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  1. Class diagram based evaluation of software performance

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    Pham, Huong V.; Nguyen, Binh N.

    2013-03-01

    The evaluation of software performance in the early stages of the software life cycle is important and it has been widely studied. In the software model specification, class diagram is the important object-oriented software specification model. The measures based on a class diagram have been widely studied to evaluate quality of software such as complexity, maintainability, reuse capability, etc. However the software performance evaluation based on Class model has not been widely studied, especially for object-oriented design of embedded software. Therefore, in this paper we propose a new approach to directly evaluate the software performance based on class diagrams. From a class diagram, we determine the parameters which are used to evaluate and build formula of the measures such as Size of Class Variables, Size of Class Methods, Size of Instance Variables, Size of Instance Methods, etc. Then, we do analysis of the dependence of performance on these measures and build the performance evaluation function from class diagram. Thereby we can choose the best class diagram based on this evaluation function.

  2. Performance-Based Evaluation and School Librarians

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    Church, Audrey P.

    2015-01-01

    Evaluation of instructional personnel is standard procedure in our Pre-K-12 public schools, and its purpose is to document educator effectiveness. With Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waivers, states are required to implement performance-based evaluations that demonstrate student academic progress. This three-year study describes the…

  3. Performance Evaluation of Triangulation Based Range Sensors

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    Monica Bordegoni

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The performance of 2D digital imaging systems depends on several factors related with both optical and electronic processing. These concepts have originated standards, which have been conceived for photographic equipment and bi-dimensional scanning systems, and which have been aimed at estimating different parameters such as resolution, noise or dynamic range. Conversely, no standard test protocols currently exist for evaluating the corresponding performances of 3D imaging systems such as laser scanners or pattern projection range cameras. This paper is focused on investigating experimental processes for evaluating some critical parameters of 3D equipment, by extending the concepts defined by the ISO standards to the 3D domain. The experimental part of this work concerns the characterization of different range sensors through the extraction of their resolution, accuracy and uncertainty from sets of 3D data acquisitions of specifically designed test objects whose geometrical characteristics are known in advance. The major objective of this contribution is to suggest an easy characterization process for generating a reliable comparison between the performances of different range sensors and to check if a specific piece of equipment is compliant with the expected characteristics.

  4. Team Primacy Concept (TPC) Based Employee Evaluation and Job Performance

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    Muniute, Eivina I.; Alfred, Mary V.

    2007-01-01

    This qualitative study explored how employees learn from Team Primacy Concept (TPC) based employee evaluation and how they use the feedback in performing their jobs. TPC based evaluation is a form of multirater evaluation, during which the employee's performance is discussed by one's peers in a face-to-face team setting. The study used Kolb's…

  5. Research on Performance Evaluation by IDSS Based on AHP

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    Tang Xuelian

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Talent resource is the primary resource. There are two sides as the starting point and foothold in this paper. One is how to evaluate the performance of science and technology talents flow by IDSS (Intelligence Decision Supporting System. Another is how to guide the innovation work of science and technology according to the evaluation results. The evaluation index on performance system has hierarchical structure. So AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process is applied to evaluate the performance. Evaluation model is established and illustrated by the cases in this paper. It can be seen that the flow of performance is influenced by the growth rate of important scientific and technological achievements. Furthermore, some constructive suggestions are given based on the results of evaluation.

  6. Evaluating performance of a Bluetooth-based classroom tool

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    Davidrajuh, Reggie

    2009-01-01

    This paper focuses on the performance evaluation of a Bluetooth wireless technology based classroom tool. The classroom tool is to help lecturers automate their assignment tests. First, a testing prototype of the tool is presented; the testing prototype uses one master device and two slave devices on Pico-net. As it will be expensive to build prototype for a large class, simulation study is done to evaluate performance of the tool for large classes. The simulation study reveals ...

  7. A dynamic performance evaluation method based on SD-BSC

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    TENG Chun-xian; PAN Xiao-dong; HU Xian-wu

    2007-01-01

    Taking into consideration the disadvantage of Balanced Scorecard (BSC) not being able to reflect time delay, nonlinear problems of causal relationship and being lack of effective simulation, we combined it with the characteristics of the System Dynamics (SD). Basing on the background of manufacturing enterprises,through SD integrating with the BSC we established a new performance evaluation method-SD-BSC method to overcome the disadvantage of BSC. A performance evaluation model of SD-BSC is provided and the simulation results are analyzed which show different production policies will lead to different customer's satisfaction degrees. The SD-BSC dynamic performance evaluation method can reflect dynamic, complex causal feedback relationship and time delay, so it compensates for the disadvantage of traditional financial performance evaluation method, and at the same time makes the BSC perfect.

  8. Agent Assignment for Process Management: Pattern Based Agent Performance Evaluation

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    Jablonski, Stefan; Talib, Ramzan

    In almost all workflow management system the role concept is determined once at the introduction of workflow application and is not reevaluated to observe how successfully certain processes are performed by the authorized agents. This paper describes an approach which evaluates how agents are working successfully and feed this information back for future agent assignment to achieve maximum business benefit for the enterprise. The approach is called Pattern based Agent Performance Evaluation (PAPE) and is based on machine learning technique combined with post processing technique. We report on the result of our experiments and discuss issues and improvement of our approach.

  9. Performance evaluation of sensor allocation algorithm based on covariance control

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    2005-01-01

    The covariance control capability of sensor allocation algorithms based on covariance control strategy is an important index to evaluate the performance of these algorithms. Owing to lack of standard performance metric indices to evaluate covariance control capability, sensor allocation ratio, etc, there are no guides to follow in the design procedure of sensor allocation algorithm in practical applications. To meet these demands, three quantified performance metric indices are presented, which are average covariance misadjustment quantity (ACMQ), average sensor allocation ratio (ASAR) and matrix metric influence factor (MMIF), where ACMQ, ASAR and MMIF quantify the covariance control capability, the usage of sensor resources and the robustness of sensor allocation algorithm, respectively. Meanwhile, a covariance adaptive sensor allocation algorithm based on a new objective function is proposed to improve the covariance control capability of the algorithm based on information gain. The experiment results show that the proposed algorithm have the advantage over the preceding sensor allocation algorithm in covariance control capability and robustness.

  10. Performance Evaluation of Air-Based Heat Rejection Systems

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    Hannes Fugmann; Björn Nienborg; Gregor Trommler; Antoine Dalibard; Lena Schnabel

    2015-01-01

    On the basis of the Number of Transfer Units (NTU) method a functional relation between electric power for fans/pumps and effectiveness in dry coolers and wet cooling towers is developed. Based on this relation, a graphical presentation method of monitoring and simulation data of heat rejection units is introduced. The functional relation allows evaluating the thermodynamic performance of differently sized heat rejection units and comparing performance among them. The method is used to evalua...

  11. Seismic design and evaluation criteria based on target performance goals

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    Seismic design and evaluation criteria have been developed based on target probabilistic performance goals. These criteria include selection of design/evaluation seismic input from probabilistic seismic hazard curves combined with commonly practiced deterministic response evaluation methods and acceptance criteria with controlled levels of conservatism. Conservatism is intentionally introduced in specification of material strengths and capacities, in the allowance of limited inelastic behavior, and by a seismic scale factor. Criteria have been developed following a graded approach for several performance goals ranging from that appropriate for normal-use facilities to that appropriate for facilities involving hazardous or critical operations. Performance goals are comprised of qualitative expressions of acceptable behavior and of quantitative probabilities that acceptable limits of behavior are maintained. The criteria are simple procedures but with a sound, rigorous basis for the achievement of goals

  12. Tools for evaluating team performance in simulation-based training

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    Rosen Michael

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Teamwork training constitutes one of the core approaches for moving healthcare systems toward increased levels of quality and safety, and simulation provides a powerful method of delivering this training, especially for face-paced and dynamic specialty areas such as Emergency Medicine. Team performance measurement and evaluation plays an integral role in ensuring that simulation-based training for teams (SBTT is systematic and effective. However, this component of SBTT systems is overlooked frequently. This article addresses this gap by providing a review and practical introduction to the process of developing and implementing evaluation systems in SBTT. First, an overview of team performance evaluation is provided. Second, best practices for measuring team performance in simulation are reviewed. Third, some of the prominent measurement tools in the literature are summarized and discussed relative to the best practices. Subsequently, implications of the review are discussed for the practice of training teamwork in Emergency Medicine.

  13. Performance-based concept on seismic evaluation of existing bridges

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    Yu-Chi Sung; Wen-I Liao; W.Phillip Yen

    2009-01-01

    Conventional seismic evaluation of existing bridges explores the ability of a bridge to survive under significant earthquake excitations. This approach has several major drawbacks, such as only a single structural performance of near collapse is considered, and the simplified approach of adopting strength-based concept to indirectly estimate the nonlinear behavior of a structure lacks accuracy. As a result, performance-based concepts that include a wider variety of structural performance states of a given bridge excited by different levels of earthquake intensity is needed by the engineering community. This paper introduces an improved process for the seismic evaluation of existing bridges. The relationship between the overall structural performance and earthquakes with varying levels of peak ground acceleration (PGA) can successfully be linked. A universal perspective on the seismic evaluation of bridges over their entire life-cycle can be easily obtained to investigate multiple performance objectives. The accuracy of the proposed method, based on pushover analysis, is proven in a case study that compares the results from the proposed procedure with additional nonlinear time history analyses.

  14. Performance Evaluation in Network-Based Parallel Computing

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    Dezhgosha, Kamyar

    1996-01-01

    Network-based parallel computing is emerging as a cost-effective alternative for solving many problems which require use of supercomputers or massively parallel computers. The primary objective of this project has been to conduct experimental research on performance evaluation for clustered parallel computing. First, a testbed was established by augmenting our existing SUNSPARCs' network with PVM (Parallel Virtual Machine) which is a software system for linking clusters of machines. Second, a set of three basic applications were selected. The applications consist of a parallel search, a parallel sort, a parallel matrix multiplication. These application programs were implemented in C programming language under PVM. Third, we conducted performance evaluation under various configurations and problem sizes. Alternative parallel computing models and workload allocations for application programs were explored. The performance metric was limited to elapsed time or response time which in the context of parallel computing can be expressed in terms of speedup. The results reveal that the overhead of communication latency between processes in many cases is the restricting factor to performance. That is, coarse-grain parallelism which requires less frequent communication between processes will result in higher performance in network-based computing. Finally, we are in the final stages of installing an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) switch and four ATM interfaces (each 155 Mbps) which will allow us to extend our study to newer applications, performance metrics, and configurations.

  15. MODEL-BASED PERFORMANCE EVALUATION APPROACH FOR MOBILE AGENT SYSTEMS

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    Li Xin; Mi Zhengkun; Meng Xudong

    2004-01-01

    Claimed as the next generation programming paradigm, mobile agent technology has attracted extensive interests in recent years. However, up to now, limited research efforts have been devoted to the performance study of mobile agent system and most of these researches focus on agent behavior analysis resulting in that models are hard to apply to mobile agent systems. To bridge the gap, a new performance evaluation model derived from operation mechanisms of mobile agent platforms is proposed. Details are discussed for the design of companion simulation software, which can provide the system performance such as response time of platform to mobile agent. Further investigation is followed on the determination of model parameters. Finally comparison is made between the model-based simulation results and measurement-based real performance of mobile agent systems. The results show that the proposed model and designed software are effective in evaluating performance characteristics of mobile agent systems. The proposed approach can also be considered as the basis of performance analysis for large systems composed of multiple mobile agent platforms.

  16. Performance Evaluation of Air-Based Heat Rejection Systems

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    Hannes Fugmann

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available On the basis of the Number of Transfer Units (NTU method a functional relation between electric power for fans/pumps and effectiveness in dry coolers and wet cooling towers is developed. Based on this relation, a graphical presentation method of monitoring and simulation data of heat rejection units is introduced. The functional relation allows evaluating the thermodynamic performance of differently sized heat rejection units and comparing performance among them. The method is used to evaluate monitoring data of dry coolers of different solar cooling field projects. The novelty of this approach is that performance rating is not limited by a design point or standardized operating conditions of the heat exchanger, but is realizable under flexible conditions.

  17. Tools for evaluating team performance in simulation-based training

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    Rosen Michael; Weaver Sallie; Lazzara Elizabeth; Salas Eduardo; Wu Teresa; Silvestri Salvatore; Schiebel Nicola; Almeida Sandra; King Heidi

    2010-01-01

    Teamwork training constitutes one of the core approaches for moving healthcare systems toward increased levels of quality and safety, and simulation provides a powerful method of delivering this training, especially for face-paced and dynamic specialty areas such as Emergency Medicine. Team performance measurement and evaluation plays an integral role in ensuring that simulation-based training for teams (SBTT) is systematic and effective. However, this component of SBTT systems is overlooked ...

  18. Towards Reliable Evaluation of Anomaly-Based Intrusion Detection Performance

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    Viswanathan, Arun

    2012-01-01

    This report describes the results of research into the effects of environment-induced noise on the evaluation process for anomaly detectors in the cyber security domain. This research was conducted during a 10-week summer internship program from the 19th of August, 2012 to the 23rd of August, 2012 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The research performed lies within the larger context of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Smart Grid cyber security project, a Department of Energy (DoE) funded effort involving the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California/ Information Sciences Institute. The results of the present effort constitute an important contribution towards building more rigorous evaluation paradigms for anomaly-based intrusion detectors in complex cyber physical systems such as the Smart Grid. Anomaly detection is a key strategy for cyber intrusion detection and operates by identifying deviations from profiles of nominal behavior and are thus conceptually appealing for detecting "novel" attacks. Evaluating the performance of such a detector requires assessing: (a) how well it captures the model of nominal behavior, and (b) how well it detects attacks (deviations from normality). Current evaluation methods produce results that give insufficient insight into the operation of a detector, inevitably resulting in a significantly poor characterization of a detectors performance. In this work, we first describe a preliminary taxonomy of key evaluation constructs that are necessary for establishing rigor in the evaluation regime of an anomaly detector. We then focus on clarifying the impact of the operational environment on the manifestation of attacks in monitored data. We show how dynamic and evolving environments can introduce high variability into the data stream perturbing detector performance. Prior research has focused on understanding the impact of this

  19. Measurement-Based Performance Evaluation of Advanced MIMO Transceiver Designs

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    Schneider Christian

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the methodology and the results of performance investigations on a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO transceiver scheme for frequency-selective radio channels. The method relies on offline simulations and employs real-time MIMO channel sounder measurement data to ensure a realistic channel modeling. Thus it can be classified in between the performance evaluation using some predefined channel models and the evaluation of a prototype hardware in field experiments. New aspects for the simulation setup are discussed, which are frequently ignored when using simpler model-based evaluations. Example simulations are provided for an iterative ("turbo" MIMO equalizer concept. The dependency of the achievable bit error rate performance on the propagation characteristics and on the variation in some system design parameters is shown, whereas the antenna constellation is of particular concern for MIMO systems. Although in many of the considered constellations turbo MIMO equalization appears feasible in real field scenarios, there exist cases with poor performance as well, indicating that in practical applications link adaptation of the transmitter and receiver processing to the environment is necessary.

  20. Performance Evaluation of Java Based Object Relational Mapping Tools

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    Shoaib Mahmood Bhatti

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Object persistency is the hot issue in the form of ORM (Object Relational Mapping tools in industry as developers use these tools during software development. This paper presents the performance evaluation of Java based ORM tools. For this purpose, Hibernate, Ebean and TopLinkhave been selected as the ORM tools which are popular and open source. Their performance has been measured from execution point of view. The results show that ORM tools are the good option for the developers considering the system throughput in shorter setbacks and they can be used efficiently and effectively for performing mapping of the objects into the relational dominated world of database, thus creating a hope for a better and well dominated future of this technology.

  1. Performance Evaluation of a Biometric System Based on Acoustic Images

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    Juan J. Villacorta

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available An acoustic electronic scanning array for acquiring images from a person using a biometric application is developed. Based on pulse-echo techniques, multifrequency acoustic images are obtained for a set of positions of a person (front, front with arms outstretched, back and side. Two Uniform Linear Arrays (ULA with 15 l/2-equispaced sensors have been employed, using different spatial apertures in order to reduce sidelobe levels. Working frequencies have been designed on the basis of the main lobe width, the grating lobe levels and the frequency responses of people and sensors. For a case-study with 10 people, the acoustic profiles, formed by all images acquired, are evaluated and compared in a mean square error sense. Finally, system performance, using False Match Rate (FMR/False Non-Match Rate (FNMR parameters and the Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC curve, is evaluated. On the basis of the obtained results, this system could be used for biometric applications.

  2. Performance evaluation of cellular phone network based portable ECG device.

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    Hong, Joo-Hyun; Cha, Eun-Jong; Lee, Tae-Soo

    2008-01-01

    In this study, cellular phone network based portable ECG device was developed and three experiments were performed to evaluate the accuracy, reliability and operability, applicability during daily life of the developed device. First, ECG signals were measured using the developed device and Biopac device (reference device) during sitting and marking time and compared to verify the accuracy of R-R intervals. Second, the reliable data transmission to remote server was verified on two types of simulated emergency event using patient simulator. Third, during daily life with five types of motion, accuracy of data transmission to remote server was verified on two types of event occurring. By acquiring and comparing subject's biomedical signal and motion signal, the accuracy, reliability and operability, applicability during daily life of the developed device were verified. Therefore, cellular phone network based portable ECG device can monitor patient with inobtrusive manner. PMID:19162767

  3. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF PCF BASED AWG DEMULTIPLEXERS FOR OPTICAL NETWORK

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    JYOTHI DIGGE,

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we emphasize on the design and simulation of four channel, Photonic crystal Fiber(PCF based arrayed waveguide (AWG Demultiplexers for optical communication network. We have considered two types of AWG Demultiplexers, namely multicore and dual concentric core PCF.The simulation is performed for 1550nm central wavelength. The change in the effective index and dispersion is evaluated. The results show that dual concentric core PCF based AWG offers a dispersion of -4200 ps/nm/km dispersion and multicore PCF AWG offers -3500ps/nm/km dispersion, enabling the separation of wavelength. Finite difference time domain (FDTD and Beam Propagation method is used for the analysis. The spectral response shows that the device hasa wide free spectral range(FSR sufficient enough to provide 100GHz Channel separation.

  4. Performance Evaluation of Marine Industries Based on Eco-economy

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    Minli Gong; Yanqing Qi

    2013-01-01

    An assessment framework is made to evaluate the performance factors of marine industries from the perspective of eco-economics by means of the AHP and the Delphi methods. Results are as follows: Performance assessment index of marine industries is decided by ecological performance, economic performance and social performance with ecological index taking priority over economic index; the efficiency of economy output and value-creating are preferred in the pursuit of low energy-consuming and le...

  5. The performance profile: A multi–criteria performance evaluation method for test–based problems

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    Jaśkowski Wojciech; Liskowski Paweł; Szubert Marcin; Krawiec Krzysztof

    2016-01-01

    In test-based problems, solutions produced by search algorithms are typically assessed using average outcomes of interactions with multiple tests. This aggregation leads to information loss, which can render different solutions apparently indifferent and hinder comparison of search algorithms. In this paper we introduce the performance profile, a generic, domain-independent, multi-criteria performance evaluation method that mitigates this problem by characterizing the performance of a solutio...

  6. Plant operator performance evaluation based on cognitive process analysis experiment

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    This paper reports on an experiment to clarify plant operators' cognitive processes that has been performed, to improve the man-machine interface which supports their diagnoses and decisions. The cognitive processes under abnormal conditions were evaluated by protocol analyses interviews, etc. in the experiment using a plant training simulator. A cognitive process model is represented by a stochastic network, based on Rasmussen's decision making model. Each node of the network corresponds to an element of the cognitive process, such as observation, interpretation, execution, etc. Some observations were obtained as follows, by comparison of Monte Carlo simulation results with the experiment results: A process to reconfirm the plant parameters after execution of a task and feedback paths from this process to the observation and the task definition of next task were observed. The feedback probability average and standard deviation should be determined for each incident type to explain correctly the individual differences in the cognitive processes. The tendency for the operator's cognitive level to change from skill-based to knowledge-based via rule-based behavior was observed during the feedback process

  7. Optimal contracts based on subjective performance evaluations and reciprocity

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    Sebald, Alexander Christopher; Walzl, Markus

    2015-01-01

    As demonstrated in a recent laboratory experiment (see Sebald & Walzl, 2014), individuals tend to sanction others who subjectively evaluate their performance whenever this assessment falls short of the individuals’ self-evaluation. Interestingly, this is the case even if the individuals’ earnings...... are unaffected by the subjective performance appraisal. Hence, performance feedback which falls short of agents’ self- evaluations can be interpreted as an unkind act that triggers a negatively reciprocal response not only if the assessment determines agents’ earnings but also when it lacks monetary consequences...

  8. Performance Evaluation Based on EFQM Excellence Model in Sport Organizations

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    Rasoul Faraji

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study aims to evaluate the performance of physical education (P.E. general office of Tehran province through model of European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM. Questionnaire approach was used in this study. Therefore validity of the 50-item EFQM questionnaire verified by the experts and the reliability also calculated in a pilot study (α=0.928. 95 questionnaires distributed between subjects (N=n and 80 questionnaires returned and concluded in the statistical analysis. From nine EFQM criteria, the highest scores were gained in key performance results (37.62% and the lowest gained in people results (27.94%. Totally, this organization achieved 337.11 pointes out of a total of 1000. Additionally, there was a strong relationship (r=0.827, p=0.001 between enablers and results (P<0.05. Based on scores gained in the criteria, improving measures in all criteria is essential for this organization, especially in the people criterion from enablers and people results criterion from results domain. Furthermore, it is believed that the physical education area is one of the best fields for application of the excellence model towards the performance excellence and gaining better results and hence, it seems that the model has a high potential in responding to problems commonly seen in sport sector.

  9. Bidirectional MIMO Channel Tracking Based on PASTd and Performance Evaluation

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    Shayevitz Ofer

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We consider a bidirectional time division duplex (TDD multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO communication system with time-varying channel and additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN. A blind bidirectional channel tracking algorithm, based on the projection approximation subspace tracking (PAST algorithm, is applied in both terminals. The resulting singular value decomposition (SVD of the channel matrix is then used to approximately diagonalize the channel. The proposed method is applied to an orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing-(OFDM-MIMO setting with a typical indoor time-domain reflection model. The computational cost of the proposed algorithm, compared with other state-of-the-art algorithms, is relatively small. The Kalman filter is utilized for establishing a benchmark for the obtained performance of the proposed tracking algorithm. The performance degradation relative to a full channel state information (CSI due to the application of the tracking algorithm is evaluated in terms of average effective rate and the outage probability and compared with alternative tracking algorithms. The obtained results are also compared with a benchmark obtained by the Kalman filter with known input signal and channel characteristics. It is shown that the expected degradation in performance of frequency-domain algorithms (which do not exploit the smooth frequency response of the channel is only minor compared with time-domain algorithms in a range of reasonable signal-to-noise ratio (SNR levels. The proposed bidirectional frequency-domain tracking algorithm, proposed in this paper, is shown to attain communication rates close to the benchmark and to outperform a competing algorithm. The paper is concluded by evaluating the proposed blind tracking method in terms of the outage probability and the symbol error rate (SER versus. SNR for binary phase shift keying (BPSK and 4-Quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM constellations.

  10. Performance Evaluation of Marine Industries Based on Eco-economy

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    Minli Gong

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available An assessment framework is made to evaluate the performance factors of marine industries from the perspective of eco-economics by means of the AHP and the Delphi methods. Results are as follows: Performance assessment index of marine industries is decided by ecological performance, economic performance and social performance with ecological index taking priority over economic index; the efficiency of economy output and value-creating are preferred in the pursuit of low energy-consuming and less polluting marine industries; and in the near future, marine industries will make the greatest contribution to employment.

  11. AIRPORTS PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY EVALUATION BASED ON MULTIDIMENTIONAL TOOLS

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    Jardim, João Pedro; Baltazar, Maria; Silva, Jorge

    2012-01-01

    Airport benchmarking depends on airport operational performance and efficiency indicators, which are important issues for business, operational management, regulatory agencies, airlines and passengers. There are several sets of single and complex indicators to evaluate airports performance and efficiency as well as several techniques to benchmark such infrastructures. The general aim of this work is the development of airport performance and efficiency predictive models using robust but flexi...

  12. Seismic design and evaluation criteria based on target performance goals

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    The Department of Energy utilizes deterministic seismic design/evaluation criteria developed to achieve probabilistic performance goals. These seismic design and evaluation criteria are intended to apply equally to the design of new facilities and to the evaluation of existing facilities. In addition, the criteria are intended to cover design and evaluation of buildings, equipment, piping, and other structures. Four separate sets of seismic design/evaluation criteria have been presented each with a different performance goal. In all these criteria, earthquake loading is selected from seismic hazard curves on a probabilistic basis but seismic response evaluation methods and acceptable behavior limits are deterministic approaches with which design engineers are familiar. For analytical evaluations, conservatism has been introduced through the use of conservative inelastic demand-capacity ratios combined with ductile detailing requirements, through the use of minimum specified material strengths and conservative code capacity equations, and through the use of a seismic scale factor. For evaluation by testing or by experience data, conservatism has been introduced through the use of an increase scale factor which is applied to the prescribed design/evaluation input motion

  13. 75 FR 32484 - Array-Based Cytogenetic Tests: Questions on Performance Evaluation, Result Reporting and...

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    2010-06-08

    ... Performance Evaluation, Result Reporting and Interpretation. The purpose of the public meeting is to seek input on challenges related to performance evaluation, determination of clinical significance, result... HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Array-Based Cytogenetic Tests: Questions on...

  14. Validation of Ultrafilter Performance Model Based on Systematic Simulant Evaluation

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    Because of limited availability of test data with actual Hanford tank waste samples, a method was developed to estimate expected filtration performance based on physical characterization data for the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. A test with simulated waste was analyzed to demonstrate that filtration of this class of waste is consistent with a concentration polarization model. Subsequently, filtration data from actual waste samples were analyzed to demonstrate that centrifuged solids concentrations provide a reasonable estimate of the limiting concentration for filtration.

  15. Performance evaluation of hierarchical TTL-based cache networks

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    Choungmo Fofack, Nicaise; Nain, Philippe; Neglia, Giovanni; Towsley, Don

    2014-01-01

    There has been considerable research on the performance analysis of on-demand caching replacement policies like Least-Recently-Used (LRU), First-In-First-Out (FIFO) or Random (RND). Much progress has been made on the analysis of a single cache running these algorithms. However it has been almost impossible to extend the results to networks of caches. In this paper, we introduce a Time-To-Live (TTL) based caching model, that assigns a timer to each content stored in the cache and redraws it ev...

  16. Evaluating performances of simplified physically based landslide susceptibility models.

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    Capparelli, Giovanna; Formetta, Giuseppe; Versace, Pasquale

    2015-04-01

    Rainfall induced shallow landslides cause significant damages involving loss of life and properties. Prediction of shallow landslides susceptible locations is a complex task that involves many disciplines: hydrology, geotechnical science, geomorphology, and statistics. Usually to accomplish this task two main approaches are used: statistical or physically based model. This paper presents a package of GIS based models for landslide susceptibility analysis. It was integrated in the NewAge-JGrass hydrological model using the Object Modeling System (OMS) modeling framework. The package includes three simplified physically based models for landslides susceptibility analysis (M1, M2, and M3) and a component for models verifications. It computes eight goodness of fit indices (GOF) by comparing pixel-by-pixel model results and measurements data. Moreover, the package integration in NewAge-JGrass allows the use of other components such as geographic information system tools to manage inputs-output processes, and automatic calibration algorithms to estimate model parameters. The system offers the possibility to investigate and fairly compare the quality and the robustness of models and models parameters, according a procedure that includes: i) model parameters estimation by optimizing each of the GOF index separately, ii) models evaluation in the ROC plane by using each of the optimal parameter set, and iii) GOF robustness evaluation by assessing their sensitivity to the input parameter variation. This procedure was repeated for all three models. The system was applied for a case study in Calabria (Italy) along the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway, between Cosenza and Altilia municipality. The analysis provided that among all the optimized indices and all the three models, Average Index (AI) optimization coupled with model M3 is the best modeling solution for our test case. This research was funded by PON Project No. 01_01503 "Integrated Systems for Hydrogeological Risk

  17. Performance and evaluation of desiccant based air conditioning system.

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    Gaurav S. Wani

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This Project work presents study and experimental analysis of Desiccant based air conditioning system.The main purpose of this project is to increase the efficency of air conditioning system.In the convenstional air conditioning system cooling coli has two load latent load and sensible load. Cooling has to cool the air and simultaneously to dehumidify it.It increases load on cooling coil and affects performance to the system. To increase the efficiency the air conditioning system desiccant materials are used at the inlet of the air conditioning test rig. Desiccant materials attract moisture based on differences in vapor pressure. Due to their enormous affinity to absorb water and considerable ability to hold water. Due to use of desiccant material load on the cooling coil reduces since moisture is absorbed by desiccant; cooling coil has to take only sensible load. Analysis is done using different desiccant materials and based on the observation, power consumption before and after desiccant is calculated. From this conclusion is made that desiccant material improves the efficiency of air conditioning test rig

  18. Evaluating performances of simplified physically based models for landslide susceptibility

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    Formetta, G.; Capparelli, G.; Versace, P.

    2015-12-01

    Rainfall induced shallow landslides cause loss of life and significant damages involving private and public properties, transportation system, etc. Prediction of shallow landslides susceptible locations is a complex task that involves many disciplines: hydrology, geotechnical science, geomorphology, and statistics. Usually to accomplish this task two main approaches are used: statistical or physically based model. Reliable models' applications involve: automatic parameters calibration, objective quantification of the quality of susceptibility maps, model sensitivity analysis. This paper presents a methodology to systemically and objectively calibrate, verify and compare different models and different models performances indicators in order to individuate and eventually select the models whose behaviors are more reliable for a certain case study. The procedure was implemented in package of models for landslide susceptibility analysis and integrated in the NewAge-JGrass hydrological model. The package includes three simplified physically based models for landslides susceptibility analysis (M1, M2, and M3) and a component for models verifications. It computes eight goodness of fit indices by comparing pixel-by-pixel model results and measurements data. Moreover, the package integration in NewAge-JGrass allows the use of other components such as geographic information system tools to manage inputs-output processes, and automatic calibration algorithms to estimate model parameters. The system was applied for a case study in Calabria (Italy) along the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway, between Cosenza and Altilia municipality. The analysis provided that among all the optimized indices and all the three models, the optimization of the index distance to perfect classification in the receiver operating characteristic plane (D2PC) coupled with model M3 is the best modeling solution for our test case.

  19. Evaluating performances of simplified physically based models for landslide susceptibility

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    G. Formetta

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Rainfall induced shallow landslides cause loss of life and significant damages involving private and public properties, transportation system, etc. Prediction of shallow landslides susceptible locations is a complex task that involves many disciplines: hydrology, geotechnical science, geomorphology, and statistics. Usually to accomplish this task two main approaches are used: statistical or physically based model. Reliable models' applications involve: automatic parameters calibration, objective quantification of the quality of susceptibility maps, model sensitivity analysis. This paper presents a methodology to systemically and objectively calibrate, verify and compare different models and different models performances indicators in order to individuate and eventually select the models whose behaviors are more reliable for a certain case study. The procedure was implemented in package of models for landslide susceptibility analysis and integrated in the NewAge-JGrass hydrological model. The package includes three simplified physically based models for landslides susceptibility analysis (M1, M2, and M3 and a component for models verifications. It computes eight goodness of fit indices by comparing pixel-by-pixel model results and measurements data. Moreover, the package integration in NewAge-JGrass allows the use of other components such as geographic information system tools to manage inputs-output processes, and automatic calibration algorithms to estimate model parameters. The system was applied for a case study in Calabria (Italy along the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway, between Cosenza and Altilia municipality. The analysis provided that among all the optimized indices and all the three models, the optimization of the index distance to perfect classification in the receiver operating characteristic plane (D2PC coupled with model M3 is the best modeling solution for our test case.

  20. Evaluation of Liquefaction Return Period for Bangalore Based on Standard Penetration Test Data: Performance Based Approach

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    K. S. Vipin

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The conventional liquefaction evaluation is based on a deterministic approach. However in this method the uncertainty in the earthquake loading is not properly taken into account. However recent research in this field indicates that this uncertainty in the earthquake loading has to be considered in the liquefaction potential evaluation. Moreover the evaluation of liquefaction return period is not possible in the conventional deterministic methods. This study explained the methods for evaluating the probability of liquefaction and the return period of liquefaction based on probabilistic approach. Approach: In this study the geotechnical data was collected from 450 bore holes in Bangalore, India, covering an area of 220 km2. The seismic hazard analysis for the study area is carried out using Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis (PSHA and the peak acceleration at ground surface was evaluated for site class-D after considering local site effects. For assessment of site class, shear wave velocity profiles in the city had been obtained using Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW survey. Based on this data the probabilistic liquefaction analysis was done to evaluate the probability of liquefaction in the study area. Based on the performance based approach the liquefaction return period for the study area was also evaluated. Results: The results showed the variation of liquefaction susceptibility for the study area. The corrected standard penetration values required to prevent the liquefaction for return periods of 475 and 2500 years were also presented here. Conclusion/Recommendations: The spatial variation of probability of liquefaction and the factor of safety against liquefaction evaluated using the two methods match well for the study area.

  1. Performance evaluation of image-based location recognition approaches based on large-scale UAV imagery

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    Hesse, Nikolas; Bodensteiner, Christoph; Arens, Michael

    2014-10-01

    Recognizing the location where an image was taken, solely based on visual content, is an important problem in computer vision, robotics and remote sensing. This paper evaluates the performance of standard approaches for location recognition when applied to large-scale aerial imagery in both electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) domains. We present guidelines towards optimizing the performance and explore how well a standard location recognition system is suited to handle IR data. We show on three datasets that the performance of the system strongly increases if SIFT descriptors computed on Hessian-Affine regions are used instead of SURF features. Applications are widespread and include vision-based navigation, precise object geo-referencing or mapping.

  2. Performance Evaluation of Palm Oil-Based Biodiesel Combustion in an Oil Burner

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    Abdolsaeid Ganjehkaviri; Mohammad Nazri Mohd Jaafar; Seyed Ehsan Hosseini; Anas Basri Musthafa

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents an experimental investigation of the combustion characteristics of palm methyl ester (PME), also known as palm oil-based biodiesel, in an oil burner system. The performance of conventional diesel fuel (CDF) and various percentages of diesel blended with palm oil-based biodiesel is also studied to evaluate their performance. The performance of the various fuels is evaluated based on the temperature profile of the combustor’s wall and emissions, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx)...

  3. Research on Performance Evaluation of Integrates with Agriculture Food Base and Supermarket

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    Yongqiang Chen

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Performance evaluation of integrate with agriculture food base and supermarket is a research hotspot and difficulty in the theory and practice research of agriculture super-docking mode. The study presents an evaluation indicator system and a fuzzy neural network evaluation algorithm for evaluating performance of integrates with agriculture food base and supermarket. Firstly, a performance evaluation indicator system is designed through analyzing the similarities of general performance evaluation and the specialties of the evaluation of integrates with agriculture food base and supermarket; Secondly, the study integrates the advantages of fuzzy evaluation methods and BP neural network evaluation methods, designs a new algorithm structure, selects different learning methods and analyzes the algorithm performance, then presents a new fuzzy neural network evaluation algorithm; Finally, three integrates are taken for experimental examples and the results illustrate that the improved algorithm can be used for evaluating the performance of integrates with agriculture food base and supermarket feasibly and effectively and can provide reference for evaluating other complex systems.

  4. Performance-based evaluation of commercial-grade items

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    For the last decade, regulatory expectations for the procurement process for nuclear safety-related commercial-grade items (CGIs) have increased. These changes are driven by US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) concern for fraudulent or misrepresented parts and significant marketplace changes. The industry responded to these concerns by developing improved procurement programs that changed the detail to which parts were specified and received and provided for verification of attributes that were critical to successful performance of safety-related function(s). Like its counterparts, Duquesne Light Company (DLCo) began applying enhanced program requirements to procurements initiated after September 1, 1989, in order to meet the industry's January 1, 1990, commitment

  5. Prognostics Performance Evaluation

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This is the first version of the performance evaluation tool. Evaluation is based on point estimates of the RUL predictions. a more detailed documentation will be...

  6. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF CONTENT BASED IMAGE RETRIEVAL FOR MEDICAL IMAGES

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    SASI KUMAR. M

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Content-based image retrieval (CBIR technology benefits not only large image collections management, but also helps clinical care, biomedical research, and education. Digital images are found in X-Rays, MRI, CT which are used for diagnosing and planning treatment schedules. Thus, visual information management is challenging as the data quantity available is huge. Currently, available medical databases utilization is limited image retrieval issues. Archived digital medical images retrieval is always challenging and this is being researched more as images are of great importance in patient diagnosis, therapy, medical reference, and medical training. In this paper, an image matching scheme using Discrete Sine Transform for relevant feature extraction is presented. The efficiency of different algorithm for classifying the features to retrieve medical images is investigated.

  7. Distance Metric Based Oversampling Method for Bioinformatics and Performance Evaluation.

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    Tsai, Meng-Fong; Yu, Shyr-Shen

    2016-07-01

    An imbalanced classification means that a dataset has an unequal class distribution among its population. For any given dataset, regardless of any balancing issue, the predictions made by most classification methods are highly accurate for the majority class but significantly less accurate for the minority class. To overcome this problem, this study took several imbalanced datasets from the famed UCI datasets and designed and implemented an efficient algorithm which couples Top-N Reverse k-Nearest Neighbor (TRkNN) with the Synthetic Minority Oversampling TEchnique (SMOTE). The proposed algorithm was investigated by applying it to classification methods such as logistic regression (LR), C4.5, Support Vector Machine (SVM), and Back Propagation Neural Network (BPNN). This research also adopted different distance metrics to classify the same UCI datasets. The empirical results illustrate that the Euclidean and Manhattan distances are not only more accurate, but also show greater computational efficiency when compared to the Chebyshev and Cosine distances. Therefore, the proposed algorithm based on TRkNN and SMOTE can be widely used to handle imbalanced datasets. Our recommendations on choosing suitable distance metrics can also serve as a reference for future studies. PMID:27185255

  8. Evaluating Teacher Performance Fairly.

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    Sportsman, Michel Allain

    1986-01-01

    Describes foundation and development of a performance-based teacher evaluation method developed in Missouri which makes mastery learning the basis for outcomes of instruction. Eight discrete parts of the teaching act characterizing successful teaching, four criteria important in performance-based evaluation development, and four definable phases…

  9. Performance Evaluation of Enterprise Knowledge Management based on Multiple Attribute Group Decision Making

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    LIU Yan-chi; GUO Hong-wei

    2009-01-01

    Given that the classical performance evaluation models can not deal with the group decision making problems since they simply average the index, we propose an enterprise knowledge management evaluation model based on multiple attribute group decision making (MAGDM). Find the differences between Ordered Weighted Averaging (OWA) and meth- ods for uncertain decision making. Also, analyze the multiple attribute group decision making process and implement the al. gorithm. Finally, apply the method on performance evaluation of four enterprises and make sensitivity analysis towards the evaluation results.

  10. Performance evaluation of Al-Zahra academic medical center based on Iran balanced scorecard model

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    Raeisi, Ahmad Reza; Yarmohammadian, Mohammad Hossein; Bakhsh, Roghayeh Mohammadi; Gangi, Hamid

    2012-01-01

    Background: Growth and development in any country's national health system, without an efficient evaluation system, lacks the basic concepts and tools necessary for fulfilling the system's goals. The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a technique widely used to measure the performance of an organization. The basic core of the BSC is guided by the organization's vision and strategies, which are the bases for the formation of four perspectives of BSC. The goal of this research is the performance evalu...

  11. State of the art of durability-performance evaluation of hardened cement based on phase compositions

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    Upgrading durability-performance evaluation technique for concrete is urgently demanded in connection to its application to radio-active waste repository which needs ultra long-term durability. Common concrete structures also require an advanced method for minimizing the life-cycle cost. The purpose of this research is to investigate current problems and future tasks on durability-performance evaluation of hardened cement from the view point of phase composition. Although the phase composition of hardened cement has not fully been reflected to durability-performance evaluation, it influences concrete durability as well as its pore structure. This report reviews state of the art of the factors affecting phase composition, analytical and experimental evaluation techniques for phase composition, and durability-performance evaluation methods of hardened cement based on phase composition. (author)

  12. Fuzzy logic based sensor performance evaluation of vehicle mounted metal detector systems

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    Abeynayake, Canicious; Tran, Minh D.

    2015-05-01

    Vehicle Mounted Metal Detector (VMMD) systems are widely used for detection of threat objects in humanitarian demining and military route clearance scenarios. Due to the diverse nature of such operational conditions, operational use of VMMD without a proper understanding of its capability boundaries may lead to heavy causalities. Multi-criteria fitness evaluations are crucial for determining capability boundaries of any sensor-based demining equipment. Evaluation of sensor based military equipment is a multi-disciplinary topic combining the efforts of researchers, operators, managers and commanders having different professional backgrounds and knowledge profiles. Information acquired through field tests usually involves uncertainty, vagueness and imprecision due to variations in test and evaluation conditions during a single test or series of tests. This report presents a fuzzy logic based methodology for experimental data analysis and performance evaluation of VMMD. This data evaluation methodology has been developed to evaluate sensor performance by consolidating expert knowledge with experimental data. A case study is presented by implementing the proposed data analysis framework in a VMMD evaluation scenario. The results of this analysis confirm accuracy, practicability and reliability of the fuzzy logic based sensor performance evaluation framework.

  13. Evaluation of Liquefaction Return Period for Bangalore Based on Standard Penetration Test Data: Performance Based Approach

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    Vipin, K. S.; Sitharam, T. G.

    2009-01-01

    Problem statement: The conventional liquefaction evaluation is based on a deterministic approach. However in this method the uncertainty in the earthquake loading is not properly taken into account. However recent research in this field indicates that this uncertainty in the earthquake loading has to be considered in the liquefaction potential evaluation. Moreover the evaluation of liquefaction return period is not possible in the conventional deterministic methods. This study explained the m...

  14. Mergers in Greece: evaluation of the merger related performance of greek companies, accounting based methodology

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    Ζούτσου, Ρούλα

    2001-01-01

    This paper evaluates the financial results of 23 Greek merger transactions that were completed between 1993 and 1998 using the accounting based methodology. A set of 20 performance ratios is examined for a period of 5 years to get an indication of the mean weighted industry- adjusted performance difference between the pre- to post-merger period. Additionally, a cross-sectional analysis is performed to conclude on whether special characteristics of the merger participants are associated with i...

  15. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION METHOD FOR BUSINESS PROCESS OF MACHINERY MANUFACTURER BASED ON DEA/AHP HYBRID MODEL

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    WANG Ting; YI Shuping; YANG Yuanzhao

    2007-01-01

    A set of indices for performance evaluation for business processes with multiple inputs and multiple outputs is proposed, which are found in machinery manufacturers. Based on the traditional methods of data envelopment analysis (DEA) and analytical hierarchical process (AHP), a hybrid model called DEA/AHP model is proposed to deal with the evaluation of business process performance. With the proposed method, the DEA is firstly used to develop a pairwise comparison matrix, and then the AHP is applied to evaluate the performance of business process using the pairwise comparison matrix. The significant advantage of this hybrid model is the use of objective data instead of subjective human judgment for performance evaluation. In the case study, a project of business process reengineering (BPR) with a hydraulic machinery manufacturer is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the DEA/AHP model.

  16. Performance measurement and evaluation

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    Lehmann, Bruce; Timmermann, Allan

    2007-01-01

    We consider performance measurement and evaluation for managed funds. Similarities and differences−both in econometric practice and in interpretation of outcomes of empirical tests−between performance measurement and conventional asset pricing models are analyzed. We also discuss how inference on ‘skill’ is affected when fund managers have market timing information. Performance testing based on portfolio weights is also covered as is recent developments in Bayesian models of performance measu...

  17. Performance evaluation of fuzzy and BPN based congestion controller in WSN

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    Rekha Chakravarthi

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In a Wireless Sensor Network when an event is detected, the network traffic increases. It in turn increases the flow of data packets and congestion. Congestion in Wireless Sensor Network plays a vital role in degrading the performance of the network. Hence it necessitates, developing a novel technique to control congestion. In this paper, soft computing based congestion control technique is proposed. Fuzzy logic and neural network are the soft computing tools used for estimating the packet drop. The performance of the proposed technique is evaluated using Accuracy. From the results, it is proved that neural network based congestion control technique provides better results than fuzzy based congestion control technique.

  18. Performance Evaluation Of Selected Principal Component Analysis-Based Techniques For Face Image Recognition

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    Aluko J. Olubunmi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Principal Component Analysis PCA is an eigen-based technique popularly employed in redundancy removal and feature extraction for face image recognition. In this study performance evaluation of three selected PCA-based techniques was conducted for face recognition. Principal Component Analysis Binary Principal Component Analysis BPCA and Principal Component Analysis Artificial Neural Network PCA-ANN were selected for performance evaluation. A database of 400 50x50 pixels images consisting of 100 different individuals each individual having 4 images with different facial expressions was created. Three hundred images were used for training while 100 images were used for testing the three face recognition systems. The systems were subjected to three selected eigenvectors 75 150 and 300 to determine the effect of the size of eigenvectors on the recognition rate of the systems. The performances of the techniques were evaluated based on recognition rate and total recognition time.The performance evaluation of the three PCA-based systems showed that PCA ANN technique gave the best recognition rate of 94 with a trade-off in recognition time. Also the recognition rates of PCA and B-PCA increased with decreasing number of eigenvectors but PCA-ANN recognition rate was negligible.

  19. Statewide Strategic Forest Resource Planning Programs: Evaluation Based on Context, Process, Outputs, and Performance.

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    Gray, Gerald J.; Ellefson, Paul V.

    1991-01-01

    Evaluation of strategic planning programs is illustrated using the examples of statewide forest resource planning programs implemented by state governments in 1986. Client-based perspectives were studied via a survey of 216 officials affected by the forestry planning program. Considering planning's context, process, outputs, and performance helped…

  20. Performance Evaluation of Extension Education Centers in Universities Based on the Balanced Scorecard

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    Wu, Hung-Yi; Lin, Yi-Kuei; Chang, Chi-Hsiang

    2011-01-01

    This study aims at developing a set of appropriate performance evaluation indices mainly based on balanced scorecard (BSC) for extension education centers in universities by utilizing multiple criteria decision making (MCDM). Through literature reviews and experts who have real practical experiences in extension education, adequate performance…

  1. Performance Evaluation of Bidding-Based Multi-Agent Scheduling Algorithms for Manufacturing Systems

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    Antonio Gordillo

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Artificial Intelligence techniques have being applied to many problems in manufacturing systems in recent years. In the specific field of manufacturing scheduling many studies have been published trying to cope with the complexity of the manufacturing environment. One of the most utilized approaches is (multi agent-based scheduling. Nevertheless, despite the large list of studies reported in this field, there is no resource or scientific study on the performance measure of this type of approach under very common and critical execution situations. This paper focuses on multi-agent systems (MAS based algorithms for task allocation, particularly in manufacturing applications. The goal is to provide a mechanism to measure the performance of agent-based scheduling approaches for manufacturing systems under key critical situations such as: dynamic environment, rescheduling, and priority change. With this mechanism it will be possible to simulate critical situations and to stress the system in order to measure the performance of a given agent-based scheduling method. The proposed mechanism is a pioneering approach for performance evaluation of bidding-based MAS approaches for manufacturing scheduling. The proposed method and evaluation methodology can be used to run tests in different manufacturing floors since it is independent of the workshop configuration. Moreover, the evaluation results presented in this paper show the key factors and scenarios that most affect the market-like MAS approaches for manufacturing scheduling.

  2. Research on Amplifier Performance Evaluation Based on δ-Support Vector Regression

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    Xing Huo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Focusing on the amplifier performance evaluation demand, a novel evaluation strategy based on δ-support vector regression (δ-SVR is proposed in this paper. Lower computer calculation demand is considered firstly. And this is dealt with by the superiority of δ-SVR which can be significantly improved on the number of support vectors. Moreover, the function of δ-SVR employs the modified RBF kernel function which is constructed from an original kernel by removing the last coordinate and adding the linear term with the last coordinate. Experiment adopted the typical circuit Sallen-Key low pass filter to prove the proposed evaluation strategy via the eight performance indexes. Simulation results reveal that the need of the number of δ-SVR support vectors is the lowest among the other two methods LSSVR and ε-SVR under obtaining nearly the same evaluation result. And this is also suitable for promotion computational speed.

  3. Performance Evaluation of K-Mean and Fuzzy C-Mean Image Segmentation Based Clustering Classifier

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    Hind R.M Shaaban

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents Evaluation K-mean and Fuzzy c-mean image segmentation based Clustering classifier. It was followed by thresholding and level set segmentation stages to provide accurate region segment. The proposed stay can get the benefits of the K-means clustering. The performance and evaluation of the given image segmentation approach were evaluated by comparing K-mean and Fuzzy c-mean algorithms in case of accuracy, processing time, Clustering classifier, and Features and accurate performance results. The database consists of 40 images executed by K-mean and Fuzzy c-mean image segmentation based Clustering classifier. The experimental results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed Fuzzy c-mean image segmentation based Clustering classifier. The statistical significance Measures of mean values of Peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR and Mean Square Error (MSE and discrepancy are used for Performance Evaluation of K-mean and Fuzzy c-mean image segmentation. The algorithm’s higher accuracy can be found by the increasing number of classified clusters and with Fuzzy c-mean image segmentation.

  4. Thermodynamic Performance Evaluation of Gas Turbine Based on Tri-generation System

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    Yadav, J.P.

    2013-01-01

    Thermodynamic analysis can be perfect tool for identifying the ways for improving the efficiency of fuel use, and determining the best configuration and equipment size for a Tri-generation plant. In this paper thermodynamic performance evaluation of gas turbine based on tri-generation system has been carried out. The operating parameter at inlet and outlet of each components involved in tri-generation system are determined. By using engineering equation solver (EES) parameters like enthalpy, ...

  5. Study on dynamic team performance evaluation methodology based on team situation awareness model

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    The purpose of this thesis is to provide a theoretical framework and its evaluation methodology of team dynamic task performance of operating team at nuclear power plant under the dynamic and tactical environment such as radiological accident. This thesis suggested a team dynamic task performance evaluation model so called team crystallization model stemmed from Endsely's situation awareness model being comprised of four elements: state, information, organization, and orientation and its quantification methods using system dynamics approach and a communication process model based on a receding horizon control approach. The team crystallization model is a holistic approach for evaluating the team dynamic task performance in conjunction with team situation awareness considering physical system dynamics and team behavioral dynamics for a tactical and dynamic task at nuclear power plant. This model provides a systematic measure to evaluate time-dependent team effectiveness or performance affected by multi-agents such as plant states, communication quality in terms of transferring situation-specific information and strategies for achieving the team task goal at given time, and organizational factors. To demonstrate the applicability of the proposed model and its quantification method, the case study was carried out using the data obtained from a full-scope power plant simulator for 1,000MWe pressurized water reactors with four on-the-job operating groups and one expert group who knows accident sequences. Simulated results team dynamic task performance with reference key plant parameters behavior and team-specific organizational center of gravity and cue-and-response matrix illustrated good symmetry with observed value. The team crystallization model will be useful and effective tool for evaluating team effectiveness in terms of recruiting new operating team for new plant as cost-benefit manner. Also, this model can be utilized as a systematic analysis tool for

  6. Evaluating the performances of statistical and neural network based control charts

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    Teoh, Kok Ban; Ong, Hong Choon

    2015-10-01

    Control chart is used widely in many fields and traditional control chart is no longer adequate in detecting a sudden change in a particular process. So, run rules which are built in into Shewhart X ¯ control chart while Exponential Weighted Moving Average control chart (EWMA), Cumulative Sum control chart (CUSUM) and neural network based control chart are introduced to overcome the limitation regarding to the sensitivity of traditional control chart. In this study, the average run length (ARL) and median run length (MRL) in the shifts in the process mean of control charts mentioned will be computed. We will show that interpretations based only on the ARL can be misleading. Thus, MRL is also used to evaluate the performances of the control charts. From this study, neural network based control chart is found to possess a better performance than run rules of Shewhart X ¯ control chart, EWMA and CUSUM control chart.

  7. Content-based image retrieval system for solid waste bin level detection and performance evaluation.

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    Hannan, M A; Arebey, M; Begum, R A; Basri, Hassan; Al Mamun, Md Abdulla

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents a CBIR system to investigate the use of image retrieval with an extracted texture from the image of a bin to detect the bin level. Various similarity distances like Euclidean, Bhattacharyya, Chi-squared, Cosine, and EMD are used with the CBIR system for calculating and comparing the distance between a query image and the images in a database to obtain the highest performance. In this study, the performance metrics is based on two quantitative evaluation criteria. The first one is the average retrieval rate based on the precision-recall graph and the second is the use of F1 measure which is the weighted harmonic mean of precision and recall. In case of feature extraction, texture is used as an image feature for bin level detection system. Various experiments are conducted with different features extraction techniques like Gabor wavelet filter, gray level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM), and gray level aura matrix (GLAM) to identify the level of the bin and its surrounding area. Intensive tests are conducted among 250 bin images to assess the accuracy of the proposed feature extraction techniques. The average retrieval rate is used to evaluate the performance of the retrieval system. The result shows that, the EMD distance achieved high accuracy and provides better performance than the other distances. PMID:26868844

  8. Performance Evaluation of Palm Oil-Based Biodiesel Combustion in an Oil Burner

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    Abdolsaeid Ganjehkaviri

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an experimental investigation of the combustion characteristics of palm methyl ester (PME, also known as palm oil-based biodiesel, in an oil burner system. The performance of conventional diesel fuel (CDF and various percentages of diesel blended with palm oil-based biodiesel is also studied to evaluate their performance. The performance of the various fuels is evaluated based on the temperature profile of the combustor’s wall and emissions, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx and carbon monoxide (CO. The combustion experiments were conducted using three different oil burner nozzles (1.25, 1.50 and 1.75 USgal/h under lean (equivalence ratio (Φ = 0.8, stoichiometric (Φ = 1 and rich fuel (Φ = 1.2 ratio conditions. The results show that the rate of emission formation decreases as the volume percent of palm biodiesel in a blend increases. PME combustion tests present a lower temperature inside the chamber compared to CDF combustion. High rates of NOx formation occur under lean mixture conditions with the presence of high nitrogen and sufficient temperature, whereas high CO occurs for rich mixtures with low oxygen presence.

  9. Performance Evaluation a Teaching Hospital Affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences Based on Baldrige Excellence Model

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    Fereshteh Farzianpour; Sara Aghababa; Bahram Delgoshaei; Marjan Haghgoo

    2011-01-01

    Problem statement: Today, organizations are willing to achieve quality as a source of competitive advantage. Therefore, their performance evaluation and quality improvement is essential. One of the international models in this field is Baldrige health care model. Approach: The study aimed to evaluate Performance Evaluation a teaching Hospital Affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences Based on Baldrige Excellence Model. Performance was evaluated by two types ...

  10. Magnetic bead-based nucleic acid purification kit: Clinical application and performance evaluation in stool specimens.

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    Yoon, Jihoon G; Kang, Jin Seok; Hwang, Seung Yong; Song, Jaewoo; Jeong, Seok Hoon

    2016-05-01

    Two different methods - the semi-automated magnetic bead-based kit (SK, Stool DNA/RNA Purification kit®) and the manual membrane column-based kit (QS, QIAamp® DNA Stool Mini kit) - for purifying nucleic acids from clinical stool samples were compared and evaluated. The SK kit was more user-friendly than QS due to the reduced manual processing, partial automation, and short turnaround time with half cost. Furthermore, SK produced high yields in both DNA and RNA extractions but poor purity in RNA extraction. In the assessment of rotavirus and Clostridium difficile infection, both kits had equivalent or more sensitive performance compared with the standard method. Although SK showed some interference and inhibition in nucleic acid extraction, the performance, including the repeatability, linearity, analytical sensitivity, and matrix effect, was sufficient for routine clinical use. PMID:27030641

  11. Grid-based performance evaluation of GCM-RCM combinations for rainfall reproduction

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    Danandeh Mehr, Ali; Kahya, Ercan

    2016-03-01

    Prior to hydrological assessment of climate change at catchment scale, an applied methodology is necessary to evaluate the performance of climate models available for a given catchment. This study presents a grid-based performance evaluation approach as well as an intercomparison framework to evaluate the uncertainty of climate models for rainfall reproduction. For this purpose, we used outputs of two general circulation models (GCMs), namely ECHAM5 and CCSM3, downscaled by a regional climate model (RCM), namely RegCM3, over ten small to mid-size catchments in Rize Province, Turkey. To this end, five rainfall-borne climatic statistics are computed from the outputs of ECHAM5-RegCM3 and CCSM3-RegCM3 combinations in order to compare with those of observations in the province for the reference period 1961-1990. Performance of each combination is tested by means of scatter diagram, bias, mean absolute bias, root mean squared error, and model performance index (MPI) measures. Our results indicated that ECHAM5-RegCM3 overestimates the total monthly rainfall observations whereas CCSM3-RegCM3 tends to underestimate. In terms of maximum monthly and annual maximum rainfall reproduction, ECHAM5-RegCM3 shows higher performance than CCSM3-RegCM3, particularly in the coastland areas. In contrast, CCSM3-RegCM3 outperforms ECHAM5-RegCM3 in reproducing the number of rainy days, especially in the inland areas. The results also revealed that if a GCM-RCM combination performs well for a portion (statistic) of a catchment, it is not necessarily appropriate for the other portions (statistics). Moreover, the MPI measure demonstrated the superiority of ECHAM5-RegCM3 to CCSM3-RegCM3 up to 33 % excelling for annual rainfall reproduction in Rize Province.

  12. Performance Based Evaluation of Concrete Strength under Various Curing Conditions to Investigate Climate Change Effects

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    Tae-Kyun Kim

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Recently, the manifestation of global warming-induced climate change has been observed through super typhoons, heavy snowfalls, torrential rains, and extended heat waves. These climate changes have been occurring all over the world and natural disasters have caused severe damage and deterioration of concrete structures and infrastructure. In an effort to deal with these problems due to extreme and abnormal climate changes, studies have been conducted to develop construction technologies and design guidelines. Nevertheless, study results applicable to construction sites continue to be ineffective and insufficient. Therefore, this study proposes ways to cope with climate change by considering the effect of concrete curing condition variations on concrete material performance. More specifically, the 3-, 7- and 28-day compressive and split tensile strength properties of concrete mix cured under various climatic factors including temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and sunlight exposure time were evaluated to determine whether the concrete meets the current design requirements. Thereafter, a performance based evaluation (PBE was performed using satisfaction probabilities based on the test values to understand the problems associated with the current mix proportion design practice and to identify countermeasures to deal with climate change-induced curing conditions.

  13. Novel Approaches to Improve Iris Recognition System Performance Based on Local Quality Evaluation and Feature Fusion

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    Ying Chen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available For building a new iris template, this paper proposes a strategy to fuse different portions of iris based on machine learning method to evaluate local quality of iris. There are three novelties compared to previous work. Firstly, the normalized segmented iris is divided into multitracks and then each track is estimated individually to analyze the recognition accuracy rate (RAR. Secondly, six local quality evaluation parameters are adopted to analyze texture information of each track. Besides, particle swarm optimization (PSO is employed to get the weights of these evaluation parameters and corresponding weighted coefficients of different tracks. Finally, all tracks’ information is fused according to the weights of different tracks. The experimental results based on subsets of three public and one private iris image databases demonstrate three contributions of this paper. (1 Our experimental results prove that partial iris image cannot completely replace the entire iris image for iris recognition system in several ways. (2 The proposed quality evaluation algorithm is a self-adaptive algorithm, and it can automatically optimize the parameters according to iris image samples’ own characteristics. (3 Our feature information fusion strategy can effectively improve the performance of iris recognition system.

  14. Novel approaches to improve iris recognition system performance based on local quality evaluation and feature fusion.

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    Chen, Ying; Liu, Yuanning; Zhu, Xiaodong; Chen, Huiling; He, Fei; Pang, Yutong

    2014-01-01

    For building a new iris template, this paper proposes a strategy to fuse different portions of iris based on machine learning method to evaluate local quality of iris. There are three novelties compared to previous work. Firstly, the normalized segmented iris is divided into multitracks and then each track is estimated individually to analyze the recognition accuracy rate (RAR). Secondly, six local quality evaluation parameters are adopted to analyze texture information of each track. Besides, particle swarm optimization (PSO) is employed to get the weights of these evaluation parameters and corresponding weighted coefficients of different tracks. Finally, all tracks' information is fused according to the weights of different tracks. The experimental results based on subsets of three public and one private iris image databases demonstrate three contributions of this paper. (1) Our experimental results prove that partial iris image cannot completely replace the entire iris image for iris recognition system in several ways. (2) The proposed quality evaluation algorithm is a self-adaptive algorithm, and it can automatically optimize the parameters according to iris image samples' own characteristics. (3) Our feature information fusion strategy can effectively improve the performance of iris recognition system. PMID:24693243

  15. Performance Evaluation for DFB and VCSEL-based 60 GHz Radio-over-Fiber System

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    Pang, Xiaodan; Lebedev, Alexander; Vegas Olmos, Juan José;

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we report on a detailed analysis and performance comparison work between 60 GHz radio-over-fiber systems based on a DFB laser and a C-band VCSEL. Coherent photonic up-conversion method is applied for the 60 GHz millimeter-wave signal generation. The generated signals are evaluated by...... means of phase noise and bit error rate for different transmission scenarios. The results show a positive potential to adopt both DFB lasers and VCSELs for the next generation 60 GHz hybrid fiber-wireless access networks....

  16. AN INTERWORKING IMPLEMENTATION AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION IN IEEE 802.11S BASED CAMPUS MESH NETWORKS

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    G.MERLIN SHEEBA

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available To address deployment schemes over large dispersed geographical area a paradigm shift in the technology was needed. Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN has emerged as a promising technology to such challenging tasks. As wireless network grows it puts an increased demands in infrastructure based networks.802.11s based WMN is a concrete step that address this paradox to make infrastructure itself wireless. As there is a high demand of internet usage and revolution in computer technology in university campuses, we have done a survey among the students on usage of WiFi based communications and henceforth modeled and implemented an interworking Campus Mesh Wi-Fi Network and have evaluated the networks performance.

  17. A QUESTIONNAIRE BASED STUDY TO EVALUATE PERFORMANCE OF A CME PROGRAMME BY THE PARTICIPANTS

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Performance evaluation of any learning – teaching a ctivity by the students is routine exercise at most of the interna tional institutions for higher education. Some speakers prefer to evaluate their own skills by givin g pre-designed set of questions to the prospective participants for their own record and furth er improvement. Here, we have tried to evaluate overall performance of a CME programme as co nceived by the participants. The reasons for doing so were many folds. Firstly, the topic of CME was out of context to medical curriculum and it was sensitive too. Secondly, ther e were no incentives for the participants to attend the programme other than CME theme i.e. no MM C credit hours, no gifts, no food but only a certificate of participation. Lastly, during the planning of CME programme, doubts were expressed by some of the college authorities as rega rd to success of CME. All these prompted us to seek first hand information from the participants regarding their views on CME topic, speakers and academic content. MATERIAL & METHODS: This was a questionnaire based evaluation. All three resident doctors under the gu idance of CME faculty prepared a set of questions to evaluate CME performance in respect of the topic, the speakers and overall assessment of entire activity. The questions were pr epared accordingly and pilot tested in some volunteers. Each question had five options ranging f rom strongly agreed to strongly disagree. Result was expressed in term of percentage response in either ‘agree’ or ‘disagree category’. RESULTS: The response of participants to CME activity was une xpectedly overwhelming. Almost, 85 to 95% of participants liked the topic. All the speakers were highly appreciated for their presentation and knowledge. Nearly 95% of the participants opined favourably to overall success of CME. CONCLUSIONS: From the results, it can be concluded that there wa s overwhelming response from the

  18. Seismic performance evaluation of an MR elastomer-based smart base isolation system using real-time hybrid simulation

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    Recently, magneto-rheological (MR) elastomer-based base isolation systems have been actively studied as alternative smart base isolation systems because MR elastomers are capable of adjusting their modulus or stiffness depending on the magnitude of the applied magnetic field. By taking advantage of the MR elastomers’ stiffness-tuning ability, MR elastomer-based smart base isolation systems strive to alleviate limitations of existing smart base isolation systems as well as passive-type base isolators. Until now, research on MR elastomer-based base isolation systems primarily focused on characterization, design, and numerical evaluations of MR elastomer-based isolators, as well as experimental tests with simple structure models. However, their applicability to large civil structures has not been properly studied yet because it is quite challenging to numerically emulate the complex behavior of MR elastomer-based isolators and to conduct experiments with large-size structures. To address these difficulties, this study employs the real-time hybrid simulation technique, which combines physical testing and computational modeling. The primary goal of the current hybrid simulation study is to evaluate seismic performances of an MR elastomer-based smart base isolation system, particularly its adaptability to distinctly different seismic excitations. In the hybrid simulation, a single-story building structure (non-physical, computational model) is coupled with a physical testing setup for a smart base isolation system with associated components (such as laminated MR elastomers and electromagnets) installed on a shaking table. A series of hybrid simulations is carried out under two seismic excitations having different dominant frequencies. The results show that the proposed smart base isolation system outperforms the passive base isolation system in reducing the responses of the structure for the excitations considered in this study. (paper)

  19. Experimental performance evaluation of heat pump-based steam supply system

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    Kaida, T.; Sakuraba, I.; Hashimoto, K.; Hasegawa, H.

    2015-08-01

    Heat pumps have become increasingly important as a technology to reduce primary energy consumption and greenhouse effect gas emission. They are presently used mainly on residential air-conditioning and domestic hot water and are expected to spread to industrial heating processes. In 2011, Kobe Steel, Ltd. developed and commercialized two heat pump- based steam supply systems; the high efficiency steam supply system with a steam temperature of 120°C (SGH120) and the system which enables a steam temperature of 165°C (sGh165). For promoting the spread of these industrial heat pumps and enhancing the reliability of them, we investigate experimentally steam generation rate, energy efficiency and controlled performance of the SGH165 under various operating conditions on the assumption of actual different industrial processes, and evaluate technical possibilities for better performance.

  20. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION FOR DAMPING CONTROLLERS OF POWER SYSTEMS BASED ON MULTI-AGENT MODELS

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    Ancheng XUE; Yiguang HONG

    2009-01-01

    This paper proposes a multi-layer multi-agent model for the performance evaluation of power systems, which is different from the existing multi-agent ones. To describe the impact of the structure of the networked power system, .the proposed model consists of three kinds of agents that form three layers: control agents such as the generators and associated controllers, information agents to exchange the information based on the wide area measurement system (WAMS) or transmit control signals to the power system stabilizers (PSSs), and network-node agents such as the generation nodes and load nodes connected with transmission lines. An optimal index is presented to evaluate the performance of damping controllers to the system's inter-area oscillation with respect to the information-layer topology.Then, the authors show that the inter-area information exchange is more powerful than the exchange within a given area to control the inter-area low frequency oscillation based on simulation analysis.

  1. Performance Evaluation of Density-Based Outlier Detection on High Dimensional Data

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    P. Murugavel

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Outlier detection is a task that finds objects that are considerably dissimilar, exceptional or inconsistent with respect to the remaining data. Outlier detection has wide applications which include data analysis, financial fraud detection, network intrusion detection and clinical diagnosis of diseases. In data analysis applications, outliers are often considered as error or noise and are removed once detected. Approaches to detect and remove outliers have been studied by several researchers. Density based approaches have been proved to be effective in detecting outliers successfully, but usually requires huge amount of computations. In this paper, two approaches that enhance the traditional density based method for removing outliers are analyzed. The first method uses data partitioning method and usespeed up strategies to avoid large computations. The second method presents a unified clustering and outlier detection using Neighbourhood based Local Density Factor (NLDF. The aim of both the models is to improve the performance of outlier detection, clustering and to speed up the whole process. In this paper, the working of these two papers is studied and a performance evaluation based on clustering efficiency and outlier detection efficiency is presented.

  2. A high-performance spatial database based approach for pathology imaging algorithm evaluation

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    Fusheng Wang

    2013-01-01

    validated data were formatted based on the PAIS data model and loaded into a spatial database. To support efficient data loading, we have implemented a parallel data loading tool that takes advantage of multi-core CPUs to accelerate data injection. The spatial database manages both geometric shapes and image features or classifications, and enables spatial sampling, result comparison, and result aggregation through expressive structured query language (SQL queries with spatial extensions. To provide scalable and efficient query support, we have employed a shared nothing parallel database architecture, which distributes data homogenously across multiple database partitions to take advantage of parallel computation power and implements spatial indexing to achieve high I/O throughput. Results: Our work proposes a high performance, parallel spatial database platform for algorithm validation and comparison. This platform was evaluated by storing, managing, and comparing analysis results from a set of brain tumor whole slide images. The tools we develop are open source and available to download. Conclusions: Pathology image algorithm validation and comparison are essential to iterative algorithm development and refinement. One critical component is the support for queries involving spatial predicates and comparisons. In our work, we develop an efficient data model and parallel database approach to model, normalize, manage and query large volumes of analytical image result data. Our experiments demonstrate that the data partitioning strategy and the grid-based indexing result in good data distribution across database nodes and reduce I/O overhead in spatial join queries through parallel retrieval of relevant data and quick subsetting of datasets. The set of tools in the framework provide a full pipeline to normalize, load, manage and query analytical results for algorithm evaluation.

  3. Performance evaluation of self-breakdown-based single-gap plasma cathode electron gun

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    Niraj Kumar; Nalini Pareek; Udit Narayan Pal; Deepak Kumar Verma; Jitendra Prajapati; Mahesh Kumar; Bharat Lal Meena; Ram Prakash

    2014-06-01

    This paper presents the experimental studies on self-breakdown-based single-gap plasma cathode electron (PCE) gun (5–20 kV/50–160 A) in argon, gas atmosphere and its performance evaluation based on particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation code `OOPIC-Pro’.The PCE-Gun works in conducting phase (low energy, high current) of pseudospark discharge. It produces an intense electron beam, which can propagate more than 200 mm in the drift space region without external magnetic field. The profile of this beam in the drift space region at different breakdown conditions (i.e., gas pressures and applied voltages) has been studied and the experimental results are compared with simulated values. It is demonstrated that ∼30% beam current is lost during the propagation possibly due to space charge neutralization and collisions with neutral particles and walls.

  4. Performance Evaluation of RTLS Based on Active RFID Power Measurement for Dense Moving Objects

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    Kim, Taekyu; Lee, Jin; Lee, Seungbeom; Park, Sin-Chong

    Tracking a large quantity of moving target tags simultaneously is essential for the localization and guidance of people in welfare facilities like hospitals and sanatoriums for the aged. The locating system using active RFID technology consists of a number of fixed RFID readers and tags carried by the target objects, or senior people. We compare the performances of several determination algorithms which use the power measurement of received signals emitted by the moving active RFID tags. This letter presents a study on the effect of collision in tracking large quantities of objects based on active RFID real time location system (RTLS). Traditional trilateration, fingerprinting, and well-known LANDMARC algorithm are evaluated and compared with varying number of moving tags through the SystemC-based computer simulation. From the simulation, we show the tradeoff relationship between the number of moving tags and estimation accuracy.

  5. 基于Spirent的Web应用性能评测%Spirent-based Web Application Performance Evaluation

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    周鹏; 周海鹰; 左德承; 李韬

    2012-01-01

    分析现有在线事务处理(OLTP)类应用评测方法,提出一种基于Spirent的Web应用性能评测方法.采用平均事务响应时间、待测系统资源利用率和每秒事务数作为主要测试指标,将Web服务器和数据库服务器作为一个整体应用,综合评测OLTP类Web应用的软硬件性能,并快速定位Web应用系统的性能瓶颈.测试结果表明,该方法能将Web应用的系统性能提高40多倍,响应时间降低10多倍.%This paper analyzes existing On Line Transaction Processing(OLTP) test methods, presents a Spirent-based Web application performance evaluation. Web server and database server as a whole and comprehensively evaluates the hardware and software performance of OLTP applications by testing Transaction Response Time(TRT), Resource Utilization(RU) of system and Transaction Per Second(TPS) of Web applications. This method can provide the guideline to chose and buy or design and deploy high performance computers. And it rapidly discovers the performance bottlenecks of a Web application, which can provide guidance for Web application optimization. Test results show the method improves the Web performance by more than 40 times, and reduces the response time by more than 10 times.

  6. Evaluation of the Terminal Sequencing and Spacing System for Performance Based Navigation Arrivals

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    Thipphavong, Jane; Jung, Jaewoo; Swenson, Harry N.; Martin, Lynne; Lin, Melody; Nguyen, Jimmy

    2013-01-01

    NASA has developed the Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSS) system, a suite of advanced arrival management technologies combining timebased scheduling and controller precision spacing tools. TSS is a ground-based controller automation tool that facilitates sequencing and merging arrivals that have both current standard ATC routes and terminal Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) routes, especially during highly congested demand periods. In collaboration with the FAA and MITRE's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD), TSS system performance was evaluated in human-in-the-loop (HITL) simulations with currently active controllers as participants. Traffic scenarios had mixed Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) equipage, where the more advanced RNP-equipped aircraft had preferential treatment with a shorter approach option. Simulation results indicate the TSS system achieved benefits by enabling PBN, while maintaining high throughput rates-10% above baseline demand levels. Flight path predictability improved, where path deviation was reduced by 2 NM on average and variance in the downwind leg length was 75% less. Arrivals flew more fuel-efficient descents for longer, spending an average of 39 seconds less in step-down level altitude segments. Self-reported controller workload was reduced, with statistically significant differences at the p less than 0.01 level. The RNP-equipped arrivals were also able to more frequently capitalize on the benefits of being "Best-Equipped, Best- Served" (BEBS), where less vectoring was needed and nearly all RNP approaches were conducted without interruption.

  7. Evaluation of the Team-Based Goals and Performance-Based Incentives (TBGI) Innovation in Bihar

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    Evan Borkum; Anu Rangarajan; Dana Rotz; Swetha Sridharan; Sukhmani Sethi; Mercy Manorajini

    2014-01-01

    This report summarizes a rigorous randomized evaluation of a teamwork and goal-setting intervention in Bihar, India, that uses incentives and lessons from motivational theory to encourage teams of frontline health workers to improve maternal and child health in their communities. The study found large positive impacts on increased teamwork among frontline health workers and improved frequency of home visits and interactions with program beneficiaries, as well as more modest impacts on health ...

  8. A QUESTIONNAIRE BASED STUDY TO EVALUATE PERFORMANCE OF A CME PROGRAMME BY THE PARTICIPANTS

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    Jain; Minakshi; Shantibhushan; Ramanand

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Performance evaluation of any learning – teaching a ctivity by the students is routine exercise at most of the interna tional institutions for higher education. Some speakers prefer to evaluate their own skills by givin g pre-designed set of questions to the prospective participants for their own record and furth er improvement. Here, we have tried to evaluate overall performance of a CME programme as co nceived by the participants. The ...

  9. Performance evaluation of Al-Zahra academic medical center based on Iran balanced scorecard model

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    Raeisi, Ahmad Reza; Yarmohammadian, Mohammad Hossein; Bakhsh, Roghayeh Mohammadi; Gangi, Hamid

    2012-01-01

    Background: Growth and development in any country's national health system, without an efficient evaluation system, lacks the basic concepts and tools necessary for fulfilling the system's goals. The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a technique widely used to measure the performance of an organization. The basic core of the BSC is guided by the organization's vision and strategies, which are the bases for the formation of four perspectives of BSC. The goal of this research is the performance evaluation of Al-Zahra Academic Medical Center in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, based on Iran BSC model. Materials and Methods: This is a combination (quantitative–qualitative) research which was done at Al-Zahra Academic Medical Center in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in 2011. The research populations were hospital managers at different levels. Sampling method was purposive sampling in which the key informed personnel participated in determining the performance indicators of hospital as the BSC team members in focused discussion groups. After determining the conceptual elements in focused discussion groups, the performance objectives (targets) and indicators of hospital were determined and sorted in perspectives by the group discussion participants. Following that, the performance indicators were calculated by the experts according to the predetermined objectives; then, the score of each indicator and the mean score of each perspective were calculated. Results: Research findings included development of the organizational mission, vision, values, objectives, and strategies. The strategies agreed upon by the participants in the focus discussion group included five strategies, which were customer satisfaction, continuous quality improvement, development of human resources, supporting innovation, expansion of services and improving the productivity. Research participants also agreed upon four perspectives for the Al-Zahra hospital BSC. In the patients and community

  10. Performance Evaluation of Mobile Ad Hoc Network Based Communications for Future Mobile Tele-Emergency System

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    Viswacheda, D. V.; Barukang, L.; Hamid, M. Y.; Arifianto, M. S.

    Sparked by awareness of the limitations to provide medical services in remote areas, researchers have perceived that developing telemedicine systems is inevitable. In most cases very remote areas and disaster struck areas lack telecommunication infrastructure. Telemedicine system operating in such areas must have advanced wireless technology supporting it in devastating situation, hence it is called as tele-emergency system. Our approach is on MANET combined with Mobile IP and MIPV6, is the basis of infrastructure for the mobile tele-emergency system. The tele-emergency system requires data, voice and video transmission in its network. In this investigation, evaluation is based on simulation of the various ITU-T standard CODECs of VoIP and video transmission over MANET using discrete event simulator NS-2. The results of simulation showed that ITU-T G723.1 worked well in the MANET environment than the other CODECs for VoIP in fixed and mobility tele-emergency environments. From the simulation of video CODEC performance evaluation, it was observed that H.263 performed to a great extent in random small scale environment and also in multiple video flow of 57.6kbps speed video transmission.

  11. Performance Based Evaluation of Industrial Grade Resins Duolite ARA-9366 and Duolite A-368

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    Singare, P. U.

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available This study deals with performance evaluation of nuclear and non-nuclear grade resins Duolite ARA-9366 and Duolite A-368 by application of the radioanalytical technique. The evaluation was made based on kinetics data of ion-isotopic exchange reactions using 131I and 82Br radioactive tracer isotopes. It was observed that under identical experimental conditions of 35.0 °C, 1.000 g of ion exchange resins and 0.002 mol l -1 labelled iodide ion solution, the values of specific reaction rate in min-1 and initial rate of iodide ion exchange in mmol min -1 was 0.173 and 0.044 respectively for Duolite ARA-9366 resin; that was higher than the values of 0.129 and 0.030 respectively report- ed for Duolite A-368 resins. The identical trend was observed for the two resins during bromide ion-isotopic exchange reaction. The results of this investigation show the existence of a strong positive co-relationship between the amount of ions exchanged and the concentration of ionic solution; as well as the existence of a strong negative co-relationship between the amount of ions exchanged and the temperature of the exchanging medium for both resins. The overall results indicate superior performance of Duolite ARA-9366 over Duolite A-368 under identical experimental conditions.

  12. Performance evaluation of wavelet-based ECG compression algorithms for telecardiology application over CDMA network.

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    Kim, Byung S; Yoo, Sun K

    2007-09-01

    The use of wireless networks bears great practical importance in instantaneous transmission of ECG signals during movement. In this paper, three typical wavelet-based ECG compression algorithms, Rajoub (RA), Embedded Zerotree Wavelet (EZ), and Wavelet Transform Higher-Order Statistics Coding (WH), were evaluated to find an appropriate ECG compression algorithm for scalable and reliable wireless tele-cardiology applications, particularly over a CDMA network. The short-term and long-term performance characteristics of the three algorithms were analyzed using normal, abnormal, and measurement noise-contaminated ECG signals from the MIT-BIH database. In addition to the processing delay measurement, compression efficiency and reconstruction sensitivity to error were also evaluated via simulation models including the noise-free channel model, random noise channel model, and CDMA channel model, as well as over an actual CDMA network currently operating in Korea. This study found that the EZ algorithm achieves the best compression efficiency within a low-noise environment, and that the WH algorithm is competitive for use in high-error environments with degraded short-term performance with abnormal or contaminated ECG signals. PMID:17701824

  13. Design, Implementation, and Performance Evaluation of Efficient PMIPv6 Based Mobile Multicast Sender Support Schemes

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    Lili Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Proxy Mobile IPv6 (PMIPv6 is proposed as a promising network-based mobility management protocol, which does not need any participation of mobile nodes. PMIPv6 does not support the multicast well and most of the current research concentrates on the mobile multicast receiver. However, the mobile multicast sender is also very important and challenging, which has not been addressed well. Therefore, in this paper we propose two efficient PMIPv6 based mobile multicast sender support schemes which are PMIP bidirectional tunneling (PMIP-BT and PMIP direct routing (PMIP-DR. In the PMIP-BT, the multicast traffic can be delivered through the PMIPv6 bidirectional tunnel, while, in the PMIP-DR, the multicast data can be transmitted via an optimized direct multicast routing. Both of them can support the multicast sender mobility transparently enabled in the PMIPv6 networks. We evaluate the performance of the proposed schemes by theoretical analysis, and the numerical results show that the proposed schemes have a better performance in terms of the signaling cost than the current schemes. Meanwhile, the proposed schemes are also implemented on the test bed, and the experimental results not only verify the validity and feasibility of our proposed schemes, but also conclude the different scenarios to which they are applicable.

  14. Performance evaluation of bipolar and tripolar excitations during nozzle-jetting-based alginate microsphere fabrication

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    Microspheres, small spherical (polymeric) particles with or without second phase materials embedded or encapsulated, are important for many biomedical applications such as drug delivery and organ printing. Scale-up fabrication with the ability to precisely control the microsphere size and morphology has always been of great manufacturing interest. The objective of this work is to experimentally study the performance differences of bipolar and tripolar excitation waveforms in using drop-on-demand (DOD)-based single nozzle jetting for alginate microsphere fabrication. The fabrication performance has been evaluated based on the formability of alginate microspheres as a function of materials properties (sodium alginate and calcium chloride concentrations) and operating conditions. The operating conditions for each excitation include voltage rise/fall times, dwell times and excitation voltage amplitudes. Overall, the bipolar excitation is more robust in making spherical, monodispersed alginate microspheres as good microspheres for its wide working range of material properties and operating conditions, especially during the fabrication of highly viscous materials such as the 2% sodium alginate solution. For both bipolar and tripolar excitations, the sodium alginate concentration and the voltage dwell times should be carefully selected to achieve good microsphere formability. (paper)

  15. Evaluating stream health based environmental justice model performance at different spatial scales

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    Daneshvar, Fariborz; Nejadhashemi, A. Pouyan; Zhang, Zhen; Herman, Matthew R.; Shortridge, Ashton; Marquart-Pyatt, Sandra

    2016-07-01

    This study evaluated the effects of spatial resolution on environmental justice analysis concerning stream health. The Saginaw River Basin in Michigan was selected since it is an area of concern in the Great Lakes basin. Three Bayesian Conditional Autoregressive (CAR) models (ordinary regression, weighted regression and spatial) were developed for each stream health measure based on 17 socioeconomic and physiographical variables at three census levels. For all stream health measures, spatial models had better performance compared to the two non-spatial ones at the census tract and block group levels. Meanwhile no spatial dependency was found at the county level. Multilevel Bayesian CAR models were also developed to understand the spatial dependency at the three levels. Results showed that considering level interactions improved models' prediction. Residual plots also showed that models developed at the block group and census tract (in contrary to county level models) are able to capture spatial variations.

  16. Evaluation of the Performance of the Hybrid Lattice Boltzmann Based Numerical Flux

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    Zheng, H. W.; Shu, C.

    2016-06-01

    It is well known that the numerical scheme is a key factor to the stability and accuracy of a Navier-Stokes solver. Recently, a new hybrid lattice Boltzmann numerical flux (HLBFS) is developed by Shu's group. It combines two different LBFS schemes by a switch function. It solves the Boltzmann equation instead of the Euler equation. In this article, the main object is to evaluate the ability of this HLBFS scheme by our in-house cell centered hybrid mesh based Navier-Stokes code. Its performance is examined by several widely-used bench-mark test cases. The comparisons on results between calculation and experiment are conducted. They show that the scheme can capture the shock wave as well as the resolving of boundary layer.

  17. Application and Evaluation of Control Modes for Risk-Based Engine Performance Enhancements

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    Liu, Yuan; Litt, Jonathan S.; Sowers, T. Shane; Owen, A. Karl; Guo, Ten-Huei

    2015-01-01

    The engine control system for civil transport aircraft imposes operational limits on the propulsion system to ensure compliance with safety standards. However, during certain emergency situations, aircraft survivability may benefit from engine performance beyond its normal limits despite the increased risk of failure. Accordingly, control modes were developed to improve the maximum thrust output and responsiveness of a generic high-bypass turbofan engine. The algorithms were designed such that the enhanced performance would always constitute an elevation in failure risk to a consistent predefined likelihood. This paper presents an application of these risk-based control modes to a combined engine/aircraft model. Through computer and piloted simulation tests, the aim is to present a notional implementation of these modes, evaluate their effects on a generic airframe, and demonstrate their usefulness during emergency flight situations. Results show that minimal control effort is required to compensate for the changes in flight dynamics due to control mode activation. The benefits gained from enhanced engine performance for various runway incursion scenarios are investigated. Finally, the control modes are shown to protect against potential instabilities during propulsion-only flight where all aircraft control surfaces are inoperable.

  18. Evaluating clinicians’ teaching performance

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    Boerebach, B.C.M.

    2014-01-01

    The focus of this thesis is evaluations of clinicians’ teaching performance in postgraduate medical education in the Netherlands. More specifically we studied formative evaluations, which clinicians use to generate a critical appraisal of their performance for their personal development. Research that was conducted during the last two decades revealed that humans are probably predisposed to being poor at unguided self-generated evaluations of their own performance. Therefore, the availability...

  19. Malawi - Threshold Performance Evaluation

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    Millenium Challenge Corporation — This ex post performance evaluation was carried out to provide an independent, objective investigation into the effectiveness and efficacy of MTP activities, using...

  20. Computer Architecture Performance Evaluation Methods

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    Eeckhout, Lieven

    2010-01-01

    Performance evaluation is at the foundation of computer architecture research and development. Contemporary microprocessors are so complex that architects cannot design systems based on intuition and simple models only. Adequate performance evaluation methods are absolutely crucial to steer the research and development process in the right direction. However, rigorous performance evaluation is non-trivial as there are multiple aspects to performanceevaluation, such as picking workloads, selecting an appropriate modeling or simulation approach, running the model and interpreting the results usi

  1. Performance Evaluation of Sadoghi Hospital Based on «EFQM» Organizational Excellence Model

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    A Sanayeei; Shahin, A.; M Younesi far

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Realm of health care that organizations have faced in recent years has been described with high level of dynamism and development. To survive in such conditions, performance evaluation can have an effective role in satisfying proper quality for services. This study aimed to evaluate the performance of Shahid Sadoghi Yazd hospital through EFQM approach. Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study. Data collection instrument was EFQM organization Excellence Model questio...

  2. Performance Evaluation Based on the Robust Mahalanobis Distance and Multilevel Modelling Using Two New Strategies

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    Shukur, Ghazi; Hussain, Shakir; Mohammed, Mohammed; Holder, Roger; Almasri, Abdullah

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we propose a general framework for performance evaluation of organisations and individuals over time using routinely collected performance variables or indicators. Such variables or indicators are often correlated over time, with missing observations, and often come from heavy tailed distributions shaped by outliers. Two double robust strategies are used for evaluation (ranking) of sampling units. Strategy 1 can handle missing data using residual maximum likelihood (RML) at stag...

  3. Performance Evaluation of Security Protocols

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    Genge, Bela

    2009-01-01

    We propose a comparative performance evaluation of security protocols. The novelty of our approach lies in the use of a polynomial mathematical model that captures the performance of classes of cryptographic algorithms instead of capturing the performance of each algorithm separately, approach that is used in other papers. A major advantage of using such a model is that it does not require implementation-specific information, because the decision is based on comparing the estimated performances of protocols instead of actually evaluating them. The approach is validated by comparatively evaluating the performances of 1000 automatically generated security protocols against the performances of their actual implementations.

  4. The method for evaluation of irradiated fuel performance based on Gamma - Spectrometric analysis of fission products

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    One of the main aims of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) activities is safeguards control related to the nuclear weapons nonproliferation treaty. To solve this problem, IAEA performs the control of nuclear reactors operation regimes independent of the operator's data. In cases where direct control is impossible, the control of reactor operation regimes may be carried out indirectly by means of spent-fuel parameter investigation. Such spent-fuel parameters as the contents of nuclides 235U, 239Pu, initial fuel enrichment, decay cooling time, and average neutron flux are able to characterize the reactor operation regime. Evaluation of the aforementioned parameters may be carried out utilizing gamma-spectrometric analysis of fission products. Existing methods of gamma-spectrometric data interpretation require information about irradiation history and cooling time after fuel withdrawal. For a research reactor, this information may be incorrect or falsified by the reactor operator; therefore, application of these methods for control of reactor operation regimes is not quite correct. This paper describes a method for spent-fuel parameter evaluation that is based only on utilization of experimental information on ratios of fission product concentrations without data on irradiation history and cooling time

  5. Performance Evaluation of a Nanofluid-Based Direct Absorption Solar Collector with Parabolic Trough Concentrator

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    Guoying Xu

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Application of solar collectors for hot water supply, space heating, and cooling plays a significant role in reducing building energy consumption. For conventional solar collectors, solar radiation is absorbed by spectral selective coating on the collectors’ tube/plate wall. The poor durability of the coating can lead to an increased manufacturing cost and unreliability for a solar collector operated at a higher temperature. Therefore, a novel nanofluid-based direct absorption solar collector (NDASC employing uncoated collector tubes has been proposed, and its operating characteristics for medium-temperature solar collection were theoretically and experimentally studied in this paper. CuO/oil nanofluid was prepared and used as working fluid of the NDASC. The heat-transfer mechanism of the NDASC with parabolic trough concentrator was theoretically evaluated and compared with a conventional indirect absorption solar collector (IASC. The theoretical analysis results suggested that the fluid’s temperature distribution in the NDASC was much more uniform than that in the IASC, and an enhanced collection efficiency could be achieved for the NDASC operated within a preferred working temperature range. To demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed NDASC, experimental performances of an NDASC and an IASC with the same parabolic trough concentrator were furthermore evaluated and comparatively discussed.

  6. Thermodynamic Performance Evaluation of Gas Turbine Based on Tri-generation System

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    J. P. Yadav

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Thermodynamic analysis can be perfect tool for identifying the ways for improving the efficiency of fuel use, and determining the best configuration and equipment size for a Tri-generation plant. In this paper thermodynamic performance evaluation of gas turbine based on tri-generation system has been carried out. The operating parameter at inlet and outlet of each components involved in tri-generation system are determined. By using engineering equation solver (EES parameters like enthalpy, entropy, exergy; etc are determined. The system performance parameters (first law, second law efficiency and exergy are estimated with the help of these parameters. Parametric study has been done to investigate the effects of overall pressure ratio, turbine inlet temperature, and inlet air temperature on exergy destruction, first law efficiency, electrical to thermal energy ratio and second law efficiency of the components and overall system. The thermodynamic analysis shows the exergy destruction in combustion chamber and HRSG is significantly affected by the pressure ratio and TIT.

  7. Optical DQPSK Modulation Performance Evaluation

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    Costa, Nelson; Cartaxo, Adolfo

    2010-01-01

    The performance evaluation of simulated optical DQPSK modulation has been analysed. The EDP of DQPSK signals is approximately Gaussian-distributed. Thus, a SASM for DQPSK systems performance evaluation based on the GA has been proposed. The SASM relies on the use of the closed-form expressions derived for the mean and STD of the EDP

  8. Performance evaluation of symmetric supercapacitor based on cobalt hydroxide [Co(OH)2] thin film electrodes

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    In the present investigation, we have successfully assembled symmetric supercapacitor device based on cobalt hydroxide [Co(OH)2] thin film electrodes using 1 M KOH as an electrolyte. Initially, potentiodynamic electrodeposition method is employed for the preparation of Co(OH)2 thin films onto stainless steel substrate. These films are characterized for structural and morphological elucidations using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The XRD reveals formation of β-Co(OH)2 material with hexagonal crystal structure. The SEM images show formation of nanoflakes like microstructure with average flake width 100 nm. Electrochemical characterizations of Co(OH)2 based symmetric supercapacitor cell are carried out using cyclic voltammetry, charge–discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. In the performance evaluation the maximum values of specific capacitance, specific energy and specific power are encountered as 44 F g−1, 3.96 Wh kg−1 and 42 kW kg−1. The value of equivalent series resistance (ESR) is estimated as 2.3 Ω using EIS

  9. A fuzzy MCDM approach for evaluating school performance based on linguistic information

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    Musani, Suhaina; Jemain, Abdul Aziz

    2013-11-01

    Decision making is the process of finding the best option among the feasible alternatives. This process should consider a variety of criteria, but this study only focus on academic achievement. The data used is the percentage of candidates who obtained Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) in Melaka based on school academic achievement for each subject. 57 secondary schools in Melaka as listed by the Ministry of Education involved in this study. Therefore the school ranking can be done using MCDM (Multi Criteria Decision Making) methods. The objective of this study is to develop a rational method for evaluating school performance based on linguistic information. Since the information or level of academic achievement provided in linguistic manner, there is a possible chance of getting incomplete or uncertain problems. So in order to overcome the situation, the information could be provided as fuzzy numbers. Since fuzzy set represents the uncertainty in human perceptions. In this research, VIKOR (Multi Criteria Optimization and Compromise Solution) has been used as a MCDM tool for the school ranking process in fuzzy environment. Results showed that fuzzy set theory can solve the limitations of using MCDM when there is uncertainty problems exist in the data.

  10. PV (photovoltaics) performance evaluation and simulation-based energy yield prediction for tropical buildings

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    Air pollution and climate change increased the importance of renewable energy resources like solar energy in the last decades. Rack-mounted PhotoVoltaics (PV) and Building Integrated PhotoVoltaics (BIPV) are the most common photovoltaic systems which convert incident solar radiation on façade or surrounding area to electricity. In this paper the performance of different solar cell types is evaluated for the tropical weather of Singapore. As a case study, on-site measured data of PV systems implemented in a zero energy building in Singapore, is analyzed. Different types of PV systems (silicon wafer and thin film) have been installed on rooftop, façade, car park shelter, railing and etc. The impact of different solar cell generations, arrays environmental conditions (no shading, dappled shading, full shading), orientation (South, North, East or West facing) and inclination (between PV module and horizontal direction) is investigated on performance of modules. In the second stage of research, the whole PV systems in the case study are simulated in EnergyPlus energy simulation software with several PV performance models including Simple, Equivalent one-diode and Sandia. The predicted results by different models are compared with measured data and the validated model is used to provide simulation-based energy yield predictions for wide ranges of scenarios. It has been concluded that orientation of low-slope rooftop PV has negligible impact on annual energy yield but in case of PV external sunshade, east façade and panel slope of 30–40° are the most suitable location and inclination. - Highlights: • Characteristics of PV systems in tropics are analyzed in depth. • The ambiguity toward amorphous panel energy yield in tropics is discussed. • Equivalent-one diode and Sandia models can fairly predict the energy yield. • A general guideline is provided to estimate the energy yield of PV systems in tropics

  11. Videoconferencing of a national program for residents on evidence-based practice: early performance evaluation.

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    O'Regan, Kevin

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the medium of videoconferencing for the delivery of a course for radiology residents in practice-based learning (PBL), including evidence-based practice, at centers geographically separated from the principal teaching site.

  12. Performance Evaluation of Photovoltaic Models Based on a Solar Model Tester

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    Salih Mohammed Salih; Firas Fadhil Salih; Mustafa Lateef Hasan; Mustafa Yaseen Bedaiawi

    2012-01-01

    The performances of 130 W (Solara PV) and 100 W (Sunworth PV) solar modules are evaluated using a single diode equivalent circuit. The equivalent circuit is able to simulate both the I–V and P–V characteristic curves, and is used to study the effect of the operating temperature, diode ideality factor, series resistance, and solar irradiance level on the model performance. The results of the PV characteristics curves are compared with the parameters from the manufacturing companies for each mo...

  13. Based on Regular Expression Matching of Evaluation of the Task Performance in WSN: A Queue Theory Approach

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    2014-01-01

    Due to the limited resources of wireless sensor network, low efficiency of real-time communication scheduling, poor safety defects, and so forth, a queuing performance evaluation approach based on regular expression match is proposed, which is a method that consists of matching preprocessing phase, validation phase, and queuing model of performance evaluation phase. Firstly, the subset of related sequence is generated in preprocessing phase, guiding the validation phase distributed matching...

  14. Using Importance Performance Analysis to Evaluate the Satisfaction of Activity-Based Costing Adopters

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    Karim Charaf; Ahmed Fath-Allah Rahmouni

    2014-01-01

    This paper examines the satisfaction of the users of Activity-Based Costing (ABC) of Moroccan companies. Relying on the Importance Performance Analysis (IPA) tool, we attempt to analyze the importance and the performance that ABC uses to identify strengths and weaknesses; and therefore, develop a possible method to improve different applications. Using the survey method, two types of companies were studied: Activity Based costing (ABC) adopters and non-ABC adopters. The results suggest that t...

  15. Performance Evaluation of Mesh based Multicast Reactive Routing Protocol under Black Hole Attack

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    Anita, E A Mary

    2009-01-01

    A mobile ad-hoc network is an autonomous system of mobile nodes connected by wireless links in which nodes cooperate by forwarding packets for each other thereby enabling communication beyond direct wireless transmission range. The wireless and dynamic nature of ad-hoc networks makes them vulnerable to attacks especially in routing protocols. Providing security in mobile ad-hoc networks has been a major issue over the recent years. One of the prominent mesh base reactive multicast routing protocols used in ad-hoc networks is On Demand Multicast Routing protocol (ODMRP). The security of ODMRP is compromised by a primary routing attack called black hole attack. In this attack a malicious node advertises itself as having the shortest path to the node whose packets it wants to intercept. This paper discusses the impact of black hole attack on ODMRP under various scenarios. The performance is evaluated using metrics such as packet delivery ratio and end to end delay for various numbers of senders and receivers via...

  16. Performance Evaluation of Closed-Loop Spatial Multiplexing Codebook Based on Indoor MIMO Channel Measurement

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    Junjun Gao

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Closed-loop MIMO technique standardized in LTE can support different layer transmissions through precoding operation to match the channel multiplexing capability. However, the performance of the limited size codebook still needs to be evaluated in real channel environment for further insights. Based on the wideband MIMO channel measurement in a typical indoor scenario, capacity loss (CL of the limited size codebook relative to perfect precoding is studied first in two extreme channel conditions. The results show that current codebook design for single layer transmission is nearly capacity lossless, and the CL will increase with the number of transmitted layers. Furthermore, the capacity improvement of better codebook selection criterions is very limited compared to CL. Then we define the maximum capacity boost achieved by frequency domain layer adaption (FDLA and investigate its sensitivity to SNR and channel condition. To survey the effect of frequency domain channel variation on MIMO-OFDM system, we define a function to measure the fluctuation levels of the key channel metrics within a subband and reveal the inherent relationship between them. Finally, a capacity floor resulted as the feedback interval increases in frequency domain.

  17. Performance Evaluation of Rural Cooperative Economic Organizations in Hunan Province Based on Structural Equation

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    Naman; YANG

    2015-01-01

    Using the method of structural equation and balanced scorecard,this paper establishes the evaluation indicators and evaluation model for the performance of 21 rural cooperative economic organizations in X City of Hunan Province,and analyzes the relationship between indicators and dimensions of performance evaluation indicators,in order to find the influencing factors,obstacles and successful experience concerning the development of rural cooperative economic organizations. According to model analysis and conclusions,this paper sets forth the recommendations for promoting the development of rural cooperative economic organizations in Hunan Province,in order to provide a scientific basis for the institutional design and mechanism innovation of rural cooperative economic organizations in Hunan Province.

  18. Novel Approaches to Improve Iris Recognition System Performance Based on Local Quality Evaluation and Feature Fusion

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    Ying Chen; Yuanning Liu; Xiaodong Zhu; Huiling Chen; Fei He; Yutong Pang

    2014-01-01

    For building a new iris template, this paper proposes a strategy to fuse different portions of iris based on machine learning method to evaluate local quality of iris. There are three novelties compared to previous work. Firstly, the normalized segmented iris is divided into multitracks and then each track is estimated individually to analyze the recognition accuracy rate (RAR). Secondly, six local quality evaluation parameters are adopted to analyze texture information of each track. Besides...

  19. PARALLEL IMPLEMENTATION OF CROSS-LAYER OPTIMIZATION - A PERFORMANCE EVALUATION BASED ON SWARM INTELLIGENCE

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    Vanaja Gokul

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In distributed systems real time optimizations need to be performed dynamically for better utilization of the network resources. Real time optimizations can be performed effectively by using Cross Layer Optimization (CLO within the network operating system. This paper presents the performance evaluation of Cross Layer Optimization (CLO in comparison with the traditional approach of Single-Layer Optimization (SLO. In the parallel implementation of the approaches the experimental study carried out indicates that the CLO results in a significant improvement in network utilization when compared to SLO. A variant of the Particle Swarm Optimization technique that utilizes Digital Pheromones (PSODP for better performance has been used here. A significantly higher speed up in performance was observed from the parallel implementation of CLO that used PSODP on a cluster of nodes.

  20. Performance Evaluation of Sadoghi Hospital Based on «EFQM» Organizational Excellence Model

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    A Sanayeei

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Realm of health care that organizations have faced in recent years has been described with high level of dynamism and development. To survive in such conditions, performance evaluation can have an effective role in satisfying proper quality for services. This study aimed to evaluate the performance of Shahid Sadoghi Yazd hospital through EFQM approach. Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study. Data collection instrument was EFQM organization Excellence Model questionnaire which was completed by all the managers. The research data was gathered from a sample of 302 patients, staff, personnel and medical staff working in different parts of the hospital. Random stratified samples were selected and descriptive statistics were utilized in order to analyze the data. Results: The results revealed that Shahid Sadoughi hospital acquired 185.41 points out of the total 500 points considered in the model EFQM. In other words, the rating reflects the fact that regarding the defined desired position, the hospital has not achieved the desired rating. Conclusion: Since the hospital performance is posited in a low-middle class, much more attention is required in regard to therapeutic management in this hospital. Therefore, codifying an efficient and effective program to improve the hospital performance is necessary. Furthermore, it seems that EFQM model can be considered as a comprehensive model for performance evaluation in hospitals.

  1. Performance evaluation of a hand-held, semiconductor (CdZnTe)-based gamma camera

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    We have designed and developed a small field of view gamma camera, the eZ SCOPE, based on use of a CdZnTe semiconductor. This device utilises proprietary signal processing technology and an interface to a computer-based imaging system. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of the eZ scope in comparison with currently employed gamma camera technology. The detector is a single wafer of 5-mm-thick CdZnTe that is divided into a 16 x 16 array (256 pixels). The sensitive area of the detector is a square of dimension 3.2 cm. Two parallel-hole collimators are provided with the system and have a matching (256 hole) pattern to the CdZnTe detector array: a low-energy, high-resolution parallel-hole (LEHR) collimator fabricated of lead and a low-energy, high-sensitivity parallel-hole (LEHS) collimator fabricated of tungsten. Performance measurements and the data analysis were done according to the procedures of the NEMA standard. We also studied the long-term stability of the system with continuous use and variations in ambient temperature. Results were as follows. Intrinsic energy resolution: 8.6% FWHM at 141 keV. Linearity: There was excellent linearity between the observed photopeaks and the known gamma ray energies for the given isotopes. Intrinsic system uniformity: For the central field of view, the integral uniformity and the differential uniformity were, respectively, 1.6% and 1.3% with the LEHR collimator and 1.9% and 1.2% with the LEHS collimator. System spatial resolution: The FWHM measurements made at the surface of the collimator were 2.2 mm (LEHR) and 2.9 mm (LEHS). Contrast test: The average S/N ratios (i.e. counts in the irradiated pixel divided by counts in the surrounding pixels) for the inner ring pixels (8)/outer ring pixels (16) using the LEHS collimator and LEHR collimator were 3.2%/0.2% and 3.7%/0.3%, respectively. Count rate characteristics: We could not determine the maximum count rate and the 20% loss count rate from these data

  2. Computational Principle and Performance Evaluation of Coherent Ising Machine Based on Degenerate Optical Parametric Oscillator Network

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    Yoshitaka Haribara; Shoko Utsunomiya; Yoshihisa Yamamoto

    2016-01-01

    We present the operational principle of a coherent Ising machine (CIM) based on a degenerate optical parametric oscillator (DOPO) network. A quantum theory of CIM is formulated, and the computational ability of CIM is evaluated by numerical simulation based on c-number stochastic differential equations. We also discuss the advanced CIM with quantum measurement-feedback control and various problems which can be solved by CIM.

  3. Computational Principle and Performance Evaluation of Coherent Ising Machine Based on Degenerate Optical Parametric Oscillator Network

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    Yoshitaka Haribara

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available We present the operational principle of a coherent Ising machine (CIM based on a degenerate optical parametric oscillator (DOPO network. A quantum theory of CIM is formulated, and the computational ability of CIM is evaluated by numerical simulation based on c-number stochastic differential equations. We also discuss the advanced CIM with quantum measurement-feedback control and various problems which can be solved by CIM.

  4. Measurement-Based Evaluation of Installed Filtration System Performance in Single-Family Homes

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    Chan, Wanyu Rengie; Singer, Brett C.

    2014-04-03

    This guide discusses important study design issues to consider when conducting an on-site evaluation of filtration system performance. The two most important dichotomies to consider in developing a study protocol are (1) whether systems are being evaluated in occupied or unoccupied homes and (2) whether different systems are being compared in the same homes or if the comparison is between systems installed in different homes. This document provides perspective and recommendations about a suite of implementation issues including the choice of particle measurement devices, selection of sampling locations, ways to control and/or monitor factors and processes that can impact particle concentrations, and data analysis approaches.

  5. The Effect of Performance-Based Financial Incentives on Improving Patient Care Experiences: A Statewide Evaluation

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    Hector P. Rodriguez; Glahn, Ted; Elliott, Marc N.; Rogers, William H.; Safran, Dana Gelb

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND Patient experience measures are central to many pay-for-performance (P4P) programs nationally, but the effect of performance-based financial incentives on improving patient care experiences has not been assessed. METHODS The study uses Clinician & Group CAHPS data from commercially insured adult patients (n = 124,021) who had visits with 1,444 primary care physicians from 25 California medical groups between 2003 and 2006. Medical directors were interviewed to assess the magnitude ...

  6. Performance evaluation of imaging seeker tracking algorithm based on multi-features

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    Li, Yujue; Yan, Jinglong

    2011-08-01

    The paper presents a new efficient method for performance evaluation of imaging seeker tracking algorithm. The method utilizes multi features which associate with tracking point of each video frame, gets local score(LS) for every feature, and achieves global score(GS) for given tracking algorithm according to the combined strategy. The method can be divided into three steps. In a first step, it extracts evaluation feature from neighbor zone of each tracking point. The feature may include tracking error, shape of target, area of target, tracking path, and so on. Then, as to each feature, a local score can be got rely on the number of target which tracked successfully. It uses similarity measurement and experiential threshold between neighbor zone of tracking point and target template to define tracking successful or not. Of course, the number should be 0 or 1 for single target tracking. Finally, it assigns weight for each feature according to the validity grade for the performance. The weights multiply by local scores and normalized between 0 and 1, this gets global score of certain tracking algorithm. By compare the global score of each tracking algorithm as to certain type of scene, it can evaluate the performance of tracking algorithm quantificational. The proposed method nearly covers all tracking error factors which can be introduced into the process of target tracking, so the evaluation result has a higher reliability. Experimental results, obtained with flying video of infrared imaging seeker, and also included several target tracking algorithms, illustrate the performance of target tracking, demonstrate the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed method.

  7. Rock Drilling Performance Evaluation by an Energy Dissipation Based Rock Brittleness Index

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    Munoz, H.; Taheri, A.; Chanda, E. K.

    2016-08-01

    To reliably estimate drilling performance both tool-rock interaction laws along with a proper rock brittleness index are required to be implemented. In this study, the performance of a single polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) cutter cutting and different drilling methods including PDC rotary drilling, roller-cone rotary drilling and percussive drilling were investigated. To investigate drilling performance by rock strength properties, laboratory PDC cutting tests were performed on different rocks to obtain cutting parameters. In addition, results of laboratory and field drilling on different rocks found elsewhere in literature were used. Laboratory and field cutting and drilling test results were coupled with values of a new rock brittleness index proposed herein and developed based on energy dissipation withdrawn from the complete stress-strain curve in uniaxial compression. To quantify cutting and drilling performance, the intrinsic specific energy in rotary-cutting action, i.e. the energy consumed in pure cutting action, and drilling penetration rate values in percussive action were used. The results show that the new energy-based brittleness index successfully describes the performance of different cutting and drilling methods and therefore is relevant to assess drilling performance for engineering applications.

  8. Performance evaluation of a piezoactuator-based single-stage valve system subjected to high temperature

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    In this paper, a novel single-stage valve system activated by a piezostack actuator is proposed and experimentally evaluated at both room temperature (20 °C) and high temperature (100 °C) conditions. A hinge-lever displacement amplifier is adopted in the valve system to magnify the displacement generated from the piezostack actuator. After explaining the operating principle of the proposed piezostack-driven single-stage valve system, the geometric dimensions and mechanical properties of the valve components are discussed in details. An experimental apparatus is then manufactured to evaluate the performances of the valve system such as flow rate. The experimental apparatus consists of a heat chamber, which can regulate the temperature of the valve system and oil, pneumatic-hydraulic cylinders, a hydraulic circuit, a pneumatic circuit, electronic devices, an interface card, and a high voltage amplifier. The pneumatic-hydraulic cylinder transforms the pneumatic pressure into hydraulic pressure. The performances of the valve system regarding spool response, pressure drop, and flow rate are evaluated and presented. In addition, the performance of the valve system under high temperature condition is compared with that under room temperature condition. The experimental results are plotted in both frequency and time domains. (paper)

  9. Performance Evaluation of Content Based Image Retrieval on Feature Optimization and Selection Using Swarm Intelligence

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    Kirti Jain; Dr. Sarita Singh Bhadauria

    2016-01-01

    The diversity and applicability of swarm intelligence is increasing everyday in the fields of science and engineering. Swarm intelligence gives the features of the dynamic features optimization concept. We have used swarm intelligence for the process of feature optimization and feature selection for content-based image retrieval. The performance of content-based image retrieval faced the problem of precision and recall. The value of precision and recall depends on the retrieval capacity of th...

  10. Packing theory-based Framework for Performance Evaluation of Unbound Granular Materials

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    Yideti, Tatek Fekadu

    2014-01-01

    Enhancing the load bearing quality of granular layers is fundamental to optimize the structural performance of the pavements. Unbound granular materials are one of the most used materials in the base layers of pavements. There have been growing interests on the behavior of unbound granular material in road base layers. Both design of a new pavement and prediction of service life need proper characterization of unbound granular materials, which is one of the requirements for a new mechanistic ...

  11. Evaluation of Teaching Performance: Considerations from the Competency-Based Approach

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    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available The article gives an overview of the main arguments and characteristics attributed to the Competency-based Approach in education, so as to analyze the various definitions available and some of the proposals on the subject of teaching skills. Approaches and strategies are suggested for developing teacher-evaluation programs in the context of a generalized environment in the educational sector which is adopting the model of competencies for school reform, curriculum redesign, modifications in teaching strategies, and manners and functions of evaluation.

  12. An Application-Based Performance Evaluation of NASAs Nebula Cloud Computing Platform

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    Saini, Subhash; Heistand, Steve; Jin, Haoqiang; Chang, Johnny; Hood, Robert T.; Mehrotra, Piyush; Biswas, Rupak

    2012-01-01

    The high performance computing (HPC) community has shown tremendous interest in exploring cloud computing as it promises high potential. In this paper, we examine the feasibility, performance, and scalability of production quality scientific and engineering applications of interest to NASA on NASA's cloud computing platform, called Nebula, hosted at Ames Research Center. This work represents the comprehensive evaluation of Nebula using NUTTCP, HPCC, NPB, I/O, and MPI function benchmarks as well as four applications representative of the NASA HPC workload. Specifically, we compare Nebula performance on some of these benchmarks and applications to that of NASA s Pleiades supercomputer, a traditional HPC system. We also investigate the impact of virtIO and jumbo frames on interconnect performance. Overall results indicate that on Nebula (i) virtIO and jumbo frames improve network bandwidth by a factor of 5x, (ii) there is a significant virtualization layer overhead of about 10% to 25%, (iii) write performance is lower by a factor of 25x, (iv) latency for short MPI messages is very high, and (v) overall performance is 15% to 48% lower than that on Pleiades for NASA HPC applications. We also comment on the usability of the cloud platform.

  13. Comparative Performance Evaluation of Orthogonal-Signal-Generators-Based Single-Phase PLL Algorithms

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    Han, Yang; Luo, Mingyu; Zhao, Xin;

    2016-01-01

    The orthogonal signal generator based phase-locked loops (OSG-PLLs) are among the most popular single-phase PLLs within the areas of power electronics and power systems, mainly because they are often easy to be implement and offer a robust performance against the grid disturbances. The main aim o...

  14. Distributed Space Mission Design for Earth Observation Using Model-Based Performance Evaluation

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    Nag, Sreeja; LeMoigne-Stewart, Jacqueline; Cervantes, Ben; DeWeck, Oliver

    2015-01-01

    Distributed Space Missions (DSMs) are gaining momentum in their application to earth observation missions owing to their unique ability to increase observation sampling in multiple dimensions. DSM design is a complex problem with many design variables, multiple objectives determining performance and cost and emergent, often unexpected, behaviors. There are very few open-access tools available to explore the tradespace of variables, minimize cost and maximize performance for pre-defined science goals, and therefore select the most optimal design. This paper presents a software tool that can multiple DSM architectures based on pre-defined design variable ranges and size those architectures in terms of predefined science and cost metrics. The tool will help a user select Pareto optimal DSM designs based on design of experiments techniques. The tool will be applied to some earth observation examples to demonstrate its applicability in making some key decisions between different performance metrics and cost metrics early in the design lifecycle.

  15. Performance Evaluation a Teaching Hospital Affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences Based on Baldrige Excellence Model

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    Fereshteh Farzianpour

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Today, organizations are willing to achieve quality as a source of competitive advantage. Therefore, their performance evaluation and quality improvement is essential. One of the international models in this field is Baldrige health care model. Approach: The study aimed to evaluate Performance Evaluation a teaching Hospital Affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences Based on Baldrige Excellence Model. Performance was evaluated by two types Baldrige questionnaire (i.e., process and result criteria. Six process criteria (Leadership; Strategic Planning; Focus on Patients, Other Customers and Markets; Measurement, Analysis and Knowledge Management; Workforce Focus; and Process Management with 12 sub-criteria, were evaluated based on four factors of Approach, Deployment, Learning and Integration. Results criteria with six subcriteria were evaluated based on four factors of performance level, rate and breath of performance improvement, comparative and benchmark data and relevance of evaluation result scales. Results: The teaching hospital obtained 145/21 scores (26/40 percent out of a total of 550 points in process criteria and 90/37 scores (20/08 percent out of a total of 450 points in result criteria. Studied hospital obtained the highest score in Measurement, Analysis and Knowledge Management 28/1 scores (31/22 percent. In Sum, the hospital obtained 235/58 scores (23/55 percent out of 1000 points. Conclusion: Scores obtained by hospital showed the first level of excellence. The outcome of this study clearly indicates that Baldrige model criteria act as a powerful tool to analyze the quality performance of the hospitals. The researchers attempted to create a common language and a roadmap in order to follow the path of excellence in health care organizations in Iran.

  16. A string matching based algorithm for performance evaluation of mathematical expression recognition

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    P Pavan Kumar; Arun Agarwal; Chakravarthy Bhagvati

    2014-02-01

    In this paper, we have addressed the problem of automated performance evaluation of Mathematical Expression (ME) recognition. Automated evaluation requires that recognition output and ground truth in some editable format like LaTeX, MathML, etc. have to be matched. But standard forms can have extraneous symbols or tags. For example, tag is added for an operator in MathML and \\begin{array} is used to encoded matrices in LaTeX. These extraneous symbols are also involved in matching that is not intuitive. For that, we have proposed a novel structure encoded string representation that is independent of any editable format. Structure encoded strings retain the structure (spatial relationships like superscript, subscript, etc.) and do not contain any extraneous symbols. As structure encoded strings give the linear representation of MEs, Levenshtein edit distance is used as a measure for performance evaluation. Therefore, in our approach, recognition output and ground truth in LaTeX form are converted to their corresponding structure encoded strings and Levenshtein edit distance is computed between them.

  17. Financial access to health care in Karuzi, Burundi: a household-survey based performance evaluation

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    Van Herp Michel; Bachy Catherine; Reid Tony; Ponsar Frederique; Lambert-Evans Sophie; Philips Mit

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background In 2003, Médecins Sans Frontières, the provincial government, and the provincial health authority began a community project to guarantee financial access to primary health care in Karuzi province, Burundi. The project used a community-based assessment to provide exemption cards for indigent households and a reduced flat fee for consultations for all other households. Methods An evaluation was carried out in 2005 to assess the impact of this project. Primary data collection...

  18. Multi-scale computational framework for evaluating of the performance of molecular based flash cells

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    Georgiev, Vihar; Asenov, Asen

    2015-01-01

    In this work we present a multi-scale computational framework for evaluation of statistical variability in a molecular based non-volatile memory cell. As a test case we analyse a BULK flash cell with polyoxometalates (POM) inorganic molecules used as storage centres. We focuse our discussions on the methodology and development of our innovative and unique computational framework. The capability of the discussed multi-scale approach is demonstrated by establishing a link between the threshold ...

  19. Human Performance Evaluation System

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    Operating nuclear power plants requires high standards of performance, extensive training and responsive management. Despite our best efforts inappropriate human actions do occur, but they can be managed. An extensive review of License Event Reports (LERs) was conducted which indicated continual inadequacy in human performance and in evaluation of root causes. Of some 31,000 LERs, about 5,000 or 16% were directly attributable to inappropriate actions. A recent analysis of 87 Significant Event Reports (issued by INPO in 1983) identified inappropriate actions as being the most frequent root cause (44% of the total). A more recent analysis of SERs issued in 1983 and 1984 indicate that 52% of the root causes were attributed to human performance. The Human Performance Evaluation System (HPES) is a comprehensive, coordinated utility/industry system for evaluating and reporting human performance situtations. HPES is a result of the realization that current reporting system provide limited treatment of human performance and rarely provide adequate information about root causes of inappropriate actions by individuals. The HPES was implemented to identify and eliminate root causes of inappropriate actions

  20. Performance Evaluation of Large Aperture 'Polished Panel' Optical Receivers Based on Experimental Data

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    Vilnrotter, Victor

    2013-01-01

    Recent interest in hybrid RF/Optical communications has led to the development and installation of a "polished-panel" optical receiver evaluation assembly on the 34-meter research antenna at Deep-Space Station 13 (DSS-13) at NASA's Goldstone Communications Complex. The test setup consists of a custom aluminum panel polished to optical smoothness, and a large-sensor CCD camera designed to image the point-spread function (PSF) generated by the polished aluminum panel. Extensive data has been obtained via realtime tracking and imaging of planets and stars at DSS-13. Both "on-source" and "off-source" data were recorded at various elevations, enabling the development of realistic simulations and analytic models to help determine the performance of future deep-space communications systems operating with on-off keying (OOK) or pulse-position-modulated (PPM) signaling formats with photon-counting detection, and compared with the ultimate quantum bound on detection performance for these modulations. Experimentally determined PSFs were scaled to provide realistic signal-distributions across a photon-counting detector array when a pulse is received, and uncoded as well as block-coded performance analyzed and evaluated for a well-known class of block codes.

  1. Board Performance Evaluation

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    Osborne, Simon

    2008-01-01

    This guidance is produced to assist companies in understanding, and consequently managing, some of the major issues involved when considering how to carry out board performance evaluation. Different issues will apply to different companies, thus this guidance should not be considered as exhaustive. Hopefully it will trigger the thought processes so that boards may consider for themselves t...

  2. BER Performance Evaluation of two Types of Antenna Array-Based Receivers in a Multipath Channel

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    Rim Haddad

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Smart antennasystems have received much attention in the last few years because they can increasesystem capacity by dynamically tuning out interference while focusing on the intended user.In this paper, we focused our research on the performance of two kinds of smart antenna receivers. Ananalytical model is proposed for evaluating the BER performance using a closed-form expression. Also,for the adaptive array, a simple way to account the multi-access interference can be exploited to evaluatethe average probability of error when the users are randomly distributed within an angular sector.The proposed model confirms the benefits of adaptive antennas in reducing the overall interference level(intercell/intracell and to find an accurate approximation of the error probability.In the two kinds of receivers, we assessed the impact of smart antenna systems and we considered thecase of conventional single antenna receiver model as reference (single user/single antenna.

  3. Performance Evaluation of Green Supply Chains: A DEA-based Approach for the Chemical Industry

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    Jun-Der Leu

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Traditionally, researchers and practitioners measure the performance of green supply chains from the aspects of economy and environment. Nowadays, human capital is given much attention in Corporate Social Resposibility (CSR but is often not included  in the performance measures. This research covers the an application of  data envelopment analysis (DEA slacks-based model to  a multinational chemical manufacturer to minimize both input and bad output variables of both the environmental aspect, covering energy consumption, water intake, carbon dioxide(CO2, voltile organic compound(VOC, solid waste, and the social aspect covering employees’ working hours and total recordable (injury and illness rate. The model also maximizes the good output, finished good products, to satisfy customers and other stakeholders. This technique results in a more holistic result and decision making model for benchmarking the performance of multiple manufacturing sites in a multinational company in Asia.

  4. Performance evaluation of telemetry stations based on site selection (Short Communication)

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    M. Goswami; B. Sucharita; P. Arya

    2003-01-01

    In a test range, selection of sites for deployment of mobile telemetry stations plays a crucial role for acquiring and tracking any airborne vehicle under test. Efforts have been made to correlate the tracking performance of the auto track stations based on site selection for various test flights conducted from different launching pads. Some of the tracking methodologies discussed in this paper are single channel amplitude comparison monopulse (SCACMP) technique and E-SCAN technique. A...

  5. Performance evaluation based on financial ratios. Case: Finnair and Scandinavian Airlines

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    Dao, Phuong

    2016-01-01

    This research aims to analyze air travel performance of Finnair and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) based on financial ratios since aviation industry is developing worldwide and attracting a lot of attention and competition. Fundamentally, the airline industry has a strong relationship with other kinds of business and economic factors; therefore, small changes in these businesses might lead to a dramatic effect on the airline companies. This research aims to understand each airline’s business beh...

  6. Performance Evaluation Of Biped Robot Optimal Gait Based On Genetic Algorithm

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    Capi, G.; Nasu, Y.; Barolli, L.; Mitobe, K.; Yamano, M.; Takeda, K

    2001-01-01

    A Genetic Algorithm (GA) gait synthesis method for walking biped robots is considered in this paper. The walking occupy most of the time during the task performance, therefore its gait is analyzed based on the minimum consumed energy (CE) and minimum torque change (TC). The biped robot optimal gait is considered starting from static standing state and continuing with normal walking. The proposed method can be applied for wide ranges of step lengths and step times and for other tasks that migh...

  7. Low-complexity performance evaluation methodologies for OFDMA-based packet-switched wireless networks

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    Fernekeß, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    Cellular wireless networks have to be accurately planned to provide Quality of Service (QoS) to the user and to achieve revenue for the operator. Therefore, estimates of key performance indicators (KPIs) depending on parameters like the user scheduling, the data traffic and the data traffic load are necessary for planning of cellular wireless networks. Today’s cellular wireless networks are based on orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) and a packet-switched network architectu...

  8. Performance Evaluation of Bidding-Based Multi-Agent Scheduling Algorithms for Manufacturing Systems

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    Antonio Gordillo; Adriana Giret

    2014-01-01

    Artificial Intelligence techniques have being applied to many problems in manufacturing systems in recent years. In the specific field of manufacturing scheduling many studies have been published trying to cope with the complexity of the manufacturing environment. One of the most utilized approaches is (multi) agent-based scheduling. Nevertheless, despite the large list of studies reported in this field, there is no resource or scientific study on the performance measure of this type of appro...

  9. Evaluation and prediction of reinforced concrete durability by means of durability indicators. Part I : New performance based approach

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    BAROGHEL BOUNY, V

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents a new performance-based approach devoted to the evaluation and the prediction of the durability of reinforced concrete RC structures. It is based upon durability indicators DIs and monitoring parameters. This paper is separated in two parts. In this part I first, the selected panel of "universal" DIs is presented. A system of classes with respect to the "potential" durability of RC is then proposed relatively to these DIs. These classes are intended for mixture comparison ...

  10. A novel model for cost performance evaluation of pulverized coal injected into blast furnace based on effective calorific value

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    徐润生; 张建良; 左海滨; 李克江; 宋腾飞; 邵久刚

    2015-01-01

    The combustion process of pulverized coal injected into blast furnace involves a lot of physical and chemical reactions. Based on the combustion behaviors of pulverized coal, the conception of coal effective calorific value representing the actual thermal energy provided for blast furnace was proposed. A cost performance evaluation model of coal injection was built up for the optimal selection of various kinds of coal based on effective calorific value. The model contains two indicators: coal effective calorific value which has eight sub-indicators and coal injection cost which includes four sub-indicators. In addition, the calculation principle and application of cost performance evaluation model in a Chinese large-scale iron and steel company were comprehensively introduced. The evaluation results finally confirm that this novel model is of great significance to the optimal selection of blast furnace pulverized coal.

  11. Metric Indices for Performance Evaluation of a Mixed Measurement based State Estimator

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    Paula Sofia Vide

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available With the development of synchronized phasor measurement technology in recent years, it gains great interest the use of PMU measurements to improve state estimation performances due to their synchronized characteristics and high data transmission speed. The ability of the Phasor Measurement Units (PMU to directly measure the system state is a key over SCADA measurement system. PMU measurements are superior to the conventional SCADA measurements in terms of resolution and accuracy. Since the majority of measurements in existing estimators are from conventional SCADA measurement system, it is hard to be fully replaced by PMUs in the near future so state estimators including both phasor and conventional SCADA measurements are being considered. In this paper, a mixed measurement (SCADA and PMU measurements state estimator is proposed. Several useful measures for evaluating various aspects of the performance of the mixed measurement state estimator are proposed and explained. State Estimator validity, performance and characteristics of the results on IEEE 14 bus test system and IEEE 30 bus test system are presented.

  12. Performance Evaluation of China’s Agricultural Listed Companies Based on DEA Model

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    2012-01-01

    In order to evaluate the performance of China’s agricultural listed companies,we analyze the overall efficiency,pure technical efficiency and scale efficiency of China’s agricultural listed companies on the basis of input-output data concerning 34 agricultural listed companies,using BCC model in data envelopment analysis ( DEA) model. Then we analyze input-output redundancy situation using the slack variable derived from the model. The results show that the overall efficiency of China’s agricultural listed companies is good,and the gap in efficiency between sub-industries is small; there is significant difference in performance between listed companies engaged in the same sub-industry,and the reason for invalid DEA in companies within the industry is complex; total assets and asset-liability ratio are high,and the effective output is not fully realized. Finally corresponding recommendations are put forward for promoting the performance of agricultural listed companies as follows: strengthening brand awareness; promoting the level of production technology; adjusting the input structure; transforming the agricultural growth mode.

  13. Performance evaluation of the Herschel/SPIRE imaging Fourier transform spectrometer through ground-based measurements

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    The Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) is one of three scientific instruments onboard the European Space Agency (ESA)'s Herschel Space Observatory. Herschel was successfully launched on 14 May 2009; routine science observations commenced in late 2009. Medium resolution spectroscopy with SPIRE is accomplished via an imaging Fourier transform spectrometer (IFTS) of the Mach–Zehnder configuration. Although pre-launch performance verification and calibration measurements were conducted with the SPIRE instrument mounted in an evacuated cryostat at cryogenic temperatures, it was not possible to simulate fully the expected in-flight conditions. This paper compares the performance of the SPIRE IFTS, as measured during ground-based tests, with theoretical simulations. In turn, these results are used to provide an estimate of the in-flight instrument performance. This paper includes a discussion of key aspects of the SPIRE IFTS including the spectrometer dual-input compensation scheme, instrument line shape and the overall instrument sensitivity. As a case study, the derived instrument performance is used to investigate SPIRE's utility in observing astronomical line emission from the starburst galaxy M82

  14. Evaluation of Company Performance

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    Šuláková, Jana

    2012-01-01

    This Master´s thesis is focus on the evaluation of performance and financial health of the REDA corporation from 2006 to 2010. In the practical part of thesis is perfomed analysis of the company and financial analysis and a comparison of its results with three competing companies. The target of this master´s thesis is suggestions to improve and to conserve company performace.

  15. Performance Evaluation of an Intelligent Agents Based Model within Irregular WSN Topologies

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    Ospina, Alberto Piedrahita; Cañola, Alcides Montoya; Carranza, Demetrio Ovalle

    There are many approaches proposed by the scientific community for the implementation and development of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). These approaches correspond to different areas of science, such as Electronics, Communications, Computing, Ubiquity, and Quality of Service among others. However, all are subject to the same constraints, because of the nature of WSN devices. The most common constraints of a WSN are the energy consumption, the network nodes organization, the sensor network's task reprogramming, the reliability in the data transmission, the resource optimization (memory and processing), etc. In the Artificial Intelligence Area is has proposed an Distributed System Approach with Mobile Intelligent Agents. An Integration Model of Mobile Intelligent Agents within Wireless Sensor Network solves some of the constraints presented above on WSŃs topologies. However, the model only was tested on the square topologies. In this way, the aim of this paper is to evaluate the performance of this model in irregular topologies.

  16. NONH:A New Cache—Based Coherence Protocol for Linked List Structure DSM System and Its Performance Evaluation

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    房至一; 鞠九滨

    1996-01-01

    The management of memory coherence is an important problem in distributed shared memory(DSM)system.In a cache-based coherence DSM system using linked list structure,the key to maintaining the coherence and improving system performance is how to manage the owner in the linked list.This paper presents the design of a new management protocol-NONH(New-Owner New-Head)and its performance evaluation.The analysis results show that this protocol can improve the scalability and performence of a coherent DSM system using linked list.It is also suitable for managing the cache coherency in tree-like hierarchical architecture.

  17. Performance evaluation of a lossy transmission lines based diode detector at cryogenic temperature

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    Villa, E.; Aja, B.; de la Fuente, L.; Artal, E.

    2016-01-01

    This work is focused on the design, fabrication, and performance analysis of a square-law Schottky diode detector based on lossy transmission lines working under cryogenic temperature (15 K). The design analysis of a microwave detector, based on a planar gallium-arsenide low effective Schottky barrier height diode, is reported, which is aimed for achieving large input return loss as well as flat sensitivity versus frequency. The designed circuit demonstrates good sensitivity, as well as a good return loss in a wide bandwidth at Ka-band, at both room (300 K) and cryogenic (15 K) temperatures. A good sensitivity of 1000 mV/mW and input return loss better than 12 dB have been achieved when it works as a zero-bias Schottky diode detector at room temperature, increasing the sensitivity up to a minimum of 2200 mV/mW, with the need of a DC bias current, at cryogenic temperature.

  18. Construction of Performance Evaluation Index System for Enterprises Implementing Green Food Certification Based on BSC

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    2011-01-01

    According to the investigation results of 70 green food enterprises in Sichuan Province,the strategic targets of enterprises implementing green food certification are discussed by borrowing ideas from the Balanced Score Card.Balanced Score Card index system is selected and improved according to the changes of enterprises before and after implementing the green food certification system.Then,the performance evaluation index system of enterprises implementing green food certification is established.This index system has five strategic directions of finance,customer,internal management,social ecology,and learning and growth,and has 11 strategic targets,such as increasing operating profit,expanding market,improving the quality of staff,improving the production technology level,enhancing the core competence of enterprises,ensuring food safety,improving the physical quality of human,and protecting ecological environment.According to the principles of guidance,scientificity,comparability,feasibility,and significance,a total of 24 evaluation indices are established,including the change of product cost,change of product sales revenue,change of profit rate,change of return on investment,change of internal and external lost cost,change of the proportion of certified products in total sales and so on.

  19. Performance evaluation of the microencapsulated PCM for wood-based flooring application

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    Highlights: ► We prepared the MWAC composite for energy saving in building. ► MPCM was dispersed well to the structure of adhesive. ► Increasing contents of MPCM bring the high heat storage to adhesive. ► Increasing contents of MPCM bring the decrease of bonding strength. ► Although the bonding strength was reduced, MWAC has enough bonding strength to apply wood-based flooring. - Abstract: Thermal energy storage (TES) systems using microencapsulated phase change material (MPCM) have been recognized as one of the most advanced energy technologies in enhancing the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings. In this research, we examined a way to incorporate MPCMs with building materials through application for wood-based flooring. Wood-based flooring is commonly used for floor finish materials of residential buildings in Korea. There are three types of wood flooring: laminate flooring, engineered flooring and solid wood flooring. However, wood-based flooring has not performed the characteristic of heat storage. This study is aimed at manufacturing high thermal efficiency wood flooring by increasing its heat storage using MPCM. To increase the heat storage of wood-based flooring, MPCM was used with adhesive for surface bonding of wood-based flooring. As a result, this study confirmed that MPCM is dispersed well in adhesive through the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis. From the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis, it can be confirmed that this composite has the characteristic of a thermal energy storage material. Also, we analyzed how this composition was formed by physical combination through the Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) analysis. Also, we confirmed the bonding strength of the material by using the universal testing machine (UTM).

  20. Amplicon-based semiconductor sequencing of human exomes: performance evaluation and optimization strategies.

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    Damiati, E; Borsani, G; Giacopuzzi, Edoardo

    2016-05-01

    The Ion Proton platform allows to perform whole exome sequencing (WES) at low cost, providing rapid turnaround time and great flexibility. Products for WES on Ion Proton system include the AmpliSeq Exome kit and the recently introduced HiQ sequencing chemistry. Here, we used gold standard variants from GIAB consortium to assess the performances in variants identification, characterize the erroneous calls and develop a filtering strategy to reduce false positives. The AmpliSeq Exome kit captures a large fraction of bases (>94 %) in human CDS, ClinVar genes and ACMG genes, but with 2,041 (7 %), 449 (13 %) and 11 (19 %) genes not fully represented, respectively. Overall, 515 protein coding genes contain hard-to-sequence regions, including 90 genes from ClinVar. Performance in variants detection was maximum at mean coverage >120×, while at 90× and 70× we measured a loss of variants of 3.2 and 4.5 %, respectively. WES using HiQ chemistry showed ~71/97.5 % sensitivity, ~37/2 % FDR and ~0.66/0.98 F1 score for indels and SNPs, respectively. The proposed low, medium or high-stringency filters reduced the amount of false positives by 10.2, 21.2 and 40.4 % for indels and 21.2, 41.9 and 68.2 % for SNP, respectively. Amplicon-based WES on Ion Proton platform using HiQ chemistry emerged as a competitive approach, with improved accuracy in variants identification. False-positive variants remain an issue for the Ion Torrent technology, but our filtering strategy can be applied to reduce erroneous variants. PMID:27003585

  1. Performance Evaluation of a Nanofluid (CuO-H2O Based Low Flux Solar Collector

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    Lal Kundan

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available As the fossil fuels are depleting continuously, we know that solar energy harvesting is a significant potential area for new research dimensions. Sun provides us about 1.9 x 108TWh/yr on the land, of which 1.3 x 105 TWh]/yr energy is used. In order to make much use of solar energy on the earth, solar energy harvesting into more usable form (e.g. heat or electricity by using solar energy collectors is important aspect. A solar collector [1] is a device which transfers the collected solar energy to a fluid passing in contact with it. The performance of collector does not only depends upon how effective the absorber is, but also on how effective are the heat transfer and thermal properties (e.g. thermal conductivity, heat capacity of the fluid which is being used. The absorption properties of the fluids generally used in solar collectors are very poor which in turn limits the efficiency of the solar collector. So, there is a need to use energy efficient heat transfer fluids for high efficiency and performance. A relatively new attempt has been made to increase the performance of the solar collector by using nanofluids. Recently developed a new class of working fluids called Nanofluids, found to be possessing better thermal properties over the hosting fluids, can be a good option in the solar collector [5]. In our research work the CuO-water based nanofluid has been tested in the solar collector and their performance is investigated. It has been found that efficiency if the solar collector is increased by 4-6% compared to water

  2. Performance Evaluation of TPA-HE Based Fine Grained Data Access for Cloud Computing

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    Pawan Kumar Parmar

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available As the software technology evolves the focus of users are shifting form devices for data or information. This transformation requires reliable and scalable computing paradigms which satisfy the users processing and storage requirements. Service based, distributed, grid and web 2.0 are some of the most famous computing technologies. Conversions are occurring towards less managements and maintenance issues and despite of that the usage experience should be increased. But there are some security concerns like security, access control, privacy & isolation based trusted service delivery raises due to the data in an outsourced environment. Thus, several policies are created to define its boundaries. Also the type of user accessing the data and the service provided by the cloud needs to be verified. Thus the uses trust over the system can go down if the interoperability and security of services are satisfactory. To providing confidentiality to users data encryption is the traditional options which require decryption for reading or retrieving the data. But in outsourced environment the user is frequently accessing its data which may increase the overhead of performing such frequent encryption and then decryptions. Also for performing any operations the data need to be decrypted. It is something treating as a complex usage boundary. Thus, Homomorphic encryption is used to deal with such situations. This paper proposes a novel Third Party and Homomorphic Encryption (TPA-HE based mechanism for secure computing. In this third party auditor and service provider is used for authentication and authorization of services & user profiles. It has three basic entities TPA, Cloud Service Provider, Encryption & Monitoring service to regularly analyze the security breaches in access & data transfer mechanism. To prove the effectiveness of suggested approach some of the results are taken which are better than the existing mechanism.

  3. About performance and evaluation of employee performance

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    Irinel MARIN

    2009-01-01

    The goal of this article is the importance of the performance and the performance evaluation in any company. Performance can be viewed as being in close relationship with the effort made by the employee, his ability, charging station or place and role within the organization. Performance refers to the contribution that employees make to the goals of the organization. While the performance evaluation is an activity which determine an organization in which employees perform their duties or thei...

  4. Performance Evaluation of Mutation / Non- Mutation Based Classification With Missing Data

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    N.C. Vinod

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available A common problem encountered by many data mining techniques is the missing data. A missing data is defined as an attribute or feature in a dataset which has no associated data value. Correct treatment of these data is crucial, as they have a negative impact on the interpretation and result of data mining processes. Missing value handling techniques can be grouped into four categories, namely,complete case analysis, Imputation methods, maximum likelihood methods and machine learning methods. Out of these imputation methods are the widely used solution for handling missing values. However, there are situations when imputation methods might not work correctly. This study studies and analyzes the performance of two algorithms, one imputation based and another without imputation basedclassification on missing data.

  5. Evaluation of User Performance in Simulation-Based Diagnostic Cerebral Angiography Training.

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    Zaika, Oleksiy; Nguyen, Ngan; Boulton, Mel; Eagleson, Roy; de Ribaupierre, Sandrine

    2016-01-01

    Simulation of anatomically complex procedures, such as angiography, is becoming more practical, however, computer-based modules require extensive research to assess their effectiveness. We organized two training schemas - alternating cases and consistent cases - and hypothesized that the alternating practice cases would be beneficial to test performance. Eight residents (4 radiology/4 neurosurgery) and 8 anatomy graduate students were trained on the SimbionixTM simulator in order to assess skill acquisition in diagnostic cerebral angiography over 8 sessions. We found that participants improve on total procedure time and total fluoroscopy time (p<0.05), but not on contrast injected or roadmaps created. There were no significant differences between alternating and consistent training types. Additional work needs to be done with higher sample numbers and visuospatial scores as criteria. PMID:27046624

  6. Performance Evaluation of Public Key Based Authentication in Future Mobile Communication Systems

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    Kambourakis Georgios

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available While mobile hosts are evolving into full-IP enabled devices, there is a greater demand to provide a more flexible, reconfigurable, and scalable security mechanism in mobile communication systems beyond 3G (B3G. Work has already begun on such an “all-IP” end-to-end solution, commonly referred to as 4G systems. Fully fledged integration between heterogeneous networks, such as 2.5G, UMTS, WLAN, Bluetooth, and the Internet, demands fully compatible, time-tested, and reliable mechanisms to depend on. SSL protocol has proved its effectiveness in the wired Internet and it will probably be the most promising candidate for future wireless environments. In this paper, we discuss existing problems related to authentication and key agreement (AKA procedures, such as compromised authentication vectors attacks, as they appear in current 2/2.5G/3G mobile communication systems, and propose how SSL, combined with public key infrastructure (PKI elements, can be used to overcome these vulnerabilities. In this B3G environment, we perceive authentication as a service, which has to be performed at the higher protocol layers irrespective of the underlying network technology. Furthermore, we analyze the effectiveness of such a solution, based on measurements of a “prototype” implementation. Performance measurements indicate that SSL-based authentication can be possible in terms of service time in future wireless systems, while it can simultaneously provide both the necessary flexibility to network operators and a high level of confidence to end users.

  7. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF IEEE 802.15.4 PHY BASED SENSOR NETWORKS WITH MCTA

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    Abhinav Pauranik

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available IEEE 802.15.4 is the standard that is specially developed for low cost, low data rate and low power consumption wireless network. IEEE 802.15.4 is a standard which specifies the physical layer and media access control for low-rate wireless personal area networks (LR-WPANs. This paper provides a description of the performance evolution of IEEE 802.15.4 PHY based sensor network with multi capacity transmitter algorithm. In this paper, we want to work to improve the efficiency and performance of data transmitter. Presently IEEE 802.15.4 standard based device works with single transmitter that transmits and receives data in one to one manner. In proposed device, all three transmitters are kept in many to many transmission manners but transmit and receive data in one to one manner and automatically switch from first transmitter to second and second to third and so on as required. Existing transceiver device can be failed some time due to data load and power failure. To overcome this problem, we propose multiplicative capacity transmitter device. In this mechanism, we propose three transmitters in a single device and all the three transmitter have double and triple capacity to sense and transfer data to work in proper manner from previous one. If first transmitter is not working properly then second transmitter, which is having double capacity from its previous one, will be automatically active and will work smoothly. This is specially designed for future purpose in which transmitter failure problem can be occur.

  8. Performance Evaluation of Individual Aircraft Based Advisory Concept for Surface Management

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    Gupta, Gautam; Malik, Waqar; Tobias, Leonard; Jung, Yoon; Hong, Ty; Hayashi, Miwa

    2013-01-01

    Surface operations at airports in the US are based on tactical operations, where departure aircraft primarily queue up and wait at the departure runways. NASA's Spot And Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) tool was developed to address these inefficiencies through Air Traffic Control Tower advisories. The SARDA system is being updated to include collaborative gate hold, either tactically or strategically. This paper presents the results of the human-in-the-loop evaluation of the tactical gate hold version of SARDA in a 360 degree simulated tower setting. The simulations were conducted for the east side of the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. The new system provides gate hold, ground controller and local controller advisories based on a single scheduler. Simulations were conducted with SARDA on and off, the off case reflecting current day operations with no gate hold. Scenarios based on medium (1.2x current levels) and heavy (1.5x current levels) traffic were explored. Data collected from the simulation was analyzed for runway usage, delay for departures and arrivals, and fuel consumption. Further, Traffic Management Initiatives were introduced for a subset of the aircraft. Results indicated that runway usage did not change with the use of SARDA, i.e., there was no loss in runway throughput as compared to baseline. Taxiing delay was significantly reduced with the use of advisory by 45% in medium scenarios and 60% in heavy. Arrival delay was unaffected by the use of advisory. Total fuel consumption was also reduced by 23% in medium traffic and 33% in heavy. TMI compliance appeared unaffected by the advisory

  9. Performance Evaluation of SARDA: An Individual Aircraft-Based Advisory Concept for Surface Management

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    Jung, Yoon; Malik, Waqar; Tobias, Leonard; Gupta, Gautam; Hoang, Ty; Hayashi, Miwa

    2015-01-01

    Surface operations at airports in the US are based on tactical operations, where departure aircraft primarily queue up and wait at the departure runways. NASAs Spot And Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) tool was developed to address these inefficiencies through Air Traffic Control Tower advisories. The SARDA system is being updated to include collaborative gate hold, either tactically or strategically. This paper presents the results of the human-in-the-loop evaluation of the tactical gate hold version of SARDA in a 360 degree simulated tower setting. The simulations were conducted for the east side of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. The new system provides gate hold, ground controller and local controller advisories based on a single scheduler. Simulations were conducted with SARDA on and off, the off case reflecting current day operations with no gate hold. Scenarios based on medium (1.2x current levels) and heavy (1.5x current levels) traffic were explored. Data collected from the simulation was analyzed for runway usage, delay for departures and arrivals, and fuel consumption. Further, Traffic Management Initiatives were introduced for a subset of the aircraft. Results indicated that runway usage did not change with the use of SARDA, i.e., there was no loss in runway throughput as compared to baseline. Taxiing delay was significantly reduced with the use of advisory by 45 in medium scenarios and 60 in heavy. Arrival delay was unaffected by the use of advisory. Total fuel consumption was also reduced by 23 in medium traffic and 33 in heavy. TMI compliance appeared unaffected by the advisory.

  10. Performance Evaluation of Antlion Optimizer Based Regulator in Automatic Generation Control of Interconnected Power System

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    Esha Gupta

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an application of the recently introduced Antlion Optimizer (ALO to find the parameters of primary governor loop of thermal generators for successful Automatic Generation Control (AGC of two-area interconnected power system. Two standard objective functions, Integral Square Error (ISE and Integral Time Absolute Error (ITAE, have been employed to carry out this parameter estimation process. The problem is transformed in optimization problem to obtain integral gains, speed regulation, and frequency sensitivity coefficient for both areas. The comparison of the regulator performance obtained from ALO is carried out with Genetic Algorithm (GA, Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO, and Gravitational Search Algorithm (GSA based regulators. Different types of perturbations and load changes are incorporated to establish the efficacy of the obtained design. It is observed that ALO outperforms all three optimization methods for this real problem. The optimization performance of ALO is compared with other algorithms on the basis of standard deviations in the values of parameters and objective functions.

  11. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF MANET ROUTING PROTOCOLS GRP, DSR AND AODV BASED ON PACKET SIZE

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    AMAR NATH MURAW

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Mobile Ad hoc Networks has become an essential part of interest of researchers in last couple of years. A Mobile Ad-Hoc Network is a collection of independent wireless mobile nodes having no any centralized accesspoint, infrastructure and any centralized administration. In order to communicate with other nodes inside thenetwork, a routing protocol is used to find out best possible routes among nodes. The most important goal of adhoc network routing protocol is to discover, validate and establish route between a couples of nodes, for appropriate, fast and reliable message delivery. In this research work authors have analyzed the performance of three most popular MANET routing protocols GRP, DSR and AODV under different parameters like throughput, Network delay and network load. Authors have performed entire analysis to study the behaviour ofthese protocols under different test measures based on packet size as a key parameter. Authors have also given their test results by using OPNET as a testing tool and demonstrated all the simulations in this work.

  12. Glycerol-based sterilization bioindicator system from Bacillus atrophaeus: development, performance evaluation, and cost analysis.

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    Sella, Sandra R B R; Gouvea, Patricia Milla; Gomes, Vanessa F; Vandenberghe, Luciana P S; Minozzo, João Carlos; Soccol, Carlos Ricardo

    2013-02-01

    The development of new value-added applications for glycerol is of worldwide interest because of the environmental and economic problems that may be caused by an excess of glycerol generated from biodiesel production. A novel use of glycerol as a major substrate for production of a low-cost sterilization biological indicator system (BIS; spores on a carrier plus a recovery medium) was investigated. A sequential experimental design strategy was applied for product development and optimization. The proposed recovery medium enables germination and outgrowth of heat-damaged spores, promoting a D (160 °C) value of 6.6 ± 0.1 min. Bacillus atrophaeus spores production by solid-state fermentation reached a 2.3 ± 1.2 × 10(8) CFU/g dry matter. Sporulation kinetics results allowed this process to be restricted in 48 h. Germination kinetics demonstrated the visual identification of nonsterile BIS within 24 h. Performance evaluation of the proposed BIS against dry-heat and ethylene oxide sterilization showed compliance with the regulatory requirements. Cost breakdowns were from 41.8 (quality control) up to 72.8 % (feedstock). This is the first report on sterilization BIS production that uses glycerol as a sole carbon source, with significant cost reduction and the profitable use of a biodiesel byproduct. PMID:22911095

  13. Performance Evaluation of Location-Based Geocast Routing using Directed Flooding Rectangular Forwarding Zone in City VANET

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    Akhtar Husain; Sharma, S. C.

    2015-01-01

    Vehicular ad hoc network (VANET) is an application of mobile ad hoc network (MANET) where vehicular nodes are integrated with GPS and other controlling devices to communicate among each other. Because of predefined structure of roads as well as very high moving speed of vehicles, routing becomes an extremely challenging issue in VANET. In literature, authors in research papers related to vehicular communication evaluate mostly the performance of topology or position-based routing protocols...

  14. Development of Innovative Aerogel Based Plasters: Preliminary Thermal and Acoustic Performance Evaluation

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    Cinzia Buratti

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The thermal and acoustic properties of innovative insulating systems used as building coatings were investigated: Granular silica aerogel was mixed with natural plaster in different percentages. This coating solution is transpiring and insulating, thanks to the use of a natural lime coat and aerogel, a highly porous light material with very low thermal conductivity. The thermal conductivity of the proposed solution was evaluated by means of a Heat Flow meter apparatus (EN ISO 12667, considering different percentages of aerogel. The natural plaster without aerogel has a thermal conductivity of about 0.50 W/m K; considering a percentage of granular aerogel of about 90% in volume, the thermal conductivity of the insulating natural coating falls to 0.050 W/m K. Increasing the percentage of granular aerogel, a value of about 0.018–0.020 W/m K can be reached. The acoustic properties were also evaluated in terms of the acoustic absorption coefficient, measured by means of a Kundt’s Tube (ISO 10534-2. Two samples composed by a plasterboard support, an insulation plaster with aerogel (thicknesses 10 mm and 30 mm respectively and a final coat were assembled. The results showed that the absorption coefficient strongly depends on the final coat, so the aerogel-based plaster layer moderately influences the final value. The application of this innovative solution can be a useful tool for new buildings, but also for the refurbishment of existing ones. This material is in development: until now, the best value of the thermal conductivity obtained from manufacturers is about 0.015 W/m K.

  15. Evaluating the spatio-temporal performance of sky imager based solar irradiance analysis and forecasts

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    Schmidt, T.; Kalisch, J.; Lorenz, E.; Heinemann, D.

    2015-10-01

    Clouds are the dominant source of variability in surface solar radiation and uncertainty in its prediction. However, the increasing share of solar energy in the world-wide electric power supply increases the need for accurate solar radiation forecasts. In this work, we present results of a shortest-term global horizontal irradiance (GHI) forecast experiment based on hemispheric sky images. A two month dataset with images from one sky imager and high resolutive GHI measurements from 99 pyranometers distributed over 10 km by 12 km is used for validation. We developed a multi-step model and processed GHI forecasts up to 25 min with an update interval of 15 s. A cloud type classification is used to separate the time series in different cloud scenarios. Overall, the sky imager based forecasts do not outperform the reference persistence forecasts. Nevertheless, we find that analysis and forecast performance depend strongly on the predominant cloud conditions. Especially convective type clouds lead to high temporal and spatial GHI variability. For cumulus cloud conditions, the analysis error is found to be lower than that introduced by a single pyranometer if it is used representatively for the whole area in distances from the camera larger than 1-2 km. Moreover, forecast skill is much higher for these conditions compared to overcast or clear sky situations causing low GHI variability which is easier to predict by persistence. In order to generalize the cloud-induced forecast error, we identify a variability threshold indicating conditions with positive forecast skill.

  16. A risk based performance evaluation of plate-and-frame heat exchangers

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    Rehman Khan, Jameel Ur; Zubair, Syed

    2002-11-01

    Plate-and-frame heat exchangers (PHEs) operating in process industries are fouled to a greater or lesser extent depending on surface temperature, surface condition, material of construction, fluid velocity, flow geometry and fluid composition. This fouling phenomenon is time-dependent and will result in a decrease in the overall heat transfer coefficient and increase in the pressure drop of the PHE. Once the overall heat transfer coefficient decreases to a minimum acceptable level, cleaning of the equipment becomes necessary to restore the performance. In this paper, we present a simple probabilistic approach to characterize various fouling models that are commonly encountered in many industries. These random fouling growth models are then used to investigate the impact on risk based thermal effectiveness, overall heat transfer coefficient and the hot- and cold-fluid outlet temperatures of a PHE. All the results are presented in a generalized form in order to demonstrate the generality of the risk-based procedure discussed in this paper.

  17. Radar-based Flood Warning System for Houston, Texas and Its Performance Evaluation

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    Fang, N.; Bedient, P.

    2009-12-01

    Houston has a long history of flooding problems as a serious nature. For instance, Houstonians suffered from severe flood inundation during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and Hurricane Ike in 2008. Radar-based flood warning systems as non-structural tools to provide accurate and timely warnings to the public and private entities are greatly needed for urban areas prone to flash floods. Fortunately, the advent of GIS, radar-based rainfall estimation using NEXRAD, and real-time delivery systems on the internet have allowed flood alert systems to provide important advanced warning of impending flood conditions. Thus, emergency personnel can take proper steps to mitigate against catastrophic losses. The Rice and Texas Medical Center (TMC) Flood Alert System (FAS2) has been delivering warning information with 2 to 3 hours of lead time to facility personnel in a readily understood format for more than 40 events since 1997. The system performed well during these major rainfall events with R square value of 93%. The current system has been improved by incorporating a new hydraulic prediction tool - FloodPlain Map Library (FPML). The FPML module aims to provide visualized information such as floodplain maps and water surface elevations instead of just showing hydrographs in real time based on NEXRAD radar rainfall data. During Hurricane Ike (September, 2008), FAS2 successfully provided precise and timely flood warning information to TMC with the peak flow difference of 3.6% and the volume difference of 5.6%; timing was excellent for this double-peaked event. With the funding from the Texas Department of Transportation, a similar flood warning system has been developed at a critical transportation pass along Highway 288 in Houston, Texas. In order to enable emergency personnel to begin flood preparation with as much lead time as possible, FAS2 is being used as a prototype to develop warning system for other flood-prone areas such as City of Sugar Land.

  18. Financial access to health care in Karuzi, Burundi: a household-survey based performance evaluation

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    Van Herp Michel

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In 2003, Médecins Sans Frontières, the provincial government, and the provincial health authority began a community project to guarantee financial access to primary health care in Karuzi province, Burundi. The project used a community-based assessment to provide exemption cards for indigent households and a reduced flat fee for consultations for all other households. Methods An evaluation was carried out in 2005 to assess the impact of this project. Primary data collection was through a cross-sectional household survey of the catchment areas of 10 public health centres. A questionnaire was used to determine the accuracy of the community-identification method, households' access to health care, and costs of care. Household socioeconomic status was determined by reported expenditures and access to land. Results Financial access to care at the nearest health centre was ensured for 70% of the population. Of the remaining 30%, half experienced financial barriers to access and the other half chose alternative sites of care. The community-based assessment increased the number of people of the population who qualified for fee exemptions to 8.6% but many people who met the indigent criteria did not receive a card. Eighty-eight percent of the population lived under the poverty threshold. Referring to the last sickness episode, 87% of households reported having no money available and 25% risked further impoverishment because of healthcare costs even with the financial support system in place. Conclusion The flat fee policy was found to reduce cost barriers for some households but, given the generalized poverty in the area, the fee still posed a significant financial burden. This report showed the limits of a programme of fee exemption for indigent households and a flat fee for others in a context of widespread poverty.

  19. Performance Evaluation of Different Network Topologies Based On Ant Colony Optimization

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    Joydip Dhar

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available All networks tend to become more and more complicated. They can be wired, with lots of routers, orwireless, with lots of mobile node. The problem remains the same, in order to get the best from thenetwork; there is a need to find the shortest path. The more complicated the network is, the more difficultit is to manage the routes and indicate which one is the best. The Nature gives us a solution to find theshortest path. The ants, in their necessity to find food and brings it back to the nest, manage not only toexplore a vast area, but also to indicate to their peers the location of the food while bringing it back tothe nest. Most of the time, they will find the shortest path and adapt to ground changes, hence provingtheir great efficiency toward this difficult task. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the performanceof different network topologies based on Ant Colony Optimization Algorithm. Simulation is done in NS-2.

  20. Evaluating the spatio-temporal performance of sky-imager-based solar irradiance analysis and forecasts

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    Schmidt, Thomas; Kalisch, John; Lorenz, Elke; Heinemann, Detlev

    2016-03-01

    Clouds are the dominant source of small-scale variability in surface solar radiation and uncertainty in its prediction. However, the increasing share of solar energy in the worldwide electric power supply increases the need for accurate solar radiation forecasts. In this work, we present results of a very short term global horizontal irradiance (GHI) forecast experiment based on hemispheric sky images. A 2-month data set with images from one sky imager and high-resolution GHI measurements from 99 pyranometers distributed over 10 km by 12 km is used for validation. We developed a multi-step model and processed GHI forecasts up to 25 min with an update interval of 15 s. A cloud type classification is used to separate the time series into different cloud scenarios. Overall, the sky-imager-based forecasts do not outperform the reference persistence forecasts. Nevertheless, we find that analysis and forecast performance depends strongly on the predominant cloud conditions. Especially convective type clouds lead to high temporal and spatial GHI variability. For cumulus cloud conditions, the analysis error is found to be lower than that introduced by a single pyranometer if it is used representatively for the whole area in distances from the camera larger than 1-2 km. Moreover, forecast skill is much higher for these conditions compared to overcast or clear sky situations causing low GHI variability, which is easier to predict by persistence. In order to generalize the cloud-induced forecast error, we identify a variability threshold indicating conditions with positive forecast skill.

  1. Evaluating the spatio-temporal performance of sky imager based solar irradiance analysis and forecasts

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    T. Schmidt

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Clouds are the dominant source of variability in surface solar radiation and uncertainty in its prediction. However, the increasing share of solar energy in the world-wide electric power supply increases the need for accurate solar radiation forecasts. In this work, we present results of a shortest-term global horizontal irradiance (GHI forecast experiment based on hemispheric sky images. A two month dataset with images from one sky imager and high resolutive GHI measurements from 99 pyranometers distributed over 10 km by 12 km is used for validation. We developed a multi-step model and processed GHI forecasts up to 25 min with an update interval of 15 s. A cloud type classification is used to separate the time series in different cloud scenarios. Overall, the sky imager based forecasts do not outperform the reference persistence forecasts. Nevertheless, we find that analysis and forecast performance depend strongly on the predominant cloud conditions. Especially convective type clouds lead to high temporal and spatial GHI variability. For cumulus cloud conditions, the analysis error is found to be lower than that introduced by a single pyranometer if it is used representatively for the whole area in distances from the camera larger than 1–2 km. Moreover, forecast skill is much higher for these conditions compared to overcast or clear sky situations causing low GHI variability which is easier to predict by persistence. In order to generalize the cloud-induced forecast error, we identify a variability threshold indicating conditions with positive forecast skill.

  2. Criteria for performance evaluation

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    David J. Weiss

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Using a cognitive task (mental calculation and a perceptual-motor task (stylized golf putting, we examined differential proficiency using the CWS index and several other quantitative measures of performance. The CWS index (Weiss and Shanteau, 2003 is a coherence criterion that looks only at internal properties of the data without incorporating an external standard. In Experiment 1, college students (n = 20 carried out 2- and 3-digit addition and multiplication problems under time pressure. In Experiment 2, experienced golfers (n = 12, also college students, putted toward a target from nine different locations. Within each experiment, we analyzed the same responses using different methods. For the arithmetic tasks, accuracy information (mean absolute deviation from the correct answer, MAD using a coherence criterion was available; for golf, accuracy information using a correspondence criterion (mean deviation from the target, also MAD was available. We ranked the performances of the participants according to each measure, then compared the orders using Spearman's rextsubscript{s}. For mental calculation, the CWS order correlated moderately (rextsubscript{s} =.46 with that of MAD. However, a different coherence criterion, degree of model fit, did not correlate with either CWS or accuracy. For putting, the ranking generated by CWS correlated .68 with that generated by MAD. Consensual answers were also available for both experiments, and the rankings they generated correlated highly with those of MAD. The coherence vs. correspondence distinction did not map well onto criteria for performance evaluation.

  3. A UK national performance evaluation of CT-based IGRT system

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    Full text: As part of a UK national health service programme of evaluating medical equipment for NHS purchasing decisions, a technical eval uation was carried out between 2008-2009 on X-ray CT-based IGRT systems from different manufacturers, Elekta Synergy v4.2, Tom therapy HiArt v 3.2 and Varian OBI v 1.5. Systems instaJled in ten radiation oncology centres were evaluated. The objective was to test each system to assess its capability to deliver accurate image guidance and to assess variability between different examples of the same system. The work has been further developed since the report and protocol were published. Tests were carried out to measure: Image quality in a range of conditions, using the Catphan 504 phantom and also pseudo-clinical image quality using the Virtually Human Male Pelvic (VHMP) phantom. Imaging dose, using CTDI and Farmer chambers in doubled up pairs of CTDT phantoms for a range of scanner settings and clinical protocols. IGRT geometric accuracy, including: registration of imaging volume to treatment isocentre for the kV systems, using the Modus Pentaguide Qasar phantom; image-shirt-verify tests to test the ability of the system to correct for patient misalignment to within a required tolerance, using the Pentaguide phantom and also the VHMP for soft tissue alignment. All systems assessed had accurate alignment between tomographic image geometry and treatment volume, to within I mm. Automatic couch corrections accurately re-positioned treatment isocentres to within 1.5 mm and where rotations could be corrected, these were typically to within 10. Imaging doses for typical clinical protocols were from 1.4 mGy per scan for a low dose head protocol to 25 mGy for the highest exposure pelvis protocol. All systems could differen tiate contrast between muscle and fat in the VHMP phantom and at this level were able to provide 3D soft tissue information. Differences were observed between measured image quality parameters on the three systems

  4. Performance evaluation of a routing algorithm based on Hopfield Neural Network for network-on-chip

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    Esmaelpoor, Jamal; Ghafouri, Abdollah

    2015-12-01

    Network on chip (NoC) has emerged as a solution to overcome the system on chip growing complexity and design challenges. A proper routing algorithm is a key issue of an NoC design. An appropriate routing method balances load across the network channels and keeps path length as short as possible. This survey investigates the performance of a routing algorithm based on Hopfield Neural Network. It is a dynamic programming to provide optimal path and network monitoring in real time. The aim of this article is to analyse the possibility of using a neural network as a router. The algorithm takes into account the path with the lowest delay (cost) form source to destination. In other words, the path a message takes from source to destination depends on network traffic situation at the time and it is the fastest one. The simulation results show that the proposed approach improves average delay, throughput and network congestion efficiently. At the same time, the increase in power consumption is almost negligible.

  5. Based on Regular Expression Matching of Evaluation of the Task Performance in WSN: A Queue Theory Approach

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    Jie Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to the limited resources of wireless sensor network, low efficiency of real-time communication scheduling, poor safety defects, and so forth, a queuing performance evaluation approach based on regular expression match is proposed, which is a method that consists of matching preprocessing phase, validation phase, and queuing model of performance evaluation phase. Firstly, the subset of related sequence is generated in preprocessing phase, guiding the validation phase distributed matching. Secondly, in the validation phase, the subset of features clustering, the compressed matching table is more convenient for distributed parallel matching. Finally, based on the queuing model, the sensor networks of task scheduling dynamic performance are evaluated. Experiments show that our approach ensures accurate matching and computational efficiency of more than 70%; it not only effectively detects data packets and access control, but also uses queuing method to determine the parameters of task scheduling in wireless sensor networks. The method for medium scale or large scale distributed wireless node has a good applicability.

  6. Making Performance-Based Evaluation Work for You: A Recipe for Personal Learning

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    Church, Audrey

    2012-01-01

    Teacher observation and teacher evaluation are a given in American schools, and Charlotte Danielson's work in teacher effectiveness and professional practice has guided evaluation efforts for many years. There is a new, big kid in town, however. As Race to the Top requires documentation of student growth, and research shows that teacher…

  7. Multi-directional efficiency analysis-based regional industrial environmental performance evaluation of China

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    Ke Wang; Shiwei Yu; Mo-Jie Li; Yi-Ming Wei

    2013-01-01

    This study evaluates the environmental efficiency of industrial sectors of Chinese major cities. The Multi-directional efficiency analysis (MEA) approach are utilized for evaluation, thus both the integrated MEA efficiency levels and the efficiency patterns, which are represented by the variable specific MEA efficiency according to each type of the industrial pollutant emission or discharge, of Chinese major city are detected. In addition the industrial energy conservation and pollutant reduc...

  8. Experimental evaluation of high performance base course and road base asphalt concrete with electric arc furnace steel slags.

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    Pasetto, Marco; Baldo, Nicola

    2010-09-15

    The paper presents the results of a laboratory study aimed at verifying the use of two types of electric arc furnace (EAF) steel slags as substitutes for natural aggregates, in the composition of base course and road base asphalt concrete (BBAC) for flexible pavements. The trial was composed of a preliminary study of the chemical, physical, mechanical and leaching properties of the EAF steel slags, followed by the mix design and performance characterization of the bituminous mixes, through gyratory compaction tests, permanent deformation tests, stiffness modulus tests at various temperatures, fatigue tests and indirect tensile strength tests. All the mixtures with EAF slags presented better mechanical characteristics than those of the corresponding asphalts with natural aggregate and satisfied the requisites for acceptance in the Italian road sector technical standards, thus resulting as suitable for use in road construction. PMID:20566237

  9. Improving Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation of Logistics Performance Evaluation

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    PAN Xiao lin; Huang, Rong Rong

    2012-01-01

    "According to the logistics enterprise performance evaluation of the complexity of the problems and the characteristics of fuzziness, based on the fuzzy comprehensive evaluation method point of view, this article established the fuzzy comprehensive evaluation of logistics performance evaluation index system. This article combines the logistics enterprise in the actual survey dates, and constructs three primary indexes and ten secondary indexes of logistics enterprise performance evaluation in...

  10. Evaluation of spatial database management systems: A performance-based comparison

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    Arbesser-Rastburg, Thomas

    2009-01-01

    This analytical research paper investigates the question which of three Spatial Database Management Systems (Oracle 11g, PostgreSQL 8.3 with PostGIS 1.2 and MySQL 5) installed on a Linux platform performs best in queries used in typical GIS applications. It assesses the components responsible for performance and identifies a suitable methodology for a comprehensible comparison of database management systems. An application is developed to precisely measure the response from the database syste...

  11. Performance evaluation of vegetable-based oils in drilling austenitic stainless steel

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    Belluco, Walter; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    2004-01-01

    The efficiency of six cutting oils was evaluated in drilling AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel using conventional HSS-Co tools by measurements of tool life, tool wear, cutting forces and chip formation. Seven tools were tested with each fluid to catastrophic failure. Cutting forces and chip...

  12. Experimental performance evaluation of software defined networking (SDN) based data communication networks for large scale flexi-grid optical networks.

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    Zhao, Yongli; He, Ruiying; Chen, Haoran; Zhang, Jie; Ji, Yuefeng; Zheng, Haomian; Lin, Yi; Wang, Xinbo

    2014-04-21

    Software defined networking (SDN) has become the focus in the current information and communication technology area because of its flexibility and programmability. It has been introduced into various network scenarios, such as datacenter networks, carrier networks, and wireless networks. Optical transport network is also regarded as an important application scenario for SDN, which is adopted as the enabling technology of data communication networks (DCN) instead of general multi-protocol label switching (GMPLS). However, the practical performance of SDN based DCN for large scale optical networks, which is very important for the technology selection in the future optical network deployment, has not been evaluated up to now. In this paper we have built a large scale flexi-grid optical network testbed with 1000 virtual optical transport nodes to evaluate the performance of SDN based DCN, including network scalability, DCN bandwidth limitation, and restoration time. A series of network performance parameters including blocking probability, bandwidth utilization, average lightpath provisioning time, and failure restoration time have been demonstrated under various network environments, such as with different traffic loads and different DCN bandwidths. The demonstration in this work can be taken as a proof for the future network deployment. PMID:24787842

  13. A Distance Instructional System with Learning Performance Evaluation Mechanism: Moodle-Based Educational System Design

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    Lee, Ying-Chen; Terashima, Nobuyoshi

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, a Moodle-based educational system has been constructed by providing friendly interface to fit most students in e-learning. For the website implementation, the authors take the course "Multimedia Implementation Using JAVA" as a case study. From the modified Moodle-based educational system, the browsing time of each web page for…

  14. Evaluation on materials performance of hastelloy alloy XR for HTTR uses. 4. Tensile properties of base metals and welded joints

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    Tensile properties due to thermal aging on Hastelloy Alloy XR base metals and welded joints were investigated as a series of evaluation test on the base metals and filler metals for the High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) components. Tensile test in air was performed at R.T. and then same temperatures as the thermal aging temperatures after the specimens were aged at 800, 900 and 1000degC for 1000hrs. In comparison with the previous data, the present results had no significant difference on the strength characteristics, and were in the previous data band on the ductility. Therefore, it is concluded that these base metals and filler metals for the HTTR components have excellent tensile properties. (author)

  15. A DEA-TOPSIS-based approach for performance evaluation of Indian technical institutes

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    Amrita Bhattacharyya

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Since independence, India has been one of the few developing countries to invest extensively in both science and technical education. In India, technical education plays a pivotal role in human resource development while creating skilled manpower, increasing industrial productivity and enhancing the quality of life. If a technical institute means to be effective in developing learned and qualified engineers, then it would be useful to know the performance of that technical institution. However, measuring the performance of a technical institution has received very little attention because it is very difficult to measure its output. Thus, this paper focuses on assessing the performance of eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs using a combined approach of data envelopment analysis (DEA and technique of order preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS. In the first phase, DEA is applied to shortlist the efficient IITs having the desired characteristics from the stakeholders’ point of view, and TOPSIS method is then employed to rank those efficient IITs while also identifying the best performing IIT. It is observed that IIT Kharagpur outperforms all the considered IITs which exactly corroborates with the findings of the recently published surveys/reports.

  16. An Empirical Analysis of Performance Evaluation of University Teachers Based on KPI

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    Zhu Chuanshu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Except for the influential graduates, the content of the development core of universities needs to improve the scientific allocation of teacher resources, and the most relevant content to human resource of teacher is the salary incentive system. While the system related to performance appraisal system is the perfor-mance assessment system, so the sound and perfect performance appraisal system of teachers in Colleges and universities is conducive to the strategic development of university. This article uses KPI theory in index design for quality content of university teachers, aiming at abstracting the key quality therefrom, constructing KPI performance appraisal system complying to 80/20 and provide theoretical basis for improvement of human resources system in Colleges and promotion of the development of universities. This article provides five key types of quality of college teachers and refinable, quantifiable and behavioral key qualities, and conducts an empirical demonstration of weight of the corresponding index by the questionnaire survey, expert interview and AHP analysis method.

  17. EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCE OF HORIZONTAL AXIS WIND TURBINE BLADES BASED ON OPTIMAL ROTOR THEORY

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    Nitin Tenguria

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Wind energy is a very popular renewable energy resource. In order to increase the use of wind energy, it is important to develop wind turbine rotor with high rotations rates and power coefficient. In this paper, a method for the determination of the aerodynamic performance characteristics using NACA airfoils is given for three bladed horizontal axis wind turbine. Blade geometry is obtained from the best approximation of the calculated theoretical optimum chord and twist distribution of the rotating blade. Optimal rotor theory is used, which is simple enough and accurate enough for rotor design. In this work, eight different airfoils are used to investigate the changes in performance of the blade. Rotor diameter taken is 82 m which is the diameter of VESTAS V82-1.65MW. The airfoils taken are same from root to tip in every blade. The design lift coefficient taken is 1.1. A computer program is generated to automate the complete procedure.

  18. EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCE OF HORIZONTAL AXIS WIND TURBINE BLADES BASED ON OPTIMAL ROTOR THEORY

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    Nitin Tenguria

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    Full Text Available Wind energy is a very popular renewable energy resource. In order to increase the use of wind energy, it is important to develop wind turbine rotor with high rotations rates and power coefficient. In this paper, a method for the determination of the aerodynamic performance characteristics using NACA airfoils is given for three bladed horizontal axis wind turbine. Blade geometry is obtained from the best approximation of the calculated theoretical optimum chord and twist distribution of the rotating blade. Optimal rotor theory is used, which is simple enough and accurate enough for rotor design. In this work, eight different airfoils are used to investigate the changes in performance of the blade. Rotor diameter taken is 82 m which is the diameter of VESTAS V82-1.65MW. The airfoils taken are same from root to tip in every blade. The design lift coefficient taken is 1.1. A computer program is generated to automate the complete procedure.

  19. Evaluation of the Parallel Computing Performances based on the nVIDIA GeForce GPU

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    Bogdanoski, Mitko; Gjorgjev, Jelena

    2015-01-01

    Parallel programming is a form of computation in which the calculations are carried out simultaneously, operating on the principle where large problems can be divided into smaller, which are then solved in parallel. Most common this programming is used in high performance computing, but due to the physical constraints which prevent frequency scaling the interest is even higher. As computers consumption has become a problem in the recent years, the parallel programming has grown into the do...

  20. Simulation-Based Performance Evaluation of Routing Protocols in Vehicular Ad-hoc Network

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    Vaishali D. Khairnar; Kotecha, Dr. Ketan

    2013-01-01

    A Vehicular Ad-hoc Network (VANET) is a collection of wireless vehicle nodes forming a temporary network without using any centralized Road Side Unit (RSU). VANET protocols have to face high challenges due to dynamically changing topologies and symmetric links of networks. A suitable and effective routing mechanism helps to extend the successful deployment of vehicular ad-hoc networks. An attempt has been made to compare the performance of two On-demand reactive routing protocols namely AODV ...

  1. Development of a fuel performance model for evaluating conceptual Th-based Canadian SCWR fuel designs

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    The fuel assembly for the Canadian Super Critical Water Reactor (SCWR) is in the conceptual design phase. The proposed fuel pellets are made of ceramic Th-Pu mixed oxide ((Th,Pu)O2). Neutronics and thermal hydraulics calculations are being undertaken by the nuclear industry to optimize the fuel assembly within a pressure tube. The SCWR working group shave established two conceptual fuel element designs (outer diameter, fuel composition, cladding material, exit burnup etc.) within an assembly for performance assessment. A detailed fuel element performance assessment under in-reactor conditions could be used to determine cladding material thickness/suitability and to optimize the fuel pellet geometry. This work reports the development of a fuel performance model to predict the behaviour of the Canadian SCWR fuel using the finite element method. An initial approach is to develop a thorium-uranium mixed-oxide ((Th,U)O2) model.Preliminary results from this model agree with fuel irradiation data . Uranium dioxide (UO2) fuel, under the same conditions, is also being modeled and compared. A plan to model (Th, Pu)O2 SCWR fuel is briefly presented here. (author)

  2. Preliminary Performance Evaluation of MEMS-based Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters in Extended Temperature Range

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    Xu, R.; Borregaard, L.M.; Lei, A.;

    2012-01-01

    In this work a batch of MEMS-based vibration energy harvesters consisting of a silicon/PZT thick film ntilever with integrated proof mass is characterized. The purpose of a vibration energy harvester is to convert low grade vibrations to useful electrical power. Optimally, the natural frequency o...

  3. Performance Evaluation of Different Ground Filtering Algorithms for Uav-Based Point Clouds

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    Serifoglu, C.; Gungor, O.; Yilmaz, V.

    2016-06-01

    Digital Elevation Model (DEM) generation is one of the leading application areas in geomatics. Since a DEM represents the bare earth surface, the very first step of generating a DEM is to separate the ground and non-ground points, which is called ground filtering. Once the point cloud is filtered, the ground points are interpolated to generate the DEM. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) point clouds have been used in many applications thanks to their success in representing the objects they belong to. Hence, in the literature, various ground filtering algorithms have been reported to filter the LiDAR data. Since the LiDAR data acquisition is still a costly process, using point clouds generated from the UAV images to produce DEMs is a reasonable alternative. In this study, point clouds with three different densities were generated from the aerial photos taken from a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) to examine the effect of point density on filtering performance. The point clouds were then filtered by means of five different ground filtering algorithms as Progressive Morphological 1D (PM1D), Progressive Morphological 2D (PM2D), Maximum Local Slope (MLS), Elevation Threshold with Expand Window (ETEW) and Adaptive TIN (ATIN). The filtering performance of each algorithm was investigated qualitatively and quantitatively. The results indicated that the ATIN and PM2D algorithms showed the best overall ground filtering performances. The MLS and ETEW algorithms were found as the least successful ones. It was concluded that the point clouds generated from the UAVs can be a good alternative for LiDAR data.

  4. Output Effect Evaluation Based on Input Features in Neural Incremental Attribute Learning for Better Classification Performance

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    Ting Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Machine learning is a very important approach to pattern classification. This paper provides a better insight into Incremental Attribute Learning (IAL with further analysis as to why it can exhibit better performance than conventional batch training. IAL is a novel supervised machine learning strategy, which gradually trains features in one or more chunks. Previous research showed that IAL can obtain lower classification error rates than a conventional batch training approach. Yet the reason for that is still not very clear. In this study, the feasibility of IAL is verified by mathematical approaches. Moreover, experimental results derived by IAL neural networks on benchmarks also confirm the mathematical validation.

  5. Performance evaluation of data center service localization based on virtual resource migration in software defined elastic optical network.

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    Yang, Hui; Zhang, Jie; Ji, Yuefeng; Tan, Yuanlong; Lin, Yi; Han, Jianrui; Lee, Young

    2015-09-01

    Data center interconnection with elastic optical network is a promising scenario to meet the high burstiness and high-bandwidth requirements of data center services. In our previous work, we implemented cross stratum optimization of optical network and application stratums resources that allows to accommodate data center services. In view of this, this study extends the data center resources to user side to enhance the end-to-end quality of service. We propose a novel data center service localization (DCSL) architecture based on virtual resource migration in software defined elastic data center optical network. A migration evaluation scheme (MES) is introduced for DCSL based on the proposed architecture. The DCSL can enhance the responsiveness to the dynamic end-to-end data center demands, and effectively reduce the blocking probability to globally optimize optical network and application resources. The overall feasibility and efficiency of the proposed architecture are experimentally verified on the control plane of our OpenFlow-based enhanced SDN testbed. The performance of MES scheme under heavy traffic load scenario is also quantitatively evaluated based on DCSL architecture in terms of path blocking probability, provisioning latency and resource utilization, compared with other provisioning scheme. PMID:26368410

  6. A novel hybrid MCDM model for performance evaluation of research and technology organizations based on BSC approach.

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    Varmazyar, Mohsen; Dehghanbaghi, Maryam; Afkhami, Mehdi

    2016-10-01

    Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is a strategic evaluation tool using both financial and non-financial indicators to determine the business performance of organizations or companies. In this paper, a new integrated approach based on the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) and multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) methods are proposed to evaluate the performance of research centers of research and technology organization (RTO) in Iran. Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) are employed to reflect the interdependencies among BSC perspectives. Then, Analytic Network Process (ANP) is utilized to weight the indices influencing the considered problem. In the next step, we apply four MCDM methods including Additive Ratio Assessment (ARAS), Complex Proportional Assessment (COPRAS), Multi-Objective Optimization by Ratio Analysis (MOORA), and Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) for ranking of alternatives. Finally, the utility interval technique is applied to combine the ranking results of MCDM methods. Weighted utility intervals are computed by constructing a correlation matrix between the ranking methods. A real case is presented to show the efficacy of the proposed approach. PMID:27371786

  7. Performance Evaluation of a Simple Cluster-Based Aggregation and Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Hong, Sung-Hwa; Park, Jeong-Min; Gil, Joon-Min

    2013-01-01

    In future ubiquitous networks, sensor nodes should collect various environmental data and parameters. Because sensor nodes tend to have small and often irreplaceable batteries with limited power capacity, energy-efficient aggregation and routing are essential to achieve to a prolonged network lifetime. We propose a simple cluster-based data aggregation and routing algorithm (SCAR) that decreases the incurred overhead during the selection of cluster heads in wireless sensor networks. The perfo...

  8. Performance evaluation of acetylcholinesterase-based biosensors for detection of heavy metals

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    David, Melinda; Badea, Mihaela; Florescu, Monica

    2011-01-01

    In this work, mediated carbon-ink screen-printed electrodes are used to develop enzyme-based biosensors for detection of selected heavy metals. Two immobilisation methods were used for acetylcholinesterase (AChE) immobilisation on electrode surface together with two redox mediators. The methods used for the encapsulation of the enzyme were: cross-linking with bi-functional reagents like glutar-aldehyde (GA) and encapsulation with sol-gel method.The used mediators were TCNQ (tetracianoqu...

  9. Performance Evaluation of Low Power MIPS Crypto Processor based on Cryptography Algorithms

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    Kirat Pal Singh; Dilip Kumar

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents the design and implementation of low power 32-bit encrypted and decrypted MIPS processor for Data Encryption Standard (DES), Triple DES, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) based on MIPS pipeline architecture. The organization of pipeline stages has been done in such a way that pipeline can be clocked at high frequency. Encryption and Decryption blocks of three standard cryptography algorithms on MIPS processor and dependency among themselves are explained in detail with th...

  10. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION FOR THE BANKING INDUSTRY IN TAIWAN BASED ON TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT

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    Jui-Kuei Chen; I-Shuo Chen

    2009-01-01

    This study explores critical factors for quality improvement in the Taiwanese banking industry. The study examines eight measurement dimensions. In addition, a hierarchical framework for the Taiwanese banking industry is constructed based on the eight dimensions and various sub-factors. Fuzzy Analytic Network Process (FANP) is utilized to analyze the opinions collected from a sample of experts in Taiwanese banks. The results of this study are that the top five crucial quality factors for the ...

  11. Evaluation and performance based mix design of rubber modified mixtures: Laboratory evaluation of asphalt concrete mixtures using waste tires. Final report

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    Goulias, D.G.; Ali, A.H.M.

    1997-02-01

    New Jersey Department of Transportation has been investigating the use of rubber modified materials over the last few years with the design and use of dense and gap graded mixtures, and in some cases the incorporation of RAP materials, in selected projects. While the short term field performance of these materials is satisfactory, their long term performance is unknown. These mixtures were designed with the traditional Marshall mixture design method, and thus is was not considered design criteria related to mixture behavior and performance into mixture selection. The main objective of this study is the development of a mixture design methodology for rubber modified materials that considers mixture behavior and performance. In order to achieve this objective researchers conducted a laboratory investigation which was able to evaluate mixture properties that can be related to mixture performance, (in terms of rutting, low temperature cracking, and fatigue), and simulating the actual field loading conditions that the material is being exposed to. The possibility of coupling the traditional Marshall mix design method with parameters related to mixture behavior and performance was investigated since this technique has been used over the years by the agency, and the necessary testing apparatus is available to both the agency and material laboratories. The SHRP SUPERPAVE mix design methodology was reviewed and considered in this study for the development of an integrated performance based design procedure. However, its applicability and use on routine bases was not considered at this time since it requires specific equipment with ongoing evaluation for its repeatability and precision. Finally, for the conduct of this investigation materials and mixtures used by NJDOT in rubber modified paving projects were used.

  12. Performance evaluation of a LYSO-based PET scanner for monitoring of dose delivery in hadrontherapy

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    Fabbiani, E.; Belcari, N.; Camarlinghi, N.; Del Guerra, A.; Ferretti, S.; Kraan, A.; Panetta, D.; Sportelli, G.; Rosso, V.

    2015-12-01

    The DoPET scanner is a compact positron emission tomography (PET) device. It has been developed for monitoring the range of charged particles during therapy with hadron beams. Previous works have focused on the development and upgrade of the device and on data analysis. In this paper, a full performance characterization of the DoPET system in terms of the energy resolution, spatial resolution, sensitivity, uniformity, and noise equivalent count rate is reported. All measurements refer to an adapted version of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) NU 4 - 2008 protocol, which was written originally for small animal PET systems. Since DoPET is a dual head planar system, it requires a modified characterisation procedure with respect to those described for ring geometries as in the NEMA NU 4 - 2008 protocol. The presented procedure may be of interest for any other PET system with a similar geometry as DoPET.

  13. RESOURCE SELECTION IN GRID ENVIRONMENT BASED ON TRUST EVALUATION USING FEEDBACK AND PERFORMANCE

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    Prakash Mohan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A grid computing is a collection of distributed computing resources owned by many organizations across boundaries and not dedicated for a single user available in the Virtual Organization. Grid computing environment provides more computational capabilities to increase the scalability and efficiency of the infra-structure. Resource selection in computational grid is the open issue for executing complex jobs. Trust is the one of the important factor for selecting the resources in computational grid. We introduced a new technique for finding the trusted resource. In our proposed method, we computed the trusted resource from user’s feedback and performance. While selecting the resource, overall trustworthiness is compared. The result of the resource selection algorithm is that most trust resource weight is above the threshold level. In our proposed algorithm job is submitted to the trust resource available in grid.

  14. RAROC Based Capital Budgeting and Performance Evaluation: A Case Study of Bank Capital Allocation

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    Christopher James

    1996-01-01

    This paper describes the RAROC system developed at Bank of America (B of A) in order to examine how risk-based capital allocation models work. I begin by discussing the economic rational for allocating capital in a diversified organization like the B of A. Drawing on recent work by Froot and Stein (1995) and Stein (1996), I argue that the capital budgeting process used by the B of A resembles the operation of an internal capital market in which businesses are allocated capital with the object...

  15. Design and performance evaluation of a state-space based AQM

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    Ariba, Yassine; Gouaisbaut, Frédéric; 10.1109/CTRQ.2008.15

    2009-01-01

    Recent research has shown the link between congestion control in communication networks and feedback control system. In this paper, the design of an active queue management (AQM) which can be viewed as a controller, is considered. Based on a state space representation of a linearized fluid flow model of TCP, the AQM design is converted to a state feedback synthesis problem for time delay systems. Finally, an example extracted from the literature and simulations via a network simulator NS (under cross traffic conditions) support our study.

  16. Performance evaluation of a web-based system to exchange Electronic Health Records using Queueing model (M/M/1).

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    de la Torre, Isabel; Díaz, Francisco Javier; Antón, Míriam; Martínez, Mario; Díez, José Fernando; Boto, Daniel; López, Miguel; Hornero, Roberto; López, María Isabel

    2012-04-01

    Response time measurement of a web-based system is essential to evaluate its performance. This paper shows a comparison of the response times of a Web-based system for Ophthalmologic Electronic Health Records (EHRs), TeleOftalWeb. It makes use of different database models like Oracle 10 g, dbXML 2.0, Xindice 1.2, and eXist 1.1.1. The system's modelling, which uses Tandem Queue networks, will allow us to estimate the service times of the different components of the system (CPU, network and databases). In order to calculate those times, associated to the different databases, benchmarking techniques are used. The final objective of the comparison is to choose the database system resulting in the lowest response time to TeleOftalWeb and to compare the obtained results using a new benchmarking. PMID:20703642

  17. Performance Evaluation of Reactive, Proactive and Hybrid Routing Protocols Based on Network Size for MANET

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Ad hoc network is a collection of wireless mobile nodes where wireless radio interface connectseach device in a MANET to move freely, independently and randomly. Routing protocols inmobile ad hoc network helps to communicate source node with destination node by sending andreceiving packets. Lots of protocols are developed in this field but it is not easier to decide whichone is winner. In this paper, we present investigations on the behavior of five routing protocolsAODV (Ad hoc On demand distance vector, DSR (Dynamic Source Routing, DYMO (DynamicMANET On demand, OLSR (Optimized link state routing and ZRP (Zone routing protocolbased on IEEE 802.11CSMA/CA MAC protocol are analyzed and compared using QualNetsimulator on the basis of performance metrics such as Average Jitter, Total Packets Received,Packet Delivery Ratio, End-to-End Delay, Throughput, Average Queue Length, Average time inQueue, dropped packets due to non availability of routes and Energy consumption in transmit andreceive Mode. To test competence and effectiveness of all five protocols under diverse networkscenarios costing is done by means varying load by varying CBR data traffic load, changingnumber of Nodes and mobility. Finally results are scrutinized in from different scenarios to providequalitative assessment of the applicability of the protocols.

  18. Sensor Network-Based Localization for Continuous Tracking Applications: Implementation and Performance Evaluation

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    Franco Davoli

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The increasing interest in systems able to provide users with immersive services (e.g., domotics, context-aware applications, and immersive distance learning tools has encouraged the development of cheap and effective platforms aimed at tracking objects and people within a certain space. In this context, wireless sensor networks (WSNs can play a very important role, since specialized sensors can be fruitfully exploited in order to generate/receive signals by means of which the WSN can derive the position of nodes joined to the objects to be tracked. The paper presents an original localization platform that exploits a single-hop WSN, based on a Microchip MCU and a Cypress RF device, to track its moving nodes. Specifically, the nodes of the network are divided into three sets: the first set consists of anchor nodes that, according to the commands from the sink (the central node of the WSN, generate ultrasonic pulses. These pulses are received by the second set of (moving nodes, which estimate the pulse time trip and communicate it to the sink. Finally, the last set is constituted by general purpose nodes that collect any kind of data from the surrounding field. The sink gathers all the data, computes the position of moving nodes, and transfers information to external users on the Internet. The algorithms adopted to manage the network and to localize moving nodes are discussed. A working prototype based upon the hardware platform, software, and protocol described in this paper has been deployed and tested, and some results are shown. Simulation results of the localization system are presented to show system scalability.

  19. Design and performance evaluation of SDD based X-ray spectrometer for future planetary exploration

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    Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) based X-ray spectrometer has been developed for obtaining the elemental composition of unknown samples by detecting fluorescent X-rays in the energy region 1–25 keV by a non-destructive process. The use of new technology X-ray detector provides good energy resolution for detecting the elements separated with ∼150 eV apart. Here we present the design of a complete X-ray spectrometer intended for use in the future space-born experiment. The low energy threshold of 241Am with 1 mCi activity. It is shown that intensities of various characteristic X-ray lines are well correlated with the respective elemental concentrations. A specific effort has been made while designing the developed X-ray spectrometer to use electronic components which are available in space grade so that the same electronic design can be used in the upcoming planetary missions with appropriate mechanical packaging.

  20. Performance evaluation of organic and titanium based working fluids for high-temperature heat pumps

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    Zamfirescu, C., E-mail: Calin.Zamfirescu@uoit.ca [Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON, Canada L1H 74K (Canada); Dincer, I., E-mail: Ibrahim.Dincer@uoit.ca [Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON, Canada L1H 74K (Canada); Naterer, G., E-mail: Greg.Naterer@uoit.ca [Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON, Canada L1H 74K (Canada)

    2009-12-10

    In this paper, selected organic and titanium based fluids (biphenyl, biphenylmethane, naphthalene, isoquinoline, titanium tetrabromide and titanium tetraiodide) are assessed thermodynamically as potential working fluids for high temperature mechanical heat pumps. Various applications, such as thermo-chemical cycles for hydrogen production, chemical processes comprising endothermic reactions, steam generators and metallurgical processes, can benefit from such heat pumps as 'green' sources of high temperature heat. The environmental benefit occurs from avoiding fossil fuel heating and therefore reducing carbon dioxide and other pollutant emissions. Through heat pumps, a low-grade heat source from nuclear reactors, industrial waste, geothermal, etc. can be upgraded to high temperatures through a work-to-heat conversion. The work itself can originate from any source of renewable energy (wind, hydro, biomass, solar, etc.). In this paper, available thermo-physical parameters of the selected fluids are presented and appropriate equations of state are constructed to allow a heat pump thermodynamic analysis. Among these working fluids, only biphenyl, naphthalene, titanium tetrabromide and titanium tetraiodide have promising potential. For these fluids, a further parametric study is conducted to investigate the COP for a range of relevant operating conditions, in terms of temperature and pressure. The range of COP values is large, ranging from 1.9 to 7.3, depending on the fluid and temperature levels; the highest COP is obtained with TiI{sub 4}.

  1. Evaluation of the Performance of Financial Support for Agriculture in Guizhou Province Using Secondary Relative Benefit Model Based on DEA

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    2012-01-01

    We use the secondary relative benefit model based on DEA to evaluate the performance of agricultural financial expenditure in Guizhou Province, which can give due consideration to the production effectiveness determined by objective natural conditions, and management effectiveness of all regions (as decision-making body) in the use of financial fund for supporting agriculture. In general, there is north-south gradient difference in the performance of financial support for agriculture between regions in Guizhou Province. The drought in 2010 has significant impact on the technical efficiency in the whole province; the performance score of each item in Liupanshui City and Southwest Guizhou is very low; the technical efficiency and management efficiency in most regions need to be improved. In order to improve the performance of financial support for agriculture, we need to ensure the scale of input; at the same time, provide appropriate preferential financial policies for agricultural infrastructure, especially the construction of rural water conservancy, development and promotion of agricultural science and technology, and other fields; adopt the way of special check and acceptance of supporting projects to strengthen the use management of the fund for agriculture.

  2. Performance of human fecal anaerobe-associated PCR-based assays in a multi-laboratory method evaluation study

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    Layton, Blythe A.; Cao, Yiping; Ebentier, Darcy L.; Hanley, Kaitlyn; Ballesté, Elisenda; Brandão, João; Byappanahalli, Muruleedhara N.; Converse, Reagan; Farnleitner, Andreas H.; Gentry-Shields, Jennifer, Gidley, Maribeth L.; Gourmelon, Michèle; Lee, Chang Soo; Lee, Jiyoung; Lozach, Solen; Madi, Tania; Meijer, Wim G.; Noble, Rachel; Peed, Lindsay; Reischer, Georg H.; Rodrigues, Raquel; Rose, Joan B.; Schriewer, Alexander; Sinigalliano, Chris; Srinivasan, Sangeetha; Stewart, Jill; Van De Werfhorst; Laurie, C.; Wang, Dan; Whitman, Richard; Wuertz, Stefan; Jay, Jenny; Holden, Patricia A.; Boehm, Alexandria B.; Shanks, Orin; Griffith, John F.

    2013-01-01

    A number of PCR-based methods for detecting human fecal material in environmental waters have been developed over the past decade, but these methods have rarely received independent comparative testing in large multi-laboratory studies. Here, we evaluated ten of these methods (BacH, BacHum-UCD, Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron (BtH), BsteriF1, gyrB, HF183 endpoint, HF183 SYBR, HF183 Taqman®, HumM2, and Methanobrevibacter smithii nifH (Mnif)) using 64 blind samples prepared in one laboratory. The blind samples contained either one or two fecal sources from human, wastewater or non-human sources. The assay results were assessed for presence/absence of the human markers and also quantitatively while varying the following: 1) classification of samples that were detected but not quantifiable (DNQ) as positive or negative; 2) reference fecal sample concentration unit of measure (such as culturable indicator bacteria, wet mass, total DNA, etc); and 3) human fecal source type (stool, sewage or septage). Assay performance using presence/absence metrics was found to depend on the classification of DNQ samples. The assays that performed best quantitatively varied based on the fecal concentration unit of measure and laboratory protocol. All methods were consistently more sensitive to human stools compared to sewage or septage in both the presence/absence and quantitative analysis. Overall, HF183 Taqman® was found to be the most effective marker of human fecal contamination in this California-based study.

  3. SU-D-BRD-01: Cloud-Based Radiation Treatment Planning: Performance Evaluation of Dose Calculation and Plan Optimization

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    Purpose: To report the first experience on the development of a cloud-based treatment planning system and investigate the performance improvement of dose calculation and treatment plan optimization of the cloud computing platform. Methods: A cloud computing-based radiation treatment planning system (cc-TPS) was developed for clinical treatment planning. Three de-identified clinical head and neck, lung, and prostate cases were used to evaluate the cloud computing platform. The de-identified clinical data were encrypted with 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm. VMAT and IMRT plans were generated for the three de-identified clinical cases to determine the quality of the treatment plans and computational efficiency. All plans generated from the cc-TPS were compared to those obtained with the PC-based TPS (pc-TPS). The performance evaluation of the cc-TPS was quantified as the speedup factors for Monte Carlo (MC) dose calculations and large-scale plan optimizations, as well as the performance ratios (PRs) of the amount of performance improvement compared to the pc-TPS. Results: Speedup factors were improved up to 14.0-fold dependent on the clinical cases and plan types. The computation times for VMAT and IMRT plans with the cc-TPS were reduced by 91.1% and 89.4%, respectively, on average of the clinical cases compared to those with pc-TPS. The PRs were mostly better for VMAT plans (1.0 ≤ PRs ≤ 10.6 for the head and neck case, 1.2 ≤ PRs ≤ 13.3 for lung case, and 1.0 ≤ PRs ≤ 10.3 for prostate cancer cases) than for IMRT plans. The isodose curves of plans on both cc-TPS and pc-TPS were identical for each of the clinical cases. Conclusion: A cloud-based treatment planning has been setup and our results demonstrate the computation efficiency of treatment planning with the cc-TPS can be dramatically improved while maintaining the same plan quality to that obtained with the pc-TPS. This work was supported in part by the National Cancer Institute (1

  4. SU-D-BRD-01: Cloud-Based Radiation Treatment Planning: Performance Evaluation of Dose Calculation and Plan Optimization

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    Na, Y; Kapp, D; Kim, Y; Xing, L [Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA (United States); Suh, T [Catholic UniversityMedical College, Seoul, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: To report the first experience on the development of a cloud-based treatment planning system and investigate the performance improvement of dose calculation and treatment plan optimization of the cloud computing platform. Methods: A cloud computing-based radiation treatment planning system (cc-TPS) was developed for clinical treatment planning. Three de-identified clinical head and neck, lung, and prostate cases were used to evaluate the cloud computing platform. The de-identified clinical data were encrypted with 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm. VMAT and IMRT plans were generated for the three de-identified clinical cases to determine the quality of the treatment plans and computational efficiency. All plans generated from the cc-TPS were compared to those obtained with the PC-based TPS (pc-TPS). The performance evaluation of the cc-TPS was quantified as the speedup factors for Monte Carlo (MC) dose calculations and large-scale plan optimizations, as well as the performance ratios (PRs) of the amount of performance improvement compared to the pc-TPS. Results: Speedup factors were improved up to 14.0-fold dependent on the clinical cases and plan types. The computation times for VMAT and IMRT plans with the cc-TPS were reduced by 91.1% and 89.4%, respectively, on average of the clinical cases compared to those with pc-TPS. The PRs were mostly better for VMAT plans (1.0 ≤ PRs ≤ 10.6 for the head and neck case, 1.2 ≤ PRs ≤ 13.3 for lung case, and 1.0 ≤ PRs ≤ 10.3 for prostate cancer cases) than for IMRT plans. The isodose curves of plans on both cc-TPS and pc-TPS were identical for each of the clinical cases. Conclusion: A cloud-based treatment planning has been setup and our results demonstrate the computation efficiency of treatment planning with the cc-TPS can be dramatically improved while maintaining the same plan quality to that obtained with the pc-TPS. This work was supported in part by the National Cancer Institute (1

  5. Study on Comprehensive Evaluation Model of Wind Farm Operation Performances Based on the Multi-Level Fuzzy Method

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    Zhao, Junyi; Huang, Yuanchao; Yang, Chaoying; Han, Yu

    In order to evaluate comprehensively and objectively the safety performance of the grid connected wind farms, a comprehensive evaluation index system is built, and multilayer fuzzy synthesis evaluation method is used to evaluate the grid connected wind farm operation safety. Firstly, a judgment matrix is built to determine the weight of each index, then, according to the fuzzy boundary tectonic membership description of each factor and factor fuzzy evaluation matrix, finally, through the composite operation of multi-layer evaluation object belongs to grade fuzzy behavior index and membership function, implementation of the system, on the performance of grid connected wind farm, a comprehensive evaluation of the quantitative and the relative ranking of wind farm. In the example analysis, the comprehensive evaluation of three typical wind farm to verify the effectiveness and feasibility of the method.

  6. Evaluation Analysis on Anti-cracking Performance of Semi-rigid Base Courses Based on Grey Relational Grade

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    Jinpeng Zhang

    2009-01-01

    The theory of grey relational grade was applied to calculate the relational grades between the maximum dry shrinkage strain and some evaluation indices of cracking resistance to dry shrinkage, and the relational grades between the maximum thermal shrinkage strain and some evaluation indices of cracking resistance to thermal shrinkage. The study results indicate that the relation between dry shrinkage energy anti-cracking coefficient and the maximum dry shrinkage strain and the relation betwee...

  7. Method for evaluating performance of clinical pharmacists.

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    Schumock, G T; Leister, K A; Edwards, D; Wareham, P S; Burkhart, V D

    1990-01-01

    A performance-evaluation process that satisfies Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations criteria and state policies is described. A three-part, criteria-based, weighted performance-evaluation tool specific for clinical pharmacists was designed for use in two institutions affiliated with the University of Washington. The three parts are self-appraisal and goal setting, peer evaluation, and supervisory evaluation. Objective criteria within each section were weighted to reflect the relative importance of that characteristic to the job that the clinical pharmacist performs. The performance score for each criterion is multiplied by the weighted value to produce an outcome score. The peer evaluation and self-appraisal/goal-setting parts of the evaluation are completed before the formal performance-evaluation interview. The supervisory evaluation is completed during the interview. For this evaluation, supervisors use both the standard university employee performance evaluation form and a set of specific criteria applicable to the clinical pharmacists in these institutions. The first performance evaluations done under this new system were conducted in May 1989. Pharmacists believed that the new system was more objective and allowed more interchange between the manager and the pharmacist. The peer-evaluation part of the system was seen as extremely constructive. This three-part, criteria-based system for evaluation of the job performance of clinical pharmacists could easily be adopted by other pharmacy departments. PMID:2301420

  8. Evaluation of the team performance observation tool with targeted behavioral markers in simulation-based interprofessional education.

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    Zhang, Chao; Miller, Connie; Volkman, Kathleen; Meza, Jane; Jones, Katherine

    2015-05-01

    The primary aim of this study was to decrease the subjectivity of the Team Performance Observation Tool (TPOT) and determine the psychometric properties of this tool when using scenario-specific targeted behavioral markers (TBMs). We used a convenience sample of 47 physical therapy and 25 nursing students at an academic medical center who were organized in interprofessional teams of three to care for a simulated patient. The TPOT demonstrated satisfactory validity and reliability with the use of TBMs. We demonstrated significant correlations between the TPOT overall rating and two scenario-specific outcomes: (1) a negative correlation between the TPOT overall rating and the number of medical errors committed by the 24 teams (r = -0.531, p = 0.008) and (2) a positive correlation between the TPOT overall rating and a time-based functional outcome (r = 0.803, p < 0.001). We demonstrated substantial test-retest reliability (kappa = 0.707, p < 0.001), inter-rater reliability (kappa = 0.730), and good internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's α = 0.921). The results of our study support the use of scenario-specific TBMs to enhance the reliability and validity of the TPOT for use in the evaluation of team-based simulation scenarios. Further evaluation of the TPOT with TBMs from other simulation and training contexts is warranted. PMID:25421454

  9. Evaluation of a novel chitosan-based flocculant with high flocculation performance, low toxicity and good floc properties.

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    Yang, Zhen; Li, Haijiang; Yan, Han; Wu, Hu; Yang, Hu; Wu, Qian; Li, Haibo; Li, Aimin; Cheng, Rongshi

    2014-07-15

    In this work, a novel chitosan-based flocculant, carboxymethyl chitosan-graft-poly[(2-methacryloyloxyethyl) trimethyl ammonium chloride] (CMC-g-PDMC), was designed and prepared successfully. Flocculation performance of CMC-g-PDMC was systematically evaluated using kaolin suspension, humic acid (HA) solution and kaolin-HA mixed suspension as synthetic wastewater under acidic, neutral and alkaline conditions, respectively. The experimental results demonstrated that CMC-g-PDMC exhibited lower optimal dosage, higher contaminant removal efficiency, wider applicable pH range, lower effluent toxicity and better floc properties for handling and disposal, in comparison with polyaluminum chloride. The high flocculation performance of CMC-g-PDMC was ascribed to two structural advantages of improved both positive charges and molecular weight. In addition, flocs characteristics including flocs formation, breakage, regrowth and fractal structure, were studied by an in-situ light scattering system during the flocculation process. Detailed analysis clearly illuminated the differences and relationship among floc size, fractal dimension and floc strength. Based on analysis of floc properties in combination with zeta potential measurements, flocculation mechanisms in different synthetic wastewater at various pHs were deeply discussed: charge neutralization or patching played the key role under different conditions, and the relationship between flocculation mechanisms and floc properties has been built. The effective and environment-friendly flocculant bear significant application potentials in water treatment fields. PMID:24929787

  10. In vitro -in vivo performance evaluation of treated Plantago ovata husk based fast dissolving tablets of glipizide: Flashtab technology

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    Antesh Kumar Jha

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Physicians suggest premeal administration of glipizide (30 min before a meal because of longer disintegration time (approximately 15 min of conventional tablet. Hence, the dosage form was developed, called as fast dissolving tablet (FDT, which disintegrates rapidly within a minute. FDTs by Flashtab technology is based on a swellable agent and a superdisintegrant. In the current study, treated Plantago ovata husk (TPOH, and microcrystalline cellulose were utilized as natural superdisintegrant and swellable agent, respectively. FDT formulations were prepared by direct compression and evaluated for in vitro tablet performance, such as disintegration time, wetting time, hardness, friability, swelling and percent drug release. On the basis of finding, formulation with 15% TPOH concentration (TPOH 7 was selected as optimized formulation. To evaluate the in vitro performance, the formulation TPOH 7 and the marketed tablets (glynase were administered to rabbits. In the case of marketed tablet, the peak plasma-concentration of glipizide was obtained in 2.83 h of administration whereas it was 2 h for TPOH 7 indicating immediate absorption and therefore faster onset of action of the prepared FDT formulation than the marketed one. Drug interaction studies, performed by using FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry and differential scanning calorimetric methods, indicate that the glipizide is compatible with the formulation components. The accelerated stability study (40°C ± 2°C/75% ±5% relative humidity for the optimized formulation showed a negligible change over time for the in vitro parameters. The results suggest that TPOH has promising potential for faster disintegration and fulfills the requirement of FDTs.

  11. Performance Evaluation of Alternative Relative Orientation Procedures for UAV-based Imagery with Prior Flight Trajectory Information

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    He, F.; Habib, A.

    2016-06-01

    Thanks to recent advances at the hardware (e.g., emergence of reliable platforms at low cost) and software (e.g., automated identification of conjugate points in overlapping images) levels, UAV-based 3D reconstruction has been widely used in various applications. However, mitigating the impact of outliers in automatically matched points in UAV imagery, especially when dealing with scenes that has poor and/or repetitive texture, remains to be a challenging task. In spite of the fact that existing literature has already demonstrated that incorporating prior motion information can play an important role in increasing the reliability of the matching process, there is a lack of methodologies that are mainly suited for UAV imagery. Assuming the availability of prior information regarding the trajectory of a UAV-platform, this paper presents a two-point approach for reliable estimation of Relative Orientation Parameters (ROPs) of UAV-based images. This approach is based on the assumption that the UAV platform is moving at a constant flying height while maintaining the camera in a nadir-looking orientation. For this flight scenario, a closed-form solution that can be derived using a minimum of two pairs of conjugate points is established. In order to evaluate the performance of the proposed approach, experimental tests using real stereo-pairs acquired from different UAV platforms have been conducted. The derived results from the comparative performance analysis against the Nistér five-point approach demonstrate that the proposed two-point approach is capable of providing reliable estimate of the ROPs from UAV-based imagery in the presence of poor and/or repetitive texture with high percentage of matching outliers.

  12. Performance evaluation of an algorithm for fast optimization of beam weights in anatomy-based intensity modulated radiotherapy

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    This study aims to evaluate the performance of a new algorithm for optimization of beam weights in anatomy-based intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). The algorithm uses a numerical technique called Gaussian-Elimination that derives the optimum beam weights in an exact or non-iterative way. The distinct feature of the algorithm is that it takes only fraction of a second to optimize the beam weights, irrespective of the complexity of the given case. The algorithm has been implemented using MATLAB with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) option for convenient specification of dose constraints and penalties to different structures. We have tested the numerical and clinical capabilities of the proposed algorithm in several patient cases in comparison with KonRad inverse planning system. The comparative analysis shows that the algorithm can generate anatomy-based IMRT plans with about 50% reduction in number of MUs and 60% reduction in number of apertures, while producing dose distribution comparable to that of beamlet-based IMRT plans. Hence, it is clearly evident from the study that the proposed algorithm can be effectively used for clinical applications. (author)

  13. Measuring quality of occupational performance based on self-report and observation : development and validation of instruments to evaluate ADL task performance

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    Waehrens, Eva Ejlersen

    2010-01-01

    Background People with rheumatic or neurologic conditions are commonly referred for occupational therapy because of decreased ability to perform ADL tasks. Upon referral, occupational therapists use a client-centred, occupationfocused approach when evaluating a person's perceived and observed quality of ADL task performance to clarify the nature and extent of the person’s problems, plan interventions and determine effectiveness of interventions. Evaluation of the extent of problems and change...

  14. An evaluation of the design and performance for a new neutron absorber based on an artificial rare-earth compound

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    Highlights: • A design of neutron absorber using artificial rare earth compound (radioactive wastes) was proposed for the criticality control of spent fuel storage. • The performance of the neutron absorber was evaluated in terms of the: (1) criticality control ability under compositions of various artificial rare earth compounds (2) stability for a long period of time (3) physical and chemical durability. • It can contribute to an increase in the efficient disposal of radioactive waste, as well as the providing economic benefits. - Abstract: In this study, a neutron absorber based on an artificial rare earth compound, which is a radioactive waste generated from pyro-process, is proposed for use in spent fuel storages. To secure the stable control of criticality with physical and chemical durability, a neutron absorber was designed and fabricated using borosilicate glass and a rare earth compound. The performance of the developed neutron absorber was evaluated in terms of the: (1) criticality controllability with various artificial rare earth compositions, (2) stability after neutron irradiation generated from the spent fuel, (3) radioactivity of the neutron absorber, and (4) physical and chemical properties. Our results show that the neutron absorber can successfully control the criticality regardless of the artificial rare earth composition. Also, we demonstrate that the neutron absorber can be utilized without any additional radiation shielding of the spent fuel storages for a long period of time (more than 100 years). In addition, analysis shows that the absorber has sufficient physical and chemical strength for use in spent fuel storage. We expect that this study will help to minimize the number of radioactive waste storage sites as well as reduce the disposal costs

  15. Performance Evaluation of Metallic Fibres on the Low and high Volume Class F Flyash based Cement Concrete

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    V. M. Sounthararajan

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Flyash based concrete attracts more attention owing to huge cost savings, reduction in the heat of hydration and longer durability. This research study presents the experimental investigation thatwas carried out to evaluate the performance characteristics of flyash addition in concrete. The concrete mixtures were prepared with different dosages of steel fibres and different replacement level of Class F flyash. The test results on mechanical properties indicated that the addition of flyash at 30% and 50% showed an initial reduction in compressive strength. However, at longer curing periods there was a subsequent gain in strength. Also, the addition of steel fibres at 1% volume fraction showed a consistent improvement in the concrete strength of 45.50 MPa and 59.80 MPa at 7 and 28 days respectively. It can be concluded that the addition of 30% of flyash with 1% steel fibre based concrete showed a marginal improvement in compressive strength and significant increase in flexural strength than conventional concrete.

  16. Dry Process Fuel Performance Evaluation

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    Yang, Myung Seung; Song, K. C.; Moon, J. S. and others

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    The objective of the project is to establish the performance evaluation system of DUPIC fuel during the Phase II R and D. In order to fulfil this objectives, irradiation test of DUPIC fuel was carried out in HANARO using the non-instrumented and SPND-instrumented rig. Also, the analysis on the in-reactor behavior analysis of DUPIC fuel, out-pile test using simulated DUPIC fuel as well as performance and integrity assessment in a commercial reactor were performed during this Phase. The R and D results of the Phase II are summarized as follows : - Performance evaluation of DUPIC fuel via irradiation test in HANARO - Post irradiation examination of irradiated fuel and performance analysis - Development of DUPIC fuel performance code (modified ELESTRES) considering material properties of DUPIC fuel - Irradiation behavior and integrity assessment under the design power envelope of DUPIC fuel - Foundamental technology development of thermal/mechanical performance evaluation using ANSYS (FEM package)

  17. An Evaluation of the Performance Diagnostic Checklist-Human Services to Assess an Employee Performance Problem in a Center-Based Autism Treatment Facility

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    Ditzian, Kyle; Wilder, David A.; King, Allison; Tanz, Jeanine

    2015-01-01

    The Performance Diagnostic Checklist-Human Services (PDC-HS) is an informant-based tool designed to assess the environmental variables that contribute to poor employee performance in human services settings. We administered the PDC-HS to 3 supervisors to assess the variables that contributed to poor performance by 4 staff members when securing…

  18. Evaluation of emergency department performance

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    Sørup, Christian Michel; Jacobsen, Peter; Forberg, Jakob Lundager

    2013-01-01

    Background Evaluation of emergency department (ED) performance remains a difficult task due to the lack of consensus on performance measures that reflects high quality, efficiency, and sustainability. Aim To describe, map, and critically evaluate which performance measures that the published...... number of articles addresses this study’s objective (n = 14 of 46 unique hits). Time intervals and patient-related measures were dominant in the identified performance measures in review articles from US, UK, Sweden and Canada. Length of stay (LOS), time between patient arrival to initial clinical...

  19. Testing Assumptions about Evaluating Strategic Alliance Performance

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    Olk, Paul; Ariño, Africa

    2003-01-01

    Researchers have used a variety of measures to evaluate strategic alliance performance. In this paper we use data collected on performance of R&D consortia in the U.S. and of Spain-based equity and non-equity dyadic alliances to investigate empirically five basic assumptions made by strategic alliance researchers. We find that while several assumptions are supported, others are not. Results are consistent across samples. We conclude with recommendations for how to evaluate performance in futu...

  20. Airports’ Operational Performance and Efficiency Evaluation Based on Multicriteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) Tools

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    João Jardim; Maria Emília Baltazar; Jorge Silva; Margarida Vaz

    2015-01-01

    Airport benchmarking depends on airports’ operational performance and efficiency indicators, which are important for business agents, operational managers, regulatory agencies, airlines and passengers. There are several sets of single and complex indicators to evaluate airports’ performance and efficiency as well as several techniques to benchmark such infrastructures. The general aim of this work is twofold: to balance the data envelopment analysis (DEA) and multicriteria decision analysi...

  1. Evaluation of the performance of a castor-oil based formulation in limiting pesticide residues in strawberry crops

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    Mário Sérgio Galhiane; Sandra Regina Rissato; Lucídio de Sousa Santos; Gilberto Orivaldo Chierice; Marcos Vinícius de Almeida; Terezinha Fumis; Inês Chechim; Aloísio Costa Sampaio

    2012-01-01

    A study was made to evaluate the effect of a castor oil-based detergent on strawberry crops treated with different classes of pesticides, namely deltamethrin, folpet, tebuconazole, abamectin and mancozeb, in a controlled environment. Experimental crops of greenhouse strawberries were cultivated in five different ways with control groups using pesticides and castor oil-based detergent. The results showed that the group 2, which was treated with castor oil-based detergent, presented the lowest ...

  2. Evaluating the performance of two neutron spectrum unfolding codes based on iterative procedures and artificial neural networks

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    In this work the performance of two neutron spectrum unfolding codes based on iterative procedures and artificial neural networks is evaluated. The first one code based on traditional iterative procedures and called Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry from the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (NSDUAZ) use the SPUNIT iterative algorithm and was designed to unfold neutron spectrum and calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and 7 IAEA survey meters. The main feature of this code is the automated selection of the initial guess spectrum trough a compendium of neutron spectrum compiled by the IAEA. The second one code known as Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with artificial neural networks (NDSann) is a code designed using neural nets technology. The artificial intelligence approach of neural net does not solve mathematical equations. By using the knowledge stored at synaptic weights on a neural net properly trained, the code is capable to unfold neutron spectrum and to simultaneously calculate 15 dosimetric quantities, needing as entrance data, only the rate counts measured with a Bonner spheres system. Similarities of both NSDUAZ and NSDann codes are: they follow the same easy and intuitive user's philosophy and were designed in a graphical interface under the LabVIEW programming environment. Both codes unfold the neutron spectrum expressed in 60 energy bins, calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and generate a full report in HTML format. Differences of these codes are: NSDUAZ code was designed using classical iterative approaches and needs an initial guess spectrum in order to initiate the iterative procedure. In NSDUAZ, a programming routine was designed to calculate 7 IAEA instrument survey meters using the fluence-dose conversion coefficients. NSDann code use artificial neural networks for solving the ill-conditioned equation system of neutron spectrometry problem through synaptic weights of a properly trained neural network. Contrary to iterative procedures, in neural

  3. Evaluating the performance of two neutron spectrum unfolding codes based on iterative procedures and artificial neural networks

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    Ortiz-Rodriguez, J. M.; Reyes Alfaro, A.; Reyes Haro, A.; Solis Sanches, L. O.; Miranda, R. Castaneda; Cervantes Viramontes, J. M. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica. Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde 801. Col. Centro Zacatecas, Zac (Mexico); Vega-Carrillo, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Ingenieria Electrica. Av. Ramon Lopez Velarde 801. Col. Centro Zacatecas, Zac., Mexico. and Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares. C. Cip (Mexico)

    2013-07-03

    In this work the performance of two neutron spectrum unfolding codes based on iterative procedures and artificial neural networks is evaluated. The first one code based on traditional iterative procedures and called Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry from the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (NSDUAZ) use the SPUNIT iterative algorithm and was designed to unfold neutron spectrum and calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and 7 IAEA survey meters. The main feature of this code is the automated selection of the initial guess spectrum trough a compendium of neutron spectrum compiled by the IAEA. The second one code known as Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with artificial neural networks (NDSann) is a code designed using neural nets technology. The artificial intelligence approach of neural net does not solve mathematical equations. By using the knowledge stored at synaptic weights on a neural net properly trained, the code is capable to unfold neutron spectrum and to simultaneously calculate 15 dosimetric quantities, needing as entrance data, only the rate counts measured with a Bonner spheres system. Similarities of both NSDUAZ and NSDann codes are: they follow the same easy and intuitive user's philosophy and were designed in a graphical interface under the LabVIEW programming environment. Both codes unfold the neutron spectrum expressed in 60 energy bins, calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and generate a full report in HTML format. Differences of these codes are: NSDUAZ code was designed using classical iterative approaches and needs an initial guess spectrum in order to initiate the iterative procedure. In NSDUAZ, a programming routine was designed to calculate 7 IAEA instrument survey meters using the fluence-dose conversion coefficients. NSDann code use artificial neural networks for solving the ill-conditioned equation system of neutron spectrometry problem through synaptic weights of a properly trained neural network. Contrary to iterative procedures, in

  4. Evaluating the performance of two neutron spectrum unfolding codes based on iterative procedures and artificial neural networks

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    Ortiz-Rodríguez, J. M.; Reyes Alfaro, A.; Reyes Haro, A.; Solís Sánches, L. O.; Miranda, R. Castañeda; Cervantes Viramontes, J. M.; Vega-Carrillo, H. R.

    2013-07-01

    In this work the performance of two neutron spectrum unfolding codes based on iterative procedures and artificial neural networks is evaluated. The first one code based on traditional iterative procedures and called Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry from the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (NSDUAZ) use the SPUNIT iterative algorithm and was designed to unfold neutron spectrum and calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and 7 IAEA survey meters. The main feature of this code is the automated selection of the initial guess spectrum trough a compendium of neutron spectrum compiled by the IAEA. The second one code known as Neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with artificial neural networks (NDSann) is a code designed using neural nets technology. The artificial intelligence approach of neural net does not solve mathematical equations. By using the knowledge stored at synaptic weights on a neural net properly trained, the code is capable to unfold neutron spectrum and to simultaneously calculate 15 dosimetric quantities, needing as entrance data, only the rate counts measured with a Bonner spheres system. Similarities of both NSDUAZ and NSDann codes are: they follow the same easy and intuitive user's philosophy and were designed in a graphical interface under the LabVIEW programming environment. Both codes unfold the neutron spectrum expressed in 60 energy bins, calculate 15 dosimetric quantities and generate a full report in HTML format. Differences of these codes are: NSDUAZ code was designed using classical iterative approaches and needs an initial guess spectrum in order to initiate the iterative procedure. In NSDUAZ, a programming routine was designed to calculate 7 IAEA instrument survey meters using the fluence-dose conversion coefficients. NSDann code use artificial neural networks for solving the ill-conditioned equation system of neutron spectrometry problem through synaptic weights of a properly trained neural network. Contrary to iterative procedures, in neural

  5. Evaluating the performance of different predictor strategies in regression-based downscaling with a focus on glacierized mountain environments

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    Hofer, Marlis; Nemec, Johanna

    2016-04-01

    This study presents first steps towards verifying the hypothesis that uncertainty in global and regional glacier mass simulations can be reduced considerably by reducing the uncertainty in the high-resolution atmospheric input data. To this aim, we systematically explore the potential of different predictor strategies for improving the performance of regression-based downscaling approaches. The investigated local-scale target variables are precipitation, air temperature, wind speed, relative humidity and global radiation, all at a daily time scale. Observations of these target variables are assessed from three sites in geo-environmentally and climatologically very distinct settings, all within highly complex topography and in the close proximity to mountain glaciers: (1) the Vernagtbach station in the Northern European Alps (VERNAGT), (2) the Artesonraju measuring site in the tropical South American Andes (ARTESON), and (3) the Brewster measuring site in the Southern Alps of New Zealand (BREWSTER). As the large-scale predictors, ERA interim reanalysis data are used. In the applied downscaling model training and evaluation procedures, particular emphasis is put on appropriately accounting for the pitfalls of limited and/or patchy observation records that are usually the only (if at all) available data from the glacierized mountain sites. Generalized linear models and beta regression are investigated as alternatives to ordinary least squares regression for the non-Gaussian target variables. By analyzing results for the three different sites, five predictands and for different times of the year, we look for systematic improvements in the downscaling models' skill specifically obtained by (i) using predictor data at the optimum scale rather than the minimum scale of the reanalysis data, (ii) identifying the optimum predictor allocation in the vertical, and (iii) considering multiple (variable, level and/or grid point) predictor options combined with state

  6. A PERFORMANCE EVALUATION INDEX SYSTEM FOR MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATION NETWORKS AND FORECASTING FOR WEB-BASED NETWORK TRAFFIC

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    Wuyi YUE; Jifa GU; Xijin TANG

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents a new index system for the performance evaluation and network planning of multimedia communication systems using measurement on actual systems to support several different traffic types. In this index system, we develop an expert system to evaluate the performance of such multimedia communication networks including channel utilization and call blocking probability andpacket delay, and apply the network planning methods to optimize the networks and forecast thedemand of the growing multimedia communications systems. Two important planning problems for the multimedia communication systems are presented: optimization problem for construction of the world system and forecast problem for increasing traffic demands. We first discuss analysis methods,performance measures for the multimedia communication systems. Then, we describe network planning methods for the multimedia communication systems and give some efficiency network planning methods. Finally, we present some results studied in traffic forecast for the campus network and show the effectiveness of these methods.

  7. Revisiting Mutual Fund Performance Evaluation

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    Angelidis, Timotheos; Giamouridis, Daniel; Tessaromatis, Nikolaos

    2012-01-01

    Mutual fund manager excess performance should be measured relative to their self-reported benchmark rather than the return of a passive portfolio with the same risk characteristics. Ignoring the self-reported benchmark introduces biases in the measurement of stock selection and timing components of excess performance. We revisit baseline empirical evidence in mutual fund performance evaluation utilizing stock selection and timing measures that address these biases. We introduce a ...

  8. A State of the Art Review- Methods to Evaluate Electrical Performance of Composite Cross-arms and Composite-based Pylons

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    Wang, Qian; Bak, Claus Leth; Silva, Filipe Miguel Faria da;

    2016-01-01

    A novel uni-body composite pylon has been proposed for 400 kV transmission lines with advantages of compacted size, friendly looking and cost competitiveness. As its configuration is quite different from the traditional lattice pylon, its electrical performance needs in-depth investigation and...... evaluation, for which electrical testing methods are essential. However, as research on composite-based pylons is still in initial stage, leaving international standards and theoretical analysis on this topic very limited, effective testing methods to evaluate the fully composite pylon’s electrical...... performance need to be studied. This paper sums up experience and key advances on testing methods to evaluate electrical performance of composite cross-arms and composite-based pylons. Based on state of the art review, several feasible testing methods that can be used to verify the feasibility of the novel...

  9. Catching up with the Vaughn express: Six years of standards-based teacher evaluation and performance pay.

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    Eileen M. Kellor

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Traditional methods of paying and evaluating teachers in the United States are longstanding, but discussions about changing these systems to support teacher quality and student achievement goals are becoming more common. Efforts to make significant changes to these programs can be difficult and take many years to design, gain approval, and implement; thus, few examples of alternative teacher compensation and evaluation systems exist. Relieved from many of the restrictions and requirements associated with most traditional public school systems, charter schools often are better positioned to implement changes more quickly than a traditional school, yet their experiences can provide useful information for others who are engaging in similar activities. Thus, the experience of a large urban charter school that designed and implemented an innovative teacher compensation system and standards-based teacher evaluation system that has been in place for six years offers important lessons in designing, implementing, evaluating and refining these systems.

  10. Evaluating model performance of an ensemble-based chemical data assimilation system during INTEX-B field mission

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    A. F. Arellano Jr.

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available We present a global chemical data assimilation system using a global atmosphere model, the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM3 with simplified chemistry and the Data Assimilation Research Testbed (DART assimilation package. DART is a community software facility for assimilation studies using the ensemble Kalman filter approach. Here, we apply the assimilation system to constrain global tropospheric carbon monoxide (CO by assimilating meteorological observations of temperature and horizontal wind velocity and satellite CO retrievals from the Measurement of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT satellite instrument. We verify the system performance using independent CO observations taken on board the NSF/NCAR C-130 and NASA DC-8 aircrafts during the April 2006 part of the Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment (INTEX-B. Our evaluations show that MOPITT data assimilation provides significant improvements in terms of capturing the observed CO variability relative to no MOPITT assimilation (i.e. the correlation improves from 0.62 to 0.71, significant at 99% confidence. The assimilation provides evidence of median CO loading of about 150 ppbv at 700 hPa over the NE Pacific during April 2006. This is marginally higher than the modeled CO with no MOPITT assimilation (~140 ppbv. Our ensemble-based estimates of model uncertainty also show model overprediction over the source region (i.e. China and underprediction over the NE Pacific, suggesting model errors that cannot be readily explained by emissions alone. These results have important implications for improving regional chemical forecasts and for inverse modeling of CO sources and further demonstrate the utility of the assimilation system in comparing non-coincident measurements, e.g. comparing satellite retrievals of CO with in-situ aircraft measurements.

  11. Evaluating an undergraduate interprofessional simulation-based educational module: communication, teamwork, and confidence performing cardiac resuscitation skills

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    Marian Luctkar-Flude

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Marian Luctkar-Flude1, Cynthia Baker1, Cheryl Pulling1, Robert McGraw2, Damon Dagnone2, Jennifer Medves1, Carly Turner-Kelly11School of Nursing, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; 2School of Medicine, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, CanadaPurpose: Interprofessional (IP collaboration during cardiac resuscitation is essential and contributes to patient wellbeing. The purpose of this study is to evaluate an innovative simulation-based IP educational module for undergraduate nursing and medical students on cardiac resuscitation skills.Methods: Nursing and medical trainees participated in a new cardiac resuscitation curriculum involving a 2-hour IP foundational cardiac resuscitation skills lab, followed by three 2-hour IP simulation sessions. Control group participants attended the existing two 2-hour IP simulation sessions. Study respondents (N = 71 completed a survey regarding their confidence performing cardiac resuscitation skills and their perceptions of IP collaboration.Results: Despite a consistent positive trend, only one out of 17 quantitative survey items were significantly improved for learners in the new curriculum. They were more likely to report feeling confident managing the airway during cardiac resuscitation (P = 0.001. Overall, quantitative results suggest that senior nursing and medical students were comfortable with IP communication and teamwork and confident with cardiac resuscitation skills. There were no significant differences between nursing students’ and medical students’ results. Through qualitative feedback, participants reported feeling comfortable learning with students from other professions and found value in the IP simulation sessions.Conclusion: Results from this study will inform ongoing restructuring of the IP cardiac resuscitation skills simulation module as defined by the action research process. Specific improvements that are suggested by these findings include strengthening the team

  12. A flat-panel detector based micro-CT system: performance evaluation for small-animal imaging.

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    Lee, Sang Chul; Kim, Ho Kyung; Chun, In Kon; Cho, Myung Hye; Lee, Soo Yeol; Cho, Min Hyoung

    2003-12-21

    A dedicated small-animal x-ray micro computed tomography (micro-CT) system has been developed to screen laboratory small animals such as mice and rats. The micro-CT system consists of an indirect-detection flat-panel x-ray detector with a field-of-view of 120 x 120 mm2, a microfocus x-ray source, a rotational subject holder and a parallel data processing system. The flat-panel detector is based on a matrix-addressed photodiode array fabricated by a CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) process coupled to a CsI:T1 (thallium-doped caesium iodide) scintillator as an x-ray-to-light converter. Principal imaging performances of the micro-CT system have been evaluated in terms of image uniformity, voxel noise and spatial resolution. It has been found that the image non-uniformity mainly comes from the structural non-uniform sensitivity pattern of the flat-panel detector and the voxel noise is about 48 CT numbers at the voxel size of 100 x 100 x 200 microm3 and the air kerma of 286 mGy. When the magnification ratio is 2, the spatial resolution of the micro-CT system is about 14 1p/mm (line pairs per millimetre) that is almost determined by the flat-panel detector showing about 7 1p/mm resolving power. Through low-contrast phantom imaging studies, the minimum resolvable contrast has been found to be less than 36 CT numbers at the air kerma of 95 mGy. Some laboratory rat imaging results are presented. PMID:14727760

  13. A flat-panel detector based micro-CT system: performance evaluation for small-animal imaging

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    A dedicated small-animal x-ray micro computed tomography (micro-CT) system has been developed to screen laboratory small animals such as mice and rats. The micro-CT system consists of an indirect-detection flat-panel x-ray detector with a field-of-view of 120 x 120 mm2, a microfocus x-ray source, a rotational subject holder and a parallel data processing system. The flat-panel detector is based on a matrix-addressed photodiode array fabricated by a CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) process coupled to a CsI:Tl (thallium-doped caesium iodide) scintillator as an x-ray-to-light converter. Principal imaging performances of the micro-CT system have been evaluated in terms of image uniformity, voxel noise and spatial resolution. It has been found that the image non-uniformity mainly comes from the structural non-uniform sensitivity pattern of the flat-panel detector and the voxel noise is about 48 CT numbers at the voxel size of 100 x 100 x 200 μm3 and the air kerma of 286 mGy. When the magnification ratio is 2, the spatial resolution of the micro-CT system is about 14 lp/mm (line pairs per millimetre) that is almost determined by the flat-panel detector showing about 7 lp/mm resolving power. Through low-contrast phantom imaging studies, the minimum resolvable contrast has been found to be less than 36 CT numbers at the air kerma of 95 mGy. Some laboratory rat imaging results are presented

  14. Evaluating Judicial Performance Evaluation: A Conceptual Analysis

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    Joe McIntyre

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available While the performance evaluation of judges has become a ubiquitous aspect of modern judicial administration, evaluation mechanisms of are too often utilised uncritically, without reflection on why we evaluate judges, and how ‘measurement’ furthers these objectives. This article provides a conceptual analysis of the role and purpose of performance evaluation, conceiving it as a limited tool of judicial accountability, which itself exists only to promote excellent judging. As such, the efficacy of evaluation mechanisms must always be assessed by reference to their impact on these overarching accountability objectives. The article explores the value of this conception approach by briefly examining three uses of performance evaluation: 1 judicial promotions; 2 judicial retention elections; and 3 judicial professional development. In doing so it illustrates how a clear conceptual approach invites a more nuanced and critical examination of the limitations and benefits of judicial performance evaluation programs. Mientras que la evaluación del rendimiento de los jueces se ha convertido en un aspecto omnipresente de la administración judicial moderna, los mecanismos de evaluación se utilizan con demasiada frecuencia de manera acrítica, sin reflexionar sobre las razones por las que evaluamos a los jueces, y cómo se alcanzan los objetivos buscados mediante la 'medición'. Este artículo ofrece un análisis conceptual de la función y el propósito de la evaluación del rendimiento, concibiéndola como una herramienta limitada de la responsabilidad judicial, que a su vez sólo existe para promover la excelencia judicial. Como tal, la eficacia de los mecanismos de evaluación siempre se debe comprobar en función de su impacto en los objetivos de responsabilidad globales. El artículo explora el valor de este enfoque examinando brevemente tres usos de la evaluación de rendimiento: 1 promociones judiciales; 2 elecciones para la reelección de

  15. Performance evaluation of ant colony optimization-based solution strategies on the mixed-model assembly line balancing problem

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    Akpinar, Sener; Mirac Bayhan, G.

    2014-06-01

    The aim of this article is to compare the performances of iterative ant colony optimization (ACO)-based solution strategies on a mixed-model assembly line balancing problem of type II (MMALBP-II) by addressing some particular features of real-world assembly line balancing problems such as parallel workstations and zoning constraints. To solve the problem, where the objective is to minimize the cycle time (i.e. maximize the production rate) for a predefined number of workstations in an existing assembly line, two ACO-based approaches which differ in the mission assigned to artificial ants are used. Furthermore, each ACO-based approach is conducted with two different pheromone release strategies: global and local pheromone updating rules. The four ACO-based approaches are used for solving 20 representative MMALBP-II to compare their performance in terms of computational time and solution quality. Detailed comparison results are presented.

  16. Design of Si0.5Ge0.5 based tunnel field effect transistor and its performance evaluation

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    Singh, Gurmeet; Amin, S. Intekhab; Anand, Sunny; Sarin, R. K.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, the performance comparison of two heterojunction PIN TFETs having Si channel and Si0.5Ge0.5 source with high-k (SiGe DGTFET HK) and hetero-gate dielectric (SiGe DGTFET HG) respectively with those of two homojunction Si based PIN (DGTFET HK and DGTFET HG) TFETs is performed. Similarly, by employing the technique of pocketing at source junction in above four PIN TFETs, the performances of resultant four PNPN TFETs (SiGe PNPN DGTFET HK, SiGe PNPN DGTFET HG, PNPN DGTFET HK and PNPN DGTFET HG) are also compared with each other. Due to lower tunnel resistance of SiGe based heterojunction PIN and PNPN TFETs, the DC parameters such as ON current, ON-OFF current ratio, average subthreshold slope are improved significantly as compared to Si based PIN and PNPN TFETs respectively. The output characteristics of HG architectures in Si based homojunction PIN and PNPN TFETs is observed to be identical to with respective Si based HK PIN and PNPN TFET architectures. However, the output characteristics of HG architectures in SiGe based heterojunction PIN and PNPN TFETs degrade as compared to their respective SiGe based HK PIN and PNPN TFET architectures. In ON state, SiGe based HK and HG PIN and PNPN TFETs have lower gate capacitance (Cgg) as compared to their respective Si based HK and HG PIN and PNPN TFETs. Moreover, HG architecture suppresses gate to drain capacitance (Cgd) and ambipolar conduction. Transconductance (gm) and cut off frequency (fT) is also observed to be higher for SiGe based PIN and PNPN TFETs.

  17. Performance evaluation of Central European companies

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    Petr Fiala

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a modelling approach for performance comparison of Central European companies on three levels: country, industry, and company. The approach is based on Data Envelopment Analysis and Analytic Hierarchy Process. The proposed model consists of two basic sections. The first section estimates the importance of selected industries in the countries, whereas the second section evaluates the performance of companies within industries. The results of both sections are synthesized and finally the country performance is estimated. The evaluation is based on the data set resulting from a survey of companies from selected industries.

  18. Performance based fault diagnosis

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    Niemann, Hans Henrik

    2002-01-01

    Different aspects of fault detection and fault isolation in closed-loop systems are considered. It is shown that using the standard setup known from feedback control, it is possible to formulate fault diagnosis problems based on a performance index in this general standard setup. It is also shown...

  19. Design of endoscopic micro-robotic end effectors: safety and performance evaluation based on physical intestinal tissue damage characteristics.

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    Kim, Young-Tae; Kim, Dae-Eun; Yang, Sungwook; Yoon, Eui-Sung

    2014-06-01

    During the last several years, legged locomotive mechanism has been considered as one of the main self-propelling mechanisms for future endoscopic microrobots due to its superior propulsion efficiency of an endoscopic microrobot inside the intestinal track. Nevertheless, its clinical application has been largely limited since the legged locomotive mechanism utilizes an end effector which has a sharp tip to generate sufficient traction by physically penetrating and interlocking with the intestinal tissue. This can cause excessive physical tissue damage or even complete perforation of the intestinal wall that can lead to abdominal inflammation. Hence, in this work two types of new end effectors, penetration-limited end effector (PLEE) and bi-material structured end effector (BMEE) were specially designed to acquire high medical safety as well as effective traction generation performance. The microscopic end effector specimens were fabricated with micro-wire electric discharge machining process. Traction generation performance of the end effectors was evaluated by direct measurement of resistance forces during contact-sliding tests using a custom-built contact-sliding tester. The safety of the end effector design was evaluated by examination of microscopic intestinal tissue damage using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Physical damage characteristics of the intestinal tissue and related contact physics of the end effectors were discussed. From the results, the end effectors were evaluated with respect to their prospects in future medical applications as safe end effectors as well as micro-surgical tools. PMID:24634056

  20. MCDA-C Methodology Based Performance Evaluation of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses at the City of Lages

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    Marcelo Nascimento

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available When employed in a focused manner, corporate performance evaluation has proven to be instrumental for entrepreneurs as an important tool that contributes with performance improvements at their organizations. The descriptive study herein, prepared as of a questionnaire comprising 46 queries, poses to analyse the performance of micro and small companies (MSEs by employing the multicriteria methodology for constructive decision aiding (MCDA-C. As of respondent replies, MCDA-C descriptors were formed, shaping six prime groups so as to identify relevant factors that drive or hinder MSE success. The questionnaire was applied to managers in charge administering 25 small and medium-sized companies of Lages, a city within the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. Study findings provide evidence as to the fact that (i 24% of surveyed companies, tend to go bankrupt; (ii managerial functions at the MSEs are the prime source of influence on negative outcomes; (iii from a financial control standpoint, surveyed companies fall far shorter than the minimum level deemed necessary to qualify as satisfactory; (iv those that present the best results, operate both within the domestic and international markets; (v the study placed under the spotlight the group “Evolution Stage”, evidencing the trend of ever increasing MSE expansion. This study revealed that corporate failure contributing factors are intensely interconnected and largely depend on the entrepreneur´s own performance, the prime contribution of findings residing in demonstrating that MCDA-C can be employed to analyse the performance of micro and small businesses.

  1. Evaluation of EIT system performance

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    An electrical impedance tomography (EIT) system images internal conductivity from surface electrical stimulation and measurement. Such systems necessarily comprise multiple design choices from cables and hardware design to calibration and image reconstruction. In order to compare EIT systems and study the consequences of changes in system performance, this paper describes a systematic approach to evaluate the performance of the EIT systems. The system to be tested is connected to a saline phantom in which calibrated contrasting test objects are systematically positioned using a position controller. A set of evaluation parameters are proposed which characterize (i) data and image noise, (ii) data accuracy, (iii) detectability of single contrasts and distinguishability of multiple contrasts, and (iv) accuracy of reconstructed image (amplitude, resolution, position and ringing). Using this approach, we evaluate three different EIT systems and illustrate the use of these tools to evaluate and compare performance. In order to facilitate the use of this approach, all details of the phantom, test objects and position controller design are made publicly available including the source code of the evaluation and reporting software

  2. Performance Evaluation of Security Protocols

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    Bodei, Chiara; Buchholtz, Mikael; Curti, Michele;

    2005-01-01

    We use a special operational semantics which drives us in inferring quantitative measures on systems describing cryptographis cryptographic protocols. We assign rates to transitions by only looking at these labels. The rates reflect the distributed architecture running applications and the use of...... possibly different cryptosystems. We then map transition systems to Markov chains and evaluate performance of systems, using standard tools....

  3. Evaluation and performance improvement of Si/SiOx/C based composite as anode material for lithium ion batteries

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    The structure and electrochemical performances of Si/SiOx/C (SSC) and graphite-SSC composite (G-SSC) are evaluated in half cells and full cells as anode materials for lithium ion batteries. It is found that the SSC material shows a lithium storage capacity of 3 to 5 times higher than that of pure graphite while the G-SSC composite exhibits a desirable cycling stability (+80%@400cycles). Structural characterization reveals no particle cracks in the G-SSC composite. The Si particle is surrounded with lithium silicates, which provide protection against the electrolyte invasion and electrolyte decomposition but permits the Li+ ions to pass through. The graphite coating layer, on the other hand, acts as an electric conductive connector and volume buffer. These structural features make the SSC and G-SSC attractive as anode materials for high-performance commercial lithium ion batteries

  4. Proposal and Performance Evaluation of a Multicast Routing Protocol for Wireless Mesh Networks Based on Network Load

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    Kiyotaka Oe

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs can provide wide range Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs area by connecting Access Points (APs of WLANs with each other using radio communications. A routing protocol is very important to keep communication quality over radio multihop communications because radio waves are impacted much by surrounding environment. When we use multiuser shared applications like a video conference and an IP phone, it is predicted that large amount of traffic flows on network. Therefore, we should consider network loads to use these applications. In this paper, we propose a multicast routing protocol for WMNs which considers network loads and hop count. Furthermore, we evaluate performance by simulation. In the simulation results, we show that the proposed protocol has better performance than a conventional protocol (MAODV at high loaded scenario.

  5. Efficient Matrices for Evaluating the Performance of IEEE 802.16 based Mesh Network at Node Level

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    Deepak kumar

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Wimax stands for World Wide Interoperatability for Microwave Access. This technology is based on the IEEE 802.16 standard (also called as Broad band Wireless Access. Wimax is a telecommunication technology that provides wireless transmission of data in different transmission modes from Point-to-Point, Point-to-Multipoint providing the 75 mb/s broadband speed without the need of cables. Different Routing Protocols have been used in wireless network. This paper presented an analysis on those routing protocols especially designed for wireless networks. A study and comparison on the performance of three routing protocols (AODV, DSR, and DSDV for Mobile WiMAX environment is done. The performance matrix includes Packet Delivery fraction (PDF, Throughput, End to End Delay, and number of packet dropped were identified. The study used OPNET 14 simulator for the comparison on the performance analysis. Successfully results found that AODV protocol outperform the DSR and DSDV.

  6. Performance Evaluation of Mamdani-type and Sugeno-type Fuzzy Inference System Based Controllers for Computer Fan

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    Philip A. Adewuyi

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, there are several models of computer systems finding their ways into various offices, houses, organizations as well as remote locations. Any slight malfunction of the computer system’s components could lead to loss of vital data and information. One of the sources of computer system malfunction is overheating of the electronic components. A common method of cooling a computer system is the use of cooling fan(s. Therefore, it is essential to have an appropriate control mechanism for the operation of computer system’s cooling fan in order to save energy, and prevent overheating. Failure to adopt a well designed and efficient performance controller could lead to the malfunction of a computer system. Presently, most controllers in computer systems are pulse width modulation based. That is, they make use of pulses in form of digits, 0 and 1. It was observed that inherent noise is still prevalent in the operation of computer system. Also, eventual breakdown of components is common. A new approach is therefore investigated through the use of fuzzy logic to serve as a base or platform to build an intelligent controller using a set of well defined rules to guide its operational performance. Mamdani-type fuzzy inference system and Sugeno-type fuzzy inference system were used with two input sets each and a single output function each. Simulation was carried out in MATLAB R2007a platform and operational performances of the two approaches were compared. Simulated results of the performances of the Mamdani-type fuzzy inference system based controller and the Sugeno-type fuzzy inference system based controller are presented accordingly.

  7. Improvement of Automotive Part Supplier Performance Evaluation

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    Kongmunee, Chalermkwan; Chutima, Parames

    2016-05-01

    This research investigates the problem of the part supplier performance evaluation in a major Japanese automotive plant in Thailand. Its current evaluation scheme is based on experiences and self-opinion of the evaluators. As a result, many poor performance suppliers are still considered as good suppliers and allow to supply parts to the plant without further improvement obligation. To alleviate this problem, the brainstorming session among stakeholders and evaluators are formally conducted. The result of which is the appropriate evaluation criteria and sub-criteria. The analytical hierarchy process is also used to find suitable weights for each criteria and sub-criteria. The results show that a newly developed evaluation method is significantly better than the previous one in segregating between good and poor suppliers.

  8. Status of thermal-hydraulic performance evaluation of BWR fuels based on three-field subchannel code NASCA

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    This paper summarizes basic requirements for improvements of a subchannel code from the view point of a BWR fuel design. Considering recent trends of design modifications of BWR fuels, it is desirable that influences of lattice sizes, spacer geometries, a number and location of partial length rods and other coolant mixing structures to the boiling transition will be evaluated numerically. In addition, experimental databases of the boiling transition can be expanded based on the subchannel analyses so that reliability of the critical power evaluation will be enhanced. A status of NASCA's component models and high temperature/high pressure tests of the boiling transition was reviewed. From the practical point of views, it was noted that more efforts are necessary for improving predictability of spacer geometries and partial length rods. (author)

  9. Performance Evaluation of Components Using a Granularity-based Interface Between Real-Time Calculus and Timed Automata

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    Karine Altisen

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available To analyze complex and heterogeneous real-time embedded systems, recent works have proposed interface techniques between real-time calculus (RTC and timed automata (TA, in order to take advantage of the strengths of each technique for analyzing various components. But the time to analyze a state-based component modeled by TA may be prohibitively high, due to the state space explosion problem. In this paper, we propose a framework of granularity-based interfacing to speed up the analysis of a TA modeled component. First, we abstract fine models to work with event streams at coarse granularity. We perform analysis of the component at multiple coarse granularities and then based on RTC theory, we derive lower and upper bounds on arrival patterns of the fine output streams using the causality closure algorithm. Our framework can help to achieve tradeoffs between precision and analysis time.

  10. Performance evaluation of a physical security system using a spread sheet based integration model on a personal computer (PEPS/sup 4/IM)

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    The authors have developed a spread sheet based methodology for evaluating physical security systems. A top down systems integration approach is used to review the system against predetermined parameters to aid in the screening and identification of areas of desired performance evaluation. A physical security system is first defined in terms of separate layers or subsystems and a hierarchical structure constructed. Each level is defined in terms of attributes that can be quantified. Through inspection and evaluation, values are assigned. From the lowest level up, the hierarchical structure is aggregated to a top level summary matrix. The individual subsystems can be modified for sensitivity analysis and impact on the overall system

  11. Relative performance evaluation in performance share plans: Evidence from Finland

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    Rokkonen, Mira Marjut Elina

    2013-01-01

    Regardless of the strong theoretical justification for the use of relative performance evaluation in setting executive compensation, previous empirical results supporting relative performance evaluation are mixed. This study contributes to the existing literature by analyzing implicit relative performance evaluation in a specific form of compensation, performance share plans. Implicit relative performance evaluation is studied with the single-year relative performance evaluation model used al...

  12. Evaluating Judicial Performance: Editors’ Introduction

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    Francesco Contini

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The articles in this issue tackle the conceptual issues associated with defining good judging and the purposes of evaluating judges, and ask such questions as: What values are central to the judicial role? What knowledge, skills, abilities, and other qualities are important to judicial performance? What does scholarship tell us about judging and judicial performance? What are the challenges in measuring judicial performance, the extent to which existing evaluation programs can capture what it means to be a judge, and the potential for developing multi-method evaluation programs? An underlying theme is the nature and desirability of linking evaluations of individual judges with evaluations of the court system and the ways in which results from performance evaluation can be incorporated into educational and other programs designed to promote improvements in the quality of the judiciary. The papers cluster around three major themes: (i Conceptual and methodological issues; (ii Experiences of evaluating judges; and (iii Empirical research findings. Los artículos de este número abordan aspectos conceptuales asociados con el hecho de juzgar de forma correcta y los propósitos de evaluar a los jueces, y plantean preguntas como: ¿qué valores son básicos en el rol judicial? ¿Qué conocimiento, aptitudes, habilidades y otras cualidades son importantes para el rendimiento judicial? ¿Qué nos dice el mundo académico sobre el hecho de juzgar y el rendimiento judicial? ¿Cuáles son los retos en la medición del rendimiento judicial, hasta qué punto los programas de evaluación existentes pueden capturar lo que significa ser un juez, y el potencial para desarrollar programas de evaluación multidisciplinares? Un tema subyacente es la naturaleza y la deseabilidad de unir evaluaciones de jueces individuales con evaluaciones del sistema judicial, y las formas en las que los resultados del rendimiento judicial se pueden incorporar en programas educativos

  13. Evaluation of a BGO-Based PET System for Single-Cell Tracking Performance by Simulation and Phantom Studies.

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    Ouyang, Yu; Kim, Tae Jin; Pratx, Guillem

    2016-01-01

    A recent method based on positron emission was reported for tracking moving point sources using the Inveon PET system. However, the effect of scanner background noise was not further explored. Here, we evaluate tracking with the Genisys4, a bismuth germanate-based PET system, which has no significant intrinsic background and may be better suited to tracking lower and/or faster activity sources. Position-dependent sensitivity of the Genisys4 was simulated in Geant4 Application for Tomographic Emission (GATE) using a static (18)F point source. Trajectories of helically moving point sources with varying activity and rotation speed were reconstructed from list-mode data as described previously. Simulations showed that the Inveon's ability to track sources within 2 mm of localization error is limited to objects with a velocity-to-activity ratio like objects with this system. PMID:27175009

  14. Evaluation of performance of portable respiratory monitoring system based on micro-electro-mechanical-system for respiratory gated radiotherapy

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    Moon, Sun Young; Sung, Jiwon; Yoon, Myonggeun; Chung, Mijoo; Chung, Weon Kuu; Kim, Dong Wook

    2015-08-01

    In respiratory-gated radiotherapy of patients with lung or liver cancer, the patient's respiratory pattern and repeatability are important factors affecting therapy accuracy; it has been reported that these factors can be controlled if patients undergo respiration training. As such, this study evaluates the feasibility of micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) in radiotherapy by investigating the effect of radiation on a miniature portable respiratory monitoring system based on the MEMS system, which is currently under development. Using a patient respiration simulation phantom, the time-acceleration graph measured by a normal sensor according to the phantom's respiratory movement before irradiation and the change in this graph with accumulated dose were compared using the baseline slope and the change in amplitude and period of the sine wave. The results showed that with a 400Gy accumulated dose in the sensor, a baseline shift occurred and both the amplitude and period changed. As a result, if the MEMS is applied in respiratory-gated radiotherapy, the sensor should be replaced after use with roughly 6-10 patients so as to ensure continued therapy accuracy, based on the characteristics of the sensor itself. In the future, a more diverse range of sensors should be similarly evaluated.

  15. Spatiotemporal model evaluation across Europe: A methodology based on expert knowledge, multiple datasets, physiography, flow signatures and performance metrics

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    Donnelly, Chantal; Andersson, Jafet; Arheimer, Berit; Gustafsson, David; Hundecha, Yeshewatesfa; Pechlivanidis, Ilias

    2015-04-01

    The hydrological model E-HYPE is spatially distributed with an average subbasin size of 200 km2 for continental Europe. The third version of the model (E-HYPE v3.0) has recently been released, building on experience in setting up multi-basin models at the large scale using open data from readily available sources. A methodology adopting a stepwise calibration of the model is used to optimize model performance to multiple datasets including (a) satellite estimates of potential evapotranspiration and ice cover, (b) in situ snow depth measurements, and (c) 116++ discharge stations representing a variety of catchment sizes, hydro-climatologies, physiographies and anthropogenic influences across Europe. Furthermore, the model is evaluated against an independent validation set of 750 discharge stations. This assists on determining how well the model represents the spatiotemporal variation in flow signatures including low, mean and high flows, flashiness, coefficient of variation and various scales of temporal variation (daily, seasonal and interannual). Assuming that the stations sufficiently represent the variation in catchment scales, hydro-climatology and physiography across Europe, the spread in performance of the validation stations may be assumed to represent the uncertainty in predicting an ungauged basin. This assumption will be further explored. Model evaluation using a large database of discharge data has the added value of informing on spatial errors, which can then be related to erroneous/uncertain input data (e.g. presence of undercatch in gridded precipitation databases), insufficient processes descriptions (e.g. groundwater recharge for a region), and limited knowledge on anthropogenic processes (e.g. extractions, regulation). This has then fed back into development of improved input data sets for precipitation, improved model process descriptions for irrigation and regulation and a new model module for deep aquifer interchange. E-HYPEv3.0 performs well

  16. Portfolio optimization and performance evaluation

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    Juhl, Hans Jørn; Christensen, Michael

    2013-01-01

    customer portfolios are determined, and it is shown how marketing decision-makers can use this information in their marketing strategies to optimize the revenue growth of the company. Finally, our analysis is the first analysis which applies portfolio based methods to measure customer performance, and it...

  17. Performance Evaluation of Digital Modulation Techniques in a WCDMA-based Radio-over-Fiber Communication System

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    Amanjot Kaur, Jasbir Singh

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The demand of mobile communications in the modern world is increasing day by day and subscribers for the mobile communication technologies are growing rapidly. The data transfer rate should be maximum for uninterruptable communication .Therefore, the Radio over fiber system along with wireless communication, is used for the high speed data transfer. This combination will increase the capacity for the cellular base stations to change dynamically and meet the traffic requirements. To better understand the M-ary PSK system, a Simulink-based simulation system is designed for M-ary PSK for M=64 using communication toolbox in Simulink. In this paper we propose the suitability of 64 PSK Digital Modulation Technique for transmission and the results are analyzed on the basis of BER, scatter plot and eye diagram like performance measures.

  18. Une plate-forme dynamique pour l'\\'evaluation des performances des bases de donn\\'ees \\`a objets

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    In object-oriented or object-relational databases such as multimedia databases or most XML databases, access patterns are not static, i.e., applications do not always access the same objects in the same order repeatedly. However, this has been the way these databases and associated optimisation techniques such as clustering have been evaluated up to now. This paper opens up research regarding this issue by proposing a dynamic object evaluation framework (DOEF). DOEF accomplishes access pattern change by defining configurable styles of change. It is a preliminary prototype that has been designed to be open and fully extensible. Though originally designed for the object-oriented model, it can also be used within the object-relational model with few adaptations. Furthermore, new access pattern change models can be added too. To illustrate the capabilities of DOEF, we conducted two different sets of experiments. In the first set of experiments, we used DOEF to compare the performances of four state of the art dyn...

  19. Evaluating a Model by Forecast Performance.

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    Michael P. Clements; David F. Hendry

    2005-01-01

    Although out-of-sample forecast performance is often deemed to be the "gold standard" of evaluation, it is not in fact a good yardstick for evaluating models in general. The arguments are illustrated with reference to a recent paper by Carruth, Hooker and Oswald [Review of Economics and Statistics (1998), Vol. 80, pp. 621-628], who suggest that the good dynamic forecasts of their model support the efficiency-wage theory on which it is based.

  20. Evaluating Portfolio Performance with Stochastic Discount Factors

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    This paper provides evidence on the use of stochastic discount factors in the evaluation of portfolio performance. First, we discuss evaluation in this setting, and relate it to traditional mean-variance analysis. We then use Monte Carlo experiments to examine the small sample properties of generalized method of moment (GMM) estimators. Both size and power properties are characterized for various GMM approaches. Finally, we apply the methodology to Swedish-based mutual funds. We offer an eval...

  1. Supplier Performance Evaluation and Rating System (SPEARS)

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    The SSCL Magnet Quality Assurance Department has implemented a Supplier Performance Evaluation and Rating System (SPEARS) to assess supplier performance throughout the development and production stages of the SSCL program. The main objectives of SPEARS are to promote teamwork and recognize performance. This paper examines the current implementation of SPEARS. MSD QA supports the development and production of SSC superconducting magnets while implementing the requirements of DOE Order 5700.6C. The MSD QA program is based on the concept of continuous improvement in quality and productivity. The QA program requires that procurement of items and services be controlled to assure conformance to specification. SPEARS has been implemented to meet DOE requirements and to enhance overall confidence in supplier performance. Key elements of SPEARS include supplier evaluation and selection as well as evaluation of furnished quality through source inspection, audit, and receipt inspection. These elements are described in this paper

  2. Hospital evacuation; planning, assessment, performance and evaluation

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    Wabo Nero C; Örtenwall P; Khorram-Manesh A

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Malfunction in hospitals´ complex internal systems, or extern threats, may result in a hospital evacuation. Factors contributing to such evacuation must be identified, analyzed and action plans should be prepared. Our aims in this study were 1) to evaluate the use of risk and vulnerability analysis as a basis for hospital evacuation plan, 2) to identify risks/hazards triggering an evacuation and evaluate the respond needed and 3) to propose a template with main key points for planning, performance and evaluation of such evacuation. Methods: A risk and vulnerability analysis at two county hospitals along with a systematic online literature search based on the following keywords; “evacuation/closure”, “hospitals/medical facilities” and“disaster/hazards” alone or with “planning”, was conducted. Results: We found that although all hospitals have a disaster plan, there is a lack of knowledge and appropriate instruments to plan, perform and evaluate a hospital evacuation. Risk and vulnerability analysis can be used to reveal threats leading to an evacuation (e.g. on-going climate changes and terror actions). These key points can later be used to plan, perform and evaluate such evacuation. Conclusion: There is a need for an elaborated evacuation planning for hospitals. An evacuation plan should continuously be drilled based on a risk and vulnerability analysis. A general guide can be used as foundation to plan, perform and evaluate such plan.

  3. Evaluation of algal biofilms on indium tin oxide (ITO) for use in biophotovoltaic platforms based on photosynthetic performance.

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    Ng, Fong-Lee; Phang, Siew-Moi; Periasamy, Vengadesh; Yunus, Kamran; Fisher, Adrian C

    2014-01-01

    In photosynthesis, a very small amount of the solar energy absorbed is transformed into chemical energy, while the rest is wasted as heat and fluorescence. This excess energy can be harvested through biophotovoltaic platforms to generate electrical energy. In this study, algal biofilms formed on ITO anodes were investigated for use in the algal biophotovoltaic platforms. Sixteen algal strains, comprising local isolates and two diatoms obtained from the Culture Collection of Marine Phytoplankton (CCMP), USA, were screened and eight were selected based on the growth rate, biochemical composition and photosynthesis performance using suspension cultures. Differences in biofilm formation between the eight algal strains as well as their rapid light curve (RLC) generated using a pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) fluorometer, were examined. The RLC provides detailed information on the saturation characteristics of electron transport and overall photosynthetic performance of the algae. Four algal strains, belonging to the Cyanophyta (Cyanobacteria) Synechococcus elongatus (UMACC 105), Spirulina platensis. (UMACC 159) and the Chlorophyta Chlorella vulgaris (UMACC 051), and Chlorella sp. (UMACC 313) were finally selected for investigation using biophotovoltaic platforms. Based on power output per Chl-a content, the algae can be ranked as follows: Synechococcus elongatus (UMACC 105) (6.38×10(-5) Wm(-2)/µgChl-a)>Chlorella vulgaris UMACC 051 (2.24×10(-5) Wm(-2)/µgChl-a)>Chlorella sp.(UMACC 313) (1.43×10(-5) Wm(-2)/µgChl-a)>Spirulina platensis (UMACC 159) (4.90×10(-6) Wm(-2)/µgChl-a). Our study showed that local algal strains have potential for use in biophotovoltaic platforms due to their high photosynthetic performance, ability to produce biofilm and generation of electrical power. PMID:24874081

  4. Evaluation of algal biofilms on indium tin oxide (ITO for use in biophotovoltaic platforms based on photosynthetic performance.

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    Full Text Available In photosynthesis, a very small amount of the solar energy absorbed is transformed into chemical energy, while the rest is wasted as heat and fluorescence. This excess energy can be harvested through biophotovoltaic platforms to generate electrical energy. In this study, algal biofilms formed on ITO anodes were investigated for use in the algal biophotovoltaic platforms. Sixteen algal strains, comprising local isolates and two diatoms obtained from the Culture Collection of Marine Phytoplankton (CCMP, USA, were screened and eight were selected based on the growth rate, biochemical composition and photosynthesis performance using suspension cultures. Differences in biofilm formation between the eight algal strains as well as their rapid light curve (RLC generated using a pulse amplitude modulation (PAM fluorometer, were examined. The RLC provides detailed information on the saturation characteristics of electron transport and overall photosynthetic performance of the algae. Four algal strains, belonging to the Cyanophyta (Cyanobacteria Synechococcus elongatus (UMACC 105, Spirulina platensis. (UMACC 159 and the Chlorophyta Chlorella vulgaris (UMACC 051, and Chlorella sp. (UMACC 313 were finally selected for investigation using biophotovoltaic platforms. Based on power output per Chl-a content, the algae can be ranked as follows: Synechococcus elongatus (UMACC 105 (6.38×10(-5 Wm(-2/µgChl-a>Chlorella vulgaris UMACC 051 (2.24×10(-5 Wm(-2/µgChl-a>Chlorella sp.(UMACC 313 (1.43×10(-5 Wm(-2/µgChl-a>Spirulina platensis (UMACC 159 (4.90×10(-6 Wm(-2/µgChl-a. Our study showed that local algal strains have potential for use in biophotovoltaic platforms due to their high photosynthetic performance, ability to produce biofilm and generation of electrical power.

  5. Field-based technology in Idaho middle school science classes: An evaluation of performance and attitude data from students

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    Horejsi, Martin Gerard

    A Technology grant collected data on the use of portable computers, probeware, digital cameras, Internet and multimedia software in the eighth grade earth science classroom. Data about the performance and attitudes of the students was collected before and after the technology integration. A unique opportunity was available to investigate the change in student performance independent of the teacher's influence. Statistical comparisons were made between a treatment group and a similar control group class working in the same subject with the same teacher. Four earth science classes from two teachers were examined. This investigation suggests that the addition of certain technologies to an existing earth science curriculum will increase the performance on a subject-matter assessment. While much of the literature is limited to the speculation of an educational improvement due to certain technologies, this study offers significant findings based on research. It was also found that the attitudes of students about the role of technology in their education did not significantly change following the inclusion of additional technologies into the existing curriculum. The survey data did provide some interesting results. In one case, a treatment group reported a lower desire for more technology even though prior to the treatment, they reported the highest desire to have more technology in the classroom. The finding may indicate that the continued introduction of new technology into the classroom may not continue to improve student performance, thus indicating a point of diminishing returns. If further research supports this line of reasoning, it may provide a theoretical basis on which to pattern a timeline for technology integration.

  6. Online evaluation of tracking algorithm performance

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    Chau, Duc Phu; Bremond, François; Thonnat, Monique

    2009-01-01

    In the 3rd International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention 2009 (ICDP), Kingston University, London, UK International audience This paper presents a method to evaluate online the performance of tracking algorithms in surveillance videos. We use a set of features to compute the confidence of trajectories and also the precision of tracking results. A global score is computed online based on these features and is used to estimate the performance of tracking algorithm...

  7. Evaluation of the reproductive performance of rabbits does fed a half-simplified diet based on cassava byproducts

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    Andréia Fróes Galuci Oliveira

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available A total of 70 five-month-old female New Zealand White rabbits were assigned in a completely randomized design, over three reproductive cycles, with two treatments: a reference diet and a half-simplified diet containing 79.83% cassava byproduct. The study evaluated body weight and feed intake of does, feed cost, number and total body weight of kits at kindling and weaning per female during three cycles, number and percentage of mortality/female/cycle, and weight gain of kits from birth to weaning. No interaction was observed between the diets and among the reproductive cycles for any evaluated characteristics. The body weight of does at the moment of weaning was similar in both groups for all three reproductive cycles. However, does fed the half-simplified diet had lower feed intake during the three reproductive cycles and, consequently, more reproductive flaws. The number of kits at weaning, body weight of kits at kindling and weaning, weight gain of kits from birth to weaning, and total body weight of kits at weaning were lower for the group of does fed the half-simplified diet and, consequently, there was a higher number and percentage of dead kits in this group. The total numbers of kits at kindling and weaning and total body weight of kits at birth during all three reproductive cycles were similar between the groups; however, total body weight of weaning rabbits was higher for the animals receiving the reference diet. It is possible to conclude that although the use of the half-simplified diet decreases the reproductive performance of does, it reduces feed cost per kg of body weight by 23.63% compared with the reference diet, proving to be a viable nutritional option for rabbit production.

  8. Isotherm Studies for Performance Evaluation of Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes (CNT Based Polymer Composite Nanofiltration Membranes for Desalination

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    D. Deepa

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Composite Nanofiltration membranes were fabricated by incorporating Carbon Nanotubes (CNT and Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF membranes. A suspension was prepared by dispersing CNT (30 minutes of sonication in Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO solvent for 0.5 mg/ml. This suspension after vacuum filtration dispersed over PVDF membrane of pore size 0.22µm. Excess DMSO was removed by washing using Ethanol followed by Deionized water. Normal and various functionalized (Hydroxyl (-OH, Carboxylic (-COOH, Amine (-NH2 SWCNTs and MWCNTs were purchased and the CNT based polymer composite nanofiltration membranes were fabricated by vacuum filtration method at a uniform loading of 10mg/cm2 . The experimental results were used to evaluate the TDS removal efficiency of the fabricated membrane modules, which are normal and functionalized (4 composites in both SW and MW combinations CNT. The TDS removal efficiency of all the 8 composite membranes were observed under varied operating conditions viz., varying flow rate (100,150,200 and 250 ml/hr and influent TDS (2500, 3000, 4000 and 5000 mg/l. The flux of the membrane is varied 200 to 500 lit/m2 .hr. The Isotherm studies using the experimental data on Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models validated the results of the experiment and are indicative of the role of adsorption of the functionalized CNT based polymer composite nanofiltration membranes which removing the TDS. The results showed that the amino functionalized SWCNTs based polymer composite (PVDF/SWCNTs nanofiltration membranes can be used as an effective adsorbent for desalination due to their high adsorption capacity.

  9. 48 CFR 436.604 - Performance evaluation.

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    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Performance evaluation... Performance evaluation. Preparation of performance evaluation reports. (a) In addition to the requirements of FAR 36.604, performance evaluation reports shall be prepared for indefinite-delivery type...

  10. The performance evaluation of a new neural network based traffic management scheme for a satellite communication network

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    Ansari, Nirwan; Liu, Dequan

    1991-01-01

    A neural-network-based traffic management scheme for a satellite communication network is described. The scheme consists of two levels of management. The front end of the scheme is a derivation of Kohonen's self-organization model to configure maps for the satellite communication network dynamically. The model consists of three stages. The first stage is the pattern recognition task, in which an exemplar map that best meets the current network requirements is selected. The second stage is the analysis of the discrepancy between the chosen exemplar map and the state of the network, and the adaptive modification of the chosen exemplar map to conform closely to the network requirement (input data pattern) by means of Kohonen's self-organization. On the basis of certain performance criteria, whether a new map is generated to replace the original chosen map is decided in the third stage. A state-dependent routing algorithm, which arranges the incoming call to some proper path, is used to make the network more efficient and to lower the call block rate. Simulation results demonstrate that the scheme, which combines self-organization and the state-dependent routing mechanism, provides better performance in terms of call block rate than schemes that only have either the self-organization mechanism or the routing mechanism.

  11. Advances in the evaluation of wind-induced undercatch using CFD-based simulations of snow gauge performance

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    Colli, Matteo; Lanza, Luca; Rasmussen, Roy; Thériault, Julie

    2016-04-01

    Despite its importance, accurate measurements of precipitation remains a challenge. Measurement errors for solid precipitation, which are often ignored for automated systems, frequently range from 20% to 70% due to undercatch in windy conditions. While solid precipitation measurements have been the subject of many studies, there have been only a limited number of numerical modeling efforts to estimate the collection efficiency of solid precipitation gauges when exposed to the wind, in both shielded and unshielded configurations. The available models use CFD simulations of the airflow pattern generated by the aerodynamic response of the gauge/shield geometry to perform the Lagrangian tracking of solid precipitation particles (Thériault et al., 2012; Colli et al. 2016a and 2016b). Validation of the results against field observations yields similarities in the overall behavior, but the model output only approximately reproduces the dependence of the experimental collection efficiency on wind speed. We present recent developments of such a modelling approach including various gauge/shield configurations, the influence of the drag coefficient calculation on the model performance, and the role of the particle size distribution in explaining the scatter of the collection efficiency observed at any particular wind speed (Colli et al. 2015). Comparison with observations at the Marshall (CO) field test site is used to validate results of the various modelling schemes and to support the analysis of the microphysical characteristics of ice crystals. References: Colli, M., Rasmussen, R.M., Thèriault, J.M., Lanza, L.G., Baker, B.C. and J. Kochendorfer (2015). An improved trajectory model to evaluate the collection performance of snow gauges. J.Appl.Meteor.Climatol., 54(8), pages 1826-1836. Colli, M., Lanza, L.G., Rasmussen, R.M. and J.M. Thèriault (2016a). The collection efficiency of shielded and unshielded precipitation gauges. Part I: CFD airflow modelling. J. of

  12. Weighting Performance Evaluation Criteria Base in Balanced Score Card Approach with Use of Combination Method Shapley value & Bull\\'s-eye

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    Mohammad Hassan Kamfiroozi

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Performance evaluation as a control tool was considered by managers in the organizations and manufactures. In this paper we decide to present a new model for performance evaluation and industrial companies ranking at uncertain conditions. Based on this, we implemented performance evaluation based on balance score card (BSC method. Beside, we tried to use three parameter interval grey numbers in lieu of linguistic variables. Then evaluation and weighting of fourth indicators is done with use of Bulls-eye-Shapley combination method that is counted as new approach in this article. Reason of utilization of three parameter interval grey numbers and combination method was decreasing of environmental uncertainty on data and model. This combination weighting method can be used as a new method in decision making Science. At final of this paper case study was implemented on industrial companies (nail makers that ranking of these companies is obtained by use of grey-TOPSIS method (that is a generalization of classic TOPSIS for three parameter interval grey numbers.

  13. 一种基于VAHP—OWA的高校辅导员评价方法%A College Counselor Performance Evaluation Method Based on VAHP- OWA

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    李永刚

    2012-01-01

    Counselors are the backbone of ideological and political education in colleges and universities. The college counselor routine performance evaluation to reflect their work performance is an important job to keep their stable development. The paper builds a counselor performance evaluation system under the development concepts which including quality indictors, duties indictors, achievements e valuating indicators, and presents a new method based on VAHP - OWA to evaluate this system. Our case study has shown that the VAHP- OWA method is easily understood and operable, which makes it a practical and effective approach for the college counselor routine performance evaluation.%辅导员是高校学生工作中的骨干力量,对辅导员的工作进行常规化评价,以反映辅导员的工作状况和绩效,是辅导员队伍稳定发展的一项重要工作内容。以发展的观念建构包括素质指标体系、职责指标体系和绩效评价指标体系在内的辅导员发展性评价指标体系,同时提出一种基于VAHP—OWA的高校辅导员评价方法,实例证明该方法简单易懂,操作性强。

  14. Performance evaluation of an anaerobic/aerobic landfill-based digester using yard waste for energy and compost production

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    Highlights: ► Biochemical methane potential decreased by 83% during the two-stage operation. ► Net energy produced was 84.3 MWh or 46 kWh per million metric tons (Mg). ► The average removal efficiency of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) was 96–99%. ► The average removal efficiency of non-methane organic compounds (NMOCs) was 68–99%. ► The two-stage batch digester proved to be simple to operate and cost-effective. - Abstract: The objective of this study was to evaluate a new alternative for yard waste management by constructing, operating and monitoring a landfill-based two-stage batch digester (anaerobic/aerobic) with the recovery of energy and compost. The system was initially operated under anaerobic conditions for 366 days, after which the yard waste was aerated for an additional 191 days. Off gas generated from the aerobic stage was treated by biofilters. Net energy recovery was 84.3 MWh, or 46 kWh per million metric tons of wet waste (as received), and the biochemical methane potential of the treated waste decreased by 83% during the two-stage operation. The average removal efficiencies of volatile organic compounds and non-methane organic compounds in the biofilters were 96–99% and 68–99%, respectively.

  15. Evaluation of the suitability of empirically-based models for predicting energy performance of centrifugal water chillers with variable chilled water flow

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    Highlights: ► We evaluate the suitability of 11 empirically performance models for centrifugal water chillers. ► The prediction accuracy of each model is based on CV values. ► The evaluation for model suitability is based on five indexes. ► The BQ, MP, SMP, and MDOE-2 models have good prediction accuracy. ► The BQ, MP, and SMP models have the best suitability. - Abstract: This study evaluates the performance prediction ability and model suitability of eleven empirically-based performance models for centrifugal water chillers. Specifically, this study uses over 2000 datasets with a constant or variable chilled water flow rate for fixed or variable speed drive centrifugal liquid chillers. The best regression coefficients for each empirical-based model were obtained using the ordinary least squares (OLSs) method. The model prediction accuracy of each empirical-based model is based on the coefficient of variation of root-mean-square error (CV). The evaluation for model suitability is based on the considerations of prediction ability, the complexity in training datasets, the effort needed to calibrate, the generality of the model, and its ability to physically interpret the model regression coefficients in this study. Results show that among the eleven empirical-based models, the BQ (CV = 0.54%), MP (CV = 0.61%), SMP (CV = 0.70%), and MDOE-2 (CV = 0.63%) models have overall prediction CV values under 1% for all kinds of datasets and achieve extremely good prediction accuracy. Because the MDOE-2 model has a more complicated datasets training process than the BQ, MP, and SMP models, and it has no ability to physically interpret the model regression coefficients, the BQ, MP, and SMP models have the best suitability. The results of this study provide important reference values for selecting empirically-based performance models for energy analysis, optimal operating control, energy efficiency measurement and verification (M and V), and the development of fault

  16. Performance evaluation of CCD- and mobile-phone-based near-infrared fluorescence imaging systems with molded and 3D-printed phantoms

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    Wang, Bohan; Ghassemi, Pejhman; Wang, Jianting; Wang, Quanzeng; Chen, Yu; Pfefer, Joshua

    2016-03-01

    Increasing numbers of devices are emerging which involve biophotonic imaging on a mobile platform. Therefore, effective test methods are needed to ensure that these devices provide a high level of image quality. We have developed novel phantoms for performance assessment of near infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging devices. Resin molding and 3D printing techniques were applied for phantom fabrication. Comparisons between two imaging approaches - a CCD-based scientific camera and an NIR-enabled mobile phone - were made based on evaluation of the contrast transfer function and penetration depth. Optical properties of the phantoms were evaluated, including absorption and scattering spectra and fluorescence excitation-emission matrices. The potential viability of contrastenhanced biological NIRF imaging with a mobile phone is demonstrated, and color-channel-specific variations in image quality are documented. Our results provide evidence of the utility of novel phantom-based test methods for quantifying image quality in emerging NIRF devices.

  17. Subjective performance evaluations and employee careers

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    Frederiksen, Anders; Lange, Fabian; Kriechell, Ben

    Firms commonly use supervisor evaluations to assess the performance of employees who work in complex environments. Doubts persist whether their subjective nature invalidates using these performance measures to learn about careers of individuals and to inform theory in personnel economics. We...... examine personnel data from six large companies and establish how subjective ratings, interpreted as ordinal rankings of employee performances within narrowly defined peer-groups, correlate with objective career outcomes. We find many similarities across firms in how subjective ratings correlate with base...

  18. Contribution analysis as an evaluation strategy in the context of a sector-wide approach: Performance-based health financing in Rwanda

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    Martin Noltze

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Sector-wide approaches (SWAps emerged as a response to donor fragmentation and non-adjusted and parallel programming. In the health sector, SWAps have received considerable support by the international donor community due to their potential to reduce inefficiencies through alignment to common procedures and hence to increase development effectiveness. Evaluating development cooperation in the context of a SWAp, however, translates into methodological challenges for evaluators who have to disentangle the cumulative effects in strongly donor-aligned, complex sector environments. In this article the authors discussed the application of a methodological strategy for evaluating development interventions in complex settings – for example in the context of a SWAp –and reflected the suitability of the approach. The authors conducted a contribution analysis, a theory-based approach to evaluation, and exemplified the approach for an intervention of performance-based financing for Rwandan health workers supported by the Rwanda-German cooperation. The findings suggested that the Rwandan system of performance based financing increased service orientation and outputs of health professionals, but also indicated that negative motivational side effects and resource constraints are real. With regard to the methodological approach, the authors conclude that contribution analysis has a high potential to evaluate development cooperation in the context of a SWAp dueto its high flexibility to use different data collection tools and its capability to assess risks and rival explanations. Challenges can be identified with regard to the efficiency of the evaluation strategy and a remaining trade-off between scope and causal strength ofevidence.

  19. 48 CFR 2936.604 - Performance evaluation.

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    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Performance evaluation... Performance evaluation. (a) The HCA must establish procedures to evaluate architect-engineer contractor... reports must be made using Standard Form 1421, Performance Evaluation (Architect-Engineer) as...

  20. 13 CFR 304.4 - Performance evaluations.

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    ... of at least one (1) other District Organization in the performance evaluation on a cost-reimbursement... 13 Business Credit and Assistance 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Performance evaluations. 304.4... ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS § 304.4 Performance evaluations. (a) EDA shall evaluate the...

  1. The Development of a Scientific Evaluation System of Force-on-Force (FOF) Exercise for Performance-based Regulation in Nuclear Security

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    Koh, Moonsung; Jung, Myungtak [Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    A terrorist attack or sabotage at a nuclear facility could lead result in a great amount of loss of life and social chaos, in addition to serious radiological damage. As threats have been evolved more intelligent, divergent, advanced, the international societies including IAEA encourage for all member states to establish the performance-based regulation using Forceon- Force (FOF) exercise, computer simulation. Consequently, the performance evaluation for physical protection at nuclear facilities should focus on properly reacting to threat scenarios. Physical protection should also include detecting, blocking, delaying, interrupting including the human and technical factors the adversary having malicious intention of the realistic main threat element before he accomplishes the goal based on Design Basis Threat (DBT). After the completion of the FOF evaluation system, KINAC will evaluate, and later strengthen its overall security program in response to changes in the threat environment, technological advancements, and lessons learned. As a result, substantial improvements to a nuclear facility security can be predicted. These improvements will focus on a plant security force, physical barriers, intrusion detection systems, surveillance systems, and access controls. Through the building a Force-on-Force scientific evaluation system, KINAC will establish an efficient physical protection implementation system for nuclear energy facilities.

  2. The Development of a Scientific Evaluation System of Force-on-Force (FOF) Exercise for Performance-based Regulation in Nuclear Security

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    A terrorist attack or sabotage at a nuclear facility could lead result in a great amount of loss of life and social chaos, in addition to serious radiological damage. As threats have been evolved more intelligent, divergent, advanced, the international societies including IAEA encourage for all member states to establish the performance-based regulation using Forceon- Force (FOF) exercise, computer simulation. Consequently, the performance evaluation for physical protection at nuclear facilities should focus on properly reacting to threat scenarios. Physical protection should also include detecting, blocking, delaying, interrupting including the human and technical factors the adversary having malicious intention of the realistic main threat element before he accomplishes the goal based on Design Basis Threat (DBT). After the completion of the FOF evaluation system, KINAC will evaluate, and later strengthen its overall security program in response to changes in the threat environment, technological advancements, and lessons learned. As a result, substantial improvements to a nuclear facility security can be predicted. These improvements will focus on a plant security force, physical barriers, intrusion detection systems, surveillance systems, and access controls. Through the building a Force-on-Force scientific evaluation system, KINAC will establish an efficient physical protection implementation system for nuclear energy facilities

  3. 48 CFR 236.604 - Performance evaluation.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Performance evaluation... Architect-Engineer Services 236.604 Performance evaluation. (a) Preparation of performance reports. Use DD Form 2631, Performance Evaluation (Architect-Engineer), instead of SF 1421. (2) Prepare a...

  4. Performance of bioactive PMMA-based bone cement under load-bearing conditions: an in vivo evaluation and FE simulation.

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    Fottner, Andreas; Nies, Berthold; Kitanovic, Denis; Steinbrück, Arnd; Mayer-Wagner, Susanne; Schröder, Christian; Heinemann, Sascha; Pohl, Ulrich; Jansson, Volkmar

    2016-09-01

    In the past, bioactive bone cement was investigated in order to improve the durability of cemented arthroplasties by strengthening the bone-cement interface. As direct bone-cement bonding may theoretically lead to higher stresses within the cement, the question arises, whether polymethylmethacrylate features suitable mechanical properties to withstand altered stress conditions? To answer this question, in vivo experiments and finite element simulations were conducted. Twelve rabbits were divided into two groups examining either bioactive polymethylmethacrylate-based cement with unchanged mechanical properties or commercially available polymethylmethacrylate cement. The cements were tested under load-bearing conditions over a period of 7 months, using a spacer prosthesis cemented into the femur. For the finite element analyses, boundary conditions of the rabbit femur were simulated and analyses were performed with respect to different loading scenarios. Calculations of equivalent stress distributions within the cements were applied, with a completely bonded cement surface for the bioactive cement and with a continuously interfering fibrous tissue layer for the reference cement. The bioactive cement revealed good in vivo bioactivity. In the bioactive cement group two failures (33 %), with complete break-out of the prosthesis occurred, while none in the reference group. Finite element analyses of simulated bioactive cement fixation showed an increase in maximal equivalent stress by 49.2 to 109.4 % compared to the simulation of reference cement. The two failures as well as an increase in calculated equivalent stress highlight the importance of fatigue properties of polymethylmethacrylate in general and especially when developing bioactive cements designated for load-bearing conditions. PMID:27530301

  5. Performance evaluation of two personal bioaerosol samplers.

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    Tolchinsky, Alexander D; Sigaev, Vladimir I; Varfolomeev, Alexander N; Uspenskaya, Svetlana N; Cheng, Yung S; Su, Wei-Chung

    2011-01-01

    In this study, the performance of two newly developed personal bioaerosol samplers for monitoring the level of environmental and occupational airborne microorganisms was evaluated. These new personal bioaerosol samplers were designed based on a swirling cyclone with recirculating liquid film. The performance evaluation included collection efficiency tests using inert aerosols, the bioaerosol survival test using viable airborne microorganism, and the evaluation of using non-aqueous collection liquid for long-period sampling. The test results showed that these two newly developed personal bioaerosol samplers are capable of doing high efficiency, aerosol sampling (the cutoff diameters are around 0.7 μm for both samplers), and have proven to provide acceptable survival for the collected bioaerosols. By using an appropriate non-aqueous collection liquid, these two personal bioaerosol samplers should be able to permit continuous, long-period bioaerosol sampling with considerable viability for the captured bioaerosols. PMID:22175872

  6. Performance evaluation of cleanroom environmental systems

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    Xu, Tengfang

    2003-07-07

    This paper presents in-situ measurement results for energy and environmental performance of thirteen cleanroom systems located in the USA, including key metrics for evaluating cleanroom air system performance and overall electric power intensity. Comparisons with the IEST Recommended Practice (IEST-RP-CC012.1) are made to examine the performance of cleanroom air systems. Based upon the results, the paper discusses likely opportunities for improving cleanroom energy efficiency while maintaining effective contamination control. The paper concludes that there are wide variations in energy performance of cleanroom environmental systems, and that performance benchmarking can serve as a vehicle to identify energy efficient cleanroom design practices and to highlight important issues in cleanroom operation and maintenance.

  7. Performance evaluation of multi-stratum resources optimization with network functions virtualization for cloud-based radio over optical fiber networks.

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    Yang, Hui; He, Yongqi; Zhang, Jie; Ji, Yuefeng; Bai, Wei; Lee, Young

    2016-04-18

    Cloud radio access network (C-RAN) has become a promising scenario to accommodate high-performance services with ubiquitous user coverage and real-time cloud computing using cloud BBUs. In our previous work, we implemented cross stratum optimization of optical network and application stratums resources that allows to accommodate the services in optical networks. In view of this, this study extends to consider the multiple dimensional resources optimization of radio, optical and BBU processing in 5G age. We propose a novel multi-stratum resources optimization (MSRO) architecture with network functions virtualization for cloud-based radio over optical fiber networks (C-RoFN) using software defined control. A global evaluation scheme (GES) for MSRO in C-RoFN is introduced based on the proposed architecture. The MSRO can enhance the responsiveness to dynamic end-to-end user demands and globally optimize radio frequency, optical and BBU resources effectively to maximize radio coverage. The efficiency and feasibility of the proposed architecture are experimentally demonstrated on OpenFlow-based enhanced SDN testbed. The performance of GES under heavy traffic load scenario is also quantitatively evaluated based on MSRO architecture in terms of resource occupation rate and path provisioning latency, compared with other provisioning scheme. PMID:27137302

  8. Performance Evaluation of Tree Object Matching

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    Somchaipeng, Kerawit; Sporring, Jon; Kreiborg, Sven;

    2005-01-01

    Multi-Scale Singularity Trees (MSSTs) represents the deep structure of images in scale-space and provide both the connections between image features at different scales and their strengths. In this report we present and evaluate an algorithm that exploits the MSSTs for image matching. Two version......, and the COIL database. Finally the performance is compared with algorithms based on the Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT), and the Position of Catastrophes (CAT)....

  9. Synthesis and Performance Evaluation of a New Deoiling Agent for Treatment of Waste Oil-Based Drilling Fluids

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    Pingting Liu; Zhiyu Huang; Hao Deng; Rongsha Wang; Shuixiang Xie

    2014-01-01

    Oil-based drilling fluid is used more and more in the field of oil and gas exploration. However, because of unrecyclable treating agent and hard treatment conditions, the traditional treating technologies of waste oil-based drilling fluid have some defects, such as waste of resource, bulky equipment, complex treatment processes, and low oil recovery rate. In this work, switchable deoiling agent (SDA), as a novel surfactant for treatment of waste oil-based drilling fluid, was synthesized by am...

  10. Autonomous Navigation Performance Evaluation Method Based on Trajectory Analysis%基于轨迹分析的自主导航性能评估方法

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    王勇鑫; 钱徽; 金卓军; 朱淼良

    2011-01-01

    在马尔可夫决策模型框架下,提出一种基于轨迹分析的计算评估方法,通过分析驾驶回报设置和车辆轨迹的特征期望衡量自主导航系统的性能.假定回报函数是回报特征的线性组合,通过逼近不同的车辆自主驾驶策略,求解应用于沙盒场景的回报设置,从而仿真导航轨迹的特征期望.实验结果表明,该方法能对自主导航系统的轨迹数据实现定性和定量评估.%This paper proposes a novel trajectory-analysis-based performance evaluation method, which assesses and compares the navigation performances by reward settings and feature expectations under Markov Decision Process(MDP) framework. Assuming that the reward function is a linear combination of known features, this method evaluates reward settings by approximating the driving styles of different land autonomous navigation systems. On this basis, reward settings are used to simulate the feature expectations of navigation trajectories in a standard land navigation environment called the sandbox. Experimental results show the validity of this method in both qualitative and quantitative performance evaluations.

  11. Injection performance evaluation for SSRF storage ring

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    Yang, Yong; Leng, Yong-Bin; Yan, Ying-Bing; Chen, Zhi-Chu

    2015-09-01

    The injection performance of the storage ring is one of the most important factors to consider at a synchrotron radiation facility, especially in the top-up mode. To evaluate the injection performance of the storage ring at the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, we have built a bunch-by-bunch position measuring system based on an oscilloscope Input/Output Controller. Accurate assessment of energy mismatching, distribution of residual oscillation, and angle error of injection kickers can be achieved by this system. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11375255)

  12. Multi-objective based on parallel vector evaluated particle swarm optimization for optimal steady-state performance of power systems

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    Vlachogiannis, Ioannis (John); Lee, K Y

    2009-01-01

    In this paper the state-of-the-art extended particle swarm optimization (PSO) methods for solving multi-objective optimization problems are represented. We emphasize in those, the co-evolution technique of the parallel vector evaluated PSO (VEPSO), analysed and applied in a multi-objective problem...

  13. 48 CFR 36.604 - Performance evaluation.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Performance evaluation. 36.604 Section 36.604 Federal Acquisition Regulations System FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION SPECIAL... Performance evaluation. See 42.1502(f) for the requirements for preparing past performance evaluations...

  14. Unmanned Aerial ad Hoc Networks: Simulation-Based Evaluation of Entity Mobility Models’ Impact on Routing Performance

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    Jean-Daniel Medjo Me Biomo; Thomas Kunz; Marc St-Hilaire; Yifeng Zhou

    2015-01-01

    An unmanned aerial ad hoc network (UAANET) is a special type of mobile ad hoc network (MANET). For these networks, researchers rely mostly on simulations to evaluate their proposed networking protocols. Hence, it is of great importance that the simulation environment of a UAANET replicates as much as possible the reality of UAVs. One major component of that environment is the movement pattern of the UAVs. This means that the mobility model used in simulations has to be thoroughly understood ...

  15. Performance Evaluation of a SOA-based Rack-To-Rack Switch for Optical Interconnects Exploiting NRZ-DPSK

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    Karinou, Fotini; Borkowski, Robert; Prince, Kamau;

    2012-01-01

    We experimentally study the transmission performance of 10-Gb/s NRZ-DPSK through concatenated AWG MUX/DMUXs and SOAs employed in an optimized 64×64 optical supercomputer interconnect architecture. NRZ-DPSK offers 9-dB higher dynamic range compared to conventional IM/DD....

  16. Performance Evaluation of Components Using a Granularity-based Interface Between Real-Time Calculus and Timed Automata

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    Karine Altisen; Yanhong Liu; Matthieu Moy

    2010-01-01

    To analyze complex and heterogeneous real-time embedded systems, recent works have proposed interface techniques between real-time calculus (RTC) and timed automata (TA), in order to take advantage of the strengths of each technique for analyzing various components. But the time to analyze a state-based component modeled by TA may be prohibitively high, due to the state space explosion problem. In this paper, we propose a framework of granularity-based interfacing to speed up the analysis of ...

  17. Energy performance evaluation of AAC

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    The U.S. building industry constitutes the largest consumer of energy (i.e., electricity, natural gas, petroleum) in the world. The building sector uses almost 41 percent of the primary energy and approximately 72 percent of the available electricity in the United States. As global energy-generating resources are being depleted at exponential rates, the amount of energy consumed and wasted cannot be ignored. Professionals concerned about the environment have placed a high priority on finding solutions that reduce energy consumption while maintaining occupant comfort. Sustainable design and the judicious combination of building materials comprise one solution to this problem. A future including sustainable energy may result from using energy simulation software to accurately estimate energy consumption and from applying building materials that achieve the potential results derived through simulation analysis. Energy-modeling tools assist professionals with making informed decisions about energy performance during the early planning phases of a design project, such as determining the most advantageous combination of building materials, choosing mechanical systems, and determining building orientation on the site. By implementing energy simulation software to estimate the effect of these factors on the energy consumption of a building, designers can make adjustments to their designs during the design phase when the effect on cost is minimal. The primary objective of this research consisted of identifying a method with which to properly select energy-efficient building materials and involved evaluating the potential of these materials to earn LEED credits when properly applied to a structure. In addition, this objective included establishing a framework that provides suggestions for improvements to currently available simulation software that enhance the viability of the estimates concerning energy efficiency and the achievements of LEED credits. The primary objective

  18. Traceability of performance evaluation materials

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    One of the most critical elements of a performance evaluation (PE) program for radioactivity measurements is the traceability of the PE materials to the national standards. The requirements and criteria for the production of traceable environmental and radiobioassay PE materials have been defined by ANSI N42.22 and ANSI N13.30 standards. It is important to note that use of traceable source materials does not necessarily ensure the traceability of subsequently derived PE materials unless verification measurements exist in conjunction with the preparation processes. Protocol currently used by NIST for the preparation and verification of air filter, acidified water, spiked soil, synthetic urine, and synthetic fecal PE materials for low-level radioactivity measurements is described. The process involves gravimetric dilutions and mixing of primary radionuclide NIST Standard Reference Materials (SRMs), addition of the derived master solution to sample matrices, and subsequent verification measurements. Several gamma-emitters were used to trace the gravimetric dilutions and spike addition through an unbroken chain of gamma comparison measurements. The massic activities of alpha- and beta-emitters in the diluted solutions and PE samples were also measured by radiochemical methods and compared with their gravimetric values. A correlation analysis demonstrated that the gamma emitters quantitatively followed 90Sr, 238U, 238Pu, and 241Am throughout the dilution and spiking and can be used as effective process monitors. The statistical results from t-tests, box plots, and normal probability tests suggested that traceability of radionuclides in the PE materials to their primary standards can be verified to within 1%, with an overall precision better than 2% (1s). (author)

  19. Erosion of wind turbine blade coatings - Design and analysis of jet-based laboratory equipment for performance evaluation

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    Zhang, Shizhong; Dam-Johansen, Kim; Nørkjær, Sten;

    2015-01-01

    blades in such equipment. To reduce expensive blade maintenance repairs and to avoid out-of-service periods, energy-absorbing blade coatings are required to protect rotor blades from rain erosion. In this work we describe the design, construction and evaluation of a laboratory setup for fast screening of...... potential significance of the presence of a thin water film on the coated surfaces. Our results endorse the complex nature of the rain erosion phenomenon, which is the result of the simultaneous combination of complex mechanisms and as such, it is difficult to reproduce at the laboratory scale....

  20. Metrics for Offline Evaluation of Prognostic Performance

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    Saxena, Abhinav; Celaya, Jose; Saha, Bhaskar; Saha, Sankalita; Goebel, Kai

    2010-01-01

    Prognostic performance evaluation has gained significant attention in the past few years. Currently, prognostics concepts lack standard definitions and suffer from ambiguous and inconsistent interpretations. This lack of standards is in part due to the varied end-user requirements for different applications, time scales, available information, domain dynamics, etc. to name a few. The research community has used a variety of metrics largely based on convenience and their respective requirements. Very little attention has been focused on establishing a standardized approach to compare different efforts. This paper presents several new evaluation metrics tailored for prognostics that were recently introduced and were shown to effectively evaluate various algorithms as compared to other conventional metrics. Specifically, this paper presents a detailed discussion on how these metrics should be interpreted and used. These metrics have the capability of incorporating probabilistic uncertainty estimates from prognostic algorithms. In addition to quantitative assessment they also offer a comprehensive visual perspective that can be used in designing the prognostic system. Several methods are suggested to customize these metrics for different applications. Guidelines are provided to help choose one method over another based on distribution characteristics. Various issues faced by prognostics and its performance evaluation are discussed followed by a formal notational framework to help standardize subsequent developments.

  1. Performance Evaluation of Image Fusion Algorithms for Underwater Images-A study based on PCA and DWT

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a comparative study between two image fusion algorithm based on PCA and DWT is carried out in underwater image domain. Underwater image fusion is emerged as one of the main image fusion area, here two or more images will be fused by retaining the most desirable characteristics of each underwater images. The DWT technique is used to decompose the input image into four frequency sub bands and the low-low sub band images will be considered in fusion processing. In PCA method significant eigen values will be considered in fusion process to retain the important characteristics of the input images. The results acquired from both experiments are tabulated and compared by considering the statistical measures such as Peak Signal to Noise Ratio (PSNR, Mean Square Error (MSE and Entropy. Results shows that underwater image fusion based on DWT outperforms the PCA based method.

  2. Method of evaluating the reactor core performance

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    Purpose: To enable exact evaluation for the core performance in a short period. Constitution: A reactor core is equally divided into 2, 4 or 8 sections considering the structure of the symmetricalness and calculation for the evaluation the core performance is carried out to at least one region of the divided core. However, the reactor core can not be said to be completely symmetrical and there is a difference more or less, because if identical type fuels are loaded the way of burning is different depending on the positions, thereby causing difference in the total heat calorie generated. Accordingly, the performance evaluation is conducted for the entire core at a predetermined time interval, the compensation value for each of the fuels is calculated based on the result of the calculation for the entire core and the corresponding result of the calculation in each of the divided cores and the compensated values are added to the calculation result for the divided cores to compensate the calculated evaluation value. This enables to shorten the calculation time and improve the calculation accuracy. (Yoshino, Y.)

  3. Constructing Taipei City Sports Centre Performance Evaluation Model with Fuzzy MCDM Approach Based on Views of Managers

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    Chen-Yang Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to utilize the fuzzy analytical/network process (FAHP/FANP and decision-making trial and evaluation laboratory (DEMATEL approach to recognize the influential indicators of sport centre business management in Taipei city’s sports centre. Twenty-three of sports centres with six-dimensions were identified from the literature review and interview with twelve experts (academic and practical experience. By considering the interrelationships among the indices, DEMATEL was used to deal with the importance and causal relationships among the evaluation indices of sports centre. Then, we employ the FAHP/FANP to determine the weight of each management criterion. Our empirical results provide two main insights: first, sports centre business management strategies comprise six-dimensions and 23 indexes; second, the FANP analysis shows that the six key factors are (in order of priority service price, site conditions, operations management, traffic conditions, sports products, and staff quality. This study uses the FANP and DEMATEL along with mathematical computing in order to provide sports centre managers with a reliable decision-making reference and to assist them in formulating the most effective business strategy possible.

  4. Applying distance-to-target weighing methodology to evaluate the environmental performance of bio-based energy, fuels, and materials

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    Weiss, M.; Patel, M.K.; Heilmeier, H.; Bringezu, S.

    2007-01-01

    The enhanced use of biomass for the production of energy, fuels, and materials is one of the key strategies towards sustainable production and consumption. Various life cycle assessment (LCA) studies demonstrate the great potential of bio-based products to reduce both the consumption of non-renewabl

  5. Applying distance-to-target weighing methodology to evaluate the environmental performance of bio-based energy, fuels, and materials

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    The enhanced use of biomass for the production of energy, fuels, and materials is one of the key strategies towards sustainable production and consumption. Various life cycle assessment (LCA) studies demonstrate the great potential of bio-based products to reduce both the consumption of non-renewable energy resources and greenhouse gas emissions. However, the production of biomass requires agricultural land and is often associated with adverse environmental effects such as eutrophication of surface and ground water. Decision making in favor of or against bio-based and conventional fossil product alternatives therefore often requires weighing of environmental impacts. In this article, we apply distance-to-target weighing methodology to aggregate LCA results obtained in four different environmental impact categories (i.e., non-renewable energy consumption, global warming potential, eutrophication potential, and acidification potential) to one environmental index. We include 45 bio- and fossil-based product pairs in our analysis, which we conduct for Germany. The resulting environmental indices for all product pairs analyzed range from -19.7 to +0.2 with negative values indicating overall environmental benefits of bio-based products. Except for three options of packaging materials made from wheat and cornstarch, all bio-based products (including energy, fuels, and materials) score better than their fossil counterparts. Comparing the median values for the three options of biomass utilization reveals that bio-energy (-1.2) and bio-materials (-1.0) offer significantly higher environmental benefits than bio-fuels (-0.3). The results of this study reflect, however, subjective value judgments due to the weighing methodology applied. Given the uncertainties and controversies associated not only with distance-to-target methodologies in particular but also with weighing approaches in general, the authors strongly recommend using weighing for decision finding only as a

  6. Fabrication and performance evaluation of hybrid supercapacitor electrodes based on carbon nanotubes and sputtered TiO2

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    Aravinda, L. S.; Nagaraja, K. K.; Nagaraja, H. S.; Udaya Bhat, K.; Ramachandra Bhat, B.

    2016-08-01

    We report a simple and eco-friendly method for the fabrication of a titanium dioxide/functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotube (TiO2/FMWCNT) composite electrode for use in supercapacitors. The nanocomposite electrodes were formed by depositing titanium dioxide onto FMWCNTs using reactive magnetron sputtering, thus providing a green roue for the formation of the binder-free composite electrode. It is shown that the electrochemical performance of the fabricated electrodes can be altered by tuning the thickness of the titanium dioxide overlayer. The integrated nanocomposite electrode showed an improved specific capacitance of 90 Fg‑1 in two-electrode configuration.

  7. Modeling and performance evaluation of computer systems security operation

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    Guster, D.; Krivulin, N. K.

    2012-01-01

    A model of computer system security operation is developed based on the fork-join queueing network formalism. We introduce a security operation performance measure, and show how it may be used to performance evaluation of actual systems.

  8. In vitro -in vivo performance evaluation of treated Plantago ovata husk based fast dissolving tablets of glipizide: Flashtab technology

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    Antesh Kumar Jha; Dipak Chetia

    2014-01-01

    Physicians suggest premeal administration of glipizide (30 min before a meal) because of longer disintegration time (approximately 15 min) of conventional tablet. Hence, the dosage form was developed, called as fast dissolving tablet (FDT), which disintegrates rapidly within a minute. FDTs by Flashtab technology is based on a swellable agent and a superdisintegrant. In the current study, treated Plantago ovata husk (TPOH), and microcrystalline cellulose were utilized as natural superdisintegr...

  9. An Interactive Content Based Image Retrieval Technique and Evaluation of its Performance in High Dimensional and Low Dimensional Space

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    Nirmalya Chowdhury

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we have developed an Interactive Content Based Image Retrieval System which aims at selecting the most informative images with respect to the query image by ranking the retrieved images. The system uses relevance feedback to iteratively train the Histogram Intersection Kernel Based Support Vector Machine Classifier. At the end of the training phase of the classifier, the relevant set of images given by the final iteration of the relevance feedback is collected. In the retrieval phase, a ranking of the images in this relevant set is done on the basis of their Histogram Intersection based similarity measure with query image. We improved the method further by reducing dimensions of the feature vector of the images using Principle Component Analysis along with rejecting the zero components which are caused by sparseness of the pixels in the color bins of the histograms. The experiments have been done on a 6 category database created whose sample images are given in this paper. The dimensionality of the feature vectors of the images was initially 72. After feature reduction process, it becomes 59. The dimensionality reduction makes the system more robust and computationally efficient. The experimental results also agree with this fact.

  10. Performance evaluation of fingerprint verification systems.

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    Cappelli, Raffaele; Maio, Dario; Maltoni, Davide; Wayman, James L; Jain, Anil K

    2006-01-01

    This paper is concerned with the performance evaluation of fingerprint verification systems. After an initial classification of biometric testing initiatives, we explore both the theoretical and practical issues related to performance evaluation by presenting the outcome of the recent Fingerprint Verification Competition (FVC2004). FVC2004 was organized by the authors of this work for the purpose of assessing the state-of-the-art in this challenging pattern recognition application and making available a new common benchmark for an unambiguous comparison of fingerprint-based biometric systems. FVC2004 is an independent, strongly supervised evaluation performed at the evaluators' site on evaluators' hardware. This allowed the test to be completely controlled and the computation times of different algorithms to be fairly compared. The experience and feedback received from previous, similar competitions (FVC2000 and FVC2002) allowed us to improve the organization and methodology of FVC2004 and to capture the attention of a significantly higher number of academic and commercial organizations (67 algorithms were submitted for FVC2004). A new, "Light" competition category was included to estimate the loss of matching performance caused by imposing computational constraints. This paper discusses data collection and testing protocols, and includes a detailed analysis of the results. We introduce a simple but effective method for comparing algorithms at the score level, allowing us to isolate difficult cases (images) and to study error correlations and algorithm "fusion." The huge amount of information obtained, including a structured classification of the submitted algorithms on the basis of their features, makes it possible to better understand how current fingerprint recognition systems work and to delineate useful research directions for the future. PMID:16402615

  11. SIMPAR: a portable object-oriented simulation-science-based metamodel framework for performance modeling, prediction, and evaluation of HPC systems

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    Prasad, Guru; Gupta, Pankaj

    2004-08-01

    We present a novel, portable, platform-independent, object-oriented, simulation-science-based, metamodel framework (SimPar) for performance evaluation, estimation, and prediction of High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems. This UML-based, parallel meta-model enhances the Bulk Synchronous Parallel (BSP) computation model. The UML activity diagram is used to model the computation, communication, and synchronization operations of an application. We also identify the UML building blocks that characterize the message passing and shared memory parallel paradigms. This helps in modeling large and complex parallel applications. Using the collaboration diagram concept, parallel applications are mapped onto different multiprocessor architecture topologies such as hypercube, 2D mesh, ring, tree, star, etc. We present unique UML structural and behavioral extensions for modeling the inter-object interactions in BSP model. The communication semantics such as BROADCAST, GATHER, and SCATTER are incorporated in the metamodel using UML building blocks. In its present form, UML cannot satisfy all the modeling needs. In addition, none of the currently available tool sets deploy UML-based modeling. This underscores the uniqueness of parallel, cluster-based UML-enhanced framework presented here. We have validated the proposed model through benchmarks, simulation-science case studies and real-time parallel applications.

  12. The Evaluation method of HVAC System’s operation performance based on Energy Flow Analysis and DEA

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    Fang, Xing; Jin, Xinqiao; Fan, Bo; Zhu, Yonghua

    2014-01-01

    An energy flow model of an airport terminal’s HVAC system is established in this paper. Based on energy flow model, the exergy efficiency, exergy loss and exergy cost distribution ratio of each component are calculated and analyzed by the energy flow model. Optimization method and exergy balance equations are used to calculate the least exergy loss of HVAC system under certain operation condition, which is defined as the near-optimum operation level. DEA method is then applied to obtain the b...

  13. An Experimental Performance Evaluation and Compatibility Study of the Bluetooth Low Energy Based Platform for ECG Monitoring in WBANs

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    Farid Touati; Ochirkhand Erdene-Ochir; Waiser Mehmood; Ammad Hassan; Adel Ben Mnaouer; Brahim Gaabab; Rasid, Mohd Fadlee A.; Lazhar Khriji

    2015-01-01

    A long term healthcare monitoring system requires battery operated devices with low-power technologies. Researchers tried to adapt various short-range technologies for Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) in ubiquitous health monitoring. The classical Bluetooth is known for its greedy power consumption, IrDA and NFC require line-of-sight conditions, and ANT has weak coexistence features and interference issues. A typical choice remains ZigBee/6LoWPAN over IEEE 802.15.4 based solutions in WBANs...

  14. A hybrid algorithm for instant optimization of beam weights in anatomy-based intensity modulated radiotherapy: a performance evaluation study

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    The study aims to introduce a hybrid optimization algorithm for anatomy-based intensity modulated radiotherapy (AB-IMRT). Our proposal is that by integrating an exact optimization algorithm with a heuristic optimization algorithm, the advantages of both the algorithms can be combined, which will lead to an efficient global optimizer solving the problem at a very fast rate. Our hybrid approach combines Gaussian elimination algorithm (exact optimizer) with fast simulated annealing algorithm (a heuristic global optimizer) for the optimization of beam weights in AB-IMRT. The algorithm has been implemented using MATLAB software. The optimization efficiency of the hybrid algorithm is clarified by (i) analysis of the numerical characteristics of the algorithm and (ii) analysis of the clinical capabilities of the algorithm. The numerical and clinical characteristics of the hybrid algorithm are compared with Gaussian elimination method (GEM) and fast simulated annealing (FSA). The numerical characteristics include convergence, consistency, number of iterations and overall optimization speed, which were analyzed for the respective cases of 8 patients. The clinical capabilities of the hybrid algorithm are demonstrated in cases of (a) prostate and (b) brain. The analyses reveal that (i) the convergence speed of the hybrid algorithm is approximately three times higher than that of FSA algorithm (ii) the convergence (percentage reduction in the cost function) in hybrid algorithm is about 20% improved as compared to that in GEM algorithm (iii) the hybrid algorithm is capable of producing relatively better treatment plans in terms of Conformity Index (CI) (∼ 2% - 5% improvement) and Homogeneity Index (HI) (∼ 4% - 10% improvement) as compared to GEM and FSA algorithms (iv) the sparing of organs at risk in hybrid algorithm-based plans is better than that in GEM-based plans and comparable to that in FSA-based plans; and (v) the beam weights resulting from the hybrid algorithm are

  15. Relative Performance Evaluation and Limited Liability

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    Bhaskar, V.

    2002-01-01

    We analyze the role of relative performance evaluation when a principal has several agents, who face correlated shocks. If limited liability constraints are binding, relative performance evaluation may be of no value if the principal is restricted to symmetric contracts. However, with asymmetric contracts, where agents are induced to choose different effort levels, relative performance measures can be used in order to reduce informational rents. Relative performance evaluation is a way of red...

  16. Dentin bonding performance using Weibull statistics and evaluation of acid-base resistant zone formation of recently introduced adhesives.

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    Guan, Rui; Takagaki, Tomohiro; Matsui, Naoko; Sato, Takaaki; Burrow, Michael F; Palamara, Joseph; Nikaido, Toru; Tagami, Junji

    2016-07-30

    Dentin bonding durability of recently introduced dental adhesives: Clearfil SE Bond 2 (SE2), Optibond XTR (XTR), and Scotchbond Universal (SBU) was investigated using Weibull analysis as well as analysis of the micromorphological features of the acid-base resistant zone (ABRZ) created for the adhesives. The bonding procedures of SBU were divided into three subgroups: self-etch (SBS), phosphoric acid (PA) etching on moist (SBM) or dry dentin (SBD). All groups were thermocycled for 0, 5,000 and 10,000 cycles followed by microtensile bond strength testing. Acid-base challenge was undertaken before SEM and TEM observations of the adhesive interface. The etch-and-rinse method with SBU (SBM and SBD) created inferior interfaces on the dentin surface which resulted in reduced bond durability. ABRZ formation was detected with the self-etch adhesive systems; SE2, XTR and SBS. In the PA etching protocols of SBM and SBD, a thick hybrid layer but no ABRZ was detected, which might affect dentin bond durability. PMID:27335136

  17. Performance Evaluation of Electronic Resources Based on Grey Theory%基于灰色理论的图书馆电子资源绩效评价

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    李顺文; 安琪; 孙拥军

    2011-01-01

    Take the Library of Lanzhou College of Finance and Economics as an example,using gray statistical theory to calculate gray-class decision-making factor,determine the decision vector and establish the performance e-valuation index system and evaluation modelibrary of electronic resources. Based on the principle of systematic reviews to quantitative evaluation the relevant indicators,and prove that evaluation model is reasonable and feasible.%以兰州商学院图书馆为例,应用灰色统计理论,计算灰类决策系数并确定决策向量,建立了图书馆电子资源绩效评价的指标体系和评估模型.依据系统评价原则,通过实例对相关的指标体系进行了定量评价,证明评估模型的合理性和可操作性.

  18. A Cochlear Implant Performance Prognostic Test Based on Electrical Field Interactions Evaluated by eABR (Electrical Auditory Brainstem Responses)

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    Guevara, Nicolas; Hoen, Michel; Truy, Eric; Gallego, Stéphane

    2016-01-01

    Background Cochlear implants (CIs) are neural prostheses that have been used routinely in the clinic over the past 25 years. They allow children who were born profoundly deaf, as well as adults affected by hearing loss for whom conventional hearing aids are insufficient, to attain a functional level of hearing. The “modern” CI (i.e., a multi-electrode implant using sequential coding strategies) has yielded good speech comprehension outcomes (recognition level for monosyllabic words about 50% to 60%, and sentence comprehension close to 90%). These good average results however hide a very important interindividual variability as scores in a given patients’ population often vary from 5 to 95% in comparable testing conditions. Our aim was to develop a prognostic model for patients with unilateral CI. A novel method of objectively measuring electrical and neuronal interactions using electrical auditory brainstem responses (eABRs) is proposed. Methods and Findings The method consists of two measurements: 1) eABR measurements with stimulation by a single electrode at 70% of the dynamic range (four electrodes distributed within the cochlea were tested), followed by a summation of these four eABRs; 2) Measurement of a single eABR with stimulation from all four electrodes at 70% of the dynamic range. A comparison of the eABRs obtained by these two measurements, defined as the monaural interaction component (MIC), indicated electrical and neural interactions between the stimulation channels. Speech recognition performance without lip reading was measured for each patient using a logatome test (64 "vowel-consonant-vowel"; VCV; by forced choice of 1 out of 16). eABRs were measured in 16 CI patients (CIs with 20 electrodes, Digisonic SP; Oticon Medical ®, Vallauris, France). Significant correlations were found between speech recognition performance and the ratio of the amplitude of the V wave of the eABRs obtained with the two measurements (Pearson's linear regression

  19. A Cochlear Implant Performance Prognostic Test Based on Electrical Field Interactions Evaluated by eABR (Electrical Auditory Brainstem Responses.

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    Nicolas Guevara

    Full Text Available Cochlear implants (CIs are neural prostheses that have been used routinely in the clinic over the past 25 years. They allow children who were born profoundly deaf, as well as adults affected by hearing loss for whom conventional hearing aids are insufficient, to attain a functional level of hearing. The "modern" CI (i.e., a multi-electrode implant using sequential coding strategies has yielded good speech comprehension outcomes (recognition level for monosyllabic words about 50% to 60%, and sentence comprehension close to 90%. These good average results however hide a very important interindividual variability as scores in a given patients' population often vary from 5 to 95% in comparable testing conditions. Our aim was to develop a prognostic model for patients with unilateral CI. A novel method of objectively measuring electrical and neuronal interactions using electrical auditory brainstem responses (eABRs is proposed.The method consists of two measurements: 1 eABR measurements with stimulation by a single electrode at 70% of the dynamic range (four electrodes distributed within the cochlea were tested, followed by a summation of these four eABRs; 2 Measurement of a single eABR with stimulation from all four electrodes at 70% of the dynamic range. A comparison of the eABRs obtained by these two measurements, defined as the monaural interaction component (MIC, indicated electrical and neural interactions between the stimulation channels. Speech recognition performance without lip reading was measured for each patient using a logatome test (64 "vowel-consonant-vowel"; VCV; by forced choice of 1 out of 16. eABRs were measured in 16 CI patients (CIs with 20 electrodes, Digisonic SP; Oticon Medical ®, Vallauris, France. Significant correlations were found between speech recognition performance and the ratio of the amplitude of the V wave of the eABRs obtained with the two measurements (Pearson's linear regression model, parametric correlation: r

  20. Performance evaluation of lunar penetrating radar onboard the rover of CE-3 probe based on results from ground experiments

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    Zhang, Hong-Bo; Zheng, Lei; Su, Yan; Fang, Guang-You; Zhou, Bin; Feng, Jian-Qing; Xing, Shu-Guo; Dai, Shun; Li, Jun-Duo; Ji, Yi-Cai; Gao, Yun-Ze; Xiao, Yuan; Li, Chun-Lai

    2014-12-01

    Lunar Penetrating Radar (LPR) onboard the rover that is part of the Chang'e-3 (CE-3) mission was firstly utilized to obtain in situ measurements about geological structure on the lunar surface and the thickness of the lunar regolith, which are key elements for studying the evolutional history of lunar crust. Because penetration depth and resolution of LPR are related to the scientific objectives of this mission, a series of ground-based experiments using LPR was carried out, and results of the experimental data were obtained in a glacial area located in the northwest region of China. The results show that the penetration depth of the first channel antenna used for LPR is over 79 m with a resolution of 2.8 m, and that for the second channel antenna is over 50.8 m with a resolution of 17.1 cm.

  1. Performance evaluation of lunar penetrating radar onboard the rover of CE-3 probe based on results from ground experiments

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    Lunar Penetrating Radar (LPR) onboard the rover that is part of the Chang'e-3 (CE-3) mission was firstly utilized to obtain in situ measurements about geological structure on the lunar surface and the thickness of the lunar regolith, which are key elements for studying the evolutional history of lunar crust. Because penetration depth and resolution of LPR are related to the scientific objectives of this mission, a series of ground-based experiments using LPR was carried out, and results of the experimental data were obtained in a glacial area located in the northwest region of China. The results show that the penetration depth of the first channel antenna used for LPR is over 79 m with a resolution of 2.8 m, and that for the second channel antenna is over 50.8 m with a resolution of 17.1 cm

  2. The Performance of Dammar-based Paint System Evaluated by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and Potential Time Measurement (PTM)

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    Omar, N. M.; Ahmad, A. Hanom

    2009-06-01

    The coating resistance of the Dammar-based paint system was determined by using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), whereas, the corrosion potential analysis was determined by using potential time measurement (PTM) method. Carotenoid pigment obtained from Capsicum Annum (dried chili pepper) was added into the mixture of dammar and acrylic polyol resin and the paint systems were proofed on Aluminium steel Q-panels as a substrate. Result shows that the paint system with a composition of 35% dammar (CD35%) possessed the higher corrosion resistance after 30 days of exposure in 3% NaCl solution for electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and also can withstand the longest time for delimitation protection in PTM analysis. The results prove that the developed organic paint system can improve the electrochemical and corrosion protection properties of a paint system.

  3. Theory and Practice on Teacher Performance Evaluation

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    Cai Yonghong; Lin Chongde

    2006-01-01

    Tcacher performance evaluation plays a key role in educational personnel reform.so it has been an important yet difficult issue in educational reform.Previous evaluations on teachers failed to make strict distinction among the three dominant types of evaluation,namely,capability,achievement.and effectiveness.Moreover,teacher performance evaluation was usually restricted to task performance,neglecting contextual performance.Most researches done in teachers'evaluation were only about college teachers.This Paper suggests that teacher performance evaluation should find its theoretical foundation in teacher performance constructs.After making literature review,critical case study,critical interview,and qualitative research,the authors propose a new construct of teacher performance and make necessary analysis for the construct of reliability and validity in empirical approaches.

  4. Automated attenuation-based tube voltage selection for body CTA: Performance evaluation of 192-slice dual-source CT

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    Winklehner, Anna; Gordic, Sonja; Lauk, Eliane; Frauenfelder, Thomas; Alkadhi, Hatem; Husarik, Daniela B. [University Hospital Zurich, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Zurich (Switzerland); Leschka, Sebastian [University Hospital Zurich, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Zurich (Switzerland); Division of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, St. Gallen (Switzerland)

    2015-08-15

    To assess radiation dose and image quality in body CT-angiography (CTA) with automated attenuation-based tube voltage selection (ATVS) on a 192-slice dual-source CT (DSCT). Forty patients (69.5 ± 9.6 years) who had undergone body CTA with ATVS (ref.kVp 100, ref.mAs 90) using a 2x192-slice CT in single-source mode were retrospectively included. All patients had undergone prior CTA with a 2x128-slice CT and ATVS with identical imaging and contrast media protocols, serving for comparison. Images were reconstructed with iterative reconstruction at similar strength levels. Radiation dose was determined. Image quality was assessed semi-quantitatively (1:excellent, 5:non-diagnostic), aortic attenuation, noise and CNR were determined. As compared to 128-slice DSCT, 192-slice DSCT selected tube voltages were lower in 30 patients (75 %), higher in 3 (7.5 %), and similar in 7 patients (17.5 %). CTDI{sub vol} was lower with 192-slice DSCT (4.7 ± 1.9 mGy vs. 5.8 ± 2.1 mGy; p < 0.001). Subjective image quality, mean aortic attenuation (342 ± 67HU vs. 268 ± 67HU) and CNR (9.8 ± 2.5 vs. 8.2 ± 2.9) were higher with 192-slice DSCT (all p < 0.01), all datasets being diagnostic. Our study suggests that ATVS of 192-slice DSCT for body CTA is associated with an improved image quality and further radiation dose reduction of 19 % compared to 128-slice DSCT. (orig.)

  5. Automated attenuation-based tube voltage selection for body CTA: Performance evaluation of 192-slice dual-source CT

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    To assess radiation dose and image quality in body CT-angiography (CTA) with automated attenuation-based tube voltage selection (ATVS) on a 192-slice dual-source CT (DSCT). Forty patients (69.5 ± 9.6 years) who had undergone body CTA with ATVS (ref.kVp 100, ref.mAs 90) using a 2x192-slice CT in single-source mode were retrospectively included. All patients had undergone prior CTA with a 2x128-slice CT and ATVS with identical imaging and contrast media protocols, serving for comparison. Images were reconstructed with iterative reconstruction at similar strength levels. Radiation dose was determined. Image quality was assessed semi-quantitatively (1:excellent, 5:non-diagnostic), aortic attenuation, noise and CNR were determined. As compared to 128-slice DSCT, 192-slice DSCT selected tube voltages were lower in 30 patients (75 %), higher in 3 (7.5 %), and similar in 7 patients (17.5 %). CTDIvol was lower with 192-slice DSCT (4.7 ± 1.9 mGy vs. 5.8 ± 2.1 mGy; p < 0.001). Subjective image quality, mean aortic attenuation (342 ± 67HU vs. 268 ± 67HU) and CNR (9.8 ± 2.5 vs. 8.2 ± 2.9) were higher with 192-slice DSCT (all p < 0.01), all datasets being diagnostic. Our study suggests that ATVS of 192-slice DSCT for body CTA is associated with an improved image quality and further radiation dose reduction of 19 % compared to 128-slice DSCT. (orig.)

  6. TAP 2: Performance-Based Training Manual

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    Cornerstone of safe operation of DOE nuclear facilities is personnel performing day-to-day functions which accomplish the facility mission. Performance-based training is fundamental to the safe operation. This manual has been developed to support the Training Accreditation Program (TAP) and assist contractors in efforts to develop performance-based training programs. It provides contractors with narrative procedures on performance-based training that can be modified and incorporated for facility-specific application. It is divided into sections dealing with analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation

  7. TAP 2: Performance-Based Training Manual

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    Cornerstone of safe operation of DOE nuclear facilities is personnel performing day-to-day functions which accomplish the facility mission. Performance-based training is fundamental to the safe operation. This manual has been developed to support the Training Accreditation Program (TAP) and assist contractors in efforts to develop performance-based training programs. It provides contractors with narrative procedures on performance-based training that can be modified and incorporated for facility-specific application. It is divided into sections dealing with analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation.

  8. 基于模糊综合评价的客户知识管理绩效评价研究%Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation Based on Customer Knowledge Management Performance Evaluation

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    李玉保

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, the perfonnance evaluation of customer knowledge management is regarded as the research object. First of all, the paper analyzes enterprise knowledge management perfonnance evaluation and customer knowledge management. Then, based on CMAT,it builds the customer knowledge management performance evaluation index system. Finally, it gives the model the evaluation process of the fuzzy comprehensive evaluation. All of the information can provide a research framework to cany out customer knowledge management performance evaluation effectively for enterprises.%以客户知识管理绩效评价为研究对象.对企业知识管理绩效评价和客户知识管理进行了分析.建立了基于CMAT的客户知识管理绩效评价指标体系.给出了模糊综合评价的评价过程模型.为企业有效实施客户知识管理绩效评价提供了一个研究框架.

  9. Medicare Administrative Contractor Performance Evaluation

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has compiled a summary of overall Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) performance information as measured...

  10. Performance Evaluation of Graphics Accelerator

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    Vanek, Juraj

    2010-01-01

    This paper deals with possibilities and functions of modern graphic accelerators and with measuring performance under OpenGL interface. Widespread algorithms to render scene in real-time are used. It focuses on how to test every part of accelerator's graphic pipeline as well as measure performance in rendering of advanced effects and theoretical speed at general purpose calculations through graphic processor. This testing is realized by implementing multiple test series and their further eval...

  11. Performance evaluation of a newly developed high-resolution, dual-head animal SPECT system based on the NEMA NU1-2007 standard.

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    Moji, Vahideh; Zeratkar, Navid; Farahani, Mohammad Hossein; Aghamiri, Mahmoud Reza; Sajedi, Salar; Teimourian, Behnoosh; Ghafarian, Pardis; Sarkar, Saeed; Ay, Mohammad Reza

    2014-01-01

    Small-animal single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) system plays an important role in the field of drug development and investigation of potential drugs in the preclinical phase. The small-animal High-Resolution SPECT (HiReSPECT) scanner has been recently designed and developed based on compact and high-resolution detectors. The detectors are based on a high-resolution parallel hole collimator, a cesium iodide (sodium-activated) pixelated crystal array and two H8500 position-sensitive photomultiplier tubes. In this system, a full set of data cor- rections such as energy, linearity, and uniformity, together with resolution recovery option in reconstruction algorithms, are available. In this study, we assessed the performance of the system based on NEMA-NU1-2007 standards for pixelated detector cameras. Characterization of the HiReSPECT was performed by measure- ment of the physical parameters including planar and tomographic performance. The planar performance of the system was characterized with flood-field phantom for energy resolution and uniformity. Spatial resolution and sensitivity were evaluated as functions of distance with capillary tube and cylindrical source, respectively. Tomographic spatial resolution was characterized as a function of radius of rotation (ROR). A dedicated hot rod phantom and image quality phantom was used for the evaluation of overall tomographic quality of the HiReSPECT. The results showed that the planar spatial resolution was ~ 1.6 mm and ~ 2.3 mm in terms of full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) along short- and long-axis dimensions, respectively, when the source was placed on the detector surface. The integral uniformity of the system after uniformity correction was 1.7% and 1.2% in useful field of view (UFOV) and central field of view (CFOV), respectively. System sensitivity on the collimator surface was 1.31 cps/μCi and didn't vary significantly with distance. Mean tomographic spatial resolution was measured ~ 1.7 mm

  12. Analytical performance evaluation for autonomous sensor fusion

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    Chang, K. C.

    2008-04-01

    A distributed data fusion system consists of a network of sensors, each capable of local processing and fusion of sensor data. There has been a great deal of work in developing distributed fusion algorithms applicable to a network centric architecture. Currently there are at least a few approaches including naive fusion, cross-correlation fusion, information graph fusion, maximum a posteriori (MAP) fusion, channel filter fusion, and covariance intersection fusion. However, in general, in a distributed system such as the ad hoc sensor networks, the communication architecture is not fixed. Each node has knowledge of only its local connectivity but not the global network topology. In those cases, the distributed fusion algorithm based on information graph type of approach may not scale due to its requirements to carry long pedigree information for decorrelation. In this paper, we focus on scalable fusion algorithms and conduct analytical performance evaluation to compare their performance. The goal is to understand the performance of those algorithms under different operating conditions. Specifically, we evaluate the performance of channel filter fusion, Chernoff fusion, Shannon Fusion, and Battachayya fusion algorithms. We also compare their results to NaÃve fusion and "optimal" centralized fusion algorithms under a specific communication pattern.

  13. Performance evaluation of computer and communication systems

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    Le Boudec, Jean-Yves

    2011-01-01

    … written by a scientist successful in performance evaluation, it is based on his experience and provides many ideas not only to laymen entering the field, but also to practitioners looking for inspiration. The work can be read systematically as a textbook on how to model and test the derived hypotheses on the basis of simulations. Also, separate parts can be studied, as the chapters are self-contained. … the book can be successfully used either for self-study or as a supplementary book for a lecture. I believe that different types of readers will like it: practicing engineers and resea

  14. Review on Seismic Rehabilitation of a 56-Story RC Tall Building having Shear Wall System Based on A Nonlinear Dynamic Performance Evaluation

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    Tehran tower is a 56 story reinforced concrete tall building consisting of three wings with identical plan dimensions each approximately 48 meters by 22 meters. The three wings are at 120 degree from each other and have no expansions/seismic Joints. This paper contains the consideration of the retrofitting of the Tehran tower based on the findings of an exhaustive investigation of the nonlinear performance evaluation efforts. It has tried to show the procedure followed, methodologies utilized, and the results obtained for life-safety and collapse-prevention evaluation of the building. More over the weak zones of the structure due to analysis results are introduced and appropriate retrofit technique for satisfaction related life-safety and collapse-prevention criteria is presented. Actually in this project to improve the local behavior of coupling panels which are located regularly in main walls and definitely have been recognized as the most vulnerable structural elements, making use of steel plates which are connected to concrete members by chemical anchors has been used as the best retrofitting method for this case. Therefore in the final section of this paper it has been tried to explain the professional practical method utilized to perform the mentioned retrofitting project

  15. Review on Seismic Rehabilitation of a 56-Story RC Tall Building having Shear Wall System Based on A Nonlinear Dynamic Performance Evaluation

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    Epackachi, S.; Esmaili, O.; Mirghaderi, S. R.; Taheri, A. A.

    2008-07-01

    Tehran tower is a 56 story reinforced concrete tall building consisting of three wings with identical plan dimensions each approximately 48 meters by 22 meters. The three wings are at 120 degree from each other and have no expansions/seismic Joints. This paper contains the consideration of the retrofitting of the Tehran tower based on the findings of an exhaustive investigation of the nonlinear performance evaluation efforts. It has tried to show the procedure followed, methodologies utilized, and the results obtained for life-safety and collapse-prevention evaluation of the building. More over the weak zones of the structure due to analysis results are introduced and appropriate retrofit technique for satisfaction related life-safety and collapse-prevention criteria is presented. Actually in this project to improve the local behavior of coupling panels which are located regularly in main walls and definitely have been recognized as the most vulnerable structural elements, making use of steel plates which are connected to concrete members by chemical anchors has been used as the best retrofitting method for this case. Therefore in the final section of this paper it has been tried to explain the professional practical method utilized to perform the mentioned retrofitting project.

  16. Metrics for Offline Evaluation of Prognostic Performance

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Prognostic performance evaluation has gained significant attention in the past few years.*Currently, prognostics concepts lack standard definitions and suffer from...

  17. A performance evaluation of personnel identity verifiers

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    Personnel identity verification devices, which are based on the examination and assessment of a body feature or a unique repeatable personal action, are steadily improving. These biometric devices are becoming more practical with respect to accuracy, speed, user compatibility, reliability and cost, but more development is necessary to satisfy the varied and sometimes ill-defined future requirements of the security industry. In an attempt to maintain an awareness of the availability and the capabilities of identity verifiers for the DOE security community, Sandia Laboratories continues to comparatively evaluate the capabilities and improvements of developing devices. An evaluation of several recently available verifiers is discussed in this paper. Operating environments and procedures more typical of physical access control use can reveal performance substantially different from the basic laboratory tests

  18. Performance Evaluation of Cluster Computing

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    K D.Kavitha; RojaRamani.Adapa

    2013-01-01

    Cluster Computing addresses the latest results in these fields that support High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC). In HPDC environments, parallel and/or distributed computing techniques are applied to the solution of computationally intensive applications across networks of computers. A cluster computing is a type of parallel or distributed computer system, which consists of a collection of interconnected stand-alone computers working together as a single integrated computing resource...

  19. Performance management in the Slovak higher education system: preliminary evaluation

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    Juraj Nemec

    2007-01-01

    The aim of our paper is a preliminary evaluation of the introduction of performance management and performance financing arrangements in the Slovak higher education system – accreditation and formula based performance financing. This evaluation will be mainly based on the assessment of short-term impacts of the above mentioned instruments and is expected to invite further professional discussion. We feel that the data and brief analysis included are sufficient enough to show that the Slovak s...

  20. Performance evaluation of an automotive thermoelectric generator

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    Dubitsky, Andrei O.

    Around 40% of the total fuel energy in typical internal combustion engines (ICEs) is rejected to the environment in the form of exhaust gas waste heat. Efficient recovery of this waste heat in automobiles can promise a fuel economy improvement of 5%. The thermal energy can be harvested through thermoelectric generators (TEGs) utilizing the Seebeck effect. In the present work, a versatile test bench has been designed and built in order to simulate conditions found on test vehicles. This allows experimental performance evaluation and model validation of automotive thermoelectric generators. An electrically heated exhaust gas circuit and a circulator based coolant loop enable integrated system testing of hot and cold side heat exchangers, thermoelectric modules (TEMs), and thermal interface materials at various scales. A transient thermal model of the coolant loop was created in order to design a system which can maintain constant coolant temperature under variable heat input. Additionally, as electrical heaters cannot match the transient response of an ICE, modelling was completed in order to design a relaxed exhaust flow and temperature history utilizing the system thermal lag. This profile reduced required heating power and gas flow rates by over 50%. The test bench was used to evaluate a DOE/GM initial prototype automotive TEG and validate analytical performance models. The maximum electrical power generation was found to be 54 W with a thermal conversion efficiency of 1.8%. It has been found that thermal interface management is critical for achieving maximum system performance, with novel designs being considered for further improvement.

  1. Performance Evaluation of Cluster Computing

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Cluster Computing addresses the latest results in these fields that support High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC. In HPDC environments, parallel and/or distributed computing techniques are applied to the solution of computationally intensive applications across networks of computers. A cluster computing is a type of parallel or distributed computer system, which consists of a collection of interconnected stand-alone computers working together as a single integrated computing resource. The key components of a cluster include multiple standalone computers (PCs, Workstations, or SMPs, operating systems, high-performance interconnects, middleware, parallel programming environments, and applications. It assumes that the reader is familiar with the standard commodity hardware and software components such as stand-alone computers, operating systems such as Linux and Windows, and standard communication software such as TCP/IP. There are many applications which can benefit from parallelisation. Employing clusters of computers provides a method to utilise commodity components, minimising cost and and maximising longevity of the individual parts.

  2. Performance evaluation and comparison of fuel processors integrated with PEM fuel cell based on steam or autothermal reforming and on CO preferential oxidation or selective methanation

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    Highlights: • Modeling of different fuel processors integrated with PEM fuel cell stack. • Steam or autothermal reforming + CO selective methanation or preferential oxidation. • Reforming of different hydrocarbons: gasoline, light diesel oil, natural gas. • 5 kWe net systems comparison via energy efficiency and primary fuel rate consumed. • Highest net efficiency: steam reformer + CO selective methanation based system. - Abstract: The performances of four different auxiliary power unit (APU) schemes, based on a 5 kWe net proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEM-FC) stack, are evaluated and compared. The fuel processor section of each APU is characterized by a reformer (autothermal ATR or steam SR), a non-isothermal water gas shift (NI-WGS) reactor and a final syngas catalytic clean-up step: the CO preferential oxidation (PROX) reactor or the CO selective methanation (SMET) one. Furthermore, three hydrocarbon fuels, the most commonly found in service stations (gasoline, light diesel oil and natural gas) are considered as primary fuels. The comparison is carried out examining the results obtained by a series of steady-state system simulations in Aspen Plus® of the four different APU schemes by varying the fed fuel. From the calculated data, the performance of CO-PROX is not very different compared to that of the CO-SMET, but the performance of the SR based APUs is higher than the scheme of the ATR based APUs. The most promising APU scheme with respect to an overall performance target is the scheme fed with natural gas and characterized by a fuel processor chain consisting of SR, NI-WGS and CO-SMET reactors. This processing reactors scheme together with the fuel cell section, notwithstanding having practically the same energy efficiency of the scheme with SR, NI-WGS and CO-PROX reactors, ensures a less complex scheme, higher hydrogen concentration in the syngas, lower air mass rate consumption, the absence of nitrogen in the syngas and higher potential power

  3. Risk-based performance indicators

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    This research was sponsored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to develop methods for monitoring an aspect of safety performance of licensed nuclear power plants; i.e., unavailability of safety systems. Various options were evaluated for constructing system unavailability indicators using basic reliability principles and consistent with the content of data collected. The capabilities of each indicator option, in terms of detection probabilities and false alarm rates within a fixed response period for various types of anomalies, were evaluated through detailed simulation studies. Brookhaven National Laboratory performed two studies to evaluate the capability of NPRDS (Nuclear Plant Reliability Data System) as a data source for construction of system unavailability indicators. Specific indicators were developed consistent with the limited scope of NPRDS data. In order to generate system unavailability indicators in an efficient manner, the processes for NPRDS data acquisition, indicator construction, and analyses were automated using personal computer software. Limited pilot applications and verification were also performed

  4. Plant operator performance evaluation from the viewpoint of crew communications

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    Elucidation of a plant operator's cognitive processes is required to improve the man-machine interface that supports operators' diagnoses and decisions. Experiments to clarify operators' cognitive processes have been performed in which operator performance under abnormal conditions was evaluated by protocol analyses and interviews using a plant dynamics simulator. The cognitive processes had been previously analyzed by using the information-processing model developed based on Rasmussen's idea. The authors have had the working hypothesis, based on the experimental observations, that crew communications can be divided into various types, and operator performance can be evaluated by analysis of crew communications. Differences in operator crew performance were evaluated in the present study

  5. Evaluating iterative reconstruction performance in computed tomography

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    Purpose: Iterative reconstruction (IR) offers notable advantages in computed tomography (CT). However, its performance characterization is complicated by its potentially nonlinear behavior, impacting performance in terms of specific tasks. This study aimed to evaluate the performance of IR with both task-specific and task-generic strategies. Methods: The performance of IR in CT was mathematically assessed with an observer model that predicted the detection accuracy in terms of the detectability index (d′). d′ was calculated based on the properties of the image noise and resolution, the observer, and the detection task. The characterizations of image noise and resolution were extended to accommodate the nonlinearity of IR. A library of tasks was mathematically modeled at a range of sizes (radius 1–4 mm), contrast levels (10–100 HU), and edge profiles (sharp and soft). Unique d′ values were calculated for each task with respect to five radiation exposure levels (volume CT dose index, CTDIvol: 3.4–64.8 mGy) and four reconstruction algorithms (filtered backprojection reconstruction, FBP; iterative reconstruction in imaging space, IRIS; and sinogram affirmed iterative reconstruction with strengths of 3 and 5, SAFIRE3 and SAFIRE5; all provided by Siemens Healthcare, Forchheim, Germany). The d′ values were translated into the areas under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) to represent human observer performance. For each task and reconstruction algorithm, a threshold dose was derived as the minimum dose required to achieve a threshold AUC of 0.9. A task-specific dose reduction potential of IR was calculated as the difference between the threshold doses for IR and FBP. A task-generic comparison was further made between IR and FBP in terms of the percent of all tasks yielding an AUC higher than the threshold. Results: IR required less dose than FBP to achieve the threshold AUC. In general, SAFIRE5 showed the most significant dose reduction

  6. Theory and Practice on Teacher Performance Evaluation

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    Yonghong, Cai; Chongde, Lin

    2006-01-01

    Teacher performance evaluation plays a key role in educational personnel reform, so it has been an important yet difficult issue in educational reform. Previous evaluations on teachers failed to make strict distinction among the three dominant types of evaluation, namely, capability, achievement, and effectiveness. Moreover, teacher performance…

  7. Twenty-fifth water reactor safety information meeting: Proceedings. Volume 2: Human reliability analysis and human performance evaluation; Technical issues related to rulemakings; Risk-informed, performance-based initiatives; High burn-up fuel research

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    This three-volume report contains papers presented at the conference. The papers are printed in the order of their presentation in each session and describe progress and results of programs in nuclear safety research conducted in this country and abroad. Foreign participation in the meeting included papers presented by researchers from France, Japan, Norway, and Russia. The titles of the papers and the names of the authors have been updated and may differ from those that appeared in the final program of the meeting. This volume contains the following: (1) human reliability analysis and human performance evaluation; (2) technical issues related to rulemakings; (3) risk-informed, performance-based initiatives; and (4) high burn-up fuel research

  8. Performance evaluation methods in the hotel industry

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    Nunes, C.; Machado, M.

    2014-01-01

    This paper aims to contribute to increasing knowledge of performance evaluation methods used by the hotel industry, analysing whether there is a link between hotel characteristics and evaluation methods used. To achieve this goal we conducted surveys and interviews with financial officers of 275 four and five star hotels located in Portugal. The results support the conclusion that there is a link between hotel characteristics and performance evaluation methods used.

  9. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION: LITERATURE REVIEW AND TIME EVOLUTION.

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    Pintea Mirela-Oana

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Performance evaluation of an economic entity requires approaching several criteria, such as industry and economic entity type, managerial and entrepreneurial strategy, competitive environment, human and material resources available, using a system of appropriate performance indicators for this purpose.The exigencies of communication occurred on the growing number of phenomena that marked the global economy in recent decades (internationalization and relocation of business crises and turmoil in financial markets, demand performance measurement to be made in a comprehensive way by financial and non-financial criteria. Indicators are measures of performance used by management to measure, report and improve performance of the economic entity. The relationship between indicators and management is ensured by the existence of performance measurement systems. Studies to date indicate that economic entities using balanced performance measurement systems as a key management tool registered superior performance compared to entities not using such systems. This study attempts to address the issue of performance evaluation by presenting opinions of different authors concerning the process of performance measurement and to present, after revising the literature, the evolution of the performance evaluation systems. We tried to do this literature review because sustainable development and, therefore, globalization require new standards of performance that exceeds the economic field, both for domestic companies as well as international ones. So, these standards should be integrated into corporate strategy development to ensure sustainability of activities undertaken by harmonizing the economic, social and environmental objectives. To assess the performance of economic entities it is required that performance evaluation to be done with a balanced multidimensional system, including both financial ratios and non-financial indicators in order to reduce the limits of

  10. High-Performance Monopropellants and Catalysts Evaluated

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    Reed, Brian D.

    2004-01-01

    The NASA Glenn Research Center is sponsoring efforts to develop advanced monopropellant technology. The focus has been on monopropellant formulations composed of an aqueous solution of hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN) and a fuel component. HAN-based monopropellants do not have a toxic vapor and do not need the extraordinary procedures for storage, handling, and disposal required of hydrazine (N2H4). Generically, HAN-based monopropellants are denser and have lower freezing points than N2H4. The performance of HAN-based monopropellants depends on the selection of fuel, the HAN-to-fuel ratio, and the amount of water in the formulation. HAN-based monopropellants are not seen as a replacement for N2H4 per se, but rather as a propulsion option in their own right. For example, HAN-based monopropellants would prove beneficial to the orbit insertion of small, power-limited satellites because of this propellant's high performance (reduced system mass), high density (reduced system volume), and low freezing point (elimination of tank and line heaters). Under a Glenn-contracted effort, Aerojet Redmond Rocket Center conducted testing to provide the foundation for the development of monopropellant thrusters with an I(sub sp) goal of 250 sec. A modular, workhorse reactor (representative of a 1-lbf thruster) was used to evaluate HAN formulations with catalyst materials. Stoichiometric, oxygen-rich, and fuelrich formulations of HAN-methanol and HAN-tris(aminoethyl)amine trinitrate were tested to investigate the effects of stoichiometry on combustion behavior. Aerojet found that fuelrich formulations degrade the catalyst and reactor faster than oxygen-rich and stoichiometric formulations do. A HAN-methanol formulation with a theoretical Isp of 269 sec (designated HAN269MEO) was selected as the baseline. With a combustion efficiency of at least 93 percent demonstrated for HAN-based monopropellants, HAN269MEO will meet the I(sub sp) 250 sec goal.

  11. Performance Management or Performance Based Management?

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    2013-01-01

    In this paper we present some considerations about performance and performance management. Starting with the challenge of defining the performance concept, we intend to establish if „performance management” can be a new management system or it is just a sophisticated term for a HR strategy in order to improve the performance of teams and individuals. We also try to discuss the conection between performance management and management by objectives. Whether or not it is exageratted to talk about...

  12. Performance Evaluation - Annual Report Year 2

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    Ardaiz, Oscar; Catalano, Michele; Chacin, Pablo; Chao, Isaac; Cruellas, Juan Carlos; Freitag, Felix; Medina, Manuel; Navarro, Leandro; Valero, Miguel; Joita, Liviu; Rana, Omer F.; Schnizler, Björn; Eymann, Torsten

    2006-01-01

    In this paper a performance measuring infrastructure,developed for the prototype and simulator, concering the experiment configuration, data measurement, and data collection, is presented. A corresponding performance evaluation framework is defined to obtain the metrics from the measured data. Initial experiments were carried out to test the developed prototype, simulator and the performance measuring infrastructure.

  13. Model-driven performance evaluation for service engineering

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    Pahl, Claus; Boskovic, Marko; Hasselbring, Wilhelm

    2007-01-01

    Service engineering and service-oriented architecture as an integration and platform technology is a recent approach to software systems integration. Software quality aspects such as performance are of central importance for the integration of heterogeneous, distributed service-based systems. Empirical performance evaluation is a process of measuring and calculating performance metrics of the implemented software. We present an approach for the empirical, model-based performance evaluat...

  14. Evaluating the Performance of High-Altitude Aerial Image-Based Digital Surface Models in Detecting Individual Tree Crowns in Mature Boreal Forests

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Height models based on high-altitude aerial images provide a low-cost means of generating detailed 3D models of the forest canopy. In this study, the performance of these height models in the detection of individual trees was evaluated in a commercially managed boreal forest. Airborne digital stereo imagery (DSI was captured from a flight altitude of 5 km with a ground sample distance of 50 cm and corresponds to regular national topographic airborne data capture programs operated in many countries. Tree tops were detected from smoothed canopy height models (CHM using watershed segmentation. The relative amount of detected trees varied between 26% and 140%, and the RMSE of plot-level arithmetic mean height between 2.2 m and 3.1 m. Both the dominant tree species and the filter used for smoothing affected the results. Even though the spatial resolution of DSI-based CHM was sufficient, detecting individual trees from the data proved to be demanding because of the shading effect of the dominant trees and the limited amount of data from lower canopy levels and near the ground.

  15. A VV&A evaluation system based on hierarchical evaluation

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    FANG Ke; YANG Ming; WANG Zi-cai

    2005-01-01

    Evaluation is the major activity of performing Verification, Validation and Accreditation (VV&A) of a simulation system. Unfortunately, there is a lack of reasonable and operable evaluation methods. Moreover,there are other problems to address in VV&A evaluation, such as index definition, conclusion analysis, etc. In this paper, a VV&A evaluation system is introduced to try to resolve these problems. The system is based on a method called hierarchical evaluation, and it uses a good combination of evaluation processes and indexes.First, a thorough analysis of the VV&A evaluation' s essentials and principles are given, then the uncertainty of the evaluation results caused by various analysis of the evaluators is pointed out, then a hierarchical evaluation mechanism based on evaluator weight and evaluation hierarchy is brought forward, and finally a comprehensive VV&A evaluation system with evaluation flow processing, index management and hierarchical evaluation fulfillment is established. The system gives good consideration to ease of operation, reasonableness of evaluation conclusion, and the ability to comprehensively resolve VV&A problems. Since VV&A is attracting more and more recognition, it is meaningful to provide a good system for implementing credible simulation systems. It is hoped that this VV&A evaluation will provide a good way.

  16. Managing Technological Change by Changing Performance Appraisal to Performance Evaluation.

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    Marquardt, Steve

    1996-01-01

    Academic libraries can improve their management of change by reshaping performance appraisal into performance planning. This article notes problems with traditional employee evaluation as well as benefits of alternatives that focus on the future, on users, on planning and learning, and on skills needed to address problems and enhance individual…

  17. Performance Evaluation of Frequent Subgraph Discovery Techniques

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    Full Text Available Due to rapid development of the Internet technology and new scientific advances, the number of applications that model the data as graphs increases, because graphs have highly expressive power to model a complicated structure. Graph mining is a well-explored area of research which is gaining popularity in the data mining community. A graph is a general model to represent data and has been used in many domains such as cheminformatics, web information management system, computer network, and bioinformatics, to name a few. In graph mining the frequent subgraph discovery is a challenging task. Frequent subgraph mining is concerned with discovery of those subgraphs from graph dataset which have frequent or multiple instances within the given graph dataset. In the literature a large number of frequent subgraph mining algorithms have been proposed; these included FSG, AGM, gSpan, CloseGraph, SPIN, Gaston, and Mofa. The objective of this research work is to perform quantitative comparison of the above listed techniques. The performances of these techniques have been evaluated through a number of experiments based on three different state-of-the-art graph datasets. This novel work will provide base for anyone who is working to design a new frequent subgraph discovery technique.

  18. Performance evaluation of norwegian equity funds 1998-2008

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    Barkousaraei, Seyedeh Azadeh Mir Sayyar; Valtmane, Ieva

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    The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the performance of Norwegian equity funds during the period from 1998 to 2008. We have identified the best and the worst performing funds during the period based on five performance measures: Sharpe ratio, Treynor ratio, Jensen’s Alpha, Appraisal ratio and Modigliani and Modigliani measure. The analysis focuses on the funds’ performance in the form of risk-adjusted return. We compare the performances of the funds, and investigate whethe...

  19. Performance Requirements on Remodeling Apartment Housing and TOPSIS Evaluation

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    Jaeho Cho; Jaeyoul Chun

    2015-01-01

    Functional improvement needed in remodeling projects is determined by users in a complex manner since remodeling projects require performance improvement against deterioration. This study defines fundamental Remodeling Performance Criteria (RPC) for apartment housing by referring to performance criteria of both domestic and international performance-related systems. In this case study, performance evaluation of Construction Element Method (CEM) for remodeling projects was conducted based on R...

  20. Conductor gestures influence evaluations of ensemble performance.

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    Morrison, Steven J; Price, Harry E; Smedley, Eric M; Meals, Cory D

    2014-01-01

    Previous research has found that listener evaluations of ensemble performances vary depending on the expressivity of the conductor's gestures, even when performances are otherwise identical. It was the purpose of the present study to test whether this effect of visual information was evident in the evaluation of specific aspects of ensemble performance: articulation and dynamics. We constructed a set of 32 music performances that combined auditory and visual information and were designed to feature a high degree of contrast along one of two target characteristics: articulation and dynamics. We paired each of four music excerpts recorded by a chamber ensemble in both a high- and low-contrast condition with video of four conductors demonstrating high- and low-contrast gesture specifically appropriate to either articulation or dynamics. Using one of two equivalent test forms, college music majors and non-majors (N = 285) viewed sixteen 30 s performances and evaluated the quality of the ensemble's articulation, dynamics, technique, and tempo along with overall expressivity. Results showed significantly higher evaluations for performances featuring high rather than low conducting expressivity regardless of the ensemble's performance quality. Evaluations for both articulation and dynamics were strongly and positively correlated with evaluations of overall ensemble expressivity. PMID:25104944

  1. Conductor gestures influence evaluations of ensemble performance

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    Steven eMorrison

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Previous research has found that listener evaluations of ensemble performances vary depending on the expressivity of the conductor’s gestures, even when performances are otherwise identical. It was the purpose of the present study to test whether this effect of visual information was evident in the evaluation of specific aspects of ensemble performance, articulation and dynamics. We constructed a set of 32 music performances that combined auditory and visual information and were designed to feature a high degree of contrast along one of two target characteristics: articulation and dynamics. We paired each of four music excerpts recorded by a chamber ensemble in both a high- and low-contrast condition with video of four conductors demonstrating high- and low-contrast gesture specifically appropriate to either articulation or dynamics. Using one of two equivalent test forms, college music majors and nonmajors (N = 285 viewed sixteen 30-second performances and evaluated the quality of the ensemble’s articulation, dynamics, technique and tempo along with overall expressivity. Results showed significantly higher evaluations for performances featuring high rather than low conducting expressivity regardless of the ensemble’s performance quality. Evaluations for both articulation and dynamics were strongly and positively correlated with evaluations of overall ensemble expressivity.

  2. Evaluation of Performance Indexes of Emergency Department

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The importance of evaluating performance indicators in the emergency department, as one of the most important departments of hospital, is obvious to everyone. Therefore, in this study we aimed to appraise the five performance indicators, approved by the ministry of health, in Shohadaye Tajrish hospital, Tehran, Iran. Methods: In a descriptive cross-sectional study based on the profiles of all the patients admitted to the emergency department, performance indicators in the emergency department were evaluated. The study was divided into 2 parts about the establishment of emergency medicine system and training the medical staff: the first 6 months of 1392 and the second. Then these 2 periods were compared using Mann-Whitney U test while P< 0.05 was considered as the level of significance. Results: Of the studied indicators, mean triage time was 6.04 minutes in the first 6 months which was reduced to 1.5 minutes in the second 6 months (p=0.016. In addition, the percentage of patients who moved out of the department in 12 hours was lowered from 97.3% in the first period to 90.4% in the second (p=0.004. While, the percentage of patients who were decided upon in 6 hours (p=0.2, unsuccessful CPR percentage (p=0.34 and patients discharged against medical advice (p=0.42 showed no significant difference. Conclusion: The results of this study showed that the establishment of the emergency medicine system in the emergency department could lead to more efficient triage. Due to the differences made after their establishment including: different pattern of the patients admitted, increased stay of the patients in the department due to their need for prolonged intensive care, a raise in patient referral to the hospital by pre-hospital services and a higher percentage of occupied hospital beds, other indicators have not shown a significant improvement.

  3. Laboratory performance evaluation reports for management

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    In support of the US DOE's environmental restoration efforts, the Integrated Performance Evaluation Program (IPEP) was developed to produce laboratory performance evaluation reports for management. These reports will provide information necessary to allow DOE headquarters and field offices to determine whether or not contracted analytical laboratories have the capability to produce environmental data of the quality necessary for the remediation program. This document describes the management report

  4. Building Leadership Talent through Performance Evaluation

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    Clifford, Matthew

    2015-01-01

    Most states and districts scramble to provide professional development to support principals, but "principal evaluation" is often lost amid competing priorities. Evaluation is an important method for supporting principal growth, communicating performance expectations to principals, and improving leadership practice. It provides leaders…

  5. Performance evaluation of PL-11 platelet analyzer

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    张有涛

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate and report the performance of PL-11 platelet analyzer. Methods Intravenous blood sam-ples anticoagulated with EDTA-K2 and sodium citrate were tested by the PL-11 platelet analyzer to evaluate the intra-assay and interassay coefficient of variation(CV),

  6. Performance evaluation of family businesses: the strategy of a distributor of veterinary products against its competitors in the focus of the "Resource-Based View"

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    Filardi, Fernando; Freitas, Angilberto; Pinto, Neusa; Silveira, Flavio

    2012-01-01

    From the Resource-Based View perspective, this study aimed to analyze as a Brazilian family owned distributor of veterinary products in the pet shop business has managed to achieve superior performance in its segment. Comparing to 21 competitors, and using criteria set by the Organization Manufacturer of Products for Veterinary Use (FMVET) to measure their performance, the company received the award for A + Featured in the year 2010. The methodology adopted an approach based on a qualitative ...

  7. Performance evaluation of the general characteristics based off-lattice Boltzmann and DUGKS methods for low speed continuum flows: A comparative study

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    Zhu, Lianhua; Guo, Zhaoli

    2015-01-01

    The general characteristics based off-lattice Boltzmann scheme (BKG) proposed by Bardow et~al.(2006), and the discrete unified gas kinetic scheme (DUGKS) are two methods that successfully overcome the time step restriction by the collision time, which is commonly seen in many other kinetic schemes. Basically, the BKG scheme is a time splitting scheme, while the DUGKS is an un-split finite volume scheme. In this work, we first perform a theoretical analysis of the two schemes in the finite volume framework by comparing their numerical flux evaluations. It is found that the effects of collision term are considered in the reconstructions of the cell-interface distribution function in both schemes, which explains why they can overcome the time step restriction and can give accurate results even as the time step is much larger than the collision time. The difference between the two schemes lies in the treatment of the integral of the collision term, in which the Bardow's scheme uses the rectangular rule while the ...

  8. Performance Evaluation of CRW Reef-Scale and Broad-Scale SST-Based Coral Monitoring Products in Fringing Reef Systems of Tobago

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Satellite-derived sea surface temperature (SST is used to monitor coral bleaching through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch (CRW Decision Support System (DSS. Since 2000, a broad-scale 50 km SST was used to monitor thermal stress for coral reefs globally. However, some discrepancies were noted when applied to small-scale fringing coral reefs. To address this, CRW created a new DSS, specifically targeted at or near reef scales. Here, we evaluated the new reef-scale (5 km resolution products using in situ temperature data and coral bleaching surveys which were also compared with the heritage broad-scale (50 km for three reefs (Buccoo Reef, Culloden and Speyside of the southern Caribbean island of Tobago. Seasonal and annual biases indicated the new 5 km SST generally represents the conditions at these reefs more accurately and more consistently than the 50 km SST. Consistency between satellite and in situ temperature data influences the performance of anomaly-based predictions of bleaching: the 5 km DHW product showed better consistency with bleaching observations than the 50 km product. These results are the first to demonstrate the improvement of the 5 km products over the 50 km predecessors and support their use in monitoring thermal stress of reefs in the southern Caribbean.

  9. Image Evaluation For Sensor Performance Standards

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    1989-02-01

    The subject of imagery evaluation as it applies to electro-optical (EO) sensor performance testing standards is discussed. Some of the difficulties encountered in the development of these standards for the various aircraft Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) are listed. The use of system performance testing is regarded as a requirement for the depot maintenance program to insure the integrity of total system performance requirements for EO imaging systems such as the Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance System (ATARS). The necessity for tying NATO Essential Elements of Information (EEIs) together with Imagery Interpretation Rating Scale (IIRS) numbers is explained. The requirements for a field target suitable for EO imagery evaluation is explained.

  10. Multilingual Database Management System: A Performance Evaluation

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The use of English as well as Arabic language is increasingly evident in the aspects of international business and finance. This study explored the management of multilingual data in multilingual system, to cater two or more different speakers of Internet users. Approach: The proposed method divided into two ends: The front-end that consisted of the Client and the Translator components and the back-end where the management module and the database located. In this method, a single encoded table required to store information and corresponding dictionaries needed to store the multilingual data. The proposed method based on the framework presented in previous work with some modification to suit with characteristics of chosen languages. Results: Experimental evaluation was performed in storage requirement and mathematical analysis had been used to show the time of each database operations for both of the traditional and the proposed method. Conclusion/Recommendations: The proposed method found to be consistently performed well in the developed multilingual system.

  11. An improved multilevel fuzzy comprehensive evaluation algorithm for security performance

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    LI Ling-juan; SHEN Ling-tong

    2006-01-01

    It is of great importance to take various factors into account when evaluating the network security performance.Multilevel fuzzy comprehensive evaluation is a relatively valid method. However, the traditional multilevel fuzzy comprehensive evaluation algorithm relies on the expert's knowledge and experiences excessively, and the result of the evaluation is usually less accurate. In this article, an improved multilevel fuzzy comprehensive evaluation algorithm, based on fuzzy sets core and entropy weight is presented. Furthermore, a multilevel fuzzy comprehensive evaluation model of P2P network security performance has also been designed, and the improved algorithm is used to make an instant computation based on the model. The advantages of the improved algorithm can be embodied in comparison with the traditional evaluation algorithm.

  12. The COBATEST network: a platform to perform monitoring and evaluation of HIV community-based testing practices in Europe and conduct operational research.

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    Fernàndez-López, L; Reyes-Urueña, J; Agustí, C; Kustec, T; Klavs, I; Casabona, C

    2016-03-01

    The European project "HIV community-based testing practices in Europe" (HIV-COBATEST) has contributed to the establishment of a network of community-based voluntary counselling and testing services (CBVCTs) that monitors and evaluates HIV testing activity in the communities. The objective of this paper is to describe the data that have been collected during 2014 by the COBATEST network in order to provide an insight into testing activity of CBVCTs in Europe. Members of the CBVCT network share common instruments for data collection and data entry. The network has a common database that allows global data analysis and comparison between different centres. In 2014, 40 CBVCTs of 18 European countries were participating in the network, and, from those, 20 CBVCTs were using the common COBATEST data collection tools. In these 20 CBVCTs, a total of 9266 HIV screening tests were performed on 8554 people, of which 1.58% (135/8554) were reactive and 51.1% (69/135) confirmed positive. Five cases were false positives, and 84.1% (58/69) of the confirmed positive cases were linked to care. Most of the tested individuals were men (70.8%), between 21 and 35 years of age (57.6%) and natives (67.1%). A higher proportion of men who had sex with men (MSM) (38.8%; 3267/8554) were tested compared to heterosexual men (27.7%) and women (23.5%). Rapid blood test was used in 78.5% of the cases and mostly performed in CBVCT offices (88.3%). Among sex workers (SWs), the percentage of reactive screening tests was particularly high (4.0%), especially among male SWs (7.7%) as compared to other risk groups, such as MSM (3.1%). The COBATEST network contributes to the availability of standardized information about the activity and impact of CBVCT centres in Europe. This information and standardized tools can help improve these services and inform decision-makers to better contextualize these interventions within their national HIV-prevention programmes. PMID:26883807

  13. The Evaluation of the Effect of Processing Parameters on Adhesion Performance of Polyether based TPU over mold on to Polycarbonate Substrate

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    Patankar, Mukund Purushottam

    The overmolding process involves the use of two separate materials to form one cohesive component. The final product is a single piece, made out of polymers with very different mechanical properties that must be safe and permanently bonded together throughout its useful life. The first shot is generally a hard plastic and is referred to as a substrate the second material is generally a soft thermoplastic elostomer (TPE) and referred as overmold. The rigid substrate is used for structural purposes, and the softer materials are expected to take care of the user comfort. Overmolding can add immeasurable value to product design by enhancing the comforts for user, ergonomics, and ease of use. It finds applications in household appliances, hand tools, automotive interiors, hand held computers and medical devices. The most common problems with overmolding are insufficient chemical or mechanical bonding of the polymers, incomplete filling of one or more components, and flashing of overmold. This paper deals with adhesion issues and describes the study performed to evaluate the effect of processing parameters on adhesion performance of Polyether based TPU over mold on to Polycarbonate Substrate. The study established the effect of various processing parameters on the adhesion of overmold to substrate. In addition effect of various surface roughness of substrate on adhesion was also determined. Study also describes the criteria used to design specimen and the specimen tool was build. The specimens were molded using design of experiments. The specimens were tested using Inston universal testing machine by establishing the test procedure and test set up to yield consistent results. The force at which constant peel occurred, called peel force was determined for all experiments. The study concludes that melt temperature is the most dominating factor and the specimen molded with lower melt temperature results in good bond. Light roughness on the substrate surface further enhances

  14. Relative Performance Evaluation Contracts and Asset Market Equilibrium

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    Sandeep Kapur; Allan Timmermann

    2005-01-01

    We analyse the equilibrium consequences of performance-based contracts for fund managers. Managerial remuneration is tied to a fund's absolute performance and its performance relative to rival funds. Investors choose whether or not to delegate their investment to better-informed fund managers; if they delegate they choose the parameters of the optimal contract subject to the fund manager's participation constraint. We find that the impact of relative performance evaluation on the equilibrium ...

  15. Effects of Performers' External Characteristics on Performance Evaluations.

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    Bermingham, Gudrun A.

    2000-01-01

    States that fairness has been a major concern in the field of music adjudication. Reviews the research literature to reveal information about three external characteristics (race, gender, and physical attractiveness) that may affect judges' performance evaluations and influence fairness of music adjudication. Includes references. (CMK)

  16. Research Performance Evaluation: Some Critical Thoughts on Standard Bibliometric Indicators

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    Anninos, Loukas N.

    2014-01-01

    The bibliometric methodology is an established technique for research evaluation as it offers an objective determination and comparison of research performance. This paper aims to critically assess some standard bibliometric indicators commonly used (based on publication and citation counts) to evaluate academic units, and examine whether there…

  17. Theory-Based Stakeholder Evaluation

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    Hansen, Morten Balle; Vedung, Evert

    2010-01-01

    This article introduces a new approach to program theory evaluation called theory-based stakeholder evaluation or the TSE model for short. Most theory-based approaches are program theory driven and some are stakeholder oriented as well. Practically, all of the latter fuse the program perceptions of the various stakeholder groups into one unitary…

  18. Cage-based performance capture

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    2014-01-01

    Nowadays, highly-detailed animations of live-actor performances are increasingly easier to acquire and 3D Video has reached considerable attentions in visual media production. In this book, we address the problem of extracting or acquiring and then reusing non-rigid parametrization for video-based animations. At first sight, a crucial challenge is to reproduce plausible boneless deformations while preserving global and local captured properties of dynamic surfaces with a limited number of controllable, flexible and reusable parameters. To solve this challenge, we directly rely on a skin-detached dimension reduction thanks to the well-known cage-based paradigm. First, we achieve Scalable Inverse Cage-based Modeling by transposing the inverse kinematics paradigm on surfaces. Thus, we introduce a cage inversion process with user-specified screen-space constraints. Secondly, we convert non-rigid animated surfaces into a sequence of optimal cage parameters via Cage-based Animation Conversion. Building upon this re...

  19. INTEGRATED WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

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    This document describes the results of an evaluation of the current Integrated Water Treatment System (IWTS) operation against design performance and a determination of short term and long term actions recommended to sustain IWTS performance. The KW IWTS was designed to treat basin water and maintain basin clarity during fuel retrieval, washing, and packaging activities in the KW Basin. The original design was based on a mission that was limited to handling of KW Basin fuel. The use of the IWTS was extended by the decision to transfer KE fuel to KW to be cleaned and packaged using KW systems. The use was further extended for the packaging of two more Multi-Canister Overpacks (MCOs) containing legacy fuel and scrap. Planning is now in place to clean and package Knock Out Pot (KOP) Material in MCOs using these same systems. Some washing of KOP material in the Primary Cleaning Machine (PCM) is currently being done to remove material that is too small or too large to be included in the KOP Material stream. These plans will require that the IWTS remain operational through a campaign of as many as 30 additional MCOs, and has an estimated completion date in 2012. Recent operation of the IWTS during washing of canisters of KOP Material has been impacted by low pressure readings at the inlet of the P4 Booster Pump. The system provides a low pressure alarm at 10 psig, and low-low pressure interlock at 5 psig. The response to these low readings has been to lower total system flow to between 301 and 315 gpm. In addition, the IWTS operator has been required to operate the system in manual mode and make frequent adjustments to the P4 booster pump speed during PCM washes. The preferred mode of operation is to establish a setpoint of 317 gpm for the P4 pump speed and run IWTS in semi-automatic mode. Based on hydraulic modeling compared to field data presented in this report, the low P4 inlet pressure is attributed to restrictions in the 2-inch KOP inlet hose and in the KOP itself

  20. DRACS thermal performance evaluation for FHR

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    Highlights: • A computer code for DRACS thermal performance evaluation for FHR is developed. • The code is validated using available experimental data from the literature. • The code is applied to a High-Temperature DRACS Test Facility (HTDF) at the OSU. - Abstract: Direct Reactor Auxiliary Cooling System (DRACS) is a passive decay heat removal system proposed for the Fluoride-salt-cooled High-temperature Reactor (FHR) that combines coated particle fuel and a graphite moderator with a liquid fluoride salt as the coolant. The DRACS features three coupled natural circulation/convection loops, relying completely on buoyancy as the driving force. These loops are coupled through two heat exchangers, namely, the DRACS Heat Exchanger and the Natural Draft Heat Exchanger. In addition, a fluidic diode is employed to minimize the parasitic flow into the DRACS primary loop and correspondingly the heat loss to the DRACS during normal operation of the reactor, and to keep the DRACS ready for activation, if needed, during accidents. To help with the design and thermal performance evaluation of the DRACS, a computer code using MATLAB has been developed. This code is based on a one-dimensional formulation and its principle is to solve the energy balance and integral momentum equations. By discretizing the DRACS system in the axial direction, a bulk mean temperature is assumed for each mesh cell. The temperatures of all the cells, as well as the mass flow rates in the DRACS loops, are predicted by solving the governing equations that are obtained by integrating the energy conservation equation over each cell and integrating the momentum conservation equation over each of the DRACS loops. In addition, an intermediate heat transfer loop equipped with a pump has also been modeled in the code. This enables the study of flow reversal phenomenon in the DRACS primary loop, associated with the pump trip process. Experimental data from a High-Temperature DRACS Test Facility (HTDF) are

  1. EVALUATION OF TYPES OF STRESS COPING MECHANISMS OF INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN PSYCHOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE CONSULTANCY TRAINING ON FOOTBALL BASED ON VARIOUS PARAMETERS

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    Meriç; Mustafa Yaşar; Ümit

    2016-01-01

    This study attempts to analyze the individualways of coping with stress based on various variables. The study group is comprised of people who attended Training for Psychological Performance Counselling in Football held by the Turkish Football Federation. There were 114 participants in total. The “Ways of Coping Scale”, developed by Folkman and Lazarus (1980) and revised and recreated by Şahin and Durak (1995), was employed in this study. Statistical analyses of the data were performed throug...

  2. Blind Source Parameters for Performance Evaluation of Despeckling Filters

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    Nagashettappa Biradar; Dewal, M. L.; ManojKumar Rohit; Sanjaykumar Gowre; Yogesh Gundge

    2016-01-01

    The speckle noise is inherent to transthoracic echocardiographic images. A standard noise-free reference echocardiographic image does not exist. The evaluation of filters based on the traditional parameters such as peak signal-to-noise ratio, mean square error, and structural similarity index may not reflect the true filter performance on echocardiographic images. Therefore, the performance of despeckling can be evaluated using blind assessment metrics like the speckle suppression index, spec...

  3. Model of service-oriented catering supply chain performance evaluation

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    Juanqiong Gou; Guguan Shen; Rui Chai

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this paper is constructing a performance evaluation model for service-oriented catering supply chain. Design/methodology/approach: With the research on the current situation of catering industry, this paper summarized the characters of the catering supply chain, and then presents the service-oriented catering supply chain model based on the platform of logistics and information. At last, the fuzzy AHP method is used to evaluate the performance of service-oriented catering ...

  4. Performance of a short dietary questionnaire to assess nutrient intake using regression-based weights. : Evaluation of a short dietary questionnaire

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    Vercambre, Marie-Noël; Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine; Niravong, Maryvonne; Berr, Claudine; Clavel-Chapelon, Françoise; Ragusa, Stéphane

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the performance of a short dietary questionnaire, using weights to estimate nutrient intake. DESIGN: Using dietary data collected in 1993-1995 from a large cohort of French women, stepwise regression analysis was used to identify the food groups that best predicted nutrient intakes, resulting in a short list of twenty-three foods. This list was used to design a twenty-three-item dietary questionnaire. Nutrient intake was estimated from the answers to the twenty-three q...

  5. Evaluation of port logistics performance based on fuzzy comprehensive analysis%基于模糊综合分析的港口物流绩效评价

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    张丽凤; 占鹏飞

    2013-01-01

    As the economic globalization develops deeply , the trades among countries become more frequent , which makes the port logistics activities be in an increasingly important role in the economic development , and the evaluation of the port logistics activities performance is a kind of effective means to enhance the competitiveness in port logistics activities.How to analyse and evaluate the port logistics operation performance scientifically and com -prehensively has become the topic part to be solved in the logistics activities .This paper constructs index system of the port logistics performance comprehensive evaluation , and then applies the synthetic vague mathematical analy-sis method to evaluate and analyse quantitatively the performance of the port logistics activities .The paper about Jinzhou port logistics activities is an empirical analysis , and the results can really reflect the port logistics activities situation.%  对港口物流绩效进行评价是提升港口物流竞争力的一种有效手段,如何科学、全面地分析和评判港口物流的运营绩效,已成为港口物流迫切需要解决的课题。论文构建了一个港口物流绩效综合评价指标体系,运用模糊综合数学分析方法对港口物流的绩效进行了量化评判与分析。通过对锦州港口物流绩效进行的实证分析表明,该指标体系能够比较真实的反映其港口的物流状况。

  6. Web-based Projects Evaluation Management System

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    Full Text Available This project designs a Web-based evaluation management system for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS. Problem statement: The Msc students in College of Arts and Sciences (CAS in applied sciences had to take their final project as a project paper in order to fulfill the requirements of their programs and be able to graduate. The final project was evaluated in two parts; first part is representing 40% of the total mark and evaluated by evaluators. Second part was representing 60% of the total mark and evaluated by the student's supervisor. These evaluation were done manually. Both the evaluators and supervisors had to fill in the evaluation forms manually and submit them to the office. Approach: The design research methodology or sometimes called "improvement research" contained the major steps: Awareness the problem, suggestion, development, evaluation and conclusion. Results: Both evaluators and supervisors can fill in the evaluation forms through the Internet. Bring the advantage of saving time and resources over traditional paper and pencil scan sheet method. For enhancing the performance of current final project evaluation process in College of Arts and Sciences (CAS this study proposed a web based evaluation management system to replace the current paper forms used by the evaluators and supervisors. Conclusion: Implementing this system will enable the evaluation results to be entered, presume and retrieved anytime anywhere.

  7. A study on relationship between operating cash flows and performance evaluation criteria based on the theory of constraints (TOC) versus traditional method

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    Mohammad Sadegh Arabi Ashtiani

    2013-01-01

    This study presents an empirical investigation to measure the relationship between traditional accounting performance measurement as well as theory of constraint-based figures with operating cash flow. Traditional accounting measurement includes net profit and return of investment and theory of constraint method includes net profit and return of investment based on theory of constraints. The study selects 69 firms list on Tehran Stock Exchange over the period 2000-2010. Using panel data and f...

  8. Performance evaluations of demountable electrical connections

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    Electrical conductors operating in cryogenic environments can require demountable connections along their lengths. The connections must have low resistance and high reliability and should allow ready assembly and disassembly. In this work, the performance of two types of connections has been evaluated. The first connection type is a clamped surface-to-surface joint. The second connection type is a screwed joint that incorporates male and female machine-thread components. The connections for copper conductors have been evaluated experimentally at 77 K. Experimental variables included thread surface treatment and assembly methods. The results of the evaluations are presented

  9. Smith Newton Vehicle Performance Evaluation - Cumulative (Brochure)

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    2014-08-01

    The Fleet Test and Evaluation Team at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is evaluating and documenting the performance of electric and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems in medium-duty trucks across the nation. U.S. companies participating in this evaluation project received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to cover part of the cost of purchasing these vehicles. Through this project, Smith Electric Vehicles is building and deploying 500 all-electric medium-duty trucks that will be deployed by a variety of companies in diverse climates across the country.

  10. Methods of Evaluating Performances for Marketing Strategies

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    Ioan Cucu

    2005-01-01

    There are specific methods for assessing and improving the effectiveness of a marketing strategy. A marketer should state in the marketing plan what a marketing strategy is supposed to accomplish. These statements should set forth performance standards, which usually are stated in terms of profits, sales, or costs. Actual performance must be measured in similar terms so that comparisons are possible. This paper describes sales analysis and cost analysis, two general ways of evaluating the act...

  11. Performance evaluation of radiographic systems and techniques

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    The chapter describes the present status of the problem of evaluating the imaging performance of a radiographic channel as a whole including the last stage which is psychophysical. Reference is made to specific detail shapes and to the extensive practive of using artificial details to monitor radiographic quality. Performance indices derived using informational concepts are discussed. A closing discussion points out suggested ways for mproving radiographic imaging

  12. Reinvigorating performance evaluation: first steps in a local health department.

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    Smith, Kathleen N; Gunzenhauser, Jeffrey D; Fielding, Jonathan E

    2010-01-01

    The ability of a local health department to assess and improve employee performance through an effective evaluation process is critical to overall organizational success. A constructive performance evaluation process not only provides meaningful feedback on work performance but also provides opportunities to reinforce work behaviors that support the organization's mission, to recognize exceptional work, and to guide future growth and learning. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is creating a new approach to performance evaluation that recognizes 3 distinct components of work performance: standard business practices, competencies, and standards of practice. This multidimensional perspective acknowledges that the expectations of workers are complex and that evaluations of performance are not easily captured with single-dimension assessment tools. This report describes the conceptual relationships of these 3 components and how they integrate to form a single performance evaluation process. Key elements within this structure include a base document of competencies for all workers, expanded competency sets for professional staff, role-specific duty statements for workers who perform similar work, and standards of competent practice related to the mission of units to which individuals are assigned. Key first steps are to define the terminology of performance evaluation and to create role-specific duty statements. PMID:20840712

  13. Risk-based plant performance indicators

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    Tasked by the 1979 President's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island, the U.S. nuclear power industry has put into place a performance indicator program as one means for showing a demonstrable record of achievement. Largely through the efforts of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), plant performance data has, since 1983, been collected and analyzed to aid utility management in measuring their plants' performance progress. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has also developed a set of performance indicators. This program, conducted by NRC's Office for the Analysis and Evaluation of Operational Data (AEOD), is structured to present information on plant operational performance in a manner that could enhance the staff's ability to recognize changes in the safety performance. Both organizations recognized that performance indicators have limitations and could be subject to misinterpretation and misuse with the potential for an adverse impact on safety. This paper reports on performance indicators presently in use, e.g., unplanned automatic scrams, unplanned safety system actuation, safety system failures, etc., which are logically related to safety. But, a reliability/risk-based method for evaluating either individual indicators or an aggregated set of indicators is not yet available

  14. Multilingual Database Management System: A Performance Evaluation

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    Nurul H.M. Saad

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The use of English as well as Arabic language is increasingly evident in the aspects of international business and finance. Therefore, this study explored the management of multilingual data in multilingual system in order to be able to cater two or more different speakers of Internet users. Approach: The proposed method is divided into two ends: The front-end that consisted of the Client and the Translator components and the back-end where the Management Module and the Database are located. In this method, a single encoded table is needed to store information and corresponding dictionaries are needed to store the multilingual data. The proposed method is based on the framework proposed in previous work with some modification to suit with the characteristics of the chosen languages on the case study. Results: Experimental evaluation had been done in storage requirement and mathematical analysis had been used to show the time of each of database operations for both of the traditional and the proposed method. Conclusion/Recommendations: The proposed method had been found to be consistently performed in the developed multilingual system.

  15. Performance Evaluation and Simulation of Pressurized Gasification

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    C. Mohanraj

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The emergence of biomass based energy warrants the evaluation of syn-gas from biomass gasification as a fuel for power systems. The earlier investigations reveal that the operating parameters strongly affect the syn gas quality. The gasifier performance was investigated with different operating pressure. The downdraft gasifier has tested with silver oak woodchips of size approximately 12mm×12mm×12mm. The total feed of 8-8.5kg of wood was fed into the system and an airflow rate of 130 lpm supplied by compressor and the gasifier was tested different pressure conditions. The main variables namely oxidation zone temperature, combustible gas contents (H2, CO & CH4, calorific value, gas production rate and conversion efficiency was studied. The percentage of total combustible gas is varied between 30.60% - 35.97% and the average composition is N2 = 44.29% – 54.78%, CH4 = 0.62% – 1.51%, H2 = 15.7% – 25.48%, CO = 7.96% – 11.4%, CO2 = 11.37% – 19.70%. The calorific value of syn gas was found to vary between 3.860 MJ/m3 – 4.374.94 MJ/m3. The conversion efficiency varied between 86.8% - 73.7%.Computational fluid dynamics (CFD method was used to predict the performance of the down draft biomass gasifier. For simulation purpose the combustion zone of the gasifier was separately modeled and analyzed.

  16. Performance Evaluation of Data Compression Systems Applied to Satellite Imagery

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    Faria, Lilian N.; Fonseca, Leila M. G.; Costa, Max H. M.

    2012-01-01

    Onboard image compression systems reduce the data storage and downlink bandwidth requirements in space missions. This paper presents an overview and evaluation of some compression algorithms suitable for remote sensing applications. Prediction-based compression systems, such as DPCM and JPEG-LS, and transform-based compression systems, such as CCSDS-IDC and JPEG-XR, were tested over twenty multispectral (5-band) images from CCD optical sensor of the CBERS-2B satellite. Performance evaluation ...

  17. A study on relationship between operating cash flows and performance evaluation criteria based on the theory of constraints (TOC versus traditional method

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    Mohammad Sadegh Arabi Ashtiani

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This study presents an empirical investigation to measure the relationship between traditional accounting performance measurement as well as theory of constraint-based figures with operating cash flow. Traditional accounting measurement includes net profit and return of investment and theory of constraint method includes net profit and return of investment based on theory of constraints. The study selects 69 firms list on Tehran Stock Exchange over the period 2000-2010. Using panel data and fixed effect, the study performs regression analysis and the results confirm that there was a positive relationship between net profit measured by theory of constraints and cash flow and it can be effectively used for performance measurement.

  18. Human Performance Factors in the Evaluation of Virtual Organizations

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    Siyamak Noori

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Performance evaluation is one of the most important issues that have been considered due to the transition from industrial age to knowledge era. Virtual organizations, as one of the challenges of third millennium, which came to existence for enhancing organization’s performance through outsourcing, are not excluding. The main objective of this paper is to investigate the main factors that affect the virtual organization performance and to show how these factors can be used in virtual organization evaluation.Based on review of literature, this study provides a conceptual model of important performance factors of virtual organization. This conceptual framework gives a valuable insight into the performance in virtual organization and can give a useful help to practitioners to evaluate the performance of these organizations. Then, we use expert opinion to validate proposed model and to rank the importance of the factors.

  19. Evaluation of the Service Performance of Ships

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    Andersen, Poul; Borrod, Anne-Sophie; Blanchot, Hervé

    2005-01-01

    A simple method has been established for the evaluation of the service performance of ships. Input data are easily collected daily on board and transformed to a well-defined condition that makes possible the comparison between ships, for instance, sister ships, and between different time periods of...

  20. Subjective performance evaluation and gender discrimination

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    V.S. Maas; R. Torres-Gonzalez

    2011-01-01

    Gender discrimination continues to be a problem in organizations. It is therefore important that organizations use performance evaluation methods that ensure equal opportunities for men and women. This article reports the results of an experiment to investigate whether and, if so, how the gender of

  1. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF AN IMPROVED STREET SWEEPER

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    The report gives results of an extensive evaluation of the Improved Street Sweeper (ISS) in Bellevue, WA, and in San Diego, CA. The cleaning performance of the ISS was compared with that of broom sweepers and a vacuum sweeper. The ISS cleaned streets better than the other sweeper...

  2. Building performance based on measured data

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    Andersson, Staffan; Sjögren, Jan-Ulric; Östin, Ronny; Olofsson, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    With increasing liability for builders, the need for evaluation methods that focuses on the building’s performance and thus excludes the impact from residents’ behavior increases. This is not only of interest for new buildings but also when retrofitting existing buildings in order to reduce energy end-use. The investigation in this paper is based on extensive measurements on two fairly representative type of buildings, a single family building in Ekerö, Stockholm built 2000 and two apartment ...

  3. 40 CFR 63.5850 - How do I conduct performance tests, performance evaluations, and design evaluations?

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    2010-07-01

    ... test, performance evaluation, and design evaluation in 40 CFR part 63, subpart SS, that applies to you... CFR part 60. (f) The control device performance test must consist of three runs and each run must last... requirements in § 63.7(e)(1) and under the specific conditions that 40 CFR part 63, subpart SS, specifies....

  4. Evaluation of a Document Oriented Resource Directory Performance

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    N. Gligorić

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, two implementations of a Resource Directory based on document oriented databases are described. Resource Directory is a directory storing descriptions of resources available in an Internet of Things system. Their performances are compared with performance of a Resource Directory with the same functionality, but implemented using a relational, SQL database. The evaluation results show that the document based Resource Directories provide more flexible management of the resources and a shorter response time.

  5. Evaluation of a Document Oriented Resource Directory Performance

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    N. Gligorić; Vučković, J.; I. Dejanović; S. Krčo; Jokić, S.; D. Drajić

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, two implementations of a Resource Directory based on document oriented databases are described. Resource Directory is a directory storing descriptions of resources available in an Internet of Things system. Their performances are compared with performance of a Resource Directory with the same functionality, but implemented using a relational, SQL database. The evaluation results show that the document based Resource Directories provide more flexible management of the resources ...

  6. The FY 1998 Battelle performance evaluation and incentive fee agreement

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    Davis, T.L.

    1998-01-07

    Fiscal Year 1998 represents the second full year utilizing a results-oriented, performance-based contract. This document describes the critical outcomes, objectives, performance indicators, expected levels of performance, and the basis for the evaluation of the Contractors performance for the period October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998, as required by Articles entitled Use of Objective Standards of Performance, Self Assessment and Performance Evaluation and Critical Outcomes Review of the Contract DE-AC06-76RL01830. In partnership with the Contractor and other key customers, the Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office has defined six critical outcomes that serve as the core for the Contractors performance evaluation. The Contractor also utilizes these outcomes as a basis for overall management of the Laboratory. The Critical Outcome system focuses all of the customer desires into specific objectives and performance indicators, with supporting measures to track and foster continued improvement in meeting the needs (outcomes) of the Laboratory`s customers. Section 1 provides information on how the overall performance rating for the Contractor will be determined. Section 2 provides the detailed information concerning critical outcomes, objectives, performance indicators and expectations of performance. Section 3 describes the commitments for documenting and reporting the Laboratory`s self-evaluation.

  7. Performance Evaluation of Wavelet Based on Human Visual System%基于人的视觉系统的小波性能评价

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    胡海平; 莫玉龙

    2002-01-01

    We have constructed a compactly supported biorthogonal wavelet that approximates the modulation transfer function (MTF) of human visual system in the frequency domain. In this paper, we evaluate performance of the constructed wavelet, and compare it with the widely used Daubechies 9-7, Daubechies 9-3 and GBCW-9-7 wavelets. The result shows that coding performance of the constructed wavelet is better than Daubechies 9-3, and is competitive with Daubechies 9-7 and GBCW-9-7 wavelets. Like Daubechies 9-3wavelet, the filter coefficients of the constructed wavelet are all dyadic fractions, and the tap is less than Daubechies 9-7 and GBCW9-7. It has an attractive feature in the realization of discrete wavelet transform.

  8. Subjective performance evaluations and employee careers

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    Frederiksen, Anders; Lange, Fabian; Kriechel, Ben

    data are for evaluating theories in personnel economics and whether findings from such data generalize to the labor force at large. In this paper, we examine personnel data from six large companies and establish how subjective ratings, interpreted as ordinal rankings of employees within narrowly......Firms commonly use supervisor ratings to evaluate employees when objective performance measures are unavailable. Supervisor ratings are subjective and data containing supervisor ratings typically stem from individual firm level data sets. For both these reasons, doubts persist on how useful such...

  9. Cavitation performance evaluation for a condensate pump

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    Cavitation in a condensate pump with specific speed of 95 m·m3s−1·min−1 was treated in this study. Cavitation performance for the pump was tested experimentally, and the steady state cavitating flows in the pump impeller were simulated by RANS method as well as a homogeneous cavitation model. It is noted that cavitating flow simulation reasonably depicted cavitation development in the pump. Compared to the tested results, the numerical simulation basically predicted later performance drops due to cavitation. Unfortunately, the cavitation simulation at the operation condition of 50% best efficiency point could not predict the head drop up to 3%. By applying the concept of relative cavity length cavitation performance evaluation is achieved. For better application, future study is necessary to establish the relation between relative cavity length and performance drop

  10. Which toolkit for durability evaluation as regards chloride ingress into concrete ? Part II : Development of a performance approach based on durability indicators and monitoring parameters

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    BAROGHEL BOUNY, V

    2002-01-01

    This paper series includes two parts : I - Comparison between various methods for assessing the chloride diffusion coefficient of concrete in saturated conditions, and II - Development of a performance approach based on durability indicators and monitoring parameters. The chloride diffusion coefficient appears as a key-parameter in the theorical laws involved in transfer-related durability of concrete, an hence in the prediction of the service lifetime of reinforced structures. Consequently, ...

  11. Performance evaluation of titanium dioxide based dye-sensitized solar cells under the influence of anodization steps, nanotube length and ionic liquid-free redox electrolyte solvents

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    Cheong, Y. L.; Beh, K. P.; Yam, F. K.; Hassan, Z.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, highly ordered titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube (NT) arrays were synthesized on titanium foil using electrochemical anodization method. The morphological aspects of the nanotubes based on different anodization duration and number of anodization steps (maximum two) have been investigated. The nanotube arrays subsequently used as photoanode in a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) assembly. The studies on the effects of different solvents for triiodide/iodide redox electrolyte and NT length towards the performance of DSSC were conducted. It is known that electrolyte solvent can significantly affect the photovoltaic conversion efficiency. It is noteworthy that longer NT length tends to yield higher efficiency due to better dye adsorption. However, when the NTs exceeded certain length the efficiency decreases instead. Meanwhile, a comparison of DSSC performance based on number of anodization steps on titanium was performed. Highly ordered NT arrays could be obtained using two-steps anodization, which proved to have positive effects on the DSSC performance. The highest photovoltaic conversion efficiency in this work is 2.04%, achieved by two-step anodization. The corresponding average nanotubes length was ∼18 μm, with acetonitrile (ACN) as the redox electrolyte solvent.

  12. Performance evaluation software moving object detection and tracking in videos

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    Karasulu, Bahadir

    2013-01-01

    Performance Evaluation Software: Moving Object Detection and Tracking in Videos introduces a software approach for the real-time evaluation and performance comparison of the methods specializing in moving object detection and/or tracking (D&T) in video processing. Digital video content analysis is an important item for multimedia content-based indexing (MCBI), content-based video retrieval (CBVR) and visual surveillance systems. There are some frequently-used generic algorithms for video object D&T in the literature, such as Background Subtraction (BS), Continuously Adaptive Mean-shift (CMS),

  13. Performance Evaluation of an Axysimmetric Floating OWC

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    Alves, M. A.; Costa, I. R.; Sarmento, A. J.;

    2010-01-01

    -diffraction panel model based on the classic linear water wave theory and potential flow. To proceed with the wave energy converter (WEC) evaluation the equations of motion (of each body), in the frequency domain, are expressed as functions of the complex amplitude of the displacements, which can be determined from...

  14. Performance management in the Slovak higher education system: preliminary evaluation

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    Juraj Nemec

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of our paper is a preliminary evaluation of the introduction of performance management and performance financing arrangements in the Slovak higher education system – accreditation and formula based performance financing. This evaluation will be mainly based on the assessment of short-term impacts of the above mentioned instruments and is expected to invite further professional discussion. We feel that the data and brief analysis included are sufficient enough to show that the Slovak system represents a typical example of the potential of performance management and performance financing being significantly limited, if not destroyed. Not only because of improperly defined indicators, which are too much input and quantity orientated, but very much also due to a lack of resources (the ratio of public expenditures for higher education to the GDP in Slovakia is significantly below EU average, as well as the politicization of the system.

  15. Model Performance Evaluation and Scenario Analysis (MPESA) Tutorial

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    This tool consists of two parts: model performance evaluation and scenario analysis (MPESA). The model performance evaluation consists of two components: model performance evaluation metrics and model diagnostics. These metrics provides modelers with statistical goodness-of-fit m...

  16. Fiscal year 1999 Battelle performance evaluation and fee agreement

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    DAVIS, T.L.

    1998-10-22

    Fiscal Year 1999 represents the third fill year utilizing a results-oriented, performance-based evaluation for the Contractor's operations and management of the DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (here after referred to as the Laboratory). However, this is the first year that the Contractor's fee is totally performance-based utilizing the same Critical Outcomes. This document describes the critical outcomes, objectives, performance indicators, expected levels of performance, and the basis for the evaluation of the Contractor's performance for the period October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999, as required by Clauses entitled ''Use of Objective Standards of Performance, Self Assessment and Performance Evaluation'' and ''Performance Measures Review'' of the Contract DE-ACO6-76RL01830. Furthermore, it documents the distribution of the total available performance-based fee and the methodology set for determining the amount of fee earned by the Contractor as stipulated within the causes entitled ''Estimated Cost and Annual Fee,'' ''Total Available Fee'' and ''Allowable Costs and Fee.'' In partnership with the Contractor and other key customers, the Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters (HQ) and Richland Operations Office (RL) has defined four critical outcomes that serve as the core for the Contractor's performance-based evaluation and fee determination. The Contractor also utilizes these outcomes as a basis for overall management of the Laboratory.

  17. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT

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    K. SUNDARA KUMAR; P. SUNDARA KUMAR,; Dr.M.J.Ratnakanth Babu

    2010-01-01

    The present study has been undertaken to evaluate performance efficiency of a waste water treatment plant. A sewage treatment plant operating on biological treatment method (Activated Sludge Process) with an average wastewater inflow of 23MLD bas been considered for case study. Waste water samples were collected at different stages of treatment units and analysed for the major water quality parameters, such as biological oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), total suspended solid...

  18. What form of relative performance evaluation?

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    Celentani, Marco; Loveira-Paz??, Rosa

    2004-01-01

    We study relative performance evaluation in executive compensation when executives have private information about their ability. We assume that the joint distribution of an individual firm??s profit and market movements depends on the ability of the executive that runs the firm. In the equilibrium of the executive labor market, compensation schemes exploit this fact to sort executives of di ?erent abilities. This implies that executive compensation is increasing in own perfo...

  19. Communication processes, public administration and performance evaluation

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    Arta Musaraj

    2011-01-01

    Albanian efforts to fulfill European standards and norm in its Public Administration and service delivery, are becoming a research argument for academics and practitioners as well. Even if significant efforts have been made in this direction there is still a gap in analyzing the link between the communication process which creates and delivers the public service, effect of the used tools in service provision and delivery, the performance evaluation of this sector and the future of the sector ...

  20. Evaluation on materials performance of Hastelloy Alloy XR for HTTR uses-6. Tensile and creep properties of heat exchanger tube base materials and its welded-joints

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    Tensile and creep properties of heat exchanger tube base materials and its welded-joints were investigated as a series of evaluation tests on Hastelloy Alloy XR heat exchanger tube and filler metal for the High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) components. As for tensile properties after thermal aging of base materials and welded joints, ductility was remarkably reduced at room temperature while it was raised at 950degC. On creep properties, the difference between base materials and welded joints in creep rupture strength was relatively small. Creep rupture elongation tended to decrease with increasing rupture time, and rupture elongation of welded joint had a tendency to be lower than that of base material. On the other hand, a comparison of plate with tube on high temperature tensile ductility after thermal aging was found to be higher in tube than in plate while its difference was slight at room temperature. As for creep properties, base materials and welded joints of tube had a tendency to be slightly shorter in rupture time at lower stress and long terms than those of plate. However, it is concluded that this is not problematic in practical uses from the fact that the rupture time in tube is comparable or greater than that of Hastelloy Alloy XR master curve and that it is much longer than that of design creep rupture strength =SR=. (author)

  1. Research on the Performance Evaluation System of Higher Vocational College Counselors Based on Competency%基于胜任力的高职院校辅导员绩效评价体系研究

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    汪海伟

    2014-01-01

    研究基于胜任力模型的高职院校辅导员绩效评价体系对健全辅导员管理和考核有着重要的意义,有助于辅导员队伍的专业化、职业化建设。笔者从介绍胜任力和绩效的关系出发,分析了基于胜任力的高职院校辅导员绩效评价的优势,进一步探索了基于胜任力模型的辅导员绩效评价体系的构建。%To research the higher vocational college counselor performance evaluation system based on competency model is of great significance for improving the counselor management and assessment. It is conductive to the professionalization construction of the counselor team. The author introduces the relation between competency and performance evaluation, analyzes the advantage of higher vocational college counselor performance evaluation based on competency, and further explores the construction of counselor performance evaluation system based on competency model.

  2. 基于多目标模糊综合评价的高层经理业绩考核方法%Performance Evaluation Method of Senior Managers Based on Multi Objective Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation

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    陈斌; 杨明

    2016-01-01

    评价高层管理管理人员的业绩水平是上市公司股票期权激励计划取得成功的重要环节,借助多目标模糊综合评价方法能够对此给出一个比较客观的评价结果。%The performance level evaluation of senior management personnel is an important part for quoted companies to make stock option incentive plan successful. With the help of multi objective fuzzy comprehensive evaluation method, a more objective evaluation result can be achieved.

  3. Evaluation of the use of performance reference compounds in an oasis-HLB adsorbent based passive sampler for improving water concentration estimates of polar herbicides in freshwater

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    Mazzella, N.; Lissalde, S.; Moreira, S.; Delmas, F.; Mazellier, P.; Huckins, J.N.

    2010-01-01

    Passive samplers such as the Polar Organic Chemical Integrative Sampler (POCIS) are useful tools for monitoring trace levels of polar organic chemicals in aquatic environments. The use of performance reference compounds (PRC) spiked into the POCIS adsorbent for in situ calibration may improve the semiquantitative nature of water concentration estimates based on this type of sampler. In this work, deuterium labeled atrazine-desisopropyl (DIA-d5) was chosen as PRC because of its relatively high fugacity from Oasis HLB (the POCIS adsorbent used) and our earlier evidence of its isotropic exchange. In situ calibration of POCIS spiked with DIA-d5was performed, and the resulting time-weighted average concentration estimates were compared with similar values from an automatic sampler equipped with Oasis HLB cartridges. Before PRC correction, water concentration estimates based on POCIS data sampling ratesfrom a laboratory calibration exposure were systematically lower than the reference concentrations obtained with the automatic sampler. Use of the DIA-d5 PRC data to correct POCIS sampling rates narrowed differences between corresponding values derived from the two methods. Application of PRCs for in situ calibration seems promising for improving POCIS-derived concentration estimates of polar pesticides. However, careful attention must be paid to the minimization of matrix effects when the quantification is performed by HPLC-ESI-MS/MS. ?? 2010 American Chemical Society.

  4. Operator performance evaluation using multi criteria decision making methods

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    Rani, Ruzanita Mat; Ismail, Wan Rosmanira; Razali, Siti Fatihah

    2014-06-01

    Operator performance evaluation is a very important operation in labor-intensive manufacturing industry because the company's productivity depends on the performance of its operators. The aims of operator performance evaluation are to give feedback to operators on their performance, to increase company's productivity and to identify strengths and weaknesses of each operator. In this paper, six multi criteria decision making methods; Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), fuzzy AHP (FAHP), ELECTRE, PROMETHEE II, Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) and VlseKriterijumska Optimizacija I Kompromisno Resenje (VIKOR) are used to evaluate the operators' performance and to rank the operators. The performance evaluation is based on six main criteria; competency, experience and skill, teamwork and time punctuality, personal characteristics, capability and outcome. The study was conducted at one of the SME food manufacturing companies in Selangor. From the study, it is found that AHP and FAHP yielded the "outcome" criteria as the most important criteria. The results of operator performance evaluation showed that the same operator is ranked the first using all six methods.

  5. Performance improvement of software component with partial evaluation

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    MAO Hong-yan; HUANG Lin-peng; LI Ming-lu

    2008-01-01

    To avoid the complexity and inefficiency for specific applications of the current software architecture, a novel approach using partial evaluation is proposed to improve the running performance of components. The generic program was specialized into domain-specific realization for the known knowledge and environments. The syntax and semantic(adj.) were analyzed based on byte code instruction sequences, and partial evaluation rules depicted how to perform the specialization. The partial evaluation for object-oriented programs was imple-mented. The experimental results show that partial evaluation is effective to speed up the running efficiency. The more generality and scalability can be obtained by the integration of partial evaluation with the favorable de-sign mechanisms and compiler optimization technology.

  6. Hatchery Evaluation Report / Lyons Ferry Hatchery - Fall Chinook : An Independent Audit Based on Integrated Hatchery Operations Teams (IHOT) Performance Measures : Final Report.

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    Watson, Montgomery

    1996-05-01

    This report presents the findings of the independent audit of the Lyons Ferry Hatchery (Fall Chinook). The audit is being conducted as a requirement of the Northwest Power Planning Council (NPPC) ``Strategy for Salmon`` and the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Under the audit, the hatcheries are evaluated against policies and related performance measures developed by the Integrated Hatchery Operations Team (IHOT). IHOT is a multi-agency group established by the NPPC to direct the development of new basinwide standards for managing and operating fish hatcheries. The audit was conducted in April 1996 as part of a two-year effort that will include 67 hatcheries and satellite facilities located on the Columbia and Snake River system in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The hatchery operating agencies include the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  7. Performance evaluation of vitrified waste product based on barium-borosilicate matrix deployed for vitrification of sulphate bearing high level radioactive liquid waste

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    Aqueous waste of various categories (viz., low, intermediate and high level depending on the concentration of radionuclides) is generated at different stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. Most of the radioactivity generated in entire nuclear fuel cycle is concentrated in high level radioactive liquid waste (HLW). Since the radioactivity of the waste is to be isolated from the human-environment for extended period of time, a three stage approach has been adopted for management of HLW. This involves (i) immobilization of waste oxides in stable and inert solid matrices, (ii) interim retrievable storage of conditioned waste packages under cooling and surveillance and (iii) deep underground disposal in suitable geological formulations. Composition of HLW depends on various factors like type of fuel and its cladding, off reactor cooling, reprocessing flow sheet etc. Compositional changes in HLW necessitate modification in glass formulations, so as to get the conditioned product of desired characteristics. This report describes the experimental studies and results obtained for performance evaluation of the vitrified waste product made from barium borosilicate glass matrix accommodating sulphate bearing chemically simulated HLW. Product characteristics like chemical durability, homogeneity, phase separation, thermal conductivity, impact strength etc have been evaluated and discussed in the report. (author)

  8. Quasi-Fermi level splitting evaluation based on electroluminescence analysis in multiple quantum-well solar cells for investigating cell performance under concentrated light

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    Inoue, Tomoyuki; Toprasertpong, Kasidit; Delamarre, Amaury; Watanabe, Kentaroh; Paire, Myriam; Lombez, Laurent; Guillemoles, Jean-François; Sugiyama, Masakazu; Nakano, Yoshiaki

    2016-03-01

    Insertion of InGaAs/GaAsP strain-balanced multiple quantum wells (MQWs) into i-regions of GaAs p-i-n solar cells show several advantages against GaAs bulk p-i-n solar cells. Particularly under high-concentration sunlight condition, enhancement of the open-circuit voltage with increasing concentration ratio in thin-barrier MQW cells has been reported to be more apparent than that in GaAs bulk cells. However, investigation of the MQW cell mechanisms in terms of I-V characteristics under high-concentration sunlight suffers from the increase in cell temperature and series resistance. In order to investigate the mechanism of the steep enhancement of open-circuit voltage in MQW cells under high-concentration sunlight without affected by temperature, the quasi-Fermi level splitting was evaluated by analyzing electroluminescence (EL) from a cell. Since a cell under current injection with a density Jinjhas similar excess carrier density to a cell under concentrated sunlight with an equivalent short-circuit current Jsc = Jinj, EL measurement with varied Jinj can approximately evaluate a cell performance under a variety of concentration ratio. In addition to the evaluation of quasi-Fermi level splitting, the external luminescence efficiency was also investigated with the EL measurement. The MQW cells showed higher external luminescence efficiency than the GaAs reference cells especially under high-concentration condition. The results suggest that since the MQW region can trap and confine carriers, the localized excess carriers inside the cells make radiative recombination more dominant.

  9. Evaluation of models in performance assessment

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    The reliability of models used for performance assessment for high-level waste repositories is a key factor in making decisions regarding the management of high-level waste. Model reliability may be viewed as a measure of the confidence that regulators and others have in the use of these models to provide information for decision making. The degree of reliability required for the models will increase as implementation of disposal proceeds and decisions become increasingly important to safety. Evaluation of the models by using observations of real systems provides information that assists the assessment analysts and reviewers in establishing confidence in the conclusions reached in the assessment. A continuing process of model calibration, evaluation, and refinement should lead to increasing reliability of models as implementation proceeds. However, uncertainty in the model predictions cannot be eliminated, so decisions will always be made under some uncertainty. Examples from the Canadian program illustrate the process of model evaluation using observations of real systems and its relationship to performance assessment. 21 refs., 2 figs

  10. Performance evaluation of computed radiography systems

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    Recommended methods to test the performance of computed radiography (CR) digital radiographic systems have been recently developed by the AAPM Task Group No. 10. Included are tests for dark noise, uniformity, exposure response, laser beam function, spatial resolution, low-contrast resolution, spatial accuracy, erasure thoroughness, and throughput. The recommendations may be used for acceptance testing of new CR devices as well as routine performance evaluation checks of devices in clinical use. The purpose of this short communication is to provide a tabular summary of the tests recommended by the AAPM Task Group, delineate the technical aspects of the tests, suggest quantitative measures of the performance results, and recommend uniform quantitative criteria for the satisfactory performance of CR devices. The applicability of the acceptance criteria is verified by tests performed on CR systems in clinical use at five different institutions. This paper further clarifies the recommendations with respect to the beam filtration to be used for exposure calibration of the system, and the calibration of automatic exposure control systems

  11. Evaluating laboratory's performance in drinking water samples

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    The radiological protection of the environment and the population requires from all states to have laboratories with internationally comparable quality levels. To meet these requirements laboratories must establish quality assurance programs to ensure that can produce data of the required quality. Laboratories can provide objective evidence of their performance through participation in external quality assessment exercises. The management of the radiological environmental monitoring programs (REM) in Spain is responsibility of the CSN (Nuclear Safety Council), and their performance is carried out with the collaboration of laboratories in autonomic regions which provide the radioanalytical results in compliance with general criteria established by the CSN. The reliability of the assessment obtained from these programs requires that laboratories producing the analytical data be able to demonstrate the accuracy and comparability of their results, as well as their traceability to International Standards. To this end the CSN organises in collaboration with CIEMAT periodical inter-laboratory test comparisons, using samples similar in composition and activity levels to the ones routinely analysed in the programs. Following the issue of the European Community Drinking Water Directive concerning the quality of water for human consumption and its implementation by the Spanish Government, the last inter-comparison exercise was organised by using a water sample, in an attempt to evaluate the performance of the laboratories analysing the required radioactivity parameters (H-3, alpha and beta activity). The sample (a synthetic drinking water), was prepared at the National Laboratory for Ionising Radiation's Standards (CIEMAT), and contained the following radionuclides H-3, Pu-(239+240), Am-241, Sr-90, Cs-137 and K-40, results from gross Alpha, gross Beta and Residual Beta activity were also requested to participants. The organisation and the assessment of the laboratory

  12. Evaluation of hotel service-performance process in Bulgaria

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    Georgina Lukanova

    2010-01-01

    The paper analyses the hotel service-performance process in Bulgarian hotels, which is based on the results of the research about tourists’ opinion on basic moments in service process. One of the most important characteristics of hotel industry is the leading role of the human factor in service-performance process. It cannot be accomplished without the participation of the customer and without the participation of the staff. This makes the evaluation of service process strongly subjective. Be...

  13. Performance Evaluation for MIMO In Vivo WBAN Systems

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    He, Chao; Yang LIU; Ketterl, Thomas P.; Arrobo, Gabriel E.; Gitlin, Richard D.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we present the performance evaluation for a MIMO in vivo WBAN system, using ANSYS HFSS and the associated complete Human Body Model. We analyzed MIMO system capacity statistically and FER performance based upon an IEEE 802.11n system model, with receiver antennas placed at various angular positions around the human body. We also analyzed MIMO system capacity with receiver antennas at the front of the body at various distances from transmitter antennas. The results were compared ...

  14. Injection performance evaluation for storage ring of SSRF

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    Yang, Yong; Yan, Ying-Bing; Chen, Zhi-Chu

    2014-01-01

    Injection performance of storage ring is one of the important factors for the light efficiency and quality of Synchrotron Radiation Facility when it is in top-up mode. To evaluate the injection performance of storage ring at SSRF, we build a bunch-by-bunch position measuring system based on oscilloscope IOC. Accurate assessment of energy mismatching, distribution of residual oscillation and angle error of injection kickers can be achieved by this system.

  15. Performance-based inspection and maintenance strategies

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    Vesely, W.E.

    1995-04-01

    Performance-based inspection and maintenance strategies utilize measures of equipment performance to help guide inspection and maintenance activities. A relevant measure of performance for safety system components is component unavailability. The component unavailability can also be input into a plant risk model such as a Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) to determine the associated plant risk performance. Based on the present and projected unavailability performance, or the present and projected risk performance, the effectiveness of current maintenance activities can be evaluated and this information can be used to plan future maintenance activities. A significant amount of information other than downtimes or failure times is collected or can be collected when an inspection or maintenance is conducted which can be used to estimate the component unavailability. This information generally involves observations on the condition or state of the component or component piecepart. The information can be detailed such as the amount of corrosion buildup or can be general such as the general state of the component described as {open_quotes}high degradation{close_quotes}, {open_quotes}moderate degradation{close_quotes}, or {open_quotes}low degradation{close_quotes}. Much of the information collected in maintenance logs is qualitative and fuzzy. As part of an NRC Research program on performance-based engineering modeling, approaches have been developed to apply Fuzzy Set Theory to information collected on the state of the component to determine the implied component or component piecepart unavailability. Demonstrations of the applications of Fuzzy Set Theory are presented utilizing information from plant maintenance logs. The demonstrations show the power of Fuzzy Set Theory in translating engineering information to reliability and risk implications.

  16. Evaluating the Performance of Wavelet-based Data-driven Models for Multistep-ahead Flood Forecasting in an Urbanized Watershed

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    Kasaee Roodsari, B.; Chandler, D. G.

    2015-12-01

    A real-time flood forecast system is presented to provide emergency management authorities sufficient lead time to execute plans for evacuation and asset protection in urban watersheds. This study investigates the performance of two hybrid models for real-time flood forecasting at different subcatchments of Ley Creek watershed, a heavily urbanized watershed in the vicinity of Syracuse, New York. Hybrid models include Wavelet-Based Artificial Neural Network (WANN) and Wavelet-Based Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System (WANFIS). Both models are developed on the basis of real time stream network sensing. The wavelet approach is applied to decompose the collected water depth timeseries to Approximation and Detail components. The Approximation component is then used as an input to ANN and ANFIS models to forecast water level at lead times of 1 to 10 hours. The performance of WANN and WANFIS models are compared to ANN and ANFIS models for different lead times. Initial results demonstrated greater predictive power of hybrid models.

  17. Performance evaluation of a motor-imagery-based EEG-Brain computer interface using a combined cue with heterogeneous training data in BCI-Naive subjects

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    Lee Youngbum

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The subjects in EEG-Brain computer interface (BCI system experience difficulties when attempting to obtain the consistent performance of the actual movement by motor imagery alone. It is necessary to find the optimal conditions and stimuli combinations that affect the performance factors of the EEG-BCI system to guarantee equipment safety and trust through the performance evaluation of using motor imagery characteristics that can be utilized in the EEG-BCI testing environment. Methods The experiment was carried out with 10 experienced subjects and 32 naive subjects on an EEG-BCI system. There were 3 experiments: The experienced homogeneous experiment, the naive homogeneous experiment and the naive heterogeneous experiment. Each experiment was compared in terms of the six audio-visual cue combinations and consisted of 50 trials. The EEG data was classified using the least square linear classifier in case of the naive subjects through the common spatial pattern filter. The accuracy was calculated using the training and test data set. The p-value of the accuracy was obtained through the statistical significance test. Results In the case in which a naive subject was trained by a heterogeneous combined cue and tested by a visual cue, the result was not only the highest accuracy (p Conclusions We propose the use of this measuring methodology of a heterogeneous combined cue for training data and a visual cue for test data by the typical EEG-BCI algorithm on the EEG-BCI system to achieve effectiveness in terms of consistence, stability, cost, time, and resources management without the need for a trial and error process.

  18. International Space Station Sustaining Engineering: A Ground-Based Test Bed for Evaluating Integrated Environmental Control and Life Support System and Internal Thermal Control System Flight Performance

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    Ray, Charles D.; Perry, Jay L.; Callahan, David M.

    2000-01-01

    As the International Space Station's (ISS) various habitable modules are placed in service on orbit, the need to provide for sustaining engineering becomes increasingly important to ensure the proper function of critical onboard systems. Chief among these are the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and the Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS). Without either, life onboard the ISS would prove difficult or nearly impossible. For this reason, a ground-based ECLSS/ITCS hardware performance simulation capability has been developed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The ECLSS/ITCS Sustaining Engineering Test Bed will be used to assist the ISS Program in resolving hardware anomalies and performing periodic performance assessments. The ISS flight configuration being simulated by the test bed is described as well as ongoing activities related to its preparation for supporting ISS Mission 5A. Growth options for the test facility are presented whereby the current facility may be upgraded to enhance its capability for supporting future station operation well beyond Mission 5A. Test bed capabilities for demonstrating technology improvements of ECLSS hardware are also described.

  19. Performance Evaluation of Wave Energy Converters

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    Pecher, Arthur

    prototypes. Guidelines for the development of wave energy converters recommend the use of different prototypes, having different sizes, which have to perform tank tests or sea trials. Thisimplicates the need of different testing environment, which shifts from being controllable to uncontrollable with the...... development stages, and results thereby in a need for specific testobjectives and procedures for each development stage. This PhD thesis has looked into the different development stages and more specifically in the performance assessment of wave energy converters based on tank testing and sea trials. The...

  20. Performance Evaluation of Wave Energy Converters

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    Pecher, Arthur

    prototypes. Guidelines for the development of wave energy converters recommend the use of different prototypes, having different sizes, which have to perform tank tests or sea trials. This implicates the need of different testing environment, which shifts from being controllable to uncontrollable with the...... development stages, and results thereby in a need for specific test objectives and procedures for each development stage. This PhD thesis has looked into the different development stages and more specifically in the performance assessment of wave energy converters based on tank testing and sea trials. The...

  1. FY 1997 performance evaluation and incentive fee agreement. Annual report

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    1997-04-01

    FY 1997 represents the second full year utilizing a results-oriented, performance-based contract. This document describes the critical outcomes, objectives, performance indicators, expected levels of performance, and the basis for the evaluation of PNNL performance for Oct. 1, 1996-Sept. 30, 1997, as required by Articles H-24 and H-25 of the contract. Section I provides the information regarding the determination of the overall performance rating for PNNL. In Section II, six critical outcomes were defined that serve as basis for overall management of PNNL: environmental molecular sciences laboratory, environmental technology, scientific excellence, environment/safety & health operations, leadership/management, and economic development (create new businesses). Section III describes the commitments for documenting and reporting PNNL self-evaluation. In Section IV, it is stated that discussions regarding FY97 fee are still ongoing.

  2. Performance Modeling and Evaluation for Information-Driven Networks

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    Wu, Kui; Hu, Guoqiang

    2008-01-01

    Information-driven networks include a large category of networking systems, where network nodes are aware of information delivered and thus can not only forward data packets but may also perform information processing. In many situations, the quality of service (QoS) in information-driven networks is provisioned with the redundancy in information. Traditional performance models generally adopt evaluation measures suitable for packet-oriented service guarantee, such as packet delay, throughput, and packet loss rate. These performance measures, however, do not align well with the actual need of information-driven networks. New performance measures and models for information-driven networks, despite their importance, have been mainly blank, largely because information processing is clearly application dependent and cannot be easily captured within a generic framework. To fill the vacancy, we present a new performance evaluation framework particularly tailored for information-driven networks, based on the recent ...

  3. Research on Performance Evaluation System of Teaching Laboratory Based on the Calculus Methods%基于微积分思想的教学实验室绩效评价体系

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    蒋志萍

    2011-01-01

    如何提高教学实验室的使用绩效一直是高校实验室管理部门关注的热点,也是实验室管理的难点.设计了基于微积分思想的实验室绩效评价体系,描述各评价指标的内容,并分配权重,构建实验室绩效值的计算矩阵,实现了实验室绩效评价的量化.为高校的实验教学管理和增强教学实验室的投资效益和使用绩效提供了衡量标准.%It is always a research hotspot to enhance the using performance of teaching laboratories for the laboratory management department of universities and colleges. Designing a performance evaluation index system based on the calculus methods is an important approach of improving the teaching laboratory' s integration benefits. In this paper, the author designed a performance evaluation index system based on the calculus methods, described the contents of evaluation index system, distributed proportion, and design matrix of laboratory performance evaluation value, so as to realize quantization evaluation of laboratory performance. This research may be a significant scale criterion for laboratory management of universities and colleges, and also an important scale for investment benefit and using performance of teaching laboratory.

  4. Performance Evaluation of CLIR and MLIR using Precision Metric Variants

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    Pothula Sujatha

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The performance evaluation of information retrieval systems has achieved a high momentum in the last few years. Basic performance measures of information retrieval systems include precision and recall. While these measures work well in monolingual web retrieval, they are not suitable for CLIR (Cross-lingual Information Retrieval and MLIR (Multilingual Information Retrieval where two or more languages are involved respectively. Many measures were proposed to improve over the precision-recall measures but they are inadequate to exhibit the language wise performance evaluations. Precision metric variants for evaluating the performance over the retrieval of the documents in various languages have been proposed in this research. This paper also identifies the major strengths and shortcomings of some of the existing IR performance evaluation measures. This paper concentrates on the metric based performance evaluation on two variants of IR. Experiments are conducted in two phases (CLIR and MLIR. These two phases of experiments have been done on practical web search systems and proved that the proposed measures are necessary to reveal the importance of language wise comparisons.

  5. Robust benevolent evaluations of teaching performance

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    Rogge, Nicky

    2009-01-01

    Although benevolent (BoD) weighting has some appealing features for the construction of evaluation scores of teacher performance (i.e., SET-scores), it still suffers from an important drawback in its basic form: the sensitivity of its outcomes to the influence of potential outliers, extreme values, and potential measurement error in the data. The robust order-m BoD approach provides a solution for this problem as it no longer puts central the traditional assumption that all observations (thus...

  6. Performance evaluation of TCP over ABT protocols

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    Ata, Shingo; Murata, Masayuki; Miyahara, Hideo

    1998-10-01

    ABT is promising for effectively transferring a highly bursty data traffic in ATM networks. Most of past studies focused on the data transfer capability of ABT within the ATM layer. In actual, however, we need to consider the upper layer transport protocol since the transport layer protocol also supports a network congestion control mechanism. One such example is TCP, which is now widely used in the Internet. In this paper, we evaluate the performance of TCP over ABT protocols. Simulation results show that the retransmission mechanism of ABT can effectively overlay the TCP congestion control mechanism so that TCP operates in a stable fashion and works well only as an error recovery mechanism.

  7. Irradiation and performance evaluation of DUPIC fuel

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    Bae, Ki Kwang; Yang, M. S.; Song, K. C. [and others

    2000-05-01

    The objectives of the project is to establish the performance evaluation system for the experimental verification of DUPIC fuel. The scope and content for successful accomplishment of the phase 1 objectives is established as follows : irradiation test of DUPIC fuel at HANARO using a noninstrument capsule, study on the characteristics of DUPIC pellets, development of the analysis technology on the thermal behaviour of DUPIC fuel, basic design of a instrument capsule. The R and D results of the phase 1 are summarized as follows : - Performance analysis technology development of DUPIC fuel by model development for DUPIC fuel, review on the extendability of code(FEMAXI-IV, FRAPCON-3, ELESTRESS). - Study on physical properties of DUPIC fuel by design and fabrication of the equipment for measuring the thermal property. - HANARO irradiation test of simulated DUPIC fuel by the noninstrument capsule development. - PIE and result analysis.

  8. High-current performance evaluation of DCCTs

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    Bordry, Frederick; Halvarsson, Bjorn; Perréard, J C; Pett, John G

    1998-01-01

    The evaluation of high performance DCCT's to the ppm level has never been an easy task. With the LHC demanding currents up to 13 kA, a whole series of problems has arisen in the accurate measurement of these devices. In order to tackle these problems, new facilities have been designed for laboratory measurements under full power operating conditions. These include a high performance low voltage 20 kA power converter, quasi-coaxial bus-bar structures, Kusters Bridge range extenders and a novel bipolar 0 - 10 A current calibrator with resolution and linearity better than ± 0.5 ppm. This paper will present an overview of the complete facility and give more detail on the new current calibrator. Initial results will be presented, along with application areas which advance the state of the art in this field of measurements.

  9. Performance of an algebraic-based PSS

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    Ramirez, Juan M.; Sanchez, Victor M. [CINVESTAV - Unidad Guadalajara, Av. Cientifica 1145, Col, El Bajio, Zapopan, Jal. (Mexico); Correa, Rosa Elvira [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellin, Colombia (Mexico)

    2011-02-15

    The conventional power system stabilizer (PSS) contributes to the undamped electromechanical oscillations enhancement. This paper explores a PSS, which is based on physical concepts that allow a novel PSS to evaluate its output using simple decision rules. This PSS is formulated in an algebraic way, which eases its assembling and coordination. Results show the conventional and the novel PSS performances to damp out inter-area oscillations in a dynamic equivalent of an actual power grid. The feasibility of the novel PSS is demonstrated through its coordinated operation. It is tested on a real time board to emulate a single-machine infinite-bus (SMIB). (author)

  10. Irradiated Fuel Performance Evaluation Technology Development

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    Performance evaluation system was established to investigate the irradiation characteristics of dual-cooled annular fuel. A new program which has a function of calculating fuel temperature and heat split of dual-cooled annular fuel is developed, and modules for calculating the distribution of thermal stress and deformation are presented. The reference code for transient performance has been analyzed in the aspects of the structure and model characteristics. The annealing tests were performed to evaluate the behaviors of the high burnup pellet and the large-grain pellet under transient conditions. A new post-irradiation annealing apparatus, which make a ultra-high temperature test possible, was established by substituting a new heating module an old heating one. Creep and embrittlement behaviors were also tested using newly established equipment in a hot cell. RIA(Reactivity Initiated Accident) and LOCA(Loss of Coolant Accident) test results were acquired and analyzed through international collaboration research with CABRI project in France and Halden reactor project in Norway. The second irradiation test is being performed with a burn-up target of 70 MWd/kgU for large-grain fuel pellets. Test fuel rods were fabricated for Fuel Test Loop and a steady state irradiation test is under way. The test rig were designed and fabricated for the irradiation of dual-cooled fuel rod, and then out-of reactor tests and safety analysis were conducted for the licensing of irradiation test. The dual-cooled fuel rods were irradiated to about 10 MWd/kgU in Hanaro reactor, and the post irradiation examination is going on. The profile of gamma scan shows that the annular pellet is stable in position during irradiation

  11. Exergy-Economic Criteria for Evaluating Heat Exchanger Performance

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    Wu Shuangying; Li Yourong

    2001-01-01

    Based on the exergy-economic analysis of heat exchanger heat transfer and flow process, two new exergyeconomic criteria which are defined as the total costs per unit heat transfer rate ηt t for heat transfer exchanger and the net profit per unit heat recovery rate ηr for heat recovery exchanger respectively are put forward.Furthermore, the application of criteria is illustrated by the evaluation of down-flow, counter-flow and cross-flow heat exchangers performance. The methods employed and results presented in this paper can serve as a guide for the performance evaluation of heat exchangers.

  12. Performance evaluations of a geothermal power plant

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    Thermodynamic analysis of an operational 7.5 MWe binary geothermal power plant in Tuzla-Turkey is performed, through energy and exergy, using actual plant data to assess its energetic and exergetic performances. Eight performance-related parameters, namely total exergy destruction ratio, component exergy destruction ratio, dimensionless exergy destruction, energetic renewability ratio, exergetic renewability ratio, energetic reinjection ratio, exergetic reinjection ratio and improvement potential are investigated. Energy and exergy losses/destructions for the plant and its units are determined and illustrated using energy and exergy flow diagrams. The largest energy and exergy losses occur in brine reinjection unit. The variation of the plant energy efficiency is found between 6% and 12%. Exergy efficiency values change between 35 and 49%. The annual average energy and exergy efficiencies are found as 9.47% and 45.2%, respectively. - Highlights: → Investigation of a geothermal system energetically and exergetically. → Performance assessment of the system through energy and exergy efficiencies. → Utilization of temperature distribution in exergy calculations. → Evaluation of eight energetic and exergetic parameters for the system.

  13. 48 CFR 436.201 - Evaluation of contractor performance.

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    2010-10-01

    ... Construction 436.201 Evaluation of contractor performance. Preparation of performance evaluation reports. In addition to the requirements of FAR 36.201, performance evaluation reports shall be prepared for indefinite... of services to be ordered exceeds $500,000.00. For these contracts, performance evaluation...

  14. 40 CFR 35.9055 - Evaluation of recipient performance.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Evaluation of recipient performance. 35... Evaluation of recipient performance. The Regional Administrator will oversee each recipient's performance... schedule for evaluation in the assistance agreement and will evaluate recipient performance and...

  15. Software Architecture Simulation : Performance evaluation during the design phase

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    Borowski, Jimmy

    2004-01-01

    Due to the increasing size and complexity of software systems, software architectures have become a crucial part in development projects. A lot of effort has been put into defining formal ways for describing architecture specifications using Architecture Description Languages (ADLs). Since no common ADL today offers tools for evaluating the performance, an attempt to develop such a tool based on an event-based simulation engine has been made. Common ADLs were investigated and the work was bas...

  16. MTA Computer Based Evaluation System.

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    Brenner, Lisa P.; And Others

    The MTA PLATO-based evaluation system, which has been implemented by a consortium of schools of medical technology, is designed to be general-purpose, modular, data-driven, and interactive, and to accommodate other national and local item banks. The system provides a comprehensive interactive item-banking system in conjunction with online student…

  17. A simplified methd of evaluating the seismic performance of buildings

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    Ashutosh Bagchi

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents a simplified method of evaluating the seismic performance of buildings. The proposed method is based on the transformation of a multiple degree of freedom (MDOF) system to an equivalent single degree of freedom (SDOF) system using a simple and intuitive process. The proposed method is intended for evaluating the seismic pertormance of the buildings at the intermediate stages in design, while a rigorous method would be applied to the final design. The performance of the method is evaluated using a series of buildings which are assumed to be located in Victoria in western Canada, and designed based on the upcoming version of the National Building Code of Canada which is due to bc published in 2005. To resist lateral loads, some of these buildings contain reinforced concrete moment resisting frames,while others contain reinforced concrete shear walls. Each building model has been subjected to a set of site-specific seismic spectrum compatible ground motion records, and the response has been determined using the proposed method and the general method for MDOF systems. The results from the study indicate that the proposed method can serve as a useful tool for evaluation of seismic performance of buildings, and carrying out performance based design.

  18. Performance Evaluation of Private Clouds Eucalyptus versus CloudStack

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    Mumtaz M.Ali AL-Mukhtar

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available the number of open source cloud management platforms is increasing day-by-day. The features of these software vary significantly and this creates a difficulty for the cloud consumers to choose the software based on their business and scientific requirements. This paper evaluates Eucalyptus and CloudStack, the two most popular open source platforms used to build private Infrastructure as a service (IaaS clouds. The performance of virtual machines (VMs initiated and managed by Eucalyptus and CloudStack are evaluated in terms of CPU utilization, memory bandwidth, disk I/O access speed, and network performance using suitable benchmarks. Different VM management operations such as add, delete and live migration are also assessed to determine which cloud solution is more suitable than other to be adopted as a private cloud solution. As a further performance testing, a simple web application has been implemented on the both clouds to evaluate their suitability in web application hosting.

  19. EVALUATION OF TYPES OF STRESS COPING MECHANISMS OF INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN PSYCHOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE CONSULTANCY TRAINING ON FOOTBALL BASED ON VARIOUS PARAMETERS

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This study attempts to analyze the individualways of coping with stress based on various variables. The study group is comprised of people who attended Training for Psychological Performance Counselling in Football held by the Turkish Football Federation. There were 114 participants in total. The “Ways of Coping Scale”, developed by Folkman and Lazarus (1980 and revised and recreated by Şahin and Durak (1995, was employed in this study. Statistical analyses of the data were performed through frequency analysis, Mann-Whitney U analysis, and Kruskal Wallis H analysis via SPSS 15.0. It was seen at the end of the study that the most frequently preferred way of coping with stress is “self-confidence”. It was also seen that the ways of coping with stress significantly differ by gender. The female participants resorted statistically more to the “submissiveness” compared to the male participants while coping with stress (p<0.05. However, no significant difference was detected between the participants in terms of coping with stress by age, profession, and whether they engage in licensed sport activities.

  20. The Study of Strategic Performance Evaluation of H bank Based on BSC and APH%基于BSC和AHP法的H银行战略绩效评价研究

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    谭洪益

    2015-01-01

    本文以 H 银行作为案例,对该银行的战略绩效评价体系的实施效果进行研究.首先根据其发展战略绘制战略地图,并基于平衡计分卡构建的战略绩效评价体系,然后运用层次分析确定各指标的权重系数,最后采用综合指数法评价该银行战略绩效的实施效果.H银行通过实施基于平衡计分卡的战略绩效评价体系,确实提高了管理水平和竞争能力,同时也反馈其存在的问题和不足,从而不断改善该银行的战略绩效评价.%In the case of H Bank, this paper studies the implementation effect of strategic performance evaluation system. Firstly, in accordance with its development strategy to draw strategy map and build the strategic performance evaluation system based on the Balanced Scorecard, and then use AHP to determine the weight coefficient of each index, and finally use the method of integrated index to evaluate the strategic performance of the implementation of the bank's results. Through the implementation of strategic performance evaluation system based on the Balanced Scorecard, H bank really improve the management level and competitiveness, as well as feedback problems and shortcomings of its existence, in order to continuously improve strategic performance evaluation of the bank.

  1. Blind Source Parameters for Performance Evaluation of Despeckling Filters

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    Nagashettappa Biradar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The speckle noise is inherent to transthoracic echocardiographic images. A standard noise-free reference echocardiographic image does not exist. The evaluation of filters based on the traditional parameters such as peak signal-to-noise ratio, mean square error, and structural similarity index may not reflect the true filter performance on echocardiographic images. Therefore, the performance of despeckling can be evaluated using blind assessment metrics like the speckle suppression index, speckle suppression and mean preservation index (SMPI, and beta metric. The need for noise-free reference image is overcome using these three parameters. This paper presents a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of eleven types of despeckling filters for echocardiographic images in terms of blind and traditional performance parameters along with clinical validation. The noise is effectively suppressed using the logarithmic neighborhood shrinkage (NeighShrink embedded with Stein’s unbiased risk estimation (SURE. The SMPI is three times more effective compared to the wavelet based generalized likelihood estimation approach. The quantitative evaluation and clinical validation reveal that the filters such as the nonlocal mean, posterior sampling based Bayesian estimation, hybrid median, and probabilistic patch based filters are acceptable whereas median, anisotropic diffusion, fuzzy, and Ripplet nonlinear approximation filters have limited applications for echocardiographic images.

  2. Blind Source Parameters for Performance Evaluation of Despeckling Filters.

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    Biradar, Nagashettappa; Dewal, M L; Rohit, ManojKumar; Gowre, Sanjaykumar; Gundge, Yogesh

    2016-01-01

    The speckle noise is inherent to transthoracic echocardiographic images. A standard noise-free reference echocardiographic image does not exist. The evaluation of filters based on the traditional parameters such as peak signal-to-noise ratio, mean square error, and structural similarity index may not reflect the true filter performance on echocardiographic images. Therefore, the performance of despeckling can be evaluated using blind assessment metrics like the speckle suppression index, speckle suppression and mean preservation index (SMPI), and beta metric. The need for noise-free reference image is overcome using these three parameters. This paper presents a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of eleven types of despeckling filters for echocardiographic images in terms of blind and traditional performance parameters along with clinical validation. The noise is effectively suppressed using the logarithmic neighborhood shrinkage (NeighShrink) embedded with Stein's unbiased risk estimation (SURE). The SMPI is three times more effective compared to the wavelet based generalized likelihood estimation approach. The quantitative evaluation and clinical validation reveal that the filters such as the nonlocal mean, posterior sampling based Bayesian estimation, hybrid median, and probabilistic patch based filters are acceptable whereas median, anisotropic diffusion, fuzzy, and Ripplet nonlinear approximation filters have limited applications for echocardiographic images. PMID:27298618

  3. Policy Decomposition for Evaluation Performance Improvement of PDP

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    Fan Deng

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In conventional centralized authorization models, the evaluation performance of policy decision point (PDP decreases obviously with the growing numbers of rules embodied in a policy. Aiming to improve the evaluation performance of PDP, a distributed policy evaluation engine called XDPEE is presented. In this engine, the unicity of PDP in the centralized authorization model is changed by increasing the number of PDPs. A policy should be decomposed into multiple subpolicies each with fewer rules by using a decomposition method, which can have the advantage of balancing the cost of subpolicies deployed to each PDP. Policy decomposition is the key problem of the evaluation performance improvement of PDPs. A greedy algorithm with O(nlgn time complexity for policy decomposition is constructed. In experiments, the policy of the LMS, VMS, and ASMS in real applications is decomposed separately into multiple subpolicies based on the greedy algorithm. Policy decomposition guarantees that the cost of subpolicies deployed to each PDP is equal or approximately equal. Experimental results show that (1 the method of policy decomposition improves the evaluation performance of PDPs effectively and that (2 the evaluation time of PDPs reduces with the growing numbers of PDPs.

  4. Performance Evaluation for Natural Disaster Emergency Logistics Based on DEA%基于DEA的自然灾害应急物流绩效评价

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    杨雪; 宋爱峰; 王菲

    2014-01-01

    在前人研究的基础上,统筹经济效益与社会效益两大救援目标,建立全面、综合、有代表性的指标体系;进而结合定性分析,运用定量分析方法-数据包络分析模型,对突发自然灾害下应急物流的绩效进行评价,为今后自然灾害下应急物流的改进提供一定的依据。%In this paper, on the basis of previous studies, we put economic interests and social interests under comprehensive consideration, built a comprehensive and representative index system for the natural disaster emergency logistics activities, and then adopted the data envelopment analysis model to evaluate the performance of the emergency logistics activities in the event of natural disaster outbreaks.

  5. Evaluating Suit Fit Using Performance Degradation

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    Margerum, Sarah E.; Cowley, Matthew; Harvill, Lauren; Benson, Elizabeth; Rajulu, Sudhakar

    2012-01-01

    The Mark III planetary technology demonstrator space suit can be tailored to an individual by swapping the modular components of the suit, such as the arms, legs, and gloves, as well as adding or removing sizing inserts in key areas. A method was sought to identify the transition from an ideal suit fit to a bad fit and how to quantify this breakdown using a metric of mobility-based human performance data. To this end, the degradation of the range of motion of the elbow and wrist of the suit as a function of suit sizing modifications was investigated to attempt to improve suit fit. The sizing range tested spanned optimal and poor fit and was adjusted incrementally in order to compare each joint angle across five different sizing configurations. Suited range of motion data were collected using a motion capture system for nine isolated and functional tasks utilizing the elbow and wrist joints. A total of four subjects were tested with motions involving both arms simultaneously as well as the right arm by itself. Findings indicated that no single joint drives the performance of the arm as a function of suit size; instead it is based on the interaction of multiple joints along a limb. To determine a size adjustment range where an individual can operate the suit at an acceptable level, a performance detriment limit was set. This user-selected limit reveals the task-dependent tolerance of the suit fit around optimal size. For example, the isolated joint motion indicated that the suit can deviate from optimal by as little as -0.6 in to -2.6 in before experiencing a 10% performance drop in the wrist or elbow joint. The study identified a preliminary method to quantify the impact of size on performance and developed a new way to gauge tolerances around optimal size.

  6. Performance Evaluation of DSC Windows for Buildings

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    Jun-Gu Kang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Interest in BIPV systems with dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs that can replace building windows has increased for zero energy buildings. Although DSCs have lower efficiency in terms of electricity generation than silicon solar cells, they allow light transmission and application of various colors; they also have low production costs, which make them especially suitable for BIPV systems. DSC research is interdisciplinary, involving electrical, chemical, material, and metal engineering. A considerable amount of research has been conducted on increasing the electrical efficiency of DSC and their modules. However, there has not been sufficient research on building applications of DSC systems. The aim of this study is to evaluate the optical performance and thermal performance of DSC windows in buildings. For this study, DSC experimental models with different thicknesses and dye colors were manufactured, and their optical properties, such as transmittance and reflectivity, were measured by a spectrometer. The thermal and optical characteristics of double-glazed windows with DSC were analyzed with a window performance analysis program, WINDOW 6.0.

  7. Robust High Performance Aquaporin based Biomimetic Membranes

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    Helix Nielsen, Claus; Zhao, Yichun; Qiu, C.;

    2013-01-01

    Aquaporins are water channel proteins with high water permeability and solute rejection, which makes them promising for preparing high-performance biomimetic membranes. Despite the growing interest in aquaporin-based biomimetic membranes (ABMs), it is challenging to produce robust and defect...... on top of a support membrane. Control membranes, either without aquaporins or with the inactive AqpZ R189A mutant aquaporin served as controls. The separation performance of the membranes was evaluated by cross-flow forward osmosis (FO) and reverse osmosis (RO) tests. In RO the ABM achieved a water......% rejection for urea and a water permeability around 10 L/(m2h) with 2M NaCl as draw solution. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using aquaporin proteins in biomimetic membranes for technological applications....

  8. Performance-based asphalt mixture design methodology

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    Ali, Al-Hosain Mansour

    Today, several State D.O.T.s are being investigating the use of tire rubber with local conventional materials. Several of the ongoing investigations identified potential benefits from the use of these materials, including improvements in material properties and performance. One of the major problems is being associated with the transferability of asphalt rubber technology without appropriately considering the effects of the variety of conventional materials on mixture behavior and performance. Typically, the design of these mixtures is being adapted to the physical properties of the conventional materials by using the empirical Marshall mixture design and without considering fundamental mixture behavior and performance. Use of design criteria related to the most common modes of failure for asphalt mixtures, such as rutting, fatigue cracking, and low temperature thermal cracking have to be developed and used for identifying the "best mixture," in term of performance, for the specific local materials and loading conditions. The main objective of this study was the development of a mixture design methodology that considers mixture behavior and performance. In order to achieve this objective a laboratory investigation able to evaluate mixture properties that can be related to mixture performance, (in terms of rutting, low temperature cracking, moisture damage and fatigue), and simulating the actual field loading conditions that the material is being exposed to, was conducted. The results proved that the inclusion of rubber into asphalt mixtures improved physical characteristics such as elasticity, flexibility, rebound, aging properties, increased fatigue resistance, and reduced rutting potential. The possibility of coupling the traditional Marshall mix design method with parameters related to mixture behavior and performance was investigated. Also, the SHRP SUPERPAVE mix design methodology was reviewed and considered in this study for the development of an integrated

  9. Game Performance Evaluation in Male Goalball Players

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    Molik Bartosz

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Goalball is a Paralympic sport exclusively for athletes who are visually impaired and blind. The aims of this study were twofold: to describe game performance of elite male goalball players based upon the degree of visual impairment, and to determine if game performance was related to anthropometric characteristics of elite male goalball players. The study sample consisted of 44 male goalball athletes. A total of 38 games were recorded during the Summer Paralympic Games in London 2012. Observations were reported using the Game Efficiency Sheet for Goalball. Additional anthropometric measurements included body mass (kg, body height (cm, the arm span (cm and length of the body in the defensive position (cm. The results differentiating both groups showed that the players with total blindness obtained higher means than the players with visual impairment for game indicators such as the sum of defense (p = 0.03 and the sum of good defense (p = 0.04. The players with visual impairment obtained higher results than those with total blindness for attack efficiency (p = 0.04, the sum of penalty defenses (p = 0.01, and fouls (p = 0.01. The study showed that athletes with blindness demonstrated higher game performance in defence. However, athletes with visual impairment presented higher efficiency in offensive actions. The analyses confirmed that body mass, body height, the arm span and length of the body in the defensive position did not differentiate players’ performance at the elite level.

  10. Game Performance Evaluation in Male Goalball Players.

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    Molik, Bartosz; Morgulec-Adamowicz, Natalia; Kosmol, Andrzej; Perkowski, Krzysztof; Bednarczuk, Grzegorz; Skowroński, Waldemar; Gomez, Miguel Angel; Koc, Krzysztof; Rutkowska, Izabela; Szyman, Robert J

    2015-11-22

    Goalball is a Paralympic sport exclusively for athletes who are visually impaired and blind. The aims of this study were twofold: to describe game performance of elite male goalball players based upon the degree of visual impairment, and to determine if game performance was related to anthropometric characteristics of elite male goalball players. The study sample consisted of 44 male goalball athletes. A total of 38 games were recorded during the Summer Paralympic Games in London 2012. Observations were reported using the Game Efficiency Sheet for Goalball. Additional anthropometric measurements included body mass (kg), body height (cm), the arm span (cm) and length of the body in the defensive position (cm). The results differentiating both groups showed that the players with total blindness obtained higher means than the players with visual impairment for game indicators such as the sum of defense (p = 0.03) and the sum of good defense (p = 0.04). The players with visual impairment obtained higher results than those with total blindness for attack efficiency (p = 0.04), the sum of penalty defenses (p = 0.01), and fouls (p = 0.01). The study showed that athletes with blindness demonstrated higher game performance in defence. However, athletes with visual impairment presented higher efficiency in offensive actions. The analyses confirmed that body mass, body height, the arm span and length of the body in the defensive position did not differentiate players' performance at the elite level. PMID:26834872

  11. Nuclear fuel performance evaluation. Final report

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    An evaluation has been made of the ability of Scandpower's empirical fuel performance model POSHO (''Power Shock'') to predict the probability of fuel pin failures resulting from pellet-clad interaction in commercial nuclear power plants. POSHO provides an analytical method to calculate the failure probabilities associated with power level maneuvers for different fuel assembly designs. Application of the method provides a basis for risk-benefit decisions concerning operational procedures, fuel designs and fuel management strategies. One boiling water reactor (BWR) and one pressurized water reactor (PWR) were selected for study to compare model predictions with actual failures, as determined from post irradiation examination of the fuel and activity release data. The fuel duty cycles were reconstructed from operating records and nodal power histories were created by using Scandpower's FMS computer programs. Nodal power histories, coupled with the relative pin power distribution in each node, were processed by the fuel failure prediction model, which tracks the interaction power level for each pin group in each node and calculates the power shocks and the probability for pellet-clad interaction cracks. The results of these calculations are processed statistically to give the expected number of cracks, the number of failed fuel pins in each assembly and the total number of failed assemblies in the core. Fuel performance in the BWR, Quad Cities Unit Two, was calculated by the model in approximate agreement with the observed performance. Fuel performance in the PWR, Maine Yankee, was calculated in approximate agreement for two of the three fuel designs. The high failure rate in the third design, Type B fuel, was not calculated by the POSHO pellet-clad interaction model

  12. 嵌入社会责任的企业绩效评价指标体系构建%The Construction of Social-responsibility-based Enterprise Performance Evaluation System

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    刘淑华; 刘东方; 张旭丽

    2012-01-01

    对于环境、社会以及利益相关方,企业必须承担更多的社会责任。同时,履行社会责任也能为企业带来效益,企业履行社会责任的状况在很大程度上影响着企业的综合绩效,以中国现有的企业绩效评价体系为基础,全面考虑企业的各利益相关者,从企业的财务绩效、管理绩效、环境绩效和社会绩效四个方面系统阐述了嵌入社会责任的企业绩效评价指标体系构建思路,并提出了评价指标的运用建议。%For the sake of environment,society and stakeholders,enterprises should bear more social responsibility,which can be of beneficial to enterprises as well.How well an enterprise fulfills its social responsibility,to a great extent,influences its own performance.Based on the study of the present performance evaluation system,this paper elaborates on the construction of social-responsibility-based enterprise performance evaluation system from the perspectives of financial performance,managerial performance,environmental performance and social performance.Suggestions on the application of these evaluations are also given.

  13. Evaluation of CCHP systems performance based on operational cost, primary energy consumption, and carbon dioxide emission by utilizing an optimal operation scheme

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    Cho, Heejin; Mago, Pedro J.; Luck, Rogelio; Chamra, Louay M. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 210 Carpenter Engineering Building, P.O. Box ME, Mississippi State, MS 39762-5925 (United States)

    2009-12-15

    Optimization of combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) systems operation commonly focuses only on energy cost. Different algorithms have been developed to attain optimal utilization of CCHP units by minimizing the energy cost in CCHP systems operation. However, other outcomes resulting from CCHP operation such as primary energy consumption and emission of pollutants should also be considered during CCHP systems evaluation as one would expect these outcomes can be subject to regulation. This paper presents an optimization of the operation of CCHP systems for different climate conditions based on operational cost, primary energy consumption (PEC), and carbon dioxide emissions (CDE) using an optimal energy dispatch algorithm. The results for the selected cities demonstrate that in general there is not a common trend among the three optimization modes presented in this paper since optimizing one parameter may reduce or increase the other two parameters. The only cities that show reduction of PEC while also reducing the CDE are Columbus, MS; Minneapolis, MN; and Miami, FL. For these cities the operational cost always increases when compared to the reference case consisting of using a vapor/compression cycle for cooling and natural gas for heating. On the other hand, for San Francisco and Boston, CCHP systems increase the CDE. In general, if CCHP systems increase the cost of operation, as long as energy savings and reduction of emissions are guaranteed, the implementation of these systems should be considered. (author)

  14. Empirical Evaluation of Diagnostic Algorithm Performance Using a Generic Framework

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    Arjan van Gemund

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A variety of rule-based, model-based and datadriven techniques have been proposed for detection and isolation of faults in physical systems. However, there have been few efforts to comparatively analyze the performance of these approaches on the same system under identical conditions. One reason for this was the lack of a standard framework to perform this comparison. In this paper we introduce a framework, called DXF, that provides a common language to represent the system description, sensor data and the fault diagnosis results; a run-time architecture to execute the diagnosis algorithms under identical conditions and collect the diagnosis results; and an evaluation component that can compute performance metrics from the diagnosis results to compare the algorithms. We have used DXF to perform an empirical evaluation of 13 diagnostic algorithms on a hardware testbed (ADAPT at NASA Ames Research Center and on a set of synthetic circuits typically used as benchmarks in the model-based diagnosis community. Based on these empirical data we analyze the performance of each algorithm and suggest directions for future development.

  15. A performance evaluation system for photomultiplier tubes

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    A comprehensive performance evaluation system for Photomultiplier tubes has been built up. The system is able to review diverse cathode and anode properties for PMTs with different sizes and dimensions. Relative and direct methods were developed for the quantum efficiency measurement and the results are consistent with each other. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional scanning platforms were built to test both the cathode and anode uniformity for either the plane type or spherical type photocathode. A Flash Analog-to-Digital Convertor module is utilized to achieve high speed waveforms sampling. The entire system is highly automatic and flexible. Details of the system and some typical experimental results are presented in this paper

  16. ATAMM enhancement and multiprocessing performance evaluation

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    Stoughton, John W.

    1994-01-01

    The algorithm to architecture mapping model (ATAAM) is a Petri net based model which provides a strategy for periodic execution of a class of real-time algorithms on multicomputer dataflow architecture. The execution of large-grained, decision-free algorithms on homogeneous processing elements is studied. The ATAAM provides an analytical basis for calculating performance bounds on throughput characteristics. Extension of the ATAMM as a strategy for cyclo-static scheduling provides for a truly distributed ATAMM multicomputer operating system. An ATAAM testbed consisting of a centralized graph manager and three processors is described using embedded firmware on 68HC11 microcontrollers.

  17. Experimental Evaluation of High Performance Integrated Heat Pump

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    Miller, William A [ORNL; Berry, Robert [Unico Inc., St. Louis, MO; Durfee, Neal [ORNL; Baxter, Van D [ORNL

    2016-01-01

    Integrated heat pump (IHP) technology provides significant potential for energy savings and comfort improvement for residential buildings. In this study, we evaluate the performance of a high performance IHP that provides space heating, cooling, and water heating services. Experiments were conducted according to the ASHRAE Standard 206-2013 where 24 test conditions were identified in order to evaluate the IHP performance indices based on the airside performance. Empirical curve fits of the unit s compressor maps are used in conjunction with saturated condensing and evaporating refrigerant conditions to deduce the refrigerant mass flowrate, which, in turn was used to evaluate the refrigerant side performance as a check on the airside performance. Heat pump (compressor, fans, and controls) and water pump power were measured separately per requirements of Standard 206. The system was charged per the system manufacturer s specifications. System test results are presented for each operating mode. The overall IHP performance metrics are determined from the test results per the Standard 206 calculation procedures.

  18. Evaluation of new control rooms by operator performance analysis

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    An advanced supervisory and control system called PODIATM (Plant Operation by Displayed Information and Automation) was developed by Toshiba. Since this system utilizes computer driven CRTs as a main device for information transfer to operators, thorough system integration tests were performed at the factory and evaluations were made of operators' assessment from the initial experience of the system. The PODIA system is currently installed at two BWR power plants. Based on the experiences from the development of PODIA, a more advanced man-machine interface, Advanced-PODIA (A-PODIA), is developed. A-PODIA enhances the capabilities of PODIA in automation, diagnosis, operational guidance and information display. A-PODIA has been validated by carrying out systematic experiments with a full-scope simulator developed for the validation. The results of the experiments have been analyzed by the method of operator performance analysis and applied to further improvement of the A-PODIA system. As a feedback from actual operational experience, operator performance data in simulator training is an important source of information to evaluate human factors of a control room. To facilitate analysis of operator performance, a performance evaluation system has been developed by applying AI techniques. The knowledge contained in the performance evaluation system was elicited from operator training experts and represented as rules. The rules were implemented by employing an object-oriented paradigm to facilitate knowledge management. In conclusion, it is stated that the feedback from new control room operation can be obtained at an early stage by validation tests and also continuously by comprehensive evaluation (with the help of automated tools) of operator performance in simulator training. The results of operator performance analysis can be utilized for improvement of system design as well as operator training. (author)

  19. 48 CFR 236.201 - Evaluation of contractor performance.

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    ... CONTRACTS Special Aspects of Contracting for Construction 236.201 Evaluation of contractor performance. (a) Preparation of performance evaluation reports. Use DD Form 2626, Performance Evaluation (Construction... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Evaluation of...

  20. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF CHAOTIC ENCRYPTION TECHNIQUE

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    Ancy Mariam Babu

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    Full Text Available Drastic growth in multimedia communication resulted to numerous security issues in the transmission of data. Moreover, the network used for the digital communication does not provide much security for the data transfer. During this time, tens of millions people using the internet options for essential communication and is being a tool for commercial field increased, So that security is an enormously important issue to deal with. We need to be protected confidentiality of data and provide secure connections for it. Hence we necessitate recognizing the different aspects of security and their applications. Many of these applications ranging from secure commerce, protecting passwords or pin and payments to private communications. As we know that, Cryptography is now becoming an essential aspect of the secure communication. Cryptography is the science of writing secret code with confident algorithm and key. The basic components of cryptography are encryption and decryption algorithms, digital signature and hashed message authentication code. We know that encryption is the synonym of cryptography. Different kinds of encryption are used in this modern era. Chaotic encryption is the type of the encryption which has adopted the concept of chaos. In this study, we are studying the history of cryptography until chaotic cryptography and analyzing the performance of chaotic encryption technique. The evaluation is performed in terms of encryption speed, the CPU utilization with time and the battery power consumption. The experimental results are specified the efficiency of the algorithms.