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See detailALPI project - Green Incentives : Belgian and European Aspects
Bourgeois, Marc ULg; Vanrykel, Fanny ULg; Defoy, Xavier ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

Finance is one of the main critical issues for the development of a low-carbon society especially during times of economic recession. Closing this green investment gap will require policy intervention ... [more ▼]

Finance is one of the main critical issues for the development of a low-carbon society especially during times of economic recession. Closing this green investment gap will require policy intervention. The ALPI project will concentrate on promoting relevant ins truments to accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon society by demonstrating the performance and impact of policy instruments on economic, government budget and environmental aspects. [less ▲]

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See detailFeasibility-oriented Branching Strategies for Global Optimization
Gerard, Damien ULg; Köppe, Matthias; Louveaux, Quentin ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

We study the spatial Brand-and-Bound algorithm for the global optimization of nonlinear problems. In particular we are interested in a method to find quickly good feasible solutions. Most spatial Branch ... [more ▼]

We study the spatial Brand-and-Bound algorithm for the global optimization of nonlinear problems. In particular we are interested in a method to find quickly good feasible solutions. Most spatial Branch-and-Bound-based solvers use a non global solver at a few nodes to try to find better incumbents. We show that it is possible to improve the branching rules and the node priority by exploiting the solutions from the non global solver. We also propose several smart adaptive strategies to choose when to run the non global solver. We show that despite the time spent in solving many more NLP problems in the nodes, the new strategies enable the algorithm to find the first good incumbents faster and to prove the global optimality faster. Numerous easy, medium size as well as hard NLP instances from the Coconut library are benchmarked. All experiments are run using the open source solver Couenne. [less ▲]

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See detailSpousal and survivor benefits in option value models of retirement: an application to Belgium
Jousten, Alain ULg; Lefebvre, Mathieu ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

We study retirement incentives with augmented option value model à la Stock and Wise (1990). We propose methodological extensions to better reflect the respective incentives faced by singles and couples ... [more ▼]

We study retirement incentives with augmented option value model à la Stock and Wise (1990). We propose methodological extensions to better reflect the respective incentives faced by singles and couples. Our results show that a more comprehensive modelling of couples’ incentives leads to very different patterns of retirement incentives – particularly for women. We apply the new indicators to data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and retirement in Europe (SHARE) in Belgium and find two key results. First, contrary to several previous studies, we obtain a positive signed income effects. Second, we find very different retirement incentives for men and women, with little flexibility in the retirement decision for men and substantially more flexibility for women as a function of financial incentives and household composition. [less ▲]

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See detailChinese State Capitalism and Western Antitrust Policy
Petit, Nicolas ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

Enthused by China’s conversion to the free market system in 1978 and its adoption of Western-style market institutions, the world has spent the last few decades turning a blind eye to China’s real ... [more ▼]

Enthused by China’s conversion to the free market system in 1978 and its adoption of Western-style market institutions, the world has spent the last few decades turning a blind eye to China’s real “governance” problem: that a shadow Party-State system permeates all branches of the economy. Whatever Washington-consensus style institutions are put in place, whatever State Owned Enterprise (“SOE”) reform is introduced, corporate and market governance occur under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party (“CCP”). And the CCP’s guidebook is the Leninist command that the whole of society shall be run as “single country-wide State syndicate”. This paper contends that China’s syndicated economic organization is akin to a “supertrust”, and that this creates conditions that are conducive to antitrust problems to which the Western world must awaken. In this context, this paper advances that the antitrust regulators of North America, Europe and elsewhere should take two simple, pragmatic steps under merger control and antitrust rules. In merger review, antitrust agencies should treat all SOEs and Privately Owned Enterprises (POEs) with a CCP cell as one unitary group and undertake a thorough competitive assessment of transactions on this basis. In addition, antitrust cases involving Chinese firms should be investigated on the default assumption that there is an underlying coordination scheme among them. [less ▲]

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See detailSize and Value Matter But Not the Way You Thought
Lambert, Marie ULg; Fays, Boris ULg; Hübner, Georges ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

We propose a simple but fundamental methodological change to Fama and French (1993) factor construction procedure. Consistent with Lambert and Hübner (2013) sequential sorting procedure to classify stocks ... [more ▼]

We propose a simple but fundamental methodological change to Fama and French (1993) factor construction procedure. Consistent with Lambert and Hübner (2013) sequential sorting procedure to classify stocks, our methodology controls ex ante for pricing errors produced by multifactor models. Our size and value factors deliver less specification errors when used to price portfolios, especially regarding low size and high B/M stocks. Furthermore, this alternative framework generates much stronger “turn-of-the-year” size and “through-the-year” book-to-market effects than conventionally documented. The factors also display a slight competitive advantage on the taxonomy of low turnover market anomalies defined by Novy-Marx and Velikov (2015). [less ▲]

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See detailSustainability of users' commitment to Living Labs: an exploratory research
Elsen, Catherine ULg; Vigneron, Lara ULg; Acconcia, Alessandro ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

This paper investigates why end-users sometimes find difficult to fully invest themselves in a Living Lab initiative, at least on the long run. The paper builds insights on the basis of users’ feedback ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates why end-users sometimes find difficult to fully invest themselves in a Living Lab initiative, at least on the long run. The paper builds insights on the basis of users’ feedback about four projects currently managed by the Wallonia e-health Living Lab (WeLL) and pave the way for renewed models of interaction that could lead to sustainable satisfaction and commitment of end-users. [less ▲]

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See detailIntensification of smallholder agriculture in Rwanda: scenarios and challenges towards a sustainable transformation
Musabanganji, Edouard ULg; Karangwa, Antoine; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

This paper clarifies the path that Rwanda took in the quest for a modern, intensive, productive and market-oriented agriculture. The facts presented here have been collected by means of documentation that ... [more ▼]

This paper clarifies the path that Rwanda took in the quest for a modern, intensive, productive and market-oriented agriculture. The facts presented here have been collected by means of documentation that led to the review of different publications including published papers and government and development partners’ reports. The paper shows that an adequate policy and institutional environment has been created by various socio-economic, institutional and agriculture-led reforms launched since the early 2000s. The literature review reveals that impressive results have been recorded in regard to smallholder agriculture intensification. In addition, the theoretical model for progressive smallholder agriculture transformation helped to show that most of the smallholders grouped in cooperatives are at the 'semi-commercial smallholders' stage while only a few are at the 'commercial smallholders' and 'advanced farmers' stages. This study also examines various challenges that hamper the sustainable intensification of smallholder agriculture at both institutional, community and smallholder level. It suggests some policy actions to be put forward by the government and other agriculture sector development partners to address those challenges. [less ▲]

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See detailAlmost sure approximations in H older norms of a general stochastic process de ned by a Young integral
Ayache, Antoine; Esser, Céline ULg; Qidi, Peng

E-print/Working paper (2016)

We focus on a stochastic process $\{Y(t)\}_{t\in [0,v]}$ defined by a pathwise Young integral of a general form. Thanks to the Haar basis, we connect the classical method of approximation of $\{Y(t)\}_{t ... [more ▼]

We focus on a stochastic process $\{Y(t)\}_{t\in [0,v]}$ defined by a pathwise Young integral of a general form. Thanks to the Haar basis, we connect the classical method of approximation of $\{Y(t)\}_{t\in [0,v]}$ through Euler scheme and Riemann-Stieltjes sums with a new approach consisting in the use of an appropriate series representation of $\{Y(t)\}_{t\in [0,v]}$. This representation is obtained through a general compactly supported orthonormal wavelet basis. An advantage offered by the new approach with respect to the classical one is that a better almost sure rate of convergence in H\"older norms can be derived, under a general Gaussian condition. Also, this improved rate turns out to be optimal in some situations; typically, when the integrator associated to $\{Y(t)\}_{t\in [0,v]}$ is a fractional Brownian motion of an arbitrary Hurst parameter, and the integrand is a deterministic nowhere vanishing function with an invariant H\"older regularity large enough. [less ▲]

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See detailTargeted Advertising and Consumer Information
Broos, Sébastien ULg

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See detailLong-term care social insurance. How to avoid big losses?
Klimaviciute, Justina ULg; Pestieau, Pierre ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

Long-term care (LTC) needs are expected to rapidly increase in the next decades and at the same time the main provider of LTC, namely the family is stalling. This calls for more involvement of the state ... [more ▼]

Long-term care (LTC) needs are expected to rapidly increase in the next decades and at the same time the main provider of LTC, namely the family is stalling. This calls for more involvement of the state that today covers less than 20% of these needs and most often in an inconsistent way. Besides the need to help the poor dependent, there is a mounting concern in the middlec lass that a number of dependent people are incurring costs that could force them to sell all their assets. In this paper we study the design of a social insurance that meets this concern. Following Arrow (1963), we suggest a policy that is characterized by complete insurance above a deductible amount. [less ▲]

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See detailBoosted Dark Matter and its implications for the features in IceCube HESE data
Bhattacharya, Atri ULg; Gandhi, Raj; Gupta, Aritra et al

E-print/Working paper (2016)

We study the implications of the premise that any new, relativistic, highly energetic neutral particle that interacts with quarks and gluons would create cascade-like events in the IceCube (IC) detector ... [more ▼]

We study the implications of the premise that any new, relativistic, highly energetic neutral particle that interacts with quarks and gluons would create cascade-like events in the IceCube (IC) detector which would be observationally indistinguishable from neutral current deep-inelastic (DIS) scattering events due to neutrinos. Consequently, one reason for deviations, breaks or excesses in the expected astrophysical power-law neutrino spectrum could be the flux of such a particle. Motivated by features in the recent 1347-day IceCube high energy starting event (HESE) data, we focus on particular boosted dark matter ($\chi$) related realizations of this premise, where $\chi$ is assumed to be much lighter than, and the result of, the slow decay of a massive scalar ($\phi $) which constitutes a major fraction of the Universe's dark matter (DM). We show that this hypothesis, coupled with a standard power-law astrophysical neutrino flux is capable of providing very good fits to the present data, along with a possible explanation of other features in the HESE sample: i.e., a) the paucity of events beyond $\sim 2$ PeV b) a spectral feature resembling a dip in the 400 TeV--1 PeV region and c) an excess in the $50-100$ TeV region. We consider two different boosted DM scenarios, and determine the allowed mass ranges and couplings for four different types of mediators (scalar, pseudoscalar, vector and axial-vector) which could connect the standard and dark sectors, imposing constraints from gamma-ray observations and collider searches. We find that the gamma-ray observations provide the most restrictive constraints, disfavouring the $1\sigma$ allowed parameter space from IC fits, while still being consistent with the $3\sigma$ allowed region. We also test our proposal and its implications against the sample of six year through-going muon track data recently released by IceCube. [less ▲]

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See detailMoral Hazard in VC Finance: More Expensive than You Thought
Lambert, Marie ULg; Tennert, Julius; Burghof, Hans-Peter

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See detailNonlinear dynamical tunneling of optical whispering gallery modes in the presence of a Kerr nonlinearity
Shim, Jeong -Bo ULg; Schlagheck, Peter ULg; Hentschel, Martina et al

E-print/Working paper (2015)

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See detailIdentification of the concepts at stake during a consultation. Clinical exercises
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

During a consultation between a patient and a doctor, symptoms, process and health problems are at stake and could be identified and retrieved through the use of ICPC.(refer to www.ph3c.org) Specific ... [more ▼]

During a consultation between a patient and a doctor, symptoms, process and health problems are at stake and could be identified and retrieved through the use of ICPC.(refer to www.ph3c.org) Specific training and managerial competences of the doctor could be identified and explained through the Q-Codes Together ICPC and Q-Codes form 3CGP ; Core Content Classification in General Practice/ Family Medicine The concepts identified in ICPC and Q-Codes could be useful to understand and teach the content of consultation in family medicine. [less ▲]

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See detailFestivals Acadiens et Creoles
Sacré, Robert ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

Comptes-rendus avec photos et liens Internet : 1) Houston et Galveston ( TX) 2) Festivals Acadiens et Créoles à Lafayette ( LA) jours 1 , 2 et 3 3) Lafayette by night

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See detailWhy Did the Industrial Revolution Start in Britain?
Van Neuss, Leif ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

The main goal of this paper is to provide an integrated overview of the literature devoted to identifying the causes of the British industrial revolution. Why did the industrial revolution, a fascinating ... [more ▼]

The main goal of this paper is to provide an integrated overview of the literature devoted to identifying the causes of the British industrial revolution. Why did the industrial revolution, a fascinating and multifaceted event which brought about modern economic growth, occur in eighteenth-century Britain? This question has animated a lot of discussions among scholars and is still nowadays heatedly debated in the literature. This debate is reflected in the large spectrum of theories which aim at explaining the true origins of the British industrialization. The paper first sheds light on a rising debate concerning the evolution of British incomes per capita before the British industrial revolution and the “Great Divergence”. The paper then investigates the proposed causes of the British industrialization, aggregating them into seven broad categories, i.e. (1) geography and natural resources, (2) demography, (3) agricultural progress, (4) demand-side factors, (5) trade and empire, (6) institutional and political factors, (7) science, technology, and human capital. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom 'Risk Communication' to Participatory Radiation Risk Assessment
Shirabe, Masashi; Fassert, Christine; Hasegawa, Reiko ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident, many of the post¿disaster responses undertaken by the Japanese government sparked vivid debates and criticisms from the civil society. The article ... [more ▼]

In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident, many of the post¿disaster responses undertaken by the Japanese government sparked vivid debates and criticisms from the civil society. The article examines the post-accidental management of the authorities, with a special focus on their risk communication, and explores what went wrong in the process. It deals with the issues of risk assessment, expertise, counter-expertise, policy-makings, stakeholder participation, and trust in crisis and disaster situations. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge neighborhood search for multi-trip vehicle routing
François, Véronique ULg; Arda, Yasemin ULg; Crama, Yves ULg et al

E-print/Working paper (2015)

We consider two large neighborhood search approaches for the multi-trip vehicle routing problem, where each vehicle can perform several routes during the working shift to serve a set of customers. The ... [more ▼]

We consider two large neighborhood search approaches for the multi-trip vehicle routing problem, where each vehicle can perform several routes during the working shift to serve a set of customers. The problem specifically arises when customers are close to each other and/or when the demands are large. A common approach in the literature consists in solving this problem by mixing vehicle routing heuristics with bin packing routines to assign routes to vehicles. We compare this approach with the use of specific operators designed to tackle the routing and the assignment aspects of the problem simultaneously. We provide several best known solutions for benchmark instances. At the end of the work, we give insights about the proposed algorithm configurations by analyzing the behavior of several method components. [less ▲]

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See detailQui ne risque rien n'a rien... Ou comment la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme incite le justiciable à éprouver la protection de ses droits fondamentaux devant son juge national
Rosoux, Géraldine ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

L'article analyse la décision Gherghina c. Roumanie du 9 juillet 2015, qui rejette une requête pour défaut d'épuisement des voies de recours internes.

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See detail25 novembre 2015 : cent ans de Relativité
De Rop, Yves ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

La théorie proposée par Einstein au début du XXe siècle porte bien mal son nom; car si, historiquement, l'accent fut mis d'abord sur la relativité de certaines notions (en particulier, la mesure de l ... [more ▼]

La théorie proposée par Einstein au début du XXe siècle porte bien mal son nom; car si, historiquement, l'accent fut mis d'abord sur la relativité de certaines notions (en particulier, la mesure de l'intervalle de temps écoulé entre deux événements donnés), on a compris par la suite qu'elle reposait plus fondamentalement sur l'existence de quantités absolues, c'est-à-dire, dont la mesure est identique pour tous les observateurs, quel que soit leur état de repos ou de mouvement. Ces quantités sont inconnues de la mécanique de Newton, laquelle ne reconnaît qu'un seul invariant : le temps. Ce texte cherche à retracer, avec un minimum de formalisme, comment s'est imposé un nouveau cadre géométrique pour la physique, dominé par cette exigence d'invariance des mesures spatio-temporelles et intégrant une description révolutionnaire de la gravitation. [less ▲]

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See detailElmore D. L'intégrale Frémeaux et Ass.
Sacré, Robert ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

Compte rendu Coffret 5 CDs + livret . La Wallon et le Blues , un mariage réussi

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See detailMars nighttime aurora
European Space Agency, ESA/ATG medialab; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Soret, Lauriane ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

Press release by the European Space Agency (ESA) on the occasion of the publication in two journals of the peer-reviewed literature

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See detailRebates and Article 102 TFEU: The European Commission's Duty to Apply the Guidance Paper
Petit, Nicolas ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

This paper shows that the European Union (EU) courts' case-law and general principles of EU law place the European Commission (“Commission”) under a duty to apply the Guidance Communication on Enforcement ... [more ▼]

This paper shows that the European Union (EU) courts' case-law and general principles of EU law place the European Commission (“Commission”) under a duty to apply the Guidance Communication on Enforcement Priorities (“Guidance Paper”) in abuse of dominance cases started after its adoption. This duty includes the obligation to test Article 102 TFEU cases under the As Efficient Competitor (“AEC”) framework, as set out in the 2009 Guidance Paper. The judgments handed down by the Union courts in Intel v Commission and Post Danmark II do not alter in any way the Commission’s “self binding” duty to apply the Guidance Paper. If the Commission wishes to depart from the AEC framework, it must officially withdraw its Guidance Paper. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Nouveaux Réactionnaires : mythe ou réalité ?
Durand, Pascal ULg; Sindaco, Sarah ULg; Devecchio, Alexandre

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See detailL’accompagnement de projets d’entrepreneuriat social dans leurs phases initiales
Dufays, Frédéric ULg; Lovens, Caroline ULg; Mertens de Wilmars, Sybille ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

L’entrepreneuriat social connaît depuis quelques années un intérêt croissant. Mais pour les entrepreneurs sociaux, concilier les dimensions sociales et économiques demande de faire face à des défis bien ... [more ▼]

L’entrepreneuriat social connaît depuis quelques années un intérêt croissant. Mais pour les entrepreneurs sociaux, concilier les dimensions sociales et économiques demande de faire face à des défis bien spécifiques. Ne faut-il donc pas favoriser un accompagnement sur-mesure et modulable ? C’est le défi qu’a choisi de relever en Belgique francophone le programme ImpulCera en proposant aux entrepreneurs sociaux un soutien financier pour la réalisation d’une étude de faisabilité et pour le lancement de leur projet. Le présent article présente quelques résultats de l’évaluation de ce programme ainsi que les enseignements qui peuvent en être dégagés. [less ▲]

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See detailPour analyser la qualité des médicaments
Ziemons, Eric ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

Technique permettant de décortiquer les caractéristiques chimiques et physiques des molécules, la spectroscopie vibrationnelle est précieuse dans le domaine pharmaceutique. Les chercheurs du laboratoire ... [more ▼]

Technique permettant de décortiquer les caractéristiques chimiques et physiques des molécules, la spectroscopie vibrationnelle est précieuse dans le domaine pharmaceutique. Les chercheurs du laboratoire de Chimie Analytique de l’Université de Liège, spécialistes dans ce domaine de recherche, collaborent régulièrement avec des entreprises pharmaceutiques pour contrôler leurs matières premières, produits finis et procédés. [less ▲]

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See detailLe syndrome coup de sang
Courouce-Malblanc, Anne; Daix, Charlène; Ferry, Bénédicte et al

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Le coup de sang est un terme utilisé pour nommer une myopathie brutale consécutive à un exercice qui se manifeste cliniquement par des crampes douloureuses et une urine de couleur anormalement foncée du ... [more ▼]

Le coup de sang est un terme utilisé pour nommer une myopathie brutale consécutive à un exercice qui se manifeste cliniquement par des crampes douloureuses et une urine de couleur anormalement foncée du fait de l’élimination de la myoglobine des cellules musculaires détruites (myoglobinurie). [less ▲]

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See detailCeci n’est pas un conseil !
Choffray, Jean-Marie ULg

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La « Grande Récession de 2008 » a un mérite. Un seul ! Elle a rendu public le fait que personne ne savait exactement ce qui s’était passé, ni ce qui se passait. Pourquoi une telle crise de confiance avait ... [more ▼]

La « Grande Récession de 2008 » a un mérite. Un seul ! Elle a rendu public le fait que personne ne savait exactement ce qui s’était passé, ni ce qui se passait. Pourquoi une telle crise de confiance avait-elle vu le jour ? Quelles en seraient les conséquences ? Toutes et tous se sont trompés, y compris les meilleurs. Même celles et ceux qui étaient convaincus d’avoir raison ! Plus que jamais, l’incertitude, la saine et souveraine incertitude, garantit la liberté de l’investisseur... et du professeur ! [less ▲]

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See detailMarkets flash graphs
Choffray, Jean-Marie ULg

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A graph is worth a hundred words... A good graph may suggest some new heuristics. And…, a series of excellent graphs may provide the backbone of a theory! The goal of this paper is to share a set of ... [more ▼]

A graph is worth a hundred words... A good graph may suggest some new heuristics. And…, a series of excellent graphs may provide the backbone of a theory! The goal of this paper is to share a set of graphs from multiple sources that offer as many flashes on current and past market conditions. Inevitably, these graphs reflect my own biases and questionings. They are not meant to induce any action aside, maybe, from their integration in a personal Information System. The Great Recession of 2008, whose consequences are still unfolding, has been for each of us a powerful invitation to modesty. We live in a world where improbable, unthinkable and impossible events happen every day... More than ever, it’s time to sit down, shut up, watch out, build graphs, and think… hard! [less ▲]

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See detailInstitutional repositories: it’s a matter of sticks and carrots
Rentier, Bernard ULg

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See detailObserving the emergence of chaos in a many-particle quantum system
Tomkovic, Jiri; Muessel, Wolfgang; Strobel, Helmut et al

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Accessing the connection between classical chaos and quantum many-body systems has been a long-standing experimental challenge. Here, we investigate the onset of chaos in periodically driven two-component ... [more ▼]

Accessing the connection between classical chaos and quantum many-body systems has been a long-standing experimental challenge. Here, we investigate the onset of chaos in periodically driven two-component Bose-Einstein condensates, whose small quantum uncertainties allow for exploring the phase space with high resolution. By analyzing the uncertainties of time-evolved many-body states, we find signatures of elliptic and hyperbolic periodic orbits generated according to the Poincar\'e-Birkhoff theorem, and the formation of a chaotic region at increasing driving strengths. The employed fluctuation analysis allows for probing the phase-space structure by use of only short-time quantum dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailWill Big Data Deliver its Promised Productivity Growth?
Artige, Lionel ULg

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See detailBlues et Wallon - Elmore D, l'intégrale cåzî complète en cinq CDs
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Analyse d'une anthologie de 5 Cds représentant l'intégrale" cåzî "complète des enregsitrements d'Elmore D ( Prof. Daniel Droixhe) pour la compagnie française FREMEAUX et ASS.

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See detailDans le dédale des Musiques Africaines-Américaines
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Notes du cours " Histoire des Musiques Africaines Américaines, des origines à nos jours" (remise à jour 2015) - cours dispensé depuis 1984

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See detailLe Gevarenwinkel Festival de Herselt
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Compte rendu du Festival Gevarenwinkel à HERSELT les 28 et 29 août 2015 , avec photos

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See detailDiversité des expressions et numérique: du constat à l'action?
Vlassis, Antonios ULg

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Antonios Vlassis nous livre un compte-rendu des débats de la dernière Conférence des Parties à la Convention sur la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles (CDEC) en ... [more ▼]

Antonios Vlassis nous livre un compte-rendu des débats de la dernière Conférence des Parties à la Convention sur la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles (CDEC) en analysant précisément les enjeux liés au numérique et en décortiquant les prises de position exprimées par différents acteurs. [less ▲]

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See detailObserving Jupiter’s polar stratospheric haze with HST/STIS. An HST White Paper
Grodent, Denis ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Nichols, Jonathan D.

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The purpose of this HST white paper is to demonstrate that it is possible to monitor Jupiter’s polar haze with HST/STIS without breaking the ground screening limit for bright objects. This demonstration ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this HST white paper is to demonstrate that it is possible to monitor Jupiter’s polar haze with HST/STIS without breaking the ground screening limit for bright objects. This demonstration rests on a thorough simulation of STIS output from an existing image obtained with HST/WFPC2. It is shown that the STIS NUV-MAMA + F25CIII filter assembly provides a count rate per pixel ~11 times smaller than that obtained for one pixel of WFPC2 WF3 CCD + F218W corresponding filter. This ratio is sufficiently large to cope with the bright solar light scattered by Jupiter’s atmosphere, which was a lesser concern for WFPC2 CCD safety. These STIS images would provide unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution observations of small-scale stratospheric aerosol structures, possibly associated with Jupiter’s complex FUV aurora. [less ▲]

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See detailGouvy Jazz & Blues Festival Août 2015
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Compte rendu du festival BLUES avec photos

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See detailColère des agriculteurs, à qui la faute?
Habran, Maxime ULg

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Depuis le début de l’été, la colère gronde du côté des agriculteurs et pour cause, les prix du lait et de la viande ont atteint des seuils dangereusement bas. Que ce soit en France ou en Belgique, le ... [more ▼]

Depuis le début de l’été, la colère gronde du côté des agriculteurs et pour cause, les prix du lait et de la viande ont atteint des seuils dangereusement bas. Que ce soit en France ou en Belgique, le combat est le même. Les agriculteurs veulent des prix plus élevés pour la viande et pour le lait car actuellement ceux-ci sont inférieurs aux coûts de production. Cette note a pour objectif de répondre à trois questions : d’où vient la crise, quelles sont les solutions et les mesures prises sont-elles suffisantes ? [less ▲]

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See detailLa gestation chez les petits camélidés d'Amérique du Sud : physiologie, constat et pathologie
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Cucho Dolmos, Hernan; Ampuero Casquino, Enrique et al

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See detailDoes formal child care availability for 0-3 year olds boost mothers' employment rate? Panel data based evidence from Belgium
Dujardin, Claire; Fonder, Muriel; Lejeune, Bernard ULg

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In 2003, a new multi-annual program aimed at increasing the availability of formal child care for 0-3 year old children was launched in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. This paper is ... [more ▼]

In 2003, a new multi-annual program aimed at increasing the availability of formal child care for 0-3 year old children was launched in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. This paper is interested in evaluating if this increased availability of formal child care resulted in a higher employment rate for women with at least one child under 3. To this end, we use a difference-in-differences approach based on municipality-level panel data, taking advantage of the fact that the increase in availability of formal child care differed greatly across municipalities. We find that the raise in child care availability significantly increased the maternal employment rate, but to a lesser extent than expected, most likely because of a substantial crowding-out effect. [less ▲]

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See detailThe French language runs throughout the world
Morato, Nicola ULg; Gaunt, Simon

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See detailFrom Constrained Delaunay Triangulations to Roadmap Graphs with Arbitrary Clearance
Lens, Stéphane ULg; Boigelot, Bernard ULg

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This work studies path planning in two-dimensional space, in the presence of polygonal obstacles. We specifically address the problem of building a roadmap graph, that is, an abstract representation of ... [more ▼]

This work studies path planning in two-dimensional space, in the presence of polygonal obstacles. We specifically address the problem of building a roadmap graph, that is, an abstract representation of all the paths that can potentially be followed around a given set of obstacles. Our solution consists in an original refinement algorithm for constrained Delaunay triangulations, aimed at generating a roadmap graph suited for planning paths with arbitrary clearance. In other words, a minimum distance to the obstacles can be specified, and the graph does not have to be recomputed if this distance is modified. Compared to other solutions, our approach has the advantage of being simpler, as well as significantly more efficient. [less ▲]

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See detailLes biotechnologies de la reproduction des petits camélidés sud-américains
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Cucho Dolmo, Hernan; Ampuero Casquino, Enrique et al

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See detailGarantir la légalité et assurer la traçabilité. Deux piliers de la mise en oeuvre de l'APV-FLEGT.
Moumbogou, Carl; Meunier, Quentin; Bracke, Charles et al

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See detailLes forêts communautaires et l'APV-FLEGT au Gabon
Moumbogou, Carl; Meunier, Quentin; Mvou Biyogo, T. et al

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Promu par l’Union européenne depuis 2003, le plan d’action FLEGT propose une approche novatrice de lutte contre l’exploitation illégale des forêts, en établissant un lien entre l’amélioration de la ... [more ▼]

Promu par l’Union européenne depuis 2003, le plan d’action FLEGT propose une approche novatrice de lutte contre l’exploitation illégale des forêts, en établissant un lien entre l’amélioration de la gouvernance dans les pays producteurs et l’accès au marché de l’UE. Ce plan concerne tous les titres forestiers, dont les forêts communautaires. Ces dernières ont été désignées au Gabon comme source légale de bois à la faveur des négociations d’un APVFLEGT avec l’UE. Dès lors, et afin de stabiliser le système qui sera mis en place, il est nécessaire de préparer des outils adaptés permettant d’articuler le FLEGT et les forêts communautaires. [less ▲]

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See detailBayesian inference in an extended SEIR model with nonparametric disease transmission rate: an application to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone
Frasso, Gianluca ULg; Lambert, Philippe ULg

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The 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is analyzed using an extension of the SEIR compartmental model. The unknown parameters of the system of differential equations are estimated by combining data on ... [more ▼]

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is analyzed using an extension of the SEIR compartmental model. The unknown parameters of the system of differential equations are estimated by combining data on the number of new (laboratory confirmed) Ebola cases reported by the Ministry of Health and prior distributions for the transition rates elicited using information collected by the WHO Response Team (2014) during the follow-up of specific Ebola cases. The evolution over time of the disease transmission rate is modeled nonparametrically using penalized B-splines. Our framework represents a valuable and robust stochastic tool for the study of an epidemic dynamic from irregular and possibly aggregated case data. Simulations and the analysis of the 2014 Sierra Leone Ebola data highlight the merits of the proposed methodology. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cycle sexuel de la femelle des petits camélidés sud-américains
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Cucho Dolmos, Hernan; Ampuero Casquino, Enrique et al

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See detailQue produit l'entreprise d'économie sociale
Mertens de Wilmars, Sybille ULg; Marée, Michel ULg

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See detailAura
Durand, Pascal ULg

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Entrée du Lexique Socius sur le concept d'Aura chez Walter Benjamin

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See detailAnatomie de l'appareil génital femelle des petits camélidés sud-américains
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Cucho Dolmos, Hernan; Amupero Casquino, Enrique et al

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See detailOptimal Enforcement of Competition Policy: The Commitments Procedure under Uncertainty
Gautier, Axel ULg; Petit, Nicolas ULg

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Since the introduction of a commitments procedure in EU antitrust policy (Article 9 of Council Regulation 1/2003), the European Commission has extensively settled cases of alleged anticompetitive ... [more ▼]

Since the introduction of a commitments procedure in EU antitrust policy (Article 9 of Council Regulation 1/2003), the European Commission has extensively settled cases of alleged anticompetitive practices. In this paper, we use a formal model of law enforcement (Bebchuk, 1984; Shavell, 1988) to identify the optimal procedure to resolve cases in a context of uncertainty related to the law (L-uncertainty) and to the facts (F-uncertainty). We show that commitments are suboptimal when L-uncertainty is high. Furthermore, the generalized use of commitments creates an additional risk of under-enforcement when F-uncertainty is significant. [less ▲]

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See detailTheories of Self-Preferencing Under Article 102 TFEU: A Reply to Bo Vesterdorf
Petit, Nicolas ULg

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See detailPasseport santé pour bananier
Massart, Sébastien ULg

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See detailLes droits fondamentaux, une substance malléable pour le juge? Propos sur la "dématérialisation" des droits fondamentaux
Rosoux, Géraldine ULg

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Ce texte contient un résumé de la thèse de doctorat de l'auteur; il est disponible en ligne: http://www.justice-en-ligne.be/article706.html.

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See detailThe crucial role of HST during the NASA Juno mission: a “Juno initiative”
Grodent, Denis ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

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In 2016, the NASA Juno spacecraft will initiate its one-year mission around Jupiter and become the first probe to explore the polar regions of Jupiter. The HST UV instruments (STIS and ACS) can greatly ... [more ▼]

In 2016, the NASA Juno spacecraft will initiate its one-year mission around Jupiter and become the first probe to explore the polar regions of Jupiter. The HST UV instruments (STIS and ACS) can greatly contribute to the success of the Juno mission by providing key complementary views of Jupiter’s UV aurora from Earth orbit. Juno carries an ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS) and an infrared spectral mapper (JIRAM) that will obtain high-resolution spectral images providing the auroral counterpart to Juno’s in situ particles and fields measurements with the plasma JADE and JEDI particle detectors. The Juno mission will be the first opportunity to measure simultaneously the energetic particles at high latitude and the auroral emissions they produce. Following programmatic and technical limitations, the amount of UVS data transmitted to Earth will be severely restricted. Therefore, it is of extreme importance that HST captures as much additional information as possible on Jupiter’s UV aurora during the one-year life of the Juno mission. This white paper is a plea for a “Juno initiative” that will ensure that a sufficient number of orbits is allocated to this unique solar system mission. [less ▲]

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See detailApproche agroforestière. Synthèse des travaux menés par le projet DACEFI2 en agroforesterie. Document de capitalisation.
Boldrini, Sylvie; Meunier, Quentin; Boukouendji, Basile et al

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Le projet DACEFI-2 a eu pour mission première la promotion de la foresterie communautaire comme outil de développement des communautés rurales. L’approche au Gabon en matière de gestion des terroirs ... [more ▼]

Le projet DACEFI-2 a eu pour mission première la promotion de la foresterie communautaire comme outil de développement des communautés rurales. L’approche au Gabon en matière de gestion des terroirs villageois s’est voulue plus embrassante, promouvant en sus de l’exploitation forestière des activités comme l’agriculture, le maraîchage, la collecte des produits forestiers non ligneux ou encore l’agroforesterie. L’agroforesterie est une thématique qui converge parfaitement avec la gestion raisonnée de la forêt, et idéalement avec les modes d’interaction préexistants des villageois avec celle-ci. Concilier dans un même espace la culture de plantes vivrières et l’accès à des arbres à fort intérêt socio-économique apporte une plus-value notoire aux parcelles cultivées. L’optimisation des techniques culturales permet une meilleure productivité et une incitation à la sédentarisation des cultures, élément important à considérer compte tenu des difficultés d’entretien des parcelles éloignées du village (notamment liées aux dégâts causés par les animaux). Ce recueil compile les travaux réalisés en agroforesterie par les équipes du projet DACEFI-2. Il rappelle la stratégie d’intervention et les différentes activités menées, de la sensibilisation auprès des plus jeunes à la promotion de certains produits forestiers non ligneux à potentiel économique avéré. La promotion de l’arbre, de la récolte de la graine jusqu’à sa plantation en passant par sa mise en pépinière aura également animé toute l’équipe durant ces années d’exercice, afin de faire un peu plus valoir ses multiples intérêts et susciter les efforts de gestion, de conservation et de reboisement. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficient Path Interpolation and Speed Profile Computation for Nonholonomic Mobile Robots
Lens, Stéphane ULg; Boigelot, Bernard ULg

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This paper studies path synthesis for nonholonomic mobile robots moving in two-dimensional space. We first address the problem of interpolating paths expressed as sequences of straight line segments, such ... [more ▼]

This paper studies path synthesis for nonholonomic mobile robots moving in two-dimensional space. We first address the problem of interpolating paths expressed as sequences of straight line segments, such as those produced by some planning algorithms, into smooth curves that can be followed without stopping. Our solution has the advantage of being simpler than other existing approaches, and has a low computational cost that allows a real-time implementation. It produces discretized paths on which curvature and variation of curvature are bounded at all points, and preserves obstacle clearance. Then, we consider the problem of computing a time-optimal speed profile for such paths. We introduce an algorithm that solves this problem in linear time, and that is able to take into account a broader class of physical constraints than other solutions. Our contributions have been implemented and evaluated in the framework of the Eurobot contest. [less ▲]

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See detailAccess to Electoral Rights Bolivia
Zegada, Maria Teresa; Lafleur, Jean-Michel ULg

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The issue of passive and active electoral rights in Bolivia has gone through various phases that are examined in details in this article. Universal suffrage in Bolivia occurred around the same time as in ... [more ▼]

The issue of passive and active electoral rights in Bolivia has gone through various phases that are examined in details in this article. Universal suffrage in Bolivia occurred around the same time as in most states in that region: in the middle of the 20th century. The next wave of reforms occurred during the 1980s when dictatorships were removed from power. At that time, processes of democratization intensified in Bolivia and other parts of Latin America, eventually leading to the progressive strengthening of democratic institutions. It is really during the 1990s and early 2000s that the most important democratic transformations occurred. Major institutional reforms were passed during this period in particular to increase the participation of women and indigenous peoples in public affairs. The inclusion of the principles of gender equality and interculturality in the new constitution of 2009 is one of the clearest sign of this new approach. Similarly, another sector of the Bolivian population that had been traditionally prevented from exercising political rights. that is, Bolivians residing abroad have been closely attended to by the Evo Morales government since 2006. After the first external voting experience in 2009, the system was once again reformed to enable greater participation from abroad in the 2014 presidential election. These elements confirm that the extension of political rights in Bolivia is a process that has gone trough major changes over the past two decades but remains a work in process. [less ▲]

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See detailPrélèvement, analyse et conservation du sperme du mâle des petits camélidés sud-américains
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Cucho Dolmos, Hernan; Ampuero Casquino, Enrique et al

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See detailSome misunderstood or unknown tricks (XIII) (LaTeX)
Merciadri, Luca ULg

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We will here again consider many tips and tricks. This time, they will mostly come from Glad Deschrijver, TeX Tricks, 2011. (http://users.ugent.be/~gdschrij/LaTeX/textricks.html.) Tricks: vertically ... [more ▼]

We will here again consider many tips and tricks. This time, they will mostly come from Glad Deschrijver, TeX Tricks, 2011. (http://users.ugent.be/~gdschrij/LaTeX/textricks.html.) Tricks: vertically aligned itemize environments, allowing linebreaks after comma in math mode, writing under and over elements, and using stacks, footnotes with a new number at each section, footnotes in tabular, splitting algorithm environments on multiple pages, let " produce opening/closing quotation marks, indenting some text but not the first line, using diagonal dots positioned according to the opposite diagonal, using a centered verbatim environment, drawing a table with dashed lines, shaded cells and arrows pointing at a row and a column, correct spacing around square brackets (used for sets) in math mode. [less ▲]

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See detailSome misunderstood or unknown LaTeX tricks (XIV) and LaTeX learning curve
Merciadri, Luca ULg

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We will here give three tricks: i. using a personalized \overline, ii. boxing every digit of an integer, iii. using \scalebox. I will then expose my point of view about the LaTeX learning curve, and give ... [more ▼]

We will here give three tricks: i. using a personalized \overline, ii. boxing every digit of an integer, iii. using \scalebox. I will then expose my point of view about the LaTeX learning curve, and give some of the most common beginners’ mistakes. [less ▲]

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See detailSome misunderstood or unknown LaTeX tricks (XV)
Merciadri, Luca ULg

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After having looked at about 150 StackExchange pages of 50 topics (that sums up to about 7500 topics’ names), I give you, in this article and in the next issue, the most interesting topics’ answers to my ... [more ▼]

After having looked at about 150 StackExchange pages of 50 topics (that sums up to about 7500 topics’ names), I give you, in this article and in the next issue, the most interesting topics’ answers to my eyes. We will first begin by two additions in regard to 31(3), 32(1). [less ▲]

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See detailSome misunderstood or unknown LaTeX tricks (XVI)
Merciadri, Luca ULg

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This is the second (and last) part of the tricks I found on StackExchange. First part began in the preceding issue. We will begin by a personal trick, and end by some inquiry about my LaTeX Tips & Tricks.

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See detailImportance et rôle de l’investissement…
Choffray, Jean-Marie ULg

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Quelques observations et réflexions en réponse à une question qui m’est souvent posée sur l’importance et le rôle des investisseurs. Ces « Charognards », particulièrement visés au cours des périodes de ... [more ▼]

Quelques observations et réflexions en réponse à une question qui m’est souvent posée sur l’importance et le rôle des investisseurs. Ces « Charognards », particulièrement visés au cours des périodes de tension géopolitique, de populisme ou de débauche monétaire, semblables à celle que nous vivons aujourd’hui. Ma réponse en peu de mots : les investisseurs sont des défenseurs de la valeur du travail par temps calme et des vigies dans la tempête ! [less ▲]

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See detailDocuments as a source of information; Tabular packages' purposes, conflicts; Same space in matrices; Logic inferences
Merciadri, Luca ULg

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The various aspects of the title are considered.

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See detailSome misunderstood or unknown tricks (X) (LaTeX)
Merciadri, Luca ULg

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This is the 10th edition of my `Tips & Tricks.' This time, we shall first see how to write `dancing text,' roman numerals, how to draw under and over braces on same elements, and how to display aligned ... [more ▼]

This is the 10th edition of my `Tips & Tricks.' This time, we shall first see how to write `dancing text,' roman numerals, how to draw under and over braces on same elements, and how to display aligned (in)equations systems. We will then end by discussing on BibLaTeX and Biber, which constitute a promising alternative to BibTeX. [less ▲]

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See detailSome misunderstood or unknown tricks (XI) (LaTeX) and encoding issues (II)
Merciadri, Luca ULg

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Three subjects will be detailed: 1. Using LaTeX syntax as an unambiguous way to communicate, 2. Writing a bold \ell, 3. Fonts' encodings.

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See detailEntretien avec Kathryn Batchelor
Oumarou Mal Mazou, Rachid ULg

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See detailTransnational Health Insurance Schemes: A New Avenue for Congolese Immigrants in Belgium to Care for Their Relatives’ Health from Abroad?
Lafleur, Jean-Michel ULg; Lizin, Olivier

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What can immigrants do for non-migrant relatives in their home country who need healthcare they cannot afford? To answer this question, we first examine four existing methods that can be found in the ... [more ▼]

What can immigrants do for non-migrant relatives in their home country who need healthcare they cannot afford? To answer this question, we first examine four existing methods that can be found in the existing literature: mobility, remittances, workers’ health insurance and diasporic health insurance. In the second part of the paper, we discuss an innovative strategy called “transnational health insurance” (THI). These insurance schemes are set up by immigrants in cooperation with a multitude of actors including health insurance companies in destination countries and healthcare providers in countries origin. THIs offer health coverage to non-migrant relatives in the home country based on a premium paid directly by immigrants to the insurance company in their country of residence. Analyzing the creation and implementation of Belgian-Congolese THIs, we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these schemes in responding to the needs of both immigrants and their non-migrant relatives. The article concludes with a discussion on the specificities of THIs as hybrid forms of remittances. [less ▲]

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See detailPropriété coopérative et acceptabilité sociale de l’éolien terrestre
Bauwens, Thomas ULg

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Onshore wind power development in Belgium has provoked considerable opposition at the local level. To cope with this issue, wind power cooperatives seem to present important assets. This article explores ... [more ▼]

Onshore wind power development in Belgium has provoked considerable opposition at the local level. To cope with this issue, wind power cooperatives seem to present important assets. This article explores the reasons why these organizations are likely to enhance social acceptability of this technology. Then it confronts these normative assumptions with empirical data. The results of this analysis confirm the positive effect of cooperative ownership on the social acceptability of onshore wind turbines. [less ▲]

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See detailA semiparametric model for Generalized Pareto regression based on a dimension reduction assumption
Hambuckers, julien ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg; Lopez, Olivier

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In this paper, we consider a regression model in which the tail of the conditional distribution of the response can be approximated by a Generalized Pareto distribution. Our model is based on a ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we consider a regression model in which the tail of the conditional distribution of the response can be approximated by a Generalized Pareto distribution. Our model is based on a semiparametric single-index assumption on the conditional tail index; while no further assumption on the conditional scale parameter is made. The underlying dimension reduction assumption allows the procedure to be of prime interest in the case where the dimension of the covariates is high, in which case the purely nonparametric techniques fail while the purely parametric ones are too rough to correctly fit to the data. We derive asymptotic normality of the estimators that we define, and propose an iterative algorithm in order to perform their practical implementation. Our results are supported by some simulations and a practical application on a public database of operational losses. [less ▲]

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See detailMachine Learning to Balance the Load in Parallel Branch-and-Bound
Marcos Alvarez, Alejandro ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg; Louveaux, Quentin ULg

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We describe in this paper a new approach to parallelize branch-and-bound on a certain number of processors. We propose to split the optimization of the original problem into the optimization of several ... [more ▼]

We describe in this paper a new approach to parallelize branch-and-bound on a certain number of processors. We propose to split the optimization of the original problem into the optimization of several subproblems that can be optimized separately with the goal that the amount of work that each processor carries out is balanced between the processors, while achieving interesting speedups. The main innovation of our approach consists in the use of machine learning to create a function able to estimate the difficulty (number of nodes) of a subproblem of the original problem. We also present a set of features that we developed in order to characterize the encountered subproblems. These features are used as input of the function learned with machine learning in order to estimate the difficulty of a subproblem. The estimates of the numbers of nodes are then used to decide how to partition the original optimization tree into a given number of subproblems, and to decide how to distribute them among the available processors. The experiments that we carry out show that our approach succeeds in balancing the amount of work between the processors, and that interesting speedups can be achieved with little effort. [less ▲]

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See detailComment retracer les impacts des projets sur la sécurité alimentaire par la construction d'une chaîne réaliste de LISA 1 à Cobly ?
Tohinlo, Yecy ULg

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Cette note vise à montrer à partir d’un exemple comment retracer une chaine d’effets complexes vers un impact, ici l’amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire des ménages. Elle met en application les ... [more ▼]

Cette note vise à montrer à partir d’un exemple comment retracer une chaine d’effets complexes vers un impact, ici l’amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire des ménages. Elle met en application les principes généraux de l’évaluation réaliste. [less ▲]

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See detailQue veut dire FLEGT ? Et pourquoi au Gabon ?
Moumbogou, Carl; Meunier, Quentin; Mvou Biyogo, T. et al

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See detailA branch-and-price algorithm for 2-period vehicle routing problems
Crama, Yves ULg; Rezaei Sadrabadi, Mahmood ULg; Van Woensel, Tom

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We consider a Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) with deterministic orders in two periods from a set of stores. Orders in period 1 (2) can be postponed (advanced) to the other period but any diversion from the ... [more ▼]

We consider a Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) with deterministic orders in two periods from a set of stores. Orders in period 1 (2) can be postponed (advanced) to the other period but any diversion from the initial orders incurs a penalty. From the perspective of a Logistics Service Provider (LSP), such diversions could be beneficial if savings in the routing costs outweigh the penalties. So could they be from a store's view, as the store can set a high enough penalty to compensate the diversion from its own optimal orders. In this paper, we introduce a new model where we seek a better solution for the LSP, compared to solving two independent VRPs with fixed orders, by allowing orders to be fully postponed or advanced. We apply a branch-and-price algorithm to solve this model to optimality. Many cutting-edge techniques are implemented to have an efficient branch-and-price algorithm, and two ideas to possibly improve the upper bound are tested. We draw algorithmic and managerial insights based on our test instances. [less ▲]

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See detailInvesting in the Future
Pahud de Mortanges, Charles ULg

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This paper attempts to address the challenges of how to invest in Synthetic Biology firms, most of which are relatively new start-ups and unprofitable. Valuing an early-stage firm with only a brief ... [more ▼]

This paper attempts to address the challenges of how to invest in Synthetic Biology firms, most of which are relatively new start-ups and unprofitable. Valuing an early-stage firm with only a brief operating history, little or no operating profit (or even revenue), and an immature and untested business model, could be a formidable challenge. We propose a limited number of quantitative, and a larger number of qualitative criteria. An investor may consider these when faced with analyzing a new untried business, but one he/she believes has considerable potential for success in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the nature of cosmological time
Magain, Pierre ULg; Hauret, Clémentine ULg

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Time is a parameter playing a central role in our most fundamental modeling of natural laws. Relativity theory shows that the comparison of times measured by different clocks depends on their relative ... [more ▼]

Time is a parameter playing a central role in our most fundamental modeling of natural laws. Relativity theory shows that the comparison of times measured by different clocks depends on their relative motions and on the strength of the gravitational field in which they are embedded. In standard cosmology, the time parameter is the one measured by fundamental clocks, i.e. clocks at rest with respect to the expanding space. This proper time is assumed to flow at a constant rate throughout the whole history of the Universe. We make the alternative hypothesis that the rate at which cosmological time flows depends on the dynamical state of the Universe. In thermodynamics, the arrow of time is strongly related to the second law, which states that the entropy of an isolated system will always increase with time or, at best, stay constant. Hence, we assume that time measured by fundamental clocks is proportional to the entropy of the region of the Universe that is causally connected to them. Under that simple assumption, we build a cosmological model that explains the Type Ia Supernovae data (the best cosmological standard candles) without the need for exotic dark matter nor dark energy. [less ▲]

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See detailSequential testing of k-out-of-n systems with imperfect tests
Wenchao, Wei; Coolen, Kris ULg; Talla Nobibon, Fabrice et al

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A k-out-of-n system configuration requires that, for the overall system to be functional, at least k out of the total of n components be working. We consider the problem of sequentially testing the ... [more ▼]

A k-out-of-n system configuration requires that, for the overall system to be functional, at least k out of the total of n components be working. We consider the problem of sequentially testing the components of a k-out-of-n system in order to learn the state of the system, when the tests are costly and when the individual component tests are imperfect, which means that a test can identify a component as working when in reality it is down, and vice versa. Each component is tested at most once. Since tests are imperfect, even when all components are tested the state of the system is not necessarily known with certainty, and so reaching a lower bound on the probability of correctness of the system state is used as a stopping criterion for the inspection. We define different classes of inspection policies and we examine global optimality of each of the classes. We find that a globally optimal policy for diagnosing k-out-of-n systems with imperfect tests can be found in polynomial time when the predictive error probabilities are the same for all the components. Of the three policy classes studied, the dominant policies always contain a global optimum, while elementary policies are compact in representation. The newly introduced class of so-called `interrupted block-walking' policies combines these merits of global optimality and of compactness. [less ▲]

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See detailLacunary wavelet series on Cantor sets
Esser, Céline ULg

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We construct functions with prescribed multifractal spectra which satisfy the leaders profile method.

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See detailPolicy dialogue: What it is and how it can contribute to evidence-informed decision-making.
Rajan, D; El Husseiny, D; Porignon, Denis ULg et al

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See detailDoes sector-specific experience matter? The case of European higher education ministers
Lefebvre, Mathieu ULg; Jacqmin, Julien

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This paper looks at the relationship between higher education ministers and the performance of the sector that they govern. Using an original panel dataset with the characteristics of European higher ... [more ▼]

This paper looks at the relationship between higher education ministers and the performance of the sector that they govern. Using an original panel dataset with the characteristics of European higher education ministers, we find that having a past experience in the sector leads to a higher level of performance, as measured by ranking data. Making a parallel with the literature about the impact of education on the educated, we discuss potential explanations behind the impact of this on-the-job learning experience. As we find that this characteristic has no impact on the spendings of the sector, we argue that this academic experience makes them more prone to introduce adequate reforms. Furthermore, we find that this result is driven by ministers with both this sector-specific and an electoral experience, the latter measured by a succesful election at the regional or national level. This tends to show that political credibility should not be overshadowed by the importance of the sector-specific experience of ministers. [less ▲]

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See detailPERFORMANCE ET INVENTION. LE LABORATOIRE DE L’EXPERIENCE ESTHETIQUE
Hagelstein, Maud ULg

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Lorsqu’il cherche à qualifier l’époque de l’art dans laquelle nous baignons actuellement, le philosophe Jacques Rancière parle d’un régime pour lequel l’expérience esthétique serait déterminante ... [more ▼]

Lorsqu’il cherche à qualifier l’époque de l’art dans laquelle nous baignons actuellement, le philosophe Jacques Rancière parle d’un régime pour lequel l’expérience esthétique serait déterminante : sensible (par définition) et prise dans un rapport paradoxal de continuité et d’exception avec l’expérience commune. Le régime esthétique de l’art – celui qui affecte les productions artistiques contemporaines – signerait notamment l’effacement des spécificités des arts (et l’abandon du régime très hiérarchisé des Beaux-Arts) au profit d’une expérience sensible commune à toutes les formes d’expression artistiques . Le propre de l’art serait donc de faire vivre à son spectateur une telle expérience, qui toucherait directement ses sens et son imagination. Une expérience dont la tonalité particulière serait directement reconnaissable. Une expérience en excès par rapport à ses habitudes et qui le ferait basculer progressivement dans le domaine si singulier de l’art. On voudrait ici défendre l’idée suivante : la performance artistique semble l’une des animatrices principales de ce régime contemporain en tant qu’elle vise à dégager – au-delà des particularismes des médias d’expression – un territoire très large (un laboratoire) d’expérimentation pour l’art. À travers leurs propositions, les artistes performeurs ne produisent pas des œuvres d’art (c’est-à-dire des produits finis), ils montrent le travail de la créativité à l’œuvre. [less ▲]

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See detailSocial Enterprise in Belgium: A Diversity of Roots, Models and Fields
Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg

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This working paper is structured as follows. The first introductory section reviews the main historical roots that have led to the emergence of a diversity of models related to social enterprise and the ... [more ▼]

This working paper is structured as follows. The first introductory section reviews the main historical roots that have led to the emergence of a diversity of models related to social enterprise and the social economy in Belgium. Next, the second section sketches the main features of these models in terms of legal forms, types of social missions addressed, governance dynamics and resources. In the third section, these models are then illustrated in different fields of activity both established and emerging. Finally, the fourth section proposes a transversal analysis of the main trends and challenges facing the development and coexistence of the different models. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical analysis and alternative processing of Type Ia supernovae data
Hauret, Clémentine ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg

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Context: Type Ia Supernovae (SNIa) observations in the late 90’s were the first hints for an accelerated expansion of our Universe. Today, hundreds of objects have been observed and seem to confirm the ... [more ▼]

Context: Type Ia Supernovae (SNIa) observations in the late 90’s were the first hints for an accelerated expansion of our Universe. Today, hundreds of objects have been observed and seem to confirm the flat LambdaCDM model as the cosmological model best representing our Universe. Aims: We study the SNIa observations gathered in the Union 2.1 and in the JLA compilations. By analyzing correlations and different ways of comparing cosmological models to the data, we bring to light some statistical biases, due to the current way of computing SNIa luminosity corrections for light-curve shape, color and host galaxy mass. Methods: We suggest an alternative, safer and model-independent methodology to calibrate the luminosity corrections, using only nearby SNIa. Results: With our recalibrated data, biases are strongly reduced. Moreover, open cosmological models are shown to be favoured over flat models (Omega_m,0 = 0.26+-0.08, Omega_Lambda,0 = 0.66+-0.12 for the SCP compilation and Omega_m,0 = 0.20+-0.08, Omega_Lambda,0 = 0.56+- 0.13 for the JLA one). Conclusions: The usual method to process SNIa data, i.e. simultaneously determining the parameters of the cosmological model and of the luminosity corrections on the full sample, is prone to bias the data in favour of the assumed cosmology, currently a flat LambdaCDM model, as well as to bias the cosmological parameters of the assumed model. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-renewable and intermittent renewable energy sources: friends and foes?
baranes, edmond; Jacqmin, Julien ULg; poudou, jean-christophe

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This paper studies the links between non-renewable and intermittent renewable energy sources in the production of electricity. We argue that the relationship between the price of natural gas and ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the links between non-renewable and intermittent renewable energy sources in the production of electricity. We argue that the relationship between the price of natural gas and investments in solar and wind capacity is represented by a bell-shaped curve, as opposed to being linear. Hence, for relatively low natural gas prices, the two modes of production are substitutes. After a price threshold is reached, the two are complementary. A theoretical model explains this as the trade-off resulting from two forces: the input price differential of these two modes of production and the risks related to the unpredictable nature of renewable energy. Using U.S. state-level data from 1998 to 2012, we find that this relationship is robust to various empirical specifications. [less ▲]

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See detailLa locura como compromiso : Un Quijote actual
Francois, Jeromine ULg

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See detailLe Petit Bottin des Lettres et des Arts : discours et effets d’une topographie fin de siècle
Saint-Amand, Denis ULg

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Publication des actes de la journée d'étude de la SERD (2011), supervisée par J.-L. Diaz et J.-D. Wagneur

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See detailWork Capacity and Longer Working Lives in Belgium
Jousten, Alain ULg; Lefebvre, Mathieu ULg

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We explore the link between health indicators and employment rates of the population aged 55 or more. Our focus lies on work capacity as a key determinant of employment. Using cohort mortality information ... [more ▼]

We explore the link between health indicators and employment rates of the population aged 55 or more. Our focus lies on work capacity as a key determinant of employment. Using cohort mortality information as a proxy for overall health outcomes, we establish a substantial untapped work capacity in the population 55+. Similar results are obtained when relying on individual-level objective and subjective health and socioeconomic parameters as predictors. [less ▲]

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See detail3-dimensional Continued Fraction Algorithms Cheat Sheets
Labbé, Sébastien ULg

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