Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 665.
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Seeing, Thinking and Knowing
Meaning and Self-Organisation in Visual Cognition and Thought
University of Rome `Tor Vergata', Italy
THEORY AND DECISION LIBRARY A: -- 38
The world perceived at the visual level is constituted not by objects or
static forms, but by processes appearing imbued with meaning. As G. Kanizsa
stated, at the visual level the line per se does not exist: only the line
which enters, goes behind, divides, etc., a line evolving according to a
precise holistic context, in comparison with which function and meaning are
indissolubly interlinked. Just as the meaning of words is connected with a
universe of highly-dynamic functions and functional processes which operate
syntheses, cancellations, integrations, etc. (a universe which can only be
described in terms of symbolic dynamics), in the same way, at the level of
vision, we must continuously unravel and construct schemata; we must
assimilate and make ourselves available for selection by the co-ordinated
information penetrating from external Reality. Lastly, we must interrelate
all this with the internal selection mechanisms through a precise "jouney"
into the regions of intensionality.
obIn accordance with these intuitions, we may directly consider, from the
more general point of view of contemporary Self-organisation theory, the
network of meaningful programs living at the level of neural systems as a
complex one which articulates and develops, functionally, within a "coupled
universe" characterised by the existence of a double selection: external
and internal, the latter regarding the universe of meaning. This network
gradually posits itself as the basis for the emergence of natural and
meaningful forms and the simultaneous, if indirect, surfacing of an
"I-subject-": as the basic instrument, in other words, for the perception
of real and meaningful processes, of "objects" possessing meaning, aims,
intentions, etc.: above all, of biological objects possessing an inner plan
and linked to the progressive expression of a specific cognitive action.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-2080-5 Date: March 2004 Pages: 360 pp.
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Handbook on Data Envelopment Analysis
William W. Cooper
University of Texas at Austin, USA
Lawrence M. Seiford
Dept. of Industrial & Operations Engineering, The University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, USA
Dept. of Management, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA
INTERNATIONAL SERIES IN OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCE -- 71
Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) has grown into a powerful quantitative,
analytical tool for measuring and evaluating performance. It has been
successfully applied to a host of different entities engaged in a wide
variety of activities in many contexts worldwide. DEA's "data-oriented"
approach has been widely used in evaluating the efficiency and productivity
of many different kinds of entities engaged in many different kinds of
activities in many different contexts. DEA opens up possibilities for use
in cases which have been resistant to other approaches because of the
complex and often unknown nature of the relationships between their many
activities. In addition, DEA is used to provide new insights into
activities and entities that have previously been evaluated by other methods.
This Handbook has been developed as a comprehensive reference for
reseachers, students and practitioners. It reflects the state-of-the-art in
Data Envelopment Analysis. It also represents a milestone in the
progression of a continuously advancing methodology. which has extensive
utility. Written by experts - who are the major research contributors to
the topics covered - the Handbook is organized in three sections. The first
section is a comprehensive examination of the basic DEA models and DEA
extensions. The second section consists of a collection of coverages by
persons experienced in applications to the areas of banking, education,
sports, retailing, health care, etc. The final section is a review of
current DEA software technology.
Pre-publication offer valid until 30 June 2004: EUR 110.00/USD 120.00/GBP 76.00
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CONTENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS
* Preface; W.W. Cooper, L.M. Seiford, J. Zhu.
* 1. Data Envelopment Analysis: History, Models and Interpretations;
W.W. Cooper, L.M. Seiford, J. Zhu.
* 2. Returns to Scale in DEA: R.D. Banker, W.W. Cooper, L.M. Seiford,
* 3. Sensitivity Analysis in DEA: W.W. Cooper, Shanling Li, L.M.
Seiford, J. Zhu.
* 4. Incorporating Value Judgments in DEA: E. Thanassoulis, M.C.
Portela, R. Allen.
* 5. Distance Functions with Applications to DEA; R. F=C3=A4re, S.
Grosskopf, G. Whittaker.
* 6. Qualitative Data in DEA; W.D. Cook.
* 7. Congestion: Its Identification and Management with DEA; W.W.
Cooper, Honghui Deng, L.M. Seiford, J. Zhu.
* 8. Malmquist Productivity Index: Efficiency Change Over Time; K. Tone.
* 9. Chance Constrained DEA: W.W. Cooper, Zhimin Huang, S.X. Li.
* 10. Performance of the Bootstrap for DEA Estimators and Iterating the
Principle: L. Simar, P.W.Wilson.
* 11. Statistical Tests Based on DEA Efficiency Scores; R.D. Banker, R.
* 12. Performance Evaluation in Education: Modeling Educational
Production; J. Ruggiero.
* 13. Assessing Bank and Bank Branch Performance: Modeling
Considerations and Approaches; J.C. Paradi, S. Vela, Zijiang Yang.
* 14. Engineering Applications of Data Envelopment Analysis: Issues and
Opportunities: K.P. Triantis.
* 15. Benchmarking in Sports: Bonds or Ruth: Determining the Most
Dominant Baseball Batter Using DEA; T.R. Anderson.
* 16. Assessing the Selling Function in Retailing: Insights from
Banking, Sales forces, Restaurants & Betting shops; A.D. Athanassopoulos.
* 17. Health Care Applications: From Hospitals to Physicians, From
Productive Efficiency to Quality Frontiers: J.A. Chilingerian, H.D. Sherman.
* 18. DEA Software Tools and Technology: A State-of-the-Art Survey; R.
* Notes about Authors. Author Index. Subject Index.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7797-1 Date: March 2004 Pages: 608 pp.
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Professional Learning: Gaps and Transitions on the Way from Novice to Expert
Henny P.A. Boshuizen
Open Universiteit Nederland, Heerlen, The Netherlands
Westf=C3=A4lische Weilhelms-Universit=C3=A4t, M=C3=BCnster, Germany
AND CHANGE IN PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION -- 2
This book explores the teaching and training of, and learning by
professionals prior to and during their professional life. It covers the
development of expertise from novice status to high levels in a number of
different domains and stages. The main idea of the book is that the path
that leads through school and/or university to professional life comprises
a process of continually transforming the repertoire of knowledge and
skills that make up one's expertise. This point of view has brought
together researchers from fields that are usually regarded as separate:
psychology, sociology, management and organisation, and education. By
connecting the different perspectives and disciplines, the book lays the
foundation for an integrated view on professional learning and development,
covering both theoretical and practical implications.
Researchers and practitioners in the field of professional education as
well as graduate students will find in this book a wealth of new ideas that
are well grounded in theory and research.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-2065-1 Date: April 2004 Pages: 354 pp.
EURO 133.00 / USD 147.00 / GBP 92.00
Paperback ISBN: 1-4020-2066-X Date: April 2004 Pages: 354 pp.
EURO 42.00 / USD 47.00 / GBP 29.00
Cross Cultural Anthropology: A Reference Collection
Carol R. Ember
Human Relations Area File Inc., New Haven, CT, USA
Human Relations Area Files/Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Cross Cultural Anthropology: A Reference Collection is a set of three
separate encyclopedias comprehensively covering some of the most important
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The contributors to each of the encyclopedias is a leader in their area
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Hardbound Set ISBN: 0-306-48320-3 Date: November 2004
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Stochastic Image Processing
Chee Sun Won
Dept. of Electronic Engineering, Dongguk University, Seoul, South Korea
Robert M. Gray
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, CA, USA
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: TRANSMISSION, PROCESSING AND STORAGE --
Stochastic Image Processing provides the first thorough treatment of Markov
and hidden Markov random fields and their application to image processing.
Although promoted as a promising approach for over thirty years, it has
only been in the past few years that the theory and algorithms have
developed to the point of providing useful solutions to old and new
problems in image processing. Markov random fields are a multidimensional
extension of Markov chains, but the generalization is complicated by the
lack of a natural ordering of pixels in multidimensional spaces. Hidden
Markov fields are a natural generalization of the hidden Markov models that
have proved essential to the development of modern speech recognition, but
again the multidimensional nature of the signals makes them inherently more
complicated to handle. This added complexity contributed to the long time
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book collects together a variety of successful approaches to a complete and
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multidimensional Markov and hidden Markov random fields with extensive
references to the literature.
Hardbound ISBN: 0-306-48192-8 Date: March 2004 Pages: 180 pp.
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