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  1. Detecting and Attributing External Influences on the Climate System: A Review of Recent Advances

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    Barnett, T; Zwiers, F; Hegerl, G; Allen, M; Crowley, T; Gillett, N; Hasselmann, K; Jones, P; Santer, B; Schnur, R; Stott, P; Taylor, K; Tett, S

    2005-01-26

    We review recent research that assesses evidence for the detection of anthropogenic and natural external influences on the climate. Externally driven climate change has been detected by a number of investigators in independent data covering many parts of the climate system, including surface temperature on global and large regional scales, ocean-heat content, atmospheric circulation, and variables of the free atmosphere, such as atmospheric temperature and tropopause height. The influence of external forcing is also clearly discernible in reconstructions of hemispheric scale temperature of the last millennium. These observed climate changes are very unlikely to be due only to natural internal climate variability, and they are consistent with the responses to anthropogenic and natural external forcing of the climate system that are simulated with climate models. The evidence indicates that natural drivers such as solar variability and volcanic activity are at most partially responsible for the large-scale temperature changes observed over the past century, and that a large fraction of the warming over the last 50 years can be attributed to greenhouse gas increases. Thus the recent research supports and strengthens the IPCC Third Assessment Report conclusion that ''most of the global warming over the past 50 years is likely due to the anthropogenic increase in greenhouse gases''.

  2. An Investigation of Factors Influencing Design Team Attributes in Green Buildings

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    Mohamed S. Elforgani; Ismail Rahmat

    2010-01-01

    Problem statement: Buildings contribute significantly global environmental problems. Better design can minimize these impacts. Design Green Building (DGB) aims to reduce buildings' impact on the environment. However, the green design performance depends on design team attributes. In addition, the Governance System (GS) and Client Quality (CQ) as external factors have influence on Design Team Attributes (DTA) of green building. Approach: To identify mentioned factors questionnaire survey was c...

  3. The Influence of Attributional Style on Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior among College Students

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    Burnett, Audrey J.; Sabato, Todd M.; Walter, Katherine Ott; Kerr, Dianne L.; Wagner, Laurie; Smith, Amy

    2013-01-01

    HIV, AIDS, STIs, and unwanted pregnancy continue to impact young adults in the U.S. at a disproportionate rate, particularly during the college years. Attributional style (i.e., locus of control) influences one's HIV risk. Internal locus of control indicates a lower risk of HIV infection, whereas an external locus of control signals an…

  4. The Influence of Attributional Style on Substance Use and Risky Sexual Behavior among College Students

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    Burnett, Audrey J.; Sabato, Todd M.; Wagner, Laurie; Smith, Amy

    2014-01-01

    HIV, AIDS, STIs, and unwanted pregnancy continue to impact young adults in the U. S. at a disproportionate rate, particularly during the college years. Attributional style (i.e., locus of control) influences one's HIV risk. Internal locus of control indicates a lower risk of HIV infection, whereas external locus of control signals an…

  5. Influence of Parameters on Usability Attributes in Software Projects

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    Kshama Paithankar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available To attain certain level of usability, a variety of criteria may be used related to a software project. These criteria are involved with intent of driving various factors associated with software development. These criteria are termed as project parameters. It has been observed that these parameters may influence different attributes associated with software projects thereby indulge with the same instinct for usability attributes also. However, the involvement of these parameters may be mounded in such a way that may lead to characterize the projects more specifically in usability perspective. For the same reason, it is needed to provide measures for characterizing projects. Therefore, an empirical method is proposed for estimation of influence of project parameters on associated usability attributes in a software project in this paper. It will provide quantitative measures related to software projects which in turn will be useful for ranking usability attributes. Usability measurement may also be performed subsequently.

  6. Influence of Parameters on Usability Attributes in Software Projects

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    Kshama Paithankar; Maya Ingle

    2011-01-01

    To attain certain level of usability, a variety of criteria may be used related to a software project. These criteria are involved with intent of driving various factors associated with software development. These criteria are termed as project parameters. It has been observed that these parameters may influence different attributes associated with software projects thereby indulge with the same instinct for usability attributes also. However, the involvement of these parameters may be mounde...

  7. Unified theory for external and internal attributes and symmetries of fundamental fermions

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    Sogami, Ikuo S, E-mail: sogami@cc.kyoto-su.ac.jp [Maskawa Institute for Science and Culture, Kyoto Sangyo University, Kita-Ku, Kyoto 603-8555 (Japan)

    2011-03-01

    An unorthodox unified theory is developed to describe external and internal attributes and symmetries of fundamental fermions, quarks and leptons. Basic ingredients of the theory are an algebra which consists of all the triple-direct-products of Dirac {gamma}-matrices and a triple-spinor-field, called a triplet field, defined on the algebra. The algebra possesses three commutative subalgebras which describe, respectively, the external spacetime symmetry, the family structure and the internal color symmetry of quarks and leptons. The triplet field includes threefold (fourfold) repetitional modes of spin 1/2 component fields with SU(3) (SU(4)) color symmetry. It is possible to qualify the Yukawa interaction and to make a new interpretation of its coupling constants naturally in an intrinsic mechanism of the triplet field formalism. The Dirac mass matrices with quasi-democratic structure are derived as an illustration.

  8. Determinant Attributes of City Brand Personality That Influence Strategic Communication

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    Muhamad Fazil Ahmad; Ezhar Bin Tamam; Jusang Bin Bolong; Zulhamri Bin Abdullah

    2013-01-01

    This paper examines the determinant attributes of city brand personality that influence strategic communication of Bandar Melaka world heritage city UNESCO. The results will provide insight on the development of a city brand personality scale, that can be applied in the Malaysian context. Based on Aaker (1997), Brand Personality Scale (BPS), the study adjusted the scale used in the Bandar Melaka for strategic communication. The study approaches the issues from several perspectives including t...

  9. Space Transportation System Availability Requirement and Its Influencing Attributes Relationships

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    Rhodes, Russell E.; Adams, Timothy C.; McCleskey, Carey M.

    2008-01-01

    It is important that engineering and management accept the need for an availability requirement that is derived with its influencing attributes. It is the intent of this paper to provide the visibility of relationships of these major attribute drivers (variables) to each other and the resultant system inherent availability. Also important to provide bounds of the variables providing engineering the insight required to control the system's engineering solution, e.g., these influencing attributes become design requirements also. These variables will drive the need to provide integration of similar discipline functions or technology selection to allow control of the total parts count. The relationship of selecting a reliability requirement will place a constraint on parts count to achieve a given availability requirement or if allowed to increase the parts count will drive the system reliability requirement higher. They also provide the understanding for the relationship of mean repair time (or mean down time) to maintainability, e.g., accessibility for repair, and both the mean time between failure, e.g., reliability of hardware and availability. The concerns and importance of achieving a strong availability requirement is driven by the need for affordability, the choice of using the two launch solution for the single space application, or the need to control the spare parts count needed to support the long stay in either orbit or on the surface of the moon. Understanding the requirements before starting the architectural design concept will avoid considerable time and money required to iterate the design to meet the redesign and assessment process required to achieve the results required of the customer's space transportation system. In fact the impact to the schedule to being able to deliver the system that meets the customer's needs, goals, and objectives may cause the customer to compromise his desired operational goal and objectives resulting in considerable

  10. Space Transportation System Availability Requirements and Its Influencing Attributes Relationships

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    Rhodes, Russell E.; Adams, Timothy C.; McCleskey, Carey M.

    2008-01-01

    It is important that engineering and management accept the need for an availability requirement that is derived with its influencing attributes. It is the intent of this paper to provide the visibility of relationships of these major attribute drivers (variables) to each other and the resultant system inherent availability. Also important to provide bounds of the variables providing engineering the insight required to control the system's engineering solution, e.g., these influencing attributes become design requirements also. These variables will drive the need to provide integration of similar discipline functions or technology selection to allow control of the total parts count. The relationship of selecting a reliability requirement will place a constraint on parts count to achieve a given availability requirement or if allowed to increase the parts count will drive the system reliability requirement higher. They also provide the understanding for the relationship of mean repair time (or mean down time) to maintainability, e.g., accessibility for repair, and both the mean time between failure, e.g., reliability of hardware and availability. The concerns and importance of achieving a strong availability requirement is driven by the need for affordability, the choice of using the two launch solution for the single space application, or the need to control the spare parts count needed to support the long stay in either orbit or on the surface of the moon. Understanding the requirements before starting the architectural design concept will avoid considerable time and money required to iterate the design to meet the redesign and assessment process required to achieve the results required of the customer's space transportation system. In fact the impact to the schedule to being able to deliver the system that meets the customer's needs, goals, and objectives may cause the customer to compromise his desired operational goal and objectives resulting in considerable

  11. Systematic attribution of observed Southern Hemisphere circulation trends to external forcing and internal variability

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    Franzke, C. L. E.; O'Kane, T. J.; Monselesan, D. P.; Risbey, J. S.; Horenko, I.

    2015-09-01

    A critical question in the global warming debate concerns the causes of the observed trends of the Southern Hemisphere (SH) atmospheric circulation over recent decades. Secular trends have been identified in the frequency of occurrence of circulation regimes, namely the positive phase of the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) and the hemispheric wave-3 pattern which is associated with blocking. Previous studies into the causes of these secular trends have either been purely model based, have not included observational forcing data or have mixed external forcing with indices of internal climate variability impeding a systematic and unbiased attribution of the causes of the secular trends. Most model studies also focused mainly on the austral summer season. However, the changes to the storm tracks have occurred in all seasons and particularly in the austral winter and early spring when midlatitude blocking is most active and stratospheric ozone should not play a role. Here we systematically attribute the secular trends over the recent decades using a non-stationary clustering method applied to both reanalysis and observational forcing data from all seasons. While most previous studies emphasized the importance of stratospheric ozone depletion in causing austral summer SH circulation trends, we show observational evidence that anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations have been the major driver of these secular trends in the SAM and blocking when all seasons are considered. Our results suggest that the recovery of the ozone hole might delay the signal of global warming less strongly than previously thought and that effects from all seasons are likely crucial in understanding the causes of the secular trends.

  12. Systematic attribution of observed southern hemispheric circulation trends to external forcing and internal variability

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    Franzke, C. L. E.; O'Kane, T. J.; Monselesan, D. P.; Risbey, J. S.; Horenko, I.

    2015-04-01

    A critical question in the global warming debate concerns the causes of the observed trends of the Southern Hemisphere (SH) atmospheric circulation over recent decades. Secular trends have been identified in the frequency of occurrence of circulation regimes, namely the positive phase of the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) and the hemispheric wave 3 pattern which is associated with blocking. Previous studies into the causes of these secular trends have either been purely model based, have not included observational forcing data or have mixed external forcing with indices of internal climate variability impeding a systematic and unbiased attribution of the causes of the secular trends. Most model studies also focused mainly on the austral summer season. However, the changes to the storm tracks have occurred in all seasons and particularly in the austral winter and early spring when mid-latitude blocking is most active and stratospheric ozone should not a play a role. Here we systematically attribute the secular trends over the recent decades using a non-stationary clustering method applied to both reanalysis and observational forcing data from all seasons. While most previous studies emphasized the importance of stratospheric ozone depletion in causing austral summer SH circulation trends, we show observational evidence that anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations have been the major driver of these secular trends in the SAM and blocking when all seasons are considered. Our results suggest that the recovery of the ozone hole might delay the signal of global warming less strongly than previously thought and that effects from all seasons are likely crucial in understanding the causes of the secular trends.

  13. External Dynamics Influencing Tattooing among College Students: A Qualitative Analysis

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    Firmin, Michael; Tse, Luke; Foster, Janna; Angelini, Tammy

    2012-01-01

    The study utilized qualitative research methodology to assess external dynamics and their influences on tattooing practices among college students. Twenty-four undergraduates supplied in-depth interviews regarding the external variables related to college students' decisions to tattoo. The present research follows (Tse, Firmin, Angelini, & Foster,…

  14. Influence of external factors on safety

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    In recent years a number of worldwide trends have emerged which affect the operating environment of nuclear power plants (NPPs), both externally in the sense of their political and economic business climate, and internally in the sense of their budgets, staffing levels and business practices. It is very clear that the 'span', or breadth, of issues being faced by the owners, operators and regulators of NPPs today, and the speed at which these issues are changing, is much greater than ever before. Included for consideration are: Plants under construction or plants for which previously halted construction was resumed; Plants operating in a deregulated electricity market; Plants being refurbished and restarted; Plants undergoing life extension programmes; Plants facing closure for political reasons; Plants being laid up or decommissioned; Plants experiencing changes in ownership or operating control even by nonnuclear organizations; Plants which need substantial design and material condition upgrades; Plants facing a significant decline in revenue or funding; Plants with staff learning new management techniques; Plants engaged in new regimes of safety regulation; Plants with serious shortages of human experience and talent; Plants facing ageing issues (institutional, personnel and equipment). What is particularly new is that many of these activities are now often going on simultaneously within a single utility. This means that the management attention span may be substantially stretched. In the USA, in particular, many of these issues have been present for several years. They began before economic deregulation of the electricity industry, and their frequency and significance have generally increased in recent years as a result of deregulation. It is of paramount importance that co-operation and learning be promoted extensively as the industry faces these multiple overlapping and potentially distracting challenges. The basic principles of safety management that have

  15. Influence of an external chromomagnetic field on color superconductivity

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    We study the competition of quark-antiquark and diquark condensates under the influence of an external chromomagnetic field modeling the gluon condensate and its dependence on the chemical potential and temperature. As our results indicate, an external chromomagnetic field might produce remarkable qualitative changes in the picture of the color superconducting (CSC) phase formation. This concerns, in particular, the possibility of a transition to the CSC phase and diquark condensation at finite temperature

  16. Space Transportation System Availability Requirements and Its Influencing Attributes Relationships

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    Rhodes, Russel E.; Adams, TImothy C.

    2008-01-01

    It is essential that management and engineering understand the need for an availability requirement for the customer's space transportation system as it enables the meeting of his needs, goal, and objectives. There are three types of availability, e.g., operational availability, achieved availability, or inherent availability. The basic definition of availability is equal to the mean uptime divided by the sum of the mean uptime plus the mean downtime. The major difference is the inclusiveness of the functions within the mean downtime and the mean uptime. This paper will address tIe inherent availability which only addresses the mean downtime as that mean time to repair or the time to determine the failed article, remove it, install a replacement article and verify the functionality of the repaired system. The definitions of operational availability include the replacement hardware supply or maintenance delays and other non-design factors in the mean downtime. Also with inherent availability the mean uptime will only consider the mean time between failures (other availability definitions consider this as mean time between maintenance - preventive and corrective maintenance) that requires the repair of the system to be functional. It is also essential that management and engineering understand all influencing attributes relationships to each other and to the resultant inherent availability requirement. This visibility will provide the decision makers with the understanding necessary to place constraints on the design definition for the major drivers that will determine the inherent availability, safety, reliability, maintainability, and the life cycle cost of the fielded system provided the customer. This inherent availability requirement may be driven by the need to use a multiple launch approach to placing humans on the moon or the desire to control the number of spare parts required to support long stays in either orbit or on the surface of the moon or mars. It is

  17. Friendship selection and friends' influence. Dynamics of networks and actor attributes in early adolescence

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    Knecht, A.B.

    2008-01-01

    Adolescent friends are often found to be similar. Similarity can be caused by selection and influence processes. This book examines selection and influence processes for delinquency, school attitudes, and alcohol use in early adolescence. For selection processes, we hypothesize that adolescents whose attributes are positively associated tend to become and stay friends. For influence processes, we hypothesize that adolescents tend to adjust their attributes to their friends' attributes. We ana...

  18. Innovation types at smes and external influencing factors

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    Monika Walicka

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Stimulating innovation is one of the pressing policy challenges facing many countries in the world today. The paper analyses the external factors that Polish entrepreneurs find most detrimental to their innovative activity. A sample of 199 small and medium size enterprises (SMEs in Poland were subjected to a survey. The data collected revealed the innovation types of SMEs in Poland and external financial factors influencing innovation the most. The results show external factors such as legal regulations, access to external financing, bureaucracy of institutions, financial government support, the tax system, time necessary to comply with regulations, and crisis and instability are very important for SMEs. According to the results, process and marketing innovations are applied more frequently than product and organisational innovations. Finally, the results indicate that entrepreneurs indicate that lack of government support and weakness of tax incentives is an important barrier to the innovation process.

  19. Beyond the Self: External Influences in the Career Development Process

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    Duffy, Ryan D.; Dik, Bryan J.

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to explore the wide spectrum of external influences that affect career decision making across the life span and, in particular, how these factors may directly or indirectly alter one's career trajectory and the extent of one's work volition. Career development practitioners are encouraged to respect externally…

  20. The Mutual Influence of Parenting and Boys' Externalizing Behavior Problems

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    Fite, Paula J.; Colder, Craig R.; Lochman, John E.; Wells, Karen C.

    2006-01-01

    The current study examined the mutual influence of parenting and boys' externalizing behavior from 4th to 8th grade, how these relationships change as children develop, and the stability of parenting and child behavior in a sample of 122 boys. Child behavior predicted poor parental monitoring at 6th and 7th grade and inconsistent discipline at all…

  1. External and Internal Factors Influencing Happiness in Elite Collegiate Athletes

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    Denny, Katherine G.; Steiner, Hans

    2009-01-01

    When under conditions of high demand and allostatic load, are happiness and satisfaction in four domains (family, friends, academics, recreation) influenced more by external or internal factors? Do student-athletes who lead exceedingly complicated lives report happiness as a function of athletic achievement or internal disposition? Stanford…

  2. Do dispositional attributions regarding peer endorsers influence product evaluations?

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    Sørum, Kim André; Grape, Kjetil Marius; Silvera, David

    2003-02-01

    The effect of a peer endorsement advertisement on research participants' attitudes toward the advertised product was examined. An advertisement for a Seiko watch and a questionnaire were administered to participants. The degree of dispositional attributions regarding the endorser's motivation and participants' subsequent attitudes associated with the Seiko watch were measured. In addition, other factors that might affect product evaluation were measured. Whether product evaluation could be accounted for by correspondence bias was investigated. The results showed that the degree of dispositional attributions correlated with product evaluations. There was no correspondence bias. Possible causes for the lack of correspondence bias are discussed and a model suggesting factors accounting for participants' product evaluations is presented. PMID:12603002

  3. Influence of external factors on surface tension of water

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    The influence of various external factors such as magnetization, electric discharge, electromagnetic irradiation in cantimetric range, air and osone saturation, riching by the metal ions on the surface tension coefficient of water has been experimentally investigated. It has been established that these actions lead to decreasing surface tension coefficient of drinking water. The value of this decreasing considerably has depended on nature and degree of action

  4. The effect of others' influence, effort, and ability attributions on emotions in achievement and affiliative situations.

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    Nurmi, J E

    1991-10-01

    In this examination of how attributions and types of situation influence emotions, 46 American undergraduates completed a questionnaire consisting of 12 vignettes that varied according to content, outcome, and attribution. After reading each vignette, they indicated how they would feel in the situation described. In a second experiment, 27 Finnish undergraduates participated in an identical procedure. In both experiments, subjects felt more pride and happiness after they attributed a successful achievement to effort or ability rather than to others' influence. Attributions of affiliative success did not influence emotions. Subjects felt the most shame and guilt after they attributed achievement failure to lack of effort, and they felt the least negative emotions after they attributed affiliative failure to lack of effort. PMID:1798297

  5. Seeing other minds: attributed mental states influence perception.

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    Teufel, Christoph; Fletcher, Paul C; Davis, Greg

    2010-08-01

    A current consensus views social perception as a bottom-up process in which the human brain uses social signals to make inferences about another's mental state. Here we propose that, contrary to this model, even the most basic perceptual processing of a social stimulus and closely associated automatic responses are modulated by mental-state attribution. We suggest that social perception is subserved by an interactive bidirectional relationship between the neural mechanisms supporting basic sensory processing of social information and the theory-of-mind system. Consequently, processing of a social stimulus cannot be divorced from its representation in terms of mental states. This hypothesis has far-reaching implications for our understanding of both the healthy social brain and characteristic social failures in psychopathology. PMID:20576464

  6. Perceived Attributes of Factors Influencing Consumers’ Engagement with Electronic Banking

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    Taiwo Adewale Muritala

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This study intends to critically analyze the relationship between perceived attributes as factors and consumers’ engagement with electronic banking technology. A survey method was used to gather data from 200 secondary school teachers from five selected local government in South-Western part of Nigeria namely; Ibadan North, Egbeda, Ido, Ibadan North-East and Ibadan North-West Local government. Data was collected with a structured questionnaire and analyzed with several descriptive statistics to identify consumers’ engagement in electronic banking technology in Nigeria. The results of the study therefore reveals that the most common influential factors hindering consumers’ adoption of electronic banking in Nigeria are relative advantage of economic gains and non-economic gains, social character, communication behavior, trialability as well as observability. Hence, it therefore recommends that the banks should create channels through which customers’ awareness will be enhanced and employ IT trained personnel to monitor and report any fraudulent transaction in order to secure customers’ trust on safety risk/security.

  7. Influence of Internal and External Noise on Spontaneous Visuomotor Synchronization.

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    Varlet, Manuel; Schmidt, R C; Richardson, Michael J

    2016-01-01

    Historically, movement noise or variability is considered to be an undesirable property of biological motor systems. In particular, noise is typically assumed to degrade the emergence and stability of rhythmic motor synchronization. Recently, however, it has been suggested that small levels of noise might actually improve the functioning of motor systems and facilitate their adaptation to environmental events. Here, the authors investigated whether noise can facilitate spontaneous rhythmic visuomotor synchronization. They examined the influence of internal noise in the rhythmic limb movements of participants and external noise in the movement of an oscillating visual stimulus on the occurrence of spontaneous synchronization. By indexing the natural frequency variability of participants and manipulating the frequency variability of the visual stimulus, the authors demonstrated that both internal and external noise degrade synchronization when the participants' and stimulus movement frequencies are similar, but can actually facilitate synchronization when the frequencies are different. Furthermore, the two kinds of noise interact with each other. Internal noise facilitates synchronization only when external noise is minimal and vice versa. Too much internal and external noise together degrades synchronization. These findings open new perspectives for better understanding the role of noise in human rhythmic coordination. PMID:26046969

  8. Permeability of continental crust influenced by internal and external forcing

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    Rojstaczer, S.A.; Ingebritsen, S.E.; Hayba, D.O.

    2008-01-01

    The permeability of continental crust is so highly variable that it is often considered to defy systematic characterization. However, despite this variability, some order has been gleaned from globally compiled data. What accounts for the apparent coherence of mean permeability in the continental crust (and permeability-depth relations) on a very large scale? Here we argue that large-scale crustal permeability adjusts to accommodate rates of internal and external forcing. In the deeper crust, internal forcing - fluxes induced by metamorphism, magmatism, and mantle degassing - is dominant, whereas in the shallow crust, external forcing - the vigor of the hydrologic cycle - is a primary control. Crustal petrologists have long recognized the likelihood of a causal relation between fluid flux and permeability in the deep, ductile crust, where fluid pressures are typically near-lithostatic. It is less obvious that such a relation should pertain in the relatively cool, brittle upper crust, where near-hydrostatic fluid pressures are the norm. We use first-order calculations and numerical modeling to explore the hypothesis that upper-crustal permeability is influenced by the magnitude of external fluid sources, much as lower-crustal permeability is influenced by the magnitude of internal fluid sources. We compare model-generated permeability structures with various observations of crustal permeability. ?? 2008 The Authors Journal compilation ?? 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  9. The Influence of Visual Cues on Sound Externalization

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    Carvajal, Juan Camilo Gil; Santurette, Sébastien; Cubick, Jens; Dau, Torsten

    due to incongruent auditory cues between the recording and playback room during sound reproduction or to an expectation effect from the visual impression of the room. This study investigated the influence of a priori acoustic and visual knowledge of the playback room on sound externalization.......Methods: Eighteen naïve listeners rated the externalization of virtual stimuli in terms of perceived distance, azimuthal localization, and compactness in three rooms: 1) a standard IEC listening room, 2) a small reverberant room, and 3) a large dry room. Before testing, individual BRIRs were recorded in room 1......, V, and AV conditions were much less pronounced. In contrast to distance, localization and compactness judgments were largely room independent, although localization judgments were less accurate and compactness ratings less consistent in conditions V and A than in condition VA. Conclusion: A mismatch...

  10. Externalities

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    Verhoef Erik T.

    1997-01-01

    This paper discusses the concept of ‘externalities ‘. It starts with a brief discussion of market failures in the neoclassical economic framework. It then proceeds to a definition of externalities, thereby distinguishing external effects from other sorts of ‘unpriced effects ‘. Finally, some attention is paid to the relation, and tension, between efficiency and equity impacts of externalities.

  11. Sensory attributes of soft drinks and their influence on consumers' preferences

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    Redondo, Noemí; Gómez Martínez, Sonia; Marcos, Ascensión

    2014-01-01

    Soft drinks are beverages composed of water and other ingredients that provide specific sensorial attributes. Soft drink consumption patterns have recently been changed partially influenced by an increased availability of different types of beverages during the last few years. Consumers' preferences to choose one drink over another are influenced, not only by genetic, psychological and environmental factors, but also by the beverage's specific attributes. In fact, beverage consumption is driv...

  12. Application of optical controlling methods for plants under external influence

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    Timchenko, E. V.; Taskina, L. A.

    2012-10-01

    The experimental study results of spectral characteristic change of different types of plants influenced by external factors (synthetic superficially active substances, salts of heavy metals and nitrate fertilizers) are presented. Differential optical factor was used as the monitored optical parameter that characterizes the chlorophyll concentration change. The differential backscatter method which has high test-sensitivity and provides with the most complete information on the plant condition was the main optical monitoring method. For understanding the mechanisms of external factor accumulation and influence on plants the confocal fluorescent microscopy method providing contrast micrographs of high resolution was used for microscopic analysis in the study. It was revealed that synthetic superficially active substances and heavy metal presence lead to quasilinear decrease of differential backscatter factor with time. It was shown that the presence of salts of heavy metals in a water solution leads to chlorophyll "binding" which is microscopically shown as their «adhesion» near the cell membranes. On the contrary, the presence of synthetic superficially active substances maintains the uniformity of chlorophyll distribution in a cell, but its concentration falls with increasing the concentration in a major emission. The latter depends on the fact that synthetic superficially active substances solubilize the cell membrane proteins, increasing its penetrability. It causes pigment release ("washing away") from a plant, thereby leading to differential optical factor change. It was shown that nitrate fertilizer presence leads to increase of differential backscatter factor with time which is microscopically connected to increase in chlorophyll concentration.

  13. Role of gastronomic, externality and feasibility attributes in consumer demand for organic and local foods - the case of honey and apples

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    Jensen, Jørgen Dejgaard; Mørkbak, Morten Raun

    2013-01-01

    Local food systems providing high-value products are seen as a tool to sustain economic activity on family farms in rural areas. The objective of this study is to investigate the role of gastronomic, externality and feasibility characteristics in consumers’ demand for local and for organic foods...... apples. Results suggest that although both organic and local food supply chains are often associated with special attributes such as gastronomic characteristics and relatively beneficial externality attributes, these attributes are perceived differently for the two types of supply chains. Perceived...

  14. The influence of lean manufacturing practices in cellular manufacturing qualifying attributes

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    Giuliano Almeida Marodin

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This article aims to investigate how of lean production (LP influences to a manufacturing cell (MC performance, based on the theoretical study about the attributes that characterize a MC. It was necessary to develop the concept of MC in a socio-technical system perspective, incorporating a technical attribute, a social attribute and the elements of time, space and information to define a "real cell". The results show that most of LM practices aim to increase time and information. The rapid problem solving process and the use of minimal amount of inventory between the activities of the cell seeks to simultaneously reduces the processing time and increase the degree of information. Although influenced to a lesser degree, the organizational attribute and space element are also positively influenced by the practical application of PE.

  15. 26 CFR 1.162-20 - Expenditures attributable to lobbying, political campaigns, attempts to influence legislation...

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    2010-04-01

    ... campaigns, attempts to influence legislation, etc., and certain advertising. 1.162-20 Section 1.162-20... attributable to lobbying, political campaigns, attempts to influence legislation, etc., and certain advertising... nondeductibility of expenditures for lobbying purposes, for the promotion or defeat of legislation, for...

  16. EXTERNAL FACTORS INFLUENCE ON INFLATION: THE CASE OF ROMANIA

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    Ihnatov Iulian

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we try to assess the main external determinants of inflation dynamics in Romania. The literature in the field of measuring inflation dynamics is wealthy and various. There are many developing country - level studies that examine inflation dynamics: Blavy (2004 - Guinea, Duma (2008 - Sri Lanka, Gottschalk et al (2008 - Sierra Leone, Moriyama (2008 - Sudan, Mwase (2006 - Tanzania, Williams and Adedeji (2004 - Dominican Republic, Hossain (2005 - Indonesia, Almounsor (2010 - Yemen. The issue of Romanian inflation dynamics is present in many and various studies, like Hammermann (2007, Pelinescu and Dospinescu (2006, Budina et al (2006 etc. There are no other recent studies that analyze the external determinants on Romanian inflation dynamics. In our paper we estimate an OLS single equation model, using a methodology derived from Almounsor (2010. The empirical analysis uses monthly data from August 2005 to January 2011. The start point of the data series is the moment of a major change in the National Bank of Romania (NBR monetary policy: adoption of the inflation targeting regime. The independent variables used in our research are: harmonized consumer price index of EU-25 countries, EUR/RON exchange rate, crude oil price index (for analyzing the external shocks effect and M2 monetary aggregate (intermediate money supply as a control variable. The outcomes suggest that inflation in Romania is driven mainly by international price shocks - harmonized consumer price index of EU-25 countries. The EUR/RON exchange rate depreciation has a small influence on domestic inflation. In the short run, the effect of the international oil price is insignificant. Money supply, used here as a control variable, is shown to have a very small effect on inflation in Romania when using OLS regressions. The results show that 66% of the domestic inflation variance is explained by the independent variables in our model.

  17. The effect of leader outcomes on influence, attributions, and perceptions of charisma.

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    Yorges, S L; Weiss, H M; Strickland, O J

    1999-06-01

    This study addressed how various outcomes to a leader might influence not only how that leader is perceived but also the degree of influence that leader might subsequently obtain. On the basis of recent charismatic leadership theories, it was expected that leaders who appeared willing to endure hardship for the expression of their beliefs would be perceived differently than leaders who appeared to benefit in some way. The relationship between outcomes and subsequent leader influence was confirmed. Sacrificing resulted in greater influence, whereas benefiting reduced it. This relationship was mediated by attributions made about leader motives. The relationship between outcomes and influence was also mediated by perceptions of charisma. PMID:10380422

  18. Sex, Attribution, and Severity Influence Intervention Decisions of Informal Helpers in Domestic Violence

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    Chabot, Heather Frasier; Tracy, Tracy L.; Manning, Christine A.; Poisson, Chelsea A.

    2009-01-01

    Most domestic violence (DV) researchers examine professional intervention (e.g., police and nurses), but informal helpers (e.g., friends and bystanders) are critical. The authors measure undergraduates' intervention likelihood, type of involvement (i.e., contact with abuser), and the influence of attribution decisions in DV situations where the…

  19. The influence of mood on attribution (Retraction of vol 36, pg 1360, 2010)

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    Avramova, Y. R.; Stapel, D. A.; Lerouge, D.

    2012-01-01

    Avramova, Y.R., Stapel, D.A. & Lerouge, D. (2010). The influence of mood on attribution. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1360-1371. (Original DOI: 10.1177/0146167210381083) Noordewier, M.K., & Stapel, D.A. (2010). Affects of the unexpected: When inconsistency feels good (or bad). Per

  20. Influences of packaging attributes on consumer purchase decisions for fresh produce.

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    Koutsimanis, Georgios; Getter, Kristin; Behe, Bridget; Harte, Janice; Almenar, Eva

    2012-10-01

    Packaging attributes are considered to have an influence on consumer purchase decisions for food and, as a consequence, also on its consumption. To improve the current minimal understanding of these influences for fresh produce, a survey instrument in the form of an online questionnaire has been developed and launched in the US. The first part of the questionnaire covers consumers' preferences for packaging convenience features, characteristics, materials, disposal method, and others for fresh produces in general, and the second focuses on attributes like price, container size, produce shelf life for a specific fresh produce, sweet cherries, to allow us to supply specific values for these factors to the participants. Cluster and conjoint analyses of responses from 292 participants reveal that specific packaging and produce attributes affect consumer purchase decisions of fresh produce in general and of sweet cherries in particular (P ≤ 0.05) and that some are population segment dependent (P ≤ 0.05). For produce packaging in general, 'extend the "best by" date' was ranked as the top convenience feature, the type of packaging material was considered to affect the food product quality (92.7%) and containers made from bio-based materials were highly appealing (3.52 out of 5.00). The most important attributes that affect the purchasing decisions of consumers regarding a specific fresh produce like sweet cherries are price (25%), shelf life (19%) and container size (17.2%). PMID:22634201

  1. On principal possibility to test the influence of external gravitational field on elementary particles lifetime

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    Within the Einstein gravitation theory an expression is obtained that describes the influence of external weak gravitational field on the lifetime of elementary particles. On the example of relativistic pion it is shown that this influence can be tested for existing external gravitational sources if a lifetime determination precision of about hundredth fractions of percent is attained

  2. Influence of furnishing on indoor airflow near external walls

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    Mortensen, Lone Hedegaard; Rode, Carsten; Peuhkuri, Ruut

    2008-01-01

    Simulations of indoor environments in buildings are usually performed assuming uniform distribution of temperature and humidity of the indoor air, such as it would be in an idealised unfurnished room. The flow patterns near external walls may however be very different from the undisturbed airflow...

  3. Internal and External Influences on Vocabulary Development in Preschool Children

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    Ebert, Susanne; Lockl, Kathrin; Weinert, Sabine; Anders, Yvonne; Kluczniok, Katharina; Rossbach, Hans-Gunther

    2013-01-01

    Competency in society's lingua franca plays a major role in the emergence of social disparities within education. Therefore, the present longitudinal study investigates vocabulary development and its predictors in preschool years. We focus on whether internal (phonological working memory) and external variables (preschool and home learning…

  4. External Reviews, Internal Influences: Consultations and the Undergraduate Neuroscience Curriculum

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    Wiertelak, Eric P.

    2012-01-01

    In 2007 FUN established the FUN Program and Department Consultations Service, or FUN-PDCS. Since that founding, the service has provided numerous consultation recommendations to undergraduate programs seeking assistance with external program reviews, designing and improving courses and many other programmatic needs. FUN-PDCS, like FUN, is primarily a grassroots organization and draws on the expertise of the FUN membership to aid programs in their more personalized pursuit of the FUN mission: ...

  5. EXTERNAL FACTORS INFLUENCE ON INFLATION: THE CASE OF ROMANIA

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    Ihnatov Iulian; Capraru Bogdan

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we try to assess the main external determinants of inflation dynamics in Romania. The literature in the field of measuring inflation dynamics is wealthy and various. There are many developing country - level studies that examine inflation dynamics: Blavy (2004) - Guinea, Duma (2008) - Sri Lanka, Gottschalk et al (2008) - Sierra Leone, Moriyama (2008) - Sudan, Mwase (2006) - Tanzania, Williams and Adedeji (2004) - Dominican Republic, Hossain (2005) - Indonesia, Almounsor (2010) -...

  6. External Factors Influencing on Industrial Building System (Ibs) in Malaysia

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    R. Taherkhani; A.L. Saleh; Mohammad Ali Nekooie; Shaiful Amri Mansur

    2012-01-01

    For the adoption of suitable strategies by any organization or individual, there is the need to understand the organizations’ or individual’s current status and position in relations to the external environment. A PEST (Political, Economic, Social and Technological) analysis is an environmental scanning division of strategic management. It can be used as a basis for future planning and strategic management. The application of PEST analysis helps a business to understand different macro-enviro...

  7. Beam-beam effects under the influence of external noise

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    Ohmi, K.

    2014-01-01

    Fast external noise, which gives fluctuation into the beam orbit, is discussed in connection with beam-beam effects. Phase noise from crab cavities and detection devices (position monitor) and kicker noise from the bunch by bunch feedback system are the sources. Beam-beam collisions with fast orbit fluctuations with turn by turn or multi-turn correlations, cause emittance growth and luminosity degradation. We discuss the tolerance of the noise amplitude for LHC and HL-LHC.

  8. The Role of Parental and Adolescent Attributions in Adjustment of Adolescent with Chronic Illness

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    Guion, Kimberly; Mrug, Sylvie

    2012-01-01

    Previous literature has demonstrated the separate contributions of parental attributions and adolescent attributions to psychosocial adjustment of adolescents with chronic illness. However, it is unknown whether parental attributions affect adolescents’ mental health directly or indirectly by influencing the youths’ attributional style. This study evaluated the direct and indirect (through adolescent attributions) effects of parental attributions on internalizing and externalizing problems of...

  9. Individual variation in the propensity to attribute incentive salience to a food cue: influence of sex

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    Pitchers, Kyle K.; Flagel, Shelly B.; O’Donnell, Elizabeth G.; Solberg Woods, Leah C.; Sarter, M.; Robinson, Terry E.

    2014-01-01

    There is considerable individual variation in the propensity of animals to attribute incentive salience to discrete reward cues, but to date most of this research has been conducted in male rats. The purpose of this study was to determine whether sex influences the propensity to attribute incentive salience to a food cue, using rats from two different outbred strains (Sprague-Dawley [SD] and Heterogeneous Stock [HS]). The motivational value of a food cue was assessed in two ways: (i) by the ability of the cue to elicit approach towards it and (ii) by its ability to act as a conditioned reinforcer. We found that female SD rats acquired Pavlovian conditioned approach behavior slightly faster than males, but no sex difference was detected in HS rats, and neither strain showed a sex difference in asymptotic performance of approach behavior. Moreover, female approach behavior did not differ across estrous cycle. Compared to males, females made more active responses during the test for conditioned reinforcement, although they made more inactive responses as well. We conclude that although there are small sex differences in performance on these tasks, these are probably not due to a notable sex difference in the propensity to attribute incentive salience to a food cue. PMID:25446811

  10. Influence of dose and age of radiation exposure on attributable risk in mice

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    The present study was aimed to clarify influence of the dose and age of radiation exposure on attributable risk, relative cumulative hazard and expression pattern of the lethal diseases. The attributable risk, relative cumulative hazard and excess cumulative hazard were estimated with the age-specific mortalities. Experimental data using female B6C3F1 mice were made subject of analysis. In this experiment mice were irradiated at day 14, 17 or 18 prenatal age or day 0, 7, 35, 105, 240 or 365 postnatal age with doses ranging from 0.95 to 5.7 Gy of 137Cs γ-rays and were allowed to live out their entire life spans under a specific pathogen free condition. Among mice irradiated at day 0 postnatal period the attributable risk and relative cumulative hazard were 38 % and 1.61, respectively; whereas, shortening of the mean life span was 7 %. Shape of dose-response relationship for the attributable risk was downward concave and that for the relative cumulative hazard was upward concave. The relative cumulative hazards in mice irradiated during neonatal or juvenile period were apparently higher than that irradiated during adulthood. Latent period for expression of radiation-induced lethal diseases in mice irradiated during the prenatal or early postnatal period was longer than that in mice exposed during adult period. Susceptibility of mice in the late fetal period to induction of late-occurring lethal diseases was lower than neonatal mice and was almost similar to young adult mice. The relative cumulative hazard did not increase with statistically significant difference when mice were irradiated at day 14 prenatal age with 0.95 Gy. (author)

  11. INFLUENCE OF PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES AND HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS ON CONSUMERS' ATTITUDE TOWARD AND PURHCASE PATTERN OF IN-SHELL PEANUTS

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    Rimal, Arbindra; Fletcher, Stanley M.

    2000-01-01

    A nationwide household survey was used to examine U.S. consumers' attitude and purchase behavior toward in-shell peanuts. Fishbein's multiattribute model was the basis for evaluating the effects of perceived product attributes on attitudes toward in-shell peanuts. Consumer purchase behavior was analyzed using a count data model. The results suggest that attitudes toward in-shell peanuts were influenced by attributes such as fat, taste, and healthiness, and that taste was the only attribute in...

  12. Burmese in Mon syntax: external influence and internal development

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    Jenny, Mathias

    2011-01-01

    Since the 11th century Mon has been in close political, cultural and linguistic contact with Burmese, which led to mutual influence on all levels of the language. Apart from lexical borrowings and calques, the influence of Burmese, though more difficult to demonstrate, can also be seen in Mon syntax. In many cases what looks like Burmese grammatical calques in Mon can also be explained as Mon internal development, or “enhancement of an already existing feature”, i.e. an existing (but maybe ma...

  13. Macro-Behaviour of Agents' Opinion under Influence of an External Field

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    Chang, Yun-Feng; Cai, Xu

    2007-08-01

    We propose a model to study the evolution of opinion under the influence of an external field on small world network. The macro-behaviour of agents' opinion and the relative change rate as time elapses are studied. The external field is found to play an important role in making the opinion s(t) balance or increase, and without the influence of the external field, the relative change rate γ(t) shows nonlinear increasing behaviour as time runs. What is more, this nonlinear increasing behaviour is independent of the initial condition, the strength of the external field and the time that we cancel the external field. The results may reflect some phenomena in our society, such as the function of the macro-control in China or the mass media in our society.

  14. Macro-Behaviour of Agents' Opinion under Influence of an External Field

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    CHANG Yun-Feng; CAI Xu

    2007-01-01

    @@ We propose a model to study the evolution of opinion under the influence of an external field on small world network. The macro-behaviour of agents' opinion and the relative change rate as time elapses are studied. The external field is found to play an important role in making the opinion s(t) balance or increase, and without the influence of the external field, the relative change rate γ(t) shows nonlinear increasing behaviour as time runs.What is more, this nonlinear increasing behaviour is independent of the initial condition, the strength of the external field and the time that we cancel the external field. The results may reflect some phenomena in our society, such as the function of the macro-control in China or the mass media in our society.

  15. New drugs in general practice: prescribing patterns and external influences

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    Florentinus, S.R.

    2006-01-01

    In this thesis several studies are presented with the objective to detect and elucidate the patterns by which new drugs are prescribed by general practitioners (GPs). Furthermore, we studied the influences of medical specialists and community pharmacists as important factors on the GP's decision to

  16. BIOMETRIC EVALUATIONS OF ACEROLA TREE (Malpighia emarginata DC AND CHARACTERISATION OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ATTRIBUTES OF FRUIT

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    Thiago Jardelino Dias

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available This research was conducted to evaluate the performance of irrigated acerola tree (Malpighia emarginata DC biometric behavior in different physiographic regions of state of Paraíba, Brazil, and the intrinsic and extrinsic attributes of its fruits. The orchards are located in the cities of Alhandra (Coastal, Camalaú, Monteiro and Serra Branca (Cariri West, Nova Floresta (Wild and Sapé (Zona da Mata, with plants propagated by seminal and four years of age, approximately. For those linear dimensions of the plants were assessed height, diameter of the crown and perimeter of the stem. For the chemical and physical characterizations were collected 150 fruits per orchard, same stage of maturation per plant. These were assessed fresh pastas of fruit and seed, transverse diameter, income in pulp, pH and soluble solids. The experimental design was the randomized blocks, appear to six treatments (an orchard by city and fifteen replicates (plants per orchard. Preliminary results concluded that the acerolas tree of the semi-arid region, even with additional supply of irrigation water, had lower biometric performance and intrinsic and extrinsic attributes than the other physiographic regions. The genetic variability of plants, edafoclimates local conditions and crop management may have been predominant in the differences of examined variables.

  17. INFLUENCE OF TEMPERATURE ON CERTAIN BIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES OF A LADYBEETLE COCCINELLA SEPTEMPUNCTA TA LINNAEUS

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    ShefaliSrivastava; Dmkar

    2003-01-01

    Influence of temperature on certain biological attributes of an aphidophagous ladybeetle, Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus, feeding on mustard aphid, Lipaphis erysimi (Kaltenbach), at five different temperatures, viz. 20, 25, 27, 30 and 35℃ was investigated. Its developmental period was shortest (11.7±0.09days) at 35℃ and longest (20.6±0.35 days) at 20℃. Developmental rate increased with increase in temperature. Hatching percent, larval survival, adult emergence and growth index were maximum at 30℃ and minimumat 20℃. Oviposition period and fecundity were highest at 30℃ and lowest at 20℃. A positive linear relationship exists between temperature and developmental rate and negative correlation between the duration of immature life stages and temperature. The proportion of developmental period allocated to each immature stage was found to be similar at each temperature regime. Thus, 30℃ was found as the most suitable for C. septempunctata amongst the five temperatures tested.

  18. Quality attributes of sweet potato flour as influenced by variety, pretreatment and drying method.

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    Olatunde, Ganiyat O; Henshaw, Folake O; Idowu, Michael A; Tomlins, Keith

    2016-07-01

    The effect of pretreatment methods (soaking in water, potassium metabisulphite solution, and blanching) and drying methods (sun and oven) on some quality attributes of flour from ten varieties of sweet potato roots were investigated. The quality attributes determined were chemical composition and functional properties. Data obtained were subjected to descriptive statistics, multivariate analysis of variance, and Pearson's correlation. The range of values for properties of sweet potato flour were: moisture (8.06-12.86 ± 1.13%), starch (55.76-83.65 ± 6.82%), amylose (10.06-21.26 ± 3.92%), total sugar (22.39-125.46 ± 24.68 μg/mg), water absorption capacity (140-280 ± 26), water solubility (6.89-26.18 ± 3.80), swelling power (1.66-5.00 ± 0.50), peak viscosity (24.50-260.92 ± 52.61 RVU), trough (7.08-145.83 ± 34.48 RVU), breakdown viscosity (11.00-125.33 RVU), final viscosity (10.21-225.50 ± 60.55 RVU), setback viscosity (3.04-92.21 RVU), peak time (6.07-9.06 min) and pasting temperature (69.8-81.3°C). Variety had a significant (P  0.05) affect moisture, fat and lightness (L*). Drying method did not significantly (P > 0.05) affect fiber and L*. The interactive effect of variety, pretreatment and drying method had a significant (P < 0.001) effect on all the attributes except fat and fiber. Total sugar correlated significantly (P < 0.01) with water solubility (r = 0.88) of the flour samples. Variety was a dominant factor influencing attributes of sweet potato flour and so should be targeted at specific end uses. PMID:27386111

  19. ESTIMATION OF EXTERNAL FACTORS INFLUENCE ON THE ORGANIZATIONAL AND RESOURCE SUPPORT OF ENGINEERING

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The engineering industry is characterized by deep specialization and high co-operation, which suggests a high degree of interaction with other industries and the economy, highly sensitive to external factors. Effective regulation of the engineering industry’s organizational-resource support will ensure coherence of all the subsystems of the market economy, the competitive environment, a full course of the investment process and the success of the industry. Therefore there is a need for detailed estimation and analysis of the external factors’ influence on the formation and implementation indexes of the engineering industry’s organizational-resource support. Methodology. To establish the close connection between the set of external factors of formation and implementation indexes of the engineering industry organizational-resource support the correlation analysis was used, to calculate the amount of the formation and implementation indexes of the engineering industry organizational-resource support’s change under the influence of the external factors with malleability coefficient were applied. Findings. The external influence factors on the engineering industry organizational-resource support by the source of origin: industrial, economical, political, informational, and social were separated and grouped. The classification of the external factors influence on the engineering industry organizational-resource support, depending on their influence’s direction on the formation and implementation indexes of the engineering industry’s organizational-resource support was made. The connection closeness and the amount of the formation and implementation indexes of the engineering industry organizational-resource support change (the machinery index of and the sales volume machinery index under the influence of the external factors with malleability coefficient were determined. Originality. The estimation of the external factors

  20. The influence of external weak magnetic field on anharmonic nanocontacts of Josephson type

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    The work considers the influence of weak external magnetic field on anharmonic Josephson's nanocontacts. The coordinate dependences of phase differences φ(x), superconducting current Is(x) and magnetic field H(x) anharmonic nanocontacts were found. It was defined the anharmonism parameter increase leads to phase difference φ(x) decaying faster, and penetration of magnetic field decreases. It was shown the considered contacts react on external weak magnetic field in more passive way

  1. Influence of generalized external potentials on nonlinear tunneling of nonautonomous solitons: Soliton management

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    Mahalingam, A.; Mani Rajan, M. S.

    2015-10-01

    Soliton control and management using generalized external potentials in an inhomogeneous fiber to the design of high speed optical devices and ultrahigh capacity transmission systems are investigated based on solving the variable-coefficient generalized nonautonomous nonlinear Schrödinger equation with the help of symbolic computation. We construct Lax pair for GNLS equation by means of AKNS method and two soliton solutions are obtained by virtue of the Darboux transformation. With symbolic computation, we manipulate the control parameters and external potentials to investigate the propagation behaviors of nonautonomous solitons. Moreover, the main evolution features of obtained two soliton solutions are exposed by some interesting figures through computer simulation. Especially, we analyze the influence of external potentials such as periodic, exponential and parabolic potential on soliton propagation. Finally, soliton propagation under the absence (vanishing) of external potential is also discussed. Obtained results confirmed that external potentials has strong influence on the soliton dynamics. Our results might provide a new method to achieve the soliton pulse compression while they passing through the potential barrier or well under the influence of external potentials.

  2. Events Determine Spreading Patterns: Information Transmission via Internal and External Influences on Social Networks

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    Liu, Chuang; Zhang, Zi-Ke; Sun, Gui-Quan; Hui, Pak Ming

    2015-01-01

    Recently, information transmission models motivated by the classical epidemic propagation, have been applied to a wide-range of social systems, generally assume that information mainly transmits among individuals via peer-to-peer interactions on social networks. In this paper, we consider one more approach for users to get information: the out-of-social-network influence. Empirical analyses of eight typical events' diffusion on a very large micro-blogging system, \\emph{Sina Weibo}, show that the external influence has significant impact on information spreading along with social activities. In addition, we propose a theoretical model to interpret the spreading process via both internal and external channels, considering three essential properties: (i) memory effect; (ii) role of spreaders; and (iii) non-redundancy of contacts. Experimental and mathematical results indicate that the information indeed spreads much quicker and broader with mutual effects of the internal and external influences. More importantly...

  3. A longitudinal investigation of maternal influences on the development of child hostile attributions and aggression

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    Healy, Sarah J.; Murray, Lynne; Cooper, Peter J.; Hughes, Claire; Halligan, Sarah L.

    2013-01-01

    Aggression in children is associated with an enhanced tendency to attribute hostile intentions to others. However, limited information is available regarding the factors that contribute to the development of such hostile attribution tendencies. We examined factors that contribute to individual differences in child hostile attributions and aggression, focusing on potential pathways from maternal hostile attributions via negative parenting behavior. We conducted a longitudinal study of 98 mothe...

  4. External influence on magnetic properties of Fe-based nanocrystalline alloys

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    Amorphous and nanocrystalline ribbons of NANOPERM, FINEMET and HITPERM were studied by Moessbauer spectroscopy (MS) after the influence of external factors: different annealing atmospheres, tensile stress and several kinds of corrosion. MS is a suitable tool for such studies because the spectral parameters are very sensitive to changes in the vicinity of the probe -57Fe nuclei. The most sensitive parameters were hyperfine magnetic field in crystalline component, average hyperfine field in amorphous component and direction of net magnetic moments. Influence of external factors modified also the structure of the alloys, i.e. new or modified phases were identified by MS phase analysis

  5. Influence of modified atmosphere and ethylene levels on quality attributes of fresh tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.).

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    Domínguez, Irene; Lafuente, María T; Hernández-Muñoz, Pilar; Gavara, Rafael

    2016-10-15

    Controlling storage atmosphere is a key factor for delaying postharvest fruit quality loss. The objective of this study is to evaluate its influence on physico-chemical, sensorial and nutritional quality attributes of two tomato fruit cultivars (Delizia and Pitenza) that respectively have a short- and long-storage life. To that end, the effect of two types of bags with different gas permeability, combined or not with an ethylene sorbent, on tomato organoleptic and nutritional properties were compared during fruit storage at 13°C. CO2 and O2 were critical factors for controlling tomato postharvest behaviour. Weight loss, firmness, color and visual quality were only affected by bag permeability just as total sugar content and acidity for Pitenza tomatoes. (trans)-2-Hexenal also appears to be related with CO2 and O2 levels. Lycopene, total phenols (TP) and ascorbic acid (AA) contents were also affected by the packaging form and the storage length. Ethylene removal in combination with MAP led to a higher content in TP and AA in the short-life tomato cultivar. PMID:27173554

  6. Influence of External Magnetic Fields on Tunneling of Spin-1 Bose Condensate

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    YU Zhao-Xian; JIAO Zhi-Yong; SUN Jin-Zuo

    2005-01-01

    In this letter, we have studied the influence of the external magnetic fields on tunneling of the spin-1 Bose condensate. We find that the population transfer between spin-0 and spin-±1 exhibits the step structure under the external cosinusoidal magnetic field and a combination of static and cosinusoidal one, respectively. Compared with the longitudinal component of the external magnetic field, the smaller the transverse component of the magnetic field is, the larger the time scale of exhibiting the step structure does. The tunneling current may exhibit periodically oscillation behavior when the ratio of the transverse component of the magnetic field is smaller than that of the longitudinal component, otherwise it exhibits a damply oscillating behavior. This means that the dynamical spin localization can be adjusted by the external magnetic fields.

  7. Arsenic accumulation in plants for food and phytoremediation : Influence by external factors

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    Bergqvist, Claes

    2013-01-01

    Arsenic (As) appears in the environment as various As species, which may vary in plant uptake and toxicity. Moreover, As exposure may vary between habitat due to availability and speciation, both of which are influenced by redox potential. To decrease As uptake, addition of silicate may be a tool. The aim of the study was to investigate how the external factors As availability, plant habitats, silicon and oxygen level, influenced the accumulation and speciation of As in plants for food and ph...

  8. Reliability of а radioelectronic equipment cells design at external mechanical influences

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    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The influence of pressure in conclusions of microcircuits, microassembly, and in them solder connections, as result of action of external mechanical loadings – vibrations and impacts – on parameters of reliability of a cell of the radioelectronic device is considered.

  9. On the influence of the external optical radiation upon anode double layers

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    The obtained results demonstrate that the changes in the parameters (frequency, amplitude) of electrical oscillations generated in an anode double layer can be used as optical detectors when the anode glow is irradiated with an external optical electromagnetic wave. It has been demonstrated that the local electrical properties of an anode glow have changed under the influence of electromagnetic radiation

  10. Influences of external factors on the energy conversion and productivity of Scenedesmus sp. in mass culture

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    Wesselius, J.C.

    1973-01-01

    Experiments about the influence of external factors on the energy conversion in mass cultures of Scenedesmus are described in this thesis. Several types of culture vessels were used in the laboratory as well as in the open. Demonstration models of Miele washing machines with a volume of 50 l were us

  11. Restoration of symmetry by temperature effect under influence of external electro magnetic field in gauge theory

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    We have analysed, within a semi classical approach, the influence of external electromagnetic field on phase transitions in gauge theories. The critical temperature was calculated for an Abelian case, scalar electrodynamics, and for an non Abelian case, the Weinberg Salam model. (author)

  12. The concept of attributes and preventions of the variables that influence the pipeline risk in the Muhlbauer Method

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    Schafer, Alexandro G. [Universidade Federal do Pampa (UNIPAMPA), Bage, RS (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    There are several methods for the risk assessment and risk management applied to pipelines, among them the Muhlbauer's Method. Muhlbauer is an internationally recognized authority on pipeline risk management. The purpose of this model is to evaluate the public exposure to the risk and identify ways for management that risk in fact. The assessment is made by the attribution of quantitative values to the several items that influences in the pipeline risk. Because the ultimate goal of the risk assessment is to provide a means of risk management, it is sometimes useful to make a distinction between two types of risk variables. The risk evaluator can categorize each index risk variable as either an attribute or a prevention. This paper approaches the subject of the definition of attributes and preventions in the Muhlbauer basic model of risk assessment and also presents a classification of the variables that influence the risk in agreement with those two categories. (author)

  13. To Blame or Not to Blame: Influences of Target Race and Observer Sex on Rape Blame Attribution

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    Donovan, Roxanne A.

    2007-01-01

    There is a paucity of research on the influence of racist and sexist stereotypes in rape blame attribution, including the jezebel and matriarch stereotypes of Black women. This study extends the literature by examining how victim race, perpetrator race, and participant sex affect perceptions of a rape survivor's promiscuity (jezebel stereotype)…

  14. The influence of causal attribution of parents on developing the child enuresis

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    Jerković Ivan

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Causal attributions are affirmed as a cognitive element able to explain emotional and motivational aspects of behaviour of some categories of adult psychiatric patients, primarily depressive ones. Theoretical and practical success of cognitive ideas in explaining the origination of depressive disorders, and in the monitoring of depressive patient treatment has led to further development of theory, but also to the attempt to apply the learning about causal attributions to various problems. Characteristic attempts are those that the problems of child abuse, children’s depression, upbringing problems, school failure, hyperactivity, enuresis, and long-term effects of different child treatment, too, are analysed from the point of view of causal attributions. By assessing parent causal attributions regarding child night urination, we wanted to establish to what extent specific attributions for child behaviour differentiate the parents of children having this problem from those parents whose children have established control. Parents were assessed in terms of four dimensions of causal attributions for child’s problem. Those are the dimensions of globality, counter-lability, internality, and the stability of the cause of child’s problem. The analysis of parent causal attributions show that mothers and fathers in both assessed groups similarly experience the cause of enuretic problems of their children. Enuresis is seen as caused by specific, internal, and instable causes. Such a system of dimensions could correspond to the belief that the main etiological factor of the enuresis is maturing. For more reliable verification of this attitude, longitudinal strategy in research is necessary, especially to comprehend whether parental attributions have been developed as an effect of persistent enuresis, or whether the enuresis is developed as an effect of parental attributions.

  15. Using graphical attributes to influence the perception of safety in a 3D environment

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    Karlsson, Julia

    2016-01-01

    Context. Most games make use of graphics to create an environment that fits the mood they wish to convey. To use a game's graphical attributes such as colour, shape and texture to their utmost ability, knowing how these are perceived could help. Objective. This paper tries to determine how graphical attributes such as colour, texture, and shapes affect the perceived safety of a path inside a 3d environment. Method. To reach the objective, an experiment was conducted with 20 participants. The ...

  16. The Influence of External Information on Collective Bargaining: Survey Evidence of Union and Firm Negotiators in the Netherlands

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    Lehr, A.R.; Akkerman, A.; Torenvlied, R.

    2015-01-01

    This paper seeks to answer two questions: 1- To what extent are negotiators in collective bargaining influenced by different types of external information? 2- How can differences in the influence of external information between negotiators be explained by the characteristics of the negotiators and b

  17. The Influence of Superstars on Organizational Identification of External Stakeholders: Empirical Findings from Professional Soccer

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    Daniel Hogele; Sascha L. Schmidt; Benno Torgler

    2012-01-01

    This paper examines the effect of superstars on external stakeholders’ organizational identification through the lens of sport. Drawing on social identity theory and the concept of organizational identification, as well as on role model theories and superstar economics, we develop several hypotheses regarding the influence of soccer stars on their fans’ degree of team identification. Using a proprietary dataset including archival data on professional German soccer players and clubs as wel...

  18. A review of internal and external influences on corporate governance and financial accountability in Nigeria.

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    Okike, E.; Adegbite, E.; Nakpodia, F.; Adegbite, S.

    2015-01-01

    No country exists in isolation, and as developing countries like Nigeria aspire to international standards of accountability and governance suited to the developed economies, they are confronted with the reality that it is difficult to separate the sociocultural context in which they operate from the external pressures to conform. This literature review provides deep insights into the developments in corporate governance and accountability in Nigeria, and in particular the influence of intern...

  19. Influence of external perturbations on the interaction between grains in plasma

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    An experimental study of dust grain dynamics in plasma was carried out for cluster systems relaxing to their equilibrium state after the action of a laser beam. The influence of this external perturbation on the potential between interacting dust grains was analyzed. We found that the spatial asymptotes of the pair potential for perturbed and equilibrium dust systems differ. The possible reasons for this phenomenon are discussed. (paper)

  20. Entrepreneurial Team: How Human and Social Capital Influence Entrepreneurial Opportunity Identification and Mobilization of External Resources

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    Omri, Ahlem; Boujelbene, Younes

    2015-01-01

    Entrepreneurial teams play an extremely important role in the development of any country, especially in developing countries. To understand entrepreneurial teams that operate in a low-technology industry, we rely on the network and human perspective on entrepreneurship. In this paper, we investigate how the social and human capital of entrepreneurial team members influences their ability to identify entrepreneurial opportunities and mobilize external resources. We extend prior ...

  1. Influence of an externally modulated photonic link on a microwave communications system

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    Yao, X. S.; Maleki, L.

    1994-01-01

    We analyze the influence of an externally modulated photonic link on the performance of a microwave communications system. From the analysis, we deduce limitations on the photocurrent, magnitude of the relaxation oscillation noise of the laser, third-order intercept point of the preamplifier, and other parameters in order for the photonic link to function according to the system specifications. Based on this, we outline a procedure for designing a photonic link that can be integrated in a system with minimal performance degradation.

  2. Internationalization process of a company in Brazil northeastern: influence of external agents and choices of management

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    Elis Magalhães Freitas; Merlise Rupolo; Brigitte Renata Bezerra de Oliveira

    2014-01-01

    This paper aims to analyze the main characteristics of the international strategy formation process of an exporter fruit company, located in the São Francisco Valley (VCF), Northeastern of Brazil, regarding the influence of external agents and managerial choices of the firm. First, a brief contextualization of how this industry takes place in Brazil and abroad is presented. Seccondly, we discuss the theoretical concepts of strategies and then set up internationalization in the light of theori...

  3. A Research Agenda for Evaluating Strength of Internal Preferences and External Influences in Consumer Smartphone Switching

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    Nykänen, Jussi Ilmari; Tuunainen, Virpi Kristiina; Tuunanen, Tuure

    2015-01-01

    This article proposes a research agenda to study what causes consumers to switch smartphone manufacturer and operating system brands. International consumer survey is planned for data collection and structural equation modeling method will be used to extrapolate whether internal preferences play a larger role than external influences in consumers’ switching behavior. The effects are expected to be moderated by behavioral control, subjective uncertainty and prior switching ex...

  4. How events determine spreading patterns: information transmission via internal and external influences on social networks

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    Liu, Chuang; Zhan, Xiu-Xiu; Zhang, Zi-Ke; Sun, Gui-Quan; Hui, Pak Ming

    2015-11-01

    Recently, information transmission models motivated by the classical epidemic propagation, have been applied to a wide-range of social systems, generally assume that information mainly transmits among individuals via peer-to-peer interactions on social networks. In this paper, we consider one more approach for users to get information: the out-of-social-network influence. Empirical analyzes of eight typical events’ diffusion on a very large micro-blogging system, Sina Weibo, show that the external influence has significant impact on information spreading along with social activities. In addition, we propose a theoretical model to interpret the spreading process via both internal and external channels, considering three essential properties: (i) memory effect; (ii) role of spreaders; and (iii) non-redundancy of contacts. Experimental and mathematical results indicate that the information indeed spreads much quicker and broader with mutual effects of the internal and external influences. More importantly, the present model reveals that the event characteristic would highly determine the essential spreading patterns once the network structure is established. The results may shed some light on the in-depth understanding of the underlying dynamics of information transmission on real social networks.

  5. Job Satisfaction among Newsworkers: The Influence of Professionalism, Perceptions of Organizational Structure, and Social Attributes.

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    Pollard, George

    1995-01-01

    Explores attitudes among Canadian news workers, finding that more professionalism, a less formal and smaller organization, media sector, and several social attributes lead to more job satisfaction. Shows that newspaper workers were most satisfied due to a combination of intrinsic factors, such as autonomy, authority, and control of work; and…

  6. Anomalous phonon behavior of carbon nanotubes: First-order influence of external load

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    Aghaei, Amin; Dayal, Kaushik; Elliott, Ryan S.

    2013-01-01

    External loads typically have an indirect influence on phonon curves, i.e., they influence the phonon curves by changing the state about which linearization is performed. In this paper, we show that in nanotubes, the axial load has a direct first-order influence on the long-wavelength behavior of the transverse acoustic (TA) mode. In particular, when the tube is force-free, the TA mode frequencies vary quadratically with wave number and have curvature (second derivative) proportional to the square-root of the nanotube's bending stiffness. When the tube has non-zero external force, the TA mode frequencies vary linearly with wave number and have slope proportional to the square-root of the axial force. Therefore, the TA phonon curves—and associated transport properties—are not material properties but rather can be directly tuned by external loads. In addition, we show that the out-of-plane shear deformation does not contribute to this mode and the unusual properties of the TA mode are exclusively due to bending. Our calculations consist of 3 parts: First, we use a linear chain of atoms as an illustrative example that can be solved in close-form; second, we use our recently developed symmetry-adapted phonon analysis method to present direct numerical evidence; and finally, we present a simple mechanical model that captures the essential physics of the geometric nonlinearity in slender nanotubes that couples the axial load directly to the phonon curves. We also compute the density of states and show the significant effect of the external load.

  7. Detecting an external influence on recent changes in oceanic oxygen using an optimal fingerprinting method

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    O. D. Andrews

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Ocean deoxygenation has been observed in all major ocean basins over the past 50 yr. Although this signal is largely consistent with oxygen changes expected from anthropogenic climate change, the contribution of external forcing to recent deoxygenation trends relative to natural internal variability is yet to be established. Here we conduct a formal optimal fingerprinting analysis to investigate if external forcing has had a detectable influence on observed dissolved oxygen concentration ([O2] changes between ~ 1970 and ~ 1992 using simulations from two Earth System Models (MPI-ESM-LR and HadGEM2-ES. We detect a response to external forcing at a 90% confidence level and find that observed [O2] changes are inconsistent with internal variability as simulated by models. This result is robust in the global ocean for depth-averaged (1-D zonal mean patterns of [O2] change in both models. Further analysis with the MPI-ESM-LR model shows similar positive detection results for depth-resolved (2-D zonal mean [O2] changes globally and for the Pacific Ocean individually. Observed oxygen changes in the Atlantic Ocean are indistinguishable from natural internal variability. Simulations from both models consistently underestimate the amplitude of historical [O2] changes in response to external forcing, suggesting that model projections for future ocean deoxygenation may also be underestimated.

  8. THE INFLUENCES OF PERCEIVED FOOD ATTRIBUTES ON CONSUMER PREFERENCES FOR ORGANIC AND GMO FOODS

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    Tavernier, Edmund M.; Onyango, Benjamin M.; Pray, Carl E.

    2007-01-01

    This paper uses a logistic regression model to examine consumer willingness to buy organic and/or GM food products in the context of food attributes that are considered important in the consumption decision. That model is chosen for its mathematical simplicity and because its asymptotic characteristic constrains the predicted probabilities to a range between zero and one. In particular, the model examines the process that shapes food preferences in the absence or presence of specific food att...

  9. Packaging Attributes of Antioxidant-Rich Instant Coffee and Their Influence on the Purchase Intent

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    Marinês P. Corso; Marta de T. Benassi

    2015-01-01

    The present study aimed to identify the most important packaging attributes for purchasing a product not currently on the Brazilian market: antioxidant-rich instant coffee, a blend of roasted coffee and green coffee. Five package types of the same brand of instant antioxidant-rich coffee marketed in different countries were evaluated through a focus group. The attributes’ glass shape, glass lid color and label, information and brand were selected for the quantitative study. The purchase inten...

  10. Friendship selection and friends' influence. Dynamics of networks and actor attributes in early adolescence

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    Knecht, A.B.

    2008-01-01

    Adolescent friends are often found to be similar. Similarity can be caused by selection and influence processes. This book examines selection and influence processes for delinquency, school attitudes, and alcohol use in early adolescence. For selection processes, we hypothesize that adolescents whos

  11. Friendship selection and friends' influence : Dynamics of networks and actor attributes in early adolescence

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    Knecht, Andrea Beate

    2008-01-01

    Adolescent friends are often found to be similar. Similarity can be caused by selection and influence processes. This book examines selection and influence processes for delinquency, school attitudes, and alcohol use in early adolescence. For selection processes, we hypothesize that adolescents whos

  12. Effects of Expert and Referent Influence, Physical Attractiveness, and Gender on Perceptions of Counselor Attributes.

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    Paradise, Louis V.; And Others

    1986-01-01

    Employed a 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 design to investigate predictions of social influence theory with respect to subjects' evaluations of the counselors. Multivariate and univariate analyses supported social influence theory. No gender differences were present. (Author/ABB)

  13. An investigation of staff attitudes towards challenging behaviour in intellectually disabled offenders: exploring the influence of staff characteristics and behavioural attributions

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    Rooney, Donna Louise

    2010-01-01

    Background: There is little research on staff attitudes towards Intellectually Disabled (ID) offenders, particularly their attitudes towards challenging behaviour. Past research from ID and offender populations indicate that staff characteristics such as age, gender, experience, training and qualification may influence the attributions staff make about challenging behaviour. Additionally both staff characteristics and attributions may influence staffs‟ emotional reactions. Method: 91 staff...

  14. MCNP simulation of the influence of the external moisture on low calorific value in the coal quality analysis by neutron

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    An important index in assessment of coal quality is low calorific value. Using neutron to analysis coal quality, the more the coal moisture content, especially the increasing of external moisture will reduce the low calorific value. The principle of coal quality analysis by neutron prompt Gamma-ray is introduced. The influence of the gamma count of the carbon element peak with increasing external moisture in coal samples was simulated using MCNP code. And discussed the reasons how external moisture content influence the calorific value. Simulation results indicate that with the increasing of external moisture in the coal samples, the gamma count of the carbon element peak dwindling, and the low calorific value reducing. The conclusion is : using neutrons method to analysis coal quality, the more external moisture content, the larger error of the measurement results of the carbon element, and will influence the calculation accuracy of the low calorific value. (authors)

  15. Influence of externally applied magnetic perturbations on neoclassical tearing modes at ASDEX Upgrade

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    The influence of externally applied magnetic perturbations (MPs) on neoclassical tearing modes (NTM) and the plasma rotation in general is investigated at the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak (AUG). The low n resonant components of the applied field exert local torques and influence the stability of NTMs. The non-resonant components of the error field do not influence MHD modes directly but slow down the plasma rotation globally due to a neoclassical toroidal viscous torque (NTV). Both components slow down the plasma rotation, which in consequence increases the probability for the appearance of locked modes. To investigate the impact of externally applied MPs on already existing modes and the influence on the rotation profile, experimental observations are compared to modelling results. The model used here solves a coupled equation system that includes the Rutherford equation and the equation of motion, taking into account the resonant effects and the resistive wall. It is shown that the NTV torque can be neglected in this modelling. To match the experimental frequency evolution of the mode the MP field strength at the resonant surface has to be increased compared to the vacuum approximation. This leads to an overestimation of the stabilizing effect on the NTMs. The reconstruction of the entire rotation profile via the equation of motion including radial dependencies, confirms that the NTV is negligibly small and that small resonant torques at different resonant surfaces have the same effect as one large one. This modelling suggests that in the experiment resonant torques at different surfaces are acting and slowing down the plasma rotation requiring a smaller torque at the specific resonant surface of the NTM. This additionally removes the overestimated influence on the island stability, whereas the braking of the island's rotation is caused by the sum of all torques. Consequently, to describe the effect of MPs on the evolution of one island, all other islands and the

  16. Concert hall acoustics: Repertoire, listening position, and individual taste of the listeners influence the qualitative attributes and preferences.

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    Lokki, Tapio; Pätynen, Jukka; Kuusinen, Antti; Tervo, Sakari

    2016-07-01

    Some studies of concert hall acoustics consider the acoustics in a hall as a single entity. Here, it is shown that the acoustics vary between different seats, and the choice of music also influences the perceived acoustics. The presented study compared the acoustics of six unoccupied concert halls with extensive listening tests, applying two different music excerpts on three different seats. Twenty eight assessors rated the halls according to the subjective preference of the assesors and individual attributes with a paired comparison method. Results show that assessors can be classified into two preference groups, which prioritize different perceptual factors. In addition, the individual attributes elicited by assessors were clustered into three latent classes. PMID:27475177

  17. Influences of externally applied potential on the properties of microscopic particles in nonlinear quantum systems

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    When the Schroedinger equation in quantum mechanics is replaced by the nonlinear Schroedinger equation to describe microscopic particles in nonlinear quantum systems, it has been verified that the nature of the particles differs considerably from those in quantum mechanics, where they are localized and have also wave-corpuscle duality due to the nonlinear interactions. In this case the influences of externally applied potentials in the nonlinear Schroedinger equation on the natures of the microscopic particles have been studied by a perturbation theory. The studied results show that the external potential can change the states of the microscopic particles, such as the positions, amplitude and wave forms, but cannot change the wave-corpuscle duality. In the meanwhile, we find further that the relationship between the external potential and change of positions of the particle satisfies the rule of motion of classical particles. Thus we know from this study that the kinetic energy term, (h2/2m)∇2φ, in the nonlinear Schroedinger equation can only make the microscopic particles have a wave feature, but the nonlinear interaction b|φ|2φ determines its corpuscle feature, their combination makes the microscopic particles have a wave-corpuscle duality, and the potential V(r→,t)φ changes only the positions, amplitude and wave form of the particles. Therefore the nonlinear interaction plays an important role in determination of the wave-corpuscle duality of microscopic particles in quantum theory.

  18. Influence of Weak External Magnetic Field on Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Fe-based Alloys

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    Nanoperm, Hitperm and Finamet amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys were measured by Moessbauer spectrometry in a weak external magnetic field of 0.5 T. It was shown that the most sensitive parameters of Moessbauer spectra are the intensities of the 2nd and the 5th lines. Rather small changes were observed also in the case of internal magnetic field values. The spectrum of nanocrystalline Nanoperm showed the increase in A23 parameter (ratio of line intensities) from 2.4 to 3.7 and decrease of internal magnetic field from 20 to 19 T for amorphous subspectrum under the influence of magnetic field. Spectrum of nanocrystalline Finemet shown decrease in A23 parameter from 3.5 to 2.6 almost without a change in the internal magnetic field value. In the case of amorphous Nanoperm and Finemet samples, the changes are almost negligible. Hitperm alloy showed the highest sensitivity to the weak magnetic field, when the A23 parameter increased from 0.4 to 2.5 in the external magnetic fields. The A23 parameter of crystalline subspectrum increased from 2.7 to 3.8 and the value of internal magnetic field corresponding to amorphous subspectrum increased from 22 to 24 T. The behavior of nanocrystalline alloys under weak external magnetic field was analyzed within the three-level relaxation model of magnetic dynamics in an assembly of single-domain particles.

  19. Internal and external influences on pro-environmental behavior: participation in a green electricity program

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    This paper integrates themes from psychology and economics to analyze pro-environmental behavior. Increasingly, both disciplines share an interest in understanding internal and external influences on behavior. In this study, we analyze data from a mail survey of participants and non-participants in a premium-priced, green electricity program. Internal variables consist of a newly developed scale for altruistic attitudes based on the Schwartz norm-activation model, and a modified version of the New Ecological Paradigm scale to measure environmental attitudes. External variables consist of household income and standard socio-demographic characteristics. The two internal variables and two external variables are significant in a logit model of the decision to participate in the program. We then focus on participants in the program and analyze their specific motives for participating. These include motives relating to several concerns: ecosystem health, personal health, environmental quality for residents in southeastern Michigan, global warming, and warm-glow (or intrinsic) satisfaction. In a statistical ranking of the importance of each motive, a biocentric motive ranks first, an altruistic motive ranks second, and an egoistic motive ranks third. (author)

  20. Packaging Attributes of Antioxidant-Rich Instant Coffee and Their Influence on the Purchase Intent

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    Marinês P. Corso

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed to identify the most important packaging attributes for purchasing a product not currently on the Brazilian market: antioxidant-rich instant coffee, a blend of roasted coffee and green coffee. Five package types of the same brand of instant antioxidant-rich coffee marketed in different countries were evaluated through a focus group. The attributes’ glass shape, glass lid color and label, information and brand were selected for the quantitative study. The purchase intent for the packaging images was evaluated with conjoint analysis. In general, an increased purchase intent was verified for more modern packages and browner labels that indicated roasted coffee. The consumers preferred the image of green and roasted coffee beans next to the cup of coffee and valued information about the product’s differentiation (the origin, type, quantity and functions of antioxidants that was presented in the form of explanatory charts on the back of the packaging.

  1. Quantitative estimation of the influence of external vibrations on the measurement error of a coriolis mass-flow meter

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    Ridder, de, J.; Hakvoort, W.B.J.; van Dijk; Lötters, J.C.; Boer, de, J.W.; Dimitrovova, Z.; Almeida, De

    2013-01-01

    In this paper the quantitative influence of external vibrations on the measurement value of a Coriolis Mass-Flow Meter for low flows is investigated, with the eventual goal to reduce the influence of vibrations. Model results are compared with experimental results to improve the knowledge on how external vibrations affect the measurement error. A Coriolis Mass-Flow Meter (CMFM) is an active device based on the Coriolis force principle for direct mass-flow measurements, independent of fluid pr...

  2. Influence of hydrologic attributes on brown trout recruitment in low-latitude range margins.

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    Nicola, Graciela G; Almodóvar, Ana; Elvira, Benigno

    2009-06-01

    Factors controlling brown trout Salmo trutta recruitment in Mediterranean areas are largely unknown, despite the relevance this may have for fisheries management. The effect of hydrological variability on survival of young brown trout was studied during seven consecutive years in five resident populations from the southern range of the species distribution. Recruit density at the end of summer varied markedly among year-classes and rivers during the study period. Previous work showed that egg density the previous fall did not account for more than 50% of the observed variation in recruitment density. Thus, we expected that climatic patterns, as determinants of discharge and water temperature, would play a role in the control of young trout abundance. We tested this by analyzing the effects of flow variation and predictability on young trout survival during the spawning to emergence and the summer drought periods. Both hatching and emergence times and length of hatching and emergence periods were similar between years within each river but varied considerably among populations, due to differences in water temperature. Interannual variation in flow attributes during spawning to emergence and summer drought affected juvenile survival in all populations, once the effect of endogenous factors was removed. Survival rate was significantly related to the timing, magnitude and duration of extreme water conditions, and to the rate of change in discharge during hatching and emergence times in most rivers. The magnitude and duration of low flows during summer drought appeared to be a critical factor for survival of young trout. Our findings suggest that density-independent factors, i.e., hydrological variability, play a central role in the population dynamics of brown trout in populations from low-latitude range margins. Reported effects of hydrologic attributes on trout survival are likely to be increasingly important if, as predicted, climate change leads to greater extremes

  3. The External Periodic Influence Effect on the Kinetics of Metals Fragmentationduring the Severe Plastic Deformation

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    A.V. Khomenko

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Using the Landau theory of phase transitions, the solids fragmentation during the process of severe plastic deformation is studied. The density of grain boundaries, dislocations and entropy are introduced for describing the defect structures appearing. This allows us to take into account the two channels of energy dissipation (thermal one and defects formation. The phase diagram that establishes the domains of realization of different limiting structures types is obtained. The interaction of several defect types on the formation of limiting structure in terms of internal energy is studied. The formation conditions for two limiting structures are found. They correspond to the mode, in which there is a mixture of different grain sizes. The kinetics of setting in the steady-state values of the defects density is investigated within the scope of the adiabatic approximation, at which the dislocations density change follows the evolution of the grain boundaries density. The external periodic influence is also analyzed. It is shown that frequency and amplitude of external influence change the system behavior.

  4. Influence of the shape on the consumers perception of the packaging attributes

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    Gojko Vladić

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Packaging for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG demands constant attention in order to stay competitive in modern dynamic markets. FMCG consumers do not think about the purchasing product until they enter the place of purchase. This emphasizes importance of the communication in a place of purchase. Alongside promotional banners, displays and counters, packaging can be used for this purpose. While in-store promotional banners, displays and counters represent additional cost, the packaging as the integral part of the product can be used as an important marketing tool that does not add to product cost. Thus packaging becomes an important marketing tool that does not add to product cost. Marketers, distributors and researchers as well must take into consideration the complexity of consumer behaviour to achieve desired results. Alongside graphic design, material, colour, etc. packaging shape is considered as an important tool for product differentiation and promotion. Having this in mind, it is unclear why the influence of the packaging shape on the consumer remains the least examined of all packaging characteristics. The aim of this research is to understand the influence of packaging shape design on the consumer’s perception. The survey study conducted among the consumers of the fast moving consumer goods gave clear insight into the influence of packaging shape on the perception of packaging characteristics. The results can help to improve packaging shape design in order to achieve better market impact.

  5. Functional attributes: Compacting vs decompacting earthworms and influence on soil structure

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    Arnauth Martinez GUÉI, Yannick BAIDAI, Jérôme Ebagnerin TONDOH,Jeroen HUISING

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available A short term field mesocosm experiment was performed in semi-deciduous forest areas of Ivory Coast to assess the impact of a decompacting (Hyperiodrilus africanus, Eudrilidae and two compacting (Millsonia omodeoi and Dichogaster terraenigrae, Acanthodrilidae earthworm species on soil properties. These species have been selected for their predominance in the region and their contrasting impact on soil structure. The experimental design consisted of a treatment without worms (control, and treatments with one, two or three species of earthworms. Both compacting and decompacting earthworms increased water infiltration rate in all treatments, with marked impact in H. africanus and M. omodeoi+D. terraenigrae treatments. Interactions between compacting and decompacting species resulted in more large aggregates in comparison to when the compacting species D. terraenigrae was alone. This may be accounted for by their compacting attribute as compacting earthworms are responsible for producing the highest number of large aggregates. The low values of mean weight diameter in treatments combining decompacting and compacting earthworms compared with compacting "M. omodeoi" one also confirmed the trend of decline in soil compaction in the presence of the decompacting species. These results showed positive impact of species richness on soil structure regulation, which is crucial in ecosystem productivity and support consequently the insurance hypothesis. In fact, this study showed that the preservation of earthworm species belonging to these two contrasting functional groups is essential for the maintenance of stable soil structure regulation in agro-tropical ecosystems [Current Zoology 58 (4: 556–565, 2012].

  6. Attribution of intentional causation influences the perception of observed movements: Behavioural evidence and neural correlates

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    Full Text Available Recent research on human agency suggests that intentional causation is associated with a subjective compression in the temporal interval between actions and their effects. That is, intentional movements and their causal effects are perceived as closer together in time than equivalent unintentional movements and their causal effects. This so-called intentional binding effect is consistently found for one’s own self-generated actions. It has also been suggested that intentional binding occurs when observing intentional movements of others. However, this evidence is undermined by limitations of the paradigm used. In the current study we aimed to overcome these limitations using a more rigorous design in combination with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI to explore the neural underpinnings of intentional binding of observed movements. In particular, we aimed to identify brain areas sensitive to the interaction between intentionality and causality attributed to the observed action. Our behavioural results confirmed the occurrence of intentional binding for observed movements using this more rigorous paradigm. Our fMRI results highlighted a collection of brain regions whose activity was sensitive to the interaction between intentionality and causation. Intriguingly, these brain regions have previously been implicated in the sense of agency over one’s own movements. We discuss the implications of these results for intentional binding specifically, and the sense of agency more generally.

  7. Unpacking the influence of the Council Presidency on European Union external policies: The Polish Council Presidency and the Eastern Partnership

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The special position of the rotating Council Presidency has raised a long-standing debate on the extent to which this function allows a Member State to exert additional influence on European Union decision-making, in particular in external policy. This article argues that a broader and more differentiated study of Presidency influence could further this debate. In doing so, the article analyses the Polish Council Presidency (during the second half of 2011 and its influence on the European Union’s Eastern Partnership policies across three dimensions: (i differences between influence on the agenda and influence on the contents of decisions, (ii the forums (different levels in the Council and international forums where the Presidency can exert influence, and (iii different types of external policies, an area that has received relatively little scholarly attention thus far in the literature on the Presidency. The analysis shows that (i the Presidency can determine the agenda to a certain extent, but the position of the chair does not allow the incumbent to exert additional influence on the contents of decisions; (ii most Presidency influence of external policies is observed in the preparatory bodies of the Council, while at the ministerial or international level this influence is much smaller; and (iii although the Presidency can play a rather prominent role in organizing multilateral events, this rarely amounts to real political influence. In turn, the Presidency’s influence is most tangible in specific bilateral dossiers.

  8. External magnetic field influence on properties of high-power laser-produced plasma

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    Wołowski, J.; Kasperczuk, A.; Pisarczyk, T.

    1996-03-01

    The paper presents results of formation of expanding plasma by combining laser-produced plasma with an external strong magnetic field. The plasma was generated by means of a Nd-glass laser which was focused on a solid target located on the axis of a single-turn coil providing magnetic field of up to 50 T. Spatial characteristics of the dynamics of interaction of the plasma with the magnetic field were registered by means of a three-frame interferometry. For registration and analysis of interferograms, CCD cameras and a multichannel image acquisition system were used. An interesting influence of the strong magnetic field on the plasma dynamics and shape was observed. Preliminary results of numerical modelling are compared with the experimental data.

  9. Influence of external factors on the preservation of human nervous tissue for histological studies: review article

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    Bruno Lopes dos Santos

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Neuropathological studies are crucial for the new knowledge on pathophysiology and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. The postmortem brain tissue processing method directly impacts on both the appropriate integrity and the biomolecules detection by different histological and molecular biology techniques. In this review we will discuss topics on the influence of some external factors on the preservation of the brain tissue for histological studies (histochemistry and immunohistochemistry, such as factors either prior or after the death, and the chosen method for the preservation of nervous tissue. By means of a specific example, we propose a strict record of various conditions involved in the method of preservation of nervous tissue, and its correlation with variables that measure the quality of the histological sample as markers of preservation of biological material for further studies.

  10. Internationalization process of a company in Brazil northeastern: influence of external agents and choices of management

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    Elis Magalhães Freitas

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to analyze the main characteristics of the international strategy formation process of an exporter fruit company, located in the São Francisco Valley (VCF, Northeastern of Brazil, regarding the influence of external agents and managerial choices of the firm. First, a brief contextualization of how this industry takes place in Brazil and abroad is presented. Seccondly, we discuss the theoretical concepts of strategies and then set up internationalization in the light of theories used as the basis for analysis, and these: Theory of Uppsala, Diamond Model Resource-based View (RBV, Product Lifecycle, Eclectic Paradigm Choice and Adaptive. The segment of empirical research is developed through an exploratory study involving company directors, through the application of semi-structured interviews. The analysis of data was performed by using the software Atlas.ti 6.0. Are apparent associations between models of internationalization and the way which the dimensions of analysis are mutually reinforced

  11. External Communication and Its Influence on Secondary Schools Corporate Image: A Case Study of Kitale Academy Secondary School

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    Aloys Nyagechi Kiriago

    2013-01-01

    Communication by schools with their external publics is crucial for both parties. Stakeholders need to know what happens in schools where their children learn. This study sought to examine the influence of external communication on the corporate image of secondary schools.The research design adopted was a case study of Kitale Academy Secondary. The target population was 420 people from which a sample of 47 was selected using random sampling and non random sampling. The sample included school ...

  12. Soteropolitano Consumer Behavior: An Approach to Quantitative Analysis of Groups of Reference and Attributes Influencing the Purchase of Soft Drinks

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    Erica Ferreira Marques

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    Full Text Available In a survey conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE (2010, the Northeast region of Brazil configured as the lowest per capita consumers of soda as compared to other regions in the country; and the state of Bahia was in 6TH place among the northeastern states. Thus, Salvador (Bahia is in the ranking of the capitals that least consumes this kind of drink. In a literature review, Souki, Christino, and Pereira (2005, show that, despite the economic importance of the industry of soft drinks in Brazil, there are rarely scientific incursions on the behavior of consumers of these products, leaving us with little information about this theme. From that, the present study was developed with the objective of understanding and characterizing the behavior of consumer purchasing “soteropolitano” of soft drinks, identifying their consumption habits and decisions that are taken at the time of purchase of the product, the reference groups, and the attributes considered important in their purchase decision. For both, a descriptive survey was carried out, with quantitative variables, totaling 429 personal interviews in different neighborhoods of Salvador, in places with a large flow of people, such as educational institutions and public spaces. It was found that most of the interviewees choose which soft drink to buy based on their experiences. We did observe a mild influence of characteristics of groups on the decision to purchase the product. However, in relation to the attributes of the soft drink, it was found that the flavor, the brand, and price are the attributes considered most decisive by interviewees in their purchase decision.

  13. Analysis of the Influence of Plot Size and LiDAR Density on Forest Structure Attribute Estimates

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    Luis A. Ruiz

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper assesses the combined effect of field plot size and LiDAR density on the estimation of four forest structure attributes: volume, total biomass, basal area and canopy cover. A total of 21 different plot sizes were considered, obtained by decreasing the field measured plot radius value from 25 to 5 m with regular intervals of 1 m. LiDAR data densities were simulated by randomly removing LiDAR pulses until reaching nine different density values. In order to avoid influence of the digital terrain model spatial resolution, eight different resolutions were considered (from 0.25 to 2 m grid size and tested. A set of per-plot LiDAR metrics was extracted for each parameter combination. Prediction models of forest attributes were defined using forward stepwise ordinary least-square regressions. Results show that the highest R2 values are reached by combining large plot sizes and high LiDAR data density values. However, plot size has a greater effect than LiDAR point density. In general, minimum plot areas of 500–600 m2 are needed for volume, biomass and basal area estimates, and of 300–400 m2 for canopy cover. Larger plot sizes do not significantly increase the accuracy of the models, but they increase the cost of fieldwork.

  14. Experimental evidence of imperfection influence on the buckling of thin cylindrical shell under uniform external pressure

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    The load carrying behaviour of cylindrical thin-walled shell structures under pressure load is strongly dependent on the nature and magnitude of the imperfections invariably caused by various manufacturing processes. The present paper examines instabilities of long homogeneous and isotropic thin elastic tubes, characterized by geometric imperfections like eccentricity or oval shape, on the buckling behaviour in conditions for which, at present, a complete theoretical analysis was not found in literature. Moreover, the additional aspect of the influence of the welded joint geometry and position is investigated over a wide range of diameter to thickness ratio, extending the findings of previous works. The experiments were conducted on test specimens with different materials, e.g. A-316 ASTM (with and without seam weld) and Inconel, as well as different loading conditions (lateral and hydrostatic external pressure). A validation of numerical evaluations by comparison with test results is also performed. A good agreement has been observed between the experimental data and the elasto-plastic finite element analyses results, highlighting also the different influence of the mentioned imperfections on the buckling loads. For all 3 tube families tested, the oval form was found to reduce the collapse pressure quite significantly. The local thickness variation along the longitudinal welding and the interaction between neighbouring imperfections have been shown to be important factors governing buckling

  15. Influence of student attributes on readiness for interprofessional learning across multiple healthcare disciplines: Identifying factors to inform educational development

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    Full Text Available This investigation evaluated if individual student attributes have a predictive impact on readiness for interprofessional education (IPE. An exploratory analysis was conducted with 311 students from dental medicine, dietetics, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy. Discipline, gender, age, academic standing, amount of clinical exposure in academic program and number of years worked in a patient care setting were evaluated as predictors of readiness for IPE using the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS. Medical students had significantly lower RIPLS scores compared to pharmacy (p = 0.010 and dietetics students (p = 0.022. Male gender (p = 0.005 was a single independent predictor of IPE readiness. A higher number of years of practice had a significant interaction predictive of readiness for IPE (p = 0.028. Identification of factors influencing readiness for IPE are key to developing teaching and learning strategies targeted to improve teamwork, quality of care and patient outcomes. In this investigation, men with more years of practice was highly predictive of a lower RIPLS score. Based upon our findings, educational planning targeting male medical students with a higher number of years of practice would be a reasonable evidence-based step toward improving the value of IPE programs and curricula. Further work is necessary in developing focus groups, simulation and case-based exercises to influence attitudes and readiness for IPE.

  16. The role of parental and adolescent attributions in adjustment of adolescents with chronic illness.

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    Guion, Kimberly; Mrug, Sylvie

    2012-09-01

    Previous literature has demonstrated the separate contributions of parental attributions and adolescent attributions to psychosocial adjustment of adolescents with chronic illness. However, it is unknown whether parental attributions affect adolescents' mental health directly or indirectly by influencing the youths' attributional style. This study evaluated the direct and indirect (through adolescent attributions) effects of parental attributions on internalizing and externalizing problems of adolescents with chronic illness. Adolescents (N = 128; M = 14.7 years) diagnosed with cystic fibrosis or diabetes and their caregivers completed measures of attributional style and adolescent adjustment. Parents' optimistic attributions were associated with fewer adolescent internalizing and externalizing problems. These effects were partly mediated by adolescent attributions. These results suggest that targeting both adolescent and parent attributions may be important for improving adolescents' adjustment to a chronic illness. PMID:22430813

  17. Research of factors influencing centrifugal pump external characteristics based on orthogonal test

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    In order to investigate the impact on external characteristics of single-stage and single-suction centrifugal pump, four parameters: cutwater gap(δ), blade number(z), impeller outlet width(b) and blade outlet angle(β) were taken into account. Orthogonal test method is a method which can make a comprehensive comparison among factors we are interested in. Thereby, it can't be more appropriate to adopt this approach to study the influence of the four factors referred above. Based on the prototype pump's geometric parameters, each of these factors took four levels. According to the principle of selecting orthogonal array, the L16(45) array was selected and 16 models were designed. After that, commercial CFD software CFX was used to calculate the head and efficiency under different conditions to determine the optimal operating condition Qr. The 16 models' rated flow rates were basically smaller than the prototype's. Considering this difference, in order to analyze the influence on the head under similar condition, the flow rate was made dimensionless and 3 conditions are chosen(Qr/Q=1, 1.25 and 1.375). Through the analysis of averaged respond head and efficiency, the laws of head and efficiency changing with the variation of the factors were obtained. Commonly, if a dependent's change cause by a independent variable is smaller than 5%, we can neglect the independent variable's effect. Thus the paper presents a research showing the factors' changing limitations considering the head changing by a percentage smaller than 5%. The conclusion of this article has important reference value for design of centrifugal pumps

  18. Experimental evidence of imperfection influence on the buckling of thin cylindrical shell under uniform external pressure

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    The load carrying behaviour of cylindrical thin-walled shell structures under pressure load is strongly dependent on the nature and magnitude of the imperfections invariably caused by various manufacturing processes. The present paper examines instabilities of long homogeneous and isotropic thin elastic tubes, characterized by geometric imperfections like eccentricity or ovality, on the buckling behaviour in conditions for which, at present, a complete theoretical analysis was not found in literature. Moreover, the additional aspect of the influence of the welded joint geometry and position is investigated over a wide range of diameter to thickness ratio, extending the findings of previous works. The problem of buckling for variable load conditions is relevant in the context of NPP applications as, for instance the optimisation of an integrated and innovative LWR Steam Generator (SG) tubes, according to the updated ASME rules. To the purpose, at Pisa University a rather intense research activity is being carried out on the buckling of thin walled metal specimens in the dimensional range suitable for the above mentioned application. Therefore a test equipment (with the necessary data acquisition facility), suitable for carrying out test series on this issue, as well as numerical models implemented on the MARC FEM code, were set up. The experiments were conducted on test specimens with different materials, e.g. A-316 ASTM (with and without seam weld) and Inconel 690 TT, as well as different loading conditions (lateral and hydrostatic external pressure). A validation of numerical evaluations by comparison with test results is also performed. A good agreement has been observed between the experimental data and the elasto-plastic finite element analyses results, highlighting also the different influence of the mentioned imperfections on the buckling loads

  19. An analysis of influence of input parameters on the external exposure during dismantling of steam generator

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    The decommissioning of nuclear installations represents an essential phase of facility's lifecycle. The main goal of this process is to achieve partial or complete release from radiation control. This can be successfully done only when all activities are planned and optimized according to the ALARA principle. The presence of radioactivity (whether induced activity or contamination) makes the process of dismantling of large components more difficult, because beside their large dimensions and masses, also the level of activity (several orders higher than natural background) has to be taken into account. The subject of analysis is steam generator used in NPPs with VVER 440 type reactor after about 30 years of standard operation. The results of calculation show the big influence of studied input parameters on the external exposure. After comparison of scenarios it is obvious that the decontamination with decontamination factor of 100 causes about 50-times greater decrease of the dose load than the decay time of 5 years (related to the Scenario 0). The more detailed description of model of steam generator, tasks, scenarios and results analysis will be given in the full paper. (authors)

  20. Influence of pellet seating on the external ballistic parameters of spring-piston air guns.

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    Werner, Ronald; Schultz, Benno; Frank, Matthias

    2016-09-01

    In firearm examiners' and forensic specialists' casework as well as in air gun proof testing, reliable measurement of the weapon's muzzle velocity is indispensable. While there are standardized and generally accepted procedures for testing the performance of air guns, the method of seating the diabolo pellets deeper into the breech of break barrel spring-piston air guns has not found its way into standardized test procedures. The influence of pellet seating on the external ballistic parameters was investigated using ten different break barrel spring-piston air guns. Test shots were performed with the diabolo pellets seated 2 mm deeper into the breech using a pellet seater. The results were then compared to reference shots with conventionally loaded diabolo pellets. Projectile velocity was measured with a high-precision redundant ballistic speed measurement system. In eight out of ten weapons, the muzzle energy increased significantly when the pellet seater was used. The average increase in kinetic energy was 31 % (range 9-96 %). To conclude, seating the pellet even slightly deeper into the breech of spring-piston air guns might significantly alter the muzzle energy. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that this effect is taken into account when accurate and reliable measurements of air gun muzzle velocity are necessary. PMID:27448569

  1. Influence of respiration on calculation and delivery of the prescribed dose in external radiotherapy

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    During the delivery of the prescribed dose in external beam radiotherapy, respiration alters the patient's body outline and consequently the basis for dose calculations. The influence of this effect was studied on both healthy volunteers and patients. In a sub-group of volunteers, we measured that respiratory movements modify a person's thickness, in particular in the antero-posterior direction at the lower abdominal level, by more than 4% implying a variation in absorbed dose of more than 2%. In view of the I.C.R.U. requirements for absorbed dose accuracy, these variations must be taken into account. Extension of the study to a group of 160 patients confirmed that for a subgroup of about 25%, respiration induces an important deviation from the prescribed dose as dose calculations are based on a body outline taken at an unknown stage during the respiratory cycle. Our results indicate that dose calculations should be based on an average body outline which takes the respiratory movements into account

  2. Extensional Flow Properties of Externally Plasticized Cellulose Acetate: Influence of Plasticizer Content

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    Hans-Joachim Radusch

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Elongational flow properties of polymer melts are very important for numerous polymer processing technologies such as blown film extrusion or foam extrusion. Rheotens tests were conducted to investigate the influence of plasticizer content on elongational flow properties of cellulose acetate (CA. Triethyl citrate (TEC was used as plasticizer. Melt strength decreases whereas melt extensibility increases with increasing plasticizer content. Melt strength was further studied as a function of zero shear viscosity. The typical draw resonance of the Rheotens curve shifts to higher drawdown velocity and the amplitude of the draw resonance decreases with increasing TEC content. With respect to foam extrusion, not only are melt strength and melt extensibility important but the elongational behavior at low strain rates and the area under the Rheotens curve are also significant. Therefore, elongational viscosity as well as specific energy input were calculated and investigated with respect to plasticizer content. Preliminary foam extrusion tests of externally plasticized CA using chemical blowing agents confirm the results from rheological characterization.

  3. Integration and Communication of CSR Principles by IKEA. An Analysis of the Influence of and on External Stakeholders

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    Swaen, Valérie; Maon, François

    2006-01-01

    In spite of the rising influence of NGOs, the impact of CSR implementation and communication on NGOs’ perceptions and attitudes is rarely evoked. Moreover, empirical studies generally take into account one category of stakeholder at a time, preventing analysts from examining the likely differential impacts of CSR on distinct categories of stakeholders. In this context, this paper proposes (1) to analyze how different external and ubiquitous stakeholders can influence the develo...

  4. Combined influences of genes, prenatal environment, cortisol, and parenting on the development of children’s internalizing vs. externalizing problems

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    Marceau, Kristine; Laurent, Heidemarie K.; Neiderhiser, Jenae M.; Reiss, David; Shaw, Daniel S.; Natsuaki, Misaki; Fisher, Philip A.; Leve, Leslie D.

    2014-01-01

    Research suggests that genetic, prenatal, endocrine, and parenting influences across development individually contribute to internalizing and externalizing problems in children. The present study tests the combined contributions of genetic risk for psychopathology, prenatal environments (maternal drug use and internalizing symptoms), child cortisol at age 4.5 years, and overreactive parenting influences across childhood on 6-year-old children’s internalizing and externalizin...

  5. Procedural Influence on Internal and External Assessment Scores of Undergraduate Vocational and Technical Education Research Projects in Nigerian Universities

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    A. C., John; Manabete, S. S.

    2015-01-01

    This study sought to determine the procedural influence on internal and external assessment scores of undergraduate research projects in vocational and technical education programmes in the university under study. A survey research design was used for the conduct of this study. The population consisted of 130 lecturers and 1,847 students in the…

  6. The internalization of externalities in the production of electricity. Willingness to pay for the attributes of a policy for renewable energy

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    Longo, Alberto [Queen' s University Belfast (United Kingdom); Markandya, Anil [Department of Economics and International Development, University of Bath (United Kingdom); Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (Italy); Petrucci, Marta [NERA Economic Consulting (Italy)

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    This paper investigates the willingness to pay of a sample of residents of Bath, England, for a hypothetical program that promotes the production of renewable energy. Using choice experiments, we assess the preferences of respondents for a policy for the promotion of renewable energy that: (1) contributes to the internalization of the external costs caused by fossil fuel technologies; (2) affects the short-term security of energy supply; (3) has an impact on the employment in the energy sector; and (4) leads to an increase in the electricity bill. Responses to the choice questions show that our respondents are in favour of a policy for renewable energy and that they attach a high value to a policy that brings private and public benefits in terms of climate change and energy security benefits. Our results therefore suggest that consumers are willing to pay a higher price for electricity in order to internalize the external costs in terms of energy security, climate change and air pollution caused by the production of electricity. (author)

  7. The internalization of externalities in the production of electricity. Willingness to pay for the attributes of a policy for renewable energy

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    This paper investigates the willingness to pay of a sample of residents of Bath, England, for a hypothetical program that promotes the production of renewable energy. Using choice experiments, we assess the preferences of respondents for a policy for the promotion of renewable energy that: (1) contributes to the internalization of the external costs caused by fossil fuel technologies; (2) affects the short-term security of energy supply; (3) has an impact on the employment in the energy sector; and (4) leads to an increase in the electricity bill. Responses to the choice questions show that our respondents are in favour of a policy for renewable energy and that they attach a high value to a policy that brings private and public benefits in terms of climate change and energy security benefits. Our results therefore suggest that consumers are willing to pay a higher price for electricity in order to internalize the external costs in terms of energy security, climate change and air pollution caused by the production of electricity. (author)

  8. The external-internal loop of interference: two types of attention and their influence on the learning abilities of mice.

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    Sauce, Bruno; Wass, Christopher; Smith, Andrew; Kwan, Stephanie; Matzel, Louis D

    2014-12-01

    Attention is a component of the working memory system, and is responsible for protecting task-relevant information from interference. Cognitive performance (particularly outside of the laboratory) is often plagued by interference, and the source of this interference, either external or internal, might influence the expression of individual differences in attentional ability. By definition, external attention (also described as "selective attention") protects working memory against sensorial distractors of all kinds, while internal attention (also called "inhibition") protects working memory against emotional impulses, irrelevant information from memory, and automatically-generated responses. At present, it is unclear if these two types of attention are expressed independently in non-human animals, and how they might differentially impact performance on other cognitive processes, such as learning. By using a diverse battery of four attention tests (with varying levels of internal and external sources of interference), here we aimed both to explore this issue, and to obtain a robust and general (less task-specific) measure of attention in mice. Exploratory factor analyses revealed two factors (external and internal attention) that in total, accounted for 73% of the variance in attentional performance. Confirmatory factor analyses found an excellent fit with the data of the model of attention that assumed an external and internal distinction (with a resulting correlation of 0.43). In contrast, a model of attention that assumed one source of variance (i.e., "general attention") exhibited a poor fit with the data. Regarding the relationship between attention and learning, higher resistance against external sources of interference promoted better new learning, but tended to impair performance when cognitive flexibility was required, such as during the reversal of a previously instantiated response. The present results suggest that there can be (at least) two types of

  9. Internal-External Control and Others' Susceptibility to Influence as Determinants of Interpersonal Attraction.

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    The relationship between internal-external control of reinforcement and attraction to others who vary in susceptibility to persuasion was investigated. Internals are defined as persons who believe that reinforcement is contingent on their behavior, while externals are those who believe that reinforcement is independent of their actions and is…

  10. Negative Affect Shares Genetic and Environmental Influences with Symptoms of Childhood Internalizing and Externalizing Disorders

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    Mikolajewski, Amy J.; Allan, Nicholas P.; Hart, Sara A.; Lonigan, Christopher J.; Taylor, Jeanette

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    The co-occurrence of internalizing and externalizing disorders suggests that they may have common underlying vulnerability factors. Research has shown that negative affect is moderately positively correlated with both internalizing and externalizing disorders in children. The present study is the first to provide an examination of negative affect…

  11. The Influence of Information Externalities on the Value of Reputation Building - An Experiment

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    Gary E Bolton; Axel Ockenfels

    2005-01-01

    We observe that information externalities arise in sequential equilibrium of the chain store game such that the amount of reputation building among partners differs from that among strangers. No matching effects are predicted for the trust game. Our experiment confirms the qualitative chain store prediction, but information externalities also show up in the trust game.

  12. Influence of external magnetic field on the etching of a steel ball in an aqueous solution of nitric acid

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    The effect of change of shape of a steel ball was revealed as a result of its etching in an aqueous solution of nitric acid under influence of an external magnetic field. The elongation of a ferromagnetic ball was observed along the direction of an external magnetic field while etching took place uniformly in all the directions without magnetic field application. The steel ball etching in a magnetic field is characterized by formation of three cylindrically symmetric regions with different etching rates and surface structures, divided from each other by clear borders (namely, the pole, equator and transition regions are formed). The non-monotone dependences of etching rate, surface structure of a sample and sample shape after etching on an external magnetic field are observed.

  13. An inquiry on dimensions of external technology search and their influence on technological innovations: evidence from Chinese firms

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    Li-Ying, Jason; Wang, Yuandi; Salomo, Søren

    2014-01-01

    explore the influences of technology search on firms' technological innovation performance along three distinctive dimensions: technical, geographic, and temporal dimensions, using a unique panel data set containing information on Chinese firms that were active in technology in‐licensing and patenting......A central part of technological innovation for industrial firms involves search for new external knowledge. A well‐established stream of literature on firms' external knowledge search has demonstrated that firms investing in broader search may have a great ability to innovate. In this paper, we...... during the period 2000–2009. Our findings reveal that Chinese firms' technological innovation performances are related to external technology search in quite different ways from the ones suggested in the extant literature using evidence from developed countries. We find that Chinese firms searching...

  14. Factors Influencing Students' Perceptions of Graduate Attribute Acquisition in a Multidisciplinary Honours Track in a Dutch University

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    Jansen, E. P. W. A.; Suhre, C. J. M.

    2015-01-01

    This article studies the relationship between students' perceptions of teaching and learning in a multidisciplinary honours programme and their impact on graduate attributes acquisition. The study, conducted among 73 honours students in a Dutch research university, evaluates perceived improvement in graduate attributes through annually collected…

  15. Physical and Mechanical Characterization of Electrodeposited Nickel Nanowires -- Influence of Current Density and External Magnetic Field

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    Samykano, Mahendran

    Magnetic 1-D nanostructures have received great interest due to their various applications including high-density magnetic storage, sensors, drug delivery, and NEMS/MEMS systems. Among different 1-D nanostructures, magnetic nickel (Ni) nanowires with their ferromagnetic properties are of interest in such applications due to their lower cost, and they can be consistently synthesized via electrodeposition. While physical properties are influenced by processing parameters during electrodeposition of Ni nanowires, understanding of their influence on the mechanical properties is still not available. This is primarily due to the following challenges: tediousness involved in experimental techniques for mechanical characterization at nanoscale; sophisticated and careful experimentation required to be performed with advanced microscopy systems (SEM, AFM); robust nanoscale manipulators needed to place a single nanowire within the device; and difficulty in correctly loading and obtaining data for stress-strain within high powered microscopy environments. All of these factors pose significant challenges, limiting the current state of the art in mechanical characterization to its infancy, with wide differences in characterization curves and reported properties in this field. The present research and dissertation focuses on: 1. Experimental synthesis of electrodeposited Ni nanowires at different current densities and external magnetic fields, 2. Physical properties characterization of the synthesized nanowires to understand their morphology, structural and crystallographic properties, 3. Mechanical properties characterization of synthesized Ni nanowires through careful experiments within scanning electron microscope (SEM) based on uni-axial MEMS tensile loading device, 4. Data analysis to understand the process, physical and mechanical property interrelationship and to obtain insights on tensile deformation and failure modes observed in the Ni nanowires studied. Key research

  16. The chaos and order in human ECG under the influence of the external perturbations

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    model reconstruction of the individual cardiac beat. It is found that the positions of the stationary points of the typical ECG attractor are in vicinities of Q and T waves. Additionally, we find that the stiffness of the beat is important for the general stability of ECG. The given results agues for the increase the relative disorder of the human cardiac system under external perturbations due to changes in the space weather and climatic factors. Also, the results of monitoring show that cardiac system can be stabilized by "internal" (physical) stress. The given difference in the cardiac sys-tem behavior under the different types of stress is obtained in the earth labaratory conditions. However, it should be considered as important factors influencing on the health of cosmonauts during the space missions, as well.

  17. Mobile lidars. Influence of external mechanical actions on accuracy of lidar aiming

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    Dmitriev, Viktor Stepanovich; Kostyuchenko, T. G.; Yangulov, V. S.; Teploukhov, V. V.

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    The questions of designing mechanical system load-bearing elements «lidar radiator-lidar basis-automobile» in order to reduce external mechanical effects on lidar aiming accuracy have been considered

  18. Attribute coordination in organizations

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    Yingyi Qian; Gerard Roland; Chenggang Xu

    2001-01-01

    We study coordination in organizations with a variety of organizational forms. Coordination in organization is modeled as the adjustment of attributes and capacities of tasks when facing external shocks. An M-form (U-form) organization groups complementary (substitutable) tasks together in one unit. In the presence of only attribute shocks, particularly when gains from specialization are small, communication is poor, or shocks are more likely, the expected payoff of the decentralized M-form i...

  19. The influence of external factors on the credit risk in leasing industry

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    Gholamreza Farsad Amanollahi

    2016-01-01

    Credit risk consists of probability of non-return, which may be in the form of bankruptcy or a decrease in financial and credit situation of the lessee. The variables are extracted from the Central Bank. In this study the independent variables are measured with six factors that are called external factors. The external factors are size of leasing, ownership interest rate, foreign exchange, inflation, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The present study uses related observations from 31 leasing...

  20. Influence of external constraints on the stability of sintering of bi-porous materials

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    The constitutive behavior of a material with bimodal pore distribution is considered in the presence of external constraints and loading. For analysis, numerical methods of the continuum mechanics of sintering are utilized. The effects of partial constraining of the external surface of powder specimens subjected to sintering are studied. The evolution of volume fractions of small and large pores is analyzed. The sensitivity of large and small pore volume fraction kinetics to constraining/loading path is determined

  1. Peer influences on internalizing and externalizing problems among adolescents: a longitudinal social network analysis.

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    Fortuin, Janna; van Geel, Mitch; Vedder, Paul

    2015-04-01

    Adolescents who like each other may become more similar to each other with regard to internalizing and externalizing problems, though it is not yet clear which social mechanisms explain these similarities. In this longitudinal study, we analyzed four mechanisms that may explain similarity in adolescent peer networks with regard to externalizing and internalizing problems: selection, socialization, avoidance and withdrawal. At three moments during one school-year, we asked 542 adolescents (8th grade, M-age = 13.3 years, 51 % female) to report who they liked in their classroom, and their own internalizing and externalizing problems. Adolescents tend to prefer peers who have similar externalizing problem scores, but no significant selection effect was found for internalizing problems. Adolescents who share the same group of friends socialize each other and then become more similar with respect to externalizing problems, but not with respect to internalizing problems. We found no significant effects for avoidance or withdrawal. Adolescents may choose to belong to a peer group that is similar to them in terms of externalizing problem behaviors, and through peer group socialization (e.g., enticing, modelling, mimicking, and peer pressure) become more similar to that group over time. PMID:25119729

  2. The influence of external forcing on subdecadal variability of regional surface temperature in CMIP5 simulations of the last millennium

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    Le, Thanh; Sjolte, Jesper; Muscheler, Raimund

    2016-02-01

    We use Granger causality to investigate the influences of external forcings on subdecadal variability of regional near-surface air temperature (SAT) in past millennium simulations (period 850-1850 A.D.) of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) models. Our results strengthen the conclusion for robust influence of volcanic forcing on SAT during preindustrial times of the last millennium. The SAT response to solar variations is detected in tropical and subtropical regions. In other regions, this response is weak. The impact of greenhouse gases (GHGs) radiative forcing to regional SAT is weak and uncertain. This is most probably due to the low amplitude of the variations in GHGs and hence weak GHGs forcing during the preindustrial millennium. The low agreement between models in simulating the impacts of solar variations on SAT in several regions suggests the different dynamical responses in these models, possibly associated with inaccurate parameterization of the processes related to solar forcing. Our analysis suggests that internal climate variability played a more significant role than external forcings in short-term SAT variability in the regions of the North Atlantic, the North Pacific, the Arctic, the Antarctic Peninsula, and its surrounding oceans. The possibility of long-term impacts of external forcings on SAT and the uncertainties that might be contained due to effects of internal climate modes other than El Niño-Southern Oscillation underscore the necessity for a more detailed understanding of the dynamical response of SAT to external forcings.

  3. External Communication and Its Influence on Secondary Schools Corporate Image: A Case Study of Kitale Academy Secondary School

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    Aloys Nyagechi Kiriago

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Communication by schools with their external publics is crucial for both parties. Stakeholders need to know what happens in schools where their children learn. This study sought to examine the influence of external communication on the corporate image of secondary schools.The research design adopted was a case study of Kitale Academy Secondary. The target population was 420 people from which a sample of 47 was selected using random sampling and non random sampling. The sample included school administrators, heads of departments, teachers, support staff and students. Data was collected using questionnaires. Analysis was done using basic descriptive statistics.From the findings of the research it was evident that word of mouth was the channel that was very frequently used by the students, administrators, and heads of departments, teachers and support staff to external target audience. The findings also indicated a strong relationship between feedbacks from external communication on the image of school. Respondents saw their school’s cooperate image as very positive while also perceiving others outside as seeing the schools image as positive. The researcher recommended that secondary schools to put in place a public relations policy so as to interact positively with their external audience.

  4. Analysis of the influence of external magnetic field on transition matrix elements in quantum well and quantum cascade laser structures

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    Demić, Aleksandar; Radovanović, Jelena; Milanović, Vitomir

    2016-08-01

    We present a method for modeling nonparabolicity effects (NPE) in quantum nanostructures in presence of external electric and magnetic field by using second order perturbation theory. The method is applied to analysis of quantum well structure and active region of a quantum cascade laser (QCL). This model will allow us to examine the influence of magnetic field on dipole matrix element in QCL structures, which will provide a better insight to how NPE can affect the gain of QCL structures.

  5. A qualitative study exploring how social norms and empowerment influence female leaders related to represent organizations externally

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    Nilsen, Anette

    2012-01-01

    Qualitative methods; seven in depth interviews among leaders in an chosen organization and two focus groups were chosen for this research to get as profoundly insight as possible when it comes to their perceptions of female leaders that represent organizations externally and how or if social norms in the society or/ and organization influence them. There were not found any large differences among the different leaders nor the focus groups. Old prejudices and stereotypes, such as perceive m...

  6. Analysis of dipole matrix element in quantum well and quantum cascade laser under the influence of external magnetic field

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    Demić Aleksandar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a method for modeling nonparabolicity effects (NPE in quantum nanostructures by using second order perturbation theory. We will analyze application of this model on a quantum well without external electric field and a quantum cascade laser (QCL. This model will allow us to examine the influence of magnetic field on dipole matrix element in QCL structures which will give better insight how NPE can disrupt gain of QCL structures. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III45010

  7. PREFACE: Quantum Field Theory Under the Influence of External Conditions (QFEXT07)

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    Bordag, M.; Mostepanenko, V. M.

    2008-04-01

    This special issue contains papers reflecting talks presented at the 8th Workshop on Quantum Field Theory Under the Influence of External Conditions (QFEXT07), held on 17 21 September 2007, at Leipzig University. This workshop gathered 108 physicists and mathematicians working on problems which are focused on the following topics: •Casimir and van der Waals forces—progress in theory and new experiments, applications at micro- and nano-scale •Casimir effect—exact results, approximate methods and mathematical problems •Vacuum quantum effects in classical background fields—renormalization issues, singular backgrounds, applications to particle and high energy physics •Vacuum energy and gravity, vacuum energy in supersymmetric and noncommutative theories. This workshop is part of a series started in 1989 and 1992 in Leipzig by Dieter Robaschik, and continued in 1995, 1998 and 2001 in Leipzig by Michael Bordag. In 2003 this Workshop was organized by Kimball A Milton in Oklahoma, in 2005 by Emilio Elizalde in Barcelona and in 2007 it returned to Leipzig. The field of physics after which this series of workshops is named is remarkably broad. It stretches from experimental work on the measurement of dispersion forces between macroscopic bodies to quantum corrections in the presence of classical background fields. The underlying physical idea is that even in its ground state (vacuum) a quantum system responds to changes in its environment. The universality of this idea makes the field of its application so very broad. The most prominent manifestation of vacuum energy is the Casimir effect. This is, in its original formulation, the attraction between conducting planes due to the vacuum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field. In a sense, this is the long-range tail of the more general dispersion forces acting between macroscopic bodies. With the progress in nanotechnology, dispersion forces become of direct practical significance. On a more theoretical side

  8. Collaborative entrepreneurship: On the Influence of Internal and External Collaboration on Corporate Entrepreneurial Innovation

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    Lassen, Astrid Heidemann; Timenes Laugen, Bjørge; Middel, Rick

    2008-01-01

    unfolds as interfirm activity, which here is termed collaborative entrepreneurship, and provides details on the particular patterns of Open Innovation. The empirical analysis is based on a data set with responses from 512 Danish engineers. The analysis finds that external collaboration has significantly...... different effects on innovation height depending on the type of partners involved, and furthermore suggests that the development of entrepreneurial innovation is not only dependent on high external involvement, but also on involvement and collaboration among internal functional departments and people....

  9. The influence of different level of opponents on internal responsesand external loads during small-sided games in soccer

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    Karel Hůlka

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Small-sided games belong to specific training where exercise intensity can be manipulated mainly by modifying external factors. To ensure suitable usage of small-sided games in practice, we have to know the variables, which could influence internal responses and external loads. Objective: The purpose of this work is to determine the influence of opponents of different levels on internal response and external load during a 4-a-side soccer game. Methods: Twenty physical education and soccer coaching students (age 22.53 ± 1.02 years; body mass index 20.83 ± 2.13 kg ⋅ m-2; peak heart rate 195.26 ± 6.05 beats ⋅ min-1 participated in the study. Heart rate, distance covered, global rate of perceived exertion, and technical demands (passes, shots, steals, turnovers were monitored. The participants were divided into two higher level teams and two lower level teams according to experts' perfomance ranking. Results: The results showed significantly lower average heart rate achieved by higher level teams in the 4-a-side game against lower level opponents compared to against higher level teams. Then lower level teams reached significantly higher average heart rate in the 4-a-side game against higher level teams than in mutual lower level team 4-a-side game. We found out significantly higher distance covered by lower level teams in 4-a-side game against higher level teams than in lower level teams mutual 4-a-side game. Conclusions: The results of this study demonstrated that the performance level of opponents influence internal and external load of the players. The higher level of opponents increases the work load of lower level teams.

  10. Deviates' External Status and Opinion Patterns: Effects on Influence, Attractiveness, and Perceived Rationale.

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    Ruback, R. Barry; Gromme, Marcia A.

    1989-01-01

    Manipulated external status of a target by presenting person as ethnic majority female, ethnic minority male, or ethnic majority male discussing issue with four ethnic majority males. Subjects were college students (N=219). Results were consistent with previous research showing odd person in a group is more salient than other group members. (ABL)

  11. A piecewise-integration method for simulating the influence of external forcing on climate

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    Zhifu Zhang; Chongjian Qiu; Chenghai Wang

    2008-01-01

    Climate drift occurs in most general circulation models (GCMs) as a result of incomplete physical and numerical representation of the complex climate system,which may cause large uncertainty in sensitivity experiments evaluating climate response to changes in external forcing.To solve this problem,we propose a piecewise-integration method to reduce the systematic error in climate sensitivity studies.The observations are firstly assimilated into a numerical model by using the dynamic relaxation technique to relax to the current state of atmosphere,and then the assimilated fields are continuously used to reinitialize the simulation to reduce the error of climate simulation.When the numerical model is integrated with changed external forcing,the results can be split into two parts,background and perturbation fields,and the background is the state before the external forcing is changed.The piecewise-integration method is used to continuously reinitialize the model with the assimilated field,instead of the background.Therefore,the simulation error of the model with the external forcing can be reduced.In this way,the accuracy of climate sensitivity experiments is greatly improved.Tests with a simple low-order spectral model show that this approach can significantly reduce the uncertainty of climate sensitivity experiments.

  12. Recovering Faces from Memory: The Distracting Influence of External Facial Features

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    Frowd, Charlie D.; Skelton, Faye; Atherton, Chris; Pitchford, Melanie; Hepton, Gemma; Holden, Laura; McIntyre, Alex H.; Hancock, Peter J. B.

    2012-01-01

    Recognition memory for unfamiliar faces is facilitated when contextual cues (e.g., head pose, background environment, hair and clothing) are consistent between study and test. By contrast, inconsistencies in external features, especially hair, promote errors in unfamiliar face-matching tasks. For the construction of facial composites, as carried…

  13. The influence of external fields on the energy of two interacting electrons in a quantum dot

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    In this paper, the effects of both an external electric field and an external magnetic field on the energy of two interacting electrons in a two-dimensional parabolic quantum dot are investigated for various quantum states (n,|m|) in the framework of the asymptotic iteration method. It is seen that the energy eigenvalues increase monotonically with increasing electric and magnetic field strengths in the weak- and strong-field regimes. However, the behavior is slightly different in the two regimes. Whereas the energy values increase linearly in the low-electric-field regime, they increase much more than linearly in the strong-field regime. This paper demonstrates that it is possible to obtain the energy eigenvalues of two electrons in a two-dimensional parabolic quantum dot not only for cases with and without an electric field and with and without a magnetic field, but also for cases where magnetic and electric fields (either strong or weak) are present simultaneously. - Highlights: ► The energy eigenvalues of two electrons in a 2D quantum dot in external electric and magnetic fields are discussed. ► The effects of the fields on the energies are obtained for strong and weak fields. ► The energies increase monotonically with increasing field. ► The increase in the energies in weak fields has a different behavior from that in strong fields.► The method used here is very efficient for discovering the effects of external fields on different states.

  14. Magnetic structures in ultra-thin Holmium films: Influence of external magnetic field

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    We address the magnetic phases in very thin Ho films at the temperature interval between 20 K and 132 K. We show that slab size, surface effects and magnetic field due to spin ordering impact significantly the magnetic phase diagram. Also we report that there is a relevant reduction of the external field strength required to saturate the magnetization and for ultra-thin films the helical state does not form. We explore the specific heat and the susceptibility as auxiliary tools to discuss the nature of the phase transitions, when in the presence of an external magnetic field and temperature effects. The presence of an external field gives rise to the magnetic phase Fan and the spin-slip structures. - Highlights: • We analyze the magnetic phases of very thin Ho films in the temperature interval 20–132 K. • We show that slab size, etc. due to spin ordering may impact the magnetic phase diagram. • All magnetic phase transitions, for strong magnetic fields, are marked by the specific heat. • The presence of an external field gives rise to the magnetic phase Fan and the spin-slip one

  15. Photosynthesis in tropical cover crop legumes influenced by irradiance, external carbon dioxide concentration and temperature

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    In plantation crops perennial tropical legumes are grown as understory plants, receive limited irradiance, and are subjected to elevated levels of CO2 and temperature. Independent short-term effects of photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD), external carbon dioxide concentration [CO2] and temper...

  16. Magnetic structures in ultra-thin Holmium films: Influence of external magnetic field

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    Rodrigues, L.J. [Departamento de Física Teórica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal 59600-900, RN (Brazil); Departamento de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte, Mossoró 59625-620, RN (Brazil); Mello, V.D. [Departamento de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte, Mossoró 59625-620, RN (Brazil); Anselmo, D.H.A.L. [Departamento de Física Teórica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal 59600-900, RN (Brazil); Vasconcelos, M.S., E-mail: mvasconcelos@ect.ufrn.br [Escola de Ciência e Tecnologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 59072-970 Natal, RN (Brazil)

    2015-03-01

    We address the magnetic phases in very thin Ho films at the temperature interval between 20 K and 132 K. We show that slab size, surface effects and magnetic field due to spin ordering impact significantly the magnetic phase diagram. Also we report that there is a relevant reduction of the external field strength required to saturate the magnetization and for ultra-thin films the helical state does not form. We explore the specific heat and the susceptibility as auxiliary tools to discuss the nature of the phase transitions, when in the presence of an external magnetic field and temperature effects. The presence of an external field gives rise to the magnetic phase Fan and the spin-slip structures. - Highlights: • We analyze the magnetic phases of very thin Ho films in the temperature interval 20–132 K. • We show that slab size, etc. due to spin ordering may impact the magnetic phase diagram. • All magnetic phase transitions, for strong magnetic fields, are marked by the specific heat. • The presence of an external field gives rise to the magnetic phase Fan and the spin-slip one.

  17. Influences of external vs. core-shell mixing on aerosol optical properties at various relative humidities.

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    Ramachandran, S; Srivastava, Rohit

    2013-05-01

    Aerosol optical properties of external and core-shell mixtures of aerosol species present in the atmosphere are calculated in this study for different relative humidities. Core-shell Mie calculations are performed using the values of radii, refractive indices and densities of aerosol species that act as core and shell, and the core-shell radius ratio. The single scattering albedo (SSA) is higher when the absorbing species (black carbon, BC) is the core, while for a sulfate core SSA does not vary significantly as the BC in the shell dominates the absorption. Absorption gets enhanced in core-shell mixing of absorbing and scattering aerosols when compared to their external mixture. Thus, SSA is significantly lower for a core-shell mixture than their external mixture. SSA is more sensitive to core-shell ratio than mode radius when BC is the core. The extinction coefficient, SSA and asymmetry parameter are higher for external mixing when compared to BC (core)-water soluble aerosol (shell), and water soluble aerosol (core)-BC (shell) mixtures in the relative humidity range of 0 to 90%. Spectral SSA exhibits the behaviour of the species which acts as a shell in core-shell mixing. The asymmetry parameter for an external mixture of water soluble aerosol and BC is higher than BC (core)-water soluble aerosol (shell) mixing and increases as function of relative humidity. The asymmetry parameter for the water soluble aerosol (core)-BC (shell) is independent of relative humidity as BC is hydrophobic. The asymmetry parameter of the core-shell mixture decreases when BC aerosols are involved in mixing, as the asymmetry parameter of BC is lower. Aerosol optical depth (AOD) of core-shell mixtures increases at a higher rate when the relative humidity exceeds 70% in continental clean and urban aerosol models, whereas AOD remains the same when the relative humidity exceeds 50% in maritime aerosol models. The SSA for continental aerosols varies for core-shell mixing of water soluble

  18. Influence of the external solution in the electroosmotic flux induced by realkalisation

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    Castellote, M.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Electrochemical repair methods are based on the application of an impressed direct current between the reinforcement and an auxiliary electrode placed at the concrete surface. In the case of realkalisation, the aim of the treatment consists in restoring the alkalinity of the concrete around the rebar to repassivate it. The realkalisation seems to be primarily provided by the generation of OH- at the rebar which is acting as cathode, through the reaction of water hydrolysis. It had been claimed that also carbonate ions penetrate towards the rebar by the electroosmosis; however it was not until very recently that the authors were able to demonstrate and quantify it through hardened carbonated concrete. In the present paper, laboratory trials are reported showing the influence of the external solution in the electroosmotic flux. The experiments have been carried out on normalised carbonated OPC mortars and 4 different solutions have been tested, ranging from 0.1 to 2M in Na2CO3. As a result, it has been proved that the electroosmotic flux is not constant during the experiment. The pH in the anolyte is the determining parameter on the zeta potential and consequently in the electroosmotic flux, reaching its maximum, for the experiments of this research, at the pH of the buffer carbonate/'bicarbonate.

    Los métodos electroquímicos de reparación de estructuras dañadas por corrosión de armaduras se basan en la aplicación de corriente continua entre la armadura y un electrodo auxiliar colocado sobre la superficie del hormigón. En el caso de la realcalinización, el objetivo del tratamiento consiste en restaurar la alcalinidad del hormigón alrededor de la armadura, con lo que se consigue la repasivación de la misma. Esta alcalinización se alcanza por la generación de OH- en la hidrólisis del agua que tiene lugar en el acero que actúa como cátodo, aunque también se postula la penetración de

  19. Theoretical investigations on the geometric and electronic structures of polyacetylene molecule under the influence of external electric field

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    Full Text Available The geometric and electronic structures of all-trans polyacetylene (PA molecule in neutral, cationic, and anionic states have been studied theoretically by density functional theory method at the B3LYP/6-31+G* level. The results show that both the geometric and electronic structures of the PA molecule are sensitive to the external electric field (EF. For neutral PA molecule, with the increase of EF, the carbon-carbon single bonds are shortened while the carbon-carbon double bonds are elongated. The energy gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO-HOMO gap decreases with the EF increasing. For cationic PA molecule, the carbon-carbon single bonds and carbon-carbon double bonds on the high potential side are elongated and shortened, respectively. While, the carboncarbon single bonds and carbon-carbon double bonds on the low potential side are shortened and elongated, respectively. Contrary to the neutral PA case, the LUMO-HOMO gap increases with the EF increasing. Contrast to the case of cationic PA, the evolution of carbon-carbon bond lengths for the anionic PA molecule under the external EF reverses. The LUMO-HOMO gap of the anionic PA molecule decreases with the increase of external EF. In addition, the spatial distributions of the HOMO and LUMO under the influence of external EF are also discussed for the PA molecule in neutral, cationic, and anionic states.

  20. Influence of external magnetic fields on critical currents of solenoids wound with anisotropic HTS tapes - theoretical analysis

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    Theoretical analysis of the critical currents in solenoids wound with anisotropic superconductors was performed. The results of the numerical calculations indicate that applying the external magnetic field to the cylindrical coils which are made of anisotropic HTS tapes may lead to some increase in their critical current. Taking into account the angle dependence of the Jc(B) of short Bi(2223)Ag tape samples measured at 77 K we have shown how the external homogeneous magnetic field parallel to the axis of cylindrical symmetry influences the value of the coil's critical current. We also present the analysis of the influence of the external magnetic field on the change in position of weak turns in the winding. It is shown that determination of the magnet critical current represents mathematically the solution of a non-linear equation. The methods as well as the computer procedure enabling the evaluation of the coil's expected critical current and the location of the position of weak places in the winding are described. Further, the expressions that can be applied to the calculation of critical currents of the magnets, made of superconducting wires and tapes, whose Jc(B) characteristics are isotropic, were derived. The possibility of obtaining analytical solutions for simplified linear Jc(B) and for the general case of Be ≠ 0 is also discussed. (author)

  1. Analysis of the Influence of Plot Size and LiDAR Density on Forest Structure Attribute Estimates

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    Ruiz, Luis A.; Txomin Hermosilla; Francisco Mauro; Miguel Godino

    2014-01-01

    Licencia Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) This paper assesses the combined effect of field plot size and LiDAR density on the estimation of four forest structure attributes: volume, total biomass, basal area and canopy cover. A total of 21 different plot sizes were considered, obtained by decreasing the field measured plot radius value from 25 to 5 m with regular intervals of 1 m. LiDAR data densities were simulated by randomly removing LiDAR pulses until ...

  2. The influence of an external magnetic field on the triplet proximity effect in ferromagnet/superconductor trilayers

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    The properties of the ferromagnet/superconductor (FS) system are theoretically studied in an external magnetic field. We consider the boundary value problem for the Usadel-like equations in the case of the so-called ‘dirty’ limit. Based on a fit of theoretical and known experimental data for the real symmetrical CuNi/Nb/CuNi trilayer, we expand upon numerical predictions on the asymmetrical F1SF2 and F1F2S systems. It is shown that the asymmetry essentially influences the critical properties of both the trilayers. The appearance of peculiar solitary re-entrant superconductivity caused by an external magnetic field is predicted for the F1F2S system. (paper)

  3. Influence of the External Classical Field on the Entanglement of a Two-Level Atom

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    Khalil, E. M.

    2013-04-01

    The atomic and the field entropies of a two-level atom, which is additionally driven by an external classical field are investigated. Under a certain canonical transformation for the excited and ground states the system is transformed into the usual JCM. Using the equations of motion in the Heisenberg picture exact solutions for the time-dependent dynamical operators are obtained. The entanglement between atom-field system is studied by using the atomic and the field entropies. Also we use the concurrence to detect the sudden death phenomenon and the relationship between entropies and the concurrence of the entanglement are discussed. It is shown that the amount of entanglement, the atomic and the field entropies of the subsystem can be improved by controlling the external classical field.

  4. The Relationship Between the Genetic and Environmental Influences on Common Externalizing Psychopathology and Mental Wellbeing

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    Kendler, Kenneth S.; Myers, John M.; Keyes, Corey L. M.

    2011-01-01

    To determine the relationship between the genetic and environmental risk factors for externalizing psychopathology and mental wellbeing, we examined detailed measures of emotional, social and psychological wellbeing, and a history of alcohol-related problems and smoking behavior in the last year in 1,386 individual twins from same-sex pairs from the MIDUS national US sample assessed in 1995. Cholesky decomposition analyses were performed with the Mx program. The best fit model contained one h...

  5. Corporate social responsibility: How internal and external CSR perceptions influence employee outcomes

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    Kroh, Julia

    2014-01-01

    A Work Project, presented as part of the requirements for the Award of a Masters Degree in Management from the NOVA – School of Business and Economics Employees can be considered the inner workings of an organization. With CSR on the rise it is surprising to find comparatively little research exploring how CSR impacts such an existential stakeholder group. This study aims to theoretically explore and empirically test if internal and external CSR perceptions affect employees’ organizational...

  6. The influence of single external gamma-irradiation (0.5 Gy) on rat embryo development

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    Primigravida 4-month rats were exposed to single whole-body external gamma-radiation (137Cs, 0.5 Gy) during organogenesis on days 9 and 15 of pregnancy. The embryotoxic effect of radiation was studied on the 20th day of pregnancy. The irradiation caused significant growth disorders characterized mainly by a nonuniform hypoplasia of fetus organs. his effect was most pronounced in fetuses irradiated on the 15th day of the intrauterine development

  7. The influence of external factors on the credit risk in leasing industry

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    Gholamreza Farsad Amanollahi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Credit risk consists of probability of non-return, which may be in the form of bankruptcy or a decrease in financial and credit situation of the lessee. The variables are extracted from the Central Bank. In this study the independent variables are measured with six factors that are called external factors. The external factors are size of leasing, ownership interest rate, foreign exchange, inflation, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP. The present study uses related observations from 31 leasing companies from 2008 to 2013 to find out the determinants of the credit risk. The combined evidences suggest that internal factors such as upfront prepayment, credit insurance contract, security deposits, time and period contract, collateral and guarantees, contract amount, as well as external factors such as interest rate, inflation, foreign exchange, Gross Domestic Product infrastructure, and credit risk are determinants in the policy-making process involving the industrial leasing. Furthermore, the empirical results indicate the size of leasing and ownership are not the significant determinants of credit risk. The results of this dissertation provide several implications for policy-makers in the leasing industry. Policy-makers will be better off employing different procedures for leasing activities in the leasing industry.

  8. Variation of the matrix elements of the hydrogen atom dipole under the influence of a uniform external electric field

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    The quantum mechanical perturbation theory as used in a foregoing paper, for the determination of the frequencies of the Stark components of hydrogen in an uniform external electric field is taken up again to calculate the intensities of the line components. The numerical results show that the influence of the perturbing electric field is important also in higher orders. In the first paragraph of this report we give a theoretical justification of our calculations; the second paragraph contains the equations used for the numerical calculations, and the third paragraph contains the numerical results for the components of the first lines of the Lyman and Balmer series. (authors)

  9. The influence of the external ankle support on the dynamic balance in volleyball athletes

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    Manuela Azevedo Correia de Lima; Germanna de Medeiros Barbosa; Joseanne Daniele Cezar Ribeiro; José Jamacy de Almeida Ferreira; Palloma Rodrigues de Andrade; Heleodório Honorato dos Santos

    2015-01-01

    AbstractThe purpose of this study was to assess the effect of ankle external supports on proprioception and dynamic balance in volleyball players. Seventeen female volleyball players (18.94±2.49 years; 65.45±9.49 kg; 1.71±0.05 m; BMI=22.0±2.67 kg/m²) took part in this study. The dynamic balance was assessed through the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT). Comparisons between stabilization (no stabilizer/NS, orthosis/ORT and functional bandaging/FB) modes and the SEBT grid lines and inter-limb ...

  10. Study of the external parameters influence on the channel discharge radius in Hg lamps

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    In this paper, the plasma electric conductivity and the channel radius for high-pressure mercury arc discharge are calculated. The examined model emphasizes some correlations between various external parameters (current intensity, silicon tube diameter and working pressure) and the channel discharge radius. After model validation, the temperature distribution in the discharge zone is obtained and then the electrons and ions distribution, the electric carriers mobility and the electric conductivity for different lamp characteristics are calculated. The applied numerical simulation shows a linear increase of the channel radius with the tube radius Rw increasing, and a very week pressure dependence (in the range 0.5 - 5 atm.)

  11. External and Internal Influences as Driving Forces and/or Stumbling-Blocks in the Development of the South African Quality Assurance System Nationally as Well as Institutionally.

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    van der Westhuizen, L. J.

    2002-01-01

    Examines the most important internal and external environmental influences directing or hampering national and institutional quality assurance and management developments, as well as their implementation, in the South African higher education system. (EV)

  12. Comparison of Management Styles in Organic and Conventional Farming with Respect to Disruptive External Influences. The Case of Organic Dairy Farming and Conventional Horticulture in the Netherlands

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    Blom, M.; Gremmen, H.G.J.

    2012-01-01

    Conventional Dutch farming systems are constantly improving their technology to withstand disruptive external influences, while organic farming tends to focus on methods that stress conservation of natural and nonrenewable resources. We hypothesize that management styles to withstand disruptive exte

  13. The Enchilada effect: Do ethnocentrism,affinity & PCI influence the COO effect onconsumers’ foreign product attribute andtype preferences?

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    Reynoso Landeros, Victor Manuel; Lang, Sebastian

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: To identify the relevance ethnocentrism, affinity and product country-image (the three theory effect affectionately called “the enchilada effect” by the authors) have on the consumers’ decision-making process as well as their effect on the consumers’ preferences for certain product attribute importance and types. Problem: In modern society most marketplaces around the world are full of foreign products. The importance ethnocentrism and the country of origin (COO) effect have on the c...

  14. Influence of student attributes on readiness for interprofessional learning across multiple healthcare disciplines: Identifying factors to inform educational development

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    M.P. Judge; E.C. Polifroni; Zhu, S.

    2015-01-01

    This investigation evaluated if individual student attributes have a predictive impact on readiness for interprofessional education (IPE). An exploratory analysis was conducted with 311 students from dental medicine, dietetics, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy. Discipline, gender, age, academic standing, amount of clinical exposure in academic program and number of years worked in a patient care setting were evaluated as predictors of readiness for IPE using the Readiness for ...

  15. The influence of the external ankle support on the dynamic balance in volleyball athletes

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    Manuela Azevedo Correia de Lima

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available AbstractThe purpose of this study was to assess the effect of ankle external supports on proprioception and dynamic balance in volleyball players. Seventeen female volleyball players (18.94±2.49 years; 65.45±9.49 kg; 1.71±0.05 m; BMI=22.0±2.67 kg/m² took part in this study. The dynamic balance was assessed through the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT. Comparisons between stabilization (no stabilizer/NS, orthosis/ORT and functional bandaging/FB modes and the SEBT grid lines and inter-limb were carried out. The SEBT assessment showed a significant difference between the groups NS x ORT and NS x FB (p < .01, and between the lines (p< .01. Significant line/limb interaction in DL and NDL (p< .01 was detected. The external supports tested herein showed similar effects on balance, restricting lower limb's reach in the SEBT execution in some of tested directions.

  16. Influence of external field and consequent impurity breathing on excitation profile of doped quantum dots

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    Excitation in quantum dots is an important phenomenon. Realizing the importance we investigate the excitation behavior of a repulsive impurity doped quantum dot induced by an external oscillatory field. As an obvious consequence the simultaneous oscillation of spatial stretch of impurity domain has also been taken into account. The impurity potential has been assumed to have a Gaussian nature. The ratio of two oscillations (η) has been exploited to understand the nature of excitation. Indeed it has been found that the said ratio could orchestrate the excitation in a truly elegant way. Apart from the ratio, the dopant location also plays some meaningful role towards modulating the excitation rate. The present study also indicates the attainment of stabilization in the excitation rate as soon as η surpasses a threshold value irrespective of the dopant location. Moreover, prior to the onset of stabilization we also envisage minimization in the excitation rate at some typical η values depending on the dopant location. The critical analysis of pertinent impurity parameters provides important perception about the physics behind the excitation process. -- Highlights: ► The excitation profile of impurity doped quantum dot has been investigated. ► The dot is subject to external oscillatory field. ► Concomitant time-dependence in spatial stretch of impurity has been introduced. ► Minimization in excitation rate is observed as a function of two oscillation ratios. Role of dopant location has also been analyzed

  17. External and internal factors influencing self-directed online learning of physiotherapy undergraduate students in Sweden: a qualitative study

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    Catharina Sjödahl Hammarlund

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Online courses have become common in health sciences education. This learning environment can be designed using different approaches to support student learning. To further develop online environment, it is important to understand how students perceive working and learning online. The aim of this study is to identify aspects influencing students’ learning processes and their adaptation to self-directed learning online. Methods: Thirty-four physiotherapy students with a mean age of 25 years (range, 21 to 34 years participated. Qualitative content analysis and triangulation was used when investigating the students’ self-reflections, written during a five week self-directed, problem-oriented online course. Results: Two categories emerged: ‘the influence of the structured framework’ and ‘communication and interaction with teachers and peers.’ The learning processes were influenced by external factors, e.g., a clear structure including a transparent alignment of assignments and assessment. Important challenges to over-come were primarily internal factors, e.g., low self-efficacy, difficulties to plan the work effectively and adapting to a new environment. Conclusion: The analyses reflected important perspectives targeting areas which enable further course development. The influences of external and internal factors on learning strategies and self-efficacy are important aspects to consider when designing online courses. Factors such as pedagogical design, clarity of purpose, goals, and guidelines were important as well as continuous opportunities for communication and collaboration. Further studies are needed to understand and scaffold the motivational factors among students with low self-efficacy.

  18. [FHF]−—The Strongest Hydrogen Bond under the Influence of External Interactions

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A search through the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD for crystal structures containing the [FHF]− anion was carried out. Forty five hydrogen bifluoride structures were found mainly with the H-atom moved from the mid-point of the F…F distance. However several [FHF]− systems characterized by D∞h symmetry were found, the same as this anion possesses in the gas phase. The analysis of CSD results as well as the analysis of results of ab initio calculations on the complexes of [FHF]− with Lewis acid moieties show that the movement of the H-atom from the central position depends on the strength of interaction of this anion with external species. The analysis of the electron charge density distribution in complexes of [FHF]− was performed with the use of the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM approach and the Natural Bond Orbitals (NBO method.

  19. Dead zones as safe-havens for planetesimals: influence of disc mass and external magnetic field

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    Gressel, Oliver; Turner, Neal J

    2012-01-01

    (Abridged) Planetesimals embedded in a protoplanetary disc are stirred by gravitational torques exerted by density fluctuations in the surrounding turbulence. In particular, planetesimals in a disc supporting fully developed magneto-rotational turbulence are readily excited to velocity dispersions above the threshold for catastrophic disruption, halting planet formation. We aim to examine the stirring of planetesimals lying instead in a magnetically-decoupled midplane dead zone, stirred only by spiral density waves propagating out of the disc's magnetically-coupled turbulent surface layers. We extend previous studies to include a wider range of disc models, and explore the effects of varying the disc column density and external magnetic field strength. [...] The strength of the stirring is found to be independent of the gas surface density, which is contrary to the increase with disc mass expected from a simple linear wave picture. The discrepancy arises from the shearing out of density waves as they propagat...

  20. Influence of external resonant magnetic perturbation field on edge plasma of small tokamak HYBTOK-II

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    Radial profile of externally applied resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) field with mode numbers of m = 6 and n = 2 in a small tokamak device HYBTOK-II have been investigated using a magnetic probe array, which is able to measure the radial profile of magnetic field perturbation induced by applying RMP. Results of RMP penetration into the plasma show that the RMP decreased toward the plasma center, while they were amplified around the resonant surface with a safety factor q = 3 due to the formation of magnetic islands. This suggests that RMP fields for controlling edge plasmas may trigger some kind of MHD instabilities. In addition, simulation results, based on a linearized four-field model, which agrees with the experimental ones, indicates that the penetration and amplification process of RMP strongly depend on a Doppler-shifted frequency between the RMP and plasma rotation

  1. Influence of an external magnetic field on the dynamics of a modified plasma focus

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    The stability of a plasma column and the evolution of discharges are strongly dependent on the axial magnetic field. Internal axial and radial components of the magnetic field are formed at high current discharges naturally, but they can be also produced artificially by auxiliary coils or permanent magnets. The PFZ-200 facility was modified for the experiments with an external axial magnetic field. On this facility, an anti-electrode was placed along the z-axis in front of the anode. The auxiliary coils or permanent magnets generating the axial magnetic field were placed inside the anode and anti-electrode. Using micro-channel plate diagnostics, the stability of the plasma column at an axial magnetic field was studied. At the discharges in deuterium gas, the neutron production and the generation of hard x-rays were diagnosed with the scintillation detectors. (paper)

  2. Influence of external resonant magnetic perturbation field on edge plasma of small tokamak HYBTOK-II

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    Hayashi, Y., E-mail: hayashi-yuki13@ees.nagoya-u.ac.jp [Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan); Suzuki, Y.; Ohno, N. [Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan); Okamoto, M. [Ishikawa National College of Technology, Kitachujo, Tsubata-cho, Kahoku-gun, Ishikawa 929-0392 (Japan); Kikuchi, Y. [University of Hyogo, 2167 Shosha, Himeji, Hyogo 671-2280 (Japan); Sakakibara, S.; Watanabe, K.; Takemura, Y. [National Institute for Fusion Science, 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan)

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    Radial profile of externally applied resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) field with mode numbers of m = 6 and n = 2 in a small tokamak device HYBTOK-II have been investigated using a magnetic probe array, which is able to measure the radial profile of magnetic field perturbation induced by applying RMP. Results of RMP penetration into the plasma show that the RMP decreased toward the plasma center, while they were amplified around the resonant surface with a safety factor q = 3 due to the formation of magnetic islands. This suggests that RMP fields for controlling edge plasmas may trigger some kind of MHD instabilities. In addition, simulation results, based on a linearized four-field model, which agrees with the experimental ones, indicates that the penetration and amplification process of RMP strongly depend on a Doppler-shifted frequency between the RMP and plasma rotation.

  3. How External Forces are influencing the Ebusiness strategy of MTN-Nigeria

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    Adeleke, Adesina

    2009-01-01

    The Internet and e-business has had enormous impact on many companies in Nigeria and there has been much research on how e-business influences the environment, but little can be found on how the environment of a developing country like Nigeria influences e-business. In e-business, technology tells the business what can be done in smarter ways. Technology not only can make business more efficient but also can make business more effective in targeting and reaching markets, however technology ca...

  4. Protonation Dynamics on Lipid Nanodiscs: Influence of the Membrane Surface Area and External Buffers.

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    Xu, Lei; Öjemyr, Linda Näsvik; Bergstrand, Jan; Brzezinski, Peter; Widengren, Jerker

    2016-05-10

    Lipid membrane surfaces can act as proton-collecting antennae, accelerating proton uptake by membrane-bound proton transporters. We investigated this phenomenon in lipid nanodiscs (NDs) at equilibrium on a local scale, analyzing fluorescence fluctuations of individual pH-sensitive fluorophores at the membrane surface by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). The protonation rate of the fluorophores was ∼100-fold higher when located at 9- and 12-nm diameter NDs, compared to when in solution, indicating that the proton-collecting antenna effect is maximal already for a membrane area of ∼60 nm(2). Fluorophore-labeled cytochrome c oxidase displayed a similar increase when reconstituted in 12 nm NDs, but not in 9 nm NDs, i.e., an acceleration of the protonation rate at the surface of cytochrome c oxidase is found when the lipid area surrounding the protein is larger than 80 nm(2), but not when below 30 nm(2). We also investigated the effect of external buffers on the fluorophore proton exchange rates at the ND membrane-water interfaces. With increasing buffer concentrations, the proton exchange rates were found to first decrease and then, at millimolar buffer concentrations, to increase. Monte Carlo simulations, based on a simple kinetic model of the proton exchange at the membrane-water interface, and using rate parameter values determined in our FCS experiments, could reconstruct both the observed membrane-size and the external buffer dependence. The FCS data in combination with the simulations indicate that the local proton diffusion coefficient along a membrane is ∼100 times slower than that observed over submillimeter distances by proton-pulse experiments (Ds ∼ 10(-5)cm(2)/s), and support recent theoretical studies showing that proton diffusion along membrane surfaces is time- and length-scale dependent. PMID:27166807

  5. Internal and External Influences on Program-Level Curriculum Development in Higher Education Fashion Merchandising Programs

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    King, Janice E.

    2010-01-01

    In an ever changing global economy, higher education experiences accountability issues in educating the workforce. Graduates require the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the global workplace. For graduates to have the opportunity to attain this understanding and expertise, it is critical to identify what influences curriculum…

  6. Influence of an external medium on the ionic distribution in human allantochorial placental vessels

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    Micro-Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) analysis was applied to determine the ionic composition of different layers of human placental vessels. The laminae of arterial walls were clearly identified by means of their elemental maps. In the same manner, the endothelial cells bordering the lumen were identified, cell by cell, and analyzed separately. Using this model, we investigated the influence of incubations in various physiological fluids on the ionic composition of the walls and of endothelial cells

  7. Influence of an external stress of irradiation on conductivity of unidimensional organic conductors

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    Irradiation experiments are a convenient way to study effect of defects on transitions of organic conductors: TTF-TCNQ, TSF-TCNQ and their hexamethyl derivative, in particular of a potential bound to a defect in the Peierls field. Defects were studied in the metallic state and deviation to the Matthiessen law were confirmed. Influence of a deformation on electrical conductivity of TTF-TCNQ is shown. Data acquisition is described

  8. Extensional Flow Properties of Externally Plasticized Cellulose Acetate: Influence of Plasticizer Content

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    Hans-Joachim Radusch; Thomas Wodke; Rodion Kopitzky; Stephan Kabasci; Stefan Zepnik

    2013-01-01

    Elongational flow properties of polymer melts are very important for numerous polymer processing technologies such as blown film extrusion or foam extrusion. Rheotens tests were conducted to investigate the influence of plasticizer content on elongational flow properties of cellulose acetate (CA). Triethyl citrate (TEC) was used as plasticizer. Melt strength decreases whereas melt extensibility increases with increasing plasticizer content. Melt strength was further studied as a function of z...

  9. Influence of External Environmental Factors on the Success of Public Housing Projects in Developing Countries

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    Mohammed Mukhtar Musa

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available External environmental factors, which include political environment, economic environment and social environment, affect the success of public housing projects in developing countries. The purpose of this paper is to establish the effect of these factors on public housing project success using structural equation modelling (SEM techniques.  The study was conducted in Nigeria by means of interviews, a pilot study and a main survey. Five hundred and fifty (550 questionnaires were administered to construction professionals who work as developers, consultants or contractors and those working in public housing agencies. Two hundred and seventy-six (276 questionnaires were returned completed.  The data collected were analysed by means of SEM. The results reveal that (i the economics factor significantly affects public housing project success, (ii the social factor significantly affects public housing project success, and (iii the political factor significantly affects public housing project success. The study developed a comprehensive model that can assist housing policy makers, consultants, developers, contractors and other stakeholders in the planning and development of public housing programmes.

  10. The influence of neutron contamination on dosimetry in external photon beam radiotherapy

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    Purpose: Photon fields with energies above ∼7 MeV are contaminated by neutrons due to photonuclear reactions. Their influence on dosimetry—although considered to be very low—is widely unexplored. Methods: In this work, Monte Carlo based investigations into this issue performed with FLUKA and EGSNRC are presented. A typical Linac head in 18 MV-X mode was modeled equivalently within both codes. EGSNRC was used for the photon and FLUKA for the neutron production and transport simulation. Water depth dose profiles and the response of different detectors (Farmer chamber, TLD-100, TLD-600H, and TLD-700H chip) in five representative depths were simulated and the neutrons’ impact (neutron absorbed dose relative to photon absorbed dose) was calculated. To take account of the neutrons’ influence, a theoretically required correction factor was defined and calculated for five representative water depths. Results: The neutrons’ impact on the absorbed dose to water was found to be below 0.1% for all depths and their impact on the response of the Farmer chamber and the TLD-700H chip was found to be even less. For the TLD-100 and the TLD-600H chip it was found to be up to 0.3% and 0.7%, respectively. The theoretical correction factors to be applied to absorbed dose to water values measured with these four detectors in a depth different from the reference/calibration depth were calculated and found to be below 0.05% for the Farmer chamber and the TLD-700H chip, but up to 0.15% and 0.35% for the TLD-100 and TLD-600H chips, respectively. In thermoluminescence dosimetry the neutrons’ influence (and therefore the additional inaccuracy in measurement) was found to be higher for TLD materials whose 6Li fraction is high, such as TLD-100 and TLD-600H, resulting from the thermal neutron capture reaction on 6Li. Conclusions: The impact of photoneutrons on the absorbed dose to water and on the response of a typical ionization chamber as well as three different types of TLD chips

  11. Influence of external magnetic field on laser breakdown plasma in aqueous Au nanoparticles colloidal solutions

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    Serkov, A A; Simakin, A V; Kuzmin, P G; Mikhailova, G N; Antonova, L Kh; Troitskii, A V; Kuzmin, G P; Shafeev, G A

    2016-01-01

    Influence of permanent magnetic field up to 7.5 T on plasma emission and laser-assisted Au nanoparticles fragmentation in water is experimentally studied. It is found that presence of magnetic field causes the breakdown plasma emission to start earlier regarding to laser pulse. Field presence also accelerates the fragmentation of nanoparticles down to a few nanometers. Dependence of Au NPs fragmentation rate in water on magnetic field intensity is investigated. The results are discussed on the basis of laser-induced plasma interaction with magnetic field.

  12. Phase transitions in hexagonal, graphene-like lattice sheets and nanotubes under the influence of external conditions

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    Ebert, D.; Klimenko, K. G.; Kolmakov, P. B.; Zhukovsky, V. Ch.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper we consider a class of (2+1)D schematic models with four-fermion interactions that are effectively used in studying condensed-matter systems with planar crystal structure, and especially graphene. Symmetry breaking in these models occurs due to a possible appearance of condensates. Special attention is paid to the symmetry properties of the appearing condensates in the framework of discrete chiral and C, P and T transformations. Moreover, boundary conditions corresponding to carbon nanotubes are considered and their relations with the effect of an applied external magnetic field are studied. To this end we calculated the effective potential for the nanotube model including effects of finite temperature, density and an external magnetic field. As an illustration we made numerical calculations of the chiral symmetry properties in a simpler Gross-Neveu model with only one condensate taken into account. We also investigated the phase structure of the nanotube model under the influence of the Aharonov-Bohm effect and demonstrated that there is a nontrivial relation between the magnitude of the Aharonov-Bohm phase, compactification of the spatial dimension and thermal restoration of the originally broken chiral symmetry.

  13. Blow-up of weak solutions to a chemotaxis system under influence of an external chemoattractant

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    Black, Tobias

    2016-06-01

    We study nonnnegative radially symmetric solutions of the parabolic–elliptic Keller–Segel whole space system {ut=Δu‑∇ṡ(u∇v), x∈Rn,t>0,0=Δv+u+f(x), x∈Rn,t>0,u(x,0)=u0(x), x∈Rn, with prototypical external signal production f(x):={f0|x|‑α,if |x|⩽R‑ρ,0,if |x|⩾R+ρ, for R\\in (0,1) and ρ \\in ≤ft(0,\\frac{R}{2}\\right) , which is still integrable but not of class {{L}\\frac{n{2}+{δ0}}}≤ft({{{R}}n}\\right) for some {δ0}\\in ≤ft[0,1\\right) . For corresponding parabolic-parabolic Neumann-type boundary-value problems in bounded domains Ω , where f\\in {{L}\\frac{n{2}+{δ0}}}(Ω ){\\cap}{{C}α}(Ω ) for some {δ0}\\in (0,1) and α \\in (0,1) , it is known that the system does not emit blow-up solutions if the quantities \\parallel {{u}0}{{\\parallel}{{L\\frac{n{2}+{δ0}}}(Ω )}},\\parallel f{{\\parallel}{{L\\frac{n{2}+{δ0}}}(Ω )}} and \\parallel {{v}0}{{\\parallel}{{Lθ}(Ω )}} , for some θ >n , are all bounded by some \\varepsilon >0 small enough. We will show that whenever {{f}0}>\\frac{2n}α(n-2)(n-α ) and {{u}0}\\equiv {{c}0}>0 in \\overline{{{B}1}(0)} , a measure-valued global-in-time weak solution to the system above can be constructed which blows up immediately. Since these conditions are independent of R\\in (0,1) and c 0  >  0, we obtain a strong indication that in fact {δ0}=0 is critical for the existence of global bounded solutions under a smallness conditions as described above.

  14. Influence of external factors on safety. Topical issues paper no. 2

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    In recent years a number of worldwide trends have emerged which affect the operating environment of nuclear power plants (NPPs), both externally in the sense of their political and economic business climate, and internally in the sense of their budgets, staffing levels and business practices. It is very clear that the 'span', or breadth, of issues being faced by the owners, operators and regulators of NPPs today, and the speed at which these issues are changing, is much greater than ever before. Included for consideration are: plants under construction or plants for which previously halted construction was resumed; plants operating in a deregulated electricity market; plants being refurbished and restarted; plants undergoing life extension programmes; plants facing closure for political reasons; plants being laid up or decommissioned; plants experiencing changes in ownership or operating control even by non-nuclear organizations; plants which need substantial design and material condition upgrades; plants facing a significant decline in revenue or funding; plants learning new management techniques; plants engaged in new regimes of safety regulation; plants with serious shortages of human experience and talent; plants facing ageing issues (institutional, personnel and equipment). What is particularly new is that many of these activities are now often going on simultaneously within a single utility. This means that the management attention span may be substantially stretched. In the USA, in particular, many of these issues have been present for several years. They began before economic deregulation of the electricity industry and their frequency and significance have generally increased in recent years as a result of deregulation. It is of paramount importance that co-operation and learning be promoted extensively as the industry faces these multiple overlapping and potentially distracting challenges. The basic principles of safety management that have been

  15. The influence of neutron contamination on dosimetry in external photon beam radiotherapy

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    Horst, Felix, E-mail: felix.ernst.horst@kmub.thm.de; Czarnecki, Damian [Institute of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection (IMPS), University of Applied Sciences Giessen, Giessen D-35390 (Germany); Zink, Klemens [Institute of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection (IMPS), University of Applied Sciences Giessen, Giessen D-35390, Germany and Department of Radiotherapy and Radiooncology, University Medical Center Giessen-Marburg, Marburg D-35043 (Germany)

    2015-11-15

    Purpose: Photon fields with energies above ∼7 MeV are contaminated by neutrons due to photonuclear reactions. Their influence on dosimetry—although considered to be very low—is widely unexplored. Methods: In this work, Monte Carlo based investigations into this issue performed with FLUKA and EGSNRC are presented. A typical Linac head in 18 MV-X mode was modeled equivalently within both codes. EGSNRC was used for the photon and FLUKA for the neutron production and transport simulation. Water depth dose profiles and the response of different detectors (Farmer chamber, TLD-100, TLD-600H, and TLD-700H chip) in five representative depths were simulated and the neutrons’ impact (neutron absorbed dose relative to photon absorbed dose) was calculated. To take account of the neutrons’ influence, a theoretically required correction factor was defined and calculated for five representative water depths. Results: The neutrons’ impact on the absorbed dose to water was found to be below 0.1% for all depths and their impact on the response of the Farmer chamber and the TLD-700H chip was found to be even less. For the TLD-100 and the TLD-600H chip it was found to be up to 0.3% and 0.7%, respectively. The theoretical correction factors to be applied to absorbed dose to water values measured with these four detectors in a depth different from the reference/calibration depth were calculated and found to be below 0.05% for the Farmer chamber and the TLD-700H chip, but up to 0.15% and 0.35% for the TLD-100 and TLD-600H chips, respectively. In thermoluminescence dosimetry the neutrons’ influence (and therefore the additional inaccuracy in measurement) was found to be higher for TLD materials whose {sup 6}Li fraction is high, such as TLD-100 and TLD-600H, resulting from the thermal neutron capture reaction on {sup 6}Li. Conclusions: The impact of photoneutrons on the absorbed dose to water and on the response of a typical ionization chamber as well as three different types

  16. Studies of the influence of external hydrocarbon injection on local plasma conditions and resulting carbon transport

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    A one-dimensional fluid model, which calculates the modification of density and temperature along the magnetic field and the parallel electrical field in the presence of local impurity sources, has been implemented into the ERO code. The influence of impurity source strength on the local plasma parameters and resulting changes in impurity transport and deposition has been studied. Dedicated TEXTOR experiments of 13CH4 injection through roof-like test limiters are modelled for comparison. Modelling with high injection rates (larger than about 4 x 1018 s-1) results in too localized light emission pattern near to the injection hole, and therefore indicates an underestimation of the reduction of electron temperature in the model. Besides, the preliminary results indicate that possible modification of local plasma conditions cannot significantly reduce the modelled 13C deposition and therefore cannot explain the measured low 13C deposition efficiency.

  17. A statistical modelling study of the abrupt millennial-scale climate changes focusing on the influence of external forcings

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    Mitsui, Takahito

    2015-01-01

    Dansgaard-Oeschger (DO) events are abrupt millennial-scale climate changes mainly detected in the North Atlantic region during the last glacial cycle. The frequency of the DO events varied in time, supposedly because of changes in background climate conditions. Here, we investigate the influences of external forcings on DO events with statistical modelling. We assume two types of generic stochastic dynamical systems models (double-well potential-type and oscillator-type), forced by the northern hemisphere summer insolation change and/or the global ice volume change. The models are calibrated by maximizing their likelihood and compared using the Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC). Among the models, the stochastic oscillator model forced by both insolation and ice volume changes is favored by the NGRIP calcium ion data. The BIC scores provide positive evidence for the ice volume forcing in the presence of the insolation forcing but weak evidence for the insolation forcing in the presence of the ice volume for...

  18. Influence of the external magnetic field on pinch evolution and neutron production in plasma-focus discharge

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    In this paper, the results of the study of the influence of the applied external axial magnetic field on the dynamics of pinch and neutron production are presented, following from measurements using x-ray, interferometry and neutron diagnostics performed on the plasma-focus PF-1000 device with deuterium as the filling gas at the current of 2 MA and neutron yield above 1010. The permanent magnets with a magnetic field of a few hundredths of tesla were used both inside the anode body and in front of the end of the dense column. This magnetic field decreases the neutron yield, depresses the implosion velocity and the velocity of the transformations of internal structures, stabilizes the pinch column, increases its axial symmetry and indirectly confirms the existence of internal closed currents inside the pinch structures. (paper)

  19. The Depth of 60-80 km as the Boundary of External Factor Influence on the Earth's Lithosphere

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    Sasorova, E. V.; Levin, B. W.

    2007-05-01

    The results of statistical analysis of worldwide seismic catalogs (ISC and NEIC), which was carried out in frame of two projects are presented. In both cases we extracted the evens occurred in the Pacific region from 1964 to 2004 with Mb>=4.0. The aftershocks were canceled from the list. All events were divided into following magnitude levels: 4Htr), where Htr is threshold value of the EQ source depth. In frame of the first project statistical verification of hypothesis about within-year variability existence for the events of various energy levels was carried out for the Pacific region (PO). The whole PO was subdivided into 31 subregions (Japan, Kuril Islands, Kamchatka, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, California, and so on along the perimeter of the Pacific). Then we were checking if the distributions of the events during the year period are uniform or these distributions are non- uniform. We were testing it separately for each region, for every magnitude level and for every depth level (total number of the samples under study was 310). It was disproved the null hypothesis about uniform EQ distributions in the course of year for shallow events (with less than 2% significance level), and it was confirmed the null hypothesis for deep earthquakes. It was shown that the main maximum of the seismic activity take place in November-March (minimum of the Earth-Sun distance) for both Hemispheres and the minimum - in April. It was found by using special software procedure that the Htr boundary between the shallow and the deep events was arranged in deep 60-80 km. Thus the EQ with sources located above this boundary are affected by external (astronomical) factors, which may trigger the process of EQ generation. While the external factors don't influence on the EQ sources located below this boundary. In frame of the second project statistical verification of hypothesis about existence non-random component in time distribution of the EQ's between the northern and southern part of

  20. Influence of low Gamma Irradiation Doses And Weed Control On Faba Bean (VICIA FABA L.) Yield Attributes

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    Two field experiments were carried out in an administration field at Belbees district, Sharkia Governorate, Egypt, during two successive winter seasons (2007⁄08-2008⁄09). The study aimed to investigate the effect of four gamma irradiation doses (un irradiated seeds as a control, 10,20 and 30 Gy)and five treatments of weed management practices 1- Un weeded (control), 2- Two hand hoeings at 21 and 42 days after sowing, 3- prometryn, commercially known as Gizagared,, sprayed at pre-emergence with rate of 1 Kg⁄300 liters⁄fad. 4-Bentazon 48⁒, commercially known as Basagran 48⁒ ,sprayed at pre-emergence with the rate of 500 Cm3⁄200 ;liters water⁄fad. Sprayed at pre-emergence. 5-48⁒ sprayed at pre-emergence with the rate of 500 cm3⁄200 liters water⁄fad. On yield and yield attributes of faba bean. Results indicate that :1- Gamma irradiation with the lowest dose of 10 Gy, gave high values for plant height (112.54 cm) and number of pods⁄plant (12.22), while the highest gamma irradiation dose of 30 Gy, resulted in high values for number of seeds⁄pod (4.52), number of seeds⁄plant (52.3) , seed weight (g)⁄plant, 100- seeds weight (79.79 g), seed yield (11.39 ardab⁄fad) and straw yield (ton⁄fad). The lowest values for each of the aforementioned traits were obtained in non irradiated treatment in the combined analysis 2- Weed control by hand hoeing twice (after 21 and 24 DAS) gave the highest values for each of the aforementioned traits, followed by spraying both herbicides., prometryn + bentazon 48⁒ followed by sole herbicide Bentazon 48⁒ and sole prometryn, while unweeded treatment gave the lowest values for the respective order, in the combined analysis.

  1. Influence Of Low Gamma Irradiation Doses And Weed Control On Faba Bean (Vicia F ABA L.) Yield And Yield Attributes

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    Two field experiments were carried out in an administration field at Belbees district, Sharkia Governorate, Egypt, during two successive winter seasons (2007/08 – 2008/09). The study aimed to investigate the effect of four gamma irradiation doses (un irradiated seeds as a control, 10, 20 and 30 Gy) and five treatments of weed management practices 1- Un weeded (control), 2-Two hand hoeings at 21 and 42 days after sowing, 3-Prometryn, commercially known as Giza gared, sprayed at pre-emergence with rate of 1 kg/ 300 liters/fad. 4- Bentazon 48%, commercially known as Basagran 48%, sprayed at pre-emergence with the rate of 500 cm3/200 liters water/fad. sprayed at pre-emergence. 5- both herbicides, Prometryn, sprayed at pre-emergence with the rate of 1 kg/ 300 liters/fad. + Bentazon 48% sprayed at pre-emergence with the rate of 500 cm3/ 200 liters water/fad., on yield and yield attributes of faba bean. Results indicate that: 1- Gamma irradiation with the lowest dose of 10 Gy, gave high values for plant height (112.54 cm) and number of pods/plant (12.22), while the highest gamma irradiation dose of 30 Gy, resulted in high values for number of seeds/pod (4.52), number of seeds/plant (52.3), seed weight(g)/plant, 100-seeds weight (79.79 g), seed yield (11.39 ardab/fad.) and straw yield (ton/fad.). The lowest values for each of the aforementioned traits were obtained in non irradiated treatment in the combined analysis, 2-Weed control by hand hoeing twice (after 21 and 42 DAS) gave the highest values for each of the aforementioned traits, followed by spraying both herbicides, Prometryn + Bentazon 48%, followed by sole herbicide Bentazon 48% and sole Prometryn, while un weeded treatment gave the lowest values for the respective order, in the combined analysis

  2. Detrended partial cross-correlation analysis of two nonstationary time series influenced by common external forces

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    Qian, Xi-Yuan; Liu, Ya-Min; Jiang, Zhi-Qiang; Podobnik, Boris; Zhou, Wei-Xing; Stanley, H. Eugene

    2015-06-01

    When common factors strongly influence two power-law cross-correlated time series recorded in complex natural or social systems, using detrended cross-correlation analysis (DCCA) without considering these common factors will bias the results. We use detrended partial cross-correlation analysis (DPXA) to uncover the intrinsic power-law cross correlations between two simultaneously recorded time series in the presence of nonstationarity after removing the effects of other time series acting as common forces. The DPXA method is a generalization of the detrended cross-correlation analysis that takes into account partial correlation analysis. We demonstrate the method by using bivariate fractional Brownian motions contaminated with a fractional Brownian motion. We find that the DPXA is able to recover the analytical cross Hurst indices, and thus the multiscale DPXA coefficients are a viable alternative to the conventional cross-correlation coefficient. We demonstrate the advantage of the DPXA coefficients over the DCCA coefficients by analyzing contaminated bivariate fractional Brownian motions. We calculate the DPXA coefficients and use them to extract the intrinsic cross correlation between crude oil and gold futures by taking into consideration the impact of the U.S. dollar index. We develop the multifractal DPXA (MF-DPXA) method in order to generalize the DPXA method and investigate multifractal time series. We analyze multifractal binomial measures masked with strong white noises and find that the MF-DPXA method quantifies the hidden multifractal nature while the multifractal DCCA method fails.

  3. THE INFLUENCE OF EXTERNAL FACTORS ON THE SOCIO-POLITICAL PROCESSES IN THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

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    Майрамгуль Зайнабидиновна Ташиева

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This article deals with the foreign policy of the Kyrgyz Republic and the influence of geopolitical factors on the political processes in the country. The paper presents a periodization of foreign policy in modern Kyrgyzstan concerning the United States. The author reviewed the draft F. Starr's "Greater Central Asia" and analyzed the "theory of controlled chaos". Big attention is paid to the relationships of Kyrgyzstan and Russia , the USA and China, on the one hand, and with the nearest neighbors in the region, on the other. The paper analyzes the project for the construction of the railway "China - Kyrgyzstan - Uzbekistan". Russia takes one of the central points in the paper. Much attention is paid to the economic sphere, namely the construction of hydroelectric power. Due to the growing number of labor migrants from Kyrgyzstan to Russia , the article discusses the legislative framework in this area. The author lists the key factors that cause social and political problems between Kyrgyzstan and neighboring countries. This paper discusses in detail issues related to the enclaves and the disputed territories.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12731/2218-7405-2013-9-31

  4. Influence of tillage practices and poultry manure on grain physical properties and yield attributes of spring maize (zea mays l.)

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    Grains are the economical part of maize that demand proper management practices to achieve the crop potential. This study explored the influence of different tillage practices and poultry manure levels on the grain length, breadth, area, grains weight per cob and grain yield per m 2 of spring planted maize. The experiment was set up using Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with split plot arrangement having four tillage practices as main plot treatments; zero tillage, minimum tillage, conventional tillage and deep tillage. Sub plot treatments were three poultry manure levels; control (no poultry manure), poultry manure at the rate 5 Mg ha/sup -1/and poultry manure at the rate 10 Mg ha/sup -1/. Data indicated that the deep tillage practice significantly improved (p>0.05) the length, breath and area of maize grains over the other tillage practices in both years of study. Significantly higher grain yield was produced in deep tillage practice as compared to conventional, minimum and zero tillage practices. Increasing order of poultry manure dose treatments produced the bold and healthy seeds over the control treatment. A positive correlation between grain yield per m/sup 2/ vs physical properties of maize grain and grains weight per cob was recorded. The study concludes that the productive effect of integrated use of poultry manure and chemical fertilizers application on the maize grain yield. (author)

  5. Influence of external beam technique and brachytherapy quality assurance on the side effects in the combined external beam- and brachytherapy treatment of local advanced prostate cancer

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    Transrectal ultrasound(TRUS) guided HDR implantation of the prostate has been established at the Kiel University by Bertermann and Brix in 1986 and there are to date 179 (T1b-T3 No Mo) patients treated in a combined modality. The dose for the implant was 2x 15 Gy on the capsule of the prostate in 14-20 days. For local and regional lymph nodes 20 Gy external beam therapy (AP-PA pelvic portals), 20 Gy with an individual transmission block (100% for subclinical disease, 70% and 50% according to the implant dosimetry for the prostate) and 10 Gy small volume irradiation for the prostate was applied, conventional fractioned. Total dose after the therapy 70 Gy for the prostate and 50 Gy for the subclinical disease in 6-7 weeks. As a quality control method we use since 1991 in vivo dosimetry on the medial rectum wall as well as in the prostatic part of the urethra. Regular follow-up 3-118 months after therapy (median 55) with PSA, digital rectal examination, control TRUS with volumetry (after one year with biopsy) and bone scan. There were no major early side effects within the first three months. Proctitis till 1991 with a duration up to 12 months 49%, prolonging more than one year in 23 %, (total proctitis 72.6%). Dysuria in up to 12 months 30 %, long lasting 30% (total number of dysuria 60 %). Erectile dysfunction in 56 %. Because of the number of the side effects 1991 we changed the external beam technique: instead of the biaxial arch therapy the AP-PA portals, and reduced irradiated volume (from 6480 cm3 to 5040 cm3). We introduced instead of the small volume arch therapy for 10 Gy external boost the box-technique with shielding the back part of the rectum and the upper part of the bladder resulting additional volume reduction. Through the 15 Gy HDR brachytherapy dose on the prostate capsule there are up to 8 Gy on the medial rectal wall, measured by in vivo dosimetry. This dose could not be responsible for the high number of side effects (see gynecological experience

  6. BNNTs under the influence of external electric field as potential new drug delivery vehicle of Glu, Lys, Gly and Ser amino acids: A first-principles study

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Solvation energies show that the BNNTs/amino acids complex stabilizes in presence of solvent. • The adsorption process is sensitive to the external electric field. • The electric field is a suitable method for adsorption and storage of amino acids on BNNTs. - Abstract: The interaction of Glu (Glutamic acid), Lys (Lysine), Gly (Glycine) and Ser (Serine) amino acids with different polarities and (9, 0) zigzag single-wall boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) with various lengths in the presence and absence of external electric field (EF) in gas and solvent phases, are studied using density functional theory. It is found that interaction of Glu, Lys, Gly and Ser amino acids with BNNTs in both phases is energetically favorable. From solvation energy calculations, it can be seen that the BNNTs/amino acid complex dissolution in water is spontaneous. The adsorption energies and quantum molecular descriptors changed in the presence of external EF. Therefore, the study of BNNTs/amino acid complex under influence of external electric field is very important in proposing or designing new drug delivery systems in the presence of external EF. Results indicate that Glu, Lys, Gly and Ser amino acids can be adsorbed considerably on the BNNTs in the existence of external electric field. Our results showed that the BNNTs can act as a suitable drug delivery vehicle of Glu, Lys, Gly and Ser amino acids within biological systems and strength of adsorption and rate of drug release can be controlled by the external EF

  7. BNNTs under the influence of external electric field as potential new drug delivery vehicle of Glu, Lys, Gly and Ser amino acids: A first-principles study

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    2014-11-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Solvation energies show that the BNNTs/amino acids complex stabilizes in presence of solvent. • The adsorption process is sensitive to the external electric field. • The electric field is a suitable method for adsorption and storage of amino acids on BNNTs. - Abstract: The interaction of Glu (Glutamic acid), Lys (Lysine), Gly (Glycine) and Ser (Serine) amino acids with different polarities and (9, 0) zigzag single-wall boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) with various lengths in the presence and absence of external electric field (EF) in gas and solvent phases, are studied using density functional theory. It is found that interaction of Glu, Lys, Gly and Ser amino acids with BNNTs in both phases is energetically favorable. From solvation energy calculations, it can be seen that the BNNTs/amino acid complex dissolution in water is spontaneous. The adsorption energies and quantum molecular descriptors changed in the presence of external EF. Therefore, the study of BNNTs/amino acid complex under influence of external electric field is very important in proposing or designing new drug delivery systems in the presence of external EF. Results indicate that Glu, Lys, Gly and Ser amino acids can be adsorbed considerably on the BNNTs in the existence of external electric field. Our results showed that the BNNTs can act as a suitable drug delivery vehicle of Glu, Lys, Gly and Ser amino acids within biological systems and strength of adsorption and rate of drug release can be controlled by the external EF.

  8. New algorithm for simulation of 3D classical spin glasses under the influence of external electromagnetic fields

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    We study statistical properties of 3D classical spin glass under the influence of external fields. It is proved that in the framework of the nearest-neighboring model, 3D spin-glass problem at performing of Birkhoff's ergodic hypothesis regarding the orientations of spins in 3D space can be reduced to the problem of disordered 1D spatial spin-chains (SSC) ensemble, where each spin chain interacts with a random environment. The 1D SSC is defined as a periodic 1D lattice, where spins in nodes are randomly oriented in 3D space, in addition, they all interact with each other randomly. For minimization of the Hamiltonian in an arbitrary node of 1D lattice the recurrent equations and corresponding Sylvester's criterion are obtained, which allow one to find the energy local minimum. On the basis of these equations, the high-performance parallel algorithm is developed, which allows one to calculate all statistical parameters of 3D spin glass, including distribution of a constant of spin-spin interaction, from the first principles of the classical mechanics.

  9. Influence of an external voltage on the conductance through a quantum dot side-coupled to a short quantum wire

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    We investigate the influence of an external voltage V0 on conductance G through a quantum dot (QD), which is side-coupled to a quantum wire of length LW, whose two ends are weakly connected to leads. In our calculation, the poor man's scaling law and slave-boson mean-field method are employed. With V0 increased, a series of resonant regions is formed and G exhibits different properties in and out of these regions, which is the universal result of the finite-size effect on the Kondo correlation. In symmetric structures, the would-be resonant regions corresponding to odd wavefunctions are removed. If the symmetry is broken by changing the QD position, those regions will be recovered. In two asymmetric structures with their wire lengths being LW and LW+1, respectively, the two sets of resonant regions intersect with each other. These symmetry-related phenomena characterize side-coupled QD structures. With the barrier width increased, the number of resonant regions is increased, too

  10. Influence of boost technique (external beam radiotherapy or brachytherapy) on the outcome of patients with carcinoma of the base of the tongue

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    We reviewed 90 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the base of the tongue. Fifty-three patients were treated with external beam radiotherapy alone (3 T1, 11 T2, 21 T3, and 18 T4 tumors) and thirty-seven patients were treated with external beam radiotherapy plus brachytherapy boost (4 T1, 15 T2, 11 T3, and 7 T4 tumors). For patients with T1, T2 and T3 primaries, the actuarial 3-year local relapse-free survival was 42% following external beam radiotherapy alone and 67% following external beam radiotherapy plus brachytherapy (p<0.05). The actuarial 3-year cause specific survival for these T-stages was 37% for patients treated with external beam radiotherapy alone and 53% for patients treated with external beam radiotherapy plus brachytherapy (p=0.1). In the Cox multivariate analyses restricted patients with T1, T2 and T3 staged tumors, treatment modality was the only predictor for local control but no influence on specific survival was found. The trend towards significant differences in specific survival found in the univariate comparison of both treatment modalities was probably due to the significantly higher number of N-positive patients treated with external beam radiotherapy alone. When all stages were included in the Cox analysis, low hemoglobin level, invasion of deep muscle, number of palpable nodes, and history of weight loss significantly influenced the outcome. Soft tissue necrosis occurred more frequently in patients treated with external beam radiotherapy plus brachytherapy (33% vs. 10%, p=0.52). (orig.)

  11. External trade development in 2010

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    Analysis of the external trade development of the CR in total (turnover, export, import, trade balance). Main factors, which influence the external trade development. Territorial structure (by main blocks and selected countries) and commodity structure (by SITC, rev. 4) of the external trade. Comparisons of the CR external trade development with the external trade development of the other member states of the EU.

  12. What's in Your Box? Promoting Self-Reflection and Analysis of External Influences on Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation Attitudes

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    Priest, Hannah M.

    2014-01-01

    This lesson plan is designed to stimulate awareness and reflection on personal attitudes toward gender expression and sexual orientation. Participants are guided to identify and analyze how external influences from various socialization agents shape gender and sexual orientation norms and, consequently, personal attitudes about gender expression…

  13. The Interactional Effects of the Internal and External University Environment, and the Influence of Personal Values, on Satisfaction among International Postgraduate Students

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    Arambewela, Rodney; Hall, John

    2013-01-01

    The article investigates the interactional effects of internal and external university learning environments, and the influence of personal values, in the satisfaction formation process of international postgraduate students from Asia. Past research on student satisfaction has been narrowly focused on certain aspects of the university internal…

  14. CLINICAL, HISTOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL ASPECTS REGARDING THE INFLUENCE OF SOME EXTERNAL FACTORS ON THE PULP-DENTIN COMPLEX

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed at assesssing – by clinical, histological and radiological investigations – the influence of some external factors on the pulp-dentin complex, and at providing a causal interpretation of the structural changes observed. Materials and methods. Clinical and radiological exams were performed on 65 old patients with ages between 60-75, and also on 40 young patients with ages between 20-35, presenting different dental-periodontal pathologies. The pulp-dentin complex was submitted to a morphopathological examination, to highlight the structural changes observed at microscopic level. Fragments of dental pulp were imersed in a 4% formaldehyde solution with phosphate buffer 0.1 M., pH 7.2, for 12 -14 hours, at a temperature of 4ºC, and 3-5 µm thick slices were prepared. The slices were coloured with hematoxylin-eosine (HE, by the trichromic technique – Masson. Photographies were taken with a Zeiss microscope, with Kodak 200 ASA. Results. Significant differences were observed, between the two groups of patients, as to the external factors that produce structural changes on pulp-dentin organ. In the group of young patients dental caries and coronal fillings prevailed, while the group of old patients was mostly associated with atrition and chronic marginal periodontitis. Out of the 40 young patients, 30 presented chronic dental caries (75%, while, among the 65 old patients, only 24 presented dental caries (36.9%. The percentages of coronary fillings between the two study groups were close, which could be considered as one of the causes producing changes in the pulp-dentin organ, following aggresive preparation of cavities, the action of materials used for the protection of pulp-dentin complex or of the materials used for coronry fillings. Conclusions. Dental pulp has a remarkable ability to counteract the action of harmful factors, producing a mineral barrier and stimulating the reparatory processes. Changes in the endodontic

  15. Reliability attributes. Survey

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    Starting from an integral system technical concept, the paper gives a survey concerning the treatment of risks relating to reliability by means of the VDI-manual 'Technical Reliability'. Various kinds of reliability characteristics necessary for the determination of risks are explained. Assumed aspects for the evaluation and influencing of attributed risks relating to reliability are stated. Herewith, the formation and application of reliability factors are prepared, which are described on page 2 to 4 of this guideline. (orig./HP)

  16. Influence of the external DEM on PS-InSAR processing and results on Northern Appennine slopes

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    Bayer, B.; Schmidt, D. A.; Simoni, A.

    2014-12-01

    We present an InSAR analysis of slow moving landslide in the Northern Appennines, Italy, and assess the dependencies on the choice of DEM. In recent years, advanced processing techniques for synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR) have been applied to measure slope movements. The persistent scatterers (PS-InSAR) approach is probably the most widely used and some codes are now available in the public domain. The Stanford method of Persistent Scatterers (StamPS) has been successfully used to analyze landslide areas. One problematic step in the processing chain is the choice of an external DEM that is used to model and remove the topographic phase in a series of interferograms in order to obtain the phase contribution caused by surface deformation. The choice is not trivial, because the PS InSAR results differ significantly in terms of PS identification, positioning, and the resulting deformation signal. We use four different DEMs to process a set of 18 ASAR (Envisat) scenes over a mountain area (~350 km2) of the Northern Appennines of Italy, using StamPS. Slow-moving landslides control the evolution of the landscape and cover approximately 30% of the territory. Our focus in this presentation is to evaluate the influence of DEM resolution and accuracy by comparing PS-InSAR results. On an areal basis, we perform a statistical analysis of displacement time-series to make the comparison. We also consider two case studies to illustrate the differences in terms of PS identification, number and estimated displacements. It is clearly shown that DEM accuracy positively influences the number of PS, while line-of-sight rates differ from case to case and can result in deformation signals that are difficult to interpret. We also take advantage of statistical tools to analyze the obtained time-series datasets for the whole study area. Results indicate differences in the style and amount of displacement that can be related to the accuracy of the employed DEM.

  17. Influence of laser linewidth on external-cavity frequency doubling efficiency of a 1.56 μm master oscillator fiber power amplifier

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    By using an external-cavity frequency-doubling master oscillator fiber power amplifier (MOPA), a 700 mW continuous-wave single-frequency laser source at 780 nm is produced. It is shown that the frequency doubling efficiency is improved when the seed diode laser is optically locked to a resonant frequency of a confocal Fabry–Perot (F–P) cavity. This phenomenon can be attributed to the narrowing of the 1.56 μm laser linewidth and explained by our presented theoretical model. The experimental results are found to be in good agreement with the theoretical predictions

  18. The Influence external signals on perceived quality and purchase intention products of high involvement (case study: Laptop)

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    Nowadays, increasing competition in supplying and complexity of products caused information asymmetry between buyers and manufacturers that will eventually lead to adverse selection by purchasers. Thus, the role of external signals that are independent of the actual features of products become more important in quality perception and purchase intention of consumers. In this study, the effect of external signal (price, brand, Store brand, advertising, packaging, country of origin, friends, pre...

  19. Influence of steeping conditions (time, temperature, and particle size) on antioxidant properties and sensory attributes of some white and green teas.

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    Castiglioni, Sara; Damiani, Elisabetta; Astolfi, Paola; Carloni, Patricia

    2015-01-01

    The influence of commonly used steeping times and temperatures, as well as leaf size on the antioxidant activity and sensory attributes of tea were studied. Five unblended white and green tea samples from China and Malawi, infused in hot (70 °C and 90 °C; 7 min) or cold water (room temperature: 15, 30, 60, or 120 min) either as whole leaves or as milled, were analyzed. Total phenolic and flavonoid contents as well as antioxidant power (ABTS assay) were measured. The results show that the maximum extraction efficiency occurs with cold water for 120 min and with hot water at 90 °C and that only in the case of teas from whole, large leaves, the extraction was greater in cold than in hot infusions. Moreover, tea infusions prepared from milled leaves have the greatest antioxidant activity. In the sensory evaluation of some of the tea infusions, white teas were perceived more fragrant than green ones and were judged as the most favorite by the majority of the judges, especially for the brew prepared in cold water from whole leaves; all infusions obtained from the milled leaves in fact have a more bitter and astringent taste. PMID:26017324

  20. Influence of 3D-CRT pelvic irradiation on outcome in prostate cancer treated with external beam radiotherapy

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    Purpose: The role of pelvic irradiation (PRT) in the treatment of prostate cancer remains unclear. We reviewed our institution's experience with three-dimensional conformal external beam radiotherapy (3D-CRT) during the prostate-specific antigen era to determine the influence of PRT on the risk of biochemical recurrence in patients who have a predicted risk of lymph node involvement. Methods and Materials: Between March 1985 and January 2001, 1832 patients with clinically localized prostate cancer were treated with definitive 3D-CRT. All treatments involved CT planning to ensure coverage of the intended targets. Treatment consisted of prostate-only treatment, prostate and seminal vesicle treatment, or PRT of lymph nodes at risk followed by a boost. To create relatively homogenous analysis groups, each patient's percentage of risk of lymph node (%rLN) involvement was assigned by matching the patient's T stage, Gleason score, and initial prostate-specific antigen level to the appropriate value as described in the updated Partin tables. Three categories of %rLN involvement were defined: low, 0-5%; intermediate, >5-15%; and high, >15%. Biochemical recurrence was defined as the first occurrence of either the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology consensus definition of prostate-specific antigen failure or the initiation of salvage hormonal therapy for any reason. Results: The risk status (%rLN) could be determined for 709 low-risk, 263 intermediate-risk, and 309 high-risk patients. The actuarial freedom from biochemical recurrence (bNED) and the log-rank test for the similarity of the control and treatment survival functions are reported for each risk group. Multivariate analysis demonstrated a statistically significant benefit for the entire population treated with PRT, with a relative risk reduction of 0.72 (95% confidence interval 0.54-0.97). Although the multivariate analysis could not determine the patient population that would most benefit from

  1. Influence of external chloride concentration on the kinetics of mobile charges in the cell membrane of Valonia utricularis: Evidence for the existence of a chloride carrier

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    Wang, Jianning; Wehner, Günter; Benz, Roland; Zimmermann, Ulrich

    1991-01-01

    Charge pulse relaxation studies were performed on cells of the giant marine alga Valonia utricularis. Two exponential voltage relaxations were recorded as found previously (Benz, R., and U. Zimmermann. 1983. Biophys. J. 43:13-26.). The parameters of the two exponential voltage decays were studied as a function of the chloride concentration in the artificial sea water. Replacement of external chloride by 2(N-morpholino)ethanesulfonate (Mes-) had a dramatic influence on the four relaxation para...

  2. The influence of external subsidies on diet, growth and Hg concentrations of freshwater sport fish: implications for management and fish consumption advisories

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    Lepak, J.M.; Hooten, M.B.; Johnson, B.M.

    2012-01-01

    Mercury (Hg) contamination in sport fish is a global problem. In freshwater systems, food web structure, sport fish sex, size, diet and growth rates influence Hg bioaccumulation. Fish stocking is a common management practice worldwide that can introduce external energy and contaminants into freshwater systems. Thus, stocking can alter many of the factors that influence Hg concentrations in sport fish. Here we evaluated the influence of external subsidies, in the form of hatchery-raised rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss on walleye Sander vitreus diet, growth and Hg concentrations in two freshwater systems. Stocking differentially influenced male and female walleye diets and growth, producing a counterintuitive size-contamination relationship. Modeling indicated that walleye growth rate and diet were important explanatory variables when predicting Hg concentrations. Thus, hatchery contributions to freshwater systems in the form of energy and contaminants can influence diet, growth and Hg concentrations in sport fish. Given the extensive scale of fish stocking, and the known health risks associated with Hg contamination, this represents a significant issue for managers monitoring and manipulating freshwater food web structures, and policy makers attempting to develop fish consumption advisories to protect human health in stocked systems.

  3. A disordered 1D quantum N-particle system in an environment under the influence of an external field

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    Gevorkyan, A S; Gevorkyan, A A [Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems, NAS of Armenia, 1 P Sevak, 0014 Yerevan (Armenia); Oganesyan, K B; Sargsyan, G O; Saakyan, N V, E-mail: bsk@yerphi.a [Yerevan Physics Institute, Alikhanian Brothers 2, Yerevan, RA (Armenia)

    2010-09-01

    We consider a 1D quantum disordered N-particle system (N-PS) in an external field with relaxation in media. Mathematically, the problem is formulated within the limits of the stochastic differential equation of type Langevin-Schroedinger. Using the Langevin-Schroedinger equation, we found the 2D Fokker-Plank equation that describes the quantum distribution (QD) depending on the energy of nonperturbed 1D N-PS and from the parameters of the external field. The properties of QD are investigated in detail. It is shown that the average value of interaction potentials between the 1D disordered N-PS and the external field has an ultraviolet divergence that is solved by dimensional renormalization.

  4. Influence of external electrooptical modulator biasing on gain and nonlinear distortions in analog fiber-optic links

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    The dependences of gain and nonlinear distortions in analogue fiber-optic links on bias of an external electrooptical modulator were investigated. The increase in the gain by up to 5 dB as compared with the conventional quadrature point operation was demonstrated by shift the bias voltage applied to the external electrooptical modulator to a low transmission. Dependences of nonlinear distortions on the bias voltage of an electrooptical modulator were investigated. A minor increase in nonlinear distortions (less than 0.5 %) was observed at the conditions of a maximum gain. Proposed theoretical model is in a good agreement with the experimental data

  5. Influence of external stresses with σ/parallel R: =parallel [0 0 1] upon magnetization processes of cubic ferromagnets

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    The paper attempts a theoretical research into the effects of a magnetic field upon the basic state of a cubic ferromagnet which also features a uniaxial anisotropy induced by external stresses with σ/parallel R: =parallel [0 0 1]. The presence of external fields and elastic stresses has been shown to substantially modify the magnet's orientational phase diagram and to bring about an appearance of new magnetic phases and phase transformations between them. In particular, the magnetic field H /parallel R: =parallel [1 1 0] may induce an isostructural phase transition between the angular phases

  6. Market Quality Attributes of Orange-Fleshed, Non-Netted Honey Dew Melon Genotypes as Influenced by Growing Season, Storage Duration, and Temperature

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    Orange-fleshed honey dew fruit are known for having superior food safety, food quality, and fruit marketability attributes compared to orange-fleshed netted muskmelon and to green-fleshed honey dew fruits. However, little is known about the production market attributes and postharvest quality compa...

  7. Self-confined plasma in a magneto-plasma compressor and the influence of an externally imposed magnetic field

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    The spatial profile of a magnetically self-confined plasma formed by a magneto-plasma compressor is measured in radial and axial direction with an array of Faraday cups, and radiation with a wavelength as short as extreme ultraviolet is detected. A Gaussian distribution approximates the radial profile of the ion current density. Along the axis, the ion current density remains approximately constant up to 2.25 inner anode radii from the electrodes end, before diverging. The plasma stream is further compressed by the addition of an external magnetic field. The external magnetic field is measured and is close to the self-induced magnetic field. The measurements of the profile show an increase in the ion current density after the inlet into the external magnetic field. The ion current density at 3.25 inner anode radii from the end of the electrodes doubles, and the width of the plasma stream decreases. Estimations show that the increase of the ion current density is also due to an increase of around 25% of the mean ion charge, hence to a temperature increase of around 50% enhancing photon emission at shorter wavelength. A design guideline is presented to dimensionalize the amplitude of the external magnetic field depending on the wanted temperature increase in the plasma stream. (paper)

  8. The Interactive Influences of Friend Deviance and Reward Dominance on the Development of Externalizing Behavior during Middle Adolescence

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    Goodnight, Jackson A.; Bates, John E.; Newman, Joseph P.; Dodge, Kenneth A.; Pettit, Gregory S.

    2006-01-01

    This study investigated the interactive effects of friend deviance and reward dominance on the development of externalizing behavior of adolescents in the Child Development Project. Reward dominance was assessed at age 16 by performance on a computer-presented card-playing game in which participants had the choice of either continuing or…

  9. Attributional Style and the Freshman Writer.

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    Gordon, Douglas K.; Mercier, Judith D.

    Martin Seligman's psychology research on depression, published in 7 books and hundreds of articles, shows a correlation between attributional style and depression. "Explanatory style" is another term nearly synonymous with attributional style, a habitual way to explain, positively or negatively, external events. A "learned" optimist himself,…

  10. Influence of external and internal conditions of detector sample treatment on the particle registration sensitivity of Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors of type CR-39

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    The sensitivity of charged particle registration with SSNTD is the most important parameter to decide about the applicability of those detectors in research, technology and environmental dosimetry. The sensitivity is strongly influenced by the treatment of detector samples before, during and after the exposure and the final evaluation process by chemical etching. Whereas changes in detection properties by external environmental influences are generally considered, the dependences on the etching conditions are ignored. Commonly the sensitivity is assumed to compensate variations in the etching conditions for track revealing. In the present work the validity of this hypothesis will be checked. In the frame of the existing database the sensitivity is not really independent on variations in etching temperatures and should be corrected for differences in the activation energies for stimulation of the bulk and track etching process. Differences in the concentration dependence may be of minor importance. Furthermore, the registration sensitivity depends on environmental conditions before, during and after the irradiation with particles under investigation. Such external parameters are the air pressure, the sample temperature and modification of bulk material by out-gassing in vacuum and exposure to γ-rays. However, the available database is insufficient and inaccurate to draw final conclusions on the detection properties of SSNTD under various external and internal conditions.

  11. Experimental investigation of the influence of internal and external EGR on the combustion characteristics of a controlled auto-ignition two-stroke cycle engine

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    Highlights: • Investigate the effect of In-EGR, Ex-EGR and octane number on a CAI 2-stroke engine. • Effect of In-EGR, Ex-EGR and octane number on combustion phasing of the engine. • Effect of In-EGR, Ex-EGR and octane number on cyclic variability of the engine. • Identify the CAI combustion upper and lower boundary for operating regions. - Abstract: A two-stroke cycle engine incorporated with a controlled auto-ignition combustion approach presents a high thermodynamic efficiency, ultra-low exhaust emissions and high power-to-weight ratio features for future demand of prime movers. The start of auto-ignition, control of the auto-ignition and its cyclic variability, are major concerns that should be addressed in the combustion timing control of controlled auto-ignition engines. Several studies have been performed to examine the effect of internal exhaust gas recirculation utilization on auto-ignited two-stroke cycle engines. However, far too little attention has been devoted to study on the influence of external exhaust gas recirculation on the cyclic variation and the combustion characteristics of controlled auto-ignition two-stroke cycle engines. The purpose of this study is to examine the influence of external exhaust gas recirculation in combination with internal exhaust gas recirculation on the combustion characteristics and the cyclic variability of a controlled auto-ignition two-stroke engine using fuel with different octane numbers. In a detailed experimental investigation, the combustion-related and pressure-related parameters of the engine are examined and statistically associated with the coefficient of variation and the standard deviation. The outcomes of the investigation indicates that the most influential controlled auto-ignition combustion phasing parameters can be managed appropriately via regulating the internal and external exhaust gas recirculation and fuel octane number. In general, start of auto-ignition and its cyclic variability are

  12. It's not my fault: understanding nursing students' causal attributions in Pathophysiology.

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    Dunn, Karee E; Osborne, Cara; Rakes, Glenda C

    2013-08-01

    Pathophysiology is a difficult subject matter for many nursing students. This course is also critical for safe clinical practice. However, little research has explored what variables may influence nursing students' success in this course. This study is the first in a forthcoming series that seeks to better understand how to facilitate student success in Pathophysiology. In this study, students' causal attributions for successes and failures were explored as these attributions greatly influence future academic motivation and behavior. Students were asked to respond to two open-ended questions in order to better understand what causal attributions students were making for their successes and failures in Pathophysiology. Seventy-five Bachelor of Science in Nursing students who were enrolled in Pathophysiology returned their responses (92.6% response rate). Content analysis was utilized to determine whether students were making internal or external causal attributions for their successes and failures. Additionally, responses were evaluated in order to identify common themes shared by respondents. The majority of respondents (84%) attributed their academic successes in Pathophysiology in part to internal causes, and the majority of respondents (68%) attributed their academic failures, in part, to external causes. In this study the majority of students attributed their successes to controllable, unstable causes-primarily effort. Research indicates that attributing success to effort may reflect that students' confidence in their abilities is suffering, and that attributing failures to external causes, such as task difficulty, are also detrimental to performance and learning (Siegle et al., 2009). The results of this study are further presented and discussed. PMID:22424917

  13. Influence of external climate forcing on coastal upwelling systems analysed in ensemble of past millennium climate simulations

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    Tim, Nele; Zorita, Eduardo; Hünicke, Birgit; Yi, Xin; Emeis, Kay

    2016-04-01

    Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems are highly productive coastal ocean areas where nutrient rich, cold water upwells by the action of favorable winds. Observations over the 20th century and ocean sediment records, which may be indicative of upwelling, display an intensification due to stronger external climate forcing, such as increasing greenhouse gas concentrations or changes in solar irradiance. This intensification is compatible with the hypothesis put forward by Bakun (1990) that a stronger external radiative forcing should lead to a more intense coastal upwelling. Here, we analyze ensemble of simulations covering the past millennium with the aim of identifying and quantifying the role of external climate forcing on upwelling in the major Eastern Boundary Upwelling System. We analyse the decadal variability and centennial trends of upwelling in ensemble of simulations with the global climate model MPI-ESM covering the past millennium, the last 150 years and the next 100 years. The future simulations were driven by three IPCC scenarios of concentrations of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, RCP2.5, RCP4.5 and RCP 8.5. For the past millennium and the last 150 years, coastal upwelling does not show any imprint of external forcing. This result indicates that chaotic internal variability has dominated upwelling intensity in major upwelling regions over the last thousand years and even since industrialisation up to present. For the 21st century, all ensemble members show a consistent and significant intensification of upwelling in the strongest scenario RCP8.5 for the Benguela upwelling region, consistent and significant weakening for Morocco and California, and no significant change for the Peruvian upwelling. Weaker scenarios do not produce consistent long-term trends that are replicated in all ensemble members. The results are confirmed by analysing another ensemble of past millennium simulations with the model CESM-CAM5 (Community Earth System Model

  14. THE INFLUENCE OF AGGLOMERATIONS CONCERNING THE GENERATION OF EXTERNALITIES FOR ENTERPRISEShttp://dx.doi.org/10.5585/riae.v9i2.1673

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    Full Text Available This article aims to identify, through theoretical analysis, the influence agglomerations have in the generation of firm externalities. Hence, the idea is established by demonstrating that productive clusters are different, although largely ignored in a vast number of articles and in the development of public policies; which can be identified by the various existing typologies (Pedersen, 1997, Van Dijk; Sverrisson, 2003, SUZIGAN 2006. The study was based on the theory of productive clusters and in national and international empirical papers. Consequently, we conclude the agglomerations do not have equal potential to generate externalities, rather, it is expected the contribution that companies can receive is dependent upon the characteristics of each.  In addition, we propose a few approaches for companies, government agents and public policy makers.

  15. Simulation of Water Vapor Condensation in a Partly Closed Structure: The Influence of the External Conditions of Temperature and Humidity

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    Batina, Jean; Peyrous, René

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    Our aim is to determine the more significant parameters acting on the water vapor condensation in a partly closed structure, submitted to external constraints (temperature and humidity) which induce convective movements and thermal variations inside. These constraints locally lead to condensation of the water vapor, initially contained in the air of the volume and/or on the walls. The inside bottom wall is remained dry. Condensed water quantities depend on: (1) dimensions of the structure, (2...

  16. Influence of an external field on the decay of coherently excited n = 2 states of the hydrogen atom

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    We analyse the validity of the approximation of neglecting the 22S1/2-22P3/2 coupling in the description of the fluorescence from the n = 2 states of hydrogen atoms decaying in the presence of an external electric field. The results show the inadequacy of such an approach and point to the need for a re-interpretation of some previously reported experimental values of the state multipoles of the collisionally excited n = 2 hydrogen atoms. (Author)

  17. Analysis of the suction chamber of external gear pumps and their influence on cavitation and volumetric efficiency

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    Campo Sud, David del

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    Hydraulic machines are faced with increasingly severe performance requirements. The need to design smaller and more powerful machines rotating at higher speeds in order to provide increasing efficiencies, has to face a major limitation: cavitation. A two-dimensional numerical approach, by means of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), has been developed for studying the effect of cavitation in the volumetric efficiency of external gear pumps. Several cavitation models and grid de...

  18. Influence of an external field on the decay of coherently excited n = 2 states of the hydrogen atom

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    Chwirot, S.; Legowski, S.; Zaremba, J.; Slevin, J.

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    We analyse the validity of the approximation of neglecting the 2/sup 2/S/sub 1/2/-2/sup 2/P/sub 3/2/ coupling in the description of the fluorescence from the n = 2 states of hydrogen atoms decaying in the presence of an external electric field. The results show the inadequacy of such an approach and point to the need for a re-interpretation of some previously reported experimental values of the state multipoles of the collisionally excited n = 2 hydrogen atoms. (Author).

  19. About some aspects of absorbed and effective ionizing radiation dose computation of population under external and internal radiation influence

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    The purpose of the investigation is to develop methods of dose assessment, absorbed by individual human organs, or effective dose of population, as well as to study factors effecting on uncertainties in their computation. The dose assessment for the Thyroid or other organ is based on retrospective information obtained from radioecological monitoring and according to the information about radioactive fallout's on the surface after each nuclear test, as well as the information about concrete living conditions of local population. The main parameter in proposed algorithms is gamma-radiation dose rate at open area, which is a result of direct measurements. When assessing internal radiation dose, in the course of inhalation, the whole period of local fallout's is taken into consideration. The developed method allows obtaining a systematic information describing irradiation of people by means of the radioactive traces, as well as tabulated information for model computations of internal and external radiation dose

  20. Irradiation influence on the bone marrow function of patients who received external radiotherapy to the bone metastasis lesion

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    The effects of external radiotherapy (EBRT) on the bone marrow function were studied in 49 patients who received regional EBRT to the bone metastatic lesions. The platelet counts showed gradual but significant decrease to 88.0% at 12 weeks after completing the irradiation compared to the baselines. The lymphocyte counts decreased rapidly and significantly to 74.3% at 2 weeks after starting the irradiation but recovered to the baseline levels at 12 weeks after the irradiation. The decreases in the lymphocytes showed weak correlations with the widths of the irradiation areas and the lymphocytes counts before the irradiation, respectively. There found no significant decrease in the other blood cell counts which provoked serious adverse events due to the EBRT. These results suggest that the regional irradiation to the bone metastatic lesions would not cause serious nor long-term myelosuppression. (author)

  1. External influences and priority-setting for anti-cancer agents: a case study of media coverage in adjuvant trastuzumab for breast cancer

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    Fralick John

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Setting priorities for the funding of new anti-cancer agents is becoming increasingly complex. The funding of adjuvant trastuzumab for breast cancer has brought this dilemma to the fore. In this paper we review external factors that may influence decision-making bodies and present a case study of media response in Ontario, Canada to adjuvant trastuzumab for breast cancer. Methods A comprehensive search of the databases of Canadian national and local newspapers and television was performed. Articles pertaining to trastuzumab in adjuvant breast cancer as well as 17 other anti-cancer drugs and indications were retrieved. The search period was from the date when individual trial results were announced to the date funding was made available in Ontario. Results During the 2.6 months between the release of the trastuzumab results to funding approval in Ontario, we identified 51 episodes of media coverage. For the 17 other drugs/indications (7 breast and 10 non-breast, the median time to funding approval was 31 months (range 14–46. Other recent major advances in oncology such as adjuvant vinorelbine/cisplatin for resected NSCLC and docetaxel for advanced prostate cancer received considerably less media attention (17 media reports for each than trastuzumab. The median number of media reports for breast cancer drugs was 4.5 compared to 2.5 for non-breast cancer drugs (p = 0.56. Conclusion Priority-setting for novel anti-cancer agents is a complex process that tries to ensure fair use of constrained resources to fund therapies with the best evidence of clinical benefit. However, this process is subject to external factors including the influence of media, patient advocates, politicians, and industry. The data in this case study serve to illustrate the significant involvement one (or all of these external factors may play in the debate over priority-setting.

  2. Differentiating weak ties and strong ties among external sources of influences for enterprise resource planning (ERP) adoption

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    Aubert, Benoit; Léger, Pierre-Majorique; Larocque, Denis

    2012-05-01

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems represent a major IT adoption decision. ERP adoption decisions, in the chemicals and allied products sectors, were examined between 1994 and 2005. Networks of strong ties and weak ties partners are investigated. Results show that neighbouring companies linked with strong ties can have an influence on organisations making such adoption decision. Past decisions made by major trading partners have a significant influence on the decision to adopt an ERP system for a given organisation. This reflects the complex nature of the knowledge required for such adoption.

  3. Influence of the external conditions on salt retention and pressure-induced electrical potential measured across a composite membrane

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    Benavente, Juana; Jonsson, Gunnar Eigil

    1999-01-01

    Transport on single electrolyte solutions (NaCl and MgCl2) due to pressure gradients across a commercial reverse osmosis membrane was studied by measuring volume flux (J(v)), salt rejection (S) and pressure induced electrical potential (Delta E) in a crossflow cell. The influence on these paramet...

  4. Electrocrystallisation of CoFe alloys under the influence of external homogeneous magnetic fields-Properties of deposited thin films

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    The influence of homogeneous magnetic fields with flux density up to 1 T superimposed during the deposition of CoFe thin films on their properties has been studied. It has been clearly demonstrated that the superimposition of magnetic fields influences the resulting layer properties significantly. A pronounced impact on the layer morphology has been observed. The layers deposited under the influence of the parallel-to-electrode magnetic field appear denser and more homogenous than those obtained without a magnetic field. On the contrary, the layers deposited in the perpendicular-to-electrode magnetic field appeared more diverse. A scaling analysis revealed a smoothing effect of a parallel- and a roughening effect of a perpendicular-to-electrode magnetic field. No influence of magnetic fields neither on the deposited layers chemical composition nor the structure and texture has been found, whereas the internal stress state of the layer is affected by the superimposition. The effects are discussed with respect to the Lorentz force driven convection, which increases the electrochemical reaction's rates and improves desorption of hydrogen from the electrode surface. The alterations of magnetic properties of the CoFe thin films correlate well with the observed microstructural changes. Moreover, an in-plane magnetic anisotropy is induced by a parallel magnetic field superimposition. This phenomenon origins from a preferential next neighbour atomic pair-ordering in the direction of the magnetic field, e.g. magnetization, during deposition of the ferromagnetic alloy.

  5. The Influence external signals on perceived quality and purchase intention products of high involvement (case study: Laptop

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    MOHSEN NAZARI

    2014-09-01

    Data analysis has been done by use of SMARTPLS software. A questionnaire was collected data. The results showed the price, brand, freinds, ranked brand, previous experience, warranty and ingredients can affect the laptop perceived quality. Also, price, brand, country of origin, friends, previous experience, ranked brand and warranty influence the intention to buy a laptop

  6. The influence of defect drift in external electric field on green luminescence of ZnO single crystals

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    In nominally undoped Zn O single crystals, the influence of electric field on photoluminescence in visible wavelength range was investigated. A well-known broad unstructured band consisting of green and orange ones was observed. It was found that the action of direct electric field of about 100 V/cm at 600-700 deg. C resulted in the increase of green band intensity near the cathode and its decrease near the anode, while orange band intensity was not influenced by this treatment. The redistribution of green band intensity along the sample under electric field is accounted for by drift of zinc interstitials from the anode to the cathode. It is supposed that emitting centres responsible for green luminescence are complex defects including zinc interstitials

  7. How generation choices are influenced by costs, risks and externalities: the generation planning process in Ontario, Canada

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    Ontario Hydro is responsible for generating, supplying and delivering electricity throughout Ontario, Canada. Installed generation capacity of 32 GW consists of 20% hydro-electric (6.4 GW), 35% fossil (11.3 GW) and 40% nuclear (14.2 GW). Ontario Hydro' s planning process has evolved significantly since its decision in the late 1970's to build the 4-unit 3500 MW Darlington Nuclear Station. The emergence of environmental issues as a primary consideration, increased awareness of financial and regulatory risks, and uncertainty about the load forecast and the impact of demand management programs on the load have all contributed to the changed planning process. This paper discusses Ontario Hydro's responses to these changes such as: increased public involvement in the decision-making process; the use of a broader range of options including demand management and non-utility generation; optimizing the use of the existing system; more complete risk analyses of generation options, and recent attempts to incorporate externalities into the decision-making process. (authors). 3 figs

  8. Quantum fluctuations of the Coulomb potential as a source of flicker noise: the influence of external electric field

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    Fluctuations of the electromagnetic field produced by quantized matter in an external electric field are investigated. A general expression for the power spectrum of fluctuations is derived within the long-range expansion. It is found that in the whole measured frequency band, the power spectrum of fluctuations exhibits an inverse frequency dependence. A general argument is given showing that for all practically relevant values of the electric field, the power spectrum of induced fluctuations is proportional to the field strength squared. As an illustration, the power spectrum is calculated explicitly using a kinetic model with a relaxation-type collision term. Finally, it is shown that the magnitude of fluctuations produced by a sample generally has a Gaussian distribution around its mean value, and its dependence on the sample geometry is determined. In particular, it is demonstrated that for geometrically similar samples the power spectrum is inversely proportional to the sample volume. Application of the results obtained to the problem of flicker noise is discussed

  9. Attributional analysis of chronic illness outcomes.

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    Lowery, B J; Jacobsen, B S

    1985-01-01

    The Weiner et al. attribution model has generated a great deal of research on attributions for success and failure in academic achievement situations. Studies of success and failure attributions in real-life situations of high personal concern are limited. If the attribution model is to lead to a general theory of motivation, such tests in real-life situations are critical. In this study, causal attributions for success and failure outcomes of chronically ill patients were examined. Results indicated at least partial support for the model. Patients tended to attribute success internally and failure externally, but stability and expectations were not linked in this sample. Moreover, a tendency to respond with no cause to an open-ended measure and to hold little commitment to any causes on a closed-ended measure was characteristic of failure subjects. PMID:3844736

  10. Influence of the external electrical circuit on the regimes of a nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharge in air at atmospheric pressure

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    This paper presents 2D simulations of nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharges in air at atmospheric pressure coupled with a model of the external electrical circuit used in experiments. Then, during the pulsed discharge, the voltage applied to the electrodes varies in time as a function of the time dependent value of the plasma channel conductivity. In this work, we have simulated several consecutive nanosecond pulsed discharges between two point electrodes in air initially at 1000 K at a frequency of 10 kHz. First, we have simulated three consecutive nanosecond spark discharges. We have shown that the air temperature increases significantly pulse after pulse in the discharge channel. As a consequence, for the three consecutive simulated nanosecond spark discharges, we have put forward a decrease in the discharge radius, pulse after pulse. Then, to further limit the discharge current, a ballast resistance R has been added into the electrical circuit and the results are presented for seven consecutive nanosecond discharges. For a value of R = 1000 Ω in the conditions studied in this work, we have shown that the first nanosecond discharges are in the glow regime, with a small gas heating per pulse. However, as the number of pulses increases due to the gas heating by each pulse, the discharge may transit to a multipulse nanosecond spark regime. For a higher value of R = 10 000 Ω, we have put forward that the gas heating by each nanosecond discharge becomes negligible and then the multipulse nanosecond discharge remains in this case in a stable ‘quasi-periodic’ multipulse glow regime. (paper)

  11. Influence of Diet and Postmortem Ageing on Oxidative Stability of Lipids, Myoglobin and Myofibrillar Proteins and Quality Attributes of Gluteus Medius Muscle in Goats

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    Adeyemi, Kazeem Dauda; Shittu, Rafiat Morolayo; Sabow, Azad Behnan; Ebrahimi, Mahdi; Sazili, Awis Qurni

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    This study appraised the effects of dietary blend of 80% canola oil and 20% palm oil and postmortem ageing on oxidative stability, fatty acids and quality attributes of gluteus medius (GM) muscle in goats. Twenty-four Boer bucks were randomly allotted to diet supplemented with 0, 4 and 8% oil blend, fed for 100 days and slaughtered, and the GM muscle was subjected to a 7 d chill storage (4±1°C). Diet had no effect (P> 0.05) on the colour, drip loss, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TB...

  12. Uranium Measurements and Attributes

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    It may be necessary to find the means to determine unclassified attributes of uranium in nuclear weapons or their components for future transparency initiatives. We briefly describe the desired characteristics of attribute measurement systems for transparency. The determination of uranium attributes; in particular, by passive gamma-ray detection is a formidable challenge

  13. Internal and external influences on near-surface microbial community structure in the vicinity of the Cape Verde Islands.

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    Hill, Polly G; Heywood, Jane L; Holland, Ross J; Purdie, Duncan A; Fuchs, Bernhard M; Zubkov, Mikhail V

    2012-01-01

    Microbial community structure in the subtropical north-east Atlantic Ocean was compared between 2 years and variation attributed to environmental variables. Surface seawater communities were analysed by flow cytometry and fluorescence in situ hybridisation. Probes specific to Alphaproteobacteria, Cyanobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria and Bacteroidetes identified 67-100% of cells. Due to natural variation in the study region due to the occurrence of major currents and islands, data could not be pooled but were instead divided between distinct water masses. Community structure did not differ greatly around the Cape Verde Islands between sampling periods but varied substantially in the open ocean, suggesting different environmental perturbations favour specific bacterial groups. Wind speed varied significantly between years, with moderate to strong breeze in winter 2008 and gales in winter 2006 (8.9 ± 0.2 ms(-1) and 16.0 ± 0.4 ms(-1), respectively). Enhanced wind-driven turbulence was associated with domination by the SAR11 clade of Alphaproteobacteria, which were present at 2.4-fold in the abundance of Prochlorococcus (41.8 ± 1.6% cells, compared to 17.7 ± 7.1%). Conversely, the calmer conditions of 2008 seemed to favour Prochlorococcus (40.0 ± 1.2% cells). Prochlorococcus high-light adapted clade HLI were only numerous during wind-driven turbulence, whereas oligotrophic-adapted clade HLII dominated under calm conditions. Bacteroidetes were most prominent in turbulent conditions (9.5 ± 1.3% cells as opposed to 4.7 ± 0.3%), as were Synechococcus. In 2008, a considerable dust deposition event occurred in the region, which may have led to the substantial Gammaproteobacteria population (22.5 ± 4.0% cells compared to 4.6 ± 0.6% in 2006). Wind-driven turbulence may have a significant impact on microbial community structure in the surface ocean. Therefore, community change following dust storm events may be linked to associated

  14. Influence of the vector interaction and an external magnetic field on the isentropes near the chiral critical end point

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    Costa, Pedro

    2016-06-01

    The location of the critical end point (CEP) and the isentropic trajectories in the QCD phase diagram are investigated. We use the (2 +1 ) Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model with the Polyakov loop coupling for different scenarios, namely by imposing zero strange quark density, which is the case in the ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions, and β equilibrium. The influence of strong magnetic fields and of the vector interaction on the isentropic trajectories around the CEP is discussed. It is shown that the vector interaction and the magnetic field, having opposite effects on the first-order transition, affect the isentropic trajectories differently: as the vector interaction increases, the first-order transition becomes weaker and the isentropes become smoother; when a strong magnetic field is considered, the first-order transition is strengthened and the isentropes are pushed to higher temperatures. No focusing of isentropes in region towards the CEP is seen.

  15. Influence of climatic conditions, topography and soil attributes on the spatial distribution of site productivity index of the species rich forests of Jalisco, Mexico

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    Adel Mohamed; Robin M. Reich; Raj Khosla; C. Aguirre-Bravo; Martin Mendoza Briseño

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents an approach based on field data to model the spatial distribution of the site productivity index (SPI) of the diverse forest types in Jalisco, Mexico and the response in SPI to site and cli-matic conditions. A linear regression model was constructed to test the hypothesis that site and climate variables can be used to predict the SPI of the major forest types in Jalisco. SPI varied significantly with topog-raphy (elevation, aspect and slope), soil attributes (pH, sand and silt), climate (temperature and precipitation zones) and forest type. The most important variable in the model was forest type, which accounted for 35% of the variability in SPI. Temperature and precipitation accounted for 8 to 9% of the variability in SPI while the soil attributes accounted for less than 4% of the variability observed in SPI. No significant differences were detected between the observed and predicted SPI for the individual forest types. The linear regression model was used to develop maps of the spatial variability in predicted SPI for the individual forest types in the state. The spatial site productivity models developed in this study provides a basis for understanding the complex relationship that exists between forest productivity and site and climatic conditions in the state. Findings of this study will assist resource managers in making cost-effective decisions about the management of individual forest types in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

  16. Influence of immuno-stimulation on some parameters in immunological reactivity after external gamma irradiation in pigs

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    The study was performed on ten-month-old pigs, divided into two groups irradiated with 2.2 Gy and 3.3 Gy. Both groups were vaccinated with an Aujeszky MK vaccine on days 3 and 17 after irradiation. Levamizole at a dose rate of 2.5 mg/kg bw was applied from the first day on, 3 days weekly, for a period of 3 weeks. Blood was sampled before and after irradiation. The following parameters were estimated: total leucocyte count, neutrophil and lymphocyte counts, rosettes-forming cells (E-RFC and AEC-RFC), phagocyte index (PhI), phagocytes count (PhC) and specific antibodies. The specific immune response in 2.2 Gy animals against the applied antigen appeared at the tenth day with a lg titer of 1.02, and after the re-vaccination it reached lg 1.8. In 3.3 Gy pigs, from an initial value of 1.35, it disappeared after the third day and was no more established till the end of the study. Levamizole influenced positively the percent of E-RFC, the PhI and the specific immune response at low dose irradiation. The administration of Levamizole in 3.3 Gy pigs, vaccinated and re-vaccinated with MK-35, had an unfavourable effect and led to a lethal issue after re-vaccination. (author)

  17. Influence of the external torques in the angle between the spin axis and the Sun direction for spin stabilized satellite

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    Motta, G. B.; Zanardi, M. C.

    2015-10-01

    The goal of this paper is the study of the influence of the environmental torques in the angle between the spin axis and the Sun direction (solar aspect angle) for spin stabilized satellite. The theory uses a cylindrical satellite in an illumined orbit, considering the gravity gradient, aerodynamic, solar radiation, residual magnetic and eddy current torques. The mathematic model for each torque is shown. The dynamic equations are represented in a reference system fixed in the satellite and described by spin velocity and the right ascension and declination angles of the spin axis. An analytical solution for the spin velocity and the attitude angles is used to study the behavior of the solar aspect angle. The theory is applied for the real data of the Brazilian Satellite of Data Collection - SCD1 and SCD2. Two approaches are presented. The results agree with the real satellite behavior for specific time simulation. Then the theory has consistency and can be applied to predict the behavior of the solar aspect angle.

  18. Influence of Zeolite Additive on the Properties of Plaster Used for External Walls from Autoclaved Aerated Concrete

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    Full Text Available Enclosures that had been built from elements of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC often are covered with plasters. Some adhesion problems between plasters and surface exist during the mechanized covering of surfaces of the mentioned enclosures with plaster. Some dispersible additives (vinyl acetate polymer or derivatives of acrylic acid esters are used to improve the adhesion. Another problem is the increased water absorption of AAC elements, therefore water retarding additives (cellulose esters are used in the mixture of plasters. Due to insufficient amount of water in the mixture of plasters, the hydration of cement minerals slows down. Influence of the natural zeolite – clinoptilolite on the properties of plaster is analyzed in this work. It was found that this additive effectively absorbs water and thus, ensures adequate hydration of cement minerals. When in the mixture of plaster the sand is changed by clinoptilolite in amount of 15 % the structure slightly compacts, the compressive and flexural strength of hardened plaster increase by 47 % and 12 % respectively and the adhesion to a surface of the AAC element increases by 44 %. Drying shrinkage, water vapor resistance factor and coefficient of capillary absorption remain unchanged.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.19.2.4441

  19. Influence of thermally and externally induced vortices on the electrical transport in YBCO-films; Einfluss thermisch und extern induzierter Vortices auf den elektrischen Transport in YBCO-Filmen

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    Skwirblies, Sven

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    This work investigates the dynamic conductivity and the critical current of superconductive 50nm to 600nm c-axes orient thin YBCO-films on MgO-substrate. The investigation is done by temperature, field, frequency and amplitude dependent susceptibility measurements χ(T, H{sub dc}, f, H{sub ac}) with a commercial SQUID-magnetometer. The main subject of this work is to investigate the influence of vortices on the superconductive properties of YBCO-films. Therefore frequency dependent magnetization measurements will be done in external zero fields to characterize thermal effects only. The dynamic conductivity, gained out of the magnetization measurements by inversion, can be described for all films by a coherent, frequency dependent 3D-XY area below the critical temperature T{sub c} and an incoherent Ginzburg-Landau (GL) similar area in the temperature range from T{sub c} to T{sub 0}. The crossover between these both areas is identifying by the blow-out of Vortex-loops at the blow-out temperature T{sub b} and shows a film thickness and frequency independent inverse kinetic inductance of L{sub k}{sup -1}(T{sub b}) = 35(5)nH{sup -1}. This universal Value is found up to the highest applied field of 10 kOe. It shows up that the starting of superconductivity in the frequency dependent GL-area is linked to the creation of exact one vortex-kernal. This behavior applies to higher fields too. The stability of this effect will be explained by the grain borders of the granularly YBCO-structured films with a local critical field H{sub g}(d{sub g}) of the grains. The critical currents will be extracted out of the magnetization measurements by an here explained experimental method and show the 3D-XY behavior below T{sub c} too. By fitting the deep temperature area of the critical current, the mean-field temperature T{sub 0} could be extracted. The vanishing of the 3D-XY area and the GL-area can be explained by the influence of the grain, also the different absolute values of the

  20. Influence of Brand Attributes of Cultural Products on Purchase Intention of Consumers%文化产品品牌属性对消费者购买意愿的影响研究

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    钱黎春; 何森; 李德俊

    2015-01-01

    The brand attributes of cultural products belong to hidden elements in the process of buying and consuming cultural products, and are embodied by both inner and outer attributes such as product price, brand character and users’ image. Consumers usu-ally depend on brand attributes to judge and assess the degree of cultural products to meet their needs. Further empirical study shows that consumers’ intention of purchasing cultural products will be evidently influenced by brand attributes such as brand character and users’ image and that within a certain price range the influence of product price on the intention is not obvious.%文化产品的品牌属性属于消费者在购买和消费文化产品的过程中所隐含的成分,体现为产品价格、品牌个性、使用者形象等内、外在属性。消费者通常依据品牌属性来判断和评价文化产品满足自己需求的程度。进一步的实证研究证明,消费者文化产品购买意愿受品牌个性、使用者形象等品牌属性的影响较为显著,而在一定的价格范围内产品价格对消费者文化产品的购买意愿的影响并不显著。

  1. Changes in growth and yield attributes of two selected maize varieties as influenced by application of chemical (npk) and organic (bat's manure) fertilizers in pala (chad) grown field

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    The present experiment was conducted in Pala, region of the Mayo-Kebi West division, in a contribution to improve maize production in Chad. The work was oriented towards the evaluation of the interactions between chemical (NPK) and organic (bat's manure) fertilizers on growth and yield attributes of TZEE-W and IB selected maize varieties. The experimental design was a (5x2)x4 factorial design in which the main factor was the proportion of organic/chemical fertilizer (%), and the maize variety as the secondary factor, comprising the following six treatments repeated four times: control (T0) with 0 % NPK and 0 % bat's manure; T1 with 100% NPK; T2 with 100% bat's manure; T3 with 75% NPK and 25% bat's manure; T4 with 75% bat's manure and 25% NPK; T5 with 50% bat's manure and 50% NPK. Results show a variation in experimental soils pH of treatments from 5.91 to 7.92, depending on the proportion of the fertilizers applied. There were significant yield differences among treatments, as well as maize varieties. The 50% NPK+50% bat's manure was found as the best treatment to significantly (p<0.0001) enhance the yield of IB (51.2 t/ha) and TZEE-W (37.9 t/ha) maize varieties compared to their respective controls (7.25 t/ha and 6.76 t/ha). These results suggest that the combination at equal proportion of NPK and bat's manure could be recommended to sustainably improve maize production in Pala-Chad, thus with a considerable alleviation of the pollution risks that have been attributed to chemical fertilizer. (author)

  2. Lightning Strikes and Attribution of Climatic Change

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    Using lightning strikes as an example, two possible schemes are discussed for the attribution of changes in event frequency to climate change, and estimating the cost associated with them. The schemes determine the fraction of events that should be attributed to climatic change, and the fraction that should be attributed to natural chance. They both allow for the expected increase in claims and the fluctuations about this expected value. Importantly, the attribution fraction proposed in the second of these schemes is necessarily different to that found in epidemiological studies. This ensures that the statistically expected fraction of attributed claims is correctly equal to the expected increase in claims. The analysis of lightning data highlights two particular difficulties with data-driven, as opposed to modeled, attribution studies. The first is the possibility of unknown "confounding" variables that can influence the strike frequency. This is partly accounted for here by considering the influence of temp...

  3. Spectral characteristics of the mutant form GGBP/H152C of D-glucose/D-galactose-binding protein labeled with fluorescent dye BADAN: influence of external factors

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The mutant form GGBP/H152C of the D-glucose/D-galactose-binding protein with the solvatochromic dye BADAN linked to cysteine residue Cys 152 can be used as a potential base for a sensitive element of glucose biosensor system. We investigated the influence of various external factors on the physical-chemical properties of GGBP/H152C-BADAN and its complex with glucose. The high affinity (Kd = 8.5 µM and high binding rate of glucose make GGBP/H152C-BADAN a good candidate to determine the sugar content in biological fluids extracted using transdermal techniques. It was shown that changes in the ionic strength and pH of solution within the physiological range did not have a significant influence on the fluorescent characteristics of GGBP/H152C-BADAN. The mutant form GGBP/H152C has relatively low resistance to denaturation action of GdnHCl and urea. This result emphasizes the need to find more stable proteins for the creation of a sensitive element for a glucose biosensor system.

  4. Treatment of low-strength wastewater using immobilized biomass in a sequencing batch external loop reactor: influence of the medium superficial velocity on the stability and performance

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    Camargo E.F.M.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available An anaerobic sequencing batch bioreactor with external circulation of the liquid phase wherein the biomass was immobilized on a polyurethane foam matrix was analyzed, focussing on the influence of the liquid superficial velocity on the reactor's stability and efficiency. Eight-hour cycles were carried out at 30ºC treating glucose-based synthetic wastewater around 500 mgDQO/L. The performance of the reactor was assessed without circulation and with circulating liquid superficial velocity between 0.034 and 0.188 cm/s. The reactor attained operating stability and a high organic matter removal was achieved when liquid was circulated. A first order model was used to evaluate the influence of the liquid superficial velocity (vS, resulting in an increase in the apparent first order parameter when vS increased from 0.034 to 0.094 cm/s. The parameter value remained unchangeable when 0.188 cm/s was applied, indicating that beyond this value no improvement on liquid mass transfer was observed. Moreover, the necessary time to reach the final removal efficiency decreased when liquid circulation was applied, indicating that a 3-hour cycle could be enough.

  5. Influence of Diet and Postmortem Ageing on Oxidative Stability of Lipids, Myoglobin and Myofibrillar Proteins and Quality Attributes of Gluteus Medius Muscle in Goats.

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    Adeyemi, Kazeem Dauda; Shittu, Rafiat Morolayo; Sabow, Azad Behnan; Ebrahimi, Mahdi; Sazili, Awis Qurni

    2016-01-01

    This study appraised the effects of dietary blend of 80% canola oil and 20% palm oil and postmortem ageing on oxidative stability, fatty acids and quality attributes of gluteus medius (GM) muscle in goats. Twenty-four Boer bucks were randomly allotted to diet supplemented with 0, 4 and 8% oil blend, fed for 100 days and slaughtered, and the GM muscle was subjected to a 7 d chill storage (4±1°C). Diet had no effect (P> 0.05) on the colour, drip loss, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) value, free thiol, carbonyl, myoglobin and metmyoglobin contents, metmyoglobin reducing activity (MRA), antioxidant enzyme activities and abundance of myosin heavy chain (MHC) and actin in the GM muscle in goats. The meat from goats fed 4 and 8% oil blend had higher (Pdiet did not affect (Pdiet, the free thiol and myoglobin contents, concentration of tocopherol and total carotenoids, MHC and MRA in the GM muscle decreased (P< 0.05) while carbonyl content, TBARS, drip loss and metmyoglobin content increased over storage. Dietary blend of 80% canola oil and 20% palm oil beneficially altered tissue lipids without hampering the oxidative stability of chevon. PMID:27138001

  6. Parameters influencing SPET regional brain uptake of technetium-99m hexamethylpropylene amine oxime measured by calibrated point sources as an external standard

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    Using calibrated point sources as an external standard to convert SPET brain counts into absolute values of regional brain uptake (rBU) of technetium-99m hexamethylpropylene amine oxime (HMPAO), the relative contribution of different parameters to interindividual variability of cerebellar rBU was examined in 33 healthy volunteers. Stepwise regression analysis identified body surface as the most important factor underlying interindividual variability, when compared with brain volume. In the normal volunteer population presented, age decrement of rBU corrected for body surface and brain volume equalled 60.5-0.20xage. Based on the data of eight normal volunteers, including four test-retest studies with heart rate (HR) differences greater than 5 units and four test-stress studies with doubling of heart rate after bicycle exercise, influence of heart rate may be expressed by the equation ΔrBU = 0.35 ΔHR. Clinically, estimation of the relative influence of different factors allows normalization and extension of the applicability of the rBU quantification method used from longitudinal studies to group comparisons. Interestingly, results of the Daily Stress Inventory Scale and a subjective rating scale suggest the absence of a significant influence of minor stress on rBU. When using one vial per patient, chromatography may be omitted in clinical routine practice and lipophilicity may be estimated as 90% of the injected dose, if administered within 10 min after preparation. Finally, sensitivity of the quantification method was tested in eight volunteers using acetazolamide brain activation and showed a mean increase in cerebellar rBU of 30.2%, varying between 14.1% and 75.9%. (orig./MG)

  7. An Attributional Approach to Counselor Attractiveness.

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    Hackman, Hollis W.; Claiborn, Charles D.

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    Examined two components of counselor attractiveness--perceived similarity and liking--in a comparison of two theoretical approaches to attractiveness and influence in counseling--the referent power hypothesis and an attributional approach. Results generally support the attributional approach over the reference power hypothesis. (Author)

  8. Seed cotton yield, ionic and quality attributes of two cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L. varieties as influenced by various rates of K and Na under field conditions

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    Muhammad Sohail

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Cotton is more sensitive to low K availability than most other major field crops, and often shows symptoms of K deficiency in soils not considered K deficient. Field investigation was conducted at Sahiwal to study the effect of different rates of K and Na application on seed cotton yield, ionic ratio and quality characteristics of two cotton varieties. Ten soil K: Na ratios were developed after considering indigenous K, Na status in soil. The treatments of K+Na in kg ha-1 to give K:Na ratios were as: 210+ 60 (3.5:1 i.e. control, 225 + 60 (3.75:1, 240 + 60 (4:1, 255 + 60 (4.25:1, 270 + 60 (4.5:1, 210 + 75 (2.8:1, 225 + 75 (3:1, 240 + 75 (3.2:1, 255 + 75 (3.4:1 and 270 + 75 (3.6:1. Control treatment represented indigenous K, Na status of soil. The experiment continued until maturity. Maximum seed cotton yield of NIBGE-2 was observed at K: Na ratio of 3.6:1. Variety NIBGE-2 manifested greater seed cotton yield than MNH-786. Leaf K: Na ratio of two cotton varieties differed significantly (p < 0.01 due to varieties, rates of K and Na and their interaction. Variety NIBGE-2 maintained higher K: Na ratio than MNH-786 and manifested good fiber quality. There was significant relationship (R2 = 0.55, n = 10 between K: Na ratio and fiber length and significant relationship (R2 = 0.65, n = 10 between K concentration and fiber length for NIBGE-2. There was also significant relationship (R2 = 0.91, 0.78, n = 10 between boll number and seed cotton yield for both varieties. The increase in yield was attributed to increased boll weight.

  9. Influence of Diet and Postmortem Ageing on Oxidative Stability of Lipids, Myoglobin and Myofibrillar Proteins and Quality Attributes of Gluteus Medius Muscle in Goats.

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    Kazeem Dauda Adeyemi

    Full Text Available This study appraised the effects of dietary blend of 80% canola oil and 20% palm oil and postmortem ageing on oxidative stability, fatty acids and quality attributes of gluteus medius (GM muscle in goats. Twenty-four Boer bucks were randomly allotted to diet supplemented with 0, 4 and 8% oil blend, fed for 100 days and slaughtered, and the GM muscle was subjected to a 7 d chill storage (4±1°C. Diet had no effect (P> 0.05 on the colour, drip loss, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS value, free thiol, carbonyl, myoglobin and metmyoglobin contents, metmyoglobin reducing activity (MRA, antioxidant enzyme activities and abundance of myosin heavy chain (MHC and actin in the GM muscle in goats. The meat from goats fed 4 and 8% oil blend had higher (P< 0.05 concentration of α and γ-tocopherol and abundance of troponin T compared with that from the control goats. The GM muscle from the oil-supplemented goats had lower (P< 0.05 concentration of C16:0 and greater (P< 0.05 concentration of C18:1n-9, C18:3n-3 and C20:5n-3 compared with that from the control goats. Nonetheless, diet did not affect (P< 0.05 the total fatty acid in the GM muscle in goats. Regardless of the diet, the free thiol and myoglobin contents, concentration of tocopherol and total carotenoids, MHC and MRA in the GM muscle decreased (P< 0.05 while carbonyl content, TBARS, drip loss and metmyoglobin content increased over storage. Dietary blend of 80% canola oil and 20% palm oil beneficially altered tissue lipids without hampering the oxidative stability of chevon.

  10. Influence of Diet and Postmortem Ageing on Oxidative Stability of Lipids, Myoglobin and Myofibrillar Proteins and Quality Attributes of Gluteus Medius Muscle in Goats

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    Adeyemi, Kazeem Dauda; Shittu, Rafiat Morolayo; Sabow, Azad Behnan; Ebrahimi, Mahdi; Sazili, Awis Qurni

    2016-01-01

    This study appraised the effects of dietary blend of 80% canola oil and 20% palm oil and postmortem ageing on oxidative stability, fatty acids and quality attributes of gluteus medius (GM) muscle in goats. Twenty-four Boer bucks were randomly allotted to diet supplemented with 0, 4 and 8% oil blend, fed for 100 days and slaughtered, and the GM muscle was subjected to a 7 d chill storage (4±1°C). Diet had no effect (P> 0.05) on the colour, drip loss, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) value, free thiol, carbonyl, myoglobin and metmyoglobin contents, metmyoglobin reducing activity (MRA), antioxidant enzyme activities and abundance of myosin heavy chain (MHC) and actin in the GM muscle in goats. The meat from goats fed 4 and 8% oil blend had higher (P< 0.05) concentration of α and γ-tocopherol and abundance of troponin T compared with that from the control goats. The GM muscle from the oil-supplemented goats had lower (P< 0.05) concentration of C16:0 and greater (P< 0.05) concentration of C18:1n-9, C18:3n-3 and C20:5n-3 compared with that from the control goats. Nonetheless, diet did not affect (P< 0.05) the total fatty acid in the GM muscle in goats. Regardless of the diet, the free thiol and myoglobin contents, concentration of tocopherol and total carotenoids, MHC and MRA in the GM muscle decreased (P< 0.05) while carbonyl content, TBARS, drip loss and metmyoglobin content increased over storage. Dietary blend of 80% canola oil and 20% palm oil beneficially altered tissue lipids without hampering the oxidative stability of chevon. PMID:27138001

  11. Attributing illness to food

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    Batz, M. B.; Doyle, M. P.; Morris, J. G.;

    2005-01-01

    the Food Attribution Data Workshop in October 2003 to discuss the virtues and limitations of these approaches and to identify future options for collecting food attribution data in the United States. We summarize workshop discussions and identify challenges that affect progress in this critical......Identification and prioritization of effective food safety interventions require an understanding of the relationship between food and pathogen from farm to consumption. Critical to this cause is food attribution, the capacity to attribute cases of foodborne disease to the food vehicle or other...... source responsible for illness. A wide variety of food attribution approaches and data are used around the world including the analysis of outbreak data, case-control studies, microbial subtyping and source tracking methods, and expert judgment, among others. The Food Safety Research Consortium sponsored...

  12. Valuation, categories and attributes.

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    Inna Galperin

    Full Text Available Existing research on categories has only examined indirectly the value associated with being a member of a category relative to the value of the set of attributes that determine membership in that category. This study uses survey data to analyze consumers' preferences for the "organic" label versus for the attributes underlying that label. We found that consumers generally preferred products with the category label to those with the attributes required for the organic label but without the label. We also found that the value accorded to the organic label increased with the number of attributes that an individual associated with the category. Category membership nevertheless still had greater value than even that of the sum of the attributes associated with it.

  13. Factors Relating to Staff Attributions of Control over Challenging Behaviour

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    Dilworth, Jennifer A.; Phillips, Neil; Rose, John

    2011-01-01

    Background: Previous research has suggested that severity of intellectual disability (ID) and topography of behaviour may influence staff causal attributions regarding challenging behaviour. Subsequently, these causal attributions may influence helping behaviours. This study investigated the relationship between attributions of control over…

  14. The Externalities Influencing Higher Education

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    Ford, Marcus

    2007-01-01

    Modern universities fully recognize the importance of strategic planning, but such planning tends to be short term (five years out). As a result, there is a tendency to assume that the future will greatly resemble the immediate present. While this is rational thinking, institutions do change quite dramatically because the alternative is to cease…

  15. The attribute measurement technique

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    Any verification measurement performed on potentially classified nuclear material must satisfy two seemingly contradictory constraints. First and foremost, no classified information can be released. At the same time, the monitoring party must have confidence in the veracity of the measurement. An information barrier (IB) is included in the measurement system to protect the potentially classified information while allowing sufficient information transfer to occur for the monitoring party to gain confidence that the material being measured is consistent with the host's declarations, concerning that material. The attribute measurement technique incorporates an IB and addresses both concerns by measuring several attributes of the nuclear material and displaying unclassified results through green (indicating that the material does possess the specified attribute) and red (indicating that the material does not possess the specified attribute) lights. The attribute measurement technique has been implemented in the AVNG, an attribute measuring system described in other presentations at this conference. In this presentation, we will discuss four techniques used in the AVNG: (1) the 1B, (2) the attribute measurement technique, (3) the use of open and secure modes to increase confidence in the displayed results, and (4) the joint design as a method for addressing both host and monitor needs.

  16. Influence of carvacrol and thymol on the physiological attributes, enterotoxin production and surface characteristics of Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from foods

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    Full Text Available This study evaluated the influence of the phenolic compounds carvacrol (CAR and thymol (THY on some physiological characteristics and on the modulation of the secretion of some staphylococcal virulence factors, that is, coagulase and enterotoxin. This study also investigated possible mechanisms for the establishment of the anti-staphylococcal activity of these compounds. Sublethal concentrations (0.3 and 0.15 µL/mL of CAR and THY inhibited the activity of the enzymes coagulase and lipase and led to a decrease in salt tolerance. At the tested sublethal concentrations, both CAR and THY led to a total suppression of enterotoxin production. The loss of a 260-nm-absorbing material and an efflux of potassium ions occurred immediately after the addition of CAR and THY at 0.6 and 1.2 µL/mL and increased up to 120 min of exposure. Electron microscopy of cells exposed to CAR and THY (0.6 µL/mL revealed that individual cells appeared to be deformed, with projections of cellular material. The observations of leakage of cellular material and an altered cell surface suggest that gross damage to a cell's cytoplasmic membrane, which results in a disruption in protein secretion, could be responsible for the anti-staphylococcal properties of CAR and THY.

  17. Matching Games with Additive Externalities

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    Branzei, Simina; Michalak, Tomasz; Rahwan, Talal;

    2012-01-01

    fully expressive representations of externalities in matchings require exponential space, in this paper we propose a compact model of externalities, in which the influence of a match on each agent is computed additively. In this framework, we analyze many-to-many and one-to-one matchings under neutral...

  18. Attributional and relational processing in pigeons

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    Dennis eGarlick

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Six pigeons were trained using a matching-to-sample procedure where sample and rewarded comparisons matched on both attributional (color and relational (horizontal or vertical orientation dimensions. Probes then evaluated the pigeons’ preference to comparisons that varied in these dimensions. A strong preference was found for the attribute of color. The discrimination was not found to transfer to novel colors, however, suggesting that a general color rule had not been learned. Further, when color could not be used to guide responding, some influence of other attributional cues such as shape, but not relational cues, was found. We conclude that pigeons based their performance on attributional properties of but not on relational properties between elements in our matching-to-sample procedure.. Future studies should look at examining other attributes to compare attributional versus relational processing.

  19. Muscle-invasive bladder cancer treated with external beam radiation: influence of total dose, overall treatment time, and treatment interruption on local control

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    Purpose: To evaluate and eventually quantify a possible influence of tumor proliferation during the external radiation course on local control in muscle invasive bladder cancer. Methods and Materials: The influence of total dose, overall treatment time, and treatment interruption has retrospectively been analyzed in a series of 379 patients with nonmetastasized, muscle-invasive transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder. All patients received external beam radiotherapy at the Netherlands Cancer Institute between 1977 and 1990. Total dose varied between 50 and 75 Gy with a mean of 60.5 Gy and a median of 60.4 Gy. Overall treatment time varied between 20 and 270 days with a mean of 49 days and a median of 41 days. Number of fractions varied between 17 and 36 with a mean of 27 and a median of 26. Two hundred and forty-four patients had a continuous radiation course, whereas 135 had an intended split course or an unintended treatment interruption. Median follow-up was 22 months for all patients and 82 months for the 30 patients still alive at last follow-up. A stepwise procedure using proportional hazard regression has been used to identify prognostic treatment factors with respect to local recurrence as sole first recurrence. Results: One hundred and thirty-six patients experienced a local recurrence and 120 of these occurred before regional or distant metastases. The actuarial local control rate was 40.3% at 5 years and 32.3% at 10 years. In a multivariate analysis total dose showed a significant association with local control (p 0.0039), however in a markedly nonlinear way. In fact only those patients treated with a dose below 57.5 Gy had a significant higher bladder relapse rate, whereas no difference in relapse rate was found among patients treated with doses above 57.5 Gy. This remained the case even after adjustment for overall treatment time and all significant tumor and patient characteristics. The Normalized Tumor Dose (NTD) (α/β = 10) and NTD (

  20. Mathematicians, Attributional Complexity, and Gender

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    Given indirect indications in sex role and soda! psychology research that mathematical-deductive reasoning may negatively relate to social acuity, Study 1 investigated whether mathematicians were less attributionally complex than nonmathematicians. Study 1 administered the Attributional Complexity Scale, a measure of social acuity, to female and male faculty members and graduate students in four Midwestern schools. Atlrihutional complexity (AC) is the ability and motivation to give complex explanations for behavior. Study 1 found a significant interaction between field and gender. Only among women did mathematicians score lower on AC. In addition, an established gender difference in AC (that women score higher than men) was present only among nonmathematicians. Studies 2 and 3 offered some preliminary support for the possibility that it is generally female students who score tow on AC who aspire to he mathematicians and for the underlying view that female students' perceived similarity to mathematicians can influence their vocational choices.

  1. Analysis of the influence of external irradiation component on the patients with thyroid cancer affected by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident

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    The definition possible relationship between the latent period and doses of external irradiation component on the thyroid gland in patients was estimated. Dose reconstruction from external irradiation component on the thyroid gland was applied in 99 patients with thyroid cancer affected by the Chernobyl accident. External irradiation component does not always correspond to the range of the doses that increase risk of thyroid cancer. No linear relation between the latent period duration and the dose of the external irradiation component on thyroid was revealed

  2. Influence of Tumor Thrombus Location on the Outcome of External-beam Radiation Therapy in Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma With Macrovascular Invasion

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    Purpose: The present study evaluates the influence of portal vein (PV) vs. inferior vena cava (IVC) tumor thrombosis sites on the effectiveness of external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with macrovascular invasion. Methods and Materials: We retrospectively reviewed 181 HCC patients with PV and/or IVC tumor thrombi who were referred for EBRT at our institution between 2000 and 2009. EBRT was designed to focus on the tumor thrombi with or without primary intrahepatic tumors to deliver a median total conventional dose of 50 Gy (range, 30–60 Gy). Predictors of survival were identified using univariate and multivariate analyses. Results: The median survival was 10.2, 7.4, 17.4, and 8.5 months for patients with PV branch, PV trunk, IVC, and PV plus IVC tumor thrombosis, respectively. Unfavorable pretreatment predictors were associated by multivariate analysis with lower albumin and higher α-fetoprotein levels, poorer Child-Pugh liver function classification, multiple intrahepatic foci, lymph node metastases, thrombus location, less chance to receive post-EBRT transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) and the two-dimensional EBRT technique. In comparison to patients with PV tumor thrombosis, patients with IVC thrombi had a higher occurrence of solitary intrahepatic lesions (p = 0.027), well-controlled intrahepatic tumors (p < 0.001), and a better response to EBRT (p < 0.001), and they were more likely to receive post-EBRT TACE (p = 0.033). Conclusions: In HCC, patients with IVC thrombus treated with EBRT had a better response rate and longer survival than those with PV thrombus.

  3. The influence of external dynamic loads on the lifetime of rolling element bearings: Experimental analysis of the lubricant film and surface wear

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    Jacobs, William; Van Hooreweder, Brecht; Boonen, Rene; Sas, Paul; Moens, David

    2016-06-01

    Precise prediction of the lifetime of rolling element bearings is a crucial step towards a reliable design of many rotating machines. For bearings subjected to highly varying loads, recent research emphasises a strong reduction of the actual bearing lifetime w.r.t. the classically calculated bearing lifetime. This paper experimentally analyses the influence of external dynamic loads on the lifetime of rolling element bearings. A novel bearing test rig is introduced. The test rig is able to apply a fully controlled multi-axial static and dynamic load on a single test bearing. Also, different types and sizes of bearings can be tested. Two separate investigations are conducted. First, the behaviour of the lubricant film between the rolling elements and raceways is analysed. Increased metallic contact or breakdown of the film during dynamic excitation is investigated based on the measured electrical resistance through the bearing. The study shows that the lubricant film thickness follows the imposed variations of the load. Variations of the lubricant film thickness are similar to the variations when the magnitude of the static bearing load is changed. Second, wear of the raceway surfaces is analysed. Surface wear is investigated after a series of accelerated lifetime tests under high dynamic load. Due to sliding motion between asperities of the contacting surfaces in the bearing, polishing of the raceway honing structure occurs. This polishing is clearly observed on SEM images of the inner raceway after a test duration of only 0.5% of the calculated L10 life. Polishing wear of the surfaces, such as surface induced cracks and material delamination, is expected when the bearing is further exposed to the high dynamic load.

  4. Population attribute compression

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    White, James M.; Faber, Vance; Saltzman, Jeffrey S.

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    An image population having a large number of attributes is processed to form a display population with a predetermined smaller number of attributes that represent the larger number of attributes. In a particular application, the color values in an image are compressed for storage in a discrete look-up table (LUT). Color space containing the LUT color values is successively subdivided into smaller volumes until a plurality of volumes are formed, each having no more than a preselected maximum number of color values. Image pixel color values can then be rapidly placed in a volume with only a relatively few LUT values from which a nearest neighbor is selected. Image color values are assigned 8 bit pointers to their closest LUT value whereby data processing requires only the 8 bit pointer value to provide 24 bit color values from the LUT.

  5. Attributional Style of Children with and without Specific Learning Disability

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    Pasta, Tiziana; Mendola, Manuela; Longobardi, Claudio; Prino, Laura Elvira; Gastaldi, Francesca Giovanna Maria

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    Introduction: The literature highlights that pupils with Specific Learning Disability (SLD) often reveal a poor meta-cognitive system, with low levels of attribution to internal factors like diligence and personal skill, and high levels of attribution to external factors like ease of task, luck or help from others. Methods: This study aims to…

  6. Influência dos atributos do solo sobre a qualidade da madeira de Pinus taeda para produção de celulose Kraft Influence of soil attributes on quality of Pinus taeda wood for cellulose Kraft production

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    Patrícia Aparecida Rigatto

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram analisados os efeitos dos atributos do solo sobre a qualidade da madeira de Pinus taeda para produção de celulose Kraft, em áreas da Klabin, em Telêmaco Borba-PR. Foram estudados oito sítios com árvores de 12 anos de idade, selecionados pelo tipo de solo, textura e vegetação primária. Para caracterização dos sítios foram realizadas coletas de amostras em três horizontes, tendo sido coletadas amostras indeformadas e compostas, analisando-se as seguintes variáveis no solo: densidade global, porosidade total, macroporosidade, disponibilidade de água, fertilidade e granulometria. Selecionaram-se cinco árvores médias por sítio, nas quais foram medidos as alturas total e comercial e o DAP e retirados discos, sendo este material ensaiado quanto a densidade básica, composição química, características morfológicas dos traqueídeos e produção de celulose Kraft. Com relação às propriedades da madeira, os atributos físicos do solo demonstraram ter maior influência. De modo geral, as madeiras provenientes de sítios com texturas mais argilosas apresentaram menores valores de densidade básica; maiores teores de extrativos e lignina; menores teores de holocelulose e celulose; traqueídeos mais curtos, mais largos, com paredes mais finas e com diâmetros do lúmen maiores; e menor rendimento em celulose. A partir destes resultados, concluiu-se ser possível a previsão de propriedades da polpa através da análise das características da madeira associada às condições edáficas reinantes.To meet the increasing demand for forest products, much of the future timber supply will come from trees grown in managed plantations. This work was carried out to analyze the effects of soil attributes on Pinus taeda wood quality to produce Kraft cellulose at Klabin Parana Cellulose Co., in Telêmaco Borba, PR, Brazil. The study focused on the influence of soil attributes on the anatomical, physical and chemical wood

  7. Significant Attributes of Documents.

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    Armstrong, Frances T.

    The purpose of this paper is to describe a method of finding the significant attributes of documents established during the course of research on the automatic classification of documents. The problem was first approached by examining the way in which an existing hierarchical classification system classifies things. The study of biological…

  8. Attribution of Library Costs

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    Drake, Miriam A.

    1977-01-01

    Universities conduct a variety of cost-allocation studies that require the collection and analysis of the library cost-data. Cost accounting methods are used in most studies; however, costs are attributed to library user groups in a variety of ways. Cost accounting studies are reviewed and allocation methods are discussed. (Author)

  9. Theoretical Analysis Model of the Adoption of Reactive and Proactive EcoInnovation Strategies: the Influence of Contextual Factors Internal and External to Organizations

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    Marlete Beatriz Maçaneiro; Sieglinde Kindl da Cunha

    2014-01-01

    This article aims to provide research propositions of the relationship between internal and external contextual factors and strategies for reac tive and proactive eco-innovation, defining the theoretical analysis model from these propositi ons. Therefore, this study is characterized as a theoretical essay, adopting the methodological procedure of literature review, through an analysis of national and international articles on the subject of eco-innovation strategy. As a result, the external a...

  10. The influence of various resistance loads on the ratio of activity of the external rotator muscles of the shoulder and the anterior gliding of the humeral head during external rotation exercise.

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    Jo, Marg-Eun; Lee, Seung-Min; Jang, Jun-Hyeok; Lee, Sang-Yeol

    2015-10-01

    [Purpose] To quantify the ratio of activation of the infraspinatus and posterior deltoid muscles and the anterior gliding motion of the humeral head during external rotation (ER) motions of the shoulder performed in prone position against different external resistance loads. [Subjects] Twenty healthy women between the ages of 20 and 30 years. [Methods] Activity ratio was quantified as the difference in the root mean square of the smoothed electromyography signal (EMG) of the posterior deltoid to the infraspinatus muscle, and anterior gliding pressure of the humeral head using a pressure biofeedback unit (PBU), for three resistance loads: 0, 1 and 2 kg. [Results] There was a significant correlation among all three variables (load, ratio, and pressure). Anterior gliding pressure correlated with the activity ratio, with activity of the posterior deltoid increasing with the magnitude of the resistance load. [Conclusion] There was a positive association between the magnitude of resistance load, activity of the posterior deltoid and anterior gliding pressure of the humeral head. The PBU could be used to facilitate the recruitment of the infraspinatus muscle at higher loads to improve glenohumeral joint stability during ER exercise against higher resistance. PMID:26644683

  11. Controlling attribute effect in linear regression

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    Calders, Toon

    2013-12-01

    In data mining we often have to learn from biased data, because, for instance, data comes from different batches or there was a gender or racial bias in the collection of social data. In some applications it may be necessary to explicitly control this bias in the models we learn from the data. This paper is the first to study learning linear regression models under constraints that control the biasing effect of a given attribute such as gender or batch number. We show how propensity modeling can be used for factoring out the part of the bias that can be justified by externally provided explanatory attributes. Then we analytically derive linear models that minimize squared error while controlling the bias by imposing constraints on the mean outcome or residuals of the models. Experiments with discrimination-aware crime prediction and batch effect normalization tasks show that the proposed techniques are successful in controlling attribute effects in linear regression models. © 2013 IEEE.

  12. Informational and Dispositional Determinants of Children's Achievement Attributions

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    Ames, Carole; And Others

    1976-01-01

    Results show that consistency of student performance was related to both the stability dimension of attributional behavior and attributions for immediate outcome varied along the locus of control dimension. Findings suggest the dominance of an informationally oriented influence on attributional behavior. (BJG)

  13. Influence of spin–orbit coupling induced by in-plane external electric field on the intrinsic spin-Hall effect in a Rashba two-dimensional electron gas

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    We study theoretically the influence of spin–orbit coupling induced by in-plane external electric field on the intrinsic spin-Hall effect in a two-dimensional electron gas with Rashba spin–orbit coupling. We show that, after such an influence is taken into account, the static intrinsic spin-Hall effect can be stabilized in a disordered Rashba two-dimensional electron gas, and the static intrinsic spin-Hall conductivity shall exhibit some interesting characteristics as conceived in some original theoretical proposals. (condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties)

  14. External Beam Therapy (EBT)

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    ... Physician Resources Professions Site Index A-Z External Beam Therapy (EBT) External beam therapy (EBT) is a ... follow-up should I expect? What is external beam therapy and how is it used? External beam ...

  15. Influences of driver’s attributions on signalized intersection traffic%驾驶员属性对信号灯路口交通流的影响研究

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    梅超群

    2014-01-01

    A cellular automaton model is proposed to study the traffic at signalized intersection. The driving behaviors induced by driver’s attribution (gender, driving experience, character, etc. ) are numerically analyzed. Simulation results show that the rusty driving skills or tension driving, impatient driving and so on can lead to the transition from free flow to congestion more easily, and these behaviors are the important cause for low travel efficiency at the intersection; the signal cycle is the main factor influencing traffic flux and travel time fairness.%采用元胞自动机模型研究信号灯路口的交通流特性,系统地分析了与性别、驾驶经验、性格等驾驶员属性相关的驾驶行为对交通流的影响。数值模拟发现,技术生疏或紧张驾驶、急躁行驶等驾驶行为更易引发自由流到阻塞流的相变,是路口通行低效率及事故隐患的重要原因,信号周期是影响流量与个人通行时间公平的主要因素。

  16. Space-restricted attribute grammars

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    Schmidt, Erik Meineche

    1980-01-01

    Restricting the size of attribute values, relative to the length of the string under consideration, leads to a model of attribute grammars in which grammars with both inherited and synthesized attributes can be significantly more economical than grammars with synthesized attributes only....

  17. Relative Importance of Different Attributes of Graphic Health Warnings on Tobacco Packages in Viet Nam.

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    Giang, Kim Bao; Chung, Le Hong; Minh, Hoang Van; Kien, Vu Duy; Giap, Vu Van; Hinh, Nguyen Duc; Cuong, Nguyen Manh; Manh, Pham Duc; Duc, Ha Anh; Yang, Jui-Chen

    2016-01-01

    Graphic health warnings (GHW) on tobacco packages have proven to be effective in increasing quit attempts among smokers and reducing initial smoking among adolescents. This research aimed to examine the relative importance of different attributes of graphic health warnings on tobacco packages in Viet Nam. A discrete choice experimental (DCE) design was applied with a conditional logit model. In addition, a ranking method was used to list from the least to the most dreadful GHW labels. With the results from DCE model, graphic type was shown to be the most important attribute, followed by cost and coverage area of GHW. The least important attribute was position of the GHW. Among 5 graphic types (internal lung cancer image, external damaged teeth, abstract image, human suffering image and text), the image of lung cancer was found to have the strongest influence on both smokers and non-smokers. With ranking method, the image of throat cancer and heart diseases were considered the most dreadful images. GHWs should be designed with these attributes in mind, to maximise influence on purchase among both smokers and non-smokers. PMID:27087187

  18. Understanding the Covariation among Childhood Externalizing Symptoms: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Conduct Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms.

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    Dick, Danielle M.; Viken, Richard J.; Kaprio, Jaakko; Pulkkinen, Lea; Rose, Richard J.

    2005-01-01

    Conduct disorder (CD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) are common childhood externalizing disorders that frequently co-occur. However, the causes of their comorbidity are not well understood. To address that question, we analyzed data from >600 Finnish twin pairs, who completed standardized…

  19. Friends' Knowledge of Youth Internalizing and Externalizing Adjustment: Accuracy, Bias, and the Influences of Gender, Grade, Positive Friendship Quality, and Self-Disclosure

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    Swenson, Lance P.; Rose, Amanda J.

    2009-01-01

    Some evidence suggests that close friends may be knowledgeable of youth's psychological adjustment. However, friends are understudied as reporters of adjustment. The current study examines associations between self- and friend-reports of internalizing and externalizing adjustment in a community sample of fifth-, eighth-, and eleventh-grade youth.…

  20. The Influence of Hedonic and Utilitarian Attributes on the Effectiveness of Free-gifts Promotion%享乐性与实用性对赠品促销效果的影响

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    吕文晶; 赵占波; 陈荣

    2014-01-01

    In marketing practice , free-gifts promotion is becoming the most widely used way of nonmonetary promotion , thus, how to achieve better marketing effectiveness in free -gifts promotion emerges to be an issue to be concerned .Do-mestic and foreign studies have done horizontal comparisons of marketing effectiveness among different promotion methods from perspectives like brand equity , product attributes , etc., but there are few specialized studies on marketing effective-ness of different types of product in free -gifts promotion.The paper studies the influence of product attribute as a media-tor on free-gifts promotion effectiveness , and proposes that hedonic gifts have better promotion effectiveness than utili -tarian gifts;in addition to that , when consumers are purchasing hedonic goods , hedonic gifts′promotion effectiveness is also higher than that of utilitarian gifts;however , when consumers are purchasing utilitarian goods , two types of promo-tional gifts have no significant difference in promotion effectiveness .%在营销实践中,赠品促销日益成为最普遍使用的非金钱促销方式,因而如何使赠品促销获得更好的营销效果便成为一个值得关注的问题。国内外已有研究从品牌价值、产品属性等角度对不同促销方式的效果进行了横向比较,但少有专门就不同产品类型的赠品促销效果予以研究。本文从利益一致性框架的角度,考察赠品的实用性和享乐性对赠品促销有效性的影响。研究表明:享乐性赠品比实用性赠品的营销效果更好;在消费者购买享乐品时,享乐性赠品也比实用性赠品有更好的促销效果;但在消费者购买实用品时,两类赠品无显著的促销效果差异。

  1. Multi-model attribution of upper-ocean temperature changes using an isothermal approach

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    Weller, Evan; Min, Seung-Ki; Palmer, Matthew D.; Lee, Donghyun; Yim, Bo Young; Yeh, Sang-Wook

    2016-06-01

    Both air-sea heat exchanges and changes in ocean advection have contributed to observed upper-ocean warming most evident in the late-twentieth century. However, it is predominantly via changes in air-sea heat fluxes that human-induced climate forcings, such as increasing greenhouse gases, and other natural factors such as volcanic aerosols, have influenced global ocean heat content. The present study builds on previous work using two different indicators of upper-ocean temperature changes for the detection of both anthropogenic and natural external climate forcings. Using simulations from phase 5 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project, we compare mean temperatures above a fixed isotherm with the more widely adopted approach of using a fixed depth. We present the first multi-model ensemble detection and attribution analysis using the fixed isotherm approach to robustly detect both anthropogenic and natural external influences on upper-ocean temperatures. Although contributions from multidecadal natural variability cannot be fully removed, both the large multi-model ensemble size and properties of the isotherm analysis reduce internal variability of the ocean, resulting in better observation-model comparison of temperature changes since the 1950s. We further show that the high temporal resolution afforded by the isotherm analysis is required to detect natural external influences such as volcanic cooling events in the upper-ocean because the radiative effect of volcanic forcings is short-lived.

  2. The effect of attribute order on judgment in Chinese and English.

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    Tavassoli, Nader T; Lee, Yih Hwai

    2004-12-01

    The authors found that the order of attribute presentation had a stronger effect on judgment in English than in Chinese. In Experiment 1, with a sample of 102 female and 63 male bilingual Singaporeans, the authors found that participants' memory-based judgments showed a stronger primacy effect in English than in Chinese that was mediated by recall from long-term memory. In contrast, participants' online (immediate) judgments showed a primacy effect in both languages that was unmediated by recall from short-term memory. In Experiment 2, with a sample of 67 female and 53 male bilingual Singaporeans, the authors found that participants' online judgments were more influenced by the attribute order of a previously seen competitive advertisement in English than in Chinese. A cross-cultural field study in Mainland China and the United Kingdom provided external validity for the experimental results. PMID:15598123

  3. Theoretical Analysis Model of the Adoption of Reactive and Proactive Eco-Innovation Strategies: the Influence of Contextual Factors Internal and External to Organizations

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    Marlete Beatriz Maçaneiro

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This article aims to provide research propositions of the relationship between internal and external contextual factors and strategies for reac tive and proactive eco-innovation, defining the theoretical analysis model from these propositi ons. Therefore, this study is characterized as a theoretical essay, adopting the methodological procedure of literature review, through an analysis of national and international articles on the subject of eco-innovation strategy. As a result, the external and internal factors that affe ct the adoption of eco-innovation strategies were defined and propositions were made for their r elationship. With this theoretical approach and the establishment of the factors, it was possib le to design the theoretical model to analyze the impact of contextual factors on the adoption of eco-innovation strategies.

  4. Influência de formas do relevo em atributos físicos de um latossolo sob cultivo de cana-de-açúcar Influence of the relief forms on physical attributes of an oxisol cropped with sugarcane

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    Liziane de Figueiredo Brito

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Os atributos físicos do solo variam em função das formas do relevo e sofrem influência da mineralogia da fração argila e do manejo da cultura de cana-de-açúcar, podendo interferir no processo de compactação do solo. Este trabalho foi realizado com o objetivo de avaliar o estado dos atributos físicos em diferentes formas do relevo em um Latossolo Vermelho eutroférrico argiloso sob cultivo de cana-de-açúcar. A área apresenta duas formas de relevo: uma côncava, que ocorre nas posições mais elevadas, e uma linear, constituída pelos segmentos ombro, escarpa, meia encosta e encosta inferior. As amostras de solo foram coletadas durante o ciclo da cultura, nas camadas de 0,00-0,15m, 0,15-0,30m e 0,30-0,45m, para determinação do teor de matéria orgânica e dos seguintes atributos físicos: densidade do solo, porosidade total, macroporosidade, microporosidade, resistência do solo à penetração e teor de água no solo. A mineralogia mais gibbsítica e o maior teor de matéria orgânica, encontrada na forma de relevo côncava e de segmento ombro, proporciona menores valores de densidade do solo, de resistência do solo à penetração e de microporosidade e maiores valores de macroporosidade e de porosidade total do que a mineralogia mais caulinítica, encontrada nos demais segmentos da forma linear.The physical attributes of the soil vary according to the relief forms and suffer from the mineralogy of the clay fraction and the management of the sugarcane culture, being able to influence the soil compaction process. This research was developed in Jaboticabal-SP, aiming at evaluating the behavior of physical attributes in different relief forms in an oxisol cropped with sugarcane. The area presents two relief forms (concave and linear, the concave one, that occurs at the highest positions, and the linear one, consisting of shoulder, scarp, stocking lean and inferior lean segments. The samples soil were collected during the sugarcane

  5. Attributes for Improved Attributes: A Multi-Task Network for Attribute Classification

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    Hand, Emily M.; Chellappa, Rama

    2016-01-01

    Attributes, or semantic features, have gained popularity in the past few years in domains ranging from activity recognition in video to face verification. Improving the accuracy of attribute classifiers is an important first step in any application which uses these attributes. In most works to date, attributes have been considered to be independent. However, we know this not to be the case. Many attributes are very strongly related, such as heavy makeup and wearing lipstick. We propose to tak...

  6. The 24Na-transport increasing effect of veratrine in frog sartorius muscle influenced by the tonicity, composition and temperature of the external environment

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    The uptake and efflux of 24Na were studied in frog sartorius muscle preparations. In isotonic Ringer solution veratrine increased 24Na-efflux and the uptake of 24Na and lithium. All these effects were absent in hypertonic medium. The dependence on external temperature and on veratrine concentration was also examined. It is concluded that measurements in hypertonic medium make possible to distinguish the effect of veratrine on muscular membranes from its effect on neural structures. (author)

  7. L'influence des auditeurs externes et des comités d'audit sur le contenu informatif des manipulations comptables.

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    Janin, Rémi; Piot, Charles

    2008-01-01

    CAHIER DE RECHERCHE : 2008-01 E2 Abstract The Effects of External Auditors and Audit Commitees on the Informativeness of Earnings by Rémi J and Charles Piot Because of the flexibility allowed by accounting standards, accrual-based accounting is subject to managerial discretion. Although one may consider that investors are sophisticated enough to read and understand financial reports, it is difficult to find out whether discretionary accounting accruals are opportunistic, thus foolish and v...

  8. In vitro T lymphocyte adherence capabilities under the influence of lower induction values (0.1-0.01 mT) of 50 Hz external magnetic fields

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    Čoček, A.; Jandová, Anna; Hahn, A.; Mártonová, J.; Ambruš, M.; Dohnalová, A.; Nedbalová, M.; Pokorný, Jiří

    Vol. 329. Bristol : IOP, 2011 - (Cifra, M.; Pokorny, J.; Kučera, O.), 012031 ISSN 1742-6588. [9th International Frohlich's Symposium on Electrodynamic Activity of Living Cells - Including Microtubule Coherent Modes and Cancer Cell Physics. Praha (CZ), 01.07.2011-03.07.2011] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : Cancer patients * Control groups * External magnetic field Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  9. The influence of external magnetic fields on phase states and spectra of coupled magnetoelastic waves in a biaxial non-Heisenberg ferromagnetic

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    The spectra of coupled magnetoelastic waves of a biaxial non-Heisenberg ferromagnetic in an external magnetic field have been investigated. It is shown that in such systems there are phase transitions taking place through the changing of the magnitude of the magnetization vector. However, these transitions run through a weak quasiphonon mode. The phase diagrams of the system are constructed for different relations between material constants

  10. Will the untreated ulnar styloid fracture influence the outcome of unstable distal radial fracture treated with external fixation when the distal radioulnar joint is stable

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    Chen, Yi-Xin; Zheng, Xin; Shi, Hong-fei; Wangyang, Yu-fan; Yuan, Han; Xie, Xiao-xiao; Li, Dong-ya; Wang, Chang-jun; Qiu, Xu-sheng

    2013-01-01

    Background The ulnar styloid is an important supportive structure for the triangular fibrocartilage complex. However, it remains inconclusive whether or not a fractured ulnar styloid should be fixed in an unstable distal radius fracture (DRF) with a stable distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of an untreated ulnar styloid fracture on the outcome of unstable DRF treated with transarticular external fixation when the DRUJ is stable. Methods 106 pat...

  11. Attribution and reciprocity

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    Sebald, Alexander Christopher

    2010-01-01

    People infer causes and assign responsibilities for situations they find themselves in. In contradiction with classical presumptions about human behavior, it has been found that the assignment of responsibilities influences people's perceptions about the (un)kindness of others. Kindness perceptions...

  12. HIV-1 disease-influencing effects associated with ZNRD1, HCP5 and HLA-C alleles are attributable mainly to either HLA-A10 or HLA-B*57 alleles.

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    specifically demonstrate that the influence of ZNRD1 alleles on disease progression rates are attributable to HLA-A10, help clarify the relationship between the HCP5, HLA-C and HLA-B*57 alleles, and reaffirm a critical role of HLA-B*57 alleles in HIV disease. Furthermore, as the protective B*57-containing genotypes convey striking salutary effects independent of their strong impact on viral control, it is conceivable that T cell-based therapeutic vaccine strategies aimed at reducing viral loads may be inadequate for limiting AIDS progression, raising the potential need for complementary strategies that target viral load-independent determinants of pathogenesis.

  13. Use of seismic attributes for sediment classification

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    Fabio Radomille Santana

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A study to understand the relationships between seismic attributes extracted from 2D high-resolution seismic data and the seafloor's sediments of the surveyed area. As seismic attributes are features highly influenced by the medium through which the seismic waves are propagated, the authors can assume that it would be possible to characterise the geological nature of the seafloor by using these attributes. Herein, a survey was performed on the continental margin of the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica, where both 2D high-resolution seismic data and sediment gravity cores samples were simultaneously acquired. A computational script was written to extract the seismic attributes from the data, which have been statistically analysed with clustering analyses, such as principal components analysis, dendrograms and k-means classification. The extracted seismic attributes are the amplitude, the instantaneous phase, the instantaneous frequency, the envelope, the time derivative of the envelope, the second derivative of the envelope and the acceleration of phase. Statistical evaluation showed that geological classification of the seafloor's sediments is possible by associating these attributes according to their coherence. The methodologies here developed seem to be appropriate for glacio-marine environment and coarse-to-medium silt sediment found in the study area and may be applied to other regions in the same geological conditions.

  14. Sentencing goals, causal attributions, ideology, and personality.

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    Carroll, J S; Perkowitz, W T; Lurigio, A J; Weaver, F M

    1987-01-01

    Disparity in sentencing of criminals has been related to a variety of individual difference variables. We propose a framework establishing resonances or coherent patterns among sentencing goals, causal attributions, ideology, and personality. Two studies are described, one with law and criminology students, the other with probation officers. Relations among the different types of variables reveal two resonances among both students and officers. One comprises various conservative and moralistic elements: a tough, punitive stance toward crime; belief in individual causality for crime; high scores on authoritarianism, dogmatism, and internal locus of control; lower moral stage; and political conservatism. The second comprises various liberal elements: rehabilitation, belief in economic and other external determinants of crime, higher moral stage, and belief in the powers and responsibilities of government to correct social problems. Implications of these results are discussed for individual differences in sentencing, attribution theory, and attempts to reduce disparity. PMID:3820064

  15. Source attribution of tropospheric ozone

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    Butler, T. M.

    2015-12-01

    Tropospheric ozone is a harmful pollutant with adverse effects on human health and ecosystems. As well as these effects, tropospheric ozone is also a powerful greenhouse gas, with an anthropogenic radiative forcing one quarter of that of CO2. Along with methane and atmospheric aerosol, tropospheric ozone belongs to the so-called Short Lived Climate forcing Pollutants, or SLCP. Recent work has shown that efforts to reduce concentrations of SLCP in the atmosphere have the potential to slow the rate of near-term climate change, while simultaneously improving public health and reducing crop losses. Unlike many other SLCP, tropospehric ozone is not directly emitted, but is instead influenced by two distinct sources: transport of air from the ozone-rich stratosphere; and photochemical production in the troposphere from the emitted precursors NOx (oxides of nitrogen), CO (Carbon Monoxide), and VOC (volatile organic compounds, including methane). Better understanding of the relationship between ozone production and the emissions of its precursors is essential for the development of targeted emission reduction strategies. Several modeling methods have been employed to relate the production of tropospheric ozone to emissions of its precursors; emissions perturbation, tagging, and adjoint sensitivity methods all deliver complementary information about modelled ozone production. Most studies using tagging methods have focused on attribution of tropospheric ozone production to emissions of NOx, even though perturbation methods have suggested that tropospheric ozone is also sensitive to VOC, particularly methane. In this study we describe the implementation into a global chemistry-climate model of a scheme for tagging emissions of NOx and VOC with an arbitrary number of labels, which are followed through the chemical reactions of tropospheric ozone production in order to perform attribution of tropospehric ozone to its emitted precursors. Attribution is performed to both

  16. A reentrant phenomenon in magnetic and dielectric properties of Dy2BaNiO5 and an intriguing influence of external magnetic field

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    We report that the spin-chain compound Dy2BaNiO5, recently proven by us to exhibit magnetoelectric coupling below its Néel temperature (TN) of 58 K, exhibits strong frequency-dependent behavior in ac magnetic susceptibility and complex dielectric properties at low temperatures (N. This observation indicates that the alignment of spins by external magnetic fields tends to inhibit glassy-like slow electric-dipole dynamics, at least in this system, possibly arising from peculiarities in the magnetic structure. (fast track communication)

  17. Changes in the ultrastructure and functions of immunocompetent cells under the influence of external heating, interleukin 1β and leukocytes pyrogen

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    The structural and functional organization of the rabbit immunocompetent cells after injection of human recombinant interleukin 1β (IL-1β), partially purified leukocytes pyrogen (LP), or after external heating (36 C, 1.5 h) was compared. A rectal temperature increase being the same, there were similar and transient changes in epithelial and endothelial cells and macrophages, a rise in the proliferative activity of thymocytes and synthesis of IL-1-like activity, and a decrease in the interleukin 2 (IL-2) production by cultured splenic cells. (author). 20 refs, 4 figs, 1 tab

  18. Influence of external γ-irradiation with different intensity at 1 Gy dose on the DNA, RNA and total protein content in the rat testes and liver

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    Content of DNA, RNA and total protein in the rat testes and liver was studied 1 and 30 days after external chronic γ-irradiation (dose rate 1.80 and 5.76 cGy/day) and acute γ-irradiation with relatively low dose rate (5.40 cGy/min) up to a total dose of 1 Gy. The results obtained pointed to the irradiation at relatively low dose of difference intensity due to unequal cell capacity for proliferation

  19. Family businesses as emotional arenas.The influence of family CEO’s empathy and external monitoring on the importance of family goals

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    VAN DEN HEUVEL, Jeroen; Gal, S; van Gils, Anita; Voordeckers, Wim

    2007-01-01

    Extant research has recognized the important role that emotions play in organizational processes and behaviour. We assert that family businesses would appear to be especially rich contexts in which emotions influence processes and behaviour, which could provide deeper insights into the workings of a family business firm. In this paper, we take a modest step by studying the influence of family firm CEOs` empathic concern – an affective emotion – on the importance that is placed on family-orien...

  20. External costs and public opinion

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    Public debate is strongly influencing the way individuals perceive pollution and risk issues. To take these perceptions into account in evaluating external costs, we propose an analysis of the social phenomenon which includes both the physical and symbolic exchanges simultaneously. The generalized social and political model then proposed should be considered a starting point (conceptual scheme) for analyzing individual perceptions. (author). 8 refs

  1. First principles study of the electronic and optical properties of GaAs nanoparticles under the influence of external uniform electric field

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    We present electronic and optical properties of the hydrogen terminated gallium arsenide nanoparticles using time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). The electronic and optical properties of the GaAs nanoparticles were calculated at presence of the uniform external electric field in the range from 0 to 0.51 V/Å. The induced electric filed can decrease the HOMO–LUMO gap of the nanoparticles and the mount of these reductions increases with gain of the electric field strength. -- Highlights: ► HOMO–LUMO gap of the nanoparticles is significantly more than GaAs bulk band gap. ► HOMO–LUMO gap of the nanoparticles decreases with increase of the nanoparticles size. ► External electric filed decrease the HOMO–LUMO gap of the nanoparticles. ► Dipole moment of nanoparticles increases with gain of the electric field strength. ► Absorption peaks of GaAs nanoparticles shows red shift with applying electric field.

  2. Produtividade do cafeeiro e atributos de fertilidade de latossolo sob influência de adensamento da lavoura e manejo da calagem Coffee yield and fertility attributes of a latosol under influence of population density and liming management

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    Carlos Alberto Silva

    2004-10-01

    20 cm soil layer, and surface liming. As an additional treatment, liming (0 to 20 cm plus phosphogypsum were applied in an area with 10.000 pl ha-1. Soil samples were collected at soil depths of 0 to10, 10 to 20 and 20 to 40 cm, in four sampling times. The samples were analyzed for: pH, Ca and Mg exchangeable, P (Mehlich-1 solution, sulfate, nitrate e ammonium, and the saturation for bases. The liming management practices reduced the acidity until the soil depth of 0 to 10 cm. Transport of lime applied at soil surface was verified only at the forth sampling. The soil fertility attributes analyzed were not influenced by coffee population density. In average, the coffee yield in the higher plant density was 14 and 33 bags ha-1 higher than in the lower plant density, respectively in the first and second harvest seasons.

  3. Strictness Analysis for Attribute Grammars

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    Rosendahl, Mads

    1992-01-01

    Attribute grammars may be seen as a (rather specialised) lazy or demand-driven programming language. The ``programs'' in this language take text or parse trees as input and return values of the synthesised attributes to the root as output. From this observation we establish a framework for abstract...... interpretation of attribute grammars. The framework is used to construct a strictness analysis for attribute grammars. Results of the analysis enable us to transform an attribute grammar such that attributes are evaluated during parsing, if possible. The analysis is proved correct by relating it to a fixpoint...... semantics for attribute grammars. An implementation of the analysis is discussed and some extensions to the analysis are mentioned....

  4. General causality orientations and defensive attributions of failure on academic exam

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Defensive behaviour after failure, such as denial of the responsibility for own achievement, reduces person’s openness for further learning and development and, thus, is undesirable in pedagogical practice. General causality orientations success-fully predict defensive behaviours after failure. Autonomous causality orientation implies behaviours motivated by personal growth and development, while controlling orientation purports ego-involved behaviours aimed at proving one's own self-worth. The research was conducted with the aim of testing two hypotheses (additive and synergistic about the influence of general causality orientations and their combinations on defensive attribution of failure on the exam. After their faculty exam, N=158 psychology students answered questions about the expected grade and they filled out two questionnaires: Attribution of Success on the Test and General Causality Orientation Scale. The results showed that internal attribution of success is related to greater expected grade and higher autonomous causality orientation. External attribution was characteristic for individuals with high controlling causal orientation. It was confirmed that general causality orientations can predict the way a person perceives academic success. Thus, we give recommendations on how to support and encourage autonomous and discourage controlling behaviours of students.

  5. Mining Attribute-structure Correlated Patterns in Large Attributed Graphs

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    Silva, Arlei; Zaki, Mohammed J

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we study the correlation between attribute sets and the occurrence of dense subgraphs in large attributed graphs, a task we call structural correlation pattern mining. A structural correlation pattern is a dense subgraph induced by a particular attribute set. Existing methods are not able to extract relevant knowledge regarding how vertex attributes interact with dense subgraphs. Structural correlation pattern mining combines aspects of frequent itemset and quasi-clique mining problems. We propose statistical significance measures that compare the structural correlation of attribute sets against their expected values using null models. Moreover, we evaluate the interestingness of structural correlation patterns in terms of size and density. An efficient algorithm that combines search and pruning strategies in the identification of the most relevant structural correlation patterns is presented. We apply our method for the analysis of three real-world attributed graphs: a collaboration, a music, a...

  6. Experimental investigations on the influence of the contrast medium Iopamiro 300 mixed with vegetal mucus on the nasolacrimal system and external eye tissues

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    Using low osmolality, nonionized contrast medium Iopamiro-300, Bracco mixed with the mucus prepared from the seed flax (''Linum usitatissimum, L.''), a dacryocistorhinography was performed experimentally on 8 healthy mongrel dogs. Assessing the occurrence of local and general complications was the aim of the investigation. On the basis of a radiographic examination it has been shown that the mixture of the contrast medium and seed flax mucus appeared to be a very useful compound for dacryocistorhinography, especially for the evaluation of nasolacrimal duct system course and its patency. Clinical observations and a histological examination proved that this compound of the contrast medium was well tolerated by the mucous membrane of the nasolacrimal system and the external eye tissues. (author). 21 refs, 4 figs

  7. The influence of the exercises by the system of j . Pilates on the indexes of the external respiration of 30-50-year-old women

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    АНДРЕЕВА М.В.; M. V. Andreeva

    2010-01-01

    Дается оценка показателям внешнего дыхания (ЖЕЛ, МОД, ДО, ЧД, МВЛ), отражающим эффективность занятий по системе Дж. Пилатеса. In the article there is the evaluation of the indexes of the external respiration (lung vital capacity, maximal breath volume, breath volume, breathing rate, minute pulmonary ventilation), which show the efficiency of exercises by the system of J. Pilates.

  8. [Mother's attributions regarding children's behavior and maltreatment].

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    Nakaya, Namiko

    2016-04-01

    This study aimed to compare maltreating mothers and non-maltreating mothers on attributions and affects related to child behaviors. It also assessed how attributions predict affective and behavioral reactions to child behaviors. The study population comprised of a community-based sample of mothers with children aged 2 to 4 years (n = 238). Mothers' attributions and affect were assessed using vignettes of child behavior. They also answered questions about their maltreating parenting behaviors and demographic factors such as childcare environments. Results highlighted that, as compared with non-maltreating mothers, maltreating mothers made more intentional and stable attributions to negative child behavior, and to report more anger and aversion. They also had a tendency to report less happiness toward positive child behavior. Additionally, path analyses documented a pattern of thinking-feeling-action linkages. It was revealed that attributions regarding children's behavior influenced negative affect and that negative affect in turn predicted maltreatment. Finally, the usefulness of a cognitive approach to maltreating mothers, and the implications of the findings as a model for intervention are discussed. PMID:27180512

  9. Phase separation driven by external fluctuations

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    García Ojalvo, Jordi; Lacasta Palacio, Ana María; Sancho, Jose Maria; Toral, R.

    1998-01-01

    The influence of external fluctuations in phase separation processes is analysed. These fluctuations arise from random variations of an external control parameter. A linear stability analysis of the homogeneous state shows that phase separation dynamics can be induced by external noise. The spatial structure of the noise is found to have a relevant role in this phenomenon. Numerical simulations confirm these results. A comparison with order-disorder noise induced phase transitions is also made.

  10. Study on the Influencing Mechanism of External Knowledge Search on Innovation Performance%外部知识搜寻对创新绩效的作用机理研究

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    张峰; 刘侠

    2014-01-01

    Under the background of open innovation , external knowledge search has been the focus in the field of innovation . Considering the fact that few studies explore the influencing mechanism of external knowledge search and the lack of empirical tests for Chinese firms , this study investigates the boundary condition and the influencing mechanism of external knowledge search ( breadth and depth ) from external market environment and internal innovation strategy .In a questionnaire survey of 294 Chinese firms, this study employs confirmatory factor analysis to test the reliability and validity of the measurements , and adopts hierarchical moderated regression to examine the hypotheses .Results show that: ①both types of search channel ( search breadth) and the strength of search on the specific channel (search depth) exert significant linear effects on innovation perform-ance, which means there is no significant overly search problem;②the match of external knowledge search and market environ-ments ( competition intensity and market dynamism ) significantly affect innovation performance .In the market with fierce compe-titions, breadth search is more effective;in the more dynamic market that exists high varies of consumer demands and product technologies , depth search is more effective;and ③the match of external knowledge search and innovation strategy significantly influences innovation performance , and depth search and exploitative innovation interactively affect innovation performance .%开放式创新背景下,外部知识搜寻成为创新领域的热点问题。针对已有研究对外部知识搜寻作用机理研究的不足和中国企业实证检验的缺失,从外部市场环境和内部创新策略两个层面探讨外部知识搜寻(宽度和深度)的作用边界和作用机理。采用问卷调研方法获取294家中国企业的数据,利用验证性因子分析方法检验测量量表信度和效度,采用层级调节回归分析方

  11. A Chance for Attributable Agency

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    Briegel, Hans J.; Müller, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Can we sensibly attribute some of the happenings in our world to the agency of some of the things around us? We do this all the time, but there are conceptual challenges purporting to show that attributable agency, and specifically one of its most important subspecies, human free agency, is incoherent. We address these challenges in a novel way: rather than merely rebutting specific arguments, we discuss a concrete model that we claim positively illustrates attributable agency in an indetermi...

  12. The Child as Psychologist: Attributions and Evaluations of Defensive Strategies.

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    Dollinger, Stephen J.; And Others

    1981-01-01

    Studied children's attributions and evaluations concerning defense mechanisms used by other children. Children negatively evaluated the blame-externalizing defense of projection and viewed it as a masculine characteristic. The internalizing defense of self-blame was evaluated more positively and viewed as a feminine characteristic. (Author/DB)

  13. In vitro T lymphocyte adherence capabilities under the influence of lower induction values (0.1 - 0.01 mT) of 50 Hz external magnetic fields

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    Čoček, A.; Jandová, A.; Hahn, A.; Mártonová, J.; Ambruš, M.; Dohnalová, A.; Nedbalová, M.; Pokorný, J.

    2011-12-01

    Our research thus far has concerned the impact of external magnetic fields (50 Hz) and low (0.01-10 mT) induction on adherence capabilities of T lymphocytes obtained from the blood of patients with head and neck tumors. We know that the in vitro adherence capability of T lymphocytes towards surfaces in cancer patients is less than that of control. Previously, we have found that exposure to magnetic fields (50 Hz / 0.01-10 mT) increases the capability of T lymphocytes, in larynx/pharynx cancer patients, to adhere in vitro to surfaces, achieving almost physiological values, in not only pre-treatment patients but also those receiving treatment in the course of follow-up. The capability of T lymphocytes in controls (voluntary blood donors) to adhere to surfaces was also increased (50 Hz / 0.01-0.5 mT). The present study concentrates on the significance of the level of magnetic field induction in order to determine whether low induction values can restore T lymphocytes adherence capabilities. Testing a set of 20 patients showed a statistically significant difference (p lymphocytes between both 0.01 and 0.05, and 0.1 mT induction levels. In the control group (patients diagnosed with chronic sensorineural hearing loss) there was even a statistically significant difference between induction values of 0.05 and 0.01 mT. Therefore, we concluded that lower induction values resulted in a more biologically significant response.

  14. Diffusion of hydrogen interstitials in the near-surface region of Pd(111) under the influence of surface coverage and external static electric fields

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    Blanco-Rey, M.; Tremblay, J. C.

    2015-04-01

    Past scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments of H manipulation on Pd(111), at low temperature, have shown that it is possible to induce diffusion of surface species as well as of those deeply buried under the surface. Several questions remain open regarding the role of subsurface site occupancies. In the present work, the interaction potential of H atoms with Pd(111) under various H coverage conditions is determined by means of density functional theory calculations in order to provide an answer to two of these questions: (i) whether subsurface sites are the final locations for the H impurities that attempt to emerge from bulk regions, and (ii) whether penetration of the surface is a competing route of on-surface diffusion during depletion of surface H on densely covered Pd(111). We find that a high H coverage has the effect of blocking resurfacing of H atoms travelling from below, which would otherwise reach the surface fcc sites, but it hardly alters deeper diffusion energy barriers. Penetration is unlikely and restricted to high occupancies of hcp hollows. In agreement with experiments, the Pd lattice expands vertically as a consequence of H atoms being blocked at subsurface sites, and surface H enhances this expansion. STM tip effects are included in the calculations self-consistently as an external static electric field. The main contribution to the induced surface electric dipoles originates from the Pd substrate polarisability. We find that the electric field has a non-negligible effect on the H-Pd potential in the vicinity of the topmost Pd atomic layer, yet typical STM intensities of 1-2 VÅ-1 are insufficient to invert the stabilities of the surface and subsurface equilibrium sites.

  15. Diffusion of hydrogen interstitials in the near-surface region of Pd(111) under the influence of surface coverage and external static electric fields

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    Past scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments of H manipulation on Pd(111), at low temperature, have shown that it is possible to induce diffusion of surface species as well as of those deeply buried under the surface. Several questions remain open regarding the role of subsurface site occupancies. In the present work, the interaction potential of H atoms with Pd(111) under various H coverage conditions is determined by means of density functional theory calculations in order to provide an answer to two of these questions: (i) whether subsurface sites are the final locations for the H impurities that attempt to emerge from bulk regions, and (ii) whether penetration of the surface is a competing route of on-surface diffusion during depletion of surface H on densely covered Pd(111). We find that a high H coverage has the effect of blocking resurfacing of H atoms travelling from below, which would otherwise reach the surface fcc sites, but it hardly alters deeper diffusion energy barriers. Penetration is unlikely and restricted to high occupancies of hcp hollows. In agreement with experiments, the Pd lattice expands vertically as a consequence of H atoms being blocked at subsurface sites, and surface H enhances this expansion. STM tip effects are included in the calculations self-consistently as an external static electric field. The main contribution to the induced surface electric dipoles originates from the Pd substrate polarisability. We find that the electric field has a non-negligible effect on the H-Pd potential in the vicinity of the topmost Pd atomic layer, yet typical STM intensities of 1-2 VÅ−1 are insufficient to invert the stabilities of the surface and subsurface equilibrium sites

  16. Attributional Style and School Truancy.

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    Kee, Tony Tam Shui

    2001-01-01

    Argues that little research has been directed toward exploring cognitive variables that characterize students with poor school attendance. Presents the findings of a pilot study that compared a small sample of truants and non-truants on locus of control and attributional style. Finds that attributional style is a significant factor in explaining…

  17. Regulating multiple externalities

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    Waldo, Staffan; Jensen, Frank; Nielsen, Max;

    2016-01-01

    Open access is a well-known externality problem in fisheries causing excess capacity and overfishing. Due to global warming, externality problems from CO2 emissions have gained increased interest. With two externality problems, a first-best optimum can be achieved by using two regulatory instrume......Open access is a well-known externality problem in fisheries causing excess capacity and overfishing. Due to global warming, externality problems from CO2 emissions have gained increased interest. With two externality problems, a first-best optimum can be achieved by using two regulatory...

  18. The influence of orientations and external electric field on charge carrier mobilities in CuPc and F16CuPc films on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite and octane-1-thiol terminated Au(111) substrates.

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    Chen, Shuang; Ma, Jing

    2010-10-14

    The lying-down and standing-up CuPc and F(16)CuPc films on HOPG (highly ordered pyrolytic graphite) and C8-SAM/Au(111) (octane-1-thiol terminated Au(111)) substrates are investigated by using a hybrid strategy combing the molecular dynamic (MD) simulations with density functional theory (DFT) calculations, in order to understand the influence of packing orientation on charge carrier mobilities. On the basis of the periodic slab model and consistent-valence force field, MD simulations show the populations of various packing configurations and radial distribution of intermolecular distance in the films at room temperature. It is also demonstrated that the external electric field (parallel or perpendicular to the substrate) perturbs the intermolecular distances in CuPc and F(16)CuPc films, especially for the slipped edge-to-face stackings. DFT calculations are then used to evaluate two key charge-transfer parameters, reorganization energy and transfer integral. An electrostatics embedding model is employed to approximately consider the external electrostatics contributions to reorganization energy. The thermal-averaged mobility is consequently estimated by taking account of both electronic structures of charge-hopping pairs and dynamic fluctuations in film morphologies under various experimental conditions. It is found that CuPc has smaller reorganization energy and larger hole (electron) mobilities than F(16)CuPc. Under the external electric field of 10(4)-10(7) V cm(-1), both hole and electron mobilities of CuPc and F(16)CuPc films would decrease to 1-3 orders of magnitude. CuPc (F(16)CuPc) films show substantial orientation dependence of mobilities on the ratio of standing-up versus lying-down orientations falling in the range of 10-1000. PMID:20714578

  19. ExternE National Implementation Finland

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    Pingoud, K.; Maelkki, H.; Wihersaari, M.; Pirilae, P. [VTT Energy, Espoo (Finland); Hongisto, M. [Imatran Voima Oy, Vantaa (Finland); Siitonen, S. [Ekono Energy Ltd, Espoo (Finland); Johansson, M. [Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki (Finland)

    1999-07-01

    ExternE National Implementation is a continuation of the ExternE Project, funded in part by the European Commission's Joule III Programme. This study is the result of the ExternE National Implementation Project for Finland. Three fuel cycles were selected for the Finnish study: coal, peat and wood-derived biomass, which together are responsible for about 40% of total electricity generation in Finland and about 75% of the non-nuclear fuel based generation. The estimated external costs or damages were dominated by the global warming (GW) impacts in the coal and peat fuel cycles, but knowledge of the true GW impacts is still uncertain. From among other impacts that were valued in monetary terms the human health damages due to airborne emissions dominated in all the three fuel cycles. Monetary valuation for ecosystem impacts is not possible using the ExternE methodology at present. The Meri-Pori power station representing the coal fuel cycle is one of the world's cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power plants with a condensing turbine. The coal is imported mainly from Poland. The estimated health damages were about 4 mECU/kWh, crop damages an order of magnitude lower and damages caused to building materials two orders of magnitude lower. The power stations of the peat and biomass fuel cycles are of CHP type, generating electricity and heat for the district heating systems of two cities. Their fuels are of domestic origin. The estimated health damages allocated to electricity generation were about 5 and 6 mECU/kWh, respectively. The estimates were case-specific and thus an generalisation of the results to the whole electricity generation in Finland is unrealistic. Despite the uncertainties and limitations of the methodology, it is a promising tool in the comparison of similar kinds of fuel cycles, new power plants and pollution abatement technologies and different plant locations with each other. (orig.)

  20. ExternE National Implementation Finland

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    ExternE National Implementation is a continuation of the ExternE Project, funded in part by the European Commission's Joule III Programme. This study is the result of the ExternE National Implementation Project for Finland. Three fuel cycles were selected for the Finnish study: coal, peat and wood-derived biomass, which together are responsible for about 40% of total electricity generation in Finland and about 75% of the non-nuclear fuel based generation. The estimated external costs or damages were dominated by the global warming (GW) impacts in the coal and peat fuel cycles, but knowledge of the true GW impacts is still uncertain. From among other impacts that were valued in monetary terms the human health damages due to airborne emissions dominated in all the three fuel cycles. Monetary valuation for ecosystem impacts is not possible using the ExternE methodology at present. The Meri-Pori power station representing the coal fuel cycle is one of the world's cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power plants with a condensing turbine. The coal is imported mainly from Poland. The estimated health damages were about 4 mECU/kWh, crop damages an order of magnitude lower and damages caused to building materials two orders of magnitude lower. The power stations of the peat and biomass fuel cycles are of CHP type, generating electricity and heat for the district heating systems of two cities. Their fuels are of domestic origin. The estimated health damages allocated to electricity generation were about 5 and 6 mECU/kWh, respectively. The estimates were case-specific and thus an generalisation of the results to the whole electricity generation in Finland is unrealistic. Despite the uncertainties and limitations of the methodology, it is a promising tool in the comparison of similar kinds of fuel cycles, new power plants and pollution abatement technologies and different plant locations with each other. (orig.)

  1. Experimental Investigations on the Viscosity of Magnetic Nanofluids under the Influence of Temperature, Volume Fractions of Nanoparticles and External Magnetic Field

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    Asadolah Malekzadeh

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This article investigates the effect of magnetic field on the viscosity of Fe3O4-water magnetic nanofluid experimentally. Experiments were done in the volume fraction range 0 to 1 vol% and the temperature ranges from25 to 45 ˚C. The results showed that the viscosity increased with increasing of nanoparticle volume fractions and decreased with temperature enhancement with or without of magnetic field. Also, it is observed that the viscosity of the magnetic nanofluid increases with enhancement of magnetic field strength. Thus, magnetic field is a basic factor that influences the viscosity of the magnetic nanofluids and magnetic nanofluid flow can be controlled by applying a magnetic field.

  2. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... two different types. There's what we call external beam treatment, which is given from an x-ray ... sources, the difference being that in the external beam the treatment comes from outside the patient, whereas ...

  3. 消极完美主义对学业成败归因与考研焦虑的影响%Influence of negative perfectionism on achievement attribution and the post-graduate entrance test anxiety

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    申鲁军; 杨磊; 罗艳艳; 邱智超

    2012-01-01

    目的 考察消极完美主义在大学生考研焦虑与学业成败归因中的作用.方法 采用随机整群抽样法选择500名考研大学生为被试对象,采用考研焦虑问卷、学业成败归因问卷及消极完美主义问卷进行测试.结果 考研焦虑、学业成败归因与消极完美主义之间存在显著正相关(r1 =0.464,P<0.01;r2 =0.519,P<0.01);消极完美主义作为中介变量调节着学业成败归因与考研焦虑之间的关系,中介效应量为0.138.结论 考研焦虑受消极完美主义与学业成败归因的影响,而学业成败归因可能是更本质的影响因素.%Objective To investigate the effect of negative perfectionism on achievement attribution and the post-graduate entrance test anxiety. Methods Five hundred students were selected by random cluster sampling method. The post-graduate entrance test anxiety scale, achievement attribution scale and negative perfectionism scale were used to test the students. Results There was a significant positive relationship between the graduate entrance test anxiety, negative perfectionism and achievement attribution(r1=0.464,P <0. 01 ;r2 =0. 519,P <0. 01). Negative perfectionism as intervening variable adjusted the relationship between achievement attribution and the graduate entrance test anxiety, the intermediary effect was about 0. 138. Conclusion The graduate entrance test anxiety is affected by negative perfectionism and achievement attribution, and achievement attribution may be a more essential influential factor.

  4. ASH External Web Portal (External Portal)

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    Department of Transportation — The ASH External Web Portal is a web-based portal that provides single sign-on functionality, making the web portal a single location from which to be authenticated...

  5. Generalized Network Externality Function

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    A. Paothong; G.S. Ladde

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we focus on the development of mathematical modeling of network externality processes. The introduction of the generalized network externality function provides a unified source of a tool for developing and analyzing the planning, policy and performance of the network externality process and network goods/services in a systematic way. This leads to fulfill all existing network externality assumptions as special cases. We study its properties and applications. This study provides...

  6. Attribute-Based Data Sharing

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    Ms. Rahila Fatima

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Messages addressed to specific users can be decrypted by Key Generation Centre (KGC by generating their private keys. Data owner wants the data to be delivered only to specified user and not to unauthorized person that is the data owner makes their private data accessible only to authorized person. We propose attribute based encryption and escrow problem which means written agreement delivered to a third party to overcome this problem. Attribute based Encryption (ABE is a type of public-key encryption in which the private key of a user and the cipher text are dependent upon attributes. It is a promising cryptographic approach.

  7. Sensitivity degradation of an anger camera operated in SPECT-like mode under the influence of a strong external magnetic field

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    The purpose of this work was to experimentally determine the degradation in sensitivity of an Anger camera rotated in SPECT-like orbits around the transverse and sagittal planes of the magnetic field produced by a conventional, dual coil, 1 T electromagnet. A 74 photomultiplier Siemens Basicam Anger camera with a 29 cm radius crystal and an Isotrak 35 cm diameter, 46 MBq (1.25 mCi), Co-57 disk source attached to a low energy general purpose collimator, were used for all measurements. A custom made, air-cooled, dual coil, 1 T electromagnet was used to produce the external magnetic field. A map of the magnetic field was obtained by taking intensity measurements around the sagittal and transverse planes of the magnet. Camera sensitivity – defined as the measured count rate for a given activity of a radionuclide in a defined geometry – was first measured around the transverse plane at angles of 0°, 90°, and 270°, with, and without, the magnetic field present. At each angle, three 30 min measurements were made and the average count rate was calculated. A similar protocol was used for measurements upon rotation in the sagittal plane: counts per 30 min interval were measured for 20 angles, with a 15° increment between measurements. Camera sensitivity as a function of field strength was also determined by collecting counts over 30 min intervals at a fixed angle (90°) with magnet currents of 0.00 A, 2.65 A, and 5.30 A. In the transverse plane, at 0° under a field intensity of 21 mT, the loss in sensitivity was 18.14%, at 90° (B=37 mT) the loss was 30.5%, and at 270° (B=38 mT) the loss was 34.9%. Thus for rotation in the transverse plane, the sensitivity is monotonically reduced with an increase in field intensity. On rotation in the sagittal plane, sensitivity degradation ranged between 50.3% at a 22° angle, and 59.1% at 315°. Broad sensitivity peaks were observed at 105° and 195°, with minima at 60°, 135°, and 260°, consistent with our theoretical

  8. Sensitivity degradation of an anger camera operated in SPECT-like mode under the influence of a strong external magnetic field

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    Galiano, Eduardo, E-mail: egalianoriveros@laurentian.ca; Aldarwish, Huda

    2014-11-01

    The purpose of this work was to experimentally determine the degradation in sensitivity of an Anger camera rotated in SPECT-like orbits around the transverse and sagittal planes of the magnetic field produced by a conventional, dual coil, 1 T electromagnet. A 74 photomultiplier Siemens Basicam Anger camera with a 29 cm radius crystal and an Isotrak 35 cm diameter, 46 MBq (1.25 mCi), Co-57 disk source attached to a low energy general purpose collimator, were used for all measurements. A custom made, air-cooled, dual coil, 1 T electromagnet was used to produce the external magnetic field. A map of the magnetic field was obtained by taking intensity measurements around the sagittal and transverse planes of the magnet. Camera sensitivity – defined as the measured count rate for a given activity of a radionuclide in a defined geometry – was first measured around the transverse plane at angles of 0°, 90°, and 270°, with, and without, the magnetic field present. At each angle, three 30 min measurements were made and the average count rate was calculated. A similar protocol was used for measurements upon rotation in the sagittal plane: counts per 30 min interval were measured for 20 angles, with a 15° increment between measurements. Camera sensitivity as a function of field strength was also determined by collecting counts over 30 min intervals at a fixed angle (90°) with magnet currents of 0.00 A, 2.65 A, and 5.30 A. In the transverse plane, at 0° under a field intensity of 21 mT, the loss in sensitivity was 18.14%, at 90° (B=37 mT) the loss was 30.5%, and at 270° (B=38 mT) the loss was 34.9%. Thus for rotation in the transverse plane, the sensitivity is monotonically reduced with an increase in field intensity. On rotation in the sagittal plane, sensitivity degradation ranged between 50.3% at a 22° angle, and 59.1% at 315°. Broad sensitivity peaks were observed at 105° and 195°, with minima at 60°, 135°, and 260°, consistent with our theoretical

  9. Influence of dietary canola oil and palm oil blend and refrigerated storage on fatty acids, myofibrillar proteins, chemical composition, antioxidant profile and quality attributes of semimembranosus muscle in goats

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    Adeyemi, Kazeem D.; Sabow, Azad B.; Shittu, Rafiat M.; Karim, Roselina; Awis Q. Sazili

    2015-01-01

    Background Improving the unsaturated fatty acid content of ruminant meat is essential due to the generally saturated nature of fatty acids in ruminant meat and the negative effects this can have on human health. Nonetheless, enhancing the unsaturated fatty acid content of ruminant meat can have adverse effects on the shelf life and quality attributes of the meat. This study assessed the effects of dietary 80 % canola oil and 20 % palm oil blend (CPOB) on fatty acid composition, antioxidants, ...

  10. Matchings with Externalities and Attitudes

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    Branzei, Simina; Michalak, Tomasz; Rahwan, Talal;

    2013-01-01

    Two-sided matchings are an important theoretical tool used to model markets and social interactions. In many real-life problems the utility of an agent is influenced not only by their own choices, but also by the choices that other agents make. Such an influence is called an externality. Whereas ...... where agents take different attitudes when reasoning about the actions of others. In particular, we study optimistic, neutral and pessimistic attitudes and provide both computational hardness results and polynomial-time algorithms for computing stable outcomes....

  11. Research on the Factors Influencing the Cultural Commu-nication in the External Propaganda Translation of Li-uzhou Area and the Countermeasures%柳州地区外宣翻译的文化传播影响因素与对策研究

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    钟琼华

    2014-01-01

    外宣翻译对于城市来说,是对外宣传的手段。本文对广西柳州地区外宣翻译的文化传播现状、水平与发展趋势进行研究,分析了柳州地区外宣翻译的文化传播影响因素,探讨了外宣翻译的对策。%For a city, external propaganda translation is a means for external propaganda. This paper researches the current situa-tion, level and development trends of cultural communication in the external propaganda translation of Liuzhou area, analyzes the factors influencing the cultural communication in the external propaganda translation of Liuzhou area, and explores the coun-termeasures of external propaganda translation.

  12. Influence of combined external stress and electric field on electric properties of 0.5% Fe-doped lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Influence of uniaxial pressure (0-1000 bars) applied parallel to or perpendicularly to the ac or dc electric field (in one-dimensional or two-dimensional manner) on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of hard lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics were investigated. The experimental results revealed that applying uniaxial pressure leads to a reduction in the peak intensity of the electric permittivity (ε), of the frequency dispersion as well as of the dielectric hysteresis. Moreover, with increasing pressure the peak intensity of ε becomes diffused and shifts to a higher temperature. It was also found that simultaneous application of uniaxial pressure and electric field (perpendicular to each other) in the poling process improves the ferroelectric properties. This indeed indicates new possibility for poling materials with a high coercive field and/or high electric conductivity. The effects of uniaxial load are weaker than that obtained for soft PZT ceramics. It was concluded that applying uniaxial pressure induces similar effects as increasing the Ti ion concentration in PZT system. The obtained results were interpreted through Cochran soft mode and domain switching processes under applying of pressure.

  13. Spanning Tree Based Attribute Clustering

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    Zeng, Yifeng; Jorge, Cordero Hernandez

    2009-01-01

    inconsistent edges from a maximum spanning tree by starting appropriate initial modes, therefore generating stable clusters. It discovers sound clusters through simple graph operations and achieves significant computational savings. We compare the Star Discovery algorithm against earlier attribute clustering...

  14. THE URBAN LANDSCAPE ECO-AESTHETIC ATTRIBUTES

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    MORELLA BRICEÑO AVILA

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This article presents a theoretical and conceptual synthesis on relevant aspects of the ecological and aesthetic dimensions that define the urban landscape attributes. The city, as product and creation, has its characteristics, elements, qualities and relationships that can be perceived and interpreted under the light of the viewer, so that its definition embraces both an objective and a subjective analysis. Ecology provides a systemic perspective of the urban dynamics observed in the interaction of its natural and social-cultural factors; aesthetics encompasses perception from the visual contact, with the elements of the landscape, to sensations, feelings and conditions that influence the interpretation. The multidimensional nature based on the eco-aesthetics conception of the urban landscape attributes is a fundamental base to determine the analysis indicators of visual quality oriented to the , urban design practice.

  15. Abstract Interpretation Using Attribute Grammar

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    Rosendahl, Mads

    1990-01-01

    This paper deals with the correctness proofs of attribute grammars using methods from abstract interpretation. The technique will be described by defining a live-variable analysis for a small flow-chart language and proving it correct with respect to a continuation style semantics. The proof...... technique is based on fixpoint induction and introduces an extended class of attribute grammars as to express a standard semantics....

  16. Manager behavior in a social context: the impact of impression management on attributions and disciplinary actions.

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    Wood, R E; Mitchell, T R

    1981-12-01

    Two experimental studies were run to test the effects of subordinate impression management on the appraisals and responses of a manager, following an incident of poor performance. Two common impression management tactics, accounts and apologies, were manipulated in each of the studies. Subjects in both studies were experienced nursing supervisors. On the basis of the "discounting effect" reported in the attributional literature it was hypothesized that accounts of external causes for poor performance, i.e., excuses, would lead subjects to (1) attribute less responsibility to the subordinate, (2) be less personal in their responses, and (3) be less punitive in their responses. Apologies, because of their "equity restoration" effects, were expected to influence subjects' disciplinary responses to the poor performance, without necessarily affecting their attributions of responsibility. Experiment 1. which employed written stimulus materials and a repeated-measures design, provided strong support for all hypotheses. Experiment 2. which employed a film stimulus and between-subjects design, provided strong support for the accounts hypotheses but only minimal support for the apology hypotheses. The results highlight the importance of social information cues in the appraisal of performance. PMID:10253557

  17. Performance Feedback Processing Is Positively Biased As Predicted by Attribution Theory

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    Rodriguez Buritica, Julia M.; Heekeren, Hauke R.

    2016-01-01

    A considerable literature on attribution theory has shown that healthy individuals exhibit a positivity bias when inferring the causes of evaluative feedback on their performance. They tend to attribute positive feedback internally (e.g., to their own abilities) but negative feedback externally (e.g., to environmental factors). However, all empirical demonstrations of this bias suffer from at least one of the three following drawbacks: First, participants directly judge explicit causes for their performance. Second, participants have to imagine events instead of experiencing them. Third, participants assess their performance only after receiving feedback and thus differences in baseline assessments cannot be excluded. It is therefore unclear whether the classically reported positivity bias generalizes to setups without these drawbacks. Here, we aimed at establishing the relevance of attributions for decision-making by showing an attribution-related positivity bias in a decision-making task. We developed a novel task, which allowed us to test how participants changed their evaluations in response to positive and negative feedback about performance. Specifically, we used videos of actors expressing different facial emotional expressions. Participants were first asked to evaluate the actors’ credibility in expressing a particular emotion. After this initial rating, participants performed an emotion recognition task and did—or did not—receive feedback on their veridical performance. Finally, participants re-rated the actors’ credibility, which provided a measure of how they changed their evaluations after feedback. Attribution theory predicts that participants change their evaluations of the actors’ credibility toward the positive after receiving positive performance feedback and toward the negative after negative performance feedback. Our results were in line with this prediction. A control condition without feedback showed that correct or incorrect

  18. Performance Feedback Processing Is Positively Biased As Predicted by Attribution Theory.

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    Korn, Christoph W; Rosenblau, Gabriela; Rodriguez Buritica, Julia M; Heekeren, Hauke R

    2016-01-01

    A considerable literature on attribution theory has shown that healthy individuals exhibit a positivity bias when inferring the causes of evaluative feedback on their performance. They tend to attribute positive feedback internally (e.g., to their own abilities) but negative feedback externally (e.g., to environmental factors). However, all empirical demonstrations of this bias suffer from at least one of the three following drawbacks: First, participants directly judge explicit causes for their performance. Second, participants have to imagine events instead of experiencing them. Third, participants assess their performance only after receiving feedback and thus differences in baseline assessments cannot be excluded. It is therefore unclear whether the classically reported positivity bias generalizes to setups without these drawbacks. Here, we aimed at establishing the relevance of attributions for decision-making by showing an attribution-related positivity bias in a decision-making task. We developed a novel task, which allowed us to test how participants changed their evaluations in response to positive and negative feedback about performance. Specifically, we used videos of actors expressing different facial emotional expressions. Participants were first asked to evaluate the actors' credibility in expressing a particular emotion. After this initial rating, participants performed an emotion recognition task and did-or did not-receive feedback on their veridical performance. Finally, participants re-rated the actors' credibility, which provided a measure of how they changed their evaluations after feedback. Attribution theory predicts that participants change their evaluations of the actors' credibility toward the positive after receiving positive performance feedback and toward the negative after negative performance feedback. Our results were in line with this prediction. A control condition without feedback showed that correct or incorrect performance alone

  19. External Influences on Singaporean Writer Yeng Pway-Ngon' s Works%新加坡作家英培安创作中的外来影响

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    金进

    2012-01-01

    Yeng Pway-Ngon is undoubtedly the Singaporean Chinese literary circle. He started most significant and seasoned local writer in the by writing modem poetry and was the most important modernist poet in Singapore and Malaysia in the 1970s. In the 1980s, out of his conscience and moral principle as an intellectual, he began a decade of satirical essay writing following in Lu Xun' s footsteps. His essays have become memorandums of the social changes in Singapore since the 1980s. In the 1990s, he produced a series of novels filled with influences of psychoanalysis, Calvino and Martin Buber, and hence caused the transformation in Chinese literature of the world as a breath of fresh air. Winning two annual "Asiaweek Magazine' s Ten Best Chinese Novels Award" and "Singapore Literature Prize" twice is indeed unprecedented in the Singaporean Chinese literary circle. With this, Yeng Pway-Ngon has become the most anticipated Singaporean Chinese writer.%英培安无疑是新华文坛最重要的资深本土作家,他由创作现代主义诗歌起步,是1970年代新马两地最重要的现代主义诗人。1980年代出于知识分子的良知与道义,效法鲁迅,他又开始长达十年的杂文创作,其杂文成为1980年以降新加坡社会变迁的备忘录。到了1990年代,他一系列长篇小说出手时,精神分析学说、卡尔维诺以及马丁.布伯的影子充满着他的文学世界。英培安曾获两个年度的"亚洲周刊十大中文小说",两度获得"新加坡文学奖",这都是在新华文坛上空前绝后的,他也成为最值得我们期待的新加坡华人作家。

  20. Spatial correlations in attribute communities.

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    Full Text Available Community detection is an important tool for exploring and classifying the properties of large complex networks and should be of great help for spatial networks. Indeed, in addition to their location, nodes in spatial networks can have attributes such as the language for individuals, or any other socio-economical feature that we would like to identify in communities. We discuss in this paper a crucial aspect which was not considered in previous studies which is the possible existence of correlations between space and attributes. Introducing a simple toy model in which both space and node attributes are considered, we discuss the effect of space-attribute correlations on the results of various community detection methods proposed for spatial networks in this paper and in previous studies. When space is irrelevant, our model is equivalent to the stochastic block model which has been shown to display a detectability-non detectability transition. In the regime where space dominates the link formation process, most methods can fail to recover the communities, an effect which is particularly marked when space-attributes correlations are strong. In this latter case, community detection methods which remove the spatial component of the network can miss a large part of the community structure and can lead to incorrect results.

  1. Externalities of fuel cycles 'ExternE' project. Summary report

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    There is a growing requirement for policy analysts to take account of the environment in their decision making and to undertake the specified cost-benefit analysis. Within the European Union this is reflected in the 5th Environmental Action Programme, and the Commission's White Paper entitled 'Growth, competitiveness, employment and the ways forward to the 21st century'. This has led to a need for evaluation of environmental externalities. The ExternE Project commenced in 1991 as the European part of a collaborative study between the European Commission and the US Department of Energy. It aims to be the first systematic approach to the evaluation of external costs of a wide range of different fuel cycles. The project will result in an operational accounting framework for the quantification and monetarisation of priority environmental and other externalities. This framework will allow the calculation of the marginal external costs and benefits for specific power plants, at specific sites using specified technologies. There are three major phases in the project. Phase I was undertaken in collaboration with the US Department of Energy. In this phase the teams jointly developed the conceptual approach and methodology and shared scientific information for application to a number of fuel cycles. On the European side work concentrated on the nuclear and coal fuel cycles which together were expected to raise many of the fundamental issues in fuel cycle analysis. The project is currently nearing completion of Phase 2. During this phase the methodology has been applied to a wide range of different fossil, nuclear and renewable fuel cycles for power generation and energy conservation options. Also a series of National Implementation Programmes are underway in which the methodology and accounting framework are being applied to reference sites throughout Europe. In addition the general methodology is being extended to address the evaluation of externalities associated with

  2. ExternE: Externalities of energy Vol. 1. Summary

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    There is a growing requirement for policy analysts to take account of the environment in their decision making and to undertake the specified cost-benefit analysis. Within the European Union this is reflected in the 5th Environmental Action Programme, and the Commission's White Paper entitled 'Growth, competitiveness, employment and the ways forward to the 21st century'. This has led to a need for evaluation of environmental externalities. The ExternE Project commenced in 1991 as the European part of a collaborative study between the European Commission and the US Department of Energy. It aims to be the first systematic approach to the evaluation of external costs of a wide range of different fuel cycles. The project will result in an operational accounting framework for the quantification and monetarisation of priority environmental and other externalities. This framework will allow the calculation of the marginal external costs and benefits for specific power plants, at specific sites using specified technologies. There are three major phases in the project. Phase 1 was undertaken in collaboration with the US Department of Energy. In this phase the teams jointly developed the conceptual approach and methodology and shared scientific information for application to a number of fuel cycles. On the European side work concentrated on the nuclear and coal fuel cycles which together were expected to raise many of the fundamental issues in fuel cycle analysis. The project is currently nearing completion of Phase 2. During this phase the methodology has been applied to a wide range of different fossil, nuclear and renewable fuel cycles for power generation and energy conservation options. Also a series of National Implementation Programmes is underway in which the methodology and accounting framework are being applied to reference sites throughout Europe. In addition the general methodology is being extended to address the evaluation of externalities associated with

  3. Small relief shape variations influence spatial variability of soil chemical attributes Pequenas variações das formas de relevo influenciam a variabilidade espacial de atributos químicos do solo

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    Zigomar Menezes de Souza

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Soils with small variations in relief and under the same management system present differentiated spatial variabilities of their attributes. This variability is a function of soil position in the landscape, even if the relief has little expression. The aim of this work was to investigate the effects of relief shape and depth on spatial variability of soil chemical attributes in a Typic Hapludox cultivated with sugar cane at two landscape compartments. Soil samples were collected in the intercrossing points of a grid, in the traffic line, at 0-0.2 m and 0.6-0.8 m depths, comprising a set of 100 georeferenced points. The spatial variabilities of pH, P, K, Ca, Mg, cation exchange capacity and base saturation were quantified. Small relief shape variations lead to differentiated variability in soil chemical attributes as indicated by the dependence on pedoform found for chemical attributes at both 0-0.2 m and 0.6-0.8 m depths. Because of the higher variability, it is advisable to collect large number of samples in areas with concave and convex shapes. Combining relief shapes and geostatistics allows the determination of areas with different spatial variability for soil chemical attributes.Solos submetidos ao mesmo sistema de manejo em locais com pequena variação de relevo, manifestam variabilidade espacial diferenciada de seus atributos. Esta variabilidade é condicionada pela posição dos solos na paisagem ou no declive, mesmo que o relevo seja de pequena expressão. O estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a influência da forma do relevo na variabilidade espacial de atributos químicos em um latossolo cultivado com cana-de-açúcar em dois compartimentos da paisagem. Os solos foram amostrados nos pontos de cruzamento de uma malha, com intervalos regulares de 10 m, perfazendo um total de 100 pontos, nas profundidades de 0-0,2 m e 0,6-0,8 m. Foi avaliado a variabilidade espacial do pH, fósforo (P, potássio (K, cálcio (Ca, magnésio (Mg, acidez

  4. Influencing Factors of Corporate External Knowledge Network Capabilities:An Interactive Empirical Study%企业外部知识网络能力的影响因素:一个交互效应的实证研究

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    王海花; 周嵩安

    2015-01-01

    With the transformation from the funnel-type closed innovation to the sieve-type open innovation, the exogenous knowledge search and external knowledge sources management are becoming the components of corporate innovation system. It is increasingly becoming one of the important topics in both corporate practice and theoretical research how to improve the external knowledge network capabilities. This paper, by applying the combination of qualitative and quantitative research, systematically reveals the“black box”of factors influencing the external knowledge network capabilities from multi-dimen⁃sions, including macro environment, inter-organizational situation, micro firm and content attribute and so on. Based on the research findings,the paper proposes the strategies to enhance the external knowledge network capabilities from multiple perspectives, namely building the macro environment“monitor”to instantaneously scan and take advantage of opportuni⁃ties, configuring heterogeneous knowledge potential energy to promote knowledge network embeddedness, fostering culture and internal resources to form network construction foundation,and developing employees’ learning and creative abilities to construct knowledge absorption and transfer platform.%随着漏斗式的封闭创新向筛子式的开放创新的转变,外源知识搜索和外部知识源管理逐渐纳入企业创新系统的范畴。如何提升外部知识网络能力,日益成为企业实践界和理论研究界愈来愈关注的重要课题之一。文章运用质化研究和量化研究相结合的方式,从宏观环境、中观情境、微观主体和内容属性等多维度系统地探秘企业外部知识网络能力影响因素的“黑箱”,基于研究结论从多个角度提出企业外部知识网络能力的提升策略,即建立宏观环境“监控器”,即时扫描并利用各种机会;配置异质化知识势能,提升知识网络嵌入性;培育文化与

  5. External radiation surveillance

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    Antonio, E.J.

    1995-06-01

    This section of the 1994 Hanford Site Environmental Report describes how external radiation was measured, how surveys were performed, and the results of these measurements and surveys. External radiation exposure rates were measured at locations on and off the Hanford Site using thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD). External radiation and contamination surveys were also performed with portable radiation survey instruments at locations on and around the Hanford Site.

  6. Motivation, Satisfaction, Success Attributions and Cheating among High School Students in Morocco.

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    Benmansour, Naima

    2000-01-01

    Surveyed Moroccan high school students regarding perceived goal orientations, school satisfaction, success attributions, and cheating behaviors and beliefs. Students reported low satisfaction levels, rated mastery goals higher than performance goals, and were more internal than external in success attributions. Engagement and belief in cheating…

  7. Multiple organizational identification levels and the impact of perceived external prestige and communication climate

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    Bartels, J.; Pruyn, A.T.H.; Jong, de M.D.T.; Joustra, I.

    2007-01-01

    Earlier studies have shown that perceived external prestige and communication climate influence organizational identification. In this paper we present the results of a study of the influence of communication climate and perceived external prestige on organizational identification at various organiz

  8. Firm Search for External Knowledge

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    Sofka, Wolfgang; Grimpe, Christoph

    2012-01-01

    to experience the negative performance effects of oversearch. Based on a comprehensive sample of almost 8,000 firms from ten European countries, we find that institutions matter considerably for firms' search activity. Higher market orientation of institutions increases the effectiveness of firms' search...... ignored the institutional context that provides or denies access to external knowledge at the country level. Combining institutional and knowledge search theory, we suggest that the market orientation of the institutional environment and the magnitude of institutional change influence when firms begin...... for external knowledge while higher magnitudes of institutional change decrease it. Our results provide important insights for management on how to adapt search strategies to the institutional context....

  9. Constructing a Practice Informed Graduate Attributes Toolkit: built in not bolt-on

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    Harvey, Jen; Kavanagh, Allison; Kilmartin, Dave; O'Connor, Rachel; O'Leary, Ciaran; O'Rourke, K.C.

    2015-01-01

    It is generally recognised that Higher Education students should be afforded a range of formal and informal learning opportunities to develop skills, or graduate attributes, that have the potential to enhance their success both in their chosen career choice and as active global citizens. This requires a shared understanding of these graduate attributes among programme team members, students and external stakeholders. The DIT Graduate Attributes policy (2012) therefore requires that all pro...

  10. Review of externality valuation

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    Schleisner, Lotte

    1998-11-01

    This report covers the work done regarding assessment of externalities in the project `Investigation of Pricing Incentives in a Renewable Energy Strategy in Thailand`. The report gives a review of different valuation issues, which are used in different externality studies and focuses on why the numbers often are different for the same fuel cycles using different methodologies for assessment of the externalities. The review of externality valuation focuses in this report on the assessment of environmental externalities, and less attention is paid to the non-environmental externalities. The report points out different parameters, which are important to consider when externalities estimated for the same fuel cycle in different studies are compared. For instance some studies transfer dose-response functions and monetization values from other studies. It is in this case important to consider for each of the functions if it is possible to use functions from other studies, or if it is necessary to develop a function for a new region. An important parameter in estimating externalities based on earlier studies is the fact that some studies only include regional and local impacts and do not take the global impacts related to greenhouse gasses into account. Considerable uncertainty is related to the global externalities regarding time horizon for the greenhouse effect, choice of dose-response function and monetization values. Assumptions on famine and the monetization of human life may be the totally dominating factor estimating external costs. 7 studies have been chosen for further analysis and comparison in order to show the variation in external costs. The studies have been chosen in order to cover as well old, well-known studies as new, unknown, but interesting studies. Some of the new studies are based on results from earlier studies, while others implement new ideas concerning the methodology. (au) 21 refs.

  11. ExternE: Externalities of energy Vol. 5. Nuclear

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    Since the early 1970s, there has been increased interest in the environmental impacts that are caused by the generation of electricity. The comparative risk assessment studies at that time used mainly deaths and injuries as impact indicators. By the end of the 1980s studies changed to the assessment of the costs imposed on society and the environment that were not included in the market price of the energy produced, the so-called external costs. The preliminary studies that were published set the conceptual basis, grounded in neo-classical economics, for the valuation of the health and environmental impacts that could be assessed. As a consequence of the many questions raised by the methodologies employed by these early studies, Directorate General XII (DG XII) of the Commission of the European Communities established a collaborative research programme with the United States Department of Energy to identify an appropriate methodology for this type of work. Following the completion of this collaboration, the DG XII programme has continued as the ExternE project. The main objective of the work carried out at CEPN was to develop an impact pathway methodology for the nuclear fuel cycle that would be consistent with the methodologies developed for other fuel cycles, without loosing the nuclear-specific techniques required for a proper evaluation. In this way, comparisons between the different fuel cycles would be possible. This report presents the methodology and demonstration of the results in the context of the French nuclear fuel cycle. The United States team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has previously issued a draft report on the results of their assessment. The French fuel cycle was broken down into 8 separate stages. Reference sites and 1990s technology were chosen to represent the total nuclear fuel cycle, as it exists today. In addition, the transportation of material between the sites was considered. The facilities are assessed for routine operation, except

  12. IMPORTANCE OF DELIVERY CONDITIONS IN THE EXTERNAL PRICE CALCULATION

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The delivery conditions of the merchandise at export, established by the rules INCOTERMS2000, influence the external price structure. There are some conditions in which the external priceincludes only the value of the merchandise and other conditions in which, besides the value of themerchandise, the price includes also the external transport and insurance. In the case of the exportson commercial credit, when it appears the notion of external interest, this one may be included in theprice or may be invoiced separately, thus defining gross external prices and net external prices.

  13. Time valuation of historical outbreak attribution data.

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    Ebel, E D; Williams, M S; Golden, N J; Schlosser, W D; Travis, C

    2016-01-01

    Human illness attribution is recognized as an important metric for prioritizing and informing food-safety decisions and for monitoring progress towards long-term food-safety goals. Inferences regarding the proportion of illnesses attributed to a specific commodity class are often based on analyses of datasets describing the number of outbreaks in a given year or combination of years. In many countries, the total number of pathogen-related outbreaks reported nationwide for an implicated food source is often fewer than 50 instances in a given year and the number of years for which data are available can be fewer than 10. Therefore, a high degree of uncertainty is associated with the estimated fraction of pathogen-related outbreaks attributed to a general food commodity. Although it is possible to make inferences using only data from the most recent year, this type of estimation strategy ignores the data collected in previous years. Thus, a strong argument exists for an estimator that could 'borrow strength' from data collected in the previous years by combining the current data with the data from previous years. While many estimators exist for combining multiple years of data, most either require more data than is currently available or lack an objective and biologically plausible theoretical basis. This study introduces an estimation strategy that progressively reduces the influence of data collected in past years in accordance with the degree of departure from a Poisson process. The methodology is applied to the estimation of the attribution fraction for Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7 for common food commodities and the estimates are compared against two alternative estimators. PMID:26095014

  14. Temporal context for authorship attribution

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    Hansen, Niels Dalum; Lioma, Christina; Larsen, Birger;

    2014-01-01

    A study of temporal aspects of authorship attribution - a task which aims to distinguish automatically between texts written by different authors by measuring textual features. This task is important in a number of areas, including plagiarism detection in secondary education, which we study in this...

  15. k-visit Attribute Grammars

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    Nielson, Hanne Riis; Skyum, S.

    1981-01-01

    It is shown that any well-defined attribute grammar is k-visit for some k. Furthermore, it is shown that given a well-defined grammar G and an integer k, it is decidable whether G is k-visit. Finally it is shown that the k-visit grammars specify a proper hierarchy with respect to translations...

  16. External project management as an alternative

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    Smirnov, Alexander

    2012-01-01

    This report aims to consider external project management as an alternative of in-house project management through analysis of reasons, advantages (disadvantages) of hiring external project managers, incentives for project managers and its influence in work performance. It provides different theories, methods and approaches of industrial and human motivation. The paper distinguishes on four parts in order to cover all fields of motivations, project management, show survey, discuss findings, an...

  17. Adolescents׳ perceptions of peers with depression: An attributional analysis

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    Dolphin, Louise; Hennessy, Eilis

    2014-01-01

    Understanding adolescents׳ perceptions of peers with depression is vital in order to tackle peer exclusion and lessen stigmatization. To examine adolescents׳ perceptions of a hypothetical peer with depression, we test an attributional model: that stigma towards persons with mental disorders is influenced by attributions about the causes of their disorders and inferences of personal responsibility. Participants were 401 adolescents from 4th year/10th grade with an age range of 14.75–17.08 year...

  18. Food Quality Attributes among Malaysia’s Fast Food Customer

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    Mohd Rizaimy Shaharudin; Suhardi Wan Mansor; Shamsul Jamel Elias

    2011-01-01

    This paper examines the attributes which influence customers’ decisions to purchase fast food products in Malaysia. Despite vague definition of the ‘quality’ term by each individual, this study takes a step in determining the customer’s significant quality attributes towards the overall food quality dimensions. The findings of the study indicated that generally Malaysian consumers place relatively high level of importance on food freshness, followed by ...

  19. Importance of Delivery Conditions in the External Price Calculation

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    Violeta ISAI; Riana Iren RADU

    2005-01-01

    The delivery conditions of the merchandise at export, established by the rules INCOTERMS 2000, influence the external price structure. There are some conditions in which the external price includes only the value of the merchandise and other conditions in which, besides the value of the merchandise, the price includes also the external transport and insurance. In the case of the exports on commercial credit, when it appears the notion of external interest, this one may be included in the pric...

  20. The External Mind

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    The External Mind: an Introduction by Riccardo Fusaroli, Claudio Paolucci pp. 3-31 The sign of the Hand: Symbolic Practices and the Extended Mind by Massimiliano Cappuccio, Michael Wheeler pp. 33-55 The Overextended Mind by Shaun Gallagher pp. 57-68 The "External Mind": Semiotics, Pragmatism...

  1. Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis)

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    ... Can I Help a Friend Who Cuts? Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis) KidsHealth > For Teens > Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis) Print A A A Text Size ... Ryan awoke with a sharp pain in his ear — it really hurt! He remembered having ear infections ...

  2. Fast-track attribution assessments based on pre-computed estimates of changes in the odds of warm extremes

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    Christidis, Nikolaos; Stott, Peter A.; Zwiers, Francis W.

    2015-09-01

    Regional warming due to anthropogenic influence on the climate is expected to increase the frequency of very warm years and seasons. The growing research area of extreme event attribution has provided pertinent scientific evidence for a number of such warm events for which the forced climate response rises above internal climatic variability. Although the demand for attribution assessments is higher shortly after an event occurs, most scientific studies become available several months later. A formal attribution methodology is employed here to pre-compute the changing odds of very warm years and seasons in regions across the world. Events are defined based on the exceedence of temperature thresholds and their changing odds are measured over a range of pre-specified thresholds, which means assessments can be made as soon as a new event happens. Optimal fingerprinting provides observationally constrained estimates of the global temperature response to external forcings from which regional information is extracted. This information is combined with estimates of internal variability to construct temperature distributions with and without the effect of anthropogenic influence. The likelihood of an event is computed for each distribution and the change in the odds estimated. Analyses are conducted with seven climate models to explore the model dependency of the results. Apart from colder regions and seasons, characterised by greater internal climate variability, the odds of warm events are found to have significantly increased and temperatures above the threshold of 1-in-10 year events during 1961-1990 have become at least twice as likely to occur.

  3. Examination of the influences of the industrial attributes on the entry mode selection: case studies of the Coca-Cola Company from U.S entering the Chinese beverage industry and the BT Group plc from U.K entering the Chinese telecommunication industry.

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    Ma, Lingyu

    2015-01-01

    The study has the purpose of examining the influences of industrial attributes, such as market structure and industrial policies, on the choice of entry mode for MNEs. It adopts the case study approach with two firms entering China, one is the Coca-Cola Company from the U.S and the other is the BT Group plc from the U.K, which enable us to see how the market structure, competition conditions, entry barriers and policies of these two different industries can influent the entry mode selection o...

  4. Mapeamento de atributos químicos em diferentes densidades amostrais e influência na adubação e calagem Mapping of chemical attributes in different sampling densities and influence on fertilization and liming

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    Diovane Caon

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Como processo inicial de mapeamento a amostragem de solo,quando realizada de forma ineficiente, pode levar a um planejamento errôneo quanto à aplicação de corretivos e fertilizantes. O objetivo do presente trabalho foi estabelecer uma densidade amostral que ofereça precisão nos mapas de atributos químicos gerados sobre diferentes densidades amostrais, em duas profundidades, e mensurar sua implicação prática na adubação e calagem para a cultura da soja, na região de Guarapuava. Foram comparados mapas para pH, H+Al, P, K, Ca, Mg, V% e necessidade de calagem, nas camadas 0-10 e 0-20 cm, nas densidades amostrais de ¼, ½, 1, 2 e 4 ha, sendo a primeira densidade tomada como referência de comparação. Os modos de comparação foram a exatidão global e o índice Kappa. A diminuição da densidade amostral depreciou a qualidade dos mapas gerados. Todas as densidades amostrais diferiram entre si quanto à exatidão porém foram encontrados bons níveis de exatidão até a densidade amostral de uma amostra por hectare. A agricultura de precisão utiliza, de forma mais eficiente, a quantidade de calcário e fertilizantes do que a agricultura convencional.Soil sampling and initial mapping process, when performed inefficiently, can lead to erroneous planning regarding the application of fertilizers. The objectives of this study were to establish a sampling density that provides accurate maps of the chemical attributes generated for different sampling densities in two depths, and to measure their practical implications in fertilization and liming for soybean on an Oxisol in the region of Guarapuava. Maps were compared for the attributes pH, H+Al, P, K, Ca, Mg, base saturation and the lime requirement, in the layers 0-10 and 0-20 cm, in the sampling densities of ¼, ½, 1, 2 and 4 ha, being the first density taken as a reference for comparison. The methods of comparison were the overall accuracy and Kappa index. The decrease in sample density

  5. External effects of hydropower in Switzerland

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    The use of hydropower has implications on the environment and the socio-economic system. All these effects have a certain value, either in a positive sense as benefits or in a negative sense as damages. Many of these effects are known, quantified and even internalised, that is, the beneficiary pays for his or her benefits and the sufferer gets a compensation. Yet, this is not the case with all implications. In this case, the effects are so-called externalities, costs or benefits which are not included in the price of the product. Prices for products are a good measure to promote the sustainable development of markets, as long as they contain all externalities, that is, as long as they are 'true' prices. Therefore, the inclusion of externalities in the evaluation of product costs became an important issue during the last years. The study 'External Effects of Hydropower in Switzerland' is an attempt to identify and quantify externalities of hydropower and to attribute a monetary value to all these effects. In a first part, the study gives a list of possible externalities and analyses different methods to quantify and value these effects. The evaluation is then based on a number of specific plants and projects, mainly with available environmental impact studies and project data including the construction phase. In order to extend the result on the total number of Swiss hydropower plants, an extrapolation is done based on selected plant criteria for each effect. (author)

  6. Power bases and attribution in three cultures.

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    Alanazi, Falah M; Rodrigues, Aroldo

    2003-06-01

    The authors used a Saudi context to verify the cross-cultural generality of findings (A. Rodrigues & K. L. Lloyd, 1998) reported for U.S. and Brazilian samples in which compliant behavior caused by reward, informational, and referent influences was perceived as more controllable and more internal than compliant behavior resulting from legitimate, expert, and coercive influences. This differential attribution led, in turn, to different affective and behavioral responses. In the present study, cognitive and affective reactions of Saudi students were measured with regard to compliant behavior (leading to a good outcome or a bad outcome) caused by each of the 6 bases of power described by B. H. Raven (1965). As expected, power bases had significant effects. However, when the outcome of the compliant behavior was bad, compliant behavior caused by a coercive influence led to the perception of more internality and controllability. Also--and not found in previous studies--the perception of less internality and controllability of compliant behavior was caused by an informational influence. Findings are discussed in the light of related research and Saudi cultural characteristics. PMID:12846519

  7. The Characteristics of Attributes in English

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    Deng Hui

    2008-01-01

    This essay focuses on two aspects.One is the characteristic of attribute.The other is concern with some points of using attributes in English.This understanding contributes to using attributes correctly both in written and spoken English.

  8. Disease proportions attributable to environment

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    Vineis Paolo

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Population disease proportions attributable to various causal agents are popular as they present a simplified view of the contribution of each agent to the disease load. However they are only summary figures that may be easily misinterpreted or over-interpreted even when the causal link between an exposure and an effect is well established. This commentary discusses several issues surrounding the estimation of attributable proportions, particularly with reference to environmental causes of cancers, and critically examines two recently published papers. These issues encompass potential biases as well as the very definition of environment and of environmental agent. The latter aspect is not just a semantic question but carries implications for the focus of preventive actions, whether centred on the material and social environment or on single individuals.

  9. Attribute Search in Online Retailing

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    Richards, Timothy J.; Hamilton, Stephen F; Empen, Janine

    2015-01-01

    Online shopping is common in many categories of retail goods. The recent trend towards online retailing has created an unprecedented empirical opportunity to examine consumer search behavior using click stream data. In this paper we examine consumer search intensity across a wide range of grocery products that differ in the depth of product assortment. We develop a model of attribute search in which consumers search within a chosen retailer for products that match their tastes, and that equil...

  10. Narrative attributions of entrepreneurial failure

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    Mantere, Saku; Aula, Pekka; Schildt, Henri; Vaara, Eero

    2013-01-01

    We examine how organizational stakeholders use narratives in their psychological processing of venture failure. We identify a range of “narrative attributions”, alternative accounts of failure that actors draw on to process the failure and their role in it. Our analysis provides a view of entrepreneurial failure as a complex social construction, as entrepreneurs, hired executives, employees and the media construct failure in distinctively different ways. Narratives provide means for both ...

  11. Attempting Measurement of Psychological Attributes

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    Salzberger, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Measures of psychological attributes abound in the social sciences as much as measures of physical properties do in the physical sciences. However, there are crucial differences between the scientific underpinning of measurement. While measurement in the physical sciences is supported by empirical evidence that demonstrates the quantitative nature of the property assessed, measurement in the social sciences is, in large part, made possible only by a vague, discretionary definition of measurem...

  12. Attempting measurement of psychological attributes.

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    Salzberger, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Measures of psychological attributes abound in the social sciences as much as measures of physical properties do in the physical sciences. However, there are crucial differences between the scientific underpinning of measurement. While measurement in the physical sciences is supported by empirical evidence that demonstrates the quantitative nature of the property assessed, measurement in the social sciences is, in large part, made possible only by a vague, discretionary definition of measurement that places hardly any restrictions on empirical data. Traditional psychometric analyses fail to address the requirements of measurement as defined more rigorously in the physical sciences. The construct definitions do not allow for testable predictions; and content validity becomes a matter of highly subjective judgment. In order to improve measurement of psychological attributes, it is suggested to, first, readopt the definition of measurement in the physical sciences; second, to devise an elaborate theory of the construct to be measured that includes the hypothesis of a quantitative attribute; and third, to test the data for the structure implied by the hypothesis of quantity as well as predictions derived from the theory of the construct. PMID:23550264

  13. Morphosemantic Attributes of Meetei Proverbs

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    Lourembam Surjit Singh

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This study proposes to investigate the functions of morphosemantic in Meetei proverbs, particularly the attribution of different meanings of the lexical items in Meetei Proverbial verbs. Meetei society has been using proverbs in the all ages, stages of development, social changes, and cultural diversifications to mark their wisdom of social expertise. Meetei used proverbs as an important aspect of verbal discourses within the socio-cultural and ethno-civilization contexts in which skills, knowledge, ideas, emotion, and experiences are communicating. The language used in proverbs reflects the Meetei’s status of life, food habits, belief systems, philosophy, cultural and social orientations. At the same time, various meanings attribute in Meetei proverbs in the forms of figurative, witty, pithy, didactic etc. The construction of these forms are grammatically insightful thereby creating spaces for a whole range of possibilities for investigating the features, functions and structure of verbal inflectional markers occurred in Meetei proverbial sentences.Keywords: Proverbs, morphosemantics, features of lexical items, attributes of meanings and language

  14. Newfound verses attributed to Sanai

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    علی حوری علی حوری

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Hakim Sanai is among the few major poets and mystics and is one of the Persian-language primers, whose works created modern developments of the Persian poetry’s content. He was also, in the true sense of the word, “like a thunder that lightened and like a sun that shined,” brightening the road of such poets as Attar and Rumi. The significance of Sanai’s position in literature and mysticism, as well as the position of his poetry has still not been explored as it should be. While examining Sanai’s verses in the prose works, his verses were found in the prose texts of the 6th to 9th century AH/12th to 15th century AD, which do not exist among the popular edited works of this great poet. This article introduces the sources and investigates 43 confirmed verses attributed to Sanai, based on nineteen ancient Persian prose texts, whose authors attribute them to Sanai, or are attributed to him due to coming in the same text with his other verses. This may prove useful for the future edited works of Sanai. Key Words: Sanai, confirmed verses, prose texts, newfound verses.

  15. Client attributions for sexual dysfunction.

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    Fichten, C S; Spector, I; Libman, E

    1988-01-01

    This investigation examined attributions for sexual dysfunctions made by 63 individuals and 21 of their partners who presented at a sex therapy service for the following problems: erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and female orgasmic dysfunctions. All participants completed measures of marital adjustment, locus of control, depression and a questionnaire which assessed: attributions of responsibility for the sexual problem, perceived control over sexual functioning, distress, effort made to improve the sexual relationship, and expectations about the efficacy of sex therapy for the problem. Results indicate that both identified patients and their partners, regardless of the dysfunction, blamed the sexual problem on the "dysfunctional individual" rather than on the circumstances or the partner. With respect to the partners, husbands of women with orgasmic dysfunction were more likely to blame themselves than the circumstances, while the opposite was true for wives of males with erectile difficulties. Individuals experiencing the dysfunction perceived themselves and their partners as having little, but equal control over the identified patient's sexuality. Correlational analyses indicate that in identified patients, the better the quality of the marital relationship, the greater the self-blame and the lower the partner blame. Those with happy marriages also made greater efforts to improve their sexual relationship and had higher expectations of success with therapy. The implications of the results for research on the role of attributions in sexual dysfunction and for assessment of cognitive factors in sexually dysfunctional individuals and their partners is discussed. PMID:3172253

  16. Individuals' insight into intrapersonal externalities

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    David J. Stillwell

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available An intrapersonal externality exists when an individual's decisions affect the outcomes of her future decisions. It can result in decreasing or increasing average returns to the rate of consumption, as occurs in addiction or exercise. Experimentation using the Harvard Game, which models intrapersonal externalities, has found differences in decision making between drug users and control subjects, leading to the argument that these externalities influence the course of illicit drug use. Nevertheless, it is unclear how participants who behave optimally conceptualise the problem. We report two experiments using a simplified Harvard Game, which tested the differences in contingency knowledge between participants who chose optimally and participants who did not. Those who demonstrated optimal performance exhibited both a pattern of correct responses and systematic errors to questions about the payoff schedules. The pattern suggested that they learned explicit knowledge of the change in reinforcement on a trail-by-trial basis. They did not have, or need, a full knowledge of the historical interaction leading to each payoff. We also found no evidence of choice differences between participants who were given a guaranteed payment and participants who were paid contingent on their performance, but those given a guaranteed payment were able to report more contingency knowledge as the experiment progressed, suggesting that they explored more rather than settling into a routine. Experiment 2 showed that using a fixed inter-trial interval did not change the results.

  17. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... for prostate cancer. They really boil down to two different types. There's what we call external beam ... and lay on the table. Count like, "One, two, three," up to 15. So, just about that ...

  18. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... boil down to two different types. There's what we call external beam treatment, which is given from ... ready to go. Technician: Okay, Mr. Fabec, here we go. [beeping] Al Fabec: You keep your hands ...

  19. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... completely contained in the prostate or when the patient is older the treatment that is frequently used ... external beam the treatment comes from outside the patient, whereas with the interstitial seed treatment the radioactive ...

  20. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... older the treatment that is frequently used is radiation therapy. Gunnar Zagars, M.D.: There are different forms ... prostate. [beeping] Narrator: The more common form of radiation therapy is external beam. A typical treatment takes seven ...

  1. Evaluating External Communication.

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    DeSantis, James R.

    1978-01-01

    Effective external communication by higher education institutions is described as an ongoing program, based on objective research, continuous informal feedback, and informed anticipation of changes in the environment that will force changes in the institution. (JMF)

  2. Initial external events: floods

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    The initial external event, specifically flood in a Nuclear power plant, and the calculation necessary to determine the contribution of this type of event in a Probabilistic Safety Analysis, are presented. (M.I.)

  3. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... prostate or when the patient is older the treatment that is frequently used is radiation therapy. Gunnar ... different types. There's what we call external beam treatment, which is given from an x-ray machine, ...

  4. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... given from an x-ray machine, and there's a variety called interstitial implantation, which uses radioactive seeds. ... common form of radiation therapy is external beam. A typical treatment takes seven weeks. Gunnar Zagars, M. ...

  5. External Otitis (Swimmer's Ear)

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    ... small area, as when pus accumulates in a boil (furuncle) or pimple. Malignant external otitis is a ... Aspergillus niger or Candida albicans, is less common. Boils are usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus . Certain people, ...

  6. External and internal audit

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    Froňková, Hana

    2011-01-01

    Dissertation includes problems of internal and external audit. The goal of this work is on the basis teoretical knowledge and information got from experience, to do internal and external audit of fulfilment by drawings of financial subvence. The result of both made audits is final report.Work is composed from three parts, first part- theoretical-describes progress of internal audit, its essence and definitions, regulation frame, which characteristics ought to fulfil an internal auditor, then ...

  7. Attributions for sexual situations in men with and without erectile disorder: evidence from a sex-specific attributional style measure.

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    Scepkowski, Lisa A; Wiegel, Markus; Bach, Amy K; Weisberg, Risa B; Brown, Timothy A; Barlow, David H

    2004-12-01

    This study investigated the attributional styles of men with and without sexual dysfunction for both positive and negative sexual and general events using a sex-specific version of the Attributional Style Questionnaire (Sex-ASQ), and ascertained the preliminary psychometric properties of the measure. The Sex-ASQ was created by embedding 8 hypothetical sexual events (4 positive, 4 negative) among the original 12 events in the Attributional Style Questionnaire (ASQ; C. Peterson, A. Semmel, C. von Baeyer, L. Y. Abramson, G. I. Metalsky, & M. E. Seligman, 1982). The Sex-ASQ was completed by 21 men with a principal DSM-IV diagnosis of Male Erectile Disorder (MED) and 32 male control participants. The psychometrics of the Sex-ASQ were satisfactory, but with the positive sexual event scales found to be less stable and internally consistent than the negative sexual event scales. Reasons for modest reliability of the positive event scales are discussed in terms of the original ASQ. As expected, men with MED did not differ significantly from men without sexual dysfunction in their causal attributions for general events, indicating that both groups exhibited an optimistic attributional style in general. Also as predicted, men with MED made more internal and stable causal attributions for negative sexual events than men without sexual dysfunction, and also rated negative sexual events as more important. For positive sexual events, the 2 groups did not differ in attributional style, with both groups making more external/unstable/specific causal attributions than for positive general events. Differences between explanatory style for sexual versus nonsexual events found in both sexually functional and dysfunctional men lend support for explanatory style models that propose both cross-situational consistency and situational specificity. PMID:15483370

  8. Postdetonation nuclear debris for attribution

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    Fahey, A. J.; Zeissler, C. J.; Newbury, D. E.; Davis, J.; Lindstrom, R.M.

    2010-01-01

    On the morning of July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb was exploded in New Mexico on the White Sands Proving Ground. The device was a plutonium implosion device similar to the device that destroyed Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9 of that same year. Recently, with the enactment of US public law 111-140, the “Nuclear Forensics and Attribution Act,” scientists in the government and academia have been able, in earnest, to consider what type of forensic-style information may be obtained after a nucle...

  9. Factorial Validity of the Mathematics Attribution Scale.

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    Choroszy, Melisa; And Others

    1984-01-01

    The Mathematics Attribution Scale (MAS) (Algebra) was designed to assess attributions of success and failure in algebra to ability, effort, task, and environment. This study examined the MAS (Algebra) for a separate dimension of attributes for success and a dimension of attributes for failure. The two hypothesized dimensions did not emerge.…

  10. Research on the Positive Externality of the Influence of Mobile Media on University Students' Psychological Health%手机媒体对大学生心理健康影响的正外部性研究

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    周文清

    2015-01-01

    近年来,我国经济飞速发展,科学技术的日新月异,人民生活水平的提高,智能手机已经成为比电脑更加普及的网络媒体和信息媒介,更是成为“90后”大学生使用网络、收集信息的主要媒介工具。手机媒体具有便携、简单直接、传播速度快、交互化等特点,这些特点更增加了手机逐渐在当代大学生生活中扮演重要角色的可能性,而这一新媒体传播渠道的普及也给大学生心理健康成长带来了方方面面的影响。本文从正外部性的角度关注手机媒体对大学生心理健康的影响。%In recent years, with the rapid development of China's economy, the rapidly changing science and technology, and the improvement of people's living standards, smartphones have be-come a kind of network and information media that is more popu-larized than computers, and they have become a main tool for"post-90s"university students to use the network and collect in-formation. Mobile media is convenient, simple, direct, rapid and interactive, which have increased the possibilities for smart-phones to play an important role in contemporary university stu-dents' life, but the new media has also brought various bad influ-ences on the psychological health of university students. This pa-per deals with the influence of mobile media on university stu-dents' psychological health from the angle of positive externality.

  11. Mortality of American alligators attributed to cannibalism

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    Delany, Michael F.; Woodward, Allan R.; Kiltie, Richard A.; Moore, Clinton T.

    2011-01-01

    Mortality of juvenile (Alligator mississippiensis) attributed to cannibalism on Orange Lake, Florida was examined. Alligator web tags used in mark–recapture studies were found in 12% of 267 stomachs sampled from alligators ≥168 cm TL. Captive alligators retained 76% of force-fed tags during a 588-d tag-retention trial. Models relating the probability of tag recovery to the annual probabilities of juvenile survival, cannibalism, tag retention, adult survival, and adult harvest suggested that cannibalism may on average remove 6–7% of the juvenile alligator population annually. Vulnerability continued to 140 cm TL (age 6–8 yr). Cannibalism of juveniles may serve to regulate the alligator population on Orange Lake. Alligator cannibalism may vary widely among populations, depending on demography and environmental conditions. The role and importance of cannibalism in alligator population dynamics should be more fully assessed and environmental and population factors that influence cannibalism identified to better evaluate management programs.

  12. Human Sound Externalization in Reverberant Environments

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    Catic, Jasmina

    occur. In this thesis, the spatial cues that arise from a combined effect of filtering due to the head, torso, and pinna and the acoustic environment were analysed and the impact of such cues for the perception of externalization in different frequency regions was investigated. Distant sound sources...... were simulated via headphones using individualized binaural room impulse responses (BRIRs). An investigation of the influence of spectral content of a sound source on externalization showed that effective externalization cues are present across the entire frequency range. The fluctuation of interaural...... level differences (ILDs) that occurs in reverberant environments was altered via modifications of the signal envelope in the left and right ear. It was found that the dynamic ILDs had an effect on externalization for broadband and highpass filtered speech, while no effect was found for lowpass filtered...

  13. Safety significance of ATR passive safety response attributes

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    The Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory was designed with some passive safety response attributes which contribute to the safety of the facility. The three passive safety attributes being evaluated in the paper are: 1) In-core and in-vessel natural convection cooling, 2) a passive heat sink capability of the ATR primary coolant system (PCS) for the transfer of decay power from the uninsulated piping to the confinement, and 3) gravity feed of emergency coolant makeup. The safety significance of the ATR passive safety response attributes is that the reactor can passively respond to most transients, given a reactor scram, to provide adequate decay power removal and a significant time for operator action should the normal active heat removal systems and their backup systems both fail. The ATR Interim Level 1 Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) models and results were used to evaluate the significance to ATR fuel damage frequency (or probability) of the above three passive response attributes. The results of the evaluation indicate that the first attribute is a major safety characteristic of the ATR. The second attribute has a noticeable but only minor safety significance. The third attribute has no significant influence on the ATR firewater injection system (emergency coolant system)

  14. Attributing Responsibility for Child Maltreatment when Domestic Violence Is Present

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    Landsman, Miriam J.; Hartley, Carolyn Copps

    2007-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine factors that influence how child welfare workers attribute responsibility for child maltreatment and child safety in cases involving domestic violence. Methods: The study used a factorial survey approach, combining elements of survey research with an experimental design. Case vignettes were…

  15. Limiting Conditions of the "Physical Attractiveness Stereotype": Attributions about Divorce.

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    Brigham, John C.

    1980-01-01

    Subjects, reading a profile of a couple filing for divorce, made attributions about responsibility, financial settlement, future behavior, and personality traits. Reasons for divorce, physical attractiveness of husband and wife, and sex of subject were varied. Attractiveness strongly influenced personality ratings. Reason for divorce was related…

  16. The effect of extrinsic attributes on liking of cottage cheese.

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    Hubbard, E M; Jervis, S M; Drake, M A

    2016-01-01

    Preference mapping studies with cottage cheese have demonstrated that cottage cheese liking is influenced by flavor, texture, curd size, and dressing content. However, extrinsic factors such as package, label claims, and brand name may also influence liking and have not been studied. The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of package attributes and brand on the liking of cottage cheese. A conjoint survey with Kano analysis (n=460) was conducted to explore the effect of extrinsic attributes (brand, label claim, milkfat content, and price) on liking. Following the survey, 150 consumers evaluated intrinsic attributes of 7 cottage cheeses with and without brand information in a 2-d crossover design. Results were evaluated by 2-way ANOVA and multivariate analyses. Milkfat content and price had the highest influence on liking by conjoint analysis. Cottage cheese with 2% milkfat and a low price was preferred. Specific label claims such as "excellent source of calcium (>10%)" were more attractive to consumers than "low sodium" or "extra creamy." Branding influenced overall liking and purchase intent for cottage cheeses to differing degrees. For national brands, acceptance scores were enhanced in the presence of the brand. An all-natural claim was more appealing than organic by conjoint analysis and this result was also confirmed with consumer acceptance testing. Findings from this study can help manufacturers, as well as food marketers, better target their products and brands with attributes that drive consumer choice. PMID:26519972

  17. Metasurface external cavity laser

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    Xu, Luyao; Curwen, Christopher A.; Hon, Philip W. C.; Chen, Qi-Sheng; Itoh, Tatsuo; Williams, Benjamin S.

    2015-11-01

    A vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser is demonstrated in the terahertz range, which is based upon an amplifying metasurface reflector composed of a sub-wavelength array of antenna-coupled quantum-cascade sub-cavities. Lasing is possible when the metasurface reflector is placed into a low-loss external cavity such that the external cavity—not the sub-cavities—determines the beam properties. A near-Gaussian beam of 4.3° × 5.1° divergence is observed and an output power level >5 mW is achieved. The polarized response of the metasurface allows the use of a wire-grid polarizer as an output coupler that is continuously tunable.

  18. Metasurface external cavity laser

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    Xu, Luyao, E-mail: luyaoxu.ee@ucla.edu; Curwen, Christopher A.; Williams, Benjamin S. [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Hon, Philip W. C.; Itoh, Tatsuo [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Chen, Qi-Sheng [Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California 90278 (United States)

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    A vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser is demonstrated in the terahertz range, which is based upon an amplifying metasurface reflector composed of a sub-wavelength array of antenna-coupled quantum-cascade sub-cavities. Lasing is possible when the metasurface reflector is placed into a low-loss external cavity such that the external cavity—not the sub-cavities—determines the beam properties. A near-Gaussian beam of 4.3° × 5.1° divergence is observed and an output power level >5 mW is achieved. The polarized response of the metasurface allows the use of a wire-grid polarizer as an output coupler that is continuously tunable.

  19. Checklists for external validity

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    Dyrvig, Anne-Kirstine; Kidholm, Kristian; Gerke, Oke; Vondeling, Hindrik

    2014-01-01

    RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The quality of the current literature on external validity varies considerably. An improved checklist with validated items on external validity would aid decision-makers in judging similarities among circumstances when transferring evidence from a study setting to an....... The retrieved checklist items were assessed for (i) the methodology used in primary literature, justifying inclusion of each item; and (ii) the number of times each item appeared in checklists. RESULTS: Fifteen papers were identified, presenting a total of 21 checklists for external validity, yielding...... a total of 38 checklist items. Empirical support was considered the most valid methodology for item inclusion. Assessment of methodological justification showed that none of the items were supported empirically. Other kinds of literature justified the inclusion of 22 of the items, and 17 items were...

  20. The Influence of Service Failure Attributions on the Relationship between Service Recovery and Post-recovery Satisfaction%服务失误归因对服务补救和补救满意度关系的影响

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    朱思思

    2011-01-01

    服务的特殊性使得服务质量并非产品质量那样可以得到有效控制,很多因素都可能引发服务失败,此时,企业必须及时采取补救措施,努力消除顾客的负面情绪,避免顾客的流失。补救措施本身并非无差异,在进行服务补救时,认识服务补救的有效性对企业至关重要。文章在回顾服务失误,服务补救以及补救满意度文献的基础上,从服务补救、服务补救满意度的关系出发,在研究模型中引入了服务失误归因的影响,使得服务补救的理论研究更为完善,为企业后续的服务补救管理提供指导。%The specificity of service makes its quality can not be effectively controlled just as the quality of products. Many factors may lead to service failures. At this time, companies must promptly take remedial measures to eliminate the customerg negative emotions and to avoid losing customers. Recovery measures are not without differences in themselves, and it is critical for enterprises to understand the effectiveness of service recovery. Basing on the literatures of the service failure, service recovery and post-recovery satisfaction and starting from the relationship between the service recovery and post-recovery satisfaction , this paper introduced the influence of the service failure's impact in research model to make the theoretical study of service recovery more complete and to provide guidances for enterprises' subsequent managements of service recovery.

  1. Influência social, atribuição de causalidade e julgamentos de responsabilidade e justiça Social influence, attribution of causality, and judgments of responsibility and justice

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    Aroldo Rodrigues

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudos anteriores demonstraram que comportamento antinormativo, causado por influência social derivada dos poderes de recompensa, informação e referência, é percebido como mais interno e mais controlável, e seu autor visto como mais responsável, do que quando ele deriva dos poderes de conhecimento, legitimidade ou coerção. Esta pesquisa constitui uma réplica desses estudos, acrescida de refinamento metodológico para a equalização da força das bases de poder, e de investigação do efeito da influência decorrente dessas bases nos julgamentos de justiça da punição ao autor. Participaram 84 universitários, metade na condição de desfecho positivo e metade na de desfecho negativo. Os resultados replicaram achados anteriores e revelaram que punição severa é considerada mais justa quando a transgressão resulta das bases de poder que eliciam comportamentos percebidos como mais internos e controláveis. Discutem-se os resultados em termos de sua relevância para melhor entendimento de fenômenos como obediência, dissonância cognitiva, comportamento criminoso e justiça retributiva.Previous studies have convincingly demonstrated that transgressional behavior caused by social influence based on reward, informational and referent power is perceived as more internal and more controllable, and the perpetrator seen as more responsible, than similar behavior caused by the use of expert, legitimate or coercive power. This research replicates these studies, adds a methodological refinement by equalizing the strength of power bases, and investigates the effect of power bases on judgments of justice of the punishment applied to the transgression. Eighty four College students served as participants, randomly assigned to two experimental conditions (Good Outcome and Bad Outcome Conditions. The results replicated those found in previous studies and showed that severe punishment is considered more fair when the transgression results from

  2. The psychology of social chess and the evolution of attribution mechanisms: explaining the fundamental attribution error.

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    Andrews, P W.

    2001-01-01

    Theory of mind is the field devoted to understanding how organisms discern the mental states of others. Because mental states are not directly observable, they can only be inferred from observable features of the actor (such as behavior) and the situational context that the actor is in. Social psychologists, who study theory of mind processes under the rubric of attribution research, have shown that people often make a logical error of inference: The "fundamental attribution error" (FAE) is the tendency to assume that an actor's behavior and mental state correspond to a degree that is logically unwarranted by the situation. The social environment in which theory of mind capacities evolved may have influenced attributional processing in ways that could explain the error. In particular, the error could be caused by a psyche that is designed (1) to consider only those noncorresponding mental states (such as deception) that could have fitness consequences to the mind reader; (2) to bias inferences in a way that reduces the costs of erroneous inferences; or (3) to bias inferences in a way that yields reputational benefits. The existing literature is reviewed in light of these hypotheses. PMID:11182572

  3. Productivity Change and Externalities

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    Kravtsova, Victoria

    2014-01-01

    This paper contributes to the analysis of the impact of externalities on the host country's total factor productivity by taking into account different dimensions of spillover effects. Namely, engagement in exporting and foreign ownership is generally perceived as being beneficial to individual...... on Hungary. While the country leads the group of post-socialist countries in the amount of attracted foreign direct investments (FDI) the effect of this policy on the economy remains unclear. The research finds that different externalities play a different role in productivity, technological and...

  4. External Liabilities and Crises

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    Luis Catão; Gian Milesi-Ferretti

    2013-01-01

    We examine the determinants of external crises, focusing on the role of foreign liabilities and their composition. Using a variety of statistical tools and comprehensive data spanning 1970-2011, we find that the ratio of net foreign liabilities (NFL) to GDP is a significant crisis predictor, and the more so when it exceeds 50 percent in absolute terms and 20 percent of the country-specific historical mean. This is primarily due to net external debt--the effect of net equity liabilities is wea...

  5. The Role of Cognitive Attributions for Smoking in Subsequent Smoking Progression and Regression among Adolescents in China

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    Qian GUO; Unger, Jennifer B.; Palmer, Paula H.; Chou, Chih-Ping; Johnson, C. Anderson

    2012-01-01

    Previous studies have documented that cognitive attributions are correlated with adolescent smoking. The present study further explored whether cognitive attributions for smoking influenced adolescents’ future smoking behaviors, especially transitions to more advanced stages of smoking.

  6. Research on Radar Emitter Attribute Recognition Method

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    2006-01-01

    In order to solve emitter recognition problems in a practical reconnaissance environment, attribute mathematics is introduced. The basic concepts and theory of attribute set and attribute measure are described in detail. A new attribute recognition method based on attribute measure is presented in this paper. Application example is given, which demonstrates this new method is accurate and effective. Moreover, computer simulation for recognizing the emitter purpose is selected, and compared with classical statistical pattern recognition through simulation. The excellent experimental results demonstrate that this is a brand-new attribute recognition method as compared to existing statistical pattern recognition techniques.

  7. Externalities - an analysis using the EU ExternE-results

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    The EU project ExternE quantified the externalities for the different energy technologies. In this work, the ExternE results are used in a MARKAL-analysis for the Nordic countries. The analysis does not go into detail, but gives some interesting indications: The external costs are not fully covered in the Nordic energy systems, the present taxes and charges are not high enough. The emissions from the energy systems would be strongly reduced, if taxes/environmental charges were set at the level ExternE calculate. The emissions from power production would be reduced most. Renewable energy sources and natural gas dominate the energy systems in the ExternE case

  8. Attributional Style in Delusional Patients: A Comparison of Remitted Paranoid, Remitted Nonparanoid, and Current Paranoid Patients With Nonpsychiatric Controls

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    Aakre, Jennifer M.; Seghers, James P.; St-Hilaire, Annie; Docherty, Nancy

    2008-01-01

    Many studies have found that people experiencing persecutory delusions have a marked tendency to use external-personal attributions when establishing the causes of negative events. Although nonclinical populations also tend to attribute negative events to external causes, those causes are typically believed to be universal in nature, rather than personal. The central goal of the present study was to investigate whether individuals with remitted persecutory delusions would display this externa...

  9. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... D.: There are different forms of radiation for prostate cancer. They really boil down to two different types. There's what we call external beam treatment, which is given from an x-ray ... the prostate. [beeping] Narrator: The more common form of radiation ...

  10. Stochastic Control - External Models

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    Poulsen, Niels Kjølstad

    2005-01-01

    This note is devoted to control of stochastic systems described in discrete time. We are concerned with external descriptions or transfer function model, where we have a dynamic model for the input output relation only (i.e.. no direct internal information). The methods are based on LTI systems and...

  11. External costs of electricity

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    This article presents a synthesis of the ExternE project (External costs of Energy) of the European community about the external costs of power generation. Pollution impacts are calculated using an 'impact pathways' analysis, i.e. an analysis of the emission - dispersion - dose-response function - cost evaluation chain. Results are presented for different fuel cycles (with several technological variants) with their confidence intervals. The environmental impact costs are particularly high for coal: for instance, in France, for coal-fired power plants it is of the same order as the electricity retail price. For natural gas, this cost is about a third of the one for coal. On the contrary, the environmental impact costs for nuclear and renewable energies are low, typically of few per cent of the electricity price. The main part of these costs corresponds to the sanitary impacts, in particular the untimely mortality. In order to avoid any controversy about the cost evaluation of mortality, the reduction of the expectation of life due to the different fuel cycles is also indicated and the risks linked with nuclear energy are presented using several comparisons. (J.S.)

  12. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... external beam treatment, which is given from an x-ray machine, and there's a variety called interstitial implantation, ... the treatment. You can't really feel the x-rays going into you and so they feel no ...

  13. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... prostate or when the patient is older the treatment that is frequently used is radiation therapy. Gunnar Zagars, M.D.: There are different forms ... different types. There's what we call external beam treatment, which is given from an x-ray machine, ...

  14. 基于结构方程模型的3PL服务关系属性对营销效果的影响%Study on Influence of Relational Attributes of 3PL Service on Its Marketing Effect:An SEM Approach

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    张磊

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, based on the structural equation model, we studied empirically the influence of the relational attributes of the 3PL services on their marketing effect and then elaborated on the findings.%基于结构方程模型,实证研究了3PL服务关系属性对营销效果的影响。研究发现,关系属性中3PL与客户之间的沟通、信任以及3PL的声誉度等都能对营销效果产生正面影响,而3PL的投机行为则对营销效果产生一定的负面影响。

  15. Study on Influence of Relational Attributes of 3PL Service on Its Marketing Effect:An SEM Approach%基于结构方程模型的3PL服务关系属性对营销效果的影响

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    张磊

    2014-01-01

    基于结构方程模型,实证研究了3PL服务关系属性对营销效果的影响。研究发现,关系属性中3PL与客户之间的沟通、信任以及3PL的声誉度等都能对营销效果产生正面影响,而3PL的投机行为则对营销效果产生一定的负面影响。%In this paper, based on the structural equation model, we studied empirically the influence of the relational attributes of the 3PL services on their marketing effect and then elaborated on the findings.

  16. Employability attributes and personality preferences of postgraduate business management students

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    Ingrid Potgieter

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Orientation: The demand for sustained employability and a proactive career agency has led to a renewed interest in the dispositional and psychological attributes of students and employees – like their employability attributes and personality preferences – because these relate to the proactive management of their career development in a changing employment world.Research purpose: The purpose of the study was to determine the relationship between employees’ employability attributes (as the Employability Attributes Scale measures them and their personality preferences (as the Myers-Briggs Type indicator, Form M, measures them. Motivation for the study: There seems to be a paucity of information about how employees’ personality preferences relate to their employability attributes in South Africa’s multicultural organisational context.Research design, approach and method: The authors conducted a quantitative survey. It involved a non-probability sample of 304 early career adults enrolled for an Honour’s degree in business management in an open distance learning higher education institution. They used correlational statistics and multiple regression analyses to analyse the data.Main findings: The authors observed a number of significant relationships between the participants’ personality preferences and their employability attributes.Practical/managerial implications: Career counsellors and human resource practitioners need to recognise how employees’ personality preferences influence their employability attributes in the management of their career development and employability.Contribution/value add: The findings add to the existing career literature on the career metacompetencies that influence employees’ employability. They also provide valuable information that organisations can use for career development support and counselling practices in the contemporary world of work.

  17. Network Externality: An Uncommon Tragedy

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    S. J. Liebowitz; Stephen E. Margolis

    1994-01-01

    Economists have defined 'network externality' and have examined putative inframarginal market failures associated with it. This paper distinguishes between network effects and network externalities, where the latter are market failures. The authors argue that while network effects are important, network externalities are theoretically fragile and empirically undocumented. Some network externalities are merely pecuniary. Network ownership or transactions among network participants can internal...

  18. Analysis of Consumer Attitude Using Fishbein Multi-Attributes Approach

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    Abdullah Ramdhani

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The development of today's economy growing rapidly, accompanied by increasingly sophisticated technological advances that led to the emergence of competition among firms.Increasing number of motorcycle brand in circulation led to a very tight competition in the motorcycle market, particularly in the type of motorcycle. This makes the consumer faced with various choices of brands, so the motorcycle manufacturers need to know the tastes and desires of consumers to create and sell a motorcycle can be favored by consumers. The purpose of this study were to determine what attributes are considered important by consumers to the product brand motorcycle Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki, and to assess consumer attitudes toward product attributes motorcycle Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki, The model used is multi-attribute attitude model of Fishbein Attitude Toward To Object Model and the Theory Of Reasoned Action. The results of this study indicate that (1 that are considered important attributes are attached to the product brand motorcycle Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki is the attribute Price has the highest positive score compared * with a score of other attributes for each of the Honda brand motorcycle , Yamaha, and Suzuki. (2 consumer attitudes showed a positive attitude in which the score for the Honda is +60.03, +56.14 Yamaha, and Suzuki is +55.00. (3 the dominant factor influencing purchasing decisions motorcycle products for the Honda brand is a member of the family, while for the brand Yamaha, and Suzuki are the others

  19. Gestão das fontes externas de informação: uma análise dos fatores que influenciam o desempenho inovador Management of external sources of information: an analysis of factors influencing the innovation performance

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    Clandia Maffini Gomes

    2011-01-01

    reference for developing processes of sustainable technological innovation. Managing sources of information not only helps an organization harmonize the potential inside and outside sources of information but also helps organizations broaden their activities geared to stimulating and bringing about innovation. Companies today are setting up more and more alliances in order to make use of outside sources of information for innovation, but they still lack explicit management strategies. A survey was carried out in Brazilian industrial companies with innovative characteristics, and the aim was to provide new inferences on the relationships between the management of outside sources of technology information and the innovative performance of the companies studied. The objective of the research presented in this paper is to study the relationship between practices for managing external sources of information and the innovative performance of the enterprise. The research can be characterized as quantitative. The data were collected through questionnaires from enterprises seen as having substancial technological innovation activities. The bivariate and multivariate independent and dependent variables suggest the existence of an association between the management of outside sources of technology information and innovative performance. Especially important here is how the different types of sources of information influence the indicators related to products innovation and how the type of access to technology affects the indicators related to processes innovation. The findings of the study suggest many significant relationships between the innovation performance of the enterprise and the types of sources of technological information used and the access modalities to their external sources of technolgical information. The results indicate a trend towards increased use of external sources of information.

  20. Dynamic externalities and regional manufacturing development in Poland

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    Bivand, Roger S.

    1999-01-01

    The impact of localization and urbanization economies on regional manufacturing development in Poland 1976-96 is assessed in terms of employment and the regional convergence or divergence of the economy. Current research on the role of dynamic production externalities in regional manufacturing development is examined, starting with a review of recent literature on the nature of such externalities in manufacturing location, and how positive externalities may influence the spa...

  1. Effect of Presentation Flaw Attribution on Website Quality, Trust, and Abandonment

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    Andrea Everard

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Using scenario-based experiments we examine how users’ perceptions of online store quality and trustworthiness are affected by their attribution of website flaws. The attribution of online store website flaws can be internal (i.e., an action taken by the online store's site developer or external (i.e., an action taken on the part of the site’s service provider to the website. Perceived quality of the online store was found to be lower for users who attributed the flaws to internal factors. Findings also showed that the presence of a flaw, regardless of whether it was attributed to an internal or external condition, negatively affected the users’ level of trust in the website

  2. Attribution theory in science achievement

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    Craig, Martin

    Recent research reveals consistent lags in American students' science achievement scores. Not only are the scores lower in the United States compared to other developed nations, but even within the United States, too many students are well below science proficiency scores for their grade levels. The current research addresses this problem by examining potential malleable factors that may predict science achievement in twelfth graders using 2009 data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Principle component factor analysis was conducted to determine the specific items that contribute to each overall factor. A series of multiple regressions were then analyzed and formed the predictive value of each of these factors for science achievement. All significant factors were ultimately examined together (also using multiple regression) to determine the most powerful predictors of science achievement, identifying factors that predict science achievement, the results of which suggested interventions to strengthen students' science achievement scores and encourage persistence in the sciences at the college level and beyond. Although there is a variety of research highlighting how students in the US are falling behind other developing nations in science and math achievement, as yet, little research has addressed ways of intervening to address this gap. The current research is a starting point, seeking to identify malleable factors that contribute to science achievement. More specifically, this research examined the types of attributions that predict science achievement in twelfth grade students.

  3. "It Was My Fault": Bullied Students' Causal and Controllable Attributions in Bullying Blogs.

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    Danielson, Carly M; Emmers-Sommer, Tara M

    2016-04-01

    Student bullying is a growing and damaging social problem. The devastating outcomes bullied individuals often experience due to such treatment make understanding this phenomenon imperative. Utilizing Heider's (1958) attribution theory, this study explores how bullied students (n = 100) attribute locus of causality and controllability for their victimization in 5 bullying blogs. Findings from this investigation reveal that (a) male and female bloggers' causal and controllable attributions do not differ; (b) bloggers most often attribute blame to bullies, although a noteworthy portion also attribute internal causation; and (c) bloggers often attribute bullying as uncontrollable for several reasons. This study also identifies factors that influence shifts in negative attributions about bullying. These findings inform bullying programs with the hope of reducing destructive attribution formations that potentially lead to prolonged victimization and detrimental consequences. PMID:26855060

  4. Attributional theory, organisational culture and motivation

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    Xenikou, A.

    1995-01-01

    This thesis concerns the effect of attributions for failing in a creativity task and organisational culture (OC) on motivation to engage in similar tasks. In chapter one the relationship between situational attributions, attributional style (AS), and motivation is reviewed. A reformulation of Amabile's model of the social psychology of creativity is suggested on the grounds of recent developments in attributional theory. An extension of Amabile's theory is also proposed by inve...

  5. Detecting Structure-correlated Attributes on Graphs

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    Chen, Siheng; Yang, Yaoqing; Zong, Shi; Singh, Aarti; Kovačević, Jelena

    2016-01-01

    Do users from Carnegie Mellon University form social communities on Facebook? In this paper, we focus on a task of detecting structure-correlated attributes on a graph. A structure-correlated attribute means that the node set activated by the attribute form a community in the graph. This task is relevant to many applications including identifying structure-correlated attributes in social networks, special events in the urban traffic networks, unusual brain activity in the brain connectivity n...

  6. Attributions and requirements of Islamic leadership

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    Dahlena Sari Marbun

    2013-01-01

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to look into the relationship between attribution and requirements of Islamic leadership. Design/methodology/approach – This paper describes concepts of attribution and requirements of leadership and links them to related Islamic concepts. Findings - A correlation is found to exist between attribution and requirements of “conventional” and Islamic leadership. Research limitations/implications - Being a practical endeavor, attribution and requirements of ...

  7. The external microenvironment of healing skin wounds

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    Kruse, Carla R; Nuutila, Kristo; Lee, Cameron Cy;

    2015-01-01

    The skin wound microenvironment can be divided into two main components that influence healing: the external wound microenvironment, which is outside the wound surface; and the internal wound microenvironment, underneath the surface, to which the cells within the wound are exposed. Treatment...... methods that directly alter the features of the external wound microenvironment indirectly affect the internal wound microenvironment due to the exchange between the two compartments. In this review, we focus on the effects of temperature, pressure (positive and negative), hydration, gases (oxygen and...

  8. You Are the Real Terrorist and We Are Just Your Puppet: Using Individual and Group Factors to Explain Indonesian Muslims’ Attributions of Causes of Terrorism

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    Ali Mashuri; Lusy Asa Akhrani; Esti Zaduqisti

    2016-01-01

    The current study investigates the role of individual and intergroup factors in predicting Muslims’ tendency to attribute domestic terrorism in Indonesia to an external cause (i.e., The West) or an internal cause (i.e., radical Islamist groups). The results (N = 308) showed that intergroup factors of symbolic threat and realistic threat directly increased the external attribution and conversely decreased the internal attribution. Within the context of the current research, symbolic threat ref...

  9. Attributional Style in Healthy Persons: Its Association with 'Theory of Mind' Skills

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    Jeon, Im Hong; Kim, Kyung Ran; Kim, Hwan Hee; Park, Jin Young; Lee, Mikyung; Jo, Hye Hyun; Koo, Se Jun; Jeong, Yu Jin; Song, Yun Young; Kang, Jee In; Lee, Su Young; Lee, Eun; An, Suk Kyoon

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    Objective Attributional style, especially external personal attribution bias, was found to play a pivotal role in clinical and non-clinical paranoia. The study of the relationship of the tendency to infer/perceive hostility and blame with theory of mind skills has significant theoretical importance as it may provide additional information on how persons process social situations. The aim of this study was whether hostility perception bias and blame bias might be associated with theory of mind...

  10. VA-Index: Quantifying Assortativity Patterns in Networks with Multidimensional Nodal Attributes

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    Konstantinos Pelechrinis; Dong Wei

    2016-01-01

    Network connections have been shown to be correlated with structural or external attributes of the network vertices in a variety of cases. Given the prevalence of this phenomenon network scientists have developed metrics to quantify its extent. In particular, the assortativity coefficient is used to capture the level of correlation between a single-dimensional attribute (categorical or scalar) of the network nodes and the observed connections, i.e., the edges. Nevertheless, in many cases a mu...

  11. The external field dependence of the BCS critical temperature

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    Frank, Rupert L.; Hainzl, Christian; Seiringer, Robert;

    2016-01-01

    We consider the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer free energy functional for particles interacting via a two-body potential on a microscopic scale and in the presence of weak external fields varying on a macroscopic scale. We study the influence of the external fields on the critical temperature. We show...

  12. External Barriers Experienced by Gifted and Talented Girls and Women.

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    Reis, Sally M.

    2001-01-01

    This article discusses current statistics about women and work and external barriers to achievement. Barriers include parental influences, media stereotypes, stereotyping in school, sexism in colleges and universities, and the burden of responsibilities females shoulder at home. Recommendations to help gifted girls address external barriers are…

  13. Theory of Dephasing by External Perturbation in Open Quantum Dots

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    Vavilov, M. G.; Aleiner, I. L.

    1999-01-01

    We propose a random matrix theory describing the influence of a time dependent external field on the average magnetoresistance of open quantum dots. The effect is taken into account in all orders of perturbation theory, and the result is applicable to both weak and strong external fields.

  14. External-Memory Multimaps

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    Angelino, Elaine; Mitzenmacher, Michael; Thaler, Justin

    2011-01-01

    Many data structures support dictionaries, also known as maps or associative arrays, which store and manage a set of key-value pairs. A \\emph{multimap} is generalization that allows multiple values to be associated with the same key. For example, the inverted file data structure that is used prevalently in the infrastructure supporting search engines is a type of multimap, where words are used as keys and document pointers are used as values. We study the multimap abstract data type and how it can be implemented efficiently online in external memory frameworks, with constant expected I/O performance. The key technique used to achieve our results is a combination of cuckoo hashing using buckets that hold multiple items with a multiqueue implementation to cope with varying numbers of values per key. Our external-memory results are for the standard two-level memory model.

  15. Externalities in Urban Sustainability

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    Erik T. Verhoef; Nijkamp, Peter

    2000-01-01

    This paper studies urban sustainability from the perspective ofexternalities. We develop a general spatialequilibrium model of a monocentric city, in which two types ofexternalities occur. On the one hand, pollution inthe industrial centre leads to a spatially differentiateddeterioration of the environmental quality in the residentialarea. On the other hand, the existence of the city is explained byagglomeration economies, represented as simpleMarshallian external benefits in production. We i...

  16. Bioréacteurs à membranes à configuration externe : influence de la configuration du procédé sur la structuration des matrices biologiques et le colmatage des membranes

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    Stricot, Marlène

    2008-01-01

    Ce travail est une contribution à l’étude des bioréacteurs à membranes dans le domaine du traitement des eaux résiduaires industrielles. L’objectif principal est de comparer l’impact de deux modes de filtration en configuration externe sur (1) la structuration des matrices biologiques, (2) le colmatage membranaire et (3) les performances globales des systèmes étudiés. Deux configurations de bioréacteurs ont été comparées : filtration interne/externe tangentielle avec forte vitesse de liqu...

  17. 1997 & 1998 Smoking-Attributable Mortality Report

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    Bryant, Jennifer B.S.; Thompson, Dan M.P.H.; Hopkins, Richard M.D., M.S.P.H.; Florida Department of Health, Brueau of Epidemiology

    1999-01-01

    Between 1997 and 1998, the percentage of smoking-attributable deaths compared with all deaths by all causes in Florida remained steady. During 1997 an estimated 18.90% of all deaths in Florida were attributable to cigarette smoking, and 18.74% were smoking-attributable in 1998. Using the Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity and Economic Costs (SAMMEC 3.0) software program, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as a model, Florida’s smoking-attributable deaths were ...

  18. Detecting and attributing an anthropogenic influence on climate

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    A pattern correlation statistic is used, R(t), to compare the observed pattern temperature change with that predicted by the equilibrium model results with carbon dioxide and sulphate aerosols forcing. The results indicate that in JJA and SON the pattern of changes is showing similarities with the observations. The significance of the trends in R(t) is assessed, using the century-long control integrations of two coupled ocean atmosphere GCMs. Although results are robust to both model integrations there are doubts whether such models adequately represent the full range of natural variability on the century timescale when compared with paleoclimatic data. (author)

  19. Attribute oriented induction with star schema

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    Spits Warnars H.L.H

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper will propose a novel star schema attribute induction as a new attributeinduction paradigm and as improving from current attribute oriented induction. A novelstar schema attribute induction will be examined with current attribute oriented inductionbased on characteristic rule and using non rule based concept hierarchy by implementingboth of approaches. In novel star schema attribute induction some improvements havebeen implemented like elimination threshold number as maximum tuples control forgeneralization result, there is no ANY as the most general concept, replacement the roleconcept hierarchy with concept tree, simplification for the generalization strategy stepsand elimination attribute oriented induction algorithm. Novel star schema attributeinduction is more powerful than the current attribute oriented induction since can producesmall number final generalization tuples and there is no ANY in the results.

  20. External Tonehole Interactions in Woodwind Instruments

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    Lefebvre, Antoine; Kergomard, Jean

    2012-01-01

    The transfer matrix method is often used to calculate the input impedance of woodwind instruments but it ignores the possible influence of the radiated sound from toneholes on other open holes. In this paper, a method is proposed to account for external tonehole interactions. It is found that the external tonehole interactions increase the amount of radiated energy, reduce slightly the lower resonance frequencies, and modify significantly the response near and above the tonehole lattice cutoff frequency. The results of simulations with the Finite Element Method, as well as experimental measurements, are presented and compared to the calculation with the method presented in this paper, confirming that the external tonehole interactions play a significant role in woodwind instrument.

  1. Research on additional external exposure dose rate measurement by in-situ HPGe γ spectrometer

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    A spectrometric method for additional exposure dose rate (external dose rate due to γ-ray emitted by artificial nuclides) measurement is introduced. The principle of this method is that: strip off the spectrum attributed to the natural radionuclides from the gamma spectrum collected by in situ HPGe spectrometer, and get the spectrum attributed to the artificial radionuclides, then integrate the stripped spectrum with corresponding spectrum-dose conversion function (G(E) function) values to acquire additional exposure dose rate. Standard spectrums attributed to nuclides in U series, Th series and 40K were calibrated by in situ HPGe spectrometer at airborne pads, and the interference caused by other nuclides was eliminated by the inverse matrix calculations. The natural compositions in the spectrum is stripped according to the standard spectrums. Six standard γ-ray sources were used to acquire the response functions of the HPGe spectrometer, then the G(E) function was calculated by the least square method. Finally, the utility of this method was verified by in situ experiment, and the factors that influence the precision of the results are discussed. (author)

  2. External costs of electric power generation systems. Nuclear fuel cycle in ExternE

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    In ExternE, external costs on mine steps such as mining and refining of uranium, conversion, enrichment, fuel production, power generation, reprocessing, wastes treatment, transportation, and construction and subdivision were evaluated. However, even treatment of same a step is not always carried out in own country. In order to conduct a fair evaluation, every country must elucidate performances of its specified sites. And, ExternE defines some important evaluation items (priority Impact) thought to largely affect the external cost formed at every stage in each power generation system. In addition, ExternE also considers on some impact routes of radioactive materials. On calculation result of external costs on the nuclear power generation, as its methodology is common, its evaluation results are not always realistic because of use of French data using Phase II when insufficiency of data in own country, use of supposed site condition, use of different time span for evaluating effect, and so forth. (G.K.)

  3. Relative Forest for Visual Attribute Prediction.

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    Li, Shaoxin; Shan, Shiguang; Yan, Shuicheng; Chen, Xilin

    2016-09-01

    Accurate prediction of the visual attributes is significant in various recognition tasks. For many visual attributes, while it is very difficult to describe the exact degrees of their presences, by comparing the pairs of samples, the relative ordering of presences may be easily figured out. Based on this observation, instead of considering such attribute as binary attribute, the relative attribute method learns a ranking function for each attribute to provide more accurate and informative prediction results. In this paper, we also explore pairwise ranking for visual attribute prediction and propose to improve the relative attribute method in two aspects. First, we propose a relative tree method, which can achieve more accurate ranking in case of nonlinearly distributed visual data. Second, by resorting to randomization and ensemble learning, the relative tree method is extended to the relative forest method to further boost the accuracy and simultaneously reduce the computational cost. To validate the effectiveness of the proposed methods, we conduct extensive experiments on four databases: PubFig, OSR, FGNET, and WebFace. The results show that the proposed relative forest method not only outperforms the original relative attribute method, but also achieve the state-of-the-art accuracy for ordinal visual attribute prediction. PMID:27323363

  4. Graphene in external fields

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    Feng, Sze-Shiang; Mochena, Mogus

    2010-01-01

    A general discussion of graphene in external electromagnetic field is provided. In general, the formulation is not Lorentz invariant because of Zeeman energy. But it can be restored approxiamtely in the case of strong magnetic field, the condition when quantum Hall effect is observed. Besides obtaining the well-known Hall conductance $\\frac{4q^2}{h}(L+1/2)$, we also predict that the sequence of Hall conductance $\\frac{4q^2}{h}L$,which contains the newly observed Hall conductance $\\frac{4q^2}{...

  5. Physical Attractiveness And Sex As Determinants Of Trait Attributions.

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    Gillen, B; Sherman, R C

    1980-10-01

    Two studies were conducted to examine (a) the implicational qualities of trait terms that describe stereotypic males and females, and (b) the influence of a target person's gender and physical attractiveness on the attributions of traits with specific qualities. On the basis of previous research and theory concerning sex-role and attractiveness stereotypes, it was predicted that the attribution of evaluative traits would be affected by the attractiveness of the target (the what-is-beautiful-is-good phenomenon) but not by sex. However, for traits with primarily sex-linked implicational properties, it was expected that the effect of attractiveness would be dependent upon the target's sex such that the attribution of "masculine" traits would vary only with the attractiveness of male targets and the attribution of "feminine" traits only with the attractiveness of female targets. In Study I a multidimensional scaling analysis revealed both evaluative and non-evaluative qualities underlying trait ratings of male and female stereotypes. In Study II the predicted results for evaluative traits were obtained. For "masculine" and "feminine" traits, however, the effects of attractiveness were not symmetrical for male and female targets as originally predicted. The results suggest that attractiveness of males, but not females, leads to a narrowing of the types of traits that are attributed to them. PMID:26810878

  6. Comparing two attributional models of job performance in retail sales: A field study

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    Silvester, J; Patterson, F; Ferguson, E.

    2003-01-01

    Research investigating attributional style and job performance among sales staff has been limited by its focus on specific sales roles: notably selling insurance by telephone. Important questions therefore remain regarding the mechanism by which attributions influence job performance in sales roles more generally. This paper describes a field study comparing two attributional models of job performance: (1) a learned helplessness (LH) model, and (2) an achievement motivation (AM) model. Manage...

  7. EU Consumers’ Perceptions of Fresh-cut Fruit and Vegetables Attributes: a Choice Experiment Model

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    Baselice, Antonio; Colantuoni, Francesca; Lass, Daniel A.; Nardone, Gianluca; Stasi, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    The fresh-cut sector is constantly evolving and innovating in order to enhance quality and safety of products, which attributes are generally valued by consumers. Quality and safety are multifaceted attributes because they arise from a wide set of methods/technologies, therefore the knowledge about consumers’ preferences for food technologies is still matter of debate. The present paper tests whether new fresh-cut fruit and vegetables (F&V) attributes influence consumers’ choices and preferen...

  8. Environmental external effects from wind power based on the EU ExternE methodology

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    Ibsen, Liselotte Schleisner; Nielsen, Per Sieverts

    1998-01-01

    The European Commission has launched a major study project, ExternE, to develop a methodology to quantify externalities. A “National Implementation Phase”, was started under the Joule II programme with the purpose of implementing the ExternE methodology in all member states. The main objective of...... the Danish part of the project is to implement the framework for externality evaluation, for three different power plants located in Denmark. The paper will focus on the assessment of the impacts of the whole fuel cycles for wind, natural gas and biogas. Priority areas for environmental impact...

  9. Asymmetric relationships between attributions and affect in the workplace

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    Cibeles Miralles; José Navarro

    2016-01-01

    The present study focuses on the affect generated by cognitive appraisals of work events in workers daily life. In this relationship, two moderators have been tested, relevance of the event and explanatory style. Seventy-three workers answered an attributional style questionnaire once (between-level data) and also a daily questionnaire (within-level data) about work events and affect for ten days (N = 730 observations).Multilevel analysis results showed that the influence of moderators in the...

  10. Proprioception is Robust under External Forces

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    Kuling, Irene A.; Eli Brenner; Smeets, Jeroen B. J.

    2013-01-01

    Information from cutaneous, muscle and joint receptors is combined with efferent information to create a reliable percept of the configuration of our body (proprioception). We exposed the hand to several horizontal force fields to examine whether external forces influence this percept. In an end-point task subjects reached visually presented positions with their unseen hand. In a vector reproduction task, subjects had to judge a distance and direction visually and reproduce the corresponding ...

  11. Graph matching and clustering using kernel attributes

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    Lozano Ortega, Miguel Ángel; Escolano Ruiz, Francisco

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we exploit graph kernels for graph matching and clustering. Firstly, we analyze different kinds of graph kernels in order to extract from them attributes to be used as a similarity measure between nodes of non-attributed graphs. Next, such attributes are embedded in a graph-matching cost function, through a probabilistic framework, and we evaluate their performance within a graph-matching algorithm. Secondly, we propose a method for obtaining a representative prototype from a s...

  12. Clothing Style Recognition using Fashion Attribute Detection

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    Guang-Lu Sun; Xiao Wu; Hong-Han Chen; Qiang Peng

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a new framework is proposed for clothing style recognition in natural scenes. Clothing region is first detected through the fusion of super-pixel segmentation, saliency detection and Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM). Next, a group of fashion attribute detectors are trained to get the likelihood of each attribute in the clothing image. Finally, the correlation matrix between clothing styles and fashion attributes is adopted to predict the clothing style. For evaluation, we collect a...

  13. Second Attribute Algorithm Based on Tree Expression

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    Su-Qing Han; Jue Wang

    2006-01-01

    One view of finding a personalized solution of reduct in an information system is grounded on the viewpoint that attribute order can serve as a kind of semantic representation of user requirements. Thus the problem of finding personalized solutions can be transformed into computing the reduct on an attribute order. The second attribute theorem describes the relationship between the set of attribute orders and the set of reducts, and can be used to transform the problem of searching solutions to meet user requirements into the problem of modifying reduct based on a given attribute order. An algorithm is implied based on the second attribute theorem, with computation on the discernibility matrix. Its time complexity is O(n2 × m) (n is the number of the objects and m the number of the attributes of an information system).This paper presents another effective second attribute algorithm for facilitating the use of the second attribute theorem,with computation on the tree expression of an information system. The time complexity of the new algorithm is linear in n. This algorithm is proved to be equivalent to the algorithm on the discernibility matrix.

  14. Machine Learning Based on Attribute Interactions

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    Jakulin, Aleks

    2005-01-01

    Two attributes $A$ and $B$ are said to interact when it helps to observe the attribute values of both attributes together. This is an example of a $2$-way interaction. In general, a group of attributes ${\\cal X}$ is involved in a $k$-way interaction when we cannot reconstruct their relationship merely with $\\ell$-way interactions, $\\ell < k$. These two definitions formalize the notion of an interaction in a nutshell. An additional notion is the one of context. We interpret context as just...

  15. Clothing Style Recognition using Fashion Attribute Detection

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    Guang-Lu Sun

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a new framework is proposed for clothing style recognition in natural scenes. Clothing region is first detected through the fusion of super-pixel segmentation, saliency detection and Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM. Next, a group of fashion attribute detectors are trained to get the likelihood of each attribute in the clothing image. Finally, the correlation matrix between clothing styles and fashion attributes is adopted to predict the clothing style. For evaluation, we collect a dataset for clothing style recognition which contains 5 styles and 14 fashion attributes. Extensive experiments demonstrate that the proposed framework has a promising ability to recognize the clothing style.

  16. Locus of Control, Attributional Style and Discipline Problems in Secondary Schools

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    Tony, Tam Shui Kee

    2003-01-01

    This article presents the findings of a study hypothesizing that school discipline problems are a maladaptive response to the demand of the school environment as a result of deficits in the area of locus of control and attributional style. The findings indicate that an external orientation of locus of control and a passive pattern of attribution…

  17. I Think, Therefore I Am: A Twin Study of Attributional Style in Adolescents

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    Lau, Jennifer Y. F.; Rijsdijk, Fruhling; Eley, Thalia C.

    2006-01-01

    Background: Parenting factors may be important to the development of attributional style in adolescence, which in turn relates to depression symptoms. These relationships have mainly been considered in terms of social risk mechanisms, and little is known about the role of genetic influences. Method: Self-reported measures of attributional style,…

  18. A Reexamination of the Preferred Job Attributes of Full-Time and Part-Time Workers.

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    Allen, Robert E.; And Others

    1979-01-01

    Reviews literature concerning job attribute preferences of full-time and part-time workers. Data reveal that sex and occupation influence preferences. Significant differences in preference rankings of job attributes were found between full- and part-time female clerical employees. For female clerical employees, marital and family status could…

  19. Deriving meaning from others’ emotions: attribution, appraisal, and the use of emotions as social information

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    Evert A. van Doorn; Van Kleef, Gerben A.; van der Pligt, Joop

    2015-01-01

    Emotional expressions constitute a rich source of information. Integrating theorizing on attribution, appraisal processes, and the use of emotions as social information, we examined how emotional expressions influence attributions of agency and responsibility under conditions of ambiguity. Three vignette studies involving different scenarios indicate that participants used information about others’ emotional expressions to make sense of ambiguous social situations. Expressions of regret fuele...

  20. The Influence of the Entrepreneur's Resource to the Enterprises' Expansion Mode: A Empirical Study Based on the Entrepreneur's External Relationships%企业资源对企业多元化扩张方式的影响:基于企业家外部关系的实证研究

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    滕颖; 李颖

    2015-01-01

    在企业多元化扩张过程中,企业家的外部关系网络对企业多元化扩张方式选择是否有影响?本文将企业家外部关系分为企业家的纵向联系、横向联系以及社会联系三个维度,将企业多元化扩张方式分为内部扩张和外部扩张,研究了企业家外部关系及其各维度对企业多元化扩张方式的影响.基于沪深股市A股上市公司2009-2012年间数据,本文实证研究发现:企业家外部关系对企业多元化扩张方式的选择没有显著影响;而企业家的横向联系越丰富,企业越倾向于选择外部扩张方式;企业家的社会联系越丰富,企业越倾向于选择内部扩张方式.将样本企业分成不同股权性质后,发现企业家的纵向和横向联系显著性没有发生变化,而企业家的社会联系在国有企业中有显著的负向影响,在民营企业中则没有显著影响.最后就企业进行扩张决策时,如何正确对待企业家的外部关系提供了建议.%In the process of the enterprises' expansion, whether the entrepreneurs' external relationships have influence on the decision of the enterprises' multiple expansion mode? This paper divided the Entrepreneurs' external relationships into longitudinal connection, horizontal connection and social connection and divided the company's multiple expansion modes into inner expansion and external expansion. Then it studied the influence of the Entrepreneurs' external relationships on the company's expansion mode. Based on the data of The shanghai and Shenzhen A share market listing Corporation which are from the year of 2009 to 2012 , it found that the Entrepreneurs' external relationships has no influence on the company's expansion mode; but the Entrepreneurs' horizontal connection has significant influence on the company's expansion mode, more vertical connections, more likely to choose external expansion; the company's social connections has significant negative influence on the

  1. External Measures of Cognition

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    Osvaldo Cairo

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The human brain is undoubtedly the most impressive, complex and intricate organ that has evolved over time. It is also probably the least understood, and for that reason, the one that is currently attracting the most attention. In fact, the number of comparative analyses that focus on the evolution of brain size in Homo sapiens and other species has increased dramatically in recent years. In neuroscience, no other issue has generated so much interest and been the topic of so many heated debates as the difference in brain size between socially defined population groups, both its connotations and implications. For over a century, external measures of cognition have been related to intelligence. However, it is still unclear whether these measures actually correspond to cognitive abilities. In summary, this paper must be reviewed with this premise in mind.

  2. Bevalac external beamline optics

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    This handbook is intended as an aid for tuning the external particle beam (EPB) lines at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's Bevalac. The information contained within will be useful to the Bevalac's Main Control Room and experimenters alike. First, some general information is given concerning the EPB lines and beam optics. Next, each beam line is described in detail: schematics of the beam line components are shown, all the variables required to run a beam transport program are presented, beam envelopes are given with wire chamber pictures and magnet currents, focal points and magnifications. Some preliminary scaling factors are then presented which should aid in choosing a given EPB magnet's current for a given central Bevalac field. Finally, some tuning hints are suggested

  3. Detection and Attribution of temperature changes in the mountainous western United States.

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    Bonfils, C.; Santer, B. D.; Pierce, D. W.; Bala, G.; Barnett, T. P.; Hidalgo, H. G.; Wood, A. W.; Dettinger, M.; Cayan, D. R.; Mirin, A.; Das, T.

    2007-12-01

    Under climate change, one of the major challenges that water managers face in the western United States is adequately meeting the water demand while minimizing the flood risk. It has been shown that, in the second half of the 20th century, winters and springs have warmed, the partition of precipitations has changed, the snow pack melts earlier and that the timing of streamflows has shifted towards the winter. A better understanding of the primary causes of these changes are crucial to reliably project future water availability. Hydrological changes can be driven by temperature or by precipitation changes, or a combination of the two. In this study, which is part of a more integrated analysis focusing on the detection and attribution of changes in the hydrological cycle, we raise the following questions: What are the causes of temperatures changes in the mountainous regions in the second half of the 20th century? Can we verify whether the observed earlier melting of snow is driven by human-induced temperature changes, rather than by changes in precipitation or natural internal climate variability? To address these questions, we conduct a detection and attribution analysis based on daily minimum and maximum temperatures, and on temperature variables that are more relevant to a potential shift in snowmelt (number of frost days and number of degree-days below 0C). We find that natural internal climate variability alone cannot explain the increase in temperature, the reduction of frost days and the decline in degree-days below 0C. External forcings agents such as the solar variability and volcanic eruptions cannot explain those changes either. Instead, we find a positive detection when the influence of anthropogenic greenhouse gases and sulphate aerosols effects are included in the climate forcings.

  4. Predictors of Attributional Style Change in Children

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    Gibb, Brandon E.; Alloy, Lauren B.; Walshaw, Patricia D.; Comer, Jonathan S.; Shen, Gail H. C.; Villari, Annette G.

    2006-01-01

    A number of studies have supported the hypothesis that negative attributional styles may confer vulnerability to the development of depression. The goal of this study was to explore factors that may contribute to the development of negative attributional styles in children. As hypothesized, elevated levels of depressive symptoms and hopelessness…

  5. Attributes of an Effective Feedback Process

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    2015-01-01

    Not all feedback is created equal. It is actually quite uneven in its design and effectiveness. Feedback forms typically used by educators and the feedback process used to support learning have markedly different attributes. Understanding the key attributes of effective feedback is important for those involved in the feedback process. The tools…

  6. Pretest probability assessment derived from attribute matching

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    Hollander Judd E

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pretest probability (PTP assessment plays a central role in diagnosis. This report compares a novel attribute-matching method to generate a PTP for acute coronary syndrome (ACS. We compare the new method with a validated logistic regression equation (LRE. Methods Eight clinical variables (attributes were chosen by classification and regression tree analysis of a prospectively collected reference database of 14,796 emergency department (ED patients evaluated for possible ACS. For attribute matching, a computer program identifies patients within the database who have the exact profile defined by clinician input of the eight attributes. The novel method was compared with the LRE for ability to produce PTP estimation Results In the validation set, attribute matching produced 267 unique PTP estimates [median PTP value 6%, 1st–3rd quartile 1–10%] compared with the LRE, which produced 96 unique PTP estimates [median 24%, 1st–3rd quartile 10–30%]. The areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves were 0.74 (95% CI 0.65 to 0.82 for the attribute matching curve and 0.68 (95% CI 0.62 to 0.77 for LRE. The attribute matching system categorized 1,670 (24%, 95% CI = 23–25% patients as having a PTP Conclusion Attribute matching estimated a very low PTP for ACS in a significantly larger proportion of ED patients compared with a validated LRE.

  7. Sex Differences in Attributions of Juvenile Delinquency.

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    Sagatun, Inger J.

    This paper is an application of attribution theory to the processing of juvenile delinquents in an attempt to understand the differential treatment of female and male offenders within the juvenile justice system. The paper explores the attributions of juvenile delinquency both by male and female minors, by male and female parents, and by male and…

  8. Extreme events: The art of attribution

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    Otto, Friederike E. L.

    2016-04-01

    A high-impact weather event that occurred at the end of a decade of weather extremes led to the emergence of extreme event attribution science. The challenge is now to move on to assessing the actual risks, rather than simply attributing meteorological variables to climate change.

  9. Causal Attribution of Mood in the Climacterium.

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    Lyon, Bernadette M.

    1985-01-01

    Examined attributions used by pre- and postmenopausal women (N=105) to explain mood. After reading a diary written by a middle-aged woman, participants rated menopausal symptoms, environment, and age as likely causes of the woman's mood. Menopausal symptoms were rated as a salient source of attribution for negative mood. (NRB)

  10. An Exploration of EFL Teachers' Attributions

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    Ghonsooly, Behzad; Ghanizadeh, Afsaneh; Ghazanfari, Mohammad; Ghabanchi, Zargham

    2015-01-01

    The present study investigated English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers' attributions of success and failure. It also set out to investigate whether these attributions vary by teachers' age, teaching experience, gender and educational level. To do so, 200 EFL teachers were selected according to convenience sampling among EFL teachers teaching…

  11. Neutron activation analysis helps in picture attribution

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    The neutron activation analysis application for obtaining the data useful for proper attribution of paintings has been presented on the base of several examples. The identification on this way of dye elements, pigments and other painting materials is an important element among the physico-chemical methods helping the attribution procedure of old painting objects

  12. Risk attributes theory: Decision making under risk

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    He, Ying; Huang, Ruihua

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, some limitations in the conventional theories and models of the decision making under risk are presented from a new angle. To eliminate those limitations, a theoretical framework is proposed, in which the risk preference relation is constructed on a set of risk attributes instead of...... risky prospects. The axioms are presented to ensure the existence of the representation function for this risk preference relation through employing the Multi-attribute Utility Theory (MAUT). In our framework, we construct a risk decision model with four risk attributes. One of these attributes measured...... by a newly defined attribute measurement, the Relative Maximum Absolute Value (RMAV), can be employed in our model to explain the experimental result more intuitively compared with the overweighting of small probability proposed by Kahneman and Tversky in their Prospect Theory. In addition, the...

  13. Risk and sensitivity analysis in relation to external events

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    This paper presents risk and sensitivity analysis of external events impacts on the safe operation in general and in particular the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant safety systems. Analysis is based on the deterministic and probabilistic assumptions and assessment of the external hazards. The real statistic data are used as well as initial external event simulation. The preliminary screening criteria are applied. The analysis of external event impact on the NPP safe operation, assessment of the event occurrence, sensitivity analysis, and recommendations for safety improvements are performed for investigated external hazards. Such events as aircraft crash, extreme rains and winds, forest fire and flying parts of the turbine are analysed. The models are developed and probabilities are calculated. As an example for sensitivity analysis the model of aircraft impact is presented. The sensitivity analysis takes into account the uncertainty features raised by external event and its model. Even in case when the external events analysis show rather limited danger, the sensitivity analysis can determine the highest influence causes. These possible variations in future can be significant for safety level and risk based decisions. Calculations show that external events cannot significantly influence the safety level of the Ignalina NPP operation, however the events occurrence and propagation can be sufficiently uncertain.(author)

  14. Message Formats, Numeracy, Risk Perceptions of Alcohol-Attributable Cancer, and Intentions for Binge Drinking among College Students

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    Chen, Yixin; Yang, Z. Janet

    2015-01-01

    We conducted an experiment to examine whether risk perceptions of alcohol-attributable cancer influence college students' binge-drinking intention and to explore how message formats (text, table, and graph) and numeracy influence risk perceptions of alcohol-attributable cancer. We found that a majority of participants (87%) perceive some risks of…

  15. Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) - Smoking-Attributable Expenditures (SAE)

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — 2005-2009. SAMMEC - Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs. Smoking-attributable expenditures (SAEs) are excess health care expenditures...

  16. Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) - Smoking Attributable Mortality (SAM)

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — 2005-2009. SAMMEC - Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs. Smoking attributable mortality (SAM) is the number of deaths caused by cigarette...

  17. Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) - Smoking-Attributable Mortality (SAM)

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — 2005-2009. SAMMEC - Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs. Smoking-attributable mortality (SAM) is the number of deaths caused by cigarette...

  18. The Depressive Attributions Questionnaire (DAQ): Development of a Short Self-Report Measure of Depressogenic Attributions

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    Kleim, B; Gonzalo, D; Ehlers, A

    2011-01-01

    A depressogenic attributional style, i.e., internal, stable and global causal interpretations of negative events, is a stable vulnerability factor for depression. Current measures of pessimistic attributional style can be time-consuming to complete, and some are designed for specific use with student populations. We developed and validated a new short questionnaire suitable for the measurement of depressogenic attributions in clinical settings, the Depressive Attributions Questionnaire (DAQ)....

  19. Adolescents׳ perceptions of peers with depression: an attributional analysis.

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    Dolphin, Louise; Hennessy, Eilis

    2014-08-30

    Understanding adolescents׳ perceptions of peers with depression is vital in order to tackle peer exclusion and lessen stigmatization. To examine adolescents׳ perceptions of a hypothetical peer with depression, we test an attributional model: that stigma towards persons with mental disorders is influenced by attributions about the causes of their disorders and inferences of personal responsibility. Participants were 401 adolescents from 4th year/10th grade with an age range of 14.75-17.08 years (M=15.90 years; S.D.=0.403 years). Structural Equation Modeling was employed to assess the relationships among causal attributions (personal control), perceived responsibility, and emotional reactions, in predicting social acceptance/exclusion of a peer with depression. Results indicated that (a) if the peer with depression is perceived as having little control over the cause of depression, responsibility is not inferred, participants feel sympathy and pity, and are likely to socially accept the peer (b) gender of vignette character and participant influence these responses. This study builds on our theoretical understanding of why adolescents with depression may face social exclusion from peers by applying a well-established theory in social psychology. Findings should be incorporated into the design of interventions aimed at reducing peer exclusion and stigmatization of adolescents with depression. PMID:24851724

  20. Prediction of chicken quality attributes by near infrared spectroscopy.

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    Barbin, Douglas Fernandes; Kaminishikawahara, Cintia Midori; Soares, Adriana Lourenco; Mizubuti, Ivone Yurika; Grespan, Moises; Shimokomaki, Massami; Hirooka, Elisa Yoko

    2015-02-01

    In the present study, near-infrared (NIR) reflectance was tested as a potential technique to predict quality attributes of chicken breast (Pectoralis major). Spectra in the wavelengths between 400 and 2500nm were analysed using principal component analysis (PCA) and quality attributes were predicted using partial least-squares regression (PLSR). PCA performed on NIR dataset revealed the influence of muscle reflectance (L(∗)) influencing the spectra. PCA was not successful to completely discriminate between pale, soft and exudative (PSE) and pale-only muscles. High-quality PLSR were obtained for L(∗) and pH models predicted individually (R(2)CV of 0.91 and 0.81, and SECV of 1.99 and 0.07, respectively). Water-holding capacity was the most challenging attribute to determine (R(2)CV of 0.70 and SECV of 2.40%). Sample mincing and different spectra pre-treatments were not necessary to maximise the predictive performance of models. Results suggest that NIR spectroscopy can become useful tool for quality assessment of chicken meat. PMID:25172747