Robert Clark

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This paper describes the process of building unit selection voices for the Festival Multisyn engine using the ATR dataset provided for the Blizzard Challenge 2006. We begin by discussing recent improvements that we have made to the Multisyn voice building process, prompted by our participation in the Blizzard Challenge 2006. We then go on to discuss our(More)
This paper describes selected aspects of the Festival Mul-tisyn entry to the Blizzard Challenge 2007. We provide an overview of the process of building the three required voices from the speech data provided. This paper focuses on new features of Multisyn which are currently under development and which have been employed in the system used for this Blizzard(More)
This study investigates the effect of publicity on consumer demand. Although the marketing literature suggests that publicity can have an important influence on consumers' choices, only a few studies have attempted to quantify how media coverage can affect consumer demand. The main obstacle to measuring the impact of publicity is that data on media coverage(More)
is determined by the development and refinement of a physical system model, and it is strongly dependent on the available data. In this case, data involve a unified observational dataset of flash floods, which holds great potential for advancing the science and predictability of flash flooding. This article serves the following purposes: 1) to announce a(More)
Host tissue microenvironment plays key roles in cancer progression and colonization of secondary organs. One example is ovarian cancer, which colonizes the peritoneal cavity and especially the omentum. Our research indicates that the interaction of ovarian cancer cells with the omental microenvironment can activate a stress-kinase pathway involving the(More)
We provide a description of the internal functioning of a price-posting retail market cartel based on an analysis of court documents containing the recorded conversations of participants in actual gasoline cartels operating in Québec. We characterize the organization and the pricing mechanism of the cartels, and we relate our findings to the theoretical(More)
BACKGROUND In 2013, an estimated 2.8 million newborns died and 2.7 million were stillborn. A much greater number suffer from long term impairment associated with preterm birth, intrauterine growth restriction, congenital anomalies, and perinatal or infectious causes. With the approaching deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals(More)