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16 This study is an attempt to seek a relatively optimal data-driven model for rainfall forecasting from three aspects: 17 model inputs, modeling methods, and data preprocessing techniques. Four rain data records from different 18 regions, namely two monthly and two daily series, are examined. A comparison of seven input techniques, 19 either linear or(More)
6 ABSTRACT 7 Data-driven techniques such as Auto-Regressive Moving Average (ARMA), K-Nearest-Neighbors (KNN), and 8 Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), are widely applied to hydrologic time series prediction. This paper investigates 9 different data-driven models to determine the optimal approach of predicting monthly streamflow time series. Four 10 sets of(More)
Salamanders are unique among vertebrates in their ability to completely regenerate amputated limbs through the mediation of blastema cells located at the stump ends. This regeneration is nerve-dependent because blastema formation and regeneration does not occur after limb denervation. To obtain the genomic information of blastema tissues, de novo(More)
Urinary excretion of N-benzoyl-glycyl-Nε-(hexanonyl)lysine, a biomarker of oxidative stress, was higher in 26 patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) than in 11 non-SLE patients with connective tissue diseases and in 14 healthy volunteers. We hypothesized that increased oxidative stress in active SLE might be attributable to deranged(More)
The molecular basis of polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) phagocytosis-enhancing activity (PEA) by human purified urinary Tamm-Horsfall glyco- protein (THP) has not been elucidated. In this study, we found human THP bound to lactoferrin (LF) and cathepsin G (CG) expressed on the surface of PMN, identified by a proteomic study with MALDI-TOF- LC/LC/mass(More)
Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) has been demonstrated to be a novel biomarker in acute and chronic kidney disease. We hypothesized that 24-hour urinary NGAL excretion may be a predictor for renal damage in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Thirty-four SLE patients with renal involvement (SLE-renal group), 8 SLE patients(More)