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By Salvatore Iacone. 2003
Practical, proven techniques to make writing for business more effective and less stressful.Thanks to e-mail, voice mail, cell phones, pagers,…and, of course, the ever-expanding Web, we live in an age of information overload. Although all these wonders were designed to make life and communication easier and faster, speed and efficiency have come with a price. Clear business writing has never been more difficult or stressful.Writers are expected to respond quickly to an endless flow of e-mail messages. Readers complain about an increasing lack of clarity along with an abundance of mechanical errors. Supervisors and managers are bewildered by employees’ inability to simply say what they mean and the lack of appropriate tone and sense of decorum in the written communications they produce.This book presents proven techniques developed in Dr. Iacone’s seminars that will enable greater ease, proficiency, and clarity in writing. The conversational, instructional format walks you through the actual stages of the writing process—from planning and writing the first draft, to editing and proofreading. This invaluable handbook also includes helpful guidelines to correct punctuation, lists of often-confused words, and step-by-step procedures for generating effective e-mail, memos, letters, and reports.
By Theony Condos. 1997
This A-to-Z reference offers in-depth information on the history and mythologies of the forty-eight classical constellations—with excerpts from ancient texts.The…nightly appearance of the stars, their arrangement in the sky, their regular risings and settings through the course of the year, have been a source of endless wonder and speculation. But where did the constellations come from and what are the myths associated with them? Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans puts the answers at your fingertips. Included in this handbook are the only surviving works on the constellation myths that have come down to us from antiquity: an epitome of The Constellations of Eratosthenes —never before translated into English—and The Poetic Astronomy of Hyginus. Also provided are accurate and detailed commentaries on each constellation myth, and complete references for those who wish to dig deeper.This book is a comprehensive sourcework for anyone interested in astronomy or mythology—and an ideal resource for the occasional stargazer.
Strange But True Tales of Car Collecting: Drowned Bugattis, Buried Belvederes, Felonious Ferraris and Other Wild Stories of Automotive Misadventure
By Keith Martin, The Editors of Sports Car Market. 2013
These bizarre true stories of collectors and their cars is "a whole lot of fun" (The Virginian Pilot).Have you heard…of the fellow who squirrelled away dozens of Chevelles, Camaros, and other classic muscle cars in semi-trailers? How about the president of Shakespeare fishing rods, who sold thirty Bugattis for a mere $85,000? What about the English nobleman who cut up and buried his Ferrari hoard in an elaborate insurance scam? Or how about the Duesenberg abandoned in a Manhattan parking garage for decades only to be uncovered by Jay Leno? Most car collectors exhibit a healthy enthusiasm for their hobby by digging into their favorite marques, chasing parts, swapping stories, and generally living the car-guy lifestyle. Some, however, step over that fine line between enthusiasm and obsession—and that's where these legendary car-collector stories come from. In Strange but True Tales of Car Collecting, Keith Martin and the staff of Sports Car Market Magazine recount the wildest, most eccentric, over-the-top stories of collectors and their collections."This likable book serves as a ‚ÄòRipley's Believe It or Not!' for car obsessives." —The New York Times
All the papers in this volume deal with the central theme of gender. The social contexts they examine range widely…from Melanesia and Southeast Asia to Africa, Europe and America; yet in each case of these very diverse cases the concern is to analyse the ways in which gender is constructed.
By Varla Ventura. 2008
From enchanted animals to bizarre rock-and-roll stories, discover hundreds of far-out facts guaranteed to give your trivia game a whole…new twist.Did you know duck dander is hallucinogenic? Or that Katherine Hepburn had a phobia of dirty hair? Have you ever wondered about the Magical Skull of Doom or contemplated the mysterious Transylvanian Tablets? The Book of the Bizarre is a veritable treasure trove of startling and stranger-than-fiction trivia that spans history, continents, even worlds. Never before have so many truly frightful facts been gathered together in one place. Teeming with the strange, the shocking, and the downright fantastic, The Book of the Bizarre’s thirteen chapters include: Something Wicked: Mysterious Objects & Haunted Homes, Tender Murderers and Malevolent Males: Killingly Good Tales of Terror, and Morbid Writers and Tortured Artists: From Edgar Allan Poe to Vincent Van Gogh. Terrifying topics range from Corpses on Campus to Strange Rock and Roll Stories to Medical Maladies, Conspiracy Theories, Superstitions, Hexes, and even UFOs. The Book of the Bizarre is designed for the depraved, outlandish enough for the eccentric, and freaky enough for even the hardest trivia nut.
By The International Institute for Strategic Studies. 2021
The Armed Conflict Survey is the annual review of the political, military and humanitarian dimensions of all active conflicts from…the International Institute for Strategic Studies. It offers in-depth analysis of the drivers, dynamics and outlook of 34 current armed conflicts along with detailed information on conflict parties and more than 60 full-colour maps and infographics. The Armed Conflict Survey is an essential resource for those involved in security, foreign and humanitarian policymaking, and an indispensable handbook for anyone conducting serious analysis of armed conflict. Key features · Essays on global trends in armed conflict, with a focus on the changing nature of third-party intervention, the long aftermath of armed conflicts, and economic migration and forced displacement in a COVID-19 world. · Overviews of key events and political and military developments from January 2020–February 2021 for each conflict. · Strategic analysis of national and regional drivers and conflict outlooks. · Regional analyses with unique insights into the geopolitical and geo-economic threads linking conflicts across regions and globally. · Expanded information on conflict parties. · The Armed Conflict Global Relevance Indicator (ACGRI), an IISS proprietary indicator that combines measures of incidence and human impact with geopolitical impact to assess the global salience of armed conflicts. · Analysis of the humanitarian, social and economic impact of conflicts. · Conflict-specific trends, strategic implications and prospects for peace. · More than 60 full-colour maps, tables and infographics highlighting key conflict developments and data. · Key statistics on violent events, fatalities, military power, geopolitical salience, refugees and internally displaced persons. · The 2021 Chart of Armed Conflict, presenting information on conflict start dates, typologies and relevant refugee flows, as well as providing a visual overview of each conflict’s geopolitical relevance, looking at 2020 UN Security Council resolutions, multilateral missions and the involvement of third-party countries.
The recent rapid growth in the variety and complexity of new machine learning architectures requires the development of improved methods…for designing, analyzing, evaluating, and communicating machine learning technologies. Statistical Machine Learning: A Unified Framework provides students, engineers, and scientists with tools from mathematical statistics and nonlinear optimization theory to become experts in the field of machine learning. In particular, the material in this text directly supports the mathematical analysis and design of old, new, and not-yet-invented nonlinear high-dimensional machine learning algorithms. Features: Unified empirical risk minimization framework supports rigorous mathematical analyses of widely used supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement machine learning algorithms Matrix calculus methods for supporting machine learning analysis and design applications Explicit conditions for ensuring convergence of adaptive, batch, minibatch, MCEM, and MCMC learning algorithms that minimize both unimodal and multimodal objective functions Explicit conditions for characterizing asymptotic properties of M-estimators and model selection criteria such as AIC and BIC in the presence of possible model misspecification This advanced text is suitable for graduate students or highly motivated undergraduate students in statistics, computer science, electrical engineering, and applied mathematics. The text is self-contained and only assumes knowledge of lower-division linear algebra and upper-division probability theory. Students, professional engineers, and multidisciplinary scientists possessing these minimal prerequisites will find this text challenging yet accessible. About the Author: Richard M. Golden (Ph.D., M.S.E.E., B.S.E.E.) is Professor of Cognitive Science and Participating Faculty Member in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Golden has published articles and given talks at scientific conferences on a wide range of topics in the fields of both statistics and machine learning over the past three decades. His long-term research interests include identifying conditions for the convergence of deterministic and stochastic machine learning algorithms and investigating estimation and inference in the presence of possibly misspecified probability models.
By B. C. Southam. 2007
Comprises of individual volumes on: Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson and John Webster.The Critical Heritage gathers together a large body of…critical sources on major figures in literature. Each volume presents contemporary responses to a writer's work, enabling students and researchers to read for themselves, for example, comments on early performances of Shakespeare's plays, or reactions to the first publication of Jane Austen's novels.The carefully selected sources range from landmark essays in the history of criticism to journalism and contemporary opinion, and little published documentary material such as letters and diaries. Significant pieces of criticism from later periods are also included, in order to demonstrate the fluctuations in an author's reputation.Each volume contains an introduction to the writer's published works, a selected bibliography, and an index of works, authors and subjects.The Collected Critical Heritage set will be available as a set of 68 volumes and the series will also be available in mini sets selected by period (in slipcase oxes) and as individual volumes.
By Charles Dennis, Pantea Foroudi. 2024
Researching and Analysing Business: Research Methods in Practice provides an accessible and practical guide to various data collection and data…analysis techniques within management, from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. This key resource functions as a comprehensive reference tool – covering a broad variety of methodologies – examining both the theory behind them and their application in practice. These include systematic literature review through bibliometric and meta-analysis, secondary vs primary sources, qualitative research vs quantitative research, combining qualitative and quantitative methods, qualitative and quantitative research method approaches, fsQCA, data mining, and sentiment analysis. Chapters are rich in examples, data sets, practical exercises, easy-to-follow slides, and a glossary, which help readers to understand and apply research approaches as well as to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Unique in its practical approach and with insights from active researchers, this book is required and recommended reading for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students studying research methods as a core module within business and management courses. It is also a useful tool for PhD students and academics within the discipline. Online support materials include PowerPoint slides.
By Hartley Cathy. 2021
The International Directory of Government is the definitive guide to people in power in every part of the world. All…the top decision-makers are included in this one-volume publication, which brings together government institutions, agencies and personnel from the largest nations (China, India, Russia, etc.) to the smallest overseas dependencies (Guadeloupe, Guernsey and Christmas Island, etc). Institutional entries contain the names and titles of principal officials, postal, e-mail and internet addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and other relevant details. Key features: - comprehensive lists of government ministers and ministries - coverage of state-related agencies and other institutions arranged by subject heading - details of important state, provincial and regional administrations, including information on US states, Russian republics, and the states and territories of India.
By Jessica Kuper. 1987
First published in 1987, Key Topics of Study gives an updated overview of the various disciplines and areas of study…which go to make up the social sciences today. The essays deal expertly with the various branches of the social sciences, from anthropology to Women’s Studies, and include a useful bibliography for each topic. All the topics have been described succinctly and are comprehensible even to a casual reader. The book highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the social sciences and outlines the foundational arguments of various disciplines. This reference book can be read by everyone but will be particularly handy for students of the social sciences.
By William Raynor. 1998
First Published in 1998. Artificial intelligence is increasingly employed in all areas of human endeavor and industry. Anticipating the needs…of professionals, researchers, and students alike, International Dictionary of Artificial Intelligence defines and illustrates over 2,500 terms and provides detailed explanations of major concepts as well as topics in related disciplines. The Dictionary also contains an annotated bibliography and an extensive appendix of World Wide Web sites devoted to the latest trends and developments in the world of artificial intelligence.
By Borko Furht and Mohammad Ilyas. 2003
Wireless applications are definitely the next big thing in communications. Millions of people around the world use the Internet every…day - to stay in touch with remote locations, follow the stock market, keep up with the news, check the weather, make travel plans, conduct business, shop, entertain themselves, and learn. The logical next step is th
By Kathleen Marden. 2019
The essential guide for people who have experienced alien contact and for those who love them.It has been twenty years…since the publication of How to Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction by Ann Druffel. This new book by UFO researcher Kathleen Marden is the essential handbook for this generation. This is the fundamental reference and guide for those who have experienced contact with nonhuman intelligent (NHI) entities, families & friends of those “experiencers,” and anyone interested in alien abduction and contact and UFOs.The ten chapters in this book are based on years of research and access to the files of MUFON and the Dr. Edgar Mitchel Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial and Extraordinary Encounters. Chapters include:Am I an abductee, a contactee, or an experiencer?How to investigate your contact experiencesWhen you discover that it isn’t ET: ghosts and paranormal phenomenaWhen you want it to stop: coping strategies and resistance techniquesWide-ranging, informative, and helpful, this is a book that will find a place as a crucial resource for anyone fascinated by visitations from other worlds.Praise for Extraterrestrial Contact“Finally, there is a (much needed and long awaited) practical handbook for anyone looking for guidance on how to comprehend, evaluate, and digest alien abduction memories into the framework of life in the 21st century. . . . An eye-opening bridge for future generations, as it is predicted humanity will likely inhabit another planet by the end of the next century. If contact is inevitable, perhaps those who have been abducted will one day be honored as our evolutionary ambassadors.” —Jennifer W. Stein, Documentary Producer of Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton“Once again, author and investigator Kathleen Marden has made a remarkable contribution to the world of serious UFO literature. This wealth of practical, well-documented information contained in [Extraterrestrial Contact] will be invaluable to experiencers and abductees as well as to educators, mental health professionals, and to serious students of ufology worldwide.” —Peter Robbins, long-time assistant to pioneer UFO abduction researcher Budd Hopkins, author, and investigative writer
By Candace Simpson-Giles. 2012
A charming reminder of what it takes to be an exemplary woman—someone who is mindful of the effect she has…on others and knows how to breeze through an awkward conversation with poise. Of all the women you know, how many of them would you describe as &“a lady&”? Naturally, you know women who are kind and intelligent, witty and resourceful; but a lady is an altogether different variety of female. She&’s mindful of the effect she has on those around her, and she&’s careful not to let her words or appearance betray her true intentions.How to Be a Lady is a charming reminder of what it takes to be an exemplary woman—someone who knows how to breeze through an awkward conversation with poise, or delicately sidestep the beauty salon gossip. Candace Simpson-Giles delivers a delightful refresher course on what it means to be a lady among women.
By Li-Chun Zhang and Raymond L. Chambers. 2019
The advent of "Big Data" has brought with it a rapid diversification of data sources, requiring analysis that accounts for…the fact that these data have often been generated and recorded for different reasons. Data integration involves combining data residing in different sources to enable statistical inference, or to generate new statistical data for purposes that cannot be served by each source on its own. This can yield significant gains for scientific as well as commercial investigations. However, valid analysis of such data should allow for the additional uncertainty due to entity ambiguity, whenever it is not possible to state with certainty that the integrated source is the target population of interest. Analysis of Integrated Data aims to provide a solid theoretical basis for this statistical analysis in three generic settings of entity ambiguity: statistical analysis of linked datasets that may contain linkage errors; datasets created by a data fusion process, where joint statistical information is simulated using the information in marginal data from non-overlapping sources; and estimation of target population size when target units are either partially or erroneously covered in each source. Covers a range of topics under an overarching perspective of data integration. Focuses on statistical uncertainty and inference issues arising from entity ambiguity. Features state of the art methods for analysis of integrated data. Identifies the important themes that will define future research and teaching in the statistical analysis of integrated data. Analysis of Integrated Data is aimed primarily at researchers and methodologists interested in statistical methods for data from multiple sources, with a focus on data analysts in the social sciences, and in the public and private sectors.
By Albert Vexler, Jihnhee Yu. 2018
Empirical Likelihood Methods in Biomedicine and Health provides a compendium of nonparametric likelihood statistical techniques in the perspective of health…research applications. It includes detailed descriptions of the theoretical underpinnings of recently developed empirical likelihood-based methods. The emphasis throughout is on the application of the methods to the health sciences, with worked examples using real data. Provides a systematic overview of novel empirical likelihood techniques. Presents a good balance of theory, methods, and applications. Features detailed worked examples to illustrate the application of the methods. Includes R code for implementation. The book material is attractive and easily understandable to scientists who are new to the research area and may attract statisticians interested in learning more about advanced nonparametric topics including various modern empirical likelihood methods. The book can be used by graduate students majoring in biostatistics, or in a related field, particularly for those who are interested in nonparametric methods with direct applications in Biomedicine.
By Muhamad Olimat. 2014
This volume examines the role of Arab women in Arab Spring and their contribution to the ongoing process of change…sweeping the region. The book begins with an examination of the process of democratization and its impediments in the Arab World since the Second World War. It then looks at the conditions that led to the upsurge of the so-called Arab Spring. Finally, it underscores women’s role as participants, organizers, leaders, but also as victims. The main thesis of the book is that while Arab women were an integral part of the revolutionary efforts within the Arab Spring paradigm, they did not benefit from their sacrifices. Although they continue to be part of the process of change, their gains, rights and scope for participation are still limited. If the expansion of women’s participation and the scope of their rights do not seem to be a priority for revolutionary forces, women have made remarkable achievements, especially in some Arab Spring countries such as Yemen and Libya. The book includes case studies of some Arab Spring countries and other countries influenced by developments: Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. It calls on revolutionary and reformist forces to give special attention to issues related to Arab women, as they are an indispensable pillar in the process of reform, development, peace and stability in the Middle East.
Monitoring the Health of Populations by Tracking Disease Outbreaks: Saving Humanity from the Next Plague (ASA-CRC Series on Statistical Reasoning in Science and Society)
By Steven Rigdon, Ronald Fricker Jr.. 2020
With COVID-19 sweeping across the globe with near impunity, it is thwarting governments and health organizations efforts to contain it. …Not since the 1918 Spanish Flu have citizens of developed countries experienced such a large-scale disease outbreak that is having devastating health and economic impacts. One reason such outbreaks are not more common has been the success of the public health community, including epidemiologists and biostatisticians, in identifying and then mitigating or eliminating the outbreaks. Monitoring the Health of Populations by Tracking Disease Outbreaks: Saving Humanity from the Next Plague is the story of the application of statistics for disease detection and tracking. The work of public health officials often crucially depends on statistical methods to help discern whether an outbreak may be occurring and, if there is sufficient evidence of an outbreak, then to locate and track it. Statisticians also help collect critical information, and they analyze the resulting data to help investigators zero in on a cause for a disease. With the recent outbreaks of diseases such as swine and bird flu, Ebola, and now COVID-19, the role that epidemiologists and biostatisticians play is more important than ever. Features: · Discusses the crucial roles of statistics in early disease detection. · Outlines the concepts and methods of disease surveillance. · Covers surveillance techniques for communicable diseases like Zika and chronic diseases such as cancer. · Gives real world examples of disease investigations including smallpox, syphilis, anthrax, yellow fever, and microcephaly (and its relationship to the Zika virus). Via the process of identifying an outbreak, finding its cause, and developing a plan to prevent its reoccurrence, this book tells the story of how medical and public health professionals use statistics to help mitigate the effects of disease. This book will help readers understand how statisticians and epidemiologists help combat the spread of such diseases in order to improve public health across the world.
By Ajaya Sahoo. 2024
Routledge Handbook of South Asian Migrations presents cutting-edge research on South Asian migrants written from a diverse theoretical and methodological…perspective by leading scholars from around the world. This book provides a comprehensive understanding of how South Asians negotiate and promote South Asian culture both within and outside the region while undergoing several challenges during the process of migration. The Handbook covers many dimensions of South Asian migrations written by leading scholars from across the world, including but not limited to sociology, history, anthropology, economics, political science, geography, education, psychology, literature, and cultural studies. Divided thematically into five broad sections the chapters critically analyse some of the pertinent issues of South Asian migrations: • Contextualizing South Asian Migrations • Migration, Language, and Identity • Politics of Migration and Development • Gender, Culture, and Migration • Migration, Diaspora, and Transnationalism Addressing these issues from a multidisciplinary, multigenerational, multiracial, and multi-ethnic perspective, the Routledge Handbook of South Asian Migrations fills a gap in the literature and is an invaluable resource for students and scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities.