Brenton C. Peters

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This paper addresses the problem of obtaining numerically maximum-likelihood estimates of the parameters for a mixture of normal distributions. In recent literature, a certain successive-approximations procedure, based on the likelihood equations, was shown empirically to be effective in numerically approximating such maximum-likelihood estimates; however,(More)
In this note, we give necessary and sufficient conditions for a maximum-likelihood estimate of a subset of the proportions in a mixture of specified distributions. From these conditions, we derive likelihood equations satisfied by the maximum-likelihood estimate and discuss a successive-approximations procedure suggested by these equations for numerically(More)
Two aspects of the Exterra Termite Interception and Baiting System (Ensystex, Fayetteville, NC) were evaluated in a field experiment using 13 termite mounds near Townsville, Australia. First, a cellulose-acetate powder containing either 0.05% wt:wt or 0.25% wt:wt chlorfluazuron (Requiem, Ensystex, Fayetteville, NC) was tested for its efficacy in eliminating(More)
A pesticide delivery system made of biocompatible components and having sustained release properties is highly desirable for agricultural applications. In this study, we report a new biocompatible oil-core silica-shell nanocapsule for sustained release of fipronil insecticide. Silica nanocapsules were prepared by a recently reported emulsion and biomimetic(More)
Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sapwood was treated with quat-silicone micro-emulsion (<40 nm), amino-silicone macro-emulsion (110 nm), alkyl-modified silicone macro-emulsion (740 nm) and solutions of inorganic water glass. Three treatment concentrations of 5, 15 and 30% (w/w) were used for the impregnation of the test specimens. Termite resistance was(More)
Laboratory and field data reported in the literature are confusing with regard to "adequate" protection thresholds for borate timber preservatives. The confusion is compounded by differences in termite species, timber species and test methodology. Laboratory data indicate a borate retention of 0.5% mass/mass (m/m) boric acid equivalent (BAE) would cause >(More)
Fig. 2. space by Patrick-Fisher's algorithm (solid line) and E (dotted line). Bayes error estimates for SONAR data transformed to IO-dimensional high-dimensional data these results might be more in favor of E.) This is a result of the fact that each iteration of simplex requires that the samples be transformed to the low-dimensional space, and then the(More)
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