Aim High by Deborah Lee James

  • Author : Deborah Lee James
  • Publisher : Post Hill Press
  • Isbn : 9781642930351
  • Totalpages : 182
  • Release Date : 2019-04-30
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Dysfunction abounds in America in so many ways, from continuous turbulent change in the business environment, to a US federal government polarized by an inability to compromise and fulfill its historic missions, to personal levels where even deeper and darker levels of dysfunction reside within our colleagues, families, friends, and ourselves. Can any of us survive and thrive against such a backdrop of unsettledness and anxiety? Deborah Lee James wants to help us try. As the 23rd Secretary and the “CEO” of the male-dominated US Air Force (only the second woman to lead a US military service), Secretary Deborah Lee James led a force of 660,000 people and managed a $139 billion budget—larger than the GDP of more than 120 countries. In the midst of unprecedented political dysfunction in Washington, she faced down enormous challenges, including preparing military women and men to fight terror in the Middle East, combatting sexual assault in the military, and responding to a crisis in the nuclear enterprise. In Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success, Deborah James shares her personal and professional challenges, outcomes, strategies for success, and the problem-solving principles she used to overcome the daunting pressures, threats, and challenges that come with rising to the top of the US Armed Forces. As a supplement to her storytelling, Bain and Company, a top-tier management consulting firm, offers research and statistics that prove James’ insights have widespread impact. The book offers an insider’s view on how things really work in Washington—and how the author’s five-step, repeatable problem-solving approach can work in any walk of life. As a mother and wife, Deborah James carried her insights and problem-solving skills home. For women in similar circumstances, her story will provide a powerful guidebook for excelling in both public and private life, and ensuring that their battles can be won and their challenges overcome.

Deep Learning with PyTorch by Luca Pietro Giovanni Antiga

  • Author : Luca Pietro Giovanni Antiga
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 9781638354079
  • Totalpages : 520
  • Release Date : 2020-07-01
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“We finally have the definitive treatise on PyTorch! It covers the basics and abstractions in great detail. I hope this book becomes your extended reference document.” —Soumith Chintala, co-creator of PyTorch Key Features Written by PyTorch’s creator and key contributors Develop deep learning models in a familiar Pythonic way Use PyTorch to build an image classifier for cancer detection Diagnose problems with your neural network and improve training with data augmentation Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. About The Book Every other day we hear about new ways to put deep learning to good use: improved medical imaging, accurate credit card fraud detection, long range weather forecasting, and more. PyTorch puts these superpowers in your hands. Instantly familiar to anyone who knows Python data tools like NumPy and Scikit-learn, PyTorch simplifies deep learning without sacrificing advanced features. It’s great for building quick models, and it scales smoothly from laptop to enterprise. Deep Learning with PyTorch teaches you to create deep learning and neural network systems with PyTorch. This practical book gets you to work right away building a tumor image classifier from scratch. After covering the basics, you’ll learn best practices for the entire deep learning pipeline, tackling advanced projects as your PyTorch skills become more sophisticated. All code samples are easy to explore in downloadable Jupyter notebooks. What You Will Learn Understanding deep learning data structures such as tensors and neural networks Best practices for the PyTorch Tensor API, loading data in Python, and visualizing results Implementing modules and loss functions Utilizing pretrained models from PyTorch Hub Methods for training networks with limited inputs Sifting through unreliable results to diagnose and fix problems in your neural network Improve your results with augmented data, better model architecture, and fine tuning This Book Is Written For For Python programmers with an interest in machine learning. No experience with PyTorch or other deep learning frameworks is required. About The Authors Eli Stevens has worked in Silicon Valley for the past 15 years as a software engineer, and the past 7 years as Chief Technical Officer of a startup making medical device software. Luca Antiga is co-founder and CEO of an AI engineering company located in Bergamo, Italy, and a regular contributor to PyTorch. Thomas Viehmann is a Machine Learning and PyTorch speciality trainer and consultant based in Munich, Germany and a PyTorch core developer. Table of Contents PART 1 - CORE PYTORCH 1 Introducing deep learning and the PyTorch Library 2 Pretrained networks 3 It starts with a tensor 4 Real-world data representation using tensors 5 The mechanics of learning 6 Using a neural network to fit the data 7 Telling birds from airplanes: Learning from images 8 Using convolutions to generalize PART 2 - LEARNING FROM IMAGES IN THE REAL WORLD: EARLY DETECTION OF LUNG CANCER 9 Using PyTorch to fight cancer 10 Combining data sources into a unified dataset 11 Training a classification model to detect suspected tumors 12 Improving training with metrics and augmentation 13 Using segmentation to find suspected nodules 14 End-to-end nodule analysis, and where to go next PART 3 - DEPLOYMENT 15 Deploying to production

Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments: First Results from TALIS by OECD

  • Author : OECD
  • Publisher : OECD Publishing
  • Isbn : 9789264072992
  • Totalpages : 310
  • Release Date : 2009-06-18
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This survey aims to help countries review and develop policies to make the teaching profession more attractive and more effective.

Nineteen Eighty-Four. Illustrated by George Orwell

  • Author : George Orwell
  • Publisher : Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing
  • Isbn : PKEY:SMP2300000063301
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  • Release Date : 2020-07-03
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1984 is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime lead by The Party. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101. . .

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hills

  • Author : Napoleon Hills
  • Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan
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National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness by Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

  • Author : Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 9781510767614
  • Totalpages : 208
  • Release Date : 2021-05-18
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The ultimate guide for anyone wondering how President Joe Biden will respond to the COVID-19 pandemic—all his plans, goals, and executive orders in response to the coronavirus crisis. Shortly after being inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden and his administration released this 200 page guide detailing his plans to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness breaks down seven crucial goals of President Joe Biden's administration with regards to the coronavirus pandemic: 1. Restore trust with the American people. 2. Mount a safe, effective, and comprehensive vaccination campaign. 3. Mitigate spread through expanding masking, testing, data, treatments, health care workforce, and clear public health standards. 4. Immediately expand emergency relief and exercise the Defense Production Act. 5. Safely reopen schools, businesses, and travel while protecting workers. 6. Protect those most at risk and advance equity, including across racial, ethnic and rural/urban lines. 7. Restore U.S. leadership globally and build better preparedness for future threats. Each of these goals are explained and detailed in the book, with evidence about the current circumstances and how we got here, as well as plans and concrete steps to achieve each goal. Also included is the full text of the many Executive Orders that will be issued by President Biden to achieve each of these goals. The National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness is required reading for anyone interested in or concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on American society.

Democratizing Innovation by Eric Von Hippel

  • Author : Eric Von Hippel
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Isbn : 9780262250177
  • Totalpages : 216
  • Release Date : 2006-02-17
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The process of user-centered innovation: how it can benefit both users and manufacturers and how its emergence will bring changes in business models and in public policy. Innovation is rapidly becoming democratized. Users, aided by improvements in computer and communications technology, increasingly can develop their own new products and services. These innovating users—both individuals and firms—often freely share their innovations with others, creating user-innovation communities and a rich intellectual commons. In Democratizing Innovation, Eric von Hippel looks closely at this emerging system of user-centered innovation. He explains why and when users find it profitable to develop new products and services for themselves, and why it often pays users to reveal their innovations freely for the use of all.The trend toward democratized innovation can be seen in software and information products—most notably in the free and open-source software movement—but also in physical products. Von Hippel's many examples of user innovation in action range from surgical equipment to surfboards to software security features. He shows that product and service development is concentrated among "lead users," who are ahead on marketplace trends and whose innovations are often commercially attractive. Von Hippel argues that manufacturers should redesign their innovation processes and that they should systematically seek out innovations developed by users. He points to businesses—the custom semiconductor industry is one example—that have learned to assist user-innovators by providing them with toolkits for developing new products. User innovation has a positive impact on social welfare, and von Hippel proposes that government policies, including R&D subsidies and tax credits, should be realigned to eliminate biases against it. The goal of a democratized user-centered innovation system, says von Hippel, is well worth striving for. An electronic version of this book is available under a Creative Commons license.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

  • Author : Erich Maria Remarque
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Isbn : 9780812985535
  • Totalpages : 240
  • Release Date : 2013-09-03
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Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarque’s masterpiece of the German experience during World War I. I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. . . . This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army during World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another . . . if only he can come out of the war alive. “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”—The New York Times Book Review

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

  • Author : Jostein Gaarder
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Isbn : 9781466804272
  • Totalpages : 544
  • Release Date : 2007-03-20
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One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.

Education at a Glance 2011 OECD Indicators by OECD

  • Author : OECD
  • Publisher : OECD Publishing
  • Isbn : 9789264117051
  • Totalpages : 500
  • Release Date : 2011-09-13
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The 2011 edition of Education at a Glance enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performance. It provides a broad array of comparable indicators on education systems and represents the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure education internationally.

The Elements of Statistical Learning by Trevor Hastie

  • Author : Trevor Hastie
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Isbn : 9780387216065
  • Totalpages : 536
  • Release Date : 2013-11-11
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During the past decade there has been an explosion in computation and information technology. With it have come vast amounts of data in a variety of fields such as medicine, biology, finance, and marketing. The challenge of understanding these data has led to the development of new tools in the field of statistics, and spawned new areas such as data mining, machine learning, and bioinformatics. Many of these tools have common underpinnings but are often expressed with different terminology. This book describes the important ideas in these areas in a common conceptual framework. While the approach is statistical, the emphasis is on concepts rather than mathematics. Many examples are given, with a liberal use of color graphics. It should be a valuable resource for statisticians and anyone interested in data mining in science or industry. The book’s coverage is broad, from supervised learning (prediction) to unsupervised learning. The many topics include neural networks, support vector machines, classification trees and boosting---the first comprehensive treatment of this topic in any book. This major new edition features many topics not covered in the original, including graphical models, random forests, ensemble methods, least angle regression & path algorithms for the lasso, non-negative matrix factorization, and spectral clustering. There is also a chapter on methods for “wide” data (p bigger than n), including multiple testing and false discovery rates. Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, and Jerome Friedman are professors of statistics at Stanford University. They are prominent researchers in this area: Hastie and Tibshirani developed generalized additive models and wrote a popular book of that title. Hastie co-developed much of the statistical modeling software and environment in R/S-PLUS and invented principal curves and surfaces. Tibshirani proposed the lasso and is co-author of the very successful An Introduction to the Bootstrap. Friedman is the co-inventor of many data-mining tools including CART, MARS, projection pursuit and gradient boosting.

Learner-Centered Teaching by Maryellen Weimer

  • Author : Maryellen Weimer
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Isbn : 9780787966065
  • Totalpages : 288
  • Release Date : 2002-10-16
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In this much needed resource, Maryellen Weimer-one of the nation's most highly regarded authorities on effective college teaching-offers a comprehensive work on the topic of learner-centered teaching in the college and university classroom. As the author explains, learner-centered teaching focuses attention on what the student is learning, how the student is learning, the conditions under which the student is learning, whether the student is retaining and applying the learning, and how current learning positions the student for future learning. To help educators accomplish the goals of learner-centered teaching, this important book presents the meaning, practice, and ramifications of the learner-centered approach, and how this approach transforms the college classroom environment. Learner-Centered Teaching shows how to tie teaching and curriculum to the process and objectives of learning rather than to the content delivery alone.

Academic Writing by Stephen Bailey

  • Author : Stephen Bailey
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 9781135728786
  • Totalpages : 200
  • Release Date : 2003-12-16
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Ideal for overseas students studying at English-medium colleges and universities, this practical writing course enables international students to meet the required standard of writing and use an appropriate style for essays, exams and dissertations. Newly revised and updated to include extra exercises and material suggested by teachers and students, Academic Writing explains and demonstrates all the key writing skills and is ideal for use in the classroom or for independent study. Useful at every stage of an academic career and beyond, this indispensable book features: different styles and formats from CVs and letters to formal essays a focus on accuracy coverage of all stages of writing, from understanding titles to checking your work essential academic writing skills such as proper referencing, summarising and paraphrasing diagrams and practice exercises, complete with answers.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

  • Author : Robin DiAngelo
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Isbn : 9780807047422
  • Totalpages : 192
  • Release Date : 2018-06-26
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The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Equity and Quality in Education Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools by OECD

  • Author : OECD
  • Publisher : OECD Publishing
  • Isbn : 9789264130852
  • Totalpages : 168
  • Release Date : 2012-02-09
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Across OECD countries, almost one in every five students does not reach a basic minimum level of skills. This book presents a series of policy recommendations for education systems to help all children succeed.

Distance Education for Teacher Training by Hilary Perraton

  • Author : Hilary Perraton
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 9781134868469
  • Totalpages : 424
  • Release Date : 2002-03-11
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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Understanding by Design by Grant P. Wiggins

  • Author : Grant P. Wiggins
  • Publisher : ASCD
  • Isbn : 9781416602255
  • Totalpages : 370
  • Release Date : 2005
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Wiggins and McTighe provide an expanded array of practical tools and strategies for designing curriculum, instruction, and assessments that lead students at all grade levels to genuine understanding.

German Corporate Governance in International and European Context by Jean J. du Plessis

  • Author : Jean J. du Plessis
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 9783662541982
  • Totalpages : 605
  • Release Date : 2017-10-07
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The book provides readers with an overview of the unique features of German business and enterprise law and an in-depth analysis of the organs of governance of German public limited companies (general meeting, management board, supervisory board). In addition, approaches for reforms required at the international level are also suggested and discussed, including, among others, the unique interplay and dynamics of the German two-tier board model with the system of codetermination, referring to the arrangement of employees sitting on the supervisory boards of German public limited companies and private companies employing more than 500 employees; also covered are significant recent legal developments in Europe.The book highlights the core function of valuation and financial reporting at the international, European and German levels, with accounting as the documentary proof of good corporate governance. Corporate governance encompasses the free enterprise system, which is treated comprehensively in this book from a German perspective. This distinguishes the book from other books written in English in this subject area, not only because of the comprehensive way it covers German corporate law and corporate governance, but also because of the fact that it provides international and European perspectives on these important topics.The book is addressed to researchers, practitioners and basically anyone with an interest in the complex, but intriguing areas of corporate law and corporate governance.

Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education by Ellen Hazelkorn

  • Author : Ellen Hazelkorn
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 9781137446671
  • Totalpages : 304
  • Release Date : 2015-03-23
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University rankings have gained popularity around the world and are now a significant factor shaping reputation. This second edition updates Ellen Hazelkorn's first comprehensive study of rankings from a global perspective, drawing in new original research and extensive analysis. It is essential reading for policymakers, managers and scholars.

Environmental Pricing by Larry Kreiser

  • Author : Larry Kreiser
  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Isbn : 9781785360251
  • Totalpages : 272
  • Release Date : 2015-08-28
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Environmental taxes can be efficient tools for successful environmental policy. Their use, however, has been limited in many countries. This thoughtful book explores the scope of environmental pricing and examines a variety of national experiences in e

Comparative Study of Smart Cities in Europe and China 2014 by China Academy of Information and Communi

  • Author : China Academy of Information and Communi
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 9783662468678
  • Totalpages : 261
  • Release Date : 2015-08-26
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This book, examining smart-city trends and developments from global, Chinese and EU perspectives, shows how the concept of the smart city varies from city to city. A detailed analysis is made to present the smart city as an up-to-date model of world city. Thirty pilot cities answer questions designed by the “Smart City Evaluation Framework,” including managerial entities, stakeholders, project description and performance and whatever else relates to smart cities. By assessing the answers, researchers reveal major trends, best practices and challenges confronting smart city campaigns. Recommendations and solutions are provided. This is a must-read for anyone wishing to understand Chinese and European cities in terms of ideas about city development, plausible practice, natural and geographic conditions, economic structure and infrastructure robustness. Innovation and updates in telecommunication technology is regarded as indicative of city intelligence and green, low-carbon and sustainable development. This innovative book offers an interdisciplinary perspective and shall be of interest to researchers, policy analysts and technical experts involved in and responsible for the planning, development and design of smart cities.

Advances in Web-Based Learning - ICWL 2004 by Wenyin Liu

  • Author : Wenyin Liu
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 9783540278597
  • Totalpages : 470
  • Release Date : 2004-12-06
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With the rapid development of Web-based learning and new concepts like virtual cla- rooms, virtual laboratories and virtual universities, many issues need to be addressed. On the technical side, there is a need for effective technology for deployment of W- based education.On the learning side, the cyber mode of learning is very different from classroom-based learning. How can instructional developmentcope with this new style of learning? On the management side, the establishment of the cyber university - poses very different requirements for the set-up. Does industry-university partnership provide a solution to addressing the technological and management issues? Why do we need to standardize e-learning and what can we do already? As with many other new developments, more research is needed to establish the concepts and best practice for Web-based learning. ICWL 2004, the 3rd International Conference on Web-Based Learning, was held at the Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) from August 8th to 11th, 2004, as a continued attempt to address many of the above-mentioned issues. Following the great successes of ICWL 2002 (Hong Kong) and ICWL 2003 (Australia), ICWL 2004 aimed at p- senting new progress in the technical, pedagogical, as well as management issues of Web-based learning. The conference featured a comprehensive program, including a tutorial session, a keynote talk, a main track for regular paper presentations, and an - dustrial track. We received 120 papers and accepted only 58 of them in the main track for both oral and poster presentations.

RDA Around the World by Marie-France Plassard

  • Author : Marie-France Plassard
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 9781317482338
  • Totalpages : 232
  • Release Date : 2017-10-02
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This book provides a snapshot of the implementation in various countries around the world of the international cataloging standard RDA: resource description and access. All stages of implementing a new standard are covered, from initial assessment and impact analysis through translation, staff training, and data migration, to implementation and user orientation. Contributions include the results of detailed research into awareness of the standard in professional groups, differences between catalog metadata produced using RDA and current local standards, and the effect of RDA on the presentation of catalog displays to the end user. The contributions cover aspects of RDA implementation in Canada, China, German-speaking countries, Iran, Israel, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, and Turkey, and French, German and Spanish translation activity. The information contained will be relevant for many years to come, for those who are intending to implement RDA, review the quality of legacy data, measure the impact of the globalization of cataloguing data, or prepare for education and orientation in international bibliographic standards. This book was published as a special double issue of Cataloging and Classification Quarterly.

Why States Recover by Greg Mills

  • Author : Greg Mills
  • Publisher : Hurst
  • Isbn : 9781849045407
  • Totalpages : 700
  • Release Date : 2015-01-03
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State failure takes many forms. Somalia offers one extreme. The country's prolonged civil war led to the collapse of central authority, with state control devolving to warlord-led factions that competed for the spoils of local commerce, political power, and international aid. Malawi, on the other hand, is at the other end of the scale. During President Bingu's second term in office, the country's economy collapsed as a result of poor policies and Bingu's brand of personal politics. On the surface, Malawi's economy seemed largely stable; underneath, however, the polity was fractured and the economy broken. In between these two extremes of state failure are all manner of examples, many of which Mills explores in the fascinating and profoundly personal Why States Recover. Throughout he returns to his key questions: how do countries recover? What roles should both insiders and outsiders play to aid that process? Drawing on research in more than thirty countries, and incorporating interviews with a dozen leaders, Mills examines state failure and identifies instances of recovery in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. For anyone interested in the reasons behind states' failure, and remedies to ensure future economic stability, it is important reading.

China and Autocracy by Miao-ling Lin Hasenkamp

  • Author : Miao-ling Lin Hasenkamp
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 9781788318396
  • Totalpages : 240
  • Release Date : 2020-05-14
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What effect is China's successful autocracy having on global politics? Is it leading to the decline of democracy, and the rise of 'strong man' government worldwide? China's success economically, this collection argues, is undermining the post-war consensus that 'liberal democracy is best'. In a multi-polar, Chinese-dominated world, Trump, Putin, Erdogan, and other global leaders no longer criticize China. In fact, they frequently invoke the usefulness of 'strong' and 'united' leadership. At the same time, China seeks to wear the mantle of a great power, and in doing so talks about human rights, climate change, freedom and economic liberalism. This collection examines how China views itself and where reality meets rhetoric on trade, international relations, diplomacy, economics and social policy. The contributors expertly dissect China's autocracy, and show how a ripple effect is altering the political-model consensus around the world.

Serious Games by Bobbie Fletcher

  • Author : Bobbie Fletcher
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Isbn : 9783030882723
  • Totalpages : 291
  • Release Date : 2021-10-04
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 7th Joint International Conference on Serious Games, JCSG 2021, as virtual event, in January 2022. The 17 full papers presented together with 3 short papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 28 submissions. JSCG 2021 is dedicated to serious games and its interdisciplinary characteristics combining game concepts and technologies required in the different application domains.

From Grassroots Activism to Disinformation by Aim Sinpeng

  • Author : Aim Sinpeng
  • Publisher : ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Isbn : 9789814951036
  • Totalpages : 233
  • Release Date : 2020-10-21
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This book reflects on the role of social media in the past two decades in Southeast Asia. It traces the emergence of social media discourse in Southeast Asia, and its potential as a “liberation technology” in both democratizing and authoritarian states. It explains the growing decline in internet freedom and increasingly repressive and manipulative use of social media tools by governments, and argues that social media is now an essential platform for control. The contributors detail the increasing role of “disinformation” and “fake news” production in Southeast Asia, and how national governments are creating laws which attempt to address this trend, but which often exacerbate the situation of state control. From Grassroots Activism to Disinformation explores three main questions: How did social media begin as a vibrant space for grassroots activism to becoming a tool for disinformation? Who were the main actors in this transition: governments, citizens or the platforms themselves? Can reformists “reclaim” the digital public sphere? And if so, how?

National Human Rights Institutions in Southeast Asia by James Gomez

  • Author : James Gomez
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Isbn : 9789811510748
  • Totalpages : 300
  • Release Date : 2020-01-03
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This book reviews Southeast Asia’s National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) as part of an emerging assessment of a nascent regional human rights architecture that is facing significant challenges in protecting human rights. The book asks, can NHRIs overcome its weaknesses and provide protection, including remedies, to victims of human rights abuses? Assessing NHRIs’ capacity to do so is vital as the future of human rights protection lies at the national level, and other parts of the architecture—the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and the international mechanism of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)—though helpful, also have their limitations. The critical question the book addresses is whether NHRIs individually or collaboratively provide protection of fundamental human rights. The body of work offered in this book showcases the progress of the NHRIs in Southeast Asia where they also act as a barometer for the fluid political climate of their respective countries. Specifically, the book examines the NHRIs’ capacity to provide protection, notably through the pursuit of quasi-judicial functions, and concludes that this function has either been eroded due to political developments post-establishment or has not been included in the first place. The book’s findings point to the need for NHRIs to increase their effectiveness in the protection of human rights and invites readers and stakeholders to find ways of addressing this gap.

High-Performance Computing by Laurence T. Yang

  • Author : Laurence T. Yang
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Isbn : 9780471732709
  • Totalpages : 500
  • Release Date : 2005-11-18
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The state of the art of high-performance computing Prominent researchers from around the world have gathered topresent the state-of-the-art techniques and innovations inhigh-performance computing (HPC), including: * Programming models for parallel computing: graph-orientedprogramming (GOP), OpenMP, the stages and transformation (SAT)approach, the bulk-synchronous parallel (BSP) model, MessagePassing Interface (MPI), and Cilk * Architectural and system support, featuring the code tilingcompiler technique, the MigThread application-level migration andcheckpointing package, the new prefetching scheme of atomicity, anew "receiver makes right" data conversion method, and lessonslearned from applying reconfigurable computing to HPC * Scheduling and resource management issues with heterogeneoussystems, bus saturation effects on SMPs, genetic algorithms fordistributed computing, and novel task-scheduling algorithms * Clusters and grid computing: design requirements, gridmiddleware, distributed virtual machines, data grid services andperformance-boosting techniques, security issues, and openissues * Peer-to-peer computing (P2P) including the proposed searchmechanism of hybrid periodical flooding (HPF) and routing protocolsfor improved routing performance * Wireless and mobile computing, featuring discussions ofimplementing the Gateway Location Register (GLR) concept in 3Gcellular networks, maximizing network longevity, and comparisons ofQoS-aware scatternet scheduling algorithms * High-performance applications including partitioners, runningBag-of-Tasks applications on grids, using low-cost clusters to meethigh-demand applications, and advanced convergent architectures andprotocols High-Performance Computing: Paradigm and Infrastructure is aninvaluable compendium for engineers, IT professionals, andresearchers and students of computer science and appliedmathematics.

Handbook Bibliometrics by Rafael Ball

  • Author : Rafael Ball
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Isbn : 9783110646610
  • Totalpages : 541
  • Release Date : 2020-12-07
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Bibliometrics and altmetrics are increasingly becoming the focus of interest in the context of research evaluation. The Handbook Bibliometrics provides a comprehensive introduction to quantifying scientific output in addition to a historical derivation, individual indicators, institutions, application perspectives and data bases. Furthermore, application scenarios, training and qualification on bibliometrics and their implications are considered.

International Accounting and Reporting Issues by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

  • Author : United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Publisher : United Nations
  • Isbn : 9789210578899
  • Totalpages : 72
  • Release Date : 2016-05-17
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The International Accounting and Reporting Issues 2014 Review is focused on the interrelated topics of compliance monitoring and enforcement mechanisms in relation to corporate reporting, auditing and regulation of professional accountants within the context of achieving high-quality corporate reporting. In order to facilitate sharing of experiences among members States and also to provide practical examples of compliance monitoring and enforcement mechanisms in relation to international corporate reporting standards and codes. the UNCTAD secretariat, in cooperation with top experts on these topics, prepared country case studies on Australia, Belgium and Canada. Chapter I analyzes the key elements that member States need to consider when building efficient monitoring and enforcement systems for companies, audit firms and professional accountants. It highlights standards and guidance for good practices and discusses the main challenges to establish efficient mechanisms for the monitoring of compliance and enforcement. The respective country case studies are contained in chapters II through IV.

Coordination Models and Languages by Paolo Ciancarini

  • Author : Paolo Ciancarini
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 9783540346951
  • Totalpages : 299
  • Release Date : 2006-06-11
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Coordination Models and Languages, COORDINATION 2006, held in Bologna, Italy, June 2006. The 17 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 50 submissions. Among the topics addressed are component connectors, negotiation in service-oriented computing, process algebraic specification, workflow patterns, reactive XML, ubiquitous coordination, type systems, ad-hoc network coordination, choreography, communication coordination, and distributed embedded systems.

Smart Metropolitan Regional Development by T.M. Vinod Kumar

  • Author : T.M. Vinod Kumar
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 9789811085888
  • Totalpages : 1096
  • Release Date : 2018-05-31
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This book discusses the concept and practice of a smart metropolitan region, and how smart cities promote healthy economic and spatial development. It highlights how smart metropolitan regional development can energize, reorganize and transform the legacy economy into a smart economy; how it can help embrace Information and Communications Technology (ICT); and how it can foster a shared economy. In addition, it outlines how the five pillars of the third industrial revolution can be achieved by smart communities. In addition, the book draws on 16 in-depth city case studies from ten countries to explore the state of the art regarding the smart economy in smart cities – and to apply the lessons learned to shape smart metropolitan economic and spatial development.

Basics of Matrix Algebra for Statistics with R by Nick Fieller

  • Author : Nick Fieller
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Isbn : 9781315362311
  • Totalpages : 248
  • Release Date : 2018-09-03
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A Thorough Guide to Elementary Matrix Algebra and Implementation in R Basics of Matrix Algebra for Statistics with R provides a guide to elementary matrix algebra sufficient for undertaking specialized courses, such as multivariate data analysis and linear models. It also covers advanced topics, such as generalized inverses of singular and rectangular matrices and manipulation of partitioned matrices, for those who want to delve deeper into the subject. The book introduces the definition of a matrix and the basic rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and inversion. Later topics include determinants, calculation of eigenvectors and eigenvalues, and differentiation of linear and quadratic forms with respect to vectors. The text explores how these concepts arise in statistical techniques, including principal component analysis, canonical correlation analysis, and linear modeling. In addition to the algebraic manipulation of matrices, the book presents numerical examples that illustrate how to perform calculations by hand and using R. Many theoretical and numerical exercises of varying levels of difficulty aid readers in assessing their knowledge of the material. Outline solutions at the back of the book enable readers to verify the techniques required and obtain numerical answers. Avoiding vector spaces and other advanced mathematics, this book shows how to manipulate matrices and perform numerical calculations in R. It prepares readers for higher-level and specialized studies in statistics.

Steps to Compliance with International Labour Standards by Lars Thomann

  • Author : Lars Thomann
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Isbn : 9783531931241
  • Totalpages : 384
  • Release Date : 2011-09-26
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For more than nine decades, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been responsible for setting up, monitoring, and implementing international labour standards in order to ensure that workers around the globe enjoy minimum social protection and workers' rights. Lars Thomann examines the ILO's wide ranging efforts to achieve compliance with international labour standards adopted by the organization and ratified by its member states. The author draws on different compliance schools of various strands of international relations theory and discusses them against the background of the ILO's compliance efforts in general and regarding the abolition of forced labour in particular. He shows that even though the ILO has experience in bringing about compliance – given its seniority – and is in many cases successful in doing so, it is not well equipped to deal with persistent cases of non-compliance. The book is valuable reading for researchers and students in the field of social sciences, as well as for practitioners working on international labour standards.

Handbook of Refugee Health by Miriam Orcutt

  • Author : Miriam Orcutt
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Isbn : 9780429876943
  • Totalpages : 392
  • Release Date : 2021-12-02
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This book helps to recognize the rights of refugees and provides a framework to identify and approach health needs, from basic elements like service mapping and initial interventions to more complex elements of ongoing healthcare and support and broader topics such as migration public health, migration policy and health systems. Beyond biomedical frameworks, it draws on socio-ecological models to inform assessments and integrated models of care to improve health and health equity. Set out in three comprehensive sections: public health theory (Part 1), applied public health (Part 2), and clinical approaches (Part 3), this book draws on multiple disciplines and insights from humanitarians, academics, policy experts, and clinicians from diverse contexts, with expertise in forced migration, to create an accessible reference tool to inform healthcare professionals’ interactions with forcibly displaced individuals and populations in all contexts for both high and low resource countries. Apart from providing information across the spectrum of health issues, clinical specialties and global contexts, it discusses associated areas, including human rights and law, public health, medical anthropology and cultural awareness. Key Features: Bridges the gap between existing academic literature on refugee health and guidelines for health management in humanitarian emergencies Helps to develop an integrated approach to healthcare provision, allowing healthcare professionals and humanitarians to adapt their specialist knowledge for use in forced migration contexts and with refugees. Recognizes the complex and interconnected needs in displacement scenarios and identifies holistic and systems-based approaches. Covers public health theory, applied public health and clinical aspects of forced migration.

The Sustainability Debate by Martina Topić

  • Author : Martina Topić
  • Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing
  • Isbn : 9781800437807
  • Totalpages : 280
  • Release Date : 2021-03-25
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This book goes beyond environmental protection and looks at sustainability by predominantly focusing on human and social sustainability and this focus is carried into sections of the book that discuss sustainable policies, media and gender. The book takes an academic and practitioner approach.

United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2016 by United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

  • Author : United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
  • Publisher : United Nations
  • Isbn : 9789213582527
  • Totalpages : 342
  • Release Date : 2017-10-03
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The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, volume 41 (Part II): 2016, with a foreword by the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, summarizes developments and trends in 2016 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels; reviews the activity of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission; and contains a handy timeline of highlights of multilateral disarmament in 2016.

ECSM2016-Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Social Media by Christine Bernadas

  • Author : Christine Bernadas
  • Publisher : Academic Conferences and publishing limited
  • Isbn : 9781911218005
  • Totalpages : 568
  • Release Date : 2016-06-21
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Is the German Middle Class Crumbling? Risks and Opportunities by OECD

  • Author : OECD
  • Publisher : OECD Publishing
  • Isbn : 9789264475892
  • Totalpages : 144
  • Release Date : 2021-12-01
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Thriving middle classes are the backbone of democratic societies and strong economies, but in many countries, they face mounting pressure as their economic strength is eroding relative to higher-income households. Real wages and incomes for most middle-class households have grown only very slowly, and rising expenditures have been putting further pressure on living standards.