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Approximate entropy

Jian Zhang
Transfer entropy from non-uniform embedding is a popular tool for the inference of causal relationships among dynamical subsystems. In this study we present an approach that makes use of low-dimensional conditional mutual information quantities to decompose the original high-dimensional conditional mutual information in the searching procedure of non-uniform embedding for significant variables at different lags. We perform a series of simulation experiments to assess the sensitivity and specificity of our proposed method to demonstrate its advantage compared to previous algorithms...
2018: PloS One
William D Piñeros, Beth A Lindquist, Ryan B Jadrich, Thomas M Truskett
Inverse design can be a useful strategy for discovering interactions that drive particles to spontaneously self-assemble into a desired structure. Here, we extend an inverse design methodology-relative entropy optimization-to determine isotropic interactions that promote assembly of targeted multicomponent phases, and we apply this extension to design interactions for a variety of binary crystals ranging from compact triangular and square architectures to highly open structures with dodecagonal and octadecagonal motifs...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Yeonsik Noh, Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Yan Bai, Joseph White, John P Florian, Peter R Brink, Ki H Chon
Prolonged and high pressure diving may lead to various physiological changes including significant alterations of autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity that may be associated with altered physical performance, decompression sickness, or central nervous system oxygen toxicity. Ideally, researchers could elucidate ANS function before, during, and after dives that are most associated with altered function and adverse outcomes. However, we have a limited understanding of the activities of the ANS especially during deeper prolonged SCUBA diving because there has never been a convenient way to collect physiological data during deep dives...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Łukasz Szeleszczuk, Dariusz Maciej Pisklak, Monika Zielińska-Pisklak
The aim of this study was to determine whether the periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations can be used for accurate prediction of the influence of the increased pressure on crystal structure and stability of molecular solids. To achieve this goal a series of geometry optimization and thermodynamic parameters calculations were performed for γ-glycine and δ-glycine structures at different pressure values using CASTEP program. In order to perform most accurate geometry optimization various exchange-correlation functionals defined within generalized gradient approximation (GGA): PBE, PW91, RPBE, WC, PBESOL as well as defined within local density approximation (LDA), i...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Computational Chemistry
Michele Berselli, Enrico Lavezzo, Stefano Toppo
Motivation: Non-B DNA conformations play an important role in genomic rearrangements, structural three-dimensional organization and gene regulation. Many non-B DNA structures show symmetrical properties as palindromes and mirrors that can form hairpins, cruciform structures or triplexes. A comprehensive tool, capable to perform a fast genome wide search for exact and degenerate symmetrical patterns, is needed for further investigating nucleotide tracts potentially forming non-B DNA structures...
March 7, 2018: Bioinformatics
Çağdaş Topçu, Hilmi Uysal, Ömer Özkan, Özlenen Özkan, Övünç Polat, Merve Bedeloğlu, Arzu Akgül, Ela Naz Döğer, Refik Sever, Ömer Halil Çolak
BACKGROUND: We assessed the recovery of 2 face transplantation patients with measures of complexity during neuromuscular rehabilitation. Cognitive rehabilitation methods and functional electrical stimulation were used to improve facial emotional expressions of full-face transplantation patients for 5 months. Rehabilitation and analyses were conducted at approximately 3 years after full facial transplantation in the patient group. We report complexity analysis of surface electromyography signals of these two patients in comparison to the results of 10 healthy individuals...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Iker Malaina, Larraitz Aranburu, Luis Martínez, Luis Fernández-Llebrez, Carlos Bringas, Ildefonso M De la Fuente, Martín Blás Pérez, Leire González, Itziar Arana, Roberto Matorras
PURPOSE: To introduce LEIOA, a new screening method to forecast which patients admitted to the hospital because of suspected threatened premature delivery will give birth in < 7 days, so that it can be used to assist in the prognosis and treatment jointly with other clinical tools. METHODS: From 2010 to 2013, 286 tocographies from women with gestational ages comprehended between 24 and 37 weeks were collected and studied. Then, we developed a new predictive model based on uterine contractions which combine the Generalized Hurst Exponent and the Approximate Entropy by logistic regression (LEIOA model)...
March 5, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Doron Chachamovitz, Dan Mordehai
Many specimens at the nanoscale are pristine of dislocations, line defects which are the main carriers of plasticity. As a result, they exhibit extremely high strengths which are dislocation-nucleation controlled. Since nucleation is a thermally activated process, it is essential to quantify the stress-dependent activation parameters for dislocation nucleation in order to study the strength of specimens at the nanoscale and its distribution. In this work, we calculate the strength of Mo nanoparticles in molecular dynamics simulations and we propose a method to extract the activation free-energy barrier for dislocation nucleation from the distribution of the results...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Eunsang Lee, Wolfgang Paul
A variety of linear polymer precursors with hydrogen bonding motifs at both ends enable us to design supramolecular polymer systems with tailored macroscopic properties including self-healing. In this study, we investigate thermodynamic properties of single polyethylene and polybutylene glycols with hydrogen bonding motifs. In this context, we first build a coarse-grained model of building blocks of the supramolecular polymer system based on all-atom molecular structures. The density of states of the single precursor is obtained using the stochastic approximation Monte Carlo method...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Edward Ofori, Jaeho Shim, Jacob J Sosnoff
The maintenance of steady contractions is required in many daily tasks. However, there is little understanding of how various lower limb configurations influence the ability to maintain force. The purpose of the current investigation was to examine the influence of joint angle on various lower-limb constant force contractions. Nineteen adults performed knee extension, knee flexion, and ankle plantarflexion isometric force contractions to 11 target forces, ranging from 2 to 95% maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) at 2 angles...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
Haizhen Luo, Xiaoyun Wang, Mengying Fan, Lingyun Deng, Chuyao Jian, Miaoluan Wei, Jie Luo
Visual input could benefit balance control or increase postural sway, and it is far from fully understanding the effect of visual stimuli on postural stability and its underlying mechanism. In this study, the effect of different visual inputs on stability and complexity of postural control was examined by analyzing the mean velocity (MV), SD, and fuzzy approximate entropy (fApEn) of the center of pressure (COP) signal during quiet upright standing. We designed five visual exposure conditions: eyes-closed, eyes-open (EO), and three virtual reality (VR) scenes (VR1-VR3)...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Gang Yan, Li Zhou
This paper proposes an innovative method for identifying the locations of multiple simultaneous acoustic emission (AE) events in plate-like structures from the view of image processing. By using a linear lead zirconium titanate (PZT) sensor array to record the AE wave signals, a reverse-time frequency-wavenumber (f-k) migration is employed to produce images displaying the locations of AE sources by back-propagating the AE waves. Lamb wave theory is included in the f-k migration to consider the dispersive property of the AE waves...
February 21, 2018: Sensors
Maher Milad Aburas, Yuek Ming Ho, Mohammad Firuz Ramli, Zulfa Hanan Ash'aari
The identification of spatio-temporal patterns of the urban growth phenomenon has become one of the most significant challenges in monitoring and assessing current and future trends of the urban growth issue. Therefore, spatio-temporal and quantitative techniques should be used hand in hand for a deeper understanding of various aspects of urban growth. The main purpose of this study is to monitor and assess the significant patterns of urban growth in Seremban using a spatio-temporal built-up area analysis. The concentric circles approach was used to measure the compactness and dispersion of built-up area by employing Shannon's Entropy method...
February 20, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Michael A Maloney, Ian Renshaw, Jonathon Headrick, David T Martin, Damian Farrow
Enhancing practice design is critical to facilitate transfer of learning. Considerable research has focused on the role of perceptual information in practice simulation, yet has neglected how affect and cognition are shaped by practice environments and whether this influences the fidelity of behavior (Headrick et al., 2015). This study filled this gap by examining the fidelity of individual (cognition, affect, and actions) and interpersonal behavior of 10 highly skilled Australian Taekwondo athletes fighting in training compared to competition...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Hong-Ling Gao, Shao-Xia Huang, Xiao-Pu Zhou, Zhen Liu, Jian-Zhong Cui
Five tetranuclear lanthanide complexes [Gd4(dbm)4(L)6(μ3-OH)2]·5CH3CN (1), [Tb4(dbm)4(L)6(μ3-OH)2]·2CH3CH2OH·4CH3CN (2), [Dy4(dbm)4(L)6(μ3-OH)2]·4CH3CN·2H2O (3), [Ho4(dbm)4(L)6(μ3-OH)2]·CH3CH2OH·4CH3CN·2H2O (4) and [Er4(dbm)4(L)6(μ3-OH)2] (5) are obtained from the reaction of 5-(4-pyridinecarboxaldehyde)amino-8-hydroxylquinoline (HL) and Ln(dbm)3·2H2O (dbm = 1,3-diphenyl-1,3-propanedione). Complexes 1-5 are isomorphous and crystallize in the monoclinic space group P21/c. The metal ions in 1-5 adopt an approximately square-antiprismatic coordination environment...
February 12, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Bin Shi, Jiping Jiang, Bellie Sivakumar, Yi Zheng, Peng Wang
Field monitoring strategy is critical for disaster preparedness and watershed emergency environmental management. However, development of such is also highly challenging. Despite the efforts and progress thus far, no definitive guidelines or solutions are available worldwide for quantitatively designing a monitoring network in response to river chemical spill incidents, except general rules based on administrative divisions or arbitrary interpolation on routine monitoring sections. To address this gap, a novel framework for spatial-temporal network design was proposed in this study...
February 3, 2018: Water Research
Aneeq Zia, Yachna Sharma, Vinay Bettadapura, Eric L Sarin, Irfan Essa
PURPOSE: Basic surgical skills of suturing and knot tying are an essential part of medical training. Having an automated system for surgical skills assessment could help save experts time and improve training efficiency. There have been some recent attempts at automated surgical skills assessment using either video analysis or acceleration data. In this paper, we present a novel approach for automated assessment of OSATS-like surgical skills and provide an analysis of different features on multi-modal data (video and accelerometer data)...
January 29, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
C Cremillieux, A Makhlouf, V Pichot, B Trombert, H Patural
BACKGROUND: Objective tools are needed to improve pain assessment in newborns. The aim of this study was to assess the correlation between the Newborn Infant Parasympathetic Evaluation (NIPE) index and two pain scales during a painful procedure in premature infants. METHOD: Each baby born at least at 26 weeks of gestational age (GA) undergoing a planned painful procedure in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was eligible. NIPE index, heart rate variability (HRV) indices and Neonatal Acute Pain scale (DAN) were recorded across three periods: the first at rest 5 min before the painful procedure (T1), the second during it (T2), and the third 3 min after the end of it (T3)...
January 25, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Quansheng Jiang, Yehu Shen, Hua Li, Fengyu Xu
Feature recognition and fault diagnosis plays an important role in equipment safety and stable operation of rotating machinery. In order to cope with the complexity problem of the vibration signal of rotating machinery, a feature fusion model based on information entropy and probabilistic neural network is proposed in this paper. The new method first uses information entropy theory to extract three kinds of characteristics entropy in vibration signals, namely, singular spectrum entropy, power spectrum entropy, and approximate entropy...
January 24, 2018: Sensors
Seong Woo Kim, Ha Ra Jeon, Ji Yong Kim, Yoon Kim
Objective: To find evidence of autonomic imbalance and present the heart rate variability (HRV) parameters that reflect the severity of paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity (PSH) in children with acquired brain injury (ABI). Methods: Thirteen children with ABI were enrolled and age- and sex-matched children with cerebral palsy were selected as the control group (n=13). The following HRV parameters were calculated: time-domain indices including the mean heart rate, standard deviation of all average R-R intervals (SDNN), root mean square of the successive differences (RMSSD), physical stress index (PSI), approximate entropy (ApEn); successive R-R interval difference (SRD), and frequency domain indices including total power (TP), high frequency (HF), low frequency (LF), normalized HF, normalized LF, and LF/HF ratio...
December 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
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