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Study and Design of Differential Microphone Arrays

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Jacob Benesty, Jingdong Chen, "Study and Design of Differential Microphone Arrays"
English | 2013 | ISBN-10: 364233752X, 3642427561 | 180 pages | PDF | 6 MB

Study and Design of Differential Microphone Arrays
Microphone arrays have attracted a lot of interest over the last few decades since they have the potential to solve many important problems such as noise reduction/speech enhancement, source separation, dereverberation, spatial sound recording, and source localization/tracking, to name a few. However, the design and implementation of microphone arrays with beamforming algorithms is not a trivial task when it comes to processing broadband signals such as speech. Indeed, in most sensor arrangements, the beamformer output tends to have a frequency-dependent response. One exception, perhaps, is the family of differential microphone arrays (DMAs) who have the promise to form frequency-independent responses. Moreover, they have the potential to attain high directional gains with small and compact apertures. As a result, this type of microphone arrays has drawn much research and development attention recently. This book is intended to provide a systematic study of DMAs from a signal processing perspective. The primary objective is to develop a rigorous but yet simple theory

for the design, implementation, and performance analysis of DMAs. The theory includes some signal processing techniques for the design of commonly used first-order, second-order, third-order, and also the general Nth-order DMAs. For each order, particular examples are given on how to form standard directional patterns such as the dipole, cardioid, supercardioid, hypercardioid, subcardioid, and quadrupole. The study demonstrates the performance of the different order DMAs in terms of beampattern, directivity factor, white noise gain, and gain for point sources. The inherent relationship between differential processing and adaptive beamforming is discussed, which provides a better understanding of DMAs and why they can achieve high directional gain. Finally, we show how to design DMAs that can be robust against white noise amplification.
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Beginning Apache Cassandra Development EPUB

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Vivek Mishra, "Beginning Apache Cassandra Development"
English | 2014 | ISBN: 1484201434 | 250 pages | EPUB | 5 MB

Beginning Apache Cassandra Development EPUB
Cassandra is one of the top three NoSQL databases and is based primarily on the JSON document model. NoSQL databases are increasingly replacing relational databases because of their inherent advantages of a flexible schema, ease of use, integrability with web applications, scalability, and integrability with Hadoop.takes you through the Apache Cassandra NoSQL database and how to build applications that leverage its capabilities. As Java, PHP, Python, and javascript are the most commonly used programming/scripting languages, author Vivek Mishra includes complete coverage of accessing Cassandra database with these languages and developing applications sourcing data from Cassandra. An introduction to the Cassandra Query Language (CQL) is also included.

What you'll learn

How to configure clusters
Strategies for data modeling
Implement MapReduce
Run Hive and Pig queries over Cassandra
How to use the Cassandra Query Language
Learn and implement graph based solution using Cassandra Titan
Troubleshoot basic problems with they occur, including data backup and restoration
How to deal with data encryption and security
and much more
Who this book is for

The target audience of the book is NoSQL database developers, including Java, PHP and Python developers. The book is suitable for an intermediate level course in NoSQL database.
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Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature (Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences) by Batya Stein

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Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature (Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences) by Batya Stein
English | Oct 1, 2000 | ISBN: 0804732272 | 287 Pages | PDF | 29 MB

Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature (Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences) by Batya Stein
Web of Life weaves its suggestive interpretation of Jewish culture in the Palestine of late antiquity on the warp of a singular, breathtakingly tragic, and sublime rabbinic text, Lamentations Rabbah. The textual analyses that form the core of the book are informed by a range of theoretical paradigms rarely brought to bear on rabbinic literature: structural analysis of mythologies and folktales, performative approaches to textual production, feminist theory, psychoanalytical analysis of culture, cultural criticism, and folk narrative genre analysis.

The concept of context as the hermeneutic basis for literary interpretation reactivates the written text and subverts the hierarchical structures with which it has been traditionally identified. This book reinterprets rabbinic culture as an arena of multiple dialogues that traverse traditional concepts of identity regarding gender, nation, religion, and territory. The author's approach is permeated by the idea that scholarly writing about ancient texts is invigorated by an existential hermeneutic rooted in the universality of human experience. She thus resorts to personal experience as an idiom of communication between author and reader and between human beings of our time and of the past. This research acknowledges the overlap of poetic and analytical language as well as the language of analysis and everyday life.

In eliciting folk narrative discourses inside the rabbinic text, the book challenges traditional views about the social basis that engendered these texts. It suggests the subversive potential of the constitutive texts of Jewish culture from late antiquity to the present by pointing out the inherent multi-vocality of the text, adding to the conventionally acknowledged synagogue and academy the home, the marketplace, and other private and public socializing institutions.
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On Balance

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On Balance
Language: English | EPUB / MOBI | ISBN-10: 0374212570 | 2010 | 336 pages | 0.2 MB / 0.3 MB
"Balancing acts," writes Adam Phillips, "are entertaining because they are risky, but there are situations in which it is more dangerous to keep your balance than to lose it." In these exhilarating and casually brilliant essays, the philosopher and psychoanalyst examines literature, fairy tales, works of art, and case studies to reveal the paradoxes inherent in our appetites and fears. How do we know when enough is enough? Are there times when too much is just right? Why is Cinderella's biggest problem not the prince but other women? What can Richard III's furious sense of his own helplessness tell us of our own desires? On Balance shows Phillips's bravura gift for linking disparate ideas and the dreamers that dreamed them into something beautiful, revelatory, and essential.

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Counterpath: Traveling with Jacques Derrida

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Counterpath: Traveling with Jacques Derrida by Catherine Malabou, Jacques Derrida
English | July 6, 2004 | ISBN: 0804740402 | PDF | 352 pages | 14 MB
Counterpath is a collaborative work by Catherine Malabou and Jacques Derrida that answers to the gamble inherent in the idea of "travelling with" the philosopher of deconstruction. Malabou's readerly text of quotations and commentary demonstrates how Derrida's work, while appearing to be anything but a travelogue, is nevertheless replete with references to geographical and topographical locations, and functions as a kind of counter-Odyssey through meaning, theorizing, and thematizing notions of arrival, drifting, derivation, and catastrophe.

Counterpath: Traveling with Jacques Derrida
In fact, by going straight to the heart of the Derridean idea of "spacing," she finally makes it seem as though Derrida has never written about anything but travel.

Malabou's text is punctuated by a series of postcards received by Derrida from destinations such as Istanbul and Porto, Laguna Beach and Athens, which are inspired by his reading of her evolving discussion. Writing in a familiar and unguarded manner, as if he were "on vacation" from his own writing, Derrida still remains totally faithful to that work and invites the reader to reflect on much of what haunts his texts as well as his daily life, questions of distance and death, the relation to the other, and exile..
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Control Strategies for Dynamic Systems: Design and Implementation

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John H. Lumkes Jr., "Control Strategies for Dynamic Systems: Design and Implementation"
2001 | pages: 604 | ISBN: 0824706617 | PDF | 31,9 mb

Control Strategies for Dynamic Systems: Design and Implementation
Presenting a unified modeling approach to demonstrate the common components inherent in all physical systems, Control Strategies for Dynamic Systems comprehensively covers the theory, design, and implementation of analog, digital, and advanced control systems for electronic, aeronautical, automotive, and industrial applications. Detailing advanced tools and strategies used to analyze controller performance, the book summarizes hardware and software utilization; frequency response and root locus methods; the evaluation of PID, phase-lag, and phase-lead controllers; and the effect of disturbances and command inputs on steady-state errors. It also includes numerous case studies and MATLAB® examples.
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“Advances in Electrocardiograms: Methods and Analysis” ed. by Richard M. Millis

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"Advances in Electrocardiograms: Methods and Analysis" ed. by Richard M. Millis
InTeOpP | 2012 | ISBN: 9533079231 9789533079233 | 401 pages | PDF | 20 MB
This volume lays the groundwork for understanding the technical aspects of these advancements. This volume is complemented with anatomical diagrams, electrocardiogram recordings, flow diagrams and algorithms which demonstrate the most modern principles of electrocardiography. The five sections of this volume, Cardiac Anatomy, ECG Technique, ECG Features, Heart Rate Variability and ECG Data Management, provide comprehensive reviews of advancements in the technical and analytical methods for interpreting and evaluating electrocardiograms.

“Advances in Electrocardiograms: Methods and Analysis” ed. by Richard M. Millis
The chapters which form this volume describe how the technical impediments inherent to instrument-patient interfacing, recording and interpreting variations in electrocardiogram time intervals and morphologies, as well as electrocardiogram data sharing have been effectively overcome. The advent of novel detection, filtering and testing devices are described. Foremost, among these devices are innovative algorithms for automating the evaluation of electrocardiograms.

Contents
Part 1 Cardiac Structure and Function
1 Cardiac Anatomy
Part 2 ECG Technique
2 Low-Frequency Response and the Skin-Electrode Interface in Dry-Electrode Electrocardiography
3 Implantation Techniques of Leads for Left Ventricular Pacing in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy and Electrocardiographic Consequences of the Stimulation Site
4 Non Contact Heart Monitoring
5 Automated Selection of Optimal ECG Lead Using Heart Instantaneous Frequency During Sleep
Part 3 ECG Feature Analysis
6 A Novel Technique for ECG Morphology Interpretation and Arrhythmia Detection Based on Time Series Signal Extracted from Scanned ECG Record
7 QT Interval and QT Variability
8 The Electrocardiogram – Waves and Intervals
9 Quantification of Ventricular Repolarization Dispersion Using Digital Processing of the Surface ECG
10 Medicines and QT Prolongation
11 Concealed Conduction
12 Recognition of Cardiac Arrhythmia by Means of Beat Clustering on ECG-Holter Recordings
Part 4 Heart Rate Variability
13 Electrocardiographic Analysis of Heart Rate Variability in Aging Heart
14 Changes of Sympathovagal Balance Measured by Heart Rate Variability in Gastroparetic Patients Treated with Gastric Electrical Stimulation
15 Associations of Metabolic Variables with Electrocardiographic Measures of Sympathovagal Balance in Healthy Young Adults
Part 5 ECG Signal Processing
16 An Analogue Front-End System with a Low-Power On-Chip Filter and ADC for Portable ECG Detection Devices
17 Electrocardiogram in an MRI Environment: Clinical Needs. Practical Considerations. Safety Implications. Technical Solutions and Future Directions
18 Customized Heart Check System by Using Integrated Information of Electrocardiogram and Plethysmogram Outside the Driver's Awareness from an Automobile Steering Wheel
19 Independent Component Analysis in ECG Signal Processing
Part 6 ECG Data Management
20 Broadening the Exchange of Electrocardiogram Data from Intra-Hospital to Inter-Hospital
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Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options

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Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options by Jefferson W. Tester, Elisabeth M. Drake, Michael J. Driscoll and Michael W. Golay
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0262017474 | ISBN-13: 9780262017473 | 1056 pages | PDF | 56,4 MB
Human survival depends on a continuing supply of energy, but the need for ever-increasing amounts of it poses a dilemma: How can we find energy sources that are sustainable and ways to convert and utilize energy that are more efficient?

Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options
This widely used textbook is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as others who have an interest in exploring energy resource options and technologies with a view toward achieving sustainability on local, national, and global scales. It clearly presents the tradeoffs and uncertainties inherent in evaluating and choosing sound energy portfolios and provides a framework for assessing policy solutions.

The second edition examines the broader aspects of energy use, including resource estimation, environmental effects, and economic evaluations; reviews the main energy sources of today and tomorrow, from fossil fuels and nuclear power to biomass, hydropower, and solar energy; treats energy carriers and energy storage, transmission, and distribution; addresses end-use patterns in the transportation, industrial, and building sectors; and considers synergistic complex systems. This new edition also offers updated statistical data and references; a new chapter on the complex interactions among energy, water, and land use; expanded coverage of renewable energy; and new color illustrations. Sustainable Energy addresses the challenges of making responsible energy choices for a more sustainable future.
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Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options

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Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options by Jefferson W. Tester, Elisabeth M. Drake, Michael J. Driscoll and Michael W. Golay
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0262017474 | ISBN-13: 9780262017473 | 1056 pages | PDF | 56,4 MB
Human survival depends on a continuing supply of energy, but the need for ever-increasing amounts of it poses a dilemma: How can we find energy sources that are sustainable and ways to convert and utilize energy that are more efficient?

Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options
This widely used textbook is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as others who have an interest in exploring energy resource options and technologies with a view toward achieving sustainability on local, national, and global scales. It clearly presents the tradeoffs and uncertainties inherent in evaluating and choosing sound energy portfolios and provides a framework for assessing policy solutions.

The second edition examines the broader aspects of energy use, including resource estimation, environmental effects, and economic evaluations; reviews the main energy sources of today and tomorrow, from fossil fuels and nuclear power to biomass, hydropower, and solar energy; treats energy carriers and energy storage, transmission, and distribution; addresses end-use patterns in the transportation, industrial, and building sectors; and considers synergistic complex systems. This new edition also offers updated statistical data and references; a new chapter on the complex interactions among energy, water, and land use; expanded coverage of renewable energy; and new color illustrations. Sustainable Energy addresses the challenges of making responsible energy choices for a more sustainable future.
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Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado

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Andrea M. Jones, "Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado"
English | ISBN: 1609381874 | 2013 | 192 pages | PDF | 1 MB

Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado
In her calm, carefully reasoned perspective on place, Andrea Jones focuses on the familiar details of country life balanced by the larger responsibilities that come with living outside an urban boundary. Neither an environmental manifesto nor a prodevelopment defense, Between Urban and Wild operates partly on a practical level, partly on a naturalist's level. Jones reflects on life in two homes in the Colorado Rockies, first in Fourmile Canyon in the foothills west of Boulder, then near Cap Rock Ridge in central Colorado. Whether negotiating territory with a mountain lion, balancing her observations of the predatory nature of pygmy owls against her desire to protect a nest of nuthatches, working to reduce her property's vulnerability to wildfire while staying alert to its inherent risks during fire season, or decoding the distinct personalities of her horses, she advances the tradition of nature writing by acknowledging the effects of sprawl on a beloved landscape.

Although not intended as a manual for landowners, Between Urban and Wild nonetheless offers useful and engaging perspectives on the realities of settling and living in a partially wild environment. Throughout her ongoing journey of being home, Jones's close observations of the land and its native inhabitants are paired with the suggestion that even small landholders can act to protect the health of their properties. Her brief meditations capture and honor the subtleties of the natural world while illuminating the importance of working to safeguard it.

Probing the contradictions of a lifestyle that burdens the health of the land that she loves, Jones's writing is permeated by her gentle, earnest conviction that living at the urban-wild interface requires us to set aside self-interest, consider compromise, and adjust our expectations and habits-to accommodate our surroundings rather than force them to accommodate us.
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