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See detailJust Democracy. A Radical Assessment.
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

Scientific conference (2012, February)

This paper is a tentative assessment of the Rawls-Machiavelli program by Philippe Van Paris, who proposes that justice is the main goal of political action (in a Rawlsian perspective) and democracy is ... [more ▼]

This paper is a tentative assessment of the Rawls-Machiavelli program by Philippe Van Paris, who proposes that justice is the main goal of political action (in a Rawlsian perspective) and democracy is only instrumental (the Machiavellian part of the program). The paper adresses three questions to the proposal of Philippe Van Paris : 1) Can democracy be properly defined without a condition of public debate ? 2) Don't "realistic politics" underestimate the margin of possibility we have to change "what people are" and 3) If people overemphasize that part of their interests which is linked to their ethno-national belonging, is it not because alternative political offer is not differentiated enough ? [less ▲]

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See detailAmérique latine: progrès et défis d'une région en plein essor
Santander, Sébastian ULg

in Spirit of Management (2012), 14

Depuis 2003, l'Amérique latine connaît une période économique de croissance importante. Elle parvient à traverser la crise mondiale sans trop de difficultés. La demande chinoise des matières premières ... [more ▼]

Depuis 2003, l'Amérique latine connaît une période économique de croissance importante. Elle parvient à traverser la crise mondiale sans trop de difficultés. La demande chinoise des matières premières latino-américaines combinée à une augmentation de la consommation interne et de l'investissement expliquent ces performances. Par ailleurs, des progrès ont été accompli en matière sociale. En outre, la région connaît une stabilité politique grâce à l'enracinement de la démocratie depuis plus de 20 ans. Toutefois, l'Amérique latine a encore pas mal de défis à relever: diversification économique et des débouchés; réduction des inégalités; lutte contre la criminalité organisée, la violence et la corruption. [less ▲]

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See detailCours de géologie
Poty, Edouard ULg

Learning material (2012)

Notes du cours de géologie de 1 bac en géologie et de 2 bac en géographie

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See detail« Spaßmacher » et « Ernstmacher » en poésie allemande. Les poèmes profanes de Robert Gernhardt.
Viehöver, Vera ULg

in Culture, le Magazine Culturel de l'Université de Liège (2012)

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See detailA Finite Element Subproblem Method for Position Change Conductor Systems
Dular, Patrick ULg; Krähenbühl, Laurent; Vazquez Sabariego, Ruth ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2012), 48(2), 403-406

Analyses of magnetic systems with position changes of both massive and stranded conductors are performed via a finite element sub- problem method. A complete problem is split into subproblems associated ... [more ▼]

Analyses of magnetic systems with position changes of both massive and stranded conductors are performed via a finite element sub- problem method. A complete problem is split into subproblems associated with each conductor and the magnetic regions. Each complete solution is then expressed as the sum of subproblem solutions supported by different meshes. The subproblem procedure simplifies both meshing and solving processes, with no need of remeshing, and accurately quantifies the effect of the position changes of conductors on both local fields, e.g., skin and proximity effects, and global quantities, e.g., inductances and forces. Applications covering parameterized analyses on conductor positions to moving conductor systems can benefit from the developed approach. [less ▲]

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See detailUne introduction à la nouvelle vague. Parcours croisés de François Truffaut et Jean-Luc Godard
Tomasovic, Dick ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

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See detailQuantifications en supergéométrie
Leuther, Thomas ULg

Poster (2012, February)

Le poster présente de façon vulgarisée certaines idées sous-jacentes à la recherche de quantifications invariantes en supergéométrie.

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See detailLearning to play K-armed bandit problems
Maes, Francis ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg

in Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART 2012) (2012, February)

We propose a learning approach to pre-compute K-armed bandit playing policies by exploiting prior information describing the class of problems targeted by the player. Our algorithm first samples a set of K ... [more ▼]

We propose a learning approach to pre-compute K-armed bandit playing policies by exploiting prior information describing the class of problems targeted by the player. Our algorithm first samples a set of K-armed bandit problems from the given prior, and then chooses in a space of candidate policies one that gives the best average performances over these problems. The candidate policies use an index for ranking the arms and pick at each play the arm with the highest index; the index for each arm is computed in the form of a linear combination of features describing the history of plays (e.g., number of draws, average reward, variance of rewards and higher order moments), and an estimation of distribution algorithm is used to determine its optimal parameters in the form of feature weights. We carry out simulations in the case where the prior assumes a fixed number of Bernoulli arms, a fixed horizon, and uniformly distributed parameters of the Bernoulli arms. These simulations show that learned strategies perform very well with respect to several other strategies previously proposed in the literature (UCB1, UCB2, UCB-V, KL-UCB and $\epsilon_n$-GREEDY); they also highlight the robustness of these strategies with respect to wrong prior information. [less ▲]

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See detailA non-linear homogeneous model for bone-like materials under compressive load.
Mengoni, Marlène ULg; Voide, Romain; de Bien, Charlotte ULg et al

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering (2012), 28(2), 334-348

Finite element (FE) models accurately compute the mechanical response of bone and bone-like materials when the models include their detailed microstructure. In order to simulate non-linear behavior, which ... [more ▼]

Finite element (FE) models accurately compute the mechanical response of bone and bone-like materials when the models include their detailed microstructure. In order to simulate non-linear behavior, which currently is only feasible at the expense of extremely high computational costs, coarser models can be used if the local morphology has been linked to the apparent mechanical behavior. The aim of this paper is to implement and validate such a constitutive law. This law is able to capture the non-linear structural behavior of bone-like materials through the use of fabric tensors. It also allows for irreversible strains using an elastoplastic material model incorporating hardening. These features are expressed in a constitutive law based on the anisotropic continuum damage theory coupled with isotropic elastoplasticity in a finite strains framework. This material model was implemented into Metafor, a non-linear FE software. The implementation was validated against experimental data of cylindrical samples subjected to compression. Three materials with bone-like microstructure were tested : aluminum foams of variable density (ERG, Oakland, CA), PLA (polylactic acid) foam (CERM, University of Liège) and cancellous bone tissue of a deer antler (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège). [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of particle packing by analytical and computer simulation approaches
He, Huan ULg; Stroeven, Piet; Stroeven, Martijn et al

in Computers and Concrete (2012), 9(2), 119-131

Optimum packing of aggregate is an important aspect of mixture design, since porosity may be reduced and strength improved. It may also cause a reduction in paste content and is thus of economic relevance ... [more ▼]

Optimum packing of aggregate is an important aspect of mixture design, since porosity may be reduced and strength improved. It may also cause a reduction in paste content and is thus of economic relevance too. Several mathematic packing models have been developed in the literature for optimization of mixture design. However in this study, numerical simulation will be used as the main tool for this purpose. A basic, simple theoretical model is used for approximate assessment of mixture optimization. Calculation and simulation will start from a bimodal mixture that is based on the mono-sized packing experiences. Tri-modal and multi-sized particle packing will then be discussed to find the optimum mixture. This study will demonstrate that computer simulation is a good alternative for mixture design and optimization when appropriate particle shapes are selected. Although primarily focusing on aggregate, optimization of blends of Portland cement and mineral admixtures could basically be approached in a similar way. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution et systématique du genre Pinus
Toussaint, André ULg

in Annales de la Société Belge de Dendrologie = Jaarboek van de Belgische Dendrologische Vereniging (2012), 2010

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See detailAn association between short-term memory for order and numerical cognition in 3rd grade kindergarten children.
Attout, Lucie ULg; Majerus, Steve ULg

Conference (2012, February)

Several studies explored the relationship between verbal short-term memory (STM) and numerical cognition, but with inconclusive findings. The present study re-explored this relationship, by adopting the ... [more ▼]

Several studies explored the relationship between verbal short-term memory (STM) and numerical cognition, but with inconclusive findings. The present study re-explored this relationship, by adopting the critical distinction between STM for item information (the items to be retained) and STM for order information (the order of the items within a list). We hypothesized that especially STM for order should be related to the development of numerical abilities, given that recent studies suggest the intervention of common processes during the representation of order information in STM and numerical tasks. We investigated item and order STM abilities and numerical processing abilities in 72 children during their third year in kindergarten. We observed that order STM abilities, but not item STM abilities, correlated significantly with performance on numerical order judgment and calculation tasks. These associations remained after control of interindividual differences in verbal and non-verbal cognitive efficiency. Our results suggest a specific relationship between order STM processes and numerical cognition, opening new perspectives for our understanding of the STM determinants of numerical cognition development. [less ▲]

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See detailDu bon usage des catastrophes, de Régis Debray
Thoreau, François ULg

in Revue Nouvelle (2012), 66(2), 74-77

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See detailApport des troponines T et I ultrasensibles dans le diabète
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; LAURENT, Terry ULg; GARWEG, Christophe ULg et al

in Immuno-Analyse & Biologie Spécialisée [=IBS] (2012, February), 27(1), 40

Introduction : Le diabète atteint environ 3% de la population française. Or, cette maladie expose à l'apparition précoce de complications cardiovasculaires. Les troponines de nouvelles générations ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Le diabète atteint environ 3% de la population française. Or, cette maladie expose à l'apparition précoce de complications cardiovasculaires. Les troponines de nouvelles générations hautement sensibles pourraient être un bon outil diagnostic pour mettre en évidence des macroou micro-angiopathies non diagnostiquée chez ces patients. Le but de notre étude était de comparer la performance de la troponine T ultrasensible (hsTnT) (Roche Diagnostic) avec la troponine I ultrasensible (TnI II) (Abbott Diagnostic) chez le sujet diabétique. Matériel et méthodes : Vingt patients diabétiques (âge moyen : 52.6 ± 8.4 ans) ont été sélectionnés sur le critère d’un taux d’hémoglobine glyquée (HbA1c) élevé. Ces sujets ont été comparés à vingt sujets contrôles d’âge moyen : 60.05 ± 2.86 ans. Les patients atteints d’insuffisance rénale et d’affections cardiovasculaires ont été exclus. Les analyses ont été réalisées sur du plasma hépariné lithium. La hsTnT a été dosée par électrochemiluminescence sur le Modular E (Roche Diagnostic). Abbott utilise des microparticules chemiluminescentes pour le dosage de la TnI II sur l’ARCHITECT i. Résultats : Les sujets diabétiques ont un taux plasmatique de hsTnT représenté par les valeurs suivantes [médiane (1er quartile, 3ème quartile)] : 0,007 (0,03 ; 0,018) ng/mL ; alors que les sujets contrôles négatifs présentent les valeurs suivantes : 0,003 (0,003 ; 0,004) ng/mL. La différence de taux de hsTnT observée entre ces 2 populations est statistiquement significative (p = 0,000922). Pour la TnI II, on observe un taux plasmatique de: 0,004 (0,003 ; 0,075) ng/mL chez les sujets diabétiques et 0,002 (0,001 ; 0,005) ng/mL chez les sujets contrôles. La différence de taux de TnI II observée entre ces 2 populations n’est pas statistiquement significative (p > 0,005). Discussion-conclusion : Au décours d’un diabète, il apparait que les taux de hsTnT sont augmentés de façon significative par rapport au groupe des contrôles négatifs. Si les taux hsTnT augmentent chez le diabétique, il semblerait normal qu’il en soit de même pour la TnI II, vu que ces deux marqueurs sont intimement liés. Nous ne l’avons pas observé mais ceci peut être du à la plus faible performance analytique du dosage de la TnI II utilisé. Cette libération de hsTnT dans le sang peut être due aux micro- et macro-angiopathies au niveau des coronaires induites au cours d’un diabète. [less ▲]

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See detailA dynamic analysis of higher-comoment risk premiums in Hedge Fund returns
Lambert, Marie ULg

in Journal of Derivatives and Hedge Funds (2012), 18(1), 73-84

Hedge funds display a strong non-linear payoff structure because of the use of highly dynamic trading strategies. This article examines the relevance of using higherorder comoment equity risk premiums ... [more ▼]

Hedge funds display a strong non-linear payoff structure because of the use of highly dynamic trading strategies. This article examines the relevance of using higherorder comoment equity risk premiums implied in the United States and the emerging markets for capturing these return non-linearities. We provide evidence that the higherorder comoment equity risk premiums help in explaining the returns of the different hedge fund strategies from the Hedge Fund Research classification. We perform a dynamic analysis where moment risk exposures are examined separately in up and down markets. We show that hedge fund styles tend to vary their exposures to moment risks according to the market regimes. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the human pose recovery based on a single view
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in International conference on pattern recognition applications and methods (ICPRAM) (2012, February)

Estimating the pose of the observed person is crucial for a large variety of applications including home entertainment, man-machine interaction, video surveillance, etc. Often, only a single side view is ... [more ▼]

Estimating the pose of the observed person is crucial for a large variety of applications including home entertainment, man-machine interaction, video surveillance, etc. Often, only a single side view is available, but authors claim that it is possible to derive the pose despite that humans evolve in a 3D environment. In addition, to decrease the sensitivity to color and texture, it is preferable to rely only on the silhouette to recover the pose. Under these conditions, we show that there is an intrinsic limitation: at least two poses correspond to the observed silhouette. We discuss this intrinsic limitation in details in this short paper. To our knowledge, this issue has been overlooked by authors in the past. We observe that this limitation has an impact on the way previous reported results should be interpreted, and it has clearly to be taken into account for designing new methods. [less ▲]

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