. Authors classified the patients into two groups as premature and full-term and compared MR findings of the two groups. Abnormal MR findings were noted in 28 cases (70%). Five out of 6 patients who had been born prematurely showed isolate periventricular white matter lesions. Twenty-three out of 34 patients who had been born at full-term showed abnormal MR findings. Of these 23 patients, migration anomalies in 7 patients, isolate periventricular white matter lesions in 3 patients, and other combined periventricular subcortical white matter and deep gray matter lesions in 14 patients were seen. At least, 10 patients(43%) of full term group showed abnormal MRI findings reflecting intrauterine brain damage and all 5 patients of premature group showed isolate periventricular white matter lesions suggesting immaturity of brain. MRI is thought to be very useful in the assessment of brain damage for the patients with cerebral palsy by recognizing the location of the lesion and estimating the time of damage.

  20. Pubic insufficiency fracture: MRI findings

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    Min, Tae Kyu; Lee, Yeon Soo; Park, Jeong Mi; Kim, Jee Young; Chung, Hong Jun; Lee, Eun Hee; Lee, Eun Ja; Kang, So Won [College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Han Tae Il [Eulji Medical College, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-10-01

    To evaluate the characteristic MRI findings of pubic insufficiency fracture. In nine cases of pubic insufficiency fracture, the findings of plain radiography (n=9), MRI (n=9), and bone scintigraphy (n=8) were reviewed. We retrospectively analyzed, with regard to fracture site, the destructive pattern revealed by plain radiography, and uptake by other pelvic bones, as demonstrated by RI bone scanning. The MR findings evaluated were the fracture gap and its signal intensity, the site and signal intensity of the soft tissue mass, and other pelvic bone fractures. Plain radiography revealed osteolysis and sclerosis of pubic bone in eight of nine cases (89%), and parasymphyseal fractures in seven (78%). RI indicated uptake by the sacrum in six cases (66%), and by the ilium in three (33%). MR findings of fracture gap (seven cases, 78%) were hypo to isointensity on T1WI, hyper intensity on T2WI and the absence of contrast enhancement. Soft tissue masses were found in seven cases (78%); in four of these the location was parasymphyseal, and in three, surrounding muscle was involved. Hypo to isointensity was revealed by T1WI, hyperintensity by T2WI, and there was peripheral enhancement. Other associated pelvic bone fractures involved the sacrum in seven cases and the ilium in four. The characteristic MR findings of pubic insufficiency fracture were parasymphyseal location, fracture gap, peripherally enhanced soft tissue mass formation, and fractures of other pelvic bones, namely the sacrum and ilium.