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A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment, Third Edition For fifteen years, A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment has been the go-to text for those who are seeking useful, systematic approaches to needs assessment. Needs assessment is the first step in training, performance improvement, and community development projects. This thoroughly revised and updated edition contains a treasury of resources including a toolkit of ready-to-use templates and job aids that you can customize for your own use. Illustrative case studies and tips show how to assess needs for individuals, teams, organizations, government agencies, and communities. This book combines a how-to text and reference tool for trainers, performance improvement professionals, and students. Managers and community leaders use it to get to the root of their learning and performance problems, make effective decisions, and obtain support for their most pressing issues. Updates to the third edition include: Links to online resources, including a needs assessment book that you can download for free, ethical guidelines, and vendors who assess individual, group and organizational needs. A new chapter on the complex needs assessment approach with new toolkit forms. A summary of the recent advances in our knowledge about learning, training, and performance that you can use to quickly prepare for client meetings. Guidelines on workforce surveys, such as employee engagement surveys. An Instructor’s Guide that contains discussion questions, assessments materials, and new exercises for each chapter. You can use this book to quickly access up-to-date information on the fundamentals of needs assessment including current models, theories, and resources. You can also learn how to manage and report a needs assessment project and access professional ethical guidelines. Learn five approaches to needs assessment: knowledge and skills analysis, job and task analysis, competency-based needs assessment, strategic needs assessment, and complex needs assessment.
Weygandt′s Accounting Principles continues to provide students with a trusted and clear introduction to fundamental accounting concepts, which has made this best-selling text so popular. Helping students get the most out of their accounting course by making practice simple, the new edition continues to present the accounting cycle from a sole proprietor perspective, whilst providing the latest IFRS integration throughout (separate references to GAAP are made at the end of each chapter for courses where needed). To maximise student achievement a plethora of additional teaching and learning resources will be available including self-tests, exercises, templates, videos and more. Using metric units and companies with a more global feel, this new text is ideal for courses across the world.
The only single-source guide to understanding, using, adapting, and designing state-of-the-art agent-based modelling of tax evasion A computational method for simulating the behavior of individuals or groups and their effects on an entire system, agent-based modeling has proven itself to be a powerful new tool for detecting tax fraud. While interdisciplinary groups and individuals working in the tax domain have published numerous articles in diverse peer-reviewed journals and have presented their findings at international conferences, until Agent-based Modelling of Tax Evasion there was no authoritative, single-source guide to state-of-the-art agent-based tax evasion modeling techniques and technologies. Featuring contributions from distinguished experts in the field from around the globe, Agent-Based Modelling of Tax Evasion provides in-depth coverage of an array of field tested agent-based tax evasion models. Models are presented in a unified format so as to enable readers to systematically work their way through the various modeling alternatives available to them. Three main components of each agent-based model are explored in accordance with the Overview, Design Concepts, and Details (ODD) protocol, each section of which contains several sub elements that help to illustrate the model clearly and that assist readers in replicating the modeling results described. Presents models in a unified and structured manner to provide a point of reference for readers interested in agent-based modelling of tax evasion Explores the theoretical aspects and diversity of agent-based modeling through the example of tax evasion Provides an overview of the characteristics of more than thirty agent-based tax evasion frameworks Functions as a solid foundation for lectures and seminars on agent-based modelling of tax evasion The only comprehensive treatment of agent-based tax evasion models and their applications, this book is an indispensable working resource for practitioners and tax evasion modelers both in the agent-based computational domain and using other methodologies. It is also an excellent pedagogical resource for teaching tax evasion modeling and/or agent-based modeling generally.
Introducing a NEW addition to our growing library of computer science titles, Algorithm Design and Applications, by Michael T. Goodrich & Roberto Tamassia! Algorithms is a course required for all computer science majors, with a strong focus on theoretical topics. Students enter the course after gaining hands-on experience with computers, and are expected to learn how algorithms can be applied to a variety of contexts. This new book integrates application with theory. Goodrich & Tamassia believe that the best way to teach algorithmic topics is to present them in a context that is motivated from applications to uses in society, computer games, computing industry, science, engineering, and the internet. The text teaches students about designing and using algorithms, illustrating connections between topics being taught and their potential applications, increasing engagement.
Perfected over three editions and more than forty years, this field- and classroom-tested reference:
* Uses the method of maximum likelihood to a large extent to ensure reasonable, and in some cases optimal procedures.
* Treats all the basic and important topics in multivariate statistics.
* Adds two new chapters, along with a number of new sections.
* Provides the most methodical, up-to-date information on MV statistics available.
About the Author
THEODORE W. ANDERSON, Professor Emeritus of Statistics and Economics at Stanford University, earned his PhD in mathematics at Princeton University. He is the author of The Statistical Analysis of Time Series, published by Wiley, as well as The New Statistical Analysis of Data and A Bibliography of Multivariate Statistical Analysis. Anderson is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Statistical Association, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
This book provides a broad, mature, and systematic introduction to current financial econometric models and their applications to modeling and prediction of financial time series data. It utilizes real-world examples and real financial data throughout the book to apply the models and methods described. The author begins with basic characteristics of financial time series data before covering three main topics: Analysis and application of univariate financial time series The return series of multiple assets Bayesian inference in finance methods Key features of the new edition include additional coverage of modern day topics such as arbitrage, pair trading, realized volatility, and credit risk modeling; a smooth transition from S-Plus to R; and expanded empirical financial data sets. The overall objective of the book is to provide some knowledge of financial time series, introduce some statistical tools useful for analyzing these series and gain experience in financial applications of various econometric methods.
“Life on earth is filled with many mysteries, but perhaps the most challenging of these is the nature of Intelligence.” – Prof. Terrence J. Sejnowski, Computational Neurobiologist The main objective of this book is to create awareness about both the promises and the formidable challenges that the era of Data-Driven Decision-Making and Machine Learning are confronted with, and especially about how these new developments may influence the future of the financial industry. The subject of Financial Machine Learning has attracted a lot of interest recently, specifically because it represents one of the most challenging problem spaces for the applicability of Machine Learning. The author has used a novel approach to introduce the reader to this topic: The first half of the book is a readable and coherent introduction to two modern topics that are not generally considered together: the data-driven paradigm and Computational Intelligence. The second half of the book illustrates a set of Case Studies that are contemporarily relevant to quantitative trading practitioners who are dealing with problems such as trade execution optimization, price dynamics forecast, portfolio management, market making, derivatives valuation, risk, and compliance. The main purpose of this book is pedagogical in nature, and it is specifically aimed at defining an adequate level of engineering and scientific clarity when it comes to the usage of the term “Artificial Intelligence,” especially as it relates to the financial industry. The message conveyed by this book is one of confidence in the possibilities offered by this new era of Data-Intensive Computation. This message is not grounded on the current hype surrounding the latest technologies, but on a deep analysis of their effectiveness and also on the author’s two decades of professional experience as a technologist, quant and academic.
Aswath Damodaran, distinguished author, Professor of Finance, and David Margolis, Teaching Fellow at the NYU Stern School of Business, have delivered the newest edition of Applied Corporate Finance. This readable text provides the practical advice students and practitioners need rather than a sole concentration on debate theory, assumptions, or models. Like no other text of its kind, Applied Corporate Finance, 4th Edition applies corporate finance to real companies. It now contains six real-world core companies to study and follow. Business decisions are classified for students into three groups: investment, financing, and dividend decisions.
“Applied Econometric Time Series, 4th Edition” demonstrates modern techniques for developing models capable of forecasting, interpreting, and testing hypotheses concerning economic data. In this text, Dr. Walter Enders commits to using a “learn-by-doing” approach to help readers master time-series analysis efficiently and effectively.
The vision of the IFRS Foundation to establish a truly global language for accounting has now been realised in 100 of the world’s jurisdictions, including all of the G20 nations, and continues to generate public support from major international organisations such as World Bank, IMF, Basel Committee, IOSCO and IFAC. The wide-spread adoption of the IFRS Standards has enabled greater fluency in international financial reporting and established a global understanding of accountancy practice in an increasingly internationalised business world. An accountancy professional able to master the Standards now has the opportunity to ply their trade in any of the world’s major business centres without the need for local accounting knowledge. In collaboration with EY, Applying International Financial Reporting Standards, fourth edition, is the ideal companion for both accountancy students and accounting professionals aiming to develop a complete understanding of IFRS Standards. Authored by a selection of leading academics and industry experts, AIFRS fourth edition explains the key concepts and applications of IFRS Standards, using a wealth of insights and examples sourced from across the international business world. In addition to a comprehensive factual breakdown of the IFRS Standards, each chapter in the first three parts of the book is accompanied by an Academic Perspective, which offers readers critical interpretations designed to bring context to the often complex world of IFRS Standards. AIFRS fourth edition comes equipped with discussion questions and exercises at the end of each chapter, specifically designed to test the reader s understanding of the content. A wealth of additional learning materials can also be found atwww.wiley.com/college/picker, including: * Four additional chapters: Exploration for and evaluation of mineral resources; Agriculture; Associates and equity accounting; Joint arrangements * Instructor slides * Testbank * Additional exercises * Solutions manual * Access to the IFRS Learning Resources
Ideal for the student seeking a solid understanding of the basic principles in this rapidly developing field, this best-selling text offers a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of virology. Featuring an enhanced art program now in full-color, the new edition has been updated throughout. * New edition incorporates additional reading suggestions, expanded review questions, chapter outlines and full-colour artwork * Contains new chapters dealing with viruses and cancer, generation and use of recombinant viruses and virus-like particles, viral evolution, network biology and viruses, and animal models and transgenics, as well as a chapter devoted to HIV and AIDS * Downloadable artwork, original animations and online resources are available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/wagner.
About the Author
Edward K. Wagner (May 4, 1940 – January 21, 2006) was Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of California Irvine. Martinez J. Hewlett is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona. New to this edition, David C. Bloom is Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at University of Florida and David Camerini is Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of California Irvine.
What makes your company great today, however, won’t necessarily make it great tomorrow. Evolving is critical to long-term corporate performance and health. As each generation finds better and better ways of working together, we perform at levels that previous generations could never have imagined.
About the Author
Scott Keller is a director in the Southern California office of McKinsey & Company, and leads its transformational change practice inthe Americas. He has published several articles on change management and organizational behavior, as well as a book for colleagues and clients. He holds an MBA and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and has worked as a manufacturing manager with Procter & Gamble and a photovoltaic engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy. Outside McKinsey, Scott is a cofounder of Digital Divide Data, an award-winning social enterprise that utilizes a sustainable IT service model to benefit some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.
Colin Price is a director in McKinsey’s London office, and leads its organization practice worldwide. He has advised many of the world’s largest corporations, several national governments, and a number of charitable institutions. His booksinclude Mergers (with his colleague David Fubini and Maurizio Zollo of INSEAD), and Vertical Take-Off (with Sir Richard Evans, former chairman of British Aerospace). He holds degrees in economics, industrial relations and psychology, and organizational behavior. He is an associate fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford, and a visiting professor at Bath University.
The “Gold Standard” in Biochemistry text books, Biochemistry 4e, is a modern classic that has been thoroughly revised. Don and Judy Voet explain biochemical concepts while offering a unified presentation of life and its variation through evolution. Incorporates both classical and current research to illustrate the historical source of much of our biochemical knowledge.
About the Author
Donald Voet received a Ph.D. in chemistry from HarvardUniversity and did postdoctoral research in the Biology Departmentat MIT. Don took up a faculty position in the department ofchemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, upon completing hispostdoctoral work. He has been a visiting scholar at OxfordUniversity, the University of California San Diego, and theWeismann Institute of Science in Israel.
Judith Voet received her Ph.D. from Brandeis Universityand did postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania,Haverford College and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. She taughtat the University of Delaware before moving to Swarthmore College.Together with Don Voet, she is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journalBiochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants, 2nd Edition has been hailed as a major contribution to the plant sciences literature and critical acclaim has been matched by global sales success. Maintaining the scope and focus of the first edition, the second will provide a major update, include much new material and reorganise some chapters to further improve the presentation. This book is meticulously organised and richly illustrated, having over 1,000 full-colour illustrations and 500 photographs. It is divided into five parts covering: Compartments, Cell Reproduction, Energy Flow, Metabolic and Developmental Integration, and Plant Environment and Agriculture. Specific changes to this edition include: * Completely revised with over half of the chapters having a major rewrite. * Includes two new chapters on signal transduction and responses to pathogens. * Restructuring of section on cell reproduction for improved presentation. * Dedicated website to include all illustrative material. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants holds a unique place in the plant sciences literature as it provides the only comprehensive, authoritative, integrated single volume book in this essential field of study.
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EDITED BY Bob B. Buchanan, University of California, Berkeley, USA Wilhelm Gruissem, ETH Zurich, Switzerland Russell L. Jones, University of California, Berkeley, USA
The third edition of “Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science” treats earth science from a systems perspective, showing how the four spheres (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere) are interrelated. In this edition, significant emphasis is placed on cycling of materials and energy, and interactions among the spheres. The text also places much clearer emphasis on basic science, which can be seen in the reorganization of topics into Energy and Matter chapters, as well as a new ‘The Basics’ feature in each chapter. This edition is also more systematic about documenting human impacts on the various spheres of the Earth system.
The new edition of Calculus continues to bring together the best of both new and traditional curricula in an effort to meet the needs of even more instructors teaching calculus. The author team’s extensive experience teaching from both traditional and innovative books and their expertise in developing innovative problems put them in an unique position to make this new curriculum meaningful for those going into mathematics and those going into the sciences and engineering. This new text exhibits the same strengths from earlier editions including an emphasis on modeling and a flexible approach to technology.
An introduction to the Calculus, with an excellent balance between theory and technique. Integration is treated before differentiation–this is a departure from most modern texts, but it is historically correct, and it is the best way to establish the true connection between the integral and the derivative. Proofs of all the important theorems are given, generally preceded by geometric or intuitive discussion. This Second Edition introduces the mean-value theorems and their applications earlier in the text, incorporates a treatment of linear algebra, and contains many new and easier exercises. As in the first edition, an interesting historical introduction precedes each important new concept.
Written by a highly regarded author with industrial and academic experience, this new edition of an established bestselling book provides practical guidance for students, researchers, and those in chemical engineering. The book includes a new section on sustainable energy, with sections on carbon capture and sequestration, as a result of increasing environmental awareness; and a companion website that includes problems, worked solutions, and Excel spreadsheets to enable students to carry out complex calculations.
The Third Edition of CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation continues to cover the practical design of both analog and digital integrated circuits, offering a vital, contemporary view of a wide range of analog/digital circuit blocks including: phase-locked-loops, delta-sigma sensing circuits, voltage/current references, op-amps, the design of data converters, and much more. Regardless of one’s integrated circuit (IC) design skill level, this book allows readers to experience both the theory behind, and the hands-on implementation of, complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) IC design via detailed derivations, discussions, and hundreds of design, layout, and simulation examples.
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R. JACOB (JAKE) BAKER , PhD, is an engineer, educator, and inventor. He has more than twenty years of engineering experience and holds more than 200 granted or pending patents in integrated circuit design. Jake is the author of several circuit design books for Wiley-IEEE Press. In 2007, he received the Hewlett-Packard Frederick Emmons Terman Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding young electrical engineering educator by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.