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Many approaches have been proposed to enhance software productivity and reliability. These approaches typically fall into three categories: the engineering approach, the formal approach, and the knowledge-based approach. The optimal gain in software productivity cannot be obtained if one relies on only one of these approaches. Thus, the integration of different approaches has also become a major area of research.
This piece of work began life as a doctoral thesis written at the University of Texas between 1976 and 1978. Now after a year in Dublin it is to become a book. Of the many people in the Department of Linguistics at Texas who shaped my interests and who helped me through the writing of the thesis, I must single out Lee Baker, Lauri Karttunen, Bill Ladusaw, Sue Schmerling and Stanley Peters for special gratitude. All of them have provided specific suggestions which have improved this work, but perhaps more .importantly they provided a uniquely stimulating and harmonious environment in which to work, and a demanding set of professional standards to live up to. To Ken Hale lowe a particular debt of gratitude - for two years of encour- agement and suggestions, and particularly for a set of detailed comments on an earlier version of the book which led to many changes for the better. I also thank my friends Per-Kristian Halvorsen and Elisabet Engdahl, both of whom took the trouble to provide me with detailed criticisms and comments. In Dublin I am grateful to the School of Celtic Studies of the Institute for Advanced Studies for giving me the opportunity of teaching a seminar on many of the topics covered in the book and of exposing the material to people whose knowledge of the language is unequalled. Donal 6 Baoill and Liam Breatnach have been particularly helpful.
"This is highly recommended reading for all model-builders and model-users. CABE News "This book contains a wealth of information, and will be very valuable to anyone who is interested in knowing how macroeoconometric models developed and how they have been used. Journal of the History of Economic Thought" This book will long be valued by macroeconomic model-builders as an indispensable reference source on the development of their craft. It eloquently and thoroughly testifies to the dramatic progress that has taken place over the last fifty years. Patrick Grady, Canadian Journal of Economics "This collaborative volume presents insightful discussions of econometric models and their developments. This authoritative and complete work is a must for anyone concerned with macroeconometric modeling. E. Kacapyr, Choice" Authenticity us thus a major attribute of the book, and guarantees that it will become a permanent and authoritative reference in the history of macroeconometric modeling.... In a generally outstanding book, there are a few particularly strong parts that warrant special mention. The material on intellectual antecedents and on the earliest experiences with model-building in the 1930s and '40s is exceptionally well done.... What really sings, however, is Anton Barten's chapter on the Dutch experience which itself spans the entire period 1936-1986; it is an absolute gem-a microcosm of the entire book, and the indispensable "executive summary" for those who want to know but are too busy to read more than one chapter.' -Saul H. Hymans, Journal of Economic Literature This major book presents, for the first time, an authoritative history of developments in macroeconometric modelling since the 1930s. It focuses in particular on the construction of mathematico-statistical models of entire economies, estimated from national accounts and other macroeconomic data. International and comparative in scope, the book contains chapters prepared by specialists from the different countries concerned. This landmark book is indispensable to an understanding of the history and development of large scale econometric models of modern economies.
What is the world's tallest waterfall? How do dams help generate water power? What happens when a waterwheel spins? This series explores the causes and effects that shape our world. From the underwater volcanoes that sprout into islands, to the rushing waterfalls that spark electric currents, this series demonstrates how both natural and man-made phenomena occur.
An understanding of mechanisms underlying seizure disorders depends critically on the insights provided by model systems. In particular with the development of cellular, molecular, and genetic investigative tools, there has been an explosion of basic epilepsy research. Models of Seizures and Epilepsy brings together, for the first time in 30 years, an overview of the most widely-used models of seizures and epilepsy. Chapters cover a broad range of experimental approaches (from in vitro to whole animal preparations), a variety of epileptiform phenomenology (including burst discharges and seizures), and suggestions for model characterization and validation, such as electrographic, morphologic, pharmacologic, and behavioral features. Experts in the field provide not only technical reviews of these models but also conceptual critiques - commenting on the strengths and limitations of these models, their relationship to clinical phenomenology, and their value in developing a better understanding and treatments. Models of Seizures and Epilepsy is a valuable, practical reference for investigators who are searching for the most appropriate laboratory models for addressing key questions in the field. It also provides an important background for physicians, fellows, and students, offering insight into the potential for advances in epilepsy research.
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