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  1. Comparison of ductile-to-brittle transition curve fitting approaches

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    Cao, L.W. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing 100191 (China)] [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TR (United Kingdom); Wu, S.J., E-mail: wusj@buaa.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing 100191 (China); Flewitt, P.E.J. [Interface Analysis Centre, University of Bristol, Bristol BS2 8BS (United Kingdom)] [School of Physics, HH Wills Laboratory, University of Bristol, BS8 1TL (United Kingdom)

    2012-05-15

    Ductile-to-brittle transition (DBT) curve fitting approaches are compared over the transition temperature range for reactor pressure vessel steels with different kinds of data, including Charpy-V notch impact energy data and fracture toughness data. Three DBT curve fitting methods have been frequently used in the past, including the Burr S-Weibull and tanh distributions. In general there is greater scatter associated with test data obtained within the transition region. Therefore these methods give results with different accuracies, especially when fitting to small quantities of data. The comparison shows that the Burr distribution and tanh distribution can almost equally fit well distributed and large data sets extending across the test temperature range to include the upper and lower shelves. The S-Weibull distribution fit is poor for the lower shelf of the DBT curve. Overall for both large and small quantities of measured data the Burr distribution provides the best description. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Burr distribution offers a better fit than that of a S-Weibull and tanh fit. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Burr and tanh methods show similar fitting ability for a large data set. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Burr method can fit sparse data well distributed across the test temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer S-Weibull method cannot fit the lower shelf well and show poor fitting quality.

  2. A unified approach to kinematic synthesis of mechanism by adaptive curve fitting

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    WANG; Delun; WANG; Shufen

    2004-01-01

    A unified approach to kinematic synthesis of mechanism is presented in this paper. Firstly a new approach to adaptive curve fitting is presented, which leads the normal fitting error to be minimum for a series of given discrete points, including a plane curve fitting, a spherical curve fitting and a ruled surface fitting in terms of invariants of ruled surface. Approximate characteristic points and lines are defined, such as an approximate circle point, an approximate slide point, an approximate spherical cone point and an approximate constant axis with an approximate spherical image cone point and an approximate striction curve. Then,the ruled surface fitting will be converted into a space curve fitting and a spherical curve fitting by differential geometry. Based on these definitions and the adaptive curve fitting approaches, the unified mathematical model is set up for the kinematic synthesis of mechanism from planar, spherical to spatial motion. Finally, a planar mechanism or a spatial mechanism can be synthesized by means of searching for two approximate characteristic points, or a characteristic point and a characteristic line, even two characteristic lines. This puper lays a theoretic base for the existence of the best solution and the convergence of the optimum algorithm.

  3. Longitudinal Changes in Physical Fitness Performance in Youth: A Multilevel Latent Growth Curve Modeling Approach

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    Wang, Chee Keng John; Pyun, Do Young; Liu, Woon Chia; Lim, Boon San Coral; Li, Fuzhong

    2013-01-01

    Using a multilevel latent growth curve modeling (LGCM) approach, this study examined longitudinal change in levels of physical fitness performance over time (i.e. four years) in young adolescents aged from 12-13 years. The sample consisted of 6622 students from 138 secondary schools in Singapore. Initial analyses found between-school variation on…

  4. Longitudinal Changes in Physical Fitness Performance in Youth: A Multilevel Latent Growth Curve Modeling Approach

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    Wang, Chee Keng John; Pyun, Do Young; Liu, Woon Chia; Lim, Boon San Coral; Li, Fuzhong

    2013-01-01

    Using a multilevel latent growth curve modeling (LGCM) approach, this study examined longitudinal change in levels of physical fitness performance over time (i.e. four years) in young adolescents aged from 12-13 years. The sample consisted of 6622 students from 138 secondary schools in Singapore. Initial analyses found between-school variation on…

  5. Fitting a Gompertz curve

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    Ph.H.B.F. Franses (Philip Hans)

    1994-01-01

    textabstractIn this paper, a simple Gompertz curve-fitting procedure is proposed. Its advantages include the facts that the stability of the saturation level over the sample period can be checked, and that no knowledge of its value is necessary for forecasting. An application to forecasting the stoc

  6. Automatic detection of mitochondria from electron microscope tomography images: a curve fitting approach

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    Tasel, Serdar F.; Hassanpour, Reza; Mumcuoglu, Erkan U.; Perkins, Guy C.; Martone, Maryann

    2014-03-01

    Mitochondria are sub-cellular components which are mainly responsible for synthesis of adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) and involved in the regulation of several cellular activities such as apoptosis. The relation between some common diseases of aging and morphological structure of mitochondria is gaining strength by an increasing number of studies. Electron microscope tomography (EMT) provides high-resolution images of the 3D structure and internal arrangement of mitochondria. Studies that aim to reveal the correlation between mitochondrial structure and its function require the aid of special software tools for manual segmentation of mitochondria from EMT images. Automated detection and segmentation of mitochondria is a challenging problem due to the variety of mitochondrial structures, the presence of noise, artifacts and other sub-cellular structures. Segmentation methods reported in the literature require human interaction to initialize the algorithms. In our previous study, we focused on 2D detection and segmentation of mitochondria using an ellipse detection method. In this study, we propose a new approach for automatic detection of mitochondria from EMT images. First, a preprocessing step was applied in order to reduce the effect of nonmitochondrial sub-cellular structures. Then, a curve fitting approach was presented using a Hessian-based ridge detector to extract membrane-like structures and a curve-growing scheme. Finally, an automatic algorithm was employed to detect mitochondria which are represented by a subset of the detected curves. The results show that the proposed method is more robust in detection of mitochondria in consecutive EMT slices as compared with our previous automatic method.

  7. AKLSQF - LEAST SQUARES CURVE FITTING

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    Kantak, A. V.

    1994-01-01

    The Least Squares Curve Fitting program, AKLSQF, computes the polynomial which will least square fit uniformly spaced data easily and efficiently. The program allows the user to specify the tolerable least squares error in the fitting or allows the user to specify the polynomial degree. In both cases AKLSQF returns the polynomial and the actual least squares fit error incurred in the operation. The data may be supplied to the routine either by direct keyboard entry or via a file. AKLSQF produces the least squares polynomial in two steps. First, the data points are least squares fitted using the orthogonal factorial polynomials. The result is then reduced to a regular polynomial using Sterling numbers of the first kind. If an error tolerance is specified, the program starts with a polynomial of degree 1 and computes the least squares fit error. The degree of the polynomial used for fitting is then increased successively until the error criterion specified by the user is met. At every step the polynomial as well as the least squares fitting error is printed to the screen. In general, the program can produce a curve fitting up to a 100 degree polynomial. All computations in the program are carried out under Double Precision format for real numbers and under long integer format for integers to provide the maximum accuracy possible. AKLSQF was written for an IBM PC X/AT or compatible using Microsoft's Quick Basic compiler. It has been implemented under DOS 3.2.1 using 23K of RAM. AKLSQF was developed in 1989.

  8. A Global Approach to Accurate and Automatic Quantitative Analysis of NMR Spectra by Complex Least-Squares Curve Fitting

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    Martin, Y. L.

    The performance of quantitative analysis of 1D NMR spectra depends greatly on the choice of the NMR signal model. Complex least-squares analysis is well suited for optimizing the quantitative determination of spectra containing a limited number of signals (20). From a general point of view it is concluded, on the basis of mathematical considerations and numerical simulations, that, in the absence of truncation of the free-induction decay, complex least-squares curve fitting either in the time or in the frequency domain and linear-prediction methods are in fact nearly equivalent and give identical results. However, in the situation considered, complex least-squares analysis in the frequency domain is more flexible since it enables the quality of convergence to be appraised at every resonance position. An efficient data-processing strategy has been developed which makes use of an approximate conjugate-gradient algorithm. All spectral parameters (frequency, damping factors, amplitudes, phases, initial delay associated with intensity, and phase parameters of a baseline correction) are simultaneously managed in an integrated approach which is fully automatable. The behavior of the error as a function of the signal-to-noise ratio is theoretically estimated, and the influence of apodization is discussed. The least-squares curve fitting is theoretically proved to be the most accurate approach for quantitative analysis of 1D NMR data acquired with reasonable signal-to-noise ratio. The method enables complex spectral residuals to be sorted out. These residuals, which can be cumulated thanks to the possibility of correcting for frequency shifts and phase errors, extract systematic components, such as isotopic satellite lines, and characterize the shape and the intensity of the spectral distortion with respect to the Lorentzian model. This distortion is shown to be nearly independent of the chemical species, of the nature of the molecular site, and of the type of nucleus, but

  9. Interpolation and Polynomial Curve Fitting

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    Yang, Yajun; Gordon, Sheldon P.

    2014-01-01

    Two points determine a line. Three noncollinear points determine a quadratic function. Four points that do not lie on a lower-degree polynomial curve determine a cubic function. In general, n + 1 points uniquely determine a polynomial of degree n, presuming that they do not fall onto a polynomial of lower degree. The process of finding such a…

  10. An alternative approach to the Army Physical Fitness Test two-mile run using critical velocity and isoperformance curves.

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    Fukuda, David H; Smith, Abbie E; Kendall, Kristina L; Cramer, Joel T; Stout, Jeffrey R

    2012-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of critical velocity (CV) and isoperformance curves as an alternative to the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) two-mile running test. Seventy-eight men and women (mean +/- SE; age: 22.1 +/- 0.34 years; VO2(MAX): 46.1 +/- 0.82 mL/kg/min) volunteered to participate in this study. A VO2(MAX) test and four treadmill running bouts to exhaustion at varying intensities were completed. The relationship between total distance and time-to-exhaustion was tracked for each exhaustive run to determine CV and anaerobic running capacity. A VO2(MAX) prediction equation (Coefficient of determination: 0.805; Standard error of the estimate: 3.2377 mL/kg/min) was developed using these variables. Isoperformance curves were constructed for men and women to correspond with two-mile run times from APFT standards. Individual CV and anaerobic running capacity values were plotted and compared to isoperformance curves for APFT 2-mile run scores. Fifty-four individuals were determined to receive passing scores from this assessment. Physiological profiles identified from this procedure can be used to assess specific aerobic or anaerobic training needs. With the use of time-to-exhaustion as opposed to a time-trial format used in the two-mile run test, pacing strategies may be limited. The combination of variables from the CV test and isoperformance curves provides an alternative to standardized time-trial testing.

  11. Bounded Population Growth: A Curve Fitting Lesson.

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    Mathews, John H.

    1992-01-01

    Presents two mathematical methods for fitting the logistic curve to population data supplied by the U.S. Census Bureau utilizing computer algebra software to carry out the computations and plot graphs. (JKK)

  12. Least-squares fitting Gompertz curve

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    Jukic, Dragan; Kralik, Gordana; Scitovski, Rudolf

    2004-08-01

    In this paper we consider the least-squares (LS) fitting of the Gompertz curve to the given nonconstant data (pi,ti,yi), i=1,...,m, m≥3. We give necessary and sufficient conditions which guarantee the existence of the LS estimate, suggest a choice of a good initial approximation and give some numerical examples.

  13. Modeling and Fitting Exoplanet Transit Light Curves

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    Millholland, Sarah; Ruch, G. T.

    2013-01-01

    We present a numerical model along with an original fitting routine for the analysis of transiting extra-solar planet light curves. Our light curve model is unique in several ways from other available transit models, such as the analytic eclipse formulae of Mandel & Agol (2002) and Giménez (2006), the modified Eclipsing Binary Orbit Program (EBOP) model implemented in Southworth’s JKTEBOP code (Popper & Etzel 1981; Southworth et al. 2004), or the transit model developed as a part of the EXOFAST fitting suite (Eastman et al. in prep.). Our model employs Keplerian orbital dynamics about the system’s center of mass to properly account for stellar wobble and orbital eccentricity, uses a unique analytic solution derived from Kepler’s Second Law to calculate the projected distance between the centers of the star and planet, and calculates the effect of limb darkening using a simple technique that is different from the commonly used eclipse formulae. We have also devised a unique Monte Carlo style optimization routine for fitting the light curve model to observed transits. We demonstrate that, while the effect of stellar wobble on transit light curves is generally small, it becomes significant as the planet to stellar mass ratio increases and the semi-major axes of the orbits decrease. We also illustrate the appreciable effects of orbital ellipticity on the light curve and the necessity of accounting for its impacts for accurate modeling. We show that our simple limb darkening calculations are as accurate as the analytic equations of Mandel & Agol (2002). Although our Monte Carlo fitting algorithm is not as mathematically rigorous as the Markov Chain Monte Carlo based algorithms most often used to determine exoplanetary system parameters, we show that it is straightforward and returns reliable results. Finally, we show that analyses performed with our model and optimization routine compare favorably with exoplanet characterizations published by groups such as the

  14. Multivariate curve-fitting in GAUSS

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    Bunck, C.M.; Pendleton, G.W.

    1988-01-01

    Multivariate curve-fitting techniques for repeated measures have been developed and an interactive program has been written in GAUSS. The program implements not only the one-factor design described in Morrison (1967) but also includes pairwise comparisons of curves and rates, a two-factor design, and other options. Strategies for selecting the appropriate degree for the polynomial are provided. The methods and program are illustrated with data from studies of the effects of environmental contaminants on ducklings, nesting kestrels and quail.

  15. Focusing of light through turbid media by curve fitting optimization

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    Gong, Changmei; Wu, Tengfei; Liu, Jietao; Li, Huijuan; Shao, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Jianqi

    2016-12-01

    The construction of wavefront phase plays a critical role in focusing light through turbid media. We introduce the curve fitting algorithm (CFA) into the feedback control procedure for wavefront optimization. Unlike the existing continuous sequential algorithm (CSA), the CFA locates the optimal phase by fitting a curve to the measured signals. Simulation results show that, similar to the genetic algorithm (GA), the proposed CFA technique is far less susceptible to the experimental noise than the CSA. Furthermore, only three measurements of feedback signals are enough for CFA to fit the optimal phase while obtaining a higher focal intensity than the CSA and the GA, dramatically shortening the optimization time by a factor of 3 compared with the CSA and the GA. The proposed CFA approach can be applied to enhance the focus intensity and boost the focusing speed in the fields of biological imaging, particle trapping, laser therapy, and so on, and might help to focus light through dynamic turbid media.

  16. Fitting the curve in Excel®: Systematic curve fitting of laboratory and remotely sensed planetary spectra

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    McCraig, Michael A.; Osinski, Gordon R.; Cloutis, Edward A.; Flemming, Roberta L.; Izawa, Matthew R. M.; Reddy, Vishnu; Fieber-Beyer, Sherry K.; Pompilio, Loredana; van der Meer, Freek; Berger, Jeffrey A.; Bramble, Michael S.; Applin, Daniel M.

    2017-03-01

    Spectroscopy in planetary science often provides the only information regarding the compositional and mineralogical make up of planetary surfaces. The methods employed when curve fitting and modelling spectra can be confusing and difficult to visualize and comprehend. Researchers who are new to working with spectra may find inadequate help or documentation in the scientific literature or in the software packages available for curve fitting. This problem also extends to the parameterization of spectra and the dissemination of derived metrics. Often, when derived metrics are reported, such as band centres, the discussion of exactly how the metrics were derived, or if there was any systematic curve fitting performed, is not included. Herein we provide both recommendations and methods for curve fitting and explanations of the terms and methods used. Techniques to curve fit spectral data of various types are demonstrated using simple-to-understand mathematics and equations written to be used in Microsoft Excel® software, free of macros, in a cut-and-paste fashion that allows one to curve fit spectra in a reasonably user-friendly manner. The procedures use empirical curve fitting, include visualizations, and ameliorates many of the unknowns one may encounter when using black-box commercial software. The provided framework is a comprehensive record of the curve fitting parameters used, the derived metrics, and is intended to be an example of a format for dissemination when curve fitting data.

  17. Curve fitting methods for solar radiation data modeling

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    Karim, Samsul Ariffin Abdul, E-mail: samsul-ariffin@petronas.com.my, E-mail: balbir@petronas.com.my; Singh, Balbir Singh Mahinder, E-mail: samsul-ariffin@petronas.com.my, E-mail: balbir@petronas.com.my [Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Information Technology, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tronoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan (Malaysia)

    2014-10-24

    This paper studies the use of several type of curve fitting method to smooth the global solar radiation data. After the data have been fitted by using curve fitting method, the mathematical model of global solar radiation will be developed. The error measurement was calculated by using goodness-fit statistics such as root mean square error (RMSE) and the value of R{sup 2}. The best fitting methods will be used as a starting point for the construction of mathematical modeling of solar radiation received in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Malaysia. Numerical results indicated that Gaussian fitting and sine fitting (both with two terms) gives better results as compare with the other fitting methods.

  18. Curve fitting methods for solar radiation data modeling

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    Karim, Samsul Ariffin Abdul; Singh, Balbir Singh Mahinder

    2014-10-01

    This paper studies the use of several type of curve fitting method to smooth the global solar radiation data. After the data have been fitted by using curve fitting method, the mathematical model of global solar radiation will be developed. The error measurement was calculated by using goodness-fit statistics such as root mean square error (RMSE) and the value of R2. The best fitting methods will be used as a starting point for the construction of mathematical modeling of solar radiation received in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Malaysia. Numerical results indicated that Gaussian fitting and sine fitting (both with two terms) gives better results as compare with the other fitting methods.

  19. Real-Time Exponential Curve Fits Using Discrete Calculus

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    Rowe, Geoffrey

    2010-01-01

    An improved solution for curve fitting data to an exponential equation (y = Ae(exp Bt) + C) has been developed. This improvement is in four areas -- speed, stability, determinant processing time, and the removal of limits. The solution presented avoids iterative techniques and their stability errors by using three mathematical ideas: discrete calculus, a special relationship (be tween exponential curves and the Mean Value Theorem for Derivatives), and a simple linear curve fit algorithm. This method can also be applied to fitting data to the general power law equation y = Ax(exp B) + C and the general geometric growth equation y = Ak(exp Bt) + C.

  20. Mössbauer spectral curve fitting combining fundamentally different techniques

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    Susanto, Ferry; de Souza, Paulo

    2016-10-01

    We propose the use of fundamentally distinctive techniques to solve the problem of curve fitting a Mössbauer spectrum. The techniques we investigated are: evolutionary algorithm, basin hopping, and hill climbing. These techniques were applied in isolation and combined to fit different shapes of Mössbauer spectra. The results indicate that complex Mössbauer spectra can be automatically curve fitted using minimum user input, and combination of these techniques achieved the best performance (lowest statistical error). The software and sample of Mössbauer spectra have been made available through a link at the reference.

  1. Mössbauer spectral curve fitting combining fundamentally different techniques

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    Susanto, Ferry [School of Engineering and ICT, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005 (Australia); College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Footscray, VIC 3011 (Australia); Data61, CSIRO, College Road, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005 (Australia); Souza, Paulo de [School of Engineering and ICT, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005 (Australia); Data61, CSIRO, College Road, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005 (Australia)

    2016-10-15

    We propose the use of fundamentally distinctive techniques to solve the problem of curve fitting a Mössbauer spectrum. The techniques we investigated are: evolutionary algorithm, basin hopping, and hill climbing. These techniques were applied in isolation and combined to fit different shapes of Mössbauer spectra. The results indicate that complex Mössbauer spectra can be automatically curve fitted using minimum user input, and combination of these techniques achieved the best performance (lowest statistical error). The software and sample of Mössbauer spectra have been made available through a link at the reference.

  2. New method of best-fitting on curved surface

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    Kyusojin, Akira; Akimoto, Yoshinori

    1993-09-01

    With the coordinates measuring machine the measured points are obtained as a series of points consist of the original feature and the deviations caused by misalignment i. e. translated deviation and angular deviation. To evaluate the form deviation accurately it is required to best-fit the measured feature to the ideal feature. Conventional best-fitting has been done to minimize the sum of squares of deviations between measured feature and ideal feature by translating and rotating the measured feature. It is possible for the curved line but too difficult for the curved surface. This paper gives a new method of best-fitting using datums which minimize the sum of squares in its normal direction. The datum is defined as straight line for the curved line and plane for the curved surface. When the datum of measured feature is coincided with that of the ideal feature the deviations caused by misslignment are eliminated. In order to confirm the reliability of this method computer simulations and practical measurements were made. Then close agreement was obtained. Key words: coordinate measuring machine best-fitting curved surface datum method of least-squares form deviation software on the measurement accuracy y C) - Measured feature . /Ideal feature -I. Fig. 1 Conventional bestfitting method Ideal Measured feature feature eviation a) curved line Fig. 2 Designation of form deviation 54 / SPIE Vol. 2101 Measurement Technology and Intelligent Instruments (1993) b) curved surface

  3. Improved treatment of the strongly varying slope in fitting solar cell I-V curves

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    Burgers, A.R.; Eikelboom, J.A.; Schoenecker, A.; Sinke, W.C.

    1996-05-01

    Straightforward least squares fitting of l-V curves leads to non optimal fits: residuals around and above the open-circuit voltage dominate the fit, leading to a bad fit at the maximum power point and lower voltage values. To deal with this problem, the authors have resorted to using weighting functions or to minimizing the area between data and fit instead of the least squares procedure. Both approaches lack a sound statistical basis. Voltage noise has a big influence on fitting due to the steep slope of an l-V curve for higher voltage values. For this reason the authors have used Orthogonal Distance Regression (ODR), which is a mathematical method for fitting measurements with errors in both voltage- and current measurements. It allows for computing both the l-V curve parameters and their uncertainties. 4 figs., 1 tab., 12 refs.

  4. Viscosity Coefficient Curve Fits for Ionized Gas Species Grant Palmer

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    Palmer, Grant; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Viscosity coefficient curve fits for neutral gas species are available from many sources. Many do a good job of reproducing experimental and computational chemistry data. The curve fits are usually expressed as a function of temperature only. This is consistent with the governing equations used to derive an expression for the neutral species viscosity coefficient. Ionized species pose a more complicated problem. They are subject to electrostatic as well as intermolecular forces. The electrostatic forces are affected by a shielding phenomenon where electrons shield the electrostatic forces of positively charged ions beyond a certain distance. The viscosity coefficient for an ionized gas species is a function of both temperature and local electron number density. Currently available curve fits for ionized gas species, such as those presented by Gupta/Yos, are a function of temperature only. What they did was to assume an electron number density. The problem is that the electron number density they assumed was unrealistically high. The purpose of this paper is two-fold. First, the proper expression for determining the viscosity coefficient of an ionized species as a function of both temperature and electron number density will be presented. Then curve fit coefficients will be developed using the more realistic assumption of an equilibrium electron number density. The results will be compared against previous curve fits and against highly accurate computational chemistry data.

  5. Curve Fitting And Interpolation Model Applied In Nonel Dosage Detection

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    Jiuling Li

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The Curve Fitting and Interpolation Model are applied in Nonel dosage detection in this paper firstly, and the gray of continuous explosive in the Nonel has been forecasted. Although the traditional infrared equipment establishes the relationship of explosive dosage and light intensity, but the forecast accuracy is very low. Therefore, gray prediction models based on curve fitting and interpolation are framed separately, and the deviations from the different models are compared. Simultaneously, combining on the sample library features, the cubic polynomial fitting curve of the higher precision is used to predict grays, and 5mg-28mg Nonel gray values are calculated by MATLAB. Through the predictive values, the dosage detection operations are simplified, and the defect missing rate of the Nonel are reduced. Finally, the quality of Nonel is improved.

  6. Neutron Multiplicity: LANL W Covariance Matrix for Curve Fitting

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    Wendelberger, James G. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-12-08

    In neutron multiplicity counting one may fit a curve by minimizing an objective function, χ$2\\atop{n}$. The objective function includes the inverse of an n by n matrix of covariances, W. The inverse of the W matrix has a closed form solution. In addition W-1 is a tri-diagonal matrix. The closed form and tridiagonal nature allows for a simpler expression of the objective function χ$2\\atop{n}$. Minimization of this simpler expression will provide the optimal parameters for the fitted curve.

  7. Quantifying and Reducing Curve-Fitting Uncertainty in Isc: Preprint

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    Campanelli, Mark; Duck, Benjamin; Emery, Keith

    2015-09-28

    Current-voltage (I-V) curve measurements of photovoltaic (PV) devices are used to determine performance parameters and to establish traceable calibration chains. Measurement standards specify localized curve fitting methods, e.g., straight-line interpolation/extrapolation of the I-V curve points near short-circuit current, Isc. By considering such fits as statistical linear regressions, uncertainties in the performance parameters are readily quantified. However, the legitimacy of such a computed uncertainty requires that the model be a valid (local) representation of the I-V curve and that the noise be sufficiently well characterized. Using more data points often has the advantage of lowering the uncertainty. However, more data points can make the uncertainty in the fit arbitrarily small, and this fit uncertainty misses the dominant residual uncertainty due to so-called model discrepancy. Using objective Bayesian linear regression for straight-line fits for Isc, we investigate an evidence-based method to automatically choose data windows of I-V points with reduced model discrepancy. We also investigate noise effects. Uncertainties, aligned with the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM), are quantified throughout.

  8. How Graphing Calculators Find Curves of Best Fit

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    Shore, Mark; Shore, JoAnna; Boggs, Stacey

    2004-01-01

    For over a decade mathematics instructors have been using graphing calculators in courses ranging from developmental mathematics (Beginning and Intermediate Algebra) to Calculus and Statistics. One of the key functions that make them so powerful in the teaching and learning process is their ability to find curves of best fit. Instructors may use…

  9. A New Curve Fitting Method for Forming Limit Experimental Data

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    Jieshi CHEN; Xianbin ZHOU

    2005-01-01

    The forming limit curve (FLC) can be obtained by. means of curve fitting the limit strain points of different strain paths. The theory of percent regression analysis is applied to the curve fitting of forming limit experimental data.Forecast intervals of FLC percentiles can be calculated. Thus reliability and confidence level can be considered. The theoretical method to get the limits of limit strain points distributing region is presented, and the FLC position can be adjusted according to practical requirement. Method for establishing FLC with high reliability using small samples is presented at the same time. This method can make full use of the current experimental data and the previous data.Compared with the traditional method that can only use current experimental data, fewer specimens are required in the present method to obtain the same precision and the result is more accurate with the same number of specimens.

  10. Fitting the curve in Excel® : Systematic curve fitting of laboratory and remotely sensed planetary spectra

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    McCraig, M.A.; Osinski, G.R.; Cloutis, E.A.; Flemming, R.L.; Izawa, M.R.M.; Reddy, V.; Fieber-Beyer, S.K.; Pompilio, L.; van der Meer, F.D.; Berger, J.A.; Bramble, M.S.; Applin, D.M.

    2017-01-01

    Spectroscopy in planetary science often provides the only information regarding the compositional and mineralogical make up of planetary surfaces. The methods employed when curve fitting and modelling spectra can be confusing and difficult to visualize and comprehend. Researchers who are new to

  11. A Methodology for Curve and Surface Fitting with Adaptive Fairing for Digitized Points

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    2006-01-01

    A new approach for NURBS (Non-uniform rational B-spline) curve and surface fitting for measured points was presented which employs a fairing method applied to digitized point data with discrete curvature. If measured points are used as control points to construct an NURBS curve, then the curvature of each data point corresponding to control point of the constructed curve can be computed. According to the convex hull andlocal properties of NURBS, based on the curvatures obtained, the measured points can be faired. If faired measured points are used as target points to modify, the constructed curve passing through these faired points can produce a smooth NURBS curve. This paper also presented the justification for utilizing the curvatures of constructed NURBS curve instead of the conventional interpolated curve to fair the measured points. Based on the presented algorithms, some qualities of the constructed curves can be improved.

  12. A curve-fitting approach to estimate the arterial plasma input function for the assessment of glucose metabolic rate and response to treatment.

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    Vriens, D.; Geus-Oei, L.F. de; Oyen, W.J.G.; Visser, E.P.

    2009-01-01

    For the quantification of dynamic (18)F-FDG PET studies, the arterial plasma time-activity concentration curve (APTAC) needs to be available. This can be obtained using serial sampling of arterial blood or an image-derived input function (IDIF). Arterial sampling is invasive and often not feasible i

  13. 3D CATENARY CURVE FITTING FOR GEOMETRIC CALIBRATION

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    T.-O. Chan

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In modern road surveys, hanging power cables are among the most commonly-found geometric features. These cables are catenary curves that are conventionally modelled with three parameters in 2D Cartesian space. With the advent and popularity of the mobile mapping system (MMS, the 3D point clouds of hanging power cables can be captured within a short period of time. These point clouds, similarly to those of planar features, can be used for feature-based self-calibration of the system assembly errors of an MMS. However, to achieve this, a well-defined 3D equation for the catenary curve is needed. This paper proposes three 3D catenary curve models, each having different parameters. The models are examined by least squares fitting of simulated data and real data captured with an MMS. The outcome of the fitting is investigated in terms of the residuals and correlation matrices. Among the proposed models, one of them could estimate the parameters accurately and without any extreme correlation between the variables. This model can also be applied to those transmission lines captured by airborne laser scanning or any other hanging cable-like objects.

  14. Curve registration by nonparametric goodness-of-fit testing

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    Dalalyan, Arnak

    2011-01-01

    The problem of curve registration appears in many different areas of applications ranging from neuroscience to road traffic modeling. In the present work, we propose a nonparametric testing framework in which we develop a generalized likelihood ratio test to perform curve registration. We first prove that, under the null hypothesis, the resulting test statistic is asymptotically distributed as a chi-squared random variable. This result, often referred to as Wilks' phenomenon, provides a natural threshold for the test of a prescribed asymptotic significance level and a natural measure of lack-of-fit in terms of the p-value of the chi squared test. We also prove that the proposed test is consistent, i.e., its power is asymptotically equal to 1. Some numerical experiments on synthetic datasets are reported as well.

  15. Deteksi Iris Berdasarkan Metode Black Hole dan Circle Curve Fitting

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    Danny Kurnianto

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Sistem pengenalan identitas personal berdasarkan ciri biometrika adalah suatu sistem pengenalan seseorang berdasarkan pada ciri biometrika yang melekat pada orang tersebut. Iris mata merupakan salah satu ciri biometrik yang handal untuk sistem pengenalan identitas personal. Bagian sistem pengenalan identitas personal berdasarkan biometrik iris yang dianggap paling krusial adalah deteksi lokasi iris, karena akurasi deteksi iris berpengaruh pada tingkat akurasi sistem secara keseluruhan. Lokasi iris pada citra mata dibatasi oleh dua buah lingkaran yang memisahkan antara bagian iris  dengan pupil dan sklera. Telah banyak metodemetode yang diusulkan oleh para peneliti untuk menghasilkan deteksi lokasi iris dengan akurat dan cepat. Masalah akurasi, kecepatan waktu eksekusi dan ketahanan terhadap noise merupakan bidang penelitian yang menantang pada deteksi iris. Makalah ini menyajikan metode deteksi iris menggunakan metode black hole dan circle curve fitting. Langkah pertama, mencari batas dalam lingkaran iris yang memisahkan antara daerah iris dan pupil. Dengan metode black hole yang bekerja berdasarkan fakta bahwa lokasi pupil merupakan daerah  lingkaran yang paling hitam dan memiliki distribusi nilai intensitas yang seragam, maka lokasi pupil dapat ditentukan dengan teknik pengambangan. Batas lingkaran pupil dapat ditentukan dengan circle curve fitting dari parameter lingkaran daerah pupil. Langkah kedua,  mencari batas luar lingkaran iris yang memisahkan antara iris dan sklera. Peta tepi citra iris dicari dengan menggunakan deteksi tepi Canny, kemudian diambil satu komponen tepi arah vertikal yang dapat mewakili batas lingkaran luar iris. Dari komponen tepi tersebut, dihitung jari-jari iris yang berpusat di pusat pupil. Dengan jari-jari iris dan pusat iris maka dapat ditentukan batas luar iris menggunakan circle curve fitting

  16. Spectral Curve Fitting for Automatic Hyperspectral Data Analysis

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    Brown, Adrian J

    2014-01-01

    Automatic discovery and curve fitting of absorption bands in hyperspectral data can enable the analyst to identify materials present in a scene by comparison with library spectra. This procedure is common in laboratory spectra, but is challenging for sparse hyperspectral data. A procedure for robust discovery of overlapping bands in hyperspectral data is described in this paper. The method is capable of automatically discovering and fitting symmetric absorption bands, can separate overlapping absorption bands in a stable manner, and has relatively low sensitivity to noise. A comparison with techniques already available in the literature is presented using simulated spectra. An application is demonstrated utilizing the shortwave infrared (2.0-2.5 micron or 5000-4000 cm-1) region. A small hyperspectral scene is processed to demonstrate the ability of the method to detect small shifts in absorption wavelength caused by varying white mica chemistry in a natural setting.

  17. Dose-response curve estimation: a semiparametric mixture approach.

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    Yuan, Ying; Yin, Guosheng

    2011-12-01

    In the estimation of a dose-response curve, parametric models are straightforward and efficient but subject to model misspecifications; nonparametric methods are robust but less efficient. As a compromise, we propose a semiparametric approach that combines the advantages of parametric and nonparametric curve estimates. In a mixture form, our estimator takes a weighted average of the parametric and nonparametric curve estimates, in which a higher weight is assigned to the estimate with a better model fit. When the parametric model assumption holds, the semiparametric curve estimate converges to the parametric estimate and thus achieves high efficiency; when the parametric model is misspecified, the semiparametric estimate converges to the nonparametric estimate and remains consistent. We also consider an adaptive weighting scheme to allow the weight to vary according to the local fit of the models. We conduct extensive simulation studies to investigate the performance of the proposed methods and illustrate them with two real examples.

  18. Improved curve fits to summary survival data: application to economic evaluation of health technologies

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    Henley William

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mean costs and quality-adjusted-life-years are central to the cost-effectiveness of health technologies. They are often calculated from time to event curves such as for overall survival and progression-free survival. Ideally, estimates should be obtained from fitting an appropriate parametric model to individual patient data. However, such data are usually not available to independent researchers. Instead, it is common to fit curves to summary Kaplan-Meier graphs, either by regression or by least squares. Here, a more accurate method of fitting survival curves to summary survival data is described. Methods First, the underlying individual patient data are estimated from the numbers of patients at risk (or other published information and from the Kaplan-Meier graph. The survival curve can then be fit by maximum likelihood estimation or other suitable approach applied to the estimated individual patient data. The accuracy of the proposed method was compared against that of the regression and least squares methods and the use of the actual individual patient data by simulating the survival of patients in many thousands of trials. The cost-effectiveness of sunitinib versus interferon-alpha for metastatic renal cell carcinoma, as recently calculated for NICE in the UK, is reassessed under several methods, including the proposed method. Results Simulation shows that the proposed method gives more accurate curve fits than the traditional methods under realistic scenarios. Furthermore, the proposed method achieves similar bias and mean square error when estimating the mean survival time to that achieved by analysis of the complete underlying individual patient data. The proposed method also naturally yields estimates of the uncertainty in curve fits, which are not available using the traditional methods. The cost-effectiveness of sunitinib versus interferon-alpha is substantially altered when the proposed method is used. Conclusions

  19. Approaches for Constrained Parametric Curve Interpolation

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    ZHANG CaiMing(张彩明); YANG XingQiang(杨兴强); WANG JiaYe(汪嘉业)

    2003-01-01

    The construction of a GC 1 cubic interpolating curve that lies on the same side of agiven straight line as the data points is studied. The main task is to choose appropriate approachesto modify tangent vectors at the data points for the desired curve. Three types of approaches forchanging the magnitudes of the tangent vectors are presented. The first-type approach nodifiesthe tangent vectors by applying a constraint to the curve segment. The second one does the workby optimization techniques. The third one is a modification of the existing method. Three criteriaare presented to compare the three types of approaches with the existing method. The experimentsthat test the effectiveness of the approaches are included.

  20. A New Finite Interval Lifetime Distribution Model for Fitting Bathtub-Shaped Failure Rate Curve

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    Xiaohong Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper raised a new four-parameter fitting model to describe bathtub curve, which is widely used in research on components’ life analysis, then gave explanation of model parameters, and provided parameter estimation method as well as application examples utilizing some well-known lifetime data. By comparative analysis between the new model and some existing bathtub curve fitting model, we can find that the new fitting model is very convenient and its parameters are clear; moreover, this model is of universal applicability which is not only suitable for bathtub-shaped failure rate curves but also applicable for the constant, increasing, and decreasing failure rate curves.

  1. Two Simulated Annealing Optimization Schemas for Rational Bézier Curve Fitting in the Presence of Noise

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    Andrés Iglesias

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Fitting curves to noisy data points is a difficult problem arising in many scientific and industrial domains. Although polynomial functions are usually applied to this task, there are many shapes that cannot be properly fitted by using this approach. In this paper, we tackle this issue by using rational Bézier curves. This is a very difficult problem that requires computing four different sets of unknowns (data parameters, poles, weights, and the curve degree strongly related to each other in a highly nonlinear way. This leads to a difficult continuous nonlinear optimization problem. In this paper, we propose two simulated annealing schemas (the all-in-one schema and the sequential schema to determine the data parameterization and the weights of the poles of the fitting curve. These schemas are combined with least-squares minimization and the Bayesian Information Criterion to calculate the poles and the optimal degree of the best fitting Bézier rational curve, respectively. We apply our methods to a benchmark of three carefully chosen examples of 2D and 3D noisy data points. Our experimental results show that this methodology (particularly, the sequential schema outperforms previous polynomial-based approaches for our data fitting problem, even in the presence of noise of low-medium intensity.

  2. Catmull-Rom Curve Fitting and Interpolation Equations

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    Jerome, Lawrence

    2010-01-01

    Computer graphics and animation experts have been using the Catmull-Rom smooth curve interpolation equations since 1974, but the vector and matrix equations can be derived and simplified using basic algebra, resulting in a simple set of linear equations with constant coefficients. A variety of uses of Catmull-Rom interpolation are demonstrated,…

  3. Catmull-Rom Curve Fitting and Interpolation Equations

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    Jerome, Lawrence

    2010-01-01

    Computer graphics and animation experts have been using the Catmull-Rom smooth curve interpolation equations since 1974, but the vector and matrix equations can be derived and simplified using basic algebra, resulting in a simple set of linear equations with constant coefficients. A variety of uses of Catmull-Rom interpolation are demonstrated,…

  4. Dynamic modeling and analysis of vortex filament motion using a novel curve-fitting method

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    Chang-Joo Kim

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Applications of a novel curve-fitting technique are presented to efficiently predict the motion of the vortex filament, which is trailed from a rigid body such as wings and rotors. The governing equations of the motion, when a Lagrangian approach with the present curve-fitting method is applied, can be transformed into an easily solvable form of the system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations. The applicability of Bézier curves, B-spline, and Lagrange interpolating polynomials is investigated. Local Lagrange interpolating polynomials with a shift operator are proposed as the best selection for applications, since it provides superior system characteristics with minimum computing time, compared to other methods. In addition, the Gauss quadrature formula with local refinement strategy has been developed for an accurate prediction of the induced velocity computed with the line integration of the Biot–Savart law. Rotary-wing problems including a vortex ring problem are analyzed to show the efficiency, accuracy, and flexibility in the applications of the proposed method.

  5. Artificial Neural Networks for Estimating Soil Water Retention Curve Using Fitted and Measured Data

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    Tirzah Moreira de Melo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Artificial neural networks for estimating the soil water retention curve have been developed considering measured data and require a large quantity of soil samples because only retention curve data obtained for the same set of matric potentials can be used. In order to preclude this drawback, we present two ANN models which tested the performance of ANNs trained with fitted water contents data. These models were compared to a recent new ANN approach for predicting water retention curve, the pseudocontinuous pedotransfer functions (PTFs, which is also an attempt to deal with limited data. Additionally, a sensitivity analysis was carried out to verify the influence of each input parameter on each output. Results showed that fitted ANNs provided similar statistical indexes in predicting water contents to those obtained by the pseudocontinuous method. Sensitivity analysis revealed that bulk density and porosity are the most important parameters for predicting water contents in wet regime, whereas sand and clay contents are more significant in drier conditions. The sensitivity analysis for the pseudocontinuous method demonstrated that the natural logarithm of the matric potential became the most important parameter, and the influences of all other inputs were reduced to be not relevant, except the bulk density.

  6. Basic Searching, Interpolating, and Curve-Fitting Algorithms in C++

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    for best-fit equations. Functions for working with periodic equations are included. 15. SUBJECT TERMS interpolate , linear, cubic, hermite, polynomial ...Periodic Interpolations 17 11. Example: Determining Interpolation Performance 18 12. Example: Interpolating in Two Dimensions 19 13. Polynomial ...cubic Hermite spline is a third-degree- polynomial interpolating function that is uniquely determined by 2 endpoint positions ( 0p  and 1p  ) and

  7. Lmfit: Non-Linear Least-Square Minimization and Curve-Fitting for Python

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    Newville, Matthew; Stensitzki, Till; Allen, Daniel B.; Rawlik, Michal; Ingargiola, Antonino; Nelson, Andrew

    2016-06-01

    Lmfit provides a high-level interface to non-linear optimization and curve fitting problems for Python. Lmfit builds on and extends many of the optimization algorithm of scipy.optimize, especially the Levenberg-Marquardt method from optimize.leastsq. Its enhancements to optimization and data fitting problems include using Parameter objects instead of plain floats as variables, the ability to easily change fitting algorithms, and improved estimation of confidence intervals and curve-fitting with the Model class. Lmfit includes many pre-built models for common lineshapes.

  8. A polarimetric study of asteroids: Fitting phase - polarization curves

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    Cellino, A; Gil-Hutton, R; Tanga, P; Canada-Assandri, M; Tedesco, E F

    2015-01-01

    By considering all asteroid linear polarization data available in the literature, it is possible to obtain updated phase - polarization curves for several tens of objects. In a separate paper (Cellino et al., 2015a, MNRAS, 451, 3473) we have produced new calibrations of different relations between the geometric albedo and several polarimetric parameters, based on an analysis of a limited sample of asteroids for which the albedo is known with sufficient accuracy. In this paper, we present the main polarization parameters and corresponding albedos for a larger dataset of asteroids which we did not use for calibration purposes. We find a good agreement between the albedo values computed using different polarization parameters. Conversely, in the case of the so-called Barbarian asteroids the situation is rather unclear. Moreover, we present an updated analysis of the distributions of different polarimetric parameters, including the so-called inversion angle and the solar phase angle corresponding to the extreme v...

  9. A Grid Algorithm for High Throughput Fitting of Dose-Response Curve Data

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    Wang, Yuhong; Jadhav, Ajit; Southal, Noel; Huang, Ruili; Nguyen, Dac-Trung

    2010-01-01

    We describe a novel algorithm, Grid algorithm, and the corresponding computer program for high throughput fitting of dose-response curves that are described by the four-parameter symmetric logistic dose-response model. The Grid algorithm searches through all points in a grid of four dimensions (parameters) and finds the optimum one that corresponds to the best fit. Using simulated dose-response curves, we examined the Grid program’s performance in reproducing the actual values that were used ...

  10. Fitting Nonlinear Curves by use of Optimization Techniques

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    Hill, Scott A.

    2005-01-01

    MULTIVAR is a FORTRAN 77 computer program that fits one of the members of a set of six multivariable mathematical models (five of which are nonlinear) to a multivariable set of data. The inputs to MULTIVAR include the data for the independent and dependent variables plus the user s choice of one of the models, one of the three optimization engines, and convergence criteria. By use of the chosen optimization engine, MULTIVAR finds values for the parameters of the chosen model so as to minimize the sum of squares of the residuals. One of the optimization engines implements a routine, developed in 1982, that utilizes the Broydon-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno (BFGS) variable-metric method for unconstrained minimization in conjunction with a one-dimensional search technique that finds the minimum of an unconstrained function by polynomial interpolation and extrapolation without first finding bounds on the solution. The second optimization engine is a faster and more robust commercially available code, denoted Design Optimization Tool, that also uses the BFGS method. The third optimization engine is a robust and relatively fast routine that implements the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm.

  11. "Asymptotic Parabola" Fits for Smoothing Generally Asymmetric Light Curves

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    Andrych, Kateryna D; Chinarova, Lidia L; Marsakova, Vladyslava I

    2015-01-01

    A computer program is introduced, which allows to determine statistically optimal approxi-mation using the "Asymptotic Parabola" fit, or, in other words, the spline consisting of polynomials of order 1,2,1, or two lines ("asymptotes") connected with a parabola. The function itself and its derivative is continuous. There are 5 parameters: two points, where a line switches to a parabola and vice versa, the slopes of the line and the curvature of the parabola. Extreme cases are either the parabola without lines (i.e.the parabola of width of the whole interval), or lines without a parabola (zero width of the parabola), or "line+parabola" without a second line. Such an approximation is especially effective for pulsating variables, for which the slopes of the ascending and descending branches are generally different, so the maxima and minima have asymmetric shapes. The method was initially introduced by Marsakova and Andronov (1996OAP.....9..127M) and realized as a computer program written in QBasic under DOS. It w...

  12. Fit of different linear models to the lactation curve of Italian water buffalo

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    N.P.P. Macciotta

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Mathematical modelling of lactation curve by suitable functions of time, widely used in the dairy cattle industry, can represent also for buffaloes a fundamental tool for management and breeding decision, where average curves are considered, and for genetic evaluation by random regression models, where individual patterns are fitted.

  13. Cuckoo search with Lévy flights for weighted Bayesian energy functional optimization in global-support curve data fitting.

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    Gálvez, Akemi; Iglesias, Andrés; Cabellos, Luis

    2014-01-01

    The problem of data fitting is very important in many theoretical and applied fields. In this paper, we consider the problem of optimizing a weighted Bayesian energy functional for data fitting by using global-support approximating curves. By global-support curves we mean curves expressed as a linear combination of basis functions whose support is the whole domain of the problem, as opposed to other common approaches in CAD/CAM and computer graphics driven by piecewise functions (such as B-splines and NURBS) that provide local control of the shape of the curve. Our method applies a powerful nature-inspired metaheuristic algorithm called cuckoo search, introduced recently to solve optimization problems. A major advantage of this method is its simplicity: cuckoo search requires only two parameters, many fewer than other metaheuristic approaches, so the parameter tuning becomes a very simple task. The paper shows that this new approach can be successfully used to solve our optimization problem. To check the performance of our approach, it has been applied to five illustrative examples of different types, including open and closed 2D and 3D curves that exhibit challenging features, such as cusps and self-intersections. Our results show that the method performs pretty well, being able to solve our minimization problem in an astonishingly straightforward way.

  14. Potential errors when fitting experience curves by means of spreadsheet software

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    Van Sark, W.G.J.H.M.; Alsema, E.A. [Department of Science, Technology and Society, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2010-11-15

    Progress ratios (PRs) are widely used in forecasting development of many technologies; they are derived from historical data represented in experience curves. Fitting the double logarithmic graphs is easily done with spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel, by adding a trend line to the graph. However, it is unknown to many that these data are transformed to linear data before a fit is performed. This leads to erroneous results or a transformation bias in the PR, as we demonstrate using the experience curve for photovoltaic technology: logarithmic transformation leads to overestimates of progress ratios and underestimates of goodness of fit. Therefore, other graphing and analysis software is recommended. (author)

  15. Potential errors when fitting experience curves by means of spreadsheet software

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    Sark, W.G.J.H.M. van, E-mail: w.g.j.h.m.vansark@uu.n [Department of Science, Technology and Society, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS Utrecht (Netherlands); Alsema, E.A. [Department of Science, Technology and Society, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2010-11-15

    Progress ratios (PRs) are widely used in forecasting development of many technologies; they are derived from historical data represented in experience curves. Fitting the double logarithmic graphs is easily done with spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel, by adding a trend line to the graph. However, it is unknown to many that these data are transformed to linear data before a fit is performed. This leads to erroneous results or a transformation bias in the PR, as we demonstrate using the experience curve for photovoltaic technology: logarithmic transformation leads to overestimates of progress ratios and underestimates of goodness of fit. Therefore, other graphing and analysis software is recommended.

  16. A new approach to curved projective superspace

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    Butter, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    We present a new formulation of curved projective superspace. The 4D N=2 supermanifold M^{4|8} (four bosonic and eight Grassmann coordinates) is extended by an auxiliary SU(2) manifold, which involves introducing a vielbein and related connections on the full M^{7|8} = M^{4|8} x SU(2). Constraints are chosen so that it is always possible to return to the central gauge where the auxiliary SU(2) manifold largely decouples from the curved manifold M^{4|8} describing 4D N=2 conformal supergravity. We introduce the relevant projective superspace action principle in the analytic subspace of M^{7|8} and construct its component reduction in terms of a five-form J living on M^4 x C, with C a contour in SU(2). This approach is inspired by and generalizes the original approach taken in arXiv:0805.4683 and related works, which can be identified with a complexified version of the central gauge of the formulation presented here.

  17. Identifying ambiguous prostate gland contours from histology using capsule shape information and least squares curve fitting

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    Hussein, Rania [DigiPen Institute of Technology, Department of Computer Engineering, Redmond, WA (United States); McKenzie, Frederic D. [Old Dominion University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Norfolk, VA (United States)

    2007-12-15

    To obtain an accurate assessment of the percentage and depth of extra-capsular soft tissue removed with the prostate by the various surgical techniques in order to help surgeons in determining the appropriateness of different surgical approaches. This can be enhanced by an accurate and automated means of identifying the prostate gland contour. To facilitate 3D reconstruction and, ultimately, more accurate analyses, it is essential for us to identify the capsule boundary that separates the prostate gland tissue from its extra-capsular tissue. However, the capsule is sometimes unrecognizable due to the naturally occurring intrusion of muscle and connective tissue into the prostate gland. At these regions where the capsule disappears, its contour can be arbitrarily created with a continuing contour line based on the natural shape of the prostate. We utilize an algorithm based on a least squares curve fitting technique that uses a prostate shape equation to merge previously detected capsule parts with the shape equation to produce an approximated curve that represents the prostate capsule. We have tested our algorithm using three different shapes on 13 histologic prostate slices that are cut at different locations from the apex. The best result shows a 90% average contour match when compared to pathologist-drawn contours. We believe that automatically identifying histologic prostate contours will lead to increased objective analyses of surgical margins and extracapsular spread of cancer. Our results show that this is achievable. (orig.)

  18. Automatic Curve Fitting Based on Radial Basis Functions and a Hierarchical Genetic Algorithm

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    G. Trejo-Caballero

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Curve fitting is a very challenging problem that arises in a wide variety of scientific and engineering applications. Given a set of data points, possibly noisy, the goal is to build a compact representation of the curve that corresponds to the best estimate of the unknown underlying relationship between two variables. Despite the large number of methods available to tackle this problem, it remains challenging and elusive. In this paper, a new method to tackle such problem using strictly a linear combination of radial basis functions (RBFs is proposed. To be more specific, we divide the parameter search space into linear and nonlinear parameter subspaces. We use a hierarchical genetic algorithm (HGA to minimize a model selection criterion, which allows us to automatically and simultaneously determine the nonlinear parameters and then, by the least-squares method through Singular Value Decomposition method, to compute the linear parameters. The method is fully automatic and does not require subjective parameters, for example, smooth factor or centre locations, to perform the solution. In order to validate the efficacy of our approach, we perform an experimental study with several tests on benchmarks smooth functions. A comparative analysis with two successful methods based on RBF networks has been included.

  19. A QUMOND galactic N-body code I: Poisson solver and rotation curve fitting

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    Angus, Garry W; Famaey, Benoit; Gentile, Gianfranco; McGaugh, Stacy S; de Blok, W J G

    2012-01-01

    Here we present a new particle-mesh galactic N-body code that uses the full multigrid algorithm for solving the modified Poisson equation of the Quasi Linear formulation of Modified Newtonian Dynamics (QUMOND). A novel approach for handling the boundary conditions using a refinement strategy is implemented and the accuracy of the code is compared with analytical solutions of Kuzmin disks. We then employ the code to compute the predicted rotation curves for a sample of five spiral galaxies from the THINGS sample. We generated static N-body realisations of the galaxies according to their stellar and gaseous surface densities and allowed their distances, mass-to-light ratios (M/L) and both the stellar and gas scale-heights to vary in order to estimate the best fit parameters. We found that NGC 3621, NGC 3521 and DDO 154 are well fit by MOND using expected values of the distance and M/L. NGC 2403 required a moderately larger $M/L$ than expected and NGC 2903 required a substantially larger value. The surprising re...

  20. Combining optimization methods with response spectra curve-fitting toward improved damping ratio estimation

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    Brewick, Patrick T.; Smyth, Andrew W.

    2016-12-01

    The authors have previously shown that many traditional approaches to operational modal analysis (OMA) struggle to properly identify the modal damping ratios for bridges under traffic loading due to the interference caused by the driving frequencies of the traffic loads. This paper presents a novel methodology for modal parameter estimation in OMA that overcomes the problems presented by driving frequencies and significantly improves the damping estimates. This methodology is based on finding the power spectral density (PSD) of a given modal coordinate, and then dividing the modal PSD into separate regions, left- and right-side spectra. The modal coordinates were found using a blind source separation (BSS) algorithm and a curve-fitting technique was developed that uses optimization to find the modal parameters that best fit each side spectra of the PSD. Specifically, a pattern-search optimization method was combined with a clustering analysis algorithm and together they were employed in a series of stages in order to improve the estimates of the modal damping ratios. This method was used to estimate the damping ratios from a simulated bridge model subjected to moving traffic loads. The results of this method were compared to other established OMA methods, such as Frequency Domain Decomposition (FDD) and BSS methods, and they were found to be more accurate and more reliable, even for modes that had their PSDs distorted or altered by driving frequencies.

  1. A grid algorithm for high throughput fitting of dose-response curve data.

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    Wang, Yuhong; Jadhav, Ajit; Southal, Noel; Huang, Ruili; Nguyen, Dac-Trung

    2010-10-21

    We describe a novel algorithm, Grid algorithm, and the corresponding computer program for high throughput fitting of dose-response curves that are described by the four-parameter symmetric logistic dose-response model. The Grid algorithm searches through all points in a grid of four dimensions (parameters) and finds the optimum one that corresponds to the best fit. Using simulated dose-response curves, we examined the Grid program's performance in reproducing the actual values that were used to generate the simulated data and compared it with the DRC package for the language and environment R and the XLfit add-in for Microsoft Excel. The Grid program was robust and consistently recovered the actual values for both complete and partial curves with or without noise. Both DRC and XLfit performed well on data without noise, but they were sensitive to and their performance degraded rapidly with increasing noise. The Grid program is automated and scalable to millions of dose-response curves, and it is able to process 100,000 dose-response curves from high throughput screening experiment per CPU hour. The Grid program has the potential of greatly increasing the productivity of large-scale dose-response data analysis and early drug discovery processes, and it is also applicable to many other curve fitting problems in chemical, biological, and medical sciences.

  2. Note: curve fit models for atomic force microscopy cantilever calibration in water.

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    Kennedy, Scott J; Cole, Daniel G; Clark, Robert L

    2011-11-01

    Atomic force microscopy stiffness calibrations performed on commercial instruments using the thermal noise method on the same cantilever in both air and water can vary by as much as 20% when a simple harmonic oscillator model and white noise are used in curve fitting. In this note, several fitting strategies are described that reduce this difference to about 11%. © 2011 American Institute of Physics

  3. Cuckoo Search with Lévy Flights for Weighted Bayesian Energy Functional Optimization in Global-Support Curve Data Fitting

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    Akemi Gálvez

    2014-01-01

    for data fitting by using global-support approximating curves. By global-support curves we mean curves expressed as a linear combination of basis functions whose support is the whole domain of the problem, as opposed to other common approaches in CAD/CAM and computer graphics driven by piecewise functions (such as B-splines and NURBS that provide local control of the shape of the curve. Our method applies a powerful nature-inspired metaheuristic algorithm called cuckoo search, introduced recently to solve optimization problems. A major advantage of this method is its simplicity: cuckoo search requires only two parameters, many fewer than other metaheuristic approaches, so the parameter tuning becomes a very simple task. The paper shows that this new approach can be successfully used to solve our optimization problem. To check the performance of our approach, it has been applied to five illustrative examples of different types, including open and closed 2D and 3D curves that exhibit challenging features, such as cusps and self-intersections. Our results show that the method performs pretty well, being able to solve our minimization problem in an astonishingly straightforward way.

  4. Implementation of a goodness-of-fit test for finding optimal concurrent radio and {\\gamma}-ray pulsar light curves

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    Seyffert, A S; Harding, A K; Allison, J; Schutte, W D

    2016-01-01

    Since the launch of the Fermi Large Area Telescope in 2008 the number of known ${\\gamma}$-ray pulsars has increased immensely to over 200, many of which are also visible in the radio and X-ray bands. Seyffert et al. (2011) demonstrated how constraints on the viewing geometries of some of these pulsars could be obtained by comparing their observed radio and ${\\gamma}$-ray light curves by eye to light curves from geometric models. While these constraints compare reasonably well with those yielded by more rigorous single-wavelength approaches, they are still a somewhat subjective representation of how well the models reproduce the observed radio and ${\\gamma}$-ray light curves. Constructing a more rigorous approach is, however, made difficult by the large uncertainties associated with the ${\\gamma}$-ray light curves as compared to those associated with the radio light curves. Naively applying a ${\\chi}^{2}$-like goodness-of-fit test to both bands invariably results in constraints dictated by the radio light curv...

  5. On Fitting Nonlinear Latent Curve Models to Multiple Variables Measured Longitudinally

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    Blozis, Shelley A.

    2007-01-01

    This article shows how nonlinear latent curve models may be fitted for simultaneous analysis of multiple variables measured longitudinally using Mx statistical software. Longitudinal studies often involve observation of several variables across time with interest in the associations between change characteristics of different variables measured…

  6. Potential errors when fitting experience curves by means of spreadsheet software

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    van Sark, W.G.J.H.M.; Alsema, E.A.

    2010-01-01

    Progress ratios (PRs) are widely used in forecasting development of many technologies; they are derived from historical data represented in experience curves. Fitting the double logarithmic graphs is easily done with spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel, by adding a trend line to the graph. How

  7. NON-STATIONARY SIGNAL DENOISING USING TIME-FREQUENCY CURVE SURFACE FITTING

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    2007-01-01

    Based on the theory of adaptive time-frequency decomposition and Time-Frequency Distribution Series (TFDS), this paper presents a novel denoising method for non-stationary signal. According to the input signal features, an appropriate kind of elementary functions with great concentration in the Time-Frequency (TF) plane is selected. Then the input signal is decomposed into a linear combination of these functions. The elementary function parameters are determined by using elementary function TF curve surface to fit the input signal's TFDS. The process of curved surface fitting corresponds to the signal structure matching process. The input signal's dominating component whose structure has the resemblance with elementary function is fitted out firstly. Repeating the fitting process, the residue can be regarded as noises, which are greatly different from the function. Selecting the functions fitted out initially for reconstruction, the denoised signal is obtained. The performance of the proposed method is assessed by means of several tests on an emulated signal and a gearbox vibrating signal.

  8. A novel graph computation technique for multi-dimensional curve fitting

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    Motlagh, O.; Tang, S. H.; Maslan, M. N.; Azni Jafar, Fairul; Aziz, Maslita A.

    2013-06-01

    Curve-fitting problems are widely solved using numerical and soft techniques. In particular, artificial neural networks (ANN) are used to approximate arbitrary input-output relationships in the form of tuned edge weights. Moreover, using semantic networks such as fuzzy cognitive map (FCM), single graph nodes could be directly associated with their actual grey scales rather than binary values as in ANN. This article examines a novel methodology for automatic construction of FCMs for function approximation. The main contribution is the introduction of nested-FCM structure for multi-variable curve fitting. There are step-by-step example cases along with the obtained results to serve as a guide to the new methods being introduced. It is shown that nested FCM derives relationship models of multiple variables using any conventional weight training technique with minimal computation effort. Issues about computational cost and accuracy are also discussed along with future direction of the research.

  9. The Predicting Model of E-commerce Site Based on the Ideas of Curve Fitting

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    Tao, Zhang; Li, Zhang; Dingjun, Chen

    On the basis of the idea of the second multiplication curve fitting, the number and scale of Chinese E-commerce site is analyzed. A preventing increase model is introduced in this paper, and the model parameters are solved by the software of Matlab. The validity of the preventing increase model is confirmed though the numerical experiment. The experimental results show that the precision of preventing increase model is ideal.

  10. Constructing iterative non-uniform B-spline curve and surface to fit data points

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    LIN Hongwei; WANG Guojin; DONG Chenshi

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, based on the idea of profit and loss modification, we present the iterative non-uniform B-spline curve and surface to settle a key problem in computer aided geometric design and reverse engineering, that is, constructing the curve (surface)fitting (interpolating) a given ordered point set without solving a linear system. We start with a piece of initial non-uniform B-spline curve (surface) which takes the given point set as its control point set. Then by adjusting its control points gradually with iterative formula,we can get a group of non-uniform B-spline curves (surfaces) with gradually higher precision. In this paper, using modern matrix theory, we strictly prove that the limit curve (surface) of the iteration interpolates the given point set. The non-uniform B-spline curves (surfaces) generated with the iteration have many advantages, such as satisfying the NURBS standard, having explicit expression, gaining locality, and convexity preserving,etc.

  11. Kinetic substrate quantification by fitting the enzyme reaction curve to the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation.

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    Liao, Fei; Tian, Kao-Cong; Yang, Xiao; Zhou, Qi-Xin; Zeng, Zhao-Chun; Zuo, Yu-Ping

    2003-03-01

    The reliability of kinetic substrate quantification by nonlinear fitting of the enzyme reaction curve to the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation was investigated by both simulation and preliminary experimentation. For simulation, product absorptivity epsilon was 3.00 mmol(-1) L cm(-1) and K(m) was 0.10 mmol L(-1), and uniform absorbance error sigma was randomly inserted into the error-free reaction curve of product absorbance A(i) versus reaction time t(i) calculated according to the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation. The experimental reaction curve of arylesterase acting on phenyl acetate was monitored by phenol absorbance at 270 nm. Maximal product absorbance A(m) was predicted by nonlinear fitting of the reaction curve to Eq. (1) with K(m) as constant. There were unique A(m) for best fitting of both the simulated and experimental reaction curves. Neither the error in reaction origin nor the variation of enzyme activity changed the background-corrected value of A(m). But the range of data under analysis, the background absorbance, and absorbance error sigma had an effect. By simulation, A(m) from 0.150 to 3.600 was predicted with reliability and linear response to substrate concentration when there was 80% consumption of substrate at sigma of 0.001. Restriction of absorbance to 0.700 enabled A(m) up to 1.800 to be predicted at sigma of 0.001. Detection limit reached A(m) of 0.090 at sigma of 0.001. By experimentation, the reproducibility was 4.6% at substrate concentration twice the K(m), and A(m) linearly responded to phenyl acetate with consistent absorptivity for phenol, and upper limit about twice the maximum of experimental absorbance. These results supported the reliability of this new kinetic method for enzymatic analysis with enhanced upper limit and precision.

  12. The Sequential Empirical Bayes Method: An Adaptive Constrained-Curve Fitting Algorithm for Lattice QCD

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    Ying Chen; Shao-Jing Dong; Terrence Draper; Ivan Horvath; Keh-Fei Liu; Nilmani Mathur; Sonali Tamhankar; Cidambi Srinivasan; Frank X. Lee; Jianbo Zhang

    2004-05-01

    We introduce the ''Sequential Empirical Bayes Method'', an adaptive constrained-curve fitting procedure for extracting reliable priors. These are then used in standard augmented-{chi}{sup 2} fits on separate data. This better stabilizes fits to lattice QCD overlap-fermion data at very low quark mass where a priori values are not otherwise known. Lessons learned (including caveats limiting the scope of the method) from studying artificial data are presented. As an illustration, from local-local two-point correlation functions, we obtain masses and spectral weights for ground and first-excited states of the pion, give preliminary fits for the a{sub 0} where ghost states (a quenched artifact) must be dealt with, and elaborate on the details of fits of the Roper resonance and S{sub 11}(N{sup 1/2-}) previously presented elsewhere. The data are from overlap fermions on a quenched 16{sup 3} x 28 lattice with spatial size La = 3.2 fm and pion mass as low as {approx}180 MeV.

  13. Rotation curve fitting and its fatal attraction to cores in realistically simulated galaxy observations

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    Pineda, Juan C B; Springel, Volker; de Oliveira, Claudia Mendes

    2016-01-01

    We study the role of systematic effects in observational studies of the core/cusp problem under the minimum disc approximation using a suite of high-resolution (25-pc softening length) hydrodynamical simulations of dwarf galaxies. We mimic kinematical observations in a realistic manner at different distances and inclinations, and fit the resulting rotation curves with two analytical models commonly used to differentiate cores from cusps in the dark matter distribution. We find that the cored pseudo-isothermal sphere (P-ISO) model is often strongly favoured by the reduced $\\chi^2_\

  14. [Aging Process of Puer Black Tea Studied by FTIR Spectroscopy Combined with Curve-Fitting Analysis].

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    Li, Dong-yu; Shi, You-ming; Yi, Shi Lai

    2015-07-01

    For better determination of the chemical components in the Puer black tea, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used for obtaining vibrational spectra of Puer black tea at different aging time. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra indicated that the chemical components had change in Puer black tea at different aging time. The leaf of Puer black tea was a complex system, its Fourier transform infrared spectrum showed a total overlap of each absorption spectrum of various components. Each band represented an overall overlap of some characteristic absorption peaks of functional groups in the Puer black tea. In order to explore the change of characteristic absorption peaks of functional groups with aging time, the prediction positions and the number of second peaks in the range of 1900-900 cm(-1) were determined by Fourier self-deconvolution at first, and later the curve fitting analysis was performed in this overlap band. At different aging time of Puer black tea, the wave number of second peaks of amide II, tea polyphenol, pectin and polysaccharides at overlap band were assigned by curve fitting analysis. The second peak at 1520 cm(-1) was characteristic absorption band of amide II, the second peaks of tea polyphenol and pectin appeared at 1278 and 1103 cm(-1) respectively. Two second peaks at 1063 and 1037 cm(-1), corresponds mainly to glucomannan and arabinan. The relative area of these second peaks could be indicated the content of protein, tea polyphenol, pectin and polysaccharides in the Puer black tea. The results of curve fitting analysis showed that the relative area of amide II was increasing first and then decreasing, it indicated the change of protein in Puer black tea. At the same time, the content of tea polyphenol and pectin were decreased with the increase of aging time, but the glucomannan and arabinan were increased in reverse. It explained that the bitter taste was become weak and a sweet taste appeared in the tea with the increase of

  15. Inclusive fitness maximization: An axiomatic approach.

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    Okasha, Samir; Weymark, John A; Bossert, Walter

    2014-06-07

    Kin selection theorists argue that evolution in social contexts will lead organisms to behave as if maximizing their inclusive, as opposed to personal, fitness. The inclusive fitness concept allows biologists to treat organisms as akin to rational agents seeking to maximize a utility function. Here we develop this idea and place it on a firm footing by employing a standard decision-theoretic methodology. We show how the principle of inclusive fitness maximization and a related principle of quasi-inclusive fitness maximization can be derived from axioms on an individual׳s 'as if preferences' (binary choices) for the case in which phenotypic effects are additive. Our results help integrate evolutionary theory and rational choice theory, help draw out the behavioural implications of inclusive fitness maximization, and point to a possible way in which evolution could lead organisms to implement it. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. A novel curve fitting method for AV optimisation of biventricular pacemakers.

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    Dehbi, Hakim-Moulay; Jones, Siana; Sohaib, S M Afzal; Finegold, Judith A; Siggers, Jennifer H; Stegemann, Berthold; Whinnett, Zachary I; Francis, Darrel P

    2015-09-01

    In this study, we designed and tested a new algorithm, which we call the 'restricted parabola', to identify the optimum atrioventricular (AV) delay in patients with biventricular pacemakers. This algorithm automatically restricts the hemodynamic data used for curve fitting to the parabolic zone in order to avoid inadvertently selecting an AV optimum that is too long.We used R, a programming language and software environment for statistical computing, to create an algorithm which applies multiple different cut-offs to partition curve fitting of a dataset into a parabolic and a plateau region and then selects the best cut-off using a least squares method. In 82 patients, AV delay was adjusted and beat-to-beat systolic blood pressure (SBP) was measured non-invasively using our multiple-repetition protocol. The novel algorithm was compared to fitting a parabola across the whole dataset to identify how many patients had a plateau region, and whether a higher hemodynamic response was achieved with one method.In 9/82 patients, the restricted parabola algorithm detected that the pattern was not parabolic at longer AV delays. For these patients, the optimal AV delay predicted by the restricted parabola algorithm increased SBP by 1.36 mmHg above that predicted by the conventional parabolic algorithm (95% confidence interval: 0.65 to 2.07 mmHg, p-value = 0.002).AV optima selected using our novel restricted parabola algorithm give a greater improvement in acute hemodynamics than fitting a parabola across all tested AV delays. Such an algorithm may assist the development of automated methods for biventricular pacemaker optimisation.

  17. Prediction of Pressing Quality for Press-Fit Assembly Based on Press-Fit Curve and Maximum Press-Mounting Force

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    Bo You

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to predict pressing quality of precision press-fit assembly, press-fit curves and maximum press-mounting force of press-fit assemblies were investigated by finite element analysis (FEA. The analysis was based on a 3D Solidworks model using the real dimensions of the microparts and the subsequent FEA model that was built using ANSYS Workbench. The press-fit process could thus be simulated on the basis of static structure analysis. To verify the FEA results, experiments were carried out using a press-mounting apparatus. The results show that the press-fit curves obtained by FEA agree closely with the curves obtained using the experimental method. In addition, the maximum press-mounting force calculated by FEA agrees with that obtained by the experimental method, with the maximum deviation being 4.6%, a value that can be tolerated. The comparison shows that the press-fit curve and max press-mounting force calculated by FEA can be used for predicting the pressing quality during precision press-fit assembly.

  18. A PID Positioning Controller with a Curve Fitting Model Based on RFID Technology

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    Young-Long Chen

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The global positioning system (GPS is an important research topic to solve outdoor positioning problems, but GPS is unable to locate objects accurately and precisely indoors. Some available systems apply ultrasound or optical tracking. This paper presents an efficient proportional-integral-derivative (PID controller with curve fitting model for mobile robot localization and position estimation which adopts passive radio frequency identification (RFID tags in a space. This scheme is based on a mobile robot carries an RFID reader module which reads the installed low-cost passive tags under the floor in a grid-like pattern. The PID controllers increase the efficiency of captured RFID tags and the curve fitting model is used to systematically identify the revolutions per minute (RPM of the motor. We control and monitor the position of the robot from a remote location through a mobile phone via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth network. Experiment results present that the number of captured RFID tags of our proposed scheme outperforms that of the previous scheme.

  19. The Application of Curve Fitting on the Voltammograms of Various Isoforms of Metallothioneins–Metal Complexes

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    Miguel Angel Merlos Rodrigo

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The translation of metallothioneins (MTs is one of the defense strategies by which organisms protect themselves from metal-induced toxicity. MTs belong to a family of proteins comprising MT-1, MT-2, MT-3, and MT-4 classes, with multiple isoforms within each class. The main aim of this study was to determine the behavior of MT in dependence on various externally modelled environments, using electrochemistry. In our study, the mass distribution of MTs was characterized using MALDI-TOF. After that, adsorptive transfer stripping technique with differential pulse voltammetry was selected for optimization of electrochemical detection of MTs with regard to accumulation time and pH effects. Our results show that utilization of 0.5 M NaCl, pH 6.4, as the supporting electrolyte provides a highly complicated fingerprint, showing a number of non-resolved voltammograms. Hence, we further resolved the voltammograms exhibiting the broad and overlapping signals using curve fitting. The separated signals were assigned to the electrochemical responses of several MT complexes with zinc(II, cadmium(II, and copper(II, respectively. Our results show that electrochemistry could serve as a great tool for metalloproteomic applications to determine the ratio of metal ion bonds within the target protein structure, however, it provides highly complicated signals, which require further resolution using a proper statistical method, such as curve fitting.

  20. A PID Positioning Controller with a Curve Fitting Model Based on RFID Technology

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    Young-Long Chen

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The global positioning system (GPS is an important research topic to solve outdoor positioning problems, but GPSis unable to locate objects accurately and precisely indoors. Some available systems apply ultrasound or opticaltracking. This paper presents an efficient proportional-integral-derivative (PID controller with curve fitting model formobile robot localization and position estimation which adopts passive radio frequency identification (RFID tags ina space. This scheme is based on a mobile robot carries an RFID reader module which reads the installed low-costpassive tags under the floor in a grid-like pattern. The PID controllers increase the efficiency of captured RFID tagsand the curve fitting model is used to systematically identify the revolutions per minute (RPM of the motor. Wecontrol and monitor the position of the robot from a remote location through a mobile phone via Wi-Fi and Bluetoothnetwork. Experiment results present that the number of captured RFID tags of our proposed scheme outperformsthat of the previous scheme.

  1. The Application of Curve Fitting on the Voltammograms of Various Isoforms of Metallothioneins–Metal Complexes

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    Merlos Rodrigo, Miguel Angel; Molina-López, Jorge; Jimenez Jimenez, Ana Maria; Planells Del Pozo, Elena; Adam, Pavlina; Eckschlager, Tomas; Zitka, Ondrej; Richtera, Lukas; Adam, Vojtech

    2017-01-01

    The translation of metallothioneins (MTs) is one of the defense strategies by which organisms protect themselves from metal-induced toxicity. MTs belong to a family of proteins comprising MT-1, MT-2, MT-3, and MT-4 classes, with multiple isoforms within each class. The main aim of this study was to determine the behavior of MT in dependence on various externally modelled environments, using electrochemistry. In our study, the mass distribution of MTs was characterized using MALDI-TOF. After that, adsorptive transfer stripping technique with differential pulse voltammetry was selected for optimization of electrochemical detection of MTs with regard to accumulation time and pH effects. Our results show that utilization of 0.5 M NaCl, pH 6.4, as the supporting electrolyte provides a highly complicated fingerprint, showing a number of non-resolved voltammograms. Hence, we further resolved the voltammograms exhibiting the broad and overlapping signals using curve fitting. The separated signals were assigned to the electrochemical responses of several MT complexes with zinc(II), cadmium(II), and copper(II), respectively. Our results show that electrochemistry could serve as a great tool for metalloproteomic applications to determine the ratio of metal ion bonds within the target protein structure, however, it provides highly complicated signals, which require further resolution using a proper statistical method, such as curve fitting. PMID:28287470

  2. SiFTO: An Empirical Method for Fitting SNe Ia Light Curves

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    Conley, A; Hsiao, E Y; Guy, J; Astier, Pierre; Balam, D; Balland, C; Basa, S; Carlberg, R G; Fouchez, D; Hardin, D; Howell, D A; Hook, I M; Pain, R; Perrett, K; Pritchet, C J; Regnault, N

    2008-01-01

    We present SiFTO, a new empirical method for modeling type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) light curves by manipulating a spectral template. We make use of high-redshift SN observations when training the model, allowing us to extend it bluer than rest frame U. This increases the utility of our high-redshift SN observations by allowing us to use more of the available data. We find that when the shape of the light curve is described using a stretch prescription, applying the same stretch at all wavelengths is not an adequate description. SiFTO therefore uses a generalization of stretch which applies different stretch factors as a function of both the wavelength of the observed filter and the stretch in the rest-frame B band. We compare SiFTO to other published light-curve models by applying them to the same set of SN photometry, and demonstrate that SiFTO and SALT2 perform better than the alternatives when judged by the scatter around the best fit luminosity distance relationship. We further demonstrate that when SiFTO ...

  3. A sigmoidal fit for pressure-volume curves of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients on mechanical ventilation: clinical implications

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    Juliana C. Ferreira

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Respiratory pressure-volume curves fitted to exponential equations have been used to assess disease severity and prognosis in spontaneously breathing patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Sigmoidal equations have been used to fit pressure-volume curves for mechanically ventilated patients but not for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients. We compared a sigmoidal model and an exponential model to fit pressure-volume curves from mechanically ventilated patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. METHODS: Six idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients and five controls underwent inflation pressure-volume curves using the constant-flow technique during general anesthesia prior to open lung biopsy or thymectomy. We identified the lower and upper inflection points and fit the curves with an exponential equation, V = A-B.e-k.P, and a sigmoid equation, V = a+b/(1+e-(P-c/d. RESULTS: The mean lower inflection point for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients was significantly higher (10.5 ± 5.7 cm H2O than that of controls (3.6 ± 2.4 cm H2O. The sigmoidal equation fit the pressure-volume curves of the fibrotic and control patients well, but the exponential equation fit the data well only when points below 50% of the inspiratory capacity were excluded. CONCLUSION: The elevated lower inflection point and the sigmoidal shape of the pressure-volume curves suggest that respiratory system compliance is decreased close to end-expiratory lung volume in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients under general anesthesia and mechanical ventilation. The sigmoidal fit was superior to the exponential fit for inflation pressure-volume curves of anesthetized patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and could be useful for guiding mechanical ventilation during general anesthesia in this condition.

  4. A person-environment fit approach to volunteerism : Volunteer personality fit and culture fit as predictors of affective outcomes

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    Van Vianen, Annelies E. M.; Nijstad, Bernard A.; Voskuijl, Olga F.

    2008-01-01

    This study employed a person-environment (P-E) fit approach to explaining volunteer satisfaction, affective commitment, and turnover intentions. It was hypothesized that personality fit would explain additional variance in volunteer affective outcomes above and beyond motives to volunteer. This hypo

  5. Bayesian fitting of a logistic dose-response curve with numerically derived priors.

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    Huson, L W; Kinnersley, N

    2009-01-01

    In this report we describe the Bayesian analysis of a logistic dose-response curve in a Phase I study, and we present two simple and intuitive numerical approaches to construction of prior probability distributions for the model parameters. We combine these priors with the expert prior opinion and compare the results of the analyses with those obtained from the use of alternative prior formulations.

  6. High-resolution fiber optic temperature sensors using nonlinear spectral curve fitting technique

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    Su, Z. H.; Gan, J.; Yu, Q. K.; Zhang, Q. H.; Liu, Z. H.; Bao, J. M.

    2013-04-01

    A generic new data processing method is developed to accurately calculate the absolute optical path difference of a low-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity from its broadband interference fringes. The method combines Fast Fourier Transformation with nonlinear curve fitting of the entire spectrum. Modular functions of LabVIEW are employed for fast implementation of the data processing algorithm. The advantages of this technique are demonstrated through high performance fiber optic temperature sensors consisting of an infrared superluminescent diode and an infrared spectrometer. A high resolution of 0.01 °C is achieved over a large dynamic range from room temperature to 800 °C, limited only by the silica fiber used for the sensor.

  7. SHOWING THE THYRISTOR AND TRIAC HARMONICS IN 3D SPACE AND CURVE FITTING TO THD

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    Ahmet ALTINTAŞ

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available The switching equipment, like thyristors and triacs, are widely used power electronics. Also, they have nonlinear load characteristics and produce effective harmonics. In order to compensate harmonic currents of nonlinear loads, THD value and the amplitude of harmonics produced from loads at the working conditions should be known. Also, this process is only possible with harmonic analysis. Harmonic analysis is expensive process because of demanding special equipment. In this study, by expressing harmonics, produced thyristor and triac with different load and firing angle, in 3D space, a new viewing point to show harmonic analysis was presented; with curve fitting to the THD values at the each firing angle, polynomials were obtained; by doing so, THD values will be directly found without harmonic analysis.

  8. From curve fitting to machine learning an illustrative guide to scientific data analysis and computational intelligence

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    Zielesny, Achim

    2016-01-01

    This successful book provides in its second edition an interactive and illustrative guide from two-dimensional curve fitting to multidimensional clustering and machine learning with neural networks or support vector machines. Along the way topics like mathematical optimization or evolutionary algorithms are touched. All concepts and ideas are outlined in a clear cut manner with graphically depicted plausibility arguments and a little elementary mathematics. The major topics are extensively outlined with exploratory examples and applications. The primary goal is to be as illustrative as possible without hiding problems and pitfalls but to address them. The character of an illustrative cookbook is complemented with specific sections that address more fundamental questions like the relation between machine learning and human intelligence. All topics are completely demonstrated with the computing platform Mathematica and the Computational Intelligence Packages (CIP), a high-level function library developed with M...

  9. A curve fitting method for extrinsic camera calibration from a single image of a cylindrical object

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    Winkler, A. W.; Zagar, B. G.

    2013-08-01

    An important step in the process of optical steel coil quality assurance is to measure the proportions of width and radius of steel coils as well as the relative position and orientation of the camera. This work attempts to estimate these extrinsic parameters from single images by using the cylindrical coil itself as the calibration target. Therefore, an adaptive least-squares algorithm is applied to fit parametrized curves to the detected true coil outline in the acquisition. The employed model allows for strictly separating the intrinsic and the extrinsic parameters. Thus, the intrinsic camera parameters can be calibrated beforehand using available calibration software. Furthermore, a way to segment the true coil outline in the acquired images is motivated. The proposed optimization method yields highly accurate results and can be generalized even to measure other solids which cannot be characterized by the identification of simple geometric primitives.

  10. The use of the Levenberg-Marquardt curve-fitting algorithm in pharmacokinetic modelling of DCE-MRI data.

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    Ahearn, T S; Staff, R T; Redpath, T W; Semple, S I K

    2005-05-07

    The use of curve-fitting and compartmental modelling for calculating physiological parameters from measured data has increased in popularity in recent years. Finding the 'best fit' of a model to data involves the minimization of a merit function. An example of a merit function is the sum of the squares of the differences between the data points and the model estimated points. This is facilitated by curve-fitting algorithms. Two curve-fitting methods, Levenberg-Marquardt and MINPACK-1, are investigated with respect to the search start points that they require and the accuracy of the returned fits. We have simulated one million dynamic contrast enhanced MRI curves using a range of parameters and investigated the use of single and multiple search starting points. We found that both algorithms, when used with a single starting point, return unreliable fits. When multiple start points are used, we found that both algorithms returned reliable parameters. However the MINPACK-1 method generally outperformed the Levenberg-Marquardt method. We conclude that the use of a single starting point when fitting compartmental modelling data such as this produces unsafe results and we recommend the use of multiple start points in order to find the global minima.

  11. Review of curve-fitting error criteria for solar-cell I-V characteristics

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    Phang, J.C.H.; Chan, D.S.H.

    1986-07-01

    Various methods for recovering solar cell lumped-circuit model parameters from experimental characteristics are briefly reviewed. The advantages of extracting parameters from illuminated characteristics are highlighted. These include the availability of accurate analytical expressions developed recently. A commonly used method of parameter recovery by curve fitting minimises sigma which is defined as the r.m.s. of the relative current errors between the experimental and theoretical characteristics. This method is demonstrated to be unreliable when used with characteristics collected by linear analogue to digital systems, or which have certain data-point distributions. A more-reliable minimisation criterion epsilon is proposed. epsilon is based on the area difference between the experimental and theoretical characteristics. Computation experiments show that the use of epsilon results in much more accurate parameter recovery for both dark and illuminated characteristics, and that its accuracy is almost independent of data-point distribution. epsilon also provides a good basis for comparing the quality of fit of theoretical models to experimental characteristics.

  12. Analytical Light Curve Models of Super-Luminous Supernvae: chi^2-Minimizations of Parameter Fits

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    Chatzopoulos, E; Vinko, J; Horvath, Z L; Nagy, A

    2013-01-01

    We present fits of generalized semi-analytic supernova (SN) light curve (LC) models for a variety of power inputs including Ni-56 and Co-56 radioactive decay, magnetar spin-down, and forward and reverse shock heating due to supernova ejecta-circumstellar matter (CSM) interaction. We apply our models to the observed LCs of the H-rich Super Luminous Supernovae (SLSN-II) SN 2006gy, SN 2006tf, SN 2008am, SN 2008es, CSS100217, the H-poor SLSN-I SN 2005ap, SCP06F6, SN 2007bi, SN 2010gx and SN 2010kd as well as to the interacting SN 2008iy and PTF09uj. Our goal is to determine the dominant mechanism that powers the LCs of these extraordinary events and the physical conditions involved in each case. We also present a comparison of our semi-analytical results with recent results from numerical radiation hydrodynamics calculations in the particular case of SN 2006gy in order to explore the strengths and weaknesses of our models. We find that CS shock heating produced by ejecta-CSM interaction provides a better fit to t...

  13. The approach curve method for large anode-cathode distances

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    Mammana, Victor P.; Monteiro, Othon R.; Fonseca, Leo R.C.

    2003-09-20

    An important technique used to characterize field emission is the measurement of the emitted current against electric field (IxE). In this work we discuss a procedure for obtaining IxE data based on multiple approach curves. We show that the simulated features obtained for an idealized uniform surface matches available experimental data for small anode-cathode distances, while for large distances the simulation predicts a departure from the linear regime. We also discuss the shape of the approach curves for large anode-cathode distances for a cathode made of carbon nanotubes.

  14. ANALYTICAL LIGHT CURVE MODELS OF SUPERLUMINOUS SUPERNOVAE: {chi}{sup 2}-MINIMIZATION OF PARAMETER FITS

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    Chatzopoulos, E.; Wheeler, J. Craig; Vinko, J. [Department of Astronomy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (United States); Horvath, Z. L.; Nagy, A., E-mail: manolis@astro.as.utexas.edu [Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged (Hungary)

    2013-08-10

    We present fits of generalized semi-analytic supernova (SN) light curve (LC) models for a variety of power inputs including {sup 56}Ni and {sup 56}Co radioactive decay, magnetar spin-down, and forward and reverse shock heating due to supernova ejecta-circumstellar matter (CSM) interaction. We apply our models to the observed LCs of the H-rich superluminous supernovae (SLSN-II) SN 2006gy, SN 2006tf, SN 2008am, SN 2008es, CSS100217, the H-poor SLSN-I SN 2005ap, SCP06F6, SN 2007bi, SN 2010gx, and SN 2010kd, as well as to the interacting SN 2008iy and PTF 09uj. Our goal is to determine the dominant mechanism that powers the LCs of these extraordinary events and the physical conditions involved in each case. We also present a comparison of our semi-analytical results with recent results from numerical radiation hydrodynamics calculations in the particular case of SN 2006gy in order to explore the strengths and weaknesses of our models. We find that CS shock heating produced by ejecta-CSM interaction provides a better fit to the LCs of most of the events we examine. We discuss the possibility that collision of supernova ejecta with hydrogen-deficient CSM accounts for some of the hydrogen-deficient SLSNe (SLSN-I) and may be a plausible explanation for the explosion mechanism of SN 2007bi, the pair-instability supernova candidate. We characterize and discuss issues of parameter degeneracy.

  15. Estimating Important Electrode Parameters of High Temperature PEM Fuel Cells By Fitting a Model to Polarisation Curves and Impedance Spectra

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    Vang, Jakob Rabjerg; Zhou, Fan; Andreasen, Søren Juhl;

    2015-01-01

    A high temperature PEM (HTPEM) fuel cell model capable of simulating both steady state and dynamic operation is presented. The purpose is to enable extraction of unknown parameters from sets of impedance spectra and polarisation curves. The model is fitted to two polarisation curves and four...... impedance spectra measured on a Dapozol 77 MEA. The model is capable of achieving good agreement with the recorded curves. Except at OCV, where the voltage is overpredicted, the simulated polarisation curves deviate maximum 3.0% from the measurements. The impedance spectra deviate maximum 3.7%. The fitted...... parameter values are within the range reported in literature. The only exception is the catalyst layer acid content, which is an order of magnitude lower. This may derive from acid migration. The model is used to illustrate the effect of reactant dynamics on the impedance spectrum. The model can aid...

  16. A Bayesian Approach to Multistage Fitting of the Variation of the Skeletal Age Features

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    Dong Hua

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Accurate assessment of skeletal maturity is important clinically. Skeletal age assessment is usually based on features encoded in ossification centers. Therefore, it is critical to design a mechanism to capture as much as possible characteristics of features. We have observed that given a feature, there exist stages of the skeletal age such that the variation pattern of the feature differs in these stages. Based on this observation, we propose a Bayesian cut fitting to describe features in response to the skeletal age. With our approach, appropriate positions for stage separation are determined automatically by a Bayesian approach, and a model is used to fit the variation of a feature within each stage. Our experimental results show that the proposed method surpasses the traditional fitting using only one line or one curve not only in the efficiency and accuracy of fitting but also in global and local feature characterization.

  17. Sub-band denoising and spline curve fitting method for hemodynamic measurement in perfusion MRI

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    Lin, Hong-Dun; Huang, Hsiao-Ling; Hsu, Yuan-Yu; Chen, Chi-Chen; Chen, Ing-Yi; Wu, Liang-Chi; Liu, Ren-Shyan; Lin, Kang-Ping

    2003-05-01

    In clinical research, non-invasive MR perfusion imaging is capable of investigating brain perfusion phenomenon via various hemodynamic measurements, such as cerebral blood volume (CBV), cerebral blood flow (CBF), and mean trasnit time (MTT). These hemodynamic parameters are useful in diagnosing brain disorders such as stroke, infarction and periinfarct ischemia by further semi-quantitative analysis. However, the accuracy of quantitative analysis is usually affected by poor signal-to-noise ratio image quality. In this paper, we propose a hemodynamic measurement method based upon sub-band denoising and spline curve fitting processes to improve image quality for better hemodynamic quantitative analysis results. Ten sets of perfusion MRI data and corresponding PET images were used to validate the performance. For quantitative comparison, we evaluate gray/white matter CBF ratio. As a result, the hemodynamic semi-quantitative analysis result of mean gray to white matter CBF ratio is 2.10 +/- 0.34. The evaluated ratio of brain tissues in perfusion MRI is comparable to PET technique is less than 1-% difference in average. Furthermore, the method features excellent noise reduction and boundary preserving in image processing, and short hemodynamic measurement time.

  18. FTIR Study of White and Green Broad Beans Based on Curve-fitting

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    Xiaohua; WANG; Gang; LIU; Quanhong; OU; Xingxiang; ZHAO; Jianming; HAO; Xiangping; ZHOU

    2013-01-01

    Fourier transform infrared(FTIR)spectroscopy was used to study two kinds of broad beans with white and green cotyledons respectively.The results show that the infrared spectra of the two kinds of broad beans are similar and mainly made up of the absorption bands of protein,and polysaccharides.The second derivative infrared spectra amplified the differences and revealed that there were some obvious differences in the range of 1 800-700 cm-1and 1 200-700 cm-1.Hierarchical cluster analysis(HCA)were used for the discrimination of the two kinds broad beans based on the second derivative spectral data in the region of 1 611-1 100 cm-1,and yielded 88.9%accuracy.The spectra in the range from 1 700 to 1 600 cm-1were used to perform Fourier self-deconvolution and curve fitting,which obtained nine peaks.The ratios of relative areas of the bands atα-helix,β-sheet,β-turn and the unordered structure of protein in white beans were 67.71%,35.6%,35.6%and 21.09%respectively,while the ratios in green beans were 8.02%,31.59%,37.12%and 23.27%respectively.The results indicate that the secondary structure of protein was different in the two kinds of broad beans.

  19. Using a curve-fitting methodology on remotely sensed time series to detect subtle patterns of land surface phenology

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    Bradley, B.; Mustard, J.; Jacob, R.; Hermance, J.

    2005-12-01

    Annual, inter-annual, and long-term trends in Land Surface Phenology (LSP) using NDVI time series from AVHRR and MODIS can be used to distinguish between natural ecosystem dynamics and land cover change. However, the full potential of long-term NDVI time series is often hampered by poor quality data caused by instrumentation problems, atmospheric conditions (e.g. clouds or haze), ground conditions (e.g. snow), and inter-annual variability of land cover. These effects make LSP difficult to identify, and may mask subtle shifts in inter-annual ecosystem response resulting from land use or other anthropogenic forcing. In order to maximize LSP detection, we use a curve fitting methodology useful for long-term time series across a range of phenologies. This approach is minimally affected by sensor error, clouds, and snow, and requires neither spatial nor temporal averaging to reduce noise. This methodology employs a spline-based curve, which is fit iteratively so that positive residuals are upweighted to capture the upper envelope of NDVI values. Here, we apply the curve fitting methodology to weekly AVHRR NDVI data (1990-2000) and biweekly MODIS NDVI data (2000-2005) at 1 km pixel resolution for the Great Basin desert of the western U.S. The spatial and temporal patterns of known ecosystems may then be assessed in order to identify anomalous trends in regional LSP. We compare both spatial and temporal variability of four known ecosystem types surveyed in 2004: sagebrush steppe, cheatgrass grassland, pinyon-juniper woodland, and montane shrubland. Average onset of greenness (using a timing of half max technique) occurred on Apr 14 (+/- 6 days; sagebrush), Apr 9 (+/- 8 days; cheatgrass), Apr 17 (+/- 8 days; pinyon-juniper) and May 24 (+/- 5 days; montane). The small standard deviation observed in similar ecosystems distributed throughout the Great Basin indicates that the phenologies are spatially robust in any individual year. However, there is considerable temporal

  20. Fitting the flow curve of a plastically deformed silicon steel for the prediction of magnetic properties

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    Sablik, M.J. [Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Rd, San Antonio, TX 78238-5166 (United States)]. E-mail: msablik@swri.org; Landgraf, F.J.G. [Metallurgy and Mat. Sci. Dept., Escola Politecnica da USP, 05508-970, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Magnabosco, R. [UNIFEI, Sao Bernardo de Campo, SP (Brazil); Fukuhara, M. [Instituto Nacional de Metrologia INMETRO, Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil); Campos, M.F. de [Instituto Nacional de Metrologia INMETRO, Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil); Machado, R. [Instituto Nacional de Metrologia INMETRO, Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil); Missell, F.P. [Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Caxias do Sul, RS (Brazil)

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    We report measurements and modelling of magnetic effects due to plastic deformation in 2.2% Si steel, emphasizing new tensile deformation data. The modelling approach is to take the Ludwik law for the strain-hardening stress and use it to compute the dislocation density, which is then used in the computation of magnetic hysteresis. A nonlinear extrapolation is used across the discontinuous yield region to obtain the value of stress at the yield point that is used in fitting Ludwik's law to the mechanical data. The computed magnetic hysteresis exhibits sharp shearing of the loops at small deformation, in agreement with experimental behavior. Magnetic hysteresis loss is shown to follow a Ludwik-like dependence on the residual strain, but with a smaller Ludwik exponent than applies for the mechanical behavior.

  1. Open Versus Closed Hearing-Aid Fittings: A Literature Review of Both Fitting Approaches.

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    Winkler, Alexandra; Latzel, Matthias; Holube, Inga

    2016-02-15

    One of the main issues in hearing-aid fittings is the abnormal perception of the user's own voice as too loud, "boomy," or "hollow." This phenomenon known as the occlusion effect be reduced by large vents in the earmolds or by open-fit hearing aids. This review provides an overview of publications related to open and closed hearing-aid fittings. First, the occlusion effect and its consequences for perception while using hearing aids are described. Then, the advantages and disadvantages of open compared with closed fittings and their impact on the fitting process are addressed. The advantages include less occlusion, improved own-voice perception and sound quality, and increased localization performance. The disadvantages associated with open-fit hearing aids include reduced benefits of directional microphones and noise reduction, as well as less compression and less available gain before feedback. The final part of this review addresses the need for new approaches to combine the advantages of open and closed hearing-aid fittings.

  2. Digital simulation of scanning electrochemical microscopy approach curves to enzyme films with Michaelis-Menten kinetics.

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    Burchardt, Malte; Träuble, Markus; Wittstock, Gunther

    2009-06-15

    The formalism for simulating scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) experiments by boundary element methods in three space coordinates has been extended to allow consideration of nonlinear boundary conditions. This is achieved by iteratively refining the boundary conditions that are encoded in a boundary condition matrix. As an example, the simulations are compared to experimental approach curves in the SECM feedback mode toward samples modified with glucose oxidase (GOx). The GOx layer was prepared by the layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolytes using glucose oxidase as one of the polyelectrolytes. The comparison of the simulated and experimental curves showed that under a wide range of experimentally accessible conditions approximations of the kinetics at the sample by first order models yield misleading results. The approach curves differ also qualitatively from curves calculated with first order models. As a consequence, this may lead to severe deviations when such curves are fitted to first order kinetic models. The use of linear approximations to describe the enzymatic reaction in SECM feedback experiments is justified only if the ratio of the mediator and Michaelis-Menten constant is equal to or smaller than 0.1 (deviation less than 10%).

  3. On the galactic rotation curves problem within an axisymmetric approach

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    Alvarez, Cesar; Herrera-Aguilar, Alfredo; Nucamendi, Ulises; Santos, Eli

    2013-01-01

    In U. Nucamendi et al. Phys. Rev. D63 (2001) 125016 and K. Lake, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 (2004) 051101 it has been shown that galactic potentials can be kinematically linked to the observed red/blue shifts of the corresponding galactic rotation curves under a minimal set of assumptions: the emitted photons come from stable timelike circular geodesic orbits of stars in a static spherically symmetric gravitational field, and propagate to us along null geodesics. It is remarkable that this relation can be established without appealing at all to a concrete theory of gravitational interaction. Here we generalize this kinematical spherically symmetric approach to the galactic rotation curves problem to the stationary axisymmetric realm since this is precisely the symmetry that spiral galaxies possess. Thus, by making use of the most general stationary axisymmetric metric, we also consider stable circular orbits of stars that emit signals which travel to a distant observer along null geodesics and express the galactic r...

  4. Neural network approach for modification and fitting of digitized data in reverse engineering

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    JU Hua(鞠华); WANG Wen(王文); XIE Jin (谢金); CHEN Zi-chen(陈子辰)

    2004-01-01

    Reverse engineering in the manufacturing field is a process in which the digitized data are obtained from an existing object model or a part of it, and then the CAD model is reconstructed. This paper presents an RBF neural network approach to modify and fit the digitized data. The centers for the RBF are selected by using the orthogonal least squares learning algorithm. A mathematically known surface is used for generating a number of samples for training the networks. The trained networks then generated a number of new points which were compared with the calculating points from the equations. Moreover, a series of practice digitizing curves are used to test the approach. The results showed that this approach is effective in modifying and fitting digitized data and generating data points to reconstruct the surface model.

  5. Neural network approach for modification and fitting of digitized data in reverse engineering~

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    鞠华; 王文; 谢金; 陈子辰

    2004-01-01

    Reverse engineering in the manufacturing field is a process in which the digitized data are obtained from an existing object model or a part of it, and then the CAD model is reconstructed. This paper presents an RBF neural network approach to modify and fit the digitized data. The centers for the RBF are selected by using the orthogonal least squares learning algorithm. A mathematically known surface is used for generating a number of samples for training the networks. The trained networks then generated a number of new points which were compared with the calculating points from the equations. Moreover, a series of practice digitizing curves are used to test the approach. The results showed that this approach is effective in modifying and fitting digitized data and generating data points to reconstruct the surface model.

  6. Fitness analysis method for magnesium in drinking water with atomic absorption using quadratic curve calibration

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    Esteban Pérez-López

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Because of the importance of quantitative chemical analysis in research, quality control, sales of services and other areas of interest , and the limiting of some instrumental analysis methods for quantification with linear calibration curve, sometimes because the short linear dynamic ranges of the analyte, and sometimes by limiting the technique itself, is that there is a need to investigate a little more about the convenience of using quadratic curves for analytical quantification, which seeks demonstrate that it is a valid calculation model for chemical analysis instruments. To this was taken as an analysis method based on the technique and atomic absorption spectroscopy in particular a determination of magnesium in a sample of drinking water Tacares sector Northern Grecia, employing a nonlinear calibration curve and a curve specific quadratic behavior, which was compared with the test results obtained for the same analysis with a linear calibration curve. The results show that the methodology is valid for the determination referred to, with all confidence, since the concentrations are very similar, and as used hypothesis testing can be considered equal.

  7. A comparison of approaches in fitting continuum SEDs

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    Yao Liu; David Madlener; Sebastian Wolf; Hong-Chi Wang

    2013-01-01

    We present a detailed comparison of two approaches,the use of a precalculated database and simulated annealing (SA),for fitting the continuum spectral energy distribution (SED) of astrophysical objects whose appearance is dominated by surrounding dust.While pre-calculated databases are commonly used to model SED data,only a few studies to date employed SA due to its unclear accuracy and convergence time for this specific problem.From a methodological point of view,different approaches lead to different fitting quality,demand on computational resources and calculation time.We compare the fitting quality and computational costs of these two approaches for the task of SED fitting to provide a guide to the practitioner to find a compromise between desired accuracy and available resources.To reduce uncertainties inherent to real datasets,we introduce a reference model resembling a typical circumstellar system with 10 free parameters.We derive the SED of the reference model with our code MC3D at 78 logarithmically distributed wavelengths in the range [0.3 μm,1.3 mm] and use this setup to simulate SEDs for the database and SA.Our result directly demonstrates the applicability of SA in the field of SED modeling,since the algorithm regularly finds better solutions to the optimization problem than a precalculated database.As both methods have advantages and shortcomings,a hybrid approach is preferable.While the database provides an approximate fit and overall probability distributions for all parameters deduced using Bayesian analysis,SA can be used to improve upon the results returned by the model grid.

  8. Broadband fitting approach for the application of supercontinuum broadband laser absorption spectroscopy to combustion environments

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    Göran Blume, Niels; Ebert, Volker; Dreizler, Andreas; Wagner, Steven

    2016-01-01

    In this work, a novel broadband fitting approach for quantitative in-flame measurements using supercontinuum broadband laser absorption spectroscopy (SCLAS) is presented. The application and verification of this approach in an atmospheric, laminar, non-premixed CH4/air flame (Wolfhard-Parker burner, WHP) is discussed. The developed fitting scheme allows for an automatic recognition and fitting of a B-spline curve reference intensity for SCLAS broadband measurements while automatically removing the influence of absorption peaks. This approach improves the fitting residual locally (in between absorption lines) and globally by 23% and 13% respectively, while improving the in-flame SNR by a factor of 2. Additionally, the approach inherently improves the time-wavelength-correlation based on recorded in-flame measurements itself in combination with a theoretical spectrum of the analyte. These improvements have allowed for the recording of complete spatially resolved methane concentration profiles in the WHP burner. Comparison of the measured absolute mole fraction profile for methane with previously measured reference data shows excellent agreement in position, shape and absolute values. These improvements are a prerequisite for the application of SCLAS in high-pressure combustion systems.

  9. Reliability of temperature determination from curve-fitting in multi-wavelength pyrometery

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    Ni, P. A.; More, R. M.; Bieniosek, F. M.

    2013-08-04

    Abstract This paper examines the reliability of a widely used method for temperature determination by multi-wavelength pyrometry. In recent WDM experiments with ion-beam heated metal foils, we found that the statistical quality of the fit to the measured data is not necessarily a measure of the accuracy of the inferred temperature. We found a specific example where a second-best fit leads to a more realistic temperature value. The physics issue is the wavelength-dependent emissivity of the hot surface. We discuss improvements of the multi-frequency pyrometry technique, which will give a more reliable determination of the temperature from emission data.

  10. A unified approach for least-squares surface fitting

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    ZHU; Limin; DING; Han

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents a novel approach for least-squares fitting of complex surface to measured 3D coordinate points by adjusting its location and/or shape. For a point expressed in the machine reference frame and a deformable smooth surface represented in its own model frame, a signed point-to-surface distance function is defined,and its increment with respect to the differential motion and differential deformation of the surface is derived. On this basis, localization, surface reconstruction and geometric variation characterization are formulated as a unified nonlinear least-squares problem defined on the product space SE(3)×m. By using Levenberg-Marquardt method, a sequential approximation surface fitting algorithm is developed. It has the advantages of implementational simplicity, computational efficiency and robustness. Applications confirm the validity of the proposed approach.

  11. Selecting a linear mixed model for longitudinal data: repeated measures analysis of variance, covariance pattern model, and growth curve approaches.

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    Liu, Siwei; Rovine, Michael J; Molenaar, Peter C M

    2012-03-01

    With increasing popularity, growth curve modeling is more and more often considered as the 1st choice for analyzing longitudinal data. Although the growth curve approach is often a good choice, other modeling strategies may more directly answer questions of interest. It is common to see researchers fit growth curve models without considering alterative modeling strategies. In this article we compare 3 approaches for analyzing longitudinal data: repeated measures analysis of variance, covariance pattern models, and growth curve models. As all are members of the general linear mixed model family, they represent somewhat different assumptions about the way individuals change. These assumptions result in different patterns of covariation among the residuals around the fixed effects. In this article, we first indicate the kinds of data that are appropriately modeled by each and use real data examples to demonstrate possible problems associated with the blanket selection of the growth curve model. We then present a simulation that indicates the utility of Akaike information criterion and Bayesian information criterion in the selection of a proper residual covariance structure. The results cast doubt on the popular practice of automatically using growth curve modeling for longitudinal data without comparing the fit of different models. Finally, we provide some practical advice for assessing mean changes in the presence of correlated data.

  12. Fitting mathematical models to lactation curves from Holstein cows in the southwestern region of the state of Parana, Brazil.

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    Ferreira, Abílio G T; Henrique, Douglas S; Vieira, Ricardo A M; Maeda, Emilyn M; Valotto, Altair A

    2015-03-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate four mathematical models with regards to their fit to lactation curves of Holstein cows from herds raised in the southwestern region of the state of Parana, Brazil. Initially, 42,281 milk production records from 2005 to 2011 were obtained from "Associação Paranaense de Criadores de Bovinos da Raça Holandesa (APCBRH)". Data lacking dates of drying and total milk production at 305 days of lactation were excluded, resulting in a remaining 15,142 records corresponding to 2,441 Holstein cows. Data were sorted according to the parity order (ranging from one to six), and within each parity order the animals were divided into quartiles (Q25%, Q50%, Q75% and Q100%) corresponding to 305-day lactation yield. Within each parity order, for each quartile, four mathematical models were adjusted, two of which were predominantly empirical (Brody and Wood) whereas the other two presented more mechanistic characteristics (models Dijkstra and Pollott). The quality of fit was evaluated by the corrected Akaike information criterion. The Wood model showed the best fit in almost all evaluated situations and, therefore, may be considered as the most suitable model to describe, at least empirically, the lactation curves of Holstein cows raised in Southwestern Parana.

  13. Fitting mathematical models to lactation curves from holstein cows in the southwestern region of the state of Parana, Brazil

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    Abílio G.T. Ferreira

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate four mathematical models with regards to their fit to lactation curves of Holstein cows from herds raised in the southwestern region of the state of Parana, Brazil. Initially, 42,281 milk production records from 2005 to 2011 were obtained from "Associação Paranaense de Criadores de Bovinos da Raça Holandesa (APCBRH". Data lacking dates of drying and total milk production at 305 days of lactation were excluded, resulting in a remaining 15,142 records corresponding to 2,441 Holstein cows. Data were sorted according to the parity order (ranging from one to six, and within each parity order the animals were divided into quartiles (Q25%, Q50%, Q75% and Q100% corresponding to 305-day lactation yield. Within each parity order, for each quartile, four mathematical models were adjusted, two of which were predominantly empirical (Brody and Wood whereas the other two presented more mechanistic characteristics (models Dijkstra and Pollott. The quality of fit was evaluated by the corrected Akaike information criterion. The Wood model showed the best fit in almost all evaluated situations and, therefore, may be considered as the most suitable model to describe, at least empirically, the lactation curves of Holstein cows raised in Southwestern Parana.

  14. Multiperiodicity, modulations and flip-flops in variable star light curves I. Carrier fit method

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    Pelt, J; Mantere, M J; Tuominen, I

    2011-01-01

    The light curves of variable stars are commonly described using simple trigonometric models, that make use of the assumption that the model parameters are constant in time. This assumption, however, is often violated, and consequently, time series models with components that vary slowly in time are of great interest. In this paper we introduce a class of data analysis and visualization methods which can be applied in many different contexts of variable star research, for example spotted stars, variables showing the Blazhko effect, and the spin-down of rapid rotators. The methods proposed are of explorative type, and can be of significant aid when performing a more thorough data analysis and interpretation with a more conventional method.Our methods are based on a straightforward decomposition of the input time series into a fast "clocking" periodicity and smooth modulating curves. The fast frequency, referred to as the carrier frequency, can be obtained from earlier observations (for instance in the case of p...

  15. Radio emission of SN1993J: the complete picture. II. Simultaneous fit of expansion and radio light curves

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    Martí-Vidal, I.; Marcaide, J. M.; Alberdi, A.; Guirado, J. C.; Pérez-Torres, M. A.; Ros, E.

    2011-02-01

    We report on a simultaneous modelling of the expansion and radio light curves of the supernova SN1993J. We developed a simulation code capable of generating synthetic expansion and radio light curves of supernovae by taking into consideration the evolution of the expanding shock, magnetic fields, and relativistic electrons, as well as the finite sensitivity of the interferometric arrays used in the observations. Our software successfully fits all the available radio data of SN 1993J with a standard emission model for supernovae, which is extended with some physical considerations, such as an evolution in the opacity of the ejecta material, a radial decline in the magnetic fields within the radiating region, and a changing radial density profile for the circumstellar medium starting from day 3100 after the explosion.

  16. Radio emission of SN1993J. The complete picture: II. Simultaneous fit of expansion and radio light curves

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    Marti-Vidal, I; Alberdi, A; Guirado, J C; Perez-Torres, M A; Ros, E

    2010-01-01

    We report on a simultaneous modelling of the expansion and radio light curves of SN1993J. We have developed a simulation code capable of generating synthetic expansion and radio light curves of supernovae by taking into consideration the evolution of the expanding shock, magnetic fields, and relativistic electrons, as well as the finite sensitivity of the interferometric arrays used in the observations. Our software successfully fits all the available radio data of SN 1993J with an standard emission model for supernovae extended with some physical considerations, as an evolution in the opacity of the ejecta material, a radial drop of the magnetic fields inside the radiating region, and a changing radial density profile of the circumstellar medium beyond day 3100 after explosion.

  17. Combined Wavelet Transform with Curve-fitting for Objective Optimization of the Parameters in Fourier Self-deconvolution

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    张秀琦; 郑建斌; 高鸿

    2001-01-01

    Fourier self-deconvolution was the most effective technique in resolving overlapping bands, in which deconvolution function results in deconvolution and apodization smoothes the magnified noise. Yet, the choice of the original half-width of each component and breaking point for truncation is often very subjective. In this paper, the method of combined wavelet transform with curve fitting was described with the advantages of an enhancement of signal to noise ratio as well as the improved fitting condition, and was applied to objective optimization of the o riginal half-widths of components in unresolved bands for Fourier self-deconvolution. Again, a noise was separated from a noisy signal by wavelet transform,therefore, the breaking point of apodization function can be determined directly in frequency domain. Accordingly, some artifacts in Fourier self-deconvolution were minimized significantly.

  18. The Carnegie Supernova Project: Light-curve Fitting with SNooPy

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    Burns, Christopher R.; Stritzinger, Maximilian; Phillips, M. M.; Kattner, ShiAnne; Persson, S. E.; Madore, Barry F.; Freedman, Wendy L.; Boldt, Luis; Campillay, Abdo; Contreras, Carlos; Folatelli, Gaston; Gonzalez, Sergio; Krzeminski, Wojtek; Morrell, Nidia; Salgado, Francisco; Suntzeff, Nicholas B.

    2011-01-01

    In providing an independent measure of the expansion history of the universe, the Carnegie Supernova Project (CSP) has observed 71 high-z Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) in the near-infrared bands Y and J. These can be used to construct rest-frame i-band light curves which, when compared to a low-z sample, yield distance moduli that are less sensitive to extinction and/or decline-rate corrections than in the optical. However, working with NIR observed and i-band rest-frame photometry presents unique challenges and has necessitated the development of a new set of observational tools in order to reduce and analyze both the low-z and high-z CSP sample. We present in this paper the methods used to generate uBVgriYJH light-curve templates based on a sample of 24 high-quality low-z CSP SNe. We also present two methods for determining the distances to the hosts of SN Ia events. A larger sample of 30 low-z SNe Ia in the Hubble flow is used to calibrate these methods. We then apply the method and derive distances to seven galaxies that are so nearby that their motions are not dominated by the Hubble flow.

  19. The Carnegie Supernova Project: Light Curve Fitting with SNooPy

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    Burns, Christopher R; Phillips, M M; Katner, ShiAnne; Persson, S E; Madore, Barry F; Freedman, Wendy L; Boldt, Luis; Campillay, Abdo; Contreras, Carlos; Folatelli, Gaston; Gonzalez, Sergio; Krzeminski, Wojtek; Morrell, Nidia; Salgado, Francisco; Suntzeff, Nicholas B

    2010-01-01

    In providing an independent measure of the expansion history of the Universe, the Carnegie Supernova Project (CSP) has observed 71 high-z Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) in the near-infrared bands Y and J. These can be used to construct rest-frame i-band light curves which, when compared to a low-z sample, yield distance moduli that are less sensitive to extinction and/or decline-rate corrections than in the optical. However, working with NIR observed and i-band rest frame photometry presents unique challenges and has necessitated the development of a new set of observational tools in order to reduce and analyze both the low-z and high-z CSP sample. We present in this paper the methods used to generate uBVgriYJH light-curve templates based on a sample of 24 high-quality low-z CSP SNe. We also present two methods for determining the distances to the hosts of SN Ia events. A larger sample of 30 low-z SNe Ia in the Hubble Flow are used to calibrate these methods. We then apply the method and derive distances to seve...

  20. Algorithms for l2 and l-infinity transfer function curve fitting

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    Spanos, John T.

    1991-01-01

    In this paper algorithms for fitting transfer functions to frequency response data are developed. Given a complex vector representing the measured frequency response of a physical system, a transfer function of specified order is determined that minimizes either of the following criteria: (1) the sum of the magnitude-squared of the frequency response errors, and (2) the magnitude of the maximum error. Both of these criteria are nonlinear in the coefficients of the unknown transfer function, and iterative minimization algorithms are proposed. A numerical example demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed algorithms.

  1. U-Shaped Curves in Development: A PDP Approach

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    Rogers, Timothy T.; Rakison, David H.; McClelland, James L.

    2004-01-01

    As the articles in this issue attest, U-shaped curves in development have stimulated a wide spectrum of research across disparate task domains and age groups and have provoked a variety of ideas about their origins and theoretical significance. In the authors' view, the ubiquity of the general pattern suggests that U-shaped curves can arise from…

  2. U-Shaped Curves in Development: A PDP Approach

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    Rogers, Timothy T.; Rakison, David H.; McClelland, James L.

    2004-01-01

    As the articles in this issue attest, U-shaped curves in development have stimulated a wide spectrum of research across disparate task domains and age groups and have provoked a variety of ideas about their origins and theoretical significance. In the authors' view, the ubiquity of the general pattern suggests that U-shaped curves can arise from…

  3. Curved Spacetimes and Curved Graphene: a status report of the Weyl-symmetry approach

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    Iorio, Alfredo

    2014-01-01

    This is a status report about the ongoing work on the realization of quantum field theory on curved graphene spacetimes that uses Weyl symmetry. The programme is actively pursued from many different perspectives. Here we point to what has been done, and to what needs to be done.

  4. Characterization of acid functional groups of carbon dots by nonlinear regression data fitting of potentiometric titration curves

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    Alves, Larissa A.; de Castro, Arthur H.; de Mendonça, Fernanda G.; de Mesquita, João P.

    2016-05-01

    The oxygenated functional groups present on the surface of carbon dots with an average size of 2.7 ± 0.5 nm were characterized by a variety of techniques. In particular, we discussed the fit data of potentiometric titration curves using a nonlinear regression method based on the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. The results obtained by statistical treatment of the titration curve data showed that the best fit was obtained considering the presence of five Brønsted-Lowry acids on the surface of the carbon dots with constant ionization characteristics of carboxylic acids, cyclic ester, phenolic and pyrone-like groups. The total number of oxygenated acid groups obtained was 5 mmol g-1, with approximately 65% (∼2.9 mmol g-1) originating from groups with pKa < 6. The methodology showed good reproducibility and stability with standard deviations below 5%. The nature of the groups was independent of small variations in experimental conditions, i.e. the mass of carbon dots titrated and initial concentration of HCl solution. Finally, we believe that the methodology used here, together with other characterization techniques, is a simple, fast and powerful tool to characterize the complex acid-base properties of these so interesting and intriguing nanoparticles.

  5. Fitting Curves by Fractal Interpolation: AN Application to the Quantification of Cognitive Brain Processes

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    Navascues, M. A.; Sebastian, M. V.

    Fractal interpolants of Barnsley are defined for any continuous function defined on a real compact interval. The uniform distance between the function and its approximant is bounded in terms of the vertical scale factors. As a general result, the density of the affine fractal interpolation functions of Barnsley in the space of continuous functions in a compact interval is proved. A method of data fitting by means of fractal interpolation functions is proposed. The procedure is applied to the quantification of cognitive brain processes. In particular, the increase in the complexity of the electroencephalographic signal produced by the execution of a test of visual attention is studied. The experiment was performed on two types of children: a healthy control group and a set of children diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder.

  6. Retention and Curve Number Variability in a Small Agricultural Catchment: The Probabilistic Approach

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    Kazimierz Banasik

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The variability of the curve number (CN and the retention parameter (S of the Soil Conservation Service (SCS-CN method in a small agricultural, lowland watershed (23.4 km2 to the gauging station in central Poland has been assessed using the probabilistic approach: distribution fitting and confidence intervals (CIs. Empirical CNs and Ss were computed directly from recorded rainfall depths and direct runoff volumes. Two measures of the goodness of fit were used as selection criteria in the identification of the parent distribution function. The measures specified the generalized extreme value (GEV, normal and general logistic (GLO distributions for 100-CN and GLO, lognormal and GEV distributions for S. The characteristics estimated from theoretical distribution (median, quantiles were compared to the tabulated CN and to the antecedent runoff conditions of Hawkins and Hjelmfelt. The distribution fitting for the whole sample revealed a good agreement between the tabulated CN and the median and between the antecedent runoff conditions (ARCs of Hawkins and Hjelmfelt, which certified a good calibration of the model. However, the division of the CN sample due to heavy and moderate rainfall depths revealed a serious inconsistency between the parameters mentioned. This analysis proves that the application of the SCS-CN method should rely on deep insight into the probabilistic properties of CN and S.

  7. The determination of residence time distribution for a reactor based on curve fitting toolbox%基于 Curve Fitting Toolbox 反应器停留时间分布的确定

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    刘俏; 刘立昕; 金子豪; 赵明举; 齐小辉

    2013-01-01

      反应器停留时间分布的确定是建立反应器流动模型的基础。本文介绍了用 MATLAB 的 Curve Fitting Toolbox 计算反应器停留时间分布的方法。通过在图形界面下导入数据及平滑处理、采用平滑样条拟合数据以及数值积分等操作,确定了反应器停留时间分布的特征值,并且以确定系数 R2、误差平方和以及均方根误差评价拟合模型的精确度。研究表明:计算结果与文献相吻合。该法运行可靠,无需编程、易于掌握。与传统计算方法相比,操作更为便捷,强有力的图形界面也使计算变得更加简单而直观。%  The residence time distribution (RTD) of a chemical reactor is a probability distribution function that describes the amount of time a fluid element could spend inside the reactor. Chemical engineers use the RTD to characterize the mixing and flow within reactors and to compare the behavior of real reactors to their ideal models. This is useful, not only for troubleshooting existing reactors, but in estimating the yield of a given reaction and designing future reactors. The determination of the RTD for a reactor is essential to the reactor flow model. This paper presents a new method to determine the RTD characteristics using MATLAB’s Curve Fitting Toolbox. The acquired data was imported and smoothed via the graphical user interface (GUI). Smoothing spline was used to produce smooth curves to fit to the data, and the RTD characteristics were calculated by numerical integrals. The root-mean-square error (RMSE), error sum of squares (SSE), and determination coefficient (R2) statistics were used to evaluate the model’s accuracy. The study showed that the calculated results are accurate and reliable because they are consistent with those in the literatures. Compared with the traditional calculations, this method provides visualized results, and the GUI simplifies the calculation and makes it intuitive. It can be

  8. Alternative Approach to Noncommutative Quantum Mechanics on a Curved Space

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    Nakamura, M

    2015-01-01

    Starting with the first-order singular Lagrangian containing the redundant variables, the noncommutative quantum mechanics on a curved space is investigated by the constraint star-product quantization formalism of the projection operator method. Imposing the additional constraints to eliminate the reduntant degrees of freedom, the noncommutative quantum system with noncommutativity among the coordinates on the curved space is exactly constructed. Then, it is shown that the resultant Hamiltonian contains the quantum corrections in the exact form. We further discuss the additional constraints to realize the noncommutativities both of coordinates and momenta on the curved space.

  9. Mathematical Modeling of Allelopathy. III. A Model for Curve-Fitting Allelochemical Dose Responses

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    Liu, De Li; An, Min; Johnson, Ian R.; Lovett, John V.

    2003-01-01

    Bioassay techniques are often used to study the effects of allelochemicals on plant processes, and it is generally observed that the processes are stimulated at low allelochemical concentrations and inhibited as the concentrations increase. A simple empirical model is presented to analyze this type of response. The stimulation-inhibition properties of allelochemical-dose responses can be described by the parameters in the model. The indices, p% reductions, are calculated to assess the allelochemical effects. The model is compared with experimental data for the response of lettuce seedling growth to Centaurepensin, the olfactory response of weevil larvae to α-terpineol, and the responses of annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.), creeping red fescue (Festuca rubra L., cv. Ensylva), Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L., cv. Kenblue), perennial ryegrass (L. perenne L., cv. Manhattan), and Rebel tall fescue (F. arundinacea Schreb) seedling growth to leachates of Rebel and Kentucky 31 tall fescue. The results show that the model gives a good description to observations and can be used to fit a wide range of dose responses. Assessments of the effects of leachates of Rebel and Kentucky 31 tall fescue clearly differentiate the properties of the allelopathic sources and the relative sensitivities of indicators such as the length of root and leaf. PMID:19330111

  10. Mathematical Modeling of Allelopathy. III. A Model for Curve-Fitting Allelochemical Dose Responses.

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    Liu, De Li; An, Min; Johnson, Ian R; Lovett, John V

    2003-01-01

    Bioassay techniques are often used to study the effects of allelochemicals on plant processes, and it is generally observed that the processes are stimulated at low allelochemical concentrations and inhibited as the concentrations increase. A simple empirical model is presented to analyze this type of response. The stimulation-inhibition properties of allelochemical-dose responses can be described by the parameters in the model. The indices, p% reductions, are calculated to assess the allelochemical effects. The model is compared with experimental data for the response of lettuce seedling growth to Centaurepensin, the olfactory response of weevil larvae to alpha-terpineol, and the responses of annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.), creeping red fescue (Festuca rubra L., cv. Ensylva), Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L., cv. Kenblue), perennial ryegrass (L. perenne L., cv. Manhattan), and Rebel tall fescue (F. arundinacea Schreb) seedling growth to leachates of Rebel and Kentucky 31 tall fescue. The results show that the model gives a good description to observations and can be used to fit a wide range of dose responses. Assessments of the effects of leachates of Rebel and Kentucky 31 tall fescue clearly differentiate the properties of the allelopathic sources and the relative sensitivities of indicators such as the length of root and leaf.

  11. A robust polynomial fitting approach for contact angle measurements.

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    Atefi, Ehsan; Mann, J Adin; Tavana, Hossein

    2013-05-14

    Polynomial fitting to drop profile offers an alternative to well-established drop shape techniques for contact angle measurements from sessile drops without a need for liquid physical properties. Here, we evaluate the accuracy of contact angles resulting from fitting polynomials of various orders to drop profiles in a Cartesian coordinate system, over a wide range of contact angles. We develop a differentiator mask to automatically find a range of required number of pixels from a drop profile over which a stable contact angle is obtained. The polynomial order that results in the longest stable regime and returns the lowest standard error and the highest correlation coefficient is selected to determine drop contact angles. We find that, unlike previous reports, a single polynomial order cannot be used to accurately estimate a wide range of contact angles and that a larger order polynomial is needed for drops with larger contact angles. Our method returns contact angles with an accuracy of contact angles in a wide range with a fourth-order polynomial. We show that this approach returns dynamic contact angles with less than 0.7° error as compared to ADSA-P, for the solid-liquid systems tested. This new approach is a powerful alternative to drop shape techniques for estimating contact angles of drops regardless of drop symmetry and without a need for liquid properties.

  12. A person-environment fit approach to volunteerism: Volunteer personality-fit and culture-fit as predictors of affective outcomes

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    A.E.M. van Vianen; B.A. Nijstad; O.F. Voskuijl

    2008-01-01

    This study employed a person-environment (P-E) fit approach to explaining volunteer satisfaction, affective commitment, and turnover intentions. It was hypothesized that personality fit would explain additional variance in volunteer affective outcomes above and beyond motives to volunteer. This hypo

  13. Ellipse Fitting Based Approach for Extended Object Tracking

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    Borui Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available With the increase of sensors’ resolution, traditional object tracking technology, which ignores object’s physical extension, gradually becomes inappropriate. Extended object tracking (EOT technology is able to obtain more information about the object through jointly estimating both centroid’s dynamic state and physical extension of the object. Random matrix based approach is a promising method for EOT. It uses ellipse/ellipsoid to describe the physical extension of the object. In order to reduce the physical extension estimation error when object maneuvers, the relationship between ellipse/ellipsoid and symmetrical positive definite matrix is analyzed at first. On this basis, ellipse/ellipsoid fitting based approach (EFA for EOT is proposed based on the measurement model and centroid’s dynamic model of random matrix based EOT approach. Simulation results show that EFA is effective. The physical extension estimation error of EFA is lower than those of random matrix based approaches when object maneuvers. Besides, the estimation error of centroid’s dynamic state of EFA is also lower.

  14. The application conditions of the compact modified method of curve fitting for parametric synthesis of switched-capacitor networks

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    M. E. Artemenko

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The topological and algebraic conditions for formation of ARC-prototype state equation were obtained to diagnose the possibility of application the compact modified method of curve fitting for parametric synthesis of SC-filter directly on its circuit or element’s connection matrix. The formal mathematical apparatus of forming the ARC-prototype’s compact equation of electric equilibrium on the element’s connection matrix was developed, which allows to reduce the dimension of the synthesized filter to the number of prototype’s capacitors. The relations to account nonideal parameters of operational amplifiers for the prototype’s compact equation of electric equilibrium were obtained, which improve the accuracy of parametric synthesis of switched-capacitor networks.

  15. Theoretical fit of Cepheid light an radial velocity curves in the Large Magellanic Cloud cluster NGC 1866

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    Marconi, Marcella; Ripepi, Vincenzo; Musella, Ilaria; Brocato, Enzo

    2012-01-01

    We present a theoretical investigation of multifilter (U,B,V, I and K) light and radial velocity curves of five Classical Cepheids in NGC 1866, a young massive cluster of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The best fit models accounting for the luminosity and radial velocity variations of the five selected variables, four pulsating in the fundamental mode and one in the first overtone, provide direct estimates of their intrinsic stellar parameters and individual distances. The resulting stellar properties indicate a slightly brighter Mass Luminosity relation than the canonical one, possibly due to mild overshooting and/or mass loss. As for the inferred distances, the individual values are consistent within the uncertainties. Moreover, their weighted mean value corresponds to a distance modulus of 18.56 + - 0.03 (stat) + - 0.1 (syst) mag, in agreement with several independent results in the literature.

  16. Irregular conformal states and spectral curve: Irregular matrix model approach

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    Rim, Chaiho

    2016-01-01

    We present recent developments of irregular conformal conformal states. Irregular vertex operators and their adjoint are used to define the irregular conformal states and their Inner product. Free field formalism can be augmented by screening operators which provide more degrees of freedom. The inner product is conveniently given as partition function of a irregular matrix model. (Deformed) spectral curve is the loop equation of the matrix model at Nekrasov-Shatashivili limit. We present the details of analytic structure of the spectral curve for Virasoso symmetry and its extensions, W-symmetry and super-symmetry.

  17. Cavity approach for modeling and fitting polymer stretching

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    Massucci, Francesco Alessandro; Vicente, Conrad J Pérez

    2014-01-01

    The mechanical properties of molecules are today captured by single molecule manipulation experiments, so that polymer features are tested at a nanometric scale. Yet devising mathematical models to get further insight beyond the commonly studied force--elongation relation is typically hard. Here we draw from techniques developed in the context of disordered systems to solve models for single and double--stranded DNA stretching in the limit of a long polymeric chain. Since we directly derive the marginals for the molecule local orientation, our approach allows us to readily calculate the experimental elongation as well as other observables at wish. As an example, we evaluate the correlation length as a function of the stretching force. Furthermore, we are able to fit successfully our solution to real experimental data. Although the model is admittedly phenomenological, our findings are very sound. For single--stranded DNA our solution yields the correct (monomer) scale and, yet more importantly, the right pers...

  18. 疲劳S-N曲线的加权最小二乘法拟合%WEIGHTED LEAST SQUARE METHOD FOR S-N CURVE FITTING

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    吉凤贤; 姚卫星

    2004-01-01

    提出了一种拟合材料疲劳S-N曲线的加权最小二乘法,各应力水平下的拟合点的权重反比于均值置信区间的长度.两个算例结果表明:本文方法较好地考虑了S-N曲线分散性的物理特性.%An S-N curve fitting approach is proposed based on the weighted least square method, and the weights are inversely proportional to the length of mean confidence intervals of experimental data sets. The assumption coincides with the physical characteristics of the fatigue life scatter. Two examples demonstrate the method. It is shown that the method has better accuracy and reasonableness compared with the usual least square method.

  19. Curve fitting of the corporate recovery rates: the comparison of Beta distribution estimation and kernel density estimation.

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    Full Text Available Recovery rate is essential to the estimation of the portfolio's loss and economic capital. Neglecting the randomness of the distribution of recovery rate may underestimate the risk. The study introduces two kinds of models of distribution, Beta distribution estimation and kernel density distribution estimation, to simulate the distribution of recovery rates of corporate loans and bonds. As is known, models based on Beta distribution are common in daily usage, such as CreditMetrics by J.P. Morgan, Portfolio Manager by KMV and Losscalc by Moody's. However, it has a fatal defect that it can't fit the bimodal or multimodal distributions such as recovery rates of corporate loans and bonds as Moody's new data show. In order to overcome this flaw, the kernel density estimation is introduced and we compare the simulation results by histogram, Beta distribution estimation and kernel density estimation to reach the conclusion that the Gaussian kernel density distribution really better imitates the distribution of the bimodal or multimodal data samples of corporate loans and bonds. Finally, a Chi-square test of the Gaussian kernel density estimation proves that it can fit the curve of recovery rates of loans and bonds. So using the kernel density distribution to precisely delineate the bimodal recovery rates of bonds is optimal in credit risk management.

  20. Quantitative Evaluation of Cross-Peak Volumes in Multidimensional Spectra by Nonlinear-Least-Squares Curve Fitting

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    Sze, K. H.; Barsukov, I. L.; Roberts, G. C. K.

    A procedure for quantitative evaluation of cross-peak volumes in spectra of any order of dimensions is described; this is based on a generalized algorithm for combining appropriate one-dimensional integrals obtained by nonlinear-least-squares curve-fitting techniques. This procedure is embodied in a program, NDVOL, which has three modes of operation: a fully automatic mode, a manual mode for interactive selection of fitting parameters, and a fast reintegration mode. The procedures used in the NDVOL program to obtain accurate volumes for overlapping cross peaks are illustrated using various simulated overlapping cross-peak patterns. The precision and accuracy of the estimates of cross-peak volumes obtained by application of the program to these simulated cross peaks and to a back-calculated 2D NOESY spectrum of dihydrofolate reductase are presented. Examples are shown of the use of the program with real 2D and 3D data. It is shown that the program is able to provide excellent estimates of volume even for seriously overlapping cross peaks with minimal intervention by the user.

  1. Moving curved surface fitting based on Kriging statistics%基于Kriging统计的移动曲面拟合

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    管莉莉; 李明峰; 卢扣; 陈春晖

    2011-01-01

    通过方位取点法选取采样点,移动拟合出二次曲面来逼近实际地形.对采样点处的逼近误差进行Kriging统计,获得待定点处高程逼近误差的最优估值.进行了基于Kriging统计的移动曲面拟合综合模型的模拟计算,通过单一曲面模型和Kriging统计模型的逼近误差及精度的比较,验证了综合内插模型的优越性.%Sampling points were selected by method of bearing point sampling, moving curved surface fits a quadratic surface to the real terrain. It solves optimal estimation of approximation error in unknown point by Kriging statistics of approximation error in sampling points. Simulation of mobile camber fitting model based on Kriging statistics was carried out. By comparison of approximation error and precision between single surface model and Kriging statistic model, it is verified that the interpolation comprehensive model has its advantage.

  2. Structural modeling of age specific fertility curves in Peninsular Malaysia: An approach of Lee Carter method

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    Hanafiah, Hazlenah; Jemain, Abdul Aziz

    2013-11-01

    In recent years, the study of fertility has been getting a lot of attention among research abroad following fear of deterioration of fertility led by the rapid economy development. Hence, this study examines the feasibility of developing fertility forecasts based on age structure. Lee Carter model (1992) is applied in this study as it is an established and widely used model in analysing demographic aspects. A singular value decomposition approach is incorporated with an ARIMA model to estimate age specific fertility rates in Peninsular Malaysia over the period 1958-2007. Residual plots is used to measure the goodness of fit of the model. Fertility index forecast using random walk drift is then utilised to predict the future age specific fertility. Results indicate that the proposed model provides a relatively good and reasonable data fitting. In addition, there is an apparent and continuous decline in age specific fertility curves in the next 10 years, particularly among mothers' in their early 20's and 40's. The study on the fertility is vital in order to maintain a balance between the population growth and the provision of facilities related resources.

  3. Nonlinear analysis of doubly curved shells: An analytical approach

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    Y Nath; K Sandeep

    2000-08-01

    Dynamic analogues of vin Karman-Donnell type shell equations for doubly curved, thin isotropic shells in rectangular planform are formulated and expressed in displacement components. These nonlinear partial differential equations of motion are linearized by using a quadratic extrapolation technique. The spatial and temporal discretization of differential equatoins have been carried out by finite-degree Chebyshev polynomials and implicit Houbolt time-marching techniques respectively. Multiple regression besed on the least square error norm is employed to eliminate the incompatability generated due to spatial discretization (equations > unknowns). Spatial convergence study revealed that nine term expansion of each displacement in and respectively, is sufficient to yield fairly accurate results. Clamped and simply supported immovable doubly curved shallow shells are analysed. Results have been compared with those obtained by other numerical methods. Considering uniformly distributed normal loading, the results of static and dynamic analyses are presented.

  4. 曲线拟合在血细胞分析中的应用%The Application of Curve Fitting among Analysis of Blood Cells

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    吴义满

    2011-01-01

    Objective The measurement error is fairly great in blood cell analyzer at present. To reduce the error, the curve fitting model based on Matlab is supposed to be applied. Methods The errors of the platelet count in measurement and Coulter theory were corrected with the method of curve fitting in this paper. Results The two examples with curve fitting method were completed and their results indicated that curve fitting based on Matlab was feasible and valid for correcting the errors from measurements. Conclusions Curve fitting based on Matlab is useful to correct the measurement error of blood cells.%目的 常见的血细胞分析仪测试误差比较大.为减小血细胞的测试误差,可以用Matlab进行曲线拟合的方法修正.方法 本文提出了用曲线拟合来修正血小板计数的测试误差和库尔特原理误差.结果 通过两个实例证明了曲线拟合修正血细胞的测试误差是可行和有效的.结论 利用Matlab曲线拟合修正血细胞的测试误差有一定实际意义.

  5. A Comprehensive Approach for Assessing Person Fit with Test-Retest Data

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    Ferrando, Pere J.

    2014-01-01

    Item response theory (IRT) models allow model-data fit to be assessed at the individual level by using person-fit indices. This assessment is also feasible when IRT is used to model test-retest data. However, person-fit developments for this type of modeling are virtually nonexistent. This article proposes a general person-fit approach for…

  6. Clapeyron equations and fitting formula of the coexistence curve in the extended phase space of the charged AdS black holes

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    Wei, Shao-Wen

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we first review the equal area laws and Clapeyron equations in the extended phase space of the charged AdS black holes. With different fixed parameters, the Maxwell's equal area law not only hold in $P-V$ (pressure-thermodynamic volume) oscillatory line, but also in $Q-\\Phi$ (charge-electric potential) and $T-S$ (temperature-entropy) oscillatory lines. The classical Clapeyron equation also obtains its generalizations that two extra equations are found. Moreover, we present the fitting formula of the coexistence curve that the small and large charged black holes coexist. The result shows that the fitting formula is charge independent in the reduced parameter space for any dimension of spacetime. Using such analytic expression of the coexistence curve, we find that the Clapeyron equations are highly consistent with the calculated values. The fitting formula is useful for further study on the thermodynamic property of the system varying along the coexistence curve.

  7. The VMC survey - XXIII. Model fitting of light and radial velocity curves of Small Magellanic Cloud classical Cepheids

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    Marconi, M.; Molinaro, R.; Ripepi, V.; Cioni, M.-R. L.; Clementini, G.; Moretti, M. I.; Ragosta, F.; de Grijs, R.; Groenewegen, M. A. T.; Ivanov, V. D.

    2017-04-01

    We present the results of the χ2 minimization model fitting technique applied to optical and near-infrared photometric and radial velocity data for a sample of nine fundamental and three first overtone classical Cepheids in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). The near-infrared photometry (JK filters) was obtained by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) public survey 'VISTA near-infrared Y, J, Ks survey of the Magellanic Clouds system' (VMC). For each pulsator, isoperiodic model sequences have been computed by adopting a non-linear convective hydrodynamical code in order to reproduce the multifilter light and (when available) radial velocity curve amplitudes and morphological details. The inferred individual distances provide an intrinsic mean value for the SMC distance modulus of 19.01 mag and a standard deviation of 0.08 mag, in agreement with the literature. Moreover, the intrinsic masses and luminosities of the best-fitting model show that all these pulsators are brighter than the canonical evolutionary mass-luminosity relation (MLR), suggesting a significant efficiency of core overshooting and/or mass-loss. Assuming that the inferred deviation from the canonical MLR is only due to mass-loss, we derive the expected distribution of percentage mass-loss as a function of both the pulsation period and the canonical stellar mass. Finally, a good agreement is found between the predicted mean radii and current period-radius (PR) relations in the SMC available in the literature. The results of this investigation support the predictive capabilities of the adopted theoretical scenario and pave the way for the application to other extensive data bases at various chemical compositions, including the VMC Large Magellanic Cloud pulsators and Galactic Cepheids with Gaia parallaxes.

  8. ROBUST DECLINE CURVE ANALYSIS

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    Sutawanir Darwis

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Empirical decline curve analysis of oil production data gives reasonable answer in hyperbolic type curves situations; however the methodology has limitations in fitting real historical production data in present of unusual observations due to the effect of the treatment to the well in order to increase production capacity. The development ofrobust least squares offers new possibilities in better fitting production data using declinecurve analysis by down weighting the unusual observations. This paper proposes a robustleast squares fitting lmRobMM approach to estimate the decline rate of daily production data and compares the results with reservoir simulation results. For case study, we usethe oil production data at TBA Field West Java. The results demonstrated that theapproach is suitable for decline curve fitting and offers a new insight in decline curve analysis in the present of unusual observations.

  9. A computational approach to the twin paradox in curved spacetime

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    Fung, Kenneth K H; Lewis, Geraint F; Wu, Xiaofeng

    2016-01-01

    Despite being a major component in the teaching of special relativity, the twin `paradox' is generally not examined in courses on general relativity. Due to the complexity of analytical solutions to the problem, the paradox is often neglected entirely, and students are left with an incomplete understanding of the relativistic behaviour of time. This article outlines a project, undertaken by undergraduate physics students at the University of Sydney, in which a novel computational method was derived in order to predict the time experienced by a twin following a number of paths between two given spacetime coordinates. By utilising this method, it is possible to make clear to students that following a geodesic in curved spacetime does not always result in the greatest experienced proper time.

  10. A computational approach to the twin paradox in curved spacetime

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    Fung, Kenneth K. H.; Clark, Hamish A.; Lewis, Geraint F.; Wu, Xiaofeng

    2016-09-01

    Despite being a major component in the teaching of special relativity, the twin ‘paradox’ is generally not examined in courses on general relativity. Due to the complexity of analytical solutions to the problem, the paradox is often neglected entirely, and students are left with an incomplete understanding of the relativistic behaviour of time. This article outlines a project, undertaken by undergraduate physics students at the University of Sydney, in which a novel computational method was derived in order to predict the time experienced by a twin following a number of paths between two given spacetime coordinates. By utilising this method, it is possible to make clear to students that following a geodesic in curved spacetime does not always result in the greatest experienced proper time.

  11. Integrated healthcare networks' performance: a growth curve modeling approach.

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    Wan, Thomas T H; Wang, Bill B L

    2003-05-01

    This study examines the effects of integration on the performance ratings of the top 100 integrated healthcare networks (IHNs) in the United States. A strategic-contingency theory is used to identify the relationship of IHNs' performance to their structural and operational characteristics and integration strategies. To create a database for the panel study, the top 100 IHNs selected by the SMG Marketing Group in 1998 were followed up in 1999 and 2000. The data were merged with the Dorenfest data on information system integration. A growth curve model was developed and validated by the Mplus statistical program. Factors influencing the top 100 IHNs' performance in 1998 and their subsequent rankings in the consecutive years were analyzed. IHNs' initial performance scores were positively influenced by network size, number of affiliated physicians and profit margin, and were negatively associated with average length of stay and technical efficiency. The continuing high performance, judged by maintaining higher performance scores, tended to be enhanced by the use of more managerial or executive decision-support systems. Future studies should include time-varying operational indicators to serve as predictors of network performance.

  12. On a goodness-of-fit between theoretical hypsometric curve and its empirical equivalents derived for various depth bins from 30 arc-second GEBCO bathymetry

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    Włosińska, M.; Niedzielski, T.; Priede, I. G.; Migoń, P.

    2012-04-01

    The poster reports ongoing investigations into hypsometric curve modelling and its implications for sea level change. Numerous large-scale geodynamic phenomena, including global tectonics and the related sea level changes, are well described by a hypsometric curve that quantifies how the area of sea floor varies along with depth. Although the notion of hypsometric curve is rather simple, it is difficult to provide a reasonable theoretical model that fits an empirical curve. An analytical equation for a hypsometric curve is well known, but its goodness-of-fit to an empirical one is far from perfect. Such a limited accuracy may result from either not entirely adequate theoretical assumptions and concepts of a theoretical hypsometric curve or rather poorly modelled global bathymetry. Recent progress in obtaining accurate data on sea floor topography is due to subsea surveying and remote sensing. There are bathymetric datasets, including Global Bathymetric Charts of the Oceans (GEBCO), that provide a global framework for hypsometric curve computation. The recent GEBCO bathymetry - a gridded dataset that consists a sea floor topography raster revealing a global coverage with a spatial resolution of 30 arc-seconds - can be analysed to verify a depth-area relationship and to re-evaluate classical models for sea level change in geological time. Processing of the geospatial data is feasible on the basis of modern powerful tools provided by Geographic Information System (GIS) and automated with Python, the programming language that allows the user to utilise the GIS geoprocessor.

  13. Using Data-Mining Approaches for Wind Turbine Power Curve Monitoring: A Comparative Study

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    Schlechtingen, Meik; Santos, Ilmar; Achiche, Sofiane

    2013-01-01

    Four data-mining approaches for wind turbine power curve monitoring are compared. Power curve monitoring can be applied to evaluate the turbine power output and detect deviations, causing financial loss. In this research, cluster center fuzzy logic, neural network, and -nearest neighbor models...

  14. Curve Fitting via the Criterion of Least Squares. Applications of Algebra and Elementary Calculus to Curve Fitting. [and] Linear Programming in Two Dimensions: I. Applications of High School Algebra to Operations Research. Modules and Monographs in Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications Project. UMAP Units 321, 453.

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    Alexander, John W., Jr.; Rosenberg, Nancy S.

    This document consists of two modules. The first of these views applications of algebra and elementary calculus to curve fitting. The user is provided with information on how to: 1) construct scatter diagrams; 2) choose an appropriate function to fit specific data; 3) understand the underlying theory of least squares; 4) use a computer program to…

  15. Evaluation of different lactation curve models fitted for milk viscosity recorded by an automated on-line California Mastitis Test.

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    Neitzel, Anne-Christin; Stamer, Eckhard; Junge, Wolfgang; Thaller, Georg

    2015-05-01

    Laboratory somatic cell count (LSCC) records are usually recorded monthly and provide an important information source for breeding and herd management. Daily milk viscosity detection in composite milking (expressed as drain time) with an automated on-line California Mastitis Test (CMT) could serve immediately as an early predictor of udder diseases and might be used as a selection criterion to improve udder health. The aim of the present study was to clarify the relationship between the well-established LSCS and the new trait,'drain time', and to estimate their correlations to important production traits. Data were recorded on the dairy research farm Karkendamm in Germany. Viscosity sensors were installed on every fourth milking stall in the rotary parlour to measure daily drain time records. Weekly LSCC and milk composition data were available. Two data sets were created containing records of 187,692 milkings from 320 cows (D1) and 25,887 drain time records from 311 cows (D2). Different fixed effect models, describing the log-transformed drain time (logDT), were fitted to achieve applicable models for further analysis. Lactation curves were modelled with standard parametric functions (Ali and Schaeffer, Legendre polynomials of second and third degree) of days in milk (DIM). Random regression models were further applied to estimate the correlations between cow effects between logDT and LSCS with further important production traits. LogDT and LSCS were strongest correlated in mid-lactation (r = 0.78). Correlations between logDT and production traits were low to medium. Highest correlations were reached in late lactation between logDT and milk yield (r = -0.31), between logDT and protein content (r = 0.30) and in early as well as in late lactation between logDT and lactose content (r = -0.28). The results of the present study show that the drain time could be used as a new trait for daily mastitis control.

  16. The comparison of the estimation of enzyme kinetic parameters by fitting reaction curve to the integrated Michaelis-Menten rate equations of different predictor variables.

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    Liao, Fei; Zhu, Xiao-Yun; Wang, Yong-Mei; Zuo, Yu-Ping

    2005-01-31

    The estimation of enzyme kinetic parameters by nonlinear fitting reaction curve to the integrated Michaelis-Menten rate equation ln(S(0)/S)+(S(0)-S)/K(m)=(V(m)/K(m))xt was investigated and compared to that by fitting to (S(0)-S)/t=V(m)-K(m)x[ln(S(0)/S)/t] (Atkins GL, Nimmo IA. The reliability of Michaelis-Menten constants and maximum velocities estimated by using the integrated Michaelis-Menten equation. Biochem J 1973;135:779-84) with uricase as the model. Uricase reaction curve was simulated with random absorbance error of 0.001 at 0.075 mmol/l uric acid. Experimental reaction curve was monitored by absorbance at 293 nm. For both CV and deviation kinetic parameters and applicable for the characterization of enzyme inhibitors.

  17. Estimation of channel mismatches in time-interleaved analog-to-digital converters based on fractional delay and sine curve fitting.

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    Guo, Lianping; Tian, Shulin; Jiang, Jun

    2015-03-01

    This paper proposes an algorithm to estimate the channel mismatches in time-interleaved analog-to-digital converter (TIADC) based on fractional delay (FD) and sine curve fitting. Choose one channel as the reference channel and apply FD to the output samples of reference channel to obtain the ideal samples of non-reference channels with no mismatches. Based on least square method, the sine curves are adopted to fit the ideal and the actual samples of non-reference channels, and then the mismatch parameters can be estimated by comparing the ideal sine curves and the actual ones. The principle of this algorithm is simple and easily understood. Moreover, its implementation needs no extra circuits, lowering the hardware cost. Simulation results show that the estimation accuracy of this algorithm can be controlled within 2%. Finally, the practicability of this algorithm is verified by the measurement results of channel mismatch errors of a two-channel TIADC prototype.

  18. Well test analysis results interpretation: Combined type curve and pressure derivative approach

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    Fabbri, P.; Matteotti, G. (Padua Univ. (Italy). Dip. di Geologia, Paleontologia e Geofisica Padua Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Idraulica)

    In reviewing theoretical concepts forming the basis for the interpretation of well test analyses, this paper focusses on the 'theoretical model' for the determination of the parameters and variables. It then applies this theory to the combined type curve and pressure derivative interpretation approaches. Finally, the paper illustrates an approach combining the combined type curve and pressure derivative methods for homogeneous and isotropic conditions in a thermal aquifer and in the presence of the skin effect and wellbore storage.

  19. Effectiveness of a teleaudiology approach to hearing aid fitting.

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    Blamey, Peter J; Blamey, Jeremy K; Saunders, Elaine

    2015-12-01

    This research was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of an online speech perception test (SPT) for the measurement of hearing and hearing aid fitting in comparison with conventional methods. Phase 1 was performed with 88 people to evaluate the SPT for the detection of significant hearing loss. The SPT had high sensitivity (94%) and high selectivity (98%). In Phase 2, phonetic stimulus-response matrices derived from the SPT results for 408 people were used to calculate "Infograms™." At every frequency, there was a highly significant correlation (p hearing thresholds derived from the Infogram and conventional audiograms. In Phase 3, initial hearing aid fittings were derived from conventional audiograms and Infograms for two groups of hearing impaired people. Unaided and aided SPTs were used to measure the perceptual benefit of the aids for the two groups. The mean increases between unaided and aided SPT scores were 19.6%, and 22.2% (n = 517, 484; t = 2.2; p hearing aids fitted using conventional audiograms and Infograms respectively. The research provided evidence that the SPT is a highly effective tool for the detection and measurement of hearing loss and hearing aid fitting. Use of the SPT reduces the costs and increases the effectiveness of hearing aid fitting, thereby enabling a sustainable teleaudiology business model.

  20. Dynamic regulation of a cell adhesion protein complex including CADM1 by combinatorial analysis of FRAP with exponential curve-fitting.

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    Sakurai-Yageta, Mika; Maruyama, Tomoko; Suzuki, Takashi; Ichikawa, Kazuhisa; Murakami, Yoshinori

    2015-01-01

    Protein components of cell adhesion machinery show continuous renewal even in the static state of epithelial cells and participate in the formation and maintenance of normal epithelial architecture and tumor suppression. CADM1 is a tumor suppressor belonging to the immunoglobulin superfamily of cell adhesion molecule and forms a cell adhesion complex with an actin-binding protein, 4.1B, and a scaffold protein, MPP3, in the cytoplasm. Here, we investigate dynamic regulation of the CADM1-4.1B-MPP3 complex in mature cell adhesion by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) analysis. Traditional FRAP analysis were performed for relatively short period of around 10 min. Here, thanks to recent advances in the sensitive laser detector systems, we examine FRAP of CADM1 complex for longer period of 60 min and analyze the recovery with exponential curve-fitting to distinguish the fractions with different diffusion constants. This approach reveals that the fluorescence recovery of CADM1 is fitted to a single exponential function with a time constant (τ) of approximately 16 min, whereas 4.1B and MPP3 are fitted to a double exponential function with two τs of approximately 40-60 sec and 16 min. The longer τ is similar to that of CADM1, suggesting that 4.1B and MPP3 have two distinct fractions, one forming a complex with CADM1 and the other present as a free pool. Fluorescence loss in photobleaching analysis supports the presence of a free pool of these proteins near the plasma membrane. Furthermore, double exponential fitting makes it possible to estimate the ratio of 4.1B and MPP3 present as a free pool and as a complex with CADM1 as approximately 3:2 and 3:1, respectively. Our analyses reveal a central role of CADM1 in stabilizing the complex with 4.1B and MPP3 and provide insight in the dynamics of adhesion complex formation.

  1. Relative acceleration approach for conduction failure of cardiac excitation propagation on anisotropic curved surfaces

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    Chun, Sehun

    2012-01-01

    In cardiac electrophysiology, it is important to predict the necessary conditions for conduction failure, the failure of the cardiac excitation propagation even in the presence of normal excitable tissue, in high-dimensional anisotropic space because these conditions may provide feasible mechanisms for abnormal excitation propagations such as atrial re-entry and, subsequently, atrial fibrillation even without taking into account the time-dependent refractory region. Some conditions of conduction failure have been studied for anisotropy or simple curved surfaces, but the general conditions on anisotropic curved surfaces (anisotropic and curved surface) remain unknown. To predict and analyze conduction failure on anisotropic curved surfaces, a new analytic approach is proposed, called the relative acceleration approach borrowed from spacetime physics. Motivated by a discrete model of cardiac excitation propagation, this approach is based on the hypothesis that a large relative acceleration can translate to a dr...

  2. Fitting Centrifugal Pump Performance Curve Based on Visual Basic%基于Visual Basic编程对离心泵性能曲线的拟合

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    刘红明; 孙铁; 刘嵩; 王亮; 魏佳广

    2014-01-01

    Centrifugal pump performance curve is the basis of measuring the performance, type selection calculation and optimal operation of the centrifugal pump. After the test,in order to get more accurate data based on the sampling point, curve of experimental data needs to be fitted. In this paper, taking fitting flow and head curve of centrifugal pump as an example, the method to fit the curve by programming based visual basic with the least square method was introduced. The practical application has proved that the method has many advantages, and can effectively solve data processing problems in centrifugal pump type selection and curve fitting in petrochemical industry.%在分析拟合离心泵性能曲线必要性的基础上,以拟合离心泵流量和扬程性能曲线为例,介绍了利用最小二乘法使用visual Basic语言进行直接编程拟合曲线的方法;经实际使用本程序具有简单、易用、求解效率高、适用范围广等特点,有效解决了石化行业中离心泵选型、试验中曲线拟合的数据处理问题,可以在离心泵及容积泵性能曲线拟合中推广应用。

  3. Methods for fitting of efficiency curves obtained by means of HPGe gamma rays spectrometers; Metodos de ajuste de curvas de eficiencia obtidas por meio de espectrometros de HPGe

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    Cardoso, Vanderlei

    2002-07-01

    The present work describes a few methodologies developed for fitting efficiency curves obtained by means of a HPGe gamma-ray spectrometer. The interpolated values were determined by simple polynomial fitting and polynomial fitting between the ratio of experimental peak efficiency and total efficiency, calculated by Monte Carlo technique, as a function of gamma-ray energy. Moreover, non-linear fitting has been performed using a segmented polynomial function and applying the Gauss-Marquardt method. For the peak area obtainment different methodologies were developed in order to estimate the background area under the peak. This information was obtained by numerical integration or by using analytical functions associated to the background. One non-calibrated radioactive source has been included in the curve efficiency in order to provide additional calibration points. As a by-product, it was possible to determine the activity of this non-calibrated source. For all fittings developed in the present work the covariance matrix methodology was used, which is an essential procedure in order to give a complete description of the partial uncertainties involved. (author)

  4. Analysis Approach to Durability Based on Material Initial Fatigue Quality and S-N Curve

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    Yang Moucun; Nie Hong

    2007-01-01

    Based on probabilistic fracture mechanics approach, a new concept of material initial fatigue quality (MIFQ) is developed. Then,the relation between S-N curve and crack propagation curve is studied. From the study, a new durability analysis method is presented. In this method, S-N curve is used to determine crack growth rate under constant amplitude.loading and evaluate the effects of different factors on durability and then the structural durability is analyzed. The tests and analyses indicate that this method has lower dependence on testing, and higher accuracy, reliability and generality and is convenient for application.

  5. Comparisons of Wilson-Fowler and Parametric Cubic Splines with the Curve-Fitting Algorithms of Several Computer-Aided Design Systems

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    Birchler, W.D.; Schilling, S.A.

    2001-02-01

    The purpose of this report is to demonstrate that modern computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer-aided engineering (CAE) systems can be used in the Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Weapons Complex (NWC) to design new and remodel old products, fabricate old and new parts, and reproduce legacy data within the inspection uncertainty limits. In this study, two two-dimensional splines are compared with several modern CAD curve-fitting modeling algorithms. The first curve-fitting algorithm is called the Wilson-Fowler Spline (WFS), and the second is called a parametric cubic spline (PCS). Modern CAD systems usually utilize either parametric cubic and/or B-splines.

  6. Model Fitting Versus Curve Fitting: A Model of Renormalization Provides a Better Account of Age Aftereffects Than a Model of Local Repulsion.

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    O'Neil, Sean F; Mac, Amy; Rhodes, Gillian; Webster, Michael A

    2015-12-01

    Recently, we proposed that the aftereffects of adapting to facial age are consistent with a renormalization of the perceived age (e.g., so that after adapting to a younger or older age, all ages appear slightly older or younger, respectively). This conclusion has been challenged by arguing that the aftereffects can also be accounted for by an alternative model based on repulsion (in which facial ages above or below the adapting age are biased away from the adaptor). However, we show here that this challenge was based on allowing the fitted functions to take on values which are implausible and incompatible across the different adapting conditions. When the fits are constrained or interpreted in terms of standard assumptions about normalization and repulsion, then the two analyses both agree in pointing to a pattern of renormalization in age aftereffects.

  7. 酉州乌羊生长曲线拟合分析研究%Study on growth curve fitting of YouZhou Black Goat

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    方亚; 黄勇富; 王高富

    2011-01-01

    对酉州乌羊体重随月龄增长应用Logistic、Gompertz、Richards模型进行生长曲线拟合分析,建立公、母羊的拟合曲线方程及求出拐点体重、拐点月龄。结果表明:三种模型均能很好地拟合公、母羊生长规律,Logistic、Gompertz、Richards模型拟合公羊的拟合度(R2)分别为0.987、0.995、0.987,母羊拟合度(R2)0.968、0.9810.968,三种模型相互比较,Gompertz模型拟合效果最好。%Youzhou black goats weight increase with age application Logistic, Gompertz, Richardss model for growth curve fitting analysis, male goat and famale goat's equation and find the Inflexion point of body weight, Inflexion age. maximal growth rate.The results showed that:three models can fit male goat and famale goat growth pattern, Logistic, Gompertz, Richards three model fitting male goat goodness of fit (R2) were 0.987,0.995,0.987,famale goat goodness of fit (R2) 0.968,0.981 0.968, three models compare with each other, Gompertz model fit the best.

  8. An Intuitive Approach to Geometric Continuity for Parametric Curves and Surfaces (Extended Abstract)

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    Derose, T. D.; Barsky, B. A.

    1985-01-01

    The notion of geometric continuity is extended to an arbitrary order for curves and surfaces, and an intuitive development of constraints equations is presented that are necessary for it. The constraints result from a direct application of the univariate chain rule for curves, and the bivariate chain rule for surfaces. The constraints provide for the introduction of quantities known as shape parameters. The approach taken is important for several reasons: First, it generalizes geometric continuity to arbitrary order for both curves and surfaces. Second, it shows the fundamental connection between geometric continuity of curves and geometric continuity of surfaces. Third, due to the chain rule derivation, constraints of any order can be determined more easily than derivations based exclusively on geometric measures.

  9. Extrapolation of Calibration Curve of Hot-wire Spirometer Using a Novel Neural Network Based Approach.

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    Ardekani, Mohammad Ali; Nafisi, Vahid Reza; Farhani, Foad

    2012-10-01

    Hot-wire spirometer is a kind of constant temperature anemometer (CTA). The working principle of CTA, used for the measurement of fluid velocity and flow turbulence, is based on convective heat transfer from a hot-wire sensor to a fluid being measured. The calibration curve of a CTA is nonlinear and cannot be easily extrapolated beyond its calibration range. Therefore, a method for extrapolation of CTA calibration curve will be of great practical application. In this paper, a novel approach based on the conventional neural network and self-organizing map (SOM) method has been proposed to extrapolate CTA calibration curve for measurement of velocity in the range 0.7-30 m/seconds. Results show that, using this approach for the extrapolation of the CTA calibration curve beyond its upper limit, the standard deviation is about -0.5%, which is acceptable in most cases. Moreover, this approach for the extrapolation of the CTA calibration curve below its lower limit produces standard deviation of about 4.5%, which is acceptable in spirometry applications. Finally, the standard deviation on the whole measurement range (0.7-30 m/s) is about 1.5%.

  10. The analysis of dose-response curve from bioassays with quantal response: Deterministic or statistical approaches?

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    Mougabure-Cueto, G; Sfara, V

    2016-04-25

    Dose-response relations can be obtained from systems at any structural level of biological matter, from the molecular to the organismic level. There are two types of approaches for analyzing dose-response curves: a deterministic approach, based on the law of mass action, and a statistical approach, based on the assumed probabilities distribution of phenotypic characters. Models based on the law of mass action have been proposed to analyze dose-response relations across the entire range of biological systems. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the principles that determine the dose-response relations. Dose-response curves of simple systems are the result of chemical interactions between reacting molecules, and therefore are supported by the law of mass action. In consequence, the shape of these curves is perfectly sustained by physicochemical features. However, dose-response curves of bioassays with quantal response are not explained by the simple collision of molecules but by phenotypic variations among individuals and can be interpreted as individual tolerances. The expression of tolerance is the result of many genetic and environmental factors and thus can be considered a random variable. In consequence, the shape of its associated dose-response curve has no physicochemical bearings; instead, they are originated from random biological variations. Due to the randomness of tolerance there is no reason to use deterministic equations for its analysis; on the contrary, statistical models are the appropriate tools for analyzing these dose-response relations.

  11. Basal ganglia necrosis: a 'best-fit' approach.

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    Boca, Mihaela; Lloyd, Katie; Likeman, Marcus; Jardine, Philip; Whone, Alan

    2016-12-01

    A previously well 16-year-old boy developed a rapid-onset hypokinetic syndrome, coupled with a radiological appearance of extensive and highly symmetrical basal ganglia and white matter change. The diagnostic process was challenging and we systematically considered potential causes. After excluding common causes of this clinico-radiological picture, we considered common disorders with this unusual radiological picture and vice versa, before finally concluding that this was a rare presentation of a rare disease. We considered the broad categories of: metabolic; toxic; infective; inflammatory, postinfective and immune-mediated; neoplastic; paraneoplastic and heredodegenerative. Long-term follow-up gave insight into the nature of the insult, confirming the monophasic course. During recovery, and following presumed secondary aberrant reinnervation, his disorder evolved from predominantly hypokinetic to hyperkinetic. Here, we explore the process of finding a 'best-fit' diagnosis: in this case, acute necrotising encephalopathy. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  12. Latent Trait Theory Approach to Measuring Person-Organization Fit: Conceptual Rationale and Empirical Evaluation

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    Chernyshenko, Oleksandr S.; Stark, Stephen; Williams, Alex

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to offer a new approach to measuring person-organization (P-O) fit, referred to here as "Latent fit." Respondents were administered unidimensional forced choice items and were asked to choose the statement in each pair that better reflected the correspondence between their values and those of the…

  13. Prediction of ion-exchange column breakthrough curves by constant-pattern wave approach.

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    Lee, I-Hsien; Kuan, Yu-Chung; Chern, Jia-Ming

    2008-03-21

    The release of heavy metals from industrial wastewaters represents one of major threats to environment. Compared with chemical precipitation method, fixed-bed ion-exchange process can effectively remove heavy metals from wastewaters and generate no hazardous sludge. In order to design and operate fixed-bed ion-exchange processes successfully, it is very important to understand the column dynamics. In this study, the column experiments for Cu2+/H+, Zn2+/H+, and Cd2+/H+ systems using Amberlite IR-120 were performed to measure the breakthrough curves under varying operating conditions. The experimental results showed that total cation concentration in the mobile-phase played a key role on the breakthrough curves; a higher feed concentration resulted in an earlier breakthrough. Furthermore, the column dynamics was also predicted by self-sharpening and constant-pattern wave models. The self-sharpening wave model assuming local ion-exchange equilibrium could provide a simple and quick estimation for the breakthrough volume, but the predicted breakthrough curves did not match the experimental data very well. On the contrary, the constant-pattern wave model using a constant driving force model for finite ion-exchange rate provided a better fit to the experimental data. The obtained liquid-phase mass transfer coefficient was correlated to the flow velocity and other operating parameters; the breakthrough curves under varying operating conditions could thus be predicted by the constant-pattern wave model using the correlation.

  14. 三次B样条曲线拟合的虹膜定位%Iris Localization Algorithm Based on Cubic B-spline Curve Fitting

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    叶永强; 沈建新; 周啸; 张敏

    2011-01-01

    采用圆检测定位虹膜内外边界的方法是当前虹膜定位的主流算法.当虹膜图像分辨率很高时,圆曲线不能准确地拟合虹膜真实边界,特别是受瞳孔收缩影响很大的内边界.而采用三次B样条曲线能够很好地拟合内边界.为了提高定位效率,首先运用质心探测方法分割出瞳孔区域,然后在瞳孔区域中搜索内边界点,采用三次B样条曲线精确拟合内边界;最后利用Canny算子检测外边界,并采用圆曲线的最小二乘拟合外边界.运用Bath大学虹膜库中的1000幅虹膜图像对该定位算法进行测试,内边界定位时间0.0203s、准确率99.2%;外边界定位时间2.0277s,准确率98.9%,满足准确、高效的定位要求.%The current important methods of iris localization are based on circle detection. But they could not fit the real boundary well when iris images are high-resolution, especially the inner boundary under the influence of pupil constriction. Proposed method based on cubic B-spline curve can figure out this problem. It locates the inner boundary area first, and then the outer boundary. To improve the efficiency and robustness for inner boundary localization, this paper has proposed a method to segment the pupil area first based centroid detection, then search inner edge in the segmented area. The outer boundary area is then determined by using Ihe parameter relations between inner and outer boundary. Finally, using canny operator delects the outer edge, and the outer boundary is fitted in the Least-square circle sense. The Experiment results based on the iris database of Bath University, with 99.2% accuracy and 0.022s positioning time of inner boundary, 98.9% and 2.027s of outer show that the proposed approach is efficient and robust.

  15. DEVELOPING AN EXCELLENT SEDIMENT RATING CURVE FROM ONE HYDROLOGICAL YEAR SAMPLING PROGRAMME DATA: APPROACH

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    Preksedis M. Ndomba

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents preliminary findings on the adequacy of one hydrological year sampling programme data in developing an excellent sediment rating curve. The study case is a 1DD1 subcatchment in the upstream of Pangani River Basin (PRB, located in the North Eastern part of Tanzania. 1DD1 is the major runoff-sediment contributing tributary to the downstream hydropower reservoir, the Nyumba Ya Mungu (NYM. In literature sediment rating curve method is known to underestimate the actual sediment load. In the case of developing countries long-term sediment sampling monitoring or conservation campaigns have been reported as unworkable options. Besides, to the best knowledge of the authors, to date there is no consensus on how to develop an excellent rating curve. Daily-midway and intermittent-cross section sediment samples from Depth Integrating sampler (D-74 were used to calibrate the subdaily automatic sediment pumping sampler (ISCO 6712 near bank point samples for developing the rating curve. Sediment load correction factors were derived from both statistical bias estimators and actual sediment load approaches. It should be noted that the ongoing study is guided by findings of other studies in the same catchment. For instance, long term sediment yield rate estimated based on reservoir survey validated the performance of the developed rating curve. The result suggests that excellent rating curve could be developed from one hydrological year sediment sampling programme data. This study has also found that uncorrected rating curve underestimates sediment load. The degreeof underestimation depends on the type of rating curve developed and data used.

  16. Analytical computation of process noise matrix in Kalman filter for fitting curved tracks in magnetic field within dense, thick scatterers

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    Bhattacharya, Kolahal; Banerjee, Sudeshna; Mondal, Naba K.

    2016-07-01

    In the context of track fitting problems by a Kalman filter, the appropriate functional forms of the elements of the random process noise matrix are derived for tracking through thick layers of dense materials and magnetic field. This work complements the form of the process noise matrix obtained by Mankel [1].

  17. TYPE Ia SUPERNOVA DISTANCE MODULUS BIAS AND DISPERSION FROM K-CORRECTION ERRORS: A DIRECT MEASUREMENT USING LIGHT CURVE FITS TO OBSERVED SPECTRAL TIME SERIES

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    Saunders, C.; Aldering, G.; Aragon, C.; Bailey, S.; Childress, M.; Fakhouri, H. K.; Kim, A. G. [Physics Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Antilogus, P.; Bongard, S.; Canto, A.; Cellier-Holzem, F.; Guy, J. [Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et des Hautes Énergies, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, Université Paris Diderot Paris 7, CNRS-IN2P3, 4 Place Jussieu, F-75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Baltay, C. [Department of Physics, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06250-8121 (United States); Buton, C.; Chotard, N.; Copin, Y.; Gangler, E. [Université de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Feindt, U.; Kerschhaggl, M.; Kowalski, M. [Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bonn, Nußallee 12, D-53115 Bonn (Germany); and others

    2015-02-10

    We estimate systematic errors due to K-corrections in standard photometric analyses of high-redshift Type Ia supernovae. Errors due to K-correction occur when the spectral template model underlying the light curve fitter poorly represents the actual supernova spectral energy distribution, meaning that the distance modulus cannot be recovered accurately. In order to quantify this effect, synthetic photometry is performed on artificially redshifted spectrophotometric data from 119 low-redshift supernovae from the Nearby Supernova Factory, and the resulting light curves are fit with a conventional light curve fitter. We measure the variation in the standardized magnitude that would be fit for a given supernova if located at a range of redshifts and observed with various filter sets corresponding to current and future supernova surveys. We find significant variation in the measurements of the same supernovae placed at different redshifts regardless of filters used, which causes dispersion greater than ∼0.05 mag for measurements of photometry using the Sloan-like filters and a bias that corresponds to a 0.03 shift in w when applied to an outside data set. To test the result of a shift in supernova population or environment at higher redshifts, we repeat our calculations with the addition of a reweighting of the supernovae as a function of redshift and find that this strongly affects the results and would have repercussions for cosmology. We discuss possible methods to reduce the contribution of the K-correction bias and uncertainty.

  18. GURU v2.0: An interactive Graphical User interface to fit rheometer curves in Han’s model for rubber vulcanization

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    G. Milani

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A GUI software (GURU for experimental data fitting of rheometer curves in Natural Rubber (NR vulcanized with sulphur at different curing temperatures is presented. Experimental data are automatically loaded in GURU from an Excel spreadsheet coming from the output of the experimental machine (moving die rheometer. To fit the experimental data, the general reaction scheme proposed by Han and co-workers for NR vulcanized with sulphur is considered. From the simplified kinetic scheme adopted, a closed form solution can be found for the crosslink density, with the only limitation that the induction period is excluded from computations. Three kinetic constants must be determined in such a way to minimize the absolute error between normalized experimental data and numerical prediction. Usually, this result is achieved by means of standard least-squares data fitting. On the contrary, GURU works interactively by means of a Graphical User Interface (GUI to minimize the error and allows an interactive calibration of the kinetic constants by means of sliders. A simple mouse click on the sliders allows the assignment of a value for each kinetic constant and a visual comparison between numerical and experimental curves. Users will thus find optimal values of the constants by means of a classic trial and error strategy. An experimental case of technical relevance is shown as benchmark.

  19. A Selective Refinement Approach for Computing the Distance Functions of Curves

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    Laney, D A; Duchaineau, M A; Max, N L

    2000-12-01

    We present an adaptive signed distance transform algorithm for curves in the plane. A hierarchy of bounding boxes is required for the input curves. We demonstrate the algorithm on the isocontours of a turbulence simulation. The algorithm provides guaranteed error bounds with a selective refinement approach. The domain over which the signed distance function is desired is adaptively triangulated and piecewise discontinuous linear approximations are constructed within each triangle. The resulting transform performs work only were requested and does not rely on a preset sampling rate or other constraints.

  20. A Simplified Approach To The Control System On A 4-Axis Curve Generator

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    Langdon, Wayne R.

    1989-12-01

    The simplest approach in developing a Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machine tool would be to take a manually-operated machine and fit it with a standard, commercially available computer control system and drive packages, or so it would appear from a machine designer's viewpoint. This approach does tend to minimize the overall machine/system development costs; however, it can result in a control system too sophisticated, overly complex, and more expensive than necessary to control the machine.

  1. An optimization approach for fitting canonical tensor decompositions.

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    Dunlavy, Daniel M. (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM); Acar, Evrim; Kolda, Tamara Gibson

    2009-02-01

    Tensor decompositions are higher-order analogues of matrix decompositions and have proven to be powerful tools for data analysis. In particular, we are interested in the canonical tensor decomposition, otherwise known as the CANDECOMP/PARAFAC decomposition (CPD), which expresses a tensor as the sum of component rank-one tensors and is used in a multitude of applications such as chemometrics, signal processing, neuroscience, and web analysis. The task of computing the CPD, however, can be difficult. The typical approach is based on alternating least squares (ALS) optimization, which can be remarkably fast but is not very accurate. Previously, nonlinear least squares (NLS) methods have also been recommended; existing NLS methods are accurate but slow. In this paper, we propose the use of gradient-based optimization methods. We discuss the mathematical calculation of the derivatives and further show that they can be computed efficiently, at the same cost as one iteration of ALS. Computational experiments demonstrate that the gradient-based optimization methods are much more accurate than ALS and orders of magnitude faster than NLS.

  2. Identifying best-fitting inputs in health-economic model calibration: a Pareto frontier approach.

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    Enns, Eva A; Cipriano, Lauren E; Simons, Cyrena T; Kong, Chung Yin

    2015-02-01

    To identify best-fitting input sets using model calibration, individual calibration target fits are often combined into a single goodness-of-fit (GOF) measure using a set of weights. Decisions in the calibration process, such as which weights to use, influence which sets of model inputs are identified as best-fitting, potentially leading to different health economic conclusions. We present an alternative approach to identifying best-fitting input sets based on the concept of Pareto-optimality. A set of model inputs is on the Pareto frontier if no other input set simultaneously fits all calibration targets as well or better. We demonstrate the Pareto frontier approach in the calibration of 2 models: a simple, illustrative Markov model and a previously published cost-effectiveness model of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). For each model, we compare the input sets on the Pareto frontier to an equal number of best-fitting input sets according to 2 possible weighted-sum GOF scoring systems, and we compare the health economic conclusions arising from these different definitions of best-fitting. For the simple model, outcomes evaluated over the best-fitting input sets according to the 2 weighted-sum GOF schemes were virtually nonoverlapping on the cost-effectiveness plane and resulted in very different incremental cost-effectiveness ratios ($79,300 [95% CI 72,500-87,600] v. $139,700 [95% CI 79,900-182,800] per quality-adjusted life-year [QALY] gained). Input sets on the Pareto frontier spanned both regions ($79,000 [95% CI 64,900-156,200] per QALY gained). The TAVR model yielded similar results. Choices in generating a summary GOF score may result in different health economic conclusions. The Pareto frontier approach eliminates the need to make these choices by using an intuitive and transparent notion of optimality as the basis for identifying best-fitting input sets. © The Author(s) 2014.

  3. On the controversial fitting of susceptibility curves of ferromagnetic Cu(II) cubanes: insights from theoretical calculations.

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    Calzado, Carmen J

    2013-01-21

    This paper reports a theoretical analysis of the electronic structure and magnetic properties of a tetranuclear Cu(II) complex, [Cu(4) (HL)(4)], which has a 4+2 cubane-like structure (H(3) L=N,N'-(2-hydroxypropane-1,3-diyl)bis(acetylacetoneimine)). These theoretical calculations indicate a quintet (S=2) ground state; the energy-level distribution of the magnetic states confirm Heisenberg behaviour and correspond to an S(4) spin-spin interaction model. The dominant interaction is the ferromagnetic coupling between the pseudo-dimeric units (J(1) =22.2 cm(-1)), whilst a weak and ferromagnetic interaction is found within the pseudo-dimeric units (J(2) =1.4 cm(-1)). The amplitude and sign of these interactions are consistent with the structure and arrangement of the magnetic Cu 3d orbitals; they accurately simulate the thermal dependence of magnetic susceptibility, but do not agree with the reported J values (J(1) =38.4 cm(-1), J(2) =-18.0 cm(-1)) that result from the experimental fitting. This result is not an isolated case; many other polynuclear systems, in particular 4+2 Cu(II) cubanes, have been reported in which the fitted magnetic terms are not consistent with the geometrical features of the system. In this context, theoretical evaluation can be considered as a valuable tool in the interpretation of the macroscopic behaviour, thus providing clues for a rational and directed design of new materials with specific properties.

  4. Using Data-Mining Approaches for Wind Turbine Power Curve Monitoring: A Comparative Study

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    Schlechtingen, Meik; Santos, Ilmar; Achiche, Sofiane

    2013-01-01

    Four data-mining approaches for wind turbine power curve monitoring are compared. Power curve monitoring can be applied to evaluate the turbine power output and detect deviations, causing financial loss. In this research, cluster center fuzzy logic, neural network, and -nearest neighbor models...... are built and their performance compared against literature. Recently developed adaptive neuro-fuzzy-interference system models are set up and their performance compared with the other models, using the same data. Literature models often neglect the influence of the ambient temperature and the wind...... direction. The ambient temperature can influence the power output up to 20%. Nearby obstacles can lower the power output for certain wind directions. The approaches proposed in literature and the ANFIS models are compared by using wind speed only and two additional inputs. The comparison is based...

  5. The analysis of modern approaches to physical fitness testing of military personnel

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    Glazunov Sergej Ivanovich

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The aim of research is to determine modern approaches to the physical fitness testing of service personnel. In the army with modern military experience, marked by a tendency to view the content of tests to determine the level of physical fitness of military personnel. Observed differentiation of unified systems tests to determine the general physical and military training military application. Summary of tests determined the nature of loads and motions of the structure inherent in the military during combat operations.

  6. Hydrogeological Parameters solution Using Entire Curve Fitting Method and Aquifertest software%全程曲线拟合法和 Aquifertest 水文地质求参

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    杜川; 梁秀娟; 张茜; 陈章; 李文娟

    2014-01-01

    Pumping test is the main method to obtain aquifer hydrogeological parameters and the results directly affect the recognizing and exploita-tion of the hydrogeological conditions of study area. The traditional methods have the problems of being effected easily by subjective judgment and external environmental conditions,taking long time to calculate and lacking data about pumping stage. This paper used the entire curve fitting method and Aquifertest software from the standard curve method and recovery method to calculate parameters individually,and combined with the entire curve fitting method to determine the final value. The results show that using Aquifertest software method to calculate parameters is convenient and accurate;the results have smaller differences using water level recovery method;and the entire curve fitting method has the advantage of unique-ness and reliability in deciding the parameters. Combining different methods can more truly reflect the hydrogeological conditions.%抽水试验是获取含水层水文地质参数的主要方法,求参结果直接影响对调查区水文地质条件的认识和地下水开发利用。传统求参方法存在主观影响大、求参时间长、易受外界影响和抽水阶段数据的不足等问题。通过全程曲线拟合法和 Aquifertest 软件分别从配线法和水位恢复法两个角度进行求参,并结合全程曲线拟合法确定最终取值。结果表明,采用 Aquifertest 软件求参便捷、准确,与水位恢复法求参结果的差异相对较小,全程曲线拟合法求参值具有唯一性和可靠性,多种方法结合求参能更真实反映水文地质情况。

  7. Remote sensing image registration approach based on a retrofitted SIFT algorithm and Lissajous-curve trajectories.

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    Song, Zhi-li; Li, Sheng; George, Thomas F

    2010-01-18

    Through retrofitting the descriptor of a scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT) and developing a new similarity measure function based on trajectories generated from Lissajous curves, a new remote sensing image registration approach is constructed, which is more robust and accurate than prior approaches. In complex cases where the correct rate of feature matching is below 20%, the retrofitted SIFT descriptor improves the correct rate to nearly 100%. Mostly, the similarity measure function makes it possible to quantitatively analyze the temporary change of the same geographic position.

  8. Moving Least-Square Method Applied in NURBS Curve Fitting%移动最小二乘法在NURBS曲线拟合中的应用

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    叶晶; 平雪良; 陶宇; 董宁

    2011-01-01

    A method for the NURBS curve firing based on moving least-square method(MLS) is presented. It enhanced precision and smoothness of the firing curve based on the traditional least-square method. The principles and characteristics of MLS are described in detail. With the point data of screw rotor as an example, the method is demonstrated by MATLAB and compared with the fitting curve based on the traditional least-square.%在NURBS曲线拟合中采用移动最小二乘(Moving Least-Squares)方法,提高了采用传统最小二乘方法得到的拟合曲线的精度及光滑性.详细介绍了移动最小二乘法(MLS)应用于NURBS曲线拟合的原理及特点;以螺杆转子端面点云数据为实例在MATLAB中实现了移动最小二乘NURBS曲线拟合,并将其与传统最小二乘NURBS拟合结果进行了比较.

  9. Acumulação Flexível, Técnicas de Inovação e Grande Indústria do Fitness: O Caso Curves Brasil Flexible accumulation, techniques of innovation and great industry of the fitness: the case Curves Brazil Acumulación flexible, técnicas de la innovación y gran industria del fitness: el caso Curves Brasil

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    Full Text Available Este texto apresenta uma investigação relativa às características e tendências da acumulação flexível que embalam o desenvolvimento do mercado do fitness. Trata-se de um estudo a partir do caso da Curves Brasil. Para tanto, buscamos confrontar e examinar a implementação de técnicas organizacionais com eficácia evidenciada em escala mundial através do princípio da verificação de um caso particular e real de desenvolvimento. As conclusões apontam para novas técnicas de inovação utilizadas para resolver a difícil equação enfrentada pelo setor no que diz respeito à atração e à retenção de consumidores. PALAVRAS-CHAVE: lazer – cultura – educação – Educação Física – academias de ginástica. This text presents an investigation about the characteristics and trends in flexible accumulation that push de development of the fitness market. This study examines the case of Curves Brasil. To do so, we tried to confront and examine the implementation of organizational techniques with tested efficacy in a global scale through the verification of a particular and real case of development. Our conclusions point to new innovation techniques being currently used to solve the difficult equation faced by this sector with regards to attracting and retaining customers. KEYWORDS: leisure – culture – education – Physical Education – gyms. Este texto presenta los resultados de una investigación relativa a las características y las tendencias de la acumulación flexible que engloban el desarrollo del mercado Del fitness. Se trata de un estudio de caso de Curves Brasil, para el cual buscamos enfrentar y examinar la implantación de técnicas organizacionales que han evidenciado ya eficacia en escala mundial con el principio de la verificación de un caso particular y real de desarrollo. Las conclusiones señalan nuevas técnicas de innovación utilizadas para resolver la difícil ecuación que hecha frente al sector

  10. ESR dosimetry of fossil enamel: some comments about measurement precision, long-term signal fading and dose-response curve fitting.

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    Duval, M; Guilarte Moreno, V; Grün, R

    2013-12-01

    This work deals with the specific studies of three main sources of uncertainty in electron spin resonance (ESR) dosimetry/dating of fossil tooth enamel: (1) the precision of the ESR measurements, (2) the long-term signal fading the selection of the fitting function. They show a different influence on the equivalent dose (D(E)) estimates. Repeated ESR measurements were performed on 17 different samples: results show a mean coefficient of variation of the ESR intensities of 1.20 ± 0.23 %, inducing a mean relative variability of 3.05 ± 2.29 % in the D(E) values. ESR signal fading over 5 y was also observed: its magnitude seems to be quite sample dependant but is nevertheless especially important for the most irradiated aliquots. This fading has an apparent random effect on the D(E) estimates. Finally, the authors provide new insights and recommendations about the fitting of ESR dose-response curves of fossil enamel with a double saturating exponential (DSE) function. The potential of a new variation of the DSE was also explored. Results of this study also show that the choice of the fitting function is of major importance, maybe more than the other sources previously mentioned, in order to get accurate final D(E) values.

  11. A method of discriminating transuranic radionuclides from radon progeny using low-resolution alpha spectroscopy and curve-fitting techniques.

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    Konzen, Kevin; Brey, Richard

    2012-05-01

    ²²²Rn (radon) and ²²⁰Rn (thoron) progeny are known to interfere with determining the presence of long-lived transuranic radionuclides, such as plutonium and americium, and require from several hours up to several days for conclusive results. Methods are proposed that should expedite the analysis of air samples for determining the amount of transuranic radionuclides present using low-resolution alpha spectroscopy systems available from typical alpha continuous air monitors (CAMs) with multi-channel analyzer (MCA) capabilities. An alpha spectra simulation program was developed in Microsoft Excel visual basic that employed the use of Monte Carlo numerical methods and serial-decay differential equations that resembled actual spectra. Transuranic radionuclides were able to be quantified with statistical certainty by applying peak fitting equations using the method of least squares. Initial favorable results were achieved when samples containing radon progeny were decayed 15 to 30 min, and samples containing both radon and thoron progeny were decayed at least 60 min. The effort indicates that timely decisions can be made when determining transuranic activity using available alpha CAMs with alpha spectroscopy capabilities for counting retrospective air samples if accompanied by analyses that consider the characteristics of serial decay.

  12. Scattering of light by a periodic structure in the presence of randomness IV. Limit of detection by curve fitting

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    S Chatterjee; V C Vani

    2005-09-01

    In the context of scattering of light, we determine the extent of randomness within which a hidden periodic part can still be detected. The detection is carried out using a technique called the extended matched filtering, first introduced by us in this context. The earlier prediction, before our technique was introduced, had placed the limit of detection, by intensity measurements alone, at (0/) ∼ 0.33, where 0 is the coherence length of light for scattering by the rough part of the surface and is the wavelength of the periodic part of the surface. In our earlier works we have shown that by intensity measurements alone, the limit of detection can be taken to a much lower value of (0/), when the extended matched filtering method is employed. In this paper we follow the extended matched filtering method, and try to reach the lowest possible value of detection in (0/) by fitting the data to a polynomial. It is concluded by our numerical work that the lowest possible limit for detection from intensity measurements alone is (0/) = 0.11.

  13. Resimulation of noise: a precision estimator for least square error curve-fitting tested for axial strain time constant imaging.

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    Nair, S P; Righetti, R

    2015-05-07

    Recent elastography techniques focus on imaging information on properties of materials which can be modeled as viscoelastic or poroelastic. These techniques often require the fitting of temporal strain data, acquired from either a creep or stress-relaxation experiment to a mathematical model using least square error (LSE) parameter estimation. It is known that the strain versus time relationships for tissues undergoing creep compression have a non-linear relationship. In non-linear cases, devising a measure of estimate reliability can be challenging. In this article, we have developed and tested a method to provide non linear LSE parameter estimate reliability: which we called Resimulation of Noise (RoN). RoN provides a measure of reliability by estimating the spread of parameter estimates from a single experiment realization. We have tested RoN specifically for the case of axial strain time constant parameter estimation in poroelastic media. Our tests show that the RoN estimated precision has a linear relationship to the actual precision of the LSE estimator. We have also compared results from the RoN derived measure of reliability against a commonly used reliability measure: the correlation coefficient (CorrCoeff). Our results show that CorrCoeff is a poor measure of estimate reliability for non-linear LSE parameter estimation. While the RoN is specifically tested only for axial strain time constant imaging, a general algorithm is provided for use in all LSE parameter estimation.

  14. Application of Advanced Master Curve Approaches to the EURO Fracture Toughness Data Set

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    Lucon, E.; Scibetta, M.

    2007-01-15

    The so-called EURO data set is the largest set ever assembled, consisting of fracture toughness results obtained in the ductile-to-brittle transition region. It was the outcome of a large EU sponsored project which involved ten European laboratories in the second half of the 90ies. Several post-project investigations have identified one of the blocks from which specimens were extracted (block SX9) as macroscopically inhomogeneous and significantly tougher than the remaining blocks. In this study, the variability of block SX9 has been investigated using the conventional Master Curve (MC) methodology and some recent MC extensions, namely the SINTAP lower tail, the single point estimation, the bi-modal Master Curve and the multi-modal Master Curve. The basic MC method is intended for macroscopically homogeneous ferritic steels only, and the alternative approaches have been developed for the investigation of inhomogeneous materials. Therefore, these methods can be used to study the behaviour of block SX9 within the EURO data set. It has been found that the bi-modal and multi-modal MC approaches are quite effective in detecting the anomaly represented by block SX9, but only when analyses are performed on data sets of comparable size.

  15. Greenhouse gas abatement cost curves of the residential heating market. A microeconomic approach

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    Dieckhoener, Caroline; Hecking, Harald

    2012-10-15

    In this paper, we develop a microeconomic approach to deduce greenhouse gas abatement cost curves of the residential heating sector. By accounting for household behavior, we find that welfare-based abatement costs are generally higher than pure technical equipment costs. Our results are based on a microsimulation of private households' investment decision for heating systems until 2030. The households' investment behavior in the simulation is derived from a discrete choice estimation which allows investigating the welfare costs of different abatement policies in terms of the compensating variation and the excess burden. We simulate greenhouse gas abatements and welfare costs of carbon taxes and subsidies on heating system investments until 2030 to deduce abatement curves. Given utility maximizing households, our results suggest a carbon tax to be the welfare efficient policy. Assuming behavioral misperceptions instead, a subsidy on investments might have lower marginal greenhouse gas abatement costs than a carbon tax.

  16. Analysis of epistatic interactions and fitness landscapes using a new geometric approach

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    Elena Santiago F

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Understanding interactions between mutations and how they affect fitness is a central problem in evolutionary biology that bears on such fundamental issues as the structure of fitness landscapes and the evolution of sex. To date, analyses of fitness landscapes have focused either on the overall directional curvature of the fitness landscape or on the distribution of pairwise interactions. In this paper, we propose and employ a new mathematical approach that allows a more complete description of multi-way interactions and provides new insights into the structure of fitness landscapes. Results We apply the mathematical theory of gene interactions developed by Beerenwinkel et al. to a fitness landscape for Escherichia coli obtained by Elena and Lenski. The genotypes were constructed by introducing nine mutations into a wild-type strain and constructing a restricted set of 27 double mutants. Despite the absence of mutants higher than second order, our analysis of this genotypic space points to previously unappreciated gene interactions, in addition to the standard pairwise epistasis. Our analysis confirms Elena and Lenski's inference that the fitness landscape is complex, so that an overall measure of curvature obscures a diversity of interaction types. We also demonstrate that some mutations contribute disproportionately to this complexity. In particular, some mutations are systematically better than others at mixing with other mutations. We also find a strong correlation between epistasis and the average fitness loss caused by deleterious mutations. In particular, the epistatic deviations from multiplicative expectations tend toward more positive values in the context of more deleterious mutations, emphasizing that pairwise epistasis is a local property of the fitness landscape. Finally, we determine the geometry of the fitness landscape, which reflects many of these biologically interesting features. Conclusion A full

  17. Milk Yield of Holstein Cows Induced into Lactation Twice Consecutively and Lactation Curve Models Fitted to Artiifcial Lactations

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    Jesus Mellado; Edgar Sepulveda; Jose E Garcia; Alvaro Rodriguez; Maria A De Santiago; Francisco G Veliz; Miguel Mellado

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    artiifcial lactation, which would imply an overall reduction in voluntary culling of cows. Also, various equations used to describe the lactation curves demonstrated the potential for iftting monthly milk records of Holstein cows with prolonged lactations and induced hormonally into lactation.

  18. Comparison of Hanna and Hessburg-Barron trephine and punch systems using histological, anterior segment optical coherence tomography, and elliptical curve fitting models.

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    Moshirfar, Majid; Calvo, Charles M; Kinard, Krista I; Williams, Lloyd B; Sikder, Shameema; Neuffer, Marcus C

    2011-01-01

    This study analyzes the characteristics of donor and recipient tissue preparation between the Hessburg-Barron and Hanna punch and trephine systems by using elliptical curve fitting models, light microscopy, and anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT). Eight millimeter Hessburg-Barron and Hanna vacuum trephines and punches were used on six cadaver globes and six corneal-scleral rims, respectively. Eccentricity data were generated using measurements from photographs of the corneal buttons and were used to generate an elliptical curve fit to calculate properties of the corneal button. The trephination angle and punch angle were measured by digital protractor software from light microscopy and AS-OCT images to evaluate the consistency with which each device cuts the cornea. The Hanna trephine showed a trend towards producing a more circular recipient button than the Barron trephine (ratio of major axis to minor axis), ie, 1.059 ± 0.041 versus 1.110 ± 0.027 (P = 0.147) and the Hanna punch showed a trend towards producing a more circular donor cut than the Barron punch, ie, 1.021 ± 0.022 versus 1.046 ± 0.039 (P = 0.445). The Hanna trephine was demonstrated to have a more consistent trephination angle than the Barron trephine when assessing light microscopy images, ie, ±14.39° (95% confidence interval [CI] 111.9-157.7) versus ±19.38° (95% CI 101.9-150.2, P = 0.492) and OCT images, ie, ±8.08° (95% CI 106.2-123.3) versus ±11.16° (95% CI 109.3-132.6, P = 0.306). The angle created by the Hanna punch had less variability than the Barron punch from both the light microscopy, ie, ±4.81° (95% CI 101.6-113.9) versus ±11.28° (95% CI 84.5-120.6, P = 0.295) and AS-OCT imaging, ie, ±9.96° (95% CI 95.7-116.4) versus ±14.02° (95% CI 91.8-123.7, P = 0.825). Statistical significance was not achieved. The Hanna trephine and punch may be more accurate and consistent in cutting corneal buttons than the Hessburg-Barron trephine and punch when evaluated using

  19. Comparison of Hanna and Hessburg-Barron trephine and punch systems using histological, anterior segment optical coherence tomography, and elliptical curve fitting models

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    Moshirfar, Majid; Calvo, Charles M; Kinard, Krista I; Williams, Lloyd B; Sikder, Shameema; Neuffer, Marcus C

    2011-01-01

    Background: This study analyzes the characteristics of donor and recipient tissue preparation between the Hessburg-Barron and Hanna punch and trephine systems by using elliptical curve fitting models, light microscopy, and anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT). Methods: Eight millimeter Hessburg-Barron and Hanna vacuum trephines and punches were used on six cadaver globes and six corneal-scleral rims, respectively. Eccentricity data were generated using measurements from photographs of the corneal buttons and were used to generate an elliptical curve fit to calculate properties of the corneal button. The trephination angle and punch angle were measured by digital protractor software from light microscopy and AS-OCT images to evaluate the consistency with which each device cuts the cornea. Results: The Hanna trephine showed a trend towards producing a more circular recipient button than the Barron trephine (ratio of major axis to minor axis), ie, 1.059 ± 0.041 versus 1.110 ± 0.027 (P = 0.147) and the Hanna punch showed a trend towards producing a more circular donor cut than the Barron punch, ie, 1.021 ± 0.022 versus 1.046 ± 0.039 (P = 0.445). The Hanna trephine was demonstrated to have a more consistent trephination angle than the Barron trephine when assessing light microscopy images, ie, ±14.39° (95% confidence interval [CI] 111.9–157.7) versus ±19.38° (95% CI 101.9–150.2, P = 0.492) and OCT images, ie, ±8.08° (95% CI 106.2–123.3) versus ±11.16° (95% CI 109.3–132.6, P = 0.306). The angle created by the Hanna punch had less variability than the Barron punch from both the light microscopy, ie, ±4.81° (95% CI 101.6–113.9) versus ±11.28° (95% CI 84.5–120.6, P = 0.295) and AS-OCT imaging, ie, ±9.96° (95% CI 95.7–116.4) versus ±14.02° (95% CI 91.8–123.7, P = 0.825). Statistical significance was not achieved. Conclusion: The Hanna trephine and punch may be more accurate and consistent in cutting corneal buttons than

  20. COMP: a basic non-linear last squares curve fitting package. [Interactive program for PDP-11/34 or 11/70

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    Watson, C. R.; Cochran, M. I.; Thomas, J. M.; Eberhardt, L. L

    1977-11-01

    To find a mathematical model which describes (fits) data from a process which is fundamentally nonlinear, one usually uses nonlinear least-squares techniques on maxicomputers. These usually run in batch mode with the user supplying a model and initial ''guesstimates'' of its parameters. However, fitting the model to the data can be considered an art because computer algorithms either converge to true solutions, or converge to erroneous solutions, or fail to converge, depending on the quality of the guesstimates. It is slow and expensive to try enough runs to obtain a logical solution (unless one makes lucky initial guesses). An interactive BASIC procedure was developed which runs on either the PDP-11/34 under RT-11 or the PDP-11/70 under IAS. These programs help the investigator quickly fit the model to the data and statistically evaluate the differences between the two. The parameter estimates thus determined may then be used as guesstimates for the more precise maxicomputer codes. The key to the system is the re-enterant nature of the curve fitting routine (allowed only with a language such as INTERPRETED BASIC). The user supplies estimates of the parameters for the selected model (18 are currently available, and users can easily write their own). The computer tries a few iterative refinements (by using Taylor series expansion of partial derivatives to obtain linearization) of the estimates in an attempt to minimize the deviations between the values predicted by the model and the observed data. The user can observe as the program executes whether the result is a logical solution. If not, he may stop the process, enter new guesstimates, and examine those results, try again, or select a new model.

  1. Cyclic Voltammetry Probe Approach Curves with Alkali Amalgams at Mercury Sphere-Cap Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy Probes.

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    Barton, Zachary J; Rodríguez-López, Joaquín

    2017-03-07

    We report a method of precisely positioning a Hg-based ultramicroelectrode (UME) for scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) investigations of any substrate. Hg-based probes are capable of performing amalgamation reactions with metal cations, which avoid unwanted side reactions and positive feedback mechanisms that can prove problematic for traditional probe positioning methods. However, prolonged collection of ions eventually leads to saturation of the amalgam accompanied by irreversible loss of Hg. In order to obtain negative feedback positioning control without risking damage to the SECM probe, we implement cyclic voltammetry probe approach surfaces (CV-PASs), consisting of CVs performed between incremental motor movements. The amalgamation current, peak stripping current, and integrated stripping charge extracted from a shared CV-PAS give three distinct probe approach curves (CV-PACs), which can be used to determine the tip-substrate gap to within 1% of the probe radius. Using finite element simulations, we establish a new protocol for fitting any CV-PAC and demonstrate its validity with experimental results for sodium and potassium ions in propylene carbonate by obtaining over 3 orders of magnitude greater accuracy and more than 20-fold greater precision than existing methods. Considering the timescales of diffusion and amalgam saturation, we also present limiting conditions for obtaining and fitting CV-PAC data. The ion-specific signals isolated in CV-PACs allow precise and accurate positioning of Hg-based SECM probes over any sample and enable the deployment of CV-PAS SECM as an analytical tool for traditionally challenging conditions.

  2. Repair approach for DMC images based on hierarchical location using edge curve

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    PAN Jun; WANG Mi; LI DeRen; FENG TianTian

    2009-01-01

    The color composite digital mapping camera (DMC) images are produced by the post-processing software of Z/I imaging. But the failure of radiometric correction in post-processing leads to residual radiometric differences between CCD images, which then affect the quality of the images in further applications. This paper, via analyzing the characters and causes of such a phenomenon, proposes a repair approach based on hierarchical location using edge curve. The approach employs a hierarchical strategy to locate the transition area and seam-line automatically and then repair the image through the global reconstruction between CCD images and the local reconstruction in the transition area. Experiments indicate that the approach proposed by this paper is feasible and can improve the quality of images effectively.

  3. Guidance studies for curved, descending approaches using the Microwave Landing System (MLS)

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    Feather, J. B.

    1986-01-01

    Results for the Microwave Landing System (MLS) guidance algorithm development conducted under the Advance Transport Operating System (ATOPS) Technology Studies (NAS1-16202) are documented. The study consisted of evaluating guidance law for vertical and lateral path control, as well as speed control, for approaches not possible with the present Instrument Landing System (ILS) equipment. Several specific approaches were simulated using the MD-80 aircraft simulation program, including curved, descending (segmented glide slope), and decelerating paths. Emphasis was placed on development of guidance algorithms specifically for approaches at Burbank, where proposed flight demonstrations are planned. Results of this simulation phase are suitable for use in future fixed base simulator evaluations employing actual hardware (autopilot and a performance management system).

  4. An Investigation of Early Parental Motivational Strategies on Mathematics Achievement by Ethnicity: A Latent Curve Model Approach

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    McDonald, Stefanie R.; Ing, Marsha; Marcoulides, George A.

    2010-01-01

    This study examined the developmental effects of early parental intrinsic and extrinsic motivational strategies on mathematics achievement scores obtained from White students compared to underrepresented minority students. A latent growth curve model was fit to data from the Longitudinal Study of American Youth (LSAY) with mathematics achievement…

  5. 基于曲线拟合优化设计肋片管换热器%Using Curve Fitting to Optimize of Fin and Tube Heat Exchanger

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    杨恒; 朱梅; 远高

    2013-01-01

      主要对等厚环肋传热过程进行数值分析,利用曲线拟合的方法计算不同肋片尺寸下的散热量和肋效率的精确解,并在金属消耗一定和散热量一定情况下,优化等厚环肋的结构。%  This thesis discusses numerical analysis the process of heat transfer by uniform annular fin, using the curve fitting method to calculate the exact solution of heat transfer and fin sufficiency under the different fin sizes, and optimize of the structure of the uniform annular fin based on the same metal consumption and the same heat transfer of a single fin.

  6. Effects of compression ratio on variation of stresses and residual oil of cake in pressing process of castor beans and its curve fitting

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    刘汝宽; 许方雷; 肖志红; 李昌珠; 李辉; 曾凡涛; 叶红齐

    2015-01-01

    The relationships among compression ratio and stress, compression ratio and residual oil of cake in pressing process of castor beans were studied using the test equipment under different states of oilseeds and ways of pressing manners. The results show that variation of stress increases nonlinearly and residual oil rate decreases with the increase of compression ratio. Lower residual oil of cake was obtained by pressing gently and frequently. Curve fitting on both relationships had been built and parameters for the model were obtained by least square procedure and deepening research on pressing process of the castor beans for castor oil. By assuming that the value of oil production is equivalent to the value of energy consumption, the critical compression ratio of intact seeds is 6.2 while that of crushed seeds is 3.6.

  7. Using a Space Filling Curve Approach for the Management of Dynamic Point Clouds

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    Psomadaki, S.; van Oosterom, P. J. M.; Tijssen, T. P. M.; Baart, F.

    2016-10-01

    Point cloud usage has increased over the years. The development of low-cost sensors makes it now possible to acquire frequent point cloud measurements on a short time period (day, hour, second). Based on the requirements coming from the coastal monitoring domain, we have developed, implemented and benchmarked a spatio-temporal point cloud data management solution. For this reason, we make use of the flat model approach (one point per row) in an Index Organised Table within a RDBMS and an improved spatio-temporal organisation using a Space Filling Curve approach. Two variants coming from two extremes of the space-time continuum are also taken into account, along with two treatments of the z dimension: as attribute or as part of the space filling curve. Through executing a benchmark we elaborate on the performance - loading and querying time -, and storage required by those different approaches. Finally, we validate the correctness and suitability of our method, through an out-of-the-box way of managing dynamic point clouds.

  8. An Assessment of the Nonparametric Approach for Evaluating the Fit of Item Response Models

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    Liang, Tie; Wells, Craig S.; Hambleton, Ronald K.

    2014-01-01

    As item response theory has been more widely applied, investigating the fit of a parametric model becomes an important part of the measurement process. There is a lack of promising solutions to the detection of model misfit in IRT. Douglas and Cohen introduced a general nonparametric approach, RISE (Root Integrated Squared Error), for detecting…

  9. Age-Infusion Approach to Derive Injury Risk Curves for Dummies from Human Cadaver Tests

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    Yoganandan, Narayan; Banerjee, Anjishnu; Pintar, Frank A.

    2015-01-01

    Injury criteria and risk curves are needed for anthropomorphic test devices (dummies) to assess injuries for improving human safety. The present state of knowledge is based on using injury outcomes and biomechanical metrics from post-mortem human subject (PMHS) and mechanical records from dummy tests. Data from these models are combined to develop dummy injury assessment risk curves (IARCs)/dummy injury assessment risk values (IARVs). This simple substitution approach involves duplicating dummy metrics for PMHS tested under similar conditions and pairing with PMHS injury outcomes. It does not directly account for the age of each specimen tested in the PMHS group. Current substitution methods for injury risk assessments use age as a covariate and dummy metrics (e.g., accelerations) are not modified so that age can be directly included in the model. The age-infusion methodology presented in this perspective article accommodates for an annual rate factor that modifies the dummy injury risk assessment responses to account for the age of the PMHS that the injury data were based on. The annual rate factor is determined using human injury risk curves. The dummy metrics are modulated based on individual PMHS age and rate factor, thus “infusing” age into the dummy data. Using PMHS injuries and accelerations from side-impact experiments, matched-pair dummy tests, and logistic regression techniques, the methodology demonstrates the process of age-infusion to derive the IARCs and IARVs. PMID:26697422

  10. Age-Infusion Approach to Derive Injury Risk Curves for Dummies from Human Cadaver Tests.

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    Yoganandan, Narayan; Banerjee, Anjishnu; Pintar, Frank A

    2015-01-01

    Injury criteria and risk curves are needed for anthropomorphic test devices (dummies) to assess injuries for improving human safety. The present state of knowledge is based on using injury outcomes and biomechanical metrics from post-mortem human subject (PMHS) and mechanical records from dummy tests. Data from these models are combined to develop dummy injury assessment risk curves (IARCs)/dummy injury assessment risk values (IARVs). This simple substitution approach involves duplicating dummy metrics for PMHS tested under similar conditions and pairing with PMHS injury outcomes. It does not directly account for the age of each specimen tested in the PMHS group. Current substitution methods for injury risk assessments use age as a covariate and dummy metrics (e.g., accelerations) are not modified so that age can be directly included in the model. The age-infusion methodology presented in this perspective article accommodates for an annual rate factor that modifies the dummy injury risk assessment responses to account for the age of the PMHS that the injury data were based on. The annual rate factor is determined using human injury risk curves. The dummy metrics are modulated based on individual PMHS age and rate factor, thus "infusing" age into the dummy data. Using PMHS injuries and accelerations from side-impact experiments, matched-pair dummy tests, and logistic regression techniques, the methodology demonstrates the process of age-infusion to derive the IARCs and IARVs.

  11. Age infusion approach to derive injury assessment risk curves for dummies from human cadaver tests

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    Narayan eYoganandan

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Injury criteria and risk curves are needed for anthropomorphic test devices (dummies to assess injuries for improving human safety. The present state of knowledge is based on using injury outcomes and biomechanical metrics from post-mortem human subject (PMHS and mechanical records from dummy tests. Data from these models are combined to develop dummy injury assessment risk curves/values (IARCs and IARVs. This simple substitution approach involves duplicating dummy metrics for PMHS tested under similar conditions and pairing with PMHS injury outcomes. It does not account for the age of each specimen tested in the PMHS group. Current substitution methods for injury risk assessments use age as a covariate and dummy metrics (e.g., accelerations are not modified so that age can be directly included in the model. The age-infusion methodology presented in this perspective article accommodates for an annual rate factor that modifies the dummy injury risk assessment responses to account for the age of the PMHS that the injury data was based on. The annual rate factor is determined using human injury risk curves. The dummy metrics are modulated based on individual PMHS age and rate factor, thus infusing age into the dummy data. Using PMHS injuries and accelerations from side-impact experiments, matched-pair dummy tests and logistic regression techniques, the methodology demonstrates the process of age-infusion to derive the IARCs and IARVs.

  12. Highly curved image sensors: a practical approach for improved optical performance

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    Guenter, Brian; Joshi, Neel; Stoakley, Richard; Keefe, Andrew; Geary, Kevin; Freeman, Ryan; Hundley, Jake; Patterson, Pamela; Hammon, David; Herrera, Guillermo; Sherman, Elena; Nowak, Andrew; Schubert, Randall; Brewer, Peter; Yang, Louis; Mott, Russell; McKnight, Geoff

    2017-06-01

    The significant optical and size benefits of using a curved focal surface for imaging systems have been well studied yet never brought to market for lack of a high-quality, mass-producible, curved image sensor. In this work we demonstrate that commercial silicon CMOS image sensors can be thinned and formed into accurate, highly curved optical surfaces with undiminished functionality. Our key development is a pneumatic forming process that avoids rigid mechanical constraints and suppresses wrinkling instabilities. A combination of forming-mold design, pressure membrane elastic properties, and controlled friction forces enables us to gradually contact the die at the corners and smoothly press the sensor into a spherical shape. Allowing the die to slide into the concave target shape enables a threefold increase in the spherical curvature over prior approaches having mechanical constraints that resist deformation, and create a high-stress, stretch-dominated state. Our process creates a bridge between the high precision and low-cost but planar CMOS process, and ideal non-planar component shapes such as spherical imagers for improved optical systems. We demonstrate these curved sensors in prototype cameras with custom lenses, measuring exceptional resolution of 3220 line-widths per picture height at an aperture of f/1.2 and nearly 100% relative illumination across the field. Though we use a 1/2.3" format image sensor in this report, we also show this process is generally compatible with many state of the art imaging sensor formats. By example, we report photogrammetry test data for an APS-C sized silicon die formed to a 30$^\\circ$ subtended spherical angle. These gains in sharpness and relative illumination enable a new generation of ultra-high performance, manufacturable, digital imaging systems for scientific, industrial, and artistic use.

  13. Thermoanalytical and Fourier transform infrared spectral curve-fitting techniques used to investigate the amorphous indomethacin formation and its physical stability in Indomethacin-Soluplus® solid dispersions.

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    Lin, Shan-Yang; Lin, Hong-Liang; Chi, Ying-Ting; Huang, Yu-Ting; Kao, Chi-Yu; Hsieh, Wei-Hsien

    2015-12-30

    The amorphous form of a drug has higher water solubility and faster dissolution rate than its crystalline form. However, the amorphous form is less thermodynamically stable and may recrystallize during manufacturing and storage. Maintaining the amorphous state of drug in a solid dosage form is extremely important to ensure product quality. The purpose of this study was to quantitatively determine the amount of amorphous indomethacin (INDO) formed in the Soluplus® solid dispersions using thermoanalytical and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral curve-fitting techniques. The INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions with various weight ratios of both components were prepared by air-drying and heat-drying processes. A predominate IR peak at 1683cm(-1) for amorphous INDO was selected as a marker for monitoring the solid state of INDO in the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions. The physical stability of amorphous INDO in the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions prepared by both drying processes was also studied under accelerated conditions. A typical endothermic peak at 161°C for γ-form of INDO (γ-INDO) disappeared from all the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curves of INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions, suggesting the amorphization of INDO caused by Soluplus® after drying. In addition, two unique IR peaks at 1682 (1681) and 1593 (1591)cm(-1) corresponded to the amorphous form of INDO were observed in the FTIR spectra of all the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions. The quantitative amounts of amorphous INDO formed in all the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions were increased with the increase of γ-INDO loaded into the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions by applying curve-fitting technique. However, the intermolecular hydrogen bonding interaction between Soluplus® and INDO were only observed in the samples prepared by heat-drying process, due to a marked spectral shift from 1636 to 1628cm(-1) in the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions. The INDO/Soluplus® solid

  14. Cronograma de amostragem de plantas de alface hidropônica para ajuste de curvas de crescimento Hydroponic lettuce sampling chronogram for fitting growth curves

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    Paula Machado dos Santos

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available O ajuste de curvas de crescimento de plantas de alface durante seu ciclo necessita de amostragens no tempo, o que restringe o número de efeitos de tratamentos estudados. Com o objetivo de determinar o cronograma de amostragem de plantas de alface em hidroponia para o ajuste de curvas de crescimento até a fase de maturação das sementes, foram realizados dois cultivos em casa de vegetação durante a primavera e o outono, em área pertencente ao Departamento de Fitotecnia, na UFSM, Santa Maria, RS. A partir do ajuste de um modelo de crescimento com amostragem diária, simularam-se diferentes cronogramas de amostragem para o ajuste do mesmo modelo. Para encontrar o cronograma de maior intervalo entre amostragens, ou seja, menor número de coletas, foi comparado o ajuste do modelo de amostragem diária com os ajustes dos modelos dos diferentes intervalos de amostragens simulados, dois a dois, pelo teste F. Foram realizadas simulações considerando desde a data de transplante até a produção de sementes, para variáveis de fitomassa seca da planta e de partes da planta e área foliar. Em experimentos realizados com alface hidropônica na primavera, para o ciclo completo, recomendam-se amostragens a cada 3, 8, 20 e 9 dias para fitomassa seca relativa total da planta de alface, de folhas, de raiz e área foliar, respectivamente; enquanto que, para experimentos realizados no outono, é recomendável utilizar intervalos de amostragens a cada 2, 11, 12 e 11 dias, respectivamente.The fitting of growth curves for lettuce plants requires many samplings within o time interval, while can restrict the number of studied treatments. With the aim o determine sampling chronogram hidroponic lettuce for the fitting of growth curves until maturation of seeds. Two greenhouse trials were carried out in spring an autumn, at UFSM experimental area, Santa Maria, RS. Different sampling interval were simulated using the fitting of a daily model. The optimum sampling

  15. Characterizing Synergistic Water and Energy Efficiency at the Residential Scale Using a Cost Abatement Curve Approach

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    Stillwell, A. S.; Chini, C. M.; Schreiber, K. L.; Barker, Z. A.

    2015-12-01

    Energy and water are two increasingly correlated resources. Electricity generation at thermoelectric power plants requires cooling such that large water withdrawal and consumption rates are associated with electricity consumption. Drinking water and wastewater treatment require significant electricity inputs to clean, disinfect, and pump water. Due to this energy-water nexus, energy efficiency measures might be a cost-effective approach to reducing water use and water efficiency measures might support energy savings as well. This research characterizes the cost-effectiveness of different efficiency approaches in households by quantifying the direct and indirect water and energy savings that could be realized through efficiency measures, such as low-flow fixtures, energy and water efficient appliances, distributed generation, and solar water heating. Potential energy and water savings from these efficiency measures was analyzed in a product-lifetime adjusted economic model comparing efficiency measures to conventional counterparts. Results were displayed as cost abatement curves indicating the most economical measures to implement for a target reduction in water and/or energy consumption. These cost abatement curves are useful in supporting market innovation and investment in residential-scale efficiency.

  16. Application of advanced master curve approaches on WWER-440 reactor pressure vessel steels

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    Viehrig, Hans-Werner [Forschungszentrum Rossendorf e.V. (Germany)]. E-mail: h.w.viehrig@fz-rossendorf.de; Scibetta, Marc [SCK-CEN, Reactor Materials Research (Belgium); Wallin, Kim [VTT Industrial Systems, Materials and Structural Integrity (Finland)

    2006-08-15

    The master curve (MC) approach used to measure the transition temperature, T , was standarised in the ASTM Standard Test Method E 1921 in 1997. The basic MC approach for analysis of fracture test results is intended for macroscopically homogeneous steels with a body centred cubic (ferritic) structure only. In reality, due to the manufacturing process, the steels in question are seldom fully macroscopically homogeneous. The fracture toughness values measured on Charpy size SE(B) specimens of base metal from the Greifswald Unit 8 rector pressure vessel (RPV) show large scatter. The basic MC evaluation following ASTM E1921 supplies a MC with many fracture toughness values which lie below the 5% fracture probability line. It is therefore suspected that this material is macroscopically inhomogeneous. In this paper, two recent extensions of the MC for inhomogeneous materials are applied to these fracture toughness data.

  17. A task-level measurement approach to P-J fit : making (mis)fit more visible and actionable

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    Dorenbosch, L.

    2014-01-01

    Presentatie gehouden bij EAWOP (European ASssociation of Work and Organizational Psychology) Small Group Meeting "Opening New Frontiers in Person-Environment (PE) Fit Research, op 16 October 2014 bij UvA Amsterdam Business School.

  18. Comparison of Hanna and Hessburg-Barron trephine and punch systems using histological, anterior segment optical coherence tomography, and elliptical curve fitting models

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Majid Moshirfar1, Charles M Calvo2, Krista I Kinard1, Lloyd B Williams1, Shameema Sikder3, Marcus C Neuffer11University of Utah, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; 2University of Nevada, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, NV, USA; 3Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USABackground: This study analyzes the characteristics of donor and recipient tissue preparation between the Hessburg-Barron and Hanna punch and trephine systems by using elliptical curve fitting models, light microscopy, and anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT.Methods: Eight millimeter Hessburg-Barron and Hanna vacuum trephines and punches were used on six cadaver globes and six corneal-scleral rims, respectively. Eccentricity data were generated using measurements from photographs of the corneal buttons and were used to generate an elliptical curve fit to calculate properties of the corneal button. The trephination angle and punch angle were measured by digital protractor software from light microscopy and AS-OCT images to evaluate the consistency with which each device cuts the cornea.Results: The Hanna trephine showed a trend towards producing a more circular recipient button than the Barron trephine (ratio of major axis to minor axis, ie, 1.059 ± 0.041 versus 1.110 ± 0.027 (P = 0.147 and the Hanna punch showed a trend towards producing a more circular donor cut than the Barron punch, ie, 1.021 ± 0.022 versus 1.046 ± 0.039 (P = 0.445. The Hanna trephine was demonstrated to have a more consistent trephination angle than the Barron trephine when assessing light microscopy images, ie, ±14.39° (95% confidence interval [CI] 111.9–157.7 versus ±19.38° (95% CI 101.9–150.2, P = 0.492 and OCT images, ie, ± 8.08° (95% CI 106.2–123.3 versus ± 11.16° (95% CI 109.3–132.6, P = 0.306. The angle created by the Hanna punch had less variability than the Barron punch from both the light microscopy

  19. Attempt to approach geological interpretation using integrate well-logging curve analysis method

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    Yalin, F.

    1988-01-01

    In recent years, people widely use various well-logging curves to determine geological horizon, lithology, hydrocarbon content, etc. and have reaped some effects. The integrate well-logging curve analysis method described here adopts five types of well-logging curves: microlog curve, resistivity-logging curve, induced-current-log curve, spontaneous-potential curve and sonic-logging curve, which are used to form ''ladder diagram'' and ''spider diagram'' for the analysis. Logging curves taken from some wells in west Baxian depression are used to discuss how they analyse lithology and hydrocarbon content of formation. This method favors the comprehensive interpretation of anticline and lithology.

  20. Adaptive PSF fitting - a highly performing photometric method and light curves of the GLS H1413+117: time delays and micro-lensing effects

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    Akhunov, T. A.; Wertz, O.; Elyiv, A.; Gaisin, R.; Artamonov, B. P.; Dudinov, V. N.; Nuritdinov, S. N.; Delvaux, C.; Sergeyev, A. V.; Gusev, A. S.; Bruevich, V. V.; Burkhonov, O.; Zheleznyak, A. P.; Ezhkova, O.; Surdej, J.

    2017-03-01

    We present new photometric observations of H1413+117 acquired during seasons between 2001 and 2008 in order to estimate the time delays between the lensed quasar images and to characterize at best the on-going micro-lensing events. We propose a highly performing photometric method called the adaptive point spread function fitting and have successfully tested this method on a large number of simulated frames. This has enabled us to estimate the photometric error bars affecting our observational results. We analysed the V- and R-band light curves and V-R colour variations of the A-D components which show short- and long-term brightness variations correlated with colour variations. Using the χ2 and dispersion methods, we estimated the time delays on the basis of the R-band light curves over the seasons between 2003 and 2006. We have derived the new values: ΔtAB = -17.4 ± 2.1, ΔtAC = -18.9 ± 2.8 and ΔtAD = 28.8 ± 0.7 d using the χ2 method (B and C are leading, D is trailing) with 1σ confidence intervals. We also used available observational constraints (resp. the lensed image positions, the flux ratios in mid-IR and two sets of time delays derived in the present work) to update the lens redshift estimation. We obtained z_l = 1.95^{+0.06}_{-0.10} which is in good agreement with previous estimations. We propose to characterize two kinds of micro-lensing events: micro-lensing for the A, B, C components corresponds to typical variations of ∼10-4 mag d-1 during all the seasons, while the D component shows an unusually strong micro-lensing effect with variations of up to ∼10-3 mag d-1 during 2004 and 2005.

  1. 三相异步电机空载试验特性曲线拟合%Characteristic curve-fitting of ho-load test for three-phase asynchronous motor

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    刘鹏; 郭颖达; 王志芳

    2011-01-01

    Data processing of motor type test has a problem of low precision of curve-fitting. This paper proposed a curve-fitting function and made a detailed discussion on how to discriminate original data and the function that fits no-load test. VC++ language is adopted to realize data discrimination and draw a characteristic curve of high precision.%针对处理电机试验数据时曲线拟合精度低的情况,提出了空载试验的拟合函数.详细讨论了对原始数据的甄别,以及适用于空载试验的函数,采用VC++实现数据甄别,绘制精度高的特性曲线.

  2. A Distributed and Collective Approach for Curved Object-Based Range Image Segmentation

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    Mazouzi, Smaine; Guessoum, Zahia; Michel, Fabien

    In this paper, we use multi-agent paradigm in order to propose a new method of image segmentation. The images considered in this work are the range images which can contain at once polyhedral and curved objects. The proposed method uses a multi-agent approach where agents align the region borders to the surrounding surfaces which make emerging a collective segmentation of the image. The agents move on the image and when they arrive on the pixels of a region border they align these pixels to their respective surfaces. The resulting competitive alignment allows at once the emergence of the image edges and the disappearance of the noise regions. The test results obtained with real images show a good potential of the new method for accurate image segmentation.

  3. Optimizing water supply and hydropower reservoir operation rule curves: An imperialist competitive algorithm approach

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    Afshar, Abbas; Emami Skardi, Mohammad J.; Masoumi, Fariborz

    2015-09-01

    Efficient reservoir management requires the implementation of generalized optimal operating policies that manage storage volumes and releases while optimizing a single objective or multiple objectives. Reservoir operating rules stipulate the actions that should be taken under the current state of the system. This study develops a set of piecewise linear operating rule curves for water supply and hydropower reservoirs, employing an imperialist competitive algorithm in a parameterization-simulation-optimization approach. The adaptive penalty method is used for constraint handling and proved to work efficiently in the proposed scheme. Its performance is tested deriving an operation rule for the Dez reservoir in Iran. The proposed modelling scheme converged to near-optimal solutions efficiently in the case examples. It was shown that the proposed optimum piecewise linear rule may perform quite well in reservoir operation optimization as the operating period extends from very short to fairly long periods.

  4. A new approach for constructing derivative type curves for well test analysis

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    Onur, M.; Reynolds, A.C.

    1988-03-01

    Recently, type curves based on pressure derivatives have become a highly popular method for analyzing well test data. Typically, these type curves represent a log-log plot of dimensionless pressure and the derivative of dimensionless pressure vs. dimensionless time. This work presents a new general procedure for constructing type curves based on a new combination of dimensionless pressure and the derivative of dimensionless pressure. The procedure can be used to construct type curves for all standard problems encountered in well testing. The new type curves always have good character so that nonuniqueness problems sometimes encountered in type-curve matching are eliminated;p thus, the type curves constructed by our method should improve our ability to obtain accurate estimates of reservoir parameters by type-curve matching. The basic procedure is used to construct new type curves for wellbore storage and skin problems and for fractured wells (uniform-flux and infinite-conductivity). These type curves are constructed so that the vertical scale of the dimensionless derivative groups is automatically aligned with the vertical scale of the field-data derivative groups; thus, type-curve matching of field derivative data is accomplished by moving the field data plot only in the horizontal direction. This automatic alignment of the vertical scales simplifies type-curve matching and also is advantageous for determining whether field data actually represent the solution assumed by a given type curve.

  5. Perspectives for development friendly financial markets - No one-size fits all approach!

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    Schmidt, Johannes Dragsbæk

    The paper argues against the usual "one size fits all" approach of the IFIs that all economies must follow the same financial policy. It is necessary to take into consideration a contextual and historical approach in order to enable more considerations  for different local political, economic...... and cultural circumstances. It was furthermore noted that the current deep crisis of the IFIs is associated with both lack of legitimacy and loss of liquidity. Following this the Brettonwoods institutions must either be reformed or abolished...

  6. Application of the Master Curve approach for the irradiation embrittlement evaluation of pressure vessel steels

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    Viehrig, H.W.; Boehmert, J. [Forschungszentrum Rossendorf e.V., Inst. fuer Sicherheitsforschung, Dresden (Germany)

    2003-09-01

    The master curve (MC) approach and the associated reference temperature, T{sub 0}, as defined in the test standard ASTM E1921, is rapidly moving from the research laboratory to application in integrity assessment of components and structures. T{sub 0} is the index temperature for the universal MC, which considers the toughness behaviour of a specific material. ''The Structural Integrity Assessment Procedures for European Industry'' (SINTAP) contain a MC extension for analysing the fracture behaviour of inhomogeneous ferritic steels. This paper presents the application of the MC approach to the T{sub 0} determination of different types of Russian WWER-type reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels. In addition the SINTAP-MC approach was applied to determine an alternative reference temperature, T{sub R}. The influence of different microstructures and compositions within one type of RPV steel and the effect of irradiation with fast neutrons on T{sub 0} are experimentally evaluated. In general the MC based T{sub 0} is about 72 K below the Charpy V-notch transition temperature related to an impact energy of 48 J. The paper demonstrates the application of MC based T{sub 0} and T{sub R} as an alternative reference temperature for neutron embrittled RPV steels used in the RPV integrity assessment. (orig.)

  7. Optimum Theory of Fitting-curve with Minimum Error of Radius%曲率半径误差最小的曲线拟合优化方法

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    钟汉桥; 唐晓腾; 叶仲和

    2001-01-01

    Analysis the defaults of the fitting-curve at present, find a optimum theory of fitting-curve with the minimum error of the radius is indicated,and its feasibility is proved by samples.%分析并指出了现行各种曲线拟合方法的缺陷,提出了一种以曲率半径误差最小为原则的双圆弧拟合曲线的优化方法,通过实例验证了这种新型方法的可行性。

  8. The suitable dose range for the calibration of EBT2 film by the PDD method with a comparison of two curve fitting algorithms

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    Chang, Liyun, E-mail: cliyun2000@gmail.com [Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Ho, Sheng-Yow [Department of Radiation Oncology, Chi Mei Medical Center, Liouying, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Lee, Tsair-Fwu [Medical Physics and Informatics Laboratory, Department of Electronics Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Yeh, Shyh-An [Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Department of Radiation Oncology, E-Da Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Ding, Hueisch-Jy [Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Chen, Pang-Yu, E-mail: pangyuchen@yahoo.com.tw [Department of Radiation Oncology, Sinlau Christian Hospital, Tainan, Taiwan (China)

    2015-03-21

    EBT2 film is a convenient dosimetry quality-assurance (QA) tool with high 2D dosimetry resolution and a self-development property for use in verifications of radiation therapy treatment planning and special projects; however, the user will suffer from a relatively higher degree of uncertainty (more than ±6% by Hartmann et al. [29]), and the trouble of cutting one piece of film into small pieces and then reintegrating them each time. To prevent this tedious cutting work, and save calibration time and budget, a dose range analysis is presented in this study for EBT2 film calibration using the Percentage–Depth–Dose (PDD) method. Different combinations of the three dose ranges, 9–26 cGy, 33–97 cGy and 109–320 cGy, with two types of curve fitting algorithms, film pixel values and net optical densities converting into doses, were tested and compared. With the lowest error and acceptable inaccuracy of less than 3 cGy for the clinical dose range (9–320 cGy), a single film calibrated by the net optical density algorithm with the dose range 109–320 cGy was suggested for routine calibration.

  9. Forced convection during feedback approach curve measurements in scanning electrochemical microscopy: maximal displacement velocity with a microdisk.

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    Cornut, R; Poirier, S; Mauzeroll, Janine

    2012-04-17

    In scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), an approach curve performed in feedback mode involves the downward displacement of a microelectrode toward a substrate while applying a bias to detect dissolved electroactive species at a diffusion-limited rate. The resulting measured current is said to be at steady state. In order to reduce the required measurement time, the approach velocity can be increased. In this paper, we investigate experimentally and theoretically the combination of diffusion and convection processes related to a moving microdisk electrode during feedback approaches. Transient modeling and numerical simulations with moving boundaries are performed, and the results are compared to the experimental approach curves obtained in aqueous solution. The geometry and misalignment of the microelectrode influence the experimental approach curves recorded at high approach velocities. The effects are discussed through the decomposition of the current into transient diffusional, radial convectional, and axial convectional contributions. Finally a ready-to-use expression is provided to rapidly evaluate the maximal approach velocity for steady state measurements as a function of the microelectrode geometry and the physical properties of the media. This expression holds for the more restrictive case of negative feedback as well as other modes, such as SECM approach curves performed at substrates displaying first order kinetics.

  10. An individualized longitudinal approach to monitoring the dynamics of growth and fitness development in adolescent athletes.

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    Till, Kevin; Cobley, Steve; Oʼhara, John; Chapman, Chris; Cooke, Carlton

    2013-05-01

    This study evaluated the development of anthropometric and fitness characteristics of 3 individual adolescent junior rugby league players and compared their characteristics with a cross-sectional population matched by age and skill level. Cross-sectional anthropometric and fitness assessments were conducted on 1,172 players selected to the Rugby Football League's talent development program (i.e., the Player Performance Pathway) between 2005 and 2008. Three players of differing relative age, maturational status, and playing position were measured and tracked once per year on 3 occasions (Under 13s, 14s, 15s age categories) and compared against the cross-sectional population. Results demonstrated that the later maturing players increased height (player 1 = 9.2%; player 2 = 7.8%) and a number of fitness characteristics (e.g., 60-m speed-player 1 = -14.9%; player 2 = -9.9%) more than the earlier maturing player (player 3-Height = 2.0%, 60-m sprint = -0.7%) over the 2-year period. The variation in the development of anthropometric and fitness characteristics between the 3 players highlights the importance of longitudinally monitoring individual characteristics during adolescence to assess the dynamic changes in growth, maturation, and fitness. Findings showcase the limitations of short-term performance assessments at one-off time points within annual-age categories, instead of advocating individual development and progression tracking without deselection. Coaches should consider using an individual approach, comparing data with population averages, to assist in the prescription of appropriate training and lifestyle interventions to aid the development of junior athletes.

  11. New approach in the evaluation of a fitness program at a worksite.

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    Shirasaya, K; Miyakawa, M; Yoshida, K; Tanaka, C; Shimada, N; Kondo, T

    1999-03-01

    The most common methods for the economic evaluation of a fitness program at a worksite are cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility analyses. In this study, we applied a basic microeconomic theory, "neoclassical firm's problems," as the new approach for it. The optimal number of physical-exercise classes that constitute the core of the fitness program are determined using the cubic health production function. The optimal number is defined as the number that maximizes the profit of the program. The optimal number corresponding to any willingness-to-pay amount of the participants for the effectiveness of the program is presented using a graph. For example, if the willingness-to-pay is $800, the optimal number of classes is 23. Our method can be applied to the evaluation of any health care program if the health production function can be estimated.

  12. Introducing a Bayesian Approach to Determining Degree of Fit With Existing Rorschach Norms.

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    Giromini, Luciano; Viglione, Donald J; McCullaugh, Joseph

    2015-01-01

    This article offers a new methodological approach to investigate the degree of fit between an independent sample and 2 existing sets of norms. Specifically, with a new adaptation of a Bayesian method, we developed a user-friendly procedure to compare the mean values of a given sample to those of 2 different sets of Rorschach norms. To illustrate our technique, we used a small, U.S. community sample of 80 adults and tested whether it resembled more closely the standard Comprehensive System norms (CS 600; Exner, 2003), or a recently introduced, internationally based set of Rorschach norms (Meyer, Erdberg, & Shaffer, 2007 ). Strengths and limitations of this new statistical technique are discussed.

  13. Ajustes de curvas de crescimento em bovinos Nelore da região Norte do Brasil Fitting of growth curves of Nellore cattle from Northern Brazil

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    Jorge Luis Ferreira

    2011-09-01

    .80kg and 0.004 dia-1; 337.60kg and 0.005 dia-1; and 309.60kg and 0,008 dia-1 for Brody, Von Bertalanffy, Gompertz and Logistic nonlinear models, respectively. The data adjustment for weight-age of the animal provides information describing the growth curve and the future prognostic for animals managed under the same environmental situation. The properties of four nonlinear models were discussed concerning its applications in the fitting of growth curves in Nellore cattle production. In the period analyzed, Von Bertalanffy nonlinear model was indicated to estimate the body weight of Nellore cattle from Northern Brazil.

  14. Curved Surface Fitting in the Application of the GPS Coordinate Transformation%曲面拟合在 GPS 坐标转换中的应用

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    吕红涛; 左海玉; 方广杰

    2015-01-01

    GPS由于其高精度、速度快、全天候的特点,在工程测量及城市工程网的建立、更新和改造中广泛应用。但是GPS测量结果为WGS-84坐标,而实际应用的坐标系往往是1954北京坐标系和1980西安坐标系。本文针对GPS坐标转换过程中由于利用公共点求解转换参数,而将原有坐标系中系统误差引入转换过程中的情况,探讨将曲面拟合法应用到坐标转换中来处理转换残差的可行性,并通过工程实例证明了该方法可行。%Because the technology of GPS position has the prominent advantages of high precision, fast speed and all-weather, it is widely used in the engineering survey and setting-up, upgrading and transforming of the urban engineering work.However, the GPS measurement result in the WGS -84 coordinate, and the practical application of the coordinate system is often BJ -54 coordinate system and the Xi’ an 80 coordinate system. In this paper, aims at the use of public point of solving the transformation parameters in the process of GPS coordinates conversion, and introducing system error in the original coordinate system to the process of transforma-tion, to explore the feasibility of application of curved surface fitting method in coordinate transformation to deal with the transformation residual, and through the engineering example proves the feasibility of this method.

  15. Modeling of Top Scroll Profile Using Equidistant-Curve Approach for a Scroll Compressor

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    Tao Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Scroll profile plays a key role in determining the performance of a scroll compressor. In this study geometric and dynamic characteristics of the scroll profile are analyzed to investigate the influence of its geometric continuity on property of a scroll compressor. Firstly, scroll profiles are created to redesign the geometry of scroll wrap by using the equidistant-curve approach on the basis of a generation line consisting of involute of circle and circular arc. Subsequently, the geometric and dynamic models of the scroll compressor are established. These models are related to parameters of the generation line of scroll profile and rotation angle of a moving scroll. Lastly, some simulation examples of second-order continuity (SOC scroll profile are compared with first-order continuity (FOC scroll profiles and some important conclusions are obtained. Results show that SOC scroll profile is superior to FOC profile in terms of volume ratio, stability of gas force, and possible leakage loss in a scroll compressor.

  16. Testing the Environmental Kuznets Curve Hypothesis for Biodiversity Risk in the US: A Spatial Econometric Approach

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    Robert P. Berrens

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates whether the environmental Kuznets curve (EKC relationship is supported for a measure of biodiversity risk and economic development across the United States (US. Using state-level data for all 48 contiguous states, biodiversity risk is measured using a Modified Index (MODEX. This index is an adaptation of a comprehensive National Biodiversity Risk Assessment Index. The MODEX differs from other measures in that it is takes into account the impact of human activities and conservation measures. The econometric approach includes corrections for spatial autocorrelation effects, which are present in the data. Modeling estimation results do not support the EKC hypothesis for biodiversity risk in the US. This finding is robust over ordinary least squares, spatial error, and spatial lag models, where the latter is shown to be the preferred model. Results from the spatial lag regression show that a 1% increase in human population density is associated with about a 0.19% increase in biodiversity risk. Spatial dependence in this case study explains 30% of the variation, as risk in one state spills over into adjoining states. From a policy perspective, this latter result supports the need for coordinated efforts at state and federal levels to address the problem of biodiversity loss.

  17. A Nonparametric Approach for Assessing Goodness-of-Fit of IRT Models in a Mixed Format Test

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    Liang, Tie; Wells, Craig S.

    2015-01-01

    Investigating the fit of a parametric model plays a vital role in validating an item response theory (IRT) model. An area that has received little attention is the assessment of multiple IRT models used in a mixed-format test. The present study extends the nonparametric approach, proposed by Douglas and Cohen (2001), to assess model fit of three…

  18. A new approach to a global fit of the CKM matrix

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    Hoecker, A.; Lacker, H.; Laplace, S. [Laboratoire de l' Accelerateur Lineaire, 91 - Orsay (France); Le Diberder, F. [Laboratoire de Physique Nucleaire et des Hautes Energies, 75 - Paris (France)

    2001-05-01

    We report on a new approach to a global CKM matrix analysis taking into account most recent experimental and theoretical results. The statistical framework (Rfit) developed in this paper advocates frequentist statistics. Other approaches, such as Bayesian statistics or the 95% CL scan method are also discussed. We emphasize the distinction of a model testing and a model dependent, metrological phase in which the various parameters of the theory are estimated. Measurements and theoretical parameters entering the global fit are thoroughly discussed, in particular with respect to their theoretical uncertainties. Graphical results for confidence levels are drawn in various one and two-dimensional parameter spaces. Numerical results are provided for all relevant CKM parameterizations, the CKM elements and theoretical input parameters. Predictions for branching ratios of rare K and B meson decays are obtained. A simple, predictive SUSY extension of the Standard Model is discussed. (authors)

  19. A new approach to a global fit of the CKM matrix

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    Hoecker, A.; Lacker, H.; Laplace, S. [Laboratoire de l' Accelerateur Lineaire, 91 - Orsay (France); Le Diberder, F. [Laboratoire de Physique Nucleaire et des Hautes Energies, 75 - Paris (France)

    2001-05-01

    We report on a new approach to a global CKM matrix analysis taking into account most recent experimental and theoretical results. The statistical framework (Rfit) developed in this paper advocates frequentist statistics. Other approaches, such as Bayesian statistics or the 95% CL scan method are also discussed. We emphasize the distinction of a model testing and a model dependent, metrological phase in which the various parameters of the theory are estimated. Measurements and theoretical parameters entering the global fit are thoroughly discussed, in particular with respect to their theoretical uncertainties. Graphical results for confidence levels are drawn in various one and two-dimensional parameter spaces. Numerical results are provided for all relevant CKM parameterizations, the CKM elements and theoretical input parameters. Predictions for branching ratios of rare K and B meson decays are obtained. A simple, predictive SUSY extension of the Standard Model is discussed. (authors)

  20. Adaptive BP-Dock: An Induced Fit Docking Approach for Full Receptor Flexibility.

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    Bolia, Ashini; Ozkan, S Banu

    2016-04-25

    We present an induced fit docking approach called Adaptive BP-Dock that integrates perturbation response scanning (PRS) with the flexible docking protocol of RosettaLigand in an adaptive manner. We first perturb the binding pocket residues of a receptor and obtain a new conformation based on the residue response fluctuation profile using PRS. Next, we dock a ligand to this new conformation by RosettaLigand, where we repeat these steps for several iterations. We test this approach on several protein test sets including difficult unbound docking cases such as HIV-1 reverse transcriptase and HIV-1 protease. Adaptive BP-Dock results show better correlation with experimental binding affinities compared to other docking protocols. Overall, the results imply that Adaptive BP-Dock can easily capture binding induced conformational changes by simultaneous sampling of protein and ligand conformations. This can provide faster and efficient docking of novel targets for rational drug design.

  1. Fit for purpose? Introducing a rational priority setting approach into a community care setting.

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    Cornelissen, Evelyn; Mitton, Craig; Davidson, Alan; Reid, Colin; Hole, Rachelle; Visockas, Anne-Marie; Smith, Neale

    2016-06-20

    Purpose - Program budgeting and marginal analysis (PBMA) is a priority setting approach that assists decision makers with allocating resources. Previous PBMA work establishes its efficacy and indicates that contextual factors complicate priority setting, which can hamper PBMA effectiveness. The purpose of this paper is to gain qualitative insight into PBMA effectiveness. Design/methodology/approach - A Canadian case study of PBMA implementation. Data consist of decision-maker interviews pre (n=20), post year-1 (n=12) and post year-2 (n=9) of PBMA to examine perceptions of baseline priority setting practice vis-à-vis desired practice, and perceptions of PBMA usability and acceptability. Findings - Fit emerged as a key theme in determining PBMA effectiveness. Fit herein refers to being of suitable quality and form to meet the intended purposes and needs of the end-users, and includes desirability, acceptability, and usability dimensions. Results confirm decision-maker desire for rational approaches like PBMA. However, most participants indicated that the timing of the exercise and the form in which PBMA was applied were not well-suited for this case study. Participant acceptance of and buy-in to PBMA changed during the study: a leadership change, limited organizational commitment, and concerns with organizational capacity were key barriers to PBMA adoption and thereby effectiveness. Practical implications - These findings suggest that a potential way-forward includes adding a contextual readiness/capacity assessment stage to PBMA, recognizing organizational complexity, and considering incremental adoption of PBMA's approach. Originality/value - These insights help us to better understand and work with priority setting conditions to advance evidence-informed decision making.

  2. Toward a Conceptualization of Perceived Work-Family Fit and Balance: A Demands and Resources Approach

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    Voydanoff, Patricia

    2005-01-01

    Using person-environment fit theory, this article formulates a conceptual model that links work, family, and boundary-spanning demands and resources to work and family role performance and quality. Linking mechanisms include 2 dimensions of perceived work-family fit (work demands--family resources fit and family demands--work resources fit) and a…

  3. Elastic Curves and Surfaces Under Long-Range Forces: a Geometric Approach

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    Santiago, J. A.; Chacón-Acosta, G.; González-Gaxiola, O.

    2013-05-01

    Using classical differential geometry, the problem of elastic curves and surfaces in the presence of long-range interactions Φ, is posed. Starting from a variational principle, the balance of elastic forces and the corresponding projections niṡ∇Φ, are found. In the case of elastic surfaces, a force coupling the mean curvature with the external potential, KΦ, appears; it is also present in the shape equation along the normal principal in the case of curves. The potential Φ contributes to the effective tension of curves and surfaces and also to the orbital torque. The confinement of a curve on a surface is also addressed, in such a case, the potential contributes to the normal force through the terms -κΦ-nṡ∇Φ. In general, the equation of motion becomes integro-differential that must be numerically solved.

  4. Correlation between 2D and 3D flow curve modelling of DP steels using a microstructure-based RVE approach

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    Ramazani, A., E-mail: ali.ramazani@iehk.rwth-aachen.de [Department of Ferrous Metallurgy, RWTH Aachen University, Intzestr.1, D-52072 Aachen (Germany); Mukherjee, K.; Quade, H.; Prahl, U.; Bleck, W. [Department of Ferrous Metallurgy, RWTH Aachen University, Intzestr.1, D-52072 Aachen (Germany)

    2013-01-10

    A microstructure-based approach by means of representative volume elements (RVEs) is employed to evaluate the flow curve of DP steels using virtual tensile tests. Microstructures with different martensite fractions and morphologies are studied in two- and three-dimensional approaches. Micro sections of DP microstructures with various amounts of martensite have been converted to 2D RVEs, while 3D RVEs were constructed statistically with randomly distributed phases. A dislocation-based model is used to describe the flow curve of each ferrite and martensite phase separately as a function of carbon partitioning and microstructural features. Numerical tensile tests of RVE were carried out using the ABAQUS/Standard code to predict the flow behaviour of DP steels. It is observed that 2D plane strain modelling gives an underpredicted flow curve for DP steels, while the 3D modelling gives a quantitatively reasonable description of flow curve in comparison to the experimental data. In this work, a von Mises stress correlation factor {sigma}{sub 3D}/{sigma}{sub 2D} has been identified to compare the predicted flow curves of these two dimensionalities showing a third order polynomial relation with respect to martensite fraction and a second order polynomial relation with respect to equivalent plastic strain, respectively. The quantification of this polynomial correlation factor is performed based on laboratory-annealed DP600 chemistry with varying martensite content and it is validated for industrially produced DP qualities with various chemistry, strength level and martensite fraction.

  5. Topology of algebraic curves an approach via dessins d'enfants

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    Degtyarev, Alex

    2012-01-01

    The book summarizes the state and new results on the topology of trigonal curves in geometrically ruled surfaces. Emphasis is placed upon various applications of the theory to related areas, most notably singularplane curves of small degree, elliptic surfaces, and Lefschetz fibrations (both complex and real), and Hurwitz equivalence of braid monodromy factorizations. The monograph conveys recent knowledge about related objects and is of interest to researchers and graduate students in the fields of topology and of complex and real algebraic varieties.

  6. Density of states techniques for lattice field theories using the functional fit approach (FFA)

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    Gattringer, Christof; Lehmann, Alexander; Törek, Pascal

    2015-01-01

    We discuss a variant of density of states (DoS) techniques for lattice field theories, the so-called "functional fit approach" (FFA). The DoS FFA is based on a density of states rho(x) which is parameterized on small intervals of the argument x of rho(x). On these intervals restricted Monte Carlo simulations with an additional Boltzmann factor exp(lambda x) allow to determine rho(x) very precisely by obtaining its parameters from fitting the Monte Carlo data to a known function of lambda. We describe the method in detail and show its applicability in four different systems, three of which have a complex action problem: The SU(3) spin model with a chemical potential, U(1) lattice gauge theory, the Z(3) spin model with chemical potential, and 2-dimensional U(1) lattice gauge theory with a topological term. In all cases we compare to reference calculations, which partly were done in a dual formulation where the complex action problem is absent. In all four cases we find a very encouraging performance of the DoS ...

  7. A two-step approach to investigate the effect of rating curve uncertainty in the Elbe decision support system

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    Yue-ping XU; Harriette HOLZHAUER; Martijn J.BOOIJ; Hong-yue SUN

    2008-01-01

    For river basin management,the reliability of the rating curves mainly depends on the accuracy and time period of the observed discharge and water level data.In the Elbe decision suPPort system(DSS),the rating curves are combined with the HEC-6 model to investigate the effects Ofriver engineering measures on the Elbe River system.In such situations,the uncertainty originating from the HEC-6 model is of significant importance for the reliability of the rating curves and the corresponding DSS results.This paper proposes a two-step approach to analyze the uncertainty in the rating curves and propagate it into the Elbe DSS:analytic method and Latin Hypercube simulation.Via this approach the uncertainty and sensitivity of model outputs to input parameters are successfuIly investigated.The results show that the proposed approach is very efficient in investigating the effect of uncertainty and can play an important role in improving decision-making under uncertainty.

  8. A Probabilistic Approach to Fitting Period–luminosity Relations and Validating Gaia Parallaxes

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    Sesar, Branimir; Fouesneau, Morgan; Price-Whelan, Adrian M.; Bailer-Jones, Coryn A. L.; Gould, Andy; Rix, Hans-Walter

    2017-04-01

    Pulsating stars, such as Cepheids, Miras, and RR Lyrae stars, are important distance indicators and calibrators of the “cosmic distance ladder,” and yet their period–luminosity–metallicity (PLZ) relations are still constrained using simple statistical methods that cannot take full advantage of available data. To enable optimal usage of data provided by the Gaia mission, we present a probabilistic approach that simultaneously constrains parameters of PLZ relations and uncertainties in Gaia parallax measurements. We demonstrate this approach by constraining PLZ relations of type ab RR Lyrae stars in near-infrared W1 and W2 bands, using Tycho-Gaia Astrometric Solution (TGAS) parallax measurements for a sample of ≈100 type ab RR Lyrae stars located within 2.5 kpc of the Sun. The fitted PLZ relations are consistent with previous studies, and in combination with other data, deliver distances precise to 6% (once various sources of uncertainty are taken into account). To a precision of 0.05 mas (1σ), we do not find a statistically significant offset in TGAS parallaxes for this sample of distant RR Lyrae stars (median parallax of 0.8 mas and distance of 1.4 kpc). With only minor modifications, our probabilistic approach can be used to constrain PLZ relations of other pulsating stars, and we intend to apply it to Cepheid and Mira stars in the near future.

  9. More basic approach to the analysis of multiple specimen R-curves for determination of J/sub c/

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    Carlson, K.W.; Williams, J.A.

    1980-02-01

    Multiple specimen J-R curves were developed for groups of 1T compact specimens with different a/W values and depth of side grooving. The purpose of this investigation was to determine J/sub c/ (J at onset of crack extension) for each group. Judicious selection of points on the load versus load-line deflection record at which to unload and heat tint specimens permitted direct observation of approximate onset of crack extension. It was found that the present recommended procedure for determining J/sub c/ from multiple specimen R-curves, which is being considered for standardization, consistently yielded nonconservative J/sub c/ values. A more basic approach to analyzing multiple specimen R-curves is presented, applied, and discussed. This analysis determined J/sub c/ values that closely corresponded to actual observed onset of crack extension.

  10. Suryanamaskar: An equivalent approach towards management of physical fitness in obese females

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    Komal A Jakhotia

    2015-01-01

    Conclusions: All three methods were effective in weight and physical fitness management. CT and SN were more effective in improving cardio-respiratory fitness and upper limb muscle endurance while only SN was effective in improving body flexibility.

  11. Separating Overlapped Peaks of SF6 Decomposed Products Based on Iterative Curve-fitting Method%曲线拟合法用于SF6分解组分的重叠色谱峰分离研究

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    张晓星; 谢颜斌; 姚尧

    2008-01-01

    The SF6 decomposed products are very alike, so the peaks of the SF6 decomposed products are overlapped. It make us hard to quantitatively calculate. This paper introduced a method to separate the overlapped chromatogram peaks with iterative curve-fitting and Gauss function, and deduced the formula of the iterative curve-fitting;provided a method to calculate the initial value of the peaks intensity and width by iterative formula, and confirm the final peaks intensity and width to separate the overlapped signals. By the analysis of the real chromatogram data, it proved the validity of this method on the main components used in distinguishing the GIS internal defects. This method overcomes the influence of SF6 peak to the other thin concentration peaks, so it can be used in the study of the quantitative analysis of the decomposed products on different failures and different voltages.

  12. The Forecasting Power of the Yield Curve, a Supervised Factor Model Approach

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    Boldrini, Lorenzo; Hillebrand, Eric Tobias

    We study the forecast power of the yield curve for macroeconomic time series, such as consumer price index, personal consumption expenditures, producer price index, real disposable income, unemployment rate, and industrial production. We employ a state-space model in which the forecasting objective......¨urkaynak, Sack, and Wright (2006) and Diebold and Li (2006) and macroeconomic data from FRED. We compare the models by means of the conditional predictive ability test of Giacomini and White (2006). We find that the yield curve has more forecast power for real variables compared to inflation measures...

  13. Morphing ab initio potential energy curve of beryllium monohydride

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    Špirko, Vladimír

    2016-12-01

    Effective (mass-dependent) potential energy curves of the ground electronic states of 9BeH, 9BeD, and 9BeT are constructed by morphing a very accurate MR-ACPF ab initio potential of Koput (2011) within the framework of the reduced potential energy curve approach of Jenč (1983). The morphing is performed by fitting the RPC parameters to available experimental ro-vibrational data. The resulting potential energy curves provide a fairly quantitative reproduction of the fitted data. This allows for a reliable prediction of the so-far unobserved molecular states in terms of only a small number of fitting parameters.

  14. Exploring Person Fit with an Approach Based on Multilevel Logistic Regression

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    Walker, A. Adrienne; Engelhard, George, Jr.

    2015-01-01

    The idea that test scores may not be valid representations of what students know, can do, and should learn next is well known. Person fit provides an important aspect of validity evidence. Person fit analyses at the individual student level are not typically conducted and person fit information is not communicated to educational stakeholders. In…

  15. 基于LSM分段拟合技术的喷墨输出反馈控制研究%Study of the Inkjet Output's Feedback Control Based on the LSM Piece Wise Curve-fitting Technology

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    于惠; 刘真

    2011-01-01

    各单色通道保持线性输出是喷墨打印机线性化校正的前提,以LSM(最小二乘法)的不足为启示,分析了LSM分段拟合技术的原理及特点,进而提出了针对图像的不同色调采用LSM分段拟合技术。实验分别采用LSM分段拟合技术和普通LSM拟合技术,拟合了喷墨打印机的反补偿曲线,再打印出反馈的应输入控制信息,最终评价比较了2种曲线模型下的输出样稿效果。结果表明:最小二乘法分段曲线拟合技术比普通最小二乘拟合技术更适用于喷墨输出反馈控制过程中。%Precise inking of every channel is the presupposition of inkjet printers' linearization. The principle and feature of LSM piece wise curve-fitting technology was analyzed. Pictures" different tones were treated with LSM piece wise Printing feedback controlling curve was fitted with LSM piece wise curve-fitting technology and common LSM curve-fitting technology. Sample sheets printed by the two control technologies were evaluated and compared. The results showed that LSM Piece Wise method is more suitable for the inkier printers' feed back control.

  16. A Probabilistic Approach to Fitting Period-Luminosity Relations and Validating Gaia Parallaxes

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    Sesar, Branimir; Price-Whelan, Adrian M; Bailer-Jones, Coryn A L; Gould, Andy; Rix, Hans-Walter

    2016-01-01

    Pulsating stars, such as Cepheids, Miras, and RR Lyrae stars, are important distance indicators and calibrators of the "cosmic distance ladder", and yet their period-luminosity-metallicity (PLZ) relations are still constrained using simple statistical methods that cannot take full advantage of available data. To enable optimal usage of data provided by the Gaia mission, we present a probabilistic approach that simultaneously constrains parameters of PLZ relations and uncertainties in Gaia parallax measurements. We demonstrate this approach by constraining PLZ relations of RR Lyrae stars in near-infrared W1 and W2 bands, using Tycho-Gaia Astrometric Solution (TGAS) parallax measurements for a sample of 123 RR Lyrae stars located within 2.5 kpc of the Sun. The fitted PLZ relations are consistent with previous studies, and in combination with other data, deliver distances precise to 6% (once various sources of uncertainty are taken into account). To a precision of 0.03 mas ($1\\sigma$), we do not find a statistic...

  17. Variance analysis for model updating with a finite element based subspace fitting approach

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    Gautier, Guillaume; Mevel, Laurent; Mencik, Jean-Mathieu; Serra, Roger; Döhler, Michael

    2017-07-01

    Recently, a subspace fitting approach has been proposed for vibration-based finite element model updating. The approach makes use of subspace-based system identification, where the extended observability matrix is estimated from vibration measurements. Finite element model updating is performed by correlating the model-based observability matrix with the estimated one, by using a single set of experimental data. Hence, the updated finite element model only reflects this single test case. However, estimates from vibration measurements are inherently exposed to uncertainty due to unknown excitation, measurement noise and finite data length. In this paper, a covariance estimation procedure for the updated model parameters is proposed, which propagates the data-related covariance to the updated model parameters by considering a first-order sensitivity analysis. In particular, this propagation is performed through each iteration step of the updating minimization problem, by taking into account the covariance between the updated parameters and the data-related quantities. Simulated vibration signals are used to demonstrate the accuracy and practicability of the derived expressions. Furthermore, an application is shown on experimental data of a beam.

  18. R-Curve Approach to Describe the Fracture Resistance of Tool Steels

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    Picas, Ingrid; Casellas, Daniel; Llanes, Luis

    2016-06-01

    This work addresses the events involved in the fracture of tool steels, aiming to understand the effect of primary carbides, inclusions, and the metallic matrix on their effective fracture toughness and strength. Microstructurally different steels were investigated. It is found that cracks nucleate on carbides or inclusions at stress values lower than the fracture resistance. It is experimentally evidenced that such cracks exhibit an increasing growth resistance as they progressively extend, i.e., R-curve behavior. Ingot cast steels present a rising R-curve, which implies that the effective toughness developed by small cracks is lower than that determined with long artificial cracks. On the other hand, cracks grow steadily in the powder metallurgy tool steel, yielding as a result a flat R-curve. Accordingly, effective toughness for this material is mostly independent of the crack size. Thus, differences in fracture toughness values measured using short and long cracks must be considered when assessing fracture resistance of tool steels, especially when tool performance is controlled by short cracks. Hence, material selection for tools or development of new steel grades should take into consideration R-curve concepts, in order to avoid unexpected tool failures or to optimize microstructural design of tool steels, respectively.

  19. A two-step approach to propagate rating curve uncertainty in Elbe decision support system

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    Xu, Yueping; Holzhauer, Harriette; Booij, Martijn J.; Jun, B.H.; Lee, S-I.; Seo, I.W.; Choi, G-W.

    2005-01-01

    The relationships between water level and discharge along the river channel are vital for decision support systems in river basin management. Normally the reliability of the so-called rating curves along the river channel depends greatly on the accuracy and duration of the measured discharge and wat

  20. Analysis and fitting of growth curve in different strains of Xinyi HuaiXiang Chicken%信宜怀乡鸡不同品系生长曲线拟合分析

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    叶伟庆; 杜炳旺; 刘宜林; 陈运冬; 陈建; 李东华

    2014-01-01

    Xinyi HuaiXiang Chicken is a famous chicken breed that listed in the National Animal Genetic Resources Protection List,the study of early growth rules of Xinyi HuaiXiang chicken provide a evidence for its genetic resources conservation and trains breeding.The growth curve of A,B strains of HuaiXiang hen from 0 to 9 weeks old was analyzed and fitted with three kinds of nonlinear models (Gompertz, Logistic, von Bertalanffy).The growth curves were appropriately fitted with three models. The Bertalanffy model had the best effect on fitting with the growth curves of A strain hen (R2=0.996), its growth inflexion was 10.165 weeks and 1047.7g.;The Gompertz model had the best effect on fitting with the growth curves of B strain hen(R2=0.997), its growth inflexion was 8.008 weeks and 748.3g.It is feasible to analyze and fit the growth curve of the HuaiXiang chicken using the three models.%信宜怀乡鸡作为列入国家畜禽遗传资源保护名录的著名品种,为了解其肉种鸡的早期生长发育规律,为其遗传资源保护和品系选育提供参考依据。使用Logistic、Gompertz和Bertallanffy 3种非线性生长模型对怀乡鸡A、B两个品系母鸡0~9周龄早期体重生长数据进行曲线拟合和分析。3种模型均能很好地模拟怀乡鸡生长曲线,Bertalanffy模型的拟合A品系母鸡生长效果最佳(R2=0.996),其拐点为(10.165,1047.7);Gompertz模型的拟合B品系母鸡生长效果最佳(R2=0.997),其拐点为(8.008,748.3)。3种模型对信宜怀乡鸡生长曲线的拟合和分析是可行的,可及时掌握怀乡鸡的生长发育规律。

  1. Evaluation of bilirubin concentration in hemolysed samples, is it really impossible? The altitude-curve cartography approach to interfered assays.

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    Brunori, Paola; Masi, Piergiorgio; Faggiani, Luigi; Villani, Luciano; Tronchin, Michele; Galli, Claudio; Laube, Clarissa; Leoni, Antonella; Demi, Maila; La Gioia, Antonio

    2011-04-11

    Neonatal jaundice might lead to severe clinical consequences. Measurement of bilirubin in samples is interfered by hemolysis. Over a method-depending cut-off value of measured hemolysis, bilirubin value is not accepted and a new sample is required for evaluation although this is not always possible, especially with newborns and cachectic oncological patients. When usage of different methods, less prone to interferences, is not feasible an alternative recovery method for analytical significance of rejected data might help clinicians to take appropriate decisions. We studied the effects of hemolysis over total bilirubin measurement, comparing hemolysis-interfered bilirubin measurement with the non-interfered value. Interference curves were extrapolated over a wide range of bilirubin (0-30 mg/mL) and hemolysis (H Index 0-1100). Interference "altitude" curves were calculated and plotted. A bimodal acceptance table was calculated. Non-interfered bilirubin of given samples was calculated, by linear interpolation between the nearest lower and upper interference curves. Rejection of interference-sensitive data from hemolysed samples for every method should be based not upon the interferent concentration but upon a more complex algorithm based upon the concentration-dependent bimodal interaction between the interfered analyte and the measured interferent. The altitude-curve cartography approach to interfered assays may help laboratories to build up their own method-dependent algorithm and to improve the trueness of their data by choosing a cut-off value different from the one (-10% interference) proposed by manufacturers. When re-sampling or an alternative method is not available the altitude-curve cartography approach might also represent an alternative recovery method for analytical significance of rejected data. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. 3D Modeling of Spectra and Light Curves of Hot Jupiters with PHOENIX; a First Approach

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    Jiménez-Torres, J. J.

    2016-04-01

    A detailed global circulation model was used to feed the PHOENIX code and calculate 3D spectra and light curves of hot Jupiters. Cloud free and dusty radiative fluxes for the planet HD179949b were modeled to show differences between them. The PHOENIX simulations can explain the broad features of the observed 8 μm light curves, including the fact that the planet-star flux ratio peaks before the secondary eclipse. The PHOENIX reflection spectrum matches the Spitzer secondary-eclipse depth at 3.6 μm and underpredicts eclipse depths at 4.5, 5.8 and 8.0 μm. These discrepancies result from the chemical composition and suggest the incorporation of different metallicities in future studies.

  3. 3D MODELING OF SPECTRA AND LIGHT CURVES OF HOT JUPITERS WITH PHOENIX; A FIRST APPROACH

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    Juan J. Jiménez-Torres

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A detailed global circulation model was used to feed the PHOENIX code and calculate 3D spectra and light curves of hot Jupiters. Cloud free and dusty radiative fluxes for the planet HD179949b were modeled to show differences between them. The PHOENIX simulations can explain the broad features of the observed 8 µm light curves, including the fact that the planet-star flux ratio peaks before the secondary eclipse. The PHOENIX reflection spectrum matches the Spitzer secondary-eclipse depth at 3.6 µm and underpredicts eclipse depths at 4.5, 5.8 and 8.0 µm. These discrepancies result from the chemical composition and suggest the incorporation of different metallicities in future studies.

  4. 3D Modeling of Spectra and Light Curves of Hot Jupiters; A First Approach

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    Jiménez-Torres, Juan J

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a detailed Global Circulation Model was employed to feed the PHOENIX code to calculate 3D spectra and light curves of hot Jupiters. Cloud free and dusty radiative luxes for the planet HD179949b were modeled to show differences between them. The PHOENIX simulations can explain the broad features of the observed 8 {\\mu}m light curves, including the fact that the planet-star flux ratio peaks before the secondary eclipse. The PHOENIX reflection spectrum matches the Spitzer secondary-eclipse depth at 3.6 {\\mu}m and underpredicts the eclipse depths at 4.5, 5.8 and 8.0 {\\mu}m. These discrepancies result from the chemical composition and provide motivation for incorporating different metallicities in future studies.

  5. ROC-curve approach for determining the detection limit of a field chemical sensor.

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    Fraga, Carlos G; Melville, Angela M; Wright, Bob W

    2007-03-01

    The detection limit of a field chemical sensor under realistic operating conditions is determined by receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curves. The chemical sensor is an ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) device used to detect a chemical marker in diesel fuel. The detection limit is the lowest concentration of the marker in diesel fuel that obtains the desired true-positive probability (TPP) and false-positive probability (FPP). A TPP of 0.90 and a FPP of 0.10 were selected as acceptable levels for the field sensor in this study. The detection limit under realistic operating conditions is found to be between 2 to 4 ppm (w/w). The upper value is the detection limit under challenging conditions. The ROC-based detection limit is very reliable because it is determined from multiple and repetitive sensor analyses under realistic circumstances. ROC curves also clearly illustrate and gauge the effects data preprocessing and sampling environments have on the sensor's detection limit.

  6. Forecasting Inflation with the Phillips Curve: A Dynamic Model Averaging Approach for Brazil

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    Diego Ferreira

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a generalized Phillips curve in order to forecast Brazilian inflation over the 2003:M1–2013:M10 period. To this end, we employ the Dynamic Model Averaging (DMA method, which allows for both model evolution and time-varying parameters. The procedure mainly consists in state-space representation and by Kalman filter estimation. Overall, the dynamic specifications deliver good inflation predictions for all the forecast horizons considered, underscoring the importance of time-varying features for forecasting exercises. As to the usefulness of the predictors on explaining the Brazilian inflation, there are evidences that the short- and long-term Phillips curve relationship may be rejected for Brazil while short- and medium-term exchange rate pass-through apparently has been decreasing in the last years.

  7. Exact Solution of the Curved Dirac Equation in Polar Coordinates: Master Function Approach

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    H. Panahi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We show that the (2+1 curved Dirac equation in polar coordinates can be transformed into Schrodinger-like differential equation for upper spinor component. We compare this equation with the Schrodinger equation derived from shape invariance property of second order differential equations of mathematical physics. This formalism enables us to determine the electrostatic potential and relativistic energy in terms of master function and corresponding weight function. We also obtain the spinor wave function in terms of orthogonal polynomials.

  8. Dissimilar Metal Weld Probability of Detection Curve Fits from Performance Demonstration Initiative Data: A Comparison with Other Round-Robin Results

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    Heasler, Patrick G. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Anderson, Michael T. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Doctor, Steven R. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-09-20

    The NRC, in cooperation with industry, is developing a computerized simulation and analytical tool within the Extremely Low Probability of Rupture (xLPR) Project to provide insights for determining whether certain types of service degradation would be expected to challenge safety-related systems at operating nuclear power plants. One input for this tool is the probability of detection (POD) for the nondestructive examinations conducted during inservice inspections at these plants. EPRI produced a series of POD curves for ultrasonic testing with data from the industry’s Performance Demonstration Initiative. This report compares the POD curves developed from the EPRI data to other relevant attempts to quantify POD on similar component configurations. The objectives of this report are 1) to determine the reasonableness of the EPRI curves and 2) attempt to explain discrepancies noted with other recent POD studies.

  9. An engineering time-domain model for curve squeal: Tangential point-contact model and Green's functions approach

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    Zenzerovic, I.; Kropp, W.; Pieringer, A.

    2016-08-01

    Curve squeal is a strong tonal sound that may arise when a railway vehicle negotiates a tight curve. In contrast to frequency-domain models, time-domain models are able to capture the nonlinear and transient nature of curve squeal. However, these models are computationally expensive due to requirements for fine spatial and time discretization. In this paper, a computationally efficient engineering model for curve squeal in the time-domain is proposed. It is based on a steady-state point-contact model for the tangential wheel/rail contact and a Green's functions approach for wheel and rail dynamics. The squeal model also includes a simple model of sound radiation from the railway wheel from the literature. A validation of the tangential point-contact model against Kalker's transient variational contact model reveals that the point-contact model performs well within the squeal model up to at least 5 kHz. The proposed squeal model is applied to investigate the influence of lateral creepage, friction and wheel/rail contact position on squeal occurrence and amplitude. The study indicates a significant influence of the wheel/rail contact position on squeal frequencies and amplitudes. Friction and lateral creepage show an influence on squeal occurrence and amplitudes, but this is only secondary to the influence of the contact position.

  10. Green Roof Evaluation: A Holistic ‘Long Life, Loose Fit, Low Energy’ Approach

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    Craig Langston

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Green roofs have potential to improve the social and environmental performance of detached housing in Australia, yet often they are overlooked due to prohibitive capital cost and a range of other perceptions that are difficult to quantify. A classic evaluation problem is invoked that must balance short and long term benefits. Using two distinct designs of the same floor area, green roof and traditional housing prototypes are analysed to determine the relative ‘breakeven’ point when long-term benefits become feasible. It is discovered that green roofs are unlikely to be viable in their own right, but when coupled with an overall design strategy of long life (durability, loose fit (adaptability and low energy (sustainability they can deliver least cost (affordability over time as well as unlock valuable social and environmental rewards. This outcome can be realised within 25% of a home’s expected design life of at least one hundred years. The results demonstrate that residential green roofs, when integrated as part of a holistic approach, can be both individually and collectively justified on key economic, social and environmental criteria, and are therefore able to claim a valuable contribution towards wider sustainable development goals.

  11. Treatment of tophaceous pseudogout with custom-fitted temporomandibular joint: a two-staged approach

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    Robert Pellecchia, DDS

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Tophaceous pseudogout, a variant of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition, is a relatively rare juxta-articular disease. It is a metabolic condition, in which patients develop pseudo-tumoral calcifications associated with peri-articular structures secondary to calcium pyrophosphate deposition into joints with fibrocartilage rather than hyaline cartilage. These lesions are reported in the knee, wrist, pubis, shoulder, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ and induce a histocytic foreign body giant cell reaction. We report a case of tophaceous pseudogout affecting the left TMJ with destruction of the condyle and glenoid and middle cranial fossa that was reconstructed with a TMJ Concepts (Ventura, CA custom-fitted prosthesis in a 2-staged surgical approach using a silicone spacer. The surgical management using a patient-specific TMJ is a viable option when the fossa or condylar component has been compromised due to breakdown of bone secondary to a pathologic process. Our case describes and identifies the lesion and its rare occurrence in the region of the temporomandibular region. The successful management of tophaceous pseudogout of the TMJ must include a thorough patient workup including the involvement of other joints as well as the modification of bone of the glenoid fossa and condylar relationship of the TMJ.

  12. Regulation of Neutrophil Degranulation and Cytokine Secretion: A Novel Model Approach Based on Linear Fitting

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    Isabelle Naegelen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Neutrophils participate in the maintenance of host integrity by releasing various cytotoxic proteins during degranulation. Due to recent advances, a major role has been attributed to neutrophil-derived cytokine secretion in the initiation, exacerbation, and resolution of inflammatory responses. Because the release of neutrophil-derived products orchestrates the action of other immune cells at the infection site and, thus, can contribute to the development of chronic inflammatory diseases, we aimed to investigate in more detail the spatiotemporal regulation of neutrophil-mediated release mechanisms of proinflammatory mediators. Purified human neutrophils were stimulated for different time points with lipopolysaccharide. Cells and supernatants were analyzed by flow cytometry techniques and used to establish secretion profiles of granules and cytokines. To analyze the link between cytokine release and degranulation time series, we propose an original strategy based on linear fitting, which may be used as a guideline, to (i define the relationship of granule proteins and cytokines secreted to the inflammatory site and (ii investigate the spatial regulation of neutrophil cytokine release. The model approach presented here aims to predict the correlation between neutrophil-derived cytokine secretion and degranulation and may easily be extrapolated to investigate the relationship between other types of time series of functional processes.

  13. Regulation of Neutrophil Degranulation and Cytokine Secretion: A Novel Model Approach Based on Linear Fitting

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    Naegelen, Isabelle; Beaume, Nicolas; Plançon, Sébastien; Schenten, Véronique; Tschirhart, Eric J.; Bréchard, Sabrina

    2015-01-01

    Neutrophils participate in the maintenance of host integrity by releasing various cytotoxic proteins during degranulation. Due to recent advances, a major role has been attributed to neutrophil-derived cytokine secretion in the initiation, exacerbation, and resolution of inflammatory responses. Because the release of neutrophil-derived products orchestrates the action of other immune cells at the infection site and, thus, can contribute to the development of chronic inflammatory diseases, we aimed to investigate in more detail the spatiotemporal regulation of neutrophil-mediated release mechanisms of proinflammatory mediators. Purified human neutrophils were stimulated for different time points with lipopolysaccharide. Cells and supernatants were analyzed by flow cytometry techniques and used to establish secretion profiles of granules and cytokines. To analyze the link between cytokine release and degranulation time series, we propose an original strategy based on linear fitting, which may be used as a guideline, to (i) define the relationship of granule proteins and cytokines secreted to the inflammatory site and (ii) investigate the spatial regulation of neutrophil cytokine release. The model approach presented here aims to predict the correlation between neutrophil-derived cytokine secretion and degranulation and may easily be extrapolated to investigate the relationship between other types of time series of functional processes. PMID:26579547

  14. BayeSED: A General Approach to Fitting the Spectral Energy Distribution of Galaxies

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    Han, Yunkun

    2014-01-01

    We present a newly developed version of BayeSED, a general Bayesian approach to the spectral energy distribution (SED) fitting of galaxies. The new BayeSED code has been systematically tested on a mock sample of galaxies. The comparison between estimated and inputted value of the parameters show that BayeSED can recover the physical parameters of galaxies reasonably well. We then applied BayeSED to interpret the SEDs of a large Ks-selected sample of galaxies in the COSMOS/UltraVISTA field with stellar population synthesis models. With the new BayeSED code, a Bayesian model comparison of stellar population synthesis models has been done for the first time. We found that the model by Bruzual & Charlot (2003), statistically speaking, has larger Bayesian evidence than the model by Maraston (2005) for the Ks-selected sample. Besides, while setting the stellar metallicity as a free parameter obviously increases the Bayesian evidence of both models, varying the IMF has a notable effect only on the Maraston (2005...

  15. Evaluation of the learning curve for transcatheter aortic valve implantation via the transfemoral approach.

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    Arai, Takahide; Lefèvre, Thierry; Hovasse, Thomas; Hayashida, Kentaro; Watanabe, Yusuke; O'Connor, Stephen A; Benamer, Hakim; Garot, Philippe; Cormier, Bertrand; Bouvier, Erik; Morice, Marie-Claude; Chevalier, Bernard

    2016-01-15

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the learning curve in performing transfemoral TAVI (TF-TAVI). Between October 2006 and October 2013, 312 consecutive TF-TAVI cases performed by 6 interventional cardiologists, using the Edwards Sapien valve and 104 using the CoreValve, were included in the present analysis. Cumulative sum (CUSUM) failure analysis of combined 30-day safety endpoint was used to evaluate learning curves. The CUSUM analysis revealed a learning curve regarding the occurrence of 30-day adverse events with an improvement after the initial 86 cases using the Edwards valve and 40 cases using the CoreValve. We divided the Edwards valve cases into two groups (early experience: Cases 1 to 86; late experience: Cases 87 to 312). The rate of 30-day mortality and 1-year mortality significantly decreased in the late experience group (17% to 7%, p=0.019; 34% to 21%, p=0.035, respectively). We divided the CoreValve cases into two groups (early experience: Cases 1 to 40; late experience: Cases 41 to 104). The rate of 30-day mortality and 1-year mortality significantly decreased in the late experience group (20% to 6%, p=0.033; 38% to 15%, p=0.040, respectively). The groups including both valves were also analyzed after propensity-matching (early [n=52] vs late [n=52]). This model also showed that 30-day and 1-year mortality rates were significantly lower in the late experience group (13% to 1%, p=0.028; 34% to 20%, p=0.042, respectively). An appropriate level of experience is needed to reduce the complication rate and mortality in TF-TAVI. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Phase resetting for a network of oscillators via phase response curve approach.

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    Efimov, D

    2015-02-01

    The problem of phase regulation for a population of oscillating systems is considered. The proposed control strategy is based on a phase response curve (PRC) model of an oscillator (the first-order reduced model obtained for linearized system and inputs with infinitesimal amplitude). It is proven that the control provides phase resetting for the original nonlinear system. Next, the problem of phase resetting for a network of oscillators is considered when applying a common control input. Performance of the obtained solutions is demonstrated via computer simulation for three different models of circadian/neural oscillators.

  17. Covariant theory of Bose-Einstein condensates in curved spacetimes with electromagnetic interactions: the hydrodynamic approach

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    Chavanis, Pierre-Henri

    2016-01-01

    We develop a hydrodynamic representation of the Klein-Gordon-Maxwell-Einstein equations. These equations combine quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, and general relativity. We consider the case of an arbitrary curved spacetime, the case of weak gravitational fields in a static or expanding background, and the nonrelativistic (Newtonian) limit. The Klein-Gordon-Maxwell-Einstein equations govern the evolution of a complex scalar field, possibly describing self-gravitating Bose-Einstein condensates, coupled to an electromagnetic field. They may find applications in the context of dark matter, boson stars, and neutron stars with a superfluid core.

  18. Building Spiritual Fitness in the Army: An Innovative Approach to a Vital Aspect of Human Development

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    Pargament, Kenneth I.; Sweeney, Patrick J.

    2011-01-01

    This article describes the development of the spiritual fitness component of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program. Spirituality is defined in the human sense as the journey people take to discover and realize their essential selves and higher order aspirations. Several theoretically and empirically based reasons are articulated…

  19. Building Spiritual Fitness in the Army: An Innovative Approach to a Vital Aspect of Human Development

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    Pargament, Kenneth I.; Sweeney, Patrick J.

    2011-01-01

    This article describes the development of the spiritual fitness component of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program. Spirituality is defined in the human sense as the journey people take to discover and realize their essential selves and higher order aspirations. Several theoretically and empirically based reasons are articulated…

  20. A computational approach for functional mapping of quantitative trait loci that regulate thermal performance curves.

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    Full Text Available Whether and how thermal reaction norm is under genetic control is fundamental to understand the mechanistic basis of adaptation to novel thermal environments. However, the genetic study of thermal reaction norm is difficult because it is often expressed as a continuous function or curve. Here we derive a statistical model for dissecting thermal performance curves into individual quantitative trait loci (QTL with the aid of a genetic linkage map. The model is constructed within the maximum likelihood context and implemented with the EM algorithm. It integrates the biological principle of responses to temperature into a framework for genetic mapping through rigorous mathematical functions established to describe the pattern and shape of thermal reaction norms. The biological advantages of the model lie in the decomposition of the genetic causes for thermal reaction norm into its biologically interpretable modes, such as hotter-colder, faster-slower and generalist-specialist, as well as the formulation of a series of hypotheses at the interface between genetic actions/interactions and temperature-dependent sensitivity. The model is also meritorious in statistics because the precision of parameter estimation and power of QTLdetection can be increased by modeling the mean-covariance structure with a small set of parameters. The results from simulation studies suggest that the model displays favorable statistical properties and can be robust in practical genetic applications. The model provides a conceptual platform for testing many ecologically relevant hypotheses regarding organismic adaptation within the Eco-Devo paradigm.

  1. A computational approach for functional mapping of quantitative trait loci that regulate thermal performance curves.

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    Yap, John Stephen; Wang, Chenguang; Wu, Rongling

    2007-06-20

    Whether and how thermal reaction norm is under genetic control is fundamental to understand the mechanistic basis of adaptation to novel thermal environments. However, the genetic study of thermal reaction norm is difficult because it is often expressed as a continuous function or curve. Here we derive a statistical model for dissecting thermal performance curves into individual quantitative trait loci (QTL) with the aid of a genetic linkage map. The model is constructed within the maximum likelihood context and implemented with the EM algorithm. It integrates the biological principle of responses to temperature into a framework for genetic mapping through rigorous mathematical functions established to describe the pattern and shape of thermal reaction norms. The biological advantages of the model lie in the decomposition of the genetic causes for thermal reaction norm into its biologically interpretable modes, such as hotter-colder, faster-slower and generalist-specialist, as well as the formulation of a series of hypotheses at the interface between genetic actions/interactions and temperature-dependent sensitivity. The model is also meritorious in statistics because the precision of parameter estimation and power of QTLdetection can be increased by modeling the mean-covariance structure with a small set of parameters. The results from simulation studies suggest that the model displays favorable statistical properties and can be robust in practical genetic applications. The model provides a conceptual platform for testing many ecologically relevant hypotheses regarding organismic adaptation within the Eco-Devo paradigm.

  2. GP2D12红外测距传感器曲线拟合函数设计%Design Research of GP2D12 IR Distance Measuring Sensor Curve Fitting Function

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    彭伟

    2012-01-01

    GP2D12是SHAR P公司一种新型的红外测距传感器。ACR ONAME R OBOTICS基于最小二乘原理提出了以乘幂函数为模型的两种曲线拟合设计方法,使用拟合函数编写了微控制器C程序,在嵌入式测距系统电路中实测运行,实现了稳定的高精度测距效果。%Research and propose an improvement design on the generating method of GP2D12 infrared distance sensor curve fitting function which proposed by Acroname Robotics,based on the least squares principle we use power function as a model propose an design method of two kinds of curve fitting,by using the fitting function we design a microcontroller C procedures and achieve a stable high accuracy distance measuring effects when operating it in the embedded system circuit.

  3. Single-centre experience of retroperitoneoscopic approach in urology with tips to overcome the steep learning curve

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    Aneesh Srivastava

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: The retroperitoneoscopic or retroperitoneal (RP surgical approach has not become as popular as the transperitoneal (TP one due to the steeper learning curve. Aims: Our single-institution experience focuses on the feasibility, advantages and complications of retroperitoneoscopic surgeries (RS performed over the past 10 years. Tips and tricks have been discussed to overcome the steep learning curve and these are emphasised. Settings and Design: This study made a retrospective analysis of computerised hospital data of patients who underwent RP urological procedures from 2003 to 2013 at a tertiary care centre. Patients and Methods: Between 2003 and 2013, 314 cases of RS were performed for various urological procedures. We analysed the operative time, peri-operative complications, time to return of bowel sound, length of hospital stay, and advantages and difficulties involved. Post-operative complications were stratified into five grades using modified Clavien classification (MCC. Results: RS were successfully completed in 95.5% of patients, with 4% of the procedures electively performed by the combined approach (both RP and TP; 3.2% required open conversion and 1.3% were converted to the TP approach. The most common cause for conversion was bleeding. Mean hospital stay was 3.2 ± 1.2 days and the mean time for returning of bowel sounds was 16.5 ± 5.4 h. Of the patients, 1.4% required peri-operative blood transfusion. A total of 16 patients (5% had post-operative complications and the majority were grades I and II as per MCC. The rates of intra-operative and post-operative complications depended on the difficulty of the procedure, but the complications diminished over the years with the increasing experience of surgeons. Conclusion: Retroperitoneoscopy has proven an excellent approach, with certain advantages. The tips and tricks that have been provided and emphasised should definitely help to minimise the steep learning curve.

  4. Endoscopic Versus Microscopic Approach in Stapes Surgery: Are Operative Times and Learning Curve Important for Making the Choice?

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    Iannella, Giannicola; Magliulo, Giuseppe

    2016-10-01

    Analyze the surgical outcomes of endoscopic stapes surgery, comparing the results with a conventional stapes surgery under microscopic approach. Estimate the operation type of each surgical approach and show a learning curve of endoscopic stapes surgery. Retrospective study. Tertiary referral center. Twenty patients who underwent endoscopic stapedotomy for otosclerosis and 20 patients who underwent microscopic stapedotomy for otosclerosis. Endoscopic and microscopic stapes surgery. Operating time, preoperative and postoperative hearing, intraoperative findings, postoperative complications, and postoperative pain. The group of patients who underwent endoscopic stapes surgery showed a mean operative time calculated to be 45.0 min. The group of patients treated by microscopic approach had an estimated mean value of 36.5 min. Statistical difference was evident (p value = 0.01). The average duration of endoscopic surgery varied as the surgeon gained experience. There were no statistical differences between the average surgical times for the endoscopic and microscopic approaches (p >0.05) in the last 4-month period of surgery. Through the endoscopic approach the percentage of ears with a postoperative air-bone gap ≤20 dB was 95%. No difference from the percentage of the microscopic group (90%) (p >0.05) was reported. No difference regarding the incidence of intraoperative findings and postoperative complications between endoscopic and microscopic approaches was found. Audiological outcomes achieved by endoscopic surgery are similar to the results obtained through a microscopic approach. Longer initial operative times and a learning curve are the principal grounds that might discourage most ear-surgeons from commencing endoscopic stapes surgery.

  5. BayeSED: A General Approach to Fitting the Spectral Energy Distribution of Galaxies

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    Han, Yunkun; Han, Zhanwen

    2014-11-01

    We present a newly developed version of BayeSED, a general Bayesian approach to the spectral energy distribution (SED) fitting of galaxies. The new BayeSED code has been systematically tested on a mock sample of galaxies. The comparison between the estimated and input values of the parameters shows that BayeSED can recover the physical parameters of galaxies reasonably well. We then applied BayeSED to interpret the SEDs of a large Ks -selected sample of galaxies in the COSMOS/UltraVISTA field with stellar population synthesis models. Using the new BayeSED code, a Bayesian model comparison of stellar population synthesis models has been performed for the first time. We found that the 2003 model by Bruzual & Charlot, statistically speaking, has greater Bayesian evidence than the 2005 model by Maraston for the Ks -selected sample. In addition, while setting the stellar metallicity as a free parameter obviously increases the Bayesian evidence of both models, varying the initial mass function has a notable effect only on the Maraston model. Meanwhile, the physical parameters estimated with BayeSED are found to be generally consistent with those obtained using the popular grid-based FAST code, while the former parameters exhibit more natural distributions. Based on the estimated physical parameters of the galaxies in the sample, we qualitatively classified the galaxies in the sample into five populations that may represent galaxies at different evolution stages or in different environments. We conclude that BayeSED could be a reliable and powerful tool for investigating the formation and evolution of galaxies from the rich multi-wavelength observations currently available. A binary version of the BayeSED code parallelized with Message Passing Interface is publicly available at https://bitbucket.org/hanyk/bayesed.

  6. Factors influencing community health centers' efficiency: a latent growth curve modeling approach.

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    Marathe, Shriram; Wan, Thomas T H; Zhang, Jackie; Sherin, Kevin

    2007-10-01

    The objective of study is to examine factors affecting the variation in technical and cost efficiency of community health centers (CHCs). A panel study design was formulated to examine the relationships among the contextual, organizational structural, and performance variables. Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) of technical efficiency and latent growth curve modeling of multi-wave technical and cost efficiency were performed. Regardless of the efficiency measures, CHC efficiency was influenced more by contextual factors than organizational structural factors. The study confirms the independent and additive influences of contextual and organizational predictors on efficiency. The change in CHC technical efficiency positively affects the change in CHC cost efficiency. The practical implication of this finding is that healthcare managers can simultaneously optimize both technical and cost efficiency through appropriate use of inputs to generate optimal outputs. An innovative solution is to employ decision support software to prepare an expert system to assist poorly performing CHCs to achieve better cost efficiency through optimizing technical efficiency.

  7. Hugoniot curve calculation of nitromethane decomposition mixtures:A reactive force field molecular dynamics approach

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    郭峰; 张红; 胡海泉; 程新路; 张利燕

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the Hugoniot curve, shock–particle velocity relations, and Chapman–Jouguet conditions of the hot dense system through molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The detailed pathways from crystal nitromethane to reacted state by shock compression are simulated. The phase transition of N2 and CO mixture is found at about 10 GPa, and the main reason is that the dissociation of the C–O bond and the formation of C–C bond start at 10.0–11.0 GPa. The unreacted state simulations of nitromethane are consistent with shock Hugoniot data. The complete pathway from unreacted to reacted state is discussed. Through chemical species analysis, we find that the C–N bond breaking is the main event of the shock-induced nitromethane decomposition.

  8. Authentication of virgin olive oil by a novel curve resolution approach combined with visible spectroscopy.

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    Ferreiro-González, Marta; Barbero, Gerardo F; Álvarez, José A; Ruiz, Antonio; Palma, Miguel; Ayuso, Jesús

    2017-04-01

    Adulteration of olive oil is not only a major economic fraud but can also have major health implications for consumers. In this study, a combination of visible spectroscopy with a novel multivariate curve resolution method (CR), principal component analysis (PCA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA) is proposed for the authentication of virgin olive oil (VOO) samples. VOOs are well-known products with the typical properties of a two-component system due to the two main groups of compounds that contribute to the visible spectra (chlorophylls and carotenoids). Application of the proposed CR method to VOO samples provided the two pure-component spectra for the aforementioned families of compounds. A correlation study of the real spectra and the resolved component spectra was carried out for different types of oil samples (n=118). LDA using the correlation coefficients as variables to discriminate samples allowed the authentication of 95% of virgin olive oil samples.

  9. Multiperiodicity, modulations and flip-flops in variable star light curves III. Carrier fit analysis of LQ Hya photometry for 1982-2014

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    Olspert, Nigul; Pelt, Jaan; Cole, Elizabeth M; Hackman, Thomas; Lehtinen, Jyri; Henry, Gregory W

    2014-01-01

    We study LQ Hya photometry for 1982-2014 with the carrier fit (CF) -method and compare our results to earlier photometric analysis and recent Doppler imaging maps. We first utilize different types of statistical methods to estimate various candidates for the carrier period for the CF method. Secondly, a global fit to the whole data set and local fits to shorter segments are computed with the period that is found to be the optimal one. The harmonic least-squares analysis of all the available data reveals a short period close to 1.6 days as a limiting value for a set of significant frequencies. We interpret this as the rotation period of the spots near the equatorial region. In addition, the distribution of the significant periods is found to be bimodal, hinting of a longer-term modulating period, which we set out to study with a two-harmonic CF model. Weak modulation signal is, indeed retrieved, with a period of roughly 6.9 years. The phase dispersion analysis gives a clear symmetric minimum for coherence time...

  10. Survey design for Spectral Energy Distribution fitting: a Fisher Matrix approach

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    Acquaviva, Viviana; Bickerton, Steven J; Grogin, Norman A; Guo, Yicheng; Lee, Seong-Kook

    2012-01-01

    The spectral energy distribution (SED) of a galaxy contains information on the galaxy's physical properties, and multi-wavelength observations are needed in order to measure these properties via SED fitting. In planning these surveys, optimization of the resources is essential. The Fisher Matrix formalism can be used to quickly determine the best possible experimental setup to achieve the desired constraints on the SED fitting parameters. However, because it relies on the assumption of a Gaussian likelihood function, it is in general less accurate than other slower techniques that reconstruct the probability distribution function (PDF) from the direct comparison between models and data. We compare the uncertainties on SED fitting parameters predicted by the Fisher Matrix to the ones obtained using the more thorough PDF fitting techniques. We use both simulated spectra and real data, and consider a large variety of target galaxies differing in redshift, mass, age, star formation history, dust content, and wave...

  11. 基于最小均方误差的圆弧分段曲线拟合方法%METHOD OF CIRCULAR ARC FRAGMENTED CURVE-FITTING BASED ON LEAST MEAN-SQUARE ERROR

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    涂嘉文; 徐守时; 谭勇

    2001-01-01

    We present a method of circular arc fragmented curve-fittingbased on least mean-square error rule in this paper. This method adopts self-adaptive gauss filter to process original curve smoothly to eliminate noise effects, and proposes a fragrmented algorithm that is adaptive to circular arc. Based on this algorithm, we use the circular arc as basic element to fit curve accroding to least mean-square error rule. The experiment results indicate that this method can eliminate noise effects as well as preserve the local characteristics of curve.%提出了一种基于最小均方误差准则的圆弧分段曲线拟合方法。该方法采用自适应高斯滤波器对原始曲线进行平滑处理以消除噪声影响,并提出了一种适合于圆弧曲线拟合的分段算法。在该算法的基础上根据最小均方误差准则,以圆弧作为基元对曲线进行拟合。实验结果表明,该方法能够较好地消除噪声影响并保留曲线的局部特征。

  12. 考虑过载效应的金属材料疲劳裂纹扩展试验数据拟合及疲劳裂纹扩展速度计算方法研究%Research on the Curve Fitting of Fatigue Test Data and Computation of Fatigue Crack Growth Rates of Metals in Consideration of the Retardation Effect

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    刘建涛; 杜平安

    2012-01-01

    提出一种拟合金属材料疲劳裂纹扩展试验数据,并计算疲劳裂纹扩展速度的通用方法.该方法采用递增的三次多项式函数拟合疲劳试验数据,并采用平均加权方式计算各局部函数拟合的结果,提高了试验数据的拟合精度和疲劳裂纹扩展速度的准确性.通过在疲劳裂纹长度和扩展速度拟合结果的加权计算过程中引入delta函数,该通用方法能够有效地拟合常幅和存在过载载荷的疲劳裂纹扩展试验数据,并计算各试验点的裂纹扩展速度,同时保证了三次多项式拟合过程的连续性.通过多组常幅和存在过载载荷的疲劳试验数据拟合和现有方法及扩展有限元预测结果的对比分析,验证了该通用方法的有效性.%A general approach of curve fitting of fatigue test data and calculation of fatigue crack growth rates is developed in the preceding paper. The approach uses five points incremental cubic function to fit the fatigue test data and adopts the average weighted method to deal with the fitting results, which improves the fitting accuracy of fatigue crack length and fatigue crack growth rates significantly. Furthermore, the delta function is introduced in the average process of fitting results to account for the retardation effect due to overloads, which makes the general approach be suitable for fitting the fatigue test data under constant amplitude loading and constant amplitude loading with interval overloads and guarantees the continuity of the fitting process. Several sets of fatigue test data and predictions of the existing approach and the extended finite element method are used to demonstrate the correctness and validity of the general approach, which shows great consistency.

  13. Charon's light curves, as observed by New Horizons' Ralph color camera (MVIC) on approach to the Pluto system

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    Howett, C. J. A.; Ennico, K.; Olkin, C. B.; Buie, M. W.; Verbiscer, A. J.; Zangari, A. M.; Parker, A. H.; Reuter, D. C.; Grundy, W. M.; Weaver, H. A.; Young, L. A.; Stern, S. A.

    2017-05-01

    Light curves produced from color observations taken during New Horizons' approach to the Pluto-system by its Multi-spectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC, part of the Ralph instrument) are analyzed. Fifty seven observations were analyzed, they were obtained between 9th April and 3rd July 2015, at a phase angle of 14.5° to 15.1°, sub-observer latitude of 51.2 °N to 51.5 °N, and a sub-solar latitude of 41.2°N. MVIC has four color channels; all are discussed for completeness but only two were found to produce reliable light curves: Blue (400-550 nm) and Red (540-700 nm). The other two channels, Near Infrared (780-975 nm) and Methane-Band (860-910 nm), were found to be potentially erroneous and too noisy respectively. The Blue and Red light curves show that Charon's surface is neutral in color, but slightly brighter on its Pluto-facing hemisphere. This is consistent with previous studies made with the Johnson B and V bands, which are at shorter wavelengths than that of the MVIC Blue and Red channel respectively.

  14. Microprocessor-based data acquisition system incorporating a floating-point arithmetic unit for complex mathematical computations. [To determine thickness of conductors on printed wiring boards from measured resistance by use of curve-fitting equations

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    Hopwood, J.

    1978-02-01

    A microprocessor-based, stored-program controller which incorporates a floating-point arithmetic unit to perform complex mathematical computations was developed to determine the thickness of conductors on printed wiring boards. Conductor thickness is calculated from measured resistance by means of curve-fitting equations in the stored program. Called a film thickness calculator, the instrument demonstrates a method which may serve as a basis for other designs involving microprocessor-based data acquisition systems requiring low-speed calculations. 19 figures.

  15. The New Keynesian Phillips Curve

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    Ólafsson, Tjörvi

    This paper provides a survey on the recent literature on the new Keynesian Phillips curve: the controversies surrounding its microfoundation and estimation, the approaches that have been tried to improve its empirical fit and the challenges it faces adapting to the open-economy framework. The new...... Keynesian Phillips curve has been severely criticized for poor empirical dynamics. Suggested improvements involve making some adjustments to the standard sticky price framework, e.g. introducing backwardness and real rigidities, or abandoning the sticky price model and relying on models of inattentiveness......, learning or state-dependant pricing. The introduction of openeconomy factors into the new Keynesian Phillips curve complicate matters further as it must capture the nexus between price setting, inflation and the exchange rate. This is nevertheless a crucial feature for any model to be used for inflation...

  16. A unified approach for a posteriori high-order curved mesh generation using solid mechanics

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    Poya, Roman; Sevilla, Ruben; Gil, Antonio J.

    2016-09-01

    The paper presents a unified approach for the a posteriori generation of arbitrary high-order curvilinear meshes via a solid mechanics analogy. The approach encompasses a variety of methodologies, ranging from the popular incremental linear elastic approach to very sophisticated non-linear elasticity. In addition, an intermediate consistent incrementally linearised approach is also presented and applied for the first time in this context. Utilising a consistent derivation from energy principles, a theoretical comparison of the various approaches is presented which enables a detailed discussion regarding the material characterisation (calibration) employed for the different solid mechanics formulations. Five independent quality measures are proposed and their relations with existing quality indicators, used in the context of a posteriori mesh generation, are discussed. Finally, a comprehensive range of numerical examples, both in two and three dimensions, including challenging geometries of interest to the solids, fluids and electromagnetics communities, are shown in order to illustrate and thoroughly compare the performance of the different methodologies. This comparison considers the influence of material parameters and number of load increments on the quality of the generated high-order mesh, overall computational cost and, crucially, the approximation properties of the resulting mesh when considering an isoparametric finite element formulation.

  17. An alternative approach to calculating Area-Under-the-Curve (AUC) in delay discounting research.

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    Borges, Allison M; Kuang, Jinyi; Milhorn, Hannah; Yi, Richard

    2016-09-01

    Applied to delay discounting data, Area-Under-the-Curve (AUC) provides an atheoretical index of the rate of delay discounting. The conventional method of calculating AUC, by summing the areas of the trapezoids formed by successive delay-indifference point pairings, does not account for the fact that most delay discounting tasks scale delay pseudoexponentially, that is, time intervals between delays typically get larger as delays get longer. This results in a disproportionate contribution of indifference points at long delays to the total AUC, with minimal contribution from indifference points at short delays. We propose two modifications that correct for this imbalance via a base-10 logarithmic transformation and an ordinal scaling transformation of delays. These newly proposed indices of discounting, AUClog d and AUCor d, address the limitation of AUC while preserving a primary strength (remaining atheoretical). Re-examination of previously published data provides empirical support for both AUClog d and AUCor d . Thus, we believe theoretical and empirical arguments favor these methods as the preferred atheoretical indices of delay discounting.

  18. Pediatric art preferences: countering the "one-size-fits-all" approach.

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    Nanda, Upali; Chanaud, Cheryl M; Brown, Linda; Hart, Robyn; Hathorn, Kathy

    2009-01-01

    three operational stages, so one should be careful before using the "one-size-fits-all" approach. Child art, typically used in pediatric wards, is better suited for younger children than for older children.

  19. Partial Charges in Periodic Systems: Improving Electrostatic Potential (ESP) Fitting via Total Dipole Fluctuations and Multiframe Approaches.

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    Gabrieli, Andrea; Sant, Marco; Demontis, Pierfranco; Suffritti, Giuseppe B

    2015-08-11

    Two major improvements to the state-of-the-art Repeating Electrostatic Potential Extracted Atomic (REPEAT) method, for generating accurate partial charges for molecular simulations of periodic structures, are here developed. The first, D-REPEAT, consists in the simultaneous fit of the electrostatic potential (ESP), together with the total dipole fluctuations (TDF) of the framework. The second, M-REPEAT, allows the fit of multiple ESP configurations at once. When both techniques are fused into one, DM-REPEAT method, the resulting charges become remarkably stable over a large set of fitting regions, giving a robust and physically sound solution to the buried atoms problem. The method capabilities are extensively studied in ZIF-8 framework, and subsequently applied to IRMOF-1 and ITQ-29 crystal structures. To our knowledge, this is the first time that this approach is proposed in the context of periodic systems.

  20. Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp: A Summer Approach to Prevent Obesity in Low-Income Youth.

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    George, Gretchen Lynn; Schneider, Constance; Kaiser, Lucia

    2016-03-01

    To examine the effect of participation in a summer camp focused on nutrition and fitness among low-income youth. In 2011-2012, overweight and obese youth (n = 126) from Fresno, CA participated in a free 6-week summer program, Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp (HLFC), which included 3 h/wk of nutrition education provided by University of California CalFresh and 3 hours of daily physical activity through Fresno Parks and Recreation. The researchers used repeated-measures ANOVA to examine changes in weight, waist circumference, and waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) between HLFC and the comparison group (n = 29). Significant pre-post WHtR reductions were observed in HLFC: 0.64 to 0.61 (P fitness-themed summer camps during unstructured months of summer is integral to obesity prevention among low-income youth. Copyright © 2016 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Elliptic Curves, Algebraic Geometry Approach in Gravity Theory and Uniformization of Multivariable Cubic Algebraic Equations

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    2008-01-01

    Based on the distinction between the covariant and contravariant metric tensor components in the framework of the affine geometry approach and the s.c. "gravitational theories with covariant and contravariant connection and metrics", it is shown that a wide variety of third, fourth, fifth, seventh, tenth- degree algebraic equations exists in gravity theory. This is important in view of finding new solutions of the Einstein's equations, if they are treated as algebraic ones. Since the obtained...

  2. Industry-Cost-Curve Approach for Modeling the Environmental Impact of Introducing New Technologies in Life Cycle Assessment.

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    Kätelhön, Arne; von der Assen, Niklas; Suh, Sangwon; Jung, Johannes; Bardow, André

    2015-07-07

    The environmental costs and benefits of introducing a new technology depend not only on the technology itself, but also on the responses of the market where substitution or displacement of competing technologies may occur. An internationally accepted method taking both technological and market-mediated effects into account, however, is still lacking in life cycle assessment (LCA). For the introduction of a new technology, we here present a new approach for modeling the environmental impacts within the framework of LCA. Our approach is motivated by consequential life cycle assessment (CLCA) and aims to contribute to the discussion on how to operationalize consequential thinking in LCA practice. In our approach, we focus on new technologies producing homogeneous products such as chemicals or raw materials. We employ the industry cost-curve (ICC) for modeling market-mediated effects. Thereby, we can determine substitution effects at a level of granularity sufficient to distinguish between competing technologies. In our approach, a new technology alters the ICC potentially replacing the highest-cost producer(s). The technologies that remain competitive after the new technology's introduction determine the new environmental impact profile of the product. We apply our approach in a case study on a new technology for chlor-alkali electrolysis to be introduced in Germany.

  3. New approaches towards discrimination of fresh/chilled and frozen/thawed chicken breasts by HADH activity determination: Customized slope fitting and chemometrics.

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    Boerrigter-Eenling, Rita; Alewijn, Martin; Weesepoel, Yannick; van Ruth, Saskia

    2017-04-01

    Fresh/chilled chicken breasts retail at a higher price than their frozen/thawed counterparts. Verification of the fresh/thawed status of chicken meat is determined by measuring β-hydroxyacyl-Coenzyme A-hydrogenase (HADH) activity present in meat intra-cellular liquids spectrophotometrically. However, considerable numbers of reference samples are required for the current arithmetic method, adding to laboratory costs. Therefore, two alternative mathematical approaches which do not require such reference samples were developed and evaluated: curve fitting and multivariate classification. The approaches were developed using 55 fresh/thawed fillet samples. The performance of the methods was examined by an independent validation set which consisted of 16 samples. Finally, the approach was tested in practice in a market study. With the exception of two minor false classifications, both newly proposed methods performed equally well as the classical method. All three methods were able to identify two apparent fraudulent cases in the market study. Therefore, the experiments showed that the costs of HADH measurements can be reduced by adapting alternative mathematics. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Morphology of gold nanoparticles determined by full-curve fitting of the light absorption spectrum. Comparison with X-ray scattering and electron microscopy data

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    Slyusarenko, Kostyantyn; Abécassis, Benjamin; Davidson, Patrick; Constantin, Doru

    2014-10-01

    UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy is frequently used to characterize the size and shape of gold nanoparticles. We present a full-spectrum model that yields reliable results for the commonly encountered case of mixtures of spheres and rods in varying proportions. We determine the volume fractions of the two populations, the aspect ratio distribution of the nanorods (average value and variance) and the interface damping parameter. We validate the model by checking the fit results against small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy data and show that correctly accounting for the polydispersity in aspect ratio is essential for a quantitative description of the longitudinal plasmon peak.UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy is frequently used to characterize the size and shape of gold nanoparticles. We present a full-spectrum model that yields reliable results for the commonly encountered case of mixtures of spheres and rods in varying proportions. We determine the volume fractions of the two populations, the aspect ratio distribution of the nanorods (average value and variance) and the interface damping parameter. We validate the model by checking the fit results against small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy data and show that correctly accounting for the polydispersity in aspect ratio is essential for a quantitative description of the longitudinal plasmon peak. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: TEM images of nanoparticles and detailed analysis, simplified relations for the AS model, alternative estimate for the concentration and discussion of the dielectric constant chosen for bulk gold. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04155k

  5. 基于曲线拟合的非标高温传感器在采集系统中的应用%Application of Nonstandard High Temperature Sensor in Data Acquisition Based on Curve Fitting

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    钱鹏; 沈为群; 刘旺开

    2011-01-01

    When applied in a high temperature environment simulation system, computer data acquisition fluctuates dramatically as the instability of the nonstandard thermocouple transmitter. A method which sending the thermocouple voltage to the computer directly is designed. Then a fitting function is acquired by curve fitting in poly-least-square, which could be used to avoid the waste of computer resource as the comparing table-searching work in program. And it could be seen that the fitting error is around ±3℃ in the high temperature area through error analysis. The fitting formula could be used in the signal acquisition of this kind of thermocouple. And the fitting degree could be adjusted according to the measurement precision.%针对在某高温环境模拟测控系统中,因变送器不稳定而导致温度采集值波动的问题,设计了一种直接将电热势信号采集到计算机的方法.为避免因计算机反复比较、查表而浪费资源,采用整体误差平方和多项式最小二乘法对热电势与温度值间的关系进行拟合.分析结果表明,在高温区城,拟合精度在士3℃左右.拟合公式可直接应用于此类热电偶信号采集中,并可根据精度要求适当调整拟合次数.

  6. On the Usefulness of a Multilevel Logistic Regression Approach to Person-Fit Analysis

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    Conijn, Judith M.; Emons, Wilco H. M.; van Assen, Marcel A. L. M.; Sijtsma, Klaas

    2011-01-01

    The logistic person response function (PRF) models the probability of a correct response as a function of the item locations. Reise (2000) proposed to use the slope parameter of the logistic PRF as a person-fit measure. He reformulated the logistic PRF model as a multilevel logistic regression model and estimated the PRF parameters from this…

  7. Goodness of Fit of Skills Assessment Approaches: Insights from Patterns of Real vs. Synthetic Data Sets

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    Beheshti, Behzad; Desmarais, Michel C.

    2015-01-01

    This study investigates the issue of the goodness of fit of different skills assessment models using both synthetic and real data. Synthetic data is generated from the different skills assessment models. The results show wide differences of performances between the skills assessment models over synthetic data sets. The set of relative performances…

  8. Pre-Service Music Teachers' Satisfaction: Person-Environment Fit Approach

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    Perkmen, Serkan; Cevik, Beste; Alkan, Mahir

    2012-01-01

    Guided by three theoretical frameworks in vocational psychology, (i) theory of work adjustment, (ii) two factor theory, and (iii) value discrepancy theory, the purpose of this study was to investigate Turkish pre-service music teachers' values and the role of fit between person and environment in understanding vocational satisfaction. Participants…

  9. Physical Activity, Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in Adolescents: A Self-Organizing Maps Approach

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    Pellicer-Chenoll, Maite; Garcia-Massó, Xavier; Morales, Jose; Serra-Añó, Pilar; Solana-Tramunt, Mònica; González, Luis-Millán; Toca-Herrera, José-Luis

    2015-01-01

    The relationship among physical activity, physical fitness and academic achievement in adolescents has been widely studied; however, controversy concerning this topic persists. The methods used thus far to analyse the relationship between these variables have included mostly traditional lineal analysis according to the available literature. The…

  10. On the Usefulness of a Multilevel Logistic Regression Approach to Person-Fit Analysis

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    Conijn, Judith M.; Emons, Wilco H. M.; van Assen, Marcel A. L. M.; Sijtsma, Klaas

    2011-01-01

    The logistic person response function (PRF) models the probability of a correct response as a function of the item locations. Reise (2000) proposed to use the slope parameter of the logistic PRF as a person-fit measure. He reformulated the logistic PRF model as a multilevel logistic regression model and estimated the PRF parameters from this…

  11. Physical Activity, Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in Adolescents: A Self-Organizing Maps Approach

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    Pellicer-Chenoll, Maite; Garcia-Massó, Xavier; Morales, Jose; Serra-Añó, Pilar; Solana-Tramunt, Mònica; González, Luis-Millán; Toca-Herrera, José-Luis

    2015-01-01

    The relationship among physical activity, physical fitness and academic achievement in adolescents has been widely studied; however, controversy concerning this topic persists. The methods used thus far to analyse the relationship between these variables have included mostly traditional lineal analysis according to the available literature. The…

  12. The fitness landscape of HIV-1 gag: advanced modeling approaches and validation of model predictions by in vitro testing.

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    Jaclyn K Mann

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Viral immune evasion by sequence variation is a major hindrance to HIV-1 vaccine design. To address this challenge, our group has developed a computational model, rooted in physics, that aims to predict the fitness landscape of HIV-1 proteins in order to design vaccine immunogens that lead to impaired viral fitness, thus blocking viable escape routes. Here, we advance the computational models to address previous limitations, and directly test model predictions against in vitro fitness measurements of HIV-1 strains containing multiple Gag mutations. We incorporated regularization into the model fitting procedure to address finite sampling. Further, we developed a model that accounts for the specific identity of mutant amino acids (Potts model, generalizing our previous approach (Ising model that is unable to distinguish between different mutant amino acids. Gag mutation combinations (17 pairs, 1 triple and 25 single mutations within these predicted to be either harmful to HIV-1 viability or fitness-neutral were introduced into HIV-1 NL4-3 by site-directed mutagenesis and replication capacities of these mutants were assayed in vitro. The predicted and measured fitness of the corresponding mutants for the original Ising model (r = -0.74, p = 3.6×10-6 are strongly correlated, and this was further strengthened in the regularized Ising model (r = -0.83, p = 3.7×10-12. Performance of the Potts model (r = -0.73, p = 9.7×10-9 was similar to that of the Ising model, indicating that the binary approximation is sufficient for capturing fitness effects of common mutants at sites of low amino acid diversity. However, we show that the Potts model is expected to improve predictive power for more variable proteins. Overall, our results support the ability of the computational models to robustly predict the relative fitness of mutant viral strains, and indicate the potential value of this approach for understanding viral immune evasion

  13. Learning curve approach to projecting cost and performance for photovoltaic technologies

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    Cody, George D.; Tiedje, Thomas

    1997-10-01

    The current cost of electricity generated by PV power is still extremely high with respect to power supplied by the utility grid, and there remain questions as to whether PV power can ever be competitive with electricity generated by fossil fuels. An objective approach to this important question was given in a previous paper by the authors which introduced analytical tools to define and project the technical/economic status of PV power from 1988 through the year 2010. In this paper, we apply these same tools to update the conclusions of our earlier study in the context of recent announcements by Amoco/Enron-Solar of projected sales of PV power at rates significantly less than the U.S. utility average.

  14. Permutation invariant polynomial neural network approach to fitting potential energy surfaces. III. Molecule-surface interactions

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    Jiang, Bin; Guo, Hua

    2014-07-01

    The permutation invariant polynomial-neural network (PIP-NN) method for constructing highly accurate potential energy surfaces (PESs) for gas phase molecules is extended to molecule-surface interaction PESs. The symmetry adaptation in the NN fitting of a PES is achieved by employing as the input symmetry functions that fulfill both the translational symmetry of the surface and permutation symmetry of the molecule. These symmetry functions are low-order PIPs of the primitive symmetry functions containing the surface periodic symmetry. It is stressed that permutationally invariant cross terms are needed to avoid oversymmetrization. The accuracy and efficiency are demonstrated in fitting both a model PES for the H2 + Cu(111) system and density functional theory points for the H2 + Ag(111) system.

  15. AGNfitter: A Bayesian MCMC approach to fitting spectral energy distributions of AGN

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    Rivera, Gabriela Calistro; Hennawi, Joseph F; Hogg, David W

    2016-01-01

    We present AGNfitter, a publicly available open-source algorithm implementing a fully Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo method to fit the spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of active galactic nuclei (AGN) from the sub-mm to the UV, allowing one to robustly disentangle the physical processes responsible for their emission. AGNfitter makes use of a large library of theoretical, empirical, and semi-empirical models to characterize both the nuclear and host galaxy emission simultaneously. The model consists of four physical emission components: an accretion disk, a torus of AGN heated dust, stellar populations, and cold dust in star forming regions. AGNfitter determines the posterior distributions of numerous parameters that govern the physics of AGN with a fully Bayesian treatment of errors and parameter degeneracies, allowing one to infer integrated luminosities, dust attenuation parameters, stellar masses, and star formation rates. We tested AGNfitter's performace on real data by fitting the SEDs of a sample...

  16. The short crack fatigue approach in fitness for purpose evaluation of a turbine rotor with the large US indication zone

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    Grkovic, V. [Faculty of Technical Science, Novi Sad (Yugoslavia); Nedeljkovic, L. [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Belgrade (Yugoslavia)

    1994-12-31

    The short crack fatigue approach in fitness for purpose evaluation of a turbine rotor with the large US indications zone is analyzed and discussed. The approach is based on the available short fatigue crack growth rate equations. Coupled with Paris formula these equations enable the assessment of the total number of loading cycles to failure, provided the material specific constants are available, as well as the precise data on operating stresses and on non-metallic inclusions. Necessary data for the qualifying procedure are presented. Possible issues of the evaluation are discussed. (orig.)

  17. A statistical physics approach to learning curves for the inverse Ising problem

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    Bachschmid-Romano, Ludovica; Opper, Manfred

    2017-06-01

    Using methods of statistical physics, we analyse the error of learning couplings in large Ising models from independent data (the inverse Ising problem). We concentrate on learning based on local cost functions, such as the pseudo-likelihood method for which the couplings are inferred independently for each spin. Assuming that the data are generated from a true Ising model, we compute the reconstruction error of the couplings using a combination of the replica method with the cavity approach for densely connected systems. We show that an explicit estimator based on a quadratic cost function achieves minimal reconstruction error, but requires the length of the true coupling vector as prior knowledge. A simple mean field estimator of the couplings which does not need such knowledge is asymptotically optimal, i.e. when the number of observations is much larger than the number of spins. Comparison of the theory with numerical simulations shows excellent agreement for data generated from two models with random couplings in the high temperature region: a model with independent couplings (Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model), and a model where the matrix of couplings has a Wishart distribution.

  18. Approaches to automatic parameter fitting in a microscopy image segmentation pipeline: An exploratory parameter space analysis

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Research and diagnosis in medicine and biology often require the assessment of a large amount of microscopy image data. Although on the one hand, digital pathology and new bioimaging technologies find their way into clinical practice and pharmaceutical research, some general methodological issues in automated image analysis are still open. Methods: In this study, we address the problem of fitting the parameters in a microscopy image segmentation pipeline. We propose to fit the parameters of the pipeline′s modules with optimization algorithms, such as, genetic algorithms or coordinate descents, and show how visual exploration of the parameter space can help to identify sub-optimal parameter settings that need to be avoided. Results: This is of significant help in the design of our automatic parameter fitting framework, which enables us to tune the pipeline for large sets of micrographs. Conclusion: The underlying parameter spaces pose a challenge for manual as well as automated parameter optimization, as the parameter spaces can show several local performance maxima. Hence, optimization strategies that are not able to jump out of local performance maxima, like the hill climbing algorithm, often result in a local maximum.

  19. Approaches to automatic parameter fitting in a microscopy image segmentation pipeline: An exploratory parameter space analysis

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    Held, Christian; Nattkemper, Tim; Palmisano, Ralf; Wittenberg, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Research and diagnosis in medicine and biology often require the assessment of a large amount of microscopy image data. Although on the one hand, digital pathology and new bioimaging technologies find their way into clinical practice and pharmaceutical research, some general methodological issues in automated image analysis are still open. Methods: In this study, we address the problem of fitting the parameters in a microscopy image segmentation pipeline. We propose to fit the parameters of the pipeline's modules with optimization algorithms, such as, genetic algorithms or coordinate descents, and show how visual exploration of the parameter space can help to identify sub-optimal parameter settings that need to be avoided. Results: This is of significant help in the design of our automatic parameter fitting framework, which enables us to tune the pipeline for large sets of micrographs. Conclusion: The underlying parameter spaces pose a challenge for manual as well as automated parameter optimization, as the parameter spaces can show several local performance maxima. Hence, optimization strategies that are not able to jump out of local performance maxima, like the hill climbing algorithm, often result in a local maximum. PMID:23766941

  20. A Multiple Criteria Decision Modelling approach to selection of estimation techniques for fitting extreme floods

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    Duckstein, L.; Bobée, B.; Ashkar, F.

    1991-09-01

    The problem of fitting a probability distribution, here log-Pearson Type III distribution, to extreme floods is considered from the point of view of two numerical and three non-numerical criteria. The six techniques of fitting considered include classical techniques (maximum likelihood, moments of logarithms of flows) and new methods such as mixed moments and the generalized method of moments developed by two of the co-authors. The latter method consists of fitting the distribution using moments of different order, in particular the SAM method (Sundry Averages Method) uses the moments of order 0 (geometric mean), 1 (arithmetic mean), -1 (harmonic mean) and leads to a smaller variance of the parameters. The criteria used to select the method of parameter estimation are: - the two statistical criteria of mean square error and bias; - the two computational criteria of program availability and ease of use; - the user-related criterion of acceptability. These criteria are transformed into value functions or fuzzy set membership functions and then three Multiple Criteria Decision Modelling (MCDM) techniques, namely, composite programming, ELECTRE, and MCQA, are applied to rank the estimation techniques.

  1. Box-Cox变量变换拟合法估计三参数P-S-N曲线的研究%RESEARCH ON BOX-COX VARIABLE TRANSFORM FITTING METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THREE PARAMETER P-S-N CURVES

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    陈家权; 陈国军; 陈非凡; 张云泉; 温洁明

    2011-01-01

    Box-Cox variable transform fitting method based on variable transformation method was presented, in order to solve fitting problems of three-parameter P-S-N curves under the logarithm fatigue life of different stress levels, which does not meet the normal linear regression Gauss-Markov assumptions. The effectiveness and reliability of this method has been verified by selected test data of the LC4, 40CrNiMo and LY12CS. Analysis of experimental data showed that fitting results of estimating three parameters of P-S-N curves by this method is better than the least square method, the relative error of curves fitting in two kinds of reliability could reduce to 1/2 of the least square method, and to 1/4 at most, so that the residual deviation of transformed model reached minimum, improved and stabilized distribution of the residual deviation of this model, also obtained the best linear unbiased estimate of regression coefficient. Finally, a greater ability of non-linear power function model was obtained after being restored transformation to enhance the accuracy and credibility of fitting three-parameter P-S-N curves on original data.%提出一种基于变量变换法的Box-Cox变量变换拟合法,可以解决不同应力水平下对数疲劳寿命不满足正态线性Gauss-Markov假设的三参数P-S-N曲线拟合问题;选取LC4、40CrNiMo和LY12CS材料的试验数据对文中方法的有效性和可靠性进行验证.数据分析表明,文中方法估计的三参数P-S-N曲线比利用最小二乘法的拟合效果更好.在两种可靠度下曲线拟合的相对误差可降低至最小二乘法拟合的1/2,最大可降低至1/4,使变换后的模型残差达到最小.改善并稳定了回归模型的残差分布,得到回归系数估计值的最佳无偏估计,还原变换后得到非线性能力较强的幂函数模型,从而提高原始数据的三参数P-S-N曲线的拟合精度和可信度.

  2. Comparação de modelos matemáticos para o traçado de curvas granulométricas Comparison of mathematical models for fitting particle-size distribution curves

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    Euzebio Medrado da Silva

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available A distribuição granulométrica de partículas sólidas é essencial para as áreas de material de construção, mecânica dos solos, física dos solos, hidrossedimentologia, entre outras. As técnicas utilizadas na avaliação da distribuição granulométrica de amostras resultam em valores pontuais, dependendo de posterior interpolação para o traçado da curva granulométrica e a obtenção de diâmetros característicos específicos. A transformação de valores pontuais em funções contínuas pode ser realizada por meio de modelos matemáticos. Entretanto, há poucos estudos com a finalidade de determinar o melhor modelo para o ajuste de curvas granulométricas. O objetivo deste trabalho foi testar e comparar 14 diferentes modelos passíveis de utilização no traçado da curva granulométrica de partículas sólidas com base em quatro pontos medidos. O parâmetro de comparação entre os modelos foi a soma de quadrado dos erros entre os valores medidos e calculados. Os modelos mais recomendados no traçado da curva granulométrica, a partir de quatro pontos, são os de Skaggs et al. 3P, Lima & Silva 3P, Weibull 3P e Morgan et al. 3P, todos com três parâmetros de ajuste.Particle-size distribution is fundamental for characterizing construction materials, soil mechanics, soil physics, sediment-flux in rivers, and others. The techniques used to determine the particle-size distribution of a sample are point-wise, demanding posterior interpolation to fit the complete particle-size distribution curve and to obtain values of specific diameters. The transformation of discrete points into continuous functions can be made by mathematical models. However, there are few studies to determine the best model to fit particle-size distribution curves. The objective of this work was to test and compare 14 different models with feasibility to fit the cumulative particle-size distribution curve based on four measured points. The parameter used to compare

  3. First order reversal curves and intrinsic parameter determination for magnetic materials; limitations of hysteron-based approaches in correlated systems

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    Ruta, Sergiu; Hovorka, Ondrej; Huang, Pin-Wei; Wang, Kangkang; Ju, Ganping; Chantrell, Roy

    2017-03-01

    The generic problem of extracting information on intrinsic particle properties from the whole class of interacting magnetic fine particle systems is a long standing and difficult inverse problem. As an example, the Switching Field Distribution (SFD) is an important quantity in the characterization of magnetic systems, and its determination in many technological applications, such as recording media, is especially challenging. Techniques such as the first order reversal curve (FORC) methods, were developed to extract the SFD from macroscopic measurements. However, all methods rely on separating the contributions to the measurements of the intrinsic SFD and the extrinsic effects of magnetostatic and exchange interactions. We investigate the underlying physics of the FORC method by applying it to the output predictions of a kinetic Monte-Carlo model with known input parameters. We show that the FORC method is valid only in cases of weak spatial correlation of the magnetisation and suggest a more general approach.

  4. First order reversal curves and intrinsic parameter determination for magnetic materials; limitations of hysteron-based approaches in correlated systems

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    Ruta, Sergiu; Hovorka, Ondrej; Huang, Pin-Wei; Wang, Kangkang; Ju, Ganping; Chantrell, Roy

    2017-01-01

    The generic problem of extracting information on intrinsic particle properties from the whole class of interacting magnetic fine particle systems is a long standing and difficult inverse problem. As an example, the Switching Field Distribution (SFD) is an important quantity in the characterization of magnetic systems, and its determination in many technological applications, such as recording media, is especially challenging. Techniques such as the first order reversal curve (FORC) methods, were developed to extract the SFD from macroscopic measurements. However, all methods rely on separating the contributions to the measurements of the intrinsic SFD and the extrinsic effects of magnetostatic and exchange interactions. We investigate the underlying physics of the FORC method by applying it to the output predictions of a kinetic Monte-Carlo model with known input parameters. We show that the FORC method is valid only in cases of weak spatial correlation of the magnetisation and suggest a more general approach. PMID:28338056

  5. Assessing Goodness of Fit in Item Response Theory with Nonparametric Models: A Comparison of Posterior Probabilities and Kernel-Smoothing Approaches

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    Sueiro, Manuel J.; Abad, Francisco J.

    2011-01-01

    The distance between nonparametric and parametric item characteristic curves has been proposed as an index of goodness of fit in item response theory in the form of a root integrated squared error index. This article proposes to use the posterior distribution of the latent trait as the nonparametric model and compares the performance of an index…

  6. 矿井主要通风机性能曲线的最优多项式拟合%Optimal polynomial fitting for mine main fan characteristic curves

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    吴奉亮

    2011-01-01

    为确定主要通风机性能曲线多项式拟合函数的最优阶数,将回归系数的显著性作为最优阶数的判定依据.分析了基于最小二乘法的任意阶数主扇性能曲线拟合模型;指出了回归多项式的各项系数应与风压显著相关才是合理的,在合理基础之上阶数最大的即为最优;采用F检验法计算了回归多项式各系数的显著性.对于有m个样点的测定数据,通过m-1次拟合,可确定多项式的最优阶数.编制了相应的程序,实现了最佳阶数回归函数求解与曲线可视化,结合一包含13个测点的实例显示了这种方法的优越性.%For determinating the optimal power of polynomial fitting function of main fan' s characteristic curve, the significance of regression coefficient was taken as the criterion of optimum power. Based on the least square method, the fitting model of main fan' s characteristic curve with arbitrary power number was analyzed. The reasonable and optimal power of the regression functe were pointed out. F test was used to calculation significance of each coefficient. Where the count of sample data is n, fitting times of n - 1 was needed to calculate the optimum power. Program was coded to calculate the regression function and to visualize the curve. Finally, one example including thirteen group of sample datas was employed to display the advantage of this method.

  7. 基于BP网络的混凝土耗能器骨架曲线拟合%Based on BP Neural Network of Concrete Energy Dissipator Skeleton Curve Fitting

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    王文娟; 陈继光

    2012-01-01

    结合5种混凝土延性柱耗能器在低周期反复荷载作用下的试验数据研究,利用神经网络的工作原理,通过建立神经网络的输入层、隐含层、输出层,确定输入单元、输出单元和隐含层节点数,从而建立了BP神经网络的模型,并根据已有的部分试验数据数据.对网络进行训练,对各种混凝土延性柱耗能器骨架曲线进行了预测拟合,实现混凝土延性柱耗能器骨架曲线的数字化,使其成为具有分析和判断的拟合曲线功能,完整的描绘混凝土延性柱耗能器的骨架曲线,为后续混凝土延性柱耗能器性能研究的仿真模拟提供了可靠的数据模型.结果表明,这种方法是可行的.%Combined with 5 kinds of concrete ductility column energy dissipator at low cycle load test data research, the working principle of neural network, and by establishing a neural network's input layer, hidden and output layer, determine inputs unit, output unit and hidden node number, and to establish the BP neural network model, and part of the test data according to the existing data. Networks are trained to of all kinds of concrete ductility column energy dissipator skeleton curve fitting, forecast the realization concrete ductility column energy dissipator skeleton curve digital, make it become with analysis and judgment of the fitting curve function, complete description of concrete column energy dissipator ductility of skeleton curves, for the subsequent concrete ductility column energy dissipator performance simulation study provides the reliable data model. The results show that the method is feasible.

  8. AGNfitter: A Bayesian MCMC Approach to Fitting Spectral Energy Distributions of AGNs

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    Calistro Rivera, Gabriela; Lusso, Elisabeta; Hennawi, Joseph F.; Hogg, David W.

    2016-12-01

    We present AGNfitter, a publicly available open-source algorithm implementing a fully Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo method to fit the spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) from the sub-millimeter to the UV, allowing one to robustly disentangle the physical processes responsible for their emission. AGNfitter makes use of a large library of theoretical, empirical, and semi-empirical models to characterize both the nuclear and host galaxy emission simultaneously. The model consists of four physical emission components: an accretion disk, a torus of AGN heated dust, stellar populations, and cold dust in star-forming regions. AGNfitter determines the posterior distributions of numerous parameters that govern the physics of AGNs with a fully Bayesian treatment of errors and parameter degeneracies, allowing one to infer integrated luminosities, dust attenuation parameters, stellar masses, and star-formation rates. We tested AGNfitter’s performance on real data by fitting the SEDs of a sample of 714 X-ray selected AGNs from the XMM-COSMOS survey, spectroscopically classified as Type1 (unobscured) and Type2 (obscured) AGNs by their optical-UV emission lines. We find that two independent model parameters, namely the reddening of the accretion disk and the column density of the dusty torus, are good proxies for AGN obscuration, allowing us to develop a strategy for classifying AGNs as Type1 or Type2, based solely on an SED-fitting analysis. Our classification scheme is in excellent agreement with the spectroscopic classification, giving a completeness fraction of ˜ 86 % and ˜ 70 % , and an efficiency of ˜ 80 % and ˜ 77 % , for Type1 and Type2 AGNs, respectively.

  9. Fitting Spectral Energy Distributions of AGN - A Markov Chain Monte Carlo Approach

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    Rivera, Gabriela Calistro; Hennawi, Joseph F; Hogg, David W

    2014-01-01

    We present AGNfitter: a Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm developed to fit the spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of active galactic nuclei (AGN) with different physical models of AGN components. This code is well suited to determine in a robust way multiple parameters and their uncertainties, which quantify the physical processes responsible for the panchromatic nature of active galaxies and quasars. We describe the technicalities of the code and test its capabilities in the context of X-ray selected obscured AGN using multiwavelength data from the XMM-COSMOS survey.

  10. A-Track: A new approach for detection of moving objects in FITS images

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    Atay, T.; Kaplan, M.; Kilic, Y.; Karapinar, N.

    2016-10-01

    We have developed a fast, open-source, cross-platform pipeline, called A-Track, for detecting the moving objects (asteroids and comets) in sequential telescope images in FITS format. The pipeline is coded in Python 3. The moving objects are detected using a modified line detection algorithm, called MILD. We tested the pipeline on astronomical data acquired by an SI-1100 CCD with a 1-meter telescope. We found that A-Track performs very well in terms of detection efficiency, stability, and processing time. The code is hosted on GitHub under the GNU GPL v3 license.

  11. A Comparison of Hierarchical and Non-Hierarchical Bayesian Approaches for Fitting Allometric Larch (Larix.spp. Biomass Equations

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Accurate biomass estimations are important for assessing and monitoring forest carbon storage. Bayesian theory has been widely applied to tree biomass models. Recently, a hierarchical Bayesian approach has received increasing attention for improving biomass models. In this study, tree biomass data were obtained by sampling 310 trees from 209 permanent sample plots from larch plantations in six regions across China. Non-hierarchical and hierarchical Bayesian approaches were used to model allometric biomass equations. We found that the total, root, stem wood, stem bark, branch and foliage biomass model relationships were statistically significant (p-values < 0.001 for both the non-hierarchical and hierarchical Bayesian approaches, but the hierarchical Bayesian approach increased the goodness-of-fit statistics over the non-hierarchical Bayesian approach. The R2 values of the hierarchical approach were higher than those of the non-hierarchical approach by 0.008, 0.018, 0.020, 0.003, 0.088 and 0.116 for the total tree, root, stem wood, stem bark, branch and foliage models, respectively. The hierarchical Bayesian approach significantly improved the accuracy of the biomass model (except for the stem bark and can reflect regional differences by using random parameters to improve the regional scale model accuracy.

  12. Building spiritual fitness in the Army: an innovative approach to a vital aspect of human development.

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    Pargament, Kenneth I; Sweeney, Patrick J

    2011-01-01

    This article describes the development of the spiritual fitness component of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program. Spirituality is defined in the human sense as the journey people take to discover and realize their essential selves and higher order aspirations. Several theoretically and empirically based reasons are articulated for why spirituality is a necessary component of the CSF program: Human spirituality is a significant motivating force, spirituality is a vital resource for human development, and spirituality is a source of struggle that can lead to growth or decline. A conceptual model developed by Sweeney, Hannah, and Snider (2007) is used to identify several psychological structures and processes that facilitate the development of the human spirit. From this model, an educational, computer-based program has been developed to promote spiritual resilience. This program consists of three tiers: (a) building awareness of the self and the human spirit, (b) building awareness of resources to cultivate the human spirit, and (c) building awareness of the human spirit of others. Further research will be needed to evaluate the effectiveness of this innovative and potentially important program. (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved.

  13. Quasi -geoid of Jinzhou through GPS Height Fitting Method Based on Curved Surface%运用GPS曲面拟合高程精化锦州市区似大地水准面

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    秦志伟; 李福金

    2012-01-01

    利用已完成的锦州市区基础控制成果对锦州市似大地水准面精化进行了研究。介绍了GPS高程的应用理论,大地水准高的计算方法以及利用曲面拟合法计算大地水准面高,并对结果进行了分析,绘制出高程异常等值线图。%The paper studies the quasi-geoid of Jinzhou through its finished basic control result. The paper introduces the application theory of GPS height and hoth the general method and the curved surface fitting method to measure geodetic height. At last,the paper analyzes the result,and the map ot geoid contour is drawn.

  14. A new approach for determining phase response curves reveals that Purkinje cells can act as perfect integrators.

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    Elena Phoka

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Cerebellar Purkinje cells display complex intrinsic dynamics. They fire spontaneously, exhibit bistability, and via mutual network interactions are involved in the generation of high frequency oscillations and travelling waves of activity. To probe the dynamical properties of Purkinje cells we measured their phase response curves (PRCs. PRCs quantify the change in spike phase caused by a stimulus as a function of its temporal position within the interspike interval, and are widely used to predict neuronal responses to more complex stimulus patterns. Significant variability in the interspike interval during spontaneous firing can lead to PRCs with a low signal-to-noise ratio, requiring averaging over thousands of trials. We show using electrophysiological experiments and simulations that the PRC calculated in the traditional way by sampling the interspike interval with brief current pulses is biased. We introduce a corrected approach for calculating PRCs which eliminates this bias. Using our new approach, we show that Purkinje cell PRCs change qualitatively depending on the firing frequency of the cell. At high firing rates, Purkinje cells exhibit single-peaked, or monophasic PRCs. Surprisingly, at low firing rates, Purkinje cell PRCs are largely independent of phase, resembling PRCs of ideal non-leaky integrate-and-fire neurons. These results indicate that Purkinje cells can act as perfect integrators at low firing rates, and that the integration mode of Purkinje cells depends on their firing rate.

  15. Reconstruction of Galaxy Star Formation Histories through SED Fitting: The Dense Basis Approach

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    Iyer, Kartheik; Gawiser, Eric J.

    2017-01-01

    The standard assumption of a simplified parametric form for galaxy Star Formation Histories (SFHs) during Spectral Energy Distribution (SED) fitting biases estimations of physical quantities (Stellar Mass, SFR, age) and underestimates their true uncertainties. Here, we describe the Dense Basis formalism, which uses an atlas of well-motivated basis SFHs to provide robust reconstructions of galaxy SFHs and provides estimates of previously inaccessible quantities like the number of star formation episodes in a galaxy's past. We train and validate the method using a sample of realistic SFHs at z=1 drawn from current Semi Analytic Models and Hydrodynamical simulations, as well as SFHs generated using a stochastic prescription. We then apply the method on ~1100 CANDELS galaxies at 1high S/N SEDs for the N~O(10^8) galaxies from the upcoming generation of surveys including LSST, HETDEX and J-PAS.

  16. AGNfitter: SED-fitting code for AGN and galaxies from a MCMC approach

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    Calistro Rivera, Gabriela; Lusso, Elisabeta; Hennawi, Joseph F.; Hogg, David W.

    2016-07-01

    AGNfitter is a fully Bayesian MCMC method to fit the spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of active galactic nuclei (AGN) and galaxies from the sub-mm to the UV; it enables robust disentanglement of the physical processes responsible for the emission of sources. Written in Python, AGNfitter makes use of a large library of theoretical, empirical, and semi-empirical models to characterize both the nuclear and host galaxy emission simultaneously. The model consists of four physical emission components: an accretion disk, a torus of AGN heated dust, stellar populations, and cold dust in star forming regions. AGNfitter determines the posterior distributions of numerous parameters that govern the physics of AGN with a fully Bayesian treatment of errors and parameter degeneracies, allowing one to infer integrated luminosities, dust attenuation parameters, stellar masses, and star formation rates.

  17. AGNfitter: An MCMC Approach to Fitting SEDs of AGN and galaxies

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    Calistro Rivera, Gabriela; Lusso, Elisabeta; Hennawi, Joseph; Hogg, David W.

    2016-08-01

    I will present AGNfitter: a tool to robustly disentangle the physical processes responsible for the emission of active galactic nuclei (AGN). AGNfitter is the first open-source algorithm based on a Markov Chain Monte Carlo method to fit the spectral energy distributions of AGN from the sub-mm to the UV. The code makes use of a large library of theoretical, empirical, and semi-empirical models to characterize both the host galaxy and the nuclear emission simultaneously. The model consists in four physical components comprising stellar populations, cold dust distributions in star forming regions, accretion disk, and hot dust torus emissions. AGNfitter is well suited to infer numerous parameters that rule the physics of AGN with a proper handling of their confidence levels through the sampling and assumptions-free calculation of their posterior probability distributions. The resulting parameters are, among many others, accretion disk luminosities, dust attenuation for both galaxy and accretion disk, stellar masses and star formation rates. We describe the relevance of this fitting machinery, the technicalities of the code, and show its capabilities in the context of unobscured and obscured AGN. The analyzed data comprehend a sample of 714 X-ray selected AGN of the XMM-COSMOS survey, spectroscopically classified as Type1 and Type2 sources by their optical emission lines. The inference of variate independent obscuration parameters allows AGNfitter to find a classification strategy with great agreement with the spectroscopical classification for ˜ 86% and ˜ 70% for the Type1 and Type2 AGNs respectively. The variety and large number of physical properties inferred by AGNfitter has the potential of contributing to a wide scope of science-cases related to both active and quiescent galaxies studies.

  18. Predicting diabetes mellitus using SMOTE and ensemble machine learning approach: The Henry Ford ExercIse Testing (FIT) project.

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    Alghamdi, Manal; Al-Mallah, Mouaz; Keteyian, Steven; Brawner, Clinton; Ehrman, Jonathan; Sakr, Sherif

    2017-01-01

    Machine learning is becoming a popular and important approach in the field of medical research. In this study, we investigate the relative performance of various machine learning methods such as Decision Tree, Naïve Bayes, Logistic Regression, Logistic Model Tree and Random Forests for predicting incident diabetes using medical records of cardiorespiratory fitness. In addition, we apply different techniques to uncover potential predictors of diabetes. This FIT project study used data of 32,555 patients who are free of any known coronary artery disease or heart failure who underwent clinician-referred exercise treadmill stress testing at Henry Ford Health Systems between 1991 and 2009 and had a complete 5-year follow-up. At the completion of the fifth year, 5,099 of those patients have developed diabetes. The dataset contained 62 attributes classified into four categories: demographic characteristics, disease history, medication use history, and stress test vital signs. We developed an Ensembling-based predictive model using 13 attributes that were selected based on their clinical importance, Multiple Linear Regression, and Information Gain Ranking methods. The negative effect of the imbalance class of the constructed model was handled by Synthetic Minority Oversampling Technique (SMOTE). The overall performance of the predictive model classifier was improved by the Ensemble machine learning approach using the Vote method with three Decision Trees (Naïve Bayes Tree, Random Forest, and Logistic Model Tree) and achieved high accuracy of prediction (AUC = 0.92). The study shows the potential of ensembling and SMOTE approaches for predicting incident diabetes using cardiorespiratory fitness data.

  19. Application of Swarm Intelligence Optimization Algorithm in Optimization Fitting of Hydrologic Frequency Curve%群智能优化算法在水文频率曲线适线中的应用

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    董闯; 宋松柏

    2011-01-01

    According to different curve fitting criterions, the calculation of swarm intelligence optimization algorithm to curve fitting in hydrologic frequency was studied, which can provide the basis for the hydraulic engineering planning and the water resources distributions. Taking the annual runoff data of 12 stations in north region of Shaanxi as an example, choosing 5 distribution types including 12 distributions,according to the regulations of design flood frequency computation for water resources and hydropower projects,applying OLS,ABS and WLS,taking MATLAB7.6 as the computing platfonn,applying the calculation of Simulated Annealing Algorithm,Genetic Algorithm,Particle Swarm Optimization and Ant Colony Algorithm to parameter estimation in hydrologic frequency. For different curve fitting criterions,all the best frequency distribution models of the annual runoff data in north region of Shaanxi are Generalized Logistic Distribution (GLO),the method of estimating parameters should select PSO. Comparing with other conventional optimization methods,swarm intelligence optimization algorithm does not dependent on target functions,it is a new way of inferring statistical parameters of annual runoff data frequency curve.%根据不同适线准则,研究群智能优化算法在水文频率曲线适线中的计算问题,为水利工程规划、水资源优化配置等提供依据.以陕北地区12个主要测站的年径流系列为例.选取五大分布类共12种分布线型,根据我国现行水利水电工程设计洪水计算规范,按照离(残)差平方和最小准则(OLS)、离(残)差绝对值和最小准则(ABS)、相对离差平方和最小准则(WLS),以MATLAB7.6为计算平台,研究模拟退火算法、遗传算法、粒子群算法和蚁群算法进行水文频率参数的估计.在不同适线准则下,陕北地区年径流最优频率分布模型为广义Logistic分布(Generalized Logistic Distribution,GLO),粒子群算法进行参数估算偏差最小.与传

  20. Effects of fertilization distance on male gain curves in a free-spawning marine invertebrate: a combined empirical and theoretical approach.

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    Johnson, Sheri L; Yund, Philip O

    2009-12-01

    Male gain curves describe the relationship between allocation to sperm production and male reproductive success and are central to models of sex allocation in hermaphrodites. Sperm competition is expected to result in more linear gains and select for increased allocation. We hypothesized that high sperm production in passively mating systems may also be the result of selection to enhance the ability to fertilize distant ova. Consequently, we explored the effect of distance on male gain curves in a free-spawning colonial ascidian. The performance of focal males that varied in sperm production was assayed at three distances via microsatellite markers. An advection-diffusion model was used to estimate sperm concentration gradients, to predict male reproductive gain integrated across multiple downstream females, and explore effects of hydrodynamic conditions. As distance increased, male reproductive success decreased and empirical gain curves became increasingly linear. Our model predicted that the expected net gain curve is relatively insensitive to variation in flow regime and will saturate much more slowly than if only a single, nearby distance is considered. Thus, high levels of sperm production may enhance fitness both in competitive situations and with increasing fertilization distance, highlighting the need to consider distance effects when evaluating gain curves.

  1. FIT ANALYSIS OF INDOSAT DOMPETKU BUSINESS MODEL USING A STRATEGIC DIAGNOSIS APPROACH

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    Fauzi Ridwansyah

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Mobile payment is an industry's response to global and regional technological-driven, as well as national social-economical driven in less cash society development. The purposes of this study were 1 identifying positioning of PT. Indosat in providing a response to Indonesian mobile payment market, 2 analyzing Indosat’s internal capabilities and business model fit with environment turbulence, and 3 formulating the optimum mobile payment business model development design for Indosat. The method used in this study was a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis through in-depth interviews with purposive judgment sampling. The analysis tools used in this study were Business Model Canvas (MBC and Ansoff’s Strategic Diagnosis. The interviewees were the representatives of PT. Indosat internal management and mobile payment business value chain stakeholders. Based on BMC mapping which is then analyzed by strategic diagnosis model, a considerable gap (>1 between the current market environment and Indosat strategy of aggressiveness with the expected future of environment turbulence level was obtained. Therefore, changes in the competitive strategy that need to be conducted include 1 developing a new customer segment, 2 shifting the value proposition that leads to the extensification of mobile payment, 3 monetizing effective value proposition, and 4 integrating effective collaboration for harmonizing company’s objective with the government's vision. Keywords: business model canvas, Indosat, mobile payment, less cash society, strategic diagnosis

  2. 原状黄土土水特征曲线拟合方法研究%Study on soil-water characteristics curve fitting for undisturbed loess soil

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    郭鸿; 陈茜; 陈栋梁; 李军

    2016-01-01

    In order to explore the fitting approach for SWCC of undisturbed loess, the SWCC of loess soil samples in Baoji, Qishan and Yangling were fitted through 5 conventional fitting methods, and also results of indoor dehumidification experiment of matric suction pressure plate were compared with the fitting data. The results show that Fredlund & Xing, van Genuchten and Brooks&Corey fitting methods can better reflect undisturbed loess SWCC, while van Genuchten&Burdine ( VGB) and van Ge-nuchten &Mualem ( VBM) are not suitable for describing undistributed loess SWCC as their residual moisture contents are differ-ent from practical condition. Finally, a simple and practical engineering SWCC prediction formula was proposed and verified by tests.%为了探索原状黄土土水特征曲线的拟合方法,采用已有的经典拟合方法对宝鸡、岐山和杨凌3个地区的原状黄土的土水特征曲线( SWCC)进行了拟合,并和室内基质吸力压力板减湿试验结果进行了对比。结果表明,Fredlund & Xing,Van Genuchten和Brooks & Corey三种拟合方法都可以较好地反映原状黄土的SWCC,而van Genuchten & Burdine 和van Genuchten & Mualem两种方法由于残余含水率和实际差别过大,并不适合描述原状黄土的SWCC。最后建议了一种简单而又适合实际工程采用的SWCC拟合公式,并通过试验验证了其可行性。

  3. Exploring photometric redshifts as an optimization problem: an ensemble MCMC and simulated annealing-driven template-fitting approach

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    Speagle, Joshua S.; Capak, Peter L.; Eisenstein, Daniel J.; Masters, Daniel C.; Steinhardt, Charles L.

    2016-10-01

    Using a 4D grid of ˜2 million model parameters (Δz = 0.005) adapted from Cosmological Origins Survey photometric redshift (photo-z) searches, we investigate the general properties of template-based photo-z likelihood surfaces. We find these surfaces are filled with numerous local minima and large degeneracies that generally confound simplistic gradient-descent optimization schemes. We combine ensemble Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampling with simulated annealing to robustly and efficiently explore these surfaces in approximately constant time. Using a mock catalogue of 384 662 objects, we show our approach samples ˜40 times more efficiently compared to a `brute-force' counterpart while maintaining similar levels of accuracy. Our results represent first steps towards designing template-fitting photo-z approaches limited mainly by memory constraints rather than computation time.

  4. Transperitoneal versus extraperitoneal laparoscopic radical prostatectomy during the learning curve: does the surgical approach affect the complication rate?

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    Tiberio M. Siqueira Jr.

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare the perioperative complication rate obtained with the transperitoneal laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (TLRP and with the extraperitoneal LRP (ELRP during the learning curve (LC. Materials and Methods: Data of the initial 40 TLRP (Group 1 were retrospectively compared with the initial 40 ELRP (Group 2. Each Group of patients was operated by two different surgeons. Results: The overall surgical time (175 min x 267.6 min; p < 0.001 and estimated blood loss (177.5 mL x 292.4 mL; p < 0.001 were statistically better in the Group 1. Two intraoperative complications were observed in Group 1 (5% represented by one case of bleeding and one case of rectal injury, whereas four complications (10% were observed in Group 2, represented by two cases of bleeding, one bladder and one rectal injuries (p = 0.675. Open conversion occurred once in each Group (2.5%. Overall postoperative complications were similar (52.5% x 35%; p = 0.365. Major early postoperative complications occurred in three and in one case in Group 1 and 2, respectively. Group 1 had two peritonitis (fecal and urinary, leading to one death in this group. Conclusions: No statistical differences in overall complication rates were observed. The transperitoneal approach presented more serious complications during the early postoperative time and this fact is attributed to the potential chance of intraperitoneal peritonitis not observed with the extraperitoneal route.

  5. Beyond one-size-fits-all: Tailoring diversity approaches to the representation of social groups.

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    Apfelbaum, Evan P; Stephens, Nicole M; Reagans, Ray E

    2016-10-01

    When and why do organizational diversity approaches that highlight the importance of social group differences (vs. equality) help stigmatized groups succeed? We theorize that social group members' numerical representation in an organization, compared with the majority group, influences concerns about their distinctiveness, and consequently, whether diversity approaches are effective. We combine laboratory and field methods to evaluate this theory in a professional setting, in which White women are moderately represented and Black individuals are represented in very small numbers. We expect that focusing on differences (vs. equality) will lead to greater performance and persistence among White women, yet less among Black individuals. First, we demonstrate that Black individuals report greater representation-based concerns than White women (Study 1). Next, we observe that tailoring diversity approaches to these concerns yields greater performance and persistence (Studies 2 and 3). We then manipulate social groups' perceived representation and find that highlighting differences (vs. equality) is more effective when groups' representation is moderate, but less effective when groups' representation is very low (Study 4). Finally, we content-code the diversity statements of 151 major U.S. law firms and find that firms that emphasize differences have lower attrition rates among White women, whereas firms that emphasize equality have lower attrition rates among racial minorities (Study 5). (PsycINFO Database Record

  6. Fitting Analysis for 4 Photosynthesis Light Response Curve Models of Keteleeria calcarea%4种模型对黄枝油杉光合光响应曲线的拟合分析

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    柴胜丰; 唐健民; 杨雪; 谢伟玲; 韦霄; 蒋运生

    2015-01-01

    [Objective]In order to find the best photosynthesis light response curve model and obtain a more accurate photosynthetic parameters,the photosynthetic characteristics of Keteleeria calcarea was studied.[Methods]The photosynthesis light response curve was measured using the Li - 6400 portable photosynthesis system.4 light response curve models,including rectangular hyperbolic model, non-rectangular hyperbolic model,exponential model and modified rectangular hyperbolic mod-el,were applied to fitting its light response curve.[Results]According to calculated photo-synthetic parameters by 4 models,maximum net photosynthetic rate (Pnmax)estimated by rectan-gular hyperbola and non-rectangular hyperbola model were higher than that measured by exper-iment,while Pnmax fitted by exponential model and modified rectangular hyperbolic model were similar with that measured by experiment.Isat estimated by rectangular hyperbolic model,non-rectangular hyperbolic model and exponential model were far lower than the measured data,only Isat estimated by modified rectangular hyperbolic model was the closest to the measured data.The modified rectangular hyperbola model was the best model for fitting photosynthesis light response curve of Keteleeria calcarea.The Pnmax,Isat,Ic (compensation point)andRd(respiration rate)were 5.06μmol·m-2·s-1,850.45μmol·m-2·s-1,7.86μmol·m-2·s-1 and 0.816 μmol·m-2 ·s-1,respectively.[Conclusion]According to the relative errors of measured and fitted values of photosynthesis light response parameters,the sequence of fitting effect of the four light response models in descending order was modified rectangular hyperbola model > exponential model > non-rectangular hyperbola model >rectangular hyperbola model.%【目的】为找出黄枝油杉(Keteleeriacalcarea)光合光响应曲线的最佳模型,以得到较为准确的光合特征参数。【方法】采用 Li-6400便携式光合系统对黄枝油杉的光合光响应曲线进行测定,并通过4

  7. Enlightening Volumes: Curve Fitting to Approximate Volumes

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    Buhl, David; O' Neal, Judy

    2008-01-01

    The current mantra in education is "technology, technology, technology." Many teachers and prospective teachers become frustrated with their lack of knowledge regarding the "appropriate" use of technology in the classroom. Prospective teachers need training in their education to understand how technology can be used "appropriately" in the…

  8. A two-step approach to investigate the effect of rating curve uncertainty in the Elbe decision support system

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    Xu, Yue-ping; Holzhauer, Harriette; Booij, Martijn J.; Sun, Hong-yue

    2008-01-01

    For river basin management, the reliability of the rating curves mainly depends on the accuracy and time period of the observed discharge and water level data. In the Elbe decision support system (DSS), the rating curves are combined with the HEC-6 model to investigate the effects of river engineeri

  9. Ecosystems Biology Approaches To Determine Key Fitness Traits of Soil Microorganisms

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    Brodie, E.; Zhalnina, K.; Karaoz, U.; Cho, H.; Nuccio, E. E.; Shi, S.; Lipton, M. S.; Zhou, J.; Pett-Ridge, J.; Northen, T.; Firestone, M.

    2014-12-01

    The application of theoretical approaches such as trait-based modeling represent powerful tools to explain and perhaps predict complex patterns in microbial distribution and function across environmental gradients in space and time. These models are mostly deterministic and where available are built upon a detailed understanding of microbial physiology and response to environmental factors. However as most soil microorganisms have not been cultivated, for the majority our understanding is limited to insights from environmental 'omic information. Information gleaned from 'omic studies of complex systems should be regarded as providing hypotheses, and these hypotheses should be tested under controlled laboratory conditions if they are to be propagated into deterministic models. In a semi-arid Mediterranean grassland system we are attempting to dissect microbial communities into functional guilds with defined physiological traits and are using a range of 'omics approaches to characterize their metabolic potential and niche preference. Initially, two physiologically relevant time points (peak plant activity and prior to wet-up) were sampled and metagenomes sequenced deeply (600-900 Gbp). Following assembly, differential coverage and nucleotide frequency binning were carried out to yield draft genomes. In addition, using a range of cultivation media we have isolated a broad range of bacteria representing abundant bacterial genotypes and with genome sequences of almost 40 isolates are testing genomic predictions regarding growth rate, temperature and substrate utilization in vitro. This presentation will discuss the opportunities and challenges in parameterizing microbial functional guilds from environmental 'omic information for use in trait-based models.

  10. A Study of Buildings Subsidence Analysis Based on Logistic and Gompertz Curves Model Fitting%基于Logistic和Gompertz曲线模型拟合的建筑物沉降分析

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    2016-01-01

    重大工程建设一般会有定期的沉降和变形监测,本研究利用具有规律变化的Logistic和Gompertz曲线模型进行拟合,并以某大型发电厂为研究对象,利用近15年的监测数据,建立预测模型并进行精度评估。研究结果表明,若监测数据具有一定程度的稳定性,并对计算时监测数据进行合理取舍,对采取的全区、分区平均值或单一点高度值的检测数据,运用Logistic和Gompertz曲线模型来预测大型建筑物的沉降情况是可行的。%The major engineering construction regularly has the settlement and deformation monitoring, a regular variation of Logistic and Gompertz curve fitting model was used in this paper.Choosing a large power plant as the research object, the prediction model was established and the accuracy evaluated was conducted by using the monitoring data of recently 15 years.The research results showed that if the test data was stability in a certain degree, and the monitoring data was trade-off in reasonable, the Logistic and Gompertz curve model was feasible to predict the settlement of the large buildings condition by taking the entire district, partition or single point height value of the average detection data.

  11. A new approach in treating the ballistic coefficient in the differential correction fitting program

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    Barker, William N.; Eller, Thomas J.; Herder, Leland E.

    This paper describes the results of study to improve the accuracy of tracking and impact prediction special perturbations software in use at the Space Surveillance Center. First, historical data are considered for a wide range of decayed satellites. In general, this data indicate that the satellite ballistic coefficient (a model parameter in the directional correction process) varies as a function of time in the last days prior to decay. At present, this effect is not modeled and the ballistic coefficient is held constant over the differential correction observation span. The new approach presented here is a parameterization of the ballistic coefficient in the form of a simple linear function with time. The slope of this function is the time derivative of the ballistic coefficient which is treated as a new model parameter. Numerical results obtained from processing two important historical satellite decay cases are presented.

  12. 不同性别黑番鸭生长曲线的拟合和分析%Analysis and Fitting of Growth Curve in Different Sexual Black Muscovy

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    朱志明; 黄种彬; 钟志新; 缪中纬; 陈晖; 郑嫩珠

    2011-01-01

    As the black Muscovy for experimental material, the early bodyweight of different sexual black Muscovy from 0 to 10 weeks old were measured, in order to investigate the growth model in this study, three kinds of nonlinear models of Gompertz, Logistic and von Bertalanffy were used to fit the growth curve respectively. The results showed that black Muscovy grew slowly before age of 4 weeks, the growth rate accelerated significantly after age of 4 weeks, and reached the growth peak at age of 6 to 10 weeks. Compared with goodness of fit (R2), the results showed the growth curve could be well fitted with these three models and the R2 was above 0. 99, but the Gompertz model had well closed to the actual observed values . Further more, the fitting parameters of Gompertz model between genders were compared, and the male black Muscovy showed higher initial weight, maximum bodyweight, and inflection point weight than female black Muscovy. The inflection age of male was 5. 3 weeks and the female was 4. 3 weeks. The Gomperte model equation for male and female black muscovy was W=3111. 4 [exp - 4. 4482exp (- 0. 2802t)] and W=2100. 4 [exp-4. 1071exp ( - 0. 32250] respectively. This study would help to understand the growth model and development of different sexual black Muscovy, and would provide the scientific basis for rational use of resources, breeding germplasm and selection in black Muscovy.%以黑番鸭为试验材料,测定了不同性别黑番鸭从初生到10周龄的体重,用Gompertz、Logistic、von Bertalanffy 3种非线性生长模型拟合其生长曲线,研究不同性别黑番鸭生长模式的差异.结果表明:公、母黑番鸭在4周龄前生长较为缓慢,4周龄后生长速度开始明显加快,在6~10周龄达到生长高峰.通过比较拟合度(R2)发现3种曲线模型拟合度均达到0.99以上,但Gompertz模型的拟合结果更接近于实际测量值,拟合效果最佳.进一步比较不同性别黑番鸭Gompertz模型拟合参数,结果发

  13. Fitness World - Fremtidig overlevelse

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    Rice, Kasper; Klink, Nikolaj; Nielsen, Mie; Carlson, Andre; Boy, Mikkel; Hansen, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Our project is a case study with Fitness World as a baseline. Our project will enhance Fitness Worlds penetration on their current position on the market. Our empiricism includes both qualitative and quantitative methodical approaches by the use of an expert interview and a questionnaire survey. These methods contribute and generate general knowledge about the fitness culture in Denmark and the customers in the fitness industry. We have stated a possible strategic opportunity for Fitness Worl...

  14. Three-dimensional modeling of the cochlea by use of an arc fitting approach.

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    Schurzig, Daniel; Lexow, G Jakob; Majdani, Omid; Lenarz, Thomas; Rau, Thomas S

    2016-12-01

    A cochlea modeling approach is presented allowing for a user defined degree of geometry simplification which automatically adjusts to the patient specific anatomy. Model generation can be performed in a straightforward manner due to error estimation prior to the actual generation, thus minimizing modeling time. Therefore, the presented technique is well suited for a wide range of applications including finite element analyses where geometrical simplifications are often inevitable. The method is presented for n=5 cochleae which were segmented using a custom software for increased accuracy. The linear basilar membrane cross sections are expanded to areas while the scalae contours are reconstructed by a predefined number of arc segments. Prior to model generation, geometrical errors are evaluated locally for each cross section as well as globally for the resulting models and their basal turn profiles. The final combination of all reconditioned features to a 3D volume is performed in Autodesk Inventor using the loft feature. Due to the volume generation based on cubic splines, low errors could be achieved even for low numbers of arc segments and provided cross sections, both of which correspond to a strong degree of model simplification. Model generation could be performed in a time efficient manner. The proposed simplification method was proven to be well suited for the helical cochlea geometry. The generated output data can be imported into commercial software tools for various analyses representing a time efficient way to create cochlea models optimally suited for the desired task.

  15. Exploring Photometric Redshifts as an Optimization Problem: An Ensemble MCMC and Simulated Annealing-Driven Template-Fitting Approach

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    Speagle, Joshua S; Eisenstein, Daniel J; Masters, Daniel C; Steinhardt, Charles L

    2015-01-01

    Using a grid of $\\sim 2$ million elements ($\\Delta z = 0.005$) adapted from COSMOS photometric redshift (photo-z) searches, we investigate the general properties of template-based photo-z likelihood surfaces. We find these surfaces are filled with numerous local minima and large degeneracies that generally confound rapid but "greedy" optimization schemes, even with additional stochastic sampling methods. In order to robustly and efficiently explore these surfaces, we develop BAD-Z [Brisk Annealing-Driven Redshifts (Z)], which combines ensemble Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling with simulated annealing to sample arbitrarily large, pre-generated grids in approximately constant time. Using a mock catalog of 384,662 objects, we show BAD-Z samples $\\sim 40$ times more efficiently compared to a brute-force counterpart while maintaining similar levels of accuracy. Our results represent first steps toward designing template-fitting photo-z approaches limited mainly by memory constraints rather than computation...

  16. Urinary biomarkers of smokers' exposure to tobacco smoke constituents in tobacco products assessment: a fit for purpose approach.

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    Gregg, Evan O; Minet, Emmanuel; McEwan, Michael

    2013-09-01

    There are established guidelines for bioanalytical assay validation and qualification of biomarkers. In this review, they were applied to a panel of urinary biomarkers of tobacco smoke exposure as part of a "fit for purpose" approach to the assessment of smoke constituents exposure in groups of tobacco product smokers. Clinical studies have allowed the identification of a group of tobacco exposure biomarkers demonstrating a good doseresponse relationship whilst others such as dihydroxybutyl mercapturic acid and 2-carboxy-1-methylethylmercapturic acid - did not reproducibly discriminate smokers and non-smokers. Furthermore, there are currently no agreed common reference standards to measure absolute concentrations and few inter-laboratory trials have been performed to establish consensus values for interim standards. Thus, we also discuss in this review additional requirements for the generation of robust data on urinary biomarkers, including toxicant metabolism and disposition, method validation and qualification for use in tobacco products comparison studies.

  17. Fit for the Future? A New Approach in the Debate about What Makes Healthcare Systems Really Sustainable

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    Matthias Fischer

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available As healthcare systems face enormous challenges, sustainability is seen as a crucial requirement for making them fit for the future. However, there is no consensus with regard to either the definition of the term or the factors that characterize a “sustainable healthcare system”. Therefore, the aim of this article is twofold. First, it gives examples of the existing literature about sustainable healthcare systems and analyzes this literature with regard to its understanding of sustainability and the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches. The article then identifies crucial factors for sustainable healthcare systems, and the result, a conceptual framework consisting of five distinct and interacting factors, can be seen as a starting point for further research.

  18. Detection of quasi-periodic processes in repeated measurements: New approach for the fitting and clusterization of different data

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    Nigmatullin, R.; Rakhmatullin, R.

    2014-12-01

    yields the description of the identified QP process. To suggest some computing algorithm for fitting of the QP data to the analytical function that follows from the solution of the corresponding functional equation. The content of this paper is organized as follows. In the Section 2 we will try to find the answers on the problem posed in this introductory section. It contains also the mathematical description of the QP process and interpretation of the meaning of the generalized Prony's spectrum (GPS). The GPS includes the conventional Fourier decomposition as a partial case. Section 3 contains the experimental details associated with receiving of the desired data. Section 4 includes some important details explaining specific features of application of general algorithm to concrete data. In Section 5 we summarize the results and outline the perspectives of this approach for quantitative description of time-dependent random data that are registered in different complex systems and experimental devices. Here we should notice that under the complex system we imply a system when a conventional model is absent[6]. Under simplicity of the acceptable model we imply the proper hypothesis ("best fit" model) containing minimal number of the fitting parameters that describes the behavior of the system considered quantitatively. The different approaches that exist in nowadays for description of these systems are collected in the recent review [7].

  19. 不同温度对钩栗光响应曲线拟合的影响%Effect of temperature on light response curve fitting of Castanopsis tibetana

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    张斌; 罗小浪

    2016-01-01

    Measuring and fitting the light response curve is one of the widely used methods when we cultivate the precious trees species. But as the difference among models and the genetic characters of tree species, the application of light response model is very important in the research of precious tree. The research were done in 2 years old seedlings of precious timber tree species of Castanopsis tibetana, using LI-6400 photosynthesis system to measure the photosynthesic characteristics of Castanopsis tibetana, compare 5 different light response models for the fitting of the characteristic data of the combination at 25℃ and 45℃ , the results show: high temperature stress can enhance the ability of using weak light, and also significantly reduced the maximum net photosynthetic capacity; under normal temperature (25 ℃ ) the value of modified rectangular hyperbolic model (MRHM) is higher by 12.99% - 30.57% compare to other models and measured value, while higher by 12.44% - 26.91% under higher temperature (45℃ ); compare all the models, under 25℃ , exponential model (EM), and modified exponential model (MEM) and non-rectangular hyperbolic model (NHM) have the best fitting effect, but under the condition of 45℃ , NHM and EM are the best models; Compere the real value and parameters of photosynthetic curve, NHM is the best model without the influence of temperature.%以珍贵用材树种钩栗2年生幼苗为研究对象,采用 LI-6400光合速率测试仪对钩栗成熟叶片的光合能力进行测定分析,在对钩栗25℃和45℃条件下的光合特征曲线进行拟合后发现5个模型间存在不同程度的差异。高温胁迫提高了钩栗对弱光的利用能力,也显著降低了钩栗的最大净光合能力;从模型的拟合效果来看,直角双曲线修正模型在常温时的模拟值与实际值和其他模型相比高出12.99%~30.57%,而在高温条件下却高出12.44%~26.91%,拟合效果最差;常温条件下指数模

  20. EOMCC over excited state Hartree-Fock solutions (ESHF-EOMCC: An efficient approach for the entire ground state potential energy curves of higher-order bonds

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    Y. Sajeev

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The equation-of-motion coupled cluster (EOMCC method based on the excited state Hartree-Fock (ESHF solutions is shown to be appropriate for computing the entire ground state potential energy curves of strongly correlated higher-order bonds. The new approach is best illustrated for the homolytic dissociation of higher-order bonds in molecules. The required multireference character of the true ground state wavefunction is introduced through the linear excitation operator of the EOMCC method. Even at the singles and doubles level of cluster excitation truncation, the nonparallelity error of the ground state potential energy curve from the ESHF based EOMCC method is small.

  1. A regret theory approach to decision curve analysis: A novel method for eliciting decision makers' preferences and decision-making

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    Vickers Andrew

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Decision curve analysis (DCA has been proposed as an alternative method for evaluation of diagnostic tests, prediction models, and molecular markers. However, DCA is based on expected utility theory, which has been routinely violated by decision makers. Decision-making is governed by intuition (system 1, and analytical, deliberative process (system 2, thus, rational decision-making should reflect both formal principles of rationality and intuition about good decisions. We use the cognitive emotion of regret to serve as a link between systems 1 and 2 and to reformulate DCA. Methods First, we analysed a classic decision tree describing three decision alternatives: treat, do not treat, and treat or no treat based on a predictive model. We then computed the expected regret for each of these alternatives as the difference between the utility of the action taken and the utility of the action that, in retrospect, should have been taken. For any pair of strategies, we measure the difference in net expected regret. Finally, we employ the concept of acceptable regret to identify the circumstances under which a potentially wrong strategy is tolerable to a decision-maker. Results We developed a novel dual visual analog scale to describe the relationship between regret associated with "omissions" (e.g. failure to treat vs. "commissions" (e.g. treating unnecessary and decision maker's preferences as expressed in terms of threshold probability. We then proved that the Net Expected Regret Difference, first presented in this paper, is equivalent to net benefits as described in the original DCA. Based on the concept of acceptable regret we identified the circumstances under which a decision maker tolerates a potentially wrong decision and expressed it in terms of probability of disease. Conclusions We present a novel method for eliciting decision maker's preferences and an alternative derivation of DCA based on regret theory. Our approach may

  2. A regret theory approach to decision curve analysis: a novel method for eliciting decision makers' preferences and decision-making.

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    Tsalatsanis, Athanasios; Hozo, Iztok; Vickers, Andrew; Djulbegovic, Benjamin

    2010-09-16

    Decision curve analysis (DCA) has been proposed as an alternative method for evaluation of diagnostic tests, prediction models, and molecular markers. However, DCA is based on expected utility theory, which has been routinely violated by decision makers. Decision-making is governed by intuition (system 1), and analytical, deliberative process (system 2), thus, rational decision-making should reflect both formal principles of rationality and intuition about good decisions. We use the cognitive emotion of regret to serve as a link between systems 1 and 2 and to reformulate DCA. First, we analysed a classic decision tree describing three decision alternatives: treat, do not treat, and treat or no treat based on a predictive model. We then computed the expected regret for each of these alternatives as the difference between the utility of the action taken and the utility of the action that, in retrospect, should have been taken. For any pair of strategies, we measure the difference in net expected regret. Finally, we employ the concept of acceptable regret to identify the circumstances under which a potentially wrong strategy is tolerable to a decision-maker. We developed a novel dual visual analog scale to describe the relationship between regret associated with "omissions" (e.g. failure to treat) vs. "commissions" (e.g. treating unnecessary) and decision maker's preferences as expressed in terms of threshold probability. We then proved that the Net Expected Regret Difference, first presented in this paper, is equivalent to net benefits as described in the original DCA. Based on the concept of acceptable regret we identified the circumstances under which a decision maker tolerates a potentially wrong decision and expressed it in terms of probability of disease. We present a novel method for eliciting decision maker's preferences and an alternative derivation of DCA based on regret theory. Our approach may be intuitively more appealing to a decision-maker, particularly

  3. Little Italy: an agent-based approach to the estimation of contact patterns- fitting predicted matrices to serological data.

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    Iozzi, Fabrizio; Trusiano, Francesco; Chinazzi, Matteo; Billari, Francesco C; Zagheni, Emilio; Merler, Stefano; Ajelli, Marco; Del Fava, Emanuele; Manfredi, Piero

    2010-12-02

    Knowledge of social contact patterns still represents the most critical step for understanding the spread of directly transmitted infections. Data on social contact patterns are, however, expensive to obtain. A major issue is then whether the simulation of synthetic societies might be helpful to reliably reconstruct such data. In this paper, we compute a variety of synthetic age-specific contact matrices through simulation of a simple individual-based model (IBM). The model is informed by Italian Time Use data and routine socio-demographic data (e.g., school and workplace attendance, household structure, etc.). The model is named "Little Italy" because each artificial agent is a clone of a real person. In other words, each agent's daily diary is the one observed in a corresponding real individual sampled in the Italian Time Use Survey. We also generated contact matrices from the socio-demographic model underlying the Italian IBM for pandemic prediction. These synthetic matrices are then validated against recently collected Italian serological data for Varicella (VZV) and ParvoVirus (B19). Their performance in fitting sero-profiles are compared with other matrices available for Italy, such as the Polymod matrix. Synthetic matrices show the same qualitative features of the ones estimated from sample surveys: for example, strong assortativeness and the presence of super- and sub-diagonal stripes related to contacts between parents and children. Once validated against serological data, Little Italy matrices fit worse than the Polymod one for VZV, but better than concurrent matrices for B19. This is the first occasion where synthetic contact matrices are systematically compared with real ones, and validated against epidemiological data. The results suggest that simple, carefully designed, synthetic matrices can provide a fruitful complementary approach to questionnaire-based matrices. The paper also supports the idea that, depending on the transmissibility level of the

  4. Disadvantages of using the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve to assess imaging tests: A discussion and proposal for an alternative approach

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    Halligan, Steve [University College London, Centre for Medical Imaging, University College Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Altman, Douglas G. [University of Oxford, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford (United Kingdom); Mallett, Susan [University of Oxford, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford (United Kingdom)

    2015-04-01

    The objectives are to describe the disadvantages of the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC AUC) to measure diagnostic test performance and to propose an alternative based on net benefit. We use a narrative review supplemented by data from a study of computer-assisted detection for CT colonography. We identified problems with ROC AUC. Confidence scoring by readers was highly non-normal, and score distribution was bimodal. Consequently, ROC curves were highly extrapolated with AUC mostly dependent on areas without patient data. AUC depended on the method used for curve fitting. ROC AUC does not account for prevalence or different misclassification costs arising from false-negative and false-positive diagnoses. Change in ROC AUC has little direct clinical meaning for clinicians. An alternative analysis based on net benefit is proposed, based on the change in sensitivity and specificity at clinically relevant thresholds. Net benefit incorporates estimates of prevalence and misclassification costs, and it is clinically interpretable since it reflects changes in correct and incorrect diagnoses when a new diagnostic test is introduced. ROC AUC is most useful in the early stages of test assessment whereas methods based on net benefit are more useful to assess radiological tests where the clinical context is known. Net benefit is more useful for assessing clinical impact. (orig.)

  5. Estimation of surface water quality in a Yazoo River tributary using the duration curve and recurrence interval approach

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    Ying Ouyang; Prem B. Parajuli; Daniel A. Marion

    2013-01-01

    Pollution of surface water with harmful chemicals and eutrophication of rivers and lakes with excess nutrients are serious environmental concerns. This study estimated surface water quality in a stream within the Yazoo River Basin (YRB), Mississippi, USA, using the duration curve and recurrence interval analysis techniques. Data from the US Geological Survey (USGS)...

  6. Assessment of the Compositional Variability of RP-1 and RP-2 with the Advanced Distillation Curve Approach

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    2010-04-21

    infrared spectrophotometry (FTIR), or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). We have applied the advanced distillation curve method to a wide...colorless (no dye is added to this fuel). RP-2 was also analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry- infrared spectrophotometry (30 m capillary

  7. Evaluation of Acid-neutralizing Capacity of Topsoil in Croplands Using Quadratic Curve Fitting%用二次曲线拟合表征土壤酸中和能力的研究

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    孟红旗; 徐明岗; 吕家珑; 张会民; 蔡泽江

    2013-01-01

    以我国7个农田长期(15~29年)施肥试验的历史样品为供试土壤,研究了土壤质子化反应的动力学过程、土壤性质(pH值和SOM)和施肥措施对土壤酸中和能力(ANC)的影响.根据土壤酸滴定曲线,采用二次曲线方程拟合,pH=3.5为参考值,图解法求解土壤ANC.结果表明,土壤质子化过程可视作由质子扩散控制的假二级反应动力学过程:在酸添加后的100 h内,土壤ANC与反应时间的对数值近似线性相关;机械振荡和提高温度可加快土壤质子化反应的进程.土壤ANC在指示土壤酸碱程度上较pH灵敏,但对SOM的变化较土壤酸缓冲容量(ABC)不敏感;土壤ANC受长期施肥措施(施无机氮组<不施氮肥组≈有机无机氮配施组)的显著影响,影响的程度因各试验点而异.对土壤酸中和能力的研究加深了对农田土壤酸缓冲机制的认识.%To better understand the mechanism of acid-buffering in croplands we evaluated their acid-neutralizing capacity (ANC) of topsoil using quadratic curve fitting. The kinetics of soil protonation reaction and impacts of soil properties(pH and SOM, soil organic matter) and fertilizations on soil ANC were studied from seven historical soils under 15~29 years long-term fertilizations in China. According to the acid titration curve fitted by the quadratic equation, soil ANC was generated by a graphic method at the reference of pH=3.5. The process of soil protonation was considered as the pseudo second—order reaction kinetics controlled by the proton diffusion in soil particles. An approximate linear correlation between ANC and the logarithmic value of reaction time was found less than 100 hours after acid addition. Soil protonation reaction was accelerated by mechanical shaking or increase of temperature. Based on the analysis of correlation and comparison in different experimental sites, soil ANC was more sensitive to soil acid—base status rather than pH, but less sensitive to SOM

  8. Probing exoplanet clouds with optical phase curves.

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    Muñoz, Antonio García; Isaak, Kate G

    2015-11-01

    Kepler-7b is to date the only exoplanet for which clouds have been inferred from the optical phase curve--from visible-wavelength whole-disk brightness measurements as a function of orbital phase. Added to this, the fact that the phase curve appears dominated by reflected starlight makes this close-in giant planet a unique study case. Here we investigate the information on coverage and optical properties of the planet clouds contained in the measured phase curve. We generate cloud maps of Kepler-7b and use a multiple-scattering approach to create synthetic phase curves, thus connecting postulated clouds with measurements. We show that optical phase curves can help constrain the composition and size of the cloud particles. Indeed, model fitting for Kepler-7b requires poorly absorbing particles that scatter with low-to-moderate anisotropic efficiency, conclusions consistent with condensates of silicates, perovskite, and silica of submicron radii. We also show that we are limited in our ability to pin down the extent and location of the clouds. These considerations are relevant to the interpretation of optical phase curves with general circulation models. Finally, we estimate that the spherical albedo of Kepler-7b over the Kepler passband is in the range 0.4-0.5.

  9. Spline curve fitting and graphic image digital vector quantization under computer aided technology%样条曲线拟合和计算机辅助技术下的图形图像数字矢量化

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    吴珊丹

    2016-01-01

    with the development of computer technology and Internet technology,automation technology,computer technolo⁃gy and network technology has been widely used in various aspects of the current life and work. In the process of social develop⁃ment,different types and structural products need to be produced to meet the different requirements of users. In order to reduce the production cost of the products,and improve the competitiveness of the market,design of the product manufacturing technol⁃ogy and optimization of the products should be strengthened in product design,manufacture and management. The graphic image vector quantization is a fast digital processing method,which can improve the quality of the product design,optimize the prod⁃uct design,effectively reduce the production cost,and improve market competitiveness. The analytical investigation for spline curve fitting,image digital vector quantization in computer aided technology,and the related contents is carried out in this pa⁃per.%在社会发展的过程中,需要生产不同类型、不同结构等的产品以满足用户的不同需求。为了降低产品的生产成本,并提高市场的竞争力,需要从产品的设计、制造、管理等方面入手,加强产品的设计,优化产品生产制造技术等。结果表明,应用图形图像数字数量化分析,可以提高产品设计的质量,优化设计,有效地降低生产成本,提高市场竞争力。

  10. The Study of Positioning Technology of the Model of Sunˊs Shadow Based on the Curve Fitting%基于曲线拟合法太阳影子定位技术的研究

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    黄玲; 杨鹏辉; 谢文; 吴春艳

    2016-01-01

    本文主要研究太阳影子定位技术,以太阳高度角为切入点,借助天文三角形知识,探究太阳高度角、太阳方位角、太阳时角、太阳赤纬与经纬度、日期、地方时的关系,结合曲线拟合、联立方程式的方法,建立太阳影子定位的优化模型,运用MATLAB、EXCEL软件研究出太阳影子的变化规律、基于影子顶点坐标条件下物体的定时、定位,并将研究结果推广到视频数据分析领域对视频进行定位、定时。%The thesis majors in the positioning of sunˊs shadow,in our study,solar height angle is breakthrough,by means of the knowledge of the astronomical triangle,we analysed the quantitative relationship between sun elevation angle,solar azi-muth,solar hour,solar declination angle and longitude,latitude,date,local time. Combining with the method of curve fitting and simultaneous equations,we set up the sun’s shadow positioning optimizing model. By using MATLAB and EXCEL soft-ware,we worked out the laws for the change of sun’s shadow,and ascertained the location and date. Finally we promoted our research result to the field of video data analysis.

  11. 葡萄光合作用光响应曲线拟合模型比较研究%Comparison of Light-response Curve Fitted Models for Grape

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    白云岗; 刘洪波; 张江辉; 冯杰; 丁平

    2016-01-01

    The optimal model with the most closeness between measured and simulated value was selected.In order to find the best photo-response model of grape leaf in Turpan area,the photosynthetic response curve of grape leaf was fitted by quadratic polynomi-al,rectangular hyperbolic,exponential,rectangular hyperbolic,non-rectangular hyperbolic and modified rectangular hyperbolic mod-el.Showed that the exponential and rectangular hyperbolic model could not explain the photosynthetic suppress phenomenon of light saturation region.To some extent,the quadratic polynomial model displayed photosynthetic suppress phenomenon,but it had a very large difference between simulated photosynthetic parameters and measured ones,which defied common sense.The non-rectangular hyperbolic model explained the photosynthetic suppress phenomenon,but the fitted maximum net photosynthetic rate was higher than the measured values.The modified rectangular hyperbolic model with the most closeness between simulated value photosynthet-ic parameters and measured ones could best reflect the photosynthetic response curve for grape leaf under different light intensities, especially at the light saturation region.Whose fitted net photosynthetic rate (Amax),light saturation point (LSP),light compensa-tion point (LCP),dark respiration rate (Rday)and the initial quantum efficiency (α)was 10.627,1 178.362,67.487,2.943μmol/(m2 ·s)and 0.05.The modified rectangular hyperbolic model is suit to simulate the photosynthetic response curve for grape leaf un-der different light intensities at Turpan area.%通过分析各模型求取的光合参数模拟值与实测值的接近程度,探讨了各模型在葡萄光响应曲线研究中的适用性。为了筛选适合吐鲁番地区的葡萄光响应模型,采用二次多项式模型、指数函数模型、直角双曲线模型、非直角双曲线模型和修正的直角双曲线模型对葡萄光合作用的光响应曲线进行拟合,表明:指数函数模型

  12. Influence of different approaches to training of main movements on physical fitness of 4 years boys with various motor asymmetry

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: determination of effectiveness of different training main movements’ methods in physical fitness improvement of boys with different manual motor asymmetry. Material: 50 boys with ambidexterity (4 years old age took part in the research. There was used the following: oral questioning, dynamometry and methodic by M.M. Bezrukikh. Results: usage of one of variants of “symmetric” approach determines specificities of motor qualities’ development: among boys with ambidexterity in motor asymmetry variant “first with passive hand, then with active one” and variant “first with active and then with passive hand” ensure improvement of all tested qualities (except flexibility and quickness. Boys with right orientation of manual motor asymmetry demonstrated improvement of all qualities (except coordination in ballistic movements for accuracy, fulfilled by right arm in the first variant. In the second variant all qualities (except already mentioned quickness are improved. Conclusions: with any orientation of manual motor asymmetry the necessary condition of high activity and successful child’s training is development of interaction between cerebral semi-spheres. Coordinated movements by left and right arms strengthen such interaction. That is why it is purposeful to consequently fulfill every movement by every arm and by two arms simultaneously.

  13. Hierarchical data-driven approach to fitting numerical relativity data for non-precessing binary black holes, with an application to final spin and radiated energy

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    Jiménez-Forteza, Xisco; Husa, Sascha; Hannam, Mark; Khan, Sebastian; Pürrer, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Numerical relativity is an essential tool in studying the coalescence of binary black holes (BBHs). It is still computationally prohibitive to cover the BBH parameter space exhaustively, making phenomenological fitting formulas for BBH waveforms and final-state properties important for practical applications. We describe a general hierarchical bottom-up fitting methodology to design and calibrate fits to numerical relativity simulations for the three-dimensional parameter space of quasi-circular non-precessing merging BBHs, spanned by mass ratio and by the individual spin components orthogonal to the orbital plane. Particular attention is paid to incorporating the extreme-mass-ratio limit and to the subdominant unequal-spin effects. As an illustration of the method, we provide two applications, to the final spin and final mass (or equivalently: radiated energy) of the remnant black hole. We obtain results broadly consistent with previously published fits, but with improvements in the approach to extremal limi...

  14. Breaking the Curve with CANDELS: A Bayesian Approach to Reveal the Non-Universality of the Dust-Attenuation Law at High Redshift

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    Salmon, Brett; Long, James; Willner, S P; Finkelstein, Steven; Ferguson, Henry C; Dickinson, Mark; Duncan, Kenneth; Faber, S M; Hathi, Nimish; Koekemoer, Anton; Kurczynski, Peter; Newman, Jeffery; Pacifici, Camilla; Perez-Gonzalez, Pablo G; Pforr, Janine

    2015-01-01

    Dust attenuation affects nearly all observational aspects of galaxy evolution, yet very little is known about the functional form of the dust-attenuation law in the distant Universe. In this work, we fit to the spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of galaxies under different assumptions about the wavelength-dependent dust-attenuation curve, and compare the inferred attenuation with the observed infrared (IR) luminosities. This is applied to a sample of IR-luminous galaxies at z~1.5-3 where the multi-wavelength CANDELS photometry cover rest-frame ultraviolet (UV, down to Lyman-alpha) to near-IR (NIR) wavelengths, with supporting 24 micron imaging from Spitzer. We fit the UV-to-NIR galaxy SEDs with multiple dust laws, and use Bayes factors to select galaxies with strong preference between laws. Importantly, we find that for individual galaxies with strong Bayes-factor evidence, their observed location on the plane of the infrared excess (IRX, LIR/LUV) and UV slope (beta) agrees with the predicted value for the ...

  15. Hierarchical data-driven approach to fitting numerical relativity data for nonprecessing binary black holes with an application to final spin and radiated energy

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    Jiménez-Forteza, Xisco; Keitel, David; Husa, Sascha; Hannam, Mark; Khan, Sebastian; Pürrer, Michael

    2017-03-01

    Numerical relativity is an essential tool in studying the coalescence of binary black holes (BBHs). It is still computationally prohibitive to cover the BBH parameter space exhaustively, making phenomenological fitting formulas for BBH waveforms and final-state properties important for practical applications. We describe a general hierarchical bottom-up fitting methodology to design and calibrate fits to numerical relativity simulations for the three-dimensional parameter space of quasicircular nonprecessing merging BBHs, spanned by mass ratio and by the individual spin components orthogonal to the orbital plane. Particular attention is paid to incorporating the extreme-mass-ratio limit and to the subdominant unequal-spin effects. As an illustration of the method, we provide two applications, to the final spin and final mass (or equivalently: radiated energy) of the remnant black hole. Fitting to 427 numerical relativity simulations, we obtain results broadly consistent with previously published fits, but improving in overall accuracy and particularly in the approach to extremal limits and for unequal-spin configurations. We also discuss the importance of data quality studies when combining simulations from diverse sources, how detailed error budgets will be necessary for further improvements of these already highly accurate fits, and how this first detailed study of unequal-spin effects helps in choosing the most informative parameters for future numerical relativity runs.

  16. Probing exoplanet clouds with optical phase curves

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    Munoz, A Garcia

    2015-01-01

    Kepler-7b is to date the only exoplanet for which clouds have been inferred from the optical phase curve -- from visible-wavelength whole-disk brightness measurements as a function of orbital phase. Added to this, the fact that the phase curve appears dominated by reflected starlight makes this close-in giant planet a unique study case. Here we investigate the information on coverage and optical properties of the planet clouds contained in the measured phase curve. We generate cloud maps of Kepler-7b and use a multiple-scattering approach to create synthetic phase curves, thus connecting postulated clouds with measurements. We show that optical phase curves can help constrain the composition and size of the cloud particles. Indeed, model fitting for Kepler-7b requires poorly absorbing particles that scatter with low-to-moderate anisotropic efficiency, conclusions consistent with condensates of silicates, perovskite, and silica of submicron radii. We also show that we are limited in our ability to pin down the...

  17. Adaptive Strategies and Person-Environment Fit among Functionally Limited Older Adults Aging in Place: A Mixed Methods Approach

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Older adults prefer to age in place, necessitating a match between person and environment, or person-environment (P-E fit. In occupational therapy practice, home modifications can support independence, but more knowledge is needed to optimize interventions targeting the housing situation of older adults. In response, this study aimed to explore the accessibility and usability of the home environment to further understand adaptive environmental behaviors. Mixed methods data were collected using objective and perceived indicators of P-E fit among 12 older adults living in community-dwelling housing. Quantitative data described objective P-E fit in terms of accessibility, while qualitative data explored perceived P-E fit in terms of usability. While accessibility problems were prevalent, participants’ perceptions of usability revealed a range of adaptive environmental behaviors employed to meet functional needs. A closer examination of the P-E interaction suggests that objective accessibility does not always stipulate perceived usability, which appears to be malleable with age, self-perception, and functional competency. Findings stress the importance of evaluating both objective and perceived indicators of P-E fit to provide housing interventions that support independence. Further exploration of adaptive processes in older age may serve to deepen our understanding of both P-E fit frameworks and theoretical models of aging well.

  18. Longitudinal Relationships Between Productive Activities and Functional Health in Later Years: A Multivariate Latent Growth Curve Modeling Approach.

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    Choi, Eunhee; Tang, Fengyan; Kim, Sung-Geun; Turk, Phillip

    2016-10-01

    This study examined the longitudinal relationships between functional health in later years and three types of productive activities: volunteering, full-time, and part-time work. Using the data from five waves (2000-2008) of the Health and Retirement Study, we applied multivariate latent growth curve modeling to examine the longitudinal relationships among individuals 50 or over. Functional health was measured by limitations in activities of daily living. Individuals who volunteered, worked either full time or part time exhibited a slower decline in functional health than nonparticipants. Significant associations were also found between initial functional health and longitudinal changes in productive activity participation. This study provides additional support for the benefits of productive activities later in life; engagement in volunteering and employment are indeed associated with better functional health in middle and old age.

  19. Testing MONDian dark matter with galactic rotation curves

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    Edmonds, Doug [Department of Physics, Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA 24327 (United States); Farrah, Duncan; Minic, Djordje; Takeuchi, Tatsu [Department of Physics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (United States); Ho, Chiu Man [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235 (United States); Ng, Y. Jack, E-mail: dedmonds@ehc.edu, E-mail: farrah@vt.edu, E-mail: dminic@vt.edu, E-mail: takeuchi@vt.edu, E-mail: chiuman.ho@vanderbilt.edu, E-mail: yjng@physics.unc.edu [Institute of Field Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (United States)

    2014-09-20

    MONDian dark matter (MDM) is a new form of dark matter quantum that naturally accounts for Milgrom's scaling, usually associated with modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND), and theoretically behaves like cold dark matter (CDM) at cluster and cosmic scales. In this paper, we provide the first observational test of MDM by fitting rotation curves to a sample of 30 local spiral galaxies (z ≈ 0.003). For comparison, we also fit the galactic rotation curves using MOND and CDM. We find that all three models fit the data well. The rotation curves predicted by MDM and MOND are virtually indistinguishable over the range of observed radii (∼1 to 30 kpc). The best-fit MDM and CDM density profiles are compared. We also compare with MDM the dark matter density profiles arising from MOND if Milgrom's formula is interpreted as Newtonian gravity with an extra source term instead of as a modification of inertia. We find that discrepancies between MDM and MOND will occur near the center of a typical spiral galaxy. In these regions, instead of continuing to rise sharply, the MDM mass density turns over and drops as we approach the center of the galaxy. Our results show that MDM, which restricts the nature of the dark matter quantum by accounting for Milgrom's scaling, accurately reproduces observed rotation curves.

  20. Water-balance uncertainty in Honduras: a limits-of-acceptability approach to model evaluation using a time-variant rating curve

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    Westerberg, I.; Guerrero, J.-L.; Beven, K.; Seibert, J.; Halldin, S.; Lundin, L.-C.; Xu, C.-Y.

    2009-04-01

    The climate of Central America is highly variable both spatially and temporally; extreme events like floods and droughts are recurrent phenomena posing great challenges to regional water-resources management. Scarce and low-quality hydro-meteorological data complicate hydrological modelling and few previous studies have addressed the water-balance in Honduras. In the alluvial Choluteca River, the river bed changes over time as fill and scour occur in the channel, leading to a fast-changing relation between stage and discharge and difficulties in deriving consistent rating curves. In this application of a four-parameter water-balance model, a limits-of-acceptability approach to model evaluation was used within the General Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation (GLUE) framework. The limits of acceptability were determined for discharge alone for each time step, and ideally a simulated result should always be contained within the limits. A moving-window weighted fuzzy regression of the ratings, based on estimated uncertainties in the rating-curve data, was used to derive the limits. This provided an objective way to determine the limits of acceptability and handle the non-stationarity of the rating curves. The model was then applied within GLUE and evaluated using the derived limits. Preliminary results show that the best simulations are within the limits 75-80% of the time, indicating that precipitation data and other uncertainties like model structure also have a significant effect on predictability.

  1. Assessment of brown trout habitat suitability in the Jucar River Basin (SPAIN): comparison of data-driven approaches with fuzzy-logic models and univariate suitability curves.

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    Muñoz-Mas, Rafael; Martínez-Capel, Francisco; Schneider, Matthias; Mouton, Ans M

    2012-12-01

    The implementation of the Water Framework Directive implies the determination of an environmental flow (E-flow) in each running water body. In Spain, many of the minimum flow assessments were determined with the physical habitat simulation system based on univariate habitat suitability curves. Multivariate habitat suitability models, widely applied in habitat assessment, are potentially more accurate than univariate suitability models. This article analyses the microhabitat selection by medium-sized (10-20 cm) brown trout (Salmo trutta fario) in three streams of the Jucar River Basin District (eastern Iberian Peninsula). The data were collected with an equal effort sampling approach. Univariate habitat suitability curves were built with a data-driven process for depth, mean velocity and substrate classes; three types of data-driven fuzzy models were generated with the FISH software: two models of presence-absence and a model of abundance. FISH applies a hill-climbing algorithm to optimize the fuzzy rules. A hydraulic model was calibrated with the tool River-2D in a segment of the Cabriel River (Jucar River Basin). The fuzzy-logic models and three methods to produce a suitability index from the three univariate curves were applied to evaluate the river habitat in the tool CASiMiR©. The comparison of results was based on the spatial arrangement of habitat suitability and the curves of weighted usable area versus discharge. The differences were relevant in different aspects, e.g. in the estimated minimum environmental flow according to the Spanish legal norm for hydrological planning. This work demonstrates the impact of the model's selection on the habitat suitability modelling and the assessment of environmental flows, based on an objective data-driven procedure; the conclusions are important for the water management in the Jucar River Basin and other river systems in Europe, where the environmental flows are a keystone for the achievement of the goals established

  2. Curve-Fitting Analysis of Micro FT-IR and Its Application on Individual Oil Inclusion and Micro-Area Bitumens%单个油包裹体和微区沥青显微红外光谱 分峰拟合技术及应用

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    王倩茹; 陈红汉; 胡守志; 赵玉涛; 陈慧钦

    2016-01-01

    Curve-fitting analysis of micro FT-IR,in the theory of Gaussian,Lorentz function or their combination (Gaussian-Lorentz)model,can break through the limit of overlapping spectra resulting from complicated structures of samples (e.g.indi-vidual oil inclusion and bitumens).Hence,curve-fitting analysis of micro FT-IR was used for analyzing maturity of individual oil inclusion and the origin of bitumens in Shuntuoguole area of Tazhong northeastern slope systematically,and four conclusions have been obtained:firstly,curve-fitting analysis of micro FT-IR may be more accurate for calculating absorption peaks,and some easily neglected peaks can be detected by this method in contrast with the method of interval oriented by Pironon.Second-ly,Gaussian-Lorentz fitting is more approaching to actual spectra and the lower noise level is corresponding to better fit but re-quiring longer computation time.As a result,Gaussian-Lorentz fitting with 1~10 noise level is preferred.Thirdly,based on in-clusion system analysis and burial history projection with homogenization temperature,infrared parameters (e.g.CH2a/CH3a, Xinc and Xstd)reveal three hydrocarbon charging events occurred,including Late Caledonian,Late Hercynian and the Himala-ya.Finally,micro FT-IR is an effective means for analyzing multi-hydrocarbon charging events and complicated origin of bitu-mens undergoing biodegradation,oxidative degradation and water eluviation quantitatively in study area.%针对单个油包裹体和储层沥青等结构复杂样品傅里叶变换显微红外光谱吸收峰严重重叠的问题,基于高斯、洛伦茨函数或其组合(高斯-洛伦茨)模型理论,采用显微红外分峰拟合技术,对塔中北坡顺托果勒地区单个油包裹体成熟度和储层沥青成因进行了系统分析,并取得了4点认识:(1)通过与Pironon对合成油包裹体的峰位坐标区域化划分吸收峰对比,认为分峰拟合技术更为真实地反映各子峰的面积,而且能够识别重叠区

  3. Fitness club

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    General fitness Classes Enrolments are open for general fitness classes at CERN taking place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday lunchtimes in the Pump Hall (building 216). There are shower facilities for both men and women. It is possible to pay for 1, 2 or 3 classes per week for a minimum of 1 month and up to 6 months. Check out our rates and enrol at: http://cern.ch/club-fitness Hope to see you among us! CERN Fitness Club fitness.club@cern.ch  

  4. Geometric Conversion Approach for the Numerical Evaluation of Hypersingular and Nearly Hypersingular Boundary Integrals over Curved Surface Boundary Elements

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    马杭

    2002-01-01

    With the aid of the properties of the hypersingular kernels,a geometric conversion approach was presented in this paper.The conversion leads to a general approach for the accurate and reliable numerical evaluation of the hypersingular surface boundary integrals encountered in a variety of applications with boundary element method.Based on the conversion,the hypersingularity in the boundary integrals could be lowered by one order,resulting in the simplification of the computer code.Moreover,an integral transformation was introduced to damp out the nearly singular behavior of the kernels by the distance function defined in the local polar coordinate system for the nearly hypersingular case.The approach is simple to use,which can be inserted readily to computer code,thus getting rid of the dull routine deduction of formulae before the numerical implementatins,as the expressions of these kernels are in general complicated.The numerical examples were gien in three-dimensional elasticity,verifying the effectiveness of the proposed approach,which makes it possible to observe numerically the behavior of the boundary integral values with hypersingular kernels across the boundary.

  5. Multilevel Models for the Analysis of Angle-Specific Torque Curves with Application to Master Athletes

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    Carvalho Humberto M.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to outline a multilevel modeling approach to fit individual angle-specific torque curves describing concentric knee extension and flexion isokinetic muscular actions in Master athletes. The potential of the analytical approach to examine between individual differences across the angle-specific torque curves was illustrated including between-individuals variation due to gender differences at a higher level. Torques in concentric muscular actions of knee extension and knee extension at 60°·s-1 were considered within a range of motion between 5°and 85° (only torques “truly” isokinetic. Multilevel time series models with autoregressive covariance structures with standard multilevel models were superior fits compared with standard multilevel models for repeated measures to fit anglespecific torque curves. Third and fourth order polynomial models were the best fits to describe angle-specific torque curves of isokinetic knee flexion and extension concentric actions, respectively. The fixed exponents allow interpretations for initial acceleration, the angle at peak torque and the decrement of torque after peak torque. Also, the multilevel models were flexible to illustrate the influence of gender differences on the shape of torque throughout the range of motion and in the shape of the curves. The presented multilevel regression models may afford a general framework to examine angle-specific moment curves by isokinetic dynamometry, and add to the understanding mechanisms of strength development, particularly the force-length relationship, both related to performance and injury prevention.

  6. Multilevel Models for the Analysis of Angle-Specific Torque Curves with Application to Master Athletes.

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    Carvalho, Humberto M

    2015-12-22

    The aim of this paper was to outline a multilevel modeling approach to fit individual angle-specific torque curves describing concentric knee extension and flexion isokinetic muscular actions in Master athletes. The potential of the analytical approach to examine between individual differences across the angle-specific torque curves was illustrated including between-individuals variation due to gender differences at a higher level. Torques in concentric muscular actions of knee extension and knee extension at 60º·s(-1) were considered within a range of motion between 5º and 85º (only torques "truly" isokinetic). Multilevel time series models with autoregressive covariance structures with standard multilevel models were superior fits compared with standard multilevel models for repeated measures to fit angle-specific torque curves. Third and fourth order polynomial models were the best fits to describe angle-specific torque curves of isokinetic knee flexion and extension concentric actions, respectively. The fixed exponents allow interpretations for initial acceleration, the angle at peak torque and the decrement of torque after peak torque. Also, the multilevel models were flexible to illustrate the influence of gender differences on the shape of torque throughout the range of motion and in the shape of the curves. The presented multilevel regression models may afford a general framework to examine angle-specific moment curves by isokinetic dynamometry, and add to the understanding mechanisms of strength development, particularly the force-length relationship, both related to performance and injury prevention.

  7. Processing FBG Sensing Signals with Exponent Modified Gaussian Curve Fitting Peak Detection Method%指数修正高斯拟合寻峰算法处理FBG传感信号

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    陈勇; 杨雪; 刘焕淋; 杨凯; 张玉兰

    2016-01-01

    detecting algorithm is the key technology of the system demodu-lation.The current peak detecting algorithms has a precondition for peak detection on FBG reflective spectrum,that the FBG reflective spectrum was a standard Gaussian model.But FBG reflective spectrum is not a standard Gaussian spectrum owing to the practical manufacture process and the individual environment;actually,it is an asymmetrical Gaussian spectrum.The experi-ment would achieve a lower accuracy because of this asymmetric property during peak-seeking.Based on the defect of the exist-ing algorithm,an Exponent Modified Gaussian (EMG)Curve Fitting peak detecting algorithm is proposed in this paper.In the proposed algorithm,the coarse location was first determined by three times j udgments and it can remove the false peak and peak invalid at the same time.Based on this,as the center of the coarse localization point to reconstruct the spectrum,and using the integral to j udge the peak bias;then according to different peak bias,it revised the peak by the prepared exponential modified function.Simulation results show that at normal temperature or under variable temperature conditions,by comparing with direct peak searching algorithm,Gaussian fitting algorithm and the algorithm proposed by literature,the error of EMG peak detection algorithm is the minimum and high peak detecting precision.The algorithm proposed in this paper considers the FBG reflection spectrum characteristic of asymmetric effect.From its spectrum character,the EMG algorithm solves the problem of the limits of traditional peak detecting algorithm,meanwhile also guarantees a high-precision peak search results.

  8. New Approach to School Health Initiatives: Using Fitness Measures Instead of Body Mass Index to Evaluate Outcomes

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    Phelps, Joshua; Smith, Amanda; Parker, Stephany; Hermann, Janice

    2016-01-01

    Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service provided elementary school students with a program that included a noncompetitive physical activity component: circuit training that combined cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility activities without requiring high skill levels. The intent was to improve fitness without focusing on body mass index as an…

  9. The Quality Fit.

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    Vertiz, Virginia C.; Downey, Carolyn J.

    This paper proposes a two-pronged approach for examining an educational program's "quality of fit." The American Association of School Administrators' (AASA's) Curriculum Management Audit for quality indicators is reviewed, using the Downey Quality Fit Framework and Deming's 4 areas of profound knowledge and 14 points. The purpose is to…

  10. Adiabatic potential energy curves of long-range Rydberg molecules: Two-electron R-matrix approach

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    Tarana, Michal

    2016-01-01

    We introduce a computational method developed for study of long-range molecular Rydberg states of such systems that can be approximated by two electrons in a model potential of the atomic cores. Only diatomic molecules are considered. The method is based on a two-electron \\rmath approach inside a sphere centered on one of the atoms. The wave function is then connected to a Coulomb region outside the sphere via multichannel version of the Coulomb Green's function. This approach is put into a test by its application to a study of Rydberg states of the hydrogen molecule for internuclear distances $R$ from 20 to 400 bohrs and energies corresponding to $n$ from 3 to 22. The results are compared with previous quantum chemical calculations (lower quantum numbers $n$) and computations based on contact potential models (higher quantum numbers $n$).

  11. Accurate lumen diameter measurement in curved vessels in carotid ultrasound: an iterative scale-space and spatial transformation approach.

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    Krishna Kumar, P; Araki, Tadashi; Rajan, Jeny; Saba, Luca; Lavra, Francesco; Ikeda, Nobutaka; Sharma, Aditya M; Shafique, Shoaib; Nicolaides, Andrew; Laird, John R; Gupta, Ajay; Suri, Jasjit S

    2016-12-10

    Monitoring of cerebrovascular diseases via carotid ultrasound has started to become a routine. The measurement of image-based lumen diameter (LD) or inter-adventitial diameter (IAD) is a promising approach for quantification of the degree of stenosis. The manual measurements of LD/IAD are not reliable, subjective and slow. The curvature associated with the vessels along with non-uniformity in the plaque growth poses further challenges. This study uses a novel and generalized approach for automated LD and IAD measurement based on a combination of spatial transformation and scale-space. In this iterative procedure, the scale-space is first used to get the lumen axis which is then used with spatial image transformation paradigm to get a transformed image. The scale-space is then reapplied to retrieve the lumen region and boundary in the transformed framework. Then, inverse transformation is applied to display the results in original image framework. Two hundred and two patients' left and right common carotid artery (404 carotid images) B-mode ultrasound images were retrospectively analyzed. The validation of our algorithm has done against the two manual expert tracings. The coefficient of correlation between the two manual tracings for LD was 0.98 (p < 0.0001) and 0.99 (p < 0.0001), respectively. The precision of merit between the manual expert tracings and the automated system was 97.7 and 98.7%, respectively. The experimental analysis demonstrated superior performance of the proposed method over conventional approaches. Several statistical tests demonstrated the stability and reliability of the automated system.

  12. Two-electron R-matrix approach to calculations of potential-energy curves of long-range Rydberg molecules

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    Tarana, Michal; Čurík, Roman

    2016-05-01

    We introduce a computational method developed for study of long-range molecular Rydberg states of such systems that can be approximated by two electrons in a model potential of the atomic cores. The method is based on a two-electron R-matrix approach inside a sphere centered on one of the atoms. The wave function is then connected to a Coulomb region outside the sphere via a multichannel version of the Coulomb Green's function. This approach is applied to a study of Rydberg states of Rb2 for internuclear separations R from 40 to 320 bohrs and energies corresponding to n from 7 to 30. We report bound states associated with the low-lying 3Po resonance and with the virtual state of the rubidium atom that turn into ion-pair-like bound states in the Coulomb potential of the atomic Rydberg core. The results are compared with previous calculations based on single-electron models employing a zero-range contact-potential and short-range modele potential. Czech Science Foundation (Project No. P208/14-15989P).

  13. Fitness Club

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    The CERN Fitness Club is organising Zumba Classes on the first Wednesday of each month, starting 7 September (19.00 – 20.00). What is Zumba®? It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. Above all it’s great fun and an excellent work out. Price: 22 CHF/person Sign-up via the following form: https://espace.cern.ch/club-fitness/Lists/Zumba%20Subscription/NewForm.aspx For more info: fitness.club@cern.ch

  14. About estimation of fitted parameters' statistical uncertainties in EXAFS. Critical approach on usual and Monte Carlo methods.

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    Curis, Emmanuel; Bénazeth, Simone

    2005-05-01

    An important step in X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) analysis is the fitting of a model to the experimental spectra, with a view to obtaining structural parameters. It is important to estimate the errors on these parameters, and three methods are used for this purpose. This article presents the conditions for applying these methods. It is shown that the usual equation Sigma = 2H(-1) is not applicable for fitting in R space or on filtered XAS data; a formula is established to treat these cases, and the equivalence between the usual formula and the brute-force method is evidenced. Lastly, the problem of the nonlinearity of the XAS models and a comparison with Monte Carlo methods are addressed.

  15. Adaptive Strategies and Person-Environment Fit among Functionally Limited Older Adults Aging in Place: A Mixed Methods Approach

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    Lien, Laura L; Carmen D. Steggell; Susanne Iwarsson

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    Older adults prefer to age in place, necessitating a match between person and environment, or person-environment (P-E) fit. In occupational therapy practice, home modifications can support independence, but more knowledge is needed to optimize interventions targeting the housing situation of older adults. In response, this study aimed to explore the accessibility and usability of the home environment to further understand adaptive environmental behaviors. Mixed methods data were collected usi...

  16. Abordagem Bayesiana das curvas de crescimento de duas cultivares de feijoeiro Bayesian approach in the growth curves of two cultivars of common bean

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    Sebastião Martins Filho

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foi utilizada a metodologia Bayesiana para ajustar o modelo não-linear logístico para dados de crescimento de duas cultivares de feijoeiro, "Neguinho" e "Carioca". O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o inteiramente casualizado, com vinte repetições, no esquema de parcelas subdivididas, sendo que os tratamentos principais foram constituídos pelas cultivares e as subparcelas foram constituídas por 17 períodos de avaliações, do plantio até aos 85 dias. A metodologia permitiu comparar as curvas de crescimentos sem utilizar a teoria assintótica e estes resultados mostraram um maior incremento em altura para a cultivar "Carioca".In this paper the Bayesian methodology was used to fit the logistic nonlinear model to growth data of two common bean cultivars, 'Neguinho' and 'Carioca'. The experiment was a split plot under a completely randomized design with twenty replicates, being the main treatments constituted by cultivars and the sub plots constituted by seventeen periods of evaluations, from planting to 85 days. The methodology allowed comparing the growth curves without using the asymptotic theory, and these results showed a larger height increment for the 'Carioca' cultivar.

  17. The play approach to learning in the context of families and schools: an alternative paradigm for nutrition and fitness education in the 21st century.

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    Rickard, K A; Gallahue, D L; Gruen, G E; Tridle, M; Bewley, N; Steele, K

    1995-10-01

    An alternative paradigm for nutrition and fitness education centers on understanding and developing skill in implementing a play approach to learning about healthful eating and promoting active play in the context of the child, the family, and the school. The play approach is defined as a process for learning that is intrinsically motivated, enjoyable, freely chosen, nonliteral, safe, and actively engaged in by young learners. Making choices, assuming responsibility for one's decisions and actions, and having fun are inherent components of the play approach to learning. In this approach, internal cognitive transactions and intrinsic motivation are the primary forces that ultimately determine healthful choices and life habits. Theoretical models of children's learning--the dynamic systems theory and the cognitive-developmental theory of Jean Piaget--provide a theoretical basis for nutrition and fitness education in the 21st century. The ultimate goal is to develop partnerships of children, families, and schools in ways that promote the well-being of children and translate into healthful life habits. The play approach is an ongoing process of learning that is applicable to learners of all ages.

  18. A 3D geological model for the Ruiz-Tolima Volcanic Massif (Colombia): Assessment of geological uncertainty using a stochastic approach based on Bézier curve design

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    González-Garcia, Javier; Jessell, Mark

    2016-09-01

    The Ruiz-Tolima Volcanic Massif (RTVM) is an active volcanic complex in the Northern Andes, and understanding its geological structure is critical for hazard mitigation and guiding future geothermal exploration. However, the sparsity of data available to constrain the interpretation of this volcanic system hinders the application of standard 3D modelling techniques. Furthermore, some features related to the volcanic system are not entirely understood, such as the connectivity between the plutons present in its basement (i.e. Manizales Stock, El Bosque Batholith). We have developed a methodology where two independent working hypotheses were formulated and modelled independently (i.e. a case where both plutons constitute distinct bodies, and an alternative case where they form one single batholith). A Monte Carlo approach was used to characterise the geological uncertainty in each case. Bézier curve design was used to represent geological contacts on input cross sections. Systematic variations in the control points of these curves allows us to generate multiple realisations of geological interfaces, resulting in stochastic models that were grouped into suites used to apply quantitative estimators of uncertainty. This process results in a geological representation based on fuzzy logic and in maps of model uncertainty distribution. The results are consistent with expected regions of high uncertainty near under-constrained geological contacts, while the non-unique nature of the conceptual model indicates that the dominant source of uncertainty in the area is the nature of the batholith structure.

  19. Using a qualitative approach for understanding hospital-affiliated integrated clinical and fitness facilities: characteristics and members' experiences.

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    Yang, Jingzhen; Kingsbury, Diana; Nichols, Matthew; Grimm, Kristin; Ding, Kele; Hallam, Jeffrey

    2015-06-19

    With health care shifting away from the traditional sick care model, many hospitals are integrating fitness facilities and programs into their clinical services in order to support health promotion and disease prevention at the community level. Through a series of focus groups, the present study assessed characteristics of hospital-affiliated integrated facilities located in Northeast Ohio, United States and members' experiences with respect to these facilities. Adult members were invited to participate in a focus group using a recruitment flyer. A total of 6 focus groups were conducted in 2013, each lasting one hour, ranging from 5 to 12 participants per group. The responses and discussions were recorded and transcribed verbatim, then analyzed independently by research team members. Major themes were identified after consensus was reached. The participants' average age was 57, with 56.8% currently under a doctor's care. Four major themes associated with integrated facilities and members' experiences emerged across the six focus groups: 1) facility/program, 2) social atmosphere, 3) provider, and 4) member. Within each theme, several sub-themes were also identified. A key feature of integrated facilities is the availability of clinical and fitness services "under one roof". Many participants remarked that they initially attended physical therapy, becoming members of the fitness facility afterwards, or vice versa. The participants had favorable views of and experiences with the superior physical environment and atmosphere, personal attention, tailored programs, and knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive staff. In particular, participants favored the emphasis on preventive care and the promotion of holistic health and wellness. These results support the integration of wellness promotion and programming with traditional medical care and call for the further evaluation of such a model with regard to participants' health outcomes.

  20. Multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares and kinetic modeling applied to near-infrared data from curing reactions of epoxy resins: mechanistic approach and estimation of kinetic rate constants.

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    Garrido, M; Larrechi, M S; Rius, F X

    2006-02-01

    This study describes the combination of multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares with a kinetic modeling strategy for obtaining the kinetic rate constants of a curing reaction of epoxy resins. The reaction between phenyl glycidyl ether and aniline is monitored by near-infrared spectroscopy under isothermal conditions for several initial molar ratios of the reagents. The data for all experiments, arranged in a column-wise augmented data matrix, are analyzed using multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares. The concentration profiles recovered are fitted to a chemical model proposed for the reaction. The selection of the kinetic model is assisted by the information contained in the recovered concentration profiles. The nonlinear fitting provides the kinetic rate constants. The optimized rate constants are in agreement with values reported in the literature.

  1. Bayesian modeling growth curves for quail assuming skewness in errors

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    Robson Marcelo Rossi

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Bayesian modeling growth curves for quail assuming skewness in errors - To assume normal distributions in the data analysis is common in different areas of the knowledge. However we can make use of the other distributions that are capable to model the skewness parameter in the situations that is needed to model data with tails heavier than the normal. This article intend to present alternatives to the assumption of the normality in the errors, adding asymmetric distributions. A Bayesian approach is proposed to fit nonlinear models when the errors are not normal, thus, the distributions t, skew-normal and skew-t are adopted. The methodology is intended to apply to different growth curves to the quail body weights. It was found that the Gompertz model assuming skew-normal errors and skew-t errors, respectively for male and female, were the best fitted to the data.

  2. Cubic B-spline curve approximation by curve unclamping

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    Chen, Xiao-Diao; Ma, Weiyin; Paul, Jean-Claude

    2010-01-01

    International audience; A new approach for cubic B-spline curve approximation is presented. The method produces an approximation cubic B-spline curve tangent to a given curve at a set of selected positions, called tangent points, in a piecewise manner starting from a seed segment. A heuristic method is provided to select the tangent points. The first segment of the approximation cubic B-spline curve can be obtained using an inner point interpolation method, least-squares method or geometric H...

  3. Migration and the Wage Curve:

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    Brücker, Herbert; Jahn, Elke J.

      Based on a wage curve approach we examine the labor market effects of migration in Germany. The wage curve relies on the assumption that wages respond to a change in the unemployment rate, albeit imperfectly. This allows one to derive the wage and employment effects of migration simultaneously...

  4. Fitness Club

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    Open to All: http://cern.ch/club-fitness  fitness.club@cern.ch Boxing Your supervisor makes your life too tough ! You really need to release the pressure you've been building up ! Come and join the fit-boxers. We train three times a week in Bd 216, classes for beginners and advanced available. Visit our website cern.ch/Boxing General Fitness Escape from your desk with our general fitness classes, to strengthen your heart, muscles and bones, improve you stamina, balance and flexibility, achieve new goals, be more productive and experience a sense of well-being, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime, Tuesday mornings before work and Thursday evenings after work – join us for one of our monthly fitness workshops. Nordic Walking Enjoy the great outdoors; Nordic Walking is a great way to get your whole body moving and to significantly improve the condition of your muscles, heart and lungs. It will boost your energy levels no end. Pilates A body-conditioning technique de...

  5. Impact of entrainment and impingement on fish populations in the Hudson River estuary. Volume III. An analysis of the validity of the utilities' stock-recruitment curve-fitting exercise and prior estimation of beta technique. Environmental Sciences Division publication No. 1792

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    Christensen, S. W.; Goodyear, C. P.; Kirk, B. L.

    1982-03-01

    This report addresses the validity of the utilities' use of the Ricker stock-recruitment model to extrapolate the combined entrainment-impingement losses of young fish to reductions in the equilibrium population size of adult fish. In our testimony, a methodology was developed and applied to address a single fundamental question: if the Ricker model really did apply to the Hudson River striped bass population, could the utilities' estimates, based on curve-fitting, of the parameter alpha (which controls the impact) be considered reliable. In addition, an analysis is included of the efficacy of an alternative means of estimating alpha, termed the technique of prior estimation of beta (used by the utilities in a report prepared for regulatory hearings on the Cornwall Pumped Storage Project). This validation methodology should also be useful in evaluating inferences drawn in the literature from fits of stock-recruitment models to data obtained from other fish stocks.

  6. Estimating Corporate Yield Curves

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    Antionio Diaz; Frank Skinner

    2001-01-01

    This paper represents the first study of retail deposit spreads of UK financial institutions using stochastic interest rate modelling and the market comparable approach. By replicating quoted fixed deposit rates using the Black Derman and Toy (1990) stochastic interest rate model, we find that the spread between fixed and variable rates of interest can be modeled (and priced) using an interest rate swap analogy. We also find that we can estimate an individual bank deposit yield curve as a spr...

  7. The Gompertzian curve reveals fractal properties of tumor growth

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    Waliszewski, Przemyslaw; Konarski, Jerzy

    2003-06-01

    The normalized Gompertzian curve reflecting growth of experimental malignant tumors in time can be fitted by the power function y(t)=at{sup b} with the coefficient of nonlinear regression r{>=}0.95, in which the exponent b is a temporal fractal dimension, (i.e., a real number), and time t is a scalar. This curve is a fractal, (i.e., fractal dimension b exists, it changes along the time scale, the Gompertzian function is a contractable mapping of the Banach space R of the real numbers, holds the Banach theorem about the fix point, and its derivative is {<=}1). This denotes that not only space occupied by the interacting cancer cells, but also local, intrasystemic time, in which tumor growth occurs, possesses fractal structure. The value of the mean temporal fractal dimension decreases along the curve approaching eventually integer values; a fact consistent with our hypothesis that the fractal structure is lost during tumor progression.

  8. The FIT Game: preliminary evaluation of a gamification approach to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in school.

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    Jones, Brooke A; Madden, Gregory J; Wengreen, Heidi J

    2014-11-01

    Incentive-based interventions designed to increase fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption tend to yield positive, short-term outcomes. Because consumption most often returns to baseline levels when incentives are removed, sustainable long-duration interventions may be needed to impact public health. Anticipating that low-cost interventions will be more appealing to schools, the present study explored a low-cost, game-based intervention. An alternating-treatments design was used to evaluate the effects of the FIT Game on objectively measured FV consumption in one elementary school (n=251) in Utah. During the Fall 2013 semester, game-based rewards were provided to heroic characters within a fictional narrative read by teachers on days when the school, as a whole, met a fruit or vegetable consumption goal in accord with the alternating-treatments design. On intervention days, fruit and vegetable consumption increased by 39% and 33%, (p<0.01, p<0.05; binomial tests), respectively. Teacher surveys indicated that students enjoyed the game and grade 1-3 teachers recommended its use in other schools. This game-based intervention provides a promising step towards developing a low-cost, effective, and sustainable FV intervention that schools can implement without outside assistance. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Fitness cost

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    Nielsen, Karen L.; Pedersen, Thomas M.; Udekwu, Klas I.

    2012-01-01

    of each isolate was determined in a growth competition assay with a reference isolate. Significant fitness costs of 215 were determined for the MRSA isolates studied. There was a significant negative correlation between number of antibiotic resistances and relative fitness. Multiple regression analysis...... to that seen in Denmark. We propose a significant fitness cost of resistance as the main bacteriological explanation for the disappearance of the multiresistant complex 83A MRSA in Denmark following a reduction in antibiotic usage.......Denmark and several other countries experienced the first epidemic of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) during the period 196575, which was caused by multiresistant isolates of phage complex 83A. In Denmark these MRSA isolates disappeared almost completely, being replaced by other...

  10. Study of wafer pre-aligning approaches

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    2007-01-01

    Wafer pre-aligning system is an important component in IC manufacturing industry. A wafer prealigning platform with a CCD sensor is presented in this paper. The centering and notch detecting approaches are extended based on this platform. Least square circle fitting approach is adopted to calculate the center and radius of the wafer, and a formula for calculating the fitting error is derived. An approach called edge variation rate is also proposed to detect the range of wafer notch, and the fiducial is calculated by curve fitting approach. These approaches can improve the accuracy effectively as indicated by experiments.

  11. Edge detection and mathematic fitting for corneal surface with Matlab software

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    Di, Yue; Li, Mei-Yan; Qiao, Tong; Lu, Na

    2017-01-01

    AIM To select the optimal edge detection methods to identify the corneal surface, and compare three fitting curve equations with Matlab software. METHODS Fifteen subjects were recruited. The corneal images from optical coherence tomography (OCT) were imported into Matlab software. Five edge detection methods (Canny, Log, Prewitt, Roberts, Sobel) were used to identify the corneal surface. Then two manual identifying methods (ginput and getpts) were applied to identify the edge coordinates respectively. The differences among these methods were compared. Binomial curve (y=Ax2+Bx+C), Polynomial curve [p(x)=p1xn+p2xn−1 +....+pnx+pn+1] and Conic section (Ax2+Bxy+Cy2+Dx+Ey+F=0) were used for curve fitting the corneal surface respectively. The relative merits among three fitting curves were analyzed. Finally, the eccentricity (e) obtained by corneal topography and conic section were compared with paired t-test. RESULTS Five edge detection algorithms all had continuous coordinates which indicated the edge of the corneal surface. The ordinates of manual identifying were close to the inside of the actual edges. Binomial curve was greatly affected by tilt angle. Polynomial curve was lack of geometrical properties and unstable. Conic section could calculate the tilted symmetry axis, eccentricity, circle center, etc. There were no significant differences between ‘e’ values by corneal topography and conic section (t=0.9143, P=0.3760 >0.05). CONCLUSION It is feasible to simulate the corneal surface with mathematical curve with Matlab software. Edge detection has better repeatability and higher efficiency. The manual identifying approach is an indispensable complement for detection. Polynomial and conic section are both the alternative methods for corneal curve fitting. Conic curve was the optimal choice based on the specific geometrical properties. PMID:28393021

  12. Edge detection and mathematic fitting for corneal surface with Matlab software.

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    Di, Yue; Li, Mei-Yan; Qiao, Tong; Lu, Na

    2017-01-01

    To select the optimal edge detection methods to identify the corneal surface, and compare three fitting curve equations with Matlab software. Fifteen subjects were recruited. The corneal images from optical coherence tomography (OCT) were imported into Matlab software. Five edge detection methods (Canny, Log, Prewitt, Roberts, Sobel) were used to identify the corneal surface. Then two manual identifying methods (ginput and getpts) were applied to identify the edge coordinates respectively. The differences among these methods were compared. Binomial curve (y=Ax(2)+Bx+C), Polynomial curve [p(x)=p1x(n)+p2x(n-1) +....+pnx+pn+1] and Conic section (Ax(2)+Bxy+Cy(2)+Dx+Ey+F=0) were used for curve fitting the corneal surface respectively. The relative merits among three fitting curves were analyzed. Finally, the eccentricity (e) obtained by corneal topography and conic section were compared with paired t-test. Five edge detection algorithms all had continuous coordinates which indicated the edge of the corneal surface. The ordinates of manual identifying were close to the inside of the actual edges. Binomial curve was greatly affected by tilt angle. Polynomial curve was lack of geometrical properties and unstable. Conic section could calculate the tilted symmetry axis, eccentricity, circle center, etc. There were no significant differences between 'e' values by corneal topography and conic section (t=0.9143, P=0.3760 >0.05). It is feasible to simulate the corneal surface with mathematical curve with Matlab software. Edge detection has better repeatability and higher efficiency. The manual identifying approach is an indispensable complement for detection. Polynomial and conic section are both the alternative methods for corneal curve fitting. Conic curve was the optimal choice based on the specific geometrical properties.

  13. Do UOC Students Fit in the Net Generation Profile? An Approach to their Habits in ICT Use

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    Marc Romero,

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Some authors have stated that university students born after 1982 have been profoundly influenced by digital technologies, showing different characteristics when compared to previous generations. However, it is worth asking if that is a current observable phenomenon. Are those students born after the 80s really more familiar with ICT tools than those born in previous generations? Do they show different study habits and learning paths? Different research lines (Kennedy, et al., 2010; Bennett, Maton, & Kervin, 2008; Gros, García, & Escofet, 2012 highlight that scientific data is rarely used when discussing this generation’s characteristics; however, none of them have proved in statistical terms that college students do not fit in the Net Generation characteristics and that their habits of ICT use in social and professional activities do not differ from older generations. The international research project, Digital Learners in Higher Education, seeks to develop a sophisticated and evidence-based understanding of university learners in different institutional contexts and the perception of cultures in their use of technology in a social and educational context. Data has been collected from four institutions in Canada and Spain: the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the University of Regina, the Open University of Catalonia (UOC, and the University Rovira i Virgili. In order to develop this project, we used a multi-case study embedded design (Yin, 2009. The UOC’s case is deeply analysed in this paper to affirm that the Net Generation is more speculative than real and that includes students’ perception about this phenomenon, and guidelines are proposed in an eLearning context.

  14. Skill Acquisition Curves and Military Training

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    1986-01-01

    group acquisition curves had one of two general shapes, either logarithmic (power function) or semi- logarithmic (exponential), including variants...is, so far as we aware, no inherent advantage to the use of equations in linear or logarithmic form other than that the display of fitted curves in...implications for the expected form of the acquisition curve . As Mazur and Hastie (1978) note, accumulation models yield the hyperbola (a power law

  15. Fitness Club

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    Get in Shape for Summer with the CERN Fitness Club Saturday 23 June 2012 from 14:30 to 16.30 (doors open at 14.00) Germana’s Fitness Workshop. Build strength and stamina, sculpt and tone your body and get your heart pumping with Germana’s workout mixture of Cardio Attack, Power Pump, Power Step, Cardio Combat and Cross-Training. Where: 216 (Pump room – equipped with changing rooms and showers). What to wear: comfortable clothes and indoor sports shoes + bring a drink! How much: 15 chf Sign up here: https://espace.cern.ch/club-fitness/Lists/Test_Subscription/NewForm.aspx? Join the Party and dance yourself into shape at Marco + Marials Zumba Masterclass. Saturday 30 June 2012 from 15:00 to 16:30 Marco + Mariel’s Zumba Masterclass Where: 216 (Pump room – equipped with changing rooms and showers). What to wear: comfortable clothes and indoor sports shoes + bring a drink! How much: 25 chf Sign up here: https://espace.cern.ch/club-fitness/Lists/Zumba%20...

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      The CERN Fitness Club is pleased to announce its new early morning class which will be taking place on: Tuesdays from 24th April 07:30 to 08:15 216 (Pump Hall, close to entrance C) – Facilities include changing rooms and showers. The Classes: The early morning classes will focus on workouts which will help you build not only strength and stamina, but will also improve your balance, and coordination. Our qualified instructor Germana will accompany you throughout the workout  to ensure you stay motivated so you achieve the best results. Sign up and discover the best way to start your working day full of energy! How to subscribe? We invite you along to a FREE trial session, if you enjoy the activity, please sign up via our website: https://espace.cern.ch/club-fitness/Activities/SUBSCRIBE.aspx. * * * * * * * * Saturday 28th April Get in shape for the summer at our fitness workshop and zumba dance party: Fitness workshop with Germana 13:00 to 14:30 - 216 (Pump Hall) Price...

  17. Fitness club

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      Nordic Walking Classes Come join the Nordic walking classes and outings offered by the CERN Fitness Club starting September 2013. Our licensed instructor Christine offers classes for people who’ve never tried Nordic Walking and who would like to learn the technique, and outings for people who have completed the classes and enjoy going out as a group. Course 1: Tuesdays 12:30 - 13:30 24 September, 1 October, 8 October, 15 October Course 2: Tuesdays 12:30 - 13:30 5 November, 12 November, 19 November, 26 November Outings will take place on Thursdays (12:30 to 13:30) from 12 September 2013. We meet at the CERN Club Barracks car park (close to Entrance A) 10 minutes before departure. Prices: 50 CHF for 4 classes, including the 10 CHF Club membership. Payments made directly to instructor. Renting Poles: Poles can be rented from Christine at 5 CHF / hour. Subscription: Please subscribe at: http://cern.ch/club-fitness Looking forward to seeing you among us! Fitness Club FitnessClub@c...

  18. Lessons from Darwin: Breeding the Best-fit Binary Star

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    Metcalfe, T. S.

    1998-12-01

    I have developed a procedure utilizing a Genetic-Algorithm-based optimization scheme to fit the observed light curves of an eclipsing binary star with a model produced by the Wilson-Devinney code. The principal advantages of this approach are the objectivity and the uniqueness of the final result. Although this method is more efficient than other comparably global search techniques, the computational requirements of the code are still considerable. I have applied this fitting procedure to my observations of the W UMa type eclipsing binary BH Cassiopeiae. An analysis of V--band CCD data obtained in 1994/95 from Steward Observatory and U-- and B--band photoelectric data obtained in 1996 from McDonald Observatory provided three complete light curves to constrain the fit. In addition, radial velocity curves obtained in 1997 from McDonald Observatory provided a direct measurement of the system mass ratio to restrict the search. The results of the GA-based fit are in excellent agreement with the final orbital solution obtained with the standard differential corrections procedure in the Wilson-Devinney code.

  19. Cognitive fitness.

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    Gilkey, Roderick; Kilts, Clint

    2007-11-01

    Recent neuroscientific research shows that the health of your brain isn't, as experts once thought, just the product of childhood experiences and genetics; it reflects your adult choices and experiences as well. Professors Gilkey and Kilts of Emory University's medical and business schools explain how you can strengthen your brain's anatomy, neural networks, and cognitive abilities, and prevent functions such as memory from deteriorating as you age. The brain's alertness is the result of what the authors call cognitive fitness -a state of optimized ability to reason, remember, learn, plan, and adapt. Certain attitudes, lifestyle choices, and exercises enhance cognitive fitness. Mental workouts are the key. Brain-imaging studies indicate that acquiring expertise in areas as diverse as playing a cello, juggling, speaking a foreign language, and driving a taxicab expands your neural systems and makes them more communicative. In other words, you can alter the physical makeup of your brain by learning new skills. The more cognitively fit you are, the better equipped you are to make decisions, solve problems, and deal with stress and change. Cognitive fitness will help you be more open to new ideas and alternative perspectives. It will give you the capacity to change your behavior and realize your goals. You can delay senescence for years and even enjoy a second career. Drawing from the rapidly expanding body of neuroscience research as well as from well-established research in psychology and other mental health fields, the authors have identified four steps you can take to become cognitively fit: understand how experience makes the brain grow, work hard at play, search for patterns, and seek novelty and innovation. Together these steps capture some of the key opportunities for maintaining an engaged, creative brain.

  20. Parallel Parking Path Generation Based on Bezier Curve Fitting%基于Bezier曲线拟合的自主平行泊车轨迹模型仿真

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    刘钰; 马艳丽; 李涛

    2011-01-01

    The autonomous parking system is an intelligent tehnology to park a car into a small space. Based on Ackermann steering geometry, considering the parking practice, the minimum parking space and the bound of start point and collision-free space are obtained. Then based on Bezier curve. considering the dynamic constraint condition and the parametric equation, the dynamic relationship betwwen x and y ls eslablished. For each time point t, followed by a specific steering angle and turning radius, a new locaion can be obtained. So a car can be controlled to move along a Bezier curve, and finally the continuous path is generated. At last, the simulation based on Matlab shows that the car can not only avoid the obstaeles effectively, but also move smoothly on turning points. So the continuous auto-parking can be realized in a space as small as possible.%根据阿克曼转向几何学,联系实际泊车情况,首先给出最短泊车空间、泊车起始点范围以及避碰约束空间的生成方法,并在此基础上,考虑动力学约束条件,在直角坐标系Oxy平面中,利用参数化方程,基于Bezier曲线,建立x和y之间动态关系.对每个时间t,依次得到汽车泊车时的具体转向角度和转向半径,得到新的位置点,从而控制汽车沿着Bezier曲线随着时间做变速运动,最终实现连续曲率的轨迹规划.Matlab仿真表明,采用这种方法能够有效地实现避障,在曲线转折点处运动平滑,未出现抖动,满足自主泊车的连续性要求及所需泊车空间尽可能小的目的.

  1. For Fit's Sake: A Norms-Based Approach to Healthy Behaviors Through Influence of Presumed Media Influence.

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    Ho, Shirley S; Lee, Edmund W J; Ng, Kaijie; Leong, Grace S H; Tham, Tiffany H M

    2016-09-01

    Based on the influence of presumed media influence (IPMI) model as the theoretical framework, this study examines how injunctive norms and personal norms mediate the influence of healthy lifestyle media messages on public intentions to engage in two types of healthy lifestyle behaviors-physical activity and healthy diet. Nationally representative data collected from 1,055 adults in Singapore demonstrate partial support for the key hypotheses that make up the extended IPMI model, highlighting the importance of a norms-based approach in health communication. Our results indicate that perceived media influence on others indirectly shaped public intentions to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors through personal norms and attitude, providing partial theoretical support for the extended IPMI model. Practical implications for health communicators in designing health campaigns media messages to motivate the public to engage in healthy lifestyle are discussed.

  2. Comparison of Marginal Fit in Zirconia-Based All-Ceramic Frameworks (Cercon Made by Two Approaches (Direct and Wax-Up Scanning

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    Somayeh Zeighami

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: Since a large marginal opening allows more plaque accumulation, gingival sulcular fluid flow and bone loss, microleakage, recurrent caries and periodontal disease, marginal fit is of great importance in fixed restorations. The aim of this study was to compare the marginal fit of zirconium-based all ceramic (Cercon frameworks, made by two different approaches (Direct and Wax-up scanning.Materials and Methods: An abutment analog, with 5.5 mm width and height, was selected as an experimental model. Twenty all ceramic cores were made for this model (10 specimens per each group. In the first group (Direct, experimental models were scanned directly using Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM. The core was then designed with the aid of a computer and machined. In the second group (Wax-up or CAM a wax-up pattern was made on the experimental model and then scanned and milled from Cercon blocks. The marginal discrepancy of each specimen was recorded using a stereomicroscope (SZX9, Olympus, Japan and digital camera (Mode TK, C1380E, JVC, Japan and then measured by Adobe Photoshop CS software. The data were analyzed using T-test.Results: Mean marginal discrepancy of Direct group (85.2±3.95 µm was significantly less than that of Wax-up group (120.2±6.91 µm.Conclusion: Improved marginal fit of zirconia ceramics was found with the direct model scanning compared with that of Wax-up scanning using CAD/CAM.

  3. Selection of a cutoff value for real-time polymerase chain reaction results to fit a diagnostic purpose: analytical and epidemiologic approaches.

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    Caraguel, Charles G B; Stryhn, Henrik; Gagné, Nellie; Dohoo, Ian R; Hammell, K Larry

    2011-01-01

    Diagnostic laboratories frequently select a subjective cutoff value for real-time amplification assays, above which a threshold cycle (Ct) value is deemed false. Commonly, higher Ct values are interpreted as amplification or fluorescence artifacts, or cross contaminations. Although the implementation of Ct cutoff might be reasonable, its justification and selection should be based on evidence. The current article reviewed evidence-based strategies to select Ct cutoffs grouped in analytical and epidemiologic approaches. Analytical strategies use criteria gathered during the assay development and include fluorescence threshold, reaction end-cycle, limit of detection, and artifact investigation. Variability in amplification efficacy across test runs may induce some instability in an intended Ct cutoff and requires some standardization or normalization procedures. Epidemiologic strategies use criteria based on either the probability or the cost of a false test result associated with a specified cutoff. Cutoffs, depending on the intended purpose of the test, can be selected graphically to minimize the probability of either false-positive or false-negative results by using two-graph receiver operating characteristics curves. The assay's diagnostic sensitivity and specificity may vary with the tested population, thus, the estimated two-graph receiver operating characteristics curve is population dependent and should be established for the targeted population. Although the selection of a cutoff based on misclassification cost depends on infection prevalence, the selection based on predictive values does not. To optimize the test average diagnostic performance, the Ct cutoff should be selected when diagnostic odds ratio is maximal. Epidemiologic approaches were illustrated by selecting Ct cutoffs for a real-time assay for Infectious salmon anemia virus.

  4. Fitness Club

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    2012-01-01

    Nordic Walking Classes Sessions of four classes of one hour each are held on Tuesdays. RDV barracks parking at Entrance A, 10 minutes before class time. Session 1 =  11.09 / 18.09 / 25.09 / 02.10, 18:15 - 19:15 Session 2 = 25.09 / 02.10 / 09.10 / 16.10, 12:30 - 13:30 Session 3 = 23.10 / 30.10 / 06.11 / 13.11, 12:30 - 13:30 Session 4 = 20.11 / 27.11 / 04.12 / 11.12, 12:30 - 13:30 Prices 40 CHF per session + 10 CHF club membership 5 CHF/hour pole rental Check out our schedule and enroll at http://cern.ch/club-fitness   Hope to see you among us!  fitness.club@cern.ch In spring 2012 there was a long-awaited progress in CERN Fitness club. We have officially opened a Powerlifting @ CERN, and the number of members of the new section has been increasing since then reaching 70+ people in less than 4 months. Powerlifting is a strength sport, which is simple as 1-2-3 and efficient. The "1-2-3" are the three basic lifts (bench press...

  5. Invasion fitness, inclusive fitness, and reproductive numbers in heterogeneous populations.

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    Lehmann, Laurent; Mullon, Charles; Akçay, Erol; Van Cleve, Jeremy

    2016-08-01

    How should fitness be measured to determine which phenotype or "strategy" is uninvadable when evolution occurs in a group-structured population subject to local demographic and environmental heterogeneity? Several fitness measures, such as basic reproductive number, lifetime dispersal success of a local lineage, or inclusive fitness have been proposed to address this question, but the relationships between them and their generality remains unclear. Here, we ascertain uninvadability (all mutant strategies always go extinct) in terms of the asymptotic per capita number of mutant copies produced by a mutant lineage arising as a single copy in a resident population ("invasion fitness"). We show that from invasion fitness uninvadability is equivalently characterized by at least three conceptually distinct fitness measures: (i) lineage fitness, giving the average individual fitness of a randomly sampled mutant lineage member; (ii) inclusive fitness, giving a reproductive value weighted average of the direct fitness costs and relatedness weighted indirect fitness benefits accruing to a randomly sampled mutant lineage member; and (iii) basic reproductive number (and variations thereof) giving lifetime success of a lineage in a single group, and which is an invasion fitness proxy. Our analysis connects approaches that have been deemed different, generalizes the exact version of inclusive fitness to class-structured populations, and provides a biological interpretation of natural selection on a mutant allele under arbitrary strength of selection.

  6. Improvements in Spectrum's fit to program data tool.

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    Mahiane, Severin G; Marsh, Kimberly; Grantham, Kelsey; Crichlow, Shawna; Caceres, Karen; Stover, John

    2017-04-01

    The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS-supported Spectrum software package (Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA) is used by most countries worldwide to monitor the HIV epidemic. In Spectrum, HIV incidence trends among adults (aged 15-49 years) are derived by either fitting to seroprevalence surveillance and survey data or generating curves consistent with program and vital registration data, such as historical trends in the number of newly diagnosed infections or people living with HIV and AIDS related deaths. This article describes development and application of the fit to program data (FPD) tool in Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS' 2016 estimates round. In the FPD tool, HIV incidence trends are described as a simple or double logistic function. Function parameters are estimated from historical program data on newly reported HIV cases, people living with HIV or AIDS-related deaths. Inputs can be adjusted for proportions undiagnosed or misclassified deaths. Maximum likelihood estimation or minimum chi-squared distance methods are used to identify the best fitting curve. Asymptotic properties of the estimators from these fits are used to estimate uncertainty. The FPD tool was used to fit incidence for 62 countries in 2016. Maximum likelihood and minimum chi-squared distance methods gave similar results. A double logistic curve adequately described observed trends in all but four countries where a simple logistic curve performed better. Robust HIV-related program and vital registration data are routinely available in many middle-income and high-income countries, whereas HIV seroprevalence surveillance and survey data may be scarce. In these countries, the FPD tool offers a simpler, improved approach to estimating HIV incidence trends.

  7. Corneal topography and soft contact lens fit.

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    Young, Graeme; Schnider, Cristina; Hunt, Chris; Efron, Suzanne

    2010-05-01

    To determine which ocular topography variables affect soft contact lens fit. Fifty subjects each wore three pairs of soft lenses in random succession (Vistakon Acuvue 2, Vistakon Acuvue Advance, Ciba Vision Night & Day), and various aspects of lens fit were evaluated. The steeper base curves of each type were worn in one eye and the flatter base curves in the other eye. Corneal topography data were collected using a Medmont E300 corneal topographer (Camberwell, Australia). Corneal curvature, shape factor (SF), and corneal height were measured over a 10 mm chord and also over the maximum measurable diameter. These were measured in the horizontal, vertical, steepest, and flattest meridians. With each lens type, the steeper base curve provided the best fit on the greatest proportion of eyes and the significant differences in various aspects of fit were noted between base curves. For each lens type, there was no significant difference in mean K-reading between those eyes best fit with the steeper base curve and those eyes best fit with the flatter base curve. Two of the lenses showed a positive correlation between centration and horizontal corneal height (maximum), whereas one lens showed a negative correlation between centration and horizontal SF (SF = e). Several lenses showed a positive correlation between post-blink movement and horizontal or vertical corneal SF. The measurement of corneal topography using current Placido disc instrumentation allows a better prediction of soft lens fit than by keratometry, but it is not reliable enough to enable accurate selection of the best fitting base curve. Some correlations are evident between corneal measurements; however, trial fitting remains the method of choice for selection of soft lens base curve.

  8. Functional Fit Approach (FFA) for Density of States method: SU(3) spin system and SU(3) lattice gauge theory with static quarks

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    Giuliani, Mario

    2016-01-01

    We apply a recently developed variant of the Density of States (DoS) method, the so-called Functional Fit Approach (FFA) to two different models: the SU(3) spin model and SU(3) lattice gauge theory with static quarks. Both models can be derived from QCD and inherit the complex action problem at finite density. We discuss the implementation of DoS FFA in the two models and compute observables related to the particle density. For the SU(3) spin model we show that the results are in good agreement with the results from a Monte Carlo simulation in the dual formulation, which is free of the complex action problem. For the case of SU(3) lattice gauge theory with static quarks we present first results for the particle number as a function of the coupling for different values of the chemical potential.

  9. Variability among polysulphone calibration curves

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    Casale, G R [University of Rome ' La Sapienza' , Physics Department, P.le A. Moro 2, I-00185, Rome (Italy); Borra, M [ISPESL - Istituto Superiore per la Prevenzione E la Sicurezza del Lavoro, Occupational Hygiene Department, Via Fontana Candida 1, I-0040 Monteporzio Catone (RM) (Italy); Colosimo, A [University of Rome ' La Sapienza' , Department of Human Physiology and Pharmacology, P.le A. Moro 2, I-00185, Rome (Italy); Colucci, M [ISPESL - Istituto Superiore per la Prevenzione E la Sicurezza del Lavoro, Occupational Hygiene Department, Via Fontana Candida 1, I-0040 Monteporzio Catone (RM) (Italy); Militello, A [ISPESL - Istituto Superiore per la Prevenzione E la Sicurezza del Lavoro, Occupational Hygiene Department, Via Fontana Candida 1, I-0040 Monteporzio Catone (RM) (Italy); Siani, A M [University of Rome ' La Sapienza' , Physics Department, P.le A. Moro 2, I-00185, Rome (Italy); Sisto, R [ISPESL - Istituto Superiore per la Prevenzione E la Sicurezza del Lavoro, Occupational Hygiene Department, Via Fontana Candida 1, I-0040 Monteporzio Catone (RM) (Italy)

    2006-09-07

    Within an epidemiological study regarding the correlation between skin pathologies and personal ultraviolet (UV) exposure due to solar radiation, 14 field campaigns using polysulphone (PS) dosemeters were carried out at three different Italian sites (urban, semi-rural and rural) in every season of the year. A polysulphone calibration curve for each field experiment was obtained by measuring the ambient UV dose under almost clear sky conditions and the corresponding change in the PS film absorbance, prior and post exposure. Ambient UV doses were measured by well-calibrated broad-band radiometers and by electronic dosemeters. The dose-response relation was represented by the typical best fit to a third-degree polynomial and it was parameterized by a coefficient multiplying a cubic polynomial function. It was observed that the fit curves differed from each other in the coefficient only. It was assessed that the multiplying coefficient was affected by the solar UV spectrum at the Earth's surface whilst the polynomial factor depended on the photoinduced reaction of the polysulphone film. The mismatch between the polysulphone spectral curve and the CIE erythemal action spectrum was responsible for the variability among polysulphone calibration curves. The variability of the coefficient was related to the total ozone amount and the solar zenith angle. A mathematical explanation of such a parameterization was also discussed.

  10. Fitness club

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    Nordic Walking Classes New session of 4 classes of 1 hour each will be held on Tuesdays in May 2013. Meet at the CERN barracks parking at Entrance A, 10 minutes before class time. Dates and time: 07.05, 14.05, 21.05 and 28.05, fom  12 h 30 to 13 h 30 Prices: 40 CHF per session + 10 CHF club membership – 5 CHF / hour pole rental Check out our schedule and enroll at http://cern.ch/club-fitness Hope to see you among us! 

  11. Evaluation of Interpolants in Their Ability to Fit Seismometric Time Series

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    Kanadpriya Basu

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This article is devoted to the study of the ASARCO demolition seismic data. Two different classes of modeling techniques are explored: First, mathematical interpolation methods and second statistical smoothing approaches for curve fitting. We estimate the characteristic parameters of the propagation medium for seismic waves with multiple mathematical and statistical techniques, and provide the relative advantages of each approach to address fitting of such data. We conclude that mathematical interpolation techniques and statistical curve fitting techniques complement each other and can add value to the study of one dimensional time series seismographic data: they can be use to add more data to the system in case the data set is not large enough to perform standard statistical tests.

  12. Gestão de projetos em empresas no Brasil: abordagem "tamanho único"? Project management in companies in Brazil: a "one size fits all" approach?

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    Luiz José Marques Junior

    2011-01-01

    approaches focused on a rational and normative view of project management are predominant. On the other hand, the data also indicated the presence of adaptive approach practices in the management of strategic projects suggesting that there is no "one size fits all" approach to manage projects in the companies studied.

  13. Model fitting on fight response curve of photosynthesis of wild Drepanostachyum luodianense%野生小蓬竹的光合光响应曲线及其模型拟合

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    廖小锋; 刘济明; 张东凯; 靳勇; 张勇; 闫国华; 王敏

    2012-01-01

    Several typical models of light-response curve of leaf net photosynthesis, such as non-rectangular hyperbolic model, rectangular hyperbolic model, prompted rectangular hyperbolic model and index function model, were tested on wild Drepanostachyum luodianense, and the applicability of these models also were investigated. The results were summarized as follows: ① the plant' t analytical solution of maximum net photosynmetic rate (Pnmax) and saturation point (Isat) couldn' t be solved by rectangular hyperbola model, non-rectangular hyperbola model and exponential equation model, while the values simulated by combining other methods existed a big difference compared with the measured value, and the data under photoinhibition couldn' t be processed by these three models; ② the quadratic polynomial model could process the data under photoinhibition to a certain extent, but the photosynthetic parameters simulated by it also existed larger difference compared with the measured value, even generated logic error, ③ the photosynthetic parameters simulated by modified rectangular hyperbola model all were close to the measured values ,and this model also could well process the data under photoinhibition; ④ the Pnmax, Isat compensation point(Ic), respiration rate(Rd) and initial quantum efticiency(a) of wild D. luodianense simulated by modified rectangular hyperbola model were 8.53 μmol·m-2s-1, 1 750.75 μmol·m-2s-1, 21.40 μmol·m-2s-1, 1.06 μmol·m-2s-1 and 0.054 respectively.%应用5种典型的光响应模型对野生小蓬竹叶片光响应曲线进行了拟合,并探讨了几种模型在光响应研究中的适用性.结果表明:①直角双曲线、非直角双曲线及指数函数模型无法求取植物最大净光合速率(Pnmax)和光饱和点(Isat)的解析解,而结合其它方法拟合的相应值却与实测值相差很大,同时也不能处理光抑制部分的光响应数据;②二次多项式模型能够一定程度地处理光抑制部分的光

  14. Transmitting electric power system dynamics in SCADA using polynomial fitting

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    2009-01-01

    The paper proposes an approach to transmit electric power system dynamics in the SCADA. With the prevalent application of digital substation automation system, it is feasible for the remote terminal units (RTUs) to collect phasors within a substation. However, limited communication capacity remains the bottleneck that prevents SCADA from transmitting system dynamics. This paper proposes to compress dynamics data with curve fitting in the RTUs and reconstruct the dynamics in the SCADA server for reducing communication demand. Dispatchers in the control center can thus get system dynamics with a delay of several seconds. Simulation result shows that for a power system under disturbance with short-circuit that once occurred and was cleared, the SCADA can approximate the original dynamics with satisfying precision using limited degree polynomial fitting. The approach is highly scalable and adaptable, and can be implemented on existing communication infrastructure with a few software modifications. The approach has extensive application potential.

  15. Differential geometry and topology of curves

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    Animov, Yu

    2001-01-01

    Differential geometry is an actively developing area of modern mathematics. This volume presents a classical approach to the general topics of the geometry of curves, including the theory of curves in n-dimensional Euclidean space. The author investigates problems for special classes of curves and gives the working method used to obtain the conditions for closed polygonal curves. The proof of the Bakel-Werner theorem in conditions of boundedness for curves with periodic curvature and torsion is also presented. This volume also highlights the contributions made by great geometers. past and present, to differential geometry and the topology of curves.

  16. The mathematical description of lactation curves in dairy cattle

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    Giuseppe Pulina

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available This review gives an overview of the mathematical modelling of lactation curves in dairy cattle. Over the last ninety years, the development of this field of study has followed the main requirements of the dairy cattle industry. Non-linear parametric functions have represented the preferred tools for modelling average curves of homogeneous groups of animals, with the main aim of predicting yields for management purposes. The increased availability of records per individual lactations and the genetic evaluation based on test day records has shifted the interest of modellers towards more flexible and general linear functions, as polynomials or splines. Thus the main interest of modelling is no longer the reconstruction of the general pattern of the phenomenon but the fitting of individual deviations from an average curve. Other specific approaches based on the modelling of the correlation structure of test day records within lactation, such as mixed linear models or principal component analysis, have been used to test the statistical significance of fixed effects in dairy experiments or to create new variables expressing main lactation curve traits. The adequacy of a model is not an absolute requisite, because it has to be assessed according to the specific purpose it is used for. Occurrence of extended lactations and of new productive and functional traits to be described and the increase of records coming from automatic milking systems likely will represent some of the future challenges for the mathematical modelling of the lactation curve in dairy cattle.

  17. Obtaining DDF Curves of Extreme Rainfall Data Using Bivariate Copula and Frequency Analysis

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    Sadri, Sara; Madsen, Henrik; Mikkelsen, Peter Steen;

    2009-01-01

    of individual rainfall events; and (3) by storage volume and duration. In each case we used partial duration series (PDS) to extract extreme rainfall variables. The DDF curves derived from each method are presented and compared. This study examines extreme rainfall data from catchment Vedbæ k Renseanlæ g...... with duration for a given return period and name them DDF (depth-duration-frequency) curves. The copula approach does not assume the rainfall variables are independent or jointly normally distributed. Rainfall series are extracted in three ways: (1) by maximum mean intensity; (2) by depth and duration......, situated near Copenhagen in Denmark. For rainfall extracted using method 2, the marginal distribution of depth was found to fit the Generalized Pareto distribution while duration was found to fit the Gamma distribution, using the method of L-moments. The volume was fit with a generalized Pareto...

  18. Magnetism in curved geometries

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    Streubel, Robert; Fischer, Peter; Kronast, Florian; Kravchuk, Volodymyr P.; Sheka, Denis D.; Gaididei, Yuri; Schmidt, Oliver G.; Makarov, Denys

    2016-09-01

    Extending planar two-dimensional structures into the three-dimensional space has become a general trend in multiple disciplines, including electronics, photonics, plasmonics and magnetics. This approach provides means to modify conventional or to launch novel functionalities by tailoring the geometry of an object, e.g. its local curvature. In a generic electronic system, curvature results in the appearance of scalar and vector geometric potentials inducing anisotropic and chiral effects. In the specific case of magnetism, even in the simplest case of a curved anisotropic Heisenberg magnet, the curvilinear geometry manifests two exchange-driven interactions, namely effective anisotropy and antisymmetric exchange, i.e. Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya-like interaction. As a consequence, a family of novel curvature-driven effects emerges, which includes magnetochiral effects and topologically induced magnetization patterning, resulting in theoretically predicted unlimited domain wall velocities, chirality symmetry breaking and Cherenkov-like effects for magnons. The broad range of altered physical properties makes these curved architectures appealing in view of fundamental research on e.g. skyrmionic systems, magnonic crystals or exotic spin configurations. In addition to these rich physics, the application potential of three-dimensionally shaped objects is currently being explored as magnetic field sensorics for magnetofluidic applications, spin-wave filters, advanced magneto-encephalography devices for diagnosis of epilepsy or for energy-efficient racetrack memory devices. These recent developments ranging from theoretical predictions over fabrication of three-dimensionally curved magnetic thin films, hollow cylinders or wires, to their characterization using integral means as well as the development of advanced tomography approaches are in the focus of this review.

  19. Research on physical shape preserving curve reconstruction

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    TANG Kelun; ZHANG Xiangwei; CHENG Siyuan; XIONG Hanwei; ZHANG Hong

    2007-01-01

    Fusion of various data is an effective way to improve the precision and efficiency of acquiring information in reverse engineering.A method of physical shape preserving curve reconstruction is proposed to better realize the data fusion of coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and visual information.From the principle of materials mechanics,the strain energy of the curve corresponding to the distortion is advanced as the internal energy,and the elastic potential energy of the curve is established,using a few precise measured data points as the equilibrium position,to be the external energy.On the basis of the principle of variation calculus,the basic spline finite element method (B-spline FEM) is used to determine the equilibrium position of curve deformation.Numerical simulation indicates that there is an extremely good agreement between the new fitted curve and the actual curve.

  20. Multiphasic growth curve analysis.

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    Koops, W.J.

    1986-01-01

    Application of a multiphasic growth curve is demonstrated with 4 data sets, adopted from literature. The growth curve used is a summation of n logistic growth functions. Human height growth curves of this type are known as "double logistic" (n = 2) and "triple logistic" (n = 3) growth curves (Bock

  1. Chi-square Fitting When Overall Normalization is a Fit Parameter

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    Roe, Byron

    2015-01-01

    The problem of fitting an event distribution when the total expected number of events is not fixed, keeps appearing in experimental studies. In a chi-square fit, if overall normalization is one of the parameters parameters to be fit, the fitted curve may be seriously low with respect to the data points, sometimes below all of them. This problem and the solution for it are well known within the statistics community, but, apparently, not well known among some of the physics community. The purpose of this note is didactic, to explain the cause of the problem and the easy and elegant solution. The solution is to use maximum likelihood instead of chi-square. The essential difference between the two approaches is that maximum likelihood uses the normalization of each term in the chi-square assuming it is a normal distribution, 1/sqrt(2 pi sigma-square). In addition, the normalization is applied to the theoretical expectation not to the data. In the present note we illustrate what goes wrong and how maximum likeliho...

  2. UNSUPERVISED TRANSIENT LIGHT CURVE ANALYSIS VIA HIERARCHICAL BAYESIAN INFERENCE

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    Sanders, N. E.; Soderberg, A. M. [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Betancourt, M., E-mail: nsanders@cfa.harvard.edu [Department of Statistics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom)

    2015-02-10

    Historically, light curve studies of supernovae (SNe) and other transient classes have focused on individual objects with copious and high signal-to-noise observations. In the nascent era of wide field transient searches, objects with detailed observations are decreasing as a fraction of the overall known SN population, and this strategy sacrifices the majority of the information contained in the data about the underlying population of transients. A population level modeling approach, simultaneously fitting all available observations of objects in a transient sub-class of interest, fully mines the data to infer the properties of the population and avoids certain systematic biases. We present a novel hierarchical Bayesian statistical model for population level modeling of transient light curves, and discuss its implementation using an efficient Hamiltonian Monte Carlo technique. As a test case, we apply this model to the Type IIP SN sample from the Pan-STARRS1 Medium Deep Survey, consisting of 18,837 photometric observations of 76 SNe, corresponding to a joint posterior distribution with 9176 parameters under our model. Our hierarchical model fits provide improved constraints on light curve parameters relevant to the physical properties of their progenitor stars relative to modeling individual light curves alone. Moreover, we directly evaluate the probability for occurrence rates of unseen light curve characteristics from the model hyperparameters, addressing observational biases in survey methodology. We view this modeling framework as an unsupervised machine learning technique with the ability to maximize scientific returns from data to be collected by future wide field transient searches like LSST.

  3. Growth Curve Models and Applications : Indian Statistical Institute

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    2017-01-01

    Growth curve models in longitudinal studies are widely used to model population size, body height, biomass, fungal growth, and other variables in the biological sciences, but these statistical methods for modeling growth curves and analyzing longitudinal data also extend to general statistics, economics, public health, demographics, epidemiology, SQC, sociology, nano-biotechnology, fluid mechanics, and other applied areas.   There is no one-size-fits-all approach to growth measurement. The selected papers in this volume build on presentations from the GCM workshop held at the Indian Statistical Institute, Giridih, on March 28-29, 2016. They represent recent trends in GCM research on different subject areas, both theoretical and applied. This book includes tools and possibilities for further work through new techniques and modification of existing ones. The volume includes original studies, theoretical findings and case studies from a wide range of app lied work, and these contributions have been externally r...

  4. Unsupervised Transient Light Curve Analysis Via Hierarchical Bayesian Inference

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    Sanders, Nathan; Soderberg, Alicia

    2014-01-01

    Historically, light curve studies of supernovae (SNe) and other transient classes have focused on individual objects with copious and high signal-to-noise observations. In the nascent era of wide field transient searches, objects with detailed observations are decreasing as a fraction of the overall known SN population, and this strategy sacrifices the majority of the information contained in the data about the underlying population of transients. A population level modeling approach, simultaneously fitting all available observations of objects in a transient sub-class of interest, fully mines the data to infer the properties of the population and avoids certain systematic biases. We present a novel hierarchical Bayesian statistical model for population level modeling of transient light curves, and discuss its implementation using an efficient Hamiltonian Monte Carlo technique. As a test case, we apply this model to the Type IIP SN sample from the Pan-STARRS1 Medium Deep Survey, consisting of 18,837 photometr...

  5. Relations between the development of school investment, self-confidence, and language achievement in elementary education: A multivariate latent growth curve approach

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    R.D. Stoel; T.T.D. Peetsma; J. Roeleveld

    2001-01-01

    Latent growth curve (LGC) analysis of longitudinal data for pupils' school investment, self confidence and language ability is presented. A multivariate model is tested that relates the three developmental processes to each other and to intelligence. All processes show significant differences betwee

  6. The Role of Peer Contacts in the Relationship between Parental Knowledge and Adolescents' Externalizing Behaviors: A Latent Growth Curve Modeling Approach

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    Reitz, Ellen; Prinzie, Peter; Dekovic, Maja; Buist, Kirsten L.

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to examine the direct and indirect effects (through peer contacts) of parental knowledge on adolescents' delinquent and aggressive problem behavior, using latent growth curve modeling. A sample of 457 13- to 14-year old adolescents at first measurement wave (M = 13.27; SD = 0.45 years) filled out questionnaires…

  7. Fitting C² continuous parametric surfaces to frontiers delimiting physiologic structures.

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    Bayer, Jason D; Epstein, Matthew; Beaumont, Jacques

    2014-01-01

    We present a technique to fit C(2) continuous parametric surfaces to scattered geometric data points forming frontiers delimiting physiologic structures in segmented images. Such mathematical representation is interesting because it facilitates a large number of operations in modeling. While the fitting of C(2) continuous parametric curves to scattered geometric data points is quite trivial, the fitting of C(2) continuous parametric surfaces is not. The difficulty comes from the fact that each scattered data point should be assigned a unique parametric coordinate, and the fit is quite sensitive to their distribution on the parametric plane. We present a new approach where a polygonal (quadrilateral or triangular) surface is extracted from the segmented image. This surface is subsequently projected onto a parametric plane in a manner to ensure a one-to-one mapping. The resulting polygonal mesh is then regularized for area and edge length. Finally, from this point, surface fitting is relatively trivial. The novelty of our approach lies in the regularization of the polygonal mesh. Process performance is assessed with the reconstruction of a geometric model of mouse heart ventricles from a computerized tomography scan. Our results show an excellent reproduction of the geometric data with surfaces that are C(2) continuous.

  8. Unified Approach for Estimating the Probabilistic Design S-N Curves of Three Commonly Used Fatigue Stress-Life Models%估计三种常用应力 -寿命模型概率设计 S-N曲线的统一方法

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    赵永翔; 高庆; 王金诺

    2001-01-01

    提出了适于三参数、 Langer和 Basquin三种常用应力 -寿命模型称为广义极大似然法的估计概率设计 S-N曲线及其置信限的统一方法。方法将概率设计 S-N曲线表示为对数疲劳寿命均值和均方差曲线的广义形式。与现有常规和经典极大似然法方法不同,考虑所有试验数据的统计特征,应用最小二乘法先估计出均值曲线中的材料常数,然后利用极大似然原理和数学规划法估计出均方差曲线中的材料常数。有效性采用拟合相关系数、拟合误差均方值和置信限综合评价。对反应堆不锈钢管道焊接头虚拟应力幅 -裂纹萌生寿命数据及 45#碳钢成组法和极大似然法疲劳试验应力 -寿命数据的分析说明了方法的有效性。一般来说,三参数模型的拟合效果最好, Langer模型次之, Basquin模型最差。本文方法的拟合效果好于现有方法,并尽量避免了现有方法受试验数据局部统计特征影响而可能给出偏于非安全估计的缺陷。%A unified approach,referred to as general maximum likelihood method,is presented for estimating probabilistic design S-N curves and their confidence bounds of the three commonly used fatigue stress-life models,namely three parameter,Langer and Basquin.The curves are described by a general form of mean and standard deviation S-N curves of the logarithm of fatigue life.Different from existent methods,i.e.,the conventional method and the classical maximum likelihood method,present approach considers the statistical characteristics of whole test data.The parameters of the mean curve is firstly estimated by least square method and then,the parameters of the standard deviation curve is evaluated by mathematical programming method to be agreement with the maximum likelihood principle.Fit effects of the curves are assessed by fitted relation coefficient,total fitted standard error and the confidence bounds.Application to the

  9. A fingerprint feature extraction algorithm based on curvature of Bezier curve

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    2007-01-01

    Fingerprint feature extraction is a key step of fingerprint identification. A novel feature extraction algorithm is proposed in this paper, which describes fingerprint feature with the bending information of fingerprint ridges. Ridges in the specific region of fingerprint images are traced firstly in the algorithm, and then these ridges are fit with Bezier curve. Finally, the point that has the maximal curvature on Bezier curve is defined as a feature point. Experimental results demonstrate that this kind of feature points characterize the bending trend of fingerprint ridges effectively, and they are robust to noise, in addition, the extraction precision of this algorithm is also better than the conventional approaches.

  10. Probabilistic Multi-Factor Interaction Model for Evaluating Continuous Smooth Curves

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    Chamis, Christos C.

    2009-01-01

    The Multi-Factor Interaction Model (MFIM) is used to evaluate the divot weight (foam weight ejected) from launch external tanks. The MFIM has sufficient degrees of freedom to evaluate a large number of factors that may contribute to the divot ejection. It also accommodates all interactions by its product form. Each factor has an exponent that satisfies only two points the initial and final points. They are selected so that the MFIM will generate a common curve to fit the individual point data. The results show that the approach used generates the continuous curve.

  11. Targeted Peptide Measurements in Biology and Medicine: Best Practices for Mass Spectrometry-based Assay Development Using a Fit-for-Purpose Approach

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    Carr, Steven A.; Abbateillo, Susan E.; Ackermann, Bradley L.; Borchers, Christoph H.; Domon, Bruno; Deutsch, Eric W.; Grant, Russel; Hoofnagle, Andrew N.; Huttenhain, Ruth; Koomen, John M.; Liebler, Daniel; Liu, Tao; MacLean, Brendan; Mani, DR; Mansfield, Elizabeth; Neubert, Hendrik; Paulovich, Amanda G.; Reiter, Lukas; Vitek, Olga; Aebersold, Ruedi; Anderson, Leigh N.; Bethem, Robert; Blonder, Josip; Boja, Emily; Botelho, Julianne; Boyne, Michael; Bradshaw, Ralph A.; Burlingame, Alma S.; Chan, Daniel W.; Keshishian, Hasmik; Kuhn, Eric; Kingsinger, Christopher R.; Lee, Jerry S.; Lee, Sang-Won; Moritz, Robert L.; Oses-Prieto, Juan; Rifai, Nader; Ritchie, James E.; Rodriguez, Henry; Srinivas, Pothur R.; Townsend, Reid; Van Eyk , Jennifer; Whiteley, Gordon; Wiita, Arun; Weintraub, Susan

    2014-01-14

    Adoption of targeted mass spectrometry (MS) approaches such as multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) to study biological and biomedical questions is well underway in the proteomics community. Successful application depends on the ability to generate reliable assays that uniquely and confidently identify target peptides in a sample. Unfortunately, there is a wide range of criteria being applied to say that an assay has been successfully developed. There is no consensus on what criteria are acceptable and little understanding of the impact of variable criteria on the quality of the results generated. Publications describing targeted MS assays for peptides frequently do not contain sufficient information for readers to establish confidence that the tests work as intended or to be able to apply the tests described in their own labs. Guidance must be developed so that targeted MS assays with established performance can be made widely distributed and applied by many labs worldwide. To begin to address the problems and their solutions, a workshop was held at the National Institutes of Health with representatives from the multiple communities developing and employing targeted MS assays. Participants discussed the analytical goals of their experiments and the experimental evidence needed to establish that the assays they develop work as intended and are achieving the required levels of performance. Using this “fit-for-purpose” approach, the group defined three tiers of assays distinguished by their performance and extent of analytical characterization. Computational and statistical tools useful for the analysis of targeted MS results were described. Participants also detailed the information that authors need to provide in their manuscripts to enable reviewers and readers to clearly understand what procedures were performed and to evaluate the reliability of the peptide or protein quantification measurements reported. This paper presents a summary of the meeting and

  12. A whole brain volumetric approach in overweight/obese children: Examining the association with different physical fitness components and academic performance. The ActiveBrains project.

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    Esteban-Cornejo, Irene; Cadenas-Sanchez, Cristina; Contreras-Rodriguez, Oren; Verdejo-Roman, Juan; Mora-Gonzalez, Jose; Migueles, Jairo H; Henriksson, Pontus; Davis, Catherine L; Verdejo-Garcia, Antonio; Catena, Andrés; Ortega, Francisco B

    2017-08-05

    Obesity, as compared to normal weight, is associated with detectable structural differences in the brain. To the best of our knowledge, no previous study has examined the association of physical fitness with gray matter volume in overweight/obese children using whole brain analyses. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine the association between the key components of physical fitness (i.e. cardiorespiratory fitness, speed-agility and muscular fitness) and brain structural volume, and to assess whether fitness-related changes in brain volumes are related to academic performance in overweight/obese children. A total of 101 overweight/obese children aged 8-11 years were recruited from Granada, Spain. The physical fitness components were assessed following the ALPHA health-related fitness test battery. T1-weighted images were acquired with a 3.0 T S Magnetom Tim Trio system. Gray matter tissue was calculated using Diffeomorphic Anatomical Registration Through Exponentiated Lie algebra (DARTEL). Academic performance was assessed by the Batería III Woodcock-Muñoz Tests of Achievement. All analyses were controlled for sex, peak high velocity offset, parent education, body mass index and total brain volume. The statistical threshold was calculated with AlphaSim and further Hayasaka adjusted to account for the non-isotropic smoothness of structural images. The main results showed that higher cardiorespiratory fitness was related to greater gray matter volumes (P superior temporal gyrus) with β ranging from 0.564 to 0.611. Both clusters were related to better academic performance (β ranging from 0.217 to 0.296; both P < 0.05). Muscular fitness was not independently associated with greater gray matter volume in any brain region. Furthermore, there were no statistically significant negative association between any component of physical fitness and gray matter volume in any region of the brain. In conclusion, cardiorespiratory fitness and speed-agility, but not

  13. Limitations in biexponential fitting of NMR inversion-recovery curves

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    Shazeeb, Mohammed Salman; Sotak, Christopher H.

    2017-03-01

    NMR relaxation agents have long been employed as contrast agents in MRI. In many cases, the contrast agent is confined to either (i) the vascular and/or extracellular compartment (EC), as is the case with gadolinium(III)-based agents, or (ii) the intracellular compartment (IC), as is the case with manganese(II) ions. The compartmentalization of contrast agents often results in tissue-water 1H relaxation profiles that are well modeled as biexponential. It has long been recognized that water exchange between compartments modifies the biexponential relaxation parameters (amplitudes and rate constants) from those that would be found in the absence of exchange. Nevertheless, interpretation in terms of an ;apparent; two-compartment biophysical model, apparent EC vs. apparent IC, can provide insight into tissue structure and function, and changes therein, in the face of physiologic challenge. The accuracy of modeling biexponential data is highly dependent upon the amplitudes, rate constants, and signal-to-noise characterizing the data. Herein, simulated (in silico) inversion-recovery relaxation data are modeled by standard, nonlinear-least-squares analysis and the error in parameter values assessed for a range of amplitudes and rate constants characteristic of in vivo systems following administration of contrast agent. The findings provide guidance for laboratories seeking to exploit contrast-agent-driven, biexponential relaxation to differentiate MRI-based compartmental properties, including the apparent diffusion coefficient.

  14. Koch Curves: Rewriting System, Geometry and Application

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    Mamta Rani

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    Full Text Available Problem statement: Recently, new Koch curves have been generated by dividing the initiator into three unequal parts. There is no formal rewriting system to generate such kind of curves. Approach: It is required to measure the new changed geometrical properties. Generalized rewriting systems for the new Koch curves have been developed. Results: New formulas have been given to measure their geometrical properties. Conclusion/Recommendations: The geometrical properties of new Koch curves make them more suitable as antennas in wireless communication than the conventional Koch curve.

  15. Unveiling multiple solid-state transitions in pharmaceutical solid dosage forms using multi-series hyperspectral imaging and different curve resolution approaches

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    Alexandrino, Guilherme L; Amigo Rubio, Jose Manuel; Khorasani, Milad Rouhi

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    Solid-state transitions at the surface of pharmaceutical solid dosage forms (SDF) were monitored using multi-series hyperspectral imaging (HSI) along with Multivariate Curve Resolution – Alternating Least Squares (MCR-ALS) and Parallel Factor Analysis (PARAFAC and PARAFAC2). First, the solid...... with polyvinylpyrrolidone using time series MIR-HSI. MCR-ALS properly resolved the known solid-state forms of the drug in the pixels of the series MIR-images, while PARAFAC and PARAFAC2 failed to properly resolve all the drug forms in the series MIR-images due to i) strict trilinearity leak in the three-way array and ii......) the mandatory constant cross-product AkTAk over the k series MIR-images (A is the loadings of the shift mode), respectively. The highlighting of the advantages and limitation of the corresponding curve resolution methods stressed their potential applicability when handling multi-series HSI to study solid...

  16. 基于NURBS的报废汽车挡风玻璃边缘轮廓拟合方法研究%NURBS Based Fitting Approach for Tetecting Data of ELV

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    For the sake of disassembling windshield of ELV automatically, the fitting method for trajectory of cut⁃ting windshield is presented. The basic theory of NURBS is introduced, the feasibility of apply NURBS theory in⁃to fitting of edge profiles of windshield is researched. The process of fitting of windshield contour of ELV base on NURBS is presented. The properties of fitting curve, high fairness and similarity to real contour of wind⁃shield, are validated.%  针对报废汽车挡风玻璃自动化拆卸的需要,对NURBS理论在报废汽车挡风玻璃边缘轮廓曲线拟合中应用的可行性进行了研究,并进行了验证。提出了利用NURBS理论进行挡风玻璃边缘轮廓曲线拟合的流程,通过实例验证了基于NURBS理论的边缘轮廓拟合曲线具有光顺性好、与实际曲线相接近的特点。

  17. Alternative Forms of Fit in Contingency Theory.

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    Drazin, Robert; Van de Ven, Andrew H.

    1985-01-01

    This paper examines the selection, interaction, and systems approaches to fit in structural contingency theory. The concepts of fit evaluated may be applied not only to structural contingency theory but to contingency theories in general. (MD)

  18. Spinal curves (image)

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    There are four natural curves in the spinal column. The cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral curvature. The curves, along with the intervertebral disks, help to absorb and distribute stresses that occur from everyday activities such as walking or from ...

  19. Contractibility of curves

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    Janusz Charatonik

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    Full Text Available Results concerning contractibility of curves (equivalently: of dendroids are collected and discussed in the paper. Interrelations tetween various conditions which are either sufficient or necessary for a curve to be contractible are studied.

  20. Parametrizing Algebraic Curves

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    Lemmermeyer, Franz

    2011-01-01

    We present the technique of parametrization of plane algebraic curves from a number theorist's point of view and present Kapferer's simple and beautiful (but little known) proof that nonsingular curves of degree > 2 cannot be parametrized by rational functions.

  1. Functional dynamic factor models with application to yield curve forecasting

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    Hays, Spencer

    2012-09-01

    Accurate forecasting of zero coupon bond yields for a continuum of maturities is paramount to bond portfolio management and derivative security pricing. Yet a universal model for yield curve forecasting has been elusive, and prior attempts often resulted in a trade-off between goodness of fit and consistency with economic theory. To address this, herein we propose a novel formulation which connects the dynamic factor model (DFM) framework with concepts from functional data analysis: a DFM with functional factor loading curves. This results in a model capable of forecasting functional time series. Further, in the yield curve context we show that the model retains economic interpretation. Model estimation is achieved through an expectation- maximization algorithm, where the time series parameters and factor loading curves are simultaneously estimated in a single step. Efficient computing is implemented and a data-driven smoothing parameter is nicely incorporated. We show that our model performs very well on forecasting actual yield data compared with existing approaches, especially in regard to profit-based assessment for an innovative trading exercise. We further illustrate the viability of our model to applications outside of yield forecasting.

  2. Visualization and Curve-Parameter Estimation Strategies for Efficient Exploration of Phenotype Microarray Kinetics

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    Vaas, Lea A. I.; Sikorski, Johannes; Michael, Victoria; Göker, Markus; Klenk, Hans-Peter

    2012-01-01

    Background The Phenotype MicroArray (OmniLog® PM) system is able to simultaneously capture a large number of phenotypes by recording an organism's respiration over time on distinct substrates. This technique targets the object of natural selection itself, the phenotype, whereas previously addressed ‘-omics’ techniques merely study components that finally contribute to it. The recording of respiration over time, however, adds a longitudinal dimension to the data. To optimally exploit this information, it must be extracted from the shapes of the recorded curves and displayed in analogy to conventional growth curves. Methodology The free software environment R was explored for both visualizing and fitting of PM respiration curves. Approaches using either a model fit (and commonly applied growth models) or a smoothing spline were evaluated. Their reliability in inferring curve parameters and confidence intervals was compared to the native OmniLog® PM analysis software. We consider the post-processing of the estimated parameters, the optimal classification of curve shapes and the detection of significant differences between them, as well as practically relevant questions such as detecting the impact of cultivation times and the minimum required number of experimental repeats. Conclusions We provide a comprehensive framework for data visualization and parameter estimation according to user choices. A flexible graphical representation strategy for displaying the results is proposed, including 95% confidence intervals for the estimated parameters. The spline approach is less prone to irregular curve shapes than fitting any of the considered models or using the native PM software for calculating both point estimates and confidence intervals. These can serve as a starting point for the automated post-processing of PM data, providing much more information than the strict dichotomization into positive and negative reactions. Our results form the basis for a freely

  3. Visualization and curve-parameter estimation strategies for efficient exploration of phenotype microarray kinetics.

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    Lea A I Vaas

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The Phenotype MicroArray (OmniLog® PM system is able to simultaneously capture a large number of phenotypes by recording an organism's respiration over time on distinct substrates. This technique targets the object of natural selection itself, the phenotype, whereas previously addressed '-omics' techniques merely study components that finally contribute to it. The recording of respiration over time, however, adds a longitudinal dimension to the data. To optimally exploit this information, it must be extracted from the shapes of the recorded curves and displayed in analogy to conventional growth curves. METHODOLOGY: The free software environment R was explored for both visualizing and fitting of PM respiration curves. Approaches using either a model fit (and commonly applied growth models or a smoothing spline were evaluated. Their reliability in inferring curve parameters and confidence intervals was compared to the native OmniLog® PM analysis software. We consider the post-processing of the estimated parameters, the optimal classification of curve shapes and the detection of significant differences between them, as well as practically relevant questions such as detecting the impact of cultivation times and the minimum required number of experimental repeats. CONCLUSIONS: We provide a comprehensive framework for data visualization and parameter estimation according to user choices. A flexible graphical representation strategy for displaying the results is proposed, including 95% confidence intervals for the estimated parameters. The spline approach is less prone to irregular curve shapes than fitting any of the considered models or using the native PM software for calculating both point estimates and confidence intervals. These can serve as a starting point for the automated post-processing of PM data, providing much more information than the strict dichotomization into positive and negative reactions. Our results form the basis

  4. Lactation Curve Fittings of Wood's Nonlinear Model for Milk Yield, Milk Fat,Milk Protein and Somatic Cell Score for Chinese Holstein in Southern China%用Wood模型拟合南方中国荷斯坦牛产奶量、乳脂率、乳蛋白率和体细胞评分及其效果分析

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    毛永江; 张美荣; 许兆君; 刘姗; 张亚琴; 陈丹; 王杏龙; 杨章平

    2012-01-01

    旨在了解南方中国荷斯坦牛测定日产奶量、乳脂率、乳蛋白率和体细胞评分(Somatic cell score,SCS)变化趋势,并进行准确预测.利用Wood模型对南方5个大中型奶牛场(2008-2010年1~3胎)中国荷斯坦牛的33 194条测定日产奶量、乳脂率、乳蛋白率和SCS数据进行曲线拟合.结果表明,测定日产奶量为标准泌乳曲线,乳脂率、乳蛋白率和SCS变化与标准泌乳曲线正好相反.Wood模型对乳蛋白率和产奶量变化曲线拟合度最高,各胎次拟合度均为0.99,误差均方也较低;其次为乳脂率,各胎次拟合度均为0.98,而对SCS的拟合度最低,均在0.7以下,同时误差均方也最大.各胎次产奶高峰日出现的时间与乳蛋白率和SCS最低值出现的时间相近,而最低乳脂率出现的时间较晚.一胎牛高峰产奶量相对较低(30.4 kg·d-1),但泌乳后期泌乳持续力及维持低SCS能力较强;二胎和三胎牛高峰产奶量较大,分别为35.9和36.2 kg·d-1,二胎奶牛在泌乳后期同时维持高乳脂率和乳蛋白率的能力较强.Wood模型适合于南方中国荷斯坦牛测定日产奶量、乳脂率、乳蛋白率变化曲线的拟合分析,而不适合于SCS的拟合分析.%This study aimed to reveal the variations of daily milk yield, milk fat percentage, milk protein percentage and somatic cell score (SCS) , and to establish the prediction models for these parameters in the lactation period for Chinese Holstein in southern China. A 33194-test-day dairy herd complete data from 5 Chinese Holstein dairy farms were collected in the southern China from first lactation to third lactation between 2008 to 2010 and fitted to nonlinear curve of test-day milk yield, milk fat percentage, milk protein percentage and SCS with the Wood's incomplete gamma function model. The curve of test-day milk yield for Chinese Holstein was the standard lactation curve, and the curves of milk fat percentage, milk protein percentage and SCS were

  5. Application of pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modelling and simulation for the prediction of target attainment of ceftobiprole against meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus using minimum inhibitory concentration and time-kill curve based approaches.

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    Barbour, April M; Schmidt, Stephan; Zhuang, Luning; Rand, Kenneth; Derendorf, Hartmut

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this report was to compare two different methods for dose optimisation of antimicrobials. The probability of target attainment (PTA) was calculated using Monte Carlo simulation to predict the PK/PD target of fT>MIC or modelling and simulation of time-kill curve data. Ceftobiprole, the paradigm compound, activity against two MRSA strains was determined, ATCC 33591 (MIC=2mg/L) and a clinical isolate (MIC=1mg/L). A two-subpopulation model accounting for drug degradation during the experiment adequately fit the time-kill curve data (concentration range 0.25-16× MIC). The PTA was calculated for plasma, skeletal muscle and subcutaneous adipose tissue based on data from a microdialysis study in healthy volunteers. A two-compartment model with distribution factors to account for differences between free serum and tissue interstitial space fluid concentration appropriately fit the pharmacokinetic data. Pharmacodynamic endpoints of fT>MIC of 30% or 40% and 1- or 2-log kill were used. The PTA was >90% in all tissues based on the PK/PD endpoint of fT>MIC >40%. The PTAs based on a 1- or 2-log kill from the time-kill experiments were lower than those calculated based on fT>MIC. The PTA of a 1-log kill was >90% for both MRSA isolates for plasma and skeletal muscle but was slightly below 90% for subcutaneous adipose tissue (both isolates ca. 88%). The results support a dosing regimen of 500mg three times daily as a 2-h intravenous infusion. This dose should be confirmed as additional pharmacokinetic data from various patient populations become available.

  6. Caloric Curves and Nuclear Expansion

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    Natowitz, J B; Ma, Y; Murray, M; Qin, L; Shlomo, S; Wada, R; Wang, J

    2002-01-01

    Nuclear caloric curves have been analyzed using an expanding Fermi gas hypothesis to extract average nuclear densities. In this approach the observed flattening of the caloric curves reflects progressively increasing expansion with increasing excitation energy. This expansion results in a corresponding decrease in the density and Fermi energy of the excited system. For nuclei of medium to heavy mass apparent densities $~0.3\\rho_0$ are reached at the higher excitation energies. The average densities derived in this manner are in good agreement with those derived using other, more complicated, techniques.

  7. Properties of Rasch residual fit statistics.

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    Wu, Margaret; Adams, Richard J

    2013-01-01

    This paper examines the residual-based fit statistics commonly used in Rasch measurement. In particular, the paper analytically examines some of the theoretical properties of the residual-based fit statistics with a view to establishing the inferences that can be made using these fit statistics. More specifically, the relationships between the distributional properties of the fit statistics and sample size are discussed; some research that erroneously concludes that residual-based fit statistics are unstable is reviewed; and finally, it is analytically illustrated that, for dichotomous items, residual-based fit statistics provide a measure of the relative slope of empirical item characteristic curves. With a clear understanding of the theoretical properties of the fit statistics, the use and limitations of these statistics can be placed in the right light.

  8. ANALYSIS AND MODEL FITTING FOR PURPLE SOIL WATER RETENTION CURVE UNDER DIFFERENT MEASURES OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION IN THE THREE GORGES RESERVOIR AREA%三峡库区不同水保措施下紫色土水分特征曲线特征及模型拟合

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    程冬兵; 张平仓; 赵健; 蔡崇法

    2009-01-01

    Soil water retention curve is one of the important soil hydrodynamics parameters in quantitative study of soil water retention and movement,which can reflect the basic properties of soil,such as water retention,water supply,and water availability,et al. In this thesis,characters of purple soil water retention curves under different measures of soil and water conservation were discussed,through analyzing soil water retention curves under contour hedgerow-intercroping system and rock ridge terrace-intercroping system. Then the measured datas were taken to fit four common soil water retention curve models respectively,in order to select the best model for the purple soil in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area. The results showed that the difference of purple soil water retention among different treatments could be observed easily. Based on the same soil water suction,soil water content was the highest for contour hedgerow treatment,secondly for rock ridge terrace treatment,and the lowest for the control. With the increase of soil water suction,the difference among treatments was more obvious. Both Gardner model and van Genuchten model were suitable for expressing purple soil water retention curve. According to practical needs,one of them could be selected. Generally, Gardner model was suitable for simple and quick field soil water management, and van Genuchten model was suitable for soil hydraulic properties estimation and application.%土壤水分特征曲线是反映土壤持水性、供水性及水分有效性等基本特性的重要曲线,是定量研究土壤水滞留与运移十分重要的土壤水动力学参数之一.通过分析比较等高绿篱农业系统和石坎梯田农业系统的紫色土水分特征曲线,探讨不同水保措施下紫色土水分特征曲线特征,将实测数据对国内外常见的几种土壤水分特征曲线模型分别进行拟合,并优选一种适合三峡库区紫色土的水分特征曲线模型.结果表明:不同处理紫

  9. Pedagogic approach in the surgical learning: The first period of “assistant surgeon” may improve the learning curve for laparoscopic robotic-assisted hysterectomy.

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    Angeline Favre

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Hysterectomy is the most frequently surgery done with robotic assistance in the world and has been widely studied since its emergence. The surgical outcomes of the robotic hysterectomy are similar to those obtained with other minimally invasive hysterectomy techniques (laparoscopic and vaginal and appear as a promising surgical technique in gynaecology surgery. The aim of this study was to observe the learning curve of robot-assisted hysterectomy in a French surgical center, and was to evaluate the impact of the surgical mentoring.Methods: We retrospectively collected the data from the files of the robot-assisted hysterectomies with the Da Vinci® Surgical System performed between March 2010 and June 2014 at the Foch hospital in Suresnes (France. We first studied the operative time according to the number of cases, independently of the surgeon to determine two periods: the initial learning phase (Phase 1 and the control of surgical skills phase (Phase 2. The phase was defined by mastering the basic surgical tasks. Secondarily we compared these two periods for operative time, blood losses, Body Mass Index (BMI, days of hospitalisations and uterine weight. We finally studied the difference of the learning curve between an experimented surgeon (S1 who practised the first the robot-assisted hysterectomies and a less experimented surgeon (S2 who first assisted S1 and then operated on his own patients.Results: 154 robot-assisted hysterectomies were analysed. 20 procedures were necessary to access to the control of surgical skills phase. There was a significant decrease of the operative time between the learning phase (156.8 minutes compared to the control of surgical skills phase (125.8 minutes, p=0.003. No difference between these two periods for blood losses, BMI, days of hospitalisations and uterine weight were demonstrated. The learning curve of S1 showed 20 procedures to master the robot-assisted hysterectomies with a significant

  10. ECM using Edwards curves

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    Bernstein, Daniel J.; Birkner, Peter; Lange, Tanja;

    2013-01-01

    This paper introduces EECM-MPFQ, a fast implementation of the elliptic-curve method of factoring integers. EECM-MPFQ uses fewer modular multiplications than the well-known GMP-ECM software, takes less time than GMP-ECM, and finds more primes than GMP-ECM. The main improvements above the modular......-arithmetic level are as follows: (1) use Edwards curves instead of Montgomery curves; (2) use extended Edwards coordinates; (3) use signed-sliding-window addition-subtraction chains; (4) batch primes to increase the window size; (5) choose curves with small parameters and base points; (6) choose curves with large...

  11. Picard groups of differential operators on curves

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    Wilson, George

    2010-01-01

    Let X be a complex affine curve (not isomorphic to the affine line), and let Pic(D) be the group of autoequivalences of the category of D(X)-modules. Cannings and Holland have shown that Pic(D) fits into an exact sequence in which the other groups can be considered known: we show that this sequence is split.

  12. DESIGN OF NONCIRCULAR GEARS WITH DISCONTINUOUS PITCH CURVE

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    ZHANG Rui; WU Xutang

    2006-01-01

    When the noncircular gear pair is applied to the continuously variable transmission (CVT)with gear, the transmission ratio function is discontinuous. In accordance with this unique characteristic, a new approach to design and analyze noncircular gears with discontinuous pitch curve is proposed. The design courses of various noncircular gear pairs with discontinuous pitch curve are unified based on the numerical algorithm of spline fitting and "fairing boundary condition".According to the particularity of discontinuous pitch curve, the rules and procedures for teeth distribution are recommended. It is explained in detail why the undercut is formed and how to manage the undercut based on meshing principle. In addition, the calculation formulas for each tooth profile segment are also derived. If the tooth profile data are calculated, the measurement and the incision process for noncircular gear can be conducted and the CAD simulation can be achieved easily. To ensure the continuity of the transmission, the transmission interference of the tooth which is located at ratio of gear pair is obtained. The case study shows that this approach is successful and opens up a new way for the design ofnoncircular gear.

  13. Understanding the adsorptive interactions of arsenate-iron nanoparticles with curved fullerene-like sheets in activated carbon using a quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics computational approach.

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    Ha, Nguyen Ngoc; Cam, Le Minh; Ha, Nguyen Thi Thu; Goh, Bee-Min; Saunders, Martin; Jiang, Zhong-Tao; Altarawneh, Mohammednoor; Dlugogorski, Bogdan Z; El-Harbawi, Mohanad; Yin, Chun-Yang

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    The prevalence of global arsenic groundwater contamination has driven widespread research on developing effective treatment systems including adsorption using various sorbents. The uptake of arsenic-based contaminants onto established sorbents such as activated carbon (AC) can be effectively enhanced via immobilization/impregnation of iron-based elements on the porous AC surface. Recent suggestions that AC pores structurally consist of an eclectic mix of curved fullerene-like sheets may affect the arsenic adsorption dynamics within the AC pores and is further complicated by the presence of nano-sized iron-based elements. We have therefore, attempted to shed light on the adsorptive interactions of arsenate-iron nanoparticles with curved fullerene-like sheets by using hybridized quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QMMM) calculations and microscopy characterization. It is found that, subsequent to optimization, chemisorption between HAsO4(2-) and the AC carbon sheet (endothermic process) is virtually non-existent - this observation is supported by experimental results. Conversely, the incorporation of iron nanoparticles (FeNPs) into the AC carbon sheet greatly facilitates chemisorption of HAsO4(2-). Our calculation implies that iron carbide is formed at the junction between the iron and the AC interface and this tightly chemosorbed layer prevents detachment of the FeNPs on the AC surface. Other aspects including electronic structure/properties, carbon arrangement defects and rate of adsorptive interaction, which are determined using the Climbing-Image NEB method, are also discussed.

  14. 超声造影伽马拟合时间强度曲线对颈部浅表淋巴结病变的诊断价值%Diagnostic value of ultrasound contrast and time intensity curve of gamma fitting in superficial cervical lymph nodes lesions

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    张小红; 王金萍; 王如瑛

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the diagnostic value of contrast ultrasound and curve of gamma fitting in superficial cervical lymph nodes diseases. Methods Sixty patients, who were scheduled for superficial cervical lymph node excision or needle biopsy in our hospital, were included as the subjects in the study. All the patients were examined by two-dimensional, color doppler ultrasound and ultrasound contrast before the operation. And the lesion features and parameters were found and recorded. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of using ultrasound contrast in the diagnosis of benign and malignant (metastatic) lymph nodes were analyzed on the basis of the pathological re-sults of the operation, which was the gold standard for diagnosis. Results ①Twenty-nine benign cases and 31 ma-lignant metastatic cases among 60 of superficial lymph nodes were confirmed by pathological diagnosis. ②The result of ultrasound contrast showed that the benign lymph nodes mainly appeared evenly significant perfusion (24/29);while malignant metastatic lymph nodes mainly appeared uneven hypertransfusion (22/31) or uneven hypoperfusion (5/31).③The quantitative analysis of time intensity curve of gamma fitting was traced automatically by Q-LAB software. The peak intensity (PI), basic intensity (C), curve ascending slope (A), and area under curve (AUC) in the benign lymph nodes group were significantly higher than those in the malignant metastatic lymph nodes group ( P<0.05). The rise time (RT), time to peak (TTP), mean transit time (mTT), and the time of half concentration (T1/2) in the benign lymph nodes group were lower than those in the malignant metastasis lymph nodes group ( P<0.01). The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of using ultrasound contrast in the diagnosis of benign and malignant (metastatic) lymph nodes were 87%, 83% and 85%, respectively. Conclusion The perfusion characteristics of the superficial cervical lymph nodes after the lymphadenography and the

  15. Curved spacetimes in the lab

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    Szpak, Nikodem

    2014-01-01

    We present some new ideas on how to design analogue models of quantum fields living in curved spacetimes using ultra-cold atoms in optical lattices. We discuss various types of static and dynamical curved spacetimes achievable by simple manipulations of the optical setup. Examples presented here contain two-dimensional spaces of positive and negative curvature as well as homogeneous cosmological models and metric waves. Most of them are extendable to three spatial dimensions. We mention some interesting phenomena of quantum field theory in curved spacetimes which might be simulated in such optical lattices loaded with bosonic or fermionic ultra-cold atoms. We also argue that methods of differential geometry can be used, as an alternative mathematical approach, for dealing with realistic inhomogeneous optical lattices.

  16. Intersphincteric resection for very low rectal cancer: clinical outcomes of open versus laparoscopic approach and multidimensional analysis of the learning curve for laparoscopic surgery.

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    Kuo, Li-Jen; Hung, Chin-Sheng; Wang, Weu; Tam, Ka-Wai; Lee, Hung-Chia; Liang, Hung-Hua; Chang, Yu-Jia; Huang, Ming-Te; Wei, Po-Li

    2013-08-01

    Laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery is regarded as more complex because of its technical difficulties in pelvic exposure, dissection, and sphincter preservation. This study therefore aimed to investigate the feasibility of laparoscopic resection for low rectal cancer using intersphincteric resection (ISR) and to assess its short-term oncological outcomes. Further, we intended to analyze the learning curve for laparoscopic surgery and identify the factors influencing the learning curve. Patients with low rectal cancer who received open or laparoscopic ISR were retrospectively chart reviewed. The surgical and oncological outcomes were evaluated. Comparisons of operating time, estimated blood loss, surgical outcomes, and histopathologic status were analyzed. Also, operating time was used as a technical indicator for learning curve analysis. The mean estimated blood loss was 265 mL (range, 100-800 mL) in the open group and 104 mL (range, 30-250 mL) in the laparoscopic group. There was a significant difference between these two groups (P analysis showed that the mean operating time was 402.1 min (range, 210-570 min) in the first stage and 331.4 min (range, 210-450 min) in the second stage, and on pathologic examination the mean number of lymph nodes harvested was 11.1 (range, 5-21) in the first stage and 18.3 (range, 11-31) in the second stage, with statistical differences between these two stages (P = 0.034 and P = 0.004, respectively). Multifactorial analysis showed that operating time was associated with surgeons' experience (<18 or ≥18 cases) (odds ratio = 2.918, 95% CI 1.078-7.902). Protective stoma creation was also associated with surgeons' experience (odds ratio = 3.999, 95% CI 1.153-13.86). Our data show that laparoscopic ISR for low rectal cancer is feasible and safe. Surgeons' experience improved operating time and postoperative complications. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. A strategy to model nonmonotonic dose-response curve and estimate IC50.

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    Zhang, Hui; Holden-Wiltse, Jeanne; Wang, Jiong; Liang, Hua

    2013-01-01

    The half-maximal inhibitory concentration IC[Formula: see text] is an important pharmacodynamic index of drug effectiveness. To estimate this value, the dose response relationship needs to be established, which is generally achieved by fitting monotonic sigmoidal models. However, recent studies on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) mutants developing resistance to antiviral drugs show that the dose response curve may not be monotonic. Traditional models can fail for nonmonotonic data and ignore observations that may be of biologic significance. Therefore, we propose a nonparametric model to describe the dose response relationship and fit the curve using local polynomial regression. The nonparametric approach is shown to be promising especially for estimating the IC[Formula: see text] of some HIV inhibitory drugs, in which there is a dose-dependent stimulation of response for mutant strains. This model strategy may be applicable to general pharmacologic, toxicologic, or other biomedical data that exhibits a nonmonotonic dose response relationship for which traditional parametric models fail.

  18. The FIT Game III: Reducing the Operating Expenses of a Game-Based Approach to Increasing Healthy Eating in Elementary Schools.

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    Joyner, Damon; Wengreen, Heidi J; Aguilar, Sheryl S; Spruance, Lori Andersen; Morrill, Brooke A; Madden, Gregory J

    2017-04-01

    Previously published versions of the healthy eating "FIT Game" were administered by teachers in all grades at elementary schools. The present study evaluated whether the game would retain its efficacy if teachers were relieved of this task; presenting instead all game materials on visual displays in the school cafeteria. Participants were 572 children attending two Title 1 elementary schools (grades K-5). Following a no-intervention baseline period in which fruit and vegetable consumption were measured from food waste, the schools played the FIT Game. In the game, the children's vegetable consumption influenced events in a good versus evil narrative presented in comic book-formatted episodes in the school cafeteria. When daily vegetable-consumption goals were met, new FIT Game episodes were displayed. Game elements included a game narrative, competition, virtual currency, and limited player autonomy. The two intervention phases were separated by a second baseline phase (within-school reversal design). Simulation Modeling Analysis (a bootstrapping technique appropriate to within-group time-series designs) was used to evaluate whether vegetable consumption increased significantly above baseline levels in the FIT Game phases (P Game phases; a 99.9% increase. The Game did not significantly increase fruit consumption (which was not targeted for change), nor was there a decrease in fruit consumption. Labor-reductions in the FIT Game did not reduce its positive impact on healthy eating.

  19. Model-Free Estimation of Tuning Curves and Their Attentional Modulation, Based on Sparse and Noisy Data

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    Helmer, Markus; Kozyrev, Vladislav; Stephan, Valeska; Treue, Stefan; Geisel, Theo; Battaglia, Demian

    2016-01-01

    Tuning curves are the functions that relate the responses of sensory neurons to various values within one continuous stimulus dimension (such as the orientation of a bar in the visual domain or the frequency of a tone in the auditory domain). They are commonly determined by fitting a model e.g. a Gaussian or other bell-shaped curves to the measured responses to a small subset of discrete stimuli in the relevant dimension. However, as neuronal responses are irregular and experimental measurements noisy, it is often difficult to determine reliably the appropriate model from the data. We illustrate this general problem by fitting diverse models to representative recordings from area MT in rhesus monkey visual cortex during multiple attentional tasks involving complex composite stimuli. We find that all models can be well-fitted, that the best model generally varies between neurons and that statistical comparisons between neuronal responses across different experimental conditions are affected quantitatively and qualitatively by specific model choices. As a robust alternative to an often arbitrary model selection, we introduce a model-free approach, in which features of interest are extracted directly from the measured response data without the need of fitting any model. In our attentional datasets, we demonstrate that data-driven methods provide descriptions of tuning curve features such as preferred stimulus direction or attentional gain modulations which are in agreement with fit-based approaches when a good fit exists. Furthermore, these methods naturally extend to the frequent cases of uncertain model selection. We show that model-free approaches can identify attentional modulation patterns, such as general alterations of the irregular shape of tuning curves, which cannot be captured by fitting stereotyped conventional models. Finally, by comparing datasets across different conditions, we demonstrate effects of attention that are cell- and even stimulus

  20. Model-Free Estimation of Tuning Curves and Their Attentional Modulation, Based on Sparse and Noisy Data.

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    Helmer, Markus; Kozyrev, Vladislav; Stephan, Valeska; Treue, Stefan; Geisel, Theo; Battaglia, Demian

    2016-01-01

    Tuning curves are the functions that relate the responses of sensory neurons to various values within one continuous stimulus dimension (such as the orientation of a bar in the visual domain or the frequency of a tone in the auditory domain). They are commonly determined by fitting a model e.g. a Gaussian or other bell-shaped curves to the measured responses to a small subset of discrete stimuli in the relevant dimension. However, as neuronal responses are irregular and experimental measurements noisy, it is often difficult to determine reliably the appropriate model from the data. We illustrate this general problem by fitting diverse models to representative recordings from area MT in rhesus monkey visual cortex during multiple attentional tasks involving complex composite stimuli. We find that all models can be well-fitted, that the best model generally varies between neurons and that statistical comparisons between neuronal responses across different experimental conditions are affected quantitatively and qualitatively by specific model choices. As a robust alternative to an often arbitrary model selection, we introduce a model-free approach, in which features of interest are extracted directly from the measured response data without the need of fitting any model. In our attentional datasets, we demonstrate that data-driven methods provide descriptions of tuning curve features such as preferred stimulus direction or attentional gain modulations which are in agreement with fit-based approaches when a good fit exists. Furthermore, these methods naturally extend to the frequent cases of uncertain model selection. We show that model-free approaches can identify attentional modulation patterns, such as general alterations of the irregular shape of tuning curves, which cannot be captured by fitting stereotyped conventional models. Finally, by comparing datasets across different conditions, we demonstrate effects of attention that are cell- and even stimulus

  1. Model-Free Estimation of Tuning Curves and Their Attentional Modulation, Based on Sparse and Noisy Data.

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    Markus Helmer

    Full Text Available Tuning curves are the functions that relate the responses of sensory neurons to various values within one continuous stimulus dimension (such as the orientation of a bar in the visual domain or the frequency of a tone in the auditory domain. They are commonly determined by fitting a model e.g. a Gaussian or other bell-shaped curves to the measured responses to a small subset of discrete stimuli in the relevant dimension. However, as neuronal responses are irregular and experimental measurements noisy, it is often difficult to determine reliably the appropriate model from the data. We illustrate this general problem by fitting diverse models to representative recordings from area MT in rhesus monkey visual cortex during multiple attentional tasks involving complex composite stimuli. We find that all models can be well-fitted, that the best model generally varies between neurons and that statistical comparisons between neuronal responses across different experimental conditions are affected quantitatively and qualitatively by specific model choices. As a robust alternative to an often arbitrary model selection, we introduce a model-free approach, in which features of interest are extracted directly from the measured response data without the need of fitting any model. In our attentional datasets, we demonstrate that data-driven methods provide descriptions of tuning curve features such as preferred stimulus direction or attentional gain modulations which are in agreement with fit-based approaches when a good fit exists. Furthermore, these methods naturally extend to the frequent cases of uncertain model selection. We show that model-free approaches can identify attentional modulation patterns, such as general alterations of the irregular shape of tuning curves, which cannot be captured by fitting stereotyped conventional models. Finally, by comparing datasets across different conditions, we demonstrate effects of attention that are cell- and even

  2. Principal Curves on Riemannian Manifolds.

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    Hauberg, Soren

    2016-09-01

    Euclidean statistics are often generalized to Riemannian manifolds by replacing straight-line interpolations with geodesic ones. While these Riemannian models are familiar-looking, they are restricted by the inflexibility of geodesics, and they rely on constructions which are optimal only in Euclidean domains. We consider extensions of Principal Component Analysis (PCA) to Riemannian manifolds. Classic Riemannian approaches seek a geodesic curve passing through the mean that optimizes a criteria of interest. The requirements that the solution both is geodesic and must pass through the mean tend to imply that the methods only work well when the manifold is mostly flat within the support of the generating distribution. We argue that instead of generalizing linear Euclidean models, it is more fruitful to generalize non-linear Euclidean models. Specifically, we extend the classic Principal Curves from Hastie & Stuetzle to data residing on a complete Riemannian manifold. We show that for elliptical distributions in the tangent of spaces of constant curvature, the standard principal geodesic is a principal curve. The proposed model is simple to compute and avoids many of the pitfalls of traditional geodesic approaches. We empirically demonstrate the effectiveness of the Riemannian principal curves on several manifolds and datasets.

  3. Learning curves in energy planning models

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    Barreto, L.; Kypreos, S. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1999-08-01

    This study describes the endogenous representation of investment cost learning curves into the MARKAL energy planning model. A piece-wise representation of the learning curves is implemented using Mixed Integer Programming. The approach is briefly described and some results are presented. (author) 3 figs., 5 refs.

  4. Quantitative analysis of microcirculation in renal solid lesions with gamma curve fitting technique of contrast-enhanced ultrasound%肾脏良恶性病灶微循环血流灌注定量分析中超声造影伽马拟合分析技术的应用

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    李萍; 李凤华; 方华; 顾莉红; 杜晶; 黄翼然

    2009-01-01

    目的 评估超声造影伽马拟合分析技术对肾脏肿瘤微循环血流灌注定量分析的价值.方法 对50例肾脏实质内占位性病灶进行超声造影,将经DICOM3.0格式保存的动态图像导入SW-UCS-1型超声分析软件进行脱机分析,根据时间-强度曲线(TIC),得到上升支斜率(a3)、下降支曲率(a2)、达到时间(AT)、达峰时间(TTP)、基础强度(BI)、峰值强度、增强强度(AMP)、曲线下面积(AUC)、平均通过时间(MTT)、灌注指数(PI)等,并比较定量参数在肾脏恶性肿瘤和肾脏血管平滑肌脂肪瘤之间的差异.结果 肾脏恶性肿瘤多见灌注模式为快进快出,而慢进慢出多见于肾脏血管平滑肌脂肪瘤.肾脏恶性肿瘤和肾脏血管平滑肌脂肪瘤灌注模式分别为:快进快出28例和0例,快进慢出4例和1例,慢进快出5例和1例,慢进慢出1例和10例.TIC分析定量参数a3、AUC和PI在肾脏良恶性肿瘤比较中差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 超声造影伽马拟合分析技术可以对肿瘤微循环血流灌注进行定量分析,有助于肾脏良恶性肿瘤鉴别.%Objective To evaluate the role of gamma curve fitting technique of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in quantitative analysis of microcirculation in renal solid lesions. Methods A total of fifty patients with renal parenchyma solid lesions were performed contrast-enhanced ultrasound. The images were analysed by computer with gamma fitting analysis of contrast-enhanced ultrasonic system. The quantitative parameters were obtained by the time-intensity curves, such as ascending slope (a3), descending slope (a2), arrival time (AT), time to peak intensity (TTP), basic intensity (BI), peak intensity, amplification (AMP), area under the curve (AUC), mean transit time (MTT) and perfusion index (PI). The parameters were compared between renal malignant and benign solid lesions. Results Fast-in and fast-out was the main perfusion mode in renal malignant tumors while slow-in and

  5. Modelling Growth Curves in a Nondescript Italian Chicken Breed

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    Maria Selvaggi; Vito Laudadio; Cataldo Dario; Vincenzo Tufarelli

    2015-01-01

    ... it. This study was carried out to estimate the parameters of logistic, Gompertz and Richards growth curve models in a nondescript chicken breed population from southern Italy to determine the goodness of fit...

  6. Pencils on real curves

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    Coppens, Marc

    2011-01-01

    We consider coverings of real algebraic curves to real rational algebraic curves. We show the existence of such coverings having prescribed topological degree on the real locus. From those existence results we prove some results on Brill-Noether Theory for pencils on real curves. For coverings having topological degree 0 we introduce the covering number k and we prove the existence of coverings of degree 4 with prescribed covering number.

  7. JUMPING THE CURVE

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper explores the notion ofjump ing the curve,following from Handy 's S-curve onto a new curve with new rules policies and procedures. . It claims that the curve does not generally lie in wait but has to be invented by leadership. The focus of this paper is the identification (mathematically and inferentially ofthat point in time, known as the cusp in catastrophe theory, when it is time to change - pro-actively, pre-actively or reactively. These three scenarios are addressed separately and discussed in terms ofthe relevance ofeach.

  8. A causal dispositional account of fitness.

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    Triviño, Vanessa; Nuño de la Rosa, Laura

    2016-09-01

    The notion of fitness is usually equated to reproductive success. However, this actualist approach presents some difficulties, mainly the explanatory circularity problem, which have lead philosophers of biology to offer alternative definitions in which fitness and reproductive success are distinguished. In this paper, we argue  that none of these alternatives is satisfactory and, inspired by Mumford and Anjum's dispositional theory of causation, we offer a definition of fitness as a causal dispositional property. We argue that, under this framework, the distinctiveness that biologists usually attribute to fitness-namely, the fact that fitness is something different from both the physical traits of an organism and the number of offspring it leaves-can be explained, and the main problems associated with the concept of fitness can be solved. Firstly, we introduce Mumford and Anjum's dispositional theory of causation and present our definition of fitness as a causal disposition. We explain in detail each of the elements involved in our definition, namely: the relationship between fitness and the functional dispositions that compose it, the emergent character of fitness, and the context-sensitivity of fitness. Finally, we explain how fitness and realized fitness, as well as expected and realized fitness are distinguished in our approach to fitness as a causal disposition.

  9. Analysis of selected Kepler Mission planetary light curves

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    Rhodes, M D

    2014-01-01

    We have modified the graphical user interfaced close binary system analysis program CurveFit to the form WinKepler and applied it to 16 representative planetary candidate light curves found in the NASA Exoplanet Archive (NEA) at the Caltech website http://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu, with an aim to compare different analytical approaches. WinKepler has parameter options for a realistic physical model, including gravity-brightening and structural parameters derived from the relevant Radau equation. We tested our best-fitting parameter-sets for formal determinacy and adequacy. A primary aim is to compare our parameters with those listed in the NEA. Although there are trends of agreement, small differences in the main parameter values are found in some cases, and there may be some relative bias towards a 90 degrees value for the NEA inclinations. These are assessed against realistic error estimates. Photometric variability from causes other than planetary transits affects at least 6 of the data-sets studie...

  10. The Roles of Macrobenthic Mollusks as Bioindicator in Response to Environmental Disturbance : Cumulative k-dominance curves and bubble plots ordination approaches

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    Putro, Sapto P.; Muhammad, Fuad; Aininnur, Amalia; Widowati; Suhartana

    2017-02-01

    Floating net cage is one of the aquaculture practice operated in Indonesian coastal areas that has been growing rapidly over the last two decades. This study is aimed to assess the roles of macrobenthic mollusks as bioindicator in response to environmental disturbance caused by fish farming activities, and compare the samples within the locations using graphical methods. The research was done at the floating net cage fish farming area in the Awerange Gulf, South Sulawesi, Indonesia at the coordinates between 79°0500‧- 79°1500‧ LS and 953°1500‧- 953°2000‧ BT, at the polyculture and reference areas, which was located 1 km away from farming area. Sampling period was conducted between October 2014 to June 2015. The sediment samples were taken from the two locations with two sampling time and three replicates using Van Veen Grab for biotic and abiotic assessment. Mollusks as biotic parameter were fixed using 4% formalin solution and were preserved using 70% ethanol solution after 1mm mesh size. The macrobenthic mollusks were found as many as 15 species consisting of 14 families and 2 classes (gastropods and bivalves). Based on cumulative k-dominance analysis projected on each station, the line of station K3T1 (reference area; first sampling time) and KJAB P3T2 (polyculture area; second sampling time) are located below others curves, indicating the highest evenness and diversity compared to the other stations, whereas station K2T1 (reference area; first sampling time) and K3T2 (polyculture area, second sampling time) are located on the top, indicate the lowest value of evenness and diversity. Based on the bubble plots NMDS ordination, the four dominant taxa/species did not clearly show involvement in driving/shifting the ordinate position of station on the graph, except T. agilis. However, the two species showed involvement in driving/shifting the ordinate position of two stations of the reference areas from the first sampling time by Rynoclavis sordidula

  11. A method for evaluating models that use galaxy rotation curves to derive the density profiles

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    de Almeida, Álefe O F; Rodrigues, Davi C

    2016-01-01

    There are some approaches, either based on General Relativity (GR) or modified gravity, that use galaxy rotation curves to derive the matter density of the corresponding galaxy, and this procedure would either indicate a partial or a complete elimination of dark matter in galaxies. Here we review these approaches, clarify the difficulties on this inverted procedure, present a method for evaluating them, and use it to test two specific approaches that are based on GR: the Cooperstock-Tieu (CT) and the Balasin-Grumiller (BG) approaches. Using this new method, we find that neither of the tested approaches can satisfactorily fit the observational data without dark matter. The CT approach results can be significantly improved if some dark matter is considered, while for the BG approach no usual dark matter halo can improve its results.

  12. A method for evaluating models that use galaxy rotation curves to derive the density profiles

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    de Almeida, Álefe O. F.; Piattella, Oliver F.; Rodrigues, Davi C.

    2016-11-01

    There are some approaches, either based on General Relativity (GR) or modified gravity, that use galaxy rotation curves to derive the matter density of the corresponding galaxy, and this procedure would either indicate a partial or a complete elimination of dark matter in galaxies. Here we review these approaches, clarify the difficulties on this inverted procedure, present a method for evaluating them, and use it to test two specific approaches that are based on GR: the Cooperstock-Tieu (CT) and the Balasin-Grumiller (BG) approaches. Using this new method, we find that neither of the tested approaches can satisfactorily fit the observational data without dark matter. The CT approach results can be significantly improved if some dark matter is considered, while for the BG approach no usual dark matter halo can improve its results.

  13. Fit for purpose: Australia's National Fitness Campaign.

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    Collins, Julie A; Lekkas, Peter

    2011-12-19

    During a time of war, the federal government passed the National Fitness Act 1941 to improve the fitness of the youth of Australia and better prepare them for roles in the armed services and industry. Implementation of the National Fitness Act made federal funds available at a local level through state-based national fitness councils, which coordinated promotional campaigns, programs, education and infrastructure for physical fitness, with volunteers undertaking most of the work. Specifically focused on children and youth, national fitness councils supported the provision of children's playgrounds, youth clubs and school camping programs, as well as the development of physical education in schools and its teaching and research in universities. By the time the Act was repealed in 1994, fitness had become associated with leisure and recreation rather than being seen as equipping people for everyday life and work. The emergence of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency Act 2010 offers the opportunity to reflect on synergies with its historic precedent.

  14. Afterglow Light Curves and Broken Power Laws: A Statistical Study

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    J'ohannesson, G; Gudmundsson, E H; J\\'ohannesson, Gudlaugur; Bj\\"ornsson, Gunnlaugur; Gudmundsson, Einar H.

    2006-01-01

    In gamma-ray burst research it is quite common to fit the afterglow light curves with a broken power law to interpret the data. We apply this method to a computer simulated population of afterglows and find systematic differences between the known model parameters of the population and the ones derived from the power law fits. In general, the slope of the electron energy distribution is overestimated from the pre-break light curve slope while being underestimated from the post-break slope. We also find that the jet opening angle derived from the fits is overestimated in narrow jets and underestimated in wider ones. Results from fitting afterglow light curves with broken power laws must therefore be interpreted with caution since the uncertainties in the derived parameters might be larger than estimated from the fit. This may have implications for Hubble diagrams constructed using gamma-ray burst data.

  15. Halpha rotation curves the soft core question

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    Marchesini, D; Chincarini, G L; Firmani, C; Conconi, P; Molinari, E; Zacchei, A

    2002-01-01

    We present good resolution Halpha rotation curves of 6 galaxies: late-type dwarf and low surface brightness galaxies (LSB) for which accurate HI rotation curves are available from the literature. Observations are carried out at Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG). For LSB F583-1 an innovative dispersing element was used, the Volume Phase Holographic (VPH) with a dispersion of about 0.35 A pxl^{-1}. From our analysis we find good agreement between the Halpha data and the HI observations concluding that the HI data for these galaxies suffer very little from beam smearing. We show that the optical rotation curves of these dark matter dominated galaxies are best fitted by the Burkert profile. In the center of galaxies, where the N-body simulations predict cusp cores and fast rising rotation curves, our data seem to be in better agreement with the presence of soft cores.

  16. Measurements of Surface Tension of Li2B4O7·KNbO3 Solution by Contour Curve Fitting Methods%应用轮廓吻合法测量Li2B4O7·KNbO3溶液的表面张力系数

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    金蔚青; 蔡丽霞; 潘志雷; 长岛敏夫; 蒋元方; 依田真一

    2001-01-01

    A method for measuring the surface tension—Contour Curve Fitting Method, which is determined by digital video image processing of a sessile drop with using computer was discussed. The image of a sessile drop of Li2B4O7+KNbO3 formed on a BN plate was recorded on a digital video tape and converted into digital data of profile by using the technique of digital image acqui sition and processing. The Segmented drop image was fitted with numerical solution of theoretical equations to determine a surface tension. The thermal and solute surface tension coefficients were given by the following forms respectively, γT(mN/m)=210+0.15(T-900℃), 900℃< T<1000℃and γc (mN/m)=229-0.45(CKN-10wt%), 10wt%< CKN <30wt%.%讨论了一种表面张力测量方法一轮廓曲线吻合法。它是一种应用计算机技术,用数字图像信息处理液滴轮廓的方法。应用数字图像测量和信息处理技术,将置于氮化硼水平平板上的Li2B4O7+KNbO3液滴的轮廓图像记录在录像带上,然后转换成数字图像数据,并与理论方程的数值解吻合,求得表面张力系数。用这种方法侧得的Li2B4O7+KNbO3溶液的表面张力温度系数和表面张力溶质系数分别为γT(mN/m)=210+0.15(T-900℃),900℃ T 1000℃;γc(mN/m)=229-0.45(CKN--10wt%),10wt% CKN 30wt%。

  17. Accelerating Around an Unbanked Curve

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    Mungan, Carl E.

    2006-02-01

    The December 2004 issue of TPT presented a problem concerning how a car should accelerate around an unbanked curve of constant radius r starting from rest if it is to avoid skidding. Interestingly enough, two solutions were proffered by readers.2 The purpose of this note is to compare and contrast the two approaches. Further experimental investigation of various turning strategies using a remote-controlled car and overhead video analysis could make for an interesting student project.

  18. A study of pH-dependent photodegradation of amiloride by a multivariate curve resolution approach to combined kinetic and acid-base titration UV data.

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    De Luca, Michele; Ioele, Giuseppina; Mas, Sílvia; Tauler, Romà; Ragno, Gaetano

    2012-11-21

    Amiloride photostability at different pH values was studied in depth by applying Multivariate Curve Resolution Alternating Least Squares (MCR-ALS) to the UV spectrophotometric data from drug solutions exposed to stressing irradiation. Resolution of all degradation photoproducts was possible by simultaneous spectrophotometric analysis of kinetic photodegradation and acid-base titration experiments. Amiloride photodegradation showed to be strongly dependent on pH. Two hard modelling constraints were sequentially used in MCR-ALS for the unambiguous resolution of all the species involved in the photodegradation process. An amiloride acid-base system was defined by using the equilibrium constraint, and the photodegradation pathway was modelled taking into account the kinetic constraint. The simultaneous analysis of photodegradation and titration experiments revealed the presence of eight different species, which were differently distributed according to pH and time. Concentration profiles of all the species as well as their pure spectra were resolved and kinetic rate constants were estimated. The values of rate constants changed with pH and under alkaline conditions the degradation pathway and photoproducts also changed. These results were compared to those obtained by LC-MS analysis from drug photodegradation experiments. MS analysis allowed the identification of up to five species and showed the simultaneous presence of more than one acid-base equilibrium.

  19. Combination of BTrackS and Geri-Fit as a targeted approach for assessing and reducing the postural sway of older adults with high fall risk

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    Full Text Available Daniel J Goble, Mason C Hearn, Harsimran S Baweja School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA Abstract: Atypically high postural sway measured by a force plate is a known risk factor for falls in older adults. Further, it has been shown that small, but significant, reductions in postural sway are possible with various balance exercise interventions. In the present study, a new low-cost force-plate technology called the Balance Tracking System (BTrackS was utilized to assess postural sway of older adults before and after 90 days of a well-established exercise program called Geri-Fit. Results showed an overall reduction in postural sway across all participants from pre- to post-intervention. However, the magnitude of effects was significantly influenced by the amount of postural sway demonstrated by individuals prior to Geri-Fit training. Specifically, more participants with atypically high postural sway pre-intervention experienced an overall postural sway reduction. These reductions experienced were typically greater than the minimum detectable change statistic for the BTrackS Balance Test. Taken together, these findings suggest that BTrackS is an effective means of identifying older adults with elevated postural sway, who are likely to benefit from Geri-Fit training to mitigate fall risk. Keywords: aging, balance, BTrackS, Geri-Fit, postural sway, fall risk

  20. Shortening the learning curve in endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery: a reproducible polymer tumor model for the trans-sphenoidal trans-tubercular approach to retro-infundibular tumors.

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    Berhouma, Moncef; Baidya, Nishanta B; Ismaïl, Abdelhay A; Zhang, Jun; Ammirati, Mario

    2013-09-01

    Endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery attracts an increasing number of young neurosurgeons. This recent technique requires specific technical skills for the approaches to non-pituitary tumors (expanded endoscopic endonasal surgery). Actual residents' busy schedules carry the risk of compromising their laboratory training by limiting significantly the dedicated time for dissections. To enhance and shorten the learning curve in expanded endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery, we propose a reproducible model based on the implantation of a polymer via an intracranial route to provide a pathological retro-infundibular expansive lesion accessible to a virgin expanded endoscopic endonasal route, avoiding the ethically-debatable need to hundreds of pituitary cases in live patients before acquiring the desired skills. A polymer-based tumor model was implanted in 6 embalmed human heads via a microsurgical right fronto-temporal approach through the carotido-oculomotor cistern to mimic a retro-infundibular tumor. The tumor's position was verified by CT-scan. An endoscopic endonasal trans-sphenoidal trans-tubercular trans-planum approach was then carried out on a virgin route under neuronavigation tracking. Dissection of the tumor model from displaced surrounding neurovascular structures reproduced live surgery's sensations and challenges. Post-implantation CT-scan allowed the pre-removal assessment of the tumor insertion, its relationships as well as naso-sphenoidal anatomy in preparation of the endoscopic approach. Training on easily reproducible retro-infundibular approaches in a context of pathological distorted anatomy provides a unique opportunity to avoid the need for repetitive live surgeries to acquire skills for this kind of rare tumors, and may shorten the learning curve for endoscopic endonasal surgery. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.