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Protected areas are the focus of most conservation efforts worldwide. Despite vast amount of investment in protected areas, biodiversity loss continues. This has led to increasing efforts to develop measures to assess the effectiveness of protected areas. The reliability of these measures depends on the quality of the information collected. However, because(More)
Many domain-specific languages, that try to bring feasible alternatives for existing solutions while simplifying programming work, have come up in recent years. Although, these little languages seem to be easy to use, there is an open issue whether they bring advantages in comparison to the application libraries, which are the most commonly used(More)
In this study, we explored data from StockTwits, a microblog-ging platform exclusively dedicated to the stock market. We produced several indicators and analyzed their value when predicting three market variables: returns, volatility and trading volume. For six major stocks, we measured posting volume and sentiment indicators. We advance on the previous(More)
The focus of this paper is on crafting a new visual language for attribute grammars (AGs), and on the development of the associated programming environment. We present a solution for rapid development of VisualLISA editor using DEViL. DEViL uses traditional attribute grammars , to specify the language's syntax and semantics, extended by visual(More)
IIS*Case is a model driven software tool that provides information system modeling and prototype generation. It comprises visual and repository based tools for creating various platform independent model (PIM) specifications that are latter transformed into the other, platform specific specifications, and finally to executable programs. Apart from having(More)
The development of metabolically competent in vitro models is of utmost importance for predicting adverse drug reactions, thereby preventing attrition-related economical and clinical burdens. Using the antiretroviral drug nevirapine (NVP) as a model, this work aimed to validate rat hepatocyte 3D spheroid cultures as competent in vitro systems to assess drug(More)
We report the development of a new microwave-based synthetic methodology mediated by Woollins' reagent that allowed an efficient conversion of caffeine into 6-selenocaffeine. A preliminary evaluation on the modulation of antioxidant activity upon selenation of caffeine, using the DPPH assay, indicated a mild antioxidant activity for 6-selenocaffeine,(More)
Program domain concepts are rather complex and low level for a fast assimilation. On the other hand, problem domain concepts are closer to human's mind, hence they are easier to perceive. Based on Brook's theory, a full comprehension of a program is only achieved if both domains are connected and visualized in synchronization, resulting on an action-effect(More)
—In the context of program understanding, a challenge research topic 1 is to learn how techniques and tools for the comprehension of General-Purpose Languages (GPLs) can be used or adjusted to the understanding of Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs). Being DSLs tailored for the description of problems within a specific domain, it becomes easier to improve(More)