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Yager R.R.,The College of New Rochelle | Yager R.R.,King Saud UniversityRiyadh | Alajlan N.,KING.INFO
Information Sciences | Year: 2016

The basic features and properties of a fuzzy measure are first introduced. We next discuss the Choquet integral and describe its usage in finding the aggregation of a collection of values guided by a fuzzy measure. We then show how the Choquet integral and an associated fuzzy measure can be applied to the construction of multi-criteria decision functions and describe how the associated fuzzy measure is used to model the desired multi-criteria decision function. We then look at various fuzzy measures and investigate the types of decision functions they allow us to formulate. Notable among the measures investigated here are those that allow us to model a prioritized aggregation of the criteria and a rule based aggregation of multiple criteria. Finally we show how to model linguistically specified decision functions using fuzzy measures. © 2016 Elsevier Inc.

Yager R.R.,The College of New Rochelle | Yager R.R.,King Saud UniversityRiyadh | Alajlan N.,KING.INFO
Knowledge-Based Systems | Year: 2015

We are concerned with the problem of obtaining a consensus subjective probability distribution from the individual opinions of a group of agents about the subjective probability distribution. We provide an iterative interactive algorithm that allows the agents to come to consensus formulation for the subjective probability distribution. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Choi C.,Korea UniversitySeoul | Seo S.-D.,Korea UniversitySeoul | Shim H.-W.,Korea UniversitySeoul | Dar M.A.,King Saud UniversityRiyadh | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Alloys and Compounds | Year: 2015

The synthesis of materials with ordered or self-assembled superstructures provides opportunities to tune the material's physical and chemical properties for energy storage device applications. Here, we report the synthesis of a three-dimensional (3-D) hierarchical cobalt orthophosphate (Co3(PO4)2) compound by a facile wet-chemical route at a low temperature (65 °C), followed by a dehydration process (600 °C). The resulting cobalt orthophosphate compounds were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric (TG)/differential thermal analysis (DTA). The compounds' electrochemical behavior for lithium-ion batteries was also investigated. Analysis revealed the flower-like microarchitecture of the cobalt orthophosphate compound, in which porous nano-plates with an average thickness of 150 nm were self-assembled into a microscale superstructure. As an anode material for lithium-ion batteries, the optimal cobalt orthophosphate compound showed stable cycle performance (0.083% capacity decay per cycle over 100 cycles). © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

Khan A.A.,King College | Al Kheraif A.A.,King College | Alhijji S.M.,King College | Matinlinna J.P.,University of Hong Kong | Matinlinna J.P.,King Saud UniversityRiyadh
International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives | Year: 2016

Aim The objective of this laboratory study was to analyze the effect of different grit-blasting pressures on adhesion of resin to silica-coated and silanized Ti using the shear bond test. Materials and methods A total of 24 commercially pure grade 2 Ti coupons (1 mm×20 mm×40 mm) were prepared and randomly assigned to 4 groups based on surface treatment: 150 kPa grit-blasting pressure with Rocatec™ Soft (group 1) for 10 s. Similarly, groups 2, 3 and 4 were treated at 280 kPa (control), 330 kPa and 380 kPa grit-blasting pressures, respectively, and followed by silanization. A total of 10 resin stubs per group were bonded onto each treated surface with photopolymerization. The shear bond strength was measured after 24 h dry storage in a desiccator, 2 months H2O storage, and 4 months H2O storage. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and two-way ANOVA (p<0.05). Results After 24 h, initial SBS values of tested groups were significantly higher (32.0% for group 1, 39.1% for group 3, and 23.9% for group 4) than the control (group 2). After artificial aging, SBS values decreased in all the groups. The highest adhesion strength was seen in 150 kPa (13.0±3.0) and 280 kPa (4.9±2.4) after 2 months, and 4 months artificial aging, respectively. Conclusion A lower grit-blasting pressure might promote adhesion strength in long term water aging. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Jamal A.,King College | Jamal A.,King Saud University | Jamal A.,King Saud UniversityRiyadh | Khan S.A.,King College | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Medical Internet Research | Year: 2015

Background: Health information obtained from the Internet has an impact on patient health care outcomes. There is a growing concern over the quality of online health information sources used by diabetic patients because little is known about their health information-seeking behavior and the impact this behavior has on their diabetes-related self-care, in particular in the Middle East setting. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the online health-related information-seeking behavior among adult type 2 diabetic patients in the Middle East and the impact of their online health-related information-seeking behavior on their self-care activities. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted on 344 patients with type 2 diabetes attending inpatient and outpatient primary health care clinics at 2 teaching hospitals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The main outcome measures included the ability of patients to access the Internet, their ability to use the Internet to search for health-related information, and their responses to Internet searches in relation to their self-care activities. Further analysis of differences based on age, gender, sociodemographic, and diabetes-related self-care activities among online health-related information seekers and nononline health-related information seekers was conducted. Results: Among the 344 patients, 74.1% (255/344) were male with a mean age of 53.5 (SD 13.8) years. Only 39.0% (134/344) were Internet users; 71.6% (96/134) of them used the Internet for seeking health-related information. Most participants reported that their primary source of health-related information was their physician (216/344, 62.8%) followed by television (155/344, 45.1%), family (113/344, 32.8%), newspapers (100/344, 29.1%), and the Internet (96/344, 27.9%). Primary topics participants searched for were therapeutic diet for diabetes (55/96, 57%) and symptoms of diabetes (52/96, 54%) followed by diabetes treatment (50/96, 52%). Long history of diabetes, familial history of the disease, unemployment, and not seeking diabetes education were the most common barriers for online health-related information-seeking behavior. Younger age, female, marital status, higher education, higher income, and longer duration of Internet usage were associated with more online health-related information-seeking behaviors. Most (89/96, 93%) online health-related information seekers reported positive change in their behaviors after seeking online health information. Overall odds ratio (OR 1.56, 95% CI 0.63-3.28) for all self-care responses demonstrated that there was no statistically significant difference between those seeking health-related information online and non-health-related information seekers. However, health-related information seekers were better in testing their blood glucose regularly, taking proper action for hyperglycemia, and adopting nonpharmacological management. Conclusions: Physicians and television are still the primary sources of health-related information for adult diabetic patients in Saudi Arabia whether they seek health-related information online or not. This study demonstrates that participants seeking online health-related information are more conscious about their diabetes self-care compared to non-health-related information seekers in some aspects more than the others. ©Amr Jamal, Samina A Khan, Ahmed AlHumud, Abdulaziz Al-Duhyyim, Mohammed Alrashed, Faisal Bin Shabr, Alwalid Alteraif, Abdullah Almuziri, Mowafa Househ, Riaz Qureshi.

PubMed | Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, King Saud UniversityRiyadh, Guru Nanak Dev University and University of the Humanities
Type: | Journal: Frontiers in plant science | Year: 2016

The present experiment was designed to assess the effects of seed soaking with 24-epibrassinolide (EBR) on the physiology of

Ben Ghanem O.,Petronas University of Technology | Mutalib M.I.A.,Petronas University of Technology | Leveique J.-M.,Petronas University of Technology | Gonfa G.,Petronas University of Technology | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data | Year: 2015

A series of new synthesized ionic liquids based on 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium with glycinate, alaninate, serinate, prolinate, and asparaginate anions were prepared. Their thermophysical properties (density, viscosity, surface tension, and heat capacity) were measured at various temperatures and atmospheric pressures. Physicochemical properties such as thermal expansion coefficient values, molecular volume, standard molar entropy, and lattice energy standard were also determined using empirical methods. The effects of anions on the studied properties were further analyzed. © 2015 American Chemical Society.

Koulakov I.,Novosibirsk State University | Jakovlev A.,Novosibirsk State University | Wu Y.-M.,University of Taipei | Wu Y.-M.,National Center for Research on Earthquake EngineeringTaipei | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth | Year: 2015

We present a 3-D anisotropic seismic model of the crust and uppermost mantle beneath the Taiwan region based on the tomographic inversion of traveltime data from regional earthquakes. In the crust beneath eastern Taiwan, we observe coast-parallel anisotropy that perfectly delineates the major geological structures. In westernmost Taiwan, we distinguish a crustal block corresponding to the Peikang High at the margin of the Eurasian Plate, where coast-perpendicular anisotropy within a high-velocity anomaly is observed. In the uppermost mantle, the direction of anisotropy beneath central Taiwan turns perpendicular to the coast, which may indicate eastward underthrusting of the Peikang Block that was induced by collisional processes. To the NE of Taiwan, the anisotropy forms circular patterns coinciding with the shape of the Ryukyu arc, which may reflect the distribution of the deformations and fractures in the accretion and arc complex. ©2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.

PubMed | South Valley UniversityQena, King Saud UniversityRiyadh, Jamia Hamdard University, Government College University at Faisalabad and Near East University
Type: | Journal: Frontiers in plant science | Year: 2016

Plants often experience various biotic and abiotic stresses during their life cycle. The abiotic stresses include mainly drought, salt, temperature (low/high), flooding and nutritional deficiency/excess which hamper crop growth and yield to a great extent. In view of a projection 50% of the crop loss is attributable to abiotic stresses. However, abiotic stresses cause a myriad of changes in physiological, molecular and biochemical processes operating in plants. It is now widely reported that several proteins respond to these stresses at pre- and post-transcriptional and translational levels. By knowing the role of these stress inducible proteins, it would be easy to comprehensively expound the processes of stress tolerance in plants. The proteomics study offers a new approach to discover proteins and pathways associated with crop physiological and stress responses. Thus, studying the plants at proteomic levels could help understand the pathways involved in stress tolerance. Furthermore, improving the understanding of the identified key metabolic proteins involved in tolerance can be implemented into biotechnological applications, regarding recombinant/transgenic formation. Additionally, the investigation of identified metabolic processes ultimately supports the development of antistress strategies. In this review, we discussed the role of proteomics in crop stress tolerance. We also discussed different abiotic stresses and their effects on plants, particularly with reference to stress-induced expression of proteins, and how proteomics could act as vital biotechnological tools for improving stress tolerance in plants.

Al-Qattan M.M.,King Saud UniversityRiyadh | Kfoury H.,King Saud UniversityRiyadh
Journal of Hand Surgery | Year: 2015

We report a patient who developed a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to a polypropylene suture used in flexor pollicis longus repair. We also review the literature and aim to increase the awareness of hand surgeons to the presentation, diagnosis, and management of these rare cases. © 2015 American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

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