Estimating future

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  • In recent years, the affordability of weapon systems has become increasingly important to policymakers in the Department of Defense and U.S. Congress. Aerospace industry analysts and some government officials have asserted that government cost estimates are based on outdated methods that do not account for the latest technological innovations. The authors of this report present the results of a RAND research study to update the methods for estimating military jet engine costs and development time.

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  • Although the number of people in danger of malnutrition worldwide has decreased significantly in the past 30 years, thanks in part to the Green Revolution of the 20th century, an estimated 800 million people still lack adequate access to food. The world is now on the cusp of a second potential agricultural revolution, the

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  • The U.S. Air Force (USAF) needs accurate models to develop retention policies that ensure the force has a sufficient number of experienced officers to meet current and future requirements. The dynamic retention model (DRM) can be used to take into account the effect of the availability of multi-year contracts to certain classes of

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  • The core list presents a list of minimum medicine needs for a basic health‐care system, listing the most efficacious, safe and cost‐effective medicines for priority conditions. Priority conditions are selected on the basis of current and estimated future public health relevance, and potential for safe and cost‐effective treatment. The complementary list presents essential medicines for priority diseases, for which specialized diagnostic or monitoring facilities, and/or specialist medical care, and/or specialist training are needed.

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  • East and Southern Europe), India, parts of South America, Southwest U.S./northern Mexico and Australia. The operating characteristics of STPPs are relatively well matched with the intermediate and peak electricity load requirements in these regions. Two types of collectors have been used in STPPs: parabolic trough and central receiver. Electricity is generated by incorporating the solar collectors with a Rankine cycle power plant or as an add-on to a natural gas combined cycle (referred to as an ISCCS).

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  • The math, the formulas, the problem solving . . . does corporate finance make your head spin? You're not alone. It's one of the toughest subjects for business students—which is why Corporate Finance DeMYSTiFieD is written in a way that makes learning it easier than ever. This self-teaching guide first explains the basic principles of corporate finance, including accounting statements, cash flows, and ratio analysis. Then, you'll learn all the specifics of more advanced practices like estimating future cash flows, scenario analysis, and option valuation....

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  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been from its beginning the wave of evolution in computer science. It is in good health and a proof of it is the fact that many companies qualify its novelties as ‘smart’ or ‘intelligent’ independently of the features included in them; the term ‘society of knowledge’ has been imposed to draw society nearer to the future and a symbol of breakthrough.

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  • Women's involvement in the formal sector has mainly been urban-based, as civil servants in the health and education sectors, where they had a sizeable presence before the conflict. This was severely disrupted by the strong restrictions on female employment during the Taliban period. Currently, close to one-third of all teachers are female, while an estimated 40% of all basic health facilities lack female staff, a clear constraint to delivering basic services (health, in particular) to women.

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  • The study of earthquakes combines science, technology and expertise in infrastructure and engineering in an effort to minimize human and material losses when their occurrence is inevitable. This book is devoted to various aspects of earthquake research and analysis, from theoretical advances to practical applications. Different sections are dedicated to ground motion studies and seismic site characterization, with regard to mitigation of the risk from earthquake and ensuring the safety of the buildings under earthquake loading.

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  • industry spending, analysis of the economic impacts of this activity, and projections of future drilling, natural gas production, and related economic impacts (Considine, et al., 2009, 2010). Unlike the previous studies, however, this report estimates the impact Marcellus production has on prices for natural gas and expenditures for natural gas and electricity in Pennsylvania. This report also presents an analysis of labor market and sales tax data that affirms the economic stimulus provided by the Marcellus industry.

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  • Mathematics in Action: Prealgebra Problem Solving, Third Edition, is intended to help college mathematics students gain mathematical literacy in the real world and simultaneously help them build a solid foundation for future study in mathematics and other disciplines. Our authoring team used the AMATYC Crossroads standards to develop a three-book series to serve a large and diverse population of college students who, for whatever reason, have not yet succeeded in learning mathematics.

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  • Under certain conditions, the Company may use options and futures on securities, indices and interest rates, as described in Section 3.2. "Sub-Fund Details" and Appendix 3 "Restrictions on the use of techniques and instruments" for the purpose of investment, hedging and efficient portfolio management. In addition, where appropriate, the Company may hedge market and currency risks using futures, options or forward foreign exchange contracts. Transactions in futures carry a high degree of risk.

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  • A large majority of adolescents (both married and unmarried) do not have information on sexuality, contraception, or STIs and HIV/AIDS (Barkat et al. 2000; Nahar et al. 1999; Haider et al. 1997). Nevertheless, RH education has not been a part of the education curriculum, and the existing service delivery system is not catering to the needs of unmarried adolescents. The family structure in Bangladesh is still very strong and plays a major role in the lives of adolescents providing support, love and care, but fails to respond to the need for reproductive health of adolescents.

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  • The aim of this first exercise, of an aggregate nature, was to give an overall capital figure for the whole of the Spanish banking system. The analysis was top-down, as the information used enabled a sufficiently precise estimate to be made for the whole of the banking system, but was not sufficiently granular to provide for individual bank estimates.

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  • The annual incidence of CLL varies with the age and sex structure of the population. Whereas in the USA it has been estimated at 3.5 per 100,000 (males 5.0: females 2.5) [2], in the UK estimates of 6.15 per 100,000 have been reported [3]. However, since in a majority of patients diagnosis is established because of an incidental blood count performed for irrelevant reasons and because of increasing life expectancies, the prevalence should augment in the future. The median age for diagnosis is 70 for males and 74 for females.

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  • I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all theauthors who contributed to this book by sharing their valuable works with us. This book should prove useful to students, researchers, and experts in the area of conservation biology, genetic diversity, and molecular biology. The year 2010 was celebrated as the international year of biodiversity by the United Nations and it has been a unique opportunity to realize the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining the life on Earth.

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  • Medical loss ratio likely to lead to rebates: This year, health insurers must either meet the new minimum loss ratio requirements by spending at least 80 percent of premiums on care and quality improvement or offer customers rebates in 2012. Already, 75 million Americans in plans covered by this rule are benefiting from insurers’ efforts to lower administrative costs and increase the value of their coverage. We estimate, in the small group market, one million enrollees could receive rebates averaging $312 per enrollee.

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  • Serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) is the only biomarker routinely used for the early detection of prostate cancer, but it is not a perfect test. Although PSA is highly specific for prostate, an elevated level is not specific for cancer, being increased in benign hyperplasia and prostatitis (Pungalia, 2006; Bozeman, 2002). Consequently, the majority of men with an increased serum PSA do not have prostate cancer and thus undergo unnecessary prostate biopsies.

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  • Scientists, engineers and the like are a strange lot. Unperturbed by societal norms, they direct their energies to finding better alternatives to existing theories and concocting solutions to unsolved problems. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, they record their observations and crunch the numbers. This tome is about the science of crunching. It’s about digging out something of value from the detritus that others tend to leave behind. The described approaches involve constructing models to process the available data.

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  • Crop insurance and other government programs for farmers are also linked via disaster programs. The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) requires the purchase of crop insurance for program eligibility. 24 For participation in commodity programs listed above, there is no crop insurance requirement.

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