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A one-of-a-kind resource on identifying and dealing with bias in statistical research on causal effects Do cell phones cause cancer? Can a new curriculum increase student achievement? Determining what the real causes of such problems are, and how powerful their effects may be, are central issues in research across various fields of study. Some researchers are highly skeptical of drawing causal conclusions except in tightly controlled randomized experiments, while others discount the threats posed by different sources of bias, even in less rigorous observational studies. Bias and Causation presents a complete treatment of the subject, organizing and clarifying the diverse types of biases into a conceptual framework. The book treats various sources of bias in comparative studies--both randomized and observational--and offers guidance on how they should be addressed by researchers. Utilizing a relatively simple mathematical approach, the author develops a theory of bias that outlines the essential nature of the problem and identifies the various sources of bias that are encountered in modern research. The book begins with an introduction to the study of causal inference and the related concepts and terminology. Next, an overview is provided of the methodological issues at the core of the difficulties posed by bias. Subsequent chapters explain the concepts of selection bias, confounding, intermediate causal factors, and information bias along with the distortion of a causal effect that can result when the exposure and/or the outcome is measured with error. The book concludes with a new classification of twenty general sources of bias and practical advice on how mathematical modeling and expert judgment can be combined to achieve the most credible causal conclusions. Throughout the book, examples from the fields of medicine, public policy, and education are incorporated into the presentation of various topics. In addition, six detailed case studies illustrate concrete examples of the significance of biases in everyday research. Requiring only a basic understanding of statistics and probability theory, Bias and Causation is an excellent supplement for courses on research methods and applied statistics at the upper-undergraduate and graduate level. It is also a valuable reference for practicing researchers and methodologists in various fields of study who work with statistical data. This book was selected as the 2011 Ziegel Prize Winner in Technometrics for the best book reviewed by the journal. It is also the winner of the 2010 PROSE Award for Mathematics from The American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence
A unique book-and-video package presented by Java guru Yakov Fain As one of the most popular software languages for building Web applications, Java is often the first programming language developers learn. The latest version includes numerous updates that both novice and experienced developers need to know. With this invaluable book-and-video package, Java authority Yakov Fain fully covers Java?s new features as well as its language extensions, classes and class methods, and the Swing Application Framework. For each lesson that he discusses in the book, there is an accompanying instructional video to reinforce your learning experience. Lessons include: Introducing Java Eclipse IDE Object-Oriented Programming Class Methods Back to Java Basics Packages, Interfaces, and Encapsulation Programming with Abstract Classes and Interfaces Introducing the Graphic User Interface Event Handling in UI Introduction to Java Applets Developing a Tic-Tac-Toe Applet Developing a Ping-Pong Game Error Handling Introduction to Collections Introduction to Generics Working with Streams Java Serialization Network Programming Processing E-Mails with Java Introduction to Multi-Threading Digging Deeper into Concurrent Execution Working with Databases Using JDBC Swing with JTable Annotations and Reflection Remote Method Invocation Java EE 6 Overview Programming with Servlets JavaServer Pages Developing Web Applications with JSF Introducing JMS and MOM Introducing JNDI Introduction to Enterprise JavaBeans Introduction to the Java Persistence API Working with RESTful Web Services Introduction to Spring MVC Framework Introduction to Hibernate Framework Bringing JavaFX to the Mix Java Technical Interviews Note: As part of the print version of this title, video lessons are included on DVD. For e-book versions, video lessons can be accessed at wrox. com using a link provided in the interior of the e-book. ?
Praise for the Second Edition "As a comprehensive statistics reference book for quality improvement, it certainly is one of the best books available. " -Technometrics This new edition continues to provide the most current, proven statistical methods for quality control and quality improvement The use of quantitative methods offers numerous benefits in the fields of industry and business, both through identifying existing trouble spots and alerting management and technical personnel to potential problems. Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement, Third Edition guides readers through a broad range of tools and techniques that make it possible to quickly identify and resolve both current and potential trouble spots within almost any manufacturing or nonmanufacturing process. The book provides detailed coverage of the application of control charts, while also exploring critical topics such as regression, design of experiments, and Taguchi methods. In this new edition, the author continues to explain how to combine the many statistical methods explored in the book in order to optimize quality control and improvement. The book has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest research and practices in statistical methods and quality control, and new features include: Updated coverage of control charts, with newly added tools The latest research on the monitoring of linear profiles and other types of profiles Sections on generalized likelihood ratio charts and the effects of parameter estimation on the properties of CUSUM and EWMA procedures New discussions on design of experiments that include conditional effects and fraction of design space plots New material on Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma programs and training Incorporating the latest software applications, the author has added coverage on how to use Minitab software to obtain probability limits for attribute charts. new exercises have been added throughout the book, allowing readers to put the latest statistical methods into practice. Updated references are also provided, shedding light on the current literature and providing resources for further study of the topic. Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement, Third Edition is an excellent book for courses on quality control and design of experiments at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. the book also serves as a valuable reference for practicing statisticians, engineers, and physical scientists interested in statistical quality improvement.
The first book to cover the Ektron content management system (CMS) Ektron CMS400. NET provides a complete platform that features all the functionality needed to create, deploy, and manage your Web site. The power is in your hands when you use the built-in server controls to deploy a site or customize the deployment with the API. Authored by a trio of Ektron insiders, this book escorts you through the detailed steps of building a prototype company site. Upon completion, you will have a complete and functional coded Web site that you can use as a template for future projects. Introduces the Ektron CMS400. NET as well as the Ektron architecture and includes an in-depth explanation of the Ektron framework Assumes no prior knowledge of the Ektron platform Shows you how to install the CMS, software dependencies, and samples sites Explains how to implement a social network and construct a storefront Ektron Users Guide provides you with everything you need to know about the exciting possibilities of working with this popular and powerful platform.
Everything you need to immediately get the most from Windows 7 This essential and unique book delves into the various elements that Microsoft fixed from Vista and investigates the new features that Microsoft added in response to user requests. Veteran author John Paul Mueller shows you how to work with security policies as well as manage the Windows Firewall in every way conceivable-both of which are topics you won't find anywhere else. In addition, he presents a clear, procedural approach to working with trigger-start services, details how to make the User Account Control part of an application, and shows how to use Group Policy Objects to work with the Windows Firewall. Ultimately, you'll discover how Windows 7 provides practical, usable functionality, just waiting for you to exploit. Professional Windows 7 Development Guide: Walks you through picking files directly from pinned applications, checking on application status, and more, simply by viewing the Taskbar Discusses the new Ribbon functionality and shows how to use it effectively Examines libraries and looks at how they provide a centralized method of managing data Includes complete Windows PowerShell coverage with all of the Windows 7 updates Offers an in-depth look at 64-bit programming and parallel programming Addresses working with power management Reviews how you can create applications that automatically restart and recover lost data when there is a crash Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job. wrox. com Programmer Forums Join our Programmer to Programmer forums to ask and answer programming questions about this book, join discussions on the hottest topics in the industry, and connect with fellow programmers from around the world. Code Downloads Take advantage of free code samples from this book, as well as code samples from hundreds of other books, all ready to use. Read More Find articles, ebooks, sample chapters, and tables of contents for hundreds of books, and more reference resources on programming topics that matter to you.
A multifaceted approach to understanding, calculating, and managing electromagnetic discontinuities Presenting new, innovative approaches alongside basic results, this text helps readers better understand, calculate, and manage the discontinuities that occur within the electromagnetic field. Among the electromagnetic discontinuities explored in this volume are: Bounded jump discontinuities at the interfaces between two media or on the material sheets that model very thin layers Unbounded values at the edges of wedge-type structures Unbounded values at the tips of conical structures The text examines all the key issues related to the bodies that carry the interfaces, edges, or tips, whether these bodies are at rest or in motion with respect to an observer. In addition to its clear explanations, the text offers plenty of step-by-step examples to clarify complex theory and calculations. Moreover, readers are encouraged to fine-tune their skills and knowledge by solving the text's problem sets. Three fundamental, classical theories serve as the foundation for this text: distributions, confluence, and the special theory of relativity. The text sets forth the fundamentals of all three of these theories for readers who are not fully familiar with them. Moreover, the author demonstrates how to solve electromagnetic discontinuity problems by seamlessly combining all three theories into a single approach. With this text as their guide, readers can apply a unique philosophy and approach to the investigation and development of structures that have the potential to enhance the capabilities of electronics, antennas, microwaves, acoustics, medicine, and many more application areas.
An in-depth, expert guide to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 from Microsoft CRM experts! What better way to learn how to administer Dynamics CRM 2011 than from two Microsoft CRM experts? This in-depth Bible is packed with expert guidance on the latest version of Microsoft's hot CRM product. Whether you're new to Dynamics CRM or upgrading from an earlier version, you'll get thoroughly up to speed on everything from the basics to new features and more. Brings you up to speed on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, the latest version of Microsoft's fast-growing customer relationship management software Shows you how to get the most out of the application, including configuration and customization, integrating with Microsoft Office, and automating business processes Features step-by-step instruction and in-depth coverage of all essential topics; you'll want to keep this information-packed book at your desk as a practical reference If you want to master Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 for your business contacts, this is the book you need to succeed
This book presents the most important aspects of microcellular injection molding with applications for science and industry. The book includes: experimental rheology and pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) data for different gas materials at real injection molding conditions, new mathematical models, micrographs of rheological and thermodynamic phenomena, and the morphologies of microcellular foam made by injection molding. Further, the author proposes two stages of processing for microcellular injection molding, along with a methodology of systematic analysis for process optimization. This gives critical guidelines for quality and quantity analyses for processing and equipment design.
NOOK For Dummies provides readers with all the information they need in order to get the most out of their NOOK e-reader. Key topics covered include: Introducing the ebook and e-reader concept Navigating the technical aspects of The NOOK including touchscreen technology, wireless access, software updates Downloading and shopping for e-books Listening to music on your NOOK Powering the NOOK Formats Reading an e-book on an e-reader, including lighting, font adjustments, and so on Using the Android-based applications that come with the NOOK Listening to audio books on the NOOK Creating your own ebooks Personalizing the NOOK, including accessories (B&N expects a strong revenue stream from what they call the "NOOK Eco-System," which will include the accessories, personalizations, applications, and more) Sharing books on The NOOK Internet Resources 10 Things Other Than A Book to Keep on Your NOOK
NOOKcolor For Dummies provides readers with all the information they need in order to get the most out of their NOOKcolor e-reader. Key topics covered include: Introducing the ebook and e-reader concept Navigating the technical aspects of The NOOKcolor, including touchscreen technology, wireless access, software updates Downloading and shopping for e-books Listening to music on your NOOKcolor Powering the NOOKcolor Formats Reading an e-book on an e-reader, including lighting, font adjustments, and so on Using the Android-based applications that come with the NOOKcolor Listening to audio books on the NOOKcolor Creating your own ebooks Personalizing the Nook, including accessories (B&N expects a strong revenue stream from what they call the "NOOKcolor Eco-System," which will include the accessories, personalizations, applications, and more) Sharing books on The NOOKcolor Internet Resources 10 Things Other Than A Book to Keep on Your NOOKcolor
Comprehensive coverage to help experienced . NET developers create flexible, extensible enterprise application code If you're an experienced Microsoft . NET developer, you'll find in this book a road map to the latest enterprise development methodologies. It covers the tools you will use in addition to Visual Studio, including Spring. NET and nUnit, and applies to development with ASP. NET, C#, VB, Office (VBA), and database. You will find comprehensive coverage of the tools and practices that professional . NET developers need to master in order to build enterprise more flexible, testable, and extensible . NET applications with minimal upfront costs. Helps C#, VB. Net, and ASP. NET developers who wish to migrate both their applications and their own skillsets to newer, more flexible enterprise methodologies Describes each new pattern or feature along with its benefits, then outlines the pros and cons of its implementation Includes an introduction to enterprise development and a comprehensive overview of the differences between new enterprise patterns and older, traditional Microsoft programming Explains how to implement these patterns by upgrading an existing code base Covers benefits including flexibility, automated testing, extensibility, and separation; modular code; test-driven development, unit test, test automation, and refactoring; inversion of control; and object relational mapping Also covers enterprise design patterns: MVC including Ruby on Rails, Monorail, and ASP. NET MVC, MVP, observer, and more Contains a primer on object-oriented design Professional Enterprise . NET focuses on the often-inevitable compromise between forward-thinking design and the needs of business, helping you build applications that serve both.
Authoritative guide to Oracle WebLogic Server-from Oracle insiders If you're an experienced Java developer who wants to expand your skills, Professional Oracle WebLogic Server is the perfect guide for you. This book is written by a top-notch author team that that includes one of the lead architects from Oracle's Fusion Middleware Development Architects team. Follow their best practices, workarounds, and sound techniques and confidently develop even the most mission-critical applications with WebLogic Server. This book fully covers WebLogic Server 11g, including the new features of both JEE 5 and WebLogic Server, as well as JEE 5 annotations, Spring, JPA, JAX-WS, JMS Store-And-Forward, SAML support, and the WLST administrative scripting tool. This book is the authoritative guide to Choosing a Web application architecture Best practices for development and production environments Designing an Java EE application Building Enterprise JavaBeans in WebLogic Server Building an EJB application Packaging and deploying WebLogic web applications Developing and deploying web services Using WebLogic JMS Using WebLogic security Administering and deploying applications in WebLogic Server Optimizing WebLogic Server performance
This book is intended for anyone starting out with PHP programming. If you've previously worked in another programming language such as Java, C#, or Perl, you'll probably pick up the concepts in the earlier chapters quickly; however, the book assumes no prior experience of programming or of building Web applications. That said, because PHP is primarily a Web technology, it will help if you have at least some knowledge of other Web technologies, particularly HTML and CSS. Many Web applications make use of a database to store data, and this book contains three chapters on working with MySQL databases. Once again, if you're already familiar with databases in general -- and MySQL in particular -- you'll be able to fly through these chapters. However, even if you've never touched a database before in your life, you should still be able to pick up a working knowledge by reading through these chapters.
Beginning Python: Using Python 2. 6 and Python 3. 1 introduces this open source, portable, interpreted, object-oriented programming language that combines remarkable power with clear syntax. This book enables you to quickly create robust, reliable, and reusable Python applications by teaching the basics so you can quickly develop Web and scientific applications, incorporate databases, and master systems tasks on various operating systems, including Linux, MAC OS, and Windows. You'll get a comprehensive tutorial that guides you from writing simple, basic Python scripts all the way through complex concepts, and also features a reference of the standard modules with examples illustrating how to implement features in the various modules. Plus, the book covers using Python in specific program development domains, such as XML, databases, scientific applications, network programming, and Web development. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Learn to design more effective and sophisticated business reports While most users of SQL Server Reporting Services are now comfortable designing and building simple reports, business today demands increasingly complex reporting. In this book, top Reporting Services design experts have contributed step-by-step recipes for creating various types of reports. Written by well-known SQL Server Reporting Services experts, this book gives you the tools to meet your clients' needs
Visual Basic 2010 offers a great deal of functionality in both tools and language. No one book could ever cover Visual Basic 2010 in its entirety--you would need a library of books. What this book aims to do is to get you started as quickly and easily as possible. It shows you the roadmap, so to speak, of what there is and where to go. Once we've taught you the basics of creating working applications (creating the windows and controls, how your code should handle unexpected events, what object-oriented programming is, how to use it in your applications, and so on) we'll show you some of the areas you might want to try your hand at next.
Update to Wrox's leading C# book for beginners Get ready for the next release of Microsoft's C# programming language with this essential Wrox beginner's guide. Beginning Microsoft Visual C# 2010 starts with the basics and brings you thoroughly up to speed. You'll first cover the fundamentals such as variables, flow control, and object-oriented programming and gradually build your skills for Web and Windows programming, Windows forms, and data access. Step-by-step directions walk you through processes and invite you to "Try it Out," at every stage. By the end, you'll be able to write useful programming code following the steps you've learned in this thorough, practical book. The C# 4 programming language version will be synonymous with writing code with in C# 2010 in Visual Studio 2010, and you can use it to write Windows applications, Web apps with ASP. NET, and Windows Mobile and Embedded CE apps Provides step-by-step instructions for mastering topics such as variables, flow controls, and object-oriented programming before moving to Web and Windows programming and data access Addresses expressions, functions, debugging, error handling, classes, collections, comparisons, conversions, and more If you've always wanted to master Visual C# programming, this book is the perfect one-stop resource. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
A timely and authoritative guide, written by the Chief Architect and Founder of Alfresco Alfresco is considered the leading open source solution for Web and Content Management. What makes Alfresco unique is its services, which can be easily extended with web scripts via RESTful services. Written by an author team that includes the chief architect and the founder of Alfresco, this comprehensive guide provides in-depth coverage of the Alfresco architecture and services and shows how to extend them through Web scripts to meet real business needs. You'll learn how to use Alfresco services to create effective content management solutions while detailed code examples show you how to extend Alfresco with Web scripts using RESTful services to deliver custom solutions. Features detailed, working code examples that demonstrate how to extend Alfresco with Web scripts Written by the Chief Architect and other key Alfresco insiders, ensuring that this book is both authoritative and up-to-date Shows how to integrate Alfresco with Drupal and Joomla portal solutions Covers the upcoming Alfresco 3. 2 release Includes real-world case examples of increasing levels of sophistication and complexity The companion Web site contains all source code examples in the book You'll benefit from this timely resource that shows how to get the most from Alfresco for specific business requirements.
A practical, single-source guide tosuccessful strategies for landscape architecture research As the scope of landscape architecture expands to engage with other disciplines, and streams of information directing this field continue to grow and diversify, it becomes increasingly important for landscape architects to be able to implement a range of effective research strategies when seeking, creating, and validating knowledge. Landscape Architecture Research offers a framework for advancing better design thinking solutions by supplying readers with a system of inquiry tactics that open up a wider range of research possibilities. With a logical and innovative approach that favors legitimacy of knowledge based on collective, grounded practices, rather than strict adherence to protocols drawn only from scientific models, this comprehensive, illustrated guide produces a sound argument for establishing a new paradigm for legitimizing research quality. Landscape Architecture Research presents: Case studies that show how the range of presented research strategies have been successfully used in practice New perspective on the relationship between theory, research, practice, and critique, a relationship that is specific to landscape architecture Detailed coverage of the ways that new knowledge is produced through research activities and practical innovations in landscape architecture The first and only book on this topic of growing importance in landscape architecture, Landscape Architecture Research keeps professionals and students in step with the latest developments in landscape architecture, and delivers a dynamic and flexible game plan for verifying the integrity of their work.
An intuition-based approach enables you to master time series analysis with ease Time Series Analysis and Forecasting by Example provides the fundamental techniques in time series analysis using various examples. By introducing necessary theory through examples that showcase the discussed topics, the authors successfully help readers develop an intuitive understanding of seemingly complicated time series models and their implications. The book presents methodologies for time series analysis in a simplified, example-based approach. Using graphics, the authors discuss each presented example in detail and explain the relevant theory while also focusing on the interpretation of results in data analysis. Following a discussion of why autocorrelation is often observed when data is collected in time, subsequent chapters explore related topics, including: Graphical tools in time series analysis Procedures for developing stationary, non-stationary, and seasonal models How to choose the best time series model Constant term and cancellation of terms in ARIMA models Forecasting using transfer function-noise models The final chapter is dedicated to key topics such as spurious relationships, autocorrelation in regression, and multiple time series. Throughout the book, real-world examples illustrate step-by-step procedures and instructions using statistical software packages such as SAS®, JMP, Minitab, SCA, and R. A related Web site features PowerPoint slides to accompany each chapter as well as the book's data sets. With its extensive use of graphics and examples to explain key concepts, Time Series Analysis and Forecasting by Example is an excellent book for courses on time series analysis at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. it also serves as a valuable resource for practitioners and researchers who carry out data and time series analysis in the fields of engineering, business, and economics.
Everything IT professionals need to create collaborative solutions SharePoint Foundation 2010 is the newest version of a powerful collaboration tool used in many Exchange-enabled organizations. This book gets network professionals and business application administrators up to speed on the updates, features, and installation procedures, preparing them to create powerful collaboration structures for their companies. Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 is the successor to Windows SharePoint Services 3. 0 and is used with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server to enable collaboration; this guide prepares IT professionals to install and service the newest version Designed for administrators who are familiar with the previous version, this book doesn't waste time with basic instruction but focuses directly on skills needed to manage the upgrade Covers administration, customization, disaster recovery, and migrating from Windows SharePoint Services 3. 0 to Windows SharePoint Foundation 2010 Packed with real-world examples to support the instructions, Mastering Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 gets administrators up to speed quickly on this essential technology.
Balanced coverage of natural cosmetics, and what it really means to be "green"The use of natural ingredients and functional botanical compounds in cosmetic products is on the rise. According to industry estimates, sales of natural personal care products have exceeded $7 billion in recent years. Nonetheless, many misconceptions about natural products-for instance, what "green" and "organic" really mean-continue to exist within the industry. Formulating, Packaging, and Marketing of Natural Cosmetic Products addresses this confusion head-on, exploring and detailing the sources, processing, safety, efficacy, stability, and formulation aspects of natural compounds in cosmetic and personal care products. Designed to provide industry professionals and natural product development experts with the essential perspective and market information needed to develop truly "green" cosmetics, the book covers timely issues like biodegradable packaging and the potential microbial risks they present, the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) to identify biomarkers, and chromatographic methods of analyzing natural products. A must-read for industry insiders, Formulating, Packaging, and Marketing of Natural Cosmetic Products provides the reader with basic tools and concepts to develop naturally derived formulas.
This book joins and integrates ceramics and ceramic-based materials in various sectors of technology. A major imperative is to extract scientific information on joining and integration response of real, as well as model, material systems currently in a developmental stage.This book envisions integration in its broadest sense as a fundamental enabling technology at multiple length scales that span the macro, millimeter, micrometer and nanometer ranges. Consequently, the book addresses integration issues in such diverse areas as space power and propulsion, thermoelectric power generation, solar energy, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), multi-chip modules, prosthetic devices, and implanted biosensors and stimulators. The engineering challenge of designing and manufacturing complex structural, functional, and smart components and devices for the above applications from smaller, geometrically simpler units requires innovative development of new integration technology and skillful adaptation of existing technology.
Learn all the basics about pumps in one place. Clearly written by an ace consultant, this manual for operators and specialists in the petroleum industry gives readers a concise overview of the mechanics of various pumps and reviews the specifications to be considered before a pump is purchased and installed. The straight-forward text explains pump hydraulics without need of involved mathematics and provides expert advice on installing centrifugal pumps in process plants. The book also emphasizes the mechanical aspects of pumps as it delves into misunderstandings and oversights on bearings, seals, impeller trimming, lubricant application, lubricant types, and much more.
A guide to thinking outside the Wall Street box Part memoir, part investment strategy guide, Out of the Box and onto Wall Street presents a revolutionary, alternative look at the world of finance. Revealing the essential rules for preserving capital and making long-term profits, the book provides timely observations on the current and future state of the world economy and investment markets, which are sure to be of interest to anyone considering alternative and time proven ways of making money. Written by Mark J. Grant, Managing Director of Corporate Syndicate and Structured Products for Southwest Securities, Inc Provides observations on the current and future state of the world economy and investment markets Offers detailed analysis of investment trends, common investor mistakes, and the simple investment strategies that most people are unaware of Designed for professional managers but also applicable for use by individual investors wanting a better understanding of the economy and how to pick smart investments for their own portfolio This is a must-read for anyone who wants to think about investing outside the Wall Street box.
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