Theory and Practice of Formal Methods: Essays Dedicated to Frank de Boer on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

This Festschrift quantity has been released in honor of Frank de Boer, at the get together of his sixtieth birthday.
Frank S. de Boer is a favourite member of the learn neighborhood in formal equipment and theoretical laptop technology. a quick examine his long e-book record unearths a large niche and a flexible modus operandi with: common sense and constraint programming; deductive facts structures, soundness, and completeness; semantics, compositionality, and whole abstraction; strategy algebra and decidability; multithreading and actor-based concurrency; agent programming, ontologies, and modal good judgment; real-time structures, timed automata, and schedulability; firm architectures, choreography, and coordination; trying out and runtime tracking; and cloud computing and service-level agreements. For it slow, he additionally loved disasters, in particular in semantics, and expectantly concluded with the failure of disasters. in reality, Frank has an opportunistic method of study. instead of seeing stumbling blocks, he reveals opportunities.

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Financial Modelling in Python

By Shayne Fletcher

"Fletcher and Gardner have created a finished source that might be of curiosity not just to these operating within the box of finance, but additionally to these utilizing numerical tools in different fields resembling engineering, physics, and actuarial arithmetic. by way of exhibiting tips on how to mix the high-level attractiveness, accessibility, and adaptability of Python, with the low-level computational potency of C++, within the context of attention-grabbing monetary modeling difficulties, they've got supplied an implementation template with the intention to be helpful to others trying to together optimize using computational and human assets. They record all of the priceless technical information required so one can make exterior numerical libraries on hand from inside of Python, and so they give a contribution an invaluable library in their personal, that allows you to considerably lessen the start-up charges occupied with development monetary versions. This booklet is a needs to learn for all people with a necessity to use numerical equipment within the valuation of monetary claims."
David Louton, Professor of Finance, Bryant University

This booklet is directed at either practitioners and scholars drawn to designing a pricing and chance administration framework for monetary derivatives utilizing the Python programming language.

It is a pragmatic ebook entire with operating, verified code that publications the reader during the means of construction a versatile, extensible pricing framework in Python. The pricing frameworks' loosely coupled basic parts were designed to facilitate the fast improvement of recent versions. Concrete purposes to real-world pricing difficulties also are provided.

Topics are brought progressively, every one construction at the final. They comprise easy mathematical algorithms, universal algorithms from numerical research, alternate, industry and occasion information version representations, lattice and simulation established pricing, and version improvement. the maths awarded is saved basic and to the point.

The e-book additionally presents a bunch of knowledge on useful technical themes akin to C++/Python hybrid improvement (embedding and increasing) and methods for integrating Python dependent courses with Microsoft Excel.

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It Looked Good on Paper

A notable compendium of untamed schemes, mad plans, loopy innovations, and actually wonderful disasters

Every phenomenally undesirable thought gave the impression of a good suggestion to somebody. How else are you able to clarify the Ford Edsel or the sword pistol—absolutely absurd creations that are meant to have by no means made it off the planning stage? It regarded solid on Paper gathers jointly the main wrong plans, half-baked rules, and downright ridiculous machines all through historical past that a few second-rate Einstein determined to foist on an unsuspecting population with the simplest and such a lot positive intentions. a few failed spectacularly. Others fizzled after nice price. One even crashed on Mars. yet each of them at one time should have regarded solid on paper, including:

  • The lead water pipes of Rome
  • The Tacoma Narrows Bridge—built to collapse
  • The Hubble telescope—the $2 billion clinical surprise that could not see
  • The Spruce Goose—Howard Hughes's airborne atrocity: mammoth, pricey, sluggish, risky, and made up of wood

With greater than thirty-five chapters choked with exceedingly insipid innovations, either notorious and imprecise, It seemed sturdy on Paper is a mind-boggling, ceaselessly exciting number of interesting failures.

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Unsteady Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics and Aeroelasticity of Turbomachines

This textbook is a suite of technical papers that have been offered on the 10th foreign Symposium on Unsteady Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics, and Aeroelasticity of Turbomachines held September 8-11, 2003 at Duke college in Durham, North Carolina. The papers characterize the most recent in cutting-edge learn within the components of aeroacoustics, aerothermodynamics, computational equipment, experimental checking out with regards to circulation instabilities, flutter, compelled reaction, multistage, and rotor-stator results for turbomachinery.

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Medical Imaging Technology (SpringerBriefs in Physics)

Biomedical imaging is a comparatively younger self-discipline that all started with Conrad Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of the x-ray in 1895. X-ray imaging used to be swiftly followed in hospitals all over the world. despite the fact that, it used to be the arrival of automated info and picture processing that made progressive new imaging modalities attainable. this day, cross-sections and third-dimensional reconstructions of the organs contained in the human physique is feasible with exceptional velocity, element and caliber.

This ebook presents an advent into the foundations of photo formation of key scientific imaging modalities: X-ray projection imaging, x-ray computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound imaging, and radionuclide imaging. fresh advancements in optical imaging also are lined. for every imaging modality, the advent into the actual ideas and resources of distinction is equipped, by means of the tools of picture formation, engineering facets of the imaging units, and a dialogue of strengths and obstacles of the modality.
With this e-book, the reader profits a large beginning of realizing and data how today’s scientific imaging units function. moreover, the chapters during this publication can function an access aspect for the in-depth examine of person modalities through supplying the basic fundamentals of every modality in a finished and easy-to-understand demeanour. As such, this publication is both beautiful as a textbook for undergraduate or graduate biomedical imaging periods and as a reference and self-study consultant for extra really good in-depth stories.

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Elasticsearch: The Definitive Guide

By Zachary Tong

Whether you would like full-text seek or real-time analytics of established data—or both—the Elasticsearch disbursed seek engine is a perfect solution to placed your info to paintings. This useful consultant not just exhibits you ways to go looking, examine, and discover info with Elasticsearch, but in addition is helping you care for the complexities of human language, geolocation, and relationships.

If you’re a newcomer to either seek and disbursed structures, you’ll speedy the best way to combine Elasticsearch into your software. more matured clients will choose up plenty of complex suggestions. in the course of the e-book, you’ll keep on with a problem-based method of examine why, while, and the way to take advantage of Elasticsearch features.

  • Understand how Elasticsearch translates information on your documents
  • Index and question your information to exploit seek options corresponding to relevance and note proximity
  • Handle human language during the powerful use of analyzers and queries
  • Summarize and staff info to teach total traits, with aggregations and analytics
  • Use geo-points and geo-shapes—Elasticsearch’s ways to geolocation
  • Model your info to exploit Elasticsearch’s horizontal scalability
  • Learn the right way to configure and visual display unit your cluster in production

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The Sceptical Optimist: Why Technology Isn't the Answer to Everything

By Nicholas Agar

The swift advancements in applied sciences -- in particular computing and the arrival of many 'smart' units, in addition to quick and perpetual conversation through the net -- has ended in a regularly voiced view which Nicholas Agar describes as 'radical optimism'. Radical optimists declare that accelerating technical growth will quickly finish poverty, sickness, and lack of understanding, and increase our happiness and healthiness. Agar disputes the declare that technological growth willautomatically produce nice advancements in subjective healthiness. He argues that radical optimism 'assigns to technological growth an undeserved pre-eminence between the entire pursuits pursued by means of our civilization'. in its place, Agar makes use of the newest mental experiences approximately human perceptions of wellbeing and fitness to create a pragmatic version of the influence know-how can have. even supposing he accepts that technological develop does produce advantages, he insists that those are considerably lower than these proposed through the unconventional optimists, and facets of such development may also pose a danger to values equivalent to social justice and our courting with nature, whereas difficulties similar to poverty can't be understood intechnological phrases. He concludes by way of arguing extra sensible review of the advantages that technological improve can carry will let us greater deal with its dangers in destiny.

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Algorithmic Foundation of Robotics VII: Selected Contributions of the Seventh International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, Volume 47)

By Srinivas Akella, Nancy M. Amato, Wesley Huang, Bud Mishra

Algorithms are a basic portion of robot platforms: they keep watch over or cause approximately movement and conception within the actual global. They obtain enter from noisy sensors, reflect on geometric and actual constraints, and function at the international via obscure actuators. The layout and research of robotic algorithms accordingly increases a different blend of questions up to speed thought, computational and differential geometry, and computing device science.

This booklet includes the complaints from the 2006 Workshop at the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics. This biannual workshop is a hugely selective assembly of major researchers within the box of algorithmic concerns on the topic of robotics. The 32 papers during this ebook span a large choice of subject matters: from primary movement making plans algorithms to functions in drugs and biology, yet they've got in universal a beginning within the algorithmic difficulties of robot systems.

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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

By Nick Bostrom

The human mind has a few functions that the brains of different animals lack. it's to those designated services that our species owes its dominant place. different animals have more desirable muscle mass or sharper claws, yet we now have cleverer brains.

If desktop brains sooner or later come to surpass human brains ordinarily intelligence, then this new superintelligence may possibly develop into very robust. because the destiny of the gorillas now relies extra on us people than at the gorillas themselves, so the destiny of our species then may come to rely on the activities of the computer superintelligence.

But we've got one virtue: we get to make the 1st movement. Will it's attainable to build a seed AI or differently to engineer preliminary stipulations that allows you to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How might one in attaining a managed detonation?

To catch up with to a solution to this question, we needs to make our approach via a desirable panorama of themes and concerns. learn the ebook and know about oracles, genies, singletons; approximately boxing equipment, tripwires, and brain crime; approximately humanity's cosmic endowment and differential technological improvement; oblique normativity, instrumental convergence, entire mind emulation and know-how couplings; Malthusian economics and dystopian evolution; synthetic intelligence, and organic cognitive enhancement, and collective intelligence.

This profoundly formidable and unique e-book choices its method conscientiously via an unlimited tract of forbiddingly tricky highbrow terrain. but the writing is so lucid that it in some way makes all of it appear effortless. After an completely engrossing trip that takes us to the frontiers of pondering the human and the way forward for clever existence, we discover in Nick Bostrom's paintings not anything below a reconceptualization of the basic job of our time.

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