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Research Article

STUDY OF VISION BASED HAND GESTURE RECOGNITION USING INDIAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Human Computer Interaction moves forward in the field of sign language interpretation.Indian Sign Language (ISL) Interpretation system is a good way to help the Indian hearing impaired people to interact with normal people with the help of computer. As compared to other sign languages, ISL interpretation has got less attention by the researcher. In this paper, some historical background, need, scope and concern of ISL are given. Vision based hand gesture recognition system have been discussed

Archana S. Ghotkar, Dr. Gajanan K. Kharate

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 96–115

research-article

GRAPHICS IN URBAN DESIGN – POSSIBILITIES OF HAND-DRAWN IMAGES AND COMPUTER TECHNIQUES

current knowledge focuses in general on graphics in urban design, in the second part the focus is on defining the current framework of key advantages and the shortcomings of computer and hand based processing techniques with emphasis on the educational process. “Urban-architectural drawing is largely about the art of suggestion” [2]. The notion of graphic design in urban planning represents an extremely wide range of varied graphical representations in the context of land-use planning documentation of

Lucia ŠTEFANCOVÁ, Karol GÖRNER, Daniel FURDÍK, Michal CZAFÍK

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 31–44

Research Article

INVESTIGATION ON VELVET HAND ILLUSION USING PSYCHOPHYSICS AND FEM ANALYSIS

In the velvet hand illusion (VHI), a person rubs his/her hands together on either side of wires strung through a frame, producing the sensation of rubbing a very smooth and soft surface like velvet. We investigate the VHI mechanism to obtain an effective hint for a new tactile display because such tactile illusions play a good role in deceiving the brain so that operators believe that a virtual sensation is real. To elucidate the VHI mechanism, we propose two  approaches: one uses psychophysics

M. Ohka, Y. Kawabe, A. Chami, R. Nader, H. B. Yussof, T. Miyaoka

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 3, 488–503

Short Communication

Genetic Characterization of Human Enteroviruses Associated with Hand, Foot and Mouth Diseases in Poland, 2013–2016

The objective of the present study was to describe the molecular characteristics of enteroviruses associated with hand, food, and mouth disease (HFMD) in Poland. Clinical material from HFMD cases, that occurred during 2013–2016 were examined. It has been showed that coxsackievirus A6 (CVA6), CVA10 and CVA16 were circulating in the country. Phylogenetic analysis showed that Polish CVA6 strains were divided into two distinct clusters suggesting two independent introductions. This is the

Magdalena Wieczorek, Agnieszka Ciąćka, Arleta Krzysztoszek, Agnieszka Figas, Leszek Szenborn

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 3, 405–409

short-communication

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Caused by Coxsackievirus A6: A Preliminary Report from Istanbul

Introduction Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a viral and febrile disease frequently seen in children, generally presenting with a mild course and accompanied by oral rash and rashes on palmar surfaces of hand and feet (Kliegman and Geme 2015). Cases of HFMD are seen all over the world; however, epidemics with serious complications that result in deaths are reported mostly from Western Pacific Region countries (WHO 2011). Enterovirus A species are responsible for more than 90% of HFMD

AYSE N. CEYLAN, OZDEN TUREL, BILGE SUMBUL GULTEPE, ELIF INAN, AYSEL VEHAPOGLU TURKMEN, MEHMET Z. DOYMAZ

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, 165–171

Research paper

ANALYSIS OF TACTILE SLIPPAGE CONTROL ALGORITHM FOR ROBOTIC HAND PERFORMING GRASP-MOVE-TWIST
MOTIONS

This paper presents an analysis result of grasp-move-and-twist motions of robotic hands equipped with optical three-axis tactile sensor to evaluate performance of a new control algorithm based on tactile slippage sensation. The optical three-axis tactile sensor is capable of defining normal and shear forces simultaneously. The proposed algorithm consists of robot arm and hand controls based on parameters of normal and shear force, and slippage detection. To improve performance during grasp

Hanafiah Yussof, Jiro Wada, Masahiro Ohka

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 3, 359–375

Research Article

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF 3D PRINTED MYOELECTRIC ROBOTIC EXOSKELETON FOR HAND REHABILITATION

The development of dynamic rehabilitation devices can be evaluated as a research fast-growing field. Indeed, robot-assisted therapy is an advanced new technology mainly in stroke rehabilitation. Although patients benefit from this enormous development of technology, including the presence of rehabilitation robots, the therapeutic field still suffering a lack in hand robotic rehabilitation devices. In this context, this work proposes a new design of a 3D printed hand exoskeleton for the stroke

Ismail Ben Abdallah, Yassine Bouteraa, Chokri Rekik

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 341–366

research-article

Ultrasound anatomy of the fingers: flexor and extensor system with emphasis on variations and anatomical detail

Introduction Many variations can be observed in the anatomy of the extensor and flexor tendon system of the hand(1–4). These variations may involve the extensor tendons at the wrist and midhand level. Variations also occur in the tendons and pulleys at the flexor side. These variations present potential pitfalls at ultrasound (US) and radiologists should be aware of them to avoid misdiagnosis. The finger extensor and tendon system is complex and many details are not well known by radiologists

Michel De Maeseneer, Jie Meng, Stefaan Marcelis, Tjeerd Jager, Steven Provyn, Maryam Shahabpour

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 81, e122–e128

Article

VISION BASED MULTI-FEATURE HAND GESTURE RECOGNITION FOR INDIAN SIGN LANGUAGE MANUAL SIGNS

Indian sign language (ISL) is the main communication medium among deaf Indians. An ISL vocabulary show that the hand plays a significant role in ISL. ISL includes static and dynamic hand gesture recognition. The main aim of this paper is to present multi-feature static hand gesture recognition for alphabets and numbers. Here, comparative analysis of various feature descriptors such as chain code, shape matrix, Fourier descriptor, 7 Hu moments, and boundary moments is done. Multi-feature fusion

Gajanan K. Kharate, Archana S. Ghotkar

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 124–147

Case report

Radial sesamoid fracture of the second MCP joint – a case report

A fracture of the sesamoid bone of the hand is rarely seen. In most cases, it is strictly associated with the trauma. The patient complains of a long-lasting, due to unclear  diagnosis, painful swelling of the joint with an inability to fl ex the affected fi nger. Limited blood supply makes the untreated fracture prone to avascular necrosis. Thus, it isextremely important to make a proper diagnosis early. Bilateral comparing the affected areas with ultrasonography seems to be the method of

Grzegorz Pracoń, Marta Walentowska-Janowicz, Paweł Nowicki, Mateusz Płaza, Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 60, 96–101

Article

EVALUATION OF FINGER DIRECTION RECOGNITION METHOD FOR BEHAVIOR CONTROL OF ROBOT

turntable capable of fixing a hand in a specific finger direction. We estimated various finger directions and distances for two major pointing hand forms (Forms 1 and 2) and evaluated the precision of θ and Φ. We conclude that the θ and Φ estimations are valid because the estimation error is almost within 10  when the distance between the camera and object is less than 110 and 80 cm for θ and Φ for Forms 1 and 2, respectively. Finally, we applied our FDR system to the communication between a robot and

T. Ikai, M. Ohka, S. Kamiya, H. Yussof, S. C. Abdullah

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 5, 2308–2333

original-paper

Bioinformatics Analysis of Key micro-RNAs and mRNAs under the Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Virus Infection

Introduction Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common endemic childhood disease worldwide, particularly in Asia. Generally, it is triggered by two major causative agents: enterovirus 71 (EV71) and coxsackievirus A16 (CA16) (Kaminska et al. 2013; Koh et al. 2016), followed by coxsackievirus A6 (CA6) and coxsackie virus A10 (CA10) (Wang et al. 2018). This disease majorly affects children under five years old (Omana-Capeda et al. 2016). The common symptoms include fever, rashes on the

SHENG LIN, LIU YANG, SHIBIAO WANG, BIN WENG, MIN LIN

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 4, 479–490

Article

INVESTIGATION OF VHI AFFECTED BY THE DENSITY OF MECHANORECEPTIVE UNITS FOR VIRTUAL SENSATION

The velvet hand illusion (VHI) is an innovative tactile illusion that enables a human to perceive a velvety sensation by gently rubbing the hands on both sides of wire mesh string through a frame. In order to enhance tactile displays presentation ability, VHI’s mechanism is applied through a series of psychophysical experiments. In this paper, we have investigated the effects of several physical parameters on intensity variation of VHI in subjects’ fingers and fingertips, such as wire distance

N. Rajaei, M. Ohka, T. Miyaoka, Hanafiah Yussof, Ahmad Khushairy Makhtar, Siti Nora Basir

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 1516–1532

Research Article

BOTTOM-UP APPROACH FOR BEHAVIOR ACQUISITION OF AGENTS EQUIPPED WITH MULTI-SENSORS

the gene data do not always assure an optimum solution, but the calculation cost is reduced from astronomical figures to around one ten to twenty thousandth. If we use the top-down methodology, astronomical trials are needed to specify the optimum pattern. Therefore, EBTS is an attractive method because it is very useful for obtaining general robotic behaviors in both collective and multi-fingered hand tasks.

Naoto Hoshikawa, Masahiro Ohka, Hanafiah Bin Yussof

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 583–606

Research Article

Education of Gifted Young Children: Contingency of Views on First-hand Experience and Conception of Giftedness

support to gifted children, regardless of their current or past experience with gifted children and in spite of the lack of consensus over the conception of what giftedness in young children is. Although the notion of a gifted child was ambiguous for those without first-hand experience with gifted children, this did not diminish their advocacy for identification of and additional support to extend the gifts and talents of young children.  

Valerie Margrain, S. Lee, S.E. Farquhar

Apex , ISSUE 1, 25–37

Review

Wrist ultrasound examination – scanning technique and ultrasound anatomy. Part 1: Dorsal wrist

Cyprian Olchowy, Mateusz Łasecki, Urszula Zaleska-Dorobisz

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 61, 172–188

Review

Wrist ultrasound examination – scanning technique and ultrasound anatomy. Part 2: Ventral wrist

Cyprian Olchowy, Daniel Soliński, Mateusz Łasecki, Paweł Dąbrowski, Szymon Urban, Urszula Zaleska-Dorobisz

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 69, 123–128

Research paper

EDGE EXTRACTION USING IMAGE AND THREE-AXIS TACTILE DATA

This paper describes a hand-arm system equipped with optical three-axis tactile sensors and a binocular vision sensor. The vision compensates for the limitations of tactile information and tactile sensing, and vice versa. The tactile sensor can obtain geometrical data as real scale, while image data requires calibration to obtain length as a metric unit. Even if stereovision is used, we cannot obtain sufficient precision. In the evaluation test, the robotic hand equipped with tactile sensors

Sukarnur Che Abdullah, Takuya Ikai, Yusuke Dosho, Hanafiah Bin Yussof, Masahiro Ohka

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 3, 508–5026

Article

Developing an Open Source Sonar Navigation Device

Commercial assistive devices tend to be expensive and difficult for the user to customise to their specific needs. We have developed a hand mounted sonar navigation device designed specifically to be vastly more affordable, while being easy for individuals to both make and customise. This paper covers the process of developing the device, publishing complete details of the device, and the results of having interested individuals make their own version.  

Steve Hoefer

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility , ISSUE 1, 92–98

Research Article

RELAPSING FEVERS

Relapsing fevers are considered, on the one hand, emerging or re-emerging diseases, and on the other hand, they still belong to neglected diseases which attract little attention of researchers and the public in developed countries. Genus Borrelia is divided into two large groups. The first of these is Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato – the etiologic agent of Lyme disease, first isolated from the Ixodes dammini tick. The second large group of Borrelia spirochetes contains more than 20

Stanisława Tylewska-Wierzbanowska, Beata Fiecek, Tomasz Chmielewski

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 1, 41–46

Case report

Clinical report: a rare co-occurrence of tuberous sclerosis complex and Rett syndrome in a girl with mental retardation, epilepsy and autism

delivery after a non-complicated pregnancy. Family history was negative for epilepsy and mental retardation. The neonatal period was uneventful and psychomotor development was normal before the child became 1.5 years old. At the age of 18 months the girl developed hand-wringing stereotypes, facial hypotonia, ataxia and gait apraxia. She lost eye-to-eye contact and verbal contact with relatives, and became indifferent to the surrounding environment. When she was 2 years old, focal adversive seizures

Elena Belousova, Vladimir Sukhorukov, Marina Dorofeeva, Lev Shagam, Dmitrii V. Vlodavetz

Journal of Epileptology , ISSUE 1-2, 47–51

Research paper

AUGMENTED REALITY GAME THERAPY FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

This paper presents progress on treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using Augmented Reality based games. The aim of these games is to enhance social interaction and hand-eye coordination in children with ASD thus easing them into becoming more comfortable around unfamiliar people. Colour detection and tracking and motion tracking concepts in augmented reality have been used to develop games for young children with ASD. The idea is that these games will encourage concentration

S.K. Bhatt, N.I. De Leon, Adel Al-Jumaily

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 519–536

research-article

Robust single target tracking using determinantal point process observations

the model using new frames. Furthermore, tracking performance can be increased when using more discriminative features such as HOG (Henriques et al., 2015; Solis Montero et al., 2015; Xu et al., 2019). On the other hand, even when Bernoulli filters have demonstrated being useful models for tracking in complex scenarios, it is still hard to rely on such features for increasing their performance. Related works The Bernoulli filter is a specialized version of the PHD filter (Mahler, 2003), with the

S. Hernández, P. Sallis

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 1–8

Article

Trekker Breeze 2.0: Trialled by Clients

The Trekker Breeze (TB) is a Global Positioning System (GPS) device developed by Humanware (Humanware, 2011; Riessen, Ryan, & Battista, 2009). The system uses GPS and digital maps to inform its user of particular locations via audible output. Specifically, the Trekker Breeze informs the user of a current location (street names, intersections, business names), provides points of interest, record travel routes, and can be operated using one hand. Trekker Breeze version 2.0 was released in

Matt Wood, Dip. Teach., B.Ed., M.Spec.Ed.

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility , ISSUE 1, 78–83

Article

FORECASTING OF THE ROUTE NETWORK OF FERRY AND CRUISE LINES BASED ON SIMULATION AND INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

and agent-based simulation was justified for estimating the workload on transport infrastructure around the passenger port and for the existing ferry or cruise route network. The practical results of new simulation model, on the one hand, justify the need for a comprehensive study of the conditions for the formation of ferry and cruise route networks in changing conditions. On the other hand, these new results could improve the quality of decision-making process in forecasting the route network on

Nikolai MAIOROV, Vladimir FETISOV, Srećko KRILE, Darijo MISKOVIC

Transport Problems , ISSUE 2, 111–121

Article

NOVEL ANAMMOX MEMBRANE ELECTRO-BIOREACTOR

same reactor. On other hand, MBR was able to remove ammonia by 60 to 76%, while nitrates were produced. Simultaneously, COD and phosphorous removals in MBR were also lower than in Anammox-SMEBR.

Maria ELEKTOROWICZ, Seyedehfatemeh HOSSEINI, Sharif IBEID

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 3, 123–128

Hypothesis

Do minocycline and other suppressors of microglia reactivity have a future in prevention or treatment of epilepsy?

Introduction. An increasing body of evidence points to an important role of neuroinflammatory processes in the pathomechanism of epilepsy. This hypothesis is mainly supported by data showing an increase of pro-inflammatory cytokine levels and glia activation in animal models of epilepsy and in brain tissue of epileptic patients. On the other hand, less emphasis has been put on pharmacological verification of this hypothesis. Aim. The aim of this review is to summarize current knowledge on

Władysław Lasoń, Joanna Ślusarczyk, Magdalena Regulska, Monika Leśkiewicz, Agnieszka Basta-Kaim

Journal of Epileptology , ISSUE 1-2, 9–20

Research Article

SPECIFIC ABSORPTION RATE ASSESSMENT ON HUMAN HEAD DUE TO RADIATIONS BY MOBILE PHONE ANTENNA

. Hand held device model having micro-strip antenna is used for human interaction. The software simulation performed by Computer simulation technique (CST) software based on Finite difference Time Domain Technique yields specific absorption rate and 3D-thermal distribution on spherical human head.

M. Anto Bennet, J. Surekha Poomathi, C. Kalpana, S. Sariga Priya

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 5, 374–394

Article

INTELLIGENT TRANSDUCTION FOR RESPONSE SYNTHESIS IN TELEMANIPULATION

output stage. It induces proximity feel around approachable and unapproachable parts in distinctly different manner. The paper delves in aspects like building re-configurability for varied transducer characteristics formation and tunable force exertion on operator hand for suiting application context and operator choice.

J. K. Mukherjee

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 1479–1498

Research Article

AUGMENTED REALITY GAME BASED MULTI-USAGE REHABILITATION THERAPIST FOR STROKE PATIENTS

in an interactive augmented environment. The benefits of using a gaming platform are to provide the user with increased motivation, as well as a cost effective rehabilitation solution. The games can be used with or without a hand held roller-ball device, which can change the movement and focus of the exercise.

N.I. De Leon, S.K. Bhatt, Adel Al-Jumaily

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 3, 1044–1058

Research Article

U.S. intra-industry trade in air transport services: measurement and results

of America and 31 chosen countries in time period 2000 – 2011. On the other hand, we are unable to determine the trend of IIT in air transport services between The United States of America and 31 chosen countries in time period 2000 – 2011because of fluctuating turnover values.

Martina BLAŠKOVÁ, Filip ŠKULTÉTY

Transport Problems , ISSUE 2, 15–22

Research Article

IMPACT OF ROAD GEOMETRY ON VEHICLE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

It has been shown that road geometry has a great impact on overall energy consumption and emissions. Some roads connect traffic origins and destinations directly. On the other hand, some use winding, indirect routes. Indirect connections result in longer distances driven and increased fuel consumption. A similar effect is observed on congested roads and mountain roads with many changes in altitude. Therefore, we propose a framework to assess road networks based on energy consumption. This

Blaž LUIN, Stojan PETELIN

Transport Problems , ISSUE 2, 77–87

Research paper

POLICY-ORIENTED INFERENCE AND THE ANALYST-CLIENT COOPERATION. AN EXAMPLE FROM SMALL-AREA STATISTICS

analysis because different estimators (decisions) are appropriate for different perspectives. An example of planning an intervention in a developing country’s districts with high rate of illiteracy is described. The example exposes the deficiencies of the general concept of efficiency and shows that the criterion for the quality of an estimator has to be formulated specifically for the problem at hand. In the problem, the established small-area estimators perform poorly because the minimum mean squared

Nicholas T. Longford

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 1, 65–82

Article

A FRAMEWORK FOR “ENERGY-SAVING STRATEGIES”: UTILIZATION OF A CUE OFFERING INTERFACE

Mass consumption of energy is a big problem. Energy-saving activities which are a solution to this problem have been attracting a lot of attention. Nevertheless, in order to engage in thorough energy-saving activities, consumers need support; on the other hand, even with support, the effects seem to be only temporary. In this paper, to obtain a long-term effect, we focus on developing a method to raise consumers' awareness about energy-saving behavior. To this end, we designed an interface

Yasutaka Kishi, Kyoko Ito, Shogo Nishida

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 1850–1869

Article

HYPERBOLIC PARABOLOID (HP) PANTOGRAPHIC STRUCTURE WITH LINER SCISSORS

with the same curvature. On the other hand, the hyperbolic surface can be constructed using two families of mutually skew lines in which the lines in each family are parallel to a common plane, but not to each other. In this paper, the creation of HP surface with pantographic structure is presented. The creation of a HP pantographic structure is demonstrated with the use of three methods including: a) two border scissors; b) four border scissors; c) All-scissor HP Pantographic Structures. Finally

Arash OSMANI, Mohammad Reza MATINI, Yaser SHAHBAZI, Hossein GOLLABI

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 89–99

Case report

The value of ultrasound in the diagnosis of limited scleroderma – a case report

rheumatologist for plain radiography and ultrasound examination of hands due to pain and swelling of the fourth fi nger of the left hand. Dermal induration affecting hands, especially fourth fi nger on the left side and the Raynaud phenomenon were observed on physical examination. Furthermore, the patient had noticed periodic discharge with a toothpaste consistency from a tiny fi stula localised in the vicinity of the fourth fi nger alterations. The paper emphasises a possible application of the twinkling

Grzegorz Pracoń, Mateusz Płaza, Marta Walentowska-Janowicz, Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 62, 326–331

Research Article

LabVIEW Based Characterization and Optimization of Thermal Sensors

. More over this test would serve as feedback for quality assurance and production schedule. Moreover any upgradation in processing technology proposed by the research and development activities has to be evaluated before launching in to the production. On the other hand the users of such transducers would need to test the critical parameters before they use it in a specific application.The LabVIEW software, its example and LabVIEW based characterization setup reported here offer reliable high speed

Nasrin Afsarimanesh, Pathan Zaheer Ahmed

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 726–739

Article

UNSUPERVISED GROUPING OF MOVING OBJECTS BASED ON AGGLOMERATIVE HIERARCHICAL CLUSTERING

stream to find the group members as a set of clusters within a certain height. A threshold was also determined in an unsupervised way based on simple statistics obtained from the previous clustering results. An off-line analysis was conducted on data collected in realistic situations. Although grouping two of the same but unrelated activities proved to be difficult, the proposed algorithm performed well in other relaxed cases such as walking with a bag vs. pushing a platform hand truck. Furthermore

Kaori Fujinami

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 2276–2296

short-communication

Minimally invasive ultrasound-guided parotid gland biopsy in cadavers performed by rheumatologists

Raphael Micheroli, Ulrich Wagner, Magdalena Mueller-Gerbl, Mireille Toranelli, Christian Marx, George A.W. Bruyn, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, Giorgio Tamborrini

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 77, 125–127

Research Article

A Novel Approach To Improve Vehicle Speed Estimation Using Smartphone’s INS/GPS Sensors

In recent times, number of researchers have investigated vehicle tracking applications by fusing the measurements done by accelerometers, as part of inertial navigation system (INS), and GPS (Global Positioning System). However, the sensors in recreational devices like mobile phone have limitations in measurement accuracy and reliability. Usually, sudden changes in vehicle speed are not always captured well by GPS. Accelerometers, on the other hand, suffer from multiple noise sources. In this

Arijit Chowdhury, Tapas Chakravarty, P. Balamuralidhar

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 5, 1–6

Research paper

SMALL AREA ESTIMATION FOR SKEWED DATA IN THE PRESENCE OF ZEROES

, only smaller”, instead of acknowledging their qualitatively different nature). On the other hand, while a lognormal-logistic model has been proposed (to incorporate skewed distributions as well as zeroes), that model does not include any hierarchical aspects, and is therefore not explicitly adapted to small area prediction. In this paper, we consolidate the two approaches by extending one of the already established log-transformation mixed small area prediction models to incorporate a logistic

Forough Karlberg

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 4, 541–562

Article

THE RHIZOSPHERE MICROBIOME AND ITS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON PLANTS – CURRENT KNOWLEDGE AND PERSPECTIVES

, phyllosphere and endosphere. The rhizosphere is an area enriched with nutrients derived from plant mucilage and root secretions and is characterised by the presence of numerous and metabolically active microorganisms [38, 90]. On the other hand, the phyllosphere is relatively poor in nutrients and subject to extreme temperatures, radiation and humidity [90, 95]. The microorganisms present in the rhizosphere and phyllosphere are epiphytes (occurring in the vicinity or on plant tissues), while microorganisms

Małgorzata Woźniak, Anna Gałązka

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 1, 59–69

research-article

In bromeliad phytotelma, anthropic disturbance does not affect the nematode trophic structure

) with different levels of anthropic disturbance, in Restinga de Jurubatiba National Park, Brazil. For each sampling, empty columns indicate no significant differences among areas according to the Tukey test at 5%. Different letters indicate significant differences among areas. Numbers in the columns indicate the mean number/standard error of the mean. Values are mean of eight bromeliads sampled per season and per area. On the other hand, at times other unknown factor(s) impacted nematode

Alexandre Macedo Almeida, Janeo Eustáquio Almeida Filho, Ricardo Moreira Souza

Journal of Nematology , 1–10

Article

SELF-DIAGNOSIS METHOD FOR CHECKING THE WAYSIDE SYSTEMS FOR WHEEL-RAIL VERTICAL LOAD MEASUREMENT

Nowadays, wayside measurement systems of wheel-rail contact forces have acquired great relevance for the monitoring of rolling stock, especially for freight trains. Thanks to these solutions, infrastructure managers can check and monitor the status of rolling stock and, when necessary, impose corrective actions for the railway companies. On the other hand, the evaluation of contact forces is part of the rolling stock authorisation process [1] and a mainstone for the study of the running

Daniele CORTIS, Stefano GIULIANELLI, Gabriele MALAVASI, Stefano ROSSI

Transport Problems , ISSUE 4, 91–100

Research Article

EXAMINING TESTS FOR COMPARING SURVIVAL CURVES WITH RIGHT CENSORED DATA

Background and objective: In survival analysis, estimating the survival probability of a population is important, but on the other hand, investigators want to compare the survival experiences of different groups. In such cases, the differences can be illustrated by drawing survival curves, but this will only give a rough idea. Since the data obtained from survival studies contains frequently censored observations some specially designed tests are required in order to compare groups

Pinar Gunel Karadeniz, Ilker Ercan

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 2, 311–328

Research Article

Chemical Signals of Vector Beetle Facilitate the Prevalence of a Native Fungus and the Invasive Pinewood Nematode

, and Sporothrix sp. 2 were isolated from beetle chambers in diseased trees in Guangdong province, southeast China. Pairwise cultivation of isolated fungi demonstrated the dominance of Sporothrix sp. 1 over O. ips and Sporothrix sp. 2. On the other hand, two fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEE), ethyl palmitate (EP) and ethyl linoleate (EL), isolated from the body surface of the vector beetle enhanced the growth of Sporothrix sp. 1. When PWN were cultured on Sporothrix sp. 1, the fecundity and the body

BIN ZHANG, WEI ZHANG, MIN LU, FAHEEM AHMAD, HAOKAI TIAN, JING NING, XIAOLONG LIU, LILIN ZHAO, JIANGHUA SUN

Journal of Nematology , ISSUE 4, 341–347

Research paper

Administration of muscarinic antagonists induce changes in passive avoidance learning and in synaptic transmission in the CA1 area of the hippocampus

slope ratio were measured before shock presentation, 90 min after the shock, and 24 hour after the shock. Methoctramine significantly impaired behavior in the passive avoidance test but pirenzepine did not induce any changes compared to control. Our results showed that pirenzepine but not methoctramine supressed the amplitude of fEPSPs. On the other hand, intracerebroventricular methoctramine administration impaired passive avoidance learning and increased the amplitude of fEPSP.

Yulia V. Dobryakova, Olga Y. Ivanova, Vladimir A. Markevich

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 2, 132–139

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THE EFFECTS OF FOOD AND DRINK INTAKE TO DRIVING PERFORMANCE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

, the driver’s cognitive aspect, especially the level of driver’s awareness of various road conditions, is also an interesting characteristic to consider. A number of other studies not only discussed the symptoms causing drowsiness but also tried to investigate related factors that cause sleepiness or fatigue while driving. On the other hand, some discussed the quantity and quality of sleep as well as food and drink intake before and while driving. Some research studies have investigated the effect

Iftikar Zahedi SUTALAKSANA, Gradiyan Budi PRATAMA, Putra Alif Ramdhani YAMIN, Herman Rahadian SOETISNA

Transport Problems , ISSUE 1, 5–12

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Distinct classes of low frequency ultrasonic vocalizations in rats during sexual interactions relate to different emotional states

INTRODUCTION Ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) in rodents are elements of both innate and learned behaviors (Bialy et al., 2000; 2010; Arriaga and Jarvis, 2013) that have been shown to attract attention, express emotions, and signal changes of arousal during social interactions (Sales and Pye, 1974; Barfield and Geyer, 1975; Holy and Guo, 2005; Wöhr and Schwarting, 2007; Burgdorf et al., 2008; Asaba et al., 2014; Brudzynski, 2015; Burke et al., 2017; Wöhr, 2018). On the other hand, some authors

Michal Bialy, Martyna Podobinska, Jaroslaw Barski, Wiktor Bogacki-Rychlik, Elzbieta M. Sajdel-Sulkowska

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 1, 1–12

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Sonoelastic response of median nerve to rehabilitation in carpal tunnel syndrome

Introduction Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common type of neuropathy with a prevalence estimated at between 0.1–0.5%(1). The condition involves the entrapment of the median nerve under the flexor retinaculum, causing weakness, paresthesia and pain at the wrist and hand, and thus decreasing the quality of life. The severity of the disorder and effectiveness of any therapeutic intervention are typically determined by physical examination involving functional, performance and pain

Yasemin Durum Polat, Elif Aydın, Fikriye Sinem Ince, Mehmet Bilgen

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 81, e90–e94

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IMPERIALIST COMPETITIVE ALGORITHM-BASED FUZZY PID CONTROL METHODOLOGY FOR SPEED TRACKING ENHANCEMENT OF STEPPER MOTOR

Precise control of the stepper motor has always been a topic of interest and also a challenging issue among control engineering researchers due to the nonlinear nature of the motor dynamic. Abrupt influences of the uncertainties on the model’s dynamic and control performance, on the other hand, must be taken into account for providing a control methodology including the characteristics of adaption and flexibility. Lack of these items in most of the classic control approaches results in

Amir Mehdi Yazdani, Ahmadreza Ahmadi, Salinda Buyamin, Mohd Fua’ad Rahmat, Farshad Davoudifar, Herlina Abd Rahim

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 3, 717–741

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The interplay between parkin and alpha-synuclein; possible implications for the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease

Henryk Jęśko, Anna M. Lenkiewicz, Anna Wilkaniec, Agata Adamczyk

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 3, 277–290

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Microcomputer-generated antigen panel worksheets

antigens or entire columns or rows of information. Once the worksheet template has been designed, it is automatically saved with the database file. More than one worksheet template can be stored in the database file. This program reduces the amount of time spent searching through records to find the necessary cells for testing. It also reduces potential error in hand copying antigen phenotypes to a worksheet. This application can also be used for HLA panels.

Rebecca R. Rose, Kathy J. Skradski, Margaret A. Helgeson, Herbert F. Polesky

Immunohematology , ISSUE 2, 37–40

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Personal smart travel agent for empowering persons with disabilities using public transport

, vehicle types or particular stations for health reasons. On the other hand, since most of those people are not able to drive a car on their own, making public transport available and moreover easily usable enable these people to improve their mobility and their quality of life in general. This paper shows an approach developed within the mobile project funded by The German Federal Ministry of economy and energy that allows supporting this group of users during a travel using public transport and

Jörn SCHLINGENSIEPEN, Gudrun STOCKMANNS, Edwin NAROSKA, Oliver CHRISTEN, Tobias BOLTEN

Transport Problems , ISSUE SE, 5–14

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The role of ultrasound and nuclear medicine methods in the preoperative diagnostics of primary hyperparathyroidism

these techniques by implementing new study protocols or innovative technologies. Publications have emerged in the recent years in the fi eld of ultrasonography, whose authors pointed out the usefulness of elastography and contrast media. Nuclear medicine studies, on the other hand, focus mainly on the assessment of new radiotracers used in the positron emission tomography (PET). The aim of this article is to present, based on literature data, the possibilities of ultrasound and scintigraphy in the

Michał Nieciecki, Marek Cacko, Leszek Królicki

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 63, 398–409

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Further pharmacological characterization of eltoprazine: focus on its anxiolytic, anorexic, and adverse-effect potential

infusion or as twice-daily treatment, eltoprazine produced a decrease in food intake and body weight at doses leading to 200–500 nM plasma concentrations. In the elevated plus maze eltoprazine increased anxiety-like behavior. On the other hand, it induced a clear-cut anxiolytic effect in context fear conditioning test starting at ca. 0.3 mg/kg, and failed to produce any significant effect in fear potentiated startle test. Regarding adverse effects, eltoprazine was found to produce hypothermia starting

Andreas Gravius, Andrzej Dekundy, Anita Vanaga, Lutz Franke, Wojciech Danysz

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 1, 77–85

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TRUST AWARE DATA AGGREGATION AND INTRUSION DETECTION SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS

. On the other hand, the Base Station (BS) is equipped with IDS that collects the trust values of network nodes and runs a statistical test to identify malicious nodes. In this way, TMS at the node level and IDS at BS level work in collaboration to detect and isolate the malicious nodes from the DA process. The simulation results show the effectiveness of the TDAGIDS over baseline T-LEACH (Trusted Low Energy Adaptive Clustering Hierarchy) protocol and recently proposed TDAGIOT (Trust based Data

P. Raghu Vamsi, Krishna Kant

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 537–562

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Direct Fermentative Hydrogen Production from Cellulose and Starch with Mesophilic Bacterial Consortia

pretreatment was found the most effective during hydrogen production from xylose (Mockaitis et al. 2020). On the other hand, Yang et al. (2019) showed that the highest hydrogen yield from antibiotic fermentation residue was obtained with alkaline treatment. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze inoculum pretreatment methods for more complex substrates. Due to the complex structure of lignocellulose biomass most reports in literature concern application of its hydrolysates for hydrogen production (Kumar et

ROMAN ZAGRODNIK, KRYSTYNA SEIFERT

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 1, 109–120

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Genetic intraspecific diversity of Meloidogyne javanica parasitizing vegetables in southern Iran

Reza Ghaderi, Ali Asghar Dehghan, Abbas Mokaram Hesar, Akbar Karegar

Journal of Nematology , 1–13

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Prevalence, Influencing Factors, Antibiotic Resistance, Toxin and Molecular Characteristics of Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA Nasal Carriage among Diabetic Population in the United States, 2001–2004

might be more likely to carry S. aureus and MRSA in the United States. Improving hand hygiene compliance, reducing antibiotic overuse, screening for carriers, and decolonization are recommended to reduce the spread of S. aureus and MRSA, especially in community.

Jialing Lin, Yang Peng, Chan Bai, Ting Zhang, Haoqu Zheng, Xiaojie Wang, Jiaping Ye, Xiaohua Ye, Ying Li, Zhenjiang Yao

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 4, 439–448

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What the eye does not see: visualizations strategies for the data collection of personal networks

found that the hand drawings of the personal network reveal the perception of the social world by individuals (McCarty et al., 2007); the technique called “Net-Map,” based on a participatory strategy, is used in the construction of a community sociogram, following a group consensus-evaluation process (Maya-Jariego, 2016, Schiffer and Hauck, 2010); and EgoWeb has been used to maximize the differentiation of groups, which allows the identification of the social circles in which the individual

Isidro Maya-Jariego, Romina Cachia

Connections: The Quarterly Journal , ISSUE 1, 1–18

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High-frequency ultrasound in carpal tunnel syndrome:assessment of patient eligibility for surgical treatment

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common entrapment neuropathy and a frequent cause of sick leaves because of work-related hand overload. That is why an early diagnosis and adequate treatment (conservative or surgical) are essential for optimal patient management. Aim: The aim of the study is to assess the usefulness of high-frequency ultrasound in CTS for the assessment of patient eligibility for surgical treatment. Material and methods: The study involved 62 patients (50 women and 12

Katarzyna Kapuścińska, Andrzej Urbanik

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 62, 283–291

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Acoustic radiation force impulse imaging of kidneys – a phantom study

points ranged from 2.445 to 3.941 m/s, with standard deviation exceeding 0.1 in only one case out of 29 points, but differing significantly between all points. Conclusions: The obtained results indicate that the method is highly reliable as long as the measurement volume contains a uniform tissue region. If the measurement window covers a region with different properties even partially, the obtained results are affected. The variance of measured values on the other hand is not affected by the

Szymon Cygan, Magdalena Januszewicz

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 67, 329–338

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PREDICTIVE MICROBIOLOGY OF FOOD

storage of data. In recent years, numerous computer software programs have been developed: FISHMAP, FSSP, Dairy Product Safety Predictor, Symbiosis, GroPIN, Listeria Meat FDA-iRISK, TRiMiCri, Microbial Responses, GlnaFiT, FILTREX, PMM-Lab. ComBase database, on the other hand, is a pioneering achievement as an on-line tool. Some programs meet the requirements for creating Food Safety Model Repositories (FSMR).

Elżbieta Rosiak, Katarzyna Kajak-Siemaszko, Monika Trząskowska, Danuta Kołożyn-Krajewska

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 3, 229–243

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Is there a relationship between anti-HPA-1a concentration and severity of neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia?

samples. The antibody concentration was significantly correlated with the antibody titer in the 78 samples studied (R = 0.54, p < 0.001). Furthermore, there was a significant correlation between PAK 12 and the quantitative ELISA in a selected number of cases, with or without NAIT (R = 0.71,n = 10;p < 0.02). On the other hand,there was no correlation of antibody concentration with NAIT incidence (R = –0.046). This study indicates that there is no relationship between anti-HPA-1a

Hagop Bessos, Marc L. Turner, Stanislaw J. Urbaniak

Immunohematology , ISSUE 3, 102–108

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Enthesopathies and enthesitis. Part 2: Imaging studies

tests. It is believed that imaging examinations might improve diagnosis, particularly because numerous papers prove that differentiating enthesitis from other enthesopathic processes is possible. On the other hand, a number of authors report the lack of specifi c signs in imaging as well as typical histological and immunological features that would enable confi rmation of clinical diagnosis of enthesitis. The first part of the publication presented theories on the

Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, Brygida Kwiatkowska, Monika Prochorec-Sobieszek, Grzegorz Pracoń, Marta Walentowska-Janowicz, Włodzimierz Maśliński

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 61, 196–207

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Significance of platelet-reactive antibody screening for patients facing frequent platelet transfusions

those without such a history. Accordingly, during the period, patients with a history of transfusions received fewer units of platelets and had fewer donor exposures than did patients without such a history. On the other hand, most patients who had been screened in advance for those antibodies received appropriate platelet components without delay, whereas an average of 10 days was needed before those who had not been screened received compatible platelets. The patients who had not been screened

Tetsunori Tasaki, Kieko Fujii, Kenji Gotoh, Shyukuko Satoh, Jyunko Takadate, Sakiko Sasaki, Mihoko Tachibana, Kimiko Yamamoto

Immunohematology , ISSUE 4, 104–108

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The Education of Gifted Children in the Early Years: A First Survey of Views, Teaching Practices, Resourcing and Administration Issues

This paper reports the findings of a survey of views on the early education of gifted children in New Zealand and identifies where challenges for professional support, resourcing, and educational administration might lie. The 125 respondents represented a range of roles connected in some way with education and most (71%) also had first-hand experience of caring for or teaching a gifted child. Various views on how giftedness should be defined were expressed, indicating that no agreement on a

Valerie Margrain, Sarah Farquhar

Apex , ISSUE 1, 47–59

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Neurostimulation, neuromodulation, and the treatment of epilepsies

all, how to navigate the choices so clinicians are able to provide their patients with the best possible option for the treatment of epilepsy. Material and methods. We analyzed PubMed and MEDLINE databases to select the most salient and recent (up to November 2014) publications on each treatment device. In addition to these searches bibliographies of selected articles were hand-searched for possible sources. Discussion and conclusions. Great progress in neurostimulation and neuromodulation has

Lauren B. Bolden, Sandipan Pati, Jerzy P. Szaflarski

Journal of Epileptology , ISSUE 1, 45–59

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Short-term Impacts of Tillage and Fertilizer Treatments on Soil and Root Borne Nematodes and Maize Yield in a Fine Textured Cambisol

richness than rip line seeding. Nematode densities did not have a measurable effect on maize grain yield. Maize grain yield was higher in rip line seeding (37%) and planting basins (52%) than conventional tillage during 2014/15 cropping season. On the other hand, during 2015/16 cropping season, maize grain yield was 78% and 113% higher in rip line seeding and basin planting, respectively, compared to conventional tillage. The results show that under the environmental and edaphic conditions of this

N. Mashavakure, A. B. Mashingaidze, R. Musundire, E. Gandiwa, V. K. Muposhi, C. Thierfelder, N. Nhamo, T. Bere, S. S. Akhtar

Journal of Nematology , ISSUE 3, 329–342

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TWO METHODOLOGIES TOWARD ARTIFICIAL TACTILE AFFORDANCE SYSTEM IN ROBOTICS

, we treat a long string composed of rule strings as a gene to obtain an optimum gene that adapts to its environment using a genetic algorithm (GA). For methodology 1, we established an ATAS composed of 3 to 5 modules to accomplish such tasks as object grasping, pick and place, cap screwing, and assembling. Using methodology 1, a two-hand-arm robot equipped with an optical threeaxis tactile sensor performed the above tasks. For methodology 2, we propose the Evolutionary Behavior Table System (EBTS

M. Ohka, N. Hoshikawa, J. Wada, H. B. Yussof

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 3, 466–487

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USER BEHAVIOUR MONITORING USING MOBILE PHONES TO IMPROVE 5G SERVICES AND PERFORMANCE

4G has been widely commercialised, and 5G is currently under development. The expected data bandwidth for 5G is 100 times faster than 4G and 500 times faster than 3G; however, the evolution of telecommunication technologies involves both a boost in speed and the enhancement of user experience. The key word used to describe 5G is ‘user-centric’, rather than ‘service-centric’ for 4G, and thus user behaviours of mobile data usage should be further investigated. On the other hand, the testing

Zhihao Cui, Jize Yan

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 3, 1189–1219

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ANTIBACTERIAL EFFECT OF NATURAL OILS – AN OPPORTUNITY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE ON THE EXAMPLE OF PSEUDOMONAS SPP.

Katarzyna Leja, Kamila Szudera-Kończal, Kamila Myszka, Katarzyna Czaczyk

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, 177–190

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