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MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION OF LIFE-TIME DISTRIBUTIONS FROM RENEWAL PROCEDURES
MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION OF LIFE-TIME DISTRIBUTIONS FROM RENEWAL PROCEDURES
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 32-06, Section: B, page: 3696., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1971.
MEASUREMENT AND ANALYSIS OF MANAGERS' PERCEPTIONS OF THE VALUE OF SELECTED MANAGEMENT INFORMATION
MEASUREMENT AND ANALYSIS OF MANAGERS' PERCEPTIONS OF THE VALUE OF SELECTED MANAGEMENT INFORMATION
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 32-12, Section: A, page: 6606., Thesis (D.B.A.)--The Florida State University, 1971.
MEASUREMENT OF ABSOLUTE TOTAL SCATTERING CROSS-SECTIONS FOR THE SYSTEMS NEON - NEON, ARGON - ARGON, NITROGEN - NITROGEN, AND OXYGEN - OXYGEN USING CROSSED NOZZLE BEAMS IN THE THERMAL ENERGY RANGE
MEASUREMENT OF ABSOLUTE TOTAL SCATTERING CROSS-SECTIONS FOR THE SYSTEMS NEON - NEON, ARGON - ARGON, NITROGEN - NITROGEN, AND OXYGEN - OXYGEN USING CROSSED NOZZLE BEAMS IN THE THERMAL ENERGY RANGE
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 33-02, Section: B, page: 0858., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1972.
MEASUREMENT OF THE CONSTRUCT OF READING COMPREHENSION: IMPLICATIONS FOR TESTING IN ENGLISH - AS - A - SECOND LANGUAGE
MEASUREMENT OF THE CONSTRUCT OF READING COMPREHENSION: IMPLICATIONS FOR TESTING IN ENGLISH - AS - A - SECOND LANGUAGE
The nature of reading comprehension as it relates to different cultural or language groups who speak English is an interesting topic not fully explored. The purpose of this study was to provide some psycholinguistic and statistical evidence regarding the reading abilities in English of native speakers compared to nonnative speakers of English. Reading skills believed to underlie reading comprehension were hypothesized to be important elements of a person's ability to perform a reading comprehension task (as measured by the cloze test). The hypothesized crucial reading skills were word meaning, decoding, anaphoric reference, and sentence syntax., The general procedure of the study was to (a) develop a construct (model) of reading comprehension based on statistical analyses performed on the data resulting from the administration of tests of reading skills to native speakers of English and (b) assess the validity of that construct for nonnative students by comparing the reading performance of nonnative speakers with that of native speakers. In making the comparison, the following analyses were employed: path analysis, Hotelling's T-square, and discriminant analysis., The data for native speakers came from a study by Roblyer (1978). The subjects consisted of 119 ninth grade students from two Leon County high schools. The additional data for this study were gathered from 100 ninth and tenth grade students in Luchetti high school in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The test scores from these native and nonnative speakers of English were compared. Results from path analysis indicated that for native speakers decoding, anaphoric reference, and sentence syntax had significant direct effects on reading comprehension (cloze test). However, for nonnative speakers, decoding and sentence syntax directly influenced reading comprehension, but anaphoric reference hardly had any effect. This difference was attributed to psycholinguistic factors. Hotelling's T-square revealed that there was a significant difference between the mean vectors of reading tests for the two groups and discriminant analysis revealed that the differences (discrimination) between the two groups could be attributed to differences in scores on tests of word meaning and decoding., Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 44-06, Section: A, page: 1765., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1983.
MEASUREMENT OF THE SECOND VIRIAL COEFFICIENT OF THE LORENTZ-LORENZ FUNCTION OF NOBLE GASES
MEASUREMENT OF THE SECOND VIRIAL COEFFICIENT OF THE LORENTZ-LORENZ FUNCTION OF NOBLE GASES
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 32-12, Section: B, page: 7234., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1972.
MEASUREMENTS OF INTERRELATIONS AMONG SELECTED SUPPRESSION FACTORS, ANXIETY, IMPULSE EXPRESSION, AND EGO STRENGTH
MEASUREMENTS OF INTERRELATIONS AMONG SELECTED SUPPRESSION FACTORS, ANXIETY, IMPULSE EXPRESSION, AND EGO STRENGTH
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 26-12, page: 7446., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1965.
MEASURES OF "GOODNESS OF FIT" IN ORGANIZATIONAL SOCIALIZATION: EXPECTATIONS, GOALS, VALUES AND COMMUNICATION
MEASURES OF "GOODNESS OF FIT" IN ORGANIZATIONAL SOCIALIZATION: EXPECTATIONS, GOALS, VALUES AND COMMUNICATION
The study tested empirically the relationship of role expectations, goals, values and communication to organizational socialization at the entry stage. Entry congruencies of superior-subordinate expectations, goals, and values, plus subordinate satisfaction with organizational communication, were hypothesized as significant measures of "goodness of fit" of individuals and organizations., Subjects, numbering 36, were new faculty of a state-supported, mid-sized university in northeastern United States. During their entry socialization stage (operationalized as the first semester of the new employment), subjects responded to five, time-spaced instruments. Nonparametric statistics were used to analyze the data., Results of the study supported the hypotheses. Organizational communication proved to be the strongest single predictor of satisfactory socialization, accounting for more than 30% of the variance. Entry congruency of expectations and goals accounted for approximately 20%; so the three variables combined accounted for more than 50% of the variance in the entry socialization model. Value congruency, however, showed no significant relationship to entry socialization., Theoretical implications of the study relate to development of a theory of organizational socialization. Spatiotemporal studies of both the pre-entry stage and metamorphosis stage of organizational socialization are recommended for use with the entry model developed in this study. Also suggested is extension of the role set of the newcomer to include peers as well as superiors., Practical implications of the study concern improved hiring and orientation practices., Mismatching of individuals and organizations is costly in time, money and morale. This study concluded that congruency of expectations and goals and satisfaction with organizational communication are reliable predictors of "goodness of fit" of the person to the job, and the job to the person., Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 42-08, Section: A, page: 3783., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1981.
MEASURING AND EQUALIZING MUSIC THEORY COMPETENCE OF FRESHMEN COLLEGE MUSIC MAJORS
MEASURING AND EQUALIZING MUSIC THEORY COMPETENCE OF FRESHMEN COLLEGE MUSIC MAJORS
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 26-08, page: 4712., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1965.
MEASURING AND FORECASTING EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS EFFECTIVENESS OF THE KOREAN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
MEASURING AND FORECASTING EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS EFFECTIVENESS OF THE KOREAN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 36-04, Section: A, page: 1977., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1975.
MEASURING BEHAVIORAL CHANGE IN CONGRESS: THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 1957-1974
MEASURING BEHAVIORAL CHANGE IN CONGRESS: THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 1957-1974
A study of the direction and degree of aggregate behavioral change in the House of Representatives from 1957 through 1974. The behavior of interest is the House members' liberalism as expressed on selected roll call votes that have been indexed for liberalism by two independent publications. The analysis accounts for the potential instrumentation problem in the liberalism indices by showing that the average liberalism of a group of members serving throughout the period provides a more reliable baseline against which to measure change than do the measuring instruments. The major findings are that, relative to the baseline group: (1) the average behavior of the House shows a marked trend in the liberal direction, (2) the most abrupt liberalism changes from one time to the next are associated with large scale partisan turnover, and (3) the general liberalism trend is a result of greater liberalism among, generally, each successive freshman group., Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 47-07, Section: A, page: 2722., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1977.
MEASURING EQUALITY OF BLACK REPRESENTATION ON THE CITY COUNCILS OF 243 CENTRAL CITIES
MEASURING EQUALITY OF BLACK REPRESENTATION ON THE CITY COUNCILS OF 243 CENTRAL CITIES
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 38-09, Section: A, page: 5553., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1977.
MEASURING THE BENEFITS FROM AIR POLLUTION ABATEMENT ON HUMAN HEALTH AND WELFARE: A CASE STUDY OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
MEASURING THE BENEFITS FROM AIR POLLUTION ABATEMENT ON HUMAN HEALTH AND WELFARE: A CASE STUDY OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
The purpose of this study was to test benefit measures of air pollution to human health and welfare. Two market approaches, labor market (wage rate) and housing market (property value), were employed to estimate benefits from improvements in air quality. Indices of air pollution used in this study were sulfur dioxide (SO(,2)) and total suspended particulate matter (TSP)., The property value approach was applied to test the benefits of improvements in air quality in Jacksonville, Florida. A multiple regression property value model was developed and tested. The results provided support for the hypothesis that property values are negatively related to air pollution. TSP appeared to have no statistically significant influence on the mean property values. By contrast, SO(,2) significantly affected the mean property values in each census tract. It was concluded that improvements in air quality are capitalized into the property value., Using the labor market approach as a measure of benefits from improved air quality, a Mortality Effect Model (MEM) was developed. Then, the model was utilized to quantify the estimates of the pollution-mortality relationship for the city of Jacksonville. The resulting pollution-related mortality function was then monetized by applying estimates of individual's willingness to pay for mortality reductions. The MEM was estimated using the multiple regression analysis. TSP showed no statistically significant association with mortality rates. The significance of the estimated coefficient for the pollution variable SO(,2), supported the contention that some form of air pollution bears a positive and significant relationship to mortality rates. By utilizing a willingness to pay estimate for mortality reductions, it was concluded that individuals in Jacksonville would be willing to pay a minimum of $10 million annually, in order to maintain SO(,2) concentrations at a level of one percent below the average for 1972., The overall conclusion of the study is that there are significant benefits from improvements in air quality. Furthermore, these benefits can be measured through a property value or a wage rate approach., Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 45-09, Section: A, page: 2917., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1984.
MEASURING THE CONSTRUCT: DEVELOPMENT OF AWARENESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SPACE
MEASURING THE CONSTRUCT: DEVELOPMENT OF AWARENESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SPACE
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 31-09, Section: A, page: 4393., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1970.
MEASURING THE SYNTACTIC DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN STUDENTS OF FRENCH
MEASURING THE SYNTACTIC DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN STUDENTS OF FRENCH
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 34-06, Section: A, page: 3376., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1973.
MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS OF THE MARANGONI INSTABILITY
MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS OF THE MARANGONI INSTABILITY
The Marangoni (surface-tension-induced) instability of surfactant-containing lenses of paraffin oil was investigated experimentally in the first part of this work. Results of these experiments are described and qualitative explanations are proposed. An unsuccessful attempt was made to quantitatively model a simple case of instability., Attention was then shifted to the instability at a plane interface between two immiscible fluids, each containing a surface-active solute. The literature on this instability is reviewed and a simple finite-layer model is developed and subjected to a linear stability analysis. The mathematical structure and results of this analysis were used as tools in disclosing the physical mechanisms that underlie the onset of convective flow. It was found that the growth or decay of a normal-mode disturbance depends upon the relative rates of transport of momentum and solute in ways more subtle than have been recognized heretofore. In addition, the wave-number of the dominant mode was found to be determined primarily by the efficiency of solute transport, rather than by factors related to viscous dissipation., The mathematical apparatus of the model was then used to elucidate the mechanism of conversion of chemical potential energy to kinetic energy. It was found that this connection cannot be made unless the surface excess concentration is explicitly included in the model. It is the convective transport of excess solute down chemical potential gradients in the interfacial plane that accounts for the conversion of chemical to kinetic energy. Use of the Gibbs adsorption equation allows this relation to be demonstrated quite simply., The model was used in a global thermodynamic analysis to show that a convecting system does correspond to a process with less entropy production than a quiescent, diffusing system, at least for marginally supercritical values of the Marangoni number. This result follows because the generation of kinetic energy occurs at the expense of diffusive dissipation, while the net boundary fluxes are unchanged by convection., A model for Marangoni instability at a cylindrical interface is developed in an Appendix., Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 44-02, Section: B, page: 0509., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1983.
MECHANISM OF THE DIRECT PHOTOISOMERIZATION OF STILBENE
MECHANISM OF THE DIRECT PHOTOISOMERIZATION OF STILBENE
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 30-12, Section: B, page: 5433., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1969.
MECHANISMS AND RATES OF ATMOSPHERIC DEPOSITION OF SELECTED TRACE ELEMENTS AND SULFATE TO A DECIDUOUS FOREST WATERSHED
MECHANISMS AND RATES OF ATMOSPHERIC DEPOSITION OF SELECTED TRACE ELEMENTS AND SULFATE TO A DECIDUOUS FOREST WATERSHED
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 40-06, Section: B, page: 2568., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1979.
MECHANISMS FOR THE REACTIONS OF CARBODIIMIDES WITH ACETIC ACID AND WITH PEPTIDE ACIDS
MECHANISMS FOR THE REACTIONS OF CARBODIIMIDES WITH ACETIC ACID AND WITH PEPTIDE ACIDS
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 26-03, page: 1354., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1965.
MECHANISMS OF DEVELOPMENTAL REGULATION OF AMINO ACID TRANSPORT IN NEUROSPORA CRASSA
MECHANISMS OF DEVELOPMENTAL REGULATION OF AMINO ACID TRANSPORT IN NEUROSPORA CRASSA
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 33-03, Section: B, page: 1025., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1972.
MECHANISMS OF EXCITED STATE PROTON TRANSFER FROM SPECTROSCOPIC AND LASER STUDIES
MECHANISMS OF EXCITED STATE PROTON TRANSFER FROM SPECTROSCOPIC AND LASER STUDIES
In the investigation of new excited state proton transfer molecules two novel species (3-hydroxypicolinamide and methyl 2-hydroxy-6-methylnicotinate) were observed to have prominent excited state proton transfer. These molecules, with the nitrogen in pyridine ring, have different characteristic proton transfer aspects from those molecules which exhibit "methylsalicylate" type proton transfer. The picosecond transient spectroscopy of these two compounds is discussed where the normal and tautomer species are characterized. In dealing with the role of solvents for the excited state proton transfer a new TSLE (two steps laser excitation) detecting system was applied in the ground state recovery time measurements for two excited state proton transfer compounds 3-hydroxyflavone and 7-hydroxyquinoline. From the results a general discussion of solvent effects for proton transfer is discussed. Finally a remarkable lasing action of 3-hydroxyflavone, the proton transfer laser, is addressed. The observation of excited state proton transfer tautomerization approaches an ideal 4-level laser system involving four different molecular electronic species in the separate electronic states, and constitutes a photo-induced chemical laser. The large red shift tautomer emission of 3-hydroxyflavone and lack of tautomer reabsorption make this molecule suitable for achieving dual frequency simultaneous stimulated emissions in the 3-hydroxyflavone/dye mixture that can be applied in several advanced laser techniques such as CARS (Coherent Antistoke Raman Spectroscopy)., Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 46-01, Section: B, page: 0177., Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 1985.

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