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  1. Coronary CT angiography: image quality, diagnostic accuracy, and potential for radiation dose reduction using a novel iterative image reconstruction technique - comparison with traditional filtered back projection

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    To compare image noise, image quality and diagnostic accuracy of coronary CT angiography (cCTA) using a novel iterative reconstruction algorithm versus traditional filtered back projection (FBP) and to estimate the potential for radiation dose savings. Sixty five consecutive patients (48 men; 59.3 ± 7.7 years) prospectively underwent cCTA and coronary catheter angiography (CCA). Full radiation dose data, using all projections, were reconstructed with FBP. To simulate image acquisition at half the radiation dose, 50% of the projections were discarded from the raw data. The resulting half-dose data were reconstructed with sinogram-affirmed iterative reconstruction (SAFIRE). Full-dose FBP and half-dose iterative reconstructions were compared with regard to image noise and image quality, and their respective accuracy for stenosis detection was compared against CCA. Compared with full-dose FBP, half-dose iterative reconstructions showed significantly (p = 0.001 - p = 0.025) lower image noise and slightly higher image quality. Iterative reconstruction improved the accuracy of stenosis detection compared with FBP (per-patient: accuracy 96.9% vs. 93.8%, sensitivity 100% vs. 100%, specificity 94.6% vs. 89.2%, NPV 100% vs. 100%, PPV 93.3% vs. 87.5%). Iterative reconstruction significantly reduces image noise without loss of diagnostic information and holds the potential for substantial radiation dose reduction from cCTA. (orig.)

  2. Filter back-projection technique applied to Abel inversion

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    The inverse Abel transform is applicable to optically thin plasma with cylindrical symmetry, which is often encountered in plasma physics and inertial (or magnetic) confinement fusion. The filter back-projection technique is modified, and then a new method of inverse Abel transform is presented

  3. Improvement of wavelet threshold filtered back-projection image reconstruction algorithm

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    Ren, Zhong; Liu, Guodong; Huang, Zhen

    2014-11-01

    Image reconstruction technique has been applied into many fields including some medical imaging, such as X ray computer tomography (X-CT), positron emission tomography (PET) and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) etc, but the reconstructed effects are still not satisfied because original projection data are inevitably polluted by noises in process of image reconstruction. Although some traditional filters e.g., Shepp-Logan (SL) and Ram-Lak (RL) filter have the ability to filter some noises, Gibbs oscillation phenomenon are generated and artifacts leaded by back-projection are not greatly improved. Wavelet threshold denoising can overcome the noises interference to image reconstruction. Since some inherent defects exist in the traditional soft and hard threshold functions, an improved wavelet threshold function combined with filtered back-projection (FBP) algorithm was proposed in this paper. Four different reconstruction algorithms were compared in simulated experiments. Experimental results demonstrated that this improved algorithm greatly eliminated the shortcomings of un-continuity and large distortion of traditional threshold functions and the Gibbs oscillation. Finally, the availability of this improved algorithm was verified from the comparison of two evaluation criterions, i.e. mean square error (MSE), peak signal to noise ratio (PSNR) among four different algorithms, and the optimum dual threshold values of improved wavelet threshold function was gotten.

  4. A reconstruction algorithm for coherent scatter computed tomography based on filtered back-projection.

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    van Stevendaal, U; Schlomka, J P; Harding, A; Grass, M

    2003-09-01

    Coherent scatter computed tomography (CSCT) is a reconstructive x-ray imaging technique that yields the spatially resolved coherent-scatter form factor of the investigated object. Reconstruction from coherently scattered x-rays is commonly done using algebraic reconstruction techniques (ART). In this paper, we propose an alternative approach based on filtered back-projection. For the first time, a three-dimensional (3D) filtered back-projection technique using curved 3D back-projection lines is applied to two-dimensional coherent scatter projection data. The proposed algorithm is tested with simulated projection data as well as with projection data acquired with a demonstrator setup similar to a multi-line CT scanner geometry. While yielding comparable image quality as ART reconstruction, the modified 3D filtered back-projection algorithm is about two orders of magnitude faster. In contrast to iterative reconstruction schemes, it has the advantage that subfield-of-view reconstruction becomes feasible. This allows a selective reconstruction of the coherent-scatter form factor for a region of interest. The proposed modified 3D filtered back-projection algorithm is a powerful reconstruction technique to be implemented in a CSCT scanning system. This method gives coherent scatter CT the potential of becoming a competitive modality for medical imaging or nondestructive testing. PMID:14528968

  5. PET reconstruction artifact can be minimized by using sinogram correction and filtered back-projection technique

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    Jha, Ashish Kumar; Purandare, Nilendu C.; Shah, Sneha; Agrawal, Archi; Puranik, Ameya D; Rangarajan, Venkatesh

    2014-01-01

    Filtered Back-Projection (FBP) has become an outdated image reconstruction technique in new-generation positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) scanners. Iterative reconstruction used in all new-generation PET scanners is a much improved reconstruction technique. Though a well-calibrated PET system can only be used for clinical imaging in few situations like ours, when compromised PET scanner with one PET module bypassed was used for PET acquisition, FBP with sinogram corre...

  6. PET reconstruction artifact can be minimized by using sinogram correction and filtered back-projection technique

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    Ashish Kumar Jha

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Filtered Back-Projection (FBP has become an outdated image reconstruction technique in new-generation positron emission tomography (PET/computed tomography (CT scanners. Iterative reconstruction used in all new-generation PET scanners is a much improved reconstruction technique. Though a well-calibrated PET system can only be used for clinical imaging in few situations like ours, when compromised PET scanner with one PET module bypassed was used for PET acquisition, FBP with sinogram correction proved to be a better reconstruction technique to minimize streak artifact present in the image reconstructed by the iterative technique.

  7. Comparison of adaptive statistical iterative and filtered back projection reconstruction techniques in brain CT

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    Ren, Qingguo, E-mail: renqg83@163.com [Department of Radiology, Hua Dong Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai 200040 (China); Dewan, Sheilesh Kumar, E-mail: sheilesh_d1@hotmail.com [Department of Geriatrics, Hua Dong Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai 200040 (China); Li, Ming, E-mail: minli77@163.com [Department of Radiology, Hua Dong Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai 200040 (China); Li, Jianying, E-mail: Jianying.Li@med.ge.com [CT Imaging Research Center, GE Healthcare China, Beijing (China); Mao, Dingbiao, E-mail: maodingbiao74@163.com [Department of Radiology, Hua Dong Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai 200040 (China); Wang, Zhenglei, E-mail: Williswang_doc@yahoo.com.cn [Department of Radiology, Shanghai Electricity Hospital, Shanghai 200050 (China); Hua, Yanqing, E-mail: cjr.huayanqing@vip.163.com [Department of Radiology, Hua Dong Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai 200040 (China)

    2012-10-15

    Purpose: To compare image quality and visualization of normal structures and lesions in brain computed tomography (CT) with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) and filtered back projection (FBP) reconstruction techniques in different X-ray tube current–time products. Materials and methods: In this IRB-approved prospective study, forty patients (nineteen men, twenty-one women; mean age 69.5 ± 11.2 years) received brain scan at different tube current–time products (300 and 200 mAs) in 64-section multi-detector CT (GE, Discovery CT750 HD). Images were reconstructed with FBP and four levels of ASIR-FBP blending. Two radiologists (please note that our hospital is renowned for its geriatric medicine department, and these two radiologists are more experienced in chronic cerebral vascular disease than in neoplastic disease, so this research did not contain cerebral tumors but as a discussion) assessed all the reconstructed images for visibility of normal structures, lesion conspicuity, image contrast and diagnostic confidence in a blinded and randomized manner. Volume CT dose index (CTDI{sub vol}) and dose-length product (DLP) were recorded. All the data were analyzed by using SPSS 13.0 statistical analysis software. Results: There was no statistically significant difference between the image qualities at 200 mAs with 50% ASIR blending technique and 300 mAs with FBP technique (p > .05). While between the image qualities at 200 mAs with FBP and 300 mAs with FBP technique a statistically significant difference (p < .05) was found. Conclusion: ASIR provided same image quality and diagnostic ability in brain imaging with greater than 30% dose reduction compared with FBP reconstruction technique.

  8. Single Image Super-Resolution VIA Iterative Back Projection Based Canny Edge Detection and a Gabor Filter Prior

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    Rujul R Makwana

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The Iterative back-projection (IBP is a classical super-resolution method with low computational complexity that can be applied in real time applications. This paper presents an effective novel single image super resolution approach to recover a high resolution image from a single low resolution input image. The approach is based on an Iterative back projection (IBP method combined with the Canny Edge Detection and Gabor Filter to recover high frequency information. This method is applied on different natural gray images and compared with different existing image super resolution approaches. Simulation results show that the proposed algorithms can more accurately enlarge the low resolution image than previous approaches. Proposed algorithm increases the MSSIM and the PSNR and decreases MSE compared to other existing algorithms and also improves visual quality of enlarged images.

  9. Ultrasonic computerized tomography (CT) for temperature measurements with limited projection data based on extrapolated filtered back projection (FBP) method

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    This study uses ultrasound in combination with tomography to obtain three-dimensional temperature measurements using projection data obtained from limited projection angle. The main feature of the new computerized tomography (CT) reconstruction algorithm is to employ extrapolation scheme to make up for the incomplete projection data, it is based on the conventional filtered back projection (FBP) method while on top of that taking into account the correlation between the projection data and Fourier transform-based extrapolation. Computer simulation is conducted to verify the above algorithm. An experimental 3D temperature distribution measurement is also carried out to validate the proposed algorithm. The simulation and experimental results demonstrate that the extrapolated FBP CT algorithm is highly effective in dealing with projection data from limited projection angle

  10. Evaluation of dose reduction and image quality in CT colonography: Comparison of low-dose CT with iterative reconstruction and routine-dose CT with filtered back projection

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    Nagata, Koichi [Kameda Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Kamogawa, Chiba (Japan); Jichi Medical University, Department of Radiology, Tochigi (Japan); National Cancer Center, Cancer Screening Technology Division, Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening, Tokyo (Japan); Fujiwara, Masanori; Mogi, Tomohiro; Iida, Nao [Kameda Medical Center Makuhari, Department of Radiology, Chiba (Japan); Kanazawa, Hidenori; Sugimoto, Hideharu [Jichi Medical University, Department of Radiology, Tochigi (Japan); Mitsushima, Toru [Kameda Medical Center Makuhari, Department of Gastroenterology, Chiba (Japan); Lefor, Alan T. [Jichi Medical University, Department of Surgery, Tochigi (Japan)

    2015-01-15

    To prospectively evaluate the radiation dose and image quality comparing low-dose CT colonography (CTC) reconstructed using different levels of iterative reconstruction techniques with routine-dose CTC reconstructed with filtered back projection. Following institutional ethics clearance and informed consent procedures, 210 patients underwent screening CTC using automatic tube current modulation for dual positions. Examinations were performed in the supine position with a routine-dose protocol and in the prone position, randomly applying four different low-dose protocols. Supine images were reconstructed with filtered back projection and prone images with iterative reconstruction. Two blinded observers assessed the image quality of endoluminal images. Image noise was quantitatively assessed by region-of-interest measurements. The mean effective dose in the supine series was 1.88 mSv using routine-dose CTC, compared to 0.92, 0.69, 0.57, and 0.46 mSv at four different low doses in the prone series (p < 0.01). Overall image quality and noise of low-dose CTC with iterative reconstruction were significantly improved compared to routine-dose CTC using filtered back projection. The lowest dose group had image quality comparable to routine-dose images. Low-dose CTC with iterative reconstruction reduces the radiation dose by 48.5 to 75.1 % without image quality degradation compared to routine-dose CTC with filtered back projection. (orig.)

  11. Gamma-ray momentum reconstruction from Compton electron trajectories by filtered back-projection

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    Haefner, A., E-mail: ahaefner@berkeley.edu; Plimley, B.; Pavlovsky, R. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley, 4155 Etcheverry Hall, MC 1730, Berkeley, California 94720-1730 (United States); Gunter, D. [Applied Nuclear Physics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Road Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Vetter, K. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley, 4155 Etcheverry Hall, MC 1730, Berkeley, California 94720-1730 (United States); Applied Nuclear Physics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Road Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)

    2014-11-03

    Gamma-ray imaging utilizing Compton scattering has traditionally relied on measuring coincident gamma-ray interactions to map directional information of the source distribution. This coincidence requirement makes it an inherently inefficient process. We present an approach to gamma-ray reconstruction from Compton scattering that requires only a single electron tracking detector, thus removing the coincidence requirement. From the Compton scattered electron momentum distribution, our algorithm analytically computes the incident photon's correlated direction and energy distributions. Because this method maps the source energy and location, it is useful in applications, where prior information about the source distribution is unknown. We demonstrate this method with electron tracks measured in a scientific Si charge coupled device. While this method was demonstrated with electron tracks in a Si-based detector, it is applicable to any detector that can measure electron direction and energy, or equivalently the electron momentum. For example, it can increase the sensitivity to obtain energy and direction in gas-based systems that suffer from limited efficiency.

  12. Coronary CT angiography: Comparison of a novel iterative reconstruction with filtered back projection for reconstruction of low-dose CT—Initial experience

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    Objective: To prospectively compare subjective and objective image quality in 20% tube current coronary CT angiography (cCTA) datasets between an iterative reconstruction algorithm (SAFIRE) and traditional filtered back projection (FBP). Materials and methods: Twenty patients underwent a prospectively ECG-triggered dual-step cCTA protocol using 2nd generation dual-source CT (DSCT). CT raw data was reconstructed using standard FBP at full-dose (Group1a) and 80% tube current reduced low-dose (Group1b). The low-dose raw data was additionally reconstructed using iterative raw data reconstruction (Group2). Attenuation and image noise were measured in three regions of interest and signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) as well as contrast-to-noise-ratio (CNR) was calculated. Subjective diagnostic image quality was evaluated using a 4-point Likert scale. Results: Mean image noise of group2 was lowered by 22% on average when compared to group1b (p 2 compared to group1b (p 2 (1.88 ± 0.63) was also rated significantly higher when compared to group1b (1.58 ± 0.63, p = 0.004). Conclusions: Image quality of 80% tube current reduced iteratively reconstructed cCTA raw data is significantly improved when compared to standard FBP and consequently may improve the diagnostic accuracy of cCTA

  13. Rapid mapping of visual receptive fields by filtered back projection: application to multi-neuronal electrophysiology and imaging.

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    Johnston, Jamie; Ding, Huayu; Seibel, Sofie H; Esposti, Federico; Lagnado, Leon

    2014-11-15

    Neurons in the visual system vary widely in the spatiotemporal properties of their receptive fields (RFs), and understanding these variations is key to elucidating how visual information is processed. We present a new approach for mapping RFs based on the filtered back projection (FBP), an algorithm used for tomographic reconstructions. To estimate RFs, a series of bars were flashed across the retina at pseudo-random positions and at a minimum of five orientations. We apply this method to retinal neurons and show that it can accurately recover the spatial RF and impulse response of ganglion cells recorded on a multi-electrode array. We also demonstrate its utility for in vivo imaging by mapping the RFs of an array of bipolar cell synapses expressing a genetically encoded Ca(2+) indicator. We find that FBP offers several advantages over the commonly used spike-triggered average (STA): (i) ON and OFF components of a RF can be separated; (ii) the impulse response can be reconstructed at sample rates of 125 Hz, rather than the refresh rate of a monitor; (iii) FBP reveals the response properties of neurons that are not evident using STA, including those that display orientation selectivity, or fire at low mean spike rates; and (iv) the FBP method is fast, allowing the RFs of all the bipolar cell synaptic terminals in a field of view to be reconstructed in under 4 min. Use of the FBP will benefit investigations of the visual system that employ electrophysiology or optical reporters to measure activity across populations of neurons. PMID:25172952

  14. Coronary CT angiography: Comparison of a novel iterative reconstruction with filtered back projection for reconstruction of low-dose CT—Initial experience

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    Takx, Richard A.P. [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (United States); Department of Radiology, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht (Netherlands); Schoepf, U. Joseph, E-mail: schoepf@musc.edu [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (United States); Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (United States); Moscariello, Antonio [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (United States); Department of Radiology, Policlinico Universitario Campus Bio-Medico, Rome (Italy); Das, Marco [Department of Radiology, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht (Netherlands); Rowe, Garrett [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (United States); Schoenberg, Stefan O.; Fink, Christian [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University (Germany); Henzler, Thomas [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (United States); Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University (Germany)

    2013-02-15

    Objective: To prospectively compare subjective and objective image quality in 20% tube current coronary CT angiography (cCTA) datasets between an iterative reconstruction algorithm (SAFIRE) and traditional filtered back projection (FBP). Materials and methods: Twenty patients underwent a prospectively ECG-triggered dual-step cCTA protocol using 2nd generation dual-source CT (DSCT). CT raw data was reconstructed using standard FBP at full-dose (Group{sub 1}a) and 80% tube current reduced low-dose (Group{sub 1}b). The low-dose raw data was additionally reconstructed using iterative raw data reconstruction (Group{sub 2}). Attenuation and image noise were measured in three regions of interest and signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) as well as contrast-to-noise-ratio (CNR) was calculated. Subjective diagnostic image quality was evaluated using a 4-point Likert scale. Results: Mean image noise of group{sub 2} was lowered by 22% on average when compared to group{sub 1}b (p < 0.0001–0.0033), while there were no significant differences in mean attenuation within the same anatomical regions. The lower image noise resulted in significantly higher SNR and CNR ratios in group{sub 2} compared to group{sub 1}b (p < 0.0001–0.0232). Subjective image quality of group{sub 2} (1.88 ± 0.63) was also rated significantly higher when compared to group{sub 1}b (1.58 ± 0.63, p = 0.004). Conclusions: Image quality of 80% tube current reduced iteratively reconstructed cCTA raw data is significantly improved when compared to standard FBP and consequently may improve the diagnostic accuracy of cCTA.

  15. Why do commercial CT scanners still employ traditional, filtered back-projection for image reconstruction?

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    Despite major advances in x-ray sources, detector arrays, gantry mechanical design and especially computer performance, one component of computed tomography (CT) scanners has remained virtually constant for the past 25 years—the reconstruction algorithm. Fundamental advances have been made in the solution of inverse problems, especially tomographic reconstruction, but these works have not been translated into clinical and related practice. The reasons are not obvious and seldom discussed. This review seeks to examine the reasons for this discrepancy and provides recommendations on how it can be resolved. We take the example of field of compressive sensing (CS), summarizing this new area of research from the eyes of practical medical physicists and explaining the disconnection between theoretical and application-oriented research. Using a few issues specific to CT, which engineers have addressed in very specific ways, we try to distill the mathematical problem underlying each of these issues with the hope of demonstrating that there are interesting mathematical problems of general importance that can result from in depth analysis of specific issues. We then sketch some unconventional CT-imaging designs that have the potential to impact on CT applications, if the link between applied mathematicians and engineers/physicists were stronger. Finally, we close with some observations on how the link could be strengthened. There is, we believe, an important opportunity to rapidly improve the performance of CT and related tomographic imaging techniques by addressing these issues. (topical review)

  16. Forward problem solution as the operator of filtered and back projection matrix to reconstruct the various method of data collection and the object element model in electrical impedance tomography

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    Ain, Khusnul [Engineering Physics Program, ITB, Bandung - Indonesia (Indonesia); Physics Department - Airlangga University, Surabaya – Indonesia, khusnulainunair@yahoo.com (Indonesia); Kurniadi, Deddy; Suprijanto [Engineering Physics Program, ITB, Bandung - Indonesia (Indonesia); Santoso, Oerip [Informatics Program, ITB, Bandung - Indonesia (Indonesia); Wibowo, Arif [Physics Department - Airlangga University, Surabaya – Indonesia, khusnulainunair@yahoo.com (Indonesia)

    2015-04-16

    Back projection reconstruction has been implemented to get the dynamical image in electrical impedance tomography. However the implementation is still limited in method of adjacent data collection and circular object element model. The study aims to develop the methods of back projection as reconstruction method that has the high speed, accuracy, and flexibility, which can be used for various methods of data collection and model of the object element. The proposed method uses the forward problem solution as the operator of filtered and back projection matrix. This is done through a simulation study on several methods of data collection and various models of the object element. The results indicate that the developed method is capable of producing images, fastly and accurately for reconstruction of the various methods of data collection and models of the object element.

  17. Forward problem solution as the operator of filtered and back projection matrix to reconstruct the various method of data collection and the object element model in electrical impedance tomography

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    Back projection reconstruction has been implemented to get the dynamical image in electrical impedance tomography. However the implementation is still limited in method of adjacent data collection and circular object element model. The study aims to develop the methods of back projection as reconstruction method that has the high speed, accuracy, and flexibility, which can be used for various methods of data collection and model of the object element. The proposed method uses the forward problem solution as the operator of filtered and back projection matrix. This is done through a simulation study on several methods of data collection and various models of the object element. The results indicate that the developed method is capable of producing images, fastly and accurately for reconstruction of the various methods of data collection and models of the object element

  18. Half-dose abdominal CT with sinogram-affirmed iterative reconstruction technique in children - comparison with full-dose CT with filtered back projection

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    Lee, Minwook; Kim, Myung-Joon; Lee, Mi-Jung [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiological Science, Severance Children' s Hospital, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Han, Kyung Hwa [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Gangnam Medical Research Center, Biostatistics Collaboration Unit, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-07-17

    Iterative reconstruction can be helpful to reduce radiation dose while maintaining image quality. However, this technique has not been fully evaluated in children during abdominal CT. To compare objective and subjective image quality between half-dose images reconstructed with iterative reconstruction at iteration strength levels 1 to 5 (half-S1 to half-S5 studies) and full-dose images reconstructed with filtered back projection (full studies) in pediatric abdominal CT. Twenty-one children (M:F = 13:8; mean age 8.2 ± 5.7 years) underwent dual-source abdominal CT (mean effective dose 4.8 ± 2.1 mSv). The objective image quality was evaluated as noise. Subjective image quality analysis was performed comparing each half study to the full study for noise, sharpness, artifact and diagnostic acceptability. Both objective and subjective image noise decreased with increasing iteration strength. Half-S4 and -S5 studies showed objective image noise similar to or lower than that of full studies. The half-S2 and -S3 studies produced the greatest sharpness and the half-S5 studies were the worst from a blocky appearance. Full and half studies did not differ in artifacts. Half-S3 studies showed the best diagnostic acceptability. Half-S4 and -S5 studies objectively and half-S3 studies subjectively showed comparable image quality to full studies in pediatric abdominal CT. (orig.)

  19. Adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction versus filtered back projection in the same patient: 64 channel liver CT image quality and patient radiation dose

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    Mitsumori, Lee M.; Shuman, William P.; Busey, Janet M.; Kolokythas, Orpheus; Koprowicz, Kent M. [University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seattle, WA (United States)

    2012-01-15

    To compare routine dose liver CT reconstructed with filtered back projection (FBP) versus low dose images reconstructed with FBP and adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR). In this retrospective study, patients had a routine dose protocol reconstructed with FBP, and again within 17 months (median 6.1 months), had a low dose protocol reconstructed twice, with FBP and ASIR. These reconstructions were compared for noise, image quality, and radiation dose. Nineteen patients were included. (12 male, mean age 58). Noise was significantly lower in low dose images reconstructed with ASIR compared to routine dose images reconstructed with FBP (liver: p <.05, aorta: p < 0.001). Low dose FBP images were scored significantly lower for subjective image quality than low dose ASIR (2.1 {+-} 0.5, 3.2 {+-} 0.8, p < 0.001). There was no difference in subjective image quality scores between routine dose FBP images and low dose ASIR images (3.6 {+-} 0.5, 3.2 {+-} 0.8, NS).Radiation dose was 41% less for the low dose protocol (4.4 {+-} 2.4 mSv versus 7.5 {+-} 5.5 mSv, p < 0.05). Our initial results suggest low dose CT images reconstructed with ASIR may have lower measured noise, similar image quality, yet significantly less radiation dose compared with higher dose images reconstructed with FBP. (orig.)

  20. Half-dose abdominal CT with sinogram-affirmed iterative reconstruction technique in children - comparison with full-dose CT with filtered back projection

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    Iterative reconstruction can be helpful to reduce radiation dose while maintaining image quality. However, this technique has not been fully evaluated in children during abdominal CT. To compare objective and subjective image quality between half-dose images reconstructed with iterative reconstruction at iteration strength levels 1 to 5 (half-S1 to half-S5 studies) and full-dose images reconstructed with filtered back projection (full studies) in pediatric abdominal CT. Twenty-one children (M:F = 13:8; mean age 8.2 ± 5.7 years) underwent dual-source abdominal CT (mean effective dose 4.8 ± 2.1 mSv). The objective image quality was evaluated as noise. Subjective image quality analysis was performed comparing each half study to the full study for noise, sharpness, artifact and diagnostic acceptability. Both objective and subjective image noise decreased with increasing iteration strength. Half-S4 and -S5 studies showed objective image noise similar to or lower than that of full studies. The half-S2 and -S3 studies produced the greatest sharpness and the half-S5 studies were the worst from a blocky appearance. Full and half studies did not differ in artifacts. Half-S3 studies showed the best diagnostic acceptability. Half-S4 and -S5 studies objectively and half-S3 studies subjectively showed comparable image quality to full studies in pediatric abdominal CT. (orig.)

  1. Image quality and radiation dose of low dose coronary CT angiography in obese patients: Sinogram affirmed iterative reconstruction versus filtered back projection

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    Wang, Rui, E-mail: rui_wang1979@yahoo.cn [Department of Radiology, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, 100029 Beijing (China); Schoepf, U. Joseph, E-mail: schoepf@musc.edu [Heart and Vascular Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Ashley River Tower, 25 Courtenay Drive, Charleston, SC 29425-2260 (United States); Wu, Runze, E-mail: runze.wu@gmail.com [Siemens Healthcare China, 7 Wangjing Zhonghuan Nanlu, 100102 Beijing (China); Reddy, Ryan P., E-mail: reddyr@musc.edu [Heart and Vascular Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Ashley River Tower, 25 Courtenay Drive, Charleston, SC 29425-2260 (United States); Zhang, Chuanchen, E-mail: zhangchuanchen666@163.com [Department of Radiology, Liaocheng People Hospital, 252000 Shandong (China); Yu, Wei, E-mail: yuwei02@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, 100029 Beijing (China); Liu, Yi, E-mail: liuyi198311@yahoo.cn [Department of Radiology, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, 100029 Beijing (China); Zhang, Zhaoqi, E-mail: zhaoqi5000@vip.sohu.com [Department of Radiology, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, 100029 Beijing (China)

    2012-11-15

    Purpose: To investigate the image quality and radiation dose of low radiation dose CT coronary angiography (CTCA) using sinogram affirmed iterative reconstruction (SAFIRE) compared with standard dose CTCA using filtered back-projection (FBP) in obese patients. Materials and methods: Seventy-eight consecutive obese patients were randomized into two groups and scanned using a prospectively ECG-triggered step-and-shot (SAS) CTCA protocol on a dual-source CT scanner. Thirty-nine patients (protocol A) were examined using a routine radiation dose protocol at 120 kV and images were reconstructed with FBP (protocol A). Thirty-nine patients (protocol B) were examined using a low dose protocol at 100 kV and images were reconstructed with SAFIRE. Two blinded observers independently assessed the image quality of each coronary segment using a 4-point scale (1 = non-diagnostic, 4 = excellent) and measured the objective parameters image noise, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR). Radiation dose was calculated. Results: The coronary artery image quality scores, image noise, SNR and CNR were not significantly different between protocols A and B (all p > 0.05), with image quality scores of 3.51 {+-} 0.70 versus 3.55 {+-} 0.47, respectively. The effective radiation dose was significantly lower in protocol B (4.41 {+-} 0.83 mSv) than that in protocol A (8.83 {+-} 1.74 mSv, p < 0.01). Conclusion: Compared with standard dose CTCA using FBP, low dose CTCA using SAFIRE can maintain diagnostic image quality with 50% reduction of radiation dose.

  2. Adaptive iterative dose reduction algorithm in CT: Effect on image quality compared with filtered back projection in body phantoms of different sizes

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    Kim, Milim; Lee, Jeong Min; Son, Hyo Shin; Han, Joon Koo; Choi, Byung Ihn [College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yoon, Jeong Hee; Choi, Jin Woo [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-04-15

    To evaluate the impact of the adaptive iterative dose reduction (AIDR) three-dimensional (3D) algorithm in CT on noise reduction and the image quality compared to the filtered back projection (FBP) algorithm and to compare the effectiveness of AIDR 3D on noise reduction according to the body habitus using phantoms with different sizes. Three different-sized phantoms with diameters of 24 cm, 30 cm, and 40 cm were built up using the American College of Radiology CT accreditation phantom and layers of pork belly fat. Each phantom was scanned eight times using different mAs. Images were reconstructed using the FBP and three different strengths of the AIDR 3D. The image noise, the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the phantom were assessed. Two radiologists assessed the image quality of the 4 image sets in consensus. The effectiveness of AIDR 3D on noise reduction compared with FBP were also compared according to the phantom sizes. Adaptive iterative dose reduction 3D significantly reduced the image noise compared with FBP and enhanced the SNR and CNR (p < 0.05) with improved image quality (p < 0.05). When a stronger reconstruction algorithm was used, greater increase of SNR and CNR as well as noise reduction was achieved (p < 0.05). The noise reduction effect of AIDR 3D was significantly greater in the 40-cm phantom than in the 24-cm or 30-cm phantoms (p < 0.05). The AIDR 3D algorithm is effective to reduce the image noise as well as to improve the image-quality parameters compared by FBP algorithm, and its effectiveness may increase as the phantom size increases.

  3. Impact of adaptive iterative dose reduction (AIDR) 3D on low-dose abdominal CT - Comparison with routine-dose CT using filtered back projection

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    Matsuki, Mitsuru; Murakami, Takamichi [Dept. of Radiology, Kinki Univ. School of Medicine, Osaka (Japan)], e-mail: rad053@poh.osaka-med.ac.jp; Juri, Hiroshi; Yoshikawa, Shushi; Narumi, Yoshifumi [Dept. of Radiology, Osaka Medical Coll., Osaka (Japan)

    2013-10-15

    Background: While CT is widely used in medical practice, a substantial source of radiation exposure is associated with an increased lifetime risk of cancer. Therefore, concerns to dose reduction in CT examinations are increasing and an iterative reconstruction algorithm, which allow for dose reduction by compensating image noise in the image reconstruction, has been developed. Purpose: To investigate the performance of low-dose abdominal CT using adaptive iterative dose reduction 3D (AIDR 3D) compared to routine-dose CT using filtered back projection (FBP). Material and Methods: Fifty-eight patients underwent both routine-dose CT scans using FBP and low-dose CT scans using AIDR 3D in the abdomen. The image noise levels, signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs), and contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRs) of the aorta, portal vein, liver, and pancreas were measured and compared in both scans. Visual evaluations were performed. The volume CT dose index (CTDIvol) was measured. Results: Image noise levels on low-dose CT images using AIDR 3D were significantly lower than, or not significantly different from, routine-dose CT images using FBP in reviewing the data on the basis of all patients and the three BMI groups. SNRs and CNRs on low-dose CT images using AIDR 3D were significantly higher than, or not significantly different from, routine-dose CT images using FBP in reviewing the data on the basis of all patients and the three BMI groups. In visual evaluation of the images, there were no statistically significant differences between the scans in all organs independently of BMI. The average CTDIvol at routine-dose and low dose CT was 21.4 and 10.8 mGy, respectively. Conclusion: Low-dose abdominal CT using AIDR 3D allows for approximately 50 % reduction in radiation dose without a degradation of image quality compared to routine-dose CT using FBP independently of BMI.

  4. Impact of hybrid iterative reconstruction on Agatston coronary artery calcium scores in comparison to filtered back projection in native cardiac CT

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    To investigate whether the effects of hybrid iterative reconstruction (HIR) on coronary artery calcium (CAC) measurements using the Agatston score lead to changes in assignment of patients to cardiovascular risk groups compared to filtered back projection (FBP). 68 patients (mean age 61.5 years; 48 male; 20 female) underwent prospectively ECG-gated, non-enhanced, cardiac 256-MSCT for coronary calcium scoring. Scanning parameters were as follows: Tube voltage, 120 kV; Mean tube current time-product 63.67 mAs (50 - 150 mAs); collimation, 2 x 128 x 0.625 mm. Images were reconstructed with FBP and with HIR at all levels (L1 to L7). Two independent readers measured Agatston scores of all reconstructions and assigned patients to cardiovascular risk groups. Scores of HIR and FBP reconstructions were correlated (Spearman). Interobserver agreement and variability was assessed with k-statistics and Bland-Altmann-Plots. Agatston scores of HIR reconstructions were closely correlated with FBP reconstructions (L1, R = 0.9996; L2, R = 0.9995; L3, R = 0.9991; L4, R = 0.986; L5, R = 0.9986; L6, R = 0.9987; and L7, R = 0.9986). In comparison to FBP, HIR led to reduced Agatston scores between 97% (L1) and 87.4% (L7) of the FBP values. Using HIR iterations L1-L3, all patients were assigned to identical risk groups as after FPB reconstruction. In 5.4% of patients the risk group after HIR with the maximum iteration level was different from the group after FBP reconstruction. There was an excellent correlation of Agatston scores after HIR and FBP with identical risk group assignment at levels 1 - 3 for all patients. Hence it appears that the application of HIR in routine calcium scoring does not entail any disadvantages. Thus, future studies are needed to demonstrate whether HIR is a reliable method for reducing radiation dose in coronary calcium scoring.

  5. Computed tomography of the cervical spine: comparison of image quality between a standard-dose and a low-dose protocol using filtered back-projection and iterative reconstruction

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    To compare image quality of a standard-dose (SD) and a low-dose (LD) cervical spine CT protocol using filtered back-projection (FBP) and iterative reconstruction (IR). Forty patients investigated by cervical spine CT were prospectively randomised into two groups: SD (120 kVp, 275 mAs) and LD (120 kVp, 150 mAs), both applying automatic tube current modulation. Data were reconstructed using both FBP and sinogram-affirmed IR. Image noise, signal-to-noise (SNR) and contrast-to-noise (CNR) ratios were measured. Two radiologists independently and blindly assessed the following anatomical structures at C3-C4 and C6-C7 levels, using a four-point scale: intervertebral disc, content of neural foramina and dural sac, ligaments, soft tissues and vertebrae. They subsequently rated overall image quality using a ten-point scale. For both protocols and at each disc level, IR significantly decreased image noise and increased SNR and CNR, compared with FBP. SNR and CNR were statistically equivalent in LD-IR and SD-FBP protocols. Regardless of the dose and disc level, the qualitative scores with IR compared with FBP, and with LD-IR compared with SD-FBP, were significantly higher or not statistically different for intervertebral discs, neural foramina and ligaments, while significantly lower or not statistically different for soft tissues and vertebrae. The overall image quality scores were significantly higher with IR compared with FBP, and with LD-IR compared with SD-FBP. LD-IR cervical spine CT provides better image quality for intervertebral discs, neural foramina and ligaments, and worse image quality for soft tissues and vertebrae, compared with SD-FBP, while reducing radiation dose by approximately 40 %. (orig.)

  6. Image quality of low mA CT pulmonary angiography reconstructed with model based iterative reconstruction versus standard CT pulmonary angiography reconstructed with filtered back projection: an equivalency trial

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    To determine whether CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) using low mA setting reconstructed with model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) is equivalent to routine CTPA reconstructed with filtered back projection (FBP). This prospective study was approved by the institutional review board and patients provided written informed consent. Eighty-two patients were examined with a low mA MBIR-CTPA (100 kV, 20 mA) and 82 patients with a standard FBP-CTPA (100 kV, 250 mA). Region of interests were drawn in nine pulmonary vessels; signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) were calculated. A five-point scale was used to subjectively evaluate the image quality of FBP-CTPA and low mA MBIR-CTPA. Compared to routine FBP-CTPA, low mA MBIR-CTPA showed no differences in the attenuation measured in nine pulmonary vessels, higher SNR (56 ± 19 vs 43 ± 20, p < 0.0001) and higher CNR (50 ± 17 vs 38 ± 18, p < 0.0001) despite a dose reduction of 93 % (p < 0.0001). The subjective image quality of low mA MBIR-CTPA was quoted as diagnostic in 98 % of the cases for patient with body mass index less than 30 kg/m2. Low mA MBIR-CTPA is equivalent to routine FBP-CTPA and allows a significant dose reduction while improving SNR and CNR in the pulmonary vessels, as compared with routine FBP-CTPA. (orig.)

  7. Iterative reconstruction technique vs filter back projection: utility for quantitative bronchial assessment on low-dose thin-section MDCT in patients with/without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Koyama, Hisanobu; Seki, Shinichiro; Sugimura, Kazuro [Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Division of Radiology, Department of Radiology, Kobe, Hyogo (Japan); Ohno, Yoshiharu; Nishio, Mizuho; Matsumoto, Sumiaki; Yoshikawa, Takeshi [Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research Centre, Kobe (Japan); Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Division of Functional and Diagnostic Imaging Research, Department of Radiology, Kobe (Japan); Sugihara, Naoki [Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Ohtawara, Tochigi (Japan)

    2014-08-15

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of the iterative reconstruction (IR) technique for quantitative bronchial assessment during low-dose computed tomography (CT) as a substitute for standard-dose CT in patients with/without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Fifty patients (mean age, 69.2; mean % predicted FEV1, 79.4) underwent standard-dose CT (150mAs) and low-dose CT (25mAs). Except for tube current, the imaging parameters were identical for both protocols. Standard-dose CT was reconstructed using filtered back-projection (FBP), and low-dose CT was reconstructed using IR and FBP. For quantitative bronchial assessment, the wall area percentage (WA%) of the sub-segmental bronchi and the airway luminal volume percentage (LV%) from the main bronchus to the peripheral bronchi were acquired in each dataset. The correlation and agreement of WA% and LV% between standard-dose CT and both low-dose CTs were statistically evaluated. WA% and LV% between standard-dose CT and both low-dose CTs were significant correlated (r > 0.77, p < 0.00001); however, only the LV% agreement between SD-CT and low-dose CT reconstructed with IR was moderate (concordance correlation coefficient = 0.93); the other agreement was poor (concordance correlation coefficient <0.90). Quantitative bronchial assessment via low-dose CT has potential as a substitute for standard-dose CT by using IR and airway luminal volumetry techniques. circle Quantitative bronchial assessment of COPD using low-dose CT is possible. (orig.)

  8. Computed tomography of the cervical spine: comparison of image quality between a standard-dose and a low-dose protocol using filtered back-projection and iterative reconstruction

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    Becce, Fabio [University of Lausanne, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland); Universite Catholique Louvain, Department of Radiology, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels (Belgium); Ben Salah, Yosr; Berg, Bruno C. vande; Lecouvet, Frederic E.; Omoumi, Patrick [Universite Catholique Louvain, Department of Radiology, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels (Belgium); Verdun, Francis R. [University of Lausanne, Institute of Radiation Physics, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland); Meuli, Reto [University of Lausanne, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2013-07-15

    To compare image quality of a standard-dose (SD) and a low-dose (LD) cervical spine CT protocol using filtered back-projection (FBP) and iterative reconstruction (IR). Forty patients investigated by cervical spine CT were prospectively randomised into two groups: SD (120 kVp, 275 mAs) and LD (120 kVp, 150 mAs), both applying automatic tube current modulation. Data were reconstructed using both FBP and sinogram-affirmed IR. Image noise, signal-to-noise (SNR) and contrast-to-noise (CNR) ratios were measured. Two radiologists independently and blindly assessed the following anatomical structures at C3-C4 and C6-C7 levels, using a four-point scale: intervertebral disc, content of neural foramina and dural sac, ligaments, soft tissues and vertebrae. They subsequently rated overall image quality using a ten-point scale. For both protocols and at each disc level, IR significantly decreased image noise and increased SNR and CNR, compared with FBP. SNR and CNR were statistically equivalent in LD-IR and SD-FBP protocols. Regardless of the dose and disc level, the qualitative scores with IR compared with FBP, and with LD-IR compared with SD-FBP, were significantly higher or not statistically different for intervertebral discs, neural foramina and ligaments, while significantly lower or not statistically different for soft tissues and vertebrae. The overall image quality scores were significantly higher with IR compared with FBP, and with LD-IR compared with SD-FBP. LD-IR cervical spine CT provides better image quality for intervertebral discs, neural foramina and ligaments, and worse image quality for soft tissues and vertebrae, compared with SD-FBP, while reducing radiation dose by approximately 40 %. (orig.)

  9. Image quality of low mA CT pulmonary angiography reconstructed with model based iterative reconstruction versus standard CT pulmonary angiography reconstructed with filtered back projection: an equivalency trial

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    Montet, Xavier; Hachulla, Anne-Lise; Neroladaki, Angeliki; Botsikas, Diomidis; Becker, Christoph D. [Geneva University Hospital, Division of Radiology, Geneva 4 (Switzerland); Lador, Frederic; Rochat, Thierry [Geneva University Hospital, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Geneva 4 (Switzerland)

    2015-06-01

    To determine whether CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) using low mA setting reconstructed with model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) is equivalent to routine CTPA reconstructed with filtered back projection (FBP). This prospective study was approved by the institutional review board and patients provided written informed consent. Eighty-two patients were examined with a low mA MBIR-CTPA (100 kV, 20 mA) and 82 patients with a standard FBP-CTPA (100 kV, 250 mA). Region of interests were drawn in nine pulmonary vessels; signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) were calculated. A five-point scale was used to subjectively evaluate the image quality of FBP-CTPA and low mA MBIR-CTPA. Compared to routine FBP-CTPA, low mA MBIR-CTPA showed no differences in the attenuation measured in nine pulmonary vessels, higher SNR (56 ± 19 vs 43 ± 20, p < 0.0001) and higher CNR (50 ± 17 vs 38 ± 18, p < 0.0001) despite a dose reduction of 93 % (p < 0.0001). The subjective image quality of low mA MBIR-CTPA was quoted as diagnostic in 98 % of the cases for patient with body mass index less than 30 kg/m{sup 2}. Low mA MBIR-CTPA is equivalent to routine FBP-CTPA and allows a significant dose reduction while improving SNR and CNR in the pulmonary vessels, as compared with routine FBP-CTPA. (orig.)

  10. Feasible Dose Reduction in Routine Chest Computed Tomography Maintaining Constant Image Quality Using the Last Three Scanner Generations: From Filtered Back Projection to Sinogram-affirmed Iterative Reconstruction and Impact of the Novel Fully Integrated Detector Design Minimizing Electronic Noise

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    Lukas Ebner

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective:The aim of the present study was to evaluate a dose reduction in contrast-enhanced chest computed tomography (CT by comparing the three latest generations of Siemens CT scanners used in clinical practice. We analyzed the amount of radiation used with filtered back projection (FBP and an iterative reconstruction (IR algorithm to yield the same image quality. Furthermore, the influence on the radiation dose of the most recent integrated circuit detector (ICD; Stellar detector, Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany was investigated. Materials and Methods: 136 Patients were included. Scan parameters were set to a thorax routine: SOMATOM Sensation 64 (FBP, SOMATOM Definition Flash (IR, and SOMATOM Definition Edge (ICD and IR. Tube current was set constantly to the reference level of 100 mA automated tube current modulation using reference milliamperes. Care kV was used on the Flash and Edge scanner, while tube potential was individually selected between 100 and 140 kVp by the medical technologists at the SOMATOM Sensation. Quality assessment was performed on soft-tissue kernel reconstruction. Dose was represented by the dose length product. Results: Dose-length product (DLP with FBP for the average chest CT was 308 mGycm ± 99.6. In contrast, the DLP for the chest CT with IR algorithm was 196.8 mGycm ± 68.8 (P = 0.0001. Further decline in dose can be noted with IR and the ICD: DLP: 166.4 mGycm ± 54.5 (P = 0.033. The dose reduction compared to FBP was 36.1% with IR and 45.6% with IR/ICD. Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR was favorable in the aorta, bone, and soft tissue for IR/ICD in combination compared to FBP (the P values ranged from 0.003 to 0.048. Overall contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR improved with declining DLP. Conclusion: The most recent technical developments, namely IR in combination with integrated circuit detectors, can significantly lower radiation dose in chest CT examinations.

  11. Impact of hybrid iterative reconstruction on Agatston coronary artery calcium scores in comparison to filtered back projection in native cardiac CT; Einfluss der hybriden iterativen Rekonstruktion bei der nativen CT des Herzens auf die Agatston-Kalziumscores der Koronararterien

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    Obmann, V.C.; Heverhagen, J.T. [Inselspital - University Hospital Bern (Switzerland). University Inst. for Diagnostic, Interventional and Pediatric Radiology; Klink, T. [Wuerzburg Univ. (Germany). Inst. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology; Stork, A.; Begemann, P.G.C. [Roentgeninstitut Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf (Germany); Laqmani, A.; Adam, G. [University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany). Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

    2015-05-15

    To investigate whether the effects of hybrid iterative reconstruction (HIR) on coronary artery calcium (CAC) measurements using the Agatston score lead to changes in assignment of patients to cardiovascular risk groups compared to filtered back projection (FBP). 68 patients (mean age 61.5 years; 48 male; 20 female) underwent prospectively ECG-gated, non-enhanced, cardiac 256-MSCT for coronary calcium scoring. Scanning parameters were as follows: Tube voltage, 120 kV; Mean tube current time-product 63.67 mAs (50 - 150 mAs); collimation, 2 x 128 x 0.625 mm. Images were reconstructed with FBP and with HIR at all levels (L1 to L7). Two independent readers measured Agatston scores of all reconstructions and assigned patients to cardiovascular risk groups. Scores of HIR and FBP reconstructions were correlated (Spearman). Interobserver agreement and variability was assessed with k-statistics and Bland-Altmann-Plots. Agatston scores of HIR reconstructions were closely correlated with FBP reconstructions (L1, R = 0.9996; L2, R = 0.9995; L3, R = 0.9991; L4, R = 0.986; L5, R = 0.9986; L6, R = 0.9987; and L7, R = 0.9986). In comparison to FBP, HIR led to reduced Agatston scores between 97% (L1) and 87.4% (L7) of the FBP values. Using HIR iterations L1-L3, all patients were assigned to identical risk groups as after FPB reconstruction. In 5.4% of patients the risk group after HIR with the maximum iteration level was different from the group after FBP reconstruction. There was an excellent correlation of Agatston scores after HIR and FBP with identical risk group assignment at levels 1 - 3 for all patients. Hence it appears that the application of HIR in routine calcium scoring does not entail any disadvantages. Thus, future studies are needed to demonstrate whether HIR is a reliable method for reducing radiation dose in coronary calcium scoring.

  12. Reconstruction of CT images by the Bayes- back projection method

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    Haruyama, M; Takase, M; Tobita, H

    2002-01-01

    In the course of research on quantitative assay of non-destructive measurement of radioactive waste, the have developed a unique program based on the Bayesian theory for reconstruction of transmission computed tomography (TCT) image. The reconstruction of cross-section images in the CT technology usually employs the Filtered Back Projection method. The new imaging reconstruction program reported here is based on the Bayesian Back Projection method, and it has a function of iterative improvement images by every step of measurement. Namely, this method has the capability of prompt display of a cross-section image corresponding to each angled projection data from every measurement. Hence, it is possible to observe an improved cross-section view by reflecting each projection data in almost real time. From the basic theory of Baysian Back Projection method, it can be not only applied to CT types of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation. This reported deals with a reconstruction program of cross-section images in the CT of ...

  13. Image reconstruction of simulated specimens using convolution back projection

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    Mohd. Farhan Manzoor

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports about the reconstruction of cross-sections of composite structures. The convolution back projection (CBP algorithm has been used to capture the attenuation field over the specimen. Five different test cases have been taken up for evaluation. These cases represent varying degrees of complexity. In addition, the role of filters on the nature of the reconstruction errors has also been discussed. Numerical results obtained in the study reveal that CBP algorithm is a useful tool for qualitative as well as quantitative assessment of composite regions encountered in engineering applications.

  14. Traditional Tracking with Kalman Filter on Parallel Architectures

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    Cerati, Giuseppe; Lantz, Steven; MacNeill, Ian; McDermott, Kevin; Riley, Dan; Tadel, Matevz; Wittich, Peter; Wuerthwein, Frank; Yagil, Avi

    2014-01-01

    Power density constraints are limiting the performance improvements of modern CPUs. To address this, we have seen the introduction of lower-power, multi-core processors, but the future will be even more exciting. In order to stay within the power density limits but still obtain Moore's Law performance/price gains, it will be necessary to parallelize algorithms to exploit larger numbers of lightweight cores and specialized functions like large vector units. Example technologies today include Intel's Xeon Phi and GPGPUs. Track finding and fitting is one of the most computationally challenging problems for event reconstruction in particle physics. At the High Luminosity LHC, for example, this will be by far the dominant problem. The most common track finding techniques in use today are however those based on the Kalman Filter. Significant experience has been accumulated with these techniques on real tracking detector systems, both in the trigger and offline. We report the results of our investigations into the p...

  15. Traditional Tracking with Kalman Filter on Parallel Architectures

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    Cerati, Giuseppe; Elmer, Peter; Lantz, Steven; MacNeill, Ian; McDermott, Kevin; Riley, Dan; Tadel, Matevž; Wittich, Peter; Würthwein, Frank; Yagil, Avi

    2015-05-01

    Power density constraints are limiting the performance improvements of modern CPUs. To address this, we have seen the introduction of lower-power, multi-core processors, but the future will be even more exciting. In order to stay within the power density limits but still obtain Moore's Law performance/price gains, it will be necessary to parallelize algorithms to exploit larger numbers of lightweight cores and specialized functions like large vector units. Example technologies today include Intel's Xeon Phi and GPGPUs. Track finding and fitting is one of the most computationally challenging problems for event reconstruction in particle physics. At the High Luminosity LHC, for example, this will be by far the dominant problem. The most common track finding techniques in use today are however those based on the Kalman Filter. Significant experience has been accumulated with these techniques on real tracking detector systems, both in the trigger and offline. We report the results of our investigations into the potential and limitations of these algorithms on the new parallel hardware.

  16. Tsunami Wave Estimation Using GPS-TEC Back Projection

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    Ito, T.

    2014-12-01

    Large tsunami generates an acoustic wave and shakes the atmosphere layer around a focal region. The generated acoustic wave propagates to ionosphere layer which is located at about 300km hight and causes a ionospheric disturbance. So, a generated acoustic wave causes the density of total electron content (TEC) inside ionospheric layer to be change. The changing TEC inside ionospheric layer can be measured by dense GPS network, such as GEONET. We focus on a large tsunami such as the 2011 March 11 Tohoku-Oki earthquake (Mw 9.0) , which caused vast damages to the country. Tsunami wave due to the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake generates acoustic wave which propagates to ionospheric layer. The Japanese dense network of GPS detected clear anomaly of ionospheric TEC due to Tsunami wave around the focal region. We assume that acoustic wave cause the ionospheric disturbance and estimate tsunami wave propagation using Back Projection (BP) method of ionospheric disturbance. The Japanese dense array of GPS recorded ionospheric disturbances as changes in TEC due to the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake. In this study, we try to reveal the detail of generating tsunami propagation using changing TEC from GPS observation network. At first, we process GPS-TEC above focal region by 1 sec sampling of GEONET. We remove slant GPS-TEC effects using filter out second degrees polynomial fitting. We try to adapt back projection (BP) method for GPS-TEC time series. The BP product shows the beam formed time history and location of coherent acoustic-wave energy generated by large tsunami observed at ionospheric layer regional arrays and across the GPS Network. BPs are performed by beam forming (stacking) energy to a flat grid around the source region with variable spatial resolution scaled by the magnitude of generating tsunami velocity for each second. In result, we can obtain the generating tsunami wave due to a large earthquake. The method is perfectly new and provide detail of tsunami propagating wave distribution from huge GPS-TEC data. We can obtain in-direct measurement Tsunami wave generation from ionospheric disturbances. So, this result will bring a revolution of tsunami study.

  17. Fast tomographic reconstruction using a hardwired optical back-projection device

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    Back-projection of filtered projections is one of the most commonly used techniques for reconstruction of tomographic slices from multiple views of an object. In the device we have developed, 60 linear projections are stored in a digital memory, organized as a matrix of 60 lines and 64 columns, with a capacity of 8 bits for each channel. The input-output procedures of this memory are under the control of a microprocessor. The first results achieved by means of this device from theoretical data, phantom and patient studies, demonstrate the good quality of this mode of tomographic reconstruction and introduce the future developments

  18. Earthquake Characteristics as Imaged by the Back-Projection Method

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    Kiser, Eric

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation explores the capability of dense seismic array data for imaging the rupture properties of earthquake sources using a method known as back-projection. Only within the past 10 or 15 years has implementation of the method become feasible through the development of large aperture seismic arrays such as the High Sensitivity Seismograph Network in Japan and the Transportable Array in the United States. Coincidentally, this buildup in data coverage has also been accompanied by a gl...

  19. Distance driven back projection image reconstruction in digital tomosysthesis

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    Malalla, Nuhad A. Y.; Xu, Shiyu; Chen, Ying

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, distance driven (DD) back projection image reconstruction was investigated for digital tomosysthesis. Digital tomosysthesis is an imaging technique to produce three dimensional information of the object with low radiation dosage. This paper is our new study of DD back projection for image reconstruction in digital tomosysthesis. Since DD considers that the image pixel and detector cell have width, the convolution operation is used to calculate DD coefficients. The approximation characteristics of some other methods such as ray driven method (RD) can be avoided. A computer simulation result of DD with Maximum Likelihood Expectation Maximization (MLEM) of tomosysthesis reconstruction algorithm was studied. The sequence of projection images were simulated with 25 projections and a total view angle of 48 degrees. DD with MLEM reconstruction results were demonstrated. Line profile along x direction was used to evaluate DD and RD methods. Compared with RD, the computation time in DD with MLEM to provide the reconstruction results was shorter, since the main loop of DD is over x-y plane intercepts, not over the image pixels or detectors cells. In clinical applications, both the accuracy and computation speed of implementation condition are necessary requirements. DD back projection may satisfy the required conditions.

  20. Instantaneous tomographic reconstruction device by back-projection

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    Tomographic slices are easily reconstructed from a series of projections using an optical back-projection technique. In the device we have developed, the 60 mono-dimensional projections are stored in a digital memory under the control of a microprocessor. The contents of this memory is displayed on an oscilloscope in two modes: a biparametric presentation of the set of projections and a tomographic display consisting in a high speed rotation of the pictures after a two dimensional spreading of the monodimensional projections over the screen. The preliminary results achieved by means of this device from theoretical data, phantom and patient studies, demonstrate the good quality of this mode of tomographic reconstruction and introduce the future developments

  1. Imaging Seismic Source Variations Using Back-Projection Methods at El Tatio Geyser Field, Northern Chile

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    Kelly, C. L.; Lawrence, J. F.

    2014-12-01

    During October 2012, 51 geophones and 6 broadband seismometers were deployed in an ~50x50m region surrounding a periodically erupting columnar geyser in the El Tatio Geyser Field, Chile. The dense array served as the seismic framework for a collaborative project to study the mechanics of complex hydrothermal systems. Contemporaneously, complementary geophysical measurements (including down-hole temperature and pressure, discharge rates, thermal imaging, water chemistry, and video) were also collected. Located on the western flanks of the Andes Mountains at an elevation of 4200m, El Tatio is the third largest geyser field in the world. Its non-pristine condition makes it an ideal location to perform minutely invasive geophysical studies. The El Jefe Geyser was chosen for its easily accessible conduit and extremely periodic eruption cycle (~120s). During approximately 2 weeks of continuous recording, we recorded ~2500 nighttime eruptions which lack cultural noise from tourism. With ample data, we aim to study how the source varies spatially and temporally during each phase of the geyser's eruption cycle. We are developing a new back-projection processing technique to improve source imaging for diffuse signals. Our method was previously applied to the Sierra Negra Volcano system, which also exhibits repeating harmonic and diffuse seismic sources. We back-project correlated seismic signals from the receivers back to their sources, assuming linear source to receiver paths and a known velocity model (obtained from ambient noise tomography). We apply polarization filters to isolate individual and concurrent geyser energy associated with P and S phases. We generate 4D, time-lapsed images of the geyser source field that illustrate how the source distribution changes through the eruption cycle. We compare images for pre-eruption, co-eruption, post-eruption and quiescent periods. We use our images to assess eruption mechanics in the system (i.e. top-down vs. bottom-up) and determine variations in source depth and distribution in the conduit and larger geyser field over many eruption cycles.

  2. A fast marching method based back projection algorithm for photoacoustic tomography in heterogeneous media

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    Wang, Tianren

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a numerical study on a fast marching method based back projection reconstruction algorithm for photoacoustic tomography in heterogeneous media. Transcranial imaging is used here as a case study. To correct for the phase aberration from the heterogeneity (i.e., skull), the fast marching method is adopted to compute the phase delay based on the known speed of sound distribution, and the phase delay is taken into account by the back projection algorithm for more accurate reconstructions. It is shown that the proposed algorithm is more accurate than the conventional back projection algorithm, but slightly less accurate than the time reversal algorithm particularly in the area close to the skull. However, the image reconstruction time for the proposed algorithm can be as little as 124 ms when implemented by a GPU (512 sensors, 21323 pixels reconstructed), which is two orders of magnitude faster than the time reversal reconstruction. The proposed algorithm, therefore, not only corrects for the p...

  3. Filtering

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    Jan Drugowitsch

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Predictive coding appears to be one of the fundamental working principles of brain processing. Amongst other aspects, brains often predict the sensory consequences of their own actions. Predictive coding resembles Kalman filtering, where incoming sensory information is filtered to produce prediction errors for subsequent adaptation and learning. However, to generate prediction errors given motor commands, a suitable temporal forward model is required to generate predictions. While in engineering applications, it is usually assumed that this forward model is known, the brain has to learn it. When filtering sensory input and learning from the residual signal in parallel, a fundamental problem arises: the system can enter a delusional loop when filtering the sensory information using an overly trusted forward model. In this case, learning stalls before accurate convergence because uncertainty about the forward model is not properly accommodated. We present a Bayes-optimal solution to this generic and pernicious problem for the case of linear forward models, which we call Predictive Inference and Adaptive Filtering (PIAF. PIAF filters incoming sensory information and learns the forward model simultaneously. We show that PIAF is formally related to Kalman filtering and to the Recursive Least Squares linear approximation method, but combines these procedures in a Bayes optimal fashion. Numerical evaluations confirm that the delusional loop is precluded and that the learning of the forward model is more than ten-times faster when compared to a naive combination of Kalman filtering and Recursive Least Squares.

  4. Accurate two-dimensional IMRT verification using a back-projection EPID dosimetry method

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    The use of electronic portal imaging devices (EPIDs) is a promising method for the dosimetric verification of external beam, megavoltage radiation therapy--both pretreatment and in vivo. In this study, a previously developed EPID back-projection algorithm was modified for IMRT techniques and applied to an amorphous silicon EPID. By using this back-projection algorithm, two-dimensional dose distributions inside a phantom or patient are reconstructed from portal images. The model requires the primary dose component at the position of the EPID. A parametrized description of the lateral scatter within the imager was obtained from measurements with an ionization chamber in a miniphantom. In addition to point dose measurements on the central axis of square fields of different size, we also used dose profiles of those fields as reference input data for our model. This yielded a better description of the lateral scatter within the EPID, which resulted in a higher accuracy in the back-projected, two-dimensional dose distributions. The accuracy of our approach was tested for pretreatment verification of a five-field IMRT plan for the treatment of prostate cancer. Each field had between six and eight segments and was evaluated by comparing the back-projected, two-dimensional EPID dose distribution with a film measurement inside a homogeneous slab phantom. For this purpose, the ?-evaluation method was used with a dose-difference criterion of 2% of dose maximum and a distance-to-agreement criterion of 2 mm. Excellent agreement was found between EPID and film measurements for each field, both in the central part of the beam and in the penumbra and low-dose regions. It can be concluded that our modified algorithm is able to accurately predict the dose in the midplane of a homogeneous slab phantom. For pretreatment IMRT plan verification, EPID dosimetry is a reliable and potentially fast tool to check the absolute dose in two dimensions inside a phantom for individual IMRT fields. Film measurements inside a phantom can therefore be replaced by EPID measurements

  5. A new linear back projection algorithm to electrical tomography based on measuring data decomposition

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    Sun, Benyuan; Yue, Shihong; Cui, Ziqiang; Wang, Huaxiang

    2015-12-01

    As an advanced measurement technique of non-radiant, non-intrusive, rapid response, and low cost, the electrical tomography (ET) technique has developed rapidly in recent decades. The ET imaging algorithm plays an important role in the ET imaging process. Linear back projection (LBP) is the most used ET algorithm due to its advantages of dynamic imaging process, real-time response, and easy realization. But the LBP algorithm is of low spatial resolution due to the natural ‘soft field’ effect and ‘ill-posed solution’ problems; thus its applicable ranges are greatly limited. In this paper, an original data decomposition method is proposed, and every ET measuring data are decomposed into two independent new data based on the positive and negative sensing areas of the measuring data. Consequently, the number of total measuring data is extended to twice as many as the number of the original data, thus effectively reducing the ‘ill-posed solution’. On the other hand, an index to measure the ‘soft field’ effect is proposed. The index shows that the decomposed data can distinguish between different contributions of various units (pixels) for any ET measuring data, and can efficiently reduce the ‘soft field’ effect of the ET imaging process. In light of the data decomposition method, a new linear back projection algorithm is proposed to improve the spatial resolution of the ET image. A series of simulations and experiments are applied to validate the proposed algorithm by the real-time performances and the progress of spatial resolutions.

  6. Direct aperture optimization using an inverse form of back-projection.

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    Zhu, Xiaofeng; Cullip, Timothy; Tracton, Gregg; Tang, Xiaoli; Lian, Jun; Dooley, John; Chang, Sha X

    2014-01-01

    Direct aperture optimization (DAO) has been used to produce high dosimetric quality intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) treatment plans with fast treatment delivery by directly modeling the multileaf collimator segment shapes and weights. To improve plan quality and reduce treatment time for our in-house treatment planning system, we implemented a new DAO approach without using a global objective function (GFO). An index concept is introduced as an inverse form of back-projection used in the CT multiplicative algebraic reconstruction technique (MART). The index, introduced for IMRT optimization in this work, is analogous to the multiplicand in MART. The index is defined as the ratio of the optima over the current. It is assigned to each voxel and beamlet to optimize the fluence map. The indices for beamlets and segments are used to optimize multileaf collimator (MLC) segment shapes and segment weights, respectively. Preliminary data show that without sacrificing dosimetric quality, the implementation of the DAO reduced average IMRT treatment time from 13 min to 8 min for the prostate, and from 15 min to 9 min for the head and neck using our in-house treatment planning system PlanUNC. The DAO approach has also shown promise in optimizing rotational IMRT with burst mode in a head and neck test case. PMID:24710439

  7. Importance of point-by-point back projection correction for isocentric motion in digital breast tomosynthesis: Relevance to morphology of structures such as microcalcifications

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    Digital breast tomosynthesis is a three-dimensional imaging technique that provides an arbitrary set of reconstruction planes in the breast from a limited-angle series of projection images acquired while the x-ray tube moves. Traditional shift-and-add (SAA) tomosynthesis reconstruction is a common mathematical method to line up each projection image based on its shifting amount to generate reconstruction slices. With parallel-path geometry of tube motion, the path of the tube lies in a plane parallel to the plane of the detector. The traditional SAA algorithm gives shift amounts for each projection image calculated only along the direction of x-ray tube movement. However, with the partial isocentric motion of the x-ray tube in breast tomosynthesis, small objects such as microcalcifications appear blurred (for instance, about 1-4 pixels in blur for a microcalcification in a human breast) in traditional SAA images in the direction perpendicular to the direction of tube motion. Some digital breast tomosynthesis algorithms reported in the literature utilize a traditional one-dimensional SAA method that is not wholly suitable for isocentric motion. In this paper, a point-by-point back projection (BP) method is described and compared with traditional SAA for the important clinical task of evaluating morphology of small objects such as microcalcifications. Impulse responses at different three-dimensional locations with five different combinations of imaging acquisition parameters were investigated. Reconstruction images of microcalcifications in a human subject were also evaluated. Results showed that with traditional SAA and 45 deg. view angle of tube movement with respect to the detector, at the same height above the detector, the in-plane blur artifacts were obvious for objects farther away from x-ray source. In a human subject, the appearance of calcifications was blurred in the direction orthogonal to the tube motion with traditional SAA. With point-by-point BP, the appearance of calcifications was sharper. The point-by-point BP method demonstrated improved rendition of microcalcifications in the direction perpendicular to the tube motion direction. With wide angles or for imaging of larger breasts, this point-by-point BP rather than the traditional SAA should also be considered as the basis of further deblurring algorithms that work in conjunction with the BP method

  8. Importance of point-by-point back projection correction for isocentric motion in digital breast tomosynthesis: relevance to morphology of structures such as microcalcifications.

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    Chen, Ying; Lo, Joseph Y; Dobbins, James T

    2007-10-01

    Digital breast tomosynthesis is a three-dimensional imaging technique that provides an arbitrary set of reconstruction planes in the breast from a limited-angle series of projection images acquired while the x-ray tube moves. Traditional shift-and-add (SAA) tomosynthesis reconstruction is a common mathematical method to line up each projection image based on its shifting amount to generate reconstruction slices. With parallel-path geometry of tube motion, the path of the tube lies in a plane parallel to the plane of the detector. The traditional SAA algorithm gives shift amounts for each projection image calculated only along the direction of x-ray tube movement. However, with the partial isocentric motion of the x-ray tube in breast tomosynthesis, small objects such as microcalcifications appear blurred (for instance, about 1-4 pixels in blur for a microcalcification in a human breast) in traditional SAA images in the direction perpendicular to the direction of tube motion. Some digital breast tomosynthesis algorithms reported in the literature utilize a traditional one-dimensional SAA method that is not wholly suitable for isocentric motion. In this paper, a point-by-point back projection (BP) method is described and compared with traditional SAA for the important clinical task of evaluating morphology of small objects such as microcalcifications. Impulse responses at different three-dimensional locations with five different combinations of imaging acquisition parameters were investigated. Reconstruction images of microcalcifications in a human subject were also evaluated. Results showed that with traditional SAA and 45 degrees view angle of tube movement with respect to the detector, at the same height above the detector, the in-plane blur artifacts were obvious for objects farther away from x-ray source. In a human subject, the appearance of calcifications was blurred in the direction orthogonal to the tube motion with traditional SAA. With point-by-point BP, the appearance of calcifications was sharper. The point-by-point BP method demonstrated improved rendition of microcalcifications in the direction perpendicular to the tube motion direction. With wide angles or for imaging of larger breasts, this point-by-point BP rather than the traditional SAA should also be considered as the basis of further deblurring algorithms that work in conjunction with the BP method. PMID:17985634

  9. Mitigating artifacts in back-projection source imaging with implications for frequency-dependent properties of the Tohoku-Oki earthquake

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    Meng, Lingsen; Ampuero, Jean-Paul; Luo, Yingdi; Wu, Wenbo; Ni, Sidao

    2012-12-01

    Comparing teleseismic array back-projection source images of the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake with results from static and kinematic finite source inversions has revealed little overlap between the regions of high- and low-frequency slip. Motivated by this interesting observation, back-projection studies extended to intermediate frequencies, down to about 0.1 Hz, have suggested that a progressive transition of rupture properties as a function of frequency is observable. Here, by adapting the concept of array response function to non-stationary signals, we demonstrate that the "swimming artifact", a systematic drift resulting from signal non-stationarity, induces significant bias on beamforming back-projection at low frequencies. We introduce a "reference window strategy" into the multitaper-MUSIC back-projection technique and significantly mitigate the "swimming artifact" at high frequencies (1 s to 4 s). At lower frequencies, this modification yields notable, but significantly smaller, artifacts than time-domain stacking. We perform extensive synthetic tests that include a 3D regional velocity model for Japan. We analyze the recordings of the Tohoku-Oki earthquake at the USArray and at the European array at periods from 1 s to 16 s. The migration of the source location as a function of period, regardless of the back-projection methods, has characteristics that are consistent with the expected effect of the "swimming artifact". In particular, the apparent up-dip migration as a function of frequency obtained with the USArray can be explained by the "swimming artifact". This indicates that the most substantial frequency-dependence of the Tohoku-Oki earthquake source occurs at periods longer than 16 s. Thus, low-frequency back-projection needs to be further tested and validated in order to contribute to the characterization of frequency-dependent rupture properties.

  10. Digital Filters for Low Frequency Equalization

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    Tyril, Marni; Abildgaard, J.; Rubak, Per

    2001-01-01

    Digital filters with high resolution in the low-frequency range are studied. Specifically, for a given computational power, traditional IIR filters are compared with warped FIR filters, warped IIR filters, and modified warped FIR filters termed warped individual z FIR filters (WizFIR). The results indicate that IIR filters are the most effective in a number of situations.

  11. Images of Gravitational and Magnetic Phenomena Derived from 2D Back-Projection Doppler Tomography of Interacting Binary Stars

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    Richards, Mercedes T; Fisher, John G; Conover, Marshall J

    2014-01-01

    We have used 2D back-projection Doppler tomography as a tool to examine the influence of gravitational and magnetic phenomena in interacting binaries which undergo mass transfer from a magnetically-active star onto a non-magnetic main sequence star. This multi-tiered study of over 1300 time-resolved spectra of 13 Algol binaries involved calculations of the predicted dynamical behavior of the gravitational flow and the dynamics at the impact site, analysis of the velocity images constructed from tomography, and the influence on the tomograms of orbital inclination, systemic velocity, orbital coverage, and shadowing. The H$\\alpha$ tomograms revealed eight sources: chromospheric emission, a gas stream along the gravitational trajectory, a star-stream impact region, a bulge of absorption or emission around the mass-gaining star, a Keplerian accretion disk, an absorption zone associated with hotter gas, a disk-stream impact region, and a hot spot where the stream strikes the edge of a disk. We described several me...

  12. Images of gravitational and magnetic phenomena derived from two-dimensional back-projection Doppler tomography of interacting binary stars

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    We have used two-dimensional back-projection Doppler tomography as a tool to examine the influence of gravitational and magnetic phenomena in interacting binaries that undergo mass transfer from a magnetically active star onto a non-magnetic main-sequence star. This multitiered study of over 1300 time-resolved spectra of 13 Algol binaries involved calculations of the predicted dynamical behavior of the gravitational flow and the dynamics at the impact site, analysis of the velocity images constructed from tomography, and the influence on the tomograms of orbital inclination, systemic velocity, orbital coverage, and shadowing. The H? tomograms revealed eight sources: chromospheric emission, a gas stream along the gravitational trajectory, a star-stream impact region, a bulge of absorption or emission around the mass-gaining star, a Keplerian accretion disk, an absorption zone associated with hotter gas, a disk-stream impact region, and a hot spot where the stream strikes the edge of a disk. We described several methods used to extract the physical properties of the emission sources directly from the velocity images, including S-wave analysis, the creation of simulated velocity tomograms from hydrodynamic simulations, and the use of synthetic spectra with tomography to sequentially extract the separate sources of emission from the velocity image. In summary, the tomography images have revealed results that cannot be explained solely by gravitational effects: chromospheric emission moving with the mass-losing star, a gas stream deflected from the gravitational trajectory, and alternating behavior between stream state and disk state. Our results demonstrate that magnetic effects cannot be ignored in these interacting binaries.

  13. Electrical capacitance tomography two-phase oil-gas pipe flow imaging by the linear back-projection algorithm

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    R. Martin

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Electrical Capacitance Tomography (ECT is a novel technology that can deal with the complexity of two-phase gas-oil flow measurement by explicitly deriving the component distributions on two adjacent planes along a pipeline. One of its most promising applications is the visualization of gas-oil flows. ECT offers some advantages over other tomography modalities, such as no radiation, rapid response, low-cost, being non-intrusive and non-invasive, and the ability to withstand high temperature and high pressure. The linear back-projection (LBP algorithm is one of the most popular methods employed to perform image reconstruction in ECT. Despite its relatively poor accuracy, it is a simple and fast procedure capable of real-time operation in many applications, and it has remained a very popular choice. However, since it was first reported it has lacked a clear formal support in the context of this application. Its only justification has been that it was an adaptation of a method normally used in linear X-ray medical tomography, and the fact that it actually does produce useful (albeit only ‘qualitative’ images. In this paper, one illustrative way of interpreting LBP is presented. It is shown how LBP is actually based on the linearisation of a normalised form of the forward problem. More specifically, the normalised forward problem is approximated by means of a series of hyper-planes. The reconstruction matrix used in LBP is found to be a ‘weighted’ transpose of the linear operator (matrix that defines the linearised normalised forward problem. The rows of this latter matrix contain the information of the sensitivity maps used in LBP.

  14. Images of gravitational and magnetic phenomena derived from two-dimensional back-projection Doppler tomography of interacting binary stars

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    Richards, Mercedes T.; Cocking, Alexander S.; Fisher, John G.; Conover, Marshall J., E-mail: mrichards@astro.psu.edu, E-mail: asc5097@psu.edu [Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

    2014-11-10

    We have used two-dimensional back-projection Doppler tomography as a tool to examine the influence of gravitational and magnetic phenomena in interacting binaries that undergo mass transfer from a magnetically active star onto a non-magnetic main-sequence star. This multitiered study of over 1300 time-resolved spectra of 13 Algol binaries involved calculations of the predicted dynamical behavior of the gravitational flow and the dynamics at the impact site, analysis of the velocity images constructed from tomography, and the influence on the tomograms of orbital inclination, systemic velocity, orbital coverage, and shadowing. The H? tomograms revealed eight sources: chromospheric emission, a gas stream along the gravitational trajectory, a star-stream impact region, a bulge of absorption or emission around the mass-gaining star, a Keplerian accretion disk, an absorption zone associated with hotter gas, a disk-stream impact region, and a hot spot where the stream strikes the edge of a disk. We described several methods used to extract the physical properties of the emission sources directly from the velocity images, including S-wave analysis, the creation of simulated velocity tomograms from hydrodynamic simulations, and the use of synthetic spectra with tomography to sequentially extract the separate sources of emission from the velocity image. In summary, the tomography images have revealed results that cannot be explained solely by gravitational effects: chromospheric emission moving with the mass-losing star, a gas stream deflected from the gravitational trajectory, and alternating behavior between stream state and disk state. Our results demonstrate that magnetic effects cannot be ignored in these interacting binaries.

  15. Logical Particle Filtering

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    Zettlemoyer, Luke S.; Pasula, Hanna M.; Pack Kaelbling, Leslie

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we consider the problem of filtering in relational hidden Markov models. We present a compact representation for such models and an associated logical particle filtering algorithm. Each particle contains a logical formula that describes a set of states. The algorithm updates the formulae as new observations are received. Since a single particle tracks many states, this filter can be more accurate than a traditional particle filter in high di...

  16. Semicircular microstrip low pass filter

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    Kumud Ranjan Jha; Manish Rai

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents semicircular microstrip low pass filter with the sharp rejection and wide stop band. The proposed filter design is based on the calculation of filter parameters from traditional hi-lo impedance method and is available in the literature of microstrip filter. To further improve the design performance, high impedance lines are magnetically coupled, resulting an attenuation pole near -3dB cut off point of the filter. This design gives insight in designing a low pass filter wit...

  17. Generalized Nonlinear Complementary Attitude Filter

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    Jensen, Kenneth

    2011-01-01

    This work describes a family of attitude estimators that are based on a generalization of Mahony's nonlinear complementary filter. This generalization reveals the close mathematical relationship between the nonlinear complementary filter and the more traditional multiplicative extended Kalman filter. In fact, the bias-free and constant gain multiplicative continuous-time extended Kalman filters may be interpreted as special cases of the generalized attitude estimator. The co...

  18. Keeping Tradition

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    Zenhong, C.; Buwalda, P.L.

    2011-01-01

    Chinese dumplings such as Jiao Zi and Bao Zi are two of the popular traditional foods in Asia. They are usually made from wheat flour dough (rice flour or starch is sometimes used) that contains fillings. They can be steamed, boiled and fried and are consumed either as a main meal or dessert. As these tasty dumplings are easy to prepare, they have become one of Asia's fastest growing products in the frozen and ready-to-eat sector.

  19. Evaluating low pass filters on SPECT reconstructed cardiac orientation estimation

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    Dwivedi, Shekhar

    2009-02-01

    Low pass filters can affect the quality of clinical SPECT images by smoothing. Appropriate filter and parameter selection leads to optimum smoothing that leads to a better quantification followed by correct diagnosis and accurate interpretation by the physician. This study aims at evaluating the low pass filters on SPECT reconstruction algorithms. Criteria for evaluating the filters are estimating the SPECT reconstructed cardiac azimuth and elevation angle. Low pass filters studied are butterworth, gaussian, hamming, hanning and parzen. Experiments are conducted using three reconstruction algorithms, FBP (filtered back projection), MLEM (maximum likelihood expectation maximization) and OSEM (ordered subsets expectation maximization), on four gated cardiac patient projections (two patients with stress and rest projections). Each filter is applied with varying cutoff and order for each reconstruction algorithm (only butterworth used for MLEM and OSEM). The azimuth and elevation angles are calculated from the reconstructed volume and the variation observed in the angles with varying filter parameters is reported. Our results demonstrate that behavior of hamming, hanning and parzen filter (used with FBP) with varying cutoff is similar for all the datasets. Butterworth filter (cutoff > 0.4) behaves in a similar fashion for all the datasets using all the algorithms whereas with OSEM for a cutoff < 0.4, it fails to generate cardiac orientation due to oversmoothing, and gives an unstable response with FBP and MLEM. This study on evaluating effect of low pass filter cutoff and order on cardiac orientation using three different reconstruction algorithms provides an interesting insight into optimal selection of filter parameters.

  20. Filter Program

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    Air filter research and development in the following areas is discussed: post-accident recirculation filter for removal of fission products from containment atmospheres; exhaust air filters for reprocessing facilities; and exhaust air filters for reactors. (JWR)

  1. Additive filtering

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    A filtering system with ferromagnetic plates at the tube-housing and magnets glued onto the filters has been developed and used by us. The system allows free positioning of filters of different sizes, the use of more than one filter at the same time and, with a second coupling plate, even the addition of two filters. (author)

  2. Relationship between high-frequency radiation and asperity ruptures, revealed by hybrid back-projection with a non-planar fault model.

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    Okuwaki, Ryo; Yagi, Yuji; Hirano, Shiro

    2014-01-01

    High-frequency seismic waves are generated by abrupt changes of rupture velocity and slip-rate during an earthquake. Therefore, analysis of high-frequency waves is crucial to understanding the dynamic rupture process. Here, we developed a hybrid back-projection method that considers variations in focal mechanisms by introducing a non-planar fault model that reflects the subducting slab geometry. We applied it to teleseismic P-waveforms of the Mw 8.8 2010 Chile earthquake to estimate the spatiotemporal distribution of high-frequency (0.5-2.0 Hz) radiation. By comparing the result with the coseismic slip distribution obtained by waveform inversion, we found that strong high-frequency radiation can precede and may trigger a large asperity rupture. Moreover, in between the large slip events, high-frequency radiation of intermediate strength was concentrated along the rupture front. This distribution suggests that by bridging the two large slips, this intermediate-strength high-frequency radiation might play a key role in the interaction of the large slip events. PMID:25406638

  3. GMTI processing using back projection.

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    Doerry, Armin Walter

    2013-07-01

    Backprojection has long been applied to SAR image formation. It has equal utility in forming the range-velocity maps for Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) radar processing. In particular, it overcomes the problem of targets migrating through range resolution cells.

  4. Characterizing trends in HIV infection among men who have sex with men in Australia by birth cohorts: results from a modified back-projection method

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    Wand Handan

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We set out to estimate historical trends in HIV incidence in Australian men who have sex with men with respect to age at infection and birth cohort. Methods A modified back-projection technique is applied to data from the HIV/AIDS Surveillance System in Australia, including "newly diagnosed HIV infections", "newly acquired HIV infections" and "AIDS diagnoses", to estimate trends in HIV incidence over both calendar time and age at infection. Results Our results demonstrate that since 2000, there has been an increase in new HIV infections in Australian men who have sex with men across all age groups. The estimated mean age at infection increased from ~35 years in 2000 to ~37 years in 2007. When the epidemic peaked in the mid 1980s, the majority of the infections (56% occurred among men aged 30 years and younger; 30% occurred in ages 31 to 40 years; and only ~14% of them were attributed to the group who were older than 40 years of age. In 2007, the proportion of infections occurring in persons 40 years or older doubled to 31% compared to the mid 1980s, while the proportion of infections attributed to the group younger than 30 years of age decreased to 36%. Conclusion The distribution of HIV incidence for birth cohorts by infection year suggests that the HIV epidemic continues to affect older homosexual men as much as, if not more than, younger men. The results are useful for evaluating the impact of the epidemic across successive birth cohorts and study trends among the age groups most at risk.

  5. Rupture Processes of the Mw8.3 Sea of Okhotsk Earthquake and Aftershock Sequences from 3-D Back Projection Imaging

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    Jian, P. R.; Hung, S. H.; Meng, L.

    2014-12-01

    On May 24, 2013, the largest deep earthquake ever recorded in history occurred on the southern tip of the Kamchatka Island, where the Pacific Plate subducts underneath the Okhotsk Plate. Previous 2D beamforming back projection (BP) of P- coda waves suggests the mainshock ruptured bilaterally along a horizontal fault plane determined by the global centroid moment tensor solution. On the other hand, the multiple point source inversion of P and SH waveforms argued that the earthquake comprises a sequence of 6 subevents not located on a single plane but actually distributed in a zone that extends 64 km horizontally and 35 km in depth. We then apply a three-dimensional MUSIC BP approach to resolve the rupture processes of the manishock and two large aftershocks (M6.7) with no a priori setup of preferential orientations of the planar rupture. The maximum pseudo-spectrum of high-frequency P wave in a sequence of time windows recorded by the densely-distributed stations from US and EU Array are used to image 3-D temporal and spatial rupture distribution. The resulting image confirms that the nearly N-S striking but two antiparallel rupture stages. The first subhorizontal rupture initially propagates toward the NNE direction, while at 18 s later it directs reversely to the SSW and concurrently shifts downward to 35 km deeper lasting for about 20 s. The rupture lengths in the first NNE-ward and second SSW-ward stage are about 30 km and 85 km; the estimated rupture velocities are 3 km/s and 4.25 km/s, respectively. Synthetic experiments are undertaken to assess the capability of the 3D MUSIC BP for the recovery of spatio-temporal rupture processes. Besides, high frequency BP images based on the EU-Array data show two M6.7 aftershocks are more likely to rupture on the vertical fault planes.

  6. Filteration device

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    Igarashi, Ryokichi.

    1990-05-31

    The present invention concerns a filtration device for filtering impurities in condensates or radioactive fluid generated in BWR type reactors. A filter device for removing radioactive particles and iodine in a pressurized air is disposed to a filteration device. The filter device comprises a wet component removing device, a high performance particle filter for removing radioactive particles and an iodine removing filter. When backwashing water used for backwashing the filtration material in the filter device is transported under pressure by a pressurizing air, since the backwashing water is in contact with the pressurizing air, radioactive particles and iodine contained in the backwashing water are isolated and mixed into the pressuring air. In this case, the radioactive particles and iodine in the pressurizing air are removed by passing through the filteration device. Accordingly, clean air is discharged to a ventilating air conditioner system thereby enabling to decrease operator's exposure. (I.N.).

  7. Extensions to polar formatting with spatially variant post-filtering

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    Garber, Wendy L.; Hawley, Robert W.

    2011-06-01

    The polar format algorithm (PFA) is computationally faster than back projection for producing spotlight mode synthetic aperture radar (SAR). This is very important in applications such as video SAR for persistent surveillance, as images may need to be produced in real time. PFA's speed is largely due to making a planar wavefront assumption and forming the image onto a regular grid of pixels lying in a plane. Unfortunately, both assumptions cause loss of focus in airborne persistent surveillance applications. The planar wavefront assumption causes a loss of focus in the scene for pixels that are far from scene center. The planar grid of image pixels causes loss of the depth of focus for conic flight geometries. In this paper, we present a method to compensate for the loss of depth of focus while warping the image onto a terrain map to produce orthorectified imagery. This technique applies a spatially variant post-filter and resampling to correct the defocus while dewarping the image. This work builds on spatially variant post-filtering techniques previously developed at Sandia National Laboratories in that it incorporates corrections for terrain height and circular flight paths. This approach produces high quality SAR images many times faster than back projection.

  8. Optimal filtering

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    Anderson, Brian D O

    2005-01-01

    This graduate-level text augments and extends beyond undergraduate studies of signal processing, particularly in regard to communication systems and digital filtering theory. Vital for students in the fields of control and communications, its contents are also relevant to students in such diverse areas as statistics, economics, bioengineering, and operations research.Topics include filtering, linear systems, and estimation; the discrete-time Kalman filter; time-invariant filters; properties of Kalman filters; computational aspects; and smoothing of discrete-time signals. Additional subjects e

  9. Filter casing

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    The filter housing includes filters for removing noxious constituents from gases and a test system for checking the tightness of the filter. Between the next to the last prefilter exposed from the top and the following fine-mesh filter exposed from below there is an inlet for a test medium, e.g., an oil mist. Downstream of the fine-mesh filter there is a window in the wall of the housing through which a thread of the flow of test medium made visible can be observed. This allows any leaks in the fine-mesh filter and its seat, respectively, to be detected. Replacement is possible through a replacement aperture. Any dusts removed from the filter in this process will not be dragged to the clean air side. (DG)

  10. Application of circular filter inserts

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    High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are used in the ventilation of nuclear plant as passive clean-up devices. Traditionally, the work-horse of the industry has been the rectangular HEPA filter. An assessment of the problems associated with remote handling, changing, and disposal of these rectangular filters suggested that significant advantages to filtration systems could be obtained by the adoption of HEPA filters with circular geometry for both new and existing ventilation plants. This paper covers the development of circular geometry filters and highlights the advantages of this design over their rectangular counterparts. The work has resulted in a range of commercially available filters for flows from 45 m3/h up to 3400 m3/h. This paper also covers the development of a range of sizes and types of housings that employ simple change techniques which take advantage of the circular geometry. The systems considered here have been designed in response to the requirements for shielded (remote filter change) and for unshielded facilities (potentially for bag changing of filters). Additionally the designs have allowed for the possibility of retrofitting circular geometry HEPA filters in place of the rectangular geometry filter

  11. Filter Program

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    Performance studies are described for a recirculation air filter system for removal of radioactive iodine from the containment of an HTGR reactor following a depressurization accident. Included are data on aging of adsorbent at room temperature, temperature effects on adsorbent performance, and filter testing procedures

  12. Ultraviolet filters.

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    Shaath, Nadim A

    2010-04-01

    The chemistry, photostability and mechanism of action of ultraviolet filters are reviewed. The worldwide regulatory status of the 55 approved ultraviolet filters and their optical properties are documented. The photostabilty of butyl methoxydibenzoyl methane (avobenzone) is considered and methods to stabilize it in cosmetic formulations are presented. PMID:20354639

  13. Data assimilation the ensemble Kalman filter

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    Evensen, Geir

    2006-01-01

    Covers data assimilation and inverse methods, including both traditional state estimation and parameter estimation. This text and reference focuses on various popular data assimilation methods, such as weak and strong constraint variational methods and ensemble filters and smoothers.

  14. An area efficient low noise 100 Hz low-pass filter

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    Ølgaard, Christian; Sassene, Haoues; Perch-Nielsen, Ivan R.

    2010-01-01

    A technique based on scaling a filter's capacitor currents to improve the noise performance of low frequency continuous-time filters is presented. Two 100 Hz low-pass filters have been implemented: a traditional low pass filter (as reference), and a filter utilizing the above mentioned current scaling technique. The two filters utilize approximately the same silicon area. The scaled filter implements the scaling by use of a MOS based current conveyor type CCII. Measurements indicate that the ...

  15. An area efficient low noise 100 Hz low-pass filter

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    Ølgaard, Christian; Sassene, Haoues; Perch-Nielsen, Ivan R.

    1996-01-01

    A technique based on scaling a filter's capacitor currents to improve the noise performance of low frequency continuous-time filters is presented. Two 100 Hz low-pass filters have been implemented: a traditional low pass filter (as reference), and a filter utilizing the above mentioned current scaling technique. The two filters utilize approximately the same silicon area. The scaled filter implements the scaling by use of a MOS based current conveyor type CCII. Measurements indicate that the cur...

  16. Robust filtering for uncertain systems a parameter-dependent approach

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    Gao, Huijun

    2014-01-01

    This monograph provides the reader with a systematic treatment of robust filter design, a key issue in systems, control and signal processing, because of the fact that the inevitable presence of uncertainty in system and signal models often degrades the filtering performance and may even cause instability. The methods described are therefore not subject to the rigorous assumptions of traditional Kalman filtering. The monograph is concerned with robust filtering for various dynamical systems with parametric uncertainties, and focuses on parameter-dependent approaches to filter design. Classical filtering schemes, like H2 filtering and H¥ filtering, are addressed, and emerging issues such as robust filtering with constraints on communication channels and signal frequency characteristics are discussed. The text features: ·        design approaches to robust filters arranged according to varying complexity level, and emphasizing robust filtering in the parameter-dependent framework for the first time; ·...

  17. Intelligent Optimize Design of LCL Filter for Three-Phase Voltage-Source PWM Rectifier

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    Sun, Wei; Chen, Zhe; WU, XIAOJIE

    2009-01-01

    Compared to traditional L filter, a LCL filter is more effective on reducing harmonic distortion at switch frequency. So it is important to choose the LCL filter parameters to achieve good filtering effect. This paper introduces some traditional design methods. Design of a LCL filter by genetic algorithm (GA) and particle swam optimization (PSO) are presented in this paper and comparison of the two intelligent optimization. Simulation result and calculate data are provided to prove that intel...

  18. Gadamers verständnis der tradition

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    Radoj?i? Saša

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available (nema?ki In diesem Aufsatz man Gadamers Verständnis der wichtigen hermeneutischen Begriffe des Vorurteils, der Autorität und der Tradition erörtet. Der Vollzug des Verstehens, in dem die Vorurteile unvermeidlich sind, wird als Prozeß ihre ununterbrechende Korrektion bestimmt. Die positive Auswertung des begrifflichen Paar Autorität-Tradition ist ein karakteristischen Motiv der philosophischen Hermeneutik, für die die Autorität kein negativen Mitklang hat, sondern auf freie und rationelle Annahmung begründet ist. Der Zusammenhang des Verstehens und der Tradition ist eine dynamische Beziehung, in die weder Tradition noch das Subjekt des Verstehens ungeändert bleiben. Daraus führt man zwei Implikationen aus: daß der Sinn eines Textes kann man nie ausschöpfen, und seines Verstehen ein unendlichen Prozeß ist; und daß die Suspension der Vorurteilen nur gelingt, wo die Tradition sie sozusagen 'filtriert'. Der Author stellt eine Spannung aus, zwischen Gadamers Verständnis der hermeneutischen Produktivität der Tradition und des zeitlichen Abstand als Instanz die dem Verstehen beiträgt.

  19. Anti-Aliasing filter for reverse-time migration

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    Zhan, Ge

    2012-01-01

    We develop an anti-aliasing filter for reverse-time migration (RTM). It is similar to the traditional anti-aliasing filter used for Kirchhoff migration in that it low-pass filters the migration operator so that the dominant wavelength in the operator is greater than two times the trace sampling interval, except it is applied to both primary and multiple reflection events. Instead of applying this filter to the data in the traditional RTM operation, we apply the anti-aliasing filter to the generalized diffraction-stack migration operator. This gives the same migration image as computed by anti-aliased RTM. Download

  20. Incorporation of an experimentally determined MTF for spatial frequency filtering and deconvolution during optical projection tomography reconstruction.

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    Chen, Lingling; McGinty, James; Taylor, Harriet B; Bugeon, Laurence; Lamb, Jonathan R; Dallman, Margaret J; French, Paul M W

    2012-03-26

    We demonstrate two techniques to improve the quality of reconstructed optical projection tomography (OPT) images using the modulation transfer function (MTF) as a function of defocus experimentally determined from tilted knife-edge measurements. The first employs a 2-D binary filter based on the MTF frequency cut-off as an additional filter during back-projection reconstruction that restricts the high frequency information to the region around the focal plane and progressively decreases the spatial frequency bandwidth with defocus. This helps to suppress "streak" artifacts in OPT data acquired at reduced angular sampling, thereby facilitating faster OPT acquisitions. This method is shown to reduce the average background by approximately 72% for an NA of 0.09 and by approximately 38% for an NA of 0.07 compared to standard filtered back-projection. As a biological illustration, a Fli:GFP transgenic zebrafish embryo (3 days post-fertilisation) was imaged to demonstrate the improved imaging speed (a quarter of the acquisition time). The second method uses the MTF to produce an appropriate deconvolution filter that can be used to correct for the spatial frequency modulation applied by the imaging system. PMID:22453413

  1. The 3-D alignment of objects in dynamic PET scans using filtered sinusoidal trajectories of sinogram

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    Kostopoulos, Aristotelis E.; Happonen, Antti P.; Ruotsalainen, Ulla

    2006-12-01

    In this study, our goal is to employ a novel 3-D alignment method for dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) scans. Because the acquired data (i.e. sinograms) often contain noise considerably, filtering of the data prior to the alignment presumably improves the final results. In this study, we utilized a novel 3-D stackgram domain approach. In the stackgram domain, the signals along the sinusoidal trajectory signals of the sinogram can be processed separately. In this work, we performed angular stackgram domain filtering by employing well known 1-D filters: the Gaussian low-pass filter and the median filter. In addition, we employed two wavelet de-noising techniques. After filtering we performed alignment of objects in the stackgram domain. The local alignment technique we used is based on similarity comparisons between locus vectors (i.e. the signals along the sinusoidal trajectories of the sinogram) in a 3-D neighborhood of sequences of the stackgrams. Aligned stackgrams can be transformed back to sinograms (Method 1), or alternatively directly to filtered back-projected images (Method 2). In order to evaluate the alignment process, simulated data with different kinds of additive noises were used. The results indicated that the filtering prior to the alignment can be important concerning the accuracy.

  2. The 3-D alignment of objects in dynamic PET scans using filtered sinusoidal trajectories of sinogram

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    In this study, our goal is to employ a novel 3-D alignment method for dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) scans. Because the acquired data (i.e. sinograms) often contain noise considerably, filtering of the data prior to the alignment presumably improves the final results. In this study, we utilized a novel 3-D stackgram domain approach. In the stackgram domain, the signals along the sinusoidal trajectory signals of the sinogram can be processed separately. In this work, we performed angular stackgram domain filtering by employing well known 1-D filters: the Gaussian low-pass filter and the median filter. In addition, we employed two wavelet de-noising techniques. After filtering we performed alignment of objects in the stackgram domain. The local alignment technique we used is based on similarity comparisons between locus vectors (i.e. the signals along the sinusoidal trajectories of the sinogram) in a 3-D neighborhood of sequences of the stackgrams. Aligned stackgrams can be transformed back to sinograms (Method 1), or alternatively directly to filtered back-projected images (Method 2). In order to evaluate the alignment process, simulated data with different kinds of additive noises were used. The results indicated that the filtering prior to the alignment can be important concerning the accuracy

  3. Traditional fishing tools

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    STOICA Georgeta

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper I present the traditional fishing tools used in the area of the Danube Delta. More precisely, I speak about the village of Sfantu Gheorghe, a traditional fishing village, where the fishing activity has been the main activity along the years and where, lately, there have been major changes due to the decrease of the fish species.

  4. Traditional fishing tools

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    Stoica, Georgeta

    2009-01-01

    In this paper I present the traditional fishing tools used in the area of the Danube Delta. More precisely, I speak about the village of Sfantu Gheorghe, a traditional fishing village, where the fishing activity has been the main activity along the years and where, lately, there have been major changes due to the decrease of the fish species.

  5. Fault Tolerant Parallel Filters Based On Bch Codes

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    K.Mohana Krishna

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Digital filters are used in signal processing and communication systems. In some cases, the reliability of those systems is critical, and fault tolerant filter implementations are needed. Over the years, many techniques that exploit the filters’ structure and properties to achieve fault tolerance have been proposed. As technology scales, it enables more complex systems that incorporate many filters. In those complex systems, it is common that some of the filters operate in parallel, for example, by applying the same filter to different input signals. Recently, a simple technique that exploits the presence of parallel filters to achieve multiple fault tolerance has been presented. In this brief, that idea is generalized to show that parallel filters can be protected using Bose– Chaudhuri–Hocquenghem codes (BCH in which each filter is the equivalent of a bit in a traditional ECC. This new scheme allows more efficient protection when the number of parallel filters is large.

  6. Particle filters

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    Künsch, Hans R.

    2013-01-01

    This is a short review of Monte Carlo methods for approximating filter distributions in state space models. The basic algorithm and different strategies to reduce imbalance of the weights are discussed. Finally, methods for more difficult problems like smoothing and parameter estimation and applications outside the state space model context are presented.

  7. Quantitative gated SPECT: the effect of reconstruction filter on calculated left ventricular ejection fractions and volumes

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    Gated SPECT (GSPECT) offers the possibility of obtaining additional functional information from perfusion studies, including calculation of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). The calculation of LVEF relies upon the identification of the endocardial surface, which will be affected by the spatial resolution and statistical noise in the reconstructed images. The aim of this study was to compare LVEFs and ventricular volumes calculated from GSPECT using six reconstruction filters. GSPECT and radionuclide ventriculography (RNVG) were performed on 40 patients; filtered back projection was used to reconstruct the datasets with each filter. LVEFs and volumes were calculated using the Cedars-Sinai QGS package. The correlation coefficient between RNVG and GSPECT ranged from 0.81 to 0.86 with higher correlations for smoother filters. The narrowest prediction interval was 11±2%. There was a trend towards higher LVEF values with smoother filters, the ramp filter yielding LVEFs 2.55±3.10% (p<0.001) lower than the Hann filter. There was an overall fall in ventricular volumes with smoother filters with a mean difference of 13.98±10.15 ml (p<0.001) in EDV between the Butterworth-0.5 and Butterworth-0.3 filters. In conclusion, smoother reconstruction filters lead to lower volumes and higher ejection fractions with the QGS algorithm, with the Butterworth-0.4 filter giving the highest correlation with LVEFs from RNVG. Even if the optimal filter is chosen the uncertainty in the measured ejection fractions is still too great to be clinically acceptable. (author)

  8. The "Natural Law Tradition."

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    Finnis, John

    1986-01-01

    A discussion of natural law outlines some of the theory and tradition surrounding it and examines its relationship to the social science and legal curriculum and to the teaching of jurisprudence. (MSE)

  9. Traditional Indonesian dairy foods.

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    Surono, Ingrid S

    2015-12-01

    Indonesia is the largest archipelago blessed with one of the richest mega-biodiversities and also home to one of the most diverse cuisines and traditional fermented foods. There are 3 types of traditional dairy foods, namely the butter-like product minyak samin; yogurt-like product dadih; and cheese-like products dali or bagot in horbo, dangke, litsusu, and cologanti, which reflect the culture of dairy product consumption in Indonesia. PMID:26715081

  10. Collaboration and Tradition

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    Armstrong, T.; Capulet, E

    2009-01-01

    It is not uncommon to find the collaborative process associated with innovation, whether by the participants themselves (Fitch 2007: 93) or the funding bodies supporting them (Haydn and Windsor 2007: 30-31). This paper investigates collaboration within a more traditional musical context and addresses two main questions in so doing: to what extent did composer and performer collaborate and can collaboration play a role within traditional compositional practice? By viewing the composer-performe...

  11. The Fine Dutch Tradition:

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    Hooimeijer, F.L.

    2013-01-01

    Publication of the exhibition and symposium on water adaptive urban planning and architecture in Bangkok. The Urban Fine Dutch Tradition is a dynamic tradition of making urban designs using the parameters of the natural system – incorperating in an efficient way the hydrological cycle, the soil and subsurface conditions, technology and urban development opportunities. Sustainability is the capacity of making a sensible choice for enabling technology taking a perspective from the natural s...

  12. Well filter

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    Aliverdizade, T.K.; Agayev, Sh,K.; Matveyenko, L.M.; Yelizarova, Z.Ye.

    1984-01-01

    The purpose of the invention is to improve reliable operation of the filter by guaranteeing self-cleaning during operation. This goal is achieved because in the well filter which contains two metal concentrically arranged perforated pipes with openings of the same shape and dimensions and edges of the corresponding openings converged by the opposite sides and shifted in relation to each other with the formation of transitional channels, bottom in the lower part of the outer pipes and connecting element, the bottom of the outer pipes is equipped with an overflow valve, and the inner perforated pipe has a cap on its lower end forming a chamber with the bottom filled with gas. The gap between the perforated pipes is filled with a glue composition with electrical-insulating properties, while the connecting element is made of electrical-insulating material.

  13. Downhole filter

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    Timashev, G.V.; Budymka, V.F.; Buzinov, S.N.; Mishchenko, A.Yu.; Shlakhter, I.S.; Soldatkin, G.I.

    1982-01-01

    The proposed downhole filter consists of a permable housing and frame. Reliable unit filtration is maintained during the formation of gravel plugging by including permeable cones in the frame and by allowing these cones to interface with spring-loaded slotted sleeves. The cones are rigidly mounted upon the frame and the sleeves have wire stems or grooves which interface with the frame slottings during operational positioning.

  14. Traditional Chinese Biotechnology

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    Xu, Yan; Wang, Dong; Fan, Wen Lai; Mu, Xiao Qing; Chen, Jian

    The earliest industrial biotechnology originated in ancient China and developed into a vibrant industry in traditional Chinese liquor, rice wine, soy sauce, and vinegar. It is now a significant component of the Chinese economy valued annually at about 150 billion RMB. Although the production methods had existed and remained basically unchanged for centuries, modern developments in biotechnology and related fields in the last decades have greatly impacted on these industries and led to numerous technological innovations. In this chapter, the main biochemical processes and related technological innovations in traditional Chinese biotechnology are illustrated with recent advances in functional microbiology, microbial ecology, solid-state fermentation, enzymology, chemistry of impact flavor compounds, and improvements made to relevant traditional industrial facilities. Recent biotechnological advances in making Chinese liquor, rice wine, soy sauce, and vinegar are reviewed.

  15. Digital filters

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    Hamming, Richard W

    1997-01-01

    Digital signals occur in an increasing number of applications: in telephone communications; in radio, television, and stereo sound systems; and in spacecraft transmissions, to name just a few. This introductory text examines digital filtering, the processes of smoothing, predicting, differentiating, integrating, and separating signals, as well as the removal of noise from a signal. The processes bear particular relevance to computer applications, one of the focuses of this book.Readers will find Hamming's analysis accessible and engaging, in recognition of the fact that many people with the s

  16. Intelligent Optimize Design of LCL Filter for Three-Phase Voltage-Source PWM Rectifier

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    Sun, Wei; Chen, Zhe

    2009-01-01

    Compared to traditional L filter, a LCL filter is more effective on reducing harmonic distortion at switch frequency. So it is important to choose the LCL filter parameters to achieve good filtering effect. This paper introduces some traditional design methods. Design of a LCL filter by genetic algorithm (GA) and particle swam optimization (PSO) are presented in this paper and comparison of the two intelligent optimization. Simulation result and calculate data are provided to prove that intelligent optimization are more effective and simple than traditional methods.

  17. Filters in 2D and 3D Cardiac SPECT Image Processing.

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    Lyra, Maria; Ploussi, Agapi; Rouchota, Maritina; Synefia, Stella

    2014-01-01

    Nuclear cardiac imaging is a noninvasive, sensitive method providing information on cardiac structure and physiology. Single photon emission tomography (SPECT) evaluates myocardial perfusion, viability, and function and is widely used in clinical routine. The quality of the tomographic image is a key for accurate diagnosis. Image filtering, a mathematical processing, compensates for loss of detail in an image while reducing image noise, and it can improve the image resolution and limit the degradation of the image. SPECT images are then reconstructed, either by filter back projection (FBP) analytical technique or iteratively, by algebraic methods. The aim of this study is to review filters in cardiac 2D, 3D, and 4D SPECT applications and how these affect the image quality mirroring the diagnostic accuracy of SPECT images. Several filters, including the Hanning, Butterworth, and Parzen filters, were evaluated in combination with the two reconstruction methods as well as with a specified MatLab program. Results showed that for both 3D and 4D cardiac SPECT the Butterworth filter, for different critical frequencies and orders, produced the best results. Between the two reconstruction methods, the iterative one might be more appropriate for cardiac SPECT, since it improves lesion detectability due to the significant improvement of image contrast. PMID:24804144

  18. Making Tradition Healthy

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    2007-11-01

    In this podcast, a Latina nutrition educator shows how a community worked with local farmers to grow produce traditionally enjoyed by Hispanic/Latinos.  Created: 11/1/2007 by National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.   Date Released: 11/10/2007.

  19. Traditional Cherokee Food.

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    Hendrix, Janey B.

    A collection for children and teachers of traditional Cherokee recipes emphasizes the art, rather than the science, of cooking. The hand-printed, illustrated format is designed to communicate the feeling of Cherokee history and culture and to encourage readers to collect and add family recipes. The cookbook could be used as a starting point for…

  20. Child Psychotherapy: Converging Traditions

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    Altman, Neil

    2004-01-01

    In this paper I outline some of the ways in which I believe the psychoanalytic traditions in North America and in Great Britain are influencing each other. I identify points of convergence and divergence at this moment in the evolution of psychoanalytic theory and technique. I then point out some of the implications of relational perspectives in…

  1. Traditions of technology

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    Nandy, A.

    1979-01-01

    Modern technology, with about 300 years of history behind it, has become the dominant tradition by marginalizing the other traditions of technology in the West and in the rest of the world. Important roles have been played in this marginalization by the ideology of Englightenment, by the Industrial Revolution, and nineteenth and twentieth century colonialism. They have blurred the difference between science and technology, underwritten the mechanomorphic world-image and promoted the concept of a value-free, ethically unrestrained technology. However, the present crises of technological consciousness has brought to the fore alternative traditions of technology, not as ethnotechnologies from which a universal, secular, modern technology can draw lessons, but as a competing philosophies of universality which can provide correctives to the alienating, exploitative, and dehumanizing role of modern science and technology. An alternative ideology of science is needed for this as well as a new legitimacy for the traditional technosystems and their cultural environments. Such a legitimacy will have to be based on a different set of values relating to the man--nature and man--man relationships and a deeper understanding of the politics of technology in its cross-national and cross-cultural contexts.

  2. Adaptive particle filtering

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    Stevens, Mark R.; Gutchess, Dan; Checka, Neal; Snorrason, Magnús

    2006-05-01

    Image exploitation algorithms for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and weapon systems are extremely sensitive to differences between the operating conditions (OCs) under which they are trained and the extended operating conditions (EOCs) in which the fielded algorithms are tested. As an example, terrain type is an important OC for the problem of tracking hostile vehicles from an airborne camera. A system designed to track cars driving on highways and on major city streets would probably not do well in the EOC of parking lots because of the very different dynamics. In this paper, we present a system we call ALPS for Adaptive Learning in Particle Systems. ALPS takes as input a sequence of video images and produces labeled tracks. The system detects moving targets and tracks those targets across multiple frames using a multiple hypothesis tracker (MHT) tightly coupled with a particle filter. This tracker exploits the strengths of traditional MHT based tracking algorithms by directly incorporating tree-based hypothesis considerations into the particle filter update and resampling steps. We demonstrate results in a parking lot domain tracking objects through occlusions and object interactions.

  3. SAW Filter Performance Improvement

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    Monali R. Dave

    2012-01-01

    Surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters have a widerange of applications, including, for example, inmobile/wireless transceivers, radio frequency (RF) filters,intermediate frequency (IF) filters, resonator-filters, filtersfor mobile and wireless circuits, IF filters in a basetransceiver station (BTS), RF front-end filtersfor mobile/wireless circuitry, multimode frequencyagile oscillators for spread-spectrum securecommunications, nyquist ...

  4. Filtered - a tool for editing SVG filters

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    Kallio, Kiia

    2013-01-01

    Vector graphic image files defined in SVG format can contain filters, graphical effects that can be used for modifying the image pixels algorithmically. Filtered is an open source tool for visual edit-ing of these filters. Although the process that eventually led to filtered started over ten years ago, Filtered is still a relevant tool for SVG content development, as no other tool supports visual editing of SVG filters to the same extent. During the past ten years, SVG has also become an ...

  5. Varactor-tuned Substrate Integrated Evanescent Filter

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    Zhurbenko, Vitaliy; Acar, Öncel

    Evanescent mode waveguides allow for more compact microwave component design in comparison to the traditional fundamental mode waveguide technology. Evanescent waveguides can be integrated into a dielectric substrate in order to further reduce the mass and volume. Unfortunately, traditional realization methods used in the standard evanescent waveguides are often not directly applicable to substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) technology due to dielectric filling and small height of the waveguide. In this work, one of the realization methods of evanescent waveguides using lumped elements is considered. In contrast to other methods described in the literature, it avoids etching split ring resonators in the metal layer of the SIW. The filters presented here use varactors as tuning elements. The varactors (as well as DC decoupling circuits) are mounted on the surface of PCB bringing the lower metal layer of the waveguide to the top layer with metalized via holes. The present filters are analyzed using models basedon impedance matrix representation. The developed models allow computationally efficient and relatively accurate prediction of the filter behavior in a wide frequency range (at least up to frequencies below the cut-off of the second propagating mode). This work investigates the applicability of the evanescent SIW approach to tunable filter realization. The advantages and disadvantages of the approach are analyzed. As an example, a second order microwave filter is designed, fabricated and tested in order to validate the developed filter models as well as the implemented realization method. The filter structure as well as its tuning are shown in Figure 1.

  6. Electromagnetic filter

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    The twin-flow electromagnetic filter consists of a vertical cylindrical casing, an upper and lower connecting nozzle, an upper and lower perforated sheet enclosing a filling of magnetizable spheres, and a magnet coil extending over the height of the bed of spheres. In order to void bursts of wash water there are provided spoke-shaped installations above the lower perforated sheet. The width of the spokes is at least ten times the diameter of the spheres and the largest space between the spokes five times the width of the spokes. The surface of the bed of spheres is about 10 to 15 per cent of the hight of the bed away from the upper perforated sheet. (RW)

  7. Applications of the spline filter for areal filtration

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    Tong, Mingsi; Zhang, Hao; Ott, Daniel; Chu, Wei; Song, John

    2015-12-01

    This paper proposes a general use isotropic areal spline filter. This new areal spline filter can achieve isotropy by approximating the transmission characteristic of the Gaussian filter. It can also eliminate the effect of void areas using a weighting factor, and resolve end-effect issues by applying new boundary conditions, which replace the first order finite difference in the traditional spline formulation. These improvements make the spline filter widely applicable to 3D surfaces and extend the applications of the spline filter in areal filtration.

  8. Non-Traditional Vectors for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning

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    Sara Watt Longan

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP, due to saxitoxin and related compounds, typically results from the consumption of filter-feeding molluscan shellfish that concentrate toxins from marine dinoflagellates. In addition to these microalgal sources, saxitoxin and related compounds, referred to in this review as STXs, are also produced in freshwater cyanobacteria and have been associated with calcareous red macroalgae. STXs are transferred and bioaccumulate throughout aquatic food webs, and can be vectored to terrestrial biota, including humans. Fisheries closures and human intoxications due to STXs have been documented in several non-traditional (i.e. non-filter-feeding vectors. These include, but are not limited to, marine gastropods, both carnivorous and grazing, crustacea, and fish that acquire STXs through toxin transfer. Often due to spatial, temporal, or a species disconnection from the primary source of STXs (bloom forming dinoflagellates, monitoring and management of such non-traditional PSP vectors has been challenging. A brief literature review is provided for filter feeding (traditional and nonfilter feeding (non-traditional vectors of STXs with specific reference to human effects. We include several case studies pertaining to management actions to prevent PSP, as well as food poisoning incidents from STX(s accumulation in non-traditional PSP vectors.

  9. An Adaptive Approach to Mitigate Background Covariance Limitations in the Ensemble Kalman Filter

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    Song, Hajoon

    2010-07-01

    A new approach is proposed to address the background covariance limitations arising from undersampled ensembles and unaccounted model errors in the ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF). The method enhances the representativeness of the EnKF ensemble by augmenting it with new members chosen adaptively to add missing information that prevents the EnKF from fully fitting the data to the ensemble. The vectors to be added are obtained by back projecting the residuals of the observation misfits from the EnKF analysis step onto the state space. The back projection is done using an optimal interpolation (OI) scheme based on an estimated covariance of the subspace missing from the ensemble. In the experiments reported here, the OI uses a preselected stationary background covariance matrix, as in the hybrid EnKF–three-dimensional variational data assimilation (3DVAR) approach, but the resulting correction is included as a new ensemble member instead of being added to all existing ensemble members. The adaptive approach is tested with the Lorenz-96 model. The hybrid EnKF–3DVAR is used as a benchmark to evaluate the performance of the adaptive approach. Assimilation experiments suggest that the new adaptive scheme significantly improves the EnKF behavior when it suffers from small size ensembles and neglected model errors. It was further found to be competitive with the hybrid EnKF–3DVAR approach, depending on ensemble size and data coverage.

  10. Effect of different thickness of material filter on Tc-99m spectra and performance parameters of gamma camera

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    Nazifah, A.; Norhanna, S.; Shah, S. I.; Zakaria, A.

    2014-11-01

    This study aimed to investigate the effects of material filter technique on Tc-99m spectra and performance parameters of Philip ADAC forte dual head gamma camera. Thickness of material filter was selected on the basis of percentage attenuation of various gamma ray energies by different thicknesses of zinc material. A cylindrical source tank of NEMA single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) Triple Line Source Phantom filled with water and Tc-99m radionuclide injected was used for spectra, uniformity and sensitivity measurements. Vinyl plastic tube was used as a line source for spatial resolution. Images for uniformity were reconstructed by filtered back projection method. Butterworth filter of order 5 and cut off frequency 0.35 cycles/cm was selected. Chang's attenuation correction method was applied by selecting 0.13/cm linear attenuation coefficient. Count rate was decreased with material filter from the compton region of Tc-99m energy spectrum, also from the photopeak region. Spatial resolution was improved. However, uniformity of tomographic image was equivocal, and system volume sensitivity was reduced by material filter. Material filter improved system's spatial resolution. Therefore, the technique may be used for phantom studies to improve the image quality.

  11. In the Dirac tradition

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    It was Paul Dirac who cast quantum mechanics into the form we now use, and many generations of theoreticians openly acknowledge his influence on their thinking. When Dirac died in 1984, St. John's College, Cambridge, his base for most of his lifetime, instituted an annual lecture in his memory at Cambridge. The first lecture, in 1986, attracted two heavyweights - Richard Feynman and Steven Weinberg. Far from using the lectures as a platform for their own work, in the Dirac tradition they presented stimulating material on deep underlying questions

  12. Enhanced 3D PET OSEM reconstruction using inter-update Metz filtering

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    We present an enhancement of the OSEM (ordered set expectation maximization) algorithm for 3D PET reconstruction, which we call the inter-update Metz filtered OSEM (IMF-OSEM). The IMF-OSEM algorithm incorporates filtering action into the image updating process in order to improve the quality of the reconstruction. With this technique, the multiplicative correction image - ordinarily used to update image estimates in plain OSEM - is applied to a Metz-filtered version of the image estimate at certain intervals. In addition, we present a software implementation that employs several high-speed features to accelerate reconstruction. These features include, firstly, forward and back projection functions which make full use of symmetry as well as a fast incremental computation technique. Secondly, the software has the capability of running in parallel mode on several processors. The parallelization approach employed yields a significant speed-up, which is nearly independent of the amount of data. Together, these features lead to reasonable reconstruction times even when using large image arrays and non-axially compressed projection data. The performance of IMF-OSEM was tested on phantom data acquired on the GE Advance scanner. Our results demonstrate that an appropriate choice of Metz filter parameters can improve the contrast-noise balance of certain regions of interest relative to both plain and post-filtered OSEM, and to the GE commercial reprojection algorithm software. (author)

  13. A Kalman filter technique applied for medical image reconstruction

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    Medical images contain information about vital organic tissues inside of human body and are widely used for diagnoses of disease or for surgical purposes. Image reconstruction is essential for medical images for some applications such as suppression of noise or de-blurring the image in order to provide images with better quality and contrast. Due to vital rule of image reconstruction in medical sciences the corresponding algorithms with better efficiency and higher speed is desirable. Most algorithms in image reconstruction are operated on frequency domain such as the most popular one known as filtered back projection. In this paper we introduce a Kalman filter technique which is operated in time domain for medical image reconstruction. Results indicated that as the number of projection increases in both normal collected ray sum and the collected ray sum corrupted by noise the quality of reconstructed image becomes better in terms of contract and transparency. It is also seen that as the number of projection increases the error index decreases.

  14. Single-periodic-film optical bandpass filter

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    Niraula, Manoj; Magnusson, Robert

    2015-01-01

    Resonant periodic surfaces and films enable new functionalities with wide applicability in practical optical systems. Their material sparsity, ease of fabrication, and minimal interface count provide environmental and thermal stability and robustness in applications. Here we report an experimental bandpass filter fashioned in a single patterned layer on a substrate. Its performance corresponds to bandpass filters requiring perhaps 30 traditional thin-film layers as shown by an example. We demonstrate an ultra-narrow, high-efficiency bandpass filter with extremely wide, flat, and low sidebands. This class of devices is designed with rigorous solutions of the Maxwell equations while engaging the physical principles of resonant waveguide gratings. The proposed technology is integration-friendly and opens doors for further development in various disciplines and spectral regions where thin-film solutions are traditionally applied.

  15. FPGA design of a real-time edge enhancing smoothing filter

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    Pandya, Nimit; Choo, Chang

    2013-02-01

    Traditional noise removal filters have an undesirable side effect of blurring edges, which is unacceptable for some image processing applications. To overcome this problem, our ongoing project evaluates an edge enhancing smoothening filter and implements it on FPGAs to reduce noise while sharpening edges. One such edge enhancing smoothing filter consists of a combination of the bilateral filter (used for edge preserving smoothing) and the Shock filter (used for edge enhancement) to achieve the desired result. This paper describes an implementation of the bilateral filter on Altera FPGAs. Shock filter part is then briefly described. Area and speed performance results for different Altera FPGA families are comparatively shown.

  16. Multichannel distance filter

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    Pappas, M.; Pitas, I.

    2010-01-01

    A nonlinear multichannel digital filter is presented in this correspondence. The output is a weighted sum of all samples in the filter window, with a single parameter controlling the filter nonlinearity. Although input data ordering is not required, performance can surpass the performance of other ordering-based multichannel filters

  17. Active Optical Lattice Filters

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    Gary Evans; MacFarlane, Duncan L.; Govind Kannan; Jian Tong; Issa Panahi; Vishnupriya Govindan; L. Roberts Hunt

    2005-01-01

    Optical lattice filter structures including gains are introduced and analyzed. The photonic realization of the active, adaptive lattice filter is described. The algorithms which map between gains space and filter coefficients space are presented and studied. The sensitivities of filter parameters with respect to gains are derived and calculated. An example which is relevant to adaptive signal processing is also provided.

  18. Recirculating electric air filter

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    Bergman, W.

    1985-01-01

    An electric air filter cartridge has a cylindrical inner high voltage electrode, a layer of filter material, and an outer ground electrode formed of a plurality of segments moveably connected together. The outer electrode can be easily opened to remove or insert filter material. Air flows through the two electrodes and the filter material and is exhausted from the center of the inner electrode.

  19. Non-traditional inheritance

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    In the last few years, several non-traditional forms of inheritance have been recognized. These include mosaicism, cytoplasmic inheritance, uniparental disomy, imprinting, amplification/anticipation, and somatic recombination. Genomic imprinting (GI) is the dependence of the phenotype on the sex of the transmitting parent. GI in humans seems to involve growth, behaviour, and survival in utero. The detailed mechanism of genomic imprinting is not known, but it seems that some process is involved in turning a gene off; this probably involves two genes, one of which produces a product that turns a gene off, and the gene that is itself turned off. The process of imprinting (turning off) may be associated with methylation. Erasure of imprinting can occur, and seems to be associated with meiosis. 10 refs

  20. Bias aware Kalman filters

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    Drecourt, J.-P.; Madsen, H.; Rosbjerg, Dan

    2006-01-01

    This paper reviews two different approaches that have been proposed to tackle the problems of model bias with the Kalman filter: the use of a colored noise model and the implementation of a separate bias filter. Both filters are implemented with and without feedback of the bias into the model state. The colored noise filter formulation is extended to correct both time correlated and uncorrelated model error components. A more stable version of the separate filter without feedback is presented. T...

  1. Spam filter analysis

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    Garcia, F D; Basiuk, Vincent; Becoulet, Alain; Coulon, Jean-Pierre; Garcia, Flavio D.; Hoepman, Jaap-Henk; Hutter, Thierry; Saoutic, Vincent

    2004-01-01

    Unsolicited bulk email (aka. spam) is a major problem on the Internet. To counter spam, several techniques, ranging from spam filters to mail protocol extensions like hashcash, have been proposed. In this paper we investigate the effectiveness of several spam filtering techniques and technologies. Our analysis was performed by simulating email traffic under different conditions. We show that genetic algorithm based spam filters perform best at server level and naive Bayesian filters are the most appropriate for filtering at user level.

  2. Analog Frequency Tracking Filter

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    ISAR, A.; ISAR, D.

    2013-01-01

    This paper propose a new type of analog adaptive filter derived as a generalization of the concept of matched filter. We conceive such a filter to track the instantaneous frequency of frequency modulated signals. Some properties of the proposed analog frequency tracking filter are established using the time-frequency representations theory. A constructive solution, based on common analog integrated circuits, is also proposed. The performance of the analog frequency tracking filter built ...

  3. Robot Visual Servo with Fuzzy Particle Filter

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    Jie Ma

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a robot visual servo method with an adaptive particle filter based on fuzzy logic theory to online estimate the total Jacobian matrix of a robot visual servo system. A set of fuzzy rules are used to select appropriate numbers of particles according to the filtering estimation errors. When an estimation error is high more particles are used, and when the estimation error is low fewer particles are used. The visual servo results on a two degree-of-freedom robot system show that the proposed fuzzy adaptive particle filter visual servo method needs less time than that of traditional particle filter visual servo method to get a comparative tracking accuracy.

  4. Ceramic chemical filter; Seramikku kemikaru fuiruta

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    Sakata, Soichiro. [Takasago Thermal Engineering Corp. Tokyo (Japan)

    1999-07-01

    In the clean room for producing semiconductors and device element of liquid crystals, the impurities such as acid, alkali, very small amount of gas organism etc. in air by vol ppb order become the reason of bad quality of elements. As countermeasures reducing the gas impurities, there are two of them, one is reducing the impurity generation quantity, such as reducing the impurities included in an introduced air, equipment used in production, raw materials, workers, construction materials of the clean room etc, and the other is removing the impurities from air by a chemical filter. The chemical filter is traditionally made of active carbon, ion exchange fibers. In this paper, a new chemical filter that uses ceramics developed by authors of the paper as the base material, is introduced. The ceramic chemical filters are divided into for removing alkali gas, for removing acid gas, for removing gas organism and for dopint processing. (NEDO)

  5. Miniature wideband filter based on coupled-line sections and quasi-lumped element resonator

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    Zhurbenko, Vitaliy; Krozer, Viktor

    2007-01-01

    A new design of a wideband bandpass filter is proposed, based on coupled-line sections and quasi-lumped element resonator, taking advantage of the last one to introduce two transmission zeros and suppress a spurious response. The proposed filter demonstrates significantly improved characteristics in comparison with traditional coupled-line filter and exhibits a very compact structure.

  6. Application of Moving Object Tracking Based on Kalman Filter Algorithm

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    Xiao Zhansheng

    2013-01-01

    The moving object module matching method base on Kalman Filter (KF) algorithm which proposed to solve the problem of traditional moving object matching method’s, that fault of huge searching range and weakness in real-time processing. Relative to traditional module matching method, the method mentioned here effectively improved the speed and the accuracy of object tracking. This method has tripled the object matching speed of traditional tracking method.

  7. A New Glass of Nonlinear Filters: Microstatistic Volterra Filters

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    S. Marchevsky

    1996-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a new subset of the time-invariant microstatistic filters so-called microstatistic Volterra filters are proposed. This class of nonlinear filters is based on the idea of the conventional microstatistic filter generalization by substituting Wiener filters applied in the conventional microstatistic filter structure by Volterra filters. The advantage of the microstatistic Volterra filters in comparison with the Wiener filters, Volterra filters and conventional microstatistic filters is the fact that in the case of non-Gaussian signal processing the microstatistic Volterra filters can outperform Wiener filters, Volterra filters or conventional microstatistic filters. The validity of this basic property of the microstatistic Volterra filters is verified by a number of computer experiments. The disadvantage of the microstatistic Volterra filters is their relatively high computational complexity.

  8. HEPA Filter Vulnerability Assessment

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    This assessment of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter vulnerability was requested by the USDOE Office of River Protection (ORP) to satisfy a DOE-HQ directive to evaluate the effect of filter degradation on the facility authorization basis assumptions. Within the scope of this assessment are ventilation system HEPA filters that are classified as Safety-Class (SC) or Safety-Significant (SS) components that perform an accident mitigation function. The objective of the assessment is to verify whether HEPA filters that perform a safety function during an accident are likely to perform as intended to limit release of hazardous or radioactive materials, considering factors that could degrade the filters. Filter degradation factors considered include aging, wetting of filters, exposure to high temperature, exposure to corrosive or reactive chemicals, and exposure to radiation. Screening and evaluation criteria were developed by a site-wide group of HVAC engineers and HEPA filter experts from published empirical data. For River Protection Project (RPP) filters, the only degradation factor that exceeded the screening threshold was for filter aging. Subsequent evaluation of the effect of filter aging on the filter strength was conducted, and the results were compared with required performance to meet the conditions assumed in the RPP Authorization Basis (AB). It was found that the reduction in filter strength due to aging does not affect the filter performance requirements as specified in the AB. A portion of the HEPA filter vulnerability assessment is being conducted by the ORP and is not part of the scope of this study. The ORP is conducting an assessment of the existing policies and programs relating to maintenance, testing, and change-out of HEPA filters used for SC/SS service. This document presents the results of a HEPA filter vulnerability assessment conducted for the River protection project as requested by the DOE Office of River Protection

  9. SAW Filter Performance Improvement

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    Monali R. Dave

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Surface acoustic wave (SAW filters have a widerange of applications, including, for example, inmobile/wireless transceivers, radio frequency (RF filters,intermediate frequency (IF filters, resonator-filters, filtersfor mobile and wireless circuits, IF filters in a basetransceiver station (BTS, RF front-end filtersfor mobile/wireless circuitry, multimode frequencyagile oscillators for spread-spectrum securecommunications, nyquist filters for microwave digitalradio, voltage controlled oscillators for first or second stagemixing in mobile transceivers, delay lines for low powertime-diversity wireless receivers, pseudo-noise-coded delaylines for combined code division multiple access/timedivision multiple access (CDMA/TDMA access, clockrecovery filters for fiber-opticscommunication repeater stages, synchronous, spreadspectrum communications, televisions, videorecorders, and many other applications. SAW filters arealso finding increasing use as picture-signal intermediatefrequency (PIF filters, vestigial sideband (VSB filters, andother types of communication filters, and as filters fordigital signal processing [1]. It is, however, supported and leadby various technologies of publiccommunication systems such as fiber optics, digital microwaveand satellites. Various custom SAW devices for publiccommunication systems have been already widely used andstill progress [2].This paper describes various methods to minimize some of thedistortions in SAW filter. It includes bulk wave distortion andfeed through distortion.

  10. Basalt Fiber Based Filters

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    Development of Highly Effective Filtering Systems on the Basis of a Super-Thin Basalt Fiber for Radioactive Aerosols Purification and Creation of a Work Cycle for Filters Manufacturig with the Purpose of Their Operation at the Nuclear Power Plants

  11. Simon-nitinol filter

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    This paper discusses a filter that exploits the thermal shape-memory properties of the nitinol alloy to achieve an optimized filter shape and a fine-bore introducer. Experimental methods and materials are given and results are analyzed

  12. HEPA filter monitoring program

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    Kirchner, K. N.; Johnson, C. M.; Aiken, W. F.; Lucerna, J. J.; Barnett, R. L.; Jensen, R. T.

    1986-07-01

    The testing and replacement of HEPA filters, widely used in the nuclear industry to purify process air, are costly and labor-intensive. Current methods of testing filter performance, such as differential pressure measurement and scanning air monitoring, allow determination of overall filter performance but preclude detection of incipient filter failure such as small holes in the filters. Using current technology, a continual in-situ monitoring system was designed which provides three major improvements over current methods of filter testing and replacement. The improvements include: cost savings by reducing the number of intact filters which are currently being replaced unnecessarily; more accurate and quantitative measurement of filter performance; and reduced personnel exposure to a radioactive environment by automatically performing most testing operations.

  13. Location Estimation for an Autonomously Guided Vehicle using an Augmented Kalman Filter to Autocalibrate the Odometry

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    Larsen, Thomas Dall; Bak, Martin; Andersen, Nils Axel; Ravn, Ole

    1998-01-01

    A Kalman filter using encoder readings as inputs and vision measurements as observations is designed as a location estimator for an autonomously guided vehicle (AGV). To reduce the effect of modelling errors an augmented filter that estimates the true system parameters is designed. The traditional way of reducing these errors is by fictitious noise injection in the filter model. The main problem with that approach however is that the filter does not learn about its bad model, it just puts more c...

  14. Low-power implementation of polyphase filters in Quadratic Residue Number System

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    Cardarilli, Gian Carlo; Re, Andrea Del; Nannarelli, Alberto; Re, Marco

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this work is the reduction of the power dissipated in digital filters, while maintaining the timing unchanged. A polyphase filter bank in the Quadratic Residue Number System (QRNS) has been implemented and then compared, in terms of performance, area, and power dissipation to the implementation of a polyphase filter bank in the traditional two's complement system (TCS). The resulting implementations, designed to have the same clock rates, show that the QRNS filter is smaller and consu...

  15. MST Filterability Tests

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    Poirier, M. R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Burket, P. R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Duignan, M. R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-03-12

    The Savannah River Site (SRS) is currently treating radioactive liquid waste with the Actinide Removal Process (ARP) and the Modular Caustic Side Solvent Extraction Unit (MCU). The low filter flux through the ARP has limited the rate at which radioactive liquid waste can be treated. Recent filter flux has averaged approximately 5 gallons per minute (gpm). Salt Batch 6 has had a lower processing rate and required frequent filter cleaning. Savannah River Remediation (SRR) has a desire to understand the causes of the low filter flux and to increase ARP/MCU throughput. In addition, at the time the testing started, SRR was assessing the impact of replacing the 0.1 micron filter with a 0.5 micron filter. This report describes testing of MST filterability to investigate the impact of filter pore size and MST particle size on filter flux and testing of filter enhancers to attempt to increase filter flux. The authors constructed a laboratory-scale crossflow filter apparatus with two crossflow filters operating in parallel. One filter was a 0.1 micron Mott sintered SS filter and the other was a 0.5 micron Mott sintered SS filter. The authors also constructed a dead-end filtration apparatus to conduct screening tests with potential filter aids and body feeds, referred to as filter enhancers. The original baseline for ARP was 5.6 M sodium salt solution with a free hydroxide concentration of approximately 1.7 M.3 ARP has been operating with a sodium concentration of approximately 6.4 M and a free hydroxide concentration of approximately 2.5 M. SRNL conducted tests varying the concentration of sodium and free hydroxide to determine whether those changes had a significant effect on filter flux. The feed slurries for the MST filterability tests were composed of simple salts (NaOH, NaNO2, and NaNO3) and MST (0.2 – 4.8 g/L). The feed slurry for the filter enhancer tests contained simulated salt batch 6 supernate, MST, and filter enhancers.

  16. Oriented Fiber Filter Media

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    Bharadwaj, R.; A. Patel, S. Chokdeepanich, Ph.D.; G.G. Chase, Ph.D.

    2008-01-01

    Coalescing filters are widely used throughout industry and improved performance will reduce droplet emissions and operating costs. Experimental observations show orientation of micro fibers in filter media effect the permeability and the separation efficiency of the filter media. In this work two methods are used to align the fibers to alter the filter structure. The results show that axially aligned fiber media improve quality factor on the order of 20% and cutting media on an angle from a t...

  17. The Ribosome Filter Redux

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    Mauro, Vincent P.; Edelman, Gerald M.

    2007-01-01

    The ribosome filter hypothesis postulates that ribosomes are not simply translation machines but also function as regulatory elements that differentially affect or filter the translation of particular mRNAs. On the basis of new information, we take the opportunity here to review the ribosome filter hypothesis, suggest specific mechanisms of action, and discuss recent examples from the literature that support it.

  18. Practical Active Capacitor Filter

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    Shuler, Robert L., Jr. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    A method and apparatus is described that filters an electrical signal. The filtering uses a capacitor multiplier circuit where the capacitor multiplier circuit uses at least one amplifier circuit and at least one capacitor. A filtered electrical signal results from a direct connection from an output of the at least one amplifier circuit.

  19. Symmetric Phase Only Filtering for Improved DPIV Data Processing

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    Wernet, Mark P.

    2006-01-01

    The standard approach in Digital Particle Image Velocimetry (DPIV) data processing is to use Fast Fourier Transforms to obtain the cross-correlation of two single exposure subregions, where the location of the cross-correlation peak is representative of the most probable particle displacement across the subregion. This standard DPIV processing technique is analogous to Matched Spatial Filtering, a technique commonly used in optical correlators to perform the crosscorrelation operation. Phase only filtering is a well known variation of Matched Spatial Filtering, which when used to process DPIV image data yields correlation peaks which are narrower and up to an order of magnitude larger than those obtained using traditional DPIV processing. In addition to possessing desirable correlation plane features, phase only filters also provide superior performance in the presence of DC noise in the correlation subregion. When DPIV image subregions contaminated with surface flare light or high background noise levels are processed using phase only filters, the correlation peak pertaining only to the particle displacement is readily detected above any signal stemming from the DC objects. Tedious image masking or background image subtraction are not required. Both theoretical and experimental analyses of the signal-to-noise ratio performance of the filter functions are presented. In addition, a new Symmetric Phase Only Filtering (SPOF) technique, which is a variation on the traditional phase only filtering technique, is described and demonstrated. The SPOF technique exceeds the performance of the traditionally accepted phase only filtering techniques and is easily implemented in standard DPIV FFT based correlation processing with no significant computational performance penalty. An "Automatic" SPOF algorithm is presented which determines when the SPOF is able to provide better signal to noise results than traditional PIV processing. The SPOF based optical correlation processing approach is presented as a new paradigm for more robust cross-correlation processing of low signal-to-noise ratio DPIV image data."

  20. Exhaust gas filter

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    A filter material formed by joining glass clothes to both surfaces of a glass fiber non-woven fabric is used. The filter material is disposed at the inside of a square filter material support frame made of stainless steel. The filter material is attached in a zig-zag manner in the flowing direction of the exhaust gases so as to increase the filtration area. Separators, for example, made of stainless steel are inserted between the filter materials. The separator is corrugated so as to sandwich and support the filter materials from both sides by the ridged crests. The longitudinal bottom of the separator formed by corrugating it defines a flow channel of the exhaustion gases. The longitudinal bottom is also used as a channel for back blowing air. With such a constitution, combustion gases of radioactive miscellaneous solid wastes can be completely filtered. In addition, a back wash can be conducted under high temperature. (I.N.)

  1. Ceramic fiber filter technology

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    Holmes, B.L.; Janney, M.A.

    1996-06-01

    Fibrous filters have been used for centuries to protect individuals from dust, disease, smoke, and other gases or particulates. In the 1970s and 1980s ceramic filters were developed for filtration of hot exhaust gases from diesel engines. Tubular, or candle, filters have been made to remove particles from gases in pressurized fluidized-bed combustion and gasification-combined-cycle power plants. Very efficient filtration is necessary in power plants to protect the turbine blades. The limited lifespan of ceramic candle filters has been a major obstacle in their development. The present work is focused on forming fibrous ceramic filters using a papermaking technique. These filters are highly porous and therefore very lightweight. The papermaking process consists of filtering a slurry of ceramic fibers through a steel screen to form paper. Papermaking and the selection of materials will be discussed, as well as preliminary results describing the geometry of papers and relative strengths.

  2. Dual filtered backprojection for micro-rotation confocal microscopy

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    Micro-rotation confocal microscopy is a novel optical imaging technique which employs dielectric fields to trap and rotate individual cells to facilitate 3D fluorescence imaging using a confocal microscope. In contrast to computed tomography (CT) where an image can be modelled as parallel projection of an object, the ideal confocal image is recorded as a central slice of the object corresponding to the focal plane. In CT, the projection images and the 3D object are related by the Fourier slice theorem which states that the Fourier transform of a CT image is equal to the central slice of the Fourier transform of the 3D object. In the micro-rotation application, we have a dual form of this setting, i.e. the Fourier transform of the confocal image equals the parallel projection of the Fourier transform of the 3D object. Based on the observed duality, we present here the dual of the classical filtered back projection (FBP) algorithm and apply it in micro-rotation confocal imaging. Our experiments on real data demonstrate that the proposed method is a fast and reliable algorithm for the micro-rotation application, as FBP is for CT application

  3. Kalman filtering technique for reactivity measurement

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    Measurement of reactivity and its on-line display is of great help in calibration of reactivity control and safety devices and in the planning of suitable actions during the reactor operation. In traditional approaches the reactivity is estimated from reactor period or by solving the inverse point kinetic equation. In this paper, an entirely new approach based on the Kalman filtering technique has been presented. The theory and design of the reactivity measuring instrument based on the approach has been explained. Its performance has been compared with traditional approaches by estimation of transient reactivity from flux variation data recorded in a research reactor. It is demonstrated that the Kalman filtering approach is superior to other methods from the viewpoints of accuracy, noise suppression, and robustness against uncertainties in the reactor parameters. (author). 1 fig

  4. Experimental validation of a single shaped filter approach for CT using variable source-to-filter distance for examination of arbitrary object diameters

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    Lück, Ferdinand; Kolditz, Daniel; Hupfer, Martin; Steiding, Christian; Kalender, Willi A.

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to validate the use of a single shaped filter (SF) for computed tomography (CT) using variable source-to-filter distance (SFD) for the examination of different object diameters. A SF was designed by performing simulations with the purpose of achieving noise homogeneity in the reconstructed volume and dose reduction for arbitrary phantom diameters. This was accomplished by using a filter design method thats target is to achieve a homogeneous detector noise, but also uses a correction factor for the filtered back projection process. According to simulation results, a single SF designed for one of the largest phantom diameters meets the requirements for all diameters when SFD can be adjusted. To validate these results, a SF made of aluminium alloy was manufactured. Measurements were performed on a CT scanner with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) phantoms of diameters from 40-100?mm. The filter was positioned at SFDs ranging from 97-168?mm depending on the phantom diameter. Image quality was evaluated for the reconstructed volume by assessing CT value accuracy, noise homogeneity, contrast-to-noise ratio weighted by dose (CNRD) and spatial resolution. Furthermore, scatter distribution was determined with the use of a beam-stop phantom. Dose was measured for a PMMA phantom with a diameter of 100?mm using a calibrated ionization chamber. The application of a single SF at variable SFD led to improved noise uniformity and dose reduction: noise homogeneity was improved from 15% down to about 0%, and dose was reduced by about 37%. Furthermore, scatter dropped by about 32%, which led to reduced cupping artifacts and improved CT value accuracy. Spatial resolution and CNRD was not affected by the SF. By means of a single SF with variable SFD designed for CT, significant dose reduction can be achieved and image quality can be improved by reducing noise inhomogeneity as well as scatter-induced artifacts.

  5. A Robust Gaussian Filter Corresponding to the Transmisson Characterisic of the Gaussian Filter

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    A surface roughness profile of an object can be measured by extracting a mean line of the long wavelength component from the primary profile, and by subtracting it from the primary profile. This mean line is usually computed by convolving the traditional Gaussian filter (GF) and the primary profile. However, if an outlier exists in the primary profile, the output of a Gaussian filter will be greatly affected by the outlier. To solve the outlier problem, several schemes of robust Gaussian filter have been proposed. However there are several fatal problems that a mean line determined with respect to the measurement data containing no outliers does not agree with the mean line of the Gaussian filter output. To solve these problems, this paper proposes a new robust Gaussian filter based on a fast M-estimation method (FMGF) and the performance of the new robust Gaussian filter was experimentally clarified. As a result, if an outlier exist, the proposed method behaves a robust performance. If no outlier exists, the output wave pattern, RMSE and transmission characteristic accorded mutually with Gaussian filter

  6. Invariant texture segmentation via circular gabor filter

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    Zhang, JianGuo; Tan, Tieniu

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, we focus on invariant texture segmentation, and propose a new method using circular Gabor filters (CGF) for rotation invariant texture segmentation. The traditional Gabor function is modified into a circular symmetric version. The rotation invariant texture features are achieved via the channel output of the CGF. A new scheme of the selection of Gabor parameters is also proposed for texture segmentation. Experiments show the efficacy of this method

  7. Tradition?! Traditional Cultural Institutions on Customary Practices in Uganda

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    Joanna R. Quinn

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This contribution traces the importance of traditional institutions in rehabilitating societies in general terms and more particularly in post-independence Uganda. The current regime, partly by inventing “traditional” cultural institutions, partly by co-opting them for its own interests, contributed to a loss of legitimacy of those who claim responsibility for customary law. More recently, international prosecutions have complicated the use of customary mechanisms within such societies. This article shows that some traditional and cultural leaders continue to struggle to restore their original institutions, some having taken the initiative of inventing new forms of engaging with society. Uganda is presented as a test case for the International Criminal Court’s ability to work with traditional judicial institutions in Africa.

  8. An LLCL Power Filter for Single-Phase Grid-Tied Inverter

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    Wu, Weimin; He, Yuanbin

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a new topology of higher order power filter for grid-tied voltage-source inverters, named the LLCL filter, which inserts a small inductor in the branch loop of the capacitor in the traditional LCL filter to compose a series resonant circuit at the switching frequency. Particularly, it can attenuate the switching-frequency current ripple components much better than an LCL filter, leading to a decrease in the total inductance and volume. Furthermore, by decreasing the inductance of a grid-side inductor, it raises the characteristic resonance frequency, which is beneficial to the inverter system control. The parameter design criteria of the proposed LLCL filter is also introduced. The comparative analysis and discussions regarding the traditional LCL filter and the proposed LLCL filter have been presented and evaluated through experiment on a 1.8-kW-single-phase grid-tied inverter prototype.

  9. Sensory Pollution from Bag Filters, Carbon Filters and Combinations

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    Bekö, Gabriel; Clausen, Geo

    2008-01-01

    Used ventilation filters are a major source of sensory pollutants in air handling systems. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the net effect that different combinations of filters had on perceived air quality after 5 months of continuous filtration of outdoor suburban air. A panel of 32 subjects assessed different sets of used filters and identical sets consisting of new filters. Additionally, filter weights and pressure drops were measured at the beginning and end of the operation period. The filter sets included single EU5 and EU7 fiberglass filters, an EU7 filter protected by an upstream pre-filter (changed monthly), an EU7 filter protected by an upstream activated carbon (AC) filter, and EU7 filters with an AC filter either downstream or both upstream and downstream. In addition, two types of stand-alone combination filters were evaluated: a bag-type fiberglass filter that contained AC and a synthetic fiber cartridge filter that contained AC. Air that had passed through used filters was most acceptable for those sets in which an AC filter was used downstream of the particle filter. Comparable air quality was achieved with the stand-alone bag filter that contained AC. Furthermore, its pressure drop changed very little during the 5 months of service, and it had the added benefit of removing a large fraction of ozone from the airstream. If similar results are obtained over a wider variety of soiling conditions, such filters may be a viable solution to a long recognized problem.

  10. Generic Kalman Filter Software

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    Lisano, Michael E., II; Crues, Edwin Z.

    2005-01-01

    The Generic Kalman Filter (GKF) software provides a standard basis for the development of application-specific Kalman-filter programs. Historically, Kalman filters have been implemented by customized programs that must be written, coded, and debugged anew for each unique application, then tested and tuned with simulated or actual measurement data. Total development times for typical Kalman-filter application programs have ranged from months to weeks. The GKF software can simplify the development process and reduce the development time by eliminating the need to re-create the fundamental implementation of the Kalman filter for each new application. The GKF software is written in the ANSI C programming language. It contains a generic Kalman-filter-development directory that, in turn, contains a code for a generic Kalman filter function; more specifically, it contains a generically designed and generically coded implementation of linear, linearized, and extended Kalman filtering algorithms, including algorithms for state- and covariance-update and -propagation functions. The mathematical theory that underlies the algorithms is well known and has been reported extensively in the open technical literature. Also contained in the directory are a header file that defines generic Kalman-filter data structures and prototype functions and template versions of application-specific subfunction and calling navigation/estimation routine code and headers. Once the user has provided a calling routine and the required application-specific subfunctions, the application-specific Kalman-filter software can be compiled and executed immediately. During execution, the generic Kalman-filter function is called from a higher-level navigation or estimation routine that preprocesses measurement data and post-processes output data. The generic Kalman-filter function uses the aforementioned data structures and five implementation- specific subfunctions, which have been developed by the user on the basis of the aforementioned templates. The GKF software can be used to develop many different types of unfactorized Kalman filters. A developer can choose to implement either a linearized or an extended Kalman filter algorithm, without having to modify the GKF software. Control dynamics can be taken into account or neglected in the filter-dynamics model. Filter programs developed by use of the GKF software can be made to propagate equations of motion for linear or nonlinear dynamical systems that are deterministic or stochastic. In addition, filter programs can be made to operate in user-selectable "covariance analysis" and "propagation-only" modes that are useful in design and development stages.

  11. A New Approach for Cluster Based Collaborative Filters

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    R. Venu Babu,; K. Srinivas,; S. Anjali Devi

    2010-01-01

    In modern E-Commerce it is not easy for customers to find the best suitable goods of their interest as more and more information is placed on line (like movies, audios, books, documents etc...). So in order to provide most suitable information of high value to customers of an e-commerce business system, a customized recommender system is required. Collaborative Filtering has become a popular technique for reducing this information overload. While traditional collaborative filtering systems ha...

  12. A Contextual Item-Based Collaborative Filtering Technology

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    Pan Pan; Xueqing Tan

    2012-01-01

    This paper proposes a contextual item-based collaborative filtering technology, which is based on the traditional item-based collaborative filtering technology. In the process of the recommendation, user's important mobile contextual information are taken into account, and the technology combines with those ratings on the items in the users' historical contextual information who are familiar with user's current context information in order to predict that which items will be preferred by user...

  13. A personalized web page content filtering model based on segmentation

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    K.S.Kuppusamy; AGHILA G

    2012-01-01

    In the view of massive content explosion in World Wide Web through diverse sources, it has become mandatory to have content filtering tools. The filtering of contents of the web pages holds greater significance in cases of access by minor-age people. The traditional web page blocking systems goes by the Boolean methodology of either displaying the full page or blocking it completely. With the increased dynamism in the web pages, it has become a common phenomenon that differe...

  14. Various Topics on Angle-Only Tracking using Particle Filters

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    Karlsson, Rickard

    2002-01-01

    Angle-only tracking estimates range and range rate from measured angle information by maneuvering the observation platform to gain observability. Traditionally, linear or linearized models are used, where the uncertainty in the sensor and motion models is typically modeled by Gaussian densities. Hence, classical sub-optimal Bayesian methods based on linearized Kalman filters can be used. The sequential Monte Carlo method, or particle filter, provides an approximative solution to the non-linea...

  15. Concentric Split Flow Filter

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    Stapleton, Thomas J. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A concentric split flow filter may be configured to remove odor and/or bacteria from pumped air used to collect urine and fecal waste products. For instance, filter may be designed to effectively fill the volume that was previously considered wasted surrounding the transport tube of a waste management system. The concentric split flow filter may be configured to split the air flow, with substantially half of the air flow to be treated traveling through a first bed of filter media and substantially the other half of the air flow to be treated traveling through the second bed of filter media. This split flow design reduces the air velocity by 50%. In this way, the pressure drop of filter may be reduced by as much as a factor of 4 as compare to the conventional design.

  16. Traditional birth attendants in Malawi

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    J. J. M. Smit

    1994-05-01

    Full Text Available Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs and traditional healers form an important link in the chain of health personnel providing primary health care in Malawi. In spite of the establishment of hospitals and health centres, it is to these traditional healers and TBAs that the majority of people turn in times of sickness and child-birth. Approximately 60 percent of all deliveries in Malawi occur in the villages. It is therefore important that due regard be paid to the activities of these traditional practitioners in order to ensure the achievement of the goal - "Health for all by the year 2000". The training of TBAs is seen as part of the Maternal and Child Health Services in the country.

  17. Bayesian Trend Filtering

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    Roualdes, Edward A.

    2015-01-01

    We develop a fully Bayesian hierarchical model for trend filtering, itself a new development in nonparametric, univariate regression. The framework more broadly applies to the generalized lasso, but focus is on Bayesian trend filtering. We compare two shrinkage priors, double exponential and generalized double Pareto. A simulation study, comparing Bayesian trend filtering to the original formulation and a number of other popular methods shows our method to improve estimation...

  18. Spot- Zombie Filtering System

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    Arathy Rajagopal; B. Geethanjali; Arulprakash. P

    2014-01-01

    A major security challenge on the Internet is the existence of the large number of compromised machines. Such machines have been increasingly used to launch various security attacks including spamming and spreading malware, DDoS, and identity theft. These compromised machines are called “Zombies”. In general E-mail applications and providers uses spam filters to filter the spam messages. Spam filtering is a technique for discriminating the genuine message from the spam message...

  19. Configurable Multirate Filter Banks

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    Ali Al-Haj

    2008-01-01

    Multimedia communications require efficient and real-time implementations of multirate digital signal processing systems. The backbone structures of multirate systems are digital multirate filter banks. Therefore, efficient multimedia communications rely, in the first place, on real-time implementations of multirate filter banks. In this paper, we describe a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) implementation of the analysis and synthesis filter banks which are the fundamental components of m...

  20. Updating the OMERACT filter

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    Wells, George; Beaton, Dorcas E; Tugwell, Peter; Boers, Maarten; Kirwan, John R; Bingham, Clifton O; Boonen, Annelies; Brooks, Peter; Conaghan, Philip G; D'Agostino, Maria-Antonietta; Dougados, Maxime; Furst, Daniel E; Gossec, Laure; Guillemin, Francis; Helliwell, Philip; Hewlett, Sarah; Kvien, Tore K; Landewé, Robert B; March, Lyn; Mease, Philip J; Østergaard, Mikkel; Simon, Lee; Singh, Jasvinder A; Strand, Vibeke; van der Heijde, Désirée M

    2014-01-01

    The "Discrimination" part of the OMERACT Filter asks whether a measure discriminates between situations that are of interest. "Feasibility" in the OMERACT Filter encompasses the practical considerations of using an instrument, including its ease of use, time to complete, monetary costs, and interpretability of the question(s) included in the instrument. Both the Discrimination and Reliability parts of the filter have been helpful but were agreed on primarily by consensus of OMERACT participants ...

  1. Randomized Filtering Algorithms

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    Katriel, Irit; Van Hentenryck, Pascal

    2008-01-01

    Filtering every global constraint of a CPS to are consistency at every search step can be costly and solvers often compromise on either the level of consistency or the frequency at which are consistency is enforced. In this paper we propose two randomized filtering schemes for dense instances of AllDifferent and is generalization, the Global Cardinality Constraint. The first delayed filtering scheme is a Monte Carlo algorithm: its running time is superior, in the worst case, to that of enforcing...

  2. Hybrid Filter Membrane

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    Laicer, Castro; Rasimick, Brian; Green, Zachary

    2012-01-01

    Cabin environmental control is an important issue for a successful Moon mission. Due to the unique environment of the Moon, lunar dust control is one of the main problems that significantly diminishes the air quality inside spacecraft cabins. Therefore, this innovation was motivated by NASA s need to minimize the negative health impact that air-suspended lunar dust particles have on astronauts in spacecraft cabins. It is based on fabrication of a hybrid filter comprising nanofiber nonwoven layers coated on porous polymer membranes with uniform cylindrical pores. This design results in a high-efficiency gas particulate filter with low pressure drop and the ability to be easily regenerated to restore filtration performance. A hybrid filter was developed consisting of a porous membrane with uniform, micron-sized, cylindrical pore channels coated with a thin nanofiber layer. Compared to conventional filter media such as a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, this filter is designed to provide high particle efficiency, low pressure drop, and the ability to be regenerated. These membranes have well-defined micron-sized pores and can be used independently as air filters with discreet particle size cut-off, or coated with nanofiber layers for filtration of ultrafine nanoscale particles. The filter consists of a thin design intended to facilitate filter regeneration by localized air pulsing. The two main features of this invention are the concept of combining a micro-engineered straight-pore membrane with nanofibers. The micro-engineered straight pore membrane can be prepared with extremely high precision. Because the resulting membrane pores are straight and not tortuous like those found in conventional filters, the pressure drop across the filter is significantly reduced. The nanofiber layer is applied as a very thin coating to enhance filtration efficiency for fine nanoscale particles. Additionally, the thin nanofiber coating is designed to promote capture of dust particles on the filter surface and to facilitate dust removal with pulse or back airflow.

  3. Variational Bayesian Filtering.

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    Šmídl, Václav; Quinn, A.

    2008-01-01

    Ro?. 56, ?. 10 (2008), s. 5020-5030. ISSN 1053-587X R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0572 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : Bayesian filtering * particle filtering * Variational Bayes Subject RIV: BC - Control Systems Theory Impact factor: 2.335, year: 2008 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2008/AS/smidl-variational bayesian filtering .pdf

  4. The evolution of traditional knowledge:

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    Saslis Lagoudakis, C Haris; Hawkins, Julie A; Greenhill, Simon J; Pendry, Colin A; Watson, Mark F; Tuladhar-Douglas, Will; Baral, Sushim R; Savolainen, Vincent

    2014-01-01

    Traditional knowledge is influenced by ancestry, inter-cultural diffusion and interaction with the natural environment. It is problematic to assess the contributions of these influences independently because closely related ethnic groups may also be geographically close, exposed to similar environments and able to exchange knowledge readily. Medicinal plant use is one of the most important components of traditional knowledge, since plants provide healthcare for up to 80% of the world's populatio...

  5. Health traditions of Sikkim Himalaya

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    Panda, Ashok Kumar; Misra, Sangram

    2010-01-01

    Ancient medical systems are still prevalent in Sikkim, popularly nurtured by Buddhist groups using the traditional Tibetan pharmacopoeia overlapping with Ayurvedic medicine. Traditional medical practices and their associated cultural values are based round Sikkim’s three major communities, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepalis. In this study, a semi-structured questionnaire was prepared for folk healers covering age and sex, educational qualification, source of knowledge, types of practices, experience ...

  6. Fast Guided Filter

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    He, Kaiming; Sun, Jian

    2015-01-01

    The guided filter is a technique for edge-aware image filtering. Because of its nice visual quality, fast speed, and ease of implementation, the guided filter has witnessed various applications in real products, such as image editing apps in phones and stereo reconstruction, and has been included in official MATLAB and OpenCV. In this note, we remind that the guided filter can be simply sped up from O(N) time to O(N/s^2) time for a subsampling ratio s. In a variety of applic...

  7. Paul Rodgersi filter Kohilas

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    2000-01-01

    28. I Kohila keskkoolis kohaspetsiifiline skulptuur ja performance "Filter". Kooli 130. aastapäeva tähistava ettevõtmise eesotsas oli skulptor Paul Rodgers ja kaks viimase klassi noormeest ? Marko Heinmäe, Hendrik Karm.

  8. Approximate Kalman filtering

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    Chen, G

    1993-01-01

    Kalman filtering algorithm gives optimal (linear, unbiased and minimum error-variance) estimates of the unknown state vectors of a linear dynamic-observation system, under the regular conditions such as perfect data information; complete noise statistics; exact linear modeling; ideal well-conditioned matrices in computation and strictly centralized filtering.In practice, however, one or more of the aforementioned conditions may not be satisfied, so that the standard Kalman filtering algorithm cannot be directly used, and hence "approximate Kalman filtering" becomes necessary. In the last decad

  9. Filters in nuclear facilities

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    The topics of the nine papers given include the behavior of HEPA filters during exposure to air flows of high humidity as well as of high differential pressure, the development of steel-fiber filters suitable for extreme operating conditions, and the occurrence of various radioactive iodine species in the exhaust air from boiling water reactors. In an introductory presentation the German view of the performance requirements to be met by filters in nuclear facilities as well as the present status of filter quality assurance are discussed. (orig.)

  10. Oriented Fiber Filter Media

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    R. Bharadwaj

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Coalescing filters are widely used throughout industry and improved performance will reduce droplet emissions and operating costs. Experimental observations show orientation of micro fibers in filter media effect the permeability and the separation efficiency of the filter media. In this work two methods are used to align the fibers to alter the filter structure. The results show that axially aligned fiber media improve quality factor on the order of 20% and cutting media on an angle from a thick layered media can improve performance by about 40%. The results also show the improved performance is not monotonically correlated to the average fiber angle of the medium.

  11. Substrate Integrated Evanescent Filters Employing Coaxial Stubs

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    Zhurbenko, Vitaliy

    2015-01-01

    Evanescent mode substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) is one of the promising technologies for design of light-weight low-cost microwave components. Traditional realization methods used in the standard evanescent waveguide technology are often not directly applicable to SIW due to dielectric filling and small height of the waveguide. In this work, one of the realization methods of evanescent mode waveguides using a single layer substrate is considered. The method is based on the use of coaxial stubs as capacitive susceptances externally connected to a SIW. A microwave filter based on these principles is designed, fabricated, and tested. The filter exhibits a transmission zero due to the implemented stubs. The problem of evanescent mode filter analysis is formulated in terms of conventional network concepts. This formulation is then used for modelling of the filters. Strategies to further miniaturization of the microwave filter are discussed. The approach is useful in applications where a sharp roll-off at the upper stop-band is required.

  12. Ceramic filters for bulk inoculation of nickel alloy castings

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    F. Binczyk

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The work includes the results of research on production technology of ceramic filters which, besides the traditional filtering function, playalso the role of an inoculant modifying the macrostructure of cast nickel alloys. To play this additional role, filters should demonstratesufficient compression strength and ensure proper flow rate of liquid alloy. The role of an inoculant is played by cobalt aluminateintroduced to the composition of external coating in an amount from 5 to 10 wt.% . The required compression strength (over 1MPa isprovided by the supporting layers, deposited on the preform, which is a polyurethane foam. Based on a two-level fractional experiment24-1, the significance of an impact of various technological parameters (independent variables on selected functional parameters of theready filters was determined. Important effect of the number of the supporting layers and sintering temperature of filters after evaporationof polyurethane foam was stated.

  13. Distortion Parameters Analysis Method Based on Improved Filtering Algorithm

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    ZHANG Shutuan

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In order to realize the accurate distortion parameters test of aircraft power supply system, and satisfy the requirement of corresponding equipment in the aircraft, the novel power parameters test system based on improved filtering algorithm is introduced in this paper. The hardware of the test system has the characters of s portable and high-speed data acquisition and processing, and the software parts utilize the software Labwindows/CVI as exploitation software, and adopt the pre-processing technique and adding filtering algorithm. Compare with the traditional filtering algorithm, the test system adopted improved filtering algorithm can help to increase the test accuracy. The application shows that the test system with improved filtering algorithm can realize the accurate test results, and reach to the design requirements.  

  14. Band-elimination filter

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    Shelton, G. B.

    1977-01-01

    Helical resonator is employed to produce stable, highly selective filter. Other features of filter include controlled bandwidth by cascading identical stages and stagger tuning, adjustable notch depth, good isolation between stages, gain set by proper choice of resistors, and elimination of spurious responses.

  15. Multilevel ensemble Kalman filtering

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    Hoel, Håkon; Law, Kody J. H.; Tempone, Raul

    2015-01-01

    This work embeds a multilevel Monte Carlo (MLMC) sampling strategy into the Monte Carlo step of the ensemble Kalman filter (ENKF), thereby yielding a multilevel ensemble Kalman filter (MLENKF) which has provably superior asymptotic cost to a given accuracy level. The theoretical results are illustrated numerically.

  16. Internet Filtering in China

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    Zittrain, Jonathan L.

    2003-01-01

    We collected data on the methods, scope, and depth of selective barriers to Internet usage through networks in China. Tests conducted from May through November 2002 indicated at least four distinct and independently operable Internet filtering methods - Web server IP address, DNS server IP address, keyword, and DNS redirection with a quantifiable leap in filtering sophistication beginning in September 2002.

  17. A new algorithm of inter-frame filtering in IR image based on threshold value

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    Liu, Wei; Leng, Hanbing; Chen, Weining; Yang, Hongtao; Xie, Qingsheng; Yi, Bo; Zhang, Haifeng

    2013-09-01

    This paper proposed a new algorithm of inter-frame filtering in IR image based on threshold value for the purpose of solving image blur and smear brought by traditional inter-frame filtering algorithm. At first, it finds out causes of image blur and smear by analyzing general inter-frame filtering algorithm and dynamic inter-frame filtering algorithm, hence to bring up a new kind of time-domain filter. In order to obtain coefficients of the filter, it firstly gets difference image of present image and previous image, and then, it gets noisy threshold value by analyzing difference image with probability analysis method. The relationship between difference image and threshold value helps obtaining the coefficients of filter. At last, inter-frame filtering method is adopted to process pixels interrupted by noise. The experimental result shows that this algorithm has successfully repressed IR image blur and smear, and NETD tested by traditional inter filtering algorithm and the new algorithm are respectively 78mK and 70mK, which shows it has a better noise reduction performance than traditional ones. The algorithm is not only applied to still image, but also to sports image. As a new algorithm with great practical value, it is easy to achieve on FPGA, of excellent real-time performance and it effectively extends application scope of time domain filtering algorithm.

  18. Improved Passive-Damped LCL Filter to Enhance Stability in Grid-Connected Voltage-Source Converters

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    Beres, Remus Narcis; Wang, Xiongfei

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes an improved passive-damped LCL filter to be used as interface between the grid-connected voltage-source converters and the utility grid. The proposed filter replaces the LCL filter capacitor with a traditional C-type filter with the resonant circuit tuned in such a way that switching harmonics due to pulse width modulation are to be cancelled. Since the tuned circuit of the C-type filter suppresses the switching harmonics more effectively, the total inductance of the filter can be reduced. Additionally, the rating of the damping resistor is lower, compared with conventional passive-damped LCL filter. To verify the benefits of the proposed filter, a comparison with the conventional filter is made in terms of losses and ratings when both the filters are designed under the same condition.

  19. LCL Interface Filter Design for Shunt Active Power Filters

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    DOBRICEANU, M.; Marin, D; Popescu, M.; BITOLEANU, A.

    2010-01-01

    This paper is focused on finding the parameters of a second order interface filter connected between the power system and the shunt active filter based on switching frequency of the active filter. Many publications on power active filters include various design methods for the interface inductive filter which take into account the injected current and its dynamic. Compared to these ones, the approach presented in this paper is oriented toward the design of the interface filter starting fro...

  20. Configurable Multirate Filter Banks

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    Ali Al-Haj

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Multimedia communications require efficient and real-time implementations of multirate digital signal processing systems. The backbone structures of multirate systems are digital multirate filter banks. Therefore, efficient multimedia communications rely, in the first place, on real-time implementations of multirate filter banks. In this paper, we describe a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA implementation of the analysis and synthesis filter banks which are the fundamental components of multirate systems. The implementation utilizes the parallel form of the distributed arithmetic technique which enables maximum exploitation of the parallelism inherent in the multirate filtering operation. Performance results demonstrate the effectiveness of the implementation and suggest that the FPGA platform is indeed attractive for implementing multirate filter banks.

  1. Use of changing filters

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    The invention concerns a changing filter for accommodating bulk contact material, eg active carbons, for cleaning gas or air flows. The filter consists of a square, in which the meandering filter bed surrounded by perforated sheets with windings alternately towards the incoming and outgoing flow side is accommodated. The windings of the filter bed are flattened on the outgoing flow side, where the part of the perforated sheet partitions towards the flattened part is open on the outgoing flow side and can be closed by perforated sheet lids. Pressure plates with rubber or plastic mats permeable to air are laid on the filter bed below the perforated sheet lids and tensioned against the bed. The advantage is that while guaranteeing many applications, the danger of leaks to the mechanical parts of the closing lid is overcome. (orig./HP)

  2. Sub-micron filter

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    Tepper, Frederick (Sanford, FL); Kaledin, Leonid (Port Orange, FL)

    2009-10-13

    Aluminum hydroxide fibers approximately 2 nanometers in diameter and with surface areas ranging from 200 to 650 m.sup.2/g have been found to be highly electropositive. When dispersed in water they are able to attach to and retain electronegative particles. When combined into a composite filter with other fibers or particles they can filter bacteria and nano size particulates such as viruses and colloidal particles at high flux through the filter. Such filters can be used for purification and sterilization of water, biological, medical and pharmaceutical fluids, and as a collector/concentrator for detection and assay of microbes and viruses. The alumina fibers are also capable of filtering sub-micron inorganic and metallic particles to produce ultra pure water. The fibers are suitable as a substrate for growth of cells. Macromolecules such as proteins may be separated from each other based on their electronegative charges.

  3. Filter cake breaker systems

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    Garcia, Marcelo H.F. [Poland Quimica Ltda., Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil)

    2004-07-01

    Drilling fluids filter cakes are based on a combination of properly graded dispersed particles and polysaccharide polymers. High efficiency filter cakes are formed by these combination , and their formation on wellbore walls during the drilling process has, among other roles, the task of protecting the formation from instantaneous or accumulative invasion of drilling fluid filtrate, granting stability to well and production zones. Filter cake minimizes contact between drilling fluid filtrate and water, hydrocarbons and clay existent in formations. The uniform removal of the filter cake from the entire interval is a critical factor of the completion process. The main methods used to breaking filter cake are classified into two groups, external or internal, according to their removal mechanism. The aim of this work is the presentation of these mechanisms as well their efficiency. (author)

  4. LCL Interface Filter Design for Shunt Active Power Filters

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    DOBRICEANU, M.

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper is focused on finding the parameters of a second order interface filter connected between the power system and the shunt active filter based on switching frequency of the active filter. Many publications on power active filters include various design methods for the interface inductive filter which take into account the injected current and its dynamic. Compared to these ones, the approach presented in this paper is oriented toward the design of the interface filter starting from filter transfer functions by imposing the performances of the filter.

  5. Network synthesis and filter design

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    This book deals with network synthesis and filter design. This contains twelve chapters, which includes Historical background, Network function on Historical background, network function on typical types, Hurwitz polynomials and LC network function on typical types, Hurwitz polynomials and LC network function, Filter function with transitional butter worth-chebyshev filters and step response and impulse response, Frequency transformation such as frequency scaling, LP : HP transformation, LP : BP transformation and LP : BS transformation, Basics of network synthesis, butter worth filter, chebyshev filter, sensitivity filter, chebyshev filter, sensitivity of circuitry, operational Amplifier and its apply, VCVS RC filter, Higher-order filter, OP Amp, Ladder network simulation and switched capacitor filter. It adds marks on butter worth filter and chebyshev filter.

  6. A Reconfigurable FIR Filter System

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    Guosheng Xu

    2013-01-01

    Introduced a practical reconfigurable FIR filter system. According to the filter specialties, the filter coefficients are calculated by the computer. And the configured coefficients of the multistage FIR filter are downloaded to the chip. The filtering computing is completed by the FPGA. All these make virtual value of voltage and current more accurate and steady, so reseach on FIR filter Algorithms is the emphases and difficulty. The performance testing and application examples are given to ...

  7. Derivative free filtering using Kalmtool

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    Bayramoglu, Enis; Hansen, Søren; Ravn, Ole; Poulsen, Niels Kjølstad

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we present a toolbox enabling easy evaluation and comparison of different filtering algorithms. The toolbox is called Kalmtool 4 and is a set of MATLAB tools for state estimation of nonlinear systems. The toolbox contains functions for extended Kalman filtering as well as for DD1 filter and the DD2 filter. It also contains functions for Unscented Kalman filters as well as several versions of particle filters. The toolbox requires MATLAB version 7, but no additional toolboxes are re...

  8. Derivative free filtering using Kalmtool

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    Bayramoglu, Enis Technical University of Denmark,

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we present a toolbox enabling easy evaluation and comparison of different filtering algorithms. The toolbox is called Kalmtool 4 and is a set of MATLAB tools for state estimation of nonlinear systems. The toolbox contains functions for extended Kalman filtering as well as for DD1 filter and the DD2 filter. It also contains functions for Unscented Kalman filters as well as several versions of particle filters. The toolbox requires MATLAB version 7, but no additional toolboxes are required.

  9. Static Filtered Skin Detection

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    Rehanullah Khan

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available A static skin filter defines explicitly (using a number of rules the boundaries the skin cluster has in a color space. Single or multiple ranges of threshold values for each color space component are created and the image pixel values falling within these range(s for all the chosen color components are defined as skin pixels. In this paper, we investigate and evaluate static skin filters for skin segmentation. As a contribution, two new static skin filters for the IHLS and CIELAB color spaces are developed. The two new static filters and four state-of-the-art static filters in YCbCr, HSI, RGB and normalized RGB color spaces are evaluated on the two datasets DS1 and DS2, on the basis of F-measure. Experimental results reveal the feasibility of the developed static skin filters. We also found that since the static filters use static boundaries, any shift of skin color ranges from the static boundaries will result in varying performance. Therefore, the F-measure rankings of the color spaces are different for the datasets DS1 and DS2.

  10. Ceramic fiber reinforced filter

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    Stinton, David P. (Knoxville, TN); McLaughlin, Jerry C. (Oak Ridge, TN); Lowden, Richard A. (Powell, TN)

    1991-01-01

    A filter for removing particulate matter from high temperature flowing fluids, and in particular gases, that is reinforced with ceramic fibers. The filter has a ceramic base fiber material in the form of a fabric, felt, paper of the like, with the refractory fibers thereof coated with a thin layer of a protective and bonding refractory applied by chemical vapor deposition techniques. This coating causes each fiber to be physically joined to adjoining fibers so as to prevent movement of the fibers during use and to increase the strength and toughness of the composite filter. Further, the coating can be selected to minimize any reactions between the constituents of the fluids and the fibers. A description is given of the formation of a composite filter using a felt preform of commercial silicon carbide fibers together with the coating of these fibers with pure silicon carbide. Filter efficiency approaching 100% has been demonstrated with these filters. The fiber base material is alternately made from aluminosilicate fibers, zirconia fibers and alumina fibers. Coating with Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 is also described. Advanced configurations for the composite filter are suggested.

  11. Editorial: Between Tradition and Modernity

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    Editor Al-Jami'ah: Journal of Islamic Studies

    2011-01-01

    The relationship between religious ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’ is a central theme in various academic debates. Of the heatedly debated topic is concerning religious identity in the face of constantly political, economical, and global changes. As with other religious communities, Muslims have to response to these changes, on the one hand, and to the call for preserving their religious identity, on the other. 

  12. Active Learning versus Traditional Teaching

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    L.A. Azzalis

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available In traditional teaching most of the class time is spent with the professor lecturing and the students watching and listening. The students work individually, and cooperation is discouraged. On the other hand,  active learning  changes the focus of activity from the teacher to the learners, in which students solve problems, answer questions, formulate questions of their own, discuss, explain, debate during class;  moreover, students work in teams on problems and projects under conditions that assure positive interdependence and individual accountability. Although student-centered methods have repeatedly been shown to be superior to the traditional teacher-centered approach to instruction, the literature regarding the efficacy of various teaching methods is inconclusive. The purpose of this study was to compare the student perceptions of course and instructor effectiveness, course difficulty, and amount learned between the active learning and lecture sections  in Health Sciences´ courses by statistical data from Anhembi Morumbi University. Results indicated significant  difference between active  learning and traditional  teaching. Our conclusions were that strategies promoting  active  learning to  traditional lectures could increase knowledge and understanding.

  13. Property rights and traditional knowledge

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    Full Text Available For the past several decades, there has been a push to provide some sort of right akin to an intellectual property right in traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expression. This push has encountered staunch resistance from a number of different quarters. Many of the objections are practica [...] l. However, underlying these practical concerns is a core philosophical concern. A system of traditional knowledge rights, this argument suggests, simply does not satisfy the basic rationale for granting property rights in intangibles like inventions and expressive works. Intellectual property is meant to encourage innovation and creative activity. Most traditional knowledge, by contrast, is not innovative, at least in the same sense as the inventions and works that qualify for patents and copyrights. At present, the "anti-property" camp seems to have the better of the argument, as even the World Intellectual Property Organisation has abandoned the notion of true property rights. This article seeks to refute this philosophical objection to a property model for traditional knowledge. It argues that the classic philosophical argument justifying intellectual "property" namely, that property rights are justified only as a way to spur innovation and other creative activity is incorrect in two ways. First, the argument misstates the main goal of an intellectual property system. While intellectual property may serve as an incentive for innovation, society's primary concern is not the innovation per se, but instead the dissemination of knowledge. Second, there may be policy reasons other than the development of knowledge that can justify intellectual property-like rights. The article then applies these observations to the particular question of traditional knowledge and cultural expression. It demonstrates that a system of property rights could be useful in helping to encourage the dissemination of traditional knowledge, even if that knowledge is not "new" in the classic sense. Second, other important social concerns, especially the goal of ensuring accuracy in knowledge, may justify a system of property rights. While these arguments may not ultimately support a property rights system-after all, the practical concerns remain very real-they do help to refute the underlying philosophical objection.

  14. Solc filter engineering

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    Rosenberg, W. J.; Title, A. M.

    1982-01-01

    A Solc (1965) filter configuration is presented which is both tunable and spectrally variable, since it possesses an adjustable bandwidth, and which although less efficient than a Lyot filter is attractive because of its spectral versatility. The lossless design, using only an entrance and exit polarizer, improves throughput generally and especially in the IR, where polarizers are less convenient than dichroic sheet polarizers. Attention is given to the transmission profiles of Solc filters with different numbers of elements and split elements, as well as their mechanical design features.

  15. Circuits and filters handbook

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    Chen, Wai-Kai

    2003-01-01

    A bestseller in its first edition, The Circuits and Filters Handbook has been thoroughly updated to provide the most current, most comprehensive information available in both the classical and emerging fields of circuits and filters, both analog and digital. This edition contains 29 new chapters, with significant additions in the areas of computer-aided design, circuit simulation, VLSI circuits, design automation, and active and digital filters. It will undoubtedly take its place as the engineer's first choice in looking for solutions to problems encountered in the design, analysis, and behavi

  16. Static Filtered Skin Detection

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    Rehanullah Khan; Zeeshan Khan; Muhammad Aamir

    2012-01-01

    A static skin filter defines explicitly (using a number of rules) the boundaries the skin cluster has in a color space. Single or multiple ranges of threshold values for each color space component are created and the image pixel values falling within these range(s) for all the chosen color components are defined as skin pixels. In this paper, we investigate and evaluate static skin filters for skin segmentation. As a contribution, two new static skin filters for the IHLS and CIELAB color spac...

  17. A new Approach for Kalman filtering on Mobile Robots in the presence of uncertainties

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    Larsen, Thomas Dall; Andersen, Nils Axel; Ravn, Ole

    1999-01-01

    In many practical Kalman filter applications, the quantity of most significance for the estimation error is the process noise matrix. When filters are stabilized or performance is sought to be improved, tuning of this matrix is the most common method. This tuning process cannot be done before the filter is implemented, as it is primarily made necessary by modelling errors. In this paper, two different methods for modelling the process noise are described and evaluated; a traditional one based on...

  18. A Robust Collaborative Filtering Recommendation Algorithm Based on Multidimensional Trust Model

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    Dongyan Jia; Fuzhi Zhang; Sai Liu

    2013-01-01

    Collaborative filtering is one of the widely used technologies in the e-commerce recommender systems. It can predict the interests of a user based on the rating information of many other users. But the traditional collaborative filtering recommendation algorithm has the problems such as lower recommendation precision and weaker robustness. To solve these problems, in this paper we present a robust collaborative filtering recommendation algorithm based on multidimensional trust model. Firstly,...

  19. A novel metamaterial filter with stable passband performance based on frequency selective surface

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    Fang, C Y; J. S. Gao; Hai Liu

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a novel metamaterial filter based on frequency selective surface (FSS) is proposed. Using the mode matching method, we theoretically studied the transmission performance of the structure. Results show that, by rotating its neighboring elements 90 degree, the novel filter has a better stability to angle of incidence than traditional structures for TE and TM polarization. As the incident angles vary from 0 to 50 degrees, the metamaterial filter exhibits a transmittance higher tha...

  20. Toward Green Cloud Computing: An Attribute Clustering Based Collaborative Filtering Method for Virtual Machine Migration

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    Zhang Liu-Mei; Ma Jian-Feng; Wang Yi-Chuan; Lu Di

    2013-01-01

    In this study, an attribute clustering based collaborative filtering algorithm is depicted for virtual machine migration towards green Cloud computing. The algorithm utilizes similarity characteristics of virtual machine task related attributes, especially CPU related attributes, to filter redundant data by feature selection. Then by referencing K-Means clustering to effectively solve the rating scale problems existing in the traditional collaborative filtering recommendation algorithm. Exper...

  1. Intraindividual evaluation of the influence of iterative reconstruction and filter kernel on subjective and objective image quality in computed tomography of the brain

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    Buhk, J.H. [Univ. Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany). Dept. of Neuroradiology; Laqmani, A.; Schultzendorff, H.C. von; Hammerle, D.; Adam, G.; Regier, M. [Univ. Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany). Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology; Sehner, S. [Univ. Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany). Inst. of Medical Biometry and Epidemiology; Fiehler, J. [Univ. Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany). Neuroradiology; Nagel, H.D. [Dr. HD Nagel, Science and Technology for Radiology, Buchholz (Germany)

    2013-08-15

    Objectives: To intraindividually evaluate the potential of 4th generation iterative reconstruction (IR) on brain CT with regard to subjective and objective image quality. Methods: 31 consecutive raw data sets of clinical routine native sequential brain CT scans were reconstructed with IR level 0 (= filtered back projection), 1, 3 and 4; 3 different brain filter kernels (smooth/standard/sharp) were applied respectively. Five independent radiologists with different levels of experience performed subjective image rating. Detailed ROI analysis of image contrast and noise was performed. Statistical analysis was carried out by applying a random intercept model. Results: Subjective scores for the smooth and the standard kernels were best at low IR levels, but both, in particular the smooth kernel, scored inferior with an increasing IR level. The sharp kernel scored lowest at IR 0, while the scores substantially increased at high IR levels, reaching significantly best scores at IR 4. Objective measurements revealed an overall increase in contrast-to-noise ratio at higher IR levels, which was highest when applying the soft filter kernel. The absolute grey-white contrast decreased with an increasing IR level and was highest when applying the sharp filter kernel. All subjective effects were independent of the raters' experience and the patients' age and sex. Conclusion: Different combinations of IR level and filter kernel substantially influence subjective and objective image quality of brain CT. (orig.)

  2. Filtering-efficiency measurement of Chinese-made filter 1 by double-filter method

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    Filtering efficiency of the Chinese-made filter 1 has been measured by the double-filter method with only one set of measurement equipment. The ? counts of the two filters are measured in turn for every 3 minutes, from which the decay constants are extracted to be 0.0131 min-1 and 0.0129 min-1 for the first and second filter respectively. After correcting the ? counts of the second filter, the filtering efficiency of the filter is obtained to be (87.4 +- 0.7)% in average

  3. Application of Unscented Kalman Filter for Sonar Signal Processing

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    Leela Kumari. B , Padma Raju.K

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available State estimation theory is one of the best mathematical approaches to analyze variants in the states of the system or process. The state of the system is defined by a set of variables that provide a complete representation of the internal condition at any given instant of time. Filtering of Random processes is referred to as Estimation, and is a well defined statistical technique. There are two types of state estimation processes, Linear and Nonlinear. Linear estimation of a system can easily be analyzed by using Kalman Filter (KF and is used to compute the target state parameters with a priori information under noisy environment. But the traditional KF is optimal only when the model is linear and its performance is well defined under the assumptions that the system model and noise statistics are well known. Most of the state estimation problems are nonlinear, thereby limiting the practical applications of the KF. The modified KF, aka EKF, Unscented Kalman filter and Particle filter are best known for nonlinear estimates. Extended Kalman filter (EKF is the nonlinear version of the Kalman filter which linearizes about the current mean and covariance. The EKF has been considered the standard in the theory of nonlinear state estimation. Since linear systems do not really exist, a novel transformation is adopted. Unscented Kalman filter and Particle filter are best known nonlinear estimates. The approach in this paper is to analyze the algorithm for maneuvering target tracking using bearing only measurements where UKF provides better probability of state estimation.

  4. Directional bilateral filters for smoothing fluorescence microscopy images

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    Manasij Venkatesh

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Images obtained through fluorescence microscopy at low numerical aperture (NA are noisy and have poor resolution. Images of specimens such as F-actin filaments obtained using confocal or widefield fluorescence microscopes contain directional information and it is important that an image smoothing or filtering technique preserve the directionality. F-actin filaments are widely studied in pathology because the abnormalities in actin dynamics play a key role in diagnosis of cancer, cardiac diseases, vascular diseases, myofibrillar myopathies, neurological disorders, etc. We develop the directional bilateral filter as a means of filtering out the noise in the image without significantly altering the directionality of the F-actin filaments. The bilateral filter is anisotropic to start with, but we add an additional degree of anisotropy by employing an oriented domain kernel for smoothing. The orientation is locally adapted using a structure tensor and the parameters of the bilateral filter are optimized for within the framework of statistical risk minimization. We show that the directional bilateral filter has better denoising performance than the traditional Gaussian bilateral filter and other denoising techniques such as SURE-LET, non-local means, and guided image filtering at various noise levels in terms of peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR. We also show quantitative improvements in low NA images of F-actin filaments.

  5. Directional bilateral filters for smoothing fluorescence microscopy images

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    Venkatesh, Manasij; Mohan, Kavya; Seelamantula, Chandra Sekhar

    2015-08-01

    Images obtained through fluorescence microscopy at low numerical aperture (NA) are noisy and have poor resolution. Images of specimens such as F-actin filaments obtained using confocal or widefield fluorescence microscopes contain directional information and it is important that an image smoothing or filtering technique preserve the directionality. F-actin filaments are widely studied in pathology because the abnormalities in actin dynamics play a key role in diagnosis of cancer, cardiac diseases, vascular diseases, myofibrillar myopathies, neurological disorders, etc. We develop the directional bilateral filter as a means of filtering out the noise in the image without significantly altering the directionality of the F-actin filaments. The bilateral filter is anisotropic to start with, but we add an additional degree of anisotropy by employing an oriented domain kernel for smoothing. The orientation is locally adapted using a structure tensor and the parameters of the bilateral filter are optimized for within the framework of statistical risk minimization. We show that the directional bilateral filter has better denoising performance than the traditional Gaussian bilateral filter and other denoising techniques such as SURE-LET, non-local means, and guided image filtering at various noise levels in terms of peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR). We also show quantitative improvements in low NA images of F-actin filaments.

  6. Implementing Cepstral Filtering Technique using Gabor Filters

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    Sharma, Sheena

    2012-01-01

    Cepstral filtering technique is applied on an interlaced image, the pattern similar to that which is found in layer IV of Primate Visual Cortex. Unless the signals from left and right eyes are placed simultaneously, the disparity cannot be detected. Therefore, it has a great significance in the sphere of stereo vision. It involves Power spectrum in computation, which is square of absolute of Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), is a complicated and hardware unfriendly. This paper shows the estimatio...

  7. Cryogenic coaxial microwave filters

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    Tancredi, G; Meeson, P J

    2014-01-01

    At millikelvin temperatures the careful filtering of electromagnetic radiation, especially in the microwave regime, is critical for controlling the electromagnetic environment for experiments in fields such as solid-state quantum information processing and quantum metrology. We present a design for a filter consisting of small diameter dissipative coaxial cables that is straightforward to construct and provides a quantitatively predictable attenuation spectrum. We describe the fabrication process and demonstrate that the performance of the filters is in good agreement with theoretical modelling. We further perform an indicative test of the performance of the filters by making current-voltage measurements of small, underdamped Josephson Junctions at 15 mK and we present the results.

  8. Metalcasting: Filtering Molten Metal

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    A more efficient method has been created to filter cast molten metal for impurities. Read about the resulting energy and money savings that can accrue to many different industries from the use of this exciting new technology

  9. Bloofi: Multidimensional Bloom Filters

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    Crainiceanu, Adina; Lemire, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Bloom filters are probabilistic data structures commonly used for approximate membership problems in many areas of Computer Science (networking, distributed systems, databases, etc.). With the increase in data size and distribution of data, problems arise where a large number of Bloom filters are available, and all them need to be searched for potential matches. As an example, in a federated cloud environment, each cloud provider could encode the information using Bloom filt...

  10. Concurrent filtering and smoothing

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    Kaess, Michael; Williams, Stephen; Indelman, Vadim; Roberts, Richard; Leonard, John Joseph; Dellaert, Frank

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a novel algorithm for integrating real-time filtering of navigation data with full map/trajectory smoothing. Unlike conventional mapping strategies, the result of loop closures within the smoother serve to correct the real-time navigation solution in addition to the map. This solution views filtering and smoothing as different operations applied within a single graphical model known as a Bayes tree. By maintaining all information within a single graph, the optimal linear e...

  11. Updating the OMERACT filter

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    Kirwan, John R; Boers, Maarten; Hewlett, Sarah; Beaton, Dorcas; Bingham, Clifton O; Choy, Ernest; Conaghan, Philip G; D'Agostino, Maria-Antonietta; Dougados, Maxime; Furst, Daniel E; Guillemin, Francis; Gossec, Laure; van der Heijde, Désirée M; Kloppenburg, Margreet; Kvien, Tore K; Landewé, Robert B M; Mackie, Sarah L; Matteson, Eric L; Mease, Philip J; Merkel, Peter A; Østergaard, Mikkel; Saketkoo, Lesley Ann; Simon, Lee; Singh, Jasvinder A; Strand, Vibeke; Tugwell, Peter

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Filter provides guidelines for the development and validation of outcome measures for use in clinical research. The "Truth" section of the OMERACT Filter presupposes an explicit framework for identifying the relevant core outcomes that are universal to all studies of the effects of intervention effects. There is no published outline for instrument choice or development that is aimed at measuring outcome, was derived from broad consensus o...

  12. Updating the OMERACT filter

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    Tugwell, Peter; Boers, Maarten; D'Agostino, Maria-Antonietta; Beaton, Dorcas; Boonen, Annelies; Bingham, Clifton O; Choy, Ernest; Conaghan, Philip G; Dougados, Maxime; Duarte, Catia; Furst, Daniel E; Guillemin, Francis; Gossec, Laure; Heiberg, Turid; van der Heijde, Désirée M; Hewlett, Sarah; Kirwan, John R; Kvien, Tore K; Landewé, Robert B; Mease, Philip J; Østergaard, Mikkel; Simon, Lee; Singh, Jasvinder A; Strand, Vibeke; Wells, George

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Filter provides guidelines for the development and validation of outcome measures for use in clinical research. The "Truth" section of the OMERACT Filter requires that criteria be met to demonstrate that the outcome instrument meets the criteria for content, face, and construct validity. METHODS: Discussion groups critically reviewed a variety of ways in which case studies of current OMERACT Working Groups complied with the Truth componen...

  13. Multilevel Mixture Kalman Filter

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    Xiaodong Wang; Dong Guo; Rong Chen

    2004-01-01

    The mixture Kalman filter is a general sequential Monte Carlo technique for conditional linear dynamic systems. It generates samples of some indicator variables recursively based on sequential importance sampling (SIS) and integrates out the linear and Gaussian state variables conditioned on these indicators. Due to the marginalization process, the complexity of the mixture Kalman filter is quite high if the dimension of the indicator sampling space is high. In this paper, we address this di...

  14. Hybrid Data Assimilation without Ensemble Filtering

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    Todling, Ricardo; Akkraoui, Amal El

    2014-01-01

    The Global Modeling and Assimilation Office is preparing to upgrade its three-dimensional variational system to a hybrid approach in which the ensemble is generated using a square-root ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) and the variational problem is solved using the Grid-point Statistical Interpolation system. As in most EnKF applications, we found it necessary to employ a combination of multiplicative and additive inflations, to compensate for sampling and modeling errors, respectively and, to maintain the small-member ensemble solution close to the variational solution; we also found it necessary to re-center the members of the ensemble about the variational analysis. During tuning of the filter we have found re-centering and additive inflation to play a considerably larger role than expected, particularly in a dual-resolution context when the variational analysis is ran at larger resolution than the ensemble. This led us to consider a hybrid strategy in which the members of the ensemble are generated by simply converting the variational analysis to the resolution of the ensemble and applying additive inflation, thus bypassing the EnKF. Comparisons of this, so-called, filter-free hybrid procedure with an EnKF-based hybrid procedure and a control non-hybrid, traditional, scheme show both hybrid strategies to provide equally significant improvement over the control; more interestingly, the filter-free procedure was found to give qualitatively similar results to the EnKF-based procedure.

  15. Generic Hardware Architectures for Sampling and Resampling in Particle Filters

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    Athalye Akshay

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Particle filtering is a statistical signal processing methodology that has recently gained popularity in solving several problems in signal processing and communications. Particle filters (PFs have been shown to outperform traditional filters in important practical scenarios. However their computational complexity and lack of dedicated hardware for real-time processing have adversely affected their use in real-time applications. In this paper, we present generic architectures for the implementation of the most commonly used PF, namely, the sampling importance resampling filter (SIRF. These provide a generic framework for the hardware realization of the SIRF applied to any model. The proposed architectures significantly reduce the memory requirement of the filter in hardware as compared to a straightforward implementation based on the traditional algorithm. We propose two architectures each based on a different resampling mechanism. Further, modifications of these architectures for acceleration of resampling process are presented. We evaluate these schemes based on resource usage and latency. The platform used for the evaluations is the Xilinx Virtex II pro FPGA. The architectures presented here have led to the development of the first hardware (FPGA prototype for the particle filter applied to the bearings-only tracking problem.

  16. The impact of metallic filter media on HEPA filtration

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    Traditional HEPA filter systems have limitations that often prevent them from solving many of the filtration problems in the nuclear industry; particularly in applications where long service or storage life, high levels of radioactivity, dangerous decomposition products, chemical aggression, organic solvents, elevated operating temperatures, fire resistance and resistance to moisture are issues. This paper addresses several of these matters of concern by considering the use of metallic filter media to solve HEPA filtration problems ranging from the long term storage of transuranic waste at the WIPP site, spent and damaged fuel assemblies, in glove box ventilation and tank venting to the venting of fumes at elevated temperatures from incinerators, vitrification processes and conversion and sintering furnaces as well as downstream of iodine absorbers in gas cooled reactors in the UK. The paper reviews the basic technology, development, performance characteristics and filtration efficiency, flow versus differential pressure, cleanability and costs of sintered metal fiber in comparison with traditional resin bonded glass fiber filter media and sintered metal powder filter media. Examples of typical filter element and system configurations and applications will be presented The paper will also address the economic case for installing self cleaning pre-filtration, using metallic media, to recover the small volumes of dust that would otherwise blind large volumes of final disposable HEPA filters, thus presenting a route to reduce ultimate disposal volumes and secondary waste streams. (authors)

  17. NICMOS Filter Wheel Test

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    Wheeler, Thomas

    2009-07-01

    This is an engineering test {described in SMOV4 Activity Description NICMOS-04} to verify the aliveness, functionality, operability, and electro-mechanical calibration of the NICMOS filter wheel motors and assembly after NCS restart in SMOV4. This test has been designed to obviate concerns over possible deformation or breakage of the fitter wheel "soda-straw" shafts due to excess rotational drag torque and/or bending moments which may be imparted due to changes in the dewar metrology from warm-up/cool-down. This test should be executed after the NCS {and filter wheel housing} has reached and approximately equilibrated to its nominal operating temperature.Addition of visits G0 - G9 {9/9/09}: Ten visits copied from proposal 11868 {visits 20, 30, ..., 90, A0, B0}. Each visit moves two filter positions, takes lamp ON/OFF exposures and then moves back to the blank position. Visits G0, G1 and G2 will leave the filter wheels disabled. The remaining visits will leave the filter wheels enabled. There are sufficient in between times to allow for data download and analysis. In the case of problem is encountered, the filter wheels will be disabled through a real time command. The in between times are all set to 22-50 hours. It is preferable to have as short as possible in between time.

  18. Sensory Pollution from Bag Filters, Carbon Filters and Combinations

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    Bekö, Gabriel; Clausen, Geo; Weschler, Charles J.

    2008-01-01

    Used ventilation filters are a major source of sensory pollutants in air handling systems. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the net effect that different combinations of filters had on perceived air quality after 5 months of continuous filtration of outdoor suburban air. A panel of 32 subjects assessed different sets of used filters and identical sets consisting of new filters. Additionally, filter weights and pressure drops were measured at the beginning and end of the operati...

  19. Radiopasteurization of traditional herbal medicine

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    Investigation on the effects of irradiation using pasteurization dose of 500 krad (5kGy) on microbes contaminating traditional herbal medicine, produced by 3 large manufacturers in Indonesia, was carried out. Storage effects on microbial count moisture content of traditional herbal medicine packed in microbe tight packages, were also observed. The results showed that initial bacterial counts varied between 104 and 108 per gram, and mould and yeast counts varied between 0 and 105 per gram. These numbers decreased as much as 2 to 5 log cycles after irradiation with 500 krad. After 6 month storage, bacterial counts of irradiated samples decreased as much as 0 to 103 per gram. Initial moisture content varied from 5 to 12% and after 6 month storage the moisture content of most samples increased as much as 0 to 5%. Irradiated samples were found to be mould free, and most of the surviving microbes consisted of spore forming aerobic bacteria and yeast. (author)

  20. Ginseng in Traditional Herbal Prescriptions

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    Park, Ho Jae; Kim, Dong Hyun; Park, Se Jin; Kim, Jong Min; Ryu, Jong Hoon

    2012-01-01

    Panax ginseng Meyer has been widely used as a tonic in traditional Korean, Chinese, and Japanese herbal medicines and in Western herbal preparations for thousands of years. In the past, ginseng was very rare and was considered to have mysterious powers. Today, the efficacy of drugs must be tested through well-designed clinical trials or meta-analyses, and ginseng is no exception. In the present review, we discuss the functions of ginseng described in historical documents and describe how thes...

  1. Two Thoughts about Traditional Knowledge

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    Fisher, William W

    2007-01-01

    Fisher argues the traditional knowledge of environmentalism and the public domain ideas by presenting two combined related themes involving the British colonist of Native Americans. The idea of devaluing the Indian's nonacquisitive, natural, respectful way of living lightly upon the land while conserving it, and fostering imperialism and unjust conquest. Among other things, he formulates three parallel provisions to the TRIPS Agreement to increase the leverage of the countries in determining ...

  2. Traditional grasslands : Conservation measures needed?

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    Treuren, R., van; Visser, L.

    2006-01-01

    A number of temperate grasses and legumes, important for animal feeding, have their centre of diversity in the North-West European region, including perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.; Engels raaigras), white clover (Trifolium repens L.; witte klaver) and Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.; veldbeemdgras). These species traditionally occur in Dutch grasslands where they can be considered as typical. Undisturbed grasslands that are still in agricultural use have severely become reduced in...

  3. Software Development: Agile vs. Traditional

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    Marian STOICA; Marinela MIRCEA; Bogdan GHILIC-MICU

    2013-01-01

    Organizations face the need to adapt themselves to a complex business environment, in continuous change and transformation. Under these circumstances, organization agility is a key element in gaining strategic advantages and market success. Achieving and maintaining agility requires agile architectures, techniques, methods and tools, able to react in real time to change requirements. This paper proposes an incursion in the software development, from traditional to agile.

  4. Post-traditional corporate governance

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    Mason, Michael; O'Mahony, Joan

    2007-01-01

    Traditional definitions of corporate governance are narrow, focusing on legal relations between managers and shareholders. More recent definitions extend the boundaries of governance to consider the role that various stakeholders play in shaping the behaviour of firms. While stakeholding theory embraces a broader set of corporate constituencies, our argument in this paper is that even these definitions are too narrow – they lack the analytical capacity to account for the social embeddedness a...

  5. TRADITIONAL FERMENTED FOODS OF LESOTHO

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    Gadaga, Tendekayi H; Molupe Lehohla; Victor Ntuli

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes the traditional methods of preparing fermented foods and beverages of Lesotho. Information on the preparation methods was obtained through a combination of literature review and face to face interviews with respondents from Roma in Lesotho. An unstructured questionnaire was used to capture information on the processes, raw materials and utensils used. Four products; motoho (a fermented porridge), Sesotho (a sorghum based alcoholic beverage), hopose (sorghum fermented beer...

  6. Traditional communities, multinationals and biodiversity

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    Greissing, Anna; Le Tourneau, François-Michel

    2009-01-01

    The Iratapuru Sustainable Development Reserve is mainly exploited by the community of the São Francisco village. Due to its efforts to organize its members around a production co-operative and to improve their standard of living, but also as a result of massive funding from local and international institutions, this community has become a symbol for the actions of sustainable development undertaken with and in the benefit of « traditional » communities living in protected areas in the Amazon ...

  7. SYMMETRY IN TRADITIONAL PERSIAN POETRY

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    BEHNEJAD, S Alireza; ZAHEDI, MARYAM

    2010-01-01

    A great many Persian poems have been composed by many famous or obscure poets throughout the centuries which Persians have learned, memorized and recited throughout their lives. Regardless of their meaning, there are other aspects that make learning these poems simple and pleasant. It seems that the rhythm in traditional Persian poems is an important factor that makes it possible for non-Persian speaking people to enjoy Persian poems. As Marco polo, writes in his itinerary: ‘Persians are peop...

  8. Decadence and the English tradition

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    Pittock, Murray.

    1986-01-01

    ?The thesis sets out to do two things. It seeks first of all to describe the revival of interest in the Caroline era which defines the nature of an "English Tradition" in the Eighteen Nineties. Secondly, in doing so it seeks to reappraise three significant poets of that era, Ernest Dowson, Lionel Johnson, and Francis Thompson, in terms of their participation in this revival. The first chapter, "Craving Viaticum", deals with the general background of the Eighteen Nineti...

  9. Active flutter suppression using dipole filters

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    Srinathkumar, S.; Waszak, Martin R.

    1992-01-01

    By using traditional control concepts of gain root locus, the active suppression of a flutter mode of a flexible wing is examined. It is shown that the attraction of the unstable mode towards a critical system zero determines the degree to which the flutter mode can be stabilized. For control situations where the critical zero is adversely placed in the complex plane, a novel compensation scheme called a 'Dipole' filter is proposed. This filter ensures that the flutter mode is stabilized with acceptable control energy. The control strategy is illustrated by designing flutter suppression laws for an active flexible wing (AFW) wind-tunnel model, where minimal control effort solutions are mandated by control rate saturation problems caused by wind-tunnel turbulence.

  10. A FUZZY FILTERING MODEL FOR CONTOUR DETECTION

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    T.C. Rajakumar

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Contour detection is the basic property of image processing. Fuzzy Filtering technique is proposed to generate thick edges in two dimensional gray images. Fuzzy logic is applied to extract value for an image and is used for object contour detection. Fuzzy based pixel selection can reduce the drawbacks of conventional methods(Prewitt, Robert. In the traditional methods, filter mask is used for all kinds of images. It may succeed in one kind of image but fail in another one. In this frame work the threshold parameter values are obtained from the fuzzy histogram of the input image. The Fuzzy inference method selects the complete information about the border of the object and the resultant image has less impulse noise and the contrast of the edge is increased. The extracted object contour is thicker than the existing methods. The performance of the algorithm is tested with Peak Signal Noise Ratio(PSNR and Complex Wavelet Structural Similarity Metrics(CWSSIM.

  11. Filter and method of fabricating

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    Janney, Mark A.

    2006-02-14

    A method of making a filter includes the steps of: providing a substrate having a porous surface; applying to the porous surface a coating of dry powder comprising particles to form a filter preform; and heating the filter preform to bind the substrate and the particles together to form a filter.

  12. Health traditions of Sikkim Himalaya

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    Ashok Kumar Panda

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Ancient medical systems are still prevalent in Sikkim, popularly nurtured by Buddhist groups using the traditional Tibetan pharmacopoeia overlapping with Ayurvedic medicine. Traditional medical practices and their associated cultural values are based round Sikkim?s three major communities, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepalis. In this study, a semi-structured questionnaire was prepared for folk healers covering age and sex, educational qualification, source of knowledge, types of practices, experience and generation of practice, and transformation of knowledge. These were administered to forty-eight folk healers identified in different parts of Sikkim. 490 medicinal plants find their habitats in Sikkim because of its large variations in altitude and climate. For 31 commonly used by these folk healers, we present botanical name, family, local name, distribution, and parts used, together with their therapeutic uses, mostly Rheumatoid arthritis, Gout, Gonorrhea, Fever, Viral flu, asthma, Cough and Cold, indigestion, Jaundice etc. A case treated by a folk healer is also recounted. This study indicates that, in the studied area, Sikkim?s health traditions and folk practices are declining due to shifts in socio-economic patterns, and unwillingness of the younger generation to adopt folk healing as a profession.

  13. Choosing and using astronomical filters

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    Griffiths, Martin

    2014-01-01

    As a casual read through any of the major amateur astronomical magazines will demonstrate, there are filters available for all aspects of optical astronomy. This book provides a ready resource on the use of the following filters, among others, for observational astronomy or for imaging: Light pollution filters Planetary filters Solar filters Neutral density filters for Moon observation Deep-sky filters, for such objects as galaxies, nebulae and more Deep-sky objects can be imaged in much greater detail than was possible many years ago. Amateur astronomers can take

  14. Asymmetric Baxter-King filter

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    Buss, Ginters

    2011-01-01

    The paper proposes an extension of the symmetric Baxter-King band pass filter to an asymmetric Baxter-King filter. The optimal correction scheme of the ideal filter weights is the same as in the symmetric version, i.e, cut the ideal filter at the appropriate length and add a constant to all filter weights to ensure zero weight on zero frequency. Since the symmetric Baxter-King filter is unable to extract the desired signal at the very ends of the series, the extension to an asymmetric filter...

  15. Filters for cathodic arc plasmas

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    Anders, Andre (Albany, CA); MacGill, Robert A. (Richmond, CA); Bilek, Marcela M. M. (Engadine, AU); Brown, Ian G. (Berkeley, CA)

    2002-01-01

    Cathodic arc plasmas are contaminated with macroparticles. A variety of magnetic plasma filters has been used with various success in removing the macroparticles from the plasma. An open-architecture, bent solenoid filter, with additional field coils at the filter entrance and exit, improves macroparticle filtering. In particular, a double-bent filter that is twisted out of plane forms a very compact and efficient filter. The coil turns further have a flat cross-section to promote macroparticle reflection out of the filter volume. An output conditioning system formed of an expander coil, a straightener coil, and a homogenizer, may be used with the magnetic filter for expanding the filtered plasma beam to cover a larger area of the target. A cathodic arc plasma deposition system using this filter can be used for the deposition of ultrathin amorphous hard carbon (a-C) films for the magnetic storage industry.

  16. Spatial filters for focusing ultrasound images

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    Jensen, JØrgen Arendt; Gori, Paola

    2001-01-01

    Traditionally focusing is done by taking out one sample in the received signal from each transducer element and then sum these signals. This method does not take into account the temporal or spatial spread of the received signal from a point scatterer and does not make an optimal focus of the data. A new method for making spatial matched filter focusing of RF ultrasound data is proposed based on the spatial impulse response description of the imaging. The response from a scatterer at any given point in space relative to the transducer can be calculated, and this gives the spatial matched filter for beamforming the received RF signals from the individual transducer elements. The matched filter is applied on RF signals from individual transducer elements, thus properly taking into account the spatial spread of the received signal. The method can be applied to any transducer and can also be used for synthetic aperture imaging for single element transducers. It is evaluated using the Field II program. Data from asingle 3 MHz transducer focused at a distance of 80 mm is processed. Far from the transducer focal region, the processing greatly improves the image resolution: the lateral slice of the autocovariance function of the image shows a -6 dB width reduction by a factor of 3.3 at 20 mm and by a factor of 1.8 at 30 mm. Other simulations use a 64 elements, 3 MHz, linear array. Different receiving conditions are compared and this shows that the effect of the filter is progressively lower, but the approach always yields point spread functions better or equal to a traditional dynamically focused image. Finally, the process was applied to in-vivo clinical images of the liver and right kidney from a 28 years old male. The data was obtained with a single element transducer focused at 100 mm. The improvement in resolution was in this case less evident and further optimization is needed.

  17. DOE HEPA filter test program

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    NONE

    1998-05-01

    This standard establishes essential elements of a Department of Energy (DOE) program for testing HEPA filters to be installed in DOE nuclear facilities or used in DOE-contracted activities. A key element is the testing of HEPA filters for performance at a DOE Filter Test Facility (FTF) prior to installation. Other key elements are (1) providing for a DOE HEPA filter procurement program, and (2) verifying that HEPA filters to be installed in nuclear facilities appear on a Qualified Products List (QPL).

  18. NOTCH FILTER USING SIMULATED INDUCTOR

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    D.SUSAN,; Dr.S.JAYALALITHA

    2011-01-01

    The design of analog filters at low frequencies is not possible because the size of inductors becomes very large. In such cases, the simulated inductors using operational amplifiers are used. This paper deals with the implementation of notch filter using band pass filter which uses simulated inductor where the direct implementation of notch filter using simulated inductor is not possible because of floating inductor. The design of notch filter and the simulation done in PSPICE is presented.

  19. Disinfecting Filters For Recirculated Air

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    Pilichi, Carmine A.

    1992-01-01

    Simple treatment disinfects air filters by killing bacteria, algae, fungi, mycobacteria, viruses, spores, and any other micro-organisms filters might harbor. Concept applied to reusable stainless-steel wire mesh filters and disposable air filters. Treatment used on filters in air-circulation systems in spacecraft, airplanes, other vehicles, and buildings to help prevent spread of colds, sore throats, and more-serious illnesses.

  20. Boolean filters of distributive lattices

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    M. Sambasiva Rao

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we introduce the notion of Boolean filters in a pseudo-complemented distributive lattice and characterize the class of all Boolean filters. Further a set of equivalent conditions are derived for a proper filter to become a prime Boolean filter. Also a set of equivalent conditions is derived for a pseudo-complemented distributive lattice to become a Boolean algebra. Finally, a Boolean filter is characterized in terms of congruences.

  1. Percutaneous retrieval of a vena cava filter from the right atrium: case report

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    Rasuli, P. [The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa, Dept. of Radiology, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Mehran, R. [The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa, Dept. of Thoracic Surgery, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); French, G. [The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa, Dept. of Radiology, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Turek, M. [The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Lalonde, K.A. [The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa, Dept. of Thoracic Surgery, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Cardinal, P. [The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)

    2000-07-01

    Migration of vena cava filters can occur spontaneously, but it can also occur as a result of entanglement of the filter with a guidewire, particularly during 'blind' (unguided) insertion of a central venous line. When a filter migrates to the heart, traditional practice has been either to leave the filter in place or to remove it surgically by means of open heart surgery and cardiopulmonary bypass. We found only 6 reports of successful percutaneous retrieval or repositioning of a vena cava filter (Table 1). We describe a new interventional technique for retrieving a filter from the right atrium and a novel endosurgical method for removing a filter from the innominate vein. (author)

  2. Active pre-filters for dc/dc Boost regulators

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    Carlos Andrés Ramos-Paja

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes an active pre-filter to mitigate the current harmonics generated by classical dc/dc Boost regulators, which generate current ripples proportional to the duty cycle. Therefore, high output voltage conditions, i.e., high voltage conversion ratios, produce high current harmonics that must be filtered to avoid damage or source losses. Traditionally, these current components are filtered using electrolytic capacitors, which introduce reliability problems because of their high failure rate. The solution introduced in this paper instead uses a dc/dc converter based on the parallel connection of the Boost canonical cells to filter the current ripples generated by the Boost regulator, improving the system reliability. This solution provides the additional benefits of improving the overall efficiency and the voltage conversion ratio. Finally, the solution is validated with simulations and experimental results.

  3. An Adjoint-Based Adaptive Ensemble Kalman Filter

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    Song, Hajoon

    2013-10-01

    A new hybrid ensemble Kalman filter/four-dimensional variational data assimilation (EnKF/4D-VAR) approach is introduced to mitigate background covariance limitations in the EnKF. The work is based on the adaptive EnKF (AEnKF) method, which bears a strong resemblance to the hybrid EnKF/three-dimensional variational data assimilation (3D-VAR) method. In the AEnKF, the representativeness of the EnKF ensemble is regularly enhanced with new members generated after back projection of the EnKF analysis residuals to state space using a 3D-VAR [or optimal interpolation (OI)] scheme with a preselected background covariance matrix. The idea here is to reformulate the transformation of the residuals as a 4D-VAR problem, constraining the new member with model dynamics and the previous observations. This should provide more information for the estimation of the new member and reduce dependence of the AEnKF on the assumed stationary background covariance matrix. This is done by integrating the analysis residuals backward in time with the adjoint model. Numerical experiments are performed with the Lorenz-96 model under different scenarios to test the new approach and to evaluate its performance with respect to the EnKF and the hybrid EnKF/3D-VAR. The new method leads to the least root-mean-square estimation errors as long as the linear assumption guaranteeing the stability of the adjoint model holds. It is also found to be less sensitive to choices of the assimilation system inputs and parameters.

  4. Multilevel Mixture Kalman Filter

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    Xiaodong Wang

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available The mixture Kalman filter is a general sequential Monte Carlo technique for conditional linear dynamic systems. It generates samples of some indicator variables recursively based on sequential importance sampling (SIS and integrates out the linear and Gaussian state variables conditioned on these indicators. Due to the marginalization process, the complexity of the mixture Kalman filter is quite high if the dimension of the indicator sampling space is high. In this paper, we address this difficulty by developing a new Monte Carlo sampling scheme, namely, the multilevel mixture Kalman filter. The basic idea is to make use of the multilevel or hierarchical structure of the space from which the indicator variables take values. That is, we draw samples in a multilevel fashion, beginning with sampling from the highest-level sampling space and then draw samples from the associate subspace of the newly drawn samples in a lower-level sampling space, until reaching the desired sampling space. Such a multilevel sampling scheme can be used in conjunction with the delayed estimation method, such as the delayed-sample method, resulting in delayed multilevel mixture Kalman filter. Examples in wireless communication, specifically the coherent and noncoherent 16-QAM over flat-fading channels, are provided to demonstrate the performance of the proposed multilevel mixture Kalman filter.

  5. Adapting agriculture with traditional knowledge

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    Swiderska, Krystyna; Reid, Hannah [IIED, London (United Kingdom); Song, Yiching; Li, Jingsong [Centre for Chinese Agriculutral Policy (China); Mutta, Doris [Kenya Forestry Research Institute (Kenya)

    2011-10-15

    Over the coming decades, climate change is likely to pose a major challenge to agriculture; temperatures are rising, rainfall is becoming more variable and extreme weather is becoming a more common event. Researchers and policymakers agree that adapting agriculture to these impacts is a priority for ensuring future food security. Strategies to achieve that in practice tend to focus on modern science. But evidence, both old and new, suggests that the traditional knowledge and crop varieties of indigenous peoples and local communities could prove even more important in adapting agriculture to climate change.

  6. Christian Belief and Religious Traditions

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    CONSTANTIN RO?CA

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This section of the Osica de Sus commune monograph - Puterea r?d?cinilor - The Roots Power, authors: Constantin Ro?ca - university profesor (coordinator, Ion Sîrbu - preuniversitary teacher, and Ion Paul Popescu - sociologist et al., Craiova, Editura Universitaria, 2009, emphasizes the main elements which characterize Christian belief, religious spirit and the religious feelings of the people in the commune. It underlines the religious traditions, the Christian customs and festivities and presents the worship places (churches and distinct religious communities, such as the Adventist community in the commune.

  7. Glove-box filters

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    Description is given of a device for simply and rapidly assembling and dissassembling the filters used inside sealed enclosures, such as glove-boxes and shielded cells equipped with nippers or manipulators, said filters being of the type comprising a cylindrical casing containing a filtering member, the upper portion of said casing being open so as to allow the gases to be cleaned to flow in, whereas the casing bottom is centrally provided with a hole extended outwardly by a threaded collar on which is screwed a connecting-sleeve to be fixed to the mouth of a gas outlet pipe. To a yoke transverse bar is welded a pin which can be likened to a bent spring-blade, one arm of which welded to said transverse bar, is rectilinear whereas its other arm is provided with a boss cooperating with a cavity made in a protrusion of said pipe, right under the mouth thereof

  8. Ferroelectric electronically tunable filters

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    A cylindrical cavity is loaded with a ferroelectric rod and is resonant at the dominant mode. The loaded cylindrical cavity is a band pass filter. As a bias voltage is applied across the ferroelectric rod, its permittivity changes resulting in a new resonant frequency for the loaded cylindrical cavity. The ferroelectric rod is operated at a temperature slightly above its Curie temperature. The loaded cylindrical cavity is kept at a constant designed temperature. The cylindrical cavity is made of conductors, a single crystal high Tc superconductor including YBCO and a single crystal dielectric, including sapphire and lanthanum aluminate, the interior conducting surfaces of which are deposited with a film of a single crystal high Tc superconductor. Embodiments also include waveguide single and multiple cavity type tunable filters. Embodiments also include tunable band reject filters. 10 figs

  9. Robust evolutionary particle filter.

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    Havangi, R

    2015-07-01

    The particle filter (PF) has been widely applied for non-linear filtering owing to its ability to carry multiple hypotheses relaxing the linearity and Gaussian assumptions. However, PF is inconsistent over time due to the loss of particle diversity caused mainly by the particle depletion in resampling step and incorrect a priori knowledge of process and measurement noise. To overcome these problems, in this paper, robust evolutionary particle filter is proposed. The proposed method can work in unknown statistical noise and does not require a prior knowledge about the system. In addition, to increase diversity, a resampling process is done based on the differential evolution (DE). The effectiveness of the proposed algorithm is demonstrated through Monte Carlo simulations. The simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. PMID:25669842

  10. Filtered containment venting

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    After the TMI accident in the USA, the Swedish Government in 1981 decided that all Swedish nuclear power plants must be upgraded to mitigate the consequences of severe accidents. Mitigating measures were required to be in place by 1985 for the Barsebaeck plants and by 1988 for the remaining plants. The technical solution selected for accident mitigation was filtered venting of the reactor containment. The filtering requirement was that the release of radioactivity should be less than 0.1% of the core inventory. In Barsebaeck the filter consists of a gravel bed with a volume of 10,000 cubic metres. For the other Swedish plants (7 BWRs and 3 PWRs) a wet scrubber system of significantly smaller volume (300-400 cubic metres) has been selected. This filter system which is called FILTRA-MVSS (Multi Venturi Scrubber System) has been jointly developed by ASEA-ATOM and FLAEKT Industri, two companies belonging to the ASEA BROWN BOVERI Group of Companies. The FILTRA-MVSS which can accomodate a wide range of flow rates based on an automatic passive technique consists of a number of venturi nozzles submerged in a pool of water. The venturi separation technique has been employed in the field of industrial air pollution control for several decades. The technique has now been further developed and adapted for the cleaning of contaminated radioactive off-gases that might be the consequence of a severe reactor accident. After the Chernobyl accident the discussion on filtered containment venting intensified also in other European countries, and several countries, for example France, the Federal Republic of Germany and Finland are now planning for filtered venting systems. The FILTRA-MVSS system can be designed to meet a wide range of hypothetic design basis events for both BWR and PWR plants. The system can be optimized with respect to its size depending on various pressure requirements and it can be optimized for specified decontamination factors. (author). Poster presentation. 3 figs

  11. TRADITIONAL FERMENTED FOODS OF LESOTHO

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    Tendekayi H. Gadaga

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the traditional methods of preparing fermented foods and beverages of Lesotho. Information on the preparation methods was obtained through a combination of literature review and face to face interviews with respondents from Roma in Lesotho. An unstructured questionnaire was used to capture information on the processes, raw materials and utensils used. Four products; motoho (a fermented porridge, Sesotho (a sorghum based alcoholic beverage, hopose (sorghum fermented beer with added hops and mafi (spontaneously fermented milk, were found to be the main fermented foods prepared and consumed at household level in Lesotho. Motoho is a thin gruel, popular as refreshing beverage as well as a weaning food. Sesotho is sorghum based alcoholic beverage prepared for household consumption as well as for sale. It is consumed in the actively fermenting state. Mafi is the name given to spontaneously fermented milk with a thick consistency. Little research has been done on the technological aspects, including the microbiological and biochemical characteristics of fermented foods in Lesotho. Some of the traditional aspects of the preparation methods, such as use of earthenware pots, are being replaced, and modern equipment including plastic utensils are being used. There is need for further systematic studies on the microbiological and biochemical characteristics of these these products.

  12. Traditional and Modern Morphometrics: Review

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    Gökhan OCAKO?LU

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Morphometrics, a branch of morphology, is the study of the size and shape components of biological forms and their variation in the population. In biological and medical sciences, there is a long history of attempts to quantitatively express the diversity of the size and shape of biological forms. On the basis of historical developments in morphometry, we address several questions related to the shape of organs or organisms that are considered in biological and medical studies. In the field of morphometrics, multivariate statistical analysis is used to rigorously address such questions. Historically, these methods have involved the analysis of collections of distances or angles, but recent theoretical, computational, and other advances have shifted the focus of morphometric procedures to the Cartesian coordinates of anatomical points. In recent years, in biology and medicine, the traditional morphometric studies that aim to analyze shape variation have been replaced by modern morphometric studies. In the biological and medical sciences, morphometric methods are frequently preferred for examining the morphologic structures of organs or organisms with regard to diseases or environmental factors. These methods are also preferred for evaluating and classifying the variation of organs or organisms with respect to growth or allometry time dependently. Geometric morphometric methods are more valid than traditional morphometric methods in protecting more morphological information and in permitting analysis of this information.

  13. Traditional methods still widely used.

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    Naamane-guessous, S

    1993-01-01

    Although Moroccan law allows abortion only if a woman's life is endangered, illegal abortion--often performed by traditional midwives using dangerous methods--is widespread. In a 1984 survey of 125 married women, 49 reported at least 1 abortion and 19 of these women had not consulted with their husband about this decision. 23 of these abortions were performed by traditional midwives. Many abortion seekers are unmarried women who face ostracism from Moroccan society should they carry a pregnancy to term. The ban on abortion has produced a network of physicians who will perform clandestine abortions in private clinics or their own surgeries. The cost range is US$95-175, placing it out of the reach of low-income women. Needed is access to effective contraception and safe abortion services. However, such measures will require Islam leaders to accept that growing numbers of Moroccan youth are engaging in premarital sex and abandon their stance that all abortion seekers are sexually promiscuous unmarried women. PMID:12345317

  14. Manufacturing a low-cost ceramic water filter and filter system for the elimination of common pathogenic bacteria

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    Simonis, J. J.; Basson, A. K.

    Africa is one of the most water-scarce continents in the world but it is the lack of potable water which results in diarrhoea being the leading cause of death amongst children under the age of five in Africa (696 million children under 5 years old in Africa contract diarrhoea resulting in 2000 deaths per day: WHO and UNICEF, 2009). Most potable water treatment methods use bulk water treatment not suitable or available to the majority of rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa. One simple but effective way of making sure that water is of good quality is by purifying it by means of a household ceramic water filter. The making and supply of water filters suitable for the removal of suspended solids, pathogenic bacteria and other toxins from drinking water is therefore critical. A micro-porous ceramic water filter with micron-sized pores was developed using the traditional slip casting process. This locally produced filter has the advantage of making use of less raw materials, cost, labour, energy and expertise and being more effective and efficient than other low cost produced filters. The filter is fitted with a silicone tube inserted into a collapsible bag that acts as container and protection for the filter. Enhanced flow is obtained through this filter system. The product was tested using water inoculated with high concentrations of different bacterial cultures as well as with locally polluted stream water. The filter is highly effective (log10 > 4 with 99.99% reduction efficiency) in providing protection from bacteria and suspended solids found in natural water. With correct cleaning and basic maintenance this filter technology can effectively provide drinking water to rural families affected by polluted surface water sources. This is an African solution for the more than 340 million people in Africa without access to clean drinking water (WHO and UNICEF, 2008).

  15. Digital filters in spectrometry

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    In this work is presented the development and application of the digital signal processing for different multichannel analysis spectra. The use of the smoothing classic methods in applications of signal processing is illustrated by a filters discussion; autoregressive, mobile average and the ARMA filters. Generally, simple routines of lineal smoothing do not provide appropriate smoothing of the data that show the local ruggedness as the strong discontinuities; however the indicated development algorithms have been enough to leave adapting to this task. Four algorithms were proven: autoregressive, mobile average, ARMA and binomial methods for 5, 7, and 9 of data, everything in the domain of the time and programmed in Mat lab. (Author)

  16. Efficient Iterated Filtering

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    Lindstro?m, Erik; Ionides, Edward

    2012-01-01

    Parameter estimation in general state space models is not trivial as the likelihood is unknown. We propose a recursive estimator for general state space models, and show that the estimates converge to the true parameters with probability one. The estimates are also asymptotically Cramer-Rao efficient. The proposed estimator is easy to implement as it only relies on non-linear filtering. This makes the framework flexible as it is easy to tune the implementation to achieve computational efficiency. This is done by using the approximation of the score function derived from the theory on Iterative Filtering as a building block within the recursive maximum likelihood estimator.

  17. Alarm filtering system

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    An approach to Alarm Filtering using alarm relationships is briefly discussed. The industry-wide need for the capability is described and the development environment is presented. The use of this tool during the design process is explored and various design considerations are examined. A typical alarm design development is outlined and the integration of an Alarm Filtering System (AFS) into this development cycle is introduced considering elements such as; human factors, alarm hierarchy, logic structure and usefulness. The AFS is utilized to examine typical alarm patterns and alarm relationships for continuity and diversity. The concept of implied but hidden plant states is defined, reviewed, and developed

  18. Filtered stochastic calculus

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    2001-01-01

    By introducing a color filtration to the multiplicity space, we extend the quantum Ito calculus on multiple symmetric Fock space to the framework of filtered adapted biprocesses. In this new notion of adaptedness,``classical'' time filtration makes the integrands similar to adapted processes, whereas ``quantum'' color filtration produces their deviations from adaptedness. An important feature of this calculus, which we call filtered stochastic calculus, is that it provides an explicit interpolation between the main types of calculi, regardless of the type of independence, including freeness, Boolean independence (more generally, m-freeness) as well as tensor independence. Moreover, it shows how boson calculus is ``deformed'' by other noncommutative notions of independence.

  19. A New Stateless Packet Classification and Filter against DoS Attacks

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    Guang Jin

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Capabilities is a typical scheme of stateless filtering. In order to classify and filter packets effectively, a novel scheme of packet classification and filter based on capabilities is proposed in this paper. In our scheme, a new classifier module is added and a new filter structure is designed. We employ capabilities as verification and introduce new authorization in the communications. All these innovations make packet classification owning good effects in attacking scenario. The experimental results based on large-scale topology datasets and NS2 show that our scheme is better than traditional packet classification algorithms, especially under complex cyber environment.

  20. Design and Implementation for a Non Linear State Filter for LEO Micro Satellite

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    S. Chouraqui

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This study preliminarily investigates the numerical application of both Extended Kalman Filter (EKF (which has traditionally been used for non linear estimation and a relatively new filter, Unscented Kalman Filter (UKF to the nonlinear estimation problem. The new method can be applied to nonlinear systems without the linearization process necessary for the EKF and it does not demand a Gaussian distribution of noise and what's more, its ease of implementation and more accurate estimation features enables it to demonstrate its good performance. Present experimental results and analysis indicate that unscented Kalman filtering UKF have shown better performances in presence of the severe nonlinearity in state equations.

  1. Fast algorithm of the robust Gaussian regression filter for areal surface analysis

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    In this paper, the general model of the Gaussian regression filter for areal surface analysis is explored. The intrinsic relationships between the linear Gaussian filter and the robust filter are addressed. A general mathematical solution for this model is presented. Based on this technique, a fast algorithm is created. Both simulated and practical engineering data (stochastic and structured) have been used in the testing of the fast algorithm. Results show that with the same accuracy, the processing time of the second-order nonlinear regression filters for a dataset of 1024*1024 points has been reduced to several seconds from the several hours of traditional algorithms

  2. Toward Green Cloud Computing: An Attribute Clustering Based Collaborative Filtering Method for Virtual Machine Migration

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    Zhang Liu-Mei

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, an attribute clustering based collaborative filtering algorithm is depicted for virtual machine migration towards green Cloud computing. The algorithm utilizes similarity characteristics of virtual machine task related attributes, especially CPU related attributes, to filter redundant data by feature selection. Then by referencing K-Means clustering to effectively solve the rating scale problems existing in the traditional collaborative filtering recommendation algorithm. Experiments use virtual machine task related information for clustering the data. By integration of a scaled rating scheme on task related properties and the collaborative filtering philosophy to provide migration recommendation for system administrators.

  3. Initial results of a new generation dual source CT system using only an in-plane comb filter for ultra-high resolution temporal bone imaging

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    Meyer, Mathias; Haubenreisser, Holger; Schoenberg, Stefan O.; Henzler, Thomas [Heidelberg University, Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Mannheim (Germany); Raupach, Rainer; Schmidt, Bernhard; Leidecker, Christianne; Allmendinger, Thomas; Flohr, Thomas [Siemens Healthcare, Imaging and Therapy Division, Forchheim (Germany); Lietzmann, Florian; Schad, Lothar R. [Heidelberg University, Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Mannheim (Germany)

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    To prospectively evaluate radiation dose and image quality of a third generation dual-source CT (DSCT) without z-axis filter behind the patient for temporal bone CT. Forty-five patients were either examined on a first, second, or third generation DSCT in an ultra-high-resolution (UHR) temporal bone-imaging mode. On the third generation DSCT system, the tighter focal spot of 0.2 mm{sup 2} removesthe necessity for an additional z-axis-filter, leading to an improved z-axis radiation dose efficiency. Images of 0.4 mm were reconstructed using standard filtered-back-projection or iterative reconstruction (IR) technique for previous generations of DSCT and a novel IR algorithm for the third generation DSCT. Radiation dose and image quality were compared between the three DSCT systems. The statistically significantly highest subjective and objective image quality was evaluated for the third generation DSCT when compared to the first or second generation DSCT systems (all p < 0.05). Total effective dose was 63 %/39 % lower for the third generation examination as compared to the first and second generation DSCT. Temporal bone imaging without z-axis-UHR-filter and a novel third generation IR algorithm allows for significantly higher image quality while lowering effective dose when compared to the first two generations of DSCTs. (orig.)

  4. Initial results of a new generation dual source CT system using only an in-plane comb filter for ultra-high resolution temporal bone imaging

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    To prospectively evaluate radiation dose and image quality of a third generation dual-source CT (DSCT) without z-axis filter behind the patient for temporal bone CT. Forty-five patients were either examined on a first, second, or third generation DSCT in an ultra-high-resolution (UHR) temporal bone-imaging mode. On the third generation DSCT system, the tighter focal spot of 0.2 mm2 removesthe necessity for an additional z-axis-filter, leading to an improved z-axis radiation dose efficiency. Images of 0.4 mm were reconstructed using standard filtered-back-projection or iterative reconstruction (IR) technique for previous generations of DSCT and a novel IR algorithm for the third generation DSCT. Radiation dose and image quality were compared between the three DSCT systems. The statistically significantly highest subjective and objective image quality was evaluated for the third generation DSCT when compared to the first or second generation DSCT systems (all p < 0.05). Total effective dose was 63 %/39 % lower for the third generation examination as compared to the first and second generation DSCT. Temporal bone imaging without z-axis-UHR-filter and a novel third generation IR algorithm allows for significantly higher image quality while lowering effective dose when compared to the first two generations of DSCTs. (orig.)

  5. Positive implicative ordered filters of implicative semigroups

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    Kyung Ho Kim; Young Bae Jun

    2000-01-01

    We introduce the notion of positive implicative ordered filters in implicative semigroups. We show that every positive implicative ordered filter is both an ordered filter and an implicative ordered filter. We give examples that an ordered filter (an implicative ordered filter) may not be a positive implicative ordered filter. We also give equivalent conditions of positive implicative ordered filters. Finally we establish the extension property for positive implicative ordered filters.

  6. Hierarchical Bayes Ensemble Kalman Filtering

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    Tsyrulnikov, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Ensemble Kalman filtering (EnKF), when applied to high-dimensional systems, suffers from an inevitably small affordable ensemble size, which results in poor estimates of the background error covariance matrix ${\\bf B}$. The common remedy is a kind of regularization, usually an ad-hoc spatial covariance localization (tapering) combined with artificial covariance inflation. Instead of using an ad-hoc regularization, we adopt the idea by Myrseth and Omre (2010) and explicitly admit that the ${\\bf B}$ matrix is unknown and random and estimate it along with the state (${\\bf x}$) in an optimal hierarchical Bayes analysis scheme. We separate forecast errors into predictability errors (i.e. forecast errors due to uncertainties in the initial data) and model errors (forecast errors due to imperfections in the forecast model) and include the two respective components ${\\bf P}$ and ${\\bf Q}$ of the ${\\bf B}$ matrix into the extended control vector $({\\bf x},{\\bf P},{\\bf Q})$. Similarly, we break the traditional backgrou...

  7. Experimental study of filter cake formation on different filter media

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    Removal of particulate matter from gases generated in the process industry is important for product recovery as well as emission control. Dynamics of filtration plant depend on operating conditions. The models, that predict filter plant behaviour, involve empirical resistance parameters which are usually derived from limited experimental data and are characteristics of the filter media and filter cake (dust deposited on filter medium). Filter cake characteristics are affected by the nature of filter media, process parameters and mode of filter regeneration. Removal of dust particles from air is studied in a pilot scale jet pulsed bag filter facility resembling closely to the industrial filters. Limestone dust and ambient air are used in this study with two widely different filter media. All important parameters like pressure drop, gas flow rate, dust settling, are recorded continuously at 1s interval. The data is processed for estimation of the resistance parameters. The pressure drop rise on test filter media is compared. Results reveal that the surface of filter media has an influence on pressure drop rise (concave pressure drop rise). Similar effect is produced by partially jet pulsed filter surface. Filter behaviour is also simulated using estimated parameters and a simplified model and compared with the experimental results. Distribution of cake area load is therefore an important aspect of jet pulse cleaned bag filter modeling. Mean specific cake resistance remains nearly constant on thoroughly jet pulse cleaned membrane coated filter bags. However, the trend can not be confirmed without independent cake height and density measurements. Thus the results reveal the importance of independent measurements of cake resistance. (author)

  8. Soft morphological filters: a robust morphological filtering method

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    Koskinen, Lasse; Astola, Jaakko T.

    1994-01-01

    We introduce new morphological filters, called soft morphological filters. They maintain most of the desirable properties of standard morphological operations yet are less sensitive to additive noise and to small variations in the shapes of the objects to be filtered. The main difference from standard morphological filters is that maximum and minimum operations are replaced by more general weighted-order statistics. This results in the loss of some algebraic properties but improved performance under noisy conditions.

  9. EnFilter: a Password Enforcement and Filter

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    Bergadano, Francesco; RUFFO, GIANCARLO

    2005-01-01

    EnFilter is a Proactive Password Checking System, designed to avoid password guessing attacks. It is made of a set of configurable filters, each one based on a specific pattern recognition measure that can be tuned by the system administrator depending on the adopted password policy. Filters use decision trees, lexical analysers, as well as Levenshtein distance based techniques. EnFilter is implemented for Windows 2000/2003/XP.

  10. The Rao-Blackwellized Particle Filter: A Filter Bank Implementation

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    Hendeby, Gustaf; Hendeby G.; Karlsson, Rickard; Karlsson R; Gustafsson, Fredrik; Gustafsson F.

    2010-01-01

    For computational efficiency, it is important to utilize model structure in particle filtering. One of the most important cases occurs when there exists a linear Gaussian substructure, which can be efficiently handled by Kalman filters. This is the standard formulation of the Rao-Blackwellized particle filter (RBPF). This contribution suggests an alternative formulation of this well-known result that facilitates reuse of standard filtering components and which is also suitable for object-ori...

  11. Traditional Procurement is too Slow

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    Ann Kong

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports on an exploratory interview survey of construction project participants aimed at identifying the reasons for the decrease in use of the traditional, lump-sum, procurement system in Malaysia. The results show that most people believe it is too slow. This appears to be in part due to the contiguous nature of the various phase and stages of the process and especially the separation of the design and construction phases. The delays caused by disputes between the various parties are also seen as a contributory factor - the most prominent cause being the frequency of variations, with design and scope changes being a particular source of discontent. It is concluded that an up scaling of the whole of the time related reward/penalty system may be the most appropriate measure for the practice in future.

  12. OPTIMIZATION OF ADVANCED FILTER SYSTEMS

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    R.A. Newby; M.A. Alvin; G.J. Bruck; T.E. Lippert; E.E. Smeltzer; M.E. Stampahar

    2002-06-30

    Two advanced, hot gas, barrier filter system concepts have been proposed by the Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation to improve the reliability and availability of barrier filter systems in applications such as PFBC and IGCC power generation. The two hot gas, barrier filter system concepts, the inverted candle filter system and the sheet filter system, were the focus of bench-scale testing, data evaluations, and commercial cost evaluations to assess their feasibility as viable barrier filter systems. The program results show that the inverted candle filter system has high potential to be a highly reliable, commercially successful, hot gas, barrier filter system. Some types of thin-walled, standard candle filter elements can be used directly as inverted candle filter elements, and the development of a new type of filter element is not a requirement of this technology. Six types of inverted candle filter elements were procured and assessed in the program in cold flow and high-temperature test campaigns. The thin-walled McDermott 610 CFCC inverted candle filter elements, and the thin-walled Pall iron aluminide inverted candle filter elements are the best candidates for demonstration of the technology. Although the capital cost of the inverted candle filter system is estimated to range from about 0 to 15% greater than the capital cost of the standard candle filter system, the operating cost and life-cycle cost of the inverted candle filter system is expected to be superior to that of the standard candle filter system. Improved hot gas, barrier filter system availability will result in improved overall power plant economics. The inverted candle filter system is recommended for continued development through larger-scale testing in a coal-fueled test facility, and inverted candle containment equipment has been fabricated and shipped to a gasifier development site for potential future testing. Two types of sheet filter elements were procured and assessed in the program through cold flow and high-temperature testing. The Blasch, mullite-bonded alumina sheet filter element is the only candidate currently approaching qualification for demonstration, although this oxide-based, monolithic sheet filter element may be restricted to operating temperatures of 538 C (1000 F) or less. Many other types of ceramic and intermetallic sheet filter elements could be fabricated. The estimated capital cost of the sheet filter system is comparable to the capital cost of the standard candle filter system, although this cost estimate is very uncertain because the commercial price of sheet filter element manufacturing has not been established. The development of the sheet filter system could result in a higher reliability and availability than the standard candle filter system, but not as high as that of the inverted candle filter system. The sheet filter system has not reached the same level of development as the inverted candle filter system, and it will require more design development, filter element fabrication development, small-scale testing and evaluation before larger-scale testing could be recommended.

  13. Domain wall filters

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    Bär, O; Neuberger, H; Witzel, O; Baer, Oliver; Narayanan, Rajamani; Neuberger, Herbert; Witzel, Oliver

    2007-01-01

    We propose using the extra dimension separating the domain walls carrying lattice quarks of opposite handedness to gradually filter out the ultraviolet fluctuations of the gauge fields that are felt by the fermionic excitations living in the bulk. This generalization of the homogeneous domain wall construction has some theoretical features that seem nontrivial.

  14. Domain wall filters

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    We propose using the extra dimension separating the domain walls carrying lattice quarks of opposite handedness to gradually filter out the ultraviolet fluctuations of the gauge fields that are felt by the fermionic excitations living in the bulk. This generalization of the homogeneous domain wall construction has some theoretical features that seem nontrivial

  15. Enhanced Optical Filter Design

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    Cushing, David

    2011-01-01

    This book serves as a supplement to the classic texts by Angus Macleod and Philip Baumeister, taking an intuitive approach to the enhancement of optical coating (or filter) performance. Drawing from 40 years of experience in thin film design, Cushing introduces the basics of thin films, the commonly used materials and their deposition, the major coatings and their applications, and improvement methods for each.

  16. Compressive Bilateral Filtering.

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    Sugimoto, Kenjiro; Kamata, Sei-Ichiro

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents an efficient constant-time bilateral filter that produces a near-optimal performance tradeoff between approximate accuracy and computational complexity without any complicated parameter adjustment, called a compressive bilateral filter (CBLF). The constant-time means that the computational complexity is independent of its filter window size. Although many existing constant-time bilateral filters have been proposed step-by-step to pursue a more efficient performance tradeoff, they have less focused on the optimal tradeoff for their own frameworks. It is important to discuss this question, because it can reveal whether or not a constant-time algorithm still has plenty room for improvements of performance tradeoff. This paper tackles the question from a viewpoint of compressibility and highlights the fact that state-of-the-art algorithms have not yet touched the optimal tradeoff. The CBLF achieves a near-optimal performance tradeoff by two key ideas: 1) an approximate Gaussian range kernel through Fourier analysis and 2) a period length optimization. Experiments demonstrate that the CBLF significantly outperforms state-of-the-art algorithms in terms of approximate accuracy, computational complexity, and usability. PMID:26068315

  17. Morphing and Ensemble Filtering.

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    Mandel, J.; Beezley, J.; Resler, Jaroslav; Juruš, Pavel; Eben, Kryštof

    Prague : Institute of Computer Science of the AS CR, v.v.i, 2010, s. 1-9. [Workshop on "GHG reduction using IT" /2./. Prague (CZ), 28.05.2010] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : data assimilation * Kalman filter Subject RIV: JE - Non-nuclear Energetics, Energy Consumption ; Use

  18. Spectral Ensemble Kalman Filters.

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    Mandel, Jan; Kasanický, Ivan; Vejmelka, Martin; Fuglík, Viktor; Tur?i?ová, Marie; Eben, Kryštof; Resler, Jaroslav; Juruš, Pavel

    2014-01-01

    Ro?. 11, - (2014), EMS2014-446. [EMS Annual Meeting /14./ & European Conference on Applied Climatology (ECAC) /10./. 06.10.2014-10.10.2014, Prague] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA13-34856S Grant ostatní: NSF DMS-1216481 Institutional support: RVO:67985807 Keywords : data assimilation * spectral filter Subject RIV: DG - Athmosphere Sciences, Meteorology

  19. Soft morphological filters

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    Koskinen, Lasse; Astola, Jaakko T.; Neuvo, Yrjo A.

    1991-07-01

    New morphological operations, called soft morphological operations, are introduced. They maintain most of the properties of standard morphological operations, yet give improved performance under certain conditions. The main difference to standard morphological operations is that soft morphological operations are less sensitive to additive noise and to small variations in the shape of the objects to be filtered.

  20. Spot- Zombie Filtering System

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    Arathy Rajagopal

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A major security challenge on the Internet is the existence of the large number of compromised machines. Such machines have been increasingly used to launch various security attacks including spamming and spreading malware, DDoS, and identity theft. These compromised machines are called “Zombies”. In general E-mail applications and providers uses spam filters to filter the spam messages. Spam filtering is a technique for discriminating the genuine message from the spam messages. The attackers send the spam messages to the targeted machine by exalting the filters, which causes the increase in false positives and false negatives. We develop an effective spam zombie detection system named SPOT by monitoring outgoing messages of a network. SPOT focuses on the number of outgoing messages that are originated or forwarded by each computer on a network to identify the presence of Zombies. SPOT is designed based on a powerful statistical tool called Sequential Probability Ratio Test, which has bounded false positive and false negative error rates.

  1. Digital hum filtering

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    Knapp, Ralph W.; Anderson, Neil L.

    1994-06-01

    Data may be overprinted by a steady-state cyclical noise (hum). Steady-state indicates that the noise is invariant with time; its attributes, frequency, amplitude, and phase, do not change with time. Hum recorded on seismic data usually is powerline noise and associated higher harmonics; leakage from full-waveform rectified cathodic protection devices that contain the odd higher harmonics of powerline frequencies; or vibrational noise from mechanical devices. The fundamental frequency of powerline hum may be removed during data acquisition with the use of notch filters. Unfortunately, notch filters do not discriminate signal and noise, attenuating both. They also distort adjacent frequencies by phase shifting. Finally, they attenuate only the fundamental mode of the powerline noise; higher harmonics and frequencies other than that of powerlines are not removed. Digital notch filters, applied during processing, have many of the same problems as analog filters applied in the field. The method described here removes hum of a particular frequency. Hum attributes are measured by discrete Fourier analysis, and the hum is canceled from the data by subtraction. Errors are slight and the result of the presence of (random) noise in the window or asynchrony of the hum and data sampling. Error is minimized by increasing window size or by resampling to a finer interval. Errors affect the degree of hum attenuation, not the signal. The residual is steady-state hum of the same frequency.

  2. High temperature filter materials

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    Alvin, M. A.; Lippert, T. E.; Bachovchin, D. M.; Tressler, R. E.

    Objectives of this program are to identify the potential long-term thermal/chemical effects that advanced coal-based power generating system environments have on the stability of porous ceramic filter materials, as well as to assess the influence of these effects on filter operating performance and life. We have principally focused our efforts on developing an understanding of the stability of the alumina/mullite filter material at high temperature (i.e., 870, 980, and 1100 C) under oxidizing conditions which contain gas phase alkali species. Testing has typically been performed in two continuous flow-through, high temperature test facilities at the Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, using 7 cm diameter times 6.4 mm thick discs. (Alvin, 1992) Each disc of ceramic filter material is exposed for periods of 100 to 3,000 hours in duration. Additional efforts have been performed at Westinghouse to broaden our understanding of the stability of cordierite, cordierite-silicon nitride, reaction and sintered silicon nitride, and clay bonded silicon carbide under similar simulated advanced coal fired process conditions. The results of these efforts are presented in this paper.

  3. Ceramic HEPA Filter Program

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    Potential benefits of ceramic filters in nuclear facilities: (1) Short term benefit for DOE, NRC, and industry - (a) CalPoly HTTU provides unique testing capability to answer questions for DOE - High temperature testing of materials, components, filter, (b) Several DNFSB correspondences and presentations by DNFSB members have highlighted the need for HEPA filter R and D - DNFSB Recommendation 2009-2 highlighted a nuclear facility response to an evaluation basis earthquake followed by a fire (aka shake-n-bake) and CalPoly has capability for a shake-n-bake test; (2) Intermediate term benefit for DOE and industry - (a) Filtration for specialty applications, e.g., explosive applications at Nevada, (b) Spin-off technologies applicable to other commercial industries; and (3) Long term benefit for DOE, NRC, and industry - (a) Across industry, strong desire for better performance filter, (b) Engineering solution to safety problem will improve facility safety and decrease dependence on associated support systems, (c) Large potential life-cycle cost savings, and (d) Facilitates development and deployment of LLNL process innovations to allow continuous ventilation system operation during a fire.

  4. Bayesian Filters in Practice.

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    Krejsa, Ji?í; V?chet, S.

    Bratislava : Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, 2010, s. 217-222. ISBN 978-80-227-3353-3. [Robotics in Education . Bratislava (SK), 16.09.2010-17.09.2010] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : mobile robot localization * bearing only beacons * Bayesian filters Subject RIV: JD - Computer Applications, Robotics

  5. Filtered beam spectrometers

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    Filtered Beam Spectrometers (FBS) are one type of spectrometer that has now shown that inelastic scattering experiments can be made using neutrons with energy in the electron volt range. A general description of the FBS is given in this paper. Examples of several types of data are presented and discussed

  6. Ceramic HEPA Filter Program

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    Mitchell, M A; Bergman, W; Haslam, J; Brown, E P; Sawyer, S; Beaulieu, R; Althouse, P; Meike, A

    2012-04-30

    Potential benefits of ceramic filters in nuclear facilities: (1) Short term benefit for DOE, NRC, and industry - (a) CalPoly HTTU provides unique testing capability to answer questions for DOE - High temperature testing of materials, components, filter, (b) Several DNFSB correspondences and presentations by DNFSB members have highlighted the need for HEPA filter R and D - DNFSB Recommendation 2009-2 highlighted a nuclear facility response to an evaluation basis earthquake followed by a fire (aka shake-n-bake) and CalPoly has capability for a shake-n-bake test; (2) Intermediate term benefit for DOE and industry - (a) Filtration for specialty applications, e.g., explosive applications at Nevada, (b) Spin-off technologies applicable to other commercial industries; and (3) Long term benefit for DOE, NRC, and industry - (a) Across industry, strong desire for better performance filter, (b) Engineering solution to safety problem will improve facility safety and decrease dependence on associated support systems, (c) Large potential life-cycle cost savings, and (d) Facilitates development and deployment of LLNL process innovations to allow continuous ventilation system operation during a fire.

  7. The Kalman filter

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    Andrade Cetto, Juan

    2002-01-01

    The kalman Filter developed in the early sixties by R. E. Kalman is a recursive state estimator for partially observed non-stationary stochastic prosses. It gives an optimal estimate in the least squares sense of the actual value of state vector from noisy observations.

  8. Trust and Traditions in Transitions

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    McQuaid, Sara Dybris

    On New Year’s Eve 2013, months of talks on ‘Dealing with the past’, ‘Flags’ and ‘Parades’ ended without agreement on how to move towards a reconciliation of positions in Northern Ireland. The failure of the talks illustrates the importance of culture and (mis)trust in divided societies, where politics often pivot around whose culture shall be official and whose subordinated, whose history shall be remembered and whose forgotten (Jordan and Weedon 1995). These struggles are particularly intense in times of transition where traditions, power relations and frames of relevant remembrance are reconfigured. Historically, parading traditions have been important cultural carriers of identity in Northern Ireland. (Jarman 1997). Correspondingly, the marching season has been an arena for politico-cultural struggles and resistance, indexing relations of trust between communities, between society and the state and more recently, trust in the peace process. As the contest over meaning is always determined by the context of articulation, this paper examines the role of parades in the current ‘post-conflict’ phase of the peace process. Using theories of cultural and collective memory (Assman 2011, Olick 2011, Bodnar 1994), politics of affect (Hogget and Thompson) and data from republican and loyalist parades in North Belfast it is argued that a) there is fear of memory collapse in particular communities on the margins of the peace process with a conscious doubling of efforts to articulate the hidden recesses of memory in the current transition. And b) that patterns of ‘competitive commemoration’ in parades should be understood in relation to the increasing dissonance between vernacular languages of conflict and the official post-conflict discourses in Northern Ireland.

  9. Filtering through the data on retrievable inferior vena cava filters.

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    Weinberg, Ido; Drachman, Douglas E

    2015-10-01

    Technical success rates with implantation and retrieval of retrievable inferior vena cava filters are high Inferior vena cava filters are being used for a wide range of indications Systems should be put in place to ensure prompt and effective retrieval of inferior vena cava filters once these are no longer needed. PMID:26386236

  10. Direct analysis of air filter samples for alpha emitting isotopes

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    The traditional method for determination of alpha emitting isotopes on air filters has been to process the samples by radiochemical methods. However, this method is too slow for cases of incidents involving radioactive materials where the determination of personnel received dose is urgent. A method is developed to directly analyze the air filters taken from personal and area air monitors. The site knowledge is used in combination with alpha spectral information to identify isotopes. A mathematical function is developed to estimate the activity for each isotope. The strengths and weaknesses of the method are discussed

  11. Analog filters in nanometer CMOS

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    Uhrmann, Heimo; Zimmermann, Horst

    2014-01-01

    Starting from the basics of analog filters and the poor transistor characteristics in nanometer CMOS 10 high-performance analog filters developed by the authors in 120 nm and 65 nm CMOS are described extensively. Among them are gm-C filters, current-mode filters, and active filters for system-on-chip realization for Bluetooth, WCDMA, UWB, DVB-H, and LTE applications. For the active filters several operational amplifier designs are described. The book, furthermore, contains a review of the newest state of research on low-voltage low-power analog filters. To cover the topic of the book comprehensively, linearization issues and measurement methods for the characterization of advanced analog filters are introduced in addition. Numerous elaborate illustrations promote an easy comprehension. This book will be of value to engineers and researchers in industry as well as scientists and Ph.D students at universities. The book is also recommendable to graduate students specializing on nanoelectronics, microelectronics ...

  12. Filters used in scoliosis radiography

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    The use of X-ray filters during full spinal radiography for scoliosis in adolescent patients is discussed. The filters compensate for differences in body thickness while maintaining optimum image quality. They also help to reduce patient dose

  13. Active resistance capacitance filter design

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    Kerwin, W. J.

    1970-01-01

    Filters, formed by combinations of distributed RC elements with positive-feedback voltage amplifiers, provide transfer functions similar to those the heavier LC filters ordinarily employ. They also provide signal amplification.

  14. Traditional perception of Greeks in Serbian oral tradition

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    Konjik Ivana

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Based on material on Greeks from Vuk’s corpus of epic poems, we discuss the construction of ethnic stereotype of Greeks in Serbian language. However, the limitation of the paper’s possible conclusion lies in the nature of the corpus: Vuk had deliberately chosen one material over another, therefore, the corpus relating to Greeks cannot be considered as representative of the whole Serbian folk poems. Therefore, the discussion is limited to certain elements of the stereotype. Nevertheless, these Serbian epic folk poems contain many layers: historical, geographical, sociological, mythological and so on, with a strong foundation in traditional culture; thus, they provide an insight into geo-political situation of the time period, viewpoints, perspectives and experiences of other ethnic groups that Serbs have been into contact with. In particular, the relationship toward Greeks was marked with pronounced patriarchal attitude concerning others: we-others, ours-foreign, good-bad. In this sense, Greeks are portrayed as foreign, and as such, as a potential source of danger. On the other hand, Greeks are Christian Orthodox, which associates them with the category ours. In socio-economic sense, they were traders and wealthy, respected gentlemen. In epical-heroic profile, they were not considered as great heroes, but as "lousy army", and frequently, as unfaithful.

  15. A study of traditional boats of Goa

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    Shaikh, Z.A.; Tripati, S.; Shinde, V.

    Goa, being situated along the Arabian Sea of India, is known for maritime activities and traditional boat building throughout the history. Traditional folk songs of Goa frequently mention ‘Vodem’ which denotes canoe. The recent discovery of stone...

  16. Kalman filtering implementation with Matlab

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    Kleinbauer, Rachel

    2004-01-01

    1960 und 1961 veröffentlichte Rudolf Emil Kalmen seine Arbeiten über einen rekursiven prädiktiven Filter, der auf dem Gebrauch von rekursiven Algorithmen basiert. Damit revolutionierte er das Feld der Schätzverfahren. Seitdem ist der sogenannte Kalman Filter Gegenstand ausführlicher Forschung und findet bis heute Anwendung in zahlreichen Gebieten. Der Kalman Filter schätzt den Zustand eines dynamischen Systems, auch wenn die exakte Form dieses Systems unbekannt ist. Der Filter ist sehr lei...

  17. Why Breast Cancer Patients Seek Traditional Healers

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    Norhasmilia Suhami; Sharan Merriam; Mazanah Muhamad

    2011-01-01

    Traditional healing is a common practice in low and middle income countries such as Malaysia. Eighty percent of Malaysians consult traditional healers or “bomoh” at some time in their life for health-related issues. The purpose of our study was to explore why breast cancer patients visit traditional healers. This is a qualitative study utilizing in-depth interviews with 11 cancer survivors who sought both traditional and Western medicine. The findings revealed the following reasons for which ...

  18. Lead Encephalopathy Due to Traditional Medicines

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    Karri, Surya K.; Saper, Robert B; Kales, Stefanos N.

    2008-01-01

    Traditional medicine use is common in developing countries and increasingly popular in the western world. Despite the popularity of traditional medicines, scientific research on safety and efficacy is limited. However documented fatalities and severe illness due to lead poisoning are increasingly recognized to be associated with traditional medicine use. As society becomes more globalized, it is imperative for pharmacists and health care providers to learn about the safety of traditional medi...

  19. The Rao-Blackwellized Particle Filter: A Filter Bank Implementation

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    Karlsson Rickard

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available For computational efficiency, it is important to utilize model structure in particle filtering. One of the most important cases occurs when there exists a linear Gaussian substructure, which can be efficiently handled by Kalman filters. This is the standard formulation of the Rao-Blackwellized particle filter (RBPF. This contribution suggests an alternative formulation of this well-known result that facilitates reuse of standard filtering components and which is also suitable for object-oriented programming. Our RBPF formulation can be seen as a Kalman filter bank with stochastic branching and pruning.

  20. Assessment of ceramic membrane filters

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    Ahluwalia, Rajesh K.; Geyer, Howard K.; Im, Kwan H.; Zhu, Chao; Shelleman, David; Tressler, Richard E.

    The objectives of this project are (1) to develop analytical models for evaluating the fluid mechanics of membrane coated, dead-end ceramic filters; and (2) to determine the effects of thermal and thermo-chemical aging on the material properties of emerging ceramic hot gas filters. A honeycomb cordierite monolith with a thin ceramic coating and a rigid candle filter were evaluated.

  1. Infusing Qualitative Traditions in Counseling Research Designs

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    Hays, Danica G.; Wood, Chris

    2011-01-01

    Research traditions serve as a blueprint or guide for a variety of design decisions throughout qualitative inquiry. This article presents 6 qualitative research traditions: grounded theory, phenomenology, consensual qualitative research, ethnography, narratology, and participatory action research. For each tradition, the authors describe its…

  2. Inorganic UV filters

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    Eloísa Berbel, Manaia; Renata Cristina Kiatkoski, Kaminski; Marcos Antonio, Corrêa; Leila Aparecida, Chiavacci.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available A preocupação com o câncer de pele hoje em dia vem crescendo cada vez mais principalmente em países tropicais, onde a incidência da radiação UVA/B é maior. O uso correto de protetores solares é a forma mais eficaz de prevenir o aparecimento desta doença. Os ativos utilizados em protetores solares po [...] dem ser filtros orgânicos e inorgânicos. Filtros inorgânicos apresentam muitas vantagens em relação aos orgânicos, tais como fotoestabilidade, ausência de irritabilidade e amplo espectro de proteção. Entretanto, em razão de apresentarem alto índice de refração, os ativos inorgânicos conferem aos protetores solares aparência esbranquiçada, diminuindo sua atratividade estética. Muitas alternativas têm sido desenvolvidas no sentido de resolver este problema e dentre elas pode-se destacar o uso da nanotecnologia. Estima-se que o uso de nanomateriais deve crescer das atuais 2000 para 58000 toneladas até 2020. Neste sentido, este trabalho tem como objetivo fazer a análise crítica abordando diferentes aspectos envolvidos tanto na obtenção de protetores solares inorgânicos (rotas de sínteses propostas nos últimos anos) quanto na permeabilidade, na segurança e em outros aspectos relacionados à nova geração de filtros solares inorgânicos. Abstract in english Nowadays, concern over skin cancer has been growing more and more, especially in tropical countries where the incidence of UVA/B radiation is higher. The correct use of sunscreen is the most efficient way to prevent the development of this disease. The ingredients of sunscreen can be organic and/or [...] inorganic sun filters. Inorganic filters present some advantages over organic filters, such as photostability, non-irritability and broad spectrum protection. Nevertheless, inorganic filters have a whitening effect in sunscreen formulations owing to the high refractive index, decreasing their esthetic appeal. Many techniques have been developed to overcome this problem and among them, the use of nanotechnology stands out. The estimated amount of nanomaterial in use must increase from 2000 tons in 2004 to a projected 58000 tons in 2020. In this context, this article aims to analyze critically both the different features of the production of inorganic filters (synthesis routes proposed in recent years) and the permeability, the safety and other characteristics of the new generation of inorganic filters.

  3. Improvement in birefringent filters. 4: The alternate partial polarizer filter.

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    Title, A M

    1976-11-01

    A design for a birefringent filter is proposed in which alternate polarizers are partial polarizers. Calculated performance characteristics of alternate partial polarizer filters (APP) are compared with those of Lyot and contrast element Lyot filters. These calculations show that the APP design has significant advantages in both transmission and profile shape. Using pulse techniques, partial polarizer systems are shown to be a natural evolution from the standard Lyot and contrast element Lyot systems. The APP filter using achromatic waveplates discussed in earlier papers of this series has been used to construct a universal alternate partial polarizer filter. This filter has a measured full width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 0.09 A at 5500 A and a transmission in polarized light of 38%. It is tunable from 4500 A to 8500 A. The measured characteristics of the filter agree well with theoretical predictions. PMID:20165504

  4. Controlling flow conditions of test filters in iodine filters

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    Several different iodine filter and test filter designs and experience gained from their operation are presented. For the flow experiments, an iodine filter system equipped with flow regulating and measuring devices was built. In the experiments the influence of the packing method of the iodine sorption material and the influence of the flow regulating and measuring divices upon the flow conditions in the test filters was studied. On the basis of the experiments it has been shown that the flows through the test filters always can be adjusted to a correct value if there only is a high enough pressure difference available across the test filter ducting. As a result of the research, several different methods are presented with which the flows through the test filters in both operating and future iodine sorption system can easily be measured and adjusted to their correct values. (author)

  5. Spatial Filter with Volume Gratings for High-peak-power Multistage Laser Amplifiers

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    Tan, Yi-zhou; Zheng, Guang-wei; Shen, Ben-jian; Pan, Heng-yue; Li, Liu

    2012-01-01

    The regular spatial filters comprised of lens and pinhole are essential component in high power laser systems, such as lasers for inertial confinement fusion, nonlinear optical technology and directed-energy weapon. On the other hand the pinhole is treated as a bottleneck of high power laser due to harmful plasma created by the focusing beam. In this paper we present a spatial filter based on angular selectivity of Bragg diffraction grating to avoid the harmful focusing effect in the traditional pinhole filter. A spatial filter consisted of volume phase gratings in two-pass amplifier cavity were reported. Two-dimensional filter was proposed by using single Pi-phase-shifted Bragg grating, numerical simulation results shown that its angular spectrum bandwidth can be less than 160urad. The angular selectivity of photo-thermo-refractive glass and RUGATE film filters, construction stability, thermal stability and the effects of misalignments of gratings on the diffraction efficiencies under high-pulse-energy laser...

  6. Filter for reactor emergency cooling system

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    The invention describes the design of a filter for the emergency cooling system. The new type of filter can be rinsed by flushing water backwards through the filter. The arrangement will prevent the filter from being silt up

  7. Nutraceutical enriched Indian traditional chikki.

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    Ramakrishna, Chetana; Pamisetty, Aruna; Reddy, Sunki Reddy Yella

    2015-08-01

    Chikki or peanut brittle, a traditional sweet snack was chosen as vehicle for enrichment with added natural nutraceuticals through herbs. The formulation and process for preparation of chikki with added herbs like ashwagandha (Withania somenifera), tulasi (Ocimumsanctum L.) and ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi S.) were standardized. The polyphenol content of chikki with added herbs ranged 0.29-0.46 g/100 g. Among the herbs, ajwain showed more potent antioxidant activity followed by tulasi, whereas ashwagandha and product prepared with it showed the least activity. Total carotenoid contents of chikki with added herbs ranged between 1.5 and 4.3 mg/100 g. Storage studies showed that chikki prepared with tulasi and ajwain were sensorily acceptable up to 90 days, while rancid notes were observed in control and chikki with added ashwagandha at the end of 30 days. Thus chikki with added herbs in addition to containing natural nutraceuticals like polyphenols and carotenoids had improved storage stability compared to control. PMID:26243935

  8. Human Rights and American Traditions

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    Alexandru Boboc-Cojocaru

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Since the beginning, the United States has recognized and respected the rights of individuals. Besides serving as custodian of a rich historical and political tradition on human rights, the United States has contributed greatly to the crystallization of International human rights legislation through the establishment of the United Nations Organization and the development of the United Nations Charter. From my perspective, the real dilemma faced by the United States has included so far the issue of solving specific problems related to human rights, the way in which human rights considerations combine with other factors of foreign policy and the way of creating a sustainable public consensus in support of their policy on the realm of human rights. In my opinion it is unlikely that these efforts should ever be entirely solved successfully. That’s why, in this paper, I try to analyze the correlation between moral and pragmatic components of the U.S. policy on human rights in the last 40 years.

  9. Transversal filters with charge transfer devices

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    Analog sampled-data transversal filters can be realized using charge transfer devices. Low pass, bandpass and various matched filters have been fabricated using this technology. In addition these transversal filters can be used to obtain the discrete Fourier transform via the chirp Z algorithm. The state of the art in charge transfer transversal filters is reviewed. Applications of these filters to low pass filtering, matched filtering and spectrum analysis is described. These transversal filters are uniquely suited to providing an optimum filter for nuclear radiation spectrometers. The design of a charge transfer transversal filter for filtering the pulse obtained from a silicon or germanium nuclear detector is described

  10. Challenging traditional authority in the platinum belt

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    Boitumelo, Matlala.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Members of the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela traditional community have attempted to hold their traditional leader to account for decisions affecting the community. This article describes the interactions between some community members, traditional leaders, the state and courts, as members of the community ha [...] ve sought to challenge unilateral action by the traditional leader with regard to how community assets and revenue are managed and accounted for. The article examines the various actions groups and individuals have resorted to in an effort to confront traditional leadership and appeal to politicians, officials and the North West provincial government.

  11. DSP Control of Line Hybrid Active Filter

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    Dan, Stan George; Benjamin, Doniga Daniel; Magureanu, R.; Asiminoaei, Lucian; Teodorescu, Remus; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2005-01-01

    Active Power Filters have been intensively explored in the past decade. Hybrid active filters inherit the efficiency of passive filters and the improved performance of active filters, and thus constitute a viable improved approach for harmonic compensation. In this paper a parallel hybrid filter is studied for current harmonic compensation. The hybrid filter is formed by a single tuned Le filter and a small-rated power active filter, which are directly connected in series without any matching tr...

  12. Filtered vented containments

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    Adding a filtered vented containment system (FVCS) to an existing nuclear power plant has been suggested as one approach to mitigating the effects of a severe accident. The integration of a new system into a plant appears simple on the surface but may be expensive to install and complex in developing operating procedures and restrictions. A number of designs have been proposed, and many are currently being installed at European nuclear facilities. Risk assessments and cost benefits for an FVCS installation in a typical US plant are discussed. An approach to developing an FVCS and strategies for system operation (venting) are also included, along with a conceptual design of a sand/gravel filter system. Estimated installed costs are included. (orig.)

  13. Filtered vented containments

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    Adding Filtered Vented Containment System (FVCS) to an existing nuclear power plant has been suggested as one approach to mitigating the effects of a Severe Accident. The integration of a new system into a plant appears simple on the surface but may be expensive to install and complex in developing operating procedures and restrictions. A number of designs have been proposed and many are currently being installed at European nuclear facilities. Risk assessments and cost benefits for an FVCS installation in a typical U.S. plant are discussed. An approach to developing an FVCS and strategies for system operation (venting) is also included along with a conceptual design of a sand/gravel filter system. Estimated installed costs are included

  14. Drilling fluid filter

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    Hall, David R.; Fox, Joe; Garner, Kory

    2007-01-23

    A drilling fluid filter for placement within a bore wall of a tubular drill string component comprises a perforated receptacle with an open end and a closed end. A hanger for engagement with the bore wall is mounted at the open end of the perforated receptacle. A mandrel is adjacent and attached to the open end of the perforated receptacle. A linkage connects the mandrel to the hanger. The linkage may be selected from the group consisting of struts, articulated struts and cams. The mandrel operates on the hanger through the linkage to engage and disengage the drilling fluid filter from the tubular drill string component. The mandrel may have a stationary portion comprising a first attachment to the open end of the perforated receptacle and a telescoping adjustable portion comprising a second attachment to the linkage. The mandrel may also comprise a top-hole interface for top-hole equipment.

  15. Simon nitinol filter

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    The incidence of inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis associated with the Simon Nitinol filter was reviewed at two institutions in 20 patients with lower- extremity deep venous thrombosis within 12 months. Ten patients had underlying malignancy. Clinical findings were correlated with findings of color-flow US, spin-echo (SE) MR imaging, and gradient-echo (GE) MR imaging of the IVC. Four of the 20 patients developed symptoms of IVC thrombosis (bilateral leg edema) within 5 weeks. MR imaging in all four documented IVC thrombosis (absence of intracaval flow void on SE images, absence of increased signal on GE images), and each had underlying malignancy (three pelvic tumors, one renal cell carcinoma). The authors conclude that patients with tumors, especially genitourinary primary tumors, may be at increased risk of IVC thrombosis in the presence of this filter, possibly because of pelvic venous compression or reduced renal vein inflow with prior nephrectomy; MR imaging is very useful for following IVC patency

  16. Stochastic stacking without filters

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    The rate of accumulation of antiprotons is a critical factor in the design of p anti p colliders. A design of a system to accumulate higher anti p fluxes is presented here which is an alternative to the schemes used at the CERN AA and in the Fermilab Tevatron I design. Contrary to these stacking schemes, which use a system of notch filters to protect the dense core of antiprotons from the high power of the stack tail stochastic cooling, an eddy current shutter is used to protect the core in the region of the stack tail cooling kicker. Without filters one can have larger cooling bandwidths, better mixing for stochastic cooling, and easier operational criteria for the power amplifiers. In the case considered here a flux of 1.4 x 108 per sec is achieved with a 4 to 8 GHz bandwidth

  17. Three-Dimensional Shuman Filter.

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    Nelson, Stephan P.; Weible, Michael L.

    1980-04-01

    Equations for the three-dimensional Shuman filter and its response function are presented. The filter heavily dampens even fairly long waves, but this can be alleviated somewhat by a second amplifying pass (tandem filter).Due to the number of points (27) needed to filter the data, irregular boundaries and missing data can be a problem. The effects of one possible solution (reverting to three one-dimensional filters) is shown. Under some instances it is preferable to make only one pass to prevent propagation of boundary discontinuities.

  18. Digital filters basics and design

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    Schlichtharle, Dietrich

    2011-01-01

    The second, strongly enlarged edition of the textbook gives a substantial insight into the characteristics and the design of digital filters. It briefly introduces to the theory of continuous-time systems and the design methods for analog filters. Time-discrete systems, the basic structures of digital filters, sampling theorem, and the design of IIR filters are widely discussed. The author devotes important parts to the design of non-recursive filters and the effects of finite register length. The explanation of techniques like oversampling and noise shaping conclude the book. The author has s

  19. A Short Note on t-filters, II-filters and Extended Filters on Residuated Lattices.

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    Víta, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Ro?. 271, 15 July (2015), s. 168-171. ISSN 0165-0114 R&D Projects: GA ?R GAP202/10/1826 Institutional support: RVO:67985807 Keywords : t-filters * II-filters * extended filters * residuated lattices Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 1.986, year: 2014

  20. Factorized Kalman Filtering.

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    Suzdaleva, Evgenia

    Praha : ÚTIA AV ?R, 2006 - (P?ikryl, J.; Šmídl, V.). s. 51-52 [International PhD Workshop on Interplay of Societal and Technical Decision-Making, Young Generation Viewpoint /7./. 25.09.2006-30.09.2006, Hrubá Skála] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0572; GA ?R GP201/06/P434 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : state estimation * factorized filters * traffic control Subject RIV: BC - Control Systems Theory

  1. Decayed MCMC Filtering

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    Marthi, Bhaskara; Pasula, Hanna; Russell, Stuart; Peres, Yuval

    2012-01-01

    Filtering---estimating the state of a partially observable Markov process from a sequence of observations---is one of the most widely studied problems in control theory, AI, and computational statistics. Exact computation of the posterior distribution is generally intractable for large discrete systems and for nonlinear continuous systems, so a good deal of effort has gone into developing robust approximation algorithms. This paper describes a simple stochastic approximation...

  2. Updating the OMERACT filter

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    D'Agostino, Maria-Antonietta; Boers, Maarten; Kirwan, John; van der Heijde, Désirée; Østergaard, Mikkel; Schett, Georg; Landewé, Robert B; Maksymowych, Walter P; Naredo, Esperanza; Dougados, Maxime; Iagnocco, Annamaria; Bingham, Clifton O; Brooks, Peter M; Beaton, Dorcas E; Gandjbakhch, Frederique; Gossec, Laure; Guillemin, Francis; Hewlett, Sarah E; Kloppenburg, Margreet; March, Lyn; Mease, Philip J; Moller, Ingrid; Simon, Lee S; Singh, Jasvinder A; Strand, Vibeke; Wakefield, Richard J; Wells, George A; Tugwell, Peter; Conaghan, Philip G

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Filter provides a framework for the validation of outcome measures for use in rheumatology clinical research. However, imaging and biochemical measures may face additional validation challenges because of their technical nature. The Imaging and Soluble Biomarker Session at OMERACT 11 aimed to provide a guide for the iterative development of an imaging or biochemical measurement instrument so it can be used in therapeutic assessment. METHO...

  3. Efficient Iterated Filtering

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    Lindstro?m, Erik; Ionides, Edward; Frydendall, Jan; Madsen, Henrik

    2012-01-01

    Parameter estimation in general state space models is not trivial as the likelihood is unknown. We propose a recursive estimator for general state space models, and show that the estimates converge to the true parameters with probability one. The estimates are also asymptotically Cramer-Rao efficient. The proposed estimator is easy to implement as it only relies on non-linear filtering. This makes the framework flexible as it is easy to tune the implementation to achieve computational efficiency...

  4. Filters in topology optimization

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    Bourdin, Blaise

    1999-01-01

    In this article, a modified (``filtered'') version of the minimum compliance topology optimization problem is studied. The direct dependence of the material properties on its pointwise density is replaced by a regularization of the density field using a convolution operator. In this setting it is possible to establish the existence of solutions. Moreover, convergence of an approximation by means of finite elements can be obtained. This is illustrated through some numerical experiments. The ``fil...

  5. Parzen Particle Filters

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    Lehn-Schiøler, Tue; Erdogmus, Deniz; Principe, Jose C.

    2004-01-01

    Using a Parzen density estimator any distribution can be approximated arbitrarily close by a sum of kernels. In particle filtering this fact is utilized to estimate a probability density function with Dirac delta kernels; when the distribution is discretized it becomes possible to solve an otherwise intractable integral. In this work we propose to extend the idea and use any kernel to approximate the distribution. The extra work involved in propagating small kernels through the nonlinear functio...

  6. Multimodal microwave filters

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    Contreras Lizarraga, Adrián Arturo

    2013-01-01

    This thesis presents the conception, design and implementation of new topologies of multimodal microwave resonators and filters, using a combination of uniplanar technologies such as coplanar waveguide (CPW), coplanar strips (CPS) and slotlines. The term "multimodal" refers to uniplanar circuits in which the two fundamental modes of the CPW propagate (the even and the odd mode). By using both modes of the CPW, it is possible to achieve added functions, such as additional transmission zeros to...

  7. Superconducting notch filter

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    Results of a preliminary investigation of a superconducting notch filter for possible application in the 2 to 30 MHz high frequency (HF) communication band are presented. The circuit was successfully implemented using planar geometry so that closed cycle refrigeration could be used to cool circuits fabricated from high T/sub c/ Nb3Sn or Nb3Ge thin films. In the present design, circuit Q's of about 2 x 103 were obtained with 50-ohm source and output impedance

  8. Carbon nanotube filters

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    Srivastava, A.; Srivastava, O. N.; Talapatra, S.; Vajtai, R.; Ajayan, P. M.

    2004-09-01

    Over the past decade of nanotube research, a variety of organized nanotube architectures have been fabricated using chemical vapour deposition. The idea of using nanotube structures in separation technology has been proposed, but building macroscopic structures that have controlled geometric shapes, density and dimensions for specific applications still remains a challenge. Here we report the fabrication of freestanding monolithic uniform macroscopic hollow cylinders having radially aligned carbon nanotube walls, with diameters and lengths up to several centimetres. These cylindrical membranes are used as filters to demonstrate their utility in two important settings: the elimination of multiple components of heavy hydrocarbons from petroleum-a crucial step in post-distillation of crude oil-with a single-step filtering process, and the filtration of bacterial contaminants such as Escherichia coli or the nanometre-sized poliovirus (~25 nm) from water. These macro filters can be cleaned for repeated filtration through ultrasonication and autoclaving. The exceptional thermal and mechanical stability of nanotubes, and the high surface area, ease and cost-effective fabrication of the nanotube membranes may allow them to compete with ceramic- and polymer-based separation membranes used commercially.

  9. Fantastic filters of lattice implication algebras

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    Young Bae Jun

    2000-01-01

    The notion of a fantastic filter in a lattice implication algebra is introduced, and the relations among filter, positive implicative filter, and fantastic filter are given. We investigate an equivalent condition for a filter to be fantastic, and state an extension property for fantastic filter.

  10. Filter element in analysis apparatus

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    This invention is concerned with the continuous-flow analysis of liquids, and more particularly, with the separation of mixtures of solid and liquid phases. The separator is comprised of a first conduit through which the mixture is passed and a lateral second conduit joined to the first conduit via a filter. Liquid is pumped from the first conduit through the filter into the second conduit, solid phase being retained by the filter. Means for backwashing the filter is provided. In continuous-flow analysis, the mixture in the first conduit is segmented by air or air and wash liquid, and the backflow washing is controlled to occur when an air or wash flow segment in the first conduit is in contact with the filter. The filter may be of sintered glass particles. The liquid phase is directed on to the filter via a special protuberance to facilitate and accelerate separation. (author)

  11. Optimization of HEPA filter design

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    Often high efficiency filters are associated with high pressure drop, particularly at high airflow velocity. With design optimization, a cost effective design of clean room can be achieved by lowering energy cost or reducing the size of the filter housing. Through mathematical analysis, optimum filter designs are obtained for the separator type HEPA filter. In the mathematical analysis, a similarity solution obtained from Navier-Stoke's equation for airflow between the filter pleat spacing with uniform mass addition and extraction is applied to each finite element along the pleat channel. The optimum pleat aspect ratio is obtained by combining the expressions for the axial pressure gradient for upstream channel with mass extraction, the axial pressure gradient for downstream channel with mass addition, and the filter media flow characteristics for finite elements along the filter pleat channel with varying wall airflow rate

  12. Contraception: traditional and religious attitudes.

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    Schenker, J G; Rabenou, V

    1993-04-01

    Humans have tried to control fertility for centuries. Primitive, preliterate societies practiced infanticide and abortion. When primitive women understood the advantages of conception control, they tried, when possible, to use contraception. In the 4th century B.C., Plato and Aristotle advocated a one-child family. Greek medical literature reported a hollow tube inserted through the cervix into the uterus and a potion as contraceptives. Islamic physicians had much knowledge about conception control. The attitudes toward contraception. In the 5th century B.C., Saint Augustine condemned contraception, even among married couples. The condom emerged in the early modern period. Yet, they were usually worn to protect against disease, e.g., bilharzia in Egypt and syphilis in Europe. The cervical cap and the diaphragm are examples of occlusive pessaries. By 1880, contraceptives and spermicides were advertised. In 1928, the IUD joined the existing contraceptives. Today we have combined oral contraceptives. Judaic law requires husbands to fulfill their wives sexual needs, separate from their duty to procreate. It also calls men, not women, to procreate and forbids men from masturbating, thus Judaic law does not forbid women from practicing contraception. The Roman Catholic church forbids contraceptive use because it is a sin against nature. Some Protestant denominations have allowed contraceptive use. Islamic law states that children are gifts from Allah. Some Moslems believe that they must have many children, but Allah and the Prophet state that children have rights to education and future security. These rights allow couples to prevent pregnancy. Neither Hinduism nor Buddhism prohibit contraceptive use. Differences in husband-wife communication, sex roles, access to contraceptives, and traditional family values will have more of an effect on contraceptive use and fertility than theological barriers or the social class of religious groups. PMID:8365507

  13. Ground roll attenuation using non-stationary matching filtering

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    Jiao, Shebao; Chen, Yangkang; Bai, Min; Yang, Wencheng; Wang, Erying; Gan, Shuwei

    2015-12-01

    Conventional approaches based on adaptive subtraction for ground roll attenuation first predict an initial model for ground rolls and then adaptively subtract it from the original data using a stationary matching filter (MF). Because of the non-stationary property of seismic data and ground rolls, the application of a traditional stationary MF is not physically plausible. Thus, in the case of highly non-stationary seismic reflections and ground rolls, a stationary MF cannot obtain satisfactory results. In this paper, we apply a non-stationary matching filter (NMF) to adaptively subtract the ground rolls. The NMF can be obtained by solving a highly under-determined inversion problem using non-stationary autoregression. We apply the proposed approach to one synthetic example and two field data examples, and demonstrate a much improved performance compared with the traditional MF approach.

  14. Comparison Types of Filter Used in Viewing Inner Structure of Materials Using X-Ray Computed Tomography

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    The inspection of inner structure of materials plays a very important role in safety and quality elements in industry. This process of inspection needs to be carried out in most accurate and efficient manner. Current practice, region of interest is normally being scanned directly to the radiation detector without filtering added. These procedures are assuming perfectly and accurately for the result image reconstruction without justification. While the process of inspection itself may generate unintentionally defects (artefacts). Besides, safety and quality, the use of several filtering techniques can overcome these deficiencies. X-ray computed tomography is a powerful non-invasive imaging technique for viewing an objects inner structures in 2-D or 3-D cross-section images without the need to physically section it. The invention of CT techniques revolutionised the field of medical diagnostic imaging because it provided more detailed and useful information than any previous non-invasive imaging techniques. The method is increasingly being used in industry, aerospace, geosciences and archaeology. This paper describes the comparison of filtering type (aluminium and copper) in X-ray computed tomography system for imaging and visualising of casting material (rear bracket engine mounting). The theoretical aspects of CT scanner, the system configurations and the adopted algorithm for image reconstruction are discussed. The penetrating rays from a 160 kV/10 mA industrial X-ray machine and a bank of Linear Array Detectors (LAD) in combination with a three-axis sample table were used to construct the CT system. The movement of the sample table in vertical, linear and rotary motion is controlled by a Lab View-based software, the x-ray transmission data is collected by using a commercial image grabber package, and the image reconstruction is performed by using the classical Linear Back Projection (LBP) algorithm. Sample of rear bracket engine mounting were scanned using this CT scanner with different type of filters. Some of the reconstructed images are presented in this paper. (author)

  15. Estimation of aircraft aerodynamic derivatives using Extended Kalman Filter

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    Curvo M.

    2000-01-01

    Design of flight control laws, verification of performance predictions, and the implementation of flight simulations are tasks that require a mathematical model of the aircraft dynamics. The dynamical models are characterized by coefficients (aerodynamic derivatives) whose values must be determined from flight tests. This work outlines the use of the Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) in obtaining the aerodynamic derivatives of an aircraft. The EKF shows several advantages over the more traditional...

  16. Implementational Aspects of the Contourlet Filter Bank and Application in Image Coding

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    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyzed the implementational aspects of the contourlet filter bank (or the pyramidal directional filter bank (PDFB, and considered its application in image coding. First, details of the binary tree-structured directional filter bank (DFB are presented, including a modification to minimize the phase delay factor and necessary steps for handling rectangular images. The PDFB is viewed as an overcomplete filter bank, and the directional filters are expressed in terms of polyphase components of the pyramidal filter bank and the conventional DFB. The aliasing effect of the conventional DFB and the Laplacian pyramid to the directional filters is then considered, and the conditions for reducing this effect are presented. The new filters obtained by redesigning the PDFBs satisfying these requirements have much better frequency responses. A hybrid multiscale filter bank consisting of the PDFB at higher scales and the traditional maximally decimated wavelet filter bank at lower scales is constructed to provide a sparse image representation. A novel embedded image coding system based on the image decomposition and a morphological dilation algorithm is then presented. The coding algorithm efficiently clusters the significant coefficients using progressive morphological operations. Context models for arithmetic coding are designed to exploit the intraband dependency and the correlation existing among the neighboring directional subbands. Experimental results show that the proposed coding algorithm outperforms the current state-of-the-art wavelet-based coders, such as JPEG2000, for images with directional features.

  17. Folktale Narration: A Retreating Tradition

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    Tandin Dorji

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available To talk of folktales in the Bhutanese context is to discuss ona literary genre popularly known as khaju1 or ‘oraltransmission’. It serves as an important tool ofcommunication between one generation and another. Amongothers, the folktales comprise an indispensable portion of oralliterature. In it is seen the manifestation of the popularimagination and creativity representing the Bhutanesepatrimony which has been passed down from mouth to earsince time immemorial. The role that it plays in thetransmission of moral values, philosophy, beliefs, humour,etiquette, and many other traits specific to the Bhutanesesociety holds an inescapably eminent place. Despite thisimportance, the documentation of folktales in Bhutan is stillin its infancy. Till the mid-twentieth century, education wasimparted through the monasteries and all the people did nothave access to it. Furthermore, the scarcity of writing andprinting facilities compounded the difficulty and consequentlythe larger section of the population remained illiterate. Evenafter schools were opened and facilities provided free of cost,the documentation of folktales took quite sometime to jumpfrom the springboard. It was only in 1984 that Dasho SherabThaye published his first volume of the collection of folktalesfollowed suite by another two in 1986. This was the debutand now we have authors like Kunzang Choden, Kinley Wangmo, Françoise Pommaret and a few others who hadfollowed the footsteps of Dasho Sherab Thaye. However, thecollections made until today is just a drop considering thevast reservoir of folktales that lies recorded in the memoriesof the Bhutanese. It requires the efforts of many Bhutaneseeven to document a part of this inexhaustible patrimony.This, however, is not to indicate that the Bhutanese folktalesare different form the rest. In fact, ‘…folktales are the same allover, for they tell of people. Not ordinary people like those wemeet on our journey through life, but the whole secret andexciting society of one eyed sorcerers, evil giants, handsomeprinces and dancing fairies….’ 2 All the same, what is specialabout the Bhutanese folktales is that, it still is a livingtradition in many pockets of rural Bhutan. In the villageswhich are far flung from motor roads, the narration offolktales in the pastures, and in the evenings are even todayvery much alive. However, the question is, how long will itcontinue to survive? Will the development process engulf thisbeautiful tradition? And, what could be done to keep thisheritage alive?

  18. Vertical media bed filter and method of cleaning filter panels

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    A vertical media bed dust collector in which the media bed of a filter panel is rejuvenated when necessary by interrupting the gas flow through the panel, withdrawing the filter media from the panel] separating the agglomerated dust from the filter media, returing the filter media to the filter panel, and reestablishing the gas flow through the panel. The system further includes apparatus for removing collected dust from the deparating and recirculating surfaces of the media handling apparatus and also from the remote face of the filter panels before the cleaned gas is allowed to pass out of the collector so that the cleaned gas is not recontaminated by small amounts of dust adhering to those surfaces

  19. From Microwave Filter to Digital Filter and Back Again

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    Dalby, Arne Brejning

    1989-01-01

    A new very simple state variable flow graph representation for interdigital transmission line bandpass filters is presented, which has led to two important results: 1) A new type of digital filter with properties, that surpass the properties of most other (all pole) digital filtertypes. 2) The study of the new digital filtertype has led to design formulas for interdigital transmission line filters that are very simple compared to the hitherto known formulas. The accuracy is the same or better.

  20. From Microwave Filter to Digital Filter and Back Again

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    Dalby, Arne Brejning

    2010-01-01

    A new very simple state variable flow graph representation for interdigital transmission line bandpass filters is presented, which has led to two important results: 1) A new type of digital filter with properties, that surpass the properties of most other (all pole) digital filtertypes. 2) The study of the new digital filtertype has led to design formulas for interdigital transmission line filters that are very simple compared to the hitherto known formulas. The accuracy is the same or better.

  1. Menorrhagia Management in Iranian Traditional Medicine.

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    Tansaz, Mojgan; Memarzadehzavareh, Hajar; Qaraaty, Marzieh; Eftekhar, Tahereh; Tabarrai, Malihe; Kamalinejad, Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    Menorrhagia is a common problem. Medical management for menorrhagia includes hormonal and nonhormonal treatments. These treatments have different side effects, which reduce quality of life. Complementary and traditional medicines have been used to handle menorrhagia for centuries in many cultures. There is a lot of information and data in Iranian traditional documents or books about medicinal herbs that are used by Iranian traditional medicine scientists for the treatment of menorrhagia. The aim of this study was to review the approaches to menorrhagia in Iranian traditional medicine texts. In this study, some main Iranian traditional medicine manuscripts including Canon of Medicine and Al-Havi of Rhazes were studied to extract important information about menorrhagia management. Iranian traditional medicine physicians have relied on an organized system of etiological theories and treatments for menorrhagia. Their methods for menorrhagia management may be able to convince the desire of many women to preserve their uterus and avoid hormonal therapy. PMID:26072222

  2. Filter and Filter Bank Design for Image Texture Recognition

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    Randen, Trygve

    1997-12-31

    The relevance of this thesis to energy and environment lies in its application to remote sensing such as for instance sea floor mapping and seismic pattern recognition. The focus is on the design of two-dimensional filters for feature extraction, segmentation, and classification of digital images with textural content. The features are extracted by filtering with a linear filter and estimating the local energy in the filter response. The thesis gives a review covering broadly most previous approaches to texture feature extraction and continues with proposals of some new techniques. 143 refs., 59 figs., 7 tabs.

  3. New filter efficiency test for future nuclear grade HEPA filters

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    We have developed a new test procedure for evaluating filter penetrations as low as 10-9 at 0.1-?m particle diameter. In comparison, the present US nuclear filter certification test has a lower penetration limit of 10-5. Our new test procedure is unique not only in its much higher sensitivity, but also in avoiding the undesirable effect of clogging the filter. Our new test procedure consists of a two-step process: (1) We challenge the test filter with a very high concentration of heterodisperse aerosol for a short time while passing all or a significant portion of the filtered exhaust into an inflatable bag; (2) We then measure the aerosol concentration in the bag using a new laser particle counter sensitive to 0.07-?m diameter. The ratio of particle concentration in the bag to the concentration challenging the filter gives the filter penetration as a function of particle diameter. The bag functions as a particle accumulator for subsequent analysis to minimize the filter exposure time. We have studied the particle losses in the bag over time and find that they are negligible when the measurements are taken within one hour. We also compared filter penetration measurements taken in the conventional direct-sampling method with the indirect bag-sampling method and found excellent agreement

  4. Software Analysis Unifying Particle Filtering and Marginalized Particle Filtering.

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    Šmídl, Václav

    Edinburgh : IET, 2010, s. 1-7. ISBN 978-0-9824438-1-1. [13th International Conference on Information Fusion. Edinburgh (GB), 26.07.2010-29.07.2010] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0572; GA ?R GP102/08/P250 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : marginalized particle filter * software analysis * Bayesian filtering Subject RIV: BC - Control Systems Theory http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2010/AS/smidl-software analysis unifying particle filtering and marginalized particle filtering. pdf

  5. New filter efficiency test for future nuclear grade HEPA filters

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    We have developed a new test procedure for evaluating filter penetrations as low as 10/sup /minus/9/ at 0.1-?m particle diameter. In comparison, the present US nuclear filter certification test has a lower penetration limit of 10/sup /minus/5/. Our new test procedure is unique not only in its much higher sensitivity, but also in avoiding the undesirable effect of clogging the filter. Our new test procedure consists of a two-step process: (1) We challenge the test filter with a very high concentration of heterodisperse aerosol for a short time while passing all or a significant portion of the filtered exhaust into an inflatable bag; (2) We then measure the aerosol concentration in the bag using a new laser particle counter sensitive to 0.07-?m diameter. The ratio of particle concentration in the bag to the concentration challenging the filter gives the filter penetration as a function of particle diameter. The bad functions as a particle accumulator for subsequent analysis to minimize the filter exposure time. We have studied the particle losses in the bag over time and find that they are negligible when the measurements are taken within one hour. We also compared filter penetration measurements taken in the conventional direct-sampling method with the indirect bag-sampling method and found excellent agreement. 6 refs., 18 figs., 1 tab

  6. Morphological and Median Adaptive Filters Based on LCBP Rank Filter

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    D. Prokin

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The presented median and morphological (min and max filters based on low complexity bit-pipeline (LCBP rank filter provide reduced complexity of required processing hardware, due to similar pipeline stages and the complete absence of sorting networks in comparison with other solutions. FPGA realization of bit-pipeline median and morphological filter and adaptive bit-pipeline rank filter according to this paper provides significantly higher maximum operating frequency and much smaller used chip resources in comparison with state-of-the-art sorting methods.

  7. Traditional Knowledge Protection: An Indian Prospective

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    Mangala Hirwade,

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Traditional knowledge is an important element of the intellectual and cultural heritage of indigenous peoples.It reflects their social and historical identity and significantly contributes to the future well-being and sustainabledevelopment. This paper analyses the features of indigenous knowledge, protection of traditional knowledgein India and its benefits, biopiracy issues, and Indian experience. It further discusses the national and international initiatives and Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, its benefits and outcomes against biopiracy.

  8. Aboriginal Oral Traditions of Australian Impact Craters

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    Hamacher, Duane W.; Goldsmith, John

    2013-01-01

    We explore Aboriginal oral traditions that relate to Australian meteorite craters. Using the literature, first-hand ethnographic records, and fieldtrip data, we identify oral traditions and artworks associated with four impact sites: Gosses Bluff, Henbury, Liverpool, and Wolfe Creek. Oral traditions describe impact origins for Gosses Bluff, Henbury, and Wolfe Creek craters and non-impact origins of Liverpool crater, with Wolfe Creek and Henbury having both impact and non-imp...

  9. Traditional marketing vs. Internet marketing. A comparison

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    Varfan, Mona; Shima, Alfa

    2008-01-01

    Title: Traditional marketing vs. Internet marketing: A comparison Problem: Marketing is an important strategy for businesses and it contains numerous effective tools. Traditional marketing has been in use for many years and nowadays Internet has brought new ways of doing business for companies and that has affected marketing. What are the main differences between Internet marketing and traditional marketing? Which one of the two approaches contains the most used and effective marketing tools ...

  10. Ethnobotany of pru, a traditional Cuban refreshment

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    G. Volpato; Godínez, D.

    2004-01-01

    Gouania polygama (Jacq.) Urban, Smilax domingensis Willd., and Pimenta dioica Merr., are three species widely used within Cuban ethnobotanical traditions and practices. Pru is a traditional refreshment and medicinal drink produced by their decoction and fermentation with sugar. It is claimed to have hypotensive, stomachic, depurative, and diuretic properties. Pru has long been confined to a number of traditional villages in eastern Cuba, and its origin may be traced back to the ethnobotanical...

  11. Factorized Kalman Filtering.

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    Suzdaleva, Evgenia

    Praha : ÚTIA AV ?R, 2006 - (P?ikryl, J.; Andrýsek, J.; Šmídl, V.), s. 226-233 [International PhD Workshop on Interplay of Societal and Technical Decision-Making, Young Generation Viewpoint /7./. Hrubá Skála (CZ), 25.09.2006-30.09.2006] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0572; GA ?R(CZ) GP201/06/P434 Grant ostatní: project TED ESF Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : state estimation * factorized filters * traffic control Subject RIV: BC - Control Systems Theory

  12. Charcoal filter testing

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    Lyons, J. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (United States)

    1997-08-01

    In this very brief, informal presentation, a representative of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission outlines some problems with charcoal filter testing procedures and actions being taken to correct the problems. Two primary concerns are addressed: (1) the process to find the test method is confusing, and (2) the requirements of the reference test procedures result in condensation on the charcoal and causes the test to fail. To address these problems, emergency technical specifications were processed for three nuclear plants. A generic or an administrative letter is proposed as a more permanent solution. 1 fig.

  13. Air Sampling Filter

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    1980-01-01

    General Metal Works' Accu-Vol is a high-volume air sampling system used by many government agencies to monitor air quality for pollution control purposes. Procedure prevents possible test-invalidating contamination from materials other than particulate pollutants, caused by manual handling or penetration of windblown matter during transit, a cassette was developed in which the filter is sealed within a metal frame and protected in transit by a snap-on aluminum cover, thus handled only under clean conditions in the laboratory.

  14. Parzen Particle Filters

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    Lehn-SchiØler, Tue; Erdogmus, Deniz

    2004-01-01

    Using a Parzen density estimator any distribution can be approximated arbitrarily close by a sum of kernels. In particle filtering this fact is utilized to estimate a probability density function with Dirac delta kernels; when the distribution is discretized it becomes possible to solve an otherwise intractable integral. In this work we propose to extend the idea and use any kernel to approximate the distribution. The extra work involved in propagating small kernels through the nonlinear function can be made up for by decreasing the number of kernels needed, especially for high dimensional problems. A further advantage of using kernels with nonzero width is that the density estimate becomes continuous.

  15. Adaptive projective filters

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    The new approach to solving of the finding problem is proposed. The method is based on Discrete Projective Transformations (DPT), the List Square Fitting (LSF) and uses the information feedback in tracing for linear or quadratic track segments (TS). The fast and stable with respect to measurement errors and background points recurrent algorithm is suggested. The algorithm realizes the family of digital adaptive projective filters (APF) with known nonlinear weight functions-projective invariants. APF can be used in adequate control systems for collection, processing and compression of data, including tracking problems for the wide class of detectors. 10 refs.; 9 figs

  16. Aboriginal Oral Traditions of Australian Impact Craters

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    Hamacher, Duane W

    2013-01-01

    We explore Aboriginal oral traditions that relate to Australian meteorite craters. Using the literature, first-hand ethnographic records, and fieldtrip data, we identify oral traditions and artworks associated with four impact sites: Gosses Bluff, Henbury, Liverpool, and Wolfe Creek. Oral traditions describe impact origins for Gosses Bluff and Wolfe Creek craters and non-impact origins of Liverpool and Henbury craters, with Wolfe Creek stories having both impact and non-impact origins. Three impact sites that are believed to have formed during human habitation of Australia - Dalgaranga, Veevers, and Boxhole - do not have associated oral traditions that are reported in the literature.

  17. The impact of ensemble filter definition on the assimilation of temperature profiles in the tropical Pacific

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    Leeuwenburgh, O.; Evensen, Geir; Bertino, Laurent

    2005-01-01

    The traditional analysis scheme in the Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) uses a stochastic perturbation or randomization of the measurements which ensures a correct variance in the updated ensemble. An alternative so called deterministic analysis algorithm is based on a square-root formulation where the perturbation of measurements is avoided. Experiments with simple models have indicated that ensemble collapse is likely to occur when deterministic filters are applied to nonlinear problems. I...

  18. Experimental results of a single-phase shunt active filter prototype with different switching techniques

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    Neves, Pedro; Pinto, J.G.; Pregitzer, Ricardo G.; Luís F. C. Monteiro; Afonso, João L.; Sepúlveda, João

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents experimental results obtained with a developed single-phase shunt active power filter laboratory prototype operating with different switching techniques. This active filter can compensate harmonic currents and power factor in single-phase electric installations. Its power circuit is based on a two-leg IGBT inverter, with a single capacitor in the dc side, and an inductor in the ac side. Its control system is based on a simple stratagem that enables the use of the tradition...

  19. Grid filter design for a multi-megawatt medium-voltage voltage source inverter

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    Rockhill, A.A.; Liserre, M.; TEODORESCU, Remus; Rodríguez Cortés, Pedro

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes the design procedure and performance of an LCL grid filter for a medium-voltage neutral point clamped (NPC) converter to be adopted for a multimegawatt wind turbine. The unique filter design challenges in this application are driven by a combination of the medium voltage converter, a limited allowable switching frequency, component physical size and weight concerns, and the stringent limits for allowable injected current harmonics. Traditional design ...

  20. A taxonomy fuzzy filtering approach

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    Vrettos S.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Our work proposes the use of topic taxonomies as part of a filtering language. Given a taxonomy, a classifier is trained for each one of its topics. The user is able to formulate logical rules combining the available topics, e.g. (Topic1 AND Topic2 OR Topic3, in order to filter related documents in a stream. Using the trained classifiers, every document in the stream is assigned a belief value of belonging to the topics of the filter. These belief values are then aggregated using logical operators to yield the belief to the filter. In our study, Support Vector Machines and Naïve Bayes classifiers were used to provide topic probabilities. Aggregation of topic probabilities based on fuzzy logic operators was found to improve filtering performance on the Renters text corpus, as compared to the use of their Boolean counterparts. Finally, we deployed a filtering system on the web using a sample taxonomy of the Open Directory Project.

  1. Transversal filters for pulse spectroscopy

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    Transversal filtering consists of forming an output signal from the suitably weighted sum of successively delayed samples of a given input waveform. Although such filters exhibit many attractive features, economic considerations have previously limited their hardware implementation to rather few areas, primarily the fields of communications and radar. However, recent technological developments have significantly reduced the cost of the multiple tapped-delay operations that are required in such filters, thereby greatly expanding their potential areas of application. The purpose of the present paper is two-fold, first to serve as a general introduction to the possibilities of transversal filters for the processing of isolated randomly distributed pulses (such as occur in experimental nuclear physics), and second to introduce a new implementation of such filters in the form of capacitively tapped delay lines. This latter form of transversal filter is readily fabricated and is well suited for operation on pulses in the few nanosecond to few microsecond time range. (auth)

  2. Shunt Active Filter in Damping Harmonics Propagation

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    BERBAOUI, B.; M. Rahli; MESLEM, Y.; TEDJINI, H.

    2010-01-01

    This paper deals with a hybrid shunt active power filter applied on 500 kV HVDC, after a description of the causes and effects harmonic pollution which may damage equipments and interrupt electric power customers service; in this paper we present the deferent solutions of this problem among one has to study the two most recent types of filtering: passive and hybrid filter. The hybrid filter consists of active filter connected in shunt with passive filter. The hybrid shunt active filter pro...

  3. Continuous RPD electron energy filter

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    An electron energy filter based on the retarding potential difference method has been described. As opposed to the classical, pulsed RPD filter, the retarding potentials are applied at two spatially separated electrodes. The retarding potentials have continuous, i.e. constant in time values. As a result of that, the exit beam has continual in time characteristics. This geometry resulted in slightly superior resolution than in case of pulsed RPD filter. (author)

  4. Filter-extruded liposomes revisited

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    Hinna, Askell; Steiniger, Frank; Hupfeld, Stefan; Stein, Paul C.; Kuntsche, Judith; Brandl, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Filter-extrusion is a widely used technique for down-sizing of phospholipid vesicles. In order to gain a detailed insight into size and size distributions of filter-extruded vesicles composed of egg phosphatidyl-choline (with varying fractions of cholesterol) – in relation to extrusionparameters (pore-size, number of filter passages, and flow-rate), flow field-flow fractionation in conjunction with multi-angle laser light scattering (AF4-MALLS, Wyatt Technology Corp., Santa Barbara, CA) was empl...

  5. Sample-whitened matched filters

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    Andersen, Ib

    1973-01-01

    A sample-whitened matched filter (SWMF) for a channel with intersymbol interference and additive white Gaussian noise is defined as a linear filter with the properties that its output samples are a sufficient statistic for the MAP estimation of the transmitted sequence and have uncorrelated noise components. These filters are shown to exist for ali realistic channels and the complete set of SWMF's for any channel is determined. It is shown that for nonpathological channels there is a unique SWMF...

  6. Multi-filter spectrophotometry simulations

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    Callaghan, Kim A. S.; Gibson, Brad K.; Hickson, Paul

    1993-01-01

    To complement both the multi-filter observations of quasar environments described in these proceedings, as well as the proposed UBC 2.7 m Liquid Mirror Telescope (LMT) redshift survey, we have initiated a program of simulated multi-filter spectrophotometry. The goal of this work, still very much in progress, is a better quantitative assessment of the multiband technique as a viable mechanism for obtaining useful redshift and morphological class information from large scale multi-filter surveys.

  7. Matrix Factorisation with Linear Filters

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    Aky?ld?z, Ömer Deniz

    2015-01-01

    This text investigates relations between two well-known family of algorithms, matrix factorisations and recursive linear filters, by describing a probabilistic model in which approximate inference corresponds to a matrix factorisation algorithm. Using the probabilistic model, we derive a matrix factorisation algorithm as a recursive linear filter. More precisely, we derive a matrix-variate recursive linear filter in order to perform efficient inference in high dimensions. We...

  8. The Marginalized Auxiliary Particle Filter

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    Fritsche, Carsten; Schön, Thomas; Klein, Anja

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we are concerned with nonlinear systems subject to a conditionally linear, Gaussian sub-structure. This structure is often exploited in high-dimensional state estimation problems using the marginalized (aka Rao-Blackwellized) particle filter. The main contribution in the present work is to show how an efficient filter can be derived by exploiting this structure within the auxiliary particle filter. Based on a multisensor aircraft tracking example, the superior performance of the...

  9. Archimedes Plasma Mass Filter

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    The Archimedes' Plasma Mass Filter is a novel plasma-based mass separation device. The basic physics of the Filter concept and a description of its primary application for nuclear waste separation at Hanford will be presented along with initial experimental results from a Demo device. The Demo is a 3.89 m long cylindrical device with a plasma radius of 0.4 m and an axial magnetic field up to 1600 Gauss. The plasma is produced by helicon waves launched by two four-strap antennas placed symmetrically either side of a central source region. One strap of each antenna is powered by one of four phase controlled 1 MW transmitters operating in the frequency range from 3.9 - 26 MHz. Each end of the device has ten concentric ring electrodes used to apply an electric field to rotate the plasma. Application of a parabolic voltage profile results in a rigid body rotation. Heavy ions above the cut-off mass number are extracted radially and collected by a heavy ion collector surrounding the source injection region while light ions are collected at the ends of the cylinder. Initial experiments will use noble gas and trace metals to demonstrate separation before attempting to operate with complex waste characteristic of Hanford

  10. Filtered multitensor tractography.

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    Malcolm, James G; Shenton, Martha E; Rathi, Yogesh

    2010-09-01

    We describe a technique that uses tractography to drive the local fiber model estimation. Existing techniques use independent estimation at each voxel so there is no running knowledge of confidence in the estimated model fit. We formulate fiber tracking as recursive estimation: at each step of tracing the fiber, the current estimate is guided by those previous. To do this we perform tractography within a filter framework and use a discrete mixture of Gaussian tensors to model the signal. Starting from a seed point, each fiber is traced to its termination using an unscented Kalman filter to simultaneously fit the local model to the signal and propagate in the most consistent direction. Despite the presence of noise and uncertainty, this provides a causal estimate of the local structure at each point along the fiber. Using two- and three-fiber models we demonstrate in synthetic experiments that this approach significantly improves the angular resolution at crossings and branchings. In vivo experiments confirm the ability to trace through regions known to contain such crossing and branching while providing inherent path regularization. PMID:20805043

  11. Matched Spectral Filter Imager Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — OPTRA proposes the development of an imaging spectrometer for greenhouse gas and volcanic gas imaging based on matched spectral filtering and compressive imaging....

  12. Adaptive filtering and change detection

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    Gustafsson, Fredrik

    2003-01-01

    Adaptive filtering is a classical branch of digital signal processing (DSP). Industrial interest in adaptive filtering grows continuously with the increase in computer performance that allows ever more conplex algorithms to be run in real-time. Change detection is a type of adaptive filtering for non-stationary signals and is also the basic tool in fault detection and diagnosis. Often considered as separate subjects Adaptive Filtering and Change Detection bridges a gap in the literature with a unified treatment of these areas, emphasizing that change detection is a natural extensi

  13. Spatial filtering with photonic crystals

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    Photonic crystals are well known for their celebrated photonic band-gaps—the forbidden frequency ranges, for which the light waves cannot propagate through the structure. The frequency (or chromatic) band-gaps of photonic crystals can be utilized for frequency filtering. In analogy to the chromatic band-gaps and the frequency filtering, the angular band-gaps and the angular (spatial) filtering are also possible in photonic crystals. In this article, we review the recent advances of the spatial filtering using the photonic crystals in different propagation regimes and for different geometries. We review the most evident configuration of filtering in Bragg regime (with the back-reflection—i.e., in the configuration with band-gaps) as well as in Laue regime (with forward deflection—i.e., in the configuration without band-gaps). We explore the spatial filtering in crystals with different symmetries, including axisymmetric crystals; we discuss the role of chirping, i.e., the dependence of the longitudinal period along the structure. We also review the experimental techniques to fabricate the photonic crystals and numerical techniques to explore the spatial filtering. Finally, we discuss several implementations of such filters for intracavity spatial filtering

  14. Ozone removal by HVAC filters

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    Zhao, P.; Siegel, J. A.; Corsi, R. L.

    Residential and commercial HVAC filters that have been loaded with particles during operation in the field can remove ozone from intake or recirculated air. However, knowledge of the relative importance of HVAC filters as a removal mechanism for ozone in residential and commercial buildings is incomplete. We measured the ozone removal efficiencies of clean (unused) fiberglass, clean synthetic filters, and field-loaded residential and commercial filters in a controlled laboratory setting. For most filters, the ozone removal efficiency declined rapidly but converged to a non-zero (steady-state) value. This steady-state ozone removal efficiency varied from 0% to 9% for clean filters. The mean steady-state ozone removal efficiencies for loaded residential and commercial filters were 10% and 41%, respectively. Repeated exposure of filters to ozone following a 24-h period of no exposure led to a regeneration of ozone removal efficiency. Based on a theoretical scaling analysis of mechanisms that are involved in the ozone removal process, we speculate that the steady-state ozone removal efficiency is limited by reactant diffusion out of particles, and that regeneration is due to internal diffusion of reactive species to sites available to ozone for reaction. Finally, by applying our results to a screening model for typical residential and commercial buildings, HVAC filters were estimated to contribute 22% and 95%, respectively, of total ozone removal in HVAC systems.

  15. Optimization of integrated polarization filters

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    Gagnon, Denis; Déziel, Jean-Luc; Dubé, Louis J

    2014-01-01

    This study reports on the design of small footprint, integrated polarization filters based on engineered photonic lattices. Using a rods-in-air lattice as a basis for a TE filter and a holes-in-slab lattice for the analogous TM filter, we are able to maximize the degree of polarization of the output beams up to 98 % with a transmission efficiency greater than 75 %. The proposed designs allow not only for logical polarization filtering, but can also be tailored to output an arbitrary transverse beam profile. The lattice configurations are found using a recently proposed parallel tabu search algorithm for combinatorial optimization problems in integrated photonics.

  16. Optimization of integrated polarization filters

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    Gagnon, Denis; Dumont, Joey; Déziel, Jean-Luc; Dubé, Louis J.

    2014-01-01

    This study reports on the design of small footprint, integrated polarization filters based on engineered photonic lattices. Using a rods-in-air lattice as a basis for a TE filter and a holes-in-slab lattice for the analogous TM filter, we are able to maximize the degree of polarization of the output beams up to 98 % with a transmission efficiency greater than 75 %. The proposed designs allow not only for logical polarization filtering, but can also be tailored to output an a...

  17. Optimization of integrated polarization filters.

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    Gagnon, Denis; Dumont, Joey; Déziel, Jean-Luc; Dubé, Louis J

    2014-10-01

    This study reports on the design of small footprint, integrated polarization filters based on engineered photonic lattices. Using a rods-in-air lattice as a basis for a TE filter and a holes-in-slab lattice for the analogous TM filter, we are able to maximize the degree of polarization of the output beams up to 98% with a transmission efficiency greater than 75%. The proposed designs allow not only for logical polarization filtering, but can also be tailored to output an arbitrary transverse beam profile. The lattice configurations are found using a recently proposed parallel tabu search algorithm for combinatorial optimization problems in integrated photonics. PMID:25360980

  18. Central difference predictive filter for attitude determination with low precision sensors and model errors

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    Cao, Lu; Chen, Xiaoqian; Misra, Arun K.

    2014-12-01

    Attitude determination is one of the key technologies for Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) of a satellite. However, serious model errors may exist which will affect the estimation accuracy of ACDS, especially for a small satellite with low precision sensors. In this paper, a central difference predictive filter (CDPF) is proposed for attitude determination of small satellites with model errors and low precision sensors. The new filter is proposed by introducing the Stirling's polynomial interpolation formula to extend the traditional predictive filter (PF). It is shown that the proposed filter has higher accuracy for the estimation of system states than the traditional PF. It is known that the unscented Kalman filter (UKF) has also been used in the ADCS of small satellites with low precision sensors. In order to evaluate the performance of the proposed filter, the UKF is also employed to compare it with the CDPF. Numerical simulations show that the proposed CDPF is more effective and robust in dealing with model errors and low precision sensors compared with the UKF or traditional PF.

  19. Performance Evaluation of a Loeb-Eiber Mass Filter at 1 Torr

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    Hoffmann, William D.; Jin, Feng; Pedder, Randall E.; Taormina, Christopher; Jackson, Glen P.

    2015-02-01

    The Loeb-Eiber mass filter is best operated at relatively high pressures—such as 1 Torr—where collisional dampening of ions up to the mass filter thermalizes the ions' kinetic energy, which is a requirement for effective filtering. The inter-electrode gaps of ~8 ?m require rf amplitudes on the order of 0-5 V p-p at approximately 50 MHz to achieve mass filtering up to m/z 40. Mass filtering between the 25-?m diameter wires, therefore, takes place on time frames less than the collision frequency at ~1 Torr. The low power and high pressure capabilities of the Loeb-Eiber mass filter make it ideally suited for miniaturization, where power and space are a premium. In the present work, a Loeb-Eiber mass filter was constructed using commercial silicon-on-insulator (SOI) microfabrication techniques. Ions transmitting through the chip-based Loeb-Eiber mass filter were characterized in real time using a traditional linear quadrupole mass analyzer in series with the Loeb-Eiber mass filter. The new hybrid instrument has enabled us to verify several important claims regarding the operation of the Loeb-Eiber mass filter: (1) that ions can be effectively filtered at ~1 Torr, (2) that for ions of a fixed mass-to-charge ratio, the ion transmission current decreases linearly with increasing rf amplitude on the Loeb-Eiber mass filter, (3) that the cutoff voltage at which all ions of a particular m/z value are effectively blocked is linearly related to mass-to-charge, and (4) that square waveforms can filter ions more effectively than sinusoidal waveforms for a given peak-to-peak rf amplitude.

  20. On the Bearing of a Living Tradition

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    Bass, Dorothy C.

    2003-01-01

    In his highly regarded book on moral philosophy, "After Virtue" (1984), Alasdair MacIntyre offered a concept of tradition that explained both the past's claim upon the present and the present's availability for change, though he had not yet recognized and developed the theological implications of his work. A living tradition, in his terms, is a…

  1. Comet and Meteorite Traditions of Aboriginal Australians

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    Hamacher, Duane W

    2014-01-01

    Of the hundreds of distinct Aboriginal cultures of Australia, many have oral traditions rich in descriptions and explanations of comets, meteors, meteorites, airbursts, impact events, and impact craters. These views generally attribute these phenomena to spirits, death, and bad omens. There are also many traditions that describe the formation of meteorite craters as well as impact events that are not known to Western science.

  2. Vygotsky, Consciousness, and the German Psycholinguistic Tradition

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    Leitch, David G.

    2011-01-01

    This article argues that Vygotsky's choice of word meaning as the basic unit of analysis for cultural psychology connects him to a German psycholinguistic tradition--exemplified in the work of G. W. F. Hegel and J. G. Herder--distinct from the Marxist tradition. While later commentators criticize Vygotsky's reliance on word meaning, arguing that…

  3. Application of isotopes in traditional Chinese medicine

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    Modernization of traditional Chinese medicine necessitates many new or advanced methods. Among these methods, isotopes are considered to be a convenient, fast and feasible method. The recent advance of isotope's application to traditional Chinese medicine is reviewed. In addition, their present status, problems and prospect are discussed. (authors)

  4. Why Breast Cancer Patients Seek Traditional Healers

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    Traditional healing is a common practice in low and middle income countries such as Malaysia. Eighty percent of Malaysians consult traditional healers or bomoh at some time in their life for health-related issues. The purpose of our study was to explore why breast cancer patients visit traditional healers. This is a qualitative study utilizing in-depth interviews with 11 cancer survivors who sought both traditional and Western medicine. The findings revealed the following reasons for which patients seek traditional healers: (1) recommendation from family and friends, (2) sanction from family, (3) perceived benefit and compatibility, (4) healer credibility, and (5) reservation with Western medicine and system delay. These factors work together and are strongly influenced by the Malaysian cultural context. The issue with the Western health system is common in a developing country with limited health facilities

  5. Why breast cancer patients seek traditional healers.

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    Muhamad, Mazanah; Merriam, Sharan; Suhami, Norhasmilia

    2012-01-01

    Traditional healing is a common practice in low and middle income countries such as Malaysia. Eighty percent of Malaysians consult traditional healers or "bomoh" at some time in their life for health-related issues. The purpose of our study was to explore why breast cancer patients visit traditional healers. This is a qualitative study utilizing in-depth interviews with 11 cancer survivors who sought both traditional and Western medicine. The findings revealed the following reasons for which patients seek traditional healers: (1) recommendation from family and friends, (2) sanction from family, (3) perceived benefit and compatibility, (4) healer credibility, and (5) reservation with Western medicine and system delay. These factors work together and are strongly influenced by the Malaysian cultural context. The issue with the Western health system is common in a developing country with limited health facilities. PMID:22295249

  6. Identifying seasonal stars in Kaurna astronomical traditions

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    Hamacher, Duane W.

    2015-03-01

    Early ethnographers and missionaries recorded Aboriginal languages and oral traditions across Australia. Their general lack of astronomical training resulted in misidentifications, transcription errors and omissions in these records. In western Victoria and southeast South Australia many astronomical traditions were recorded but, cur- iously, some of the brightest stars in the sky were omitted. Scholars claimed these stars did not feature in Aboriginal traditions. This continues to be repeated in the literature, but current research shows that these stars may in fact feature in Aboriginal traditions and could be seasonal calendar markers. This paper uses established techniques to identify seasonal stars in the traditions of the Kaurna Aboriginal people of the Adelaide Plains, South Australia.

  7. Are Supernovae Recorded in Indigenous Astronomical Traditions?

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    Hamacher, Duane W

    2014-01-01

    Novae and supernovae are rare astronomical events that would have had an influence on the sky-watching peoples who witnessed them. Although several bright novae/supernovae have been visible during recorded human history, there are many proposed but no confirmed accounts of supernovae in oral traditions or material culture. Criteria are established for confirming novae/supernovae in oral and material culture, and claims from around the world are discussed to determine if they meet these criteria. Australian Aboriginal traditions are explored for possible descriptions of novae/supernovae. Although representations of supernovae may exist in Indigenous traditions, and an account of a nova in Aboriginal traditions has been confirmed, there are currently no confirmed accounts of supernovae in Indigenous oral or material traditions.

  8. Identifying seasonal stars in Kaurna astronomical traditions

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    Hamacher, Duane W

    2015-01-01

    Early ethnographers and missionaries recorded Aboriginal languages and oral traditions across Australia. Their general lack of astronomical training resulted in misidentifications, transcription errors, and omissions in these records. Additionally, many of these early records are fragmented. In western Victoria and southeast South Australia, many astronomical traditions were recorded, but curiously, some of the brightest stars in the sky were omitted. Scholars claimed these stars did not feature in Aboriginal traditions. This under-representation continues to be repeated in the literature, but current research shows that some of these stars may in fact feature in Aboriginal traditions and could be seasonal calendar markers. This paper uses established techniques in cultural astronomy to identify seasonal stars in the traditions of the Kaurna Aboriginal people of the Adelaide Plains, South Australia.

  9. Particle Kalman Filtering: A Nonlinear Framework for Ensemble Kalman Filters

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    Hoteit, Ibrahim

    2010-09-19

    Optimal nonlinear filtering consists of sequentially determining the conditional probability distribution functions (pdf) of the system state, given the information of the dynamical and measurement processes and the previous measurements. Once the pdfs are obtained, one can determine different estimates, for instance, the minimum variance estimate, or the maximum a posteriori estimate, of the system state. It can be shown that, many filters, including the Kalman filter (KF) and the particle filter (PF), can be derived based on this sequential Bayesian estimation framework. In this contribution, we present a Gaussian mixture?based framework, called the particle Kalman filter (PKF), and discuss how the different EnKF methods can be derived as simplified variants of the PKF. We also discuss approaches to reducing the computational burden of the PKF in order to make it suitable for complex geosciences applications. We use the strongly nonlinear Lorenz?96 model to illustrate the performance of the PKF.

  10. Reduction of Data Sparsity in Collaborative Filtering based on Fuzzy Inference Rules

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    A tisha Sachan

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Collaborative filtering Recommender system plays avery demanding and significance role in this era ofinternet informationand of course e commerce age.Collaborative filtering predicts user preferencesfrom past user behaviouror user-item relationships.Though it has many advantages it also has somelimitations such as sparsity, scalability, accuracy,cold start problem etc.In this paper we proposed amethod that helps in reducing sparsity to enhancerecommendation accuracy. We developed fuzzyinference ruleswhich is easily to implement andalso gives better result. Acomparison experiment isalsoperformingwith two previous methods,Traditional Collaborative Filtering (TCF andHybrid User Model Technique (HUMCF.

  11. Application of Archimedes Filter for Reduction of Hanford HLW

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    Archimedes Technology Group, Inc., is developing a plasma mass separator called the Archimedes Filter that separates waste oxide mixtures ion by ion into two mass groups: light and heavy. For the first time, it is feasible to separate large amounts of material atom by atom in a single pass device. Although vacuum ion based electromagnetic separations have been around for many decades, they have traditionally depended on ion beam manipulation. Neutral plasma devices, on the other hand, are much easier, less costly, and permit several orders of magnitude greater throughput. The Filter has many potential applications in areas where separation of species is otherwise difficult or expensive. In particular, radioactive waste sludges at Hanford have been a particularly difficult issue for pretreatment and immobilization. Over 75% of Hanford HLW oxide mass (excluding water, carbon, and nitrogen) has mass less than 59 g/mol. On the other hand, 99.9% of radionuclide activity has mass greater than 89 g/mol. Therefore, Filter mass separation tuned to this cutoff would have a dramatic effect on the amount of IHLW produced--in fact IHLW would be reduced by a factor of at least four. The Archimedes Filter is a brand new tool for the separations specialist's toolbox. In this paper, we show results that describe the extent to which the Filter separates ionized material. Such results provide estimates for the potential advantages of Filter tunability, both in cutoff mass (electric and magnetic fields) and in degree of ionization (plasma power). Archimedes is now engaged in design and fabrication of its Demonstration Filter separator and intends on performing a full-scale treatment of Hanford high-level waste surrogates. The status of the Demo project will be described

  12. Statistical properties of soft morphological filters

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    Koskinen, Lasse; Astola, Jaakko T.

    1992-04-01

    In this paper, statistical properties of standard and soft morphological filters are analyzed using stack filter representation. An asymptotically tight bounds are derived for the outputs of two-dimensional morphological filters. It is shown that soft morphological filters are less sensitive to noise than standard flat morphological filters. Simulation results illustrating this behavior are presented.

  13. Particle Filtering for Quantized Sensor Information

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    Karlsson, Rickard; Gustafsson, Fredrik

    2005-01-01

    The implication of quantized sensor information on filtering problems is studied. The Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRLB) is derived for estimation and filtering on quantized data. A particle filter (PF) algorithm that approximates the optimal nonlinear filter is provided, and numerical experiments show that the PF attains the CRLB, while second-order optimal Kalman filter (KF) approaches can perform quite bad.

  14. A planar and tunable bandpass filter on a ferrite substrate with integrated windings

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    Arabi, Eyad

    2015-05-01

    Tunable Filters that are based on ferrite materials are often biased by external magnets or coils which are large and bulky. In this work a completely planar, CPW-based bandpass filter is presented with integrated windings. Due to these windings the size of the filter is only 26mm × 34mm × 0.38mm which is orders of magnitude smaller than the traditional designs with external windings. The filter is realized by electroplating of Copper over seed layers of Titanium and Gold over a YIG substrate. The fabricated filter achieves a tunability of 3.4% without any external magnets or coils. A good insertion loss of 2.3 dBs and rejection greater than 50 dBs have been obtained. To the best of the authors knowledge, this design is the first ferrite-based design that is completely planar and self-biased.

  15. Traditional Halibut Hook Trials (Longline Bycatch Reduction Through the Use of Traditional Makah Halibut Hooks (Chiboods))

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The Makah Tribe plans to build traditional Makah halibut hooks (cibuds) out of metal to determine if the traditional design is more selective for the size of...

  16. Filters in Fuzzy Class Theory.

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    Kroupa, Tomáš

    2008-01-01

    Ro?. 159, ?. 14 (2008), s. 1773-1787. ISSN 0165-0114 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0572; GA AV ?R KJB100300502 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : filter * prime filter * fuzzy class theory Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 1.833, year: 2008

  17. UV-filtered overlap fermions

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    Dürr, S; Wenger, U; D\\"urr, Stephan; Hoelbling, Christian; Wenger, Urs

    2005-01-01

    We discuss the kernel spectrum, locality properties and the axial-vector renormalization constant of UV-filtered overlap fermions. We find that UV-filtered overlap fermions have a better conditioned kernel, better locality and an axial-vector renormalization constant closer to 1 than their unfiltered counterparts, even if the shift parameter $\\rho$ is simply set to 1.

  18. X-band preamplifier filter

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    Manshadi, F.

    1986-01-01

    A low-loss bandstop filter designed and developed for the Deep Space Network's 34-meter high-efficiency antennas is described. The filter is used for protection of the X-band traveling wave masers from the 20-kW transmitter signal. A combination of empirical and theoretical techniques was employed as well as computer simulation to verify the design before fabrication.

  19. Filter desulfation system and method

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    Lowe, Michael D. (Metamora, IL); Robel, Wade J. (Normale, IL); Verkiel, Maarten (Metamora, IL); Driscoll, James J. (Dunlap, IL)

    2010-08-10

    A method of removing sulfur from a filter system of an engine includes continuously passing an exhaust flow through a desulfation leg of the filter system during desulfation. The method also includes sensing at least one characteristic of the exhaust flow and modifying a flow rate of the exhaust flow during desulfation in response to the sensing.

  20. Mobile filters in nuclear engineering

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    The need for filters with high efficiencies which may be used at any place originated in nuclear power plants. Filters of this type, called Filtermobil, have been developed by Sulzer. They have been used successfully in nuclear plants for several years. (orig.)

  1. AER image filtering

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    Gómez-Rodríguez, F.; Linares-Barranco, A.; Paz, R.; Miró-Amarante, L.; Jiménez, G.; Civit, A.

    2007-05-01

    Address Event Representation (AER) is an emergent neuromorphic interchip communication protocol that allows real-time virtual massive connectivity among huge number of neurons located on different chips.[1] By exploiting high speed digital communication circuits (with nano-seconds timing), synaptic neural connections can be time multiplexed, while neural activity signals (with mili-seconds timings) are sampled at low frequencies. Neurons generate "events" according to their activity levels. That is, more active neurons generate more events per unit time and access the interchip communication channel more frequently than neurons with low activity. In Neuromorphic system development, AER brings some advantages to develop real-time image processing system: (1) AER represents the information like time continuous stream not like a frame; (2) AER sends the most important information first (although this depends on the sender); (3) AER allows to process information as soon as it is received. When AER is used in artificial vision field, each pixel is considered like a neuron, so pixel's intensity is represented like a sequence of events; modifying the number and the frequency of these events, it is possible to make some image filtering. In this paper we present four image filters using AER: (a) Noise addition and suppression, (b) brightness modification, (c) single moving object tracking and (d) geometrical transformations (rotation, translation, reduction and magnification). For testing and debugging, we use USB-AER board developed by Robotic and Technology of Computers Applied to Rehabilitation (RTCAR) research group. This board is based on an FPGA, devoted to manage the AER functionality. This board also includes a micro-controlled for USB communication, 2 Mbytes RAM and 2 AER ports (one for input and one for output).

  2. Compressed sensing & sparse filtering

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    Carmi, Avishy Y; Godsill, Simon J

    2013-01-01

    This book is aimed at presenting concepts, methods and algorithms ableto cope with undersampled and limited data. One such trend that recently gained popularity and to some extent revolutionised signal processing is compressed sensing. Compressed sensing builds upon the observation that many signals in nature are nearly sparse (or compressible, as they are normally referred to) in some domain, and consequently they can be reconstructed to within high accuracy from far fewer observations than traditionally held to be necessary. Apart from compressed sensing this book contains other related app

  3. African Tradition and Global Consumer Culture: Understanding Attachment to Traditional Dress Style in West Africa

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    Fatou Diop; Dwight Merunka

    2013-01-01

    This article investigates the attachment of Senegalese to traditional consumption patterns and its effects on the construction of a coherent identity. In particular, we investigate loyalty to traditional dress across multiple occasions and in the face of global consumer culture dominance. To explore the multiplicity of meanings of tradition, this study relies on in-depth interviews, focus groups and a structured means-end analysis. The results reveal that loyalty to tradition enables individu...

  4. Precision filters. Seimitsu roka sochi

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    Okugawa, Katsumi (Japan Organo Co., Ltd., Tokyo, (Japan))

    1990-03-01

    The purpose of the precision filration is to separate suspended particles or colloidal particles which cannot be separated by conventional sedimentation or sand filtration. Recently, filters for super precision filteration which are located between the ultrafiltration and the precision filtration are used to manufacture highly refined pure water for semiconductors, medicines and nuclear services. The superprecision filters are classified to direct type and precoated type and further the former are divided into the solid type and the packed layer type, and the latter into the cylinder type and the leaflike type. New materials like ion exchange fibers, ceramic filter and hollow fiber membrane are used. Future superfine filters may be developed and wudely used, and especially the hollow fiber membrane is thought to be applied extensively compared with the precoated type because the stability after treatment, simple handling and operation, and capacity enlarging can be obtained. 2 refs., 6 figs.

  5. Identification Filtering with fuzzy estimations

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    J.J Medel J

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available A digital identification filter interacts with an output reference model signal known as a black-box output system. The identification technique commonly needs the transition and gain matrixes. Both estimation cases are based on mean square criterion obtaining of the minimum output error as the best estimation filtering. The evolution system represents adaptive properties that the identification mechanism includes considering the fuzzy logic strategies affecting in probability sense the evolution identification filter. The fuzzy estimation filter allows in two forms describing the transition and the gain matrixes applying actions that affect the identification structure. Basically, the adaptive criterion conforming the inference mechanisms set, the Knowledge and Rule bases, selecting the optimal coefficients in distribution form. This paper describes the fuzzy strategies applied to the Kalman filter transition function, and gain matrixes. The simulation results were developed using Matlab©.

  6. Darut Tauhid: Modernizing a Pesantren Tradition

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    Zaki Nur'aeni

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available This study presents a case study of the Daarut Tauhiid Pesantren in Bandung, West Java, which represents an emerging trend in recent years in Indonesia, that is, the growing popularity of what we refer to here as the 'virtual pesantren'. Employing such a term in relation to the pesantren tradition - a tradition that has existed in Indonesia for many centuries - palpably indicates the changing nature of the tradition.Copyright (c 2014 by SDI. All right reserved.DOI: 10.15408/sdi.v12i3.583

  7. Advanced Filtering Techniques Applied to Spaceflight Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — IST-Rolla developed two nonlinear filters for spacecraft orbit determination during the Phase I contract. The theta-D filter and the cost based filter, CBF, were...

  8. Anti-aliasing Filter in Hybrid Filter Banks

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    Poulton, Daniel

    2006-01-01

    Hybrid Filter Banks allow wide-band, high frequency conversion. All existing design methods suppose that the input signal is band-limited and that each sub-band signal is sampled at 1/M times the effective Nyquist frequency of the input signal 1/T . To avoid aliasing in the sampling process, an analog anti-aliasing filter should be used in order to eliminate noise in frequency bands in which there is no signal (or a few signal) . In this paper, it is shown that this pre-filtering operation is...

  9. Numerical simulation of large fabric filter

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    Kova?ík Petr; Sedlá?ek Jan

    2012-01-01

    Fabric filters are used in the wide range of industrial technologies for cleaning of incoming or exhaust gases. To achieve maximal efficiency of the discrete phase separation and long lifetime of the filter hoses, it is necessary to ensure uniform load on filter surface and to avoid impacts of heavy particles with high velocities to the filter hoses. The paper deals with numerical simulation of two phase flow field in a large fabric filter. The filter is composed of six chambers with approx. ...

  10. Truncation correction for oblique filtering lines

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    Hoppe, Stefan; Hornegger, Joachim; Lauritsch, Günter; Dennerlein, Frank; Noo, Frédéric

    2008-01-01

    State-of-the-art filtered backprojection (FBP) algorithms often define the filtering operation to be performed along oblique filtering lines in the detector. A limited scan field of view leads to the truncation of those filtering lines, which causes artifacts in the final reconstructed volume. In contrast to the case where filtering is performed solely along the detector rows, no methods are available for the case of oblique filtering lines. In this work, the authors present two novel truncat...

  11. LMS order statistic filters adaptation by backpropagation

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    Pitas, I.; Vougioukas, S.,

    2010-01-01

    A novel class of nonlinear adaptive filters based on order statistics is presented. An LMS algorithm for their adaptation is proposed. This algorithm is essentially a backpropagation algorithm for the adaptation of coefficients that are used before data sorting. The nonlinear filters that can become adaptive by the techniques presented in this paper are the median hybrid filter, the general nonlinear filter structure, the L-filters and the Ll-filters.

  12. Adaptive Synthesis Filter Banks for Image Compression

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    Abdul Nadeem; Fan Yangyu

    2012-01-01

    The subject of this paper is the design of adaptive synthesis filter bank for enhancement of image reconstruction by exploiting the phase diversity of synthesis filters in subband coding system. This paper for the first time, presents a comprehensive as well as an efficient approach of handling a large number of synthesis filters and reducing the computation complexity of the synthesis filter bank. The synthesis section comprises of linear phase filters along with a set of delay filters, wher...

  13. Characterizing a Tune-all bandstop filter

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    Musoll, Carles; Llamas Garro, Ignacio; Brito Brito, Zabdiel; Pradell i Cara, Lluís; Corona, Alfonso

    2009-01-01

    In this paper a reconfigurable bandstop filter able to reconfigure central frequency, bandwidth and selectivity for fine tuning applications is presented. The reconfigurable filter topology has four poles and a quasielliptic bandstop filter response. The filter is tuned by varactor diodes placed at different locations on the filter topology. The varactors are voltage controlled in pairs due to filter symmetry for central frequency and bandwidth control. An additional v...

  14. Development of Test Protocols for International Space Station Particulate Filters

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    Green, Robert D.; Vijayakumar, R.; Agui, Juan H.

    2014-01-01

    Air quality control on the International Space Station (ISS) is a vital requirement for maintaining a clean environment for the crew and the hardware. This becomes a serious challenge in pressurized space compartments since no outside air ventilation is possible, and a larger particulate load is imposed on the filtration system due to lack of gravitational settling. The ISS Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) uses a filtration system that has been in use for over 14 years and has proven to meet this challenge. The heart of this system is a traditional High- Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter configured to interface with the rest of the life support elements and provide effective cabin filtration. Over the years, the service life of these filters has been re-evaluated based on limited post-flight tests of returned filters and risk factors. On earth, a well designed and installed HEPA filter will last for several years, e.g. in industrial and research clean room applications. Test methods for evaluating these filters are being developed on the basis of established test protocols used by the industry and the military. This paper will discuss the test methods adopted and test results on prototypes of the ISS filters. The results will assist in establishing whether the service life can be extended for these filters. Results from unused filters that have been in storage will also be presented to ascertain the shelf life and performance deterioration, if any and determine if the shelf life may be extended. XXXX Presently, the inventory of ISS bacterial filters for the ISS Air Revitalization System are nearing the end of their specified shelf life, and a means of testing to confirm whether the shelf life can be extended is of interest to the ISS Program. A filter test setup was designed and built to meet industry testing standards. A CFD analysis was performed to initially determine the optimal duct geometry and flow configuration. Both a screen and flow straighter were added to the test duct design to improve flow uniformity and face velocity profiles were subsequently measured to confirm. Flow quality and aerosol mixing assessments show that the duct flow is satisfactory for the intended leak testing. Preliminary leak testing was performed on two different ISS filters, one with known perforations and one with limited use, and results confirmed that the testing methods and photometer instrument are sensitive enough to detect and locate compromised sections of an ISS BFE. This work is focused on developing test protocols for testing the ISS BFE filters, but the methodology is general enough to be extended to other present and future spacecraft filters, These techniques for characterizing the test duct and perform leak testing can be applied to conducting acceptance testing and inventory testing for future manned exploration programs with air revitalization filtration needs, possibly even for in-situ filter element integrity testing for extensively long-duration missions. We plan to address the unique needs for test protocols for crewed spacecraft particulate filters by preparing the initial version of a standard, to be documented as a NASA Techmical Memorandum (TM), that can potentially be submitted to IEST and ASHRAE for consideration as a new standard for spacecraft applications.

  15. Cultural Traditions and the Treatment of Freeriders

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    Reed L. Wadley

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Evolutionary approaches to the explanation of human behavior are often employed in hypotheses about the toleration and punishment of freeriders. Despite the explanatory potential of evolutionary perspectives, many such perspectives ignore the unique human factor that has influenced the economic, social, and political contexts within which, up until very recently in human existence, reactions to freeriding always occurred. This human factor is the role of cultural traditions (i.e., behaviors passed down from ancestors to descendants. Cultural traditions necessarily play an important role in identifying, defining, preventing, and determining the treatment of freeriders because many traditional moral codes apply specifically to socioeconomic exchanges in which freeriding occurs. In this paper, we use the cross-cultural record to examine the traditions that are used for identifying freeriders and defining their punishment.

  16. Biodiversity: The benefits of traditional knowledge

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    Pardo-de-Santayana, Manuel; Macía, Manuel J.

    2015-02-01

    A study of two Balkan ethnic groups living in close proximity finds that traditional knowledge about local plant resources helps communities to cope with periods of famine, and can promote the conservation of biodiversity.

  17. Intrusions of Modernity on a Traditional Culture.

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    Thomas, Anne Horsfall

    1991-01-01

    Presents a teacher's impressions of India, gathered during a Fulbright-sponsored study tour. Examines modernizing influences in the midst of traditional culture, religious cultural groups and potential religious conflict, women's status, and problems due to overpopulation. (CH)

  18. Protecting traditional knowledge from the grassroots up

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    Arugomedo, Alejandro [ANDES Association (Peru); Pant, Ruchi [Ecoserve (India); Vedavathy, S. [Herbal Folklore Reseach Centre (India); Munyi, Peter [International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Kenya); Mutta, Doris [Kenya Forestry Research Institute (Kenya); Herrera, Heracilo [Dobbo Yala Foundation (Panama); Song, Yinching; Li, Jingsong [Centre of Chinese Agricultural Policy (China); Swiderska, Krystyna

    2009-06-15

    For indigenous peoples round the world, traditional knowledge based on natural resources such as medicinal herbs forms the core of culture and identity. But this wealth of knowledge is under pressure. Indigenous communities are increasingly vulnerable to eviction, environmental degradation and outside interests eager to monopolise control over their traditional resources. Intellectual property rights such as patents, however, sit uneasily with traditional knowledge. Their commercial focus wars with fundamental indigenous principles such as resource access and sharing. Local customary law offers a better fit, and findings in China, India, Kenya, Panama and Peru show how this pairing can work in practice. The research has identified common elements, and key differences, in customary law that should be informing policy on traditional knowledge and genetic resources.

  19. Libraries in Oral-Traditional Societies.

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    John, Magnus

    1979-01-01

    Formal literacy education in predominantly oral societies, such as those in Black Africa, has flourished at the expense of oral cultural traditions resulting in language problems. Libraries should provide nonprint-oriented services for their potential users. (FM)

  20. Oral literary traditions in North Sumatra

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    Clara Brakel-Papenhuyzen

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available This article deals with traditional literature of the Pakpak-Dairi and Karo peoples in North Sumatra, who are speakers of closely related Batak languages and have many common features in their language and culture. Their traditional life-style, based on agriculture and the use of forest products, requires the regular performance of community rituals featuring songs, dance, music and other oral traditions including storytelling. The songs, prayers, and stories belonging to their literary tradition have characteristic features that are intimately connected with the social context in which they are created and performed. Karo and Pakpak-Dairi oral genres often contain information about the natural environment, local customs and religious concepts. They may also reflect perceptions of relationships with neighbouring groups, such as the Minangkabau and the Malays who live in the coastal areas.

  1. Fungal decay of traditional fishing craft

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    Gupta, R.

    The artisanal fishermen land major portion of fish caught in India, employing traditional fishing craft and methods. These craft are built of indigenous wood and undergo rapid biodeterioration causing great economic loss. Soft-rot fungi...

  2. The Reformed tradition as public theology

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    Vuyani S., Vellem.

    Full Text Available This article is a South African perspective of a Black African reflection on the publicity of Reformed faith. Whilst the notion of public theology is fairly new, the article argues, it is important to define the 'public' of the type of public theology to which Reformed faith and tradition could be l [...] inked. As a confessional tradition, Reformed faith is intrinsically public, the article demonstrates. The publicity of this tradition is however ambivalent and tainted. I attempt to show this by discussing two important tenets of the Reformed Tradition: sola scriptura and sola fide, within the festering wounds of Black African colonialism, apartheid and the hegemony of the neoliberal paradigm in the 21st century.

  3. The Reformed tradition as public theology

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    Vuyani S. Vellem

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This article is a South African perspective of a Black African reflection on the publicity of Reformed faith. Whilst the notion of public theology is fairly new, the article argues, it is important to define the ‘public’ of the type of public theology to which Reformed faith and tradition could be linked. As a confessional tradition, Reformed faith is intrinsically public, the article demonstrates. The publicity of this tradition is however ambivalent and tainted. I attempt to show this by discussing two important tenets of the Reformed Tradition: sola scriptura and sola fide, within the festering wounds of Black African colonialism, apartheid and the hegemony of the neoliberal paradigm in the 21st century.

  4. A systems approach to traditional oriental medicine

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    Kim, Hyun Uk; Ryu, Jae Yong

    2015-01-01

    Analyzing structural similarities between compounds derived from traditional oriental medicine and human metabolites is a systems-based approach that can help identify mechanisms of action and suggest approaches to reduce toxicity.

  5. Traditional medicine for the rich and knowledgeable

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    Thorsen, Rikke Stamp; Pouliot, Mariève

    2015-01-01

    Traditional medicine is commonly assumed to be a crucial health care option for poor households in developing countries. However, little research has been done in Asia to quantify the reliance on traditional medicine and its determinants. This research contributes to filling in this knowledge gap using household survey data collected from 571 households in three rural and peri-urban sites in Nepal in 2012. Questions encompassed household socioeconomic characteristics, illness characteristics, an...

  6. Two traditional African settlements - context and configuration

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    Steyn, Gerald; Roodt, André

    2003-01-01

    Vernacular African settlements and buildings are widely appreciated for their human scale, aesthetic clarity and harmony with nature. But this appreciation appears to be limited to their iconic and picturesque qualities, and there seems to be little understanding of the value of these architectural traditions as products of historical, ecological, cultural and economic circumstances. This study compares a traditional Tonga compound at Siamundela, southern Zambia with a Banoka village near Khw...

  7. Memory, History and the Classical Tradition

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    WHITLING, Frederick

    2009-01-01

    Memory' is often confused and mistaken for myth; this is in turn connected with the widespread use of mistaking collective mythology and common myth for the idea of a 'collective memory'. This essay discusses memory and history terminology in the context of the generic concept 'classical tradition'. The case study explored here - the nineteenth-century Walhalla 'temple' near Regensburg in Southern Germany - is an attempt to discuss the classical tradition, focusing on archaeology and architec...

  8. HAZARDS MANAGEMENT FOR TRADITIONAL FOOD PRODUCTS

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    Oana Brînzan; Eugenia ?igan

    2013-01-01

    Traditional food products is insufficient capitalized value of the Romanian rural space. Certification methodology of such a product existent documentation mentions the need to present the method of production and how is ensured the food safety. Here arises confusion between the notion of quality and safety. Safety is an explicit requirement of quality, is included in the quality assurance system, but does not overlap. Processor must find all resources needed to respect the traditionalism but...

  9. Milk-based traditional Turkish desserts

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    Tulay Ozcan; Lutfiye Yilmaz-Ersan; Arzu Akpinar-Bayizit

    2009-01-01

    Traditional foods are the reflection of cultural inheritance and affect the lifestyle habits. Culture can be viewed as a system of socially transmitted patterns of behaviour that characterises a particular group. Despite the fact of globalisation, these are key elements to accurately estimate a population’s dietary patterns and how these have been shaped through time. In Turkey, a meal with family or friends traditionally ends with a dessert, which is a testimony to the hosts’ hospitality or ...

  10. Factors Influencing HEPA Filter Performance

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    Properly functioning HEPA air filtration systems depend on a variety of factors that start with the use of fully characterized challenge conditions for system design and then process control during operation. This paper addresses factors that should be considered during the design phase as well as operating parameters that can be monitored to ensure filter function and lifetime. HEPA filters used in nuclear applications are expected to meet design, fabrication, and performance requirements set forth in the ASME AG-1 standard. The DOE publication Nuclear Air Cleaning Handbook (NACH) is an additional guidance document for design and operation HEPA filter systems in DOE facilities. These two guidelines establish basic maximum operating parameters for temperature, maximum aerosol particle size, maximum particulate matter mass concentration, acceptable differential pressure range, and filter media velocity. Each of these parameters is discussed along with data linking variability of each parameter with filter function and lifetime. Temporal uncertainty associated with gas composition, temperature, and absolute pressure of the air flow can have a direct impact on the volumetric flow rate of the system with a corresponding impact on filter media velocity. Correlations between standard units of flow rate (standard meters per minute or cubic feet per minute) versus actual units of volumetric flow rate are shown for variations in relative humidity for a 70 deg. C to 200 deg. C temperature range as an example of gas composition that, uncorrected, will influence media velocity. The AG-1 standard establishes a 2.5 cm/s (5 feet per minute) ceiling for media velocities of nuclear grade HEPA filters. Data are presented that show the impact of media velocities from 2.0 to 4.0 cm/s media velocities (4 to 8 fpm) on differential pressure, filter efficiency, and filter lifetime. Data will also be presented correlating media velocity effects with two different particle size distributions. (authors)

  11. Tunable Imaging Filters in Astronomy

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    Bland-Hawthorn, J

    2000-01-01

    While tunable filters are a recent development in night time astronomy, they have long been used in other physical sciences, e.g. solar physics, remote sensing and underwater communications. With their ability to tune precisely to a given wavelength using a bandpass optimized for the experiment, tunable filters are already producing some of the deepest narrowband images to date of astrophysical sources. Furthermore, some classes of tunable filters can be used in fast telescope beams and therefore allow for narrowband imaging over angular fields of more than a degree over the sky.

  12. Adaptive filtering primer with Matlab

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    Poularikas, Alexander D

    2006-01-01

    Adaptive Filtering Primer with MATLAB® clearly explains the fundamentals of adaptive filtering supported by numerous examples and computer simulations. The authors introduce discrete-time signal processing, random variables and stochastic processes, the Wiener filter, properties of the error surface, the steepest descent method, and the least mean square (LMS) algorithm. They also supply many MATLAB® functions and m-files along with computer experiments to illustrate how to apply the concepts to real-world problems. The book includes problems along with hints, suggestions, and solutions for solving them. An appendix on matrix computations completes the self-contained coverage.

  13. Face Recognition using Gabor Filters

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available An Elastic Bunch Graph Map (EBGM algorithm is being proposed in this research paper that successfully implements face recognition using Gabor filters. The proposed system applies 40 different Gabor filters on an image. As aresult of which 40 images with different angles and orientation are received. Next, maximum intensity points in each filtered image are calculated and mark them as Fiducial points. The system reduces these points in accordance to distance between them. The next step is calculating the distances between the reduced points using distance formula. At last, the distances are compared with database. If match occurs, it means that the image is recognized.

  14. Spatial filtering through elementary examples

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    The spatial filtering features of resistive grids have become important in microelectronics in the last two decades, in particular because of the current interest in the design of 'vision chips.' However, these features of the grids are unexpected for many who received a basic physics or electrical engineering education. The author's opinion is that the concept of spatial filtering is important in itself, and should be introduced and separately considered at an early educational stage. We thus discuss some simple examples, of both continuous and discrete systems in which spatial filtering may be observed, using only basic physics concepts

  15. Simplified design of filter circuits

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    Lenk, John

    1999-01-01

    Simplified Design of Filter Circuits, the eighth book in this popular series, is a step-by-step guide to designing filters using off-the-shelf ICs. The book starts with the basic operating principles of filters and common applications, then moves on to describe how to design circuits by using and modifying chips available on the market today. Lenk's emphasis is on practical, simplified approaches to solving design problems.Contains practical designs using off-the-shelf ICsStraightforward, no-nonsense approachHighly illustrated with manufacturer's data sheets

  16. Properties of ceramic candle filters

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    Pontius, D.H.

    1995-06-01

    The mechanical integrity of ceramic filter elements is a key issue for hot gas cleanup systems. To meet the demands of the advanced power systems, the filter components must sustain the thermal stresses of normal operations (pulse cleaning), of start-up and shut-down conditions, and of unanticipated process upsets such as excessive ash accumulation without catastrophic failure. They must also survive the various mechanical loads associated with handling and assembly, normal operation, and process upsets. For near-term filter systems, these elements must survive at operating temperatures of 1650{degrees}F for three years.

  17. ADVANCED HOT GAS FILTER DEVELOPMENT

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    E.S. Connolly; G.D. Forsythe

    2000-09-30

    DuPont Lanxide Composites, Inc. undertook a sixty-month program, under DOE Contract DEAC21-94MC31214, in order to develop hot gas candle filters from a patented material technology know as PRD-66. The goal of this program was to extend the development of this material as a filter element and fully assess the capability of this technology to meet the needs of Pressurized Fluidized Bed Combustion (PFBC) and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power generation systems at commercial scale. The principal objective of Task 3 was to build on the initial PRD-66 filter development, optimize its structure, and evaluate basic material properties relevant to the hot gas filter application. Initially, this consisted of an evaluation of an advanced filament-wound core structure that had been designed to produce an effective bulk filter underneath the barrier filter formed by the outer membrane. The basic material properties to be evaluated (as established by the DOE/METC materials working group) would include mechanical, thermal, and fracture toughness parameters for both new and used material, for the purpose of building a material database consistent with what is being done for the alternative candle filter systems. Task 3 was later expanded to include analysis of PRD-66 candle filters, which had been exposed to actual PFBC conditions, development of an improved membrane, and installation of equipment necessary for the processing of a modified composition. Task 4 would address essential technical issues involving the scale-up of PRD-66 candle filter manufacturing from prototype production to commercial scale manufacturing. The focus would be on capacity (as it affects the ability to deliver commercial order quantities), process specification (as it affects yields, quality, and costs), and manufacturing systems (e.g. QA/QC, materials handling, parts flow, and cost data acquisition). Any filters fabricated during this task would be used for product qualification tests being conducted by Westinghouse at Foster-Wheeler's Pressurized Circulating Fluidized Bed (PCFBC) test facility in Karhula, Finland. Task 5 was designed to demonstrate the improvements implemented in Task 4 by fabricating fifty 1.5-meter hot gas filters. These filters were to be made available for DOE-sponsored field trials at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF), operated by Southern Company Services in Wilsonville, Alabama.

  18. On-line filtering

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    Present day electronic detectors used in high energy physics make it possible to obtain high event rates and it is likely that future experiments will face even higher data rates than at present. The complexity of the apparatus increases very rapidly with time and also the criteria for selecting desired events become more and more complex. So complex in fact that the fast trigger system cannot be designed to fully cope with it. The interesting events become thus contaminated with multitudes of uninteresting ones. To distinguish the 'good' events from the often overwhelming background of other events one has to resort to computing techniques. Normally this selection is made in the first part of the analysis of the events, analysis normally performed on a powerful scientific computer. This implies however that many uninteresting or background events have to be recorded during the experiment for subsequent analysis. A number of undesired consequences result; and these constitute a sufficient reason for trying to perform the selection at an earlier stage, in fact ideally before the events are recorded on magnetic tape. This early selection is called 'on-line filtering' and it is the topic of the present lectures. (Auth.)

  19. Digital notch filter based active damping for LCL filters

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    Yao, Wenli; Yang, Yongheng

    2015-01-01

    LCL filters are widely used in Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) inverters. However, it also introduces a pair of unstable resonant poles that may challenge the controller stability. The passive damping is a convenient possibility to tackle the resonance problem at the cost of system overall efficiency. In contrast, the active damping does not require any dissipation elements, and thus has become of increasing interest. As a result, a vast of active damping solutions have been reported, among which multi-loop control systems and additional sensors are necessary, leading to increased cost and complexity. In this paper, a notch filter based active damping without the requirement of additional sensors is proposed, where the inverter current is employed as the feedback variable. Firstly, a design method of the notch filter for active damping is presented. The entire system stability has then been investigated, which has revealed that negative variations of the resonant frequency can seriously affect the system stability. In order to make the controller more robust against grid impedance variations, the notch filter frequency is thus designed smaller than the LCL filter resonant frequency, which is done in the z-domain. Simulations and experiments are carried out to verify the proposed active damping method. Both results have confirmed that the notch filter based active damping can ensure the entire system stability in the case of resonances with a good system performance.

  20. Concrete ensemble Kalman filters with rigorous catastrophic filter divergence.

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    Kelly, David; Majda, Andrew J; Tong, Xin T

    2015-08-25

    The ensemble Kalman filter and ensemble square root filters are data assimilation methods used to combine high-dimensional, nonlinear dynamical models with observed data. Ensemble methods are indispensable tools in science and engineering and have enjoyed great success in geophysical sciences, because they allow for computationally cheap low-ensemble-state approximation for extremely high-dimensional turbulent forecast models. From a theoretical perspective, the dynamical properties of these methods are poorly understood. One of the central mysteries is the numerical phenomenon known as catastrophic filter divergence, whereby ensemble-state estimates explode to machine infinity, despite the true state remaining in a bounded region. In this article we provide a breakthrough insight into the phenomenon, by introducing a simple and natural forecast model that transparently exhibits catastrophic filter divergence under all ensemble methods and a large set of initializations. For this model, catastrophic filter divergence is not an artifact of numerical instability, but rather a true dynamical property of the filter. The divergence is not only validated numerically but also proven rigorously. The model cleanly illustrates mechanisms that give rise to catastrophic divergence and confirms intuitive accounts of the phenomena given in past literature. PMID:26261335

  1. Development of Test Protocols for International Space Station Particulate Filters

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    Vijayakumar, R.; Green, Robert D.; Agui, Juan H.

    2015-01-01

    Air quality control on the International Space Station (ISS) is a vital requirement for maintaining a clean environment for the crew and the hardware. This becomes a serious challenge in pressurized space compartments since no outside air ventilation is possible, and a larger particulate load is imposed on the filtration system due to lack of gravitational settling. The ISS Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) uses a filtration system that has been in use for over 14 years and has proven to meet this challenge. The heart of this system is a traditional High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter configured to interface with the rest of the life support elements and provide effective cabin filtration. The filter element for this system has a non-standard cross-section with a length-to-width ratio (LW) of 6.6. A filter test setup was designed and built to meet industry testing standards. A CFD analysis was performed to initially determine the optimal duct geometry and flow configuration. Both a screen and flow straighter were added to the test duct design to improve flow uniformity and face velocity profiles were subsequently measured to confirm. Flow quality and aerosol mixing assessments show that the duct flow is satisfactory for the intended leak testing. Preliminary leak testing was performed on two different ISS filters, one with known perforations and one with limited use, and results confirmed that the testing methods and photometer instrument are sensitive enough to detect and locate compromised sections of an ISS BFE.Given the engineering constraints in designing spacecraft life support systems, it is anticipated that non-industry standard filters will be required in future designs. This work is focused on developing test protocols for testing the ISS BFE filters, but the methodology is general enough to be extended to other present and future spacecraft filters. These techniques for characterizing the test duct and perform leak testing can be applied to conducting acceptance testing and inventory testing for future manned exploration programs with air revitalization filtration needs, possibly even for in-situ filter element integrity testing for extensively long-duration missions. We plan to address the unique needs for test protocols for crewed spacecraft particulate filters by preparing the initial version of a standard, to be documented as a NASA Technical Memorandum (TM).

  2. MATLAB Based Digital IIR Filter Design

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    Samarjeet Singh

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available a fundamental aspect of signal processing is filtering. Filtering involves the manipulation of the spectrum of a signal by passing or blocking certain portions of the spectrum, depending on the frequency of those portions. In this paper, Digital filters are designed using frequency specifications. Matlab provides different options for digital filter design, which includes function, calls to filter algorithms and a graphical user interface called Sptool. A variety of filter design algorithms are available in Matlab for both IIR and FIR filters. This paper discusses the different options in Matlab to design digital IIR filter. Four types of IIR filters are studied, Butterworth, Chebyshev I, Chebyshev II and Elliptic. Results obtained are plots of magnitude resptype of filter. Results show that the graphical user interface Sptool is a quicker and simpler option than the option of making function calls to the filter algorithms. Results are also coof MATLAB

  3. Filtering ionosphere parameters to detect trends linked to anthropogenic effects

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    Elias, Ana G.

    2014-12-01

    The great concern about the global warming observed in the troposphere has generated a large interest in the study of long-term trends in the ionosphere since the early 1990s, which has now become a significant topic in global change investigations. Some research works link ionosphere trends to anthropogenic sources such as the increase in greenhouse gas concentration, and others to natural causes such as solar and geomagnetic activity long-term changes, and secular variations in the Earth's main magnetic field. In all the cases, in order to analyze ionospheric trends, solar activity effect must be filtered out first since around 90% of ionosphere parameter variance is due to solar variations. The filtering process can generate `spurious' trends in the filtered data series which may lead to erroneous conclusions. foF2 data series which include solar cycle 23 are analyzed in the present work in order to detect the effect of different filtering procedures on the determination of long-term trends. In particular, solar cycle 23 seems to have had an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) emission greater than that deduced from traditional solar EUV proxies during the maximum epoch and lower during the minimum epoch. When solar activity is filtered assessing the residuals of a linear regression between foF2 and Rz, or between foF2 and F10.7, this fact may bias trend values especially because it is at the end of the time series. The length of the period considered for trend assessment, the saturation and hysteresis effect of some ionosphere parameters, and the solar EUV proxy used are also considered in this study in order to quantify a possible spurious trend that may result as a by-product of a filtering process. Since trends expected as a consequence of anthropogenic effects are relatively small, these spurious effects may surely mask, or enhance, trends expected from anthropogenic origins.

  4. Stability of sunscreens containing CePO4: proposal for a new inorganic UV filter.

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    Seixas, Vitor C; Serra, Osvaldo A

    2014-01-01

    Inorganic UV filters have become attractive because of their role in protecting the skin from the damage caused by continuous exposure to the sun. However, their large refractive index and high photocatalytic activity have led to the development of alternative inorganic materials such as CePO4 for application as UV filters. This compound leaves a low amount of white residue on the skin and is highly stable. The aim of this study was to evaluate the physical and chemical stability of a cosmetic formulation containing ordinary organic UV filters combined with 5% CePO4, and, to compare it with other formulations containing the same vehicle with 5% TiO2 or ZnO as inorganic materials. The rheological behavior and chemical stability of the formulations containing these different UV filters were investigated. Results showed that the formulation containing CePO4 is a promising innovative UV filter due to its low interaction with organic filters, which culminates in longer shelf life when compared with traditional formulations containing ZnO or TiO2 filters. Moreover, the recognized ability of CePO4 to leave a low amount of white residue on the skin combined with great stability, suggests that CePO4 can be used as inorganic filter in high concentrations, affording formulations with high SPF values. PMID:25010465

  5. Stability of Sunscreens Containing CePO4: Proposal for a New Inorganic UV Filter

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    Vitor C. Seixas

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Inorganic UV filters have become attractive because of their role in protecting the skin from the damage caused by continuous exposure to the sun. However, their large refractive index and high photocatalytic activity have led to the development of alternative inorganic materials such as CePO4 for application as UV filters. This compound leaves a low amount of white residue on the skin and is highly stable. The aim of this study was to evaluate the physical and chemical stability of a cosmetic formulation containing ordinary organic UV filters combined with 5% CePO4, and, to compare it with other formulations containing the same vehicle with 5% TiO2 or ZnO as inorganic materials. The rheological behavior and chemical stability of the formulations containing these different UV filters were investigated. Results showed that the formulation containing CePO4 is a promising innovative UV filter due to its low interaction with organic filters, which culminates in longer shelf life when compared with traditional formulations containing ZnO or TiO2 filters. Moreover, the recognized ability of CePO4 to leave a low amount of white residue on the skin combined with great stability, suggests that CePO4 can be used as inorganic filter in high concentrations, affording formulations with high SPF values.

  6. Particle Filter Improved by Genetic Algorithm and Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm

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    Ming Li

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Particle filter algorithm is a filtering method which uses Monte Carlo idea within the framework of Bayesian estimation theory. It approximates the probability distribution by using particles and discrete random measure which is consisted of their weights, it updates new discrete random measure recursively according to the algorithm. When the sample is large enough, the discrete random measure approximates the true posteriori probability density function of the state variable. The particle filter algorithm is applicable to any non-linear non-Gaussian system. But the standard particle filter does not consider the current measured value, which will lead to particles with non-zero weights become less after some iterations, this results in particle degradation; re-sampling technique was used to inhibit degradation, but this will reduce the particle diversity, and results in particle impoverishment. To overcome the problems, this paper proposed a new particle filter which introduced genetic algorithm and particle swarm optimization algorithm. The new algorithm is called intelligent particle filter (IPF. Driving particles move to the optimal position by using particle swarm optimization algorithm, thus the numbers of effective particles was increased, the particle diversity was improved, and the particle degradation was inhibited. Replace the re-sampling method in traditional particle filter by using the choice, crossover and mutation operation of the genetic algorithm, avoiding the phenomenon of impoverishment. Simulation results show that the new algorithm improved the estimation accuracy significantly compare with the standard particle filter.

  7. MCMC-based particle filtering for tracking a variable number of interacting targets.

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    Khan, Zia; Balch, Tucker; Dellaert, Frank

    2005-11-01

    We describe a particle filter that effectively deals with interacting targets--targets that are influenced by the proximity and/or behavior of other targets. The particle filter includes a Markov random field (MRF) motion prior that helps maintain the identity of targets throughout an interaction, significantly reducing tracker failures. We show that this MRF prior can be easily implemented by including an additional interaction factor in the importance weights of the particle filter. However, the computational requirements of the resulting multitarget filter render it unusable for large numbers of targets. Consequently, we replace the traditional importance sampling step in the particle filter with a novel Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling step to obtain a more efficient MCMC-based multitarget filter. We also show how to extend this MCMC-based filter to address a variable number of interacting targets. Finally, we present both qualitative and quantitative experimental results, demonstrating that the resulting particle filters deal efficiently and effectively with complicated target interactions. PMID:16285378

  8. Fuel Efficient Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Modeling and Development

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    Stewart, Mark L.; Gallant, Thomas R.; Kim, Do Heui; Maupin, Gary D.; Zelenyuk, Alla

    2010-08-01

    The project described in this report seeks to promote effective diesel particulate filter technology with minimum fuel penalty by enhancing fundamental understanding of filtration mechanisms through targeted experiments and computer simulations. The overall backpressure of a filtration system depends upon complex interactions of particulate matter and ash with the microscopic pores in filter media. Better characterization of these phenomena is essential for exhaust system optimization. The acicular mullite (ACM) diesel particulate filter substrate is under continuing development by Dow Automotive. ACM is made up of long mullite crystals which intersect to form filter wall framework and protrude from the wall surface into the DPF channels. ACM filters have been demonstrated to effectively remove diesel exhaust particles while maintaining relatively low backpressure. Modeling approaches developed for more conventional ceramic filter materials, such as silicon carbide and cordierite, have been difficult to apply to ACM because of properties arising from its unique microstructure. Penetration of soot into the high-porosity region of projecting crystal structures leads to a somewhat extended depth filtration mode, but with less dramatic increases in pressure drop than are normally observed during depth filtration in cordierite or silicon carbide filters. Another consequence is greater contact between the soot and solid surfaces, which may enhance the action of some catalyst coatings in filter regeneration. The projecting crystals appear to provide a two-fold benefit for maintaining low backpressures during filter loading: they help prevent soot from being forced into the throats of pores in the lower porosity region of the filter wall, and they also tend to support the forming filter cake, resulting in lower average cake density and higher permeability. Other simulations suggest that soot deposits may also tend to form at the tips of projecting crystals due to the axial velocity component of exhaust moving down the filter inlet channel. Soot mass collected in this way would have a smaller impact on backpressure than soot forced into the flow restrictions deeper in the porous wall structure. This project has focused on the development of computational, analytical, and experimental techniques that are generally applicable to a wide variety of exhaust aftertreatment technologies. By helping to develop improved fundamental understanding pore-scale phenomena affecting filtration, soot oxidation, and NOX abatement, this cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) has also assisted Dow Automotive in continuing development and commercialization of the ACM filter substrate. Over the course of this research project, ACM filters were successfully deployed on the Audi R10 TDI racecar which won the 24 Hours of LeMans endurance race in 2006, 2007, and 2008; and the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in 2006 and 2007. It would not have been possible for the R10 to compete in these traditionally gasoline-dominated events without reliable and effective exhaust particulate filtration. These successes demonstrated not only the performance of automotive diesel engines, but the efficacy of DPF technology as it was being deployed around the world to meet new emissions standards on consumer vehicles. During the course of this CRADA project, Dow Automotive commercialized their ACM DPF technology under the AERIFYTM DPF brand.

  9. Sensory pollution from bag-type fiberglass ventilation filters: Conventional filter compared with filters containing various amounts of activated carbon

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    Bekö, Gabriel; Fadeyi, M.O.

    2009-01-01

    As ventilation filters accumulate particles removed from the airstream, they become emitters of sensory pollutants that degrade indoor air quality. Previously we demonstrated that an F7 bag-type filter that incorporates activated carbon (a "combination filter") reduces this adverse effect compared to an equivalent filter without carbon. The aim of the present study was to examine how the amount of activated carbon (AC) used in combination filters affects their ability to remove both sensory offending pollutants and ozone. A panel evaluated the air downstream of four different filters after each had continuously filtered outdoor suburban air over a period of 6 months. Interim assessments (mid-term evaluation) were performed after 3 months. During both assessments, four unused filters, identical in type to the loaded filters, were also evaluated. The evaluated filters included a conventional F7 fiberglass filter and three modifications of a bag-type fiberglass combination filter: the "Heavy" corresponded to a commercially available filter containing 400 g of carbon per square meter of filter area, the "Medium" contained half as much carbon (200 g/m(2)), and the "Light" contained a quarter as much carbon (100 g/m(2)). Each filter was weighed at the beginning of the soiling period and after 3 and 6 months of service. Additionally, up- and down-stream ozone concentrations and filter pressure drops were measured monthly. Following 6 months of service, the air downstream of each of the combination filters was judged to be significantly better than the air downstream of the 6-month-old F7 filter, and was comparable to that from an unused F7 filter. Additionally, the combination filters removed more ozone from the air than the F7 filter, with their respective fractional removal efficiencies roughly scaling with their carbon content.

  10. Integrated Spatial Filter Array Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — To address the NASA Earth Science Division need for spatial filter arrays for amplitude and wavefront control, Luminit proposes to develop a novel Integrated...

  11. Filtering device for video signal

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    A half-frame filter is introduced into the transmission circuit, in series. It has a pass band transfer function in the horizontal plane and a high-pass transfer function in the vertical plane. The filter comprises a digital convolution filter carried over 2n-1 points of a line for n lines, with n being an odd number. The convolution is restricted to three lines, all odd or even depending on the type of half-frame, and to five points per line. The central frequency of this pass-band filter is arranged to correspond to the required resolution of the image. In addition the contours of the image are raised. (authors)

  12. A matched filter for chaos.

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    Corron, Ned J; Blakely, Jonathan N; Stahl, Mark T

    2010-06-01

    A novel chaotic oscillator is shown to admit an exact analytic solution and a simple matched filter. The oscillator is a hybrid dynamical system including both a differential equation and a discrete switching condition. The analytic solution is written as a linear convolution of a symbol sequence and a fixed basis function, similar to that of conventional communication waveforms. Waveform returns at switching times are shown to be conjugate to a chaotic shift map, effectively proving the existence of chaos in the system. A matched filter in the form of a delay differential equation is derived for the basis function. Applying the matched filter to a received waveform, the bit error rate for detecting symbols is derived, and explicit closed-form expressions are presented for special cases. The oscillator and matched filter are realized in a low-frequency electronic circuit. Remarkable agreement between the analytic solution and the measured chaotic waveform is observed. PMID:20590319

  13. Periodic systems filtering and control

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    Bittanti, Sergio

    2008-01-01

    This book offers a comprehensive treatment of the theory of periodic systems, including the problems of filtering and control. It covers an array of topics, presenting an overview of the field and focusing on discrete-time signals and systems..

  14. Filtering Dialysis Myths from Facts

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    ... You are here Home » Filtering Dialysis Myths from Facts Myth: The only option for receiving dialysis treatment ... times per week for hours at a time. Fact: Dialysis can be done in many ways: You ...

  15. Stochastic processes and filtering theory

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    Jazwinski, Andrew H

    2007-01-01

    This unified treatment of linear and nonlinear filtering theory presents material previously available only in journals, and in terms accessible to engineering students. Its sole prerequisites are advanced calculus, the theory of ordinary differential equations, and matrix analysis. Although theory is emphasized, the text discusses numerous practical applications as well.Taking the state-space approach to filtering, this text models dynamical systems by finite-dimensional Markov processes, outputs of stochastic difference, and differential equations. Starting with background material on probab

  16. Adaptive Filtering using Channel Representations

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    Felsberg, Michael

    2012-01-01

    This review article gives an overview on adaptive filtering methods based on channel representations. The framework of channel representations and its relation to density estimation is introduced. The fast and accurate scheme of virtual shift decoding is introduced and applied in several variants of channel smoothing: •  channel smoothing with alpha-synthesis for improving stability of edge-enhancing filtering •  orientation adaptive channel smoothing with applications to coherence-enhancing ...

  17. Quantized, piecewise linear filter network

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    Sørensen, John Aasted

    1993-01-01

    A quantization based piecewise linear filter network is defined. A method for the training of this network based on local approximation in the input space is devised. The training is carried out by repeatedly alternating between vector quantization of the training set into quantization classes and equalization of the quantization classes linear filter mean square training errors. The equalization of the mean square training errors is carried out by adapting the boundaries between neighbor quanti...

  18. Filter indexing for spectrophotometer system

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    A spectrophotometer system has an optical system for transmitting a beam from a source at select wavelengths onto a detector. A plurality of filters are positioned in a tray. A stepper mechanism indexes the tray along a path. A microcomputer controls the stepper mechanism and the optical system. The wavelength is successively changed over a range, the tray is indexed to move a select filter into the beam at a predetermined wavelength and the changing is discontinued during indexing

  19. Narrow-Band Microwave Filters

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    A.V. Strizhachenko

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Original design of the narrow-band compact filters based on the high-quality waveguide-dielectric resonator with anisotropic materials has been presented in this work. Designed filters satisfy the contradictory requirements: they provide the narrow frequency band (0.05 ÷ 0.1 % of the main frequency f0 and the low initial losses ?0 ? 1 dB.

  20. The Kalman-Levy filter

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    SORNETTE, D; Ide, K.

    2000-01-01

    The Kalman filter combines forecasts and new observations to obtain an estimation which is optimal in the sense of a minimum average quadratic error. The Kalman filter has two main restrictions: (i) the dynamical system is assumed linear and (ii) forecasting errors and observational noises are taken Gaussian. Here, we offer an important generalization to the case where errors and noises have heavy tail distributions such as power laws and L\\'evy laws. The main tool needed to...

  1. Nonlinear Filtering with Transfer Operator

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    Dutta, Parikshit; Halder, Abhishek; Bhattacharya, Raktim

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a new nonlinear filtering algorithm that is shown to outperform state-of-the-art particle filters with resampling. Starting from the Itˆo stochastic differential equation, the proposed algorithm harnesses Karhunen- Lo'eve expansion to derive an approximate non-autonomous dynamical system, for which transfer operator based density computation can be performed in exact arithmetic. It is proved that the algorithm is asymptotically consistent in mean-square sense. Numerical re...

  2. Face Tracking Based on Particle Filter with Multi-feature Fusion

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    zhiyu zhou

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available  Traditional particle filter cannot accommodate to the environment of background interferences, illumination variations and occlusions. This paper presents a face tracking method with fusion of color histogram, contour features and grey model based on particle filter. First, it brought in contour features as the main cue of multiple features when tracking the face without stable color histogram. Then, as prior information was neglected in traditional particle filter, this paper employed GM(1,1 model to yield proposal distribution, such that the proposal distribution would bear a higher approximation to posterior probability. Finally, in the importance sampling step, sampling was corresponded to the particle weight in case of the particle degradation. The experiments show that our method outperformed the previous with more accuracy and flexibility, particularly under the condition of color background interferences, drastic illumination variations and complete occlusions.

  3. Mechanical comparison of a polymer nanocomposite to a ceramic thin-film anti-reflective filter

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    Thin-film filters on optical components have been in use for decades and, for those industries utilizing a polymer substrate, the mismatch in mechanical behaviour has caused problems. Surface damage including scratches and cracks induces haze on the optical filter, reducing the transmission of the optical article. An in-mold anti-reflective (AR) filter incorporating 1/4-wavelength thin films based on a polymer nanocomposite is outlined here and compared with a traditional vacuum deposition AR coating. Nanoindentation and nanoscratch techniques are used to evaluate the mechanical properties of the thin films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of the resulting indentations and scratches are then compared to the force deflection curves to further explain the phenomena. The traditional coatings fractured by brittle mechanisms during testing, increasing the area of failure, whereas the polymer nanocomposite gave ductile failure with less surface damage

  4. Mechanical comparison of a polymer nanocomposite to a ceramic thin-film anti-reflective filter

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    Druffel, Thad [Optical Dynamics Corporation, 10100 Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40299 (United States); Geng Kebin [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506 (United States); Grulke, Eric [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506 (United States)

    2006-07-28

    Thin-film filters on optical components have been in use for decades and, for those industries utilizing a polymer substrate, the mismatch in mechanical behaviour has caused problems. Surface damage including scratches and cracks induces haze on the optical filter, reducing the transmission of the optical article. An in-mold anti-reflective (AR) filter incorporating 1/4-wavelength thin films based on a polymer nanocomposite is outlined here and compared with a traditional vacuum deposition AR coating. Nanoindentation and nanoscratch techniques are used to evaluate the mechanical properties of the thin films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of the resulting indentations and scratches are then compared to the force deflection curves to further explain the phenomena. The traditional coatings fractured by brittle mechanisms during testing, increasing the area of failure, whereas the polymer nanocomposite gave ductile failure with less surface damage.

  5. Mechanical comparison of a polymer nanocomposite to a ceramic thin-film anti-reflective filter

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    Druffel, Thad; Geng, Kebin; Grulke, Eric

    2006-07-01

    Thin-film filters on optical components have been in use for decades and, for those industries utilizing a polymer substrate, the mismatch in mechanical behaviour has caused problems. Surface damage including scratches and cracks induces haze on the optical filter, reducing the transmission of the optical article. An in-mold anti-reflective (AR) filter incorporating 1/4-wavelength thin films based on a polymer nanocomposite is outlined here and compared with a traditional vacuum deposition AR coating. Nanoindentation and nanoscratch techniques are used to evaluate the mechanical properties of the thin films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of the resulting indentations and scratches are then compared to the force deflection curves to further explain the phenomena. The traditional coatings fractured by brittle mechanisms during testing, increasing the area of failure, whereas the polymer nanocomposite gave ductile failure with less surface damage.

  6. PRACTICES AND TRADITIONAL SOCIAL ECONOMY MODELS

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    Nina Mihaela Mihalache

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available This text is an analysis of the social economy practices as a means of reducing poverty. Besides the patterns of social economy of protected entities, we are seeking an extrapolation of social economy in traditional practices. We have analysed a series of interviews with people involved in the implementation and promotion of social economy projects and several possible models of traditional activities have been searched which may be the object of the social economy. Documentation made for this research suggests that there are models of traditional social economy in certain Romanian geographical areas not adequately promoted and shared with other communities. The analysis highlighted some weaknesses of the event and functioning of these practices and traditional social economy models. They concern the difficulties of traditional activities sustainability by lack of marketing, utilizing products, market and especially very small and occasional profit. Although profit is not found only in the last goals of social economy and is recommended for reinvestment, it remains important for covering minimum needs. In this context, these weaknesses constitute the risk factors in maintaining motivation to support these activities in the social economy.

  7. The Kalman-Levy filter

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    Sornette, D

    2001-01-01

    The Kalman filter combines forecasts and new observations to obtain an estimation which is optimal in the sense of a minimum average quadratic error. The Kalman filter has two main restrictions: (i) the dynamical system is assumed linear and (ii) forecasting errors and observational noises are taken Gaussian. Here, we offer an important generalization to the case where errors and noises have heavy tail distributions such as power laws and L\\'evy laws. The main tool needed to solve this ``Kalman-L\\'evy'' filter is the ``tail-covariance'' matrix which generalizes the covariance matrix in the case where it is mathematically ill-defined (i.e. for power law tail exponents $\\mu \\leq 2$). We present the general solution and discuss its properties on pedagogical examples. The standard Kalman-Gaussian filter is recovered for the case $\\mu = 2$. The optimal Kalman-L\\'evy filter is found to deviate substantially fro the standard Kalman-Gaussian filter as $\\mu$ deviates from 2. As $\\mu$ decreases, novel observations are ...

  8. An epistemological reflection on the relevance of monastic traditions for retreat in the Dutch Reformed tradition

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    C.H. (Kaaiman) Schutte; Yolanda Dreyer

    2009-01-01

    The article focuses on retreat as a relatively new phenomenon in the Dutch Reformed tradition. Retreat is viewed as "communicative action". The aim of the article is firstly to explore epistemological theories in the postmodern paradigm. These theories provide a mental framework for the identification of a research model and a related methodology by means of which the relevance of monastic traditions for retreat in the Reformed tradition can be discovered. The identification o...

  9. Deconstructing Tradition in Japanese Music : A Study of Shakuhachi, Historical Authenticity and Transmission of Tradition

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    Linder, Gunnar Jinmei

    2012-01-01

    In the present study I examine the vertical bamboo flute shakuhachi, as an example of how a tradition can be constructed. There are two main issues: the historical authenticity of the believed origins and development of the shakuhachi tradition, and how the transmission of this tradition is conducted. The first main issue is concerned with how a legendary origin, probably constructed in the late seventeenth century, was disproved in early twentieth-century studies. According to this legendary...

  10. Sensory pollution from bag-type fiberglass ventilation filters: Conventional filter compared with filters containing various amounts of activated carbon

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    Bekö, Gabriel; Fadeyi, M.O.; Clausen, Geo; Weschler, Charles J.

    2009-01-01

    As ventilation filters accumulate particles removed from the airstream, they become emitters of sensory pollutants that degrade indoor air quality. Previously we demonstrated that an F7 bag-type filter that incorporates activated carbon (a "combination filter") reduces this adverse effect compared to an equivalent filter without carbon. The aim of the present study was to examine how the amount of activated carbon (AC) used in combination filters affects their ability to remove both sensory offe...

  11. Robust autopilot with wave filter for ship steering

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    Wang, Xian-Zhou; Xu, Han-Zhen

    2006-06-01

    Research was done to overcome traditional problems associated with automatic steering systems of a ship in a seaway. A ship's dynamic model with wave disturbances was built and a wave filter was designed by means of an extended states observer (ESO). The model estimated the low frequency motion component from a heading measurement corrupted by colorednoise, so back-and-forth steering caused by high frequency wave disturbances was avoided. At the same time, a robust autopilot system, designed by variable structure control theory, was presented. Simulation results achieved in dangerous sea status show that the wave filter works very well and the autopilot has strong robustness to environmental disturbances and model perturbation, and more importantly, the frequency of rudder adjustments is reduced noticeably.

  12. Health monitoring of cooling fan bearings based on wavelet filter

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    He, Wei; Miao, Qiang; Azarian, Michael; Pecht, Michael

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, a vibration-based health monitoring approach for cooling fans is proposed using a wavelet filter for early detection of faults in fan bearings and for the assessment of fault severity. To match the wavelet filter to the fault characteristic signal, a fuzzy rule is introduced to maximize the amplitudes of bearing characteristic frequencies (BCFs), which are an indicator of bearing faults. The sum of the amplitudes of BCFs and their harmonics (SABCF) is used as an index to capture the bearing degradation trend. A comparative study is conducted with commonly used time-domain indices in the degradation assessment, and performance is quantified by three measures, i.e., monotonicity, prognosability, and trendability. The analysis results of the experimental data show that the proposed method can effectively detect incipient defects and can better capture the degradation trend of fan bearings than traditional time-domain indices in vibration analysis.

  13. The ethics of improving African traditional medical practice: scientific or African traditional research methods?

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    Nyika, Aceme

    2009-11-01

    The disease burden in Africa, which is relatively very large compared with developed countries, has been attributed to various factors that include poverty, food shortages, inadequate access to health care and unaffordability of Western medicines to the majority of African populations. Although for 'old diseases' knowledge about the right African traditional medicines to treat or cure the diseases has been passed from generation to generation, knowledge about traditional medicines to treat newly emerging diseases has to be generated in one way or another. In addition, the existing traditional medicines have to be continuously improved, which is also the case with Western scientific medicines. Whereas one school of thought supports the idea of improving medicines, be they traditional or Western, through scientific research, an opposing school of thought argues that subjecting African traditional medicines to scientific research would be tantamount to some form of colonization and imperialism. This paper argues that continuing to use African traditional medicines for old and new diseases without making concerted efforts to improve their efficacy and safety is unethical since the disease burden affecting Africa may continue to rise in spite of the availability and accessibility of the traditional medicines. Most importantly, the paper commends efforts being made in some African countries to improve African traditional medicine through a combination of different mechanisms that include the controversial approach of scientific research on traditional medicines. PMID:19682966

  14. CPHD filter derivation for extended targets

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    Orguner, Umut

    2010-01-01

    This document derives the CPHD filter for extended targets. Only the update step is derived here. Target generated measurements, false alarms and prior are all assumed to be independent identically distributed cluster processes. We also prove here that the derived CPHD filter for extended targets reduce to PHD filter for extended targets and CPHD filter for standard targets under suitable assumptions.

  15. Commission on Traditional Leadership: Disputes and Claims

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    Jeff, Peires.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This article examines the practices of the Commission on Traditional Leadership: Disputes and Claims, set up under the Framework Act of 2003 to 'cleanse' the institution of traditional leadership by ridding it of the illegitimate traditional leaders installed during the colonial and homeland eras. C [...] lose analysis of the Commission's hearings and determinations with regard to kingship claims by the Western Mpondo and Mpumalanga Ndebele shows that the Commission violated not only the historical past but even the limited constraints of binding legislation, in order to impose its own preferences in the name of custom. The experience of the Commission therefore highlights one of the most fundamental deficiencies in the Framework Act, namely insisting on the guiding role of 'custom' while failing to define the meaning of the term and its implications.

  16. Retort process modelling for Indian traditional foods.

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    Gokhale, S V; Lele, S S

    2014-11-01

    Indian traditional staple and snack food is typically a heterogeneous recipe that incorporates varieties of vegetables, lentils and other ingredients. Modelling the retorting process of multilayer pouch packed Indian food was achieved using lumped-parameter approach. A unified model is proposed to estimate cold point temperature. Initial process conditions, retort temperature and % solid content were the significantly affecting independent variables. A model was developed using combination of vegetable solids and water, which was then validated using four traditional Indian vegetarian products: Pulav (steamed rice with vegetables), Sambar (south Indian style curry containing mixed vegetables and lentils), Gajar Halawa (carrot based sweet product) and Upama (wheat based snack product). The predicted and experimental values of temperature profile matched with ±10 % error which is a good match considering the food was a multi component system. Thus the model will be useful as a tool to reduce number of trials required to optimize retorting of various Indian traditional vegetarian foods. PMID:26396305

  17. Progress towards the use of disposable filters

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    Thermally degradable materials have been evaluated for service in HEPA filter units used to filter gases from active plants. The motivation was to reduce the bulk storage problems of contaminated filters by thermal decomposition to gaseous products and a solid residue substantially comprised of the filtered particulates. It is shown that while there are no commercially available alternatives to the glass fibre used in the filter medium, it would be feasible to manufacture the filter case and spacers from materials which could be incinerated. Operating temperatures, costs and the type of residues for disposal are discussed for filter case materials. (U.K.)

  18. The ?Guslar?: Individual identity and tradition

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    Laji?-Mihajlovi? Danka

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The subject of this paper is the relation between individual and collective identity within the folk-music tradition, from the perspective of ethnomusicology. Solo folk musicians have more latitude than those who perform in ensembles. They are more independent in developing their own style. As an example of this intermingling of individual and traditional styles, we have chosen Branko Perovi?, ?guslar? (a singer of epic songs who accompanies himself on the ?gusle? - currently one of the very best. Both his extraordinary vocal qualities and his unique combination of temperament and emotions have enabled Perovi? to develop an original performing style. By comparing the regional, Montenegrin style of gusle-playing (of which Perovi? is a representative with his personal style, we have established certain corresponding structures regarding a few basic analytical parameters: musical form at the macro-level, tonal structure, and harmonic structure. Individual characteristics are to be found in melodic patterns, dynamics, agogics and ornaments, and to a certain extent, in rhythm. Although Perovi? is considered to be an ?innovator? among folk musicians, taking a dynamic approach to tradition, he is, however, well received and highly rated in folk music circles, which is proof of his successful communication with his audience. His reputation and influence on other gusle-players makes him a worthy link in the chain of epic tradition. His performance underlines the importance of the connection between traditional music and society, within which he develops his own style according to his capacities and inclinations, although constantly referring to the functional and aesthetic criteria of his cultural environment in which he performs. This is how adopted models are being reshaped by both individual artistic style and the current cultural pattern of a given community. The individual identity (of the musician is in constant interaction with those of his/her ancestors and contemporaries. The extraordinary, charismatic personalities of a guslar such as Perovi?, secure the continuation of the tradition into the future.

  19. Numerical simulation of large fabric filter

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    Kova?ík Petr

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Fabric filters are used in the wide range of industrial technologies for cleaning of incoming or exhaust gases. To achieve maximal efficiency of the discrete phase separation and long lifetime of the filter hoses, it is necessary to ensure uniform load on filter surface and to avoid impacts of heavy particles with high velocities to the filter hoses. The paper deals with numerical simulation of two phase flow field in a large fabric filter. The filter is composed of six chambers with approx. 1600 filter hoses in total. The model was simplified to one half of the filter, the filter hoses walls were substituted by porous zones. The model settings were based on experimental data, especially on the filter pressure drop. Unsteady simulations with different turbulence models were done. Flow field together with particles trajectories were analyzed. The results were compared with experimental observations.

  20. Written mathematical traditions in Ancient Mesopotamia

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    Høyrup, Jens

    2015-01-01

    Writing, as well as various mathematical techniques, were created in proto-literate Uruk in order to serve accounting, and Mesopotamian mathematics as we know it was always expressed in writing. In so far, mathematics generically regarded was always part of the generic written tradition. However, once we move away from the generic perspective, things become much less easy. If we look at basic numeracy from Uruk IV until Ur III, it is possible to point to continuity and thus to a “tradition”, and...

  1. TRADITIONAL BALINESE HOUSE TRANSFORMATION IN TOURIST VILLAGES

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    I Dewa Gede Agung Diasana Putra

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    Full Text Available Bali relies on its culture to maintain its position as a tourist destination. This includes traditionalpractices as well as architecture. But the traditional Balinese house is frequently transformed inorder to accommodate tourism activities. Such practices have modified the context, internalspaces and form of dwellings as a whole. Thus traditional domestic practices based on thephilosophy of Tri Hita Kharana are also affected. This phenomenon raises the vexed issue as tohow both can coexist within the same spatial envelope, which is the subject of this paper. Themethod of investigation includes an examination of buildings and spaces as well as interviewswith occupants as to how they accommodate such change.

  2. Social portrait of traditional medicine consumer

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    Muzalevskaya ?.V.

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of research is formation of a social portrait of the consumer of service of traditional medicine. Materials and methods. For research materials of sociological method — the questioning of patients lead in the state and private medical organizations of city of Saratov has been used. Processing of questionnaires has been lead by a method of mathematical statistics. Results. A social portrait of the consumer of services of traditional medicine and the principles influencing a choice of medical establishment are certain. Conclusion. Primary factor of patient's choice of private medical organizations is psychological readiness to pay for better medical aid

  3. Hovenia dulcis--an Asian traditional herb.

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    Hyun, Tae Kyung; Eom, Seung Hee; Yu, Chang Yeon; Roitsch, Thomas

    2010-07-01

    Hovenia dulcis Thunb., known as Japanese raisin tree, is commonly found in East Asia. It has a long history as a food supplement and traditional medicine in Japan, China and Korea, but is little known and used in Western countries so far. This minireview summarizes traditional uses and current knowledge on the pharmacology and phytochemistry of H. duclcis and covers, in particular, literature from specialized Asian journals that are not readily accessible. Extracts from H. dulcis accelerate detoxification of ethanol, and possess hepatoprotective, antioxidative, antimicrobial and antidiabetic properties. Although the underlying molecular mechanisms are not fully understood, free radical scavenging and enhancement of ethanol catabolism have been reported. PMID:20379955

  4. Religious Tradition and the Archaic Man

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    Veress Károly

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available My article as a first step in a comprehensive research program attempts to verify the hypothesis according to which M. Eliade's morphological and historical investigations of archaic religiousness reveal the outlines of an archaic ontology. For this purpose, the article focuses upon Eliade's conception of religious tradition as the carrier of the indivisible unity of sacred existence and religious experience. The ontological difference found in religious existence and revealed by religious experience is rooted in the essentially hermeneutic nature of religious tradition. Therefore the perspective of philosophical hermeneutics proves very productive in the investigation of this problem.

  5. Kalman filter with a linear state model for PDR+WLAN positioning and its application to assisting a particle filter

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    Raitoharju, Matti; Nurminen, Henri; Piché, Robert

    2015-12-01

    Indoor positioning based on wireless local area network (WLAN) signals is often enhanced using pedestrian dead reckoning (PDR) based on an inertial measurement unit. The state evolution model in PDR is usually nonlinear. We present a new linear state evolution model for PDR. In simulated-data and real-data tests of tightly coupled WLAN-PDR positioning, the positioning accuracy with this linear model is better than with the traditional models when the initial heading is not known, which is a common situation. The proposed method is computationally light and is also suitable for smoothing. Furthermore, we present modifications to WLAN positioning based on Gaussian coverage areas and show how a Kalman filter using the proposed model can be used for integrity monitoring and (re)initialization of a particle filter.

  6. Analysis and extensions of soft morphological filters

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    Kuosmanen, Pauli; Koskinen, Lasse; Astola, Jaakko T.

    1993-05-01

    In this paper, we analyze the deterministic and the statistical properties of soft morphological filters and their extensions. This analysis offers methods to design well performing soft morphological filters. We derive some detail preservation properties and study the noise attenuation properties of certain filters. Special attention is paid to the effect of varying parameters on the behavior of filters. Understanding these effects is essential in designing optimal filters.

  7. Multiplier-free filters for wideband SAR

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    Dall, Jørgen; Christensen, Erik Lintz

    2001-01-01

    This paper derives a set of parameters to be optimized when designing filters for digital demodulation and range prefiltering in SAR systems. Aiming at an implementation in field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), an approach for the design of multiplier-free filters is outlined. Design results are presented in terms of filter complexity and performance. One filter has been coded in VHDL and preliminary results indicate that the filter can meet a 2 GHz input sample rate.

  8. Programmable Baseband Filter for Multistandard Mobile Phones

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    Jensen, Rasmus Glarborg; Christensen, Kåre Tais; Bruun, Erik

    2003-01-01

    This paper describes a channel selection filter for mobile communication systems using a direct down conversion architecture. The filter can be programmed to meet the requirements of different communication standards, including GSM (Global System for Mobile communication), WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), and Bluetooth. The filter includes a novel DC offset compensation circuit that combines offset sampling in GSM mode with high pass filtering in WCDMA mode. The filter can be prog...

  9. Multiresolution Bilateral Filtering for Image Denoising

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    Zhang, Ming; Gunturk, Bahadir K.

    2008-01-01

    The bilateral filter is a nonlinear filter that does spatial averaging without smoothing edges; it has shown to be an effective image denoising technique. An important issue with the application of the bilateral filter is the selection of the filter parameters, which affect the results significantly. There are two main contributions of this paper. The first contribution is an empirical study of the optimal bilateral filter parameter selection in image denoising applications. The second contri...

  10. Physical parameters of the ventilated filter cigarette

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    ?ur?anovi? O.D.; Miljkovi? Ljup?e V.

    2003-01-01

    The main physical parameter of all ventilated filter cigarettes is the filter ventilation. It has been known for many years that these cigarettes have a possibility to achieve major reductions in all noxious smoke components including those in the gas phase, and that filter ventilation is a practical tool for controlling smoke deliveries. The term filter ventilation in this case describes the supply of diluting air to the main-stream smoke via the ventilated cigarette filter. Smoking of a lit...

  11. A Framework for Nonlinear Filtering in MATLAB

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    Rosén, Jakob

    2005-01-01

    The object of this thesis is to provide a MATLAB framework for nonlinear filtering in general, and particle filtering in particular. This is done by using the object-oriented programming paradigm, resulting in truly expandable code. Three types of discrete and nonlinear state-space models are supported by default, as well as three filter algorithms: the Extended Kalman Filter and the SIS and SIR particle filters. Symbolic expressions are differentiated automatically, which allows for comforta...

  12. Filter-adsorber aging assessment

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    An aging assessment of high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) air filters and activated carbon gas adsorption units was performed by the Pacific Northwest Laboratory as part of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (USNRC) Nuclear Plant Aging Research (NPAR) Program. This evaluation of the general process in which characteristics of these two components gradually change with time or use included the compilation of information concerning failure experience, stressors, aging mechanisms and effects, and inspection, surveillance, and monitoring methods (ISMM). Stressors, the agents or stimuli that can produce aging degradation, include heat, radiation, volatile contaminants, and even normal concentrations of aerosol particles and gasses. In an experimental evaluation of degradation in terms of the tensile breaking strength of aged filter media specimens, over forty percent of the samples did not meet specifications for new material. Chemical and physical reactions can gradually embrittle sealants and gaskets as well as filter media. Mechanisms that can lead to impaired adsorber performance are associated with the loss of potentially available active sites as a result of the exposure of the carbon to airborne moisture or volatile organic compounds. Inspection, surveillance, and monitoring methods have been established to observe filter pressure drop buildup, check HEPA filters and adsorbers for bypass, and determine the retention effectiveness of aged carbon. These evaluations of installed filters do not reveal degradation in terms of reduced media strength but that under normal conditions aged media can continue to effectively retain particles. However, this degradation may be important when considering the likelihood of moisture, steam, and higher particle loadings during severe accidents and the fact it is probable that the filters have been in use for an extended period

  13. Improving Recommendation Quality by Merging Collaborative Filtering and Social Relationships

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    De Meo, Pasquale; Fiumara, Giacomo; Provetti, Alessandro

    2011-01-01

    Matrix Factorization techniques have been successfully applied to raise the quality of suggestions generated by Collaborative Filtering Systems (CFSs). Traditional CFSs based on Matrix Factorization operate on the ratings provided by users and have been recently extended to incorporate demographic aspects such as age and gender. In this paper we propose to merge CFS based on Matrix Factorization and information regarding social friendships in order to provide users with more accurate suggestions and rankings on items of their interest. The proposed approach has been evaluated on a real-life online social network; the experimental results show an improvement against existing CFSs. A detailed comparison with related literature is also present.

  14. Adaptive integrated navigation filtering based on accelerometer calibration

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    Qifan Zhou; Hai Zhang; Yanran Wang

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, a novel GPS (Global Positioning System) and DR (Dead Reckoning) system which was based on the accelerometer and gyroscope integrated system was designed and implemented. In this system, the odometer used in traditional DR system was replaced by a MEMS tri-axis accelerometer in order to decrease the cost and the volume of the system. The system was integrated by the Kalman filter and a new mathematical model was introduced. In order to reasonably use the GPS information, an adap...

  15. Fast wavelength calibration method for spectrometers based on waveguide comb optical filter

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    Yu, Zhengang [Department of Instrument Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Huang, Meizhen, E-mail: mzhuang@sjtu.edu.cn; Zou, Ye [Department of Instrument Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Wang, Yang; Sun, Zhenhua; Cao, Zhuangqi [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2015-04-15

    A novel fast wavelength calibration method for spectrometers based on a standard spectrometer and a double metal-cladding waveguide comb optical filter (WCOF) is proposed and demonstrated. By using the WCOF device, a wide-spectrum beam is comb-filtered, which is very suitable for spectrometer wavelength calibration. The influence of waveguide filter’s structural parameters and the beam incident angle on the comb absorption peaks’ wavelength and its bandwidth are also discussed. The verification experiments were carried out in the wavelength range of 200–1100 nm with satisfactory results. Comparing with the traditional wavelength calibration method based on discrete sparse atomic emission or absorption lines, the new method has some advantages: sufficient calibration data, high accuracy, short calibration time, fit for produce process, stability, etc.

  16. Fast wavelength calibration method for spectrometers based on waveguide comb optical filter

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    A novel fast wavelength calibration method for spectrometers based on a standard spectrometer and a double metal-cladding waveguide comb optical filter (WCOF) is proposed and demonstrated. By using the WCOF device, a wide-spectrum beam is comb-filtered, which is very suitable for spectrometer wavelength calibration. The influence of waveguide filter’s structural parameters and the beam incident angle on the comb absorption peaks’ wavelength and its bandwidth are also discussed. The verification experiments were carried out in the wavelength range of 200–1100 nm with satisfactory results. Comparing with the traditional wavelength calibration method based on discrete sparse atomic emission or absorption lines, the new method has some advantages: sufficient calibration data, high accuracy, short calibration time, fit for produce process, stability, etc

  17. Traditions of Moral Education in Iraq

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    Al-Khaizaran, Huda

    2007-01-01

    This article suggests three ideas. First, under the pressures of the Ottoman and Iraqi state modernity projects, two types of cultural traditions in Iraq, namely Islam and Arab tribal values, were negotiated and re-negotiated. Second, the concepts of merit based on these values changed over time and were institutionalised in education. Third,…

  18. Alternatives to traditional transportation fuels 1996

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    1997-12-01

    Interest in alternative transportation fuels (ATF`s) has increased in recent years due to the drives for cleaner air and less dependence upon foreign oil. This report, Alternatives to Traditional Transportation Fuels 1996, provides information on ATFs, as well as the vehicles that consume them.

  19. Loss and mourning in the Jewish tradition.

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    Rubin, Simon Shimshon

    Robert Kastenbaum was a man who helped reintroduce issues related to death, dying, and bereavement to academic, clinical, and general discourse. This article, devoted to an encounter with the observance of mourning custom and ritual in the Jewish tradition, continues the dialogue in this journal that Bob founded. The article utilizes the Two-Track Model of Bereavement to address the Jewish tradition's structuring of the loss experience. After a brief introduction, I present a schematic presentation of some of the issues operant in grief and mourning for the believer. This is followed by two responses to loss that portray the pain of loss in the tradition. The article goes on to consider the Jewish time cycle of response to loss-from preburial Aninut, to Shiva, the first week, to Shloshim, the first month, to Shanah, the first year, to the expectations for encounters across the life cycle. The Yizkor and Kaddish are also considered. In the Jewish tradition, alongside attention to what level of functioning to require of the bereaved, there are lifelong opportunities to re-work and maintain connection to the memories, associations, narratives, and experiences that comprise the psychological organization of the continuing bond and relationship to the deceased. PMID:25351592

  20. The Danish Free School Tradition under Pressure

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    Olsen, Tore Vincents

    2015-01-01

    The Danish free school tradition has entailed a large degree of associational freedom for non-governmental schools, religious as well as non-religious. Until the late 1990s, the non-governmental schools were under no strict ideological or pedagogical limitations; they could recruit teachers and students according to their own value base, and were…