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This study was conducted to determine when semen can be collected and to characterize and evaluate the semen collected from growing Awassi ram lambs. Semen was collected regularly once a week for 20 months, starting at 11 months of age, from 14 Awassi ram lambs of milk and meat lines that accepted the artificial vagina. After each collection, the semen was(More)
An approach to classification using a multi-agent system founded on an Argumentation from Experience paradigm is proposed. The technique is based on the idea that classification can be conducted as a process whereby a group of agents “argue” about the classification of a given case according to their experience as recorded in individual local data sets. The(More)
Seventy-five female Damascus goats aged between 1.5 and 5.5 years were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the intravaginal sponges and prostaglandin analogue on oestrous synchronization and fecundity; to diagnose pregnancy and to monitor the resumption of the luteal activity. Females were divided randomly, during the breeding season, into three equal(More)
What are all the species of pathogen that affect our livestock? As 6 out of every 10 human pathogens came from animals, with a good number from livestock and pets, it seems likely that the majority that emerge in the future, and which could threaten or devastate human health, will come from animals. Only 10 years ago, the first comprehensive pathogen list(More)
BACKGROUND Extracorporeal lung support is effective to prevent hypoxaemia and excessive hypercapnia with respiratory acidosis in acute respiratory distress syndrome. Miniaturized veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (mECMO) and arterio-venous pumpless extracorporeal lung assist (pECLA) were compared for respiratory and haemodynamic response and(More)
Citizens have a variety of ways to consult with their representatives about policy proposals, seeking justifications, objecting to all or part of it, or making a counter-proposal. For the first, the representative needs only to state a justification. For the second, the representative would want to understand the objections, which may involve asking some(More)
Interactions between species, particularly where one is likely to be a pathogen of the other, as well as the geographical distribution of species, have been systematically extracted from various web-based, free-access sources, and assembled with the accompanying evidence into a single database. The database attempts to answer questions such as what are all(More)
In this paper we describe PADUA, a protocol designed to enable agents to debate an issue drawing arguments not from a knowledge base of facts, rules and priorities but directly from a dataset of records of instances in the domain. This is particularly suited to applications which have large, possibly noisy, datasets, for which knowledge engineering would be(More)
In this paper a framework, PISA (Pooling Information from Several Agents), to facilitate multiplayer (three or more protagonists), “argumentation from experience” is described. Multiplayer argumentation is a form of dialogue game involving three or more players. The PISA framework is founded on a two player argumentation framework, PADUA (Protocol for(More)