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  1. Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO)

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    Nickola, Marisa; Gaylard, Mike; Quick, Jonathan; Combrinck, Ludwig

    2013-01-01

    HartRAO provides the only fiducial geodetic site in Africa, and it participates in global networks for VLBI, GNSS, SLR, and DORIS. This report provides an overview of geodetic VLBI activities at HartRAO during 2012, including the conversion of a 15-m alt-az radio telescope to an operational geodetic VLBI antenna.

  2. Prednosti in omejitve metode BSC

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    Hočevar, Marko

    2015-01-01

    Pomen (poslovodnih) računovodskih informacij za odločanje se je z velikimi spremembami v poslovnem okolju podjetja, ki so se zgodile v zadnjem času, močno povečal. V članku analiziram sodobno metodo za ocenjevanje uspešnosti poslovanja, to je uravnoteženi kazalniki (BSC). Največja prednost metode BSC je v tem, da meri dolgoročno uspešnost podjetja. Omejitvi te metode pa sta njena nepopolnost in obsežnost.

  3. On the Feng-Rao bound for generalized hamming weights

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    Geil, Hans Olav; Thommesen, Christian

    2006-01-01

    The Feng-Rao bound gives good estimates of the minimum distance of a large class of codes. In this work we are concerned with the problem of how to extend the Feng-Rao bound so that it deals with all the generalized Hamming weights. The problem was solved by Heijnen and Pellikaan in [7] for a lar...

  4. 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.

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

  6. An efficient Rao-Blackwellized particle filter for object tracking

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    Arnaud, Elise; Memin, Etienne

    2005-01-01

    International audience In this paper we present a technique for the tracking of textured almost planar object. The target is modeled as a noisy planar cloud of points. The tracking is led with an appropriate non linear stochastic filter. The particular system that we devised is conditionally Gaussian and can be efficiently implemented through variance reduction principle known as Rao-Blackwellisation. Our model allows also to melt a correlation measurements with dynamic model estimated fro...

  7. Unifying Portfolio Diversification Measures Using Rao's Quadratic Entropy

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    Kevin Moran; Benoît Carmichael; Gilles Boevi Koumou

    2015-01-01

    This paper extends the use of Rao (1982b)'s Quadratic Entropy (RQE) to modern portfolio theory. It argues that the RQE of a portfolio is a valid, exible and unifying approach to measuring portfolio diversification. The paper demonstrates that portfolio's RQE can encompass most existing measures, such as the portfolio variance, the diversification ratio, the normalized portfolio variance, the diversification return or excess growth rates, the Gini-Simpson indices, the return gaps, Markowitz's ...

  8. A Reformulation of the Arora-Rao-Vazirani Structure Theorem

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    Arora, Sanjeev; LEE, James; Sachdeva, Sushant

    2011-01-01

    In a well-known paper[ARV], Arora, Rao and Vazirani obtained an O(sqrt(log n)) approximation to the Balanced Separator problem and Uniform Sparsest Cut. At the heart of their result is a geometric statement about sets of points that satisfy triangle inequalities, which also underlies subsequent work on approximation algorithms and geometric embeddings. In this note, we give an equivalent formulation of the Structure theorem in [ARV] in terms of the expansion of large sets in geometric graphs ...

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

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    Karlsson Rickard

    2010-01-01

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

  10. The Hartshorne-Rao module of curves on rational normal scrolls

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    Roberta Di Gennaro

    2000-01-01

    We study the Hartshorne-Rao module of curves lying on a rational normal scroll S_e of invariant e ≥ 0 in P^{e+3} .We calculate the Rao function, we characterize the aCM curves on S_e .Finally, we give an algorithm to check if a curve is aC M or not and, inthe second case, to calculate the Rao function.

  11. The Hartshorne-Rao module of curves on rational normal scrolls

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    Roberta Di Gennaro

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available We study the Hartshorne-Rao module of curves lying on a rational normal scroll S_e of invariant e ≥ 0 in P^{e+3} .We calculate the Rao function, we characterize the aCM curves on S_e .Finally, we give an algorithm to check if a curve is aC M or not and, inthe second case, to calculate the Rao function.

  12. BSC Modelling for ACAFE's Universities system Modelando o BSC para as Universidades do Sistema ACAFE

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    Manuel Portugal Ferreira

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Schools that perform graduation courses are facing increased competition and many have find the need of a more competitive and strategic vision. This study describes a Balanced Scorecard example of typical implementation for educational institutions. The case study describes in details the implemention as performed in ACAFE system, a Santa Catarina's network of educational institutions.As Instituições de Ensino Superior (IES, percebendo o acirramento da concorrência, reconhecem a importância de repensar sua forma de gestão, buscando uma visão mais competitiva e continuada. Assim, com o objetivo de contribuir para a gestão estratégica dessas instituições, especificamente as pertencentes ao sistema ACAFE, foi utilizada neste estudo a ferramenta de gestão Balanced Scorecard (BSC. Algumas etapas foram necessárias à sua adequação às universidades fundacionais catarinenses. Apresentaram-se e identificaram-se algumas características existentes no ambiente das universidades fundacionais catarinenses e suas peculiaridades em relação a outras organizações que não integram esse setor; realizaram-se os ajustes necessários à ferramenta Balanced Scorecard às universidades do sistema ACAFE; bem como a proposta da ferramenta auxiliar denominado mapa estratégico. Por último demonstrou-se a possibilidade de se desenvolver e utilizar o BSC acadêmico institucional como forma de integrar mais de um campus a gestão focada na estratégia.

  13. Evaluation of university performance using BSC and ANP

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    Ali Atafar

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Measuring the relative performance of universities play important role on better educational planning. During the past few years, balanced scorecard (BSC has become popular among researchers as a technique for measuring the performance of business units. This method studies a particular firm in terms of four different perspectives including internal processes, learning and growth, customer and financial figures. One primary concern on using such method is that this method does not consider the relative importance of these components. In this paper, we present a hybrid of BSC with analytical network process to measure the relative performance of an educational unit in Iran.

  14. Endline report – Liberia, BSC MFS II country evaluations

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    Gotomo, S.; Peters, B; Kusters, C.S.L.; Peabody, S.; Washington Gopeya, M.

    2015-01-01

    This report presents the findings of the endline of the evaluation of the organisational capacity component of the MFS II country evaluations. The focus of this report is Liberia, BSC. The format is based on the requirements by the synthesis team and NWO/WOTRO. The endline was carried out in 2014. The baseline was carried out in 2012.

  15. Stochastic processes and functional analysis a volume of recent advances in honor of M. M. Rao

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    Krinik, Alan C

    2004-01-01

    This extraordinary compilation is an expansion of the recent American Mathematical Society Special Session celebrating M. M. Rao's distinguished career and includes most of the presented papers as well as ancillary contributions from session invitees. This book shows the effectiveness of abstract analysis for solving fundamental problems of stochastic theory, specifically the use of functional analytic methods for elucidating stochastic processes, as made manifest in M. M. Rao's prolific research achievements. Featuring a biography of M. M. Rao, a complete bibliography of his published works,

  16. Extension and generalization inequalities involving the Khatri-Rao product of several positive matrices

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    Al Zhour Zeyad Abdel Aziz

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, there have been many authors, who established a number of inequalities involving Khatri-Rao and Hadamard products of two positive matrices. In this paper, the results are established in the following three ways. First, we find generalization of the inequalities involving Khatri-Rao product using results given by Liu (1999, Mond and Pečarić (1997, Cao et al. (2002, Chollet (1997, and Visick (2000. Second, we recover and develop some results of Visick. Third, the results are extended to the case of Khatri-Rao product of any finite number of matrices. These results lead to inequalities involving Hadamard product, as a special case.

  17. Impact of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO on selected antioxidants in horses

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    Hieronim Borowicz

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this review was to collect the most important data on the characteristics of selected antioxidants in horses with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO. RAO is one of the most common respiratory diseases in horses. This disease can not be cured, but we can try to stop its progression. It is not exactly known, what is the real contribution of antioxidants in the pathology of recurrent airway obstruction. Many researchers investigated the possibility of using antioxidant supplementation in horses with RAO.

  18. An empirical study to analyze CRM strategy using BSC

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    Zahra Safari Kahreh

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available In the new marketing paradigm that is based on the relationship marketing, corporations and organizations look for retaining and enhancing the long run relationships with their customers. Customer relationship management (CRM as a heart of the new marketing paradigm includes numbers of mechanisms that endeavor to manage sustainable and profitable long-term relations with valuable customers. Every year, there are many programs and resources dedicated for marketing strategy and planning. Evaluation of these endeavors especially the CRM strategy is much important. Hence, the primary purpose of this research is to analyze CRM using balanced scorecard as a valuable strategic tool. Required data was gathered from one of the biggest commercial banks of Iran and they were analyzed using BSC and statistical software packages. Results indicate that there is a meaningful relationship between 3 main aspects of CRM strategy and 4 main aspects of BSC.

  19. CMB likelihood approximation by a Gaussianized Blackwell-Rao estimator

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    Rudjord, Ø; Eriksen, H K; Huey, Greg; Górski, K M; Jewell, J B

    2008-01-01

    We introduce a new CMB temperature likelihood approximation called the Gaussianized Blackwell-Rao (GBR) estimator. This estimator is derived by transforming the observed marginal power spectrum distributions obtained by the CMB Gibbs sampler into standard univariate Gaussians, and then approximate their joint transformed distribution by a multivariate Gaussian. The method is exact for full-sky coverage and uniform noise, and an excellent approximation for sky cuts and scanning patterns relevant for modern satellite experiments such as WMAP and Planck. A single evaluation of this estimator between l=2 and 200 takes ~0.2 CPU milliseconds, while for comparison, a single pixel space likelihood evaluation between l=2 and 30 for a map with ~2500 pixels requires ~20 seconds. We apply this tool to the 5-year WMAP temperature data, and re-estimate the angular temperature power spectrum, $C_{\\ell}$, and likelihood, L(C_l), for l<=200, and derive new cosmological parameters for the standard six-parameter LambdaCDM mo...

  20. Empirical Likelihood Confidence Intervals under the Rao-Hartley-Cochran Sampling Design

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    Berger, Yves G.

    2014-01-01

    The Hartley-Rao-Cochran (RHC) sampling design (Rao et al., 1962) is a popular unequal probability sampling design. We show how empirical likelihood confidence intervals can be derived under this sampling design. Berger and De La Riva Torres (2012) proposed an empirical likelihood approach which can be used for point estimation and to construct confidence intervals under complex sampling designs. We show how this approach can be adjusted for the RHC sampling design. The proposed approach i...

  1. Using Balanced Scorecard (BSC) approach to improve ergonomics programs.

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    Fernandes, Marcelo Vicente Forestieri

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to propose foundations for a theory of using the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) methodology to improve the strategic view of ergonomics inside the organizations. This approach may help to promote a better understanding of investing on an ergonomic program to obtain good results in quality and production, as well as health maintenance. It is explained the basics of balanced scorecard, and how ergonomists could use this to work with strategic enterprises demand. Implications of this viewpoint for the development of a new methodology for ergonomics strategy views are offered. PMID:22317682

  2. Introducing a "Balance" in The BSC Through Beauty and Love

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    Ari Kamayanti

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Celebrating the seventeenth anniversary of the Balanced Score Card (BSC since it was born in 1992, this paper revisits its concept as one of the landmarks in performance measurement. The BSC turns out to be ‘not so balanced’ since it lacks certain beauty and love. It hinges on accountability for certain interests when measuring performance, negating or putting other interests as minority. Thus, it fits perfectly with the aim of management accounting that puts managers and customers as priorities. The imbalances comes from secularism and overemphasis in rationalism. Sustainability that becomes the current issue nowadays would not be supported by such performance measurement. In order to insert this balance, a methodology by taking a methapor of nurturing mother is applied in this research that encompasses gentle beauty and subtle love. Gentle beauty refers to a complete harmony of beauty : irrational and the rational; this means introducing those that have been left out in the name of rationality such as religions and spiritualism. Subtle love refers to love towards God that is expressed subtly without lust to overpower. The result is a more balanced set of performance measurements that are filled with beauty and love, insyaAllah.

  3. 76 FR 63926 - Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)

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    2011-10-14

    ... Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub... Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral... infectious disease national centers, a report from the OID/BSC Food Safety Modernization Act working...

  4. Cosine directions using Rao-Blackwell Theorem and Hausdorff metric in Quasars

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    Bell, Byron E

    2015-01-01

    This analysis will determine the equations of the cosine directions for all flux of the optical spectrum in quasars. Studies on Hausdorff metric will greatly enhance our understanding of quasars distances. This study will complete steps in the classification of quasars by finding the minimum variance of flux by using the RaoBlackwell Theorem. The papers of C. R. Rao and D. Blackwell will be examined to clarify more of the above theorem. Keywords: Theory of Flux, SDSS, Quasars, Redshift (z), Population Perimeters, Regression Analysis

  5. Posterior Cramer-Rao lower bounds for multitarget bearings-only tracking

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2008-01-01

    Usually, only the Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRLB) of single target is taken into consideration in the state estimate of passive tracking systems. As for the case of multitarget, there are few works done due to its complexity. The recursion formula of the posterior Cramer-Rao lower bound (PCRLB) in multitarget bearings-only tracking with the three kinds of data association is presented. Meanwhile, computer simulation is carried out for data association. The final result shows that the accuracy probability of data association has an important impact on the PCRLB.

  6. A hybrid TOPSIS-BSC method for strategic planning

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    Mohammad Reza Shojaee

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available For years, tangible assets used to be the most important precious wealth of organizations. However, the recent advances in technology has changed this concept and today, intangible assets such as human resources, customers, processes are playing essential roles on making strategies. In this paper, we present a study to setup appropriate strategies using the implementation of balanced score card in four perspectives of customers, processes, learning and financial. The proposed study of this paper gathers important factors through three different brainstorming sessions and prioritize them using TOPSIS method. Based on the results of MCDM technique, selecting appropriate target market for penetration is the number one priority followed by having good accounting system and preparing for more diversified production. These are the most important items influencing strategic planning. Therefore, the study uses BSC for the first two important strategies and discusses possible actions for productivity improvement.

  7. Fast Erasure-and error decoding of algebraic geometry codes up to the Feng-Rao bound

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    Høholdt, Tom; Jensen, Helge Elbrønd; Sakata, Shojiro; Leonard, Doug

    1998-01-01

    This correspondence gives an errata (that is erasure-and error-) decoding algorithm of one-point algebraic-geometry codes up to the Feng-Rao designed minimum distance using Sakata's multidimensional generalization of the Berlekamp-Massey algorithm and the voting procedure of Feng and Rao....

  8. Wideband DOA Estimation via Sparse Bayesian Learning over a Khatri-Rao Dictionary

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    Yujian Pan

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the wideband direction-of-arrival (DOA estimation by exploiting the multiple measurement vectors (MMV based sparse Bayesian learning (SBL framework. First, the array covariance matrices at different frequency bins are focused to the reference frequency by the conventional focusing technique and then transformed into the vector form. Then a matrix called the Khatri-Rao dictionary is constructed by using the Khatri-Rao product and the multiple focused array covariance vectors are set as the new observations. DOA estimation is to find the sparsest representations of the new observations over the Khatri-Rao dictionary via SBL. The performance of the proposed method is compared with other well-known focusing based wideband algorithms and the Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRLB. The results show that it achieves higher resolution and accuracy and can reach the CRLB under relative demanding conditions. Moreover, the method imposes no restriction on the pattern of signal power spectral density and due to the increased number of rows of the dictionary, it can resolve more sources than sensors.

  9. Medical and radiological aspects of emergency preparedness and response at SevRAO facilities

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    Regulatory cooperation between the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority and the Federal Medical Biological Agency (FMBA) of the Russian Federation has the overall goal of promoting improvements in radiation protection in Northwest Russia. One of the projects in this programme has the objectives to review and improve the existing medical emergency preparedness capabilities at the sites for temporary storage of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste. These are operated by SevRAO at Andreeva Bay and in Gremikha village on the Kola Peninsula. The work is also intended to provide a better basis for regulation of emergency response and medical emergency preparedness at similar facilities elsewhere in Russia. The purpose of this paper is to present the main results of that project, implemented by the Burnasyan Federal Medical Biophysical Centre. The first task was an analysis of the regulatory requirements and the current state of preparedness for medical emergency response at the SevRAO facilities. Although Russian regulatory documents are mostly consistent with international recommendations, some distinctions lead to numerical differences in operational intervention criteria under otherwise similar conditions. Radiological threats relating to possible accidents, and related gaps in the regulation of SevRAO facilities, were also identified. As part of the project, a special exercise on emergency medical response on-site at Andreeva Bay was prepared and carried out, and recommendations were proposed after the exercise. Following fruitful dialogue among regulators, designers and operators, special regulatory guidance has been issued by FMBA to account for the specific and unusual features of the SevRAO facilities. Detailed sections relate to the prevention of accidents, and emergency preparedness and response, supplementing the basic Russian regulatory requirements. Overall it is concluded that (a) the provision of medical and sanitary components of emergency

  10. Application of Balance Score Card (BSC) in a Nuclear Medicine Department

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    Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is a concept helping you translate strategy into action. BSC provides management with a comprehensive picture of business operations and a methodology that facilitates the communication and understanding of business goals and strategies at all levels of an organization. Traditional performance measurement, focusing on external accounting data, was quickly becoming obsolete and something more was needed to provide the information age enterprises with efficient planning tools, For this purpose Kaplan and Norton introduced four different perspectives. Aim: Application of BSC to a Nuclear Medicine Department for provides four perspectives: financial perspective, customer perspective, process perspective and learning and innovation perspective. Conclusion: BSC helps align key performance measures with strategy at all levels of a Nuclear Medicine Department, facilitates communication and understanding, provides feedback and learning and reduce the vast amount of information the Nuclear Medicine Department into essentials

  11. BSC Final Report: Lessons Learned from Building America Participation; February 1995 - December 2002

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    Hendron, Bob [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

    2004-04-01

    This report chronicles the how and why of the key BSC Building America outcomes. It is organized and put in the context of what the Building Science Consortium has learned from and with its building industry partners.

  12. 75 FR 42448 - Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), Coordinating Center for Health Promotion (CCHP): Notice of...

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    2010-07-21

    ...), Coordinating Center for Health Promotion (CCHP): Notice of Charter Amendment This gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) of October 6, 1972, that the BSC, CCHP, has amended...

  13. PEMBOBOTAN SASARAN STRATEGIS PERSPEKTIF BALANCE SCORECARD (BSC) PADA PERUSAHAAN AIR MINUM

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    Dwi Sulisworo; Sari Nurmaningsih

    2011-01-01

    Usaha-usaha peningkatan kesehatan organisasi di perusahaan yang cenderung hanya fokus pada finansial, terbukti belum dapat memenuhi harapan stakeholder. Salah satu pendekatan yang digunakan untuk melakukan perencanaan kinerja yang komprehensif adalah dengan menggunakan BSC yang dapat untuk mengidentifikasi indikator-indikator kinerja yang mendukung visi dan misi dan mengukur pencapaian kinerja perusahaan. Dengan analisis BSC dan AHP diketahui tiga komponen atau indikator kinerja yang paling b...

  14. Approaching the Cramer-Rao Bound in Weak Lensing with PDF Symmetrization

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    Zhang, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Weak lensing statistics is typically measured as weighted sum of shear estimators or their products (shear-shear correlation). The weighting schemes are designed in the hope of minimizing the statistical error without introducing systematic errors. It would be ideal to approach the Cramer-Rao bound (the lower bound of the statistical uncertainty) in shear statistics, though it is generally difficult to do so in practice. The reasons may include: difficulties in galaxy shape measurement, inaccurate knowledge of the probability-distribution-function (PDF) of the shear estimator, misidentification of point sources as galaxies, etc.. Using the shear estimators defined in Zhang et al. (2015), we show that one can overcome all these problems, and allow shear measurement accuracy to approach the Cramer-Rao bound. This can be achieved by symmetrizing the PDF of the shear estimator, or the joint PDF of shear estimator pairs (for shear-shear correlation), without any prior knowledge of the PDF. Using simulated galaxy i...

  15. Posterior Cramer-Rao lower bounds for bearing-only tracking

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    2008-01-01

    In the state estimation of passive tracking systems,the traditional approximate expression for the Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRLB) does not take two factors into consideration,that is,measurement origin uncertainty and state noise.Such treatment is only valid in ideal situation but it is not feasible in actual situation.In this article,considering the two factors,the posterior Cramer-Rao lower bound (PCRLB) recursion expression for the error of bearing-only tracking is derived.Then,further analysis is carried out on the PCRLB.According to the final result,there are four main parameters that play a role in the performance of the PCRLB,that is,measurement noise,detection probability,state noise and clutter density,amongst which the first two have greater impact on the performance of the PCRLB than the others.

  16. Cramér-Rao Bounds and Estimation Algorithms for Delay/Doppler and Conventional Altimetry

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    Halimi, Abderrahim; Mailhes, Corinne; Tourneret, J. -Y.

    2013-01-01

    International audience Delay/Doppler radar altimetry has been receiving an increasing interest, especially since the launch of the first altimeter in 2010. It aims at reducing the measurement noise and increasing the along-track resolution in comparison with conventional pulse limited altimetry. A semi-analytical model was recently introduced for this new generation of delay/Doppler altimeters. The first contribution of this paper is the derivation of the Cramér-Rao bounds (CRBs) associat...

  17. Design and construction of demineralized water production and maintenance system for RA-O nuclear reactor

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    The normal operation of zero power RA-O Nuclear Reactor requires a production and maintenance of demineralized water system. This system was designed and built-up during the works for actualization, upgrading and new start up at Cordoba National University of this facility. This paper comments the relevant aspects about the didactical purpose of that system and the details considered for training and practices with it. Similarly, considerations about solids wastes and effluents treatment are discussed. (Author)

  18. LOCAL INFLUENCE ASSESSMENT IN A MULTIVARIATE t-MODEL WITH RAO'S SIMPLE STRUCTURE

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    Zou Qingming; Zhang Huaixiong

    2005-01-01

    The local influence analysis is an important problem in statistical inference and some models have been discussed in many literatures[1- 5]. This paper deals with the problem of assessing local influences in a multivariate t-model with Rao's simple structure(RSS). Based on Cook's likelihood displacement, the effects of some minor perturbation on the statistical inference is assessed. As an application, a common covariance-weighted perturbation is thoroughly discussed.

  19. Exact Conditional and Unconditional Cram\\`er-Rao Bounds for Near Field Localization

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    Begriche, Youcef; Thameri, Messaoud; Abed-Meraim, Karim

    2013-01-01

    This paper considers the Cram\\`er-Rao lower Bound (CRB) for the source localization problem in the near field. More specifically, we use the exact expression of the delay parameter for the CRB derivation and show how this exact CRB can be significantly different from the one given in the literature and based on an approximate time delay expression (usually considered in the Fresnel region). This CRB derivation is then generalized by considering the exact expression of the received power profi...

  20. Finding Robust Assailant Using Optimization Functions (FiRAO-PG in Wireless Sensor Network

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    Piyush Kumar Shukla

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Wireless sensor network consists of hundreds or thousands of low cost, low power, and self-organizing tiny sensor nodes that are deployed within the sensor network. Sensor network is susceptible to physical attacks due to deprived power and restricted resource capability and is exposed to external environment for transmitting and receiving data. Node capture attack is one of the most menacing attack in the wireless sensor network and may be physically captured by an adversary for extracting confidential information regarding cryptographic keys, node’s unique id, and so forth, from its memory to eliminate the confidentiality and integrity of the wireless links. Node capture attack suffers from severe security breach and tremendous network cost. We propose an empirically designed multiple objectives node capture attack algorithm based on optimization functions as an effective solution against the attacking efficiency of node capture attack. Finding robust assailant optimization-particle swarm optimization and genetic algorithm (FiRAO-PG consists of multiple objectives: maximum node participation, maximum key participation, and minimum resource expenditure to find optimal nodes using PSO and GA. It will leverage a comprehensive tool to destroy maximum portion of the network realizing cost-effectiveness and higher attacking efficiency. The simulation results manifest that FiRAO-PG can provide higher fraction of compromised traffic than matrix algorithm (MA so the attacking efficiency of FiRAO-PG is higher.

  1. Rao Quan Feasibility Study - Phase 1: Toxic Substances and Contamination (Final Report)

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    Berge, Dag; Knutzen, Jon

    1997-12-31

    Due to wartime activity in the Khe Sanh area, it was expected that damming of the river Rao Quan could wash out diffuse pollutants from the ground and from possible military dump sites. As discussed in this report, the rivers Rao Quan, Khe Nghi and Quang Tri contain relatively soft water. The buffer capacity against acidification is good. The sulphate concentration is low. The water will not be aggressive against concrete. The maximum particulate content in the wet season is low. The nutrient content of the rivers is relatively low. The phosphorus content correlated well with the turbidity, which indicates that the phosphorus is bound to particles. Khe Nghi has significantly higher nitrogen content than the other rivers, which may indicate some slight impact from animal husbandry. However, there was no eutrophication. The content of heavy metals is low and indicates no pollution from the military activities in the area. The water is well suited for irrigation. There was no indication from the analysed fish , the river sediments from Rao Quan or the top soil of the rice fields of any significant dioxin contamination. The content was similar to normal back ground levels caused by diffuse atmospheric fallout. The herbicide Agent Orange in 1962-1975 was applied mostly in the southernmost part of the country and contamination from it in the Quang Tri Province is not expected. 13 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  2. First report of Dicopus longipes (Subba Rao (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea from India with new distribution data on some species

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    A. Rameshkumar

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Dicopus longipes (Subba Rao (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Mymaridae is recorded from India for the first time. New additional distribution records of Mymaridae from the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala are documented.

  3. Gewebedopplerechokardiographische Untersuchung der Wirkung des β₂-Sympathomimetikums Clenbuterol auf den Herzmuskel gesunder und an RAO erkrankter Pferde

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    Neukirch, Susanne

    2012-01-01

    The cardiac effect of the beta-2 sympathomimetic drug clenbuterol at a therapeutic dose (0.8 μg/kg, twice daily), administered over a period of 14 days, was investigated by the sensitive method of tissue Doppler echocardiography. The group of 45 investigated horses consisted of 25 with healthy lungs and 20 warm-blooded diseased horses with RAO. Classification of groups and assignment to various severity grades of RAO were performed after a general clinical investigation and a detailed inve...

  4. Dynamický BSC a strategické mapy jako nástroj firemní komunikace

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    Malá, Kateřina

    2013-01-01

    Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is one of the current methods of strategic management and planning. Unlike some methods are focused on non-financial measures, when their connection with financial indicators leads to more efficient management of business performance. Dynamic BSC is one of the modifications of the BSC method, which uses elements of system dynamics and system thinking, for its optimization. One of the elements that are used in conjunction with this method, the strategy maps, which is u...

  5. 多视角几何Rao-Blackwellised SLAM算法%SLAM method with multiple vision geometric and Rao-Blackwellised particle filtering

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    弋英民; 黄莹

    2015-01-01

    Low price sensor and high precise localization is a hot research issue. In this paper, only single camera is used to catch multiple images. The relation between images is gotten by factorization method. From the multiple geometric calculating, the deep on the environments is gotten. The robot simultaneous localization and mapping is performed iteratively by the Rao-Blackwellisated filter. The observation model is approximated with first-order Taylor. The experiments are performed with MT-R robot plant. The results show that the localization precise of robot with only single camera is more than the classic method.%低成本传感器、高精度定位是机器人同步定位与地图构建的热点研究问题。采用单视觉传感器来获取多个图像视觉信息,通过因式分解求解多幅图像的空间关系;利用多视角几何理论获得环境深度信息。机器人的同步定位与地图构建是通过对观测模型进行一阶泰勒近似,以及Rao-Blackwellised粒子滤波迭代进行的。在MT-R移动机器人研究平台进行实验,实验结果表明所提出的方法在定位精度指标优于经典的EKF-SLAM方法,并且只需要单个摄像头。

  6. Physiological response of BSC phototrophic community to EPS removal

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    Adessi, Alessandra; Cruz de Carvalho, Ricardo; Silvestre, Susana; Rossi, Federico; Mugnai, Gianmarco; Marques da Silva, Jorge; Branquinho, Cristina; De Philippis, Roberto

    2015-04-01

    Biological Soil Crusts (BSCs) are associations between soil particles and varying proportions of cyanobacteria, heterotrophic bacteria, algae, fungi, lichens and mosses. BSCs play a major role in soil stabilization, and in drylands have been well acknowledged for mitigating desertification effects. Amongst the wide diversity of organisms that compose BSCs, cyanobacteria are the first primary producers: they colonize nutrient-limited soils, modifying the micro-environment through the excretion of large amounts of extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs). EPSs represent a huge carbon and nitrogen source for other inhabitants of the crust, are three-dimensionally spread through the first millimeters of the soil, and have a recognized role in influencing the hydrological behavior of the crust. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible role that EPSs play in the physiology of the phototrophic community residing on a light crust (without mosses or lichens, thus mainly inhabited by cyanobacteria and algae). In particular it was investigated whether the three-dimensional matrix in which EPSs are organized allowed light distribution and diffusion inside the crust, thus influencing photosynthesis. Non-invasive techniques were used to extract the polymeric matrix and to analyze photosynthetic performances in native and extracted BSC samples. Preliminary results suggested that the mild extraction protocol allowed to remove a portion of the matrix, and that this treatment revealed highly significant differences in the optical properties of the crusts comparing native and extracted samples. The extraction did not affect cell viability, as samples after the extraction were still photosynthetically active. However, chlorophyll variable fluorescence was significantly lower in the extracted samples than in native ones, and susceptibility to photoinhibition was significantly modified. Evaluating the role of the EPSs in the community is essential to further understand the

  7. Critical factors in implementing the Balanced Scorecard-BSC Fatores críticos na implantação do Balanced Scorecard-BSC

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    Fábio Augusto de Lucca Moreira

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    Full Text Available Several issues can be raised regarding the critical factors for implementing management models such as the Balanced Scorecard (BSC. The success demands the understanding of the model by the implementation team and the workers involved. The entertainment industry, to which the Beach Park Hotel and Tourism, presents peculiarities that make the implementation of a management model a bigger challenge, and a segment that tends to grow at a rate of 10, 6% per year until 2016. Focusing the organization and context, this study aims to identify the critical factors of implementation of the BSC, through a case study, descriptive. The results showed the following critical factors for the implementation of the BSC: the absence of a culture of strategic planning, the complexity of the business and project, the history of a management style centralized and authoritarian, the centralization of the BSC at the top, restriction of management time to devote to the project; the absence of an information system, to support the project; not performing training and the lack of external consultants. In promoting organizational change, lacked adequate involvement of the leadership and and the support of the management of the dome. In successful cases, the history of management-oriented learning serves as the basis for a proper definition of the critical needs of the organization, and defining the appropriate indicators, factors that, in the case in focus, proved absent in a company without culture of planning. Normal 0 21 false false false PT-BR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Inúmeras questões podem ser levantadas acerca dos fatores críticos para a implantação de modelos de gestão como o Balanced Scorecard (BSC. O êxito demanda a compreensão do modelo, por parte da equipe de implantação e dos colaboradores envolvidos. Ressalta-se que a indústria do entretenimento, em que se insere o Beach Park Hotéis e Turismo, possui particularidades que tornam

  8. THE BSC AND THE HEALTH MANAGEMENT CONSORTIA: A CASE STUDY OF ITS APPLICABILITY

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    Juliana Caroline Coutinho Coelho Guimarães

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    Full Text Available The professional management development consistent with the demands of society is an undeniable reality in Public Health. The enactment of 11.107/2005 Law inserts an agenda for change in the reality of Health Consortia. Against this backdrop of change, uncertainty and social costs, we need to rethink management practices. The management supporting tools have been evolving rapidly since 1980, highlighting the Balanced Scorecard (BSC. The adoption of the BSC as a management supporting tool to consortia comes to meet the existing demand to improve professionalization in public administration. This article aims to analyze the applicability of a support management tool to a Health Consortia, based on BSC through a proposed pilot project in a consortium selected to do so. Thus, for the realization of this work, designed a Case Study in CISMEV - Consortium Health of Middle Velhas River, and developed a proposal for the construction of the BSC with nine distinct steps. Thus, it was possible to identify the key steps to be met for the adoption of new procedures and routines, as well as the challenges encountered in the development process of the BSC by public institutions. We also identified the possible gains from deploying this tool culminating in fulfilling the mission and building the organizational vision. It was felt that identifying motivators for choosing this tool, as well as their strengths and limitations are essential to the construction of this process with greater criticality.

  9. CRAMER-RAO BOUNDS FOR PARAMETER ESTIMATION OF PHASE-CODING SIGNALS

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    Huang Chunlin; Jiang Wengli; Zhou Yiyu

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, Cramer-Rao Bound (CRB) is derived from phase-coding signal with additive white noise, where three important parameters are focused on: carrier frequency, chip width and amplitude. Simplified and close form expressions of CRB are obtained through complicated derivation, and then are applied to evaluate the performance of the cyclic estimator.The results are accurate enough and serve well as benchmark for evaluating the performance of parameter estimation method. Numerical simulations illustrate the accuracy and applicability of the derived CRB.

  10. Exact Conditional and Unconditional Cramer-Rao Bounds for Near Field Localization

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    Begriche, Youcef; Thameri, Messaoud; Abed-Meraim, Karim

    2014-01-01

    this paper considers the Cramér Rao lower Bound (CRB) for the source localization problem in the near field. More specifically, we use the exact expression of the delay parameter for the CRB derivation and show how this 'exactCRB' can be significantly different from the one given in the literature based on an approximate time delay expression (usually considered in the Fresnel region). Inaddition, we consider the exact expression of the received power profile(i.e., variable gain case) which, to t...

  11. The Polar Crust Project- BSC Diversity and Variability in the Arctic and Antarctica

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    Williams, Laura; Borchhardt, Nadine; Komisc-Buchmann, Karin; Becker, Burkhard; Karsten, Ulf; Büdel, Burkhard

    2015-04-01

    The Polar Crust Project is a newly funded DFG initiative that aims to provide a precise evaluation of the biodiversity of eukaryotic green microalgae and cyanobacteria in Biological Soil Crusts (BSC) isolated from the Antarctic Peninsula and Arctic Svalbard. This project will include a thorough investigation into the composition of BSC in the Polar regions, this especially is important for Svalbard due to the severe lack of any previous research on such communities in this area. During our expedition to Spitsbergen, Svalbard in August 2014 we were particularly surprised to find that the coverage of BSC is extremely high and is certainly the dominant vegetation type around Ny Ålesund. Due to this discovery the project has now been extended to include long term measurements of CO2 gas exchange in order to gain exact seasonal carbon fixation rates and therefore discovering how the BSC contributes to the ecosystems carbon balance. The research areas of Spitsbergen were centred around 2 localities: Ny-Ålesund is a research town, home to the AWIPEV station, on the Brøgger peninsula. Longyearbyen, which is the largest settlement on the island, is found in the valley Longyeardalen on the shore of Adventfjorden. Areas where BSC is the prevalent vegetation type were identified, 6 around Ny-Ålesund and 4 for Longyearbyen, and vegetation surveys were conducted. This entailed 625 single point measurements at each site and identifying the crust/or other cover type. For example, green algal lichen, cyanobacterial crust, higher plant, open soil. Samples were also taken at every location in order to study the green algal and cyanobacterial diversity. The vegetation survey will allow us to get a good overview of the BSC composition at the different sites. In January 2015 an expedition to the Antarctic Peninsular took place, here the sampling method was repeated and therefore both Polar Regions BSC composition can be described and compared. Here, we wish to introduce the Polar

  12. Critical factors in implementing the Balanced Scorecard-BSC Fatores críticos na implantação do Balanced Scorecard-BSC

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    Fábio Augusto de Lucca Moreira; Maria Naiula Monteiro Pessoa; Augusto Cezar de Aquino Cabral; Sandra Maria dos Santos; Vivianne Pereira Salas Roldan

    2013-01-01

    Several issues can be raised regarding the critical factors for implementing management models such as the Balanced Scorecard (BSC). The success demands the understanding of the model by the implementation team and the workers involved. The entertainment industry, to which the Beach Park Hotel and Tourism, presents peculiarities that make the implementation of a management model a bigger challenge, and a segment that tends to grow at a rate of 10, 6% per year until 2016. Focusing the organiza...

  13. 75 FR 60762 - Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic...

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    ... Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BSC, NIOSH) In accordance with section 10(a) (2) of the... demonstrations relating to occupational safety and health and to mine health. The Board of Scientific Counselors shall provide guidance to the Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health...

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    ... Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BSC, NIOSH) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal... occupational safety and health and to mine health. The Board of Scientific Counselors shall provide guidance to the Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on research and...

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    ... Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BSC, NIOSH) In accordance with section 10(a) (2) of the... Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on research and prevention programs... evaluate the degree to which the activities of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and...

  18. 78 FR 13678 - Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office ] DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID) Notice of Cancellation: A notice was published in the Federal Register on February 19, 2013, Volume 78, Number 33,...

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    ... Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BSC, NIOSH) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal... Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on research and prevention programs... evaluate the degree to which the activities of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and...

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    ... Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub... National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral..., brief updates on activities of the infectious disease national centers, and a discussion on ways...

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    ... Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub... for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis... updates from the infectious disease national centers, and focused discussions on CDC's safe...

  2. 78 FR 17411 - Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)

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    ... Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub... Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC, in... Discussed: The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the potential for forming an infectious...

  3. 75 FR 69687 - Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases, (BSC, OID)

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases, (BSC, OID) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for...

  4. 76 FR 24031 - Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)

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    ... Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub... Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral... focused discussion on ``Transitioning Infectious Disease Prevention Programs in an Era of Change.''...

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    ... Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub... Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC, in the... purpose of the meeting is to discuss the potential for forming an infectious disease laboratory...

  6. 75 FR 66772 - Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)

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    ... Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub... Diseases, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for... presentation of a draft document being developed to advance CDC's infectious disease priorities. A...

  7. 78 FR 69683 - Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for...

  8. 78 FR 21370 - Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)

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    ... Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub... National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral... groups, brief updates on activities of the infectious disease national centers, and focused...

  9. Competencies of BSc and MSc programmes in electrical engineering and student portfolios

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    2002-01-01

    General goals of a BSc and MSc in electrical engineering are formulated, leading to a 'mission' statement clarifying the rationale behind the programmes in relation to the needs of society. These goals are made operational in terms of competencies that engineers educated through our programmes are r

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  12. On the Cramér-Rao bound of wideband direction of arrival estimation

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    LI Qiang; LIU Yun; LI Zhishun

    2007-01-01

    The Cramér-Rao bound (CRB) for wideband direction of arrival (DOA) estimates of multi-source impinging on a randomly distributed array is derived. The computational expressions for the elements of Fisher information matrix in arbitrary array are provided also.The derived CRB can be divided into two terms, one depends on signals' characteristics and the other depends on array geometry, and so an insight into theoretical performance of DOA estimation can be provided. The first term of CRB shows that the DOA estimation performance not only depends on SNR but also the signal bandwidth and spectral density, thus it can be found that better DOA estimation can be obtained for signals with more high frequency energies.The second term of CRB shows that DOA estimates vary with different array geometries and source angles. These properties provide us some useful tip to design an efficient signal and array configuration. Simulation results confirmed the results mentioned above.

  13. The Influence of Random Element Displacement on DOA Estimates Obtained with (Khatri–Rao-)Root-MUSIC

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    Inghelbrecht, Veronique; Verhaevert, Jo; van Hecke, Tanja; Rogier, Hendrik

    2014-01-01

    Although a wide range of direction of arrival (DOA) estimation algorithms has been described for a diverse range of array configurations, no specific stochastic analysis framework has been established to assess the probability density function of the error on DOA estimates due to random errors in the array geometry. Therefore, we propose a stochastic collocation method that relies on a generalized polynomial chaos expansion to connect the statistical distribution of random position errors to the resulting distribution of the DOA estimates. We apply this technique to the conventional root-MUSIC and the Khatri-Rao-root-MUSIC methods. According to Monte-Carlo simulations, this novel approach yields a speedup by a factor of more than 100 in terms of CPU-time for a one-dimensional case and by a factor of 56 for a two-dimensional case. PMID:25393783

  14. Analysis of the Cramer-Rao lower uncertainty bound in the joint estimation of astrometry and photometry

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    Mendez, Rene A; Orsotica, Rodrigo; Lobos, Rodrigo

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we use the Cramer-Rao lower uncertainty bound to estimate the maximum precision that could be achieved on the joint simultaneous (or 2D) estimation of photometry and astrometry of a point source measured by a linear CCD detector array. We develop exact expressions for the Fisher matrix elements required to compute the Cramer-Rao bound in the case of a source with a Gaussian light profile. From these expressions we predict the behavior of the Cramer-Rao astrometric and photometric precision as a function of the signal and the noise of the observations, and compare them to actual observations - finding a good correspondence between them. We show that the astrometric Cramer-Rao bound goes as $(S/N)^{-1}$ (similar to the photometric bound) but, additionally, we find that this bound is quite sensitive to the value of the background - suppressing the background can greatly enhance the astrometric accuracy. We present a systematic analysis of the elements of the Fisher matrix in the case when the detec...

  15. On the Cramér–Rao bound applicability and the role of Fisher information in computational neuroscience

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    Pilarski, Stevan; Pokora, O.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 136, Oct 2015 (2015), s. 11-22. ISSN 0303-2647 Institutional support: RVO:67985823 Keywords : Fisher information * neuronal coding * Cramér–Rao admissibility Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 1.548, year: 2014

  16. PEMBOBOTAN SASARAN STRATEGIS PERSPEKTIF BALANCE SCORECARD (BSC PADA PERUSAHAAN AIR MINUM

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Usaha-usaha peningkatan kesehatan organisasi di perusahaan yang cenderung hanya fokus pada finansial, terbukti belum dapat memenuhi harapan stakeholder. Salah satu pendekatan yang digunakan untuk melakukan perencanaan kinerja yang komprehensif adalah dengan menggunakan BSC yang dapat untuk mengidentifikasi indikator-indikator kinerja yang mendukung visi dan misi dan mengukur pencapaian kinerja perusahaan. Dengan analisis BSC dan AHP diketahui tiga komponen atau indikator kinerja yang paling berpengaruh pada perusahaan adalah Karyawan yang Berdisiplin dan Bertanggung Jawab (0.833, kapabilitas kerja (0.582 dan kualitas layanan (0.486. Perbaikan pada internal organisasi diharapkan akan dapat meningkatkan kepuasan pelanggan. Hal ini juga bersesuaian dengan skor tertinggi yang diperoleh ada pada proses bisnis internal (7.5

  17. Improving efficiency of decision making units through BSC-DEA technique

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Performance evaluation is one of the most important techniques to prioritize different decision making units. Data envelopment analysis (DEA, as a non-parametric method, plays an important role for measuring relative efficiency. Balanced score card, on the other hand, is another method to evaluate a business plan based on non-financial perspectives. The integrated BSC-DEA takes advantage of the advantages of both methods' features. In this paper, we propose a BSC-DEA method to rank different decision making units. We consider different financial criteria such as profit-margin, return on assets along with non-financial criteria such as customer satisfaction, advanced services, employee skills to compare the performance of different banks. The results are analyzed and discussed, which could be used for making better decisions.

  18. BSC methodology for determining strategy of manufacturing enterprises of SME sector

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    M. Torbacka; W. Torbacki

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The main issue of this paper is to present a modern way of determining business strategy with a use of Balanced Scorecard methodology (BSC) integrated with ERP/MRP rank systems for managing manufacturing companies.Design/methodology/approach: The paper presents assumptions, aims and ways of implementation of Balanced Scorecard on a background of classic manufacturing company management.Findings: A present state of software development produced for strategic company management as well...

  19. Application and verification of the NMMB/BSC-CTM forecast for solar energy

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    Soret, Albert; Serradell, Kim; Piot, Matthias; Ortega, Daniel; Obiso, Vincenzo; Jorba, Oriol

    2016-04-01

    In the beginning of April 2014, northern Europe was affected by a mineral dust intrusion. On 4 April 2014, the power prediction for German solar installations was estimated as 21 GW, whereas the measured power production merely reached 11 GW. This strong overestimation significantly affected the hourly price in the wholesale electricity market: prices were firstly assessed at around 27 € /MWh but rapidly reached a level close to 150 € /MWh after recognizing the lack of solar output. It has been found that a large proportion of the uncertainty of existing NWP models can be attributed to the lack of accurate aerosol data used in order to model solar radiation. Despite the advancements in the modelling of aerosol-cloud interactions, current meteorological models use parameterizations made mostly for climate considerations (generally monthly-based). In this contribution, we analyse model results of the direct radiative effect of mineral dust over Germany at the beginning of April 2014. For that, the NMMB/BSC Chemical Transport Model (NMMB/BSC-CTM) is applied on a regional domain at 0.1° horizontal resolution. The NMMB/BSC-CTM is a new on-line chemical weather prediction system coupling atmospheric and chemistry processes. In the radiation module of the model, mineral dust is treated as a radiatively active substance interacting both short and longwave radiation. The impact of the mineral dust outbreaks on meteorology is discussed by comparing model forecasts meteorological observations. The analysis focuses on the performance of the NMMB/BSC-CTM to simulate the radiative effects of a mineral dust intrusion far from source regions. Model results would help to illustrate the added value of on-line models for long term analysis of solar resource. On-going developments: integration of anthropogenic sources and implementation of indirect radiative effects will be also presented.

  20. The Value of Information Literacy: Conceptions of BSc Nursing Students at a UK University

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    2011-01-01

    This study investigates the conceptions of information literacy held by student nurses on a BSc Nursing Studies course and asks whether the information skills sessions taught are successful from the students’ viewpoint. Additionally, it compares attitudes to, and use of information literacy within the artificial environment of the university and the ‘real world’ of the nurse as perceived by participants on their clinical and community placements. The inquiry introduces the concept of in...

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  2. Implementation Of A Computerized Balanced Scorecard (BSC System In A Manufacturing Organisation In Zimbabwe

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    Norman Gwangwava

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This modern era’s high technological improvements present manufacturers and other organizations with a plethora of Management Information Systems (MISs which makes them face challenges when choosing a corporate information system. High initial investment in setting up the information systems make it very difficult for companies to adopt new systems as they come into market before realizing a reasonable return from the previous system. In line with these concerns, a methodology for building a Balanced Scorecard module as a strategic management platform that can be integrated smoothly into already existing information system such as MRP/ERP is presented. The paper uses a case study of a manufacturing company based in Zimbabwe. Various manufacturing based metrics are reviewed with the main intent of showing how these can be tracked in a computerized platform. Sample data extracted from the production system is used to test the built system. The paper shows a methodology for software design, setting up and adopting a BSC system. The proposed approach is used to design a computerized BSC system for the case study company, which incorporates a BSC dashboard for the four main perspectives derived from various operational metrics.

  3. An Integrated MCDM Method in Ranking BSC Perspectives and key Performance Indicators (KPIs

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    Mohsen Alvandi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The balanced scorecard (BSC approach is an effective technique for performance evaluation. BSC can better reflect the dependence and feedback problems of each factor in real world situations. This study aims at developing a set of appropriate key performance indicators according to (BSC approach for SAPCO using multiple criteria decision making(MCDM method. We provide key performance indicators through literature reviews and experts' idea in SAPCO, which is one of the biggest vehicle spare suppliers in Iran. The proposed study uses decision making trial and evaluation laboratory (DEMATEL and analytic network process (ANP, respectively to measure the casual relationship between the perspectives as well as the relative weights. The results based on ANP method shows that ‘‘Customer’’ is the most influential factor. In addition, internal process, financial and learning and growth are in two to four positions. Three important key performance indicators are as bellow: Total price of parts, Customer satisfaction and Lack of parts in production.

  4. Gas-phase chemistry in the online multiscale NMMB/BSC Chemical Transport Model: Description and evaluation at global scale

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    Badia, Alba; JORBA Oriol; Voulgarakis, Apostolos; Dabdub, Donald; Pérez, Carlos; Hilboll, Andreas; Gonçalves, María; Janjic, Zavisa

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a comprehensive description and benchmark evaluation of the tropospheric gas-phase chemistry component of the NMMB/BSC Chemical Transport Model (NMMB/BSC-CTM), an online chemical weather prediction system conceived for both the regional and the global scale. We provide an extensive evaluation of a global annual cycle simulation using a variety of background surface stations (EMEP, WDCGG and CASTNET), ozonesondes (WOUDC, CMD and SHADOZ), aircraft data (MOZAIC and several ca...

  5. Novel Mobile Robot Simultaneous Localization and Mapping Using Rao-Blackwellised Particle Filter

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    Hong Bingrong

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the novel method of mobile robot simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM, which is implemented by using the Rao-Blackwellised particle filter (RBPF for monocular vision-based autonomous robot in unknown indoor environment. The particle filter is combined with unscented Kalman filter (UKF to extending the path posterior by sampling new poses that integrate the current observation. The landmark position estimation and update is implemented through the unscented transform (UT. Furthermore, the number of resampling steps is determined adaptively, which seriously reduces the particle depletion problem. Monocular CCD camera mounted on the robot tracks the 3D natural point landmarks, which are structured with matching image feature pairs extracted through Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT. The matching for multi-dimension SIFT features which are highly distinctive due to a special descriptor is implemented with a KDTree in the time cost of O(log2N. Experiments on the robot Pioneer3 in our real indoor environment show that our method is of high precision and stability.

  6. Optimizing wavelength choice for quantitative optoacoustic imaging using the Cramer-Rao lower bound

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    Modgil, Dimple; La Riviere, Patrick J, E-mail: dimple@uchicago.ed [Department of Radiology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 60637 (United States)

    2010-12-07

    Several papers have recently addressed the issue of estimating chromophore concentration in optoacoustic imaging (OAI) using multiple wavelengths. The choice of wavelengths obviously affects the accuracy and precision of the estimates. One might assume that the wavelengths that maximize the extinction coefficients of the chromophores would be the most suitable. However, this may not always be the case since the distribution of light intensity in the medium is also wavelength dependent. In this paper, we explore a method for optimizing the choice of wavelengths based on the Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRLB) on the variance of the chromophore concentration. This lower bound on variance can be evaluated numerically for different wavelengths using the variation of the extinction coefficients and scattering coefficients with wavelength. The wavelengths that give the smallest variance will be considered optimal for multi-wavelength OAI to estimate the chromophore concentrations. The expression for the CRLB has been derived analytically for estimating the concentration of multiple chromophores for several simple phantom models for the case when the optoacoustic signal is proportional to the product of the optical absorption and the illumination function. This approach could be easily extended to other geometries.

  7. Cram\\'er-Rao Bounds for Polynomial Signal Estimation using Sensors with AR(1) Drift

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    Kar, Swarnendu; Palaniswami, Marimuthu

    2012-01-01

    We seek to characterize the estimation performance of a sensor network where the individual sensors exhibit the phenomenon of drift, i.e., a gradual change of the bias. Though estimation in the presence of random errors has been extensively studied in the literature, the loss of estimation performance due to systematic errors like drift have rarely been looked into. In this paper, we derive closed-form Fisher Information matrix and subsequently Cram\\'er-Rao bounds (upto reasonable approximation) for the estimation accuracy of drift-corrupted signals. We assume a polynomial time-series as the representative signal and an autoregressive process model for the drift. When the Markov parameter for drift \\rho<1, we show that the first-order effect of drift is asymptotically equivalent to scaling the measurement noise by an appropriate factor. For \\rho=1, i.e., when the drift is non-stationary, we show that the constant part of a signal can only be estimated inconsistently (non-zero asymptotic variance). Practica...

  8. The Cramer-Rao Bound and DMT Signal Optimisation for the Identification of a Wiener-Type Model

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    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available In linear system identification, optimal excitation signals can be determined using the Cramer-Rao bound. This problem has not been thoroughly studied for the nonlinear case. In this work, the Cramer-Rao bound for a factorisable Volterra model is derived. The analytical result is supported with simulation examples. The bound is then used to find the optimal excitation signal out of the class of discrete multitone signals. As the model is nonlinear in the parameters, the bound depends on the model parameters themselves. On this basis, a three-step identification procedure is proposed. To illustrate the procedure, signal optimisation is explicitly performed for a third-order nonlinear model. Methods of nonlinear optimisation are applied for the parameter estimation of the model. As a baseline, the problem of optimal discrete multitone signals for linear FIR filter estimation is reviewed.

  9. Efficient Variant of Algorithm FastICA for Independent Component Analysis Attaining the Cramer-Rao Lower Bound

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    Koldovský, Zbyněk; Tichavský, Petr; Oja, E.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 17, č. 5 (2006), s. 1265-1277. ISSN 1045-9227 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0572 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : Independent component analysis * blind source separation * blind deconvolution * Cramer-Rao lower bound * algorithm FastICA Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research Impact factor: 2.620, year: 2006

  10. A new approach to analyze strategy map using an integrated BSC and FUZZY DEMATEL

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    Seyed Abdollah Heydariyeh

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Today, with ever-increasing competition in global economic conditions, the necessity of effective implementation of strategy map has become an inevitable and necessary. The strategy map represents a general and structured framework for strategic objectives and plays an important role in forming competitive advantages for organizations. It is important to find important factors influencing strategy map and prioritize them based on suitable factors. In this paper, we propose an integration of BSC and Fuzzy DEMATEL technique to rank different items influencing strategy of a production plan. The proposed technique is implemented for real-world case study of glass production.

  11. Utilizing the BSC and EFQM as a Combination Framework; Scrutinizing the Possibility by TOPSIS Method

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    Neda Jalaliyoon, Hamed Taherdoost, & Mazdak Zamani

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Increasing the competition between organizations in the field of productionsand services leads them to use the samples and patterns to assess theiractivities and performance. Appearing this kind of needs and inefficiency ofmeasuring systems with traditional activities assessment causes to createnew models of activities assessment in organizations. These models couldbe divided in two groups. The first group is based on self assessment andthe second group is based on measurement and improvement of businesstrade process. Among mentioned models, Balanced score Card (BSC andEuropean Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM have had morechance to be used by many companies. Regarding the high acceptance ofthese two models in the world and existence many similarities between them;this study is going to present exact glance of these two models and present acomparison between them. Moreover, after recognizing the weaknesses andpowers of them, the possibility of using them at the same time will beevaluated. In order to gain this goal, an automobile company’s performancehas been assessed based on BSC and EFQM and the results are analyzedwith TOPSIS method.

  12. Prioritization governmental insurance company according to BSC procedure by AHP group technique

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    Amene Kiarazm

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Insurance industry is one of the industries that have special importance and validity in modern economy, domestic and foreign trade. Performance evaluation and grading the insurance company in addition to determining the general position of agency in industry, market and informing the beneficiaries, cause increase in competition, dynamism in industry, and development in community. On the other hand, organization strategic performance evaluation is always one the first and most basic prerequisites for compiling improvement programs in organizations and it has a high importance. One of the strategic efficient models in this aspect is BSC that equally analyses all aspects of organization. The statistical population in this research is consists of four governmental insurance (Iran, Asia, Dana and Alborz. For collecting data, haphazard sampling procedure was used. Study tool is questionnaire whose reliability was measured by consistency ratio and whose validity was measured by content-construct method by acquiring the opinions of experts and some managers in this field of study and the results showed appropriate reliability and validity. In analysis data section, the group integrative procedures AHP and BSC were used. The results showed that the D insurance company had the higher final score than the other companies. After that the C, A and B insurance companies were respectively.

  13. The use of the Balanced ScoreCard (BSC) in the model for investment and evaluation of medical information systems.

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    Niss, K U

    1999-01-01

    This paper describes the use of the Balanced ScoreCard (BSC) in the MIEMIS meso-model (Model for Investment and Evaluation of Medical Information Systems). The scope of the MIEMIS model is to integrate the evaluation process into the whole lifecycle of an information system using both a prospective and a retrospective approach. We conclude, that the MIEMIS-model has benefited from implementing the BSC into the model due to the fact, that the BSC can support the project management work. This approach helps ensuring, that the new information systems are fulfilled according to the plan and with a balance between the four perspectives (financial, customer/user, internal, and innovation/learning perspective) to avoid that the financial aspect is the driving force in developing and implementing a new information system, for example. PMID:10724849

  14. An empirical study to measure the relative efficiency and strategic planning using BSC-DEA and DEMATEL

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    Mohammad Hemati

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Performance evaluation is one of manager's main concerns in today competitive world, which covers all aspects and dimensions of organization and it is adequately flexible and measurable. So, the necessity of performance evaluation application for organizations where their intangible assets are higher than tangible ones, such as educational institutions, is more obviously observed. Balanced scorecard (BSC is discussed by the aim of promoting manager's decision making and directing their attention toward extensive operational vision of organization compared to traditional measurement systems, which only include the financial measures. However, BSC is a qualitative approach and has some disadvantages and its integration by other quantitative techniques such as data envelopment analysis makes it more efficient. The proposed model of this paper uses DEMATEL technique as part of BSC-DEA model to empower strategic planning. The proposed model of this paper is applied for 10 zone university branches of Islamic Azad universities to provide an appropriate road map.

  15. A BSC-DEA approach to measure the relative efficiency of service industry: A case study of banking sector

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    M. B. Aryanezhad

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Performance evaluation plays an important role in determining faults and difficulties of any organization as well as attempting to increase capabilities and improve activities. Data envelopment analysis (DEA, as a non-parametric method, has been one of the most important and significant management tools for measuring output or efficiency. In this paper, we propose a method to utilize balanced score card (BSC as a tool for designing performance evaluation indices of an organization. The integrated BSC-DEA has been applied as an empirical case for a major private bank organization and the results are analyzed.

  16. Discovery of Self-Sustained 235-U Fission Causing Sunlight by Padmanabha Rao Effect

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    Rao, M. A. Padmanabha

    2013-07-01

    For the first time in solar physics, this paper reports a comprehensive study how 235Uranium fission causes Sunlight by the atomic phenomenon, Padmanabha Rao Effect against the theory of fusion. The first major breakthrough lies in identifying as many as 153 solar lines in the Bharat Radiation range from 12.87 to 31 nm reported by various researchers since 1960s. The Sunlight phenomenon is explained as follows. For example, the energy equivalence 72.48 eV of the most intense 17.107 nm emission in the middle of solar spectrum is the energy lost by β, γ, or X-ray energy of a fission product while passing through core-Coulomb space. This energy loss is the Bharat Radiation energy that cause EUV, UV, visible, and near infrared emissions on valence excitation. From vast data of emissions and energies of various fission products, 606.31 keV β (Eβmax) energy of 131I was chosen as the source of 17.107 nm emission. For the first time a typical Bharat Radiation spectrum was observed when plotted energy loss against β, γ, or X-ray energies of fission products supposedly present in solar flare and atmosphere : 113Xe, 131I, 137Cs, 95Zr, 144Cs, 134I, 140Ba, 133I, 140La, 133In etc that caused solar lines. Consistent presence of a sharp line for four months in AIA spectral EUV band at 335A exemplifies self-sustained uranium fission from a small site appeared in SDO/AIA image at 304A. Sun's dark spot is explained as a large crater formed on Sun's core surface as a result of fission reaction that does not show any emission since fission products would be thrown away from the site during fission. Purely the same Sun's core material left over at the site after fission reaction devoid of fission products and any emission seems to be the familiar dark Matter. This could be the first report on the existence of Sun's Dark Matter.

  17. An Examination of Interprofessional Team Functioning in a BScN Blended Learning Program: Implications for Accessible Distance-Based Nursing Education Programs

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    Carter, Lorraine Mary; Beattie, Bev; Caswell, Wenda; Fitzgerald, Scott; Nowrouzi, Behdin

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the perceptions and experiences of an interprofessional team responsible for the development and delivery of the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Blended Learning Program at Nipissing University were examined. In this program, RPNs can acquire a BScN through distance-based part-time study,…

  18. Profitability of companies that use Balanced Scorecard (BSC versus companies that use only financial performance indicators Rentabilidade de empresas que utilizam o Balanced Scorecard (BSC versus empresas que utilizam somente indicadores de desempenho financeiros

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    Irani Rocha

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to verify whether there is impact difference on the profitability of companies that use financial and nonfinancial performance indicators, as proposed in the Balanced Scorecard (BSC, and companies that use only financial performance indicators. The survey includes companies listed in the magazines Valor 1000 and Exame Maiores e Melhores and, as for the sample, publicly traded companies listed in both publications, representing 169 companies. In the survey conducted to determine whether or not the company uses BSC, out of the 169 companies contacted, 65 responded and 104 did not answer the questioning. Out of the 65 respondents, 19 use BSC and 46 don´t. The indexes were extracted from the financial statements and the non-financial administration reports and explanatory notes. Three financial indicators were selected and, for the non-financial perspectives, for enterprises using BSC, through content analysis, indicators that characterize the customer perspectives were identified, as well as internal learning and growth processes. For the analysis of company results before and after the implementation of BSC, hypotheses were developed for the indicators that showed a more expressive correlation coefficient. The one-tailed test indicated a high correlation in the indicators of learning and growth perspective and a lower one from the costumer perspectives and internal processes. Although the evidences are not abundant, it was concluded that there is a difference in the profitability of enterprises that use financial and nonfinancial performance indicators compared to the ones using just the indicators of financial performance.O estudo objetiva verificar se há diferença de impacto na rentabilidade de empresas que utilizam indicadores de desempenho financeiros e não financeiros conforme proposto no Balanced Scorecard (BSC e de empresas que somente utilizam indicadores de desempenho financeiros. A população da pesquisa compreende

  19. Differential Gene Expression Profiles and Selected Cytokine Protein Analysis of Mediastinal Lymph Nodes of Horses with Chronic Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO Support an Interleukin-17 Immune Response.

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    Full Text Available Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO is a pulmonary inflammatory condition that afflicts certain mature horses exposed to organic dust particulates in hay. Its clinical and pathological features, manifested by reversible bronchoconstriction, excessive mucus production and airway neutrophilia, resemble the pulmonary alterations that occur in agricultural workers with occupational asthma. The immunological basis of RAO remains uncertain although its chronicity, its localization to a mucosal surface and its domination by a neutrophilic, non-septic inflammatory response, suggest involvement of Interleukin-17 (IL-17. We examined global gene expression profiles in mediastinal (pulmonary-draining lymph nodes isolated from RAO-affected and control horses. Differential expression of > 200 genes, coupled with network analysis, supports an IL-17 response centered about NF-κB. Immunohistochemical analysis of mediastinal lymph node sections demonstrated increased IL-17 staining intensity in diseased horses. This result, along with the finding of increased IL-17 concentrations in lymph node homogenates from RAO-affected horses (P = 0.1 and a down-regulation of IL-4 gene and protein expression, provides additional evidence of the involvement of IL-17 in the chronic stages of RAO. Additional investigations are needed to ascertain the cellular source of IL-17 in this equine model of occupational asthma. Understanding the immunopathogenesis of this disorder likely will enhance the development of therapeutic interventions beneficial to human and animal pulmonary health.

  20. A framework to select commercial bank partner using fuzzy BSC-DEA method

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    Moussa Azarbad

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available One of the primary concerns of many corporate organizations is to assess the weakness and strength of their future partners in an attempt to reduce all potential risks involved with them. In this paper, we present a BSC-DEA based model to indentify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a firm. The proposed model of this paper assumes there are various uncertainties associated with all input/output parameters and uses fuzzy numbers to handle the uncertainties. We also consider a real-world case study of banking industry where four major banks are possible candidates of a partnership and implement the proposed model of this paper for this case study. The results of this study reveal some of the issues such as weakness of electronic banking, services and resource allocation as part of their infrastructure problems.

  1. Changes in BSc Business Administration and Psychology Students' Learning Styles over One, Two and Three Years of Study

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    Nielsen, Tine

    2013-01-01

    Knowledge on general or discipline-specific changes in the learning styles of university students can be utilised in the design and execution of courses, but little is known of such changes. The study examined the changes in the learning styles of three year groups of BSc Business Administration and Psychology students from admittance to one, two…

  2. The BSC implanting process in a nuclear research center in Brazil

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    The dynamics of the economical development founded due to the markets globalization and also to the increasing of the competition based on innovation, whose leadership belongs to the richest countries, presses for changes and moves the national and regional innovating systems. In a world of constant change, getting along with the external changes became one of the most relevant factors of the organizational success. Knowing and interpreting the external reality; monitoring the transformations; finding the opportunities and being able to answer fast and adequately; neutralize or minimize the threats: these and other abilities are constantly done by the most successful organizations, as part of a structured and conscious process focused on results . The technological research institutes were created in order to support the industries in their effort to overcome the competition by innovating. It is related, in last instance, to be an integrating part of the national or local innovating system, essential to the economical development and also to the improvement of life quality. However, they are put in this mutation atmosphere and fight for adapting to the new premises of the organizational success in order to have their mission fulfilled. In this context, the Development Center for Nuclear Technology - CDTN, makes an effort to adequate its strategically planning, by introducing and adapting the best administrating practices known nowadays. Among them, the Balanced Scorecard - BSC. This paper presents a brief form of each elaborating form of the strategic planning and also of the BSC implantation, it also clears up the level achieved by the organization and discusses the difficulties it faced. (author)

  3. Što je rečeno i što još treba reći o BSC metodi?

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    Banchieri, Lucía Clara; Campa Planas, Fernando; Sánchez Rebull, Maria Victoria

    2011-01-01

    Cilj ovog istraživanja je ukazati na paradoks Balance Scorecard (BSC) metode koja iako široko rasprostranjena u korporativnom svijetu, na teorijskoj razini izložena je mnogobrojnim kritikama. Postavlja se hipoteza da se BSC temelji na čvrstom teoretskom modelu koji je primjenjiv na poduzeća, a testira se pomoću odgovarajuće literature. Pregled je napravljen na temelju više od 955 dokumenata koji sadrže iste pojmove povezane s BSC metodom u ISI bazi podataka. Naposljetku, nakon nekoliko izabra...

  4. An enhanced Cramér-Rao bound weighted method for attitude accuracy improvement of a star tracker

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    Zhang, Jun; Wang, Jian

    2016-06-01

    This study presents a non-average weighted method for the QUEST (QUaternion ESTimator) algorithm, using the inverse value of root sum square of Cramér-Rao bound and focal length drift errors of the tracking star as weight, to enhance the pointing accuracy of a star tracker. In this technique, the stars that are brighter, or at low angular rate, or located towards the center of star field will be given a higher weight in the attitude determination process, and thus, the accuracy is readily improved. Simulations and ground test results demonstrate that, compared to the average weighted method, it can reduce the attitude uncertainty by 10%-20%, which is confirmed particularly for the sky zones with non-uniform distribution of stars. Moreover, by using the iteratively weighted center of gravity algorithm as the newly centroiding method for the QUEST algorithm, the current attitude uncertainty can be further reduced to 44% with a negligible additional computing load.

  5. BSC methodology for determining strategy of manufacturing enterprises of SME sector

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    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The main issue of this paper is to present a modern way of determining business strategy with a use of Balanced Scorecard methodology (BSC integrated with ERP/MRP rank systems for managing manufacturing companies.Design/methodology/approach: The paper presents assumptions, aims and ways of implementation of Balanced Scorecard on a background of classic manufacturing company management.Findings: A present state of software development produced for strategic company management as well as proposals of ways and directions of its development for SME sector was introduced in this paper.Research limitations/implications: Further researches should be concentrated on particularising of so-called scorecard of manufacturing company.Practical implications: The paper presents an example of a needs analyse which is necessary to be performed during a process of choosing one of ERP/MRP rank computer system for manufacturing company service.Originality/value: The paper might be useful for person dealing with modern techniques of manufacturing company management.

  6. A hybrid algorithm of BSC and QFD to determine the criteria affecting implementation of successful outsourcing

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    Mohammad Hemati

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Successful organizations share some identical factors that pave the way for their success. Among these factors, strategic management is the key to success for organizations to contribute more to the competitive world market of today. In this respect, the pivotal role of outsourcing cannot be denied. This research parallelizes the criteria affecting the outsourcing success as presented in Elmuti model with the Balanced score card method in the Tose'e Ta'avon Bank. In this research, questionnaires and interviews with experts helped determine the strategic goals at four perspectives of balanced score card method (at Tose'e Ta'avon Bank and the relative weights were computed for each of balance score card (BSC perspectives by using AHP method. As the next step, the indexes were prioritized by applying the quality function development(QFD technique and considering strategic goals at four perspectives in section "WHAT" and the outsourcing success criteria of Elmuti model in section "HOW". At the end of algorithm, the results are compared with the Elmuti method. Based on the results, the hybrid proposed technique seems to perform better than Elmuti.

  7. An empirical study to measure the relative efficiency and strategic planning using BSC-DEA and DEMATEL

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    Mohammad Hemati; Abolfazl Danaei; Mahsa Shahhosseini

    2012-01-01

    Performance evaluation is one of manager's main concerns in today competitive world, which covers all aspects and dimensions of organization and it is adequately flexible and measurable. So, the necessity of performance evaluation application for organizations where their intangible assets are higher than tangible ones, such as educational institutions, is more obviously observed. Balanced scorecard (BSC) is discussed by the aim of promoting manager's decision making and directing their atten...

  8. Audiovisual resources as a useful tool to improve the teaching of coastal engineering (marine science bsc degree)

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    2014-01-01

    Numerous graduates from American Universities apply for their degree homologation for the Marine Science certificate in Spain. The Spanish Ministry of Education supports this as long as they can pass an exam based on several subjects including Coastal Engineering at the University of Cadiz. The subject of Coastal Engineering is currently being taught in the third year of the BSc degree. This is a very specific subject and unfortunately there is no adequate bibliography that allows for the bre...

  9. 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

  10. Perceptions of Firms Learning and Growth under Knowledge Management Approach with Linkage to Balanced Scorecard (BSC): Evidence from a Multinational Corporation of Bangladesh

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    Md. Habib- Uz- Zaman Khan; Abdel Karim Halabi

    2009-01-01

    The study attempts to measure organization’s perception on learning and growth with the help of Balanced scorecard model  in a multinational firm of Bangladesh.That is to say, in this paper it has been shown how a proper and effective knowledge management can make possible the organization's financial success that can be revealed using the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) framework. Additionally, the perception about knowledge management , its linkage to the BSC and its usage have been identified. Pr...

  11. The Real-Valued Sparse Direction of Arrival (DOA) Estimation Based on the Khatri-Rao Product

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    Chen, Tao; Wu, Huanxin; Zhao, Zhongkai

    2016-01-01

    There is a problem that complex operation which leads to a heavy calculation burden is required when the direction of arrival (DOA) of a sparse signal is estimated by using the array covariance matrix. The solution of the multiple measurement vectors (MMV) model is difficult. In this paper, a real-valued sparse DOA estimation algorithm based on the Khatri-Rao (KR) product called the L1-RVSKR is proposed. The proposed algorithm is based on the sparse representation of the array covariance matrix. The array covariance matrix is transformed to a real-valued matrix via a unitary transformation so that a real-valued sparse model is achieved. The real-valued sparse model is vectorized for transforming to a single measurement vector (SMV) model, and a new virtual overcomplete dictionary is constructed according to the KR product’s property. Finally, the sparse DOA estimation is solved by utilizing the idea of a sparse representation of array covariance vectors (SRACV). The simulation results demonstrate the superior performance and the low computational complexity of the proposed algorithm. PMID:27187409

  12. Analysis of sensor impulse response effects on Cramèr–Rao lower bounds for signal parameter estimators

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    Ephraim S. Gower

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a generic analysis of sensor impulse response effects on linearly filtered channel noise is presented to illustrate the resulting variations to the Cramèr–Rao lower bounds (CRLBs of signal parameter estimators in signal processing and communication applications. The authors start by deriving the density function of a filtered signal, which is shown to be a mixture density, and hence the exact expressions for the mean and variance. Simulation results are used to confirm the derivations, which are then used to investigate the effects of impulse response length and variance, as well as channel noise length and variance effects on the resulting CRLBs. Results indicate that for non-zero-mean channel noise and impulse responses, the resulting mean of filtered noise can be relatively large causing adverse deviations to parameter estimations. The filtered noise variance is shown to be proportional to the impulse response energy, where for long duration of signal capture the CRLB is significantly increased.

  13. The Real-Valued Sparse Direction of Arrival (DOA Estimation Based on the Khatri-Rao Product

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    Tao Chen

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available There is a problem that complex operation which leads to a heavy calculation burden is required when the direction of arrival (DOA of a sparse signal is estimated by using the array covariance matrix. The solution of the multiple measurement vectors (MMV model is difficult. In this paper, a real-valued sparse DOA estimation algorithm based on the Khatri-Rao (KR product called the L1-RVSKR is proposed. The proposed algorithm is based on the sparse representation of the array covariance matrix. The array covariance matrix is transformed to a real-valued matrix via a unitary transformation so that a real-valued sparse model is achieved. The real-valued sparse model is vectorized for transforming to a single measurement vector (SMV model, and a new virtual overcomplete dictionary is constructed according to the KR product’s property. Finally, the sparse DOA estimation is solved by utilizing the idea of a sparse representation of array covariance vectors (SRACV. The simulation results demonstrate the superior performance and the low computational complexity of the proposed algorithm.

  14. The Real-Valued Sparse Direction of Arrival (DOA) Estimation Based on the Khatri-Rao Product.

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    Chen, Tao; Wu, Huanxin; Zhao, Zhongkai

    2016-01-01

    There is a problem that complex operation which leads to a heavy calculation burden is required when the direction of arrival (DOA) of a sparse signal is estimated by using the array covariance matrix. The solution of the multiple measurement vectors (MMV) model is difficult. In this paper, a real-valued sparse DOA estimation algorithm based on the Khatri-Rao (KR) product called the L₁-RVSKR is proposed. The proposed algorithm is based on the sparse representation of the array covariance matrix. The array covariance matrix is transformed to a real-valued matrix via a unitary transformation so that a real-valued sparse model is achieved. The real-valued sparse model is vectorized for transforming to a single measurement vector (SMV) model, and a new virtual overcomplete dictionary is constructed according to the KR product's property. Finally, the sparse DOA estimation is solved by utilizing the idea of a sparse representation of array covariance vectors (SRACV). The simulation results demonstrate the superior performance and the low computational complexity of the proposed algorithm. PMID:27187409

  15. A cause and effect two-stage BSC-DEA method for measuring the relative efficiency of organizations

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    Seyed Esmaeel Najafi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an integration of balanced score card (BSE with two-stage data envelopment analysis (DEA. The proposed model of this paper uses different financial and non-financial perspectives to evaluate the performance of decision making units in different BSC stages. At each stage, a two-stage DEA method is implemented to measure the relative efficiency of decision making units and the results are monitored using the cause and effect relationships. An empirical study for a banking sector is also performed using the method developed in this paper and the results are briefly analyzed.

  16. BSC 隐性故障导致 EVDO 下行异常处理案例

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    王俊林

    2013-01-01

      CDMA-EVDO 上网速率异常变满不容易排查,原因是从终端到 INTERNAT 经过很多网元设备,涉及很多不同的协议,缺乏统一的分析处理工具。本文介绍一起 BSC 隐性故障造成上传速度正常,但是下载速度异常的处理案例,旨在提供一种隐性故障的处理思路。

  17. A Three Year Undergraduate Program (B.SC) in Medical Radiation Physics in the Ariel University Center of Samaria

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    A three year undergraduate program (B.Sc.) in Medical Radiation Physics was established in the Ariel University Center of Samaria. The program was submitted to the Council of Higher Education (MALAG) in 2003 and was finally approved by the Council on October 2005. Registration for the first class was announced in January 2006. Studies started on October 2006. Of 24 candidates who applied, 16 were admitted. 12 of the 16 students completed their study duties in the first year. All of them started their second year studies in October 2007

  18. Heat-preconditioning confers protection from Ca2+-mediated cell toxicity in renal tubular epithelial cells (BSC-1)

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    Kuhlmann, Martin K.; Betz, Regina; Hanselmann, Rainer; Köhler, Hans

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    A rise in intracellular calcium may mediate ischemic damage by phospholipid hydrolysis and proteolysis Heat shock proteins have been shown to provide protection from various forms of cell stress, but not from models of Ca2+-mediated injury. The effect of heat preconditioning in a model of ionomycin-induced injury in cultured renal tubular epitheliaal cells (BSC-1) was examined. Hsp70-mRNA expression was induced by hyperthermia (HT) (42°C, 60 min). Hsp70 protein accumulation was maximal after ...

  19. Performance measurement in governmental agencies using BSC-AHP: A case study of Civil Registry Office in Tehran

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    Ahmad Valashjerdi Majd Abad Kohneh

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Measuring the performance of governmental organizations plays an important role on increasing public satisfaction in any society. One of the effective models for assessing the organizations performance is balance scorecard (BSC model, which investigates all aspects of organizations. In this paper, we use a hybrid of analytical hierarchy process along with BSC to measure the performance of five different civil registry offices in Tehran, Iran. We use fuzzy terms to handle uncertainty in input numbers and using some technique convert fuzzy numbers into crisp values. The results of our survey indicate that learning and development is number one priority with relative importance of 0.491, followed by customer with relative importance of 0.293, internal process with relative importance of 0.173 and financial affairs comes at last with relative weight of 0.043. The study uses organizational researchers, training, quality, customer satisfaction, performance measurement, expenses and annual budget as major components for analyzing five regions. We have also performed sensitivity analysis to see the effects of different changes on ranking.

  20. A BSC- EFQM method for evaluating and detecting performance measurement criteria: A case study of Malavan Footbal team

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    Heydar Shojaee Vazhnani

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an empirical investigation to find important criteria for performance measurement based on two methods of balanced score card (BSC as well as European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM methods. In order to determine the mission, vision, strategy and values we first review different documents including International Federation of football documentations, AFC and Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Charter Club. Next, we determine the necessary criteria for performance measurement using interview with decision makers, design a questionnaire and distribute it among 57 players and coaching staff as well as experts, veterans and supporters club. Next, we study the results using t-student test and analyze them. The results are categorized in terms of four criteria of BSC method including internal processes, learning and growth, costumer and financial. In addition, key performance results based on the Excellence Model are classified according to nine areas of leadership, strategy, human resources, partnerships and resources, processes, customer results, human resource results and society.

  1. Classification and Prioritization of Strategic Plans in Balanced Score Card (BSC Model by Fuzzy Quality Function Deployment and Zero-One Goal Programming (ZOGP

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Due to continuous changes in organizational environment, there is no warranty for long term survival in the market. Currently, those organizations can succeed that are agile and able to rapidly respond to environmental requirements. In this research a model has been proposed for applying proper strategies for achieving long term organizational success. The proposed model is an integration of Balanced Score Card (BSC approach, Fuzzy Quality Function Development (FQFD and Zero-One Goal Programming (ZOGP. In fact by BSC, appropriate strategic plans can be designed and prioritized by FQFD. Then, based on multiple objectives and existing problem constraints, feasible strategic plans are identified by ZOGP. Findings imply that decision making techniques can be well utilized in designing BSC through a structured methodology make improvement in all aspects and have a positive influence on organization's performance in long term .   Keywords : B alanced Score Card , Fuzzy Quality Function Development, Zero-One Goal Programming, Strategic plans

  2. 高职学院平衡计分卡业绩评价系统探究%Research on the Higher Vocational College BSC Performance Evaluation System

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    马晓荣; 王龙

    2013-01-01

      在概要介绍平衡计分卡及其业绩评价的基础上,基于Visual C#.net、MATLAB和嵌入式组件技术开发了平衡计分卡业绩评价系统,为高职院校平衡计分卡的顺利实施创造了条件。%Based on the brief introduction and performance evaluation of BSC,the BSC system is developed by Visual C#.NET,MATLAB and embedded component technology,it helps higher vocational colleges to finish smoothly.

  3. Metodo integrado para la gestion de Universidades basado en el Balanced Scorecard (bsc) y el modelo europeo de calidad (efqm): caso U.C.S.M.

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    Horacio Vicente Barreda Tamayo; Edwing Jesús Ticse Villanueva

    2010-01-01

    El presente Trabajo realiza la propuesta de un Método Integrado que permite mejorar la competitividad en la Gestión de las Universidades, este método se basa: En una herramienta de Gestión Estratégica: el Balanced Scorecard (BSC), que fue creada por Kaplan y Norton en 1992; y En el Modelo Europeo de Calidad (EFQM), que fue desarrollado como un Modelo de Excelencia en 1991. La metodología utilizada consiste en analizar las características, ventajas y limitaciones del BSC y el EFQM para aplic...

  4. Education of 'nuclear' students (BSc and MSc curricula) at the Faculty of Nuclear Science and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague

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    The Faculty of Nuclear Science and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague has been educating nuclear power engineering experts for nearly half a century. The article describes the current status and prospects of education of new specialists at the faculty for all nuclear power-related areas within the MSc and BSc level curricula. The current transition to 'European type' structured education, enabling students who have graduated from the BSc programme to continue smoothly their MSc programme, is outlined. The major courses of the 'Nuclear Engineering' educational specialisation, focused on nuclear power, environment, and dosimetry, are highlighted, including the number of lessons taught in each study year. (author)

  5. Use of Cramer-Rao Lower Bound for Performance Evaluation of Different Monolithic Crystal PET Detector Designs.

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    Li, Xiaoli; Hunter, William C J; Lewellen, Tom K; Miyaoka, Robert S

    2012-01-01

    We have previously reported on continuous miniature crystal element (cMiCE) PET detectors that provide depth of interaction (DOI) positioning capability. A key component of the design is the use of a statistics-based positioning (SBP) method for 3D event positioning. The Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRLB) expresses limits on the estimate variances for a set of deterministic parameters. We examine the CRLB as a useful metric to evaluate the performance of our SBP algorithm and to quickly compare the best possible resolution when investigating new detector designs.In this work, the CRLB is first reported based upon experimental results from a cMiCE detector using a 50×50×15-mm(3) LYSO crystal readout by a 64-channel PMT (Hamamatsu H8500) on the exit surface of the crystal. The X/Y resolution is relatively close to the CRLB, while the DOI resolution is more than double the CRLB even after correcting for beam diameter and finite X (i.e., reference DOI position) resolution of the detector. The positioning performance of the cMiCE detector with the same design was also evaluated through simulation. Similar with the experimental results, the difference between the CRLB and measured spatial resolution is bigger in DOI direction than in X/Y direction.Another simulation study was conducted to investigate what causes the difference between the measured spatial resolution and the CRLB. The cMiCE detector with novel sensor-on-entrance-surface (SES) design was modeled as a 49.2×49.2×15-mm(3) LYSO crystal readout by a 12×12 array of 3.8×3.8-mm(2) silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) elements with 4.1-mm center-to-center spacing on the entrance surface of the crystal. The results show that there are two main causes to account for the differences between the spatial resolution and the CRLB. First, Compton scatter in the crystal degrades the spatial resolution. The DOI resolution is degraded more than the X/Y resolution since small angle scatter is preferred. Second, our maximum

  6. Implementation of Information Management System for Radiation Safety of Personnel at the Russian Northwest Center for Radioactive Waste Management 'SevRAO' - 13131

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    The report is an overview of the information-analytical system designed to assure radiation safety of workers. The system was implemented in the Northwest Radioactive Waste Management Center 'SevRAO' (which is a branch of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise 'Radioactive Waste Management Enterprise RosRAO'). The center is located in the Northwest Russia. In respect to 'SevRAO', the Federal Medical-Biological Agency is the regulatory body, which deals with issues of radiation control. The main document to regulate radiation control is 'Reference levels of radiation factors in radioactive wastes management center'. This document contains about 250 parameters. We have developed a software tool to simplify control of these parameters. The software includes: input interface, the database, dose calculating module and analytical block. Input interface is used to enter radiation environment data. Dose calculating module calculates the dose on the route. Analytical block optimizes and analyzes radiation situation maps. Much attention is paid to the GUI and graphical representation of results. The operator can enter the route at the industrial site or watch the fluctuations of the dose rate field on the map. Most of the results are presented in a visual form. Here we present some analytical tasks, such as comparison of the dose rate in some point with control levels at this point, to be solved for the purpose of radiation safety control. The program helps to identify points making the largest contribution to the collective dose of the personnel. The tool can automatically calculate the route with the lowest dose, compare and choose the best route. The program uses several options to visualize the radiation environment at the industrial site. This system will be useful for radiation monitoring services during the operation, planning of works and development of scenarios. The paper presents some applications of this system on real data over three years - from March 2009 to

  7. Implementation of Information Management System for Radiation Safety of Personnel at the Russian Northwest Center for Radioactive Waste Management 'SevRAO' - 13131

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    Chizhov, K.; Simakov, A.; Seregin, V.; Kudrin, I.; Shandala, N.; Tsovyanov, A.; Kryuchkov, V. [Burnasyan Federal Medical Biophysical Center of Federal Medical Biological Agency, RF Ministry of Health and Social Development. 46, Zhivopisnaya St., Moscow, 123182 (Russian Federation); Krasnoschekov, A.; Kosnikov, A. [Northwest Center for Radioactive Waste Management ' SevRAO' - a branch of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise ' Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management' ' RosRAO' 183017, Murmansk, Lobova st., 100 (Russian Federation); Kemsky, I. [Regional management - 120 of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency, 184682, Snezhnogorsk, Valentina Biryukova St., 5/1 (Russian Federation); Sneve, M. [Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, Postboks 55, 1332 Oesteraas (Norway)

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    The report is an overview of the information-analytical system designed to assure radiation safety of workers. The system was implemented in the Northwest Radioactive Waste Management Center 'SevRAO' (which is a branch of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise 'Radioactive Waste Management Enterprise RosRAO'). The center is located in the Northwest Russia. In respect to 'SevRAO', the Federal Medical-Biological Agency is the regulatory body, which deals with issues of radiation control. The main document to regulate radiation control is 'Reference levels of radiation factors in radioactive wastes management center'. This document contains about 250 parameters. We have developed a software tool to simplify control of these parameters. The software includes: input interface, the database, dose calculating module and analytical block. Input interface is used to enter radiation environment data. Dose calculating module calculates the dose on the route. Analytical block optimizes and analyzes radiation situation maps. Much attention is paid to the GUI and graphical representation of results. The operator can enter the route at the industrial site or watch the fluctuations of the dose rate field on the map. Most of the results are presented in a visual form. Here we present some analytical tasks, such as comparison of the dose rate in some point with control levels at this point, to be solved for the purpose of radiation safety control. The program helps to identify points making the largest contribution to the collective dose of the personnel. The tool can automatically calculate the route with the lowest dose, compare and choose the best route. The program uses several options to visualize the radiation environment at the industrial site. This system will be useful for radiation monitoring services during the operation, planning of works and development of scenarios. The paper presents some applications of this system on real data

  8. Long-Term Supplementation with Beta Serum Concentrate (BSC, a Complex of Milk Lipids, during Post-Natal Brain Development Improves Memory in Rats

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    Jian Guan

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available We have previously reported that the supplementation of ganglioside-enriched complex-milk-lipids improves cognitive function and that a phospholipid-enriched complex-milk-lipid prevents age-related cognitive decline in rats. This current study evaluated the effects of post-natal supplementation of ganglioside- and phospholipid-enriched complex-milk-lipids beta serum concentrate (BSC on cognitive function in young rats. The diet of male rats was supplemented with either gels formulated BSC (n = 16 or blank gels (n = 16 from post-natal day 10 to day 70. Memory and anxiety-like behaviors were evaluated using the Morris water maze, dark–light boxes, and elevated plus maze tests. Neuroplasticity and white matter were measured using immunohistochemical staining. The overall performance in seven-day acquisition trials was similar between the groups. Compared with the control group, BSC supplementation reduced the latency to the platform during day one of the acquisition tests. Supplementation improved memory by showing reduced latency and improved path efficiency to the platform quadrant, and smaller initial heading error from the platform zone. Supplemented rats showed an increase in striatal dopamine terminals and hippocampal glutamate receptors. Thus BSC supplementation during post-natal brain development improved learning and memory, independent from anxiety. The moderately enhanced neuroplasticity in dopamine and glutamate may be biological changes underlying the improved cognitive function.

  9. Volcanic ash modeling with the online NMMB/BSC-ASH-v1.0: A novel multiscale meteorological model for operational forecast

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    Marti, Alejandro; Folch, Arnau; Jorba, Oriol; Janjic, Zavisa

    2016-04-01

    Volcanic ash forecast became a research priority and a social concern as a consequence of the severe air-traffic disruptions caused by the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull (Iceland, 2010) and Cordón Caulle (Chile, 2011) volcanoes. Significant progress has taken place in the aftermath of these dramatic events to improve the accuracy of Volcanic Ash Transport and Dispersal (VATD) models and lessen its associated uncertainties. Various levels of uncertainties affect both the quantification of the source term and the driving meteorological inputs. Substantial research is being performed to reduce and quantify epistemic and aleatoric uncertainties affecting the source term. However, uncertainties arising from the driving NWPMs and its coupling offline with the VATDMs have received little attention, even if the experience from other communities (e.g. air quality) highlights the importance of coupling online dispersal and meteorological modeling. Consequently, the need for integrated predictions to represent these two-way feedback effects of the volcanic pollutants on local-scale meteorology is timely. The aim of this talk is to present the NMMB/BSC-ASH, a new on-line multi-scale meteorological model to simulate the emission, transport and deposition of tephra particles released from volcanic eruptions. The model builds on the NMMB/BSC Chemical Transport Model (NMMB/BSC-CTM), which we have modified to account for the specifics of volcanic particles. The final objective in developing the NMMB/BSC-ASH model is two-fold. On one hand, at a research level, we aim at studying the differences between the online/offline approaches and quantify the two-way feedback effect of dense volcanic ash clouds on the radiative budget and regional meteorology. On the other hand, at an operational level, the low computational cost of the NMMB dynamic core suggests that NMMB/BSC-ASH could be applied in a future for more accurate online operational forecasting of volcanic ash clouds.

  10. State estimation with quantized innovations in wireless sensor networks: Gaussian mixture estimator and posterior Cramér–Rao lower bound

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    Zhang Zhi

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Since the features of low energy consumption and limited power supply are very important for wireless sensor networks (WSNs, the problems of distributed state estimation with quantized innovations are investigated in this paper. In the first place, the assumptions of prior and posterior probability density function (PDF with quantized innovations in the previous papers are analyzed. After that, an innovative Gaussian mixture estimator is proposed. On this basis, this paper presents a Gaussian mixture state estimation algorithm based on quantized innovations for WSNs. In order to evaluate and compare the performance of this kind of state estimation algorithms for WSNs, the posterior Cramér–Rao lower bound (CRLB with quantized innovations is put forward. Performance analysis and simulations show that the proposed Gaussian mixture state estimation algorithm is efficient than the others under the same number of quantization levels and the performance of these algorithms can be benchmarked by the theoretical lower bound.

  11. Assessment of cognition using the Rao's Brief Repeatable Battery of Neuropsychological Tests on a group of Brazilian patients with multiple sclerosis

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    Joseph Bruno Bidin Brooks

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available To assess the cognition of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS using the Rao's Brief Repeatable Battery of Neuropsychological Tests (BRB-N. METHOD: BRB-N was translated and adapted for control subjects. Subsequently, it was applied to a group of patients with relapsing-remitting (RR MS. RESULTS: The assessment on the healthy controls (n=47 showed that the correlation between tests on the same cognitive domain was high and that there was a five-factor solution that explained 90% of the total variance. Except for the Word List Generation subset of tests, the performance of patients with RRMS (n=39 was worse than that of the healthy controls. CONCLUSION: BRB-N is a relatively simple method to assess cognition of patients with MS in the daily clinic. It does not take long to apply and does not require special skills or equipment.

  12. Metodo integrado para la gestion de Universidades basado en el Balanced Scorecard (bsc y el modelo europeo de calidad (efqm: caso U.C.S.M.

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    Horacio Vicente Barreda Tamayo

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available El presente Trabajo realiza la propuesta de un Método Integrado que permite mejorar la competitividad en la Gestión de las Universidades, este método se basa: En una herramienta de Gestión Estratégica: el Balanced Scorecard (BSC, que fue creada por Kaplan y Norton en 1992; y En el Modelo Europeo de Calidad (EFQM, que fue desarrollado como un Modelo de Excelencia en 1991. La metodología utilizada consiste en analizar las características, ventajas y limitaciones del BSC y el EFQM para aplicarlos simultáneamente en la gestión de Tomando como base los 9 criterios del EFQM, se desarrolla un Mapa Estratégico del BSC, para que se alineen todas las perspectivas hacia el logro de los Objetivos Estratégicos de la Organización. El método integrado planteado se aplica en el caso de la Universidad Católica de Santa María (Arequipa- Perú, donde se analiza las ventajas que implicaría la implementación del mismo.

  13. Modelling direct radiative effect of mineral dust with the NMMB/BSC-CTM for dust outbreak events over the Mediterranean in summer 2012

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    Obiso, Vincezo; Jorba, Oriol; Basart, Sara; Baldasano, Jose M.; Nabat, Pierre

    2014-05-01

    Aerosols interact with the atmospheric system scattering and absorbing solar radiation, with a significant impact on atmospheric energy and hydrologic processes. Radiative forcing associated with these perturbations affects climate and meteorology. In this contribution, we analyse model results of the Direct Radiative Effect (DRE) of mineral dust over the western-Mediterranean during summer 2012. For that, the NMMB/BSC Chemical Transport Model (NMMB/BSC-CTM) is applied on a regional domain at 0.1º horizontal resolution. The NMMB/BSC-CTM is a new on-line chemical weather prediction system coupling atmospheric and chemistry processes. In the radiation module of the model mineral dust is treated as a radiatively active substance interacting both short and longwave radiation. The impact of the mineral dust outbreaks on meteorology is discussed by comparing model forecasts with atmospheric analysis and meteorological observations. The analysis focuses in the vertical structure of the atmosphere and the resulting surface meteorological conditions. The authors acknowledge the support from the grant SEV-2011-00067 of Severo Ochoa Program, awarded by the Spanish Government.

  14. Atmospheric dust modeling from meso to global scales with the online NMMB/BSC-Dust model – Part 1: Model description, annual simulations and evaluation

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    J. P. Perlwitz

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available We describe and evaluate the NMMB/BSC-Dust, a new dust aerosol cycle model embedded online within the NCEP Non-hydrostatic Multiscale Model (NMMB. NMMB is a further evolution of the operational Non-hydrostatic Mesoscale Model (WRF-NMM, which together with other upgrades has been extended from meso to global scales. Its unified non-hydrostatic dynamical core is prepared for regional and global simulation domains. The new NMMB/BSC-Dust is intended to provide short to medium-range weather and dust forecasts from regional to global scales and represents a first step towards the development of a unified chemical-weather model. This paper describes the parameterizations used in the model to simulate the dust cycle including sources, transport, deposition and interaction with radiation. We evaluate monthly and annual means of the global configuration of the model against the AEROCOM dust benchmark dataset for year 2000 including surface concentration, deposition and aerosol optical depth (AOD, and we evaluate the daily AOD variability in a regional domain at high resolution covering Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe against AERONET AOD for year 2006. The NMMB/BSC-Dust provides a good description of the horizontal distribution and temporal variability of the dust. Daily AOD correlations at the regional scale are around 0.6–0.7 on average without dust data assimilation. At the global scale the model lies within the top range of AEROCOM dust models in terms of performance statistics for surface concentration, deposition and AOD. This paper discusses the current strengths and limitations of the modeling system and points towards future improvements.

  15. Atmospheric dust modeling from meso to global scales with the online NMMB/BSC-Dust model – Part 1: Model description, annual simulations and evaluation

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available We describe and evaluate the NMMB/BSC-Dust, a new dust aerosol cycle model embedded online within the NCEP Non-hydrostatic Multiscale Model (NMMB. NMMB is a further evolution of the operational Non-hydrostatic Mesoscale Model (WRF-NMM, which together with other upgrades has been extended from meso to global scales. Its unified non-hydrostatic dynamical core is prepared for regional and global simulation domains. The new NMMB/BSC-Dust is intended to provide short to medium-range weather and dust forecasts from regional to global scales and represents a first step towards the development of a unified chemical-weather model. This paper describes the parameterizations used in the model to simulate the dust cycle including sources, transport, deposition and interaction with radiation. We evaluate monthly and annual means of the global configuration of the model against the AEROCOM dust benchmark dataset for year 2000 including surface concentration, deposition and aerosol optical depth (AOD, and we evaluate the daily AOD variability in a regional domain at high resolution covering Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe against AERONET AOD for year 2006. The NMMB/BSC-Dust provides a good description of the horizontal distribution and temporal variability of the dust. Daily AOD correlations at the regional scale are around 0.6–0.7 on average without dust data assimilation. At the global scale the model lies within the top range of AEROCOM dust models in terms of performance statistics for surface concentration, deposition and AOD. This paper discusses the current strengths and limitations of the modeling system and points towards future improvements.

  16. Analysis of the Bayesian Cramer-Rao lower bound in astrometry: Studying the impact of prior information in the location of an object

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    Echeverria, Alex; Mendez, Rene A; Orchard, Marcos

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    Context. The best precision that can be achieved to estimate the location of a stellar-like object is a topic of permanent interest in the astrometric community. Aims. We analyse bounds for the best position estimation of a stellar-like object on a CCD detector array in a Bayesian setting where the position is unknown, but where we have access to a prior distribution. In contrast to a parametric setting where we estimate a parameter from observations, the Bayesian approach estimates a random object (i.e., the position is a random variable) from observations that are statistically dependent on the position. Methods. We characterize the Bayesian Cramer-Rao (CR) that bounds the minimum mean square error (MMSE) of the best estimator of the position of a point source on a linear CCD-like detector, as a function of the properties of detector, the source, and the background. Results. We quantify and analyse the increase in astrometric performance from the use of a prior distribution of the object position, which is ...

  17. Radiological protection regulation during spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management in the Western Branch of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise 'SevRAO'

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    The site of temporary storage of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, situated at Andreeva Bay in Northwest Russia, was developed in the 1960s, and it has carried out receipt and storage of fresh and spent nuclear fuel, and solid and liquid radioactive waste generated during the operation of nuclear submarines and nuclear-powered icebreakers. The site is now operated as the western branch of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise, SevRAO. In the course of operation over several decades, the containment barriers in the Spent Nuclear Fuel and Radioactive Waste storage facilities partially lost their containment effectiveness, so workshop facilities and parts of the site became contaminated with radioactive substances. This paper describes work being undertaken to provide an updated regulatory basis for the protection of workers during especially hazardous remediation activities, necessary because of the unusual radiation conditions at the site. It describes the results of recent survey work carried out by the Burnasyan Federal Medical Biophysical Centre, within a programme of regulatory cooperation between the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority and the Federal Medical-Biological Agency of Russia. The survey work and subsequent analyses have contributed to the development of special regulations setting out radiological protection requirements for operations planned at the site. Within these requirements, and taking account of a variety of other factors, a continuing need arises for the implementation of optimisation of remediation at Andreeva Bay.

  18. Effects of Changing the Pedagogical Concept of a Part-time BSc in Accounting from Traditional Lectures into an IT-supported Asyncronous and Flexible Learning Concept - Part 1

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    Rasmussen, Tage; Holm, Claus; Dalgas, Annemarie

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    This paper reports on the results of a change of the pedagogical concept in the second part of a four-year BSc program in Accounting. The program started September 1 1999 when 82 students were enrolled. The change involves a move from traditional lectures to a concept partly based on asynchronous...

  19. 基于BSC的高校科研团队绩效模糊综合评价研究%Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation Research on University Scientific Research Team' s Performance Based on BSC

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    朱火弟; 杨成

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    On the basis of analyzing the traditional evaluation system, according to the basic principles of Balanced Score Card ( BSC) and the features of university scientific team, the paper constructs the indicator system of university scientific team' s performance evaluation based on BSC. With the application of Fuzzy Comprehensive method based on Analytic Hierarchy Process, the article evaluates the university scientific team and offers one new approach of evaluating the university scientific team' s performance that has stronger practicality and operability.%在分析传统高校科研团队绩效评价体系的基础上,根据平衡计分卡(BSC)的基本原理,结合高校科研团队的特点,构建基于BSC的高校科研团队绩效评价指标体系,并运用基于层次分析法(AHP)的模糊评价法,对高校科研团队进行评价,给出实用性和操作性更强的高校科研团队绩效评价的新方法.

  20. Atmospheric dust modeling from meso to global scales with the online NMMB/BSC-Dust model – Part 2: Experimental campaigns in Northern Africa

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    K. Haustein

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The new NMMB/BSC-Dust model is intended to provide short to medium-range weather and dust forecasts from regional to global scales. It is an online model in which the dust aerosol dynamics and physics are solved at each model time step. The companion paper (Pérez et al., 2011 develops the dust model parameterizations and provides daily to annual evaluations of the model for its global and regional configurations. Modeled aerosol optical depth (AOD was evaluated against AERONET Sun photometers over Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe with correlations around 0.6–0.7 on average without dust data assimilation. In this paper we analyze in detail the behavior of the model using data from the Saharan Mineral dUst experiment (SAMUM-1 in 2006 and the Bodélé Dust Experiment (BoDEx in 2005. AOD from satellites and Sun photometers, vertically resolved extinction coefficients from lidars and particle size distributions at the ground and in the troposphere are used, complemented by wind profile data and surface meteorological measurements. All simulations were performed at the regional scale for the Northern African domain at the expected operational horizontal resolution of 25 km. Model results for SAMUM-1 generally show good agreement with satellite data over the most active Saharan dust sources. The model reproduces the AOD from Sun photometers close to sources and after long-range transport, and the dust size spectra at different height levels. At this resolution, the model is not able to reproduce a large haboob that occurred during the campaign. Some deficiencies are found concerning the vertical dust distribution related to the representation of the mixing height in the atmospheric part of the model. For the BoDEx episode, we found the diurnal temperature cycle to be strongly dependant on the soil moisture, which is underestimated in the NCEP analysis used for model initialization. The low level jet (LLJ and the dust AOD over the Bodélé are

  1. Atmospheric dust modeling from meso to global scales with the online NMMB/BSC-Dust model – Part 2: Experimental campaigns in Northern Africa

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    K. Haustein

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The new online NMMB/BSC-Dust model is intended to provide short to medium-range weather and dust forecasts from regional to global scales. The companion paper Pérez et al., 2011 develops the dust model parameterizations and provides daily to annual evaluations of the model for its global and regional configurations. Modeled aerosol optical depth (AOD was evaluated against AERONET Sun photometers over Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe with correlations around 0.6–0.7 on average without dust data assimilation. In this paper we analyze in detail the behavior of the model using data from the Saharan Mineral dUst experiment (SAMUM-1 in 2006 and the Bodélé Dust Experiment (BoDEx in 2005. AOD from satellites and Sun photometers, vertically resolved extinction coefficients from lidars and particle size distributions at the ground and in the troposphere are used, complemented by wind profile data and surface meteorological measurements.

    All simulations were performed at the regional scale for the Northern African domain at the expected operational resolution of 25 km. Model results for SAMUM-1 generally show good agreement with satellite data over the most active Saharan dust sources. The model reproduces the AOD from Sun photometers close to sources and after long-range transport, and the dust size spectra at different height levels. At this resolution, the model is not able to reproduce a large haboob occurred during the campaign. Some deficiencies are found concerning the vertical distribution. The mixing height is underestimated which may be attributed to poor soil initial conditions. For the BoDEx period, particular attention is paid to understand the dust model behavior in relation with the low level jet (LLJ in the Bodélé. The diurnal temperature cycle depends strongly on the soil moisture, which is underestimated in the NCEP analysis used for model initialization. The daily maximum surface wind speeds are underestimated up

  2. Atmospheric dust modeling from meso to global scales with the online NMMB/BSC-Dust model - Part 2: Experimental campaigns in Northern Africa

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    Haustein, K.; Pérez, C.; Baldasano, J. M.; Jorba, O.; Basart, S.; Miller, R. L.; Janjic, Z.; Black, T.; Nickovic, S.; Todd, M. C.; Washington, R.; Müller, D.; Tesche, M.; Weinzierl, B.; Esselborn, M.; Schladitz, A.

    2012-03-01

    The new NMMB/BSC-Dust model is intended to provide short to medium-range weather and dust forecasts from regional to global scales. It is an online model in which the dust aerosol dynamics and physics are solved at each model time step. The companion paper (Pérez et al., 2011) develops the dust model parameterizations and provides daily to annual evaluations of the model for its global and regional configurations. Modeled aerosol optical depth (AOD) was evaluated against AERONET Sun photometers over Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe with correlations around 0.6-0.7 on average without dust data assimilation. In this paper we analyze in detail the behavior of the model using data from the Saharan Mineral dUst experiment (SAMUM-1) in 2006 and the Bodélé Dust Experiment (BoDEx) in 2005. AOD from satellites and Sun photometers, vertically resolved extinction coefficients from lidars and particle size distributions at the ground and in the troposphere are used, complemented by wind profile data and surface meteorological measurements. All simulations were performed at the regional scale for the Northern African domain at the expected operational horizontal resolution of 25 km. Model results for SAMUM-1 generally show good agreement with satellite data over the most active Saharan dust sources. The model reproduces the AOD from Sun photometers close to sources and after long-range transport, and the dust size spectra at different height levels. At this resolution, the model is not able to reproduce a large haboob that occurred during the campaign. Some deficiencies are found concerning the vertical dust distribution related to the representation of the mixing height in the atmospheric part of the model. For the BoDEx episode, we found the diurnal temperature cycle to be strongly dependant on the soil moisture, which is underestimated in the NCEP analysis used for model initialization. The low level jet (LLJ) and the dust AOD over the Bodélé are well reproduced

  3. 基于BSC理念推动医院财务窗口队伍建设的探讨%Discussion on the Building of Hospital Financial Service Team Based on BSC Concept

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    宋长志; 石巧云; 何晓燕; 洪菊生

    2015-01-01

    基于BSC即平衡记分卡理念,结合医院使命、目标,从多个维度对医院财务窗口人员进行绩效考评与激励,从而推动财务窗口队伍建设。%Based on the concept of BSC (balanced score card) combined with hospital mission, objectives, from multiple dimensions of hospital financial service personnel of performance appraisal and motivation, so as to promote the team building of financial service.

  4. “难民之父”饶家驹及其救助难民的卓越贡献%"Father of the Refugees'Rao Jiaju and His Outstanding Contribution to Aid Refugees

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    苏智良

    2015-01-01

    1937年11月,法国人饶家驹以他的博爱、坚韧、独创、才华与责任心,在上海创立战时平民救护的难民区———饶家驹区,延续至1940年6月,保护了30多万中国难民,被称为“难民之父”、“中国之友”。这个“上海模式”推广到南京、汉口、广州,乃至法国、德国,并推动日内瓦第四公约的订立,战时保护平民成为各国的共识,从而推动了人类文明的进步。饶家驹的“博爱主义”、“慈善行为”、奉献精神、慈悲情怀的高尚人格,超越了国家、种族、宗教与党派,被称赞为20世纪世界人道主义的光辉典范。%The French Rao Jiaju set up safety zones in Shanghai from November 1937 to June 1940 with his love, tough, unique, talent and responsibility, he protect the more than 30 million Chinese refugees, who was known as the"Father of the refugees"and"Friends of China."He set up safety zones in Nanjing, Hankou, Guan-gzhou, as well as France, Germany, and he promote the development of the Fourth Geneva Convention.The Pro-tection of Civilian became the consensus of all countries, thus promoting the progress of human civilization."Phi-lanthropy", the spirit of noble character and dedication of Rao Jiaju, compassion feelings, transcends national, ethnic, religious and partisan,he was regarded as a shining example of world humanitarian in the 20th century.

  5. Contribuições para a configuração de um sistema de medição de desempenho para incubadoras de empresas baseado no BSC

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    José Antonio Arantes Salles

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Incubators are designed to provide a more efficient and effective way to survive in today's business world. In turbulent and dynamic business environment, incubators should be quick to react by directing their actions in order to remain consistent with its strategic objectives. This article suggests the use of an adaptation of the Balanced Scorecard - BSC as a tool for measuring and evaluating performance of incubators, as this tool is based on the use of a set of performance indicators, organized and logically articulated in order to match measures that reflect past performance with future performance, aiming to meet mission and long-term goals of the incubators. From this concept is carried out a diagnosis of management of incubators in the state of Sao Paulo, for which were used questionnaires and carried out visits. Considering the answers of the questionnaires, it was noted that in higher or lower number, there are indicators which contribute in the management process of these incubators, in accordance with perspectives of BSC. However, it was evidenced that in none of cases that indicators are associated with a real and effective measuring and evaluating system of performance.

  6. Obsidian provenance determination using the beam stability controlled BSC-XRF and the PIXE-alpha portable spectrometers of the LANDIS laboratory: the case of the Via Capuana settlement in Licodia Eubea (Sicily)

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    In the last decade about 800 obsidian artifacts coming from various archaeological sites of Sicily have been analyzed using the BSC-XRF (beam stability controlled-x-ray fluorescence) and PIXE-alpha (particle induced x-ray emission, using low-energy alpha particles) portable spectrometers developed at the Landis laboratory of the LNS–INFN and IBAM–CNR in Catania (Italy). The portable BSC-XRF system allows the non-destructive analysis of Rb, Sr, Y, Zr and Nb trace concentrations, which are considered to be characteristic of the obsidian samples and consequently are indicative of the provenance quarries. Quantitative data on the above trace-element concentrations were deduced using a method that makes use of a multi-parameter linear regression. The portable PIXE-alpha spectrometer allows the quantitative determination of the matrix major elements, from Na to Zn. In this paper the updated versions of the instrumental devices and methods are presented together with a review of all the obtained data from various Sicilian sites. Results on compositional data for trace elements and major elements allowed us to identify Lipari and Pantelleria islands as the only two sources of the analyzed samples. Recent data about the Via Capuana settlement in Licodia Eubea are also presented and discussed for the first time. (paper)

  7. 基于不完全量测下三维纯方位系统的Cramer-Rao下界%Cramer-Rao Lower Bound in 3-D Bearings-only System Based on Incomplete Measurements

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    许志刚; 盛安冬

    2010-01-01

    在量测数据随机丢失情况下,对非线性的纯方位跟踪(Bearings-only tracking,BOT)滤波Cramer-Rao下界(Cramer-Rao lower bound,CRLB)问题进行了讨论.针对量测信息来自探测概率小于1的不同信号通道且每个通道的探测概率不同情况,利用Fisher信息阵迭代法建立了多输入多输出三维BOT系统滤波的CRLB模型,它的计算量随探测序列呈指数增长;一种基于统计意义下的缩减因子法被给出,理论证明它小于理想CRLB;另外,一个适合工程应用的近似理论CRLB被提出,分析表明能降低计算复杂度.

  8. Bituminization plant Jaslovske Bohunice

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    In this leaflet the principle of the bituminization plant for radioactive concentrate (the intermediate liquid radioactive waste generated during the NPP A1, V-1, V-2 operations) solidification used in the Bohunice Radwaste Treatment Centre (BSC RAO) is presented

  9. Radwaste Treatment Centre Jaslovske Bohunice

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    In this leaflet the Bohunice Radwaste Treatment Centre (BSC RAO) is presented. BSC RAO is designed to process and treat liquid and solid radwaste, arising from the NPP A-1 decommissioning, from NPPs V-1, V-2, and Mochovce operations, as well as institutional radwaste of diverse institutional (hospitals, research institutes) in the Slovak Republic. Transport, sorting, incineration, compacting, concentration and cementation of radwaste as well as monitoring of emission are described

  10. Estruturação do Balanced Scorecard (BSC para uma empresa do segmento varejista, com foco na avaliação do desempenho da ação estratégica de marketing promocional

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available A avaliação de desempenho de ações estratégicas aplicadas a uma organização requer a adoção de ferramenta específica que atenda às necessidades e ao contexto organizacional. Este artigo tem como objetivo estruturar o Balanced Scorecard (BSC da organização Alpha Comércio de Gêneros Alimentícios Ltda, com foco na avaliação do desempenho da ação estratégica de marketing promocional, utilizando-o como ferramenta de gestão, controle e avaliação do desempenho organizacional. Na pesquisa destacam-se alguns procedimentos metodológicos que buscam facilitar o processo de compreensão do artigo: a descrição dos panfletos promocionais, os processos para a elaboração do BSC e os procedimentos para a construção do faturamento. Trata-se de uma pesquisa de natureza exploratória, com abordagem prática na forma de um estudo de caso, envolvendo dados primários e secundários com uma abordagem qualitativa e quantitativa do problema de pesquisa. Como resultados da pesquisa, destacam-se a criação de quatro indicadores para a indicação do desempenho da ação de marketing promocional e o impacto financeiro na receita de vendas com a utilização do panfleto, que resultou em um aumento de 24% do primeiro para o segundo quadrimestre de 2010.

  11. Assessing The Role Of Integrated Learning In The BSc International Field Geosciences (IFG) Joint Degree Programme At University College Cork, the University of Montana and the University of Potsdam.

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    Meere, Patrick; Hendrix, Marc; Strecker, Manfred; Berger, Andreas

    2010-05-01

    The Department of Geology at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, in conjunction with the Universities of Montana (UM) and Potsdam (UP) launched a new BSc in International Field Geosciences in Autumn 2008. In this program superb natural field geoscience laboratories available in Europe and the western United States are utilized as learning environments forming the basis for a ‘Joint' Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree. This programme focuses on the documentation, interpretation, and synthesis of critical geological issues in the field. It rests upon a backbone of existing modules that are the foundation of current geology programs at three partner institutions complemented by an emphasis on the development of field-based learning in an intercultural setting. The core curriculum is identical to that required for the existing BSc Geology at UCC except the third Year is spent abroad at UM while additional courses are taken at the UP at the start the fourth year. The mobility component of the programme is funded as part of a joint EU/US ATLANTIS project. The motivation for the new programme was primarily driven by the growing international demand for geoscientists with integrated field skills. Over the last two decades existing geoscience programmes in Europe and the US have tended to progressively reduce their field based learning components. One of the major reasons for this neglect is the increasing cost associated with physically transporting students into the field and maintaining a safe outdoor working environment. Heath and safety considerations in an increasingly litigious society have led to increasingly limited choices for suitable field areas in the last few decades. Lastly, recent technological advances such as GIS and various other forms of remote sensing have led to new ways of analyzing geospatial data that, while certainly useful, divert the attention of the Geoscience community away from collecting ‘ground truth' data and making direct

  12. 基于平衡记分卡理论的科研绩效考核系统的设计与实现%Design and Implementation of Research Performance Appraisal System Based on BSC

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    2013-01-01

    科研绩效考核是研究所实施绩效管理的主要内容之一,其主要目的在于:通过定期地对各团队科技工作进行回顾与评估,为各团队分析不足、明确方向提供依据,为研究所确定与调整发展目标提供支持,从而促进科研绩效的提高,推动研究所科技工作的持续发展。同时,通过绩效考核,为岗位聘任、绩效分配、薪酬调整等人力资源管理工作提供参考和依据。因此如何公平、公正又高效地进行科研团队绩效考核正是研究所人力资源管理工作的重点之一,也是管理信息化在人力资源管理方面的重点之一。针对此问题,本文首先从管理学的角度介绍了平衡记分卡(The Balanced ScoreCard,BSC)理论在科研院校绩效考核中的应用,之后结合MVC设计模式在普元EOS开发平台上面,设计并实现了一套适用于研究所科研团队绩效考核的系统。%Research performance appraisal is one of the main content for research institutions to implement management of performance appraisal, the main purpose is to provide shortage analysis for the research teams to help clearing the directions, and to establish and adjust the goal of development for the research institutions in order to enhance the scientiifc research performance and to further developing sustainably by reviewing and evaluating the work of research teams regularly. Meanwhile, through performance appraisal, it can provide references for human resources management, including position appointment, performance-based distribution and pay adjustment. Therefore, how to process the performance appraisal fairly, justly and effectively is the focus for human resource management in research institutions and for the management informatization. To this end, this paper, introduces the applications of Balanced Score Card theory to the performance evaluation for research institutions or academies, then presents the design and

  13. [Migration of industrial radionuclides in soils and benthal deposits at the coastal margins of the temporary waste storage facility (TWSF) of the Northwest Center for Radioactive Waste Management (SevRAO) and its influence on the possible contamination of the sea offshore waters].

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    Filonova, A A; Seregin, V A

    2014-01-01

    For obtaining the integral information about the current radiation situation in the sea offshore waters of the temporary waste storage facility (TWSF) of the Northwest Center for Radioactive Waste Management "SevRAO" in the Andreeva Bay and in the settle Gremikha with a purpose of a comprehensive assessment of its condition there was performed radiation-ecological monitoring of the adjacent sea offshore waters of the TWSF. It was shown that in the territory of industrial sites of the TWSF as a result of industrial activity there are localized areas of pollution by man-made radionuclides. As a result of leaching of radionuclides by tidal stream, snowmelt and rainwater radioactive contamination extends beyond the territory of the sanitary protection zone and to the coastal sea offshore waters. To confirm the coastal pollution of the sea offshore waters the levels of mobility of 90Sr and 137Cs in environmental chains and bond strength of them with the soil and benthal deposits were clarified by determining with the method of detection of the forms of the presence of radionuclides in these media. There was established a high mobility of 137Cs and 90Sr in soils and benthal deposits (desorption coefficient (Kd) of 137Cs and 90Sr (in soils - 0.56 and 0.98), in the sediments - 0.82). The migration of radionuclides in environmental chains can lead to the contamination of the environment, including the sea offshore waters. PMID:25051732

  14. Stereo vision based SLAM using Rao-Blackwellised particle filter

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    Er-yong WU; Gong-yan LI; Zhi-yu XIANG; Ji-lin LIU

    2008-01-01

    We present an algorithm which can realize 3D stereo vision simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) for mobile robot in unknown outdoor environments, which means the 6-DOF motion and a sparse but persistent map of natural landmarks be constructed online only with a stereo camera. In mobile robotics research, we extend FastSLAM 2.0 like stereo vision SLAM with "pure vision" domain to outdoor environments. Unlike popular stochastic motion model used in conventional monocular vision SLAM, we utilize the ideas of structure from motion (SFM) for initial motion estimation, which is more suitable for the robot moving in large-scale outdoor, and textured environments. SIFT features are used as natural landmarks, and its 3D positions are constructed directly through triangulation. Considering the computational complexity and memory consumption,Bkd-tree and Best-Bin-First (BBF) search strategy are utilized for SIFT feature descriptor matching. Results show high accuracy of our algorithm, even in the circumstance of large translation and large rotation movements.

  15. 150 filmi Odessast Kiievini / Rao Heidmets ; interv. Jaan Ruus

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    2007-01-01

    Ukrainas 14. Rahvusvahelise Animafilmide festivali KROK žüriis osalenu ülevaade üritusest, nähtud filmidest, žürii tööst. Eriauhinna sai Riho Undi nukufilm "Vennad Karusüdamed". Peaauhinna sai inglase Luis Cook'i "Õed Pearce'id" ("The Pearce Sisters")

  16. Rao-Blackwellised Particle Filtering for Dynamic Bayesian Networks

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    Doucet, Arnaud; De Freitas, Nando; Murphy, Kevin; Russell, Stuart

    2013-01-01

    Particle filters (PFs) are powerful sampling-based inference/learning algorithms for dynamic Bayesian networks (DBNs). They allow us to treat, in a principled way, any type of probability distribution, nonlinearity and non-stationarity. They have appeared in several fields under such names as "condensation", "sequential Monte Carlo" and "survival of the fittest". In this paper, we show how we can exploit the structure of the DBN to increase the efficiency of particle filtering, using a techni...

  17. RAO-II: an AUV for underwater inspection

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    Oliver, G.; Ortiz, A.; Bonin, F.

    2008-01-01

    AIRSUB is a research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology whose aim is to explore the industrial applications of underwater robots. The Systems, Robotics and Vision Group (SRV) from the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) is responsible for the subproject of cable/pipeline inspection [1]. To this purpose, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is under development as a platform to test the vision algorithms, control strategies and software ar...

  18. Barriers in process of treatment with radioactive wastes

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    In this leaflet the scheme of the barriers used in process of treatment of radioactive wastes in Bohunice Radwaste Treatment Centre (BSC RAO) are presented. Transport, sorting, compacting, preparation of final product as well as transport and disposal of radioactive wastes as final product are described

  19. First results from the RAO Variable Star Search Program: I. Background, Procedure, and Results from RAO Field 1

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    2011-01-01

    We describe an ongoing variable star search program and present the first reduced results of a search in a 19 square degree (4.4\\circle x 4.4\\circle) field centered on J2000 {\\alpha} = 22:03:24, {\\delta} = +18:54:32. The search was carried out with the Baker-Nunn Patrol Camera located at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. A total of 26,271 stars were detected in the field, over a range of about 11-15 (instrumental) magnitudes. Our image processing made use of the IRAF version of the DAOPHOT aperture photometry routine and we used the ANOVA method to search for periodic variations in the light curves. We formally detected periodic variability in 35 stars, that we tentatively classify according to light curve characteristics: 6 EA (Algol), 5 EB ({\\beta} Lyrae), 19 EW (W UMa), and 5 RR (RR Lyrae) stars. Eleven of the detected variable stars have been reported previously in the literature. The eclipsing binary light curves have been analyzed with a package of light cur...

  20. The application of stakeholder model in the efficiency evaluation of human resource management based on BSC%基于平衡计分卡的利益相关者模型在人力资源管理效能评价中的应用

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    赵瑞美; 邱圣; 周金龙

    2012-01-01

    With the rising of competitive intensity and the organization reforms,the contributions of the human resource management to the organization receiving more and more attention.The rapid development of the new trends,such as employee leasing and outsourcing etc.,leads to new demands for human resource management.An overall appraising method -Stakeholder Model Based on BSC is suggested.Firstly,the thesis identifies the scope of the stakeholders of HRM,and according to their work natures and functions,classifies them into four types,including the top executives,employees and direct supervisors,HR intermediaries,and trade unions and government agencies;Secondly,the four types are placed on the four dimensions of the BSC,and the key indicators are proposed.%经营环境变化和组织变革使得人力资源管理对组织的贡献越来越受到关注,而当前人力资源管理新趋势,如外包和员工租赁等的快速发展,也对人力资源管理部门的工作效能提出了新要求。基于平衡计分卡的利益相关者模型能较好地用于人力资源管理效能的评价。首先,在对人力资源管理相关利益群体进行范围界定的基础上,根据工作性质和职能定位,将其划分为四种类型:高层管理人员、员工及其直线主管、外部中介机构和服务人员、工会和政府机构等;其次,将以上四类利益相关者及其关心的内容指标放置于平衡记分卡模型中,分别称之为战略维度、专业维度、交付维度和社会维度,并提出主要的评价指标。

  1. BSC AS CONTROL AND EVALUATION INSTRUMENT OF BANKS’ INNOVATION STRATEGIES

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    Yehorycheva, S. B.

    2015-01-01

    Using the methodological principles of the Balanced Scorecard the author developed the foundations of a system for monitoring and evaluation of banking innovation strategy which is an important tool for its implementation. The elements of this system are the strategic innovation map built in terms of four perspectives that reflect the logic of the formation of bank’s innovation results, and a set of key performance indicators that measure the specific results of strategy’s implementation on c...

  2. THE BSC METHOD USED IN ACHIEVING ORGANISATIONAL STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this paper is the examination of the concept of Balance Scorecard method and its possibilities in achieving process of the strategic objectives of the entity. The author has developed a Strategy map for an entity that transports goods by lorry. The Strategy map it is an important device used to communicate the strategy, focus organization efforts and implement the strategy developed by the management of the entity. The authors recommended, as well, the form of an internal report „Indicator’s sheet”, used for reporting the mode of achievement of each measure set out in the Strategy map.

  3. Supply Chain Dynamic Performance Measurement Based on BSC and SVM

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    Yan Hong

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Now individual contest among enterprises has been turning into collective contest among supply chains. Supply chain management (SCM has been a major component of competitive strategy to enhance organizational productivity and profitability. In recent years, organizational performance measurement and metrics have received much attention from researchers and practitioners. The foundation of proper supply chain performance assessment system is the basis of its effective operation and management. Most of the traditional supply chain performance evaluation is a static evaluation, while the actual supply chain is a dynamic system, therefore need to adapt with ways to carry out the evaluation. In order to meet the needs of the dynamic alliance's overall performance evaluation, this paper extended the traditional four Balanced Scorecard dimension into five. On this basis, established the five Balanced Scorecard dimension of supply chain, and also established a three-layered of quantitative index system according to this model. Measured then each performance indexs value by using the theory of Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process, meanwhile reduced the number of input of the Support Vector Machine (SVM by using classification method, finally, got performance evaluations result by using the weighted Least Squares Support Vector Machine (LS-SVM, which provides the basis for rational analysis and decision-making of the supply chain.

  4. Strategic Public Management - Selected Experiences with BSC Implementation

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Elements associated with modern approaches towards public management have been gaining ground in various forms in the Czech public administration, especially in the last decade. They reflect the priorities of the public administration reform and the enhanced opportunities for co-financing the implementation of new management tools from European funds. This article summarizes the experience of strategic management, based on the analysis of secondary sources and on the experience of one of the authors who has worked as manager in several public administration/public sector institutions. In the practical part, the article focuses on the potential and limits of implementation of the Balanced Scorecard using the practical experience together with the implementation of this instrument at the level of city and ministry.

  5. Supply chain value creation methodology under BSC approach

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    Golrizgashti, Seyedehfatemeh

    2014-06-01

    The objective of this paper is proposing a developed balanced scorecard approach to measure supply chain performance with the aim of creating more value in manufacturing and business operations. The most important metrics have been selected based on experts' opinion acquired by in-depth interviews focused on creating more value for stakeholders. Using factor analysis method, a survey research has been used to categorize selected metrics into balanced scorecard perspectives. The result identifies the intensity of correlation between perspectives and cause-and-effect chains among them using statistical method based on a real case study in home appliance manufacturing industries.

  6. Expert Meeting Report: Cladding Attachment Over Exterior Insulation (BSC Report)

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    2013-10-01

    The addition of insulation to the exterior of buildings is an effective means of increasing the thermal resistance of both wood framed walls as well as mass masonry wall assemblies. The location of the insulation to the exterior of the structure has many direct benefits including better effective R-value from reduced thermal bridging, better condensation resistance, reduced thermal stress on the structure, as well as other commonly associated improvements such as increased air tightness and improved water management (Hutcheon 1964, Lstiburek 2007). The intent of the meeting was to review the current state of industry knowledge regarding cladding attachment over exterior insulation with a specific focus on: 1. Gravity load resistance, 2. Wind load resistance. The presentations explore these topics from an engineering design, laboratory testing, field monitoring, as well as practical construction perspective. By bringing various groups together (who have been conduction research or have experience in this area), a more holistic review of the design limits and current code language proposals can be completed and additional gaps identified. The results of which will help inform design standards and criteria.

  7. Organization of BSc and MSc projects in project families

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    Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Goltermann, Per; Jensen, Pernille Erland

    2014-01-01

    with closely related topics, group supervision in lab and weekly group meetings combined with individual supervision. The overall topic of all student projects was “Use of alternative ashes in concrete” and they were experimentally based. A key challenge in this organization of projects is on one hand to offer...... of interpersonal skills; teamwork and communication. The students continuously compared and discussed results and became comfortable in using professional engineering language, a point which was very clear at the final oral defenses. From the very beginning the students were presented with clear research goals...

  8. АВТОМАТИЗАЦИЯ СТРАТЕГИЧЕСКОГО БЮДЖЕТИРОВАНИЯ НА ОСНОВЕ КОНЦЕПЦИИ BSC

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    Бричеева, Наталья; Шаронина, Людмила

    2011-01-01

    Предлагается методология автоматизации процесса построения стратегически ориентированной системы бюджетного управления предприятием на основе интеграции Системы сбалансированных показателей BSC, Системы управления бизнес-процессами BPMS и методики Процессно-ориентированного бюджетирования ABB. Разработан комплекс математических моделей, позволяющий на основе единого подхода формализовать представление холархической структуры стратегических целей и показателей KPI согласно концепции BSC и иера...

  9. Relationship between surfactant alterations and severity of disease in horses with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO).

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    Christmann, Undine

    2008-01-01

    Pulmonary surfactant is synthesized in the alveoli and lines the respiratory epithelium of the airways. Phospholipids, the main component of surfactant, confer it its ability to lower surface tension and to prevent alveolar collapse. Airway surfactant helps maintain smaller airway patency, improves muco-ciliary clearance, decreases bronchoconstriction, and modulates pulmonary immunity. Surfactant alterations in human asthma are therefore believed to contribute to the severity of airway obstr...

  10. Rao-Blackwellised Interacting Markov Chain Monte Carlo for Electromagnetic Scattering Inversion

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    The following electromagnetism (EM) inverse problem is addressed. It consists in estimating local radioelectric properties of materials recovering an object from the global EM scattering measurement, at various incidences and wave frequencies. This large scale ill-posed inverse problem is explored by an intensive exploitation of an efficient 2D Maxwell solver, distributed on High Performance Computing (HPC) machines. Applied to a large training data set, a statistical analysis reduces the problem to a simpler probabilistic metamodel, on which Bayesian inference can be performed. Considering the radioelectric properties as a dynamic stochastic process, evolving in function of the frequency, it is shown how advanced Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods, called Sequential Monte Carlo (SMC) or interacting particles, can provide estimations of the EM properties of each material, and their associated uncertainties.

  11. Trends in chemistry of materials selected research papers of C. N. R. Rao

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    Rao, C N R

    2008-01-01

    In this collection, the author has compiled a set of his papers representing some of the highlights of materials chemistry. It features a section on oxidic materials, which includes high-temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance, electronic phase separation and multiferroics. The author has also included novel methods for making gallium nitride, boron nitride and such materials, by using precursors and the urea decomposition route. Moreover, there is a section dealing with open-framework and hybrid materials of which the latter has a great future since one can make use of the r

  12. Finding Robust Assailant Using Optimization Functions (FiRAO-PG) in Wireless Sensor Network

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    Piyush Kumar Shukla; Sachin Goyal; Rajesh Wadhvani; Rizvi, M. A.; Poonam Sharma; Neeraj Tantubay

    2015-01-01

    Wireless sensor network consists of hundreds or thousands of low cost, low power, and self-organizing tiny sensor nodes that are deployed within the sensor network. Sensor network is susceptible to physical attacks due to deprived power and restricted resource capability and is exposed to external environment for transmitting and receiving data. Node capture attack is one of the most menacing attack in the wireless sensor network and may be physically captured by an adversary for extracting ...

  13. FPGA Implementation of Rao-Blackwellized Particle Filter and its Application to Sensorless Drive Control

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    Šmídl, Václav; Nedvěd, R.; Košan, T.; Peroutka, Z.

    Cape Town: IFAC, 2014, s. 8669-8674. ISBN 978-3-902823-62-5. [The 19th World Congress of the IFAC /2014/. Cape Town (ZA), 24.08.2014-29.08.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP102/11/0437 Grant ostatní: GA MŠk(CZ) CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03.0094 Institutional support: RVO:67985556 Keywords : Particle filtering/Monte Carlo methods * Software for system identification * Adaptive control -applications Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2014/AS/smidl-0431968.pdf

  14. Cramér-Rao lower bound analysis for guidance systems with bearings-only measurements

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    ZHANG Yong-an; ZHOU Di; DUAN Guang-ren

    2007-01-01

    Most currently existing investigations on the observability of passive guidance systems can only protimability analysis of closed-loop guidance systems with bearings-only measurements, is proposed. The new method provides an intuitive result for observability of the guidance system through graphical analysis. As a demonstration, a numerical example is presented, in which the degrees of observability of the guidance systems under two commonly used guidance laws are compared by using the new approach.

  15. Cramér-Rao-Induced Bounds for CANDECOMP/ PARAFAC Tensor Decomposition

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    Tichavský, Petr; Phan, A. H.; Koldovský, Zbyněk

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 61, č. 8 (2013), s. 1986-1997. ISSN 1053-587X R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/09/1278 Grant ostatní: GA ČR(CZ) GAP103/11/1947 Institutional support: RVO:67985556 Keywords : Canonical polyadic decomposition * multilinear models * stability Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research Impact factor: 3.198, year: 2013 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2013/SI/tichavsky-0391438.pdf

  16. Corporate finance and option theory: an extension model of rao and stevens (2007)

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    Li, Xiaoni

    2010-01-01

    El objetivo planteado es contribuir a la teoría y práctica de la valoración financiera de la empresa estudiando la influencia que sobre dicha valoración ejercen integradamente gobierno, accionistas, acreedores, empleados y clientes. La necesaria flexibilidad de la vida empresarial se modeliza usando la metodología de las opciones, tanto ordinarias como reales. Las principales novedades se hallan en los dos ámbitos siguientes: 1) de carácter instrumental, que consiste en la f...

  17. Maximum Likelihood Estimator For Doppler Parameter And Cramer Rao Bound In ZP-OFDM UWA Channel

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    Lyonnet, Bastien; Siclet, Cyrille; Brossier, Jean-Marc

    2010-01-01

    A Doppler estimation system using a maximum likelihood criterion is presented in the context of underwater acoustic communications between moving transmitter/receiver. We simulate the method for the estimation of the Doppler effect induced by an underwater acoustic channel (UWA) using Zero Padded-Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (ZP-OFDM). Among the wide range of physical processes that impact OFDM communications through the underwater environment, Doppler effect is an important cau...

  18. Eco information 5. Influence of operation of the plants Jadrova vyradovacia spolocnost, a.s., on the environment, locality of Bohunice, within May 2013

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    In this leaflet the results of monitoring of chemical gaseous and liquid effluents into the Vah River and Dudvah River as well as of radiation monitoring of Bohunice V1 NPP, Interim Spent Fuel Storage (MSVP), Bohunice Radioactive Waste Processing Centre (VK808 - BSC), The Main Production Unit (VK 46A - HVB) and Bitumenation Lines (VK 46B - BL) are presented. The radioactive effluents into atmosphere within January - May 2013 (for NPP V1, MSVP, BSC, HVB and BL, respectively) were: 0.138 MBq (0.000% of AL) for V1, 0.194 MBq (0.065 of AL) for MSVP, 0.192 MBq (0.136% of AL) for BSC, 0.470 MBq (0.071% of AL) for HVB and 0.168 MBq (0.119% of AL) for BL of aero-soles. The radioactive effluents into atmosphere and hydrosphere within a May 2013 for NPP V1, MSVP, and VK 808 BSC, respectively, were: 0.024 MBq (V1), 0.055 MBq (VK MSVP), 0.070 MBq (VK 808 BSC), 0.074 MBq (VK 46A) and 0.011 MBq (VK 46B) of aero-soles into atmosphere; 1.249 MBq (V1 and MSVP) and 6.744 MBq (TSU RAO and NPP A1) of corrosive and fission products, and 5.723 GBq (V1 and MSVP) and 5.744 GBq (TSU RAO and NPP A1) of tritium into the Vah River and 0.000 GBq (V1 and MSVP) and 0.000 MBq (TSU RAO and NPP A1) of corrosive and fission products and 0.000 GBq of tritium (V1) and 0.000 GBq of tritium (TSU RAO and NPP A1) into the Dudvah River). For the period January - May 2013 these radioactive effluents into recipient of Vah River represent for corrosive and fission products 5.653 MBq (0.043% of AL for V1 and MSVP) and 34.953 MBq (0.291% of AL for TSU RAO and MSVP); and for tritium it is 8.397 GBq (0.420% of AL) for V1 and MSVP, and 31.661 GBq (0.317% of AL) for TSU RAO and NPP A1 (into the Vah River) and for corrosive and fission products 0.000 MBq (V1 and MSVP) and 0.000 MBq (TSU RAO and NPP A1) (0.000% of AL) and 0.000 GBq (0.000% of AL) for V1 and MSVP and 0.000 GBq (0.000% of AL) (TSU RAO and NPP A1) of tritium (into the Dudvah River). Chemical effluents are reported, too.

  19. Slovak Electric, plc

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    In this book the structure and activities of the Slovenske Elektrarne, a.s. (Slovak Electric, plc.) are presented. The parameters of the Bohunice NPPs as well as Mochovce NPP are described in detail. Other power plant (coal fired power plants and hydroelectric power plants as well as power transmission and distribution systems in the Slovak Republic are described too. Treatment of radioactive wastes are performed in the the Bohunice Radwaste Treatment Centre (BSC RAO) and radioactive waste are storages in Mochovce National Radioactive Waste Repository for the Slovak Republic

  20. Hassles, uplifts, and anxiety reported by Post-RN students in a BScN programme.

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    Viverais-Dresler, G; Rukholm, E; Koren, I

    1991-12-01

    This study examined the daily hassles, uplifts and anxiety of registered nurse students (Post-RN) during a Community Health Nursing challenge examination in a baccalaureate nursing programme. The objectives of the first phase of this study were 1) to identify the daily hassles, uplifts and anxiety experienced by distance education and on-campus students and 2) to examine relationships among these variables and selected sociodemographic factors. Spielberger's (1983) State and Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Folkman and Lazarus' (1989) Hassles and Uplifts questionnaire were utilised. State anxiety levels were found to be higher than those of female working adults (Spielberger 1983). As well, on-campus students had higher state anxiety levels than distance education students. Trait anxiety differed significantly by age. Except for employment status, sociodemographic factors had no impact on hassles or uplifts. Unemployed subjects experienced significantly greater intensity of uplifts than subjects employed in a hospital setting. Hassles contributed significantly to the anxiety expressed by registered nurse students. As anticipated for women fulfilling multiple family, work and student roles, time pressure emerged as the most important hassle factor. Future research is planned to further explore hassles, uplifts and anxiety as Post-RN students progress through a baccalaureate nursing programme. PMID:1775119

  1. 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.

  2. Interaction of ultraviolet-irradiated Herpes simplex virus type I with BSC-1 cells

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    Ultraviolet irradiation of herpes simplex virus (HSV) did not affect the transfer of uncoated virus DNA to the nuclei of infected cells but the synthesis of virus DNA was suppressed. The virus-specific DNA polymerase was synthesized in cells infected with the u.v.-irradiated HF strain of HSV. In cells infected with the u.v.-irradiated KOS strain, the virus DNA polymerase activity was hardly detectable. The two strains of HSV differ in the sensitivity of the virus DNA polymerase gene to u.v.-irradiation. (author)

  3. Comprehensive Framework for Evaluating e-Learning Systems: Using BSC Framework

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    Momeni, Mansor; Jamporazmey, Mona; Mehrafrouz, Mohsen; Bahadori, Fatemeh

    2013-01-01

    The development of information and communication technology (ICT) is changing the way in which people work, communicate and learn. Recently developing and implementing e-learning solutions have increased dramatically. According to heavily investing in this area, it is essential to evaluate its different aspects and understand measures, which…

  4. Prioritizing strategic business units in the face of innovation performance: Combining fuzzy AHP and BSC

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    Behrooz Noori

    2015-01-01

    Large corporations may be composed of multiple strategic business units (SBUs), each of which is responsible for its own profitability. Innovation performance management of SBUs boosts corporation business results. In the present work, SBU ranking based on innovation performance was addressed. The contribution of the proposed model was threefold: (1) it proposed a fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (AHP) for SBU ranking with triangular fuzzy numbers; (2) it provided a comprehensive and systemat...

  5. The E-Balanced Scorecard (e-BSC) for Measuring Academic Staff Performance Excellence

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    Yu, May Leen; Hamid, Suraya; Ijab, Mohamad Taha; Soo, Hsaio Pei

    2009-01-01

    This research paper is a pilot study that investigated the suitability of adopting an automated balanced scorecard for managing and measuring the performance excellence of academic staffs in the higher education setting. A comprehensive study of related literature with requirements elicited from the target population in a selected premier…

  6. From B.Sc. to Ph.D., my shuffle off to Buffalo.

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    Bolger, Gordon T

    2015-11-15

    From the fall of 1978 until the summer of 1982, I was a graduate student in the Laboratory of Dr. David Triggle in the Department of Biochemical Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, State University of New York at Buffalo. This contribution permits me the opportunity to take you back in time into David's laboratory and tell you the story of how my early research career was borne and to provide a glimpse into some of the accomplishments that David, I and my fellow graduates students made. The central theme of my research was to bring together the many events that controlled the contraction of guinea-pig ileal longitudinal muscle, from the binding of muscarinic agonists, the movement of mono- and divalent cations that control depolarization to contraction itself and the differences between muscarinic and non-muscarinic mediated contraction and tachyphylaxis. From these studies, we were able to provide concrete data supporting a fluid muscarinic receptor-effector coupling model that challenged the concept of spare receptors. We also were able to develop methods to quantitate the binding sites for dihydropyrine calcium channel antagonists thereby opening the door to a flood of studies that furthered our understanding of these clinically employed drugs, providing a new target to elucidate the mechanism(s) of action of drugs that act outside of and within the central nervous system. PMID:26119822

  7. Evaluating Effect of Knowledge Management Strategy on Human Resource Management Performance Using BSC Approach

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    Hossein Mansoori

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available This research provided a model for evaluating the effect of knowledge management strategy on human resource management performance in higher education institutes and academic libraries. This research was a descriptive survey. According to the research literature and expert opinions, in human resource level, 38 indicators were produced for evaluating KM, then these indicators were classified in 10 total factors in terms of balanced scorecard approach. The results of evaluating knowledge management in Yazd academic libraries showed that, this strategy on customer perspectives, internal processes, learning and growth perspective had a good performance. But in terms of financial and Labor productivity indicators and training programs it did not have a good outcome for Yazd academic libraries.

  8. Ranking critical success factor in chaos management using BSC and AHP method

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    Ehsan Khosravi Asil

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Managing an organization under chaos and uncertainty is often a concern of academic society. These days, we may face unpleasant natural, economical or even political incidents where mangers need to handle them, properly. This paper presents an empirical survey to investigate on an electromotor maker when it faces different chaos. The proposed study uses balanced scorecard in terms of four different perspectives including internal process, learning and growth, customer and financial performances. For each perspective, the proposed study uses analytical hierarchy process to rank different sub-criteria. Based on the results of our survey profit margin is the most important item followed by profit capability and brand name while productivity and sales force performance were the least important items.

  9. Expressions non-matricielles des bornes de Cramer-Rao pour la localisation de source en champ proche

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    El Korso, Mohammed Nabil; Boyer, Remy; Renaux, Alexandre; Marcos, Sylvie

    2009-01-01

    Lors d'une localisation de sources à l'aide d'un réseau de capteurs passifs, on fait généralement l'hypothèse simplificatrice de sources situées loin de l'antenne. Cependant, dans le cas de sources proches de l'antenne, les fronts d'ondes ne sont plus plans et il faut prendre en compte un modèle d'observation paramétré, non seulement par l'azimut et l'élévation de chaque source, mais aussi par la distance entre les sources et un référentiel vis-à-vis de l'antenne. Bien qu'une pléthore de méth...

  10. A Rao-Blackwellized particle filter for joint parameter estimation and biomass tracking in a stochastic predator-prey system.

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    Martín-Fernández, Laura; Gilioli, Gianni; Lanzarone, Ettore; Miguez, Joaquin; Pasquali, Sara; Ruggeri, Fabrizio; Ruiz, Diego P

    2014-06-01

    Functional response estimation and population tracking in predator-prey systems are critical problems in ecology. In this paper we consider a stochastic predator-prey system with a Lotka-Volterra functional response and propose a particle filtering method for: (a) estimating the behavioral parameter representing the rate of effective search per predator in the functional response and (b) forecasting the population biomass using field data. In particular, the proposed technique combines a sequential Monte Carlo sampling scheme for tracking the time-varying biomass with the analytical integration of the unknown behavioral parameter. In order to assess the performance of the method, we show results for both synthetic and observed data collected in an acarine predator-prey system, namely the pest mite Tetranychus urticae and the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis. PMID:24506552

  11. Revisiting the health-income nexus in Malaysia: ARDL cointegration and Rao's F-test for causality

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    Tang, Chor Foon

    2010-01-01

    This study re-visits the health-income nexus for Malaysia using alternative econometric techniques which addressed on the small sample problem. This study covers the annual sample period of 1970 to 2009. Based on the appealing small sample properties, we applied the bounds testing approach to cointegration and the system-wise Rao’s F-test with bootstrap simulation procedure in this study. The bounds test suggests that health care expenditure and real income are moving together in the long-run...

  12. Computational intelligence techniques for comparative genomics dedicated to Prof. Allam Appa Rao on the occasion of his 65th birthday

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    Gunjan, Vinit

    2015-01-01

    This Brief highlights Informatics and related techniques to Computer Science Professionals, Engineers, Medical Doctors, Bioinformatics researchers and other interdisciplinary researchers. Chapters include the Bioinformatics of Diabetes and several computational algorithms and statistical analysis approach to effectively study the disorders and possible causes along with medical applications.

  13. Radiation safety during remediation of the SevRAO facilities: 10 years of regulatory experience.

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    Sneve, M K; Shandala, N; Kiselev, S; Simakov, A; Titov, A; Seregin, V; Kryuchkov, V; Shcheblanov, V; Bogdanova, L; Grachev, M; Smith, G M

    2015-09-01

    In compliance with the fundamentals of the government's policy in the field of nuclear and radiation safety approved by the President of the Russian Federation, Russia has developed a national program for decommissioning of its nuclear legacy. Under this program, the State Atomic Energy Corporation 'Rosatom' is carrying out remediation of a Site for Temporary Storage of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and radioactive waste (RW) at Andreeva Bay located in Northwest Russia. The short term plan includes implementation of the most critical stage of remediation, which involves the recovery of SNF from what have historically been poorly maintained storage facilities. SNF and RW are stored in non-standard conditions in tanks designed in some cases for other purposes. It is planned to transport recovered SNF to PA 'Mayak' in the southern Urals. This article analyses the current state of the radiation safety supervision of workers and the public in terms of the regulatory preparedness to implement effective supervision of radiation safety during radiation-hazardous operations. It presents the results of long-term radiation monitoring, which serve as informative indicators of the effectiveness of the site remediation and describes the evolving radiation situation. The state of radiation protection and health care service support for emergency preparedness is characterized by the need to further study the issues of the regulator-operator interactions to prevent and mitigate consequences of a radiological accident at the facility. Having in mind the continuing intensification of practical management activities related to SNF and RW in the whole of northwest Russia, it is reasonable to coordinate the activities of the supervision bodies within a strategic master plan. Arrangements for this master plan are discussed, including a proposed programme of actions to enhance the regulatory supervision in order to support accelerated mitigation of threats related to the nuclear legacy in the area. PMID:26160861

  14. 基于 BSC 的高校战略绩效评估体系构建%Construction of the strategy performance evaluation system on universities based on BSC

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    张丽丽; 申玲

    2014-01-01

    从我国高校绩效评估现状及存在的问题出发,对构建基于平衡计分卡的高效战略绩效评估体系进行定性分析。根据高校绩效评估的目标,从社会服务、财务资源、内部流程、组织创新等4个维度设计评估指标体系。该评估体系对于提高学校的管理效率,强化教职工的责任意识,激发教职工的积极性和创造性,实现高校发展目标具有重要意义。%T he current situation and existing problems of performance evaluation in the universities are analyzed qualitatively .According to the performance evaluation target ,an evaluation index system was designed from four dimensions which were social services ,financial resources ,internal processes ,and organizational innovation .The evaluation system is of great significance to improve the efficiency of the school of management ,strengthen the responsibility consciousness of the staff ,motivate staff enthusi-asm and creativity ,and realize the development goals of colleges and universities .

  15. Aplicação da metodologia Mlearn, segundo a perspetiva BPM, para melhoria do BSC da Escola Naval

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    Lopes, Vânia Raquel Gonçalves Pinto

    2013-01-01

    O cerne da dissertação, em apreço neste documento, tem como propósito principal a melhoria do atual modelo de gestão estratégica em vigor na Escola Naval – o BalancScorecard. Este objetivo é conseguido através da metodologia Mlearn, que se apoia naperspetiva Business Process Management, oferecendo um vasto conjunto de vantagens. Dentro desta gama é de enaltecer a atualização e a revisão dos pilares de sustentação destaorganização, conferindo o alinhamento da estratégia com a instit...

  16. An integrated approach to analyze strategy map using BSC – FUZZY AHP: A case study of auto industry

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    Mohammad Abdolshah

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In an environment, which is highly competitive and everything changes rapidly, managers of organizations face with problems such as how to identify important factors preventing organizations from optimum use of available resources and capacities and invest more on key factors. To achieve this goal, we need to develop an effective strategy map for organizations. The strategy map is a constructional and expanding procedure to identify relationships among all the organization's strategic goals, which play a key role in achieving competitive advantage. Undoubtedly, representing a model to identify and to evaluate the important items for each of available goals in strategy map of each organization is a significant help for management to access higher competition benefits. In this paper, strategic objectives in the strategy map of one of the best producer of electric auto part makers in Iran called Electric Vehicle Co. East are evaluated based on balanced score card perspective and to assign appropriate values to available factors we use a hybrid method consist of AHP technique with Fuzzy logic.

  17. A BSC method for supplier selection strategy using TOPSIS and VIKOR: A case study of part maker industry

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    Adel Azar

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In recent decades, provision-chain management has been one of the major concepts. The main reason that attracts attention to the concept is the increase in competition and struggle for the survival. There are different ways to increase the competition in organizations such as increasing productivity by acquiring information technology. In this paper, we present an integrated model with the balanced score card framework for supplier selection strategy. The proposed model of this paper gathers 161 important factors suggested in the literature and selects the six most important ones using different multi criteria techniques. We also propose a goal programming techniques with some hard constraints and implement the mathematical model for real-world case study of auto industry. The proposed model is solved in four different forms using TOPSIS, VIKOR and the combination of these 2 factors with factor analysis. The preliminary results indicate that a combination of VIKOR and factor analysis presented better results with 9% reduction in costs, 38% increase of quality, and 3.2% increase in acceptability.

  18. The interacting boson model, BSC-RPA theory and the theory of pairing interactions applied to Ge nuclei

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    The low lying states and especialy the extraordinary behaviour of the first excited O+ state as a function of neutron number in the sequence of nuclei, 68Ge, 70Ge, 72Ge, 74Ge, 76Ge, are described (except for 76Ge) by introducing a s'-boson into the interacting boson model (IBM) which usually involves only s- and d-bosons. This introduction could be understood by considering results from BCS-RPA calculations in the neutron configuration only. BCS-RPA theory is, however, shown to be a poor approximation in the case under consideration. Results from the exact diagonalisation of the Hamiltonian for the charge independant pairing interaction in both the proton and neutron configuration are discussed. 7 figs., 2 tabs., 21 refs

  19. Performance Assessment of the Food Industry of Tehran Stock Exchange Based on Balanced Score Card (BSC Technique

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    Morteza Asadi

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Major objective of the present paper was to study the role of balanced score card regarding performance assessment of companies listed in food and beverage industry in the stock exchange. This survey is descriptive and is regarded as a quasi-experimental research plan (Ex-Post design. The statistical population included 200 managers and research sample consisted of 99 persons based on Cochran formula. Questionnaire was used for data collection. Frequency tables and appropriate diagrams were applied to describe data and inferential statistics methods such as student's t-test were used to confirm or reject hypotheses. Variance analysis and t-test for two independent samples were used to study the impact of personal characteristics on responding to the hypotheses. Ranking of improvement degree of indexes for realization of purposes and determining rank of each factor was studied using Friedman test. Results of testing hypotheses reveal it is necessary for organizations to emphasize internal processes more given that planning and implementing efficient and suitable processes in the organization is led to offering appropriate services. About growth and learning scope it is notable that since employees are major capitals of the organization, special attention must be paid to this sector in order to satisfy employees and provide long-term benefits of the organization.

  20. An Examination of the Practicability of COBIT Framework and the Proposal of a COBIT-BSC Model

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    S. Zhang; Le, Fever H.

    2013-01-01

    Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) becomes very popular in recent years and is regarded as the most comprehensive IT governance framework. However, its actual utilization and effectiveness are not clear due to the lack of academic studies. Also, the proliferation of other IT standards and best practices, such as ISO27000 series and ITIL, creates great challenges for organizations to understand their relations and to take advantage of them. The main objective of ...

  1. Evaluation of a model of dissertation supervision for 3rd year B.Sc. undergraduate nursing students.

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    Scholefield, Donna; Cox, Georgina

    2016-03-01

    All English universities now offer an all degree undergraduate nursing programme. Many currently use an individual supervision model to support final year dissertation students, but with increased numbers and limited resources new models of supervision are needed. This study evaluated a mixed (group and individual) model of dissertation supervision to determine its effectiveness for a large group of undergraduate nursing students. A sample of 3rd year students and their supervisors were selected from one large university. An evaluation survey was conducted using anonymous internet-based questionnaires and focus groups. The data was analysed using Survey Monkey, SPSS and thematic analysis. A 51% (n = 56/110) response rate (students) and 65% (n = 24/37) for supervisors was obtained. The majority of students and supervisors were satisfied with the new model. There was a mixed response to the group workshops and supervision groups. Three themes emerged from the qualitative data: engaging with the process, motivation to supervise and valuing the process. The supervision process is a struggle but both parties gained considerably from going through the process. In conclusion, a mixed model of supervision together with a range of other learning resources can be an effective approach in supporting students through the dissertation process. PMID:26700648

  2. EVALUATION OF THE KNOWLEDGE,ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF SELF-MEDICATION AMONG SECOND YEAR B.Sc NURSING STUDENTS

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    Presenjit Raut; D Vamsi; Rao, B. V.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction- This study was undertaken to determine the knowledge, attitude and practice of self-medication among second-year nursing students of the NRIIMS, Visakhapatnam. Materials & methods: This was an anonymous, questionnaire-based, descriptive study. A prevalidated questionnaire, containing open-ended and close-ended questions, was administered to the subjects. Data were analyzed using MS-Excel and the results were expressed as counts and percentages. Results: Out of the 35 responde...

  3. Qualité et enseignement supérieur : application des principes du Balanced Scorecard (BSC) à un master

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    Sénéchal, Olivier; Menet, Jean-Luc; Winter, Eric; Heldenbergh, Anne

    2013-01-01

    La construction de l'espace européen d'enseignement supérieur (EEES) et les phénomènes socio- économiques constatés ces dernières années imposent le déploiement de démarches qualité et de nouveaux mécanismes de pilotage dans les universités françaises. Cet article s'attache à identifier les principes fondamentaux de la qualité et du pilotage que les établissements d'enseignement supérieur français doivent désormais appliquer pour répondre aux nouveaux enjeux qui leur sont imposés dans ce cadr...

  4. Performance Assessment of the Food Industry of Tehran Stock Exchange Based on Balanced Score Card (BSC) Technique

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    Morteza Asadi; Javad Mehrabi; Saharnaz Mohseni; Mohammad Hasan Tanhaei

    2013-01-01

    Major objective of the present paper was to study the role of balanced score card regarding performance assessment of companies listed in food and beverage industry in the stock exchange. This survey is descriptive and is regarded as a quasi-experimental research plan (Ex-Post design). The statistical population included 200 managers and research sample consisted of 99 persons based on Cochran formula. Questionnaire was used for data collection. Frequency tables and appropriate diagrams were ...

  5. Дослідження та аналізування сучасних підходів в адміністративному менеджменті: “теорія обмежених систем” (ТОС) і “збалансована система показників” (BSC)

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    Вішка, І. С.

    2012-01-01

    Розглянуто сутність понять “теорія обмежень” та “збалансована система показників”, виокремлено показники, які входять до зазначених категорій, та проаналізовано адміністративну складову цих понять, а також описано подібність елементів двох теорій. На основі опрацьованих джерел запропоновано використовувати показники ТОС у концепції BSC на засадах адміністрування. The essence of concepts “theory of constraints” and “balanced Scorecard” have been looked, the parameters that are included in t...

  6. Environment report 2001

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    Environmental impacts of activities carried out by the Slovak Electric, plc is presented. These impacts are reported under the following headings: (1) Statement of the Chairman of the Board of directors; (2) Environmental policies of Slovak Electric Joint Stock Company; (3) Atmospheric Protection; (4) Water management; (5) Waste management; (6) Environmental management system of SE, a. s.; (7) Financial of the protection of the environment; (8) NPP Bohunice, o. z., Jaslovske Bohunice; (9) NPP Mochovce, o. z., Mochovce; (10) Decommissioning of nuclear installations, BSC RAO, o. z., Jaslovske Bohunice; (11) Thermal Power Station Vojany, o. z., Vojany; (12) Thermal Power Station Novaky, o. z., Zemianske Kostolany; (13) Thermal Energetic Kosice, o. z., Kosice; (14) Hydroelectric Power Plants Trencin, o. z., Trencin; (15) Hydroelectric Power Plants Dobsina, o. z., Dobsina; (16) Transmissive System, o. z., Bratislava; (17) 3rd and 4th block of the NPP Mochovce, o. z., Mochovce

  7. 激光多普勒测速频率估计的Cramer-Rao下限%The Cramr-Rao Bound for Frequency Estimation from LDA Measurements

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    殳伟群

    2003-01-01

    本文推导了激光多普勒测速(LDA)频率估计的Cramer-Rao下限.得到了不同于目前LDA工作者广为使用的基于纯频谐波信号的分析结果.得出以下结论:对大多数LDA测量而言,其频率估计的Cramer-Rao下限将是同样情况下纯频谐波信号频率估计的2到6倍.

  8. Information letter 2. Information about operation of plants SE-NPP Bohunice and SE-VYZ during February 2005

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    In this leaflet results of exploitation of four units of the Bohunice V-1 and V-2 NPPs are presented. The electricity and heat production in February 2005 are reviewed. Within a February 2005 the electricity was produced: 217 GWh (block 1), 281 GWh (block 2), 277 GWh (block 3), 282 GWh (block 4), totally 1057 GWh, and 2271 GWh within a January - February 2005. The heat production in February 2005 was 266 506 GJ, and within a January - February 2005 it was produced 531 849 GJ of heat. On February 17 Slovak minister of economy Pavol Rusko and general director of ENEL Paolo Scaroni signed the agreement on acquisition of 66 per cent of Slovenske elektrarne (SE) by Italian ENEL for 840 million Eur. SE has capacity of around 7 GW (83 per cent of total Slovakian capacity). In 2004 SE generated 26 TWh of electricity. Processing and storage of radioactive wastes in Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Spent Fuel and Rad-waste Management (SE-VYZ) is presented. Since beginning of this year 58 fibre-concrete containers have been filled up in Bohunice processing centre of radioactive wastes. Twenty-three pieces of fibre-concrete containers were processed into fibre-concrete containers in Bohunice processing centre of radioactive wastes (BSC RAO) in February 2005. Twenty fibre-concrete containers were stored into Republic storage of radioactive wastes (RU RAO). Total number in RU RAO reached 830 pieces of fibre-concrete containers, which represent 11.53 per cent of storage capacity (7200 containers). Bohunice processing centre of radioactive wastes was put into active operation just before five years

  9. An empirical study based on BSC-DEA to measure the relative efficiencies of different health care centers in province of Semnan, Iran

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    Azam Ghotbuee

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present an empirical investigation to measure the relative efficiency of seven health care centers in province of Semnan, Iran, which were under the coverage of social security organization of Iran. The proposed model of this paper uses a hybrid of balanced score card and data envelopment analysis for performance measurement. The proposed sudy uses four perspectives of balanced score card including learning and growth, internal process, customer and financial perspectives and within each perspective, data envelopment analysis is adopted so that the outputs of each perspective are used as inputs of the other perspective. The preliminary results indicate that all seven units perform relatively well and the overall efficiency of all units in this province is 0.769.

  10. Global aerosol modeling with the online NMMB/BSC Chemical Transport Model: sensitivity to fire injection height prescription and secondary organic aerosol schemes

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    Spada, Michele; Jorba, Oriol; Pérez García-Pando, Carlos; Tsigaridis, Kostas; Soares, Joana; Obiso, Vincenzo; Janjic, Zavisa; Baldasano, Jose M.

    2015-04-01

    We develop and evaluate a fully online-coupled model simulating the life-cycle of the most relevant global aerosols (i.e. mineral dust, sea-salt, black carbon, primary and secondary organic aerosols, and sulfate) and their feedbacks upon atmospheric chemistry and radiative balance. Following the capabilities of its meteorological core, the model has been designed to simulate both global and regional scales with unvaried parameterizations: this allows detailed investigation on the aerosol processes bridging the gap between global and regional models. Since the strong uncertainties affecting aerosol models are often unresponsive to model complexity, we choose to introduce complexity only when it clearly improves results and leads to a better understanding of the simulated aerosol processes. We test two important sources of uncertainty - the fires injection height and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) production - by comparing a baseline simulation with experiments using more advanced approaches. First, injection heights prescribed by Dentener et al. (2006, ACP) are compared with climatological injection heights derived from satellite measurements and produced through the Integrated Monitoring and Modeling System For Wildland Fires (IS4FIRES). Also global patterns of SOA produced by the yield conversion of terpenes as prescribed by Dentener et al. (2006, ACP) are compared with those simulated by the two-product approach of Tsigaridis et al. (2003, ACP). We evaluate our simulations using a variety of observations and measurement techniques. Additionally, we discuss our results in comparison to other global models within AEROCOM and ACCMIP.

  11. Measuring and Evaluating the Supply Chain by implementing the BSC and investigating the quality of the Supply Chain: A case study at Giraff Technologies

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    Odontidou, Eleni

    2013-01-01

    In today’s world, globalization has increased the competition among companies and functioned as a factor for increased product variety, increased amount of customized products and shorter product life cycles. Supply Chain management is considered one of the most critical strategies for increasing organizational effectiveness and enhancing the customer service. Supply Chain needs to be evaluated based on its performance of how efficient and effective it is. Quality on products and processes ha...

  12. 复合高斯杂波中MIMO雷达DOA估计的克拉美-罗下限%Cramer-Rao Bounds of DOA Estimation for MIMO Radars in Compound-Gaussian Clutter

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    王鞠庭; 江胜利; 刘中

    2009-01-01

    该文研究了复合高斯杂波下MIMO雷达DOA估计的平均克拉美-罗下限(Average CRB, ACRB).首先,给出了MIMO雷达信号与杂波模型;然后,推导出目标DOA估计ACRB的一般关系式,在此基础上给出当杂波texture分量满足反Gamma分布时,ACRB的闭合表达式;接着,研究了目标DOA估计的中断CRB(Outage CRB),克服了一个发射单元时ACRB发散的问题;最后进行计算机仿真并给出结论.结果表明MIMO雷达的空间分集能有效地降低其DOA估计ACRB,且ACRB随发射单元数量的提高而减小;另外在相同条件下,MIMO雷达在复合高斯背景下DOA估计的ACRB大于相应高斯背景下的ACRB.

  13. GPS/GNSS Antennas. By B. Rama Rao, W. Kunysz, R. Fante and K. McDonald, Artech House, 2012; 420 Pages. Price £109.00, ISBN 978-1-59693-150-3

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This practical resource provides a current and comprehensive treatment of GPS/GNSS antennas, taking into account modernized systems and new and developing applications. The book presents a number of key applications, describing corresponding receiver architectures and antenna details. You find important discussions on antenna characteristics, including theory of operation, gain, bandwidth, polarization, phase center, mutual coupling effects, and integration with active components.

  14. Aminostratigraphy of sediments of the SW Bay or Bengal

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    Sarma, N.S.; Krishna, M.S.R.; Pasha, S.K.G.; Yadava, M.G.; Rao, K.M.

    . At a water depth of 1200 m off Penna delta, Purnachandra Rao et al . 15 su g- gested a Holocene sedimentation rate of 9.4 cm kyr ? 1 . In a core (2909 m water depth) of the deep Andaman Sea, Ahmad et al . 16.... Rev. , 1980, 16 , 21 ? 55. 15. Purnachandra Rao, V., Rao, Ch. M., Mascarenhas, A., Mohana Rao, K., Reddy, N. P. C. and Das, H. C., J. Geol. Soc. I n dia , 1992, 40 , 59 ? 69. 16. Ahmad, S. M., Patil, D. J., Rao, P. S., Nath, B. N., Rao...

  15. 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.

  16. 平衡计分卡在X保险公司团队长绩效管理中的应用%Application of BSC in the Performance Management of X Company Team Leader

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    李桂兰; 肖祚稹

    2014-01-01

    团队长绩效管理已经成为保险行业实现组织战略目标、强化核心竞争力而竞相研究的领域.针对X保险公司团队长绩效管理系统存在的绩效目标不清晰不准确、绩效考评指标设计不科学等问题,结合目前公司战略目标及面临的市场形势,运用平衡计分卡模式修订完善新的团队长绩效管理指标体系,从而构建了一套较为完整、较为科学的团队长绩效管理体系.

  17. Superfund Record of Decision (EPA Region 10): Hanford Site -- 100 Area (USDOE) 100-BSC-1, 100-DR-1, and 100-HR-1 Operable Units, Benton County, WA, April 4, 1997

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    This decision document changes components of the selected interim remedial action for the Hanford 100 Area radioactive liquid effluent disposal sites and clarifies the roles of revegetation or remediated sites with respect to the completion of the remedial actions. This amendment increases the scope of the selected remedy to include 34 additional sites in the 100 Area that received similar waste discharges and reduces the overall estimated cost for the remedial action to $194 million for 71 sites. This amendment also recognizes the results of the soil volume reduction treatability studies that indicate soil washing for volume reduction is not cost effective. Therefore, this treatment step will no longer be retained as an option for the 100 Area radioactive liquid effluent disposal sites. This amendment also clarifies that revegetation of remediated wastes sites will be addressed using the guidance provided in the current Mitigation Action Plan

  18. 基于BSC与战略地图的高校教育信息化使用效益评价研究%Research on the Benefit Evaluation of Higher Education Informatization Based on BSC and Strategy Map

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    白丽媛; 李亚文; 刘东; 张连城

    2012-01-01

    平衡计分卡用来衡量战略,战略地图用来描述战略,将二者结合起来,构建高校信息化战略地图.从价值贡献、提高用户满意度、内部过程、学习与成长4个维度建立平衡计分卡,对高校教育信息化使用效益进行研究,有利于信息化战略的修订与改进,促进信息化使用效益的提升,希望为高校信息化管理提供新的思路.%Strategy is measured by balanced scorecard,and described by strategy map, the integration of above two aspects can construct strategy map of higher education informatization. Establish balanced scorecard from value contribution, improving customer satisfaction, internal processes, learning and growth. Analyse the efficiency of higher education informatization. It's favorable for revising informatization strategy,promoting informatization efficiency,providing new method for higher education informatization management.

  19. Impact of Base Station Cooperation on Cell Planning

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    Ian Dexter Garcia

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Base station cooperation (BSC has been identified as a key radio access technology for next-generation cellular networks such as LTE-Advanced. BSC impacts cell planning, which is the methodical selection of base station (BS sites, and BS equipment configuration for cost-effective cellular networks. In this paper, the impact of BSC on cell plan parameters (coverage, traffic, handover, and cost, as well as additional cell planning steps required for BSC are discussed. Results show that BSC maximizes its gains over noncooperation (NC in a network wherein interference from cooperating BSs is the main limitation. Locations exist where NC may produce higher throughputs, therefore dynamic or semistatic switching between BSC and NC, called fractional BSC, is recommended. Because of interference from noncooperating BSs, the gains of BSC over NC are upper bounded, and diminishes at greater intersite distances because of noise. This encourages smaller cell sizes, higher transmit powers, and dynamic clustering of cooperative BSs.

  20. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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    ... in NIOSH History NIOSH Centers NIOSH Advisory Committees Board of Scientific Counselors About NIOSH BSC Membership Charter Meetings and Agendas Projects and Project Reports Contact BSC Diversity in NIOSH Goals Message Vision Grants & Funding Training ...

  1. Long-term survival results of a randomized phase III trial of vinflunine plus best supportive care versus best supportive care alone in advanced urothelial carcinoma patients after failure of platinum-based chemotherapy

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    Bellmunt, J; Fougeray, R; Rosenberg, J E;

    2013-01-01

    To compare long-term, updated overall survival (OS) of patients with advanced transitional cell carcinoma of the urothelium (TCCU) treated with vinflunine plus best supportive care (BSC) or BSC alone, after failure of platinum-based chemotherapy.......To compare long-term, updated overall survival (OS) of patients with advanced transitional cell carcinoma of the urothelium (TCCU) treated with vinflunine plus best supportive care (BSC) or BSC alone, after failure of platinum-based chemotherapy....

  2. Hotel Section Management by Using Balanced Scorecard

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    Anna Lysy; Małgorzata Sztorc

    2009-01-01

    The paper presents some problems in using Balanced Scorecard (BSC) in a hotel section. Fundamental element, which marks out BSC conception, is consolidation around vision and strategy appointed by the hotel management. Well compiled strategy should join all the targets and indexes, which compose four perspectives in BSC. Hotel section is the main gaining centre in the hotel, because the service quality is the main target of management strategy. BSC is a tool, which should not only measure eff...

  3. Alignment of University Information Technology Resources with the Malcolm Baldrige Results Criteria for Performance Excellence in Education: A Balanced Scorecard Approach

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    Beard, Deborah F.; Humphrey, Roberta L.

    2014-01-01

    The authors suggest using a balanced scorecard (BSC) approach to evaluate information technology (IT) resources in higher education institutions. The BSC approach illustrated is based on the performance criteria of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in Education. This article suggests areas of potential impact of IT on BSC measures in…

  4. Risk Factors and Treatment Strategies in Patients With Retinal Vascular Occlusions.

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    Chapin, John; Carlson, Karen; Christos, Paul J; DeSancho, Maria Teresa

    2015-10-01

    Retinal vein occlusion (RVO) and retinal artery occlusion (RAO) cause significant visual impairment. The role of thrombophilia and cardiovascular testing is uncertain, and optimal treatment strategies have not been determined. We reviewed medical records of 39 patients with RVO and RAO (23 women and 16 men). Thrombophilia and cardiovascular evaluations were performed and outcomes were reviewed. In all, 24 (61.5%) patients had at least 1 thrombophilia. Elevated factor VIII levels were found in RVO (n = 5) but not in RAO. There are no other significant differences in thrombophilias in RVO compared to those in RAO. Most patients had hypertension(41.2% RAO and 55% RVO) and hyperlipidemia (35.5% RAO and 81.8% RVO). In all, 4 women were using oral contraceptives, 2 were pregnant or postpartum. Follow-up data was available for 28 patients (13 RAO, 15 RVO). Nineteen were treated with aspirin, four with warfarin, and one with low molecular weight heparin. Eight patients reported improvement in vision at time of follow-up (5 RAO, 3 RVO). Multiple risk factors are associated with RVO and RAO, and a complete assessment should include thrombophilia and cardiovascular studies. PMID:24335246

  5. Meeting the challenge in performance management: the diffusion and implementation of the balanced scorecard in Chinese hospitals.

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    Gao, Tian; Gurd, Bruce

    2015-03-01

    The bonus system used in Chinese hospitals has been criticized for eroding doctors' professional ethics and aggravating patient expense. This research article focuses on one system to improve hospital performance, the balanced scorecard (BSC). We use three data sources to examine the diffusion and implementation of the BSC in China: a questionnaire survey in Shandong Province, a print-media indicators and content analysis of the published BSC papers and semi-structured interviews with managers of Chinese hospitals that use the BSC. The research evidence shows that bonus systems are important, partially because of the poor pay of hospital professionals, and the BSC is perceived as providing a fair system to award such bonuses. This helps explain the relative endurance of the BSC in Chinese hospitals. PMID:24561877

  6. Die Balanced Scorecard als Instrument des Banken-Controlling

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    Harengel, Jürgen

    2000-01-01

    The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is a measurement system of financial andnon-financial measurements presenting the various company perspectives(such as financial, customer, internal processes and innovation) on anequal basis and company-specific alongside one another.Using the BSC, staff members and management should receive motivationand be placed in a position to successfully implement the company's strategy.By doing so, the BSC has developed into a strategic management systemwith which, in a t...

  7. 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...

  8. The Use of Time Driven Activity Based Costing and Analytic Hierarchy Process Method in the Balanced Scorecard Implementation

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    Ednan Ayvaz; Davut Pehlivanl

    2011-01-01

    Balanced scorecard (BSC) functions as an action plan for the basis of establishing the strategy which is definedwith critical success factors. BSC classifies the vision and strategy of the enterprise in four perspectives in whichfinancial and non financial scales are used. BSC becomes a strong method for planning, developing andtransforming the strategy. An active planning is needed in order to settle a strategy. In this study, time drivenActivity Based Costing (TDABC) is important not only i...

  9. Basaloid squamous carcinoma of the supraglottic larynx with neuro-endocrine features

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    Rajjyoti Das

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Basaloid squamous carcinoma (BSC is a rare aggressive variant of squamous cell carcinoma and occurs mainly at the larynx, oropharynx and tongue of the head and neck region. Neuro-endocrine differentiation of BSC is further rare occurrence in laryngeal cancers. We report here a case of BSC of supraglottic larynx with neuro-endocrine differentiation, which was treated by radiotherapy and its response to treatment.

  10. Understanding the context of balanced scorecard implementation: a hospital-based case study in pakistan

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    Ajmal Agha; Jahan Firdous; Nabi Naheed; Razzak Junaid A; Jafri SM Wasim; Abbas Farhat; Lalji Sabrina NH; Rabbani Fauziah; Petzold Max; Brommels Mats; Tomson Goran

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background As a response to a changing operating environment, healthcare administrators are implementing modern management tools in their organizations. The balanced scorecard (BSC) is considered a viable tool in high-income countries to improve hospital performance. The BSC has not been applied to hospital settings in low-income countries nor has the context for implementation been examined. This study explored contextual perspectives in relation to BSC implementation in a Pakistani...

  11. Analysis of genomic copy number variation in equine recurrent airway obstruction (heaves).

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    Ghosh, S; Das, P J; McQueen, C M; Gerber, V; Swiderski, C E; Lavoie, J-P; Chowdhary, B P; Raudsepp, T

    2016-06-01

    We explored the involvement of genomic copy number variants (CNVs) in susceptibility to recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), or heaves-an asthmalike inflammatory disease in horses. Analysis of 16 RAO-susceptible (cases) and six RAO-resistant (control) horses on a custom-made whole-genome 400K equine tiling array identified 245 CNV regions (CNVRs), 197 previously known and 48 new, distributed on all horse autosomes and the X chromosome. Among the new CNVRs, 30 were exclusively found in RAO cases and were further analyzed by quantitative PCR, including additional cases and controls. Suggestive association (P = 0.03; corrected P = 0.06) was found between RAO and a loss on chromosome 5 involving NME7, a gene necessary for ciliary functions in lungs and involved in primary ciliary dyskinesia in humans. The CNVR could be a potential marker for RAO susceptibility but needs further study in additional RAO cohorts. Other CNVRs were not associated with RAO, although several involved genes of interest, such as SPI2/SERPINA1 from the serpin gene family, which are associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma in humans. The SPI2/SERPINA1 CNVR showed striking variation among horses, but it was not significantly different between RAO cases and controls. The findings provide baseline information on the relationship between CNVs and RAO susceptibility. Discovery of new CNVs and the use of a larger population of RAO-affected and control horses are needed to shed more light on their significance in modulating this complex and heterogeneous disease. PMID:26932307

  12. A dynamic balanced scorecard for identification internal process factor

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available We present a dynamic balanced score card (BSC to investigate the strategic internal process management factors. The proposed dynamic BSC emphasizes on internal processes aspect, and using VIKOR and Shannon Entropy, determinants the internal processes, process management and improvement and all important factors are ranked. The current study first introduces dynamic BSC and examines effective factors on the process. The proposed model focuses on internal processes perspective of BSC and determines importance degree of each factor is used using VIKOR decision-making techniques.

  13. Radiation 2006. In association with the Polymer Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Incorporating the 21st AINSE Radiation Chemistry Conference and the 18th Radiation Biology Conference, conference handbook

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    Full text: In Australia there have been reported more than 200 species of Biological Soil Crusts (BSC) including: cyanobacteria, mosses and lichens. Working at the species level of BSC poses particular difficulties for different aspects of environmental management because of the problems caused by in taxonomy, small size, lack of experts for identification and the intermixing of taxa. From the 1970s BSC classification based on the morphology has been utilised for ecological studies. This study explores the possibility of spectral classification of BSC components for ecological studies and considers the use of hyperspectral remote sensing techniques. Although, in some locations the percentage cover of BSC exceeds 70% of land cover, many previous remote sensing studies of land cover have either neglected BSC, or considered it as one group. In this study visible and near-infrared (350-1100 nm) reflectance spectra of BSC were collected with a UniSpec PPSystem spectrometer in the laboratory under a 1000 W Halogen lamp. Biological components varied in chlorophyll, physiological status, colour and other pigment contents. The measured spectra demonstrate considerable variation both within and between species. Factors contributing to spectral variation were identified by principal components analysis. Functional, taxonomic and morphological groups of BSC species were classified using discriminant analysis of the narrow-bands (3.3 nm) spectra. Both principal components and discriminant analysis showed promising results for grouping BSC variation and finally 9 groups from 21 field groups (33 species) were classified

  14. Weathering of Carbonate Rocks by Biological Soil Crusts in Karst Areas

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    Ye Chen; Bin Lian; Zuoying Yin; Yuan Tang

    2014-01-01

    The weathering of carbonate rocks by biological soil crusts (BSC) in karst areas is very common. It is helpful to understand the weathering mechanisms and processes for avoiding karst rock-desertification. The weathering of carbonate rocks by BSC in karst areas, namely the expansion, contraction and curl resulting from environmental wetting-drying cycles, was investigated and ana-lyzed in this paper. The bulk density, area and thickness of BSC were determined and the weathering amount of limestone and dolomite per unit area of BSC was calculated as 3 700 and 3 400 g·m-2; the amount of biomass on the surface of limestone and dolomite was calculated as 1 146 and 1 301 g·m-2, respectively. Such an increased weathering amount was not only the result of chemical and physical weathering of BSC on carbonate rocks, but also the attachment and cementation of BSC to clay parti-cles, dust-fall, sand particles, solid particles brought by strong air currents, wind and other factors in the surrounding environment, which may also be related to the special environment and the special time period. Based on the results obtained, a weathering mode of BSC is studied, and the mechanisms of weathering by BSC are discussed. In conclusion, we suggest that the mechanical force exerted by the expansion and constriction of gelatinous and mucilaginous substances through wetting and drying of BSC play a significant role in the physical weathering process of the carbonate substrates.

  15. Applications of the balanced scorecard for strategic management and performance measurement in the health sector.

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    Behrouzi, Farshad; Shaharoun, Awaluddin Mohamed; Ma'aram, Azanizawati

    2014-05-01

    In order to attain a useful balanced scorecard (BSC), appropriate performance perspectives and indicators are crucial to reflect all strategies of the organisation. The objectives of this survey were to give an insight regarding the situation of the BSC in the health sector over the past decade, and to afford a generic approach of the BSC development for health settings with specific focus on performance perspectives, performance indicators and BSC generation. After an extensive search based on publication date and research content, 29 articles published since 2002 were identified, categorised and analysed. Four critical attributes of each article were analysed, including BSC generation, performance perspectives, performance indicators and auxiliary tools. The results showed that 'internal business process' was the most notable BSC perspective as it was included in all reviewed articles. After investigating the literature, it was concluded that its comprehensiveness is the reason for the importance and high usage of this perspective. The findings showed that 12 cases out of 29 reviewed articles (41%) exceeded the maximum number of key performance indicators (KPI) suggested in a previous study. It was found that all 12 cases were large organisations with numerous departments (e.g. national health organisations). Such organisations require numerous KPI to cover all of their strategic objectives. It was recommended to utilise the cascaded BSC within such organisations to avoid complexity and difficulty in gathering, analysing and interpreting performance data. Meanwhile it requires more medical staff to contribute in BSC development, which will result in greater reliability of the BSC. PMID:24589328

  16. A productive year for CMS

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      Some of the many results obtained by CMS since the start of data-taking in 2010. If you have any comments / suggestions please contact the editors: Marzena Lapka (marzena.lapka@cern.ch) and Achintya Rao (achintya.rao@cern.ch)

  17. CMS Observes Single Top-Quark

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      One of the many excellent results harvested by CMS from 2010 data. (Figure shows events vs cosine of the angle between lepton and light jets in t rest-frame.)   If you have any comments / suggestions please contact the editors: Marzena Lapka (marzena.lapka@cern.ch) and Achintya Rao (achintya.rao@cern.ch)  

  18. Hydraulic and nutritional feedback controls surface patchiness of biological soil crusts at a post-mining site.

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    Fischer, Thomas; Gypser, Stella; Subbotina, Maria; Veste, Maik

    2015-04-01

    In a recultivation area located in Brandenburg, Germany, five types of biocrusts (initial BSC1, developed BSC2 and BSC3, mosses, lichens) and non-crusted mineral substrate were sampled on tertiary sand deposited in 1985-1986 to investigate hydrologic properties of crust patches. It was the aim of the study to demonstrate that (I) two types of BSC with alternative nutritional and hydraulic feedback modes co-exist in one area and that (II) these feedback modes are synergic. The sites to sample were selected by expertise, trying to represent mixed sites dominated by mosses, by lichens, and by visually in the field observable surface properties (colour and crust thickness) for the non-crusted substrate and BSC1 to 3. The non-crusted samples contained minor incrustations of the lichen Placynthiella oligotropha, young leaflets of the moss Ceratodon purpureus, as well as very sparsely present individuals of the green algae Ulothrix spec., Zygogonium spec. and Haematococcus spec. The sample BSC1 was not entirely covered with microphytes, crust patches were smooth, and P. oligotropha was observed to develop on residues of C. purpureus and on unspecified organic detritus. BSC2 covered the surface entirely and was dominated by P. oligotropha and by Zygogonium spec. The sample BSC3 consisted of pad-like patches predominantly growing on organic residues. The moss sample was dominated by C. purpureus and Zygogonium spec. growing between the moss stemlets directly on the mineral surface, the lichen sample was dominated by Cladonia subulata with sparsely scattered individuals of C. purpureus. Hierarchical cluster analysis revealed that BSC2 was floristically and chemically most similar to the moss crust, whereas BSC3 was floristically and chemically most similar to the lichen crust. Crust biomass was lowest in the non-crusted substrate, increased to the initial BSC1 and peaked in the developed BSC2, BSC3, the lichens and the mosses. Water infiltration was highest on the substrate

  19. Identifying Balance in a Balanced Scorecard System

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    Aravamudhan, Suhanya; Kamalanabhan, T. J.

    2007-01-01

    In recent years, strategic management concepts seem to be gaining greater attention from the academicians and the practitioner's alike. Balanced Scorecard (BSC) concept is one such management concepts that has spread in worldwide business and consulting communities. The BSC translates mission and vision statements into a comprehensive set of…

  20. Discussing Feedback System Thinking in Relation to a Balanced Scorecard, Inspired by an Actual Case

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    Since the emergence of the Balanced Scorecard at the beginning of the 1990s, only few articles have proposed a framework of translating BSC into an analytical numerical model. This paper addresses two research themes : (1) a discussion of the cause-and-effect modeling within the BSC and (2), how...

  1. Effektmåling på handlingsplaner og Balanced Scorecards i Kvægproduktion 2010

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    Clausen, Michael Fussing; Lund, Mogens

    gennemførelsen af instruktionerne i handlingsplanerne kun begrænset betydning for målopfyldelsen.   Den gennemførte evaluering indikerer endvidere, at landbrugsbedrifterne har opnået en tilfredsstillende målopfyldelse gennem anvendelsen af Balanced Scorecards (BSC). Det største problem i anvendelsen af BSC ser...

  2. Promising Practices and Strategies for Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Foster Care Placement Stability: A Breakthrough Series Collaborative

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    Conradi, Lisa; Agosti, Jen; Tullberg, Erika; Richardson, Lisa; Langan, Heather; Ko, Susan; Wilson, Charles

    2011-01-01

    This paper will provide information on a recent Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) conducted by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network on Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Foster Care Placement Stability. Information on this particular BSC will be provided, followed by initial findings gathered from an evaluation of…

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    2006-01-01

    This paper describes the elements with a mechatronic character in the BSc curriculum of Electrical Engineering in the University of Twente as well as the Mechatronics MSc curriculum of this university. In the BSc program there is a complete semester with mechatronics related content, concluded by a

  4. 75 FR 64311 - National Toxicology Program (NTP); Office of Liaison, Policy and Review Meeting of the NTP Board...

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    2010-10-19

    ... BSC and the public, NTP staff developed a draft research concept document for the nomination... the BSC and NTP staff and to supplement the record. Background Information on NTP Testing Program... selection process. Substances considered appropriate for study generally fall into two broad,...

  5. 77 FR 58557 - Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic...

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    2012-09-21

    ... Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (BSC, NCEH/ ATSDR) In... Program; presentation on surveillance and epidemiology after emergency events; and updates by BSC Federal.... Department of Energy, National Institute for Environmental ] Health Services and the U.S....

  6. Entrance Qualifications Affect the Performance of Nutrition Students at University: A Pilot Study

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    Owusu-Apenten, Richard; Xu, Wen Li

    2012-01-01

    This study assessed the effect of admissions qualifications on the subsequent academic performances of BSc nutrition students at a UK university. Entrance qualifications for three groups (Grp01, Grp02, Grp03) reading for a BSc(Hons) degree in, Dietetics, Food & Nutrition or Human Nutrition (n = 105) were determined from their UCAS (Universities…

  7. Comparison of Risk in Organic, Integrated and Conventional Cropping Systems in Eastern Norway

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    Lien, Gudbrand D.; Flaten, Ola; Korsaeth, Audun; Schumann, Keith D.; Richardson, James W.; Eltun, Ragnar

    2005-01-01

    This study exemplifies the first implementation experiences of Balanced Scorecard and the first results of them in Ukrainian agricultural enterprises. Essential prerequisites for the functioning of the BSC concept into practical agriculture will be discussed. Finally, some critical success factors to the BSC adoption by agricultural companies will be identified.

  8. Phase III trial of vinflunine plus best supportive care compared with best supportive care alone after a platinum-containing regimen in patients with advanced transitional cell carcinoma of the urothelial tract

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    Bellmunt, Joaquim; Théodore, Christine; Demkov, Tomasz;

    2009-01-01

    neutropenia (50%), febrile neutropenia (6%), anemia (19%), fatigue (19%), and constipation (16%). In the intent-to-treat population, the objective of a median 2-month survival advantage (6.9 months for VFL + BSC v 4.6 months for BSC) was achieved (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.88; 95% CI, 0.69 to 1.12) but was not...

  9. Motives, Diffusion and Utilisation of the Balanced Scorecard in Demark

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    Nielsen, Steen; Sørensen, René

    2004-01-01

    ', 'communica-tion', 'early warning', 'nature of target figures', 'focusing' and 'causality' are the most important aspects when a company considers the implementation of BSC. The main objective of a BSC is that the company can translate vision and strategy into operational terms - from management level...

  10. Strategimåleren - et nyt værktøj til at få succes med dit kvægbrugs udviklingsstrategi

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    Lund, Mogens; Olsen, Jakob Vesterlund

    2007-01-01

    strategiimplementering er valget faldet på Balanced Scorecard eller kort og godt BSC. Dette værktøj er blevet afprøvet med succes af mange virksomheder uden for landbruget som fx Nykredit, BRF kredit og Danske Bank. En vigtig del af BSC er Strategimåleren, som skal sikre en god kommunikation og et godt overblik over...

  11. Motives, Diffusion and Utilization of the Balanced Scorecard in Denmark

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    Nielsen, Steen; Sørensen, René

    2003-01-01

    strategy", "communication", "early warning", "character of measures", "focus" and "chain of cause-and-effect logic" are the most important aspects when a company considers the implementation of BSC. The main objective of a BSC is that the company can translate vision and strategy into operational terms...

  12. Teaching the Balanced Scorecard through Simulation

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    Capelo, Carlos; Lopes, Ana Isabel; Mata, Ana

    2012-01-01

    Kaplan and Norton introduced the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) which is based on a systems perspective of the business strategy and performance measurement. Many organizations around the world are using the BSC to define, implement and manage strategy. Nevertheless there exist studies that identify problems and limitations associated with the…

  13. Ratify, Reject or Revise: Balanced Scorecard and Universities

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    Sayed, Naqi

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) in universities. Initially directed toward profit-oriented businesses, the BSC has since been adopted by many non-profit organisations with seemingly diverse objectives. A number of primarily publicly-funded universities and institutions, which are part of…

  14. Balanced Scorecards in Managing Higher Education Institutions: An Indian Perspective

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    Umashankar, Venkatesh; Dutta, Kirti

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The paper aims to look at the balanced scorecard (BSC) concept and discuss in what way it should be applied to higher education programs/institutions in the Indian context. Design/methodology/approach: The paper is based on extant literature on the balanced scorecard concept per se, as well as applications of BSC in higher education as…

  15. Implementation and Performance Evaluation Using the Fuzzy Network Balanced Scorecard

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    Tseng, Ming-Lang

    2010-01-01

    The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a multi-criteria evaluation concept that highlights the importance of performance measurement. However, although there is an abundance of literature on the BSC framework, there is a scarcity of literature regarding how the framework with dependence and interactive relationships should be properly implemented in…

  16. Introducing the Balanced Scorecard: Creating Metrics to Measure Performance

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    Gumbus, Andra

    2005-01-01

    This experiential exercise presents the concept of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) and applies it in a university setting. The Balanced Scorecard was developed 12 years ago and has grown in popularity and is used by more than 50% of the Fortune 500 companies as a performance measurement and strategic management tool. The BSC expands the traditional…

  17. News from the biological stain commission

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    Kiernan, J.A.; Lyon, Hans Oluf

    2008-01-01

    In the three earlier editions of News from the Biological Stain Commission (BSC), under the heading of "Regulatory affairs," the BSC's International Affairs Committee reported on the work of Technical Committee 212, Clinical Laboratory Testing and in Vitro Diagnostic Test Systems of the...

  18. News from the Biological Stain Commission No. 14

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    Lyon, Hans O

    2013-01-01

    In the 14(th) issue of News from the Biological Stain Commission (BSC) the BSC's International Affairs Committee presents information from the meetings of ISO/TC 212/WG 3, In vitro diagnostic products, and from the final plenary meeting of ISO/TC 212, Clinical laboratory testing and in vitro...

  19. News from the Biological Stain Commission

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    Lyon, H O; Kiernan, J A

    2008-01-01

    In the three earlier editions of News from the Biological Stain Commission (BSC), under the heading of "Regulatory affairs," the BSC's International Affairs Committee reported on the work of Technical Committee 212, Clinical Laboratory Testing and in Vitro Diagnostic Test Systems of the...

  20. News from the Biological Stain Commission No. 5

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    Lyon, H O; Dapson, R W

    2009-01-01

    In this fifth issue of News from the Biological Stain Commission (BSC), under the heading of Regulatory Affairs, the BSC's International Affairs Committee provides more information from the meeting of the International Standards Organization ISO/TC 212 Committee that took place on June 2-4, 2008 at...

  1. Understanding the context of balanced scorecard implementation: a hospital-based case study in pakistan

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    Ajmal Agha

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background As a response to a changing operating environment, healthcare administrators are implementing modern management tools in their organizations. The balanced scorecard (BSC is considered a viable tool in high-income countries to improve hospital performance. The BSC has not been applied to hospital settings in low-income countries nor has the context for implementation been examined. This study explored contextual perspectives in relation to BSC implementation in a Pakistani hospital. Methods Four clinical units of this hospital were involved in the BSC implementation based on their willingness to participate. Implementation included sensitization of units towards the BSC, developing specialty specific BSCs and reporting of performance based on the BSC during administrative meetings. Pettigrew and Whipp's context (why, process (how and content (what framework of strategic change was used to guide data collection and analysis. Data collection methods included quantitative tools (a validated culture assessment questionnaire and qualitative approaches including key informant interviews and participant observation. Results Method triangulation provided common and contrasting results between the four units. A participatory culture, supportive leadership, financial and non-financial incentives, the presentation of clear direction by integrating support for the BSC in policies, resources, and routine activities emerged as desirable attributes for BSC implementation. The two units that lagged behind were more involved in direct inpatient care and carried a considerable clinical workload. Role clarification and consensus about the purpose and benefits of the BSC were noted as key strategies for overcoming implementation challenges in two clinical units that were relatively ahead in BSC implementation. It was noted that, rather than seeking to replace existing information systems, initiatives such as the BSC could be readily adopted if

  2. Balanced Scorecards As a Tool for Developing Patient-Centered Pharmacy Services

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    Enwere, Emmanuel N.; Keating, Ellen A.; Weber, Robert J.

    2014-01-01

    Having accurate data is essential for the pharmacy director to manage the department and develop patient-centered pharmacy services. A balanced scorecard (BSC) of essential department data, which is a broad view of a department’s function beyond its financial performance, is an important part of any department’s strategic plan. This column describes how the pharmacy director builds and promotes a department’s BSC. Specifically, this article reviews how the BSC supports the department’s mission and vision, describes the metrics of the BSC and how they are collected, and recommends how the pharmacy director can effectively use the scorecard results in promoting the pharmacy. If designed properly and updated consistently, a BSC can present a broad view of the pharmacy’s performance, serve as a guide for strategic decision making, and improve on the quality of its services. PMID:24958976

  3. [Application of the balanced scorecard in nursing practice].

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    Huang, Tsai-Yu; Chwo, Miao-Ju

    2004-02-01

    Kaplan and Norton's balanced scorecard (BSC) was developed in 1992. It was designed to be both a performance framework and a management methodology. The BSC enables an organization to convert its mission and vision into specific strategic objectives across four perspectives: (1) the financial perspective, (2) the customer perspective, (3) the internal business process perspective, and (4) the learning and growth perspective. Emphasis is focused on the balance of internal and external, outcome and future, and subjective and objective measures. Currently, some health care organizations have implemented the concept of the BSC as a performance measurement tool and are convinced that the BSC can be of great value to an organization. This paper provides development of the BSC and its application in the health care system and nursing practice. PMID:15045895

  4. Hotel Section Management by Using Balanced Scorecard

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    Anna Lysy

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents some problems in using Balanced Scorecard (BSC in a hotel section. Fundamental element, which marks out BSC conception, is consolidation around vision and strategy appointed by the hotel management. Well compiled strategy should join all the targets and indexes, which compose four perspectives in BSC. Hotel section is the main gaining centre in the hotel, because the service quality is the main target of management strategy. BSC is a tool, which should not only measure effectiveness, but also implement changes, as soon as possible, so that the effects and expected results will be quick achieved. Most of the companies, which have used this conception, have treated it as a basic management system that joins strategy and operational activity. Therefore it is necessary to improve, modernize and create new sub perspectives in compiled BSC.

  5. Evaluation of the different spectral indices to map biocrust using spectral information

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    M. Alonso

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Biological soil crusts (BSC are complex communities formed by a close association of soil particles and cyanobacteria, algae, microfungi, lichens or bryophytes that live within or immediately on top of the uppermost millimeters of the soil surface. These communities cover non vegetated areas in most of the arid and semiarid ecosystems, and modify numerous soil surface properties and ecosystem processes. Given the importance of BSC in ecosystem functioning, accurate and spatially explicit information on the distribution of BSC is mandatory. With this objective, considerable effort has been devoted to identify and map BSC using remote sensing data, and some spectral indices have been developed. These indexes use the spectral differences among BSC and other surface components like vegetation or bare soil to identify the areas dominated by BSC. Our main objective is to test the feasibility of the previous indices published in the literature for mapping different types of BSC in a complex study area, where these index have not been developed, at different spatial scales. Our results showed the low capability of indexes based on multiespectral images to identify areas covered by BSCat field and image spatial scales. Hyperspetral indices, on the other hand, showed better results than those obtained with multispectral indices, with an accuracy around 71% because they analyzed specific absorption features related with photosynthetic pigments like chlorophyll and carotenoids. We can conclude that the spatial heterogeneity of the area and the spectral similarities among BSC, green and dry vegetation or bare soil makes it difficult to correctly distinguish BSC in arid and semiarid ecosystems using only multispectral information, whereas hyperspectral images offer an important tool to map different types of BSC and to discriminate among these and other surface components.

  6. Managing the backscatter component from the robotic arm of an a-Si EPID

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    Full text: Backscatter from the robotic arm mechanism of an a-Si EPID in IMRT images was examined. Images corrected with a conventional flood field (FF) containing a backscatter component (BSC) from the robotic ann were compared with a BSC-free FF. A Yarian 21 EX linac (6 MV, 18 MV) was used. All images were acquired with two aS500 EPIDs, one R-arm and one E-arm. The BSC of an EPID image is the ratio of an image acquired with the EPID attached to the arm then detaching the arm from the EPID and acquiring the same image. A range of square field sizes from 2.5 x 2.5 cm to 27.5 x 27.5 cm were acquired and the BSC analyzed. The BSC of the FFs were also measured. A series of IMRT fields were acquired. Each field was corrected with a conventional FF and compared with a BSC-free FF. Figure I shows the magnitude of the BSC from each arm in the inplane for a 6x beam. Square fields above 16 x l6 cm (R-arm) and lO x 10 cm (E-arm) benefited from a conventional FF as it tended to cancel out the BSC in the acquired square field. The opposite was observed for smaller field sizes. A gamma analysis of the IMRT fields showed a FF correction containing a BSC reduces the effect of the arm in the final image. IMRT EPID images using conventional FFs have been shown to be less affected by backscatter from the robotic arm compared to BSC-free flood fields. (author)

  7. Investigation of Response Amplitude Operators for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: Preprint

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    Ramachandran, G. K. V.; Robertson, A.; Jonkman, J. M.; Masciola, M. D.

    2013-07-01

    This paper examines the consistency between response amplitude operators (RAOs) computed from WAMIT, a linear frequency-domain tool, to RAOs derived from time-domain computations based on white-noise wave excitation using FAST, a nonlinear aero-hydro-servo-elastic tool. The RAO comparison is first made for a rigid floating wind turbine without wind excitation. The investigation is further extended to examine how these RAOs change for a flexible and operational wind turbine. The RAOs are computed for below-rated, rated, and above-rated wind conditions. The method is applied to a floating wind system composed of the OC3-Hywind spar buoy and NREL 5-MW wind turbine. The responses are compared between FAST and WAMIT to verify the FAST model and to understand the influence of structural flexibility, aerodynamic damping, control actions, and waves on the system responses. The results show that based on the RAO computation procedure implemented, the WAMIT- and FAST-computed RAOs are similar (as expected) for a rigid turbine subjected to waves only. However, WAMIT is unable to model the excitation from a flexible turbine. Further, the presence of aerodynamic damping decreased the platform surge and pitch responses, as computed by both WAMIT and FAST when wind was included. Additionally, the influence of gyroscopic excitation increased the yaw response, which was captured by both WAMIT and FAST.

  8. A Monte Carlo Investigation of Some Tests for Stochastic Dominance

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    Y.K. Tse; Xibin Zhang

    2003-01-01

    This paper compares the performance of several tests for stochastic dominance up to order three using Monte Carlo methods. The tests considered are the Davidson and Duclos (2000) test, the Anderson test (1996) and the Kaur, Rao and Singh (1994) test. Only unpaired samples of independent observations are considered, as this is a restriction for both the Anderson and Kaur-Rao-Singh tests. We find that the Davidson-Duclos test appears to be the best. The Kaur-Rao-Singh test is overly conservativ...

  9. Hydrophysical manifestations of the Indian ocean tsunami

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    ; Theory, Observations andApplications, German Coastal Engineering Research Council, Germany. Jay Kumar, S., Ilangovan, D., Naik, K.A., Gowthaman, R., Tirodkar, G., Naik, G.N., Ganeshan, P., Mani Murali,R.,Michael,G.S.,Ramana,M.V.,andBhattacharya,G.C.(2005...., Rao, M.M.M., Rao, B.P., Sarma, V.V., Rao, K.M., Surya Prakash, S., and Chandramouli, P. (2005). Identification and modeling of internal waves, NIO Regional Centre, Visakhapatnam. Murty,T.S. (2005). Personal communication. Ramana Murthy, M...

  10. Recent marine archaeological investigations along the Saurashtra coast, west coast of India

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    Gaur, A.S.; Sundaresh; Tripati, S.

    O-114 Rajyagor, S.B., 1988. Ancient Ports of Gujarat. Marirle Archneology of Itldinrl Ocearl Countries (Ed. S.R. Rao), NIO, Goa. Pp.112-113 Rao. S.R.. 1990. Excavations of legendary city of Dvaraka in Arabian Sea. Joltnlal of Marirle Archaeology..., 1 :59-98. Rao, S.R., 1999. Lost City of Davaraka. Aditya Prakashan, New Delhi. pp. 83. Sampura, K.F., 1968. The sfructrlrnl Temples of Gujarat (Up to 1600AD). Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. Sundaresh, A.S. Gaur, P. Gudigar, Sila Tripati, K...

  11. Validation of cross-contamination control in biological safety cabinet for biotech/pharmaceutical manufacturing process.

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    Hu, Shih-Cheng; Shiue, Angus; Tu, Jin-Xin; Liu, Han-Yang; Chiu, Rong-Ben

    2015-12-01

    For class II, type A2 biological safety cabinets (BSC), NSF/ANSI Standard 49 should be conformed in cabinet airflow velocity derivation, particle contamination, and aerodynamic flow properties. However, there exists a potential problem. It has been built that the cabinet air flow stabilize is influenced by the quantity of downflow of air and the height above the cabinet exhaust opening. Three air downflow quantities were compared as an operating apparatus was placed from 20 to 40 cm above the bench of the cabinet. The results show that the BSC air downflow velocity is a function of increased sampling height, displaying that containment is improvingly permitted over product protection as the sampling height decreases. This study investigated the concentration gradient of particles at various heights and downflow air quantity from the bench of the BSC. Experiment results indicate that performance near the bench was better than in the rest of the BSC. In terms of height, the best cleanliness was measured at a height of 10 cm over the bench; it reduced actually with add in height. The empirical curves accommodate, founded on the concentration gradient of particle created was elaborated for evaluating the particle concentration at different heights and downflow air quantity from the source of the bench of the BSC. The particle image velocimetry system applied for BSC airflow research to fix amount of airflow patterns and air distribution measurement and results of measurements show how obstructions can greatly influence the airflow and contaminant transportation in a BSC. PMID:26257118

  12. Habitat stress initiates changes in composition, CO2 gas exchange and C-allocation as life traits in biological soil crusts.

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    Colesie, Claudia; Green, T G Allan; Haferkamp, Ilka; Büdel, Burkhard

    2014-10-01

    Biological soil crusts (BSC) are the dominant functional vegetation unit in some of the harshest habitats in the world. We assessed BSC response to stress through changes in biotic composition, CO2 gas exchange and carbon allocation in three lichen-dominated BSC from habitats with different stress levels, two more extreme sites in Antarctica and one moderate site in Germany. Maximal net photosynthesis (NP) was identical, whereas the water content to achieve maximal NP was substantially lower in the Antarctic sites, this apparently being achieved by changes in biomass allocation. Optimal NP temperatures reflected local climate. The Antarctic BSC allocated fixed carbon (tracked using (14)CO2) mostly to the alcohol soluble pool (low-molecular weight sugars, sugar alcohols), which has an important role in desiccation and freezing resistance and antioxidant protection. In contrast, BSC at the moderate site showed greater carbon allocation into the polysaccharide pool, indicating a tendency towards growth. The results indicate that the BSC of the more stressed Antarctic sites emphasise survival rather than growth. Changes in BSC are adaptive and at multiple levels and we identify benefits and risks attached to changing life traits, as well as describing the ecophysiological mechanisms that underlie them. PMID:24694713

  13. Children and Television in Malaysia.

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    Van Niel, Eloise

    1978-01-01

    Television programing governed by national policy is described. The Advertising Code is noted, as are sources of foreign programs, media research agencies, and references to Malaysian media studies. (RAO)

  14. Eesti Energia tahab elektrit toota Pihkvas / Toivo Tänavsuu

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    Tänavsuu, Toivo

    2005-01-01

    Eesti Energia ja Venemaa ettevõte RAO Rossija võivad koos rajada Pihkvasse ühise gaasielektrijaama. Eesti Energia juhatuse liikme Lembit Vali kommentaare. Lisa: Fortum ja Eesti Energia otsivad koostöövõimalusi

  15. Eesti nukufilm jälle edukas

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    2004-01-01

    Argentiinas Buenos Airese laste- ja noortefilmide festivalil sai Pärtel Talli plastiliinitehnikas nukufilm "Porgand!" parima lühifilmi preemia ning katoliikliku meediaorganisatsiooni Signis eripreemia. Žürii eripreemia sai Rao Heidmetsa "Instinkt"

  16. 97,4 filmi päevas ja nii 17 päeva jutti / Tiit Tuumalu

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    Tuumalu, Tiit, 1971-

    2008-01-01

    Rao Heidmets oli Hiroshima animafestivali valikukomisjonis, kus jäi sõelale ka Ülo Pikkovi "Dialogos". 7.-11. augustini toimuval festivalil on ka Heidmetsa filmiprogramm ("Instinkt", "Kaasasündinud kohustused")

  17. Fronts, water masses and heat content variability in the Western Indian sector of the Southern Ocean during austral summer 2004

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    AnilKumar, N.; Luis, A.J.; Somayajulu, Y.K.; RameshBabu, V.; Dash, M.K.; Pednekar, S.M.; Babu, K.N.; Sudhakar, M.; Pandey, P.C.

    Rao, Dept. of Science & Technology, New Delhi for the financing the XBT probes. Help rendered in the implementation and completion of this study by cruise participants and staff at NCAOR is acknowledged. 13 References Bathen, H.K., 1971. Heat...

  18. An Experiment in Architectural Instruction.

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    Dvorak, Robert W.

    1978-01-01

    Discusses the application of the PLATO IV computer-based educational system to a one-semester basic drawing course for freshman architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design students and relates student reactions to the experience. (RAO)

  19. Observational evidence for westward propagation of temperature inversions in the southeastern Arabian Sea

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    Shankar, D.; Gopalakrishna, V.V.; Shenoi, S.S.C.; Durand, F.; Shetye, S.R.; Rajan, C.K.; Johnson, Z.; Araligidad, N.; Michael, G.S.

    layer [Sprint- all and Tomczak, 1992; Rao and Sivakumar, 2003]. An analysis of available Bathy Thermograph (BT) profiles also showed the pres- ence of temperature inversions below the mixed layer during the winter monsoon [Thadathil and Gosh, 1992...

  20. Eesti animafilm osales Annecys

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    2004-01-01

    Animafilmifestivalil Annecys osales neli Eesti filmi : Priit Pärna joonisfilm "Karl ja Marilyn", Rao Heidmetsa nukufilm "Instinkt", David Snowmani joonisfilm "Frank ja Wendy. Hungerburger" ja Meelis Arulepa reklaamfilm "Animated Dreams 2003"

  1. CAS Scientist Receives Trieste Science Prize

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    2006-01-01

    @@ RAO Zihe, director of the CAS Institute of Biophysics and CAS Member, has been awarded the 2006Trieste Science Prize for "his worldclass contributions to structural biology and his studies of viruses responsible for human diseases."

  2. RANDOM WEIGHTING METHOD FOR CENSORED REGRESSION MODEL

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    ZHAO Lincheng; FANG Yixin

    2004-01-01

    Rao and Zhao (1992) used random weighting method to derive the approximate distribution of the M-estimator in linear regression model. In this paper we extend the result to the censored regression model (or censored "Tobit" model).

  3. Intersection homology Betti numbers

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    Durfee, A H

    1993-01-01

    A generalization of the formula of Fine and Rao for the ranks of the intersection homology groups of a complex algebraic variety is given. The proof uses geometric properties of intersection homology and mixed Hodge theory.

  4. Quake Lake Threat

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    2008-01-01

    The authorities are poised to evacuate more than a million people threatened by deadly pools dammed in by the Sichuan earthquake Rao Xiping is the head of a group of less than 20 water conservation experts,

  5. A Guide to Making an Audio Tape.

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    Jobe, Holly; Cannon, Glenn

    This brief introduction to the use of audiotape recorders in educational settings provides basic information on operational procedures and recording techniques for voice, music, dubbing, and pulsing. Audiotape editing and splicing are also explained. (RAO)

  6. 7 CFR 1770.27 - Definitions.

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    2010-01-01

    ... Federal Communications Commission. Part 32 is 47 CFR part 32, Uniform System of Accounts, issued by the Federal Communications Commission. RAO is the Responsible Accounting Officer of the Federal Communications... (CONTINUED) ACCOUNTING REQUIREMENTS FOR RUS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BORROWERS Accounting Interpretations §...

  7. Management Accounting and Business Analytics

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    Nielsen, Erland Hejn; Nielsen, Steen; Jacobsen, Anders;

    2014-01-01

    combining the idea of a BSC as a causal loop system with systems thinking, the current paper aims to address not only the conceptual domain concept of ‘comprehensiveness’ related to BSC, i.e. the ‘scope’ (learning) and ‘differentiation’ (system dynamics causality and feedback), but also the methodological......This paper focuses on how System Dynamics Modeling (SDM) can contribute to an increased understanding of business in an ‘analytics’ setup. Such improved understanding is necessary to identify the variables that most effectively support a company’s strategy in a Balanced Scorecard (BSC). By...

  8. System Dynamic Modelling for a Balanced Scorecard: With a Special Emphasis on Skills, Customer Base, and WIP

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    Nielsen, Steen; Nielsen, Erland Hejn

    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to analyse some dynamic consequences of the theoretical foundations of the balanced scorecard (BSC) with the aid of a simulation approach based on part of a real BSC. Design/methodology/approach - The model includes five perspectives and a number of financial...... scenarios we also demonstrate the effects of different variables on the profit or RoCE (Return on Capital Employed). Findings - The results show that minimal changes in the three variables: skills, customer base and work in process may influence profit in different directions. Research limitations...... modelling of the BSC. Our paper just throws a little light on this modelling approach....

  9. The role of a blue ocean strategy on performance evaluation

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    Mojtaba Tabari

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper develops a balanced scorecard (BSC in order to prepare a comprehensive tool for performance evaluation. In this way, an experimental test is conducted in the Resorts of Ramsar Green City located in the north of Iran, in which the factors of a blue ocean strategy influence on the dimensions of the BSC. The sample number of this study consists of 90 managers and experts of the employees who work for Resorts of Ramsar Green City. The acquired data are analyzed with using the t-test. The obtained results show that the blue ocean strategy changes in the objects and the scales of the BSC.

  10. The envisagement of education program for development of nuclear science and technology in Vietnam

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    Nuclear Training Centre envisaged BSc program for development of nuclear science and technology to advice and recommendations for the Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam. This report had been wrote on basics of programmes of education of MIFI (Russia), TIT (Japanese), SNU (Korea), 4 schedule curriculums and 4 current curriculums of Hanoi University of Natural Science, Hanoi University of Technology, Dalat University, Ho Chi Minh University of Natural Science, the reference universities, and the post of Dr. Luu Lam - the Ministry of Education and Training. As a result, the team came up with the view of BSc program consistent with the design, organization train BSc in Vietnam and provide nuclear staff. (author)

  11. Internal Performance Measurement Systems: Problems and Solutions

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    Jakobsen, Morten; Mitchell, Falconer; Nørreklit, Hanne

    2010-01-01

    This article pursues two aims: to identify problems and dangers related to the operational use of internal performance measurement systems of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) type and to provide some guidance on how performance measurement systems may be designed to overcome these problems....... The analysis uses and extends N rreklit's (2000) critique of the BSC by applying the concepts developed therein to contemporary research on the BSC and to the development of practice in performance measurement. The analysis is of relevance for many companies in the Asia-Pacific area as an increasing numbers...

  12. Transcribing the balanced scorecard into system dynamics

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    Nielsen, Steen; Nielsen, Erland Hejn

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to show how a System Dynamics Modelling approach can be integrated into the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) for a case company with special focus on the handling of causality in a dynamic perspective. The BSC model includes five perspectives and a number of financial and non...... cause-and-effect relationships of an integrated BSC model. Including dynamic aspects of BSCs into the discussion is only in its infancy, so the aim of our work is also to contribute to both scholars’ and practitioners’ general understanding of how such delayed dynamic effects propagate through system...

  13. The Insertion of the Tool Balanced Scorecard in the Strategic Planning of a Growing Company: A Case Study in the Company Metadil Metalúrgica Indústria e Comércio Ltda

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    Rafaela Thomaz Queiroz; Antonio Lobosco; Martinho Isnard Ribeiro de Almeida; Emerson Antonio Maccari

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to analyze how the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) can assist in the building the strategic planning of a small growing company, in order to achieve its strategic targets. For this purpose, it was carried out a study in a small company of the furniture segment, with a view to identify the benefits derived from the use of BSC at the organization. The following departments were analyzed: Human Resources, Marketing/Customers, Finances, and Production, and identified as BSC per...

  14. In vivo Anticancer Activities of Benzophenone Semicarbazone against Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma Cells in Swiss Albino Mice

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    Benzophenone semicarbazone (BSC) was synthesized and characterized to identify compounds with anticancer activities. Anticancer activities were studied against Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma (EAC) cells in Swiss albino mice by monitoring parameters such as tumor weight measurement, survival time of tumor bearing mice, tumor cell growth inhibition, and so on. Some hematological parameters, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and hemoglobin content, were also measured. The results showed that BSC has a positive effect against EAC cells. An assessment was conducted by comparing these results with those obtained using the standard drug bleomycin. The BSC compound can be considered as a potent anticancer agent

  15. AHP IN IMPLEMENTATION OF BALANCED SCORECARD

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    Jelena Jovanovic

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available BSC as a matrix of balanced indicators gives a review of organization activities within four or more perspectives (fields (finance, users, business processes, learning and development where by necessary conditions for development and continual improvement are created. As BSC is essentially a frame for realization of defined strategy in the organization, its implementation asks for an adequate choice of measures-indicators and therefore this paper is oriented towards importance and methodology of the choice of indicators. This paper particularly emphasizes a possibility of implementation of AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process and ANP (Analytic Network Process as methods of multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM inmplementation of BSC.

  16. Equine recurrent airway obstruction

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    Artur Niedźwiedź

    2014-01-01

    Equine Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO), also known as heaves or broken wind, is one of the most common disease in middle-aged horses. Inflammation of the airway is inducted by organic dust exposure. This disease is characterized by neutrophilic inflammation, bronchospasm, excessive mucus production and pathologic changes in the bronchiolar walls. Clinical signs are resolved in 3-4 weeks after environmental changes. Horses suffering from RAO are susceptible to allergens throughout their liv...

  17. Quantum estimation of coupled parameters and the role of entanglement

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    Kok, Pieter; Dunningham, Jacob; Ralph, Jason F.

    2015-01-01

    The quantum Cramer-Rao bound places a limit on the mean square error of a parameter estimation procedure, and its numerical value is determined by the quantum Fisher information. For single parameters, this leads to the well- known Heisenberg limit that surpasses the classical shot-noise limit. When estimating multiple parameters, the situation is more complicated and the quantum Cramer-Rao bound is generally not attainable. In such cases, the use of entanglement typically still offers an enh...

  18. Wound healing: a new perspective on glucosylated tetrahydrocurcumin

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    Bhaskar Rao A; Prasad E.; Deepthi SS; Haritha V; Ramakrishna.S,; Madhusudan K; Surekha MV; Venkata Rao YSR

    2015-01-01

    Adari Bhaskar Rao,1 Ernala Prasad,1 Seelam Siva Deepthi,1 Vennapusa Haritha,1 Sistla Ramakrishna,1 Kuncha Madhusudan,1 Mullapudi Venkata Surekha,2 Yerramilli Sri Rama Venkata Rao3 1Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Division, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, 2Pathology Division, National Institute of Nutrition, 3Ashian Herbex Ltd, Hyderabad, AP, India Abstract: Wound healing represents a dynamic set of coordinated ...

  19. Evaluation of nine distance-based measures of functional diversity applied to forest communities

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    Jin-Tun Zhang; Naiqi Song; Lihong Fan

    2013-01-01

    Several methods for the estimation of functional diversity are employed in plant communities. However, it is hard to select the most suitable measures in practice. This work presents comparisons of nine distance-based measures applied to functional diversity analysis in forest communities (36 plots) along an elevational gradient in the Pangquangou Reserve, China. The employed indices and methods were: functional attribute diversity (FAD), Raos functional diversity (Raos index), single linkage...

  20. A Wald test with enhanced selectivity properties in homogeneous environments

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    Liu, Weijian; Xie, Wenchong; Wang, Yongliang

    2013-12-01

    A Wald test with enhanced selectivity capabilities is proposed in homogeneous environments. At the design stage, we assume that the cell under test contains a noise-like interferer in addition to colored noise and possible signal of interest. We show that the Wald test is equivalent to a recently proposed Rao test. We also observe that this Rao/Wald test possesses constant false alarm rate property in homogeneous environments.

  1. Fyziologie a patofyziologické aspekty dýchacího ústrojí koně

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    Horká, Marie

    2014-01-01

    The work is concern to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in short COPD, today is disease called Recurrent airway obstruction -- RAO and effect of stabling to disease. In the work is shortly summarized anatomy of horse respiratory system and described physiology respiratory sytem of horse. Chronic disease is here distinction from acute. In the work is detailed description of RAO, also known as heaves. It is explained epidemiology, causes and pathogenesis, clinical signs and anamnesis, dia...

  2. A new geodetic research data management system at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory

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    Coetzer, Glenda L.; Botha, Roelf C.; Combrinck, W. Ludwig; Fourie, Stoffel C.J.S.

    2014-01-01

    The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) hosts two research programmes: radio astronomy and space geodesy. The Space Geodesy programme has four main co-located space geodetic techniques, making HartRAO a true fiducial site. These techniques are Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR), geodetic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) and Doppler Orbitography and Radio-positioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS). Only GNSS data are stored on-si...

  3. Timing and preservation mechanism of deglacial pteropod spike from the Andaman Sea, northeastern Indian Ocean

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    Sijinkumar, A.V.; Nath, B.N.; Gupta, M.V.S.; Rao, B.R.

    (2); 2015; 432-444 Timing and preservation mechanism of deglacial pteropod spike from the Andaman Sea, north-eastern Indian Ocean Sijinkumar, A. V., Nath, B. N., Guptha, M. V. S., Ahmad, S. M., Rao, B. R. The aragonite compensation depth (ACD.... Guptha, Bandaru Ramalingeswara Rao, Geological Oceanography Division, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa-403 004, India; Syed Masood Ahmad, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Uppal Road, Hyderabad 500 007, India...

  4. Effect of naringin on hemodynamic changes and left ventricular function in renal artery occluded renovascular hypertension in rats

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    Asjad Visnagri; Mohammad Adil; Amit D Kandhare; Subhash L. Bodhankar

    2015-01-01

    Background: Renal artery occlusion (RAO) induced hypertension is a major health problem associated with structural and functional variations of the renal and cardiac vasculature. Naringin a flavanone glycoside derived possesses metal-chelating, antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties. Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the antihypertensive activity of naringin in RAO induced hypertension in rats. Material and Methods: Male Wistar rats (180-200 g) were divided...

  5. Development of a fuzzy qualitative risk assessment model applied to construction industry

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    Pinto, Abel Fernando do Nascimento

    2012-01-01

    The construction industry is plagued by occupational risky situations and poor working conditions. Risk Assessment for Occupational Safety (RAOS) is the first and key step to achieve adequate safety levels, particularly to support decision-making in safety programs. Most construction safety efforts are applied informally under the premise that simply allocating more resources to safety management will improve safety on site. Moreover, there are many traditional methods to address RAOS, but...

  6. Impaired Cell Cycle Regulation in a Natural Equine Model of Asthma.

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    Alicja Pacholewska

    Full Text Available Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO is a common and potentially debilitating lower airway disease in horses, which shares many similarities with human asthma. In susceptible horses RAO exacerbation is caused by environmental allergens and irritants present in hay dust. The objective of this study was the identification of genes and pathways involved in the pathology of RAO by global transcriptome analyses in stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs. We performed RNA-seq on PBMCs derived from 40 RAO affected and 45 control horses belonging to three cohorts of Warmblood horses: two half-sib families and one group of unrelated horses. PBMCs were stimulated with hay dust extract, lipopolysaccharides, a recombinant parasite antigen, or left unstimulated. The total dataset consisted of 561 individual samples. We detected significant differences in the expression profiles between RAO and control horses. Differential expression (DE was most marked upon stimulation with hay dust extract. An important novel finding was a strong upregulation of CXCL13 together with many genes involved in cell cycle regulation in stimulated samples from RAO affected horses, in addition to changes in the expression of several HIF-1 transcription factor target genes. The RAO condition alters systemic changes observed as differential expression profiles of PBMCs. Those changes also depended on the cohort and stimulation of the samples and were dominated by genes involved in immune cell trafficking, development, and cell cycle regulation. Our findings indicate an important role of CXCL13, likely macrophage or Th17 derived, and the cell cycle regulator CDC20 in the immune response in RAO.

  7. Summaries

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    2013-01-01

    Impact of Corporate Retail Chains on Traditional Retail and Wholesale Enterprises in Guntur Town of Andhra Pradesh (T. Prasad Rao, D.V.S. Rao and G. Raghunadha Reddy); Implications of Dairy Enterprise for Poverty Reduction: Regional Analysis of Maharashtra (Vishal S. Thorat and Smita Sirohi); Functional Dimensions and Management Efficiency of Agribusiness Co-operatives in Maharashtra: Assessment of a Successful Case (Deepak Shah); Economic Performance and Impact of Contract Farming in Karnata...

  8. Fungi in the respiratory tract of horses with recurrent airway obstruction

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    M.O. Xavier

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to compare the concentration of viable fungi, especially those of the genus Aspergillus in the respiratory tract of stabled horses with and without Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO. Thirty two housed horses from four equestrian centers in Brazil were included in the study. These animals were submitted to clinical examination and to a respiratory sample collection. They were categorized into two groups: healthy and RAO-affected horses. Samples obtained by tracheobronchial washes were evaluated for fungal microscopy, quantitative culture and Aspergillus spp. quantification. Eighteen healthy and 14 RAO-affected horses were studied. Fungi were more frequently recovered in the RAO group, in comparison to controls, for both fungal microscopy (P<0.0001, fungal culture (P<0.0001 and Aspergillus spp. quantitative culture (p=0.001. In conclusion, horses with RAO have significantly higher fungal load in the respiratory tract in comparison to healthy horses. The implications of these findings in terms of the pathogenesis of RAO deserve additional investigation.

  9. Modifying the Balanced Scorecard for a Network Industry The Case of the Clearing Industry

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    Chlistalla, Michael; Schaper, Torsten

    The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is a well-established framework for the management of a company as it integrates financial and non-financial perspectives. Little attention has been given to its theoretical and conceptual valuation. We illustrate how the stakeholder value theory corresponds with the concept of the BSC and show the importance of underlying cause-and-effect relationships between its perspectives. For the case of clearing in Europe which is currently facing profound changes, we present our three-phased approach how to adjust and to extend Kaplan and Norton’s original concept. We modify the generic BSC by adding risk management as a separate perspective and by integrating competition and IT. Based on multiple case studies, we then validate whether the modified BSC is suited to meet the specifics of the clearing industry.

  10. Commemoration: 50 years in Industrial Engineering: Prof Kris Adendorff

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    Claasen Schalk

    2012-01-01

    Kristian Adendorff was born on 21 April 1931 in Pietermaritzburg. He obtained a BSc in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1953 and MBA and DBA degrees at the University of Pretoria in 1961 and 1969 respectively.

  11. Building America Top Innovations 2013 Profile – Exterior Rigid Insulation Best Practices

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    2013-09-01

    In this Top Innovation profile, field and lab studies by BSC, PHI, and NorthernSTAR characterize the thermal, air, and vapor resistance properties of rigid foam insulation and describe best practices for their use on walls, roofs, and foundations.

  12. Balance the Paradox between Limited Health Resources and Growing Demands for Medical Services

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    Gao Tian; Bruce Gurd; Wang Guoxing

    2008-01-01

    Health institutions in the People's Republic of China are under considerable challenge.Innovations in management systems may support the challenge to increase both efficiency and effectiveness.The balanced scorecard (BSC) is one Such innovation.We have used a model to explore the factors that may impact the diffusion of the BSC in Chinese government hospitals.In particular,we concentrate on three factors-the outer context,the nature of the innovation and the communication and influence.The outer context and the nature of the innovation do provide an inducement to implement a BSC.The strength of the communication and influence may affect the level of take-up.However,we recognise that they may choose the BSC not for any apparent technical excellence but for the legitimation that Western man agement practices may bring to local managers.

  13. 75 FR 18214 - Board of Scientific Counselors, Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency...

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    2010-04-09

    ... Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (BSC, COTPER) \\1\\ \\1\\ The Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response has been renamed and is now the Office of...

  14. Building America Top Innovations 2013 Profile – Quality Management System Guidelines

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    2013-09-01

    This Top Innovation profile describes quality management system tools that were customized for residential construction by BSC, IBACOS, and PHI, for use by builders, trades, and designers to help eliminate mistakes that would require high-cost rework.

  15. Chest radiographic diagnosis of trisomy-21 in newborn infants

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    Common chest radiographic findings in trisomy-21 include multiple manubrial ossification centers (MMC), 11 rib pairs (11R), and a notably bell-shaped chest (BSC). These findings were compared in a sequential series of 881 newborns (first 48 hours of life) without chromosomal abnormalities and 30 newborns with trisomy-21. Logistic regression analysis indicates that the probability of trisomy-21 is 0.05% when none of these findings is present, 1.6% with MMC alone, 0.2% with 11R alone, 0.7% with BSC alone, 8.8% with MMC and 11R, 19.4% with MMC and BSC, 3.9% with 11R and BSC, and 58.4% if all three findings are present

  16. Precipitates/Salts Model Calculations for Various Drift Temperature Environments

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    The objective and scope of this calculation is to assist Performance Assessment Operations and the Engineered Barrier System (EBS) Department in modeling the geochemical effects of evaporation within a repository drift. This work is developed and documented using procedure AP-3.12Q, Calculations, in support of ''Technical Work Plan For Engineered Barrier System Department Modeling and Testing FY 02 Work Activities'' (BSC 2001a). The primary objective of this calculation is to predict the effects of evaporation on the abstracted water compositions established in ''EBS Incoming Water and Gas Composition Abstraction Calculations for Different Drift Temperature Environments'' (BSC 2001c). A secondary objective is to predict evaporation effects on observed Yucca Mountain waters for subsequent cement interaction calculations (BSC 2001d). The Precipitates/Salts model is documented in an Analysis/Model Report (AMR), ''In-Drift Precipitates/Salts Analysis'' (BSC 2001b)

  17. BALANCED SCORECARD AS AN ADVANCED MANAGEMENT CONCEPT WITHIN THE INTEGRATED QUALITY MANAGEMENT MODEL

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    Stevan Zivojinovic

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available The significance of >Integratedquality management< (IQM model, originating form St.Gallen-model, is reflected in the need for synergic application of new and advanced concepts of management theory and practise. Balanced score card (BSC within IQM model becomes a catalyst of business success for a modern organization by focusing on organizational variables-business strategy, organization structure and corporate culture. BSC is the leading system of performance tracking and strategy implementation, consistent with other management concepts and methods for managing process improvement. Through BSC, IQM processes' activities correlate with organization business results. BSC management processes enable integration of all decision-making levels, from institutional via strategic to operative, in the process starting from planing, i.e. formulating and implementation of strategy, to feed back by performance measurement and control.

  18. Introduction to Building Systems Performance: Houses that Work II. Revised February 2005

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    2005-03-01

    The Building Science Consortium (BSC) design recommendations are based on the hygrothermal regions with reference to the annual rainfall. Local climate must be addressed if it differs significantly from the climate described for a particular design.

  19. Persistently infected cultures as a source of hepatitis A virus.

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    Simmonds, R S; Szücs, G.; Metcalf, T. G.; Melnick, J. L.

    1985-01-01

    Primary African green monkey kidney, continuous African green monkey kidney cell line BS-C-1, and buffalo green monkey kidney cultures were infected with a uniform inoculum of hepatitis A virus (HAV). Although both the cell line BS-C-1 and primary African green monkey kidney cultures produced useful amounts of virus, HAV was detected earlier and in greater quantities in primary African green monkey kidney cultures. A persistently infected primary African green monkey kidney culture was develo...

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    Over the past eight years, a number of leaks have developed in the Biological Shield Cooling (BSC) system of the Pickering NGS A reactors. The highest leak rate exists in Unit 4. The failure mechanism is not known, but corrosion and/or weld failure are suspected. This paper summarizes the concerns associated with the leaks and possible solutions. It should be noted that the BSC system is peculiar to Pickering A reactors only

  1. Balanced scorecard in SMEs – a proposal for small gas stations in Portugal

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    Monte, Ana Paula; Fontenete, Christiane

    2012-01-01

    As current business environment is demanding a constant adaptation of companies, the planning and strategic management should be an ongoing and natural process in all kind of organizations. The use of management and monitoring strategic performance tools such as the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) have been popular; even to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. This paper aims to investigate whether the BSC is being used in monitoring the performance of small businesses, particularly in small fu...

  2. Diseño de un Cuadro de Mando Integral para una biblioteca hospitalaria

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    Grifol-Clar, Eulalia; Medino-Muñoz, Juan

    2007-01-01

    Introduction: The Balance Scorecard(BSC) is a tool used to measure the institutional activity through quality indicators from several points of view: users, internal processes, human resources and financial management. Libraries of Fundación Hospital Alcorcón and Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada have been reflecting its activity, for two years, through a BSC, allowing synthetic, quick and accurate access to the results of their processes. Methodology: 1. Literature review of the...

  3. RANCANGAN SISTEM INFORMASI DENGAN BALANCED SCORECARD UNTUK PENILAIAN KINERJA KOPERASI

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    Supriyati Supriyati; Mustafid Mustafid; Beta Noranita

    2016-01-01

    Performance assessment  in a company is needed to evaluate the progress in one year has passed in order to make an improvement in the next year. Balanced Scorecard Method (BSC) is one of performance assessment methods that measures 4 perspectives which are customer, financial, internal business process, also growth and learning perspective. In this research, performance assessment is measured by BSC method with 14 key personal indicators (KPI). Performance assessment is shown as assessment ch...

  4. The Balanced Scorecard: translating strategy into results

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    POPA A. Simona

    2009-01-01

    In the paper it is shown that the Balanced Business Scorecard (BSC) allows a balance between financial and non financial objectives and performs a quantification of the dimensions of strategy in four areas - financial, customers, processes and potential. Moreover, the BSC provides feedback on internal processes and external outcomes in order to improve further the performance and results in terms of strategy. When the Balanced Scorecard is implemented effectively, can transform strategic plan...

  5. Critical appraisal of cerebral blood flow measured from brain stem and cerebellar regions after 133 Xe inhalation in humans

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    Validity of regional blood flow (rCBF) measurements recorded over the human posterior fossa after 133Xe inhalation was tested. Recording of counts from both brain stem and cerebellum (BSC) was reproducible and contamination by counts derived from surrounding anatomical structures was low and no greater than that found over hemispheres. BSC flow values showed significant correlation with the state of awareness as judged by clinical and EEG evaluation

  6. Model metrik elektronického obchodu Mall.cz

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    Tichý, Ondřej

    2007-01-01

    Goal of diploma thesis is to develop set of metrics for Internet Mall, a.s. company, carrying business in online shopping. Secondary goal is practical demonstration of Business Intelligence (BI) analysis on selected metrics. Balanced scorecard (BSC), strategic planning and management system, was selected as a framework for model of metrics. Basic concept of BSC was upgraded by an e-commerce extension. These extensions appear to be mostly inspiration. Main sources of information were consultat...

  7. Spatial data processing tools and applications for Black Sea catchment region

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    Gorgan, Dorian; Bacu, Victor; Mihon, Danut; Rodila, Denisa; Stefanut, Teodor; Abbaspour, Karim; Cau, Pierluigi; Giuliani, Gregory; Ray, Nicolas; Lehmann, Anthony

    2012-01-01

    The enviroGRIDS project has developed and provides through the BSC-OS portal a set of tools, applications and platforms concerning with the processing of huge spatial data for the Black Sea catchment region. The presentation highlights the main issues of interoperability between Geospatial and Grid infrastructures, and between different platforms supporting the Earth Science oriented tools and applications. The BSC-OS portal provides end user applications for spatial data management, hydrolog...

  8. BALANCED SCORECARD AND THE MANAGEMENT INTRUMENTS COMPLEMENTARITY

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    Sunhilde CUC

    2009-01-01

    The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) presents the quantitative goals selected from multiple perspectives for implementing the organizational strategy and vision. This article considers how Total Quality Management, Activity Based Management (ABM), Customer Value Analysis, EVA and Budgets approaches may complement a balanced scorecard effort. It briefly outlines how this tools are defined, considers their strengths and weaknesses. The paper concludes that when other tools used in conjunction with BSC ...

  9. AHP IN IMPLEMENTATION OF BALANCED SCORECARD

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    Jelena Jovanovic; Zdravko Krivokapić

    2015-01-01

    BSC as a matrix of balanced indicators gives a review of organization activities within four or more perspectives (fields) (finance, users, business processes, learning and development) where by necessary conditions for development and continual improvement are created. As BSC is essentially a frame for realization of defined strategy in the organization, its implementation asks for an adequate choice of measures-indicators and therefore this paper is oriented towards importance and methodolo...

  10. System Dynamic Modelling for a Balanced Scorecard: With a Special Emphasis on Skills, Customer Base, and WIP

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    Nielsen, Steen; Nielsen, Erland Hejn

    2006-01-01

    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to analyse some dynamic consequences of the theoretical foundations of the balanced scorecard (BSC) with the aid of a simulation approach based on part of a real BSC. Design/methodology/approach - The model includes five perspectives and a number of financial and non-financial measures. All indicators are defined and related to a number of assumed cause-and-effect relationships. Time lags are included to stipulate one of the most important characteristic...

  11. Education for health: alcohol and young aged school teenagers

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    Mendonça, Paula; Rocha, Ana; Sousa, Ana; Santo, Flávia; Costa, Francisco; Dôro, Patrícia

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Alcohol consumption starts at an early age in Portuguese people. Health problems and risk behavior associated with excessive consumption can be prevented or highly reduced through effective school programs. Health professionals, such as biomedical scientists, (BSc), are important in promoting healthy lifestyles through the transmission of knowledge. Objective: Explore the role of the BSc in promoting health via intervention and clarification actions, (ICA), with 9th grade stu...

  12. Balanced Scorecard – Sustainable Development Tool

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    Leontina Beţianu; Sorin Briciu

    2011-01-01

    The sustainable management of a business requires the consideration of all the business compo- nents, both the economic activity and the aspects related to its impact on the environment and its social implications. The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is a management tool supporting the successful implementation of corporative strategies. This helps connecting operational and non-financial activi- ties that have a significant impact on the economic success of a business. BSC is therefore a promising ...

  13. Impact of Rechallenge with Imatinib in Patients with Advanced Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor after Failure of Imatinib and Sunitinib

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    Akira Sawaki; Tatsuo Kanda; Yoshito Komatsu; Toshirou Nishida

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. This retrospective, nonrandomized study investigated the effect of imatinib rechallenge plus best supportive care (BSC) on overall survival after imatinib and sunitinib treatment for patients with locally advanced or metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Methods. Twenty-six patients who had previously been exposed to both imatinib and sunitinib were enrolled in this study. The treatment regimen was BSC with or without imatinib, based on the patient's choice after discussi...

  14. Marketing residential grid-connected PV systems using a balanced scorecard as a marketing tool

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    A strategic analysis of the electricity market in Western Australia yields a market potential for renewable energy in Western Australia. However, from a purely financial viewpoint the installation of grid-connected pv-systems still is not economically viable. In this paper a balanced scorecard (BSC) is developed to capture and visualize other than financial benefits. Therefore, the BSC can be used as a marketing tool to communicate the benefits of a privately owned GCPV system to potential customers. (author)

  15. Cuadro de mando integral: Evaluación de resultados de 2006 a 2008

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    Medino-Muñoz, Juan; Grifol-Clar, Eulalia

    2009-01-01

    Introduction: The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is a tool for measuring the performance of a library through quality indicators from four perspectives: user, internal processes, human resources and financial management. The libraries of the University Hospital of Fuenlabrada and the University Hospital Fundación Alcorcón have been using a BSC for several years to allow them to quickly access the results of their processes, assess targets set by managers and identify opportunities for improvemen...

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    The purpose of the multiscale thermohydrologic model (MSTHM) is to predict the possible range of thermal-hydrologic conditions, resulting from uncertainty and variability, in the repository emplacement drifts, including the invert, and in the adjoining host rock for the repository at Yucca Mountain. Thus, the goal is to predict the range of possible thermal-hydrologic conditions across the repository; this is quite different from predicting a single expected thermal-hydrologic response. The MSTHM calculates the following thermal-hydrologic parameters: temperature, relative humidity, liquid-phase saturation, evaporation rate, air-mass fraction, gas-phase pressure, capillary pressure, and liquid- and gas-phase fluxes (Table 1-1). These thermal-hydrologic parameters are required to support ''Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA) Model/Analysis for the License Application'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 168504]). The thermal-hydrologic parameters are determined as a function of position along each of the emplacement drifts and as a function of waste package type. These parameters are determined at various reference locations within the emplacement drifts, including the waste package and drip-shield surfaces and in the invert. The parameters are also determined at various defined locations in the adjoining host rock. The MSTHM uses data obtained from the data tracking numbers (DTNs) listed in Table 4.1-1. The majority of those DTNs were generated from the following analyses and model reports: (1) ''UZ Flow Model and Submodels'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169861]); (2) ''Development of Numerical Grids for UZ Flow and Transport Modeling'' (BSC 2004); (3) ''Calibrated Properties Model'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169857]); (4) ''Thermal Conductivity of the Potential Repository Horizon'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169854]); (5) ''Thermal Conductivity of the Non-Repository Lithostratigraphic Layers'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170033]); (6) ''Ventilation Model and Analysis Report'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169862]); (7) ''Heat Capacity

  17. Design of Corporate Performance Management System : Case Study at PT X IN INDONESIA

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    Dermawan Wibisono; Hong Mee Hoa; Pungkas Untea

    2012-01-01

    This paper focus on design of company performance management for corporate level of XCompany that produces food ingredient to supply instant noodle, snack and processed meatindustries. The framework of proposed performance measurement systems is combining of theBalanced Scorecard (BSC) and Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA). Fourperspectives that are Financial, Customer, Internal Process, and Learning & Growth are based onthe BSC framework in which in every perspective severa...

  18. The influence of the balanced scorecard implementation and earnings management on financial performance: intellectual capital and customer satisfaction used as the moderators

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    Yung-Chieh Chien; Keng-Sheng Ting

    2014-01-01

    The main purpose of this research is to understand the influence of the company?s implementation of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) and earnings management on financial performance, and executives of listed electronics companies (above the section chief) in Taiwan were research subjects. This research adopts database of Taiwan Economic Journal (TEJ) and TEAMS for data collection and uses HLM3 in analyzing the collected data. Research findings indicate the BSC implementation and earnings manageme...

  19. Lysios: Auswahl von Software-Lösungen mit der Balanced Scorecard

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    Jonen, Andreas; Lingnau, Volker; Weinmann, Peter

    2004-01-01

    Die Balanced Scorecard [BSC] hat seit der Veröffentlichung des ersten Artikels in der Harvard Business Review 1992 eine breite Diskussion in Theorie und Praxis ausgelöst. Mittlerweile haben eine hohe Anzahl von Unternehmen in Amerika, aber auch zunehmend in Deutschland dieses Managementinstrument implementiert. Ein immer wieder auftauchender Kritikpunkt an der BSC ist die äußerst zeitaufwendige Pflege, die dieses Kennzahlensystem in Anspruch nimmt. Deswegen wird eine gelungene Umsetzung mit H...

  20. A balanced scorecard for measuring the impact of industry–university collaboration

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    Al-Ashaab, Ahmed; Flores, Myrna; Doultsinou, Athanasia; Magyar, Andrea

    2011-01-01

    The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) can be considered as a strategic measurement tool. Many companies have applied it to measure four key aspects of their organisations’ performance: financial, customer, internal business process and learning and growth. Although it is widely used in the business arena, this original BSC was not developed to assess the impact of collaborative research projects under an open innovation strategy, where the outputs of research and development developed by collaborative...

  1. Investigating the flow of Organisational Obstinacy in Collaborative Balanced Scorecard: An Ethnographic Action Research in Public Service.

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    Mohamad. M, Clifford, N. Kwalek, P

    2016-01-01

    Abstract: Area of concern: Developing a Balanced Scorecard (BSC) for a network of public-private institutions requires interdependent connectivity and information sharing to set commonly agreed performance standards. Such a Collaborative BSC (CBSC) reflects a high degree of socially constructed organizational values, rules, and procedures. In doing so, organizational changes take place to reach to equilibriums among varying (sometimes conflicting) organizational powers. Our research tends...

  2. A Novel Model for Optimized GSM Network Design

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    de Aguiar, Alexei Barbosa; Neto, Alvaro de Menezes S; Cunha, Ruddy P P; Pinheiro, Rebecca F

    2009-01-01

    GSM networks are very expensive. The network design process requires too many decisions in a combinatorial explosion. For this reason, the larger is the network, the harder is to achieve a totally human based optimized solution. The BSC (Base Station Control) nodes have to be geographically well allocated to reduce the transmission costs. There are decisions of association between BTS and BSC those impacts in the correct dimensioning of these BSC. The choice of BSC quantity and model capable of carrying the cumulated traffic of its affiliated BTS nodes in turn reflects on the total cost. In addition, the last component of the total cost is due to transmission for linking BSC nodes to MSC. These trunks have a major significance since the number of required E1 lines is larger than BTS to BSC link. This work presents an integer programming model and a computational tool for designing GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks, regarding BSS (Base Station Subsystem) with optimized cost.

  3. Salinity induces membrane structure and lipid changes in maize mesophyll and bundle sheath chloroplasts.

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    Omoto, Eiji; Iwasaki, Yugo; Miyake, Hiroshi; Taniguchi, Mitsutaka

    2016-05-01

    The membranes of Zea mays (maize) mesophyll cell (MC) chloroplasts are more vulnerable to salinity stress than are those of bundle sheath cell (BSC) chloroplasts. To clarify the mechanism underlying this difference in salt sensitivity, we monitored changes in the glycerolipid and fatty acid compositions of both types of chloroplast upon exposure to salinity stress. The monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG) and digalactosyldiacylglycerol (DGDG) contents were higher in MC chloroplasts than in BSC chloroplasts, in both the presence and absence of salt treatment. Under salt conditions, the MGDG level in MC chloroplasts was significantly lower than under normal conditions, while it was unchanged in BSC chloroplasts. In both types of chloroplast, the contents of DGDG, phosphatidylglycerol and phosphatidylinositol remained at the same levels in control and salt-treated plants, whereas sulfoquinovosyldiacylglycerol and phosphatidylcholine were significantly lower and higher, respectively, upon salt treatment. In addition, the fatty acid composition and double bond index of individual lipid classes were changed by salt treatment in both BSC and MC chloroplasts, although these factors had no effect on glycerolipid content. These findings suggest that the difference in salt sensitivity of MC and BSC chloroplast membranes is related to differences in MGDG responses to salinity. Thus, we propose that the low MGDG content and the low sensitivity of MGDG to salinity in BSC chloroplasts render them more tolerant than MC chloroplasts to salinity stress. PMID:26555406

  4. Power and sample size determination for the group comparison of patient-reported outcomes with Rasch family models.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Patient-reported outcomes (PRO that comprise all self-reported measures by the patient are important as endpoint in clinical trials and epidemiological studies. Models from the Item Response Theory (IRT are increasingly used to analyze these particular outcomes that bring into play a latent variable as these outcomes cannot be directly observed. Preliminary developments have been proposed for sample size and power determination for the comparison of PRO in cross-sectional studies comparing two groups of patients when an IRT model is intended to be used for analysis. The objective of this work was to validate these developments in a large number of situations reflecting real-life studies. METHODOLOGY: The method to determine the power relies on the characteristics of the latent trait and of the questionnaire (distribution of the items, the difference between the latent variable mean in each group and the variance of this difference estimated using Cramer-Rao bound. Different scenarios were considered to evaluate the impact of the characteristics of the questionnaire and of the variance of the latent trait on performances of the Cramer-Rao method. The power obtained using Cramer-Rao method was compared to simulations. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Powers achieved with the Cramer-Rao method were close to powers obtained from simulations when the questionnaire was suitable for the studied population. Nevertheless, we have shown an underestimation of power with the Cramer-Rao method when the questionnaire was less suitable for the population. Besides, the Cramer-Rao method stays valid whatever the values of the variance of the latent trait. CONCLUSIONS: The Cramer-Rao method is adequate to determine the power of a test of group effect at design stage for two-group comparison studies including patient-reported outcomes in health sciences. At the design stage, the questionnaire used to measure the intended PRO should be carefully chosen in relation

  5. Power and Sample Size Determination for the Group Comparison of Patient-Reported Outcomes with Rasch Family Models

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    Blanchin, Myriam; Hardouin, Jean-Benoit; Guillemin, Francis; Falissard, Bruno; Sébille, Véronique

    2013-01-01

    Background Patient-reported outcomes (PRO) that comprise all self-reported measures by the patient are important as endpoint in clinical trials and epidemiological studies. Models from the Item Response Theory (IRT) are increasingly used to analyze these particular outcomes that bring into play a latent variable as these outcomes cannot be directly observed. Preliminary developments have been proposed for sample size and power determination for the comparison of PRO in cross-sectional studies comparing two groups of patients when an IRT model is intended to be used for analysis. The objective of this work was to validate these developments in a large number of situations reflecting real-life studies. Methodology The method to determine the power relies on the characteristics of the latent trait and of the questionnaire (distribution of the items), the difference between the latent variable mean in each group and the variance of this difference estimated using Cramer-Rao bound. Different scenarios were considered to evaluate the impact of the characteristics of the questionnaire and of the variance of the latent trait on performances of the Cramer-Rao method. The power obtained using Cramer-Rao method was compared to simulations. Principal Findings Powers achieved with the Cramer-Rao method were close to powers obtained from simulations when the questionnaire was suitable for the studied population. Nevertheless, we have shown an underestimation of power with the Cramer-Rao method when the questionnaire was less suitable for the population. Besides, the Cramer-Rao method stays valid whatever the values of the variance of the latent trait. Conclusions The Cramer-Rao method is adequate to determine the power of a test of group effect at design stage for two-group comparison studies including patient-reported outcomes in health sciences. At the design stage, the questionnaire used to measure the intended PRO should be carefully chosen in relation to the studied

  6. BALANCED SCORECARDS EVALUATION MODEL THAT INCLUDES ELEMENTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM USING AHP MODEL

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    Jelena Jovanović

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The research is oriented on improvement of environmental management system (EMS using BSC (Balanced Scorecard model that presents strategic model of measurem ents and improvement of organisational performance. The research will present approach of objectives and environmental management me trics involvement (proposed by literature review in conventional BSC in "Ad Barska plovi dba" organisation. Further we will test creation of ECO-BSC model based on business activities of non-profit organisations in order to improve envir onmental management system in parallel with other systems of management. Using this approach we may obtain 4 models of BSC that includ es elements of environmen tal management system for AD "Barska plovidba". Taking into acc ount that implementation and evaluation need long period of time in AD "Barska plovidba", the final choice will be based on 14598 (Information technology - Software product evaluation and ISO 9126 (Software engineering - Product quality using AHP method. Those standards are usually used for evaluation of quality software product and computer programs that serve in organisation as support and factors for development. So, AHP model will be bas ed on evolution criteria based on suggestion of ISO 9126 standards and types of evaluation from two evaluation teams. Members of team & will be experts in BSC and environmental management system that are not em ployed in AD "Barska Plovidba" organisation. The members of team 2 will be managers of AD "Barska Plovidba" organisation (including manage rs from environmental department. Merging results based on previously cr eated two AHP models, one can obtain the most appropriate BSC that includes elements of environmental management system. The chosen model will present at the same time suggestion for approach choice including ecological metrics in conventional BSC model for firm that has at least one ECO strategic orientation.

  7. Matched-Pair Comparison of Radioembolization Plus Best Supportive Care Versus Best Supportive Care Alone for Chemotherapy Refractory Liver-Dominant Colorectal Metastases

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    Purpose: This study was designed to evaluate overall survival after radioembolization or best supportive care (BSC) in patients with chemotherapy-refractory liver-dominant metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Methods: This was a matched-pair comparison of patients who received radioembolization plus BSC or BSC alone for extensive liver disease. Twenty-nine patients who received radioembolization were retrospectively matched with a contemporary cohort of >500 patients who received BSC from 3 centers in Germany. Using clinical databases, patients were initially matched for prior treatments and tumor burden and then 29 patients were consecutively identified with two or more of four matching criteria: synchronous/metachronous metastases, tumor burden, increased ALP, and/or CEA >200 U/ml. Survival was calculated from date of progression before radioembolization or BSC by using Kaplan–Meier analysis. Results: Of 29 patients in each study arm, 16 pairs (55.2%) matched for all four criteria, and 11 pairs (37.9%) matched three criteria. Patients in both groups had a similar performance status (Karnofsky index, median 80% [range, 60–100%]). Compared with BSC alone, radioembolization prolonged survival (median, 8.3 vs. 3.5 months; P < 0.001) with a hazard ratio of 0.3 (95% confidence interval, 0.16–0.55; P < 0.001) in a multivariate Cox proportional hazard model. Treatment-related adverse events following radioembolization included: grade 1–2 fatigue (n = 20, 69%), grade 1 abdominal pain/nausea (n = 14, 48.3%), and grade 2 gastrointestinal ulceration (n = 3, 10.3%). Three cases of grade 3 radiation-induced liver disease were symptomatically managed. Conclusions: Radioembolization offers a promising addition to BSC in treatment-refractory patients for whom there are limited options. Survival was prolonged and adverse events were generally mild-to-moderate in nature and manageable.

  8. Presence of Recurrent Airway Obstruction in a Group of Colombian Native Horses with Respiratory Symptoms

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    Cristian Alejandro Castillo Franz

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to determine the presence of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO through bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL in a group of twenty Colombian native horses with respiratory symptoms. Each animal underwent a clinical examination in order to corroborate the respiratory disturbance and later perform the BAL. The results obtained showed that 65% of the animals under study tested positive for RAO, based on the clinical and BAL results, and that, among the total number of animals that tested positive, 61.5% suffered a severe form of such condition. We also found an association between the number of neutrophils and the color of the BAL fluid, and an inverse relationship between cell cytology of macrophages and neutrophils. It is concluded that the Colombian native horse, like other horse breeds, suffers from RAO, sometimes severely, related to predisposing factors such as accommodation and stabling.

  9. Retrospective claims analysis of best supportive care costs and survival in a US metastatic renal cell population

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Henry J Henk,1 Connie Chen,2 Agnes Benedict,3 Jane Sullivan,1 April Teitelbaum1 1Optum, Eden Prairie, MN, USA; 2Pfizer Inc, New York, NY, USA; 3United BioSource Corporation, London, UK Introduction: Survival and best supportive care (BSC costs for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC, after stopping therapy, are poorly characterized yet an important aspect of patient care. This study examined survival and costs associated with BSC after one or two lines of therapy (LOTs for mRCC. Methods: A retrospective cohort analysis used claims data from commercially insured or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD plan enrollees of a large United States health plan with an index RCC diagnosis (ICD-9-CM 189.0 between January 1, 2007 and June 30, 2010; initiating any of the following therapies 30 days pre-index date through disenrollment from plan: sunitinib, temsirolimus, sorafenib, bevacizumab, everolimus, pazopanib, cytokines. LOT was identified using prescription fill and administration dates. Health care costs represent health plan- plus patient-paid amounts. Results: The cohort (n = 274 was 73% male, with a mean age of 63.3 years (SD 11.1, with 80% commercially insured (20% MAPD, and 68% starting BSC following one LOT. Mean BSC duration was longer following one than two LOTs (223 [SD 260], 176 [SD 163] days. Median survival from the start of BSC was similar following one and two LOTs (126 and 118 days. Total BSC costs following one and two LOTs averaged US$50,188 (SD $96,984 and $37,295 (SD $51,102. Monthly costs for BSC following one and two LOTs ($10,151 and $10,566 were not substantially lower than costs while on treatment ($14,621 and $16,957. Inpatient hospital costs represented 47% and 49% following one and two LOTs, with ambulatory costs of approximately 36% following each LOT. Conclusion: Our study found similar survival and monthly costs for BSC following either one or two LOTs, with almost half of the cost reflecting

  10. Condensation of water vapour on moss-dominated biological soil crust, NW China

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    Xin-Ping Wang; Yan-Xia Pan; Rui Hu; Ya-Feng Zhang; Hao Zhang

    2014-03-01

    Characteristics of water vapour condensation, including the onset, duration, and amount of water vapour condensation on moss-dominated biological soil crust (BSC) and dune sand were studied under simulated conditions with varying air temperature and relative humidity. The simulations were performed in a plant growth chamber using an electronic balance recording the weight of condensation. There was a positive linear correlation between the water vapour condensation and relative humidity while the mean temperature was negatively linearly related to amounts of water vapour condensation for both soil surfaces. The amount of water vapour condensation on BSC and dune sand can be described by the difference between air temperature and dew point with an exponential function, indicating that when the difference of air temperature and dew point exceeds a value of 35.3°C, there will be zero water vapour condensed on BSC. In contrast, when the difference of air temperature and dew point exceeds a value of 20.4°C, the water vapour condensation will be zero for dune sand. In general, when the air is fully saturated with water and the dew point is equal to the current air temperature, the water vapour condensed on BSC attained its maximum value of 0.398 mm, whereas it was 0.058 mm for dune sand. In comparison, water vapour condensed on BSC was at a relatively high temperature and low relative humidity, while we did not detect water vapour condensation on the dune sand under the similar conditions. Physical and chemical analyses of the samples pointed to a greater porosity, high content of fine particles, and high salinity for BSC compared to the dune sand. These results highlight that soil physicochemical properties are the likely factors influencing the mechanism of water vapour condensation under specific meteorological conditions, as onset was earlier and the duration was longer for water vapour condensation on BSC in comparison with that of dune sand. This contributed to

  11. The Balanced Scorecard as a Management Tool for Arable Farming

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Management requirements for crop farming are high and will rise in the future. Arable farms are challenged by volatile markets, growing administrative burdens, increasing operating costs and growing competition for land. Management skills have become much more important for farmers in recent years and this trend will continue in the future. There are numerous instruments like accounting software or crop field cards integrated in daily management practice, but there is a deficiency of a fully integrated management system to give an overview of all areas of the farming business. This gap can be closed by the management tool Balanced Scorecard (BSC that provides an overview of all production and management activities on a farm. Therefore, with the aim to transfer the BSC concept to crop farming, German farmers and agricultural advisors were surveyed to get insights into the success factors and key performance indicators in the four BSC perspectives they consider most relevant for the operational success of arable farms. By the use of a cluster analysis, three different farm types were identified according to their visions and strategies. For the three farm types the key performance indicators that the respondents considered most relevant for farm performance were figured out. Implementation of the BSC to crop farming can result in a big benefit for management practice. The BSC focuses vision and long-term strategy with the main goal to ensure consistency of the farm and increase farm performance.

  12. Randomized phase III study comparing best supportive care to biafine as a prophylactic agent for radiation-induced skin toxicity for women undergoing breast irradiation: Radiation therapy oncology group (RTOG) 97-13

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    Purpose: To determine if Biafine compared to Best Supportive Care (BSC) is effective in minimizing or preventing radiation-induced dermatitis in women undergoing breast irradiation. Methods and Materials: Patients were randomized between Biafine (n = 83) vs. BSC (n = 89). The institutions identified preference for BSC at the time of randomization. A no-treatment arm was allowed (16% received no treatment). Patients were instructed to apply randomized product three times a day, but not within 4 h of their daily RT session. Application began following their first radiation treatment and continued 2 weeks postradiation. Skin dermatitis was scored weekly utilizing the RTOG and ONS (Oncology Nursing Society) skin toxicity scales, a weekly patient satisfaction and quality-of-life questionnaire. Results: Using the RTOG toxicity scale there was no overall difference for maximum dermatitis during RT between Biafine and BSC (p = 0.77). There was no difference in maximum toxicity by arm or breast size. There was an interaction between breast size and toxicity, with large-breasted women exhibiting more toxicity. Large-breasted women receiving Biafine were more likely to have no toxicity 6 weeks post RT. Conclusion: There was no overall difference between BSC and Biafine in the prevention, time to, or duration of radiation-induced dermatitis.

  13. Calibrated Properties Model

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    The purpose of this model report is to document the calibrated properties model that provides calibrated property sets for unsaturated zone (UZ) flow and transport process models (UZ models). The calibration of the property sets is performed through inverse modeling. This work followed, and was planned in, ''Technical Work Plan (TWP) for: Unsaturated Zone Flow Analysis and Model Report Integration'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169654], Sections 1.2.6 and 2.1.1.6). Direct inputs to this model report were derived from the following upstream analysis and model reports: ''Analysis of Hydrologic Properties Data'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170038]); ''Development of Numerical Grids for UZ Flow and Transport Modeling'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169855]); ''Simulation of Net Infiltration for Present-Day and Potential Future Climates'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170007]); ''Geologic Framework Model'' (GFM2000) (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170029]). Additionally, this model report incorporates errata of the previous version and closure of the Key Technical Issue agreement TSPAI 3.26 (Section 6.2.2 and Appendix B), and it is revised for improved transparency

  14. The Balanced Scorecard in Portuguese Private Organizations: A Descriptive Analysis

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    Full Text Available The understanding that the existing models applied to business performance evaluation were obsolete and could induce companies to taking erroneous decisions led to the development of information and management control systems that reflect the evolution of the non-financial or qualitative key success factors, such as the Balanced Scorecard (BSC. Nowadays, the BSC is one of the most popular management accounting tools. However, reports of high rates of failure require a more close analysis at the challenges and key issues with which various private organizations were confronted in its implementation. Consequently, even after more than two decades after the creation of the model, and despite the introduction of some improvements, investment in BSC projects within the corporate and academic environments can still be confirmed. Thus, in order to find out if Portuguese organizations know and implement the BSC, we sent a questionnaire to 549 private organizations, obtaining a response rate of 28.2%. The results suggest that although the majority of respondents know the BSC, its implementation in these organizations is limited and very recent.

  15. Spatial Pattern of Biological Soil Crust with Fractal Geometry

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    Ospina, Abelardo; Florentino, Adriana; Tarquis, Ana M.

    2015-04-01

    Soil surface characteristics are subjected to changes driven by several interactions between water, air, biotic and abiotic components. One of the examples of such interactions is provided through biological soil crusts (BSC) in arid and semi-arid environments. BSC are communities composed of cyanobacteria, fungi, mosses, lichens, algae and liverworts covering the soil surface and play an important role in ecosystem functioning. The characteristics and formation of these BSC influence the soil hydrological balance, control the mass of eroded sediment, increase stability of soil surface, and influence plant productivity through the modification of nitrogen and carbon cycle. This study focus on characterize the spatial arrangements of the BSC based on image analysis and fractal concepts. To this end, RGB images of different types of biological soil crust where taken, each image corresponding to an area of 3.6 cm2 with a resolution of 1024x1024 pixels. For each image and channel, mass dimension and entropy were calculated. Preliminary results indicate that fractal methods are useful to describe changes associated to different types of BSC. Further research is necessary to apply these methodologies to several situations.

  16. Carotid ultrasonographic and brain computerized tomographic findings in patients with vascular ocular syndromes

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    Iwamoto, Toshihiko; Matsushima, Chikage; Shimizu, Souichirou; Takasaki, Masaru; Iwasaki, Takuya; Usui, Masahiko [Tokyo Medical Coll. (Japan)

    2002-02-01

    To clarify the characteristics of cerebrovascular lesions in subtypes of vascular ocular syndrome, including amaurosis fugax (AF), retinal artery occlusion (RAO), and retinal vein occlusion (RVO), 93 patients with vascular ocular syndrome were studied by means of carotid ultrasonography (US) and brain computerized tomography (CT). The subjects comprised 21 patients with AF, 37 with RAO, and 35 with RVO who were sequentially given these diagnoses by the department of ophthalmology. On the basis of US findings, carotid lesions were defined as the presence of plaque or stenotic changes. CT findings were assessed for the presence and distribution of low-density areas (LDAs). Mean age was similar in each group, ranging from 64.5 to 67.4 years. The RAO group had high rates of men, hypertension, and smokers. US showed that the prevalence of carotid lesions ipsilateral to the affected eye was high in the RAO group and that severe stenosis and ulcerated plaque were present in 28.6% of the AF group and 45.9% of the RAO group. On CT examination, cerebral infarctions appeared as LDAs in about 10% of the patients in each group, and the incidence and distribution of LDAs were similar. Of 13 patients with cerebral infarction, only 2 were presumably due to carotid lesions; the others had a variety of causes. The discrepancy between US and CT findings was attributed to the small number of patients with cerebral infarction, since most patients had visual defects as an initial symptom. Our results suggest that extracranial carotid lesions, considered to be a major risk factor for stroke, should be carefully assessed in patients with AF or RAO to prevent further stroke. (author)

  17. Carotid ultrasonographic and brain computerized tomographic findings in patients with vascular ocular syndromes

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    To clarify the characteristics of cerebrovascular lesions in subtypes of vascular ocular syndrome, including amaurosis fugax (AF), retinal artery occlusion (RAO), and retinal vein occlusion (RVO), 93 patients with vascular ocular syndrome were studied by means of carotid ultrasonography (US) and brain computerized tomography (CT). The subjects comprised 21 patients with AF, 37 with RAO, and 35 with RVO who were sequentially given these diagnoses by the department of ophthalmology. On the basis of US findings, carotid lesions were defined as the presence of plaque or stenotic changes. CT findings were assessed for the presence and distribution of low-density areas (LDAs). Mean age was similar in each group, ranging from 64.5 to 67.4 years. The RAO group had high rates of men, hypertension, and smokers. US showed that the prevalence of carotid lesions ipsilateral to the affected eye was high in the RAO group and that severe stenosis and ulcerated plaque were present in 28.6% of the AF group and 45.9% of the RAO group. On CT examination, cerebral infarctions appeared as LDAs in about 10% of the patients in each group, and the incidence and distribution of LDAs were similar. Of 13 patients with cerebral infarction, only 2 were presumably due to carotid lesions; the others had a variety of causes. The discrepancy between US and CT findings was attributed to the small number of patients with cerebral infarction, since most patients had visual defects as an initial symptom. Our results suggest that extracranial carotid lesions, considered to be a major risk factor for stroke, should be carefully assessed in patients with AF or RAO to prevent further stroke. (author)

  18. Sample rotation theory with missing data

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    ZOU; Guohua

    2002-01-01

    [1]Cochran, W. G., Sampling Techniques, 3rd ed., New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1977, 344-351.[2]Feng, S. Y., Ni, J. X., Zou, G. H., Survey Sampling——Theory and Methods, Beijing: The Statistical Publishing House of China, 1998, 174-177.[3]Sen, A. R., Successive sampling with p(p≥1)auxiliary variables, Ann. Math. Statist., 1972, 43: 2031-2034.[4]Sen, A. R., Theory and application of sampling on repeated occasions with several auxiliary variables, Biometrics, 1973, 29: 381-385.[5]Feng, S. Y., Zou, G. H., Sample rotation method with auxiliary variable, Commun. Statist.-Theory Meth., 1997, 29: 1497-1509.[6]Rao, J. N. K., Sitter, R. R., Jackknife variance estimation under imputation for missing survey data, Technical Report No. 214, Carleton: Carleton University, 1993.[7]Rao, J. N. K., Sitter, R. R., Variance estimation under two-phase sampling with application to imputation for missing data, Biometrika, 1995, 82: 453-460.[8]Rao, J. N. K., On variance estimation with imputed survey data, J. Amer. Statist. Assoc., 1996, 91: 499-506.[9]Sitter, R. R., Rao, J. N. K., Imputation for missing values and corresponding variance estimation, Can. J. Statist., 1997, 25: 61-73.[10]Rao, J. N. K., Developments in sample survey theory: an appraisal, Can. J. Statist., 1997, 25: 1-21.[11]Rao, J. N. K., Shao, J., Jackknife variance estimation with survey data under hot deck imputation, Biometrika, 1992, 79: 811-822.[12]Zou, G. H., Research on some sampling methods and inference problems in survey sampling, Ph. D. Thesis(in Chinese), Beijing: Institute of Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1995.

  19. Do cold, low salinity waters pass through the Indo-Sri Lanka Channel during winter?

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    Rao, R.R.; Girishkumar, M.S.; Ravichandran, M.; Gopalakrishna, V.V.; Pankajakshan, T.

    Author version: Int. J. Remote Sens., vol.32(22); 2011; 7383-7398 Do the cold and low salinity waters pass through the Indo-Sri Lanka Channel during winter? R. R. Rao 1 , M. S. Girish Kumar 2 , M. Ravichandran 2 , V.V.Gopalakrishna 3 and P... in intense localized sea surface cooling which is primarily attributed to wind driven mixing and the associated turbulent heat losses (Kawamura, 2000, Luis and Kawamura, 2001 and 2002, Rao et al., 2008). However, no direct current measurements are available...

  20. Upper ocean stratification and circulation in the northern Bay of Bengal during southwest monsoon of 1991

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    Gopalakrishna, V.V.; Murty, V.S.N.; Sengupta, D.; Shenoy, Shrikant; Araligidad, N.

    by CMMACS, Bangalore (site giveninthetext).ThisistheNIOcontributionNo. 3698. References Babu, M.T., Prasanna Kumar, S., Rao, D.P., 1991. A sub- surface cyclonic eddy in the Bay of Bengal. Journal of Marine Research 49, 403–410. Fong, D.A., Geyer, W.R., 2001....PaperNo.13,USGovernmentPrintingOffice, 173pp. Levitus,S.,Boyer,Y.P.,1994.WorldOceanAtlas,1994,Vol.4, Temperature, NOAA Atlas NESDIS, 4 US Dept of Commerce, Washington, USA, 117pp. Murty, V.S.N., Sarma, Y.V.B., Rao, D.P., Murty, C.S., 1992a. Water...

  1. New insights into the tectonic evolution of the Andaman basin, northeast Indian Ocean

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    KameshRaju, K.A.; Ramprasad, T.; Rao, P.S.; Rao, B; Varghese, J.

    .A. Kamesh Raju), rprasad@darya.nio.org (T. Ramprasad), psrao@darya.nio.org (P.S. Rao), brrao@darya.nio.org (B. Ramalingeswara Rao), juby_v@yahoo.com (J. Varghese). EPSL 7024 25-3-04 Cyaan Magenta Geel Zwart Earth and Planetary Science Letters 221 (2004) 145...^162 R Available online at www.sciencedirect.com www.elsevier.com/locate/epsl Fig. 1. Geodynamic setting of the northeastern Indian Ocean, encompassing the Andaman Islands. (a) Tectonic elements of the region compiled from previous studies [3]. Stippled...

  2. Hydrothermal petroleum in the sediments of the Andaman Backarc Basin, Indian Ocean

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    -2927/03/$ - see front matter#2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. PII: S0883-2927(02)00180-4 Applied Geochemistry 18 (2003) 845–861 www.elsevier.com/locate/apgeochem § Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles... inthesediments ofthe AndamanBackarc Basin, IndianOcean § M.I.Venkatesan a, *,E. Ruth b ,P.S. Rao c ,B.N. Nath c , B.R. Rao c a Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and NASA Astrobiology Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, USA...

  3. Sensitivity of Structural Results to Initial Configurations and Quench Algorithms of Lead Silicate Glass

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    Hemesath, Eric R.; Corrales, Louis R.

    2005-06-15

    The sensitivity of resulting structures to starting configurations and quench algorithms were characterized using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The classical potential model introduced by Damodaran, Rao, and Rao (DRR) Phys. Chem. Glasses 31, 212 (1990) for lead silicate glass was used. Glasses were prepared using five distinct initial configurations and four glass forming algorithms. In previous MD work of bulk lead silicate glasses the ability of this potential model to provide good structural results were established by comparing to experimental results. Here the sensitivity of the results to the simulation methodology and the persistence of clustering with attention to details of molecular structure are determined.

  4. Maximum-likelihood estimates of the frequency and other parameters of signals of laser Doppler measuring systems operating in the one-particle-scattering mode

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    Maximum-likelihood equations are presented for estimates of the Doppler frequency (speed) and other unknown parameters of signals of laser Doppler anemometers and lidars operating in the one-particle-scattering mode. Shot noise was assumed to be the main interfering factor of the problem. The error correlation matrix was calculated and the Rao - Cramer bounds were determined. The results are confirmed by the computer simulation of the Doppler signal and the numerical solution of the maximum-likelihood equations for the Doppler frequency. The obtained estimate is unbiased, and its dispersion coincides with the Rao-Cramer bound. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  5. Forecasting with a Repeat Purchase Diffusion Model

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    Ambar G. Rao; Masataka Yamada

    1988-01-01

    A methodology for forecasting the sales of an ethical drug as a function of marketing effort before any sales data are available and for updating the forecast with a few periods of sales data is presented. Physicians' perceptions of the drug on a number of attributes, e.g. effectiveness, range of ailments for which appropriate, frequency of prescriptions, are used to estimate the parameters of a model originally proposed by Lilien, Rao and Kalish (Lilien, G. L., A. G. Rao, S. Kalish. 1981. Ba...

  6. Surface layer temperature inversion in the Arabian Sea during winter

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    ; Prabhakara Rao et al., 1987; Rao et al., 1983). Since the feature is having a transient nature, a good data coverage both in time and space scale is required to study. The BT traces collected onboard RV. Gaveshani and ORV. Sagarkanya from this area form... is provided to examine the magnitude of the forcing mechanisms. 2. Material and Methods BT traces collected at 1132 stations from the south eastern Arabian Sea during different cruises of RV. Gaveshani (1976–1986) and ORV. Sagarkanya (1983–1986) have been...

  7. Pulleniatina Minimum Events in the Andaman Sea (NE Indian Ocean): Implications for winter monsoon and thermocline changes

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    Sijinkumar, A.V.; Nath, B.N.; Possnert, G.; Aldahan, A.

    isotopic measurements of core SK 168/GC 1 were carried out at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India, while the values presented here for core AAS 11/GC 1 were already published by Ahmad et al. (2000). The age model for the cores (SK 168/GC... are due to Ms. Samudrala Kiranmai for her help in drawing Fig. 1. This is National Institute of Oceanography contribution No.____. References Ahmad, S.M., Patil, D.J., Rao, P.S., Nath, B.N., Rao, B.R., Rajagopalan, G., 2000. Glacial- interglacial...

  8. A new robot-assisted orthopedic surgery simulation system

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    WU Dong-mei; DU Zhi-jiang; JIA Zhi-heng; YANG Donghai; SUN Li-ning

    2006-01-01

    The paper proposes a novel desktop virtual surgical simulation system capable of not only surgical training but also operative planning, surgery rehearsal and telesurgery, which is mainly used on the robot-assisted orthopedic surgery system, HIT-RAOS. The paper first introduces the hardware system: HIT-RAOS. Then presents several major characters of the virtual system: developing tools, building schemes and collision detection algorithm. Additionally, virtual reality based telesurgery is implemented. Based on these works, experiments of locking of intramedullary nails are conducted, and results are content.

  9. BIASED BEARINGS-ONIKY PARAMETER ESTIMATION FOR BISTATIC SYSTEM

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    Xu Benlian; Wang Zhiquan

    2007-01-01

    According to the biased angles provided by the bistatic sensors,the necessary condition of observability and Cramer-Rao low bounds for the bistatic system are derived and analyzed,respectively.Additionally,a dual Kalman filter method is presented with the purpose of eliminating the effect of biased angles on the state variable estimation.Finally,Monte-Carlo simulations are conducted in the observable scenario.Simulation results show that the proposed theory holds true,and the dual Kalman filter method can estimate state variable and biased angles simultaneously.Furthermore,the estimated results can achieve their Cramer-Rao low bounds.

  10. Equine recurrent airway obstruction

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    Artur Niedźwiedź

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Equine Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO, also known as heaves or broken wind, is one of the most common disease in middle-aged horses. Inflammation of the airway is inducted by organic dust exposure. This disease is characterized by neutrophilic inflammation, bronchospasm, excessive mucus production and pathologic changes in the bronchiolar walls. Clinical signs are resolved in 3-4 weeks after environmental changes. Horses suffering from RAO are susceptible to allergens throughout their lives, therefore they should be properly managed. In therapy the most importanthing is to eliminate dustexposure, administration of corticosteroids and use bronchodilators to improve pulmonary function.

  11. Magnetic studies of basement off the coast of Bombay, West of India

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    in the east and the Arabian Sea in the West (Fig. 1). Paleomagnetic studies of the basalts have revealed that the basal 0.8 km thick basaltic lava flows acquired a reversed mag- netization (remanent magnetic intensity of around 3.0 A m-‘, an inc... (Gopala Rao, 1983), and two-dimensional model studies of the magnetic anomalies off the coast of Ratnagiri, northwest of India (Gopala Rao, 1984), have revealed mostly reverse-magnetized basal& similar to those of the onshore areas of the northwest...

  12. Geological significance of stone anchors from Dwarka waters, Gujarat, India

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    that Rao, S.R. 1990. Excavation of the legendary city of in the future the application of geological tools could Dwarka in the Arabian Sea, Journal of be used better to unravel the archaeological problems. Marine Archaeology. 159-98. Acknowledgements Rao..., S.R. 1999. The Lost City of Ewarka. Aditya We are thankful to the Director for permission to Prakashan, New Delhi. publish the paper. We also thank G Prabhu for XRD profiles and to R. Uchil for line drawings. This is NIO Renfrew, 1976. Archaeology...

  13. Effect of vertical stability and circulation on the depth of the chlorophyll maximum in the Bay of Bengal during May-June, 1996

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    Murty, V.S.N.; Gupta, G.V.M.; Sarma, V.V.; Rao, B.P.; Jyothi, D.; Shastri, P.N.M.; Supraveena, Y.

    current distributions in the tropical Indian Ocean derived from compilations of surface buoy trajectories. Journal of Geophysical Research 95 (C5), 7217}7238. Murty, V.S.N., Sarma, Y.V.B., Rao, D.P., Murty, C.S., 1992. Water characteristics, mixing... and circulation in the Bay of Bengal during southwest monsoon. Journal of Marine Research 50, 207}228. Murty, V.S.N., Suryanarayana, A., Rao, D.P., 1993. Current structure and volume transport across 123Nin the Bay of Bengal. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences 22...

  14. Balanced Scorecard – Strategic Management Tool of Performance in Public Institutions

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    Carmen Cretu

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Balanced Scorecard (BSC is used to achieve an operational strategic vision at all levels of the organization regarding issues related to performance, strategy, communication, resource allocation, decision-making and competitiveness. BSC was created to restrict the limits of traditional financial and management tools and ensure unity of vision and long-term action in an organization. The main advantage of the method consists in guiding managers and departments, human resources, technological and financial resources towards the strategy of the organization. Unfortunately BSC is mainly used in private companies, because high costs and lack of specialists pose a real obstacle in implementing this instrument in public institutions. Our arguments attempts to show that the Balanced Scorecard can be the most appropriate among all the management tools for the public sector.

  15. An empirical study for measuring the success index of banking industry

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    Mohsen Mardani

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Measuring organization performance plays an important role for developing better strategic plans. In today's competitive environment, organizations attempt for the product quality or offering the service, delivery, reliability capability and the customer satisfaction. These properties are not measurable only by traditional financial criteria and we need a method, which could consider non-financial factors as well. The present study of this paper proposed a hybrid of balanced score card (BSC and data envelopment analysis (DEA method for an empirical study of banking sector. The study proposes a model for assessing the Tose`eTa`avon bank performance, which is an example of governmental credit and financial services institutes. The study determines different important factors associated with each four components of BSC and uses analytical hierarchy process to rank the measures. In each part of BSC implementation, we use DEA for ranking different units of bank and efficient and inefficient units are determined.

  16. Identifying and Ranking of Performance Indicators of Entering Foreign Markets With a Case Study in Iran Khodro Industrial Group

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    Esmaeil Malekakhlagh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available As trade is being more competitive and complicated at international level, necessity of managers’ attention to the strategies for entering the global markets has become a competitive advantage for companies; meanwhile, performance evaluation plays a critical role in organizations’ success. One of the performance evaluation models is Balanced Score Card (BSC which has many advantages compared to similar approaches. In this study, different techniques have been used to determine the degree of parameters' priority to each other including Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP, Eigenvector technique and SMART method and the strategies performance of Iran Khodro Industrial Group for entering foreign markets during 2009 and 2010 has been evaluated using BSC. Findings imply that the BSC aspects with order of success degree include innovation and development (61%, customer (52%, business processes (47% and financial (24%, respectively.

  17. Identifying and Ranking of Performance Indicators of Entering Foreign Markets With a Case Study in Iran Khodro Industrial Group

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    Ismail malekakhlagh

    2011-09-01

    As trade is being more competitive and complicated at international level, necessity of managers’ attention to the strategies for entering the global markets has become a competitive advantage for companies meanwhile, performance evaluation plays a critical role in organizations’ success. One of the performance evaluation models is Balanced Score Card (BSC which has many advantages compared to similar approaches. In this study, different techniques have been used to determine the degree of parameters' priority to each other including Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP, Eigenvector technique and SMART method and the strategies performance of Iran Khodro Industrial Group for entering foreign markets during 2009 and 2010 has been evaluated using BSC. Findings imply that the BSC aspects with order of success degree include innovation and development (61%, customer (52%, business processes (47% and financial (24%, respectively.

  18. Using fuzzy cognitive maps to model performance measurement system of Internet-based supply chain

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    CHEN Juan-juan; WANG Cheng-liang

    2006-01-01

    Fuzzy cognitive maps (FCM) is a well-established artificial intelligence technique, which can be effectively applied in the domains of performance measurement, decision making and other management science. FCM can be a useful tool in a group decision-making environment by using scientifically integrated expert knowledge. The theories of FCM and balance scorecard (BSC) both emphasize cause-and-effect relationships among indicators in a complex system, but few reports have been published addressing the combined application of these two techniques. In this paper we propose a FCM simulation model for the sample performance measurement system of Internet-based supply chain, which is constructed by BSC theory.We gave examples to explain how FCM can be adapted to execute the causal mechanism of BSC, and also how FCM can support group decision-making and forecasting in performance measurement.

  19. A performance measurement using balanced scorecard and structural equation modeling

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    Rosha Makvandi

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available During the past few years, balanced scorecard (BSC has been widely used as a promising method for performance measurement. BSC studies organizations in terms of four perspectives including customer, internal processes, learning and growth and financial figures. This paper presents a hybrid of BSC and structural equation modeling (SEM to measure the performance of an Iranian university in province of Alborz, Iran. The proposed study of this paper uses this conceptual method, designs a questionnaire and distributes it among some university students and professors. Using SEM technique, the survey analyzes the data and the results indicate that the university did poorly in terms of all four perspectives. The survey extracts necessary target improvement by presenting necessary attributes for performance improvement.

  20. Performance Measurement of Water Desalination Supply Chain Using Balanced Scorecard Model

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    Hasan Balfaqih

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to propose a theoretical framework based on a balanced scorecard (BSC for performance measurement in the water desalination supply chain (WDSC. The reason for choosing this context is that the supply chain (SC of water desalination has received a great amount of attention, due to issues related to the increased need of fresh water for agricultural, industrial and human consumptions. The research methodology is based on literature analysis concerning performance measurement and metrics, the water desalination industry and the BSC model. Different SC performance measures which related to WDSC have been reviewed and distributed into four BSC perspectives: financial, customer, internal business, and learning & growth. The article provides a structured theoretical framework specific for WDSC. This is the first developed framework in WDSC which could serve as a reference to develop applicable performance indicators, and it is expected that both researchers and practitioners would benefit from the proposed framework.

  1. Safety issues in cultural heritage management and critical infrastructures management

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    Soldovieri, Francesco; Masini, Nicola; Alvarez de Buergo, Monica; Dumoulin, Jean

    2013-12-01

    remote sensing technique known as synthetic aperture radar at medium (ERS-ENVISAT) and high (COSMO-SkyMed) resolution for the detection and monitoring of facilities (i.e. buildings/infrastructures) in subsiding areas. In this paper, the results are presented with reference to a densely urbanized flat area in southern Italy, so as to show how the appropriate use of DInSAR data at different scales can help in the detection and monitoring of damageable facilities. Battaglini et al (2013) deal with a methodology for accurately estimating the behaviour of a landfill system in terms of biogas release to the atmosphere. In addition, the link between the flux measurements of biogas release and thermal anomalies detected by infrared radiometry is also discussed. The main benefit of the approach presented is a significant increase to the energy recovered from the landfill site by means of an optimal collection of biogas, which implies a reduction of the total anthropogenic methane originated from the disposal of waste. Dumoulin et al (2013) present an interesting technological solution for the thermal monitoring of a bridge deck. The system integrates an uncooled infrared camera with other sensors (i.e. a weather station and a GPS) and the detection of the inner structure of the deck is achieved by pulse phase thermography (PPT) and principal component thermography (PCT) approaches, so that a first characterization of the inner structure of the deck is proposed. Pappalardo et al (2013) show the advanced versions of the BSC-XRF (beam stability controlled—x-ray fluorescence) and PIXE-alpha (particle induced x-ray emission, using low energy alpha particles) portable spectrometers, developed at the Landis laboratory of the LNS-INFN and IBAM-CNR in Catania, Italy. Several analysis results are reviewed for data from various Sicilian sites and recent data, about the Via Capuana settlement in Licodia Eubea, are also presented and discussed for the first time. Drdácký and Sl

  2. Use of Self-Organizing Maps for Balanced Scorecard analysis to monitor the performance of dialysis clinic chains.

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    Cattinelli, Isabella; Bolzoni, Elena; Barbieri, Carlo; Mari, Flavio; Martin-Guerrero, José David; Soria-Olivas, Emilio; Martinez-Martinez, José Maria; Gomez-Sanchis, Juan; Amato, Claudia; Stopper, Andrea; Gatti, Emanuele

    2012-03-01

    The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is a validated tool to monitor enterprise performances against specific objectives. Through the choice and the evaluation of strategic Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), it provides a measure of the past company's outcome and allows planning future managerial strategies. The Fresenius Medical Care (FME) BSC makes use of 30 KPIs for a continuous quality improvement strategy within its dialysis clinics. Each KPI is monthly associated to a score that summarizes the clinic efficiency for that month. Standard statistical methods are currently used to analyze the BSC data and to give a comprehensive view of the corporate improvements to the top management. We herein propose the Self-Organizing Maps (SOMs) as an innovative approach to extrapolate information from the FME BSC data and to present it in an easy-readable informative form. A SOM is a computational technique that allows projecting high-dimensional datasets to a two-dimensional space (map), thus providing a compressed representation. The SOM unsupervised (self-organizing) training procedure results in a map that preserves similarity relations existing in the original dataset; in this way, the information contained in the high-dimensional space can be more easily visualized and understood. The present work demonstrates the effectiveness of the SOM approach in extracting useful information from the 30-dimensional BSC dataset: indeed, SOMs enabled both to highlight expected relationships between the KPIs and to uncover results not predictable with traditional analyses. Hence we suggest SOMs as a reliable complementary approach to the standard methods for BSC interpretation. PMID:22083440

  3. Nominal Performance Biosphere Dose Conversion Factor Analysis

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    This analysis report is one of the technical reports containing documentation of the Environmental Radiation Model for Yucca Mountain, Nevada (ERMYN), a biosphere model supporting the Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA) for the license application (LA) for the Yucca Mountain repository. This analysis report describes the development of biosphere dose conversion factors (BDCFs) for the groundwater exposure scenario, and the development of conversion factors for assessing compliance with the groundwater protection standard. A graphical representation of the documentation hierarchy for the ERMYN is presented in Figure 1-1. This figure shows the interrelationships among the products (i.e., analysis and model reports) developed for biosphere modeling and provides an understanding of how this analysis report contributes to biosphere modeling. This report is one of two reports that develop biosphere BDCFs, which are input parameters for the TSPA model. The ''Biosphere Model Report'' (BSC 2003 [DIRS 164186]) describes in detail the ERMYN conceptual model and mathematical model. The input parameter reports (BSC 2003 [DIRS 160964]; BSC 2003 [DIRS 160965]; BSC 2003 [DIRS 160976]; BSC 2003 [DIRS 161239]; BSC 2003 [DIRS 161241]) contain detailed description of the model input parameters. This report describes biosphere model calculations and their output, the BDCFs, for the groundwater exposure scenario. The objectives of this analysis are to develop BDCFs and conversion factors for the TSPA. The BDCFs will be used in performance assessment for calculating annual doses for a given concentration of radionuclides in groundwater. The conversion factors will be used for calculating gross alpha particle activity in groundwater and the annual dose from beta- and photon-emitting radionuclides

  4. Identification of factors influencing the restoration of cyanobacteria-dominated biological soil crusts.

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    Bu, Chongfeng; Wu, Shufang; Yang, Yongsheng; Zheng, Mingguo

    2014-01-01

    Biological soil crusts (BSCs) cover >35% of the Earth's land area and contribute to important ecological functions in arid and semiarid ecosystems, including erosion reduction, hydrological cycling, and nutrient cycling. Artificial rapid cultivation of BSCs can provide a novel alternative to traditional biological methods for controlling soil and water loss such as the planting of trees, shrubs, and grasses. At present, little is known regarding the cultivation of BSCs in the field due to lack of knowledge regarding the influencing factors that control BSCs growth. Thus, we determined the effects of various environmental factors (shade; watering; N, P, K, and Ca concentrations) on the growth of cyanobacteria-dominated BSCs from the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States. The soil surface changes and chlorophyll a concentrations were used as proxies of BSC growth and development. After 4 months, five factors were found to impact BSC growth with the following order of importance: NH4NO3 ≈ watering frequency>shading>CaCO3 ≈ KH2PO4. The soil water content was the primary positive factor affecting BSC growth, and BSCs that were watered every 5 days harbored greater biomass than those watered every 10 days. Groups that received NH4NO3 consistently exhibited poor growth, suggesting that fixed N amendment may suppress BSC growth. The effect of shading on the BSC biomass was inconsistent and depended on many factors including the soil water content and availability of nutrients. KH2PO4 and CaCO3 had nonsignificant effects on BSC growth. Collectively, our results indicate that the rapid restoration of BSCs can be controlled and realized by artificial "broadcasting" cultivation through the optimization of environmental factors. PMID:24625498

  5. Multidimensional evaluation of performance: experimental application of the balanced scorecard in Ferrara university hospital

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    Gregorio Pasquale; Trevisani Lucio; Carandina Gianni; Bentivegna Roberto; Verzola Adriano; Mandini Alberto

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background and Aims One of the best-known performance planning and evaluation techniques utilising both monetary and non-monetary data is the Balanced Scorecard (BSC). This is a means of rationalising the global activity of a business in the attempt to create value, and to translate the company vision into a set of tactical objectives and measurable strategies. The aim of this study was to implement and evaluate the use of BSC in two departments of the St. Anna University Hospital, F...

  6. Effectiveness of the Balanced Scorecard

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    Lichen, Alex Yu; Perera, Sujatha; Crowe, Susan

    2008-01-01

    Many of the claimed benefits of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) rely on the linkage of its performance measures to strategy and on causal relations among its measures. Using a survey research method, this study examines the extent to which adopters of BSC consider these features and whether they...... result in more effective performance measurement systems. A survey of medium and large Australian manufacturing organisations reveals that varying forms of scorecards are used in practice and that managers who perceive that their scorecard measures are linked to strategy and affect each other in a causal...

  7. Operational Safety Performance Indicators and Balanced Scorecard in HANARO

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    Research reactors need an extensive basis for ensuring their safety. The importance of a safety management in nuclear facilities and activities has been emphasized. The safety activities in HANARO have been continuously conducted to enhance its safe operation. Last year, HANARO prepared two indicator sets to measure and assess the safety status of the reactor's operation and utilization. One is Safety Performance Indicators (SPI) and the other is Balanced Scorecard (BSC). Through reviewing these indicators, we can obtain the following information; - Plant safety status - Safety parameter trends - Safety information, for example, reactor operation status and radiation safety HANARO will continuously pursue the trends of SPI and BSC

  8. A new framework for performance evaluation system using strategy map: A case study of Islamic Azad University of Semnan

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    Afsaneh Mozaffari

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available During the past few years, there have been extensive developments on Islamic Azad University, which has led on reduction of managerial flexibility. Therefore, these organizations concentrate on their strategic management via usage of the Balanced Model such as Balanced Score Card (BSC to consider different organizational perspectives and it is important to have good description of organizational strategies and goals. The strategy map is a primary factor to assess the performance in different organizational activities. In this paper, the performance evaluation system of Islamic Azad University of Semnan is designed by the utilization of strategy map as a prominent part of BSC.

  9. Multiscale Thermohydrologic Model

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    2004-10-12

    The purpose of the multiscale thermohydrologic model (MSTHM) is to predict the possible range of thermal-hydrologic conditions, resulting from uncertainty and variability, in the repository emplacement drifts, including the invert, and in the adjoining host rock for the repository at Yucca Mountain. Thus, the goal is to predict the range of possible thermal-hydrologic conditions across the repository; this is quite different from predicting a single expected thermal-hydrologic response. The MSTHM calculates the following thermal-hydrologic parameters: temperature, relative humidity, liquid-phase saturation, evaporation rate, air-mass fraction, gas-phase pressure, capillary pressure, and liquid- and gas-phase fluxes (Table 1-1). These thermal-hydrologic parameters are required to support ''Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA) Model/Analysis for the License Application'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 168504]). The thermal-hydrologic parameters are determined as a function of position along each of the emplacement drifts and as a function of waste package type. These parameters are determined at various reference locations within the emplacement drifts, including the waste package and drip-shield surfaces and in the invert. The parameters are also determined at various defined locations in the adjoining host rock. The MSTHM uses data obtained from the data tracking numbers (DTNs) listed in Table 4.1-1. The majority of those DTNs were generated from the following analyses and model reports: (1) ''UZ Flow Model and Submodels'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169861]); (2) ''Development of Numerical Grids for UZ Flow and Transport Modeling'' (BSC 2004); (3) ''Calibrated Properties Model'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169857]); (4) ''Thermal Conductivity of the Potential Repository Horizon'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169854]); (5) ''Thermal Conductivity of the Non-Repository Lithostratigraphic Layers

  10. A primer of special relativity

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    2004-01-01

    A Primer of Special Relativity1 is an unusually lucid introduction to the subject specifically written for Indian students. It is intended to give the beginner a firm grounding for a more advanced course in relativity. An entire chapter is devoted to applications of the theory to elucidate a large number of topics the students (B.Sc. Physics) come across in Modern Physics. Detailed and well-selected examples are used to illuminate aspects of the theory as well as to show techniques of application. A large number of Illustrative Examples enables the students to gain confidence to solve any problem in relativity normally expected of B.Sc. students.

  11. Marine metabolites: The sterols of soft coral

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    Sarma, N.S.; Krishna, M.S.; Pasha, Sk.G.; Rao, T.S.P.; Venkateswarlu, Y.; Parameswaran, P.S.

    in 1978 (Ethakota, India). He received his B.Sc. in 1999, his M.Sc. in Chemistry in 2001, and his Ph.D. in 2006 from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. His Ph.D. supervisor was Professor Nittala S. Sarma, and his work dealt with the organic... lipid biomarkers with application in climate research. He has coauthored four papers and two chapters in a monograph. Gouse Pasha Shaik was born in 1975 (Nuzvid, India). He received his B.Sc. from Nagarjuna University and his M.Sc. from Andhra University...

  12. Backward-Shifted Strategies Based on SVC for HTTP Adaptive Video Streaming

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    Ye, Zakaria; El-Azouzi, Rachid; Jimenez, Tania; Eitan ALTMAN; Valentin, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Although HTTP-based video streaming can easily penetrate firewalls and profit from Web caches, the underlying TCP may introduce large delays in case of a sudden capacity loss. To avoid an interruption of the video stream in such cases we propose the Backward-Shifted Coding (BSC). Based on Scalable Video Coding (SVC), BSC adds a time-shifted layer of redundancy to the video stream such that future frames are downloaded at any instant. This pre-fetched content maintains a fluent video stream ev...

  13. Three-Dimensional Model Test Study of the New Breakwaters at Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

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    Andersen, Thomas Lykke; Garborg, Karsten; Stagsted, Esben Rubech

    2012-01-01

    This report present the results of 3-D physical model tests (length scale 1:42.5) carried out in a wave bassin at Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University (AAU) on behalf of SENER Ingenera y Sistemas S.A. Associate Prof. Thomas Lykke Andersen was in charge of the model tests, assisted by B.Sc. Karsten Garborg and B.Sc. Esben Rubeck Stagsted. Engineer assistant Niels Drustrup and Leif Mortensen assisted in the laboratory with the construction and instrumentation of the model. The mo...

  14. A training-based scheme for communicating over unknown channels with feedback

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    Mahajan, Aditya

    2009-01-01

    We consider communication with noiseless feedback over a channel that is either BSC(p) or BSC(1-p); neither the transmitter nor the receiver know which one. The parameter $p \\in [0, 1/2]$ is known to both. We propose a variable length training-based scheme for this channel. The error exponent of this scheme is within a constant fraction of the best possible error exponent. Thus, contrary to popular belief, variable length training-based schemes need not have poor error exponents. Moreover, training-based schemes can preserve the main advantage of feedback -- an error exponent with non-zero slope at rates close to capacity.

  15. THE BALANCED SCORECARD AS AN ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper makes a reflection against the component that gives you the tool of the (BSC Balanced Scorecard, the administrative process, in that connection that is shared at today's organizations from becoming highly competitive institutions. Similarly, the contribution is presented by Kaplan and Norton introduced for the evaluation of organizational management as a new tool for the fulfillment of the objectives in the organization.Similarly, it is a development of the four perspectives of BSC which seeks to identify the contribution that each of these contributes to the mission and competitive performance of the organization.

  16. Minulost a současnost lovu predátorů v České republice

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    Huml, Ondřej

    2012-01-01

    This BSc-degree work includes a section from the historic hunting of predators, the methods which have been forbidden, especially in the Czech Republic, up to the current methods of hunting, which are used nowadays in hunting predators. Previously, in-humane methods of hunting were used but they were generally banned by the previous Law 512/1992 Coll. on Game Management. This BSc-degree work has been treated as a literature search . It should discourage the hunters from using the earlier hun...

  17. Biological soil crust as a bio-mediator alters hydrological processes in stabilized dune system of the Tengger Desert, China

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    Li, Xinrong

    2016-04-01

    Biological soil crust (BSC) is a vital component in the stabilized sand dunes with a living cover up to more than 70% of the total, which has been considered as a bio-mediator that directly influences and regulates the sand dune ecosystem processes. However, its influences on soil hydrological processes have been long neglected in Chinese deserts. In this study, BSCs of different successional stages were chose to test their influence on the hydrological processes of stabilized dune, where the groundwater deep exceeds 30m, further to explore why occur the sand-binding vegetation replacement between shrubs and herbs. Our long-term observation (60 years) shows that cyanobacteria crust has been colonized and developed after 3 years since the sand-binding vegetation has been established and dune fixation using planted xerophytic shrubs and made sand barrier (straw-checkerboard) on shifting dune surface, lichen and moss crust occurred after 20 years, and the cover of moss dominated crust could reach 70 % after 50 years. The colonization and development of BSC altered the initial soil water balance of revegetated areas by influencing rainfall infiltration, soil evaporation and dew water entrapment. The results show that BSC obviously reduced the infiltration that occurred during most rainfall events (80%), when rainfall was greater than 5 mm or less than 20 mm. The presence of BSC reduced evaporation of topsoil after small rainfall (facilitated topsoil evaporation when rainfall reached 10 mm. The amount of dew entrapment increases with the succession of BSC. Moreover, the effect of the later successional BSC to dew entrapment, rainfall infiltration and evaporation was more obvious than the early successional BSC on stabilized dunes. In general, BSC reduced the amount of rainfall water that reached deeper soil (0.4-3m), which is where the roots of shrubs are primarily distributed. These changes in the soil moisture pattern induced shifting of sand-binding vegetation from

  18. Application of immunoperoxidase staining to more rapid detection and identification of rubella virus isolates.

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    Schmidt, N J; Ho, H H; Chin, J

    1981-01-01

    Efforts were made to shorten the time required for detection of rubella virus in clinical materials through the use of immunoperoxidase (IP) staining. Comparative studies were performed in which specimens were inoculated in parallel into BHK-21 hamster kidney cells, which were examined by IP staining at 5 days, and into BK-13 and BS-C-1 cells, which were examined in two ways, viz., by subpassage at 7 days into BHK-21 cells and IP staining 3 days later and by subpassage at 7 days into BS-C-1 c...

  19. QTL Information Table: 239 [Q-TARO

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    Full Text Available ve effects and additive-by-additive epistatic effects of QTLs for yield traits in a... 97B Milyang 46 A RG561 RM228 pha Zhuang, J.Y., Fan, Y.Y., Rao, Z.M., Wu, J.L., Xia, Y.W., and Zheng, K.L. (2002). Analysis on additi

  20. Noncommunting observables in quantum detection and estimation theory

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    Helstrom, C. W.

    1971-01-01

    In quantum detection theory the optimum detection operators must commute; admitting simultaneous approximate measurement of noncommuting observables cannot yield a lower Bayes cost. The lower bounds on mean square errors of parameter estimates predicted by the quantum-mechanical Cramer-Rao inequality can also not be reduced by such means.

  1. Fabrika kukolnõhh grjoz / Svetlana Karabut

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    Karabut, Svetlana

    2008-01-01

    Külaskäik Nukufilmi stuudiosse Niine tänaval. Stuudiot tutvustab produtsent Kerdi Oengo, jälgitakse kuidas valmib lõik filmile "Lili Marleen" (Marili Toome ja Ulvi Tiidu käe all). Rao Heidmets kommenteerib oma filmi "Kaasasündinud kohustused" võttetehnikat ja põhjendab miks valmivad stuudios just lühianimafilmid

  2. Visual-Tutorial System for Teaching Media Utilization.

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    Butler, Lucius

    1979-01-01

    Discusses a self-instructional programed Visual-Tutorial learning system, designed to teach preservice elementary school teachers both theory and skills related to effective classroom utilization of audiovisual materials and equipment. An outline of the course, "Media Practicum," is included. (RAO)

  3. 78 FR 1739 - Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters

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    2013-01-09

    ..., 2008. EASA states that in 2008, it received two reports of atmospheric corrosion on the MGB casing...-4389; email: rao.edupaganti@faa.gov . SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion On June 18, 2012, at 77 FR..., but we did not receive any comments on the NPRM (77 FR 36220, June 18, 2012). FAA's...

  4. Observed variability of sea surface salinity and thermal inversions in the Lakshadweep Sea during contrast monsoons

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    Gopalakrishna, V.V.; Johnson, Z.; Salgaonkar, G.; Nisha, K.; Rajan, C.K.; Rao, R.R.

    contributed for a greater surface freshening in the LS during the following winter. [11] Acknowledgments. The authors thank, A. S. Rao, FRCGC, Japan and F. Durand CNRS, France for fruitful discussions. We thank M/s. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd...

  5. Assessing the Crossdisciplinarity of Technology-Enhanced Learning with Science Overlay Maps and Diversity Measures

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    Kalz, Marco; Specht, Marcus

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals with the assessment of the crossdisciplinarity of technology-enhanced learning (TEL). Based on a general discussion of the concept interdisciplinarity and a summary of the discussion in the field, two empirical methods from scientometrics are introduced and applied. Science overlay maps and the Rao-Stirling diversity index are…

  6. Efficient Iterated Filtering

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    Lindström, Erik; Ionides, Edward; Frydendall, Jan;

    2012-01-01

    -Rao efficient. The proposed estimator is easy to implement as it only relies on non-linear filtering. This makes the framework flexible as it is easy to tune the implementation to achieve computational efficiency. This is done by using the approximation of the score function derived from the theory on Iterative...

  7. Designing a new Geodetic Research Data Management System for the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory

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    Coetzer, Glend Lorraine

    2015-08-01

    The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) participates in astronomic, astrometric and geodetic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) observations using both 26- and 15-m diameter radio telescopes. Geodetic data from a Satellite Laser Ranger (SLR), Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Met4 weather stations and a new seismic vault network must be stored at HartRAO and made available to the scientific community. Some data are e-transferred to correlators, analysis centres and space geodesy data providers, while some data are processed locally to produce basic data products. The new South African co-located seismology network of seismic and GNSS instrumentation will generate large volumes of raw data to be stored and archived at HartRAO. The current data storage systems are distributed and outdated, and management systems currently being used will also not be able to handle the additional large volumes of data. This necessitates the design and implementation of a new, modern research data management system which combines all the datasets into one database, as well as cater for current and future data volume requirements. The librarian’s expertise and knowledge will be used in the design and implementation of the new HartRAO Geodetic Research Data Management System (GRDMS). The librarian’s role and involvement in the design and implementation of the new GRDMS are presented here. Progress to date will also be discussed.

  8. Doob's Type Inequality and Strong Law of Large Numbers for Demimartingales

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    Yang Wenzhi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We establish some maximal inequalities for demimartingales which generalize the result of Wang (2004. The maximal inequality for demimartingales is used as a key inequality to establish other results including Doob's type maximal inequality, strong law of large numbers, strong growth rate, and integrability of supremum for demimartingales, which generalize and improve partial results of Christofides (2000 and Prakasa Rao (2007.

  9. Evaluation of Shipboard Wave Estimation Techniques through Model-scale Experiments

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    Nielsen, Ulrik Dam; Galeazzi, Roberto; H. Brodtkorb, Astrid

    2016-01-01

    The paper continues a study on the wave buoy analogy that uses shipboard measurements to estimate sea states. In the present study, the wave buoy analogy is formulated directly in the time domain and relies only partly on wave-vessel response amplitude operators (RAOs), which is in contrast to all...

  10. The Effect of Knowledge of Correct Results per Item on Verbal Learning and Retention.

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    De Klerk, Len F. W., Jr.; De Klerk, Len, Sr.

    1978-01-01

    Describes the methodology and results of an experiment to measure the effects of both overt and covert responses to educational stimuli with KCR (knowledge of correct results) feedback provided. Also compared are the effectiveness of both types of KCR-feedback in their ability to process and store the relevant information. (Author/RAO)

  11. Reporting of Subscores Using Multidimensional Item Response Theory

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    Haberman, Shelby J.; Sinharay, Sandip

    2010-01-01

    Recently, there has been increasing interest in reporting subscores. This paper examines reporting of subscores using multidimensional item response theory (MIRT) models (e.g., Reckase in "Appl. Psychol. Meas." 21:25-36, 1997; C.R. Rao and S. Sinharay (Eds), "Handbook of Statistics, vol. 26," pp. 607-642, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 2007; Beguin &…

  12. Algab suur animatsioonipidu

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    PÖFFi animafilmide festivali "Animated Dreams" (21.-25. XI ), mis on seekord pühendatud Nukufilmi 50. juubelile, avatakse täna kell 19 kinos Sõprus. Avaseansil linastub kolm Eesti animafilmi : Rao Heidmetsa "Papa Carlo teater" (1988), Riho Undi "Kapsapea" (1993) ja Priit Tenderi "Rebasenaine" (2002)

  13. Khalkattapatna port: The lost archaeological heritage of Odisha, east coast of India

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    Tripati, S.; ManiMurali, R.; JayaKumar, S.; Pradhan, A.K.; Behera, R.P.; Choudhury, R.

    , Archaeology, Literature & Philosophy (Festschrift to Professor A. Sundara) (ed. Reddy, P. C.), Sharada Publishing House, New Delhi, 2009, pp. 695–703. 6. Roy, U. N., In The Role of Universities and Research Institutes in Marine Archa- eology (ed. Rao, S...

  14. Maailmas jätkub Eesti nukufilmi edu

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    Rao Heidmetsa "Instinkt" sai kriitikute preemia ning žürii eripreemia ja Mati Küti "Nööbi odüsseia" Kunstide Arendusfondi eripreemia Ukrainas animafestivalil "Krok". Peterburi ökoloogiafilmide festivalil "Green Vision"sai "Instinkt" auhinna originaalseima ökoloogiaprobleemide interpretatsiooni eest. Kreekas Thessaonikis võitis Riho Undi - Julia Pihlaku "Pingviinide paraad" parima animafilmi preemia

  15. Wind-driven estuarine turbidity maxima in Mandovi Estuary, central west coast of India

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    Kessarkar, P.M.; Rao, V.P.; Shynu, R.; Ahmad; Mehra, P.; Michael, G.S.; Sundar, D.

    -driven estuarine turbidity maxima in Mandovi Estuary, central west coast of India Pratima M Kessarkar, V Purnachandra Rao ∗ , R Shynu, Ishfaq Mir Ahmad, Prakash Mehra, G S Michael and D Sundar National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula 403 004, Goa, India. ∗ e...

  16. Provenance signature of pre-cambrian and mesozoic rocks in the nearshore placers of Konkan, central west coast of India

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    Gujar, A.R.; Angusamy, N.; Rajamanickam, G.V.

    . Siddiquie et al. (1979) attributed a mixed source rock in addition to the Deccan basalts for the offshore placers of Kalbadevi, Mirya and Ratnagiri Bays. Subba Raju and Rao (1978) have ascribed the source rocks for the beach pla- cers to the Deccan Trap...

  17. Television as a Socialization Factor: A Study on the Effects of Television with Special Reference to the Portrayal of Violence and to Viewers' Behaviour. Report No. III (Final Report).

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    Kellner, Hella

    1979-01-01

    Reanalyzes previously reported data (EBU Review; v27, n6, Nov 1976 and v29, n2, Mar 1978) on television viewing among 85 families in the Federal Republic of Germany to answer questions concerning aspects of viewer behavior in families, adult self-image, and children's daily viewing patterns. (RAO)

  18. A central limit theorem for a new statistic on permutations

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    Chatterjee, Sourav; Diaconis, Persi

    2016-01-01

    This paper does three things: It proves a central limit theorem for a novel permutation statistic, the number of descents plus the number of descents in the inverse. It provides a clear illustration of a new approach to proving central limit theorems more generally. It gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the work of our teacher and friend B. V. Rao.

  19. Maxi Authoring Languages in the Era of the Mini

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    Lower, Stephen K.

    1977-01-01

    It is argued that the need for inadequate languages, those "simplified" languages that are scaled down to the limits of the present-day small computer, will soon disappear. Utilization of an extensive language base, even if it is developed on computers exceeding the capabilities of the target minis is suggested. (Author/RAO)

  20. Gazprom Market for energy installations using fuel cells

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    Galitskiy, Yu.V.

    1996-04-01

    The Gazprom RAO [Russian joint-stock company] is a major industrial and financial complex whose job is to provide gas for the national economy of Russia, as well as to supply it under international and intergovernmental agreements. The existing capacity of its production structures and high level of scientific potential allow Gazprom to forecast the future with confidence.

  1. Becoming an Interdisciplinary Scientist: An Analysis of Students' Experiences in Three Computer Science Doctoral Programmes

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    Calatrava Moreno, María del Carmen; Danowitz, Mary Ann

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to identify how and why doctoral students do interdisciplinary research. A mixed-methods approach utilising bibliometric analysis of the publications of 195 students identified those who had published interdisciplinary research. This objective measurement of the interdisciplinarity, applying the Rao-Stirling index to Web…

  2. Experiments with the Gorenstein liaison

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    Robin Hartshorne

    2000-01-01

    We give some experimental data of Gorenstein liaison, working with points in P^3 and curves in P^4 , to see how far the familiar situation of liaison, biliaison, and Rao modules of curves in P^3 will extend to subvarieties of codimension 3 in higher P^4 .

  3. CORRELATES BETWEEN HUMAN LUNG INJURY AFTER PARTICLE EXPOSURE AND RECURRENT AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION IN THE HORSE

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    Characteristics of the clinical presentation, physiologic changes, and pathology of the human response to particulate matter (PM) are comparable to inflammatory airway disease (lAD) and recurrent airway obstruction (RAO)lheaves in the horse. Both present with symptoms of cough,...

  4. Venemaa katkestas elektri tarnimise Valgevenele, võimalik on vastulöök / Kaivo Kopli

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    Kopli, Kaivo

    2011-01-01

    29. juunil peatas Vene energeetikakompanii Inter RAO elektriedastamise Valgevenele, kuna viimase võlg on kasvanud juba 600 miljoni rublani. Vene elektri osakaal Valgevene tarbimises on kuni 12%. Võlg olevat tekkinud sellest, et juba mitu kuud ei ole Valgevenes võimalik börsilt valuutat osta

  5. A General Introduction to Microcomputers.

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    Muiznieks, Viktors

    This basic introduction to microcomputers provides the neophyte with the terminology, definitions, and concepts that explain the microcomputer and computing technology in general. Mathematical operations with binary numbers, computer storage, controlling logic, and the concepts of stack and interrupt are explained. (RAO)

  6. Ulnar Artery Compression: A Feasible and Effective Approach to Prevent the Radial Artery Occlusion after Coronary Intervention

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    Jun Tian

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Radial artery (RA occlusion (RAO is not rare in patients undergoing coronary intervention by transradial approach (TRCI. Predictors of and prevention from RAO have not been systematically studied. This study aimed to analyze the risk factors of the weakness of RA pulsation (RAP and its predictive value for RAO after TRCI, and simultaneously to describe a feasible and effective approach to maintain RA patency. Methods: Between June 2006 and March 2010, all patients who underwent TRCI were classified according to the weakness of RAP after removing compression bandage with confirmation by Doppler ultrasound for the first 30 consecutive patients. Among a total of 2658 patients studied, 187 (7% patients having a weaker RAP were prospectively monitored. At 1 h after bandage removal, the ulnar artery in puncture side of all patients was blocked with manual compression to favor brachial and collateral artery blood flow through the RA until a good RAP was restored. The primary analysis was the occurrence of RAO. Results: Doppler ultrasound demonstrated the significant reduction of both systolic velocity (61.24 ± 3.95 cm/s vs. 72.31 ± 3.57 cm/s and diastolic velocity (1.83 ± 0.32 cm/s vs. 17.77 ± 3.97 cm/s in RA at access side as compared to the contralateral RA (all P < 0.001, but these velocities in ipsilateral ulnar artery (81.2 ± 2.16 cm/s and 13.1 ± 2.86 cm/s, respectively increased profoundly. The average time of ulnar artery compression was 4.1 ± 1.2 h (ranged 2.5-6.5 h. There were two patients experienced persistent RAO with a success rate of 98.9% and RAO in 0.075% of patients after ulnar artery compression was applied. The pulsation of the ulnar artery after compression was removed had not been influenced by the compression. Conclusions: After intervention using TRCI approach, the presence of a weaker RAP is an indicator of imminent RAO. The continuing compression of ipsilateral ulnar artery is an effective approach to

  7. Epithelial expression of mRNA and protein for IL-6, IL-10 and TNF-α in endobronchial biopsies in horses with recurrent airway obstruction

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    Art Tatiana

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study was to evaluate the contribution of bronchial epithelium to airway inflammation, with focus on mRNA and protein expression of cytokines of innate immunity IL-6, IL-10 and TNF-α, in horses with Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO during exacerbation and in remission. Results Despite marked clinical and physiologic alterations between exacerbation and after remission in the RAO horses no differences were detected in either cytokine mRNA or protein levels. Moreover, the expression of investigated cytokines in RAO horses on pasture did not differ from controls. In comparing real-time PCR analysis to results of immunohistochemistry only IL-10 mRNA and protein levels in RAO horses on pasture were significantly correlated (rs = 0.893, p = 0.007. Curiously, in controls examined on pasture the TNF-α protein level was positively correlated to IL-10 mRNA expression (rs = 0.967, p = 0.007 and negatively correlated to IL-6 mRNA expression (rs = -0.971, p = 0.001. Conclusion Given the complementary relationship of assessing cytokines directly by immunohistochemistry, or indirectly by PCR to mRNA, the lack of significant changes in either mRNA or protein levels of IL-6, IL-10 or TNF-α mRNA in RAO horses in exacerbation suggests that these particular cytokines in bronchial tissue may not play a substantive role in the active inflammation of this disease. To support this contention further studies examining time dependency of expression of IL-6, IL-10 or TNF-α are needed, as is expansion of the range of cytokines to include other key regulators of airway inflammation.

  8. Increased hypoxia-inducible factor 1α expression in lung cells of horses with recurrent airway obstruction

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    Toussaint Marie

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, also known as equine heaves is an inflammatory condition caused by exposure of susceptible horses to organic dusts in hay. The immunological processes responsible for the development and the persistence of airway inflammation are still largely unknown. Hypoxia-inducible factor (Hif is mainly known as a major regulator of energy homeostasis and cellular adaptation to hypoxia. More recently however, Hif also emerged as an essential regulator of innate immune responses. Here, we aimed at investigating the potential involvement of Hif1-α in myeloid cells in horse with recurrent airway obstruction. Results In vitro, we observed that Hif is expressed in equine myeloid cells after hay dust stimulation and regulates genes such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α, interleukin-8 (IL-8 and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A. We further showed in vivo that airway challenge with hay dust upregulated Hif1-α mRNA expression in myeloid cells from the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF of healthy and RAO-affected horses, with a more pronounced effect in cells from RAO-affected horses. Finally, Hif1-α mRNA expression in BALF cells from challenged horses correlated positively with lung dysfunction. Conclusion Taken together, our results suggest an important role for Hif1-α in myeloid cells during hay dust-induced inflammation in horses with RAO. We therefore propose that future research aiming at functional inactivation of Hif1 in lung myeloid cells could open new therapeutic perspectives for RAO.

  9. Effect of naringin on hemodynamic changes and left ventricular function in renal artery occluded renovascular hypertension in rats

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    Asjad Visnagri

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Renal artery occlusion (RAO induced hypertension is a major health problem associated with structural and functional variations of the renal and cardiac vasculature. Naringin a flavanone glycoside derived possesses metal-chelating, antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties. Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the antihypertensive activity of naringin in RAO induced hypertension in rats.Material and Methods: Male Wistar rats (180-200 g were divided into five groups Sham, RAO, naringin (20, 40 and 80 mg/kg. Animals were pretreated with naringin (20, 40 and 80 mg/kg p.o for 4 weeks. On the last day of the experiment, left renal artery was occluded with renal bulldog clamp for 4 h. After assessment of hemodynamic and left ventricular function various biochemical (superoxide dismutase [SOD], glutathione [GSH] and malondialdehyde [MDA] and histological parameters were determined in the kidney. Results: RAO group significantly (P < 0.001 increased hemodynamic parameters at 15, 30 and 45 min of clamp removal. Naringin (40 and 80 mg/kg treated groups showed a significant decrease in hemodynamic parameters at 15 min. after clamp removal that remained sustained for 60 min. Naringin (40 and 80 mg/kg treated groups showed significant improvement in left ventricular function at 15, 30 and 45 min after clamp removal. Alteration in level of SOD, GSH and MDA was significantly restored by naringin (40 and 80 mg/kg treatment. It also reduced histological aberration induced in kidney by RAO. Conclusion: It is concluded that the antihypertensive activity of naringin may result through inhibition of oxidative stress.

  10. Characterize Eruptive Processes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    The purpose of this scientific analysis report, ''Characterize Eruptive Processes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada'', is to present information about natural volcanic systems and the parameters that can be used to model their behavior. This information is used to develop parameter-value distributions appropriate for analysis of the consequences of volcanic eruptions through a repository at Yucca Mountain. This scientific analysis report provides information to four other reports: ''Number of Waste Packages Hit by Igneous Intrusion'', (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170001]); ''Atmospheric Dispersal and Deposition of Tephra from Potential Volcanic Eruption at Yucca Mountain, Nevada'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170026]); ''Dike/Drift Interactions'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170028]); ''Development of Earthquake Ground Motion Input for Preclosure Seismic Design and Postclosure Performance Assessment of a Geologic Repository at Yucca Mountain, NV'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170027], Section 6.5). This report is organized into seven major sections. This section addresses the purpose of this document. Section 2 addresses quality assurance, Section 3 the use of software, Section 4 identifies the requirements that constrain this work, and Section 5 lists assumptions and their rationale. Section 6 presents the details of the scientific analysis and Section 7 summarizes the conclusions reached

  11. Balance Scorecard in Hospital Units

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    Pu?an Alina; Ivan Oana Raluca

    2014-01-01

    Balance Scorecard (BSC) is a tool for measuring the performance, used mainly in the private sector. Social and economic changes of recent years have given rise to a number of objective needs, particularly in the management of “public money”.

  12. Discussing Feedback System Thinking in Relation to Scenario Evaluation in a Balanced Scorecard Setup

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    Nielsen, Steen; Nielsen, Erland Hejn

    2012-01-01

    Since the emergence of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) at the beginning of the 1990s, literature has intensively discussed the problems of the cause and effect relationships, the time-delay elements between measures and perspectives and the concepts of feedback loops. This paper focuses on the use of...

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    American Head & Neck Society Head and Neck Cancer Research & Education American Head & Neck Society | AHNS Head and Neck Cancer Research & Education About AHNS ... and Announcements Copyright ©2016 · American Head and Neck Society · Privacy and Return Policy Managed by BSC Management, ...

  14. General Corrosion and Localized Corrosion of the Drip Shield

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    F. Hua

    2004-09-16

    The repository design includes a drip shield (BSC 2004 [DIRS 168489]) that provides protection for the waste package both as a barrier to seepage water contact and a physical barrier to potential rockfall. The purpose of the process-level models developed in this report is to model dry oxidation, general corrosion, and localized corrosion of the drip shield plate material, which is made of Ti Grade 7. This document is prepared according to ''Technical Work Plan For: Regulatory Integration Modeling and Analysis of the Waste Form and Waste Package'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 171583]). The models developed in this report are used by the waste package degradation analyses for TSPA-LA and serve as a basis to determine the performance of the drip shield. The drip shield may suffer from other forms of failure such as the hydrogen induced cracking (HIC) or stress corrosion cracking (SCC), or both. Stress corrosion cracking of the drip shield material is discussed in ''Stress Corrosion Cracking of the Drip Shield, the Waste Package Outer Barrier, and the Stainless Steel Structural Material'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169985]). Hydrogen induced cracking of the drip shield material is discussed in ''Hydrogen Induced Cracking of Drip Shield'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169847]).

  15. A model proposal concerning balance scorecard application integrated with resource consumption accounting in enterprise performance management

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    ORHAN ELMACI

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study intended to investigate the “Balance Scorecard (BSC model integrated with Resource Consumption Accounting (RCA” which helps to evaluate the enterprise as matrix structure in its all parts. It aims to measure how much tangible and intangible values (assets of enterprises contribute to the enterprises. In other words, it measures how effectively, actively, and efficiently these values (assets are used. In short, it aims to measure sustainable competency of enterprises. As expressing the effect of tangible and intangible values (assets of the enterprise on the performance in mathematical and statistical methods is insufficient, it is targeted that RCA Method integrated with BSC model is based on matrix structure and control models. The effects of all complex factors in the enterprise on the performance (productivity and efficiency estimated algorithmically with cause and effect diagram. The contributions of matrix structures for reaching the management functional targets of the enterprises that operate in market competitive environment increasing day to day, is discussed. So in the context of modern management theories, as a contribution to BSC approach which is in the foreground in today’s administrative science of enterprises in matrix organizational structures, multidimensional performance evaluation model -RCA integrated with BSC Model proposal- is presented as strategic planning and strategic evaluation instrument.

  16. "Bio-switch Chip" Based on Nanostructured Conducting Polymer and Entrapped Enzyme.

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    Kim, Daesan; Yoo, Haneul; Park, Jae Yeol; Hong, Seunghun

    2016-08-31

    We report a switchable biochip strategy where enzymes were entrapped in conducting polymer layers and the enzymatic reaction of the entrapped enzymes was controlled in real-time via electrical stimuli on the polymer layers. This device is named here as a "bio-switch chip" (BSC). We fabricated BSC structures using polypyrrole (Ppy) with entrapped glucose oxidase (GOx) and demonstrated the switching of glucose oxidation reaction in real-time. We found that the introduction of a negative bias voltage on the BSC structure resulted in the enhanced glucose oxidation reaction by more than 20 times than that without a bias voltage. Moreover, because the BSC structures could be fabricated on specific regions, we could control the enzymatic reaction on specific regions. In view of the fact that enzymes enable very useful and versatile biochemical reactions, the ability to control the enzymatic reactions via conventional electrical signals could open up various applications in the area of biochips and other biochemical industries. PMID:27576664

  17. Strategic Balanced Scorecard Simulation

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    Nielsen, Steen; Nielsen, Erland Hejn

    2012-01-01

    financial and non-financial measures. The overall idea of BSC is to make the strategy operational, as proposed by Kaplan and Norton (1992; 1996; 2007) and to use the strategy for simulation. Our results indicate that a company may gain great learning insight from such simulation studies. The whole article...

  18. First Year Product Design Students

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    Rooney, Carmel; Timlin, Gregor

    2012-01-01

    As part of the BSc (hons) Degree in Product Design, first year students combined the skills learned in the Communication and Design Modules to work with the Dypsraxia Association of Ireland, to develop concept designs for objects to facilitate everyday living for people with dyspraxia.

  19. Evaluation of Formative Computer-Based Assessment by Cell Biology Students with Differing Entry Qualifications and Ethnicity

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    Bax, Christopher; Baggott, Glenn; Howey, Ellen; Pellet-Many, Carolyn; Rayne, Richard; Neonaki, Maria; Bax, Bridget E.; White, Christopher Branford

    2006-01-01

    This study was carried out to examine students' responses to the use of on-line assessments that included feedback. First year BSc students taking a Cell Biology module undertook such an assessment and were then asked to evaluate the test by completing an anonymous questionnaire. Answers were analysed in light of the respondents' ethnicity and…

  20. Teaching Scientists to Communicate: Evidence-Based Assessment for Undergraduate Science Education

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    Mercer-Mapstone, Lucy; Kuchel, Louise

    2015-01-01

    Communication skills are one of five nationally recognised learning outcomes for an Australian Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Previous evidence indicates that communication skills taught in Australian undergraduate science degrees are not developed sufficiently to meet the requirements of the modern-day workplace--a problem faced in the UK and…

  1. Mobile Learning: A Kaleidoscope

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    Kruger, Marlena; Bester, Riana

    2014-01-01

    CTI is an accredited private higher education institution (university) with the Higher Education Council (HEC) in South Africa. Its head office is in Fourways, Johannesburg. CTI has 12 campuses nationwide and offers higher certificates and degrees in commerce and information technology. These BCom and BSc degrees were rolled out to all 12…

  2. Development of a GPU-accelerated MIKE 21 Solver for Water Wave Dynamics

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    Aackermann, Peter Edward; Pedersen, Peter Juhler Dinesen; Engsig-Karup, Allan Peter;

    2013-01-01

    With encouragement by the company DHI are the aim of this B.Sc. thesis1 to investigate, whether if it is possible to accelerate the simulation speed of DHIs commercial product MIKE 21 HD, by formulating a parallel solution scheme and implementing it to be executed on a CUDA-enabled GPU (massive...

  3. College Students' Perceptions of Short Message Service-Supported Collaborative Learning

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    Zamani-Miandashti, Naser; Ataei, Pouria

    2015-01-01

    Interaction is a major success factor that affects collaborative learning. This study examined the perceptions of college students about short message service (SMS) supported collaborative learning. Seventy-five BSc students from three classes were asked to cooperate on group assignments. The participants used their mobile phones to exchange text…

  4. 76 FR 24031 - Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic...

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    2011-04-29

    ... HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Board of Scientific Counselors, National... authorities, scientific institutions, and scientists in the conduct of research, investigations, experiments... being; and (3) train state and local personnel in health work. The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice...

  5. The Insertion of the Tool Balanced Scorecard in the Strategic Planning of a Growing Company: A Case Study in the Company Metadil Metalúrgica Indústria e Comércio Ltda

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    Rafaela Thomaz Queiroz

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to analyze how the Balanced Scorecard (BSC can assist in the building the strategic planning of a small growing company, in order to achieve its strategic targets. For this purpose, it was carried out a study in a small company of the furniture segment, with a view to identify the benefits derived from the use of BSC at the organization. The following departments were analyzed: Human Resources, Marketing/Customers, Finances, and Production, and identified as BSC perspectives, they assisted in meeting the strategic targets of the company. In this study, it was adopted the qualitative methodology, with exploratory and descriptive nature, through case study. By the close analysis of BSC use, it was noticed, that there should be greater interaction among the different areas, with effective acting from HR area, regarding improvement in the company learning and growth, such as training and motivation programs; at the Production section, indicators were created in order to meet the increasing demand; concerning Marketing/Customers section, it was identified, through indicators at customers perspective, their real needs, in order to keep them satisfied with products and services; and, regarding to Finances, indicators were created to manage the investments and the minimization of production costs.

  6. Active Learning in Large Classes

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    Gørtz, Inge Li

    2011-01-01

    teaching large classes (more than 50 students), and describe how we successfully have in a second semester course in the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and Bachelor of Science Engineering (BSc Eng) program at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Approximately 200 students is attending the...

  7. Teaching Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics at Three Levels--Experience from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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    Kontogeorgis, Georgios M.; Michelsen, Michael L.; Clement, Karsten H.

    2009-01-01

    According to so-called "Bologna model," many technical universities in Europe have divided their educations into separate 3-year Bachelor and 2-year Master programs (followed by an optional Ph.D. study). Following the "Bologna model," DTU has recently transformed its 5-year engineering education into a 3-year Bachelor (B.Sc.) and a two-year Master…

  8. Learner Perceptions on Instructional Design of Multimedia in Learning Abstract Concepts in Science at a Distance

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    Kulasekara, Geetha Udayangani; Jayatilleke, Buddhini Gayathri; Coomaraswamy, Uma

    2011-01-01

    This study was carried out to explore learner perceptions on the instructional design features of interactive multimedia (IMM), which was especially designed to support the open and distance learners studying microbiology as a part of the BSc degree programme of the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL). The purpose of developing this IMM was to…

  9. A concept for a bachelor program in electrical engineering

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    Niemann, Hans Henrik

    2011-01-01

    The main concept for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BScE) in electrical engineering at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will be described in this paper. A new curriculum was introduced from the start of the autumn semester in 2010. The curriculum was the result of more than one year...

  10. Extensió de COMP Superscalar

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    Rafanell Mas, Roger; Hernández Budé, Porfidio

    2011-01-01

    COMPSs és un entorn de programació paral·lela desenvolupat per BSC-CNS. Aquest projecte busca estendre aquest entorn per tal de dotar-lo de funcionalitats inicialment no suportades. Aquest conjunt d'extensions radiquen principalment en la implementació de mecanismes que permetin incrementar la flexibilitat, robustesa i polivalència del sistema.

  11. 76 FR 21368 - Evaluation of the Potential Developmental Effects of Cancer Chemotherapy During Pregnancy: Call...

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    2011-04-15

    ...., lymphoma, leukemia, and cancers of the breast, ovary, skin, and cervix. This review will evaluate a large... submitted to Dr. Kembra Howdeshell, CERHR, NTP, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K2-04, Research Triangle Park, NC... chemotherapy on June 21, 2010 (75 FR 21003). BSC meeting minutes are available at...

  12. Problem Based Learning in Constructed Textile Design

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    Sayer, Kate; Wilson, Jacquie; Challis, Simon

    2006-01-01

    Staff observing undergraduate students enrolled on the BSc Hons Textile Design and Design Management programme in The School of Materials, The University of Manchester, identified difficulties with knowledge retention in the area of constructed textile design. Consequently an experimental pilot was carried out in seamless knitwear design using a…

  13. NEUROREHABILITATION OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS AND DEPRESSIVE BEHAVIORS BY BRAIN STATE CONDITIONING

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    Vijendra K. SINGH

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Brain State Conditioning™ (BSC is an innovative technology that optimizes brainwaves in real-time to achieve balance and harmony of the human brain. Since the brain function is imbalanced in individuals with psychiatric disorders and neurological diseases, we explored the possibility of using this technology to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD and depression. We conducted a pilot study of 8 adult subjects who had symptoms of PTSD, depression and anxiety problems. The severity of symptoms was evaluated by Objective survey and Beck’s inventory for depression and anxiety. After the initial assessment of brain maps, individuals were administered with highly personalized training sessions, for example 4-5 sessions over 4-5 days. After the administration of BSC, we found a consistent decline in Beck’s inventory scores, which implied alleviation of depressive and anxiety tendencies. All subjects in the study responded to BSC technology and showed noticeable improvement in the quality of their lives. Thus we suggest that BSC is a viable approach to brainwave optimization to help people overcome health problems due to PTSD and depression.

  14. Primary School Children's Vision Screening Project, Mozambique

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    Phelan, Aoife

    2012-01-01

    Students on the BSc in Optometry who volunteer with the Mozambique Eyecare Project do vision screenings with local children, supervised by DIT lecturers. These screenings are accredited as part of the students’ learning, and benefit both the children and the students.

  15. Primary School Children's Vision Screening Project

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    O'Dwyer, Veronica; Harrington, Sandra

    2012-01-01

    In the final year of the BSc in Optometry, students work with children in local schools to do vision screenings, supervised by DIT lecturers. This project enhances students’ experience of working with children, and ensures that any local children with eye problems are swiftly referred to a specialist.

  16. 78 FR 32657 - Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic...

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    ... being; and (3) train state and local personnel in health work. The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and... guidance to help NCEH/ATSDR work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to... Emergencies updates, Lead Poisoning Prevention Activities updates, Epi Aids at NCEH/ATSDR update,...

  17. How to educate for creativity in creative technology?

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    Mader, Angelika; Dertien, Edwin; Bohemia, Erik; Eger, Arthur O.; Eggink, Wouter; Parkinson, Brian; Wits, Wessel; Kovacevic, Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    Creative Technology is a new BSc programme at the University of Twente. Its goal is to design novel applications and products to improve daily life of people, with ICT as design material. Applications range from everyday life to health support, from playing and entertainment to serious gaming and so

  18. Comparative proteomic analysis of amaranth mesophyll and bundle sheath chloroplasts and their adaptation to salt stress.

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    Joaquín-Ramos, Ahuitzolt; Huerta-Ocampo, José Á; Barrera-Pacheco, Alberto; De León-Rodríguez, Antonio; Baginsky, Sacha; Barba de la Rosa, Ana P

    2014-09-15

    The effect of salt stress was analyzed in chloroplasts of Amaranthus cruentus var. Amaranteca, a plant NAD-malic enzyme (NAD-ME) type. Morphology of chloroplasts from bundle sheath (BSC) and mesophyll (MC) was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). BSC and MC from control plants showed similar morphology, however under stress, changes in BSC were observed. The presence of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO) was confirmed by immunohistochemical staining in both types of chloroplasts. Proteomic profiles of thylakoid protein complexes from BSC and MC, and their changes induced by salt stress were analyzed by blue-native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis followed by SDS-PAGE (2-D BN/SDS-PAGE). Differentially accumulated protein spots were analyzed by LC-MS/MS. Although A. cruentus photosynthetic tissue showed the Kranz anatomy, the thylakoid proteins showed some differences at photosystem structure level. Our results suggest that A. cruentus var. Amaranteca could be better classified as a C3-C4 photosynthetic plant. PMID:25046763

  19. Peer-Assisted Learning in Research Methods and Statistics

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    Stone, Anna; Meade, Claire; Watling, Rosamond

    2012-01-01

    Feedback from students on a Level 1 Research Methods and Statistics module, studied as a core part of a BSc Psychology programme, highlighted demand for additional tutorials to help them to understand basic concepts. Students in their final year of study commonly request work experience to enhance their employability. All students on the Level 1…

  20. Insights from action research: implementing the balanced scorecard at a wind-farm company

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    R. Schneider; R. Vieira

    2010-01-01

    Purpose - After a diagnosis of the existing management control systems (MCS) at a wind-farm company, the paper seeks to develop a balanced scorecard (BSC) in order to enable the organization to compress and streamline management decision making and to show what is to be taken into account for a succ

  1. Primary Datasets for Case Studies of River-Water Quality

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    Goulder, Raymond

    2008-01-01

    Level 6 (final-year BSc) students undertook case studies on between-site and temporal variation in river-water quality. They used professionally-collected datasets supplied by the Environment Agency. The exercise gave students the experience of working with large, real-world datasets and led to their understanding how the quality of river water is…

  2. Precipitates/Salts Model Calculations for Various Drift Temperature Environments

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    P. Marnier

    2001-12-20

    The objective and scope of this calculation is to assist Performance Assessment Operations and the Engineered Barrier System (EBS) Department in modeling the geochemical effects of evaporation within a repository drift. This work is developed and documented using procedure AP-3.12Q, Calculations, in support of ''Technical Work Plan For Engineered Barrier System Department Modeling and Testing FY 02 Work Activities'' (BSC 2001a). The primary objective of this calculation is to predict the effects of evaporation on the abstracted water compositions established in ''EBS Incoming Water and Gas Composition Abstraction Calculations for Different Drift Temperature Environments'' (BSC 2001c). A secondary objective is to predict evaporation effects on observed Yucca Mountain waters for subsequent cement interaction calculations (BSC 2001d). The Precipitates/Salts model is documented in an Analysis/Model Report (AMR), ''In-Drift Precipitates/Salts Analysis'' (BSC 2001b).

  3. Expanding Access for Training of Science Teachers through ODL: A Case Study of University of Lagos, Nigeria

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    Okunuga, A. O.; Olaoluniyi, O.; Opara, A. I.

    2013-01-01

    Rising up to the challenge of shortage of middle manpower in Nigeria, the University of Lagos established the Correspondence and Open Studies Unit (COSU), now Distance Learning Institute DLI). Accounting, Business Administration and Science-Education were the pilot courses at the B.Sc. level. The Special Entry Preparatory Programme (SEPP) was…

  4. Private Cost of Education: A Comparative Study of Distance and Campus-Based University Students in Nigeria

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    Olakulehin, Felix K.; Panda, Santosh K.

    2011-01-01

    This paper examines the comparative private costs of distance and conventional (classroom-based) university students in Nigeria. A total of 200 subjects comprising students registered for the B.Sc. Computer Science and B.A. English Studies programmes at the University of Lagos, Nigeria and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) were…

  5. 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…

  6. The Social Epistemology of Experimental Economics

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    A.C. Cordeiro dos Santos

    2006-01-01

    textabstractAna Cristina Cordeiro dos Santos was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1971. She received her B.Sc. degree in Economics from Technical University of Lisbon, in Portugal, in 1994, and a MA degree in Social Policy from Roskilde University, in Denmark, in 1995. Since 1996 she has been a teach

  7. Characterize Eruptive Processes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    D. Krier

    2004-10-04

    The purpose of this scientific analysis report, ''Characterize Eruptive Processes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada'', is to present information about natural volcanic systems and the parameters that can be used to model their behavior. This information is used to develop parameter-value distributions appropriate for analysis of the consequences of volcanic eruptions through a repository at Yucca Mountain. This scientific analysis report provides information to four other reports: ''Number of Waste Packages Hit by Igneous Intrusion'', (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170001]); ''Atmospheric Dispersal and Deposition of Tephra from Potential Volcanic Eruption at Yucca Mountain, Nevada'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170026]); ''Dike/Drift Interactions'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170028]); ''Development of Earthquake Ground Motion Input for Preclosure Seismic Design and Postclosure Performance Assessment of a Geologic Repository at Yucca Mountain, NV'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 170027], Section 6.5). This report is organized into seven major sections. This section addresses the purpose of this document. Section 2 addresses quality assurance, Section 3 the use of software, Section 4 identifies the requirements that constrain this work, and Section 5 lists assumptions and their rationale. Section 6 presents the details of the scientific analysis and Section 7 summarizes the conclusions reached.

  8. Multifamily Ventilation Retrofit Strategies

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    Ueno, K. [Building Science Corporation (BSC), Somerville, MA (United States); Lstiburek, J. [Building Science Corporation (BSC), Somerville, MA (United States); Bergey, D. [Building Science Corporation (BSC), Somerville, MA (United States)

    2012-12-01

    In multifamily buildings, central ventilation systems often have poor performance, overventilating some portions of the building (causing excess energy use), while simultaneously underventilating other portions (causing diminished indoor air quality). BSC and Innova Services Corporation performed a series of field tests at a mid-rise test building undergoing a major energy audit and retrofit, which included ventilation system upgrades.

  9. Multivariate Gradient Analysis for Evaluating and Visualizing a Learning System Platform for Computer Programming

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    Mather, Richard

    2015-01-01

    This paper explores the application of canonical gradient analysis to evaluate and visualize student performance and acceptance of a learning system platform. The subject of evaluation is a first year BSc module for computer programming. This uses "Ceebot," an animated and immersive game-like development environment. Multivariate…

  10. Using the Balanced Scorecard to Enhance Undergraduate Education in a First Year Business Course: A Pilot Study

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    Hunt, Irma; Taylor, Ronald K.; Winter, Anthony; Mackie, J. Jay; Fisher, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Several research studies found that managers lacked a basic understanding of a balanced scorecard (BSC) approach to evaluate an organization. Because of this, the authors saw an opportunity to reorganize a course in order to provide students with an opportunity to address this issue. Therefore, a recent pilot study was conducted to ascertain…

  11. Tasakaalustatud mõõtmismudel kasumile mittesuunatud organisatsioonides - üks "järgmise" Eesti võimalustest / Sander Karu

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    Ülevaade Tasakaalustatud Mõõtmismudeli (TMM) (Balanced Scorecard - BSC) teoreetilistest alustest, kujundamisest ja kujundamise eripäradest kasumile mittesuunatud organisatsioonides kui ühest "järgmise Eesti" võimalusest tagamaks Eesti tasakaalustatud ja süsteemset arengut ning inimeste rahulolu. Joonised. Tabelid

  12. Successful Applications of the Balanced Scorecard in Higher Education

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    Beard, Deborah F.

    2009-01-01

    Are there management tools that professionals use in business that academics have used successfully in higher education? The answer to that question is "yes", and the balanced scorecard (BSC) is one such tool. The author reports on measures that administrators chose for the BSCs of 2 educational institutions whose successes have been recognized…

  13. Ubuntu-Praxis: Re-Modelling the Balanced Scorecard Model at a University, an Afrocentric Perspective

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    Ndoda, Gladys Ruvimbo; Sikwila, Mike Nyamazana

    2014-01-01

    The authors design the innovation and learning perspective of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) of "Ubuntu and client service charter nexus." This article borrows and advances the research carried out by Khomba, Vermaak and Gouws (2011). The point of departure is on praxis of ubuntu/unhu as a holistic approach in the re-modelling of the BSC…

  14. News from the Biological Stain Commission no. 12

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    2012-01-01

    In this 12(th) issue of News from the Biological Stain Commission (BSC) under the heading of Regulatory affairs, the Biological Stain Commission's International Affairs Committee presents information from the meetings of ISO/TC 212/WG 1 Quality and competence in the medical laboratory and ISO...

  15. News from the Biological Stain Commission no. 13

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    2013-01-01

    In the 13(th) issue of News from the Biological Stain Commission (BSC) under the heading of Regulatory affairs, the Biological Stain Commission's International Affairs Committee presents information from the first plenary meeting of the International Standards Organization ISO/TC 212 Clinical...

  16. News from the Biological Stain Commission, No. 17

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    2016-01-01

    In the 17(th) issue of News from the Biological Stain Commission (BSC) under the heading of Regulatory affairs, the Biological Stain Commission's International Affairs Committee presents information from the 20(th) meeting of ISO/TC 212 Clinical laboratory testing and in vitro diagnostic test...

  17. News from the Biological Stain Commission No. 10

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    2011-01-01

    In the 10th issue of News from the Biological Stain Commission (BSC), under the heading of Regulatory affairs, the Biological Stain Commission's International Affairs Committee presents information from the meeting of ISO/TC 212/WG 1 held in London, UK, on 16-17 November 2009. Furthermore, the...

  18. News from the Biological Stain Commission no. 15

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    Lyon, H O; Horobin, R W

    2014-01-01

    In the 15(th) issue of News from the Biological Stain Commission (BSC), under the heading of Regulatory affairs, the Biological Stain Commission's International Affairs Committee presents information from the plenary meetings of the International Standards Organization ISO/TC 212 Clinical...

  19. Nominal Performance Biosphere Dose Conversion Factor Analysis

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    This analysis report is one of the technical reports containing documentation of the Environmental Radiation Model for Yucca Mountain, Nevada (ERMYN), a biosphere model supporting the Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA) for the license application (LA) for the Yucca Mountain repository. This analysis report describes the development of biosphere dose conversion factors (BDCFs) for the groundwater exposure scenario, and the development of conversion factors for assessing compliance with the groundwater protection standards. A graphical representation of the documentation hierarchy for the ERMYN is presented in Figure 1-1. This figure shows the interrelationships among the products (i.e., analysis and model reports) developed for biosphere modeling and provides an understanding of how this analysis report contributes to biosphere modeling. This report is one of two reports that develop BDCFs, which are input parameters for the TSPA-LA model. The ''Biosphere Model Report'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169460]) describes in detail the ERMYN conceptual model and mathematical model. The input parameter reports, shown to the right of the ''Biosphere Model Report'' in Figure 1-1, contain detailed description of the model input parameters, their development, and the relationship between the parameters and specific features events and processes (FEPs). This report describes biosphere model calculations and their output, the BDCFs, for the groundwater exposure scenario. This analysis receives direct input from the outputs of the ''Biosphere Model Report'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169460]) and the five analyses that develop parameter values for the biosphere model (BSC 2005 [DIRS 172827]; BSC 2004 [DIRS 169672]; BSC 2004 [DIRS 169673]; BSC 2004 [DIRS 169458]; BSC 2004 [DIRS 169459]). The results of this report are further analyzed in the ''Biosphere Dose Conversion Factor Importance and Sensitivity Analysis

  20. DISRUPTIVE EVENT BIOSPHERE DOSE CONVERSION FACTOR ANALYSIS

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    This analysis report is one of the technical reports containing documentation of the Environmental Radiation Model for Yucca Mountain, Nevada (ERMYN), a biosphere model supporting the total system performance assessment (TSPA) for the license application (LA) for the Yucca Mountain repository. This analysis report describes the development of biosphere dose conversion factors (BDCFs) for the volcanic ash exposure scenario, and the development of dose factors for calculating inhalation dose during volcanic eruption. A graphical representation of the documentation hierarchy for the ERMYN is presented in Figure 1-1. This figure shows the interrelationships among the products (i.e., analysis and model reports) developed for biosphere modeling and provides an understanding of how this analysis report contributes to biosphere modeling. This report is one of two reports that develop biosphere BDCFs, which are input parameters for the TSPA model. The Biosphere Model Report (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169460]) describes in detail the ERMYN conceptual model and mathematical model. The input parameter reports, shown to the right of the Biosphere Model Report in Figure 1-1, contain detailed descriptions of the model input parameters, their development and the relationship between the parameters and specific features, events and processes (FEPs). This report describes biosphere model calculations and their output, the BDCFs, for the volcanic ash exposure scenario. This analysis receives direct input from the outputs of the ''Biosphere Model Report'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169460]) and from the five analyses that develop parameter values for the biosphere model (BSC 2005 [DIRS 172827]; BSC 2004 [DIRS 169672]; BSC 2004 [DIRS 169673]; BSC 2004 [DIRS 169458]; and BSC 2004 [DIRS 169459]). The results of this report are further analyzed in the ''Biosphere Dose Conversion Factor Importance and Sensitivity Analysis'' (Figure 1-1). The objective of this analysis was to develop the BDCFs for the volcanic

  1. Fatores críticos na implementação do Balanced Scorecard Critical factors in Balanced Scorecard implementation

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    Full Text Available Existem diversas abordagens na literatura enfatizando a importância de promover o alinhamento estratégico e o seu desempenho operacional por meio do sistema de métricas. Um dos modelos mais difundidos é o balanced scorecard (BSC. A proposta deste artigo é discutir os fatores críticos de sucesso na implementação do BSC, bem como o processo de mudança e as técnicas envolvidas nos bastidores da implementação, tendo como objeto central o confronto entre a perspectiva da empresa de consultoria que implementa o BSC e da empresa que adota o método. A abordagem metodológica utilizada foi a de estudo de múltiplos casos. A pesquisa foi organizada baseada em um estudo de casos múltiplos criado sobre uma estrutura teórica (framework extraído da literatura especializada e submetido a empresas de consultoria focadas neste tipo de implementação para identificar e listar estes aspectos críticos nas empresas brasileiras. Em uma segunda etapa da pesquisa, um estudo de caso foi realizado com o objetivo de analisar os mesmos aspectos sob o ponto de vista das empresas que adotam a metodologia, as empresas clientes.A growing body of studies focuses on the relevance of aligning business strategies and its operational performance. Several reports in the literature emphasize the importance of linking effectiveness to the goals, objectives and requirements of organizations to allow for the ongoing management of operational performance. Today, one of the most popular methods for supporting an effective performance measurement system is the Balanced Scorecard (BSC, which has been widely and increasingly used in many different kinds of businesses and organizations. This paper discusses the critical factors determining the successful implementation of the BSC, based on a comparative analysis of a BSC consulting firm and a client company implementing the BSC. The methodological approach adopted here was a multiple case study.

  2. Temporal and spatial characteristics of rainfall events: a Slovenian case study

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    Dolšak, Domen; Bezak, Nejc; Šraj, Mojca

    2016-04-01

    Temporal rainfall distribution within individual rainfall events can have significant impact on the runoff characteristics such as the time to peak discharge and peak discharge values. Therefore, the information about temporal rainfall distribution within rainfall event is crucial for planning of hydraulic structures, flood protection, reliable hydrological modelling, etc. The main aim of this study was to investigate temporal and spatial characteristics of rainfall events in Slovenia, Europe. Data from 30 rainfall stations in Slovenia were used in order to analyze properties of rainfall events in Slovenia. Rainfall data with 5-minute time step was used and the sample data lengths varied from 10 to 66 years with a mean sample data length of 35 years. Huff curves and binary shape code (BSC) method, which was proposed by Terranova and Iaquinta (2011), were used to analyze temporal and spatial characteristics of rainfall events in Slovenia. All calculations were performed using the free software program R (https://www.r-project.org). The results of the study show that rainfall characteristics in eastern (BSC 1111) and western (BSC 0000) part of Slovenia are not the same. This means that in the western part of Slovenia on average the majority of rainfall occurs in the second part of the rainfall event and in the eastern part of Slovenia on average most of the rainfall occurs in the first part of the rainfall event. Thus, on average higher peak discharge values can be expected in rivers located in the western part of Slovenia due to the higher antecedent conditions. Furthermore, the estimated BSC types did not depend on the rainfall station elevation. Moreover, the calculated BSC types were dependent on the duration of the rainfall event. The BSC 1111 type (most of rainfall occurs in the first part of the rainfall event) was the most frequent for the shorter duration rainfall events (less than 12 hours) and the BSC 0000 type (most of rainfall occurs in the second part

  3. Experimental investigation of the early interaction between cyanobacterial soil crusts and vascular plants

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    Klemens Zaplata, Markus; Veste, Maik; Pohle, Ina; Schümberg, Sabine; Abreu Schonert, Iballa; Hinz, Christoph

    2016-04-01

    While there are hints that biological soil crusts (BSCs) can constitute physical barriers for the emergence of vascular plants, a conceptual approach for the quantitative evaluation of these effects is still missing. Here we present an experimental design to test the emergence of seedlings in situ with (i) capping natural intact, (ii) destroyed and (iii) removed BSC. The selected field site is directly adjacent to the constructed Hühnerwasser catchment (Lusatia, Germany). This site exists since the end of 2008 and consists of loamy sand. Serving as proxy for seedling thrust, we inserted pre-germinated seeds of three confamiliar plant species with different seed masses (members of the Fabaceae family: Lotus corniculatus L., Ornithopus sativus Brot., and Glycine max (L.) Merr.). In each treatment as well as in the control group planting depths were 10 mm. We took care that experimental plots had identical crust thickness, slightly less than 4 mm, serving as proxy for mechanical resistance. A plot became established as follows: Firstly, the pristine crusted surface was vertically cut. To the windward side the BSC remained intact (i: "with BSC" stripe). To the downwind side soil material was temporarily excavated for laterally inserting the seeds beneath the surface of the first stripe. Then at the thereby disturbed second stripe pulverised BSC material became filled as a top layer (ii: "BSC mix" stripe). From the next stripe the BSC was removed (iii: "no BSC" stripe). Thus each plot had each experimental group in spatial contiguity (within 50 cm × 50 cm). The overall 50 plots were distributed across an area of 40 m × 12 m. When individuals of a species either emerged at all stripes, "× × ×", or at no stripe of a plot, "- - -", there was no reason to suppose any effect of a crust. The "- × ×" emergence pattern (depicting the appearance of seedlings in both stripes possessing manipulated surfaces) points towards hindrance more clearly than "- × -" or "- -

  4. Biological soil crusts reduce soil erosion in early successional subtropical forests in PR China

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    Seitz, Steffen; Goebes, Philipp; Käppeler, Kathrin; Nebel, Martin; Webber, Carla; Scholten, Thomas

    2016-04-01

    Biological soil crusts (BSCs) have major influences on terrestrial ecosystems and play significant functional roles in soil systems, such as accelerating soil formation, changing water flows or enhancing soil stability. By that, they have the potential to protect soil surfaces against erosive forces by wind or water. However, the effect of BSCs on erosion processes is rarely mentioned in literature and most of the work done focused on arid and semi-arid environments. Furthermore, compared to the structure and function of BSCs, less attention was paid to their temporal and topographical distribution. This study aims to investigate the influence of BSCs on initial soil erosion, and their topographical development over time in initial subtropical forest ecosystems. Therefore, measurements have been conducted within a biodiversity and ecosystem functioning experiment (BEF China) near Xingangshan, Jiangxi Province, PR China. Interrill erosion was measured on 220 microscale run-off plots (ROPs, 0.4 m × 0.4 m) and the occurrence, distribution and development of BSCs within the measuring setup were recorded. BSC cover in each ROP was determined photogrammetrically in four time steps (autumn 2011, summer 2012, summer 2013 and summer 2014). BSC species were identified by morphological characteristics and classified to higher taxonomic levels. Higher BSC cover led to reduced sediment discharge and runoff volume due to its protection against splash energy, the adherence of soil particles and enhanced infiltration. Canopy ground cover and leaf area index had a positive effect on the development of BSC cover at this initial stage of the forest ecosystem. Moreover, BSC cover decreased with increasing slope, as we presume that developing BSCs are washed away more easily at steep gradients. Elevation and aspect did not show an influence. BSCs in this study were moss-dominated and 26 different moos species were found. Mean BSC cover on ROPs was 14 % in the 3rd year of the tree

  5. Analysis of Balance Scorecards Model Performance and Perspective Strategy Synergized by SEM

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The performance assessment analysis after the economic crisis by using Balanced Scorecard (BSC method becomes a powerful and effective tool and can provide an integrated view of the performance of an organization. This strategy led to the Indonesian economy being stretched positively after the economic crisis. Taking effective decisions is not spared from combining four BSC perspectives and strategies that focus on a system with different behavior or steps. This paper combines two methods of BSC with structural equation modeling (SEM because they have the same concept, which is a causal relationship, where the research model concept SEM variables use BSC variable. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the influence of variables that synergized between balanced scorecard with SEM as a means of strategic planning in the future. This study used primary data with a large enough sample to meet the maximum likelihood estimation by assessment scale of seven semantic points. This research model is a combination of one and two step models. The next step is to test the measurement model, structural equation modeling, and modification models. The test results indicated that the model has multi colinearities. Therefore, the model is converted into one step model. The test results after being modified into a model of the goodness of fit indices showed a good score. All BSC variables have direct significant influence, including the perspective of strategic goals and sustainable competitive advantage. The implication of the simulation model of goodness of fit-modification results are DF = 227, Chi-square =276.550, P =0.058, CMIN/DF = 1.150, GFI = 0.831, AGFI = 0.791, CFI = 0.972, TLI = 0.965 and RMSEA = 0.039.

  6. Difference in 3H-thymidine incorporation after irradiation between murine B16 melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma in vivo

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    The tumor growth and cell proliferation kinetics of B16 melanoma and transplantable squamous cell carcinoma (BSC tumor) in C57BL/6 mice were studied after single-dose X-ray and fast-neutron (2 MeV) irradiations. From tumor volume change studies, B16 tumor showed a high relative biological effectiveness (RBE) value (5.5) compared to that of BSC tumor (3.5). The tissue characteristics of the two tumors were not significantly different, but the post-irradiation changes in mitotic index (MI) and lebeling index (LI) were dependent on the tumor and on the nature of the radiation. After irradation, mitosis was immediately inhibited (G2 block) but recovered within several hours in BSC and X-ray-irradiated B16 tumors. The neutron-irradiated B16 tumors showed no recovery up to the end of the observation period. After X-ray irradiation, of B16 tumors, LI showed an Fimmediate reduction, while the reduction was delayed several hours (equal to G1 + M) in BSC tumors. The extent of reduction was dose-dependent, and its recovery was coincident with the recovery of mitosis. The change in LI of neutron-irradiated BSC tumors was similar to that with X-rays, but no change in LI was observed in neutron-irradiated B16 tumors over 18 hr. From these results, it is assumed that the cell progression of B16 tumors is susceptible to ionizing radiation, and that G1 block is induced as a result of irradiation. (author)

  7. Does Axillary Boost Increase Lymphedema Compared With Supraclavicular Radiation Alone After Breast Conservation?

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    Purpose: To determine independent predictors of lymphedema (LE) after breast radiotherapy and to quantify added risks of LE from regional node irradiation (RNI). Materials and Methods: A total of 2,579 women with T1-2, N 0-3, M0 breast cancer treated with breast conservation between 1970 and 2005 were studied. A total of 2,169 patients (84%) received radiation to the breast (B), 226 (8.8%) to the breast and supraclavicular LNs (B+SC), and 184 (7.1%) to the breast, supraclavicular LNs, and a posterior axillary boost (B+SC+PAB). Median follow-up was 81 months (range, 3-271). Results: Eighteen percent of patients developed LE. LE risks were as follows: 16% (B), 23% (B+SC), and 31% (B+SC+PAB) (p < 0.0001). LE severity was greater in patients who had RNI (p = 0.0002). On multivariate analysis, RT field (p < 0.0001), obesity index (p = 0.0157), systemic therapy (p = 0.0013), and number of LNs dissected (p < 0.0001) independently predicted for LE. In N1 patients, the addition of a SC to tangents (p < 0.0001) and the addition of a PAB to tangents (p = 0.0017) conferred greater risks of LE, but adding a PAB to B+SC RT did not (p = 0.8002). In the N2 patients, adding a PAB increased the risk of LE 4.5-fold over B+SC RT (p = 0.0011). Conclusions: LE predictors included number of LNs dissected, RNI, obesity index, and systemic therapy. LE risk increased when a SC or PAB were added in the N1 subgroup. In the N2 patients, a PAB increased the risk over B+SC. The decision to boost the axilla must be weighed against the increased risk of LE that it imposes

  8. Analysis on the diffusion of the balanced scorecard in Chinese hospitals based on PMI method%基于PMI法的平衡记分卡在中国医院的传播分析

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    2015-01-01

    通过使用平面媒体指标法及内容分析方法,对检索到的428篇有关医院平衡记分卡的中国文献进行分析,发现医疗相关期刊是平衡记分卡在中国医院传播的主要渠道,医院职工和大学学者是平衡记分卡的主要传播者。通过实施平衡记分卡提高医院绩效,实现在经济效益和社会效益之间的平衡,成为平衡记分卡在中国医院传播的热点。研究认为,评价平衡记分卡在中国医院中是否是一种管理时尚为时尚早。%By Print-Media Indicators (PMI) and content analysis, 428 Chinese papers related to balanced scorecard (BSC) in hospitals were analyzed. It showed that healthcare related journals were the main channel for the diffusion of the BSC in Chinese hospitals, hospital staff and academics were the main propagators in the diffusion of the BSC. Promoting hospital performance by the help of balanced score card to balance hospital financial status and social benefit was the hot point of BSC in China. It shows that it is too early to assess whether the BSC is a management fashion in China’s hospitals.

  9. Disruptive Event Biosphere Dose Conversion Factor Analysis

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    This analysis report, ''Disruptive Event Biosphere Dose Conversion Factor Analysis'', is one of the technical reports containing documentation of the ERMYN (Environmental Radiation Model for Yucca Mountain Nevada) biosphere model for the geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, its input parameters, and the application of the model to perform the dose assessment for the repository. The biosphere model is one of a series of process models supporting the Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA) for the Yucca Mountain repository. A graphical representation of the documentation hierarchy for the ERMYN is presented in Figure 1-1. This figure shows the interrelationships among the products (i.e., analysis and model reports) developed for biosphere modeling and provides an understanding of how this analysis report contributes to biosphere modeling. This report is one of the two reports that develop biosphere dose conversion factors (BDCFs), which are input parameters for the TSPA model. The ''Biosphere Model Report'' (BSC 2003 [DIRS 164186]) describes in detail the conceptual model as well as the mathematical model and lists its input parameters. Model input parameters are developed and described in detail in five analysis report (BSC 2003 [DIRS 160964], BSC 2003 [DIRS 160965], BSC 2003 [DIRS 160976], BSC 2003 [DIRS 161239], and BSC 2003 [DIRS 161241]). The objective of this analysis was to develop the BDCFs for the volcanic ash exposure scenario and the dose factors (DFs) for calculating inhalation doses during volcanic eruption (eruption phase of the volcanic event). The volcanic ash exposure scenario is hereafter referred to as the volcanic ash scenario. For the volcanic ash scenario, the mode of radionuclide release into the biosphere is a volcanic eruption through the repository with the resulting entrainment of contaminated waste in the tephra and the subsequent atmospheric transport and dispersion of contaminated material in the biosphere. The biosphere process

  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 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

  11. Cirurgia valvar e coronária simultânea Combined coronary and valvular surgery

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho analisa 172 pacientes consecutivos operados de cirurgia valvar e coronária simultânea, no período compreendido entre julho de 1980 e junho de 1989.0 número de pacientes submetidos a revascularização do miocárdio e tratamento cirúrgico da valva aórtica (RAo foi de 95, sendo que 75 foram submetidos a tratamento cirúrgico da valva mitral e revascularização do miocárdio (RMi. As lesões valvares mais freqüentes foram a estenose aórtica, 44 casos de insuficiência mitral em 40 casos. O número de anastomoses por paciente foi de 1,87 em média para os pacientes RMi e de 1,56 nos pacientes RAo. A mortalidade hospitalar foi de 9,8% sendo que a mortalidade para os pacientes RAo foi de 7,3% e para os pacientes RMi foi de 12%. Não houve diferença significativa (x²=04423 entre a mortalidade dos pacientes portadores de insuficiência mitral isquémica, operados eletivamente ou em caráter de emergência, sendo a mortalidade de 20% nos eletivos e de 37,5% nos de emergência. Não houve relação entre mortalidade e número de anastomoses por paciente. Houve tendência de melhores resultados com relação à mortalidade nos pacientes RMi com cirurgia conservadora (x²=1,6382. A curva actuarial de sobrevida mostra 82,6% em 19 semestres para os pacientes RMi, 90,4% para os pacientes RAo e 86,3% para o estudo global de pacientes. Com uma evolução de 5172 meses/pacientes, 75% apresentam-se em classe funcional I (NYHA.In the period between July 1980 and June 1989,172 consecutive patients were submitted to combined coronary and valvular surgery. There were patients with predominantly valvular indications and others with predominant coronary indications. In 95 cases, myocardial revascularization and surgical treatment of the aortic valve (RAo were simultaneously performed. Seventy five patients were submitted to myocardial revascularization and surgical treatment of the mitral valve (RMi. The more frequent valvular lesions were

  12. A meta-frontier approach for causal inference in productivity analysis

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    use the approach of Bravo-Ureta, Greene and Solís (2012) to estimate two separate production frontiers (one for contract farmers and one for non-contract farmers) that account for potential biases due to self-selection on both observed and unobserved variables. Then, we follow Rao, Brümmer and Qaim...... impact on efficiency and productivity is mostly overlooked. This study addresses this salient gap by combining the approaches suggested by BravoUreta, Greene, and Solís (Empirical Economics 43:55–72, 2012) and Rao, Brümmer, and Qaim (American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94:891–912, 2012). We first...

  13. Policy Recognition in the Abstract Hidden Markov Model

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    Bui, H H; West, G; 10.1613/jair.839

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we present a method for recognising an agent's behaviour in dynamic, noisy, uncertain domains, and across multiple levels of abstraction. We term this problem on-line plan recognition under uncertainty and view it generally as probabilistic inference on the stochastic process representing the execution of the agent's plan. Our contributions in this paper are twofold. In terms of probabilistic inference, we introduce the Abstract Hidden Markov Model (AHMM), a novel type of stochastic processes, provide its dynamic Bayesian network (DBN) structure and analyse the properties of this network. We then describe an application of the Rao-Blackwellised Particle Filter to the AHMM which allows us to construct an efficient, hybrid inference method for this model. In terms of plan recognition, we propose a novel plan recognition framework based on the AHMM as the plan execution model. The Rao-Blackwellised hybrid inference for AHMM can take advantage of the independence properties inherent in a model of p...

  14. Quantum limit for two-dimensional resolution of two incoherent optical point sources

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    Ang, Shan Zheng; Tsang, Mankei

    2016-01-01

    We obtain the multiple-parameter quantum Cram\\'er-Rao bound for estimating the Cartesian components of the centroid and separation of two incoherent optical point sources using an imaging system with finite spatial bandwidth. Under quite general and realistic assumptions on the point-spread function of the imaging system, and for weak source strengths, we show that the Cram\\'er-Rao bounds for the x and y components of the separation are independent of the values of those components, which may be well-below the conventional Rayleigh resolution limit. We also propose two linear optics-based measurement methods that approach the quantum bound for the estimation of the Cartesian components of the separation once the centroid has been located. One of the methods is an interferometric scheme that approaches the quantum bound for sub-Rayleigh separations. The other method uses fiber coupling to attain the bound regardless of the distance between the two sources.

  15. AES in deficit on Georgian trade

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    According to Vedomosti journal Russian state energy company RAO JES Rossii paid for Georgian assets acquisition to American company AES only 23 million USD, what is less than a tenth of sum which AES had originally paid for it. Thus total transaction value including debts reached 80 millions USD. But internal documents of American AES confirm that Americans paid 260 millions USD for Georgian assets and they took besides over 60 millions USD of obligations. Russians bought Georgian AES assets through Finnish filial Nordic Oy. Thus they obtained 75 per cent share in Telasi company which operates distributive network in Tbilisi, two blocks of plant in Tbilisi and half share in AES-Transenergy company which exports electric energy from Georgia to Turkey. RAO JES besides got managerial laws on Hramesi company which owns two water plants. Russian company controls one fifth of production and 35 per cent of electric energy sale in Georgia by these assets

  16. The Main Results and the Perspectives in the Researches at SSRT

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    G. Y. Smolkov; S. V. Lesovoy; V. G. Zandanov; A. T. Altyntsev; A.V. Gubin

    2005-01-01

    In this report briefly presented the contemporary state of the experimental base of Radio Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) of the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP), the methodology of radioheliographic monitoring of the solar corona, the SSRT database, the RAO Web-pages, factors limiting the effective use of SSRT. Here are formulated the original results of the basic directions of the solar activity researches and the problems solutions on SSRT: (1) active regions at various development stages, morphology, modeling,signs of energy accumulation and flares buildup, forecast of powerful flares; (2) scenario, topology and the fine temporal picture of flares development, signs of primary energy release, radio emission mechanisms, scatter effects of radio emission in turbulent corona, energetic particles fluxes; (3) filaments; (4) CME with the localization of their initiation at the solar disk background, development scenario of filament activation + CME +flare; (5) coronal holes, and (6) bright coronal points.

  17. Lipid synthesis in the aorta of chick and other species

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    The relative rate of fatty acid biosynthesis from labelled acetate in the adipose tissue of chicken is much lower than that in the rat (O'Hea and Leveille, 1968). To determine similar species differences in lipid synthesis in the aortas of cock, rat, rabbit and monkey, thoracic and abdominal segments of fresh aortas were incubated in vitro with (1-14C)-acetate for 3 h. Total lipids and their fractions (free and total cholesterol, free fatty acids, triglycerides and phospholipids) were counted for radioactivity. Incorporation of radioactivity into total as well as all classes of lipids was several times greater in chicken than in other species. Significant and consistent incorporation into cholesterol occurred only in chicks. Synthesis into total lipids and triglycerides was greater in the thoracic segment of chicks. These findings (Rao and Rao, 1968) are consistent with the ready susceptibility of chicken to atherosclerosis. (author)

  18. Conceptual Design of a Deep Draft Semi-Submersible Platform with a Moveable Heave-Plate

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    ZHU Hang; OU Jinping; ZHAI Gangjun

    2012-01-01

    Based on the principle of turned mass damper (TMD) systems,the conceptual design of semi-submersible platform with a moveable heave-plate (MHS) has been put forward.The heave motion response amplitude operator (RAO) and viscous damping of the MHS platform are calculated by iteration,and the coupling stiffness between the MHS hull and the heave-plate is optimized to decrease the maximum heave motion response of the MHS hull under 10-year survival conditions in the South China Sea.The numerical results indicate that the heave motion RAO of the MHS hull can be decreased in the range of predominant wave frequencies,which may provide some reference to the heave motion control of offshore platforms.

  19. Fisher information for the position-dependent mass Schrödinger system

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    Falaye, B. J.; Serrano, F. A.; Dong, Shi-Hai

    2016-01-01

    This study presents the Fisher information for the position-dependent mass Schrödinger equation with hyperbolic potential V (x) = -V0csch2 (ax). The analysis of the quantum-mechanical probability for the ground and exited states (n = 0, 1, 2) has been obtained via the Fisher information. This controls both chemical and physical properties of some molecular systems. The Fisher information is considered only for x > 0 due to the singular point at x = 0. We found that Fisher-information-based uncertainty relation and the Cramer-Rao inequality holds. Some relevant numerical results are presented. The results presented show that the Cramer-Rao and the Heisenberg products in both spaces provide a natural measure for anharmonicity of -V0csch2 (ax).

  20. PA/SA for Slovenian LILW repository

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    The RAO Agency started with a new site selection procedure in 1996. As part of the preparational work for the new disposal facility, tools for assessment of the specific disposal concept influence on the environment and human has to be developed. Therefore the Slovenian assessment team that has been organized, joined the IAEAs ISAM programme, in which different approaches to performance and safety assessment were applied to safety cases. As part of the ISAM individual (national) safety cases. The RAO Agency, together with other Slovenian Inst.ions, performed the preliminary performance assessment of the Slovenian LILW repository for generic site location. The method and the results of the safety case are presented in this paper.(author)