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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351297/a-fast-combination-method-in-dsmt-and-its-application-to-recommender-system
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Yilin Dong, Xinde Li, Yihai Liu
In many applications involving epistemic uncertainties usually modeled by belief functions, it is often necessary to approximate general (non-Bayesian) basic belief assignments (BBAs) to subjective probabilities (called Bayesian BBAs). This necessity occurs if one needs to embed the fusion result in a system based on the probabilistic framework and Bayesian inference (e.g. tracking systems), or if one needs to make a decision in the decision making problems. In this paper, we present a new fast combination method, called modified rigid coarsening (MRC), to obtain the final Bayesian BBAs based on hierarchical decomposition (coarsening) of the frame of discernment...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347416/computational-framework-for-particle-and-spin-simulations-based-on-the-stochastic-galerkin-method
#2
J Slim, F Rathmann, D Heberling
An implementation of the polynomial chaos expansion is introduced as a fast solver of the equations of beam and spin motion of charged particles in electromagnetic fields. We show that, based on the stochastic Galerkin method, our computational framework substantially reduces the required number of tracking calculations compared to the widely used Monte Carlo method.
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347344/experimental-investigation-of-mesoscopic-heterogeneous-motion-of-laser-activated-self-propelling-janus-particles-in-suspension
#3
Chong-Wai Io, Tzu-Yin Chen, Jai-Wei Yeh, Sin-Cen Cai
The mesoscopic collective motion of self-propelling active particle suspension is experimentally investigated. The active particles are silica micro spheres with Au hemisphere coating, and their propelling strength is activated by laser irradiation. The suspension is driven from equilibrium to near equilibrium and far from equilibrium by tuning the excitation laser intensity. By use of the long-term particle tracking technique, the time evolution of a large amount of active particles is resolvable. For low laser intensity, the suspension is driven to near equilibrium state with homogeneous superdiffusion motion...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347092/front-roughening-of-flames-in-discrete-media
#4
Fredric Lam, XiaoCheng Mi, Andrew J Higgins
The morphology of flame fronts propagating in reactive systems composed of randomly positioned, pointlike sources is studied. The solution of the temperature field and the initiation of new sources is implemented using the superposition of the Green's function for the diffusion equation, eliminating the need to use finite-difference approximations. The heat released from triggered sources diffuses outward from each source, activating new sources and enabling a mechanism of flame propagation. Systems of 40000 sources in a 200×200 two-dimensional domain were tracked using computer simulations, and statistical ensembles of 120 realizations of each system were averaged to determine the statistical properties of the flame fronts...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346028/biophysics-model-of-heavy-ion-degradation-of-neuron-morphology-in-mouse-hippocampal-granular-cell-layer-neurons
#5
Murat Alp, Francis A Cucinotta
Exposure to heavy-ion radiation during cancer treatment or space travel may cause cognitive detriments that have been associated with changes in neuron morphology and plasticity. Observations in mice of reduced neuronal dendritic complexity have revealed a dependence on radiation quality and absorbed dose, suggesting that microscopic energy deposition plays an important role. In this work we used morphological data for mouse dentate granular cell layer (GCL) neurons and a stochastic model of particle track structure and microscopic energy deposition (ED) to develop a predictive model of high-charge and energy (HZE) particle-induced morphological changes to the complex structures of dendritic arbors...
January 18, 2018: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345551/quantifying-novice-and-expert-differences-in-visual-diagnostic-reasoning-in-veterinary-pathology-using-eye-tracking-technology
#6
Amy L Warren, Tyrone L Donnon, Catherine R Wagg, Heather Priest, Nicole J Fernandez
Visual diagnostic reasoning is the cognitive process by which pathologists reach a diagnosis based on visual stimuli (cytologic, histopathologic, or gross imagery). Currently, there is little to no literature examining visual reasoning in veterinary pathology. The objective of the study was to use eye tracking to establish baseline quantitative and qualitative differences between the visual reasoning processes of novice and expert veterinary pathologists viewing cytology specimens. Novice and expert participants were each shown 10 cytology images and asked to formulate a diagnosis while wearing eye-tracking equipment (10 slides) and while concurrently verbalizing their thought processes using the think-aloud protocol (5 slides)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342968/a-fast-and-robust-extrinsic-calibration-for-rgb-d-camera-networks
#7
Po-Chang Su, Ju Shen, Wanxin Xu, Sen-Ching S Cheung, Ying Luo
From object tracking to 3D reconstruction, RGB-Depth (RGB-D) camera networks play an increasingly important role in many vision and graphics applications. Practical applications often use sparsely-placed cameras to maximize visibility, while using as few cameras as possible to minimize cost. In general, it is challenging to calibrate sparse camera networks due to the lack of shared scene features across different camera views. In this paper, we propose a novel algorithm that can accurately and rapidly calibrate the geometric relationships across an arbitrary number of RGB-D cameras on a network...
January 15, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340526/simulating-the-behavior-of-patients-who-leave-a-public-hospital-emergency-department-without-being-seen-by-a-physician-a-cellular-automaton-and-agent-based-framework
#8
Milad Yousefi, Moslem Yousefi, F S Fogliatto, R P M Ferreira, J H Kim
The objective of this study was to develop an agent based modeling (ABM) framework to simulate the behavior of patients who leave a public hospital emergency department (ED) without being seen (LWBS). In doing so, the study complements computer modeling and cellular automata (CA) techniques to simulate the behavior of patients in an ED. After verifying and validating the model by comparing it with data from a real case study, the significance of four preventive policies including increasing number of triage nurses, fast-track treatment, increasing the waiting room capacity and reducing treatment time were investigated by utilizing ordinary least squares regression...
January 11, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339488/ultrafast-imaging-of-cell-elasticity-with-optical-microelastography
#9
Pol Grasland-Mongrain, Ali Zorgani, Shoma Nakagawa, Simon Bernard, Lia Gomes Paim, Greg Fitzharris, Stefan Catheline, Guy Cloutier
Elasticity is a fundamental cellular property that is related to the anatomy, functionality, and pathological state of cells and tissues. However, current techniques based on cell deformation, atomic force microscopy, or Brillouin scattering are rather slow and do not always accurately represent cell elasticity. Here, we have developed an alternative technique by applying shear wave elastography to the micrometer scale. Elastic waves were mechanically induced in live mammalian oocytes using a vibrating micropipette...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339430/simultaneous-binding-of-multiple-ef-tu-copies-to-translating-ribosomes-in-live-escherichia-coli
#10
Mainak Mustafi, James C Weisshaar
In bacteria, elongation factor Tu is a translational cofactor that forms ternary complexes with aminoacyl-tRNA (aa-tRNA) and GTP. Binding of a ternary complex to one of four flexible L7/L12 units on the ribosome tethers a charged tRNA in close proximity to the ribosomal A site. Two sequential tests for a match between the aa-tRNA anticodon and the current mRNA codon then follow. Because one elongation cycle can occur in as little as 50 ms and the vast majority of aa-tRNA copies are not cognate with the current mRNA codon, this testing must occur rapidly...
January 16, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337046/the-impact-of-fast-track-protocols-in-upper-gastrointestinal-surgery-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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REVIEW
Charalampos Siotos, Konstantinos Stergios, Androniki Naska, Maximos Frountzas, Vasilios Pergialiotis, Despina N Perrea, Nikolaos Nikiteas
BACKGROUND: Fast track surgery has been implemented in colorectal procedures during the last decade and is accompanied by significant improvement in patient outcomes during the early postoperative period. However, to date, its adoption in upper gastrointestinal surgery remains a matter of debate. In this context, we aimed to summarize the existing evidence in the international literature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched Medline, Scopus, ClinicalTrials.gov and Cochrane Central Register databases for published randomized controlled trials...
January 12, 2018: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336788/grey-wolf-based-control-for-speed-ripple-reduction-at-low-speed-operation-of-pmsm-drives
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Ali Djerioui, Azeddine Houari, Mourad Ait-Ahmed, Mohamed-Fouad Benkhoris, Aissa Chouder, Mohamed Machmoum
Speed ripple at low speed-high torque operation of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine (PMSM) drives is considered as one of the major issues to be treated. The presented work proposes an efficient PMSM speed controller based on Grey Wolf (GW) algorithm to ensure a high-performance control for speed ripple reduction at low speed operation. The main idea of the proposed control algorithm is to propose a specific objective function in order to incorporate the advantage of fast optimization process of the GW optimizer...
January 11, 2018: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333023/nivolumab-pearls-of-evidence
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REVIEW
Pratishtha B Chaudhari
Purpose: Nivolumab is one of the most extensively studied immune checkpoint inhibitors across various tumor types. In this narrative review, the current clinical efficacy and safety data of anti-programmed death-1 (PD-1) nivolumab for nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and renal cell cancer (RCC) are elucidated. Methods: Systematic search was done on Pubmed, Medline, Embase, Web of Knowledge, and Cochrane Central through September 2016 for controlled prospective interventional studies of nivolumab across two indications - NSCLC and RCC...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332059/analysis-of-skeletal-muscle-performance-using-piezoelectric-film-sensors
#14
Anat Ratnovsky, Emanuel Kusayev, Sara Naftali
A flexible piezoelectric thin film sensor has been proposed recently in several studies for detection of muscle movements. The objective of this study was to investigate the ability of this sensor to assess skeletal muscle performance and fatigue under isokinetic contractions. Simultaneous noninvasive measurements of muscles activity were done using surface electromyography (EMG) electrodes and two thin film piezoelectric sensors. Measurements were taken from the biceps during slow and fast elbow flexion with and without strong grip, during different weight lifting and from the gastrocnemius during treadmill marching at speeds of 4 and of 10 kph...
January 5, 2018: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329372/enrichment-analysis-with-epiannotator
#15
Yoann Pageaud, Christoph Plass, Yassen Assenov
Motivation: Deciphering relevant biological insights from epigenomic data can be a challenging task. One commonly used approach is to perform enrichment analysis. However, finding, downloading and using the publicly available functional annotations requires time, programming skills and IT infrastructure. Here we describe the online tool EpiAnnotator for performing enrichment analyses on epigenomic data in a fast and user-friendly way. Results: EpiAnnotator is an R Package accompanied by a web interface...
January 10, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327248/introducing-new-technology-safely-into-urological-practice
#16
Siska Van Bruwaene, Benjamin Namdarian, Ben Challacombe, Ben Eddy, Ignace Billiet
PURPOSE: Surgical innovation is necessary to ensure continued improvement in patient care. However, several challenges unique to the surgical craft are encountered during the development and validation of such new technology. This article highlights some of these challenges and gives an overview of existing solutions. METHODS: A Pubmed review was performed about the "introduction of new technology" to identify challenges. Cross-referencing was used to explore the possible solutions per challenge...
January 11, 2018: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322165/visual-search-in-barn-owls-task-difficulty-and-saccadic-behavior
#17
Julius Orlowski, Ohad Ben-Shahar, Hermann Wagner
How do we find what we are looking for? A target can be in plain view, but it may be detected only after extensive search. During a search we make directed attentional deployments like saccades to segment the scene until we detect the target. Depending on difficulty, the search may be fast with few attentional deployments or slow with many, shorter deployments. Here we study visual search in barn owls by tracking their overt attentional deployments-that is, their head movements-with a camera. We conducted a low-contrast feature search, a high-contrast orientation conjunction search, and a low-contrast orientation conjunction search, each with set sizes varying from 16 to 64 items...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320684/label-free-imaging-and-bending-analysis-of-microtubules-by-rocs-microscopy-and-optical-trapping
#18
Matthias D Koch, Alexander Rohrbach
Mechanical manipulation of single cytoskeleton filaments and their monitoring over long times is difficult because of fluorescence bleaching or phototoxic protein degradation. The integration of label-free microscopy techniques, capable of imaging freely diffusing, weak scatterers such as microtubules (MTs) in real-time, and independent of their orientation, with optical trapping and tracking systems, would allow many new applications. Here, we show that rotating-coherent-scattering microscopy (ROCS) in dark-field mode can also provide strong contrast for structures far from the coverslip such as arrangements of isolated MTs and networks...
January 9, 2018: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319251/time-to-revisit-recommendations-on-doctor-to-population-ratio-in-india
#19
Madhav G Deo
A buzzword in Indian press and amongst the policy makers is that India is short of the WHO recommended doctor to population ratio of 1:1000. The recommendations were formulated to facilitate programs to achieve some of the health related UN-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Infections and malnutrition, which can be comfortably handled by a basic MBBS doctor, were the dominant health issues at the time of the formulation of the MDGs. However, all countries worldwide are going through health epidemiological transition and health impact of the non-communicable disorders (NCDs) can be no more ignored even by the low income nations...
October 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315267/experimental-evaluation-of-uwb-indoor-positioning-for-sport-postures
#20
Matteo Ridolfi, Stef Vandermeeren, Jense Defraye, Heidi Steendam, Joeri Gerlo, Dirk De Clercq, Jeroen Hoebeke, Eli De Poorter
Radio frequency (RF)-based indoor positioning systems (IPSs) use wireless technologies (including Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and ultra-wide band (UWB)) to estimate the location of persons in areas where no Global Positioning System (GPS) reception is available, for example in indoor stadiums or sports halls. Of the above-mentioned forms of radio frequency (RF) technology, UWB is considered one of the most accurate approaches because it can provide positioning estimates with centimeter-level accuracy. However, it is not yet known whether UWB can also offer such accurate position estimates during strenuous dynamic activities in which moves are characterized by fast changes in direction and velocity...
January 9, 2018: Sensors
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