• On Generalized Lucas Pseudoprimality of Level k

      Andrica, Dorin; Bagdasar, Ovidiu; Babeş-Bolyai University, 400084 Cluj-Napoca, Romania; University of Derby (MDPI AG, 2021-04-12)
      We investigate the Fibonacci pseudoprimes of level k, and we disprove a statement concerning the relationship between the sets of different levels, and also discuss a counterpart of this result for the Lucas pseudoprimes of level k. We then use some recent arithmetic properties of the generalized Lucas, and generalized Pell–Lucas sequences, to define some new types of pseudoprimes of levels k+ and k− and parameter a. For these novel pseudoprime sequences we investigate some basic properties and calculate numerous associated integer sequences which we have added to the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.
    • On k-partitions of multisets with equal sums

      Andrica, Dorin; Bagdasar, Ovidiu; Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; University of Derby (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2021-05-05)
      We study the number of ordered k-partitions of a multiset with equal sums, having elements α1,…,αn and multiplicities m1,…,mn. Denoting this number by Sk(α1,…,αn;m1,…,mn), we find the generating function, derive an integral formula, and illustrate the results by numerical examples. The special case involving the set {1,…,n} presents particular interest and leads to the new integer sequences Sk(n), Qk(n), and Rk(n), for which we provide explicit formulae and combinatorial interpretations. Conjectures in connection to some superelliptic Diophantine equations and an asymptotic formula are also discussed. The results extend previous work concerning 2- and 3-partitions of multisets.
    • Performance evaluation of machine learning techniques for fault diagnosis in vehicle fleet tracking modules

      Sepulevene, Luis; Drummond, Isabela; Kuehne, Bruno Tardiole; Frinhani, Rafael; Filho, Dionisio Leite; Peixoto, Maycon; Reiff-Marganiec, Stephan; Batista, Bruno; Federal University of Itajubá, Itajubá, Brazil; Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Ponta Porã, Brazil; et al. (Oxford University Press, 2021-05-14)
      With industry 4.0, data-based approaches are in vogue. However, extracting the essential features is not a trivial task and greatly influences the fi nal result. There is also a need for specialized system knowledge to monitor the environment and diagnose faults. In this context, the diagnosis of faults is signi cant, for example, in a vehicle fleet monitoring system, since it is possible to diagnose faults even before the customer is aware of the fault, minimizing the maintenance costs of the modules. In this paper, several models using Machine Learning (ML) techniques were applied and analyzed during the fault diagnosis process in vehicle fleet tracking modules. Two approaches were proposed, "With Knowledge" and "Without Knowledge", to explore the dataset using ML techniques to generate classi fiers that can assist in the fault diagnosis process. The approach "With Knowledge" performs the feature extraction manually, using the ML techniques: Random Forest, Naive Bayes, Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Multi Layer Perceptron (MLP); on the other hand, the approach "Without Knowledge" performs an automatic feature extraction, through a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). The results showed that the proposed approaches are promising. The best models with manual feature extraction obtained a precision of 99.76% and 99.68% for detection and detection and isolation of faults, respectively, in the provided dataset. The best models performing an automatic feature extraction obtained respectively 88.43% and 54.98% for detection and detection and isolation of failures.
    • Graph and Network Theory for the Analysis of Criminal Networks

      Cavallaro, Lucia; Bagdasar, Ovidiu; De Meo, Pasquale; Fumara, Giacomo; Liotta, Antonio; University of Derby; University of Messina, Italy; Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy (Springer, Cham, 2021-02-19)
      Social Network Analysis is the use of Network and Graph Theory to study social phenomena, which was found to be highly relevant in areas like Criminology. This chapter provides an overview of key methods and tools that may be used for the analysis of criminal networks, which are presented in a real-world case study. Starting from available juridical acts, we have extracted data on the interactions among suspects within two Sicilian Mafia clans, obtaining two weighted undirected graphs. Then, we have investigated the roles of these weights on the criminal networks properties, focusing on two key features: weight distribution and shortest path length. We also present an experiment that aims to construct an artificial network which mirrors criminal behaviours. To this end, we have conducted a comparative degree distribution analysis between the real criminal networks, using some of the most popular artificial network models: Watts-Strogats, Erdős-Rényi, and Barabási-Albert, with some topology variations. This chapter will be a valuable tool for researchers who wish to employ social network analysis within their own area of interest.
    • An LMI Approach-Based Mathematical Model to Control Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Population via Biological Control

      Dianavinnarasi, J.; Raja, R.; Alzabut, J.; Niezabitowski, M.; Selvam, G.; Bagdasar, O.; Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630 004, India; Prince Sultan University, Riyadh 12435, Saudi Arabia; Silesian University of Technology, Akademicka 16, 44-100, Gliwice, Poland; Vinayaka Missions University, Salem 636308, India; et al. (Hindawi Limited, 2021-03-09)
      In this paper, a novel age-structured delayed mathematical model to control Aedes aegypti mosquitoes via Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes is introduced. To eliminate the deadly mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika virus, the Wolbachia infection is introduced into the wild mosquito population at every stage. This method is one of the promising biological control strategies. To predict the optimal amount of Wolbachia release, the time varying delay is considered. Firstly, the positiveness of the solution and existence of both Wolbachia present and Wolbachia free equilibrium were discussed. Through linearization, construction of suitable Lyapunov–Krasovskii functional, and linear matrix inequality theory (LMI), the exponential stability is also analyzed. Finally, the simulation results are presented for the real-world data collected from the existing literature to show the effectiveness of the proposed model.
    • Botnet detection used fast-flux technique, based on adaptive dynamic evolving spiking neural network algorithm

      Almomani, Ammar; Nawasrah, Ahmad Al; Alauthman, Mohammad; Betar, Mohammed Azmi Al; Meziane, Farid; Al-Balqa Applied University, Irbid, Jordan; Taibah University, Median, Saudia Arabia; Zarqa University, Jordan; University of Derby (Inderscience, 2021-01-28)
      A botnet refers to a group of machines. These machines are controlled distantly by a specific attacker. It represents a threat facing the web and data security. Fast-flux service network (FFSN) has been engaged by bot herders for cover malicious botnet activities. It has been engaged by bot herders for increasing the lifetime of malicious servers through changing the IP addresses of the domain name quickly. In the present research, we aimed to propose a new system. This system is named fast flux botnet catcher system (FFBCS). This system can detect FF-domains in an online mode using an adaptive dynamic evolving spiking neural network algorithm. Comparing with two other related approaches the proposed system shows a high level of detection accuracy, low false positive and negative rates, respectively. It shows a high performance. The algorithm's proposed adaptation increased the accuracy of the detection. For instance, this accuracy reached (98.76%) approximately.
    • Severity Estimation of Plant Leaf Diseases Using Segmentation Method

      Entuni, Chyntia Jaby; Afendi Zulcaffle, Tengku Mohd; Kipli, Kuryati; Kurugollu, Fatih; Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia; University of Derby (2020-11-09)
      Plants have assumed a significant role in the history of humankind, for the most part as a source of nourishment for human and animals. However, plants typically powerless to different sort of diseases such as leaf blight, gray spot and rust. It will cause a great loss to farmers and ranchers. Therefore, an appropriate method to estimate the severity of diseases in plant leaf is needed to overcome the problem. This paper presents the fusions of the Fuzzy C-Means segmentation method with four different colour spaces namely RGB, HSV, L*a*b and YCbCr to estimate plant leaf disease severity. The percentage of performance of proposed algorithms are recorded and compared with the previous method which are K-Means and Otsu’s thresholding. The best severity estimation algorithm and colour space used to estimate the diseases severity of plant leaf is the combination of Fuzzy C-Means and YCbCr color space. The average performance of Fuzzy C-Means is 91.08% while the average performance of YCbCr is 83.74%. Combination of Fuzzy C-Means and YCbCr produce 96.81% accuracy. This algorithm is more effective than other algorithms in terms of not only better segmentation performance but also low time complexity that is 34.75s in average with 0.2697s standard deviation.
    • Controlling Wolbachia transmission and invasion dynamics among aedes aegypti population via impulsive control strategy

      Dianavinnarasi, Joseph; Raja, Ramachandran; Alzabut, Jehad; Niezabitowski, Michał; Bagdasar, Ovidiu; Alagappa University, Karaikudi, India; Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Silesian University of Technology, Akademicka 16, Gliwice, Poland; University of Derby (MDPI AG, 2021-03-08)
      This work is devoted to analyzing an impulsive control synthesis to maintain the self-sustainability of Wolbachia among Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes. The present paper provides a fractional order Wolbachia invasive model. Through fixed point theory, this work derives the existence and uniqueness results for the proposed model. Also, we performed a global Mittag-Leffler stability analysis via Linear Matrix Inequality theory and Lyapunov theory. As a result of this controller synthesis, the sustainability of Wolbachia is preserved and non-Wolbachia mosquitoes are eradicated. Finally, a numerical simulation is established for the published data to analyze the nature of the proposed Wolbachia invasive model.
    • Application of caputo–fabrizio operator to suppress the aedes aegypti mosquitoes via wolbachia: an LMI approach

      Dianavinnarasi, J.; Raja, R.; Alzabut, J.; Cao, J.; Niezabitowski, M.; Bagdasar, O.; Alagappa University, Karaikudi, India; Prince Sultan University, Riyadh 12435, Saudi Arabia; Southeast University, Nanjing, China; Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea; et al. (Elsevier BV, 2021-02-11)
      The aim of this paper is to establish the stability results based on the approach of Linear Matrix Inequality (LMI) for the addressed mathematical model using Caputo–Fabrizio operator (CF operator). Firstly, we extend some existing results of Caputo fractional derivative in the literature to a new fractional order operator without using singular kernel which was introduced by Caputo and Fabrizio. Secondly, we have created a mathematical model to increase Cytoplasmic Incompatibility (CI) in Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes by releasing Wolbachia infected mosquitoes. By this, we can suppress the population density of A.Aegypti mosquitoes and can control most common mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Zika fever, Chikungunya, Yellow fever and so on. Our main aim in this paper is to examine the behaviours of Caputo–Fabrizio operator over the logistic growth equation of a population system then, prove the existence and uniqueness of the solution for the considered mathematical model using CF operator. Also, we check the alpha-exponential stability results for the system via linear matrix inequality technique. Finally a numerical example is provided to check the behaviour of the CF operator on the population system by incorporating the real world data available in the known literature.
    • Pseudoprimality related to the generalized Lucas sequences

      Andrica, Dorin; Bagdasar, Ovidiu; Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; University of Derby (Elsevier BV, 2021-03-13)
      Some arithmetic properties and new pseudoprimality results concerning generalized Lucas sequences are presented. The findings are connected to the classical Fibonacci, Lucas, Pell, and Pell–Lucas pseudoprimality. During the process new integer sequences are found and some conjectures are formulated.
    • Targeted ensemble machine classification approach for supporting IOT enabled skin disease detection

      Yu, Hong Qing; Reiff-Marganiec, Stephan; University of Derby (IEEE, 2021-03-26)
      The fast development of the Internet of Things (IoT) changes our life in many areas, especially in the health domain. For example, remote disease diagnosis can be achieved more efficiently with advanced IoT-technologies which not only include hardware but also smart IoT data processing and learning algorithms, e.g. image-based disease classification. In this paper, we work in a specific area of skin condition classification. This research work aims to provide an implementable solution for IoT-led remote skin disease diagnosis applications. The research output can be concluded into three folders. The first folder is about dynamic AI model configuration supported IoT-Fog-Cloud remote diagnosis architecture with hardware examples. The second folder is the evaluation survey regarding the performances of machine learning models for skin disease detection. The evaluation contains a variety of data processing methods and their aggregations. The evaluation takes account of both training-testing and cross-testing validations on all seven conditions and individual condition. In addition, the HAM10000 dataset is picked for the evaluation process according to the suitability comparisons to other relevant datasets. In the evaluation, we discuss the earlier work of ANN, SVM and KNN models, but the evaluation process mainly focuses on six widely applied Deep Learning models of VGG16, Inception, Xception, MobileNet, ResNet50 and DenseNet161. The result shows that each of the top four models for the major seven skin conditions has better performance for the specific condition than others. Based on the evaluation discovery, the last folder proposes a novel classification approach of the Targeted Ensemble Machine Classify Model (TEMCM) to enable dynamically combining a suitable model in a two-phase detection process. The final evaluation result shows the proposed model can archive better performance.
    • Dielectron production in proton-proton and proton-lead collisions at √sNN = 5.02TeV

      Acharya, S.; Adamová, D.; Adler, A.; Adolfsson, J.; Aggarwal, M. M.; Aglieri Rinella, G.; Agnello, M.; Agrawal, N.; Ahammed, Z.; Ahmad, S.; et al. (American Physical Society (APS), 2020-11-25)
      The first measurements of dielectron production at midrapidity (|η_e| < 0.8) in proton–proton and proton–lead collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV at the LHC are presented. The dielectron cross section is measured with the ALICE detector as a function of the invariant mass m_ee and the pair transverse momentum p_T,ee in the ranges m_ee < 3.5 GeV/c^2 and p_T,ee < 8 GeV/c, in both collision systems. In proton–proton collisions, the charm and beauty cross sections are determined at midrapidity from a fit to the data with two different event generators. This complements the existing dielectron measurements performed at √s = 7 and 13 TeV. The slope of the √s dependence of the three measurements is described by FONLL calculations. The dielectron cross section measured in proton–lead collisions is in agreement, within the current precision, with the expected dielectron production without any nuclear matter effects for e+e− pairs from open heavy-flavor hadron decays. For the first time at LHC energies, the dielectron production in proton–lead and proton–proton collisions are directly compared at the same √sNN via the dielectron nuclear modification factor RpPb. The measurements are compared to model calculations including cold nuclear matter effects, or additional sources of dielectrons from thermal radiation.
    • Production of ω mesons in pp collisions at √s =7 TeV

      Acharya, S.; Adamová, D.; Adler, A.; Adolfsson, J.; Aggarwal, M. M.; Agha, S.; Aglieri Rinella, G.; Agnello, M.; Agrawal, N.; Ahammed, Z.; et al. (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2020-12-07)
      The invariant differential cross section of inclusive ω(782) meson production at midrapidity (|y| < 0.5) in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV was measured with the ALICE detector at the LHC over a transverse momentum range of 2 < pT < 17 GeV/c. The ω meson was reconstructed via its ω → π+π−π0 decay channel. The measured ω production cross section is compared to various calculations: PYTHIA 8.2 Monash 2013 describes the data, while PYTHIA 8.2 Tune 4C overestimates the data by about 50%. A recent NLO calculation, which includes a model describing the fragmentation of the whole vector-meson nonet, describes the data within uncertainties below 6 GeV/c, while it overestimates the data by up to 50% for higher pT. The ω/π0 ratio is in agreement with previous measurements at lower collision energies and the PYTHIA calculations. In addition, the measurement is compatible with transverse mass scaling within the measured pT range and the ratio is constant with C^(ω/π0) = 0.67±0.03 (stat) ±0.04 (sys) above a transverse momentum of 2.5 GeV/c.
    • Centrality dependence of J/ψ and ψ(2S) production and nuclear modification in p-Pb collisions at √sNN = 8.16 TeV

      Acharya, S.; Adamová, D.; Adler, A.; Adolfsson, J.; Aggarwal, M. M.; Agha, S.; Aglieri Rinella, G.; Agnello, M.; Agrawal, N.; Ahammed, Z.; et al. (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2021-02-01)
      The inclusive production of the J/ψ and ψ(2S) charmonium states is studied as a function of centrality in p-Pb collisions at a centre-of-mass energy per nucleon pair √sNN = 8.16 TeV at the LHC. The measurement is performed in the dimuon decay channel with the ALICE apparatus in the centre-of-mass rapidity intervals −4.46 < ycms < −2.96 (Pb-going direction) and 2.03 < ycms < 3.53 (p-going direction), down to zero transverse momentum (pT). The J/ψ and ψ(2S) production cross sections are evaluated as a function of the collision centrality, estimated through the energy deposited in the zero degree calorimeter located in the Pb-going direction. The pT-differential J/ψ production cross section is measured at backward and forward rapidity for several centrality classes, together with the corresponding average ⟨pT⟩ and ⟨pT^2⟩ values. The nuclear effects affecting the production of both charmonium states are studied using the nuclear modification factor. In the p-going direction, a suppression of the production of both charmonium states is observed, which seems to increase from peripheral to central collisions. In the Pb-going direction, however, the centrality dependence is different for the two states: the nuclear modification factor of the J/ψ increases from below unity in peripheral collisions to above unity in central collisions, while for the ψ(2S) it stays below or consistent with unity for all centralities with no significant centrality dependence. The results are compared with measurements in p-Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV and no significant dependence on the energy of the collision is observed. Finally, the results are compared with theoretical models implementing various nuclear matter effects.
    • Pion–kaon femtoscopy and the lifetime of the hadronic phase in Pb−Pb collisions at √sNN = 2.76 TeV

      Acharya, S.; Adamová, D.; Adler, A.; Adolfsson, J.; Aggarwal, M.M.; Agha, S.; Aglieri Rinella, G.; Agnello, M.; Agrawal, N.; Ahammed, Z.; et al. (Elsevier BV, 2020-12-17)
      In this paper, the first femtoscopic analysis of pion–kaon correlations at the LHC is reported. The analysis was performed on the Pb–Pb collision data at √sNN = 2.76 TeV recorded with the ALICE detector. The non-identical particle correlations probe the spatio-temporal separation between sources of different particle species as well as the average source size of the emitting system. The sizes of the pion and kaon sources increase with centrality, and pions are emitted closer to the centre of the system and/or later than kaons. This is naturally expected in a system with strong radial flow and is qualitatively reproduced by hydrodynamic models. ALICE data on pion–kaon emission asymmetry are consistent with (3+1)-dimensional viscous hydrodynamics coupled to a statistical hadronisation model, resonance propagation, and decay code THERMINATOR 2 calculation, with an additional time delay between 1 and 2 fm/c for kaons. The delay can be interpreted as evidence for a significant hadronic rescattering phase in heavy-ion collisions at the LHC.
    • Transverse-momentum and event-shape dependence of D-meson flow harmonics in Pb–Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV

      Acharya, S.; Adamová, D.; Adler, A.; Adolfsson, J.; Aggarwal, M.M.; Aglieri Rinella, G.; Agnello, M.; Agrawal, N.; Ahammed, Z.; Ahmad, S.; et al. (Elsevier BV, 2020-12-29)
      The elliptic and triangular flow coefficients v2 and v3 of prompt D0, D+, and D*+ mesons were measured at midrapidity (|y|<0.8) in Pb–Pb collisions at the centre-of-mass energy per nucleon pair of √sNN = 5.02 TeV with the ALICE detector at the LHC. The D mesons were reconstructed via their hadronic decays in the transverse momentum interval 1 <p_T < 36 GeV/c in central (0–10%) and semi-central (30–50%) collisions. Compared to pions, protons, and J/ψ mesons, the average D-meson v_n harmonics are compatible within uncertainties with a mass hierarchy for p_T ≤ 3 GeV/c, and are similar to those of charged pions for higher p_T. The coupling of the charm quark to the light quarks in the underlying medium is further investigated with the application of the event-shape engineering (ESE) technique to the D-meson v2 and p_T-differential yields. The D-meson v2 is correlated with average bulk elliptic flow in both central and semi-central collisions. Within the current precision, the ratios of per-event D-meson yields in the ESE-selected and unbiased samples are found to be compatible with unity. All the measurements are found to be reasonably well described by theoretical calculations including the effects of charm-quark transport and the recombination of charm quarks with light quarks in a hydrodynamically expanding medium.
    • Search for a common baryon source in high-multiplicity pp collisions at the LHC

      Acharya, S.; Adamová, D.; Adler, A.; Adolfsson, J.; Aggarwal, M.M.; Aglieri Rinella, G.; Agnello, M.; Agrawal, N.; Ahammed, Z.; Ahmad, S.; et al. (Elsevier BV, 2020-10-08)
      We report on the measurement of the size of the particle-emitting source from two-baryon correlations with ALICE in high-multiplicity pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV. The source radius is studied with low relative momentum p–p, pbar-pbar, p–Λ , and pbar-Λbar pairs as a function of the pair transverse mass m_T considering for the first time in a quantitative way the effect of strong resonance decays. After correcting for this effect, the radii extracted for pairs of different particle species agree. This indicates that protons, antiprotons, Λ s, and Λbar s originate from the same source. Within the measured m_T range (1.1–2.2) GeV/c^2 the invariant radius of this common source varies between 1.3 and 0.85 fm. These results provide a precise reference for studies of the strong hadron–hadron interactions and for the investigation of collective properties in small colliding systems.
    • Blessing of dimensionality at the edge and geometry of few-shot learning

      Tyukin, Ivan Y.; Gorban, Alexander N.; McEwan, Alistair A.; Meshkinfamfard, Sepehr; Tang, Lixin; University of Leicester; Lobachevsky University, Russia; St Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Russia; University College London; Northeastern University, China; et al. (Elsevier BV, 2021-02-03)
      In this paper we present theory and algorithms enabling classes of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems to continuously and incrementally improve with a priori quantifiable guarantees – or more specifically remove classification errors – over time. This is distinct from state-of-the-art machine learning, AI, and software approaches. The theory enables building few-shot AI correction algorithms and provides conditions justifying their successful application. Another feature of this approach is that, in the supervised setting, the computational complexity of training is linear in the number of training samples. At the time of classification, the computational complexity is bounded by few inner product calculations. Moreover, the implementation is shown to be very scalable. This makes it viable for deployment in applications where computational power and memory are limited, such as embedded environments. It enables the possibility for fast on-line optimisation using improved training samples. The approach is based on the concentration of measure effects and stochastic separation theorems and is illustrated with an example on the identification faulty processes in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling and with a case study on adaptive removal of false positives in an industrial video surveillance and analytics system.
    • Bringing the Blessing of Dimensionality to the Edge

      Tyukin, Ivan Y.; Gorban, Alexander N; McEwan, Alistair; Meshkinfamfard, Sepehr; University of Leicester; Lobachevsky University, Russia (IEEE, 2019-09-30)
      In this work we present a novel approach and algorithms for equipping Artificial Intelligence systems with capabilities to become better over time. A distinctive feature of the approach is that, in the supervised setting, the approaches' computational complexity is sub-linear in the number of training samples. This makes it particularly attractive in applications in which the computational power and memory are limited. The approach is based on the concentration of measure effects and stochastic separation theorems. The algorithms are illustrated with examples.
    • Multiplicity dependence of J/ψ production at midrapidity in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV

      Acharya, S.; Adamová, D.; Adler, A.; Adolfsson, J.; Aggarwal, M.M.; Aglieri Rinella, G.; Agnello, M.; Agrawal, N.; Ahammed, Z.; Ahmad, S.; et al. (Elsevier BV, 2020-09-03)
      Measurements of the inclusive J/ψ yield as a function of charged-particle pseudorapidity density dNch/dη in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with ALICE at the LHC are reported. The J/ψ meson yield is measured at midrapidity (|y|<0.9) in the dielectron channel, for events selected based on the charged-particle multiplicity at midrapidity (|η|<1) and at forward rapidity ( -3.7 < η < -1.7 and 2.8 < η < 5.1); both observables are normalized to their corresponding averages in minimum bias events. The increase of the normalized J/ψ yield with normalized dNch/dη is significantly stronger than linear and dependent on the transverse momentum. The data are compared to theoretical predictions, which describe the observed trends well, albeit not always quantitatively.