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|| (2012-01-01) The Commission's agenda: an analysis of changing policy attention of the European Commission from 1995-2012|
This thesis is concerned with the changes in the agenda of the European Commission. Using a
newly created coding scheme, inspired by the Policy Agendas Project combined with lists of
Commission portfolios and Directorates-General, natural sentences of all work programmes from
1995until 2012 are coded. This data is used to track changes in policy attention during the period from
1995-2012. A detailed description is given of the changes found in four specific policy areas:
|| (2012-01-01) Market timing, taxes and capital structure: evidence from Vietnam|
Nguyen Van, Thanh
This study examines the impact of market timing and tax reform on capital structure of Vietnamese firms by using a sample of 297 non-financial initial public offerings over the period from 2006 to 2010. Models of leverage and change in leverage are applied within which hot market dummy variable is used to capture market timing and effective tax rate is used to capture corporate income tax rate change, controlling for the influence of firm-level factors and industry fixed effects. There is no evi....................
|| (2012-01-01) De ontwikkeling van een internationalisatiestrategie|
In opdracht van X is een onderzoek uitgevoerd naar de te kiezen internationalisatiestrategie inzake de toetreding tot de internationale markt voor groepenkasten. De focus binnen dit onderzoek zal liggen op toetreding tot de Belgische markt. Binnen dit onderzoek worden de kansen en mogelijkheden die toetreding tot de Belgische markt geeft besproken. De onderneming is een elektrotechnische groothandel die zich voornamelijk richt op het aanbieden van montageklare groepenkasten voor huis- en (kleine....................
|| (2012-01-01) Quiescent transition systems|
Quiescence is a fundamental concept in modelling system behaviour, as it explicitly represents
the fact that, in certain system states, no output is provided by the system. The notion of
quiescence is also essential to model-based testing: if a particular implementation under test
does not provide any output, then the test evaluation algorithm must decide whether to allow
this behaviour, or not. A Suspension Automaton (SA) is a kind of labelled transition system
in which observations of qui....................
|| (2012-01-01) The post-anaesthetic care unit of Mount Sinai Hospital : process improvement challenges and opportunities|
The Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) of Mount Sinai Hospital struggles with a long length of stay of patients in the PACU. A possible explanation is that it is not clear to the staff members when a patient is ready to go to the Inpatient Unit. This results in many uncertainties from the time the nurse records the time ready to the moment the bay is clean and ready to receive a new patient. The focus of this research is the time the inpatients wait to be transferred to the IP-unit (time ....................
|| (2012-01-01) Sharding Spotify search|
We rationalise and describe a prototype implementation of a term sharded full text
search architecture. The system's requirements are based on the use case of searching
for music in the Spotify catalogue. We benchmark the system using non-synthethic data
gathered from Spotify's infrastructure.
|| (2012-01-01) Model for scheduling multi-skilled personnel at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology|
Geerts, Bibianne C.B.
This study is performed at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology in Enschede. It is a self-operating department within Medisch Spectrum Twente where the functioning of the central and peripheral nervous system is examined by lab assistants. Within the department there is a need for improving the process of creating the personnel schedule, since the schedule is currently made manually by a lab assistant, which is time-consuming and complex.
The purpose of this study is to investigate whethe....................
|| (2012-01-01) SeDyA: secure dynamic aggregation in VANETs|
Heijden van der, Rens W.
In Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs), the ultimate goal is to let vehicles communicate by exchanging
messages through wireless networks to provide safety, tra�c e�ciency and entertainment applications. Aggregation
of information in these messages contributes to this goal by reducing the bandwidth requirements
that prevent applications from disseminating messages over a large area. Aggregation will allow applications
to exchange high quality summaries of the current status in a speci�c....................
|| (2012-01-01) The user effects of using textual cues to increase image viewing attention|
Textual cues are commonly used in illustrated text documents to link content written in words with relevant
content depicted in illustrations. Cues could potentially bene�t learning from illustrated text documents by
encouraging the simultaneous presence of textual and pictorial information in readers' working memory and
thus, help readers gain an integrated understanding of the presented concepts. However, little is known of the
e�ect of textual cues on learning and reading behaviour. H....................
|| (2012-01-01) Hierarchical gestures: ggestural shortcuts for touchscreen devices|
The aim of this project was to evaluate whether hierarchical gestures are
a usable interaction technique. Hierarchical gestures are a technique to
construct a gesture set for touchscreen devices that I propose in this report.
The gestures of the vocabulary are constructed by chaining primitives, for
instance Call and Frieder, to the command Call Frieder. These primitives
are assigned with gestures. A command is invoked by a concatenation of the
gestures that are assigned to the primitives ....................
|| (2012-01-01) A persistent functional language for concurrent transaction processing|
In this thesis we investigate the construction of transaction processing systems using
functional programming languages. The traditional method for the construction of a
transaction processing system is to use a database management system (DBMS) together
with a general purpose programming language (GPPL). However working with a
DBMS from a GPPL is difficult due to the impedance mismatch, and this model limits
the potential concurrency of the system as a whole. We have developed a prototype ....................
|| (2012-01-01) School absenteeism due to illness in late adolescents with mild intellectual disability: prevalence and associations with health status|
Stollenga, D. ( Daniëlle)
This study examines school absenteeism rates due to illness, and the role of health status in school absenteeism due to illness among adolescents with mild intellectual disability at special education and schools for practical training.
Adolescents with mild intellectual disability at special education and schools for practical training were selected (n=313). School absenteeism due to illness in the past 6 months among adolescents was reported by parents and school super....................
|| (2012-01-01) Enterprise knowledge : reference architecture for visualization and prototype implementation using Wiki|
Wicaksono, Sulistyo Unggul
In this information-rich era, knowledge plays an important role for organizations. The challenge is not only of having the right knowledge, but also of making relevant knowledge actionable. In organizations having knowledge generated from problem-solving interactions, management and accommodation of that knowledge play an important role. Repeated process of regulating and advancing IT support that is available or prepared to be made available for an organization is called management of enterpris....................
|| (2012-01-01) Supramolecular Double-Comb Diblock Copolymers|
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The supervisor and/or the author did not authorize public publication of the thesis.
|| (2012-01-01) Sex differences in autonomic event-related cardiac responses (ECRs) to positive and negative empathy-evoking pictures|
Schaft, Lutske van der
Empathy is an essential part of normal social functioning. It allows us to tune into how someone else is feeling, or what he/she might be thinking. There is growing evidence that there are sex differences in empathy. It is also known that psychiatric disorders characterized by a lack of empathy (such as autism or the antisocial personality disorder) are far more common among males than among females.
In the present study, healthy male and female students psychology (35 women ....................
|| (2012-01-01) De televisie en de ‘mythe van paniek’. Berichtgeving van het NOS Acht-Uur-Journaal over de brand bij Chemie-Pack in Moerdijk|
Roossien, L. (Lisanne),
In deze masterthese is onderzocht in hoeverre het NOS Acht-Uur-Journaal met hun berichtgeving
over de brand bij Chemie-Pack in Moerdijk heeft bijgedragen aan de ‘mythe van paniek’. Het
onderzoek bestond uit twee delen. Het eerste deel was een inhoudsanalyse van de berichtgeving van
het NOS Acht-Uur-Journaal in de eerste twee weken na de brand. De inhoudsanalyse was een deels
kwantitatief en deels kwalitatieve analyse op programma-, item- en shotniveau. Op basis van deze
analyse zijn de eerst....................
|| (2012-01-01) Zwischen Misstrauen und bedingungsloser Unterstützung: Der deutsche Wiedervereinigungsprozess aus niederländischer Perspektive|
Eisden, W.F. (Willem Frederik) van,
In dieser Arbeit wird die niederländische Meinungsbildung bezüglich des deutschen Wiedervereinigungsprozesses untersucht. Für mich als Autor stellen sich mehrere Fragen, mit deren Beantwortung sich diese Masterarbeit befasst: wie reagierte die niederländische Bevölkerung auf die Entwicklungen im Nachbarland? War sie mehrheitlich für oder gegen eine Wiedervereinigung beider deutscher Staaten? Wie wurde in niederländischen Zeitungen, Zeitschriften und Parteiblättern über den Wiedervereini....................
|| (2012-01-01) Local Ownership in Reconciliation Processes. The Case of the Association of Peasant Workers of Carare in Colombia|
The aim of this research was to measure local ownership in reconciliation processes at the local level. To this end, it examined the case of the Association of Peasant Workers of Carare (ATCC), a local peace initiative in Colombia. Reconciliation is seen as a process that needs to come from within, which is why local ownership is important herein. Furthermore, the study looked at three elements of local ownership: 1) The level of organisation and representativeness of the local actors, 2) The le....................
|| (2012-01-01) Justice in Maluku - Formal and informal justice processes and their role for reconciliation in the aftermath of the 1999-2002 conflict|
Inter-communal conflicts have devastating effects on the population affected and can destabilize a region due to factors such as massive internal displacement and economic decline. Therefore sustainable reconciliation of communities torn apart by violence is a topic feverishly discussed by international as well as national actors. One important factor in the context of reconciliation is the pursuit of justice for both sides, to decrease mutual resentments as well as the potential for renewed con....................
|| (2012-01-01) Monstrative Filmmomente: Der Einfluss der digitalen Technologie auf Ästhetik und Rezeption des Mainstream-Kinos|
This thesis explores how digital visual effects (DVFx) influence not only public appreciation of digital technology in films but also how they bring about a disruptive/disorienting viewing experience. Specific monstrous effects are symptomatic for cinematic powers that have been suppressed within mimesis tradition. Due to technological change these disruptive powers rise again. I analyse the process of technological change in "digital film" and its consequences for perception (vision, stimuli pr....................
|| (2012-01-01) ASSIMILATING ANIME: THE AMERICANIZATION OF JAPANESE CULTURAL PRODUCTS|
Strikkers, H.L. (Hedwig),
This essay investigates the impact of Japanese anime and cultural products on US society. I will argue that anime does not pose a challenge to American entertainment; rather anime is assimilated into American popular culture. Not all anime reaches a mainstream American audience, but the ones that do can be divided into three categories. The first category is fully adapted to suit the American audience (e.g. Ghost is the Shell became The Matrix). The second category already contains American valu....................
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|| (2012-01-01) Personalities and risk taking behaviour|
Since behavioural biologists found evidence that behaviour of individuals is much less flexible than previously thought (R’eale et al. 2007) evolutionary and theoretical biologists developed theories how personalities evolve and how different personality traits coexist in one population (Dingemanse et al. 2010). In this thesis I collect empirical evidence for the model that Wolf et al. 2007 introduced. His model suggests that personality traits are related to differences in risk-taking behavio....................
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