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By John Reader

Drawing on decades of African adventure, John Reader has written a e-book of startling grandeur and scope that recreates the good landscape of African historical past, from the primeval cataclysms that shaped the continent to the political upheavals dealing with a lot of the continent this day. Reader tells the extreme tale of humankind's edition to the ferocious hindrances of woodland, river and desolate tract, and to the specter of debilitating parasites, micro organism and viruses unrivaled in other places on this planet. He additionally exhibits how the world's richest collection of animals and crops has helped - or hindered - human development in Africa.

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16 Liu Defu, Li Huajun, Liu Guilin et al. Then the expected value of joint probability is expressed as: 1 Fˆ x   N f X x i  N  I g x  0 h x  i 1 X (17) i in which, N denotes the simulation times and x i is the i-th simulation vector. As shown above, the main advantage of ISP is in that, samples are generated according to density function hX x  rather the original density function f X x  . The efficiency of ISP is obviously higher than basic Monte-Carlo simulation.  The variance of F x  is derived as follows: 2   1   f (x)    F x 2  Var ( F x )   E  I g (x)  0 X N  hX (x)    (18) It can be seen that if the forms of hX x  and f X x  are similar, the variance will be low.

The coastal defense infrastructure design criteria is listed in Table 14. Table 14. 93 Table 15. 7 Typhoon/Hurricane/Tropical Cyclone Disasters 35 For discussion on joint return period of wave height with storm surge and corresponding spring tide, the PNLTCED can be used for analytical solution. Different combinations of typhoon characteristics in first layer of PNLTCED can be induced different combinations of storm surge and waves. c show that PNLTCED is applicable model. a. Distribution diagnostic testing of storm surge.

4. Uncertainty Analysis of PMT, PMSS and DBF The spring tide, 100 years return period wave height and PMSS can be seen as nonGaussian random variables with different correlation. The PMT and PMSS must involve the joint probability characters, and then DBF can be actually obtained by multivariate joint probability prediction. For example, the characteristics of PMT and PMSS in different sea 34 Liu Defu, Li Huajun, Liu Guilin et al. area is related to annual occurring frequency of typhoon (λ), maximum central pressure difference (ΔP), radius of maximum wind speed (Rmax), moving speed of typhoon center (s), minimum distance between typhoon center and target site (δ), typhoon moving angle (θ) and typhoon duration (t).

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