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See detailThe mod 2 cohomology rings of congruence subgroups in the Bianchi groups
Berkove, Ethan; Lakeland, Grant; Rahm, Alexander UL

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We provide new tools for the calculation of the torsion in the cohomology of congruence subgroups in the Bianchi groups : An algorithm for finding particularly useful fundamental domains, and an analysis ... [more ▼]

We provide new tools for the calculation of the torsion in the cohomology of congruence subgroups in the Bianchi groups : An algorithm for finding particularly useful fundamental domains, and an analysis of the equivariant spectral sequence combined with torsion subcomplex reduction. [less ▲]

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See detailModular Support Toolkit for Teachers
Scheuer, Claude UL; Heck, Sandra UL

E-print/Working paper (2020)

In the frame of the BMC-EU project (Basic motor competencies in Europe), a support framework and a modular support toolkit on the basis of the concept of basic motor competences and the results of the ... [more ▼]

In the frame of the BMC-EU project (Basic motor competencies in Europe), a support framework and a modular support toolkit on the basis of the concept of basic motor competences and the results of the data collection in phase 1 of the project was developed as part of intellectual output 3. The aim of this toolkit is to be implemented mainly at the level of regular physical education lessons to initiate adaptations regarding the content and methods in physical education instruction. In a first step, the support framework was developed for getting from the diagnosis of the students’ basic motor competencies and the strengths and weaknesses identified in the assessment to concrete interventions. Based on this framework, supportive handouts in form of a modular support toolkit were developed, ready to be implemented in concrete educational situations to support students with additional needs in basic motor competencies. The modular support toolkit includes guidelines for the interpretation of MOBAK (Motorische Basiskompetenzen; German for basic motor competencies) test results, the MOBAK support framework, a glossary, as well as the modular support toolkit with materials for physical education teachers in the form of MOBAK task description cards and MOBAK activity cards based on principles of variation and on a competence-oriented approach. [less ▲]

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See detailBitcoin Governance as a Decentralized Financial Market Infrastructure
Nabilou, Hossein UL

E-print/Working paper (2020)

Bitcoin is the oldest and most widely established cryptocurrency network with the highest market capitalization among all cryptocurrencies. Although bitcoin (with lowercase b) is increasingly viewed as a ... [more ▼]

Bitcoin is the oldest and most widely established cryptocurrency network with the highest market capitalization among all cryptocurrencies. Although bitcoin (with lowercase b) is increasingly viewed as a digital asset belonging to a new asset class, the Bitcoin network (with uppercase B) is a decentralized financial market infrastructure (dFMI) that clears and settles transactions in its native asset without relying on the conventional financial market infrastructures (FMIs). To be a reliable asset class as well as a dFMI, however, Bitcoin needs to have robust governance arrangements; whether such arrangements are built into the protocol (i.e., on-chain governance mechanisms) or relegated to the participants in the Bitcoin network (i.e., off-chain governance mechanisms), or are composed of a combination of both mechanisms (i.e., a hybrid form of governance). This paper studies Bitcoin governance with a focus on its alleged shortcomings. In so doing, after defining Bitcoin governance and its objectives, the paper puts forward an idiosyncratic governance model whose main objective is to preserve and maximize the main value proposition of Bitcoin, i.e., its censorship-resistant property, which allows participants to transact in an environment with minimum social trust. Therefore, Bitcoin governance, including the processes through which Bitcoin governance crises have been resolved and the standards against which the Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs) are examined, should be analyzed in light of the prevailing narrative of Bitcoin as a censorship-resistant store of value and payment infrastructure. Within such a special governance model, this paper seeks to identify the potential shortcomings in Bitcoin governance by reference to the major governance crises that posed serious threats to Bitcoin in the last decade. It concludes that the existing governance arrangements in the Bitcoin network have been largely successful in dealing with Bitcoin’s major crises that would have otherwise become existential threats to the Bitcoin network. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasuring Pants
Doan, Nhat Minh UL; Parlier, Hugo UL; Tan, Ser Peow

E-print/Working paper (2020)

We investigate the terms arising in an identity for hyperbolic surfaces proved by Luo and Tan, namely showing that they vary monotonically in terms of lengths and that they verify certain convexity ... [more ▼]

We investigate the terms arising in an identity for hyperbolic surfaces proved by Luo and Tan, namely showing that they vary monotonically in terms of lengths and that they verify certain convexity properties. Using these properties, we deduce two results. As a first application, we show how to deduce a theorem of Thurston which states, in particular for closed hyperbolic surfaces, that if a simple length spectrum "dominates" another, then in fact the two surfaces are isometric. As a second application, we show how to find upper bounds on the number of pairs of pants of bounded length that only depend on the boundary length and the topology of the surface. [less ▲]

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See detailRadial processes for sub-Riemannian Brownian motions and applications
Baudoin, Fabrice; Grong, Erlend; Kuwada, Kazumasa et al

E-print/Working paper (2020)

We study the radial part of sub-Riemannian Brownian motion in the context of totally geodesic foliations. Itô's formula is proved for the radial processes associated to Riemannian distances approximating ... [more ▼]

We study the radial part of sub-Riemannian Brownian motion in the context of totally geodesic foliations. Itô's formula is proved for the radial processes associated to Riemannian distances approximating the Riemannian one. We deduce very general stochastic completeness criteria for the sub-Riemannian Brownian motion. In the context of Sasakian foliations and H-type groups, one can push the analysis further, and taking advantage of the recently proved sub-Laplacian comparison theorems one can compare the radial processes for the sub-Riemannian distance to one-dimensional model diffusions. As a geometric application, we prove Cheng's type estimates for the Dirichlet eigenvalues of the sub-Riemannian metric balls, a result which seems to be new even in the Heisenberg group. [less ▲]

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See detailDepressionen am Arbeitsplatz in Luxemburg: ein Handlungsfeld
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

E-print/Working paper (2020)

Im Rahmen dieser Newsletter wird das aktuelle Depressionsrisiko am Arbeitsplatz in Luxemburg vorgestellt. Im Vergleich zu anderen europäischen Ländern weist Luxemburg einen relativ hohen Anteil an ... [more ▼]

Im Rahmen dieser Newsletter wird das aktuelle Depressionsrisiko am Arbeitsplatz in Luxemburg vorgestellt. Im Vergleich zu anderen europäischen Ländern weist Luxemburg einen relativ hohen Anteil an Arbeitnehmern mit Depressionsrisiko. Weibliche Arbeitnehmer sind im Vergleich zu männlichen geringfügig häufiger von einem Depressionsrisiko betroffen. Differenziert nach Beruf sind vor allem Hilfsarbeitskräfte, Manager sowie Arbeitnehmer in Dienstleistungsberufen besonders von einem Depressionsrisiko betroffen. Arbeitnehmer mit Depressionsrisiko berichten über nachteilige Arbeitsbedingungen und weisen auch eine geringere Arbeitsplatzzufriedenheit sowie weitere gesundheitliche Probleme auf. [less ▲]

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See detailExponential contraction in Wasserstein distance on static and evolving manifolds
Cheng, Li Juan UL; Thalmaier, Anton UL; Zhang, Shao-Qin

E-print/Working paper (2020)

In this article, exponential contraction in Wasserstein distance for heat semigroups of diffusion processes on Riemannian manifolds is established under curvature conditions where Ricci curvature is not ... [more ▼]

In this article, exponential contraction in Wasserstein distance for heat semigroups of diffusion processes on Riemannian manifolds is established under curvature conditions where Ricci curvature is not necessarily required to be non-negative. Compared to the results of Wang (2016), we focus on explicit estimates for the exponential contraction rate. Moreover, we show that our results extend to manifolds evolving under a geometric flow. As application, for the time-inhomogeneous semigroups, we obtain a gradient estimate with an exponential contraction rate under weak curvature conditions, as well as uniqueness of the corresponding evolution system of measures. [less ▲]

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See detailA newform theory for Katz modular forms
Berhanu, Daniel UL

E-print/Working paper (2020)

In this paper, a strong multiplicity one theorem for Katz modular forms is studied. We show that a cuspidal Katz eigenform which admits an irreducible Galois representation is in the level and weight old ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a strong multiplicity one theorem for Katz modular forms is studied. We show that a cuspidal Katz eigenform which admits an irreducible Galois representation is in the level and weight old space of a uniquely associated Katz newform. We also set up multiplicity one results for Katz eigenforms which have reducible Galois representation. [less ▲]

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See detailNormal approximation for functions of hidden Markov models
Kerchev, George UL

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See detailRemoving the saturation assumption in Bank-Weiser error estimator analysis in dimension three
Bulle, Raphaël UL; Chouly, Franz; Hale, Jack UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2020)

We provide a new argument proving the reliability of the Bank-Weiser estimator for Lagrange piecewise linear finite elements in both dimension two and three. The extension to dimension three constitutes ... [more ▼]

We provide a new argument proving the reliability of the Bank-Weiser estimator for Lagrange piecewise linear finite elements in both dimension two and three. The extension to dimension three constitutes the main novelty of our study. In addition, we present a numerical comparison of the Bank-Weiser and residual estimators for a three-dimensional test case. [less ▲]

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See detailCausal dynamical modelling predicts novel regulatory genes of FOXP3 in human regulatory T cells
Sawlekar, Rucha UL; Magni, Stefano UL; Chapelle, Christophe et al

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See detailFrom deformation theory of wheeled props to classification of Kontsevich formality maps
Andersson, Assar UL; Merkulov, Sergei UL

E-print/Working paper (2019)

We study homotopy theory of the wheeled prop controlling Poisson structures on arbitrary formal graded finite-dimensional manifolds and prove, in particular, that Grothendieck-Teichmueller group acts on ... [more ▼]

We study homotopy theory of the wheeled prop controlling Poisson structures on arbitrary formal graded finite-dimensional manifolds and prove, in particular, that Grothendieck-Teichmueller group acts on that wheeled prop faithfully and homotopy non-trivially. Next we apply this homotopy theory to the study of the deformation complex of an arbitrary Maxim Kontsevich formality map and compute the full cohomology group of that deformation complex in terms of the cohomology of a certain graph complex introduced earlier by Maxim Kontsevich in [K1] and studied by Thomas Willwacher in [W1]. [less ▲]

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See detailA Directive to protect whistle-blowers
Kafteranis, Dimitrios UL

E-print/Working paper (2019)

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See detailParliamentary Administrations in EU Politics: The Sources and Impact of Diversity
Högenauer, Anna-Lena UL

E-print/Working paper (2019)

National parliaments tend to delegate a range of tasks related to EU affairs scrutiny to their administrations. However, there is considerable variation in the extent to which national parliaments invest ... [more ▼]

National parliaments tend to delegate a range of tasks related to EU affairs scrutiny to their administrations. However, there is considerable variation in the extent to which national parliaments invest in EU affairs staff. This raises two questions: what is the source of this diversity, and what is its impact on the EU affairs scrutiny of national parliaments? This paper argues that greater investments in EU affairs staff are associated with public Euroscepticism, large parliaments and parliaments with strong scrutiny powers. A large EU staff is, in turn, associated with parliaments that are relatively active in EU affairs scrutiny. This is particularly true for the 15 EU member states that joined before 2004. [less ▲]

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See detailL'espace sportif européen: circulations, organisations et identité européenne
Moreau, Sebastien UL; Sbetti, Nicola; Dufraisse, Sylvain et al

E-print/Working paper (2019)

Dès la fin du xixe siècle, l’espace européen est le cadre d’un développement précoce des échanges sportifs et tient un rôle pionnier dans l’organisation internationale des sports. L’homogénéisation des ... [more ▼]

Dès la fin du xixe siècle, l’espace européen est le cadre d’un développement précoce des échanges sportifs et tient un rôle pionnier dans l’organisation internationale des sports. L’homogénéisation des pratiques et la mise en place de compétitions continentales, processus commencé dans l’entre-deux-guerres et qui se renforce après la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, a comme effet la constitution d’un espace sportif européen. Touchant autant les élites que les masses et le produit d’une intense médiatisation, les sports ont un impact qui dépasse largement les stades et permettent aux Européens de se rencontrer et in fine de mieux se connaître. [less ▲]

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See detailTransport properties of Majorana bound states networks in the Coulomb blockade regime
Ekström, Carl Johan Ingvar UL; Recher, Patrik; Schmidt, Thomas UL

E-print/Working paper (2019)

Topologically protected qubits based on nanostructures hosting Majorana bound states (MBSs) hold great promise for fault-tolerant quantum computing. We study the transport properties of nanowire networks ... [more ▼]

Topologically protected qubits based on nanostructures hosting Majorana bound states (MBSs) hold great promise for fault-tolerant quantum computing. We study the transport properties of nanowire networks hosting MBSs with a focus on the effects of the charging energy and the overlap between neighboring MBSs in short mesoscopic samples. In particular, we investigate structures hosting four MBSs such as T-junctions and Majorana boxes. Using a master equation in the Markovian approximation, we discuss the leading transport processes mediated by the MBSs. Single-electron tunneling and processes involving creation and annihilation of Cooper pairs dominate in the sequential tunneling limit. In the cotunneling regime the charge in the MBSs network is fixed and transport is governed by transitions via virtual intermediate states. Our results show that four-terminal measurements in the T-junction and Majorana box geometries can be useful tools for the characterization of the properties of MBSs with finite overlaps and charging energy. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 2019 European Parliament Elections in Luxembourg in the Context of Past Elections
Högenauer, Anna-Lena UL

E-print/Working paper (2019)

The aim of this article is to analyse the 2019 European election in Luxembourg and to contextualize it by comparing it with past elections. The article presents the party landscape, the electoral campaign ... [more ▼]

The aim of this article is to analyse the 2019 European election in Luxembourg and to contextualize it by comparing it with past elections. The article presents the party landscape, the electoral campaign, the electoral system and the results of the 2019 European election. The results are then analysed in the context of past national and European elections in order to establish whether European elections are second-order elections in Luxembourg, how electoral volatility evolved over time, whether there is a rise in Eurosceptic parties and how the representation of women has evolved since 1979. [less ▲]

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See detailThe conformal group of a compact simply connected Lorentzian manifold
Melnick, Karin; Pecastaing, Vincent UL

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See detailPhase transition for the volume of high-dimensional random polytopes
Bonnet, Gilles; Kabluchko, Zakhar; Turchi, Nicola UL

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See detailConstant Gaussian curvature foliations and Schläfli formulas of hyperbolic 3-manifolds
Mazzoli, Filippo UL

E-print/Working paper (2019)

We study the geometry of the foliation by constant Gaussian curvature surfaces (S_k)_k of a hyperbolic end, and how it relates to the structures of its boundary at infinity and of its pleated boundary ... [more ▼]

We study the geometry of the foliation by constant Gaussian curvature surfaces (S_k)_k of a hyperbolic end, and how it relates to the structures of its boundary at infinity and of its pleated boundary. First, we show that the Thurston and the Schwarzian parametrizations are the limits of two families of parametrizations of the space of hyperbolic ends, defined by Labourie in 1992 in terms of the geometry of the leaves S_k. We give a new description of the renormalized volume using the constant curvature foliation. We prove a generalization of McMullen's Kleinian reciprocity theorem, which replaces the role of the Schwarzian parametrization with Labourie's parametrizations. Finally, we describe the constant curvature foliation of a hyperbolic end as the integral curve of a time-dependent Hamiltonian vector field on the cotangent space to Teichmüller space, in analogy to the Moncrief flow for constant mean curvature foliations in Lorenzian space-times. [less ▲]

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See detailDeconstructing Blockchains: A Comprehensive Survey on Consensus, Membership and Structure
Natoli, Christopher; Yu, Jiangshan; Gramoli, Vincent et al

E-print/Working paper (2019)

It is no exaggeration to say that since the introduction of Bitcoin, blockchains have become a disruptive technology that has shaken the world. However, the rising popularity of the paradigm has led to a ... [more ▼]

It is no exaggeration to say that since the introduction of Bitcoin, blockchains have become a disruptive technology that has shaken the world. However, the rising popularity of the paradigm has led to a flurry of proposals addressing variations and/or trying to solve problems stemming from the initial specification. This added considerable complexity to the current blockchain ecosystems, amplified by the absence of detail in many accompanying blockchain whitepapers. Through this paper, we set out to explain blockchains in a simple way, taming that complexity through the deconstruction of the blockchain into three simple, critical components common to all known systems: membership selection, consensus mechanism and structure. We propose an evaluation framework with insight into system models, desired properties and analysis criteria, using the decoupled components as criteria. We use this framework to provide clear and intuitive overviews of the design principles behind the analyzed systems and the properties achieved. We hope our effort will help clarifying the current state of blockchain proposals and provide directions to the analysis of future proposals. [less ▲]

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See detailProjective and conformal closed manifolds with a higher-rank lattice action
Pecastaing, Vincent UL

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We prove global results about actions of cocompact lattices in higher-rank simple Lie groups on closed manifolds endowed with either a projective class of connections or a conformal class of pseudo ... [more ▼]

We prove global results about actions of cocompact lattices in higher-rank simple Lie groups on closed manifolds endowed with either a projective class of connections or a conformal class of pseudo-Riemannian metrics of signature (p,q), with min(p,q)>1. In the continuity of a recent article, provided that such a structure is locally equivalent to its model X, the main question treated here is the completeness of the associated (G,X)-structure. The similarities between the model spaces of non-Lorentzian conformal geometry and projective geometry make that lots of arguments are valid for both cases, and we expose the proofs in parallel. The conclusion is that in both cases, when the real-rank is maximal, the manifold is globally equivalent to either the model space X or its double cover. [less ▲]

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See detailReducibility of n-ary semigroups: from quasitriviality towards idempotency
Couceiro, Miguel; Devillet, Jimmy UL; Marichal, Jean-Luc UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2019)

Let $X$ be a nonempty set. Denote by $\mathcal{F}^n_k$ the class of associative operations $F\colon X^n\to X$ satisfying the condition $F(x_1,\ldots,x_n)\in\{x_1,\ldots,x_n\}$ whenever at least $k$ of the ... [more ▼]

Let $X$ be a nonempty set. Denote by $\mathcal{F}^n_k$ the class of associative operations $F\colon X^n\to X$ satisfying the condition $F(x_1,\ldots,x_n)\in\{x_1,\ldots,x_n\}$ whenever at least $k$ of the elements $x_1,\ldots,x_n$ are equal to each other. The elements of $\mathcal{F}^n_1$ are said to be quasitrivial and those of $\mathcal{F}^n_n$ are said to be idempotent. We show that $\mathcal{F}^n_1=\cdots =\mathcal{F}^n_{n-2}\varsubsetneq\mathcal{F}^n_{n-1}\varsubsetneq\mathcal{F}^n_n$. The class $\mathcal{F}^n_1$ was recently characterized by Couceiro and Devillet \cite{CouDev}, who showed that its elements are reducible to binary associative operations. However, some elements of $\mathcal{F}^n_n$ are not reducible. In this paper, we characterize the class $\mathcal{F}^n_{n-1}\setminus\mathcal{F}^n_1$ and show that its elements are reducible. In particular, we show that each of these elements is an extension of an $n$-ary Abelian group operation whose exponent divides $n-1$. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal Social Interaction and Urban Equilibria
Picard, Pierre M UL; Augeraud-Veron, Emmanuelle; Maruhenda, Francisco

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In this paper we investigate the effect of local interaction in a simple urban economics model. Agents interact with others if and only if their interaction benefit outweights their travel cost and ... [more ▼]

In this paper we investigate the effect of local interaction in a simple urban economics model. Agents interact with others if and only if their interaction benefit outweights their travel cost and therefore meet others only within finite geographic windows. We show that two or more cites may co-exist at the equilibrium provided that they are sufficiently distant. For any interaction surplus function, there exists a unique spatial equilibrium on not too large city supports. The population density within a city is determined by a second order advance-delay differential equation, whose solutions are fully characterized for linear interaction surplus functions. Numerical analyses show that more localized interactions yield flatter population density and land rents over larger extents of the city support. They do not give support to the idea that multiple subcenters can be caused by small and finite geographic windows of interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailBorders and the mobility of migrants in Luxembourg
Paraschivescu, Claudia UL; Nienaber, Birte UL; Oesch, Lucas UL

E-print/Working paper (2019)

This country report sought to explore the border as a site of control and the ways in which it interferes with migrants’ (asylum seekers, refugees and rejected asylum seekers) trajectories before, upon ... [more ▼]

This country report sought to explore the border as a site of control and the ways in which it interferes with migrants’ (asylum seekers, refugees and rejected asylum seekers) trajectories before, upon and after arrival in Luxembourg. To this end, it explored, through qualitative interviews with a total of 29 state and civil society actors and migrants, as well as ethnographic observation at Findel airport, Luxembourg’s only external border, the multiple conceptualisations and experiences of borders. It has identified that the suppression of internal controls within the Schengen area has been accompanied by a surge of controls within the member states, either at the stage of lodging an asylum claim, or at the street level, where migrants can be stopped and searched by police officers. Furthermore, the data showed that the migrants interviewed not only did they experience bordering practices during their interactions with public actors, but they were also subject to bordering during their interactions with private actors from the housing and employment market. The principal finding of this research with regards to the interplay between borders and the mobility of migrants is that cross-border mobility is commonplace, the migrants’ mobility practices reflecting the movements of the local population. As such, borders do not represent efficient mechanisms of control which can prevent migrants’ mobility trajectories. [less ▲]

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See detailBorders and the mobility of migrants in France
Paraschivescu, Claudia UL; Nienaber, Birte UL; Oesch, Lucas UL

E-print/Working paper (2019)

This country report investigates the ways in which the border as a site of control interferes with asylum seekers’ and refugees’ mobility trajectories before, upon and after arrival in France. The ... [more ▼]

This country report investigates the ways in which the border as a site of control interferes with asylum seekers’ and refugees’ mobility trajectories before, upon and after arrival in France. The interplay between borders and mobility plays a key role in the Common European Asylum System, the Schengen area and the Dublin regulation, which all have been affected by the 2015 so-called migration crisis. Based on in-depth qualitative interviews with thirteen migrants and ten institutional actors in the city of Metz, the overarching finding indicates that migrants’ movements evolve from geographical trajectories in order to reach a country of destination, to administrative trajectories, in order to become regularised in the host country. Furthermore, while physical borders have interfered with some informants’ migratory journeys, they have done so only by changing their trajectories, and, at times, the initial country of destination. Thus, they did not deter the migrants from reaching a safe country of destination. Once in Metz, the migrants become subject to administrative borders performed by state agents, such as the Préfecture and the French Agency for Immigration and Integration (OFII), as well as by private actors from the employment market. [less ▲]

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See detailBorders and the mobility of migrants in the EU and Turkey
Paraschivescu, Claudia UL; Nienaber, Birte UL; Oesch, Lucas UL

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This comparative report investigates the ways in which the mobility of applicants for international protection, beneficiaries of international protection and irregular migrants intersect with the borders ... [more ▼]

This comparative report investigates the ways in which the mobility of applicants for international protection, beneficiaries of international protection and irregular migrants intersect with the borders encountered during their trajectories before, during and after their arrival in six EU countries (Greece, Hungary, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Spain) and Turkey. After defining the concept of borders, this study contextualises the securitisation of EU external and internal borders, and it provides some background information on the CEAS and the Dublin Regulation, which are central to this research. Moreover, it engages with the legislative framework in place in the field of asylum in the seven countries on which this report draws. Based on qualitative interviews with a total of 96 asylum seekers, refugees and irregular migrants, as well as 94 state and non-state actors and ethnographic observation, the empirical part of the study explored the following aspects: experiences and conceptualisations of borders; mobility patterns and trajectories; the interplay between the Schengen zone and the Dublin system; the shortcomings of CEAS; as well as policies and experiences in the fields of housing and employment. The main finding of this comparative report is that while territorial borders cannot always impede human mobility, they are recreated within countries as administrative borders, which can encourage secondary movements. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgien und Deutschland: eine kleine Beziehungsgeschichte
Brüll, Christoph UL

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See detailBrownian Loops, Layering Fields and Imaginary Gaussian Multiplicative Chaos
Camia, Federico; Gandolfi, Alberto; Peccati, Giovanni UL et al

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See detailBad representations and homotopy groups of Character Varieties
Guerin, Clément UL; Lawton, Sean; Ramras, Daniel

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Let G be a connected, reductive, complex affine algebraic group, and let Xr denote the moduli space of G-valued representations of a rank r free group. We first characterize the singularities in Xr ... [more ▼]

Let G be a connected, reductive, complex affine algebraic group, and let Xr denote the moduli space of G-valued representations of a rank r free group. We first characterize the singularities in Xr resolving conjectures of Florentino-Lawton. In particular, we compute the codimension of the orbifold singular locus using facts about Borel-de Siebenthal groups. We then use this codimension to calculate some higher homotopy groups of the smooth locus of Xr, proving conjectures of Florentino-Lawton-Ramras. Lastly, using the earlier analysis of Borel-de Siebenthal groups, we prove a conjecture of Sikora about CI Lie groups. [less ▲]

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See detailQuasicircles and width of Jordan curves in CP1
bonsante, francesco; danciger, jeffrey; maloni, sara et al

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We study a notion of "width" for Jordan curves in CP1, paying special attention to the class of quasicircles. The width of a Jordan curve is defined in terms of the geometry of its convex hull in ... [more ▼]

We study a notion of "width" for Jordan curves in CP1, paying special attention to the class of quasicircles. The width of a Jordan curve is defined in terms of the geometry of its convex hull in hyperbolic three-space. A similar invariant in the setting of anti de Sitter geometry was used by Bonsante-Schlenker to characterize quasicircles amongst a larger class of Jordan curves in the boundary of anti de Sitter space. By contrast to the AdS setting, we show that there are Jordan curves of bounded width which fail to be quasicircles. However, we show that Jordan curves with small width are quasicircles. [less ▲]

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See detailDual pairs in the Pin-group and duality for the corresponding spinorial representation
Guerin, Clément UL; Liu, Gang; Merino, Allan

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In this paper, we give a complete picture of Howe correspondence for the setting (O(E,b),Pin(E,b),Π), where O(E,b) is an orthogonal group (real or complex), Pin(E,b) is the two-fold Pin-covering of O(E,b ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we give a complete picture of Howe correspondence for the setting (O(E,b),Pin(E,b),Π), where O(E,b) is an orthogonal group (real or complex), Pin(E,b) is the two-fold Pin-covering of O(E,b), and Π is the spinorial representation of Pin(E,b). More precisely, for a dual pair (G,G′) in O(E,b), we determine explicitly the nature of its preimages (G̃,G′~) in Pin(E,b), and prove that apart from some exceptions, (G̃,G′~) is always a dual pair in Pin(E,b); then we establish the Howe correspondence for Π with respect to (G̃,G′~). [less ▲]

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See detailRefining transparency and responsible investment?: The case of EIB and sustainable finance
Alexandraki, Chrysa UL

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On 8 January 2019, an action was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereafter CJEU) by an environmental law charity, ClientEarth (hereafter applicant) against a multilateral ... [more ▼]

On 8 January 2019, an action was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereafter CJEU) by an environmental law charity, ClientEarth (hereafter applicant) against a multilateral development bank (hereafter MDB) and European institution, the European Investment Bank (hereafter EIB). The case concerns the financing by the bank of a biomass energy generating project in Northern Spain – Galicia -, of the cost of 60 million euros, followed by the bank’s refusal to refine its decision to finance the aforementioned investment, regardless the applicant’s request for an internal review of this decision on April 2018. The applicant bases the request for an internal review on alleged ‘errors in the assessment of the financing combined with the provision of minimal information regarding the funding decision’. The main claim brought by the applicant involves the annulment of EIB’s refusal to conduct an internal review and subject its decision to scrutiny, as requested under Article 10 of the Aarhus Regulation (hereafter Regulation), bringing into discussion implementation issues of both International and European law. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulating banks for the public? The dilemmas of prudential regulation
Commain, Sébastien UL

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The regulation of banking activities present policymakers with a conundrum: while essential for a healthy and growing economy, they also present important risks of crises that affect all citizens ... [more ▼]

The regulation of banking activities present policymakers with a conundrum: while essential for a healthy and growing economy, they also present important risks of crises that affect all citizens. Prudential regulation is intended to contain the risks while enabling the socially beneficial functions of banks, but the shadow of financial interests influence hangs over the regulatory process. Assessing the reality and extent of this influence, this paper argues, requires first to acquire asound understanding of the social costs and benefits of banking, and the capacity of regulation to promote social welfare. This paper then offers the reader a review of the main issues covered in the literature and suggests some lessons for the study of financial interest groups. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights into protein structural, physicochemical, and functional consequences of missense variants in 1,330 disease-associated human genes 693259
Iqbal, Sumaiya; Jespersen, Jakob B.; Perez-Palma, Eduardo et al

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Inference of the structural and functional consequences of amino acid-altering missense variants is challenging and not yet scalable. Clinical and research applications of the colossal number of ... [more ▼]

Inference of the structural and functional consequences of amino acid-altering missense variants is challenging and not yet scalable. Clinical and research applications of the colossal number of identified missense variants is thus limited. Here we describe the aggregation and analysis of large-scale genomic variation and structural biology data for 1,330 disease-associated genes. Comparing the burden of 40 structural, physicochemical, and functional protein features of altered amino acids with 3-dimensional coordinates, we found 18 and 14 features that are associated with pathogenic and population missense variants, respectively. Separate analyses of variants from 24 protein functional classes revealed novel function-dependent vulnerable features. We then devised a quantitative spectrum, identifying variants with higher pathogenic variant-associated features. Finally, we developed a web resource (MISCAST; http://miscast.broadinstitute.org/) for interactive analysis of variants on linear and tertiary protein structures. The biological impact of missense variants available through the webtool will assist researchers in hypothesizing variant pathogenicity and disease trajectories. [less ▲]

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See detailArbeitsplatzmobbing in Luxemburg - wie groß ist das Problem?
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Im Rahmen dieser Newsletter werden die aktuellen Prävalenzraten zu Mobbing am Arbeitsplatz in Luxemburg vorgestellt. Die Befunde der jährlichen Befragung durch den Quality of Work Index zeigen auf, dass ... [more ▼]

Im Rahmen dieser Newsletter werden die aktuellen Prävalenzraten zu Mobbing am Arbeitsplatz in Luxemburg vorgestellt. Die Befunde der jährlichen Befragung durch den Quality of Work Index zeigen auf, dass die Arbeitsplatzmobbingprävalenz zwischen 2014 und 2018 zwischen 12.4% und 18.1% variiert. Sinnlose Aufgaben und permanente Kritik an der eigenen Arbeit sind die häufigsten Mobbing-Verhaltensweisen, denen Arbeitnehmer ausgesetzt sind. Insbesondere Arbeitnehmer in Dienstleistungsberufen sind hierbei von Mobbing betroffen. Insgesamt beurteilen von Mobbing betroffene Arbeitnehmer ihre Arbeitsbedingungen durchschnittlich schlechter (z.B. weniger Autonomie, mehr Zeitdruck) als Arbeitnehmer, die kein Mobbing erleben. Zudem weisen Arbeitnehmer, die von Mobbing betroffen sind, ein geringeres Wohlbefinden auf. [less ▲]

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See detailThe provision of long-term credit and firm growth
Leon, Florian UL

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This paper investigates whether a higher level of long-term credit provision affects the growth of small and young firms. Firm-level data from more than 20,000 firms in 62 countries are combined with a ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates whether a higher level of long-term credit provision affects the growth of small and young firms. Firm-level data from more than 20,000 firms in 62 countries are combined with a new hand-collected database on short-term and long-term credit provided to the private sector. Using a difference-in-difference framework, our results indicate that, contrary to short-term credit, long-term credit does not stimulate growth of small and young firms. This finding is, at least partially, explained by the differential impact of short-term and long-term credit provision on small and young firms’ access to credit. While the provision of short-term credit alleviates credit constraints faced by small and young firms, a larger provision of longterm bank loans has an opposite impact. Our findings are in line with the hypothesis that an increase of long-term credit provision reflects a lender’s choice to provide more financing to existing clients (intensive margin) to the detriment of firms without previous access to finance (extensive margin). [less ▲]

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See detailOptimal TNFS-secure pairings on elliptic curves with composite embedding degree
Fotiadis, Georgios UL; Martindale, Chloe

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See detailMitochondrial morphology provides a mechanism for energy buffering at synapses
Garcia, Guadalupe Clara UL; Bartol, Thomas M.; Phan, Sebastien A. et al

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Mitochondria as the main energy suppliers of eukaryotic cells are highly dynamic organelles that fuse, divide and are transported along the cytoskeleton to ensure cellular energy homeostasis. While these ... [more ▼]

Mitochondria as the main energy suppliers of eukaryotic cells are highly dynamic organelles that fuse, divide and are transported along the cytoskeleton to ensure cellular energy homeostasis. While these processes are well established, substantial evidence indicates that the internal structure is also highly variable in dependence on metabolic conditions. However, a quantitative mechanistic understanding of how mitochondrial morphology affects energetic states is still elusive. To address this question, we here present an agent-based dynamic model using three-dimensional morphologies from electron microscopy tomography which considers the molecular dynamics of the main ATP production components. We apply our modeling approach to mitochondria at the synapse which is the largest energy consumer within the brain. Interestingly, comparing the spatiotemporal simulations with a corresponding space-independent approach, we find minor space dependence when the system relaxes toward equilibrium but a qualitative difference in fluctuating environments. These results suggest that internal mitochondrial morphology is not only optimized for ATP production but also provides a mechanism for energy buffering and may represent a mechanism for cellular robustness. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of pathogenic variant enriched regions across genes and gene families
Pérez-Palma, Eduardo; May, Patrick UL; Iqbal, Sumaiya et al

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Missense variant interpretation is challenging. Essential regions for protein function are conserved among gene family members, and genetic variants within these regions are potentially more likely to ... [more ▼]

Missense variant interpretation is challenging. Essential regions for protein function are conserved among gene family members, and genetic variants within these regions are potentially more likely to confer risk to disease. Here, we generated 2,871 gene family protein sequence alignments involving 9,990 genes and performed missense variant burden analyses to identify novel essential protein regions. We mapped 2,219,811 variants from the general population into these alignments and compared their distribution with 65,034 missense variants from patients. With this gene family approach, we identified 398 regions enriched for patient variants spanning 33,887 amino acids in 1,058 genes. As a comparison, testing the same genes individually we identified less patient variant enriched regions involving only 2,167 amino acids and 180 genes. Next, we selected de novo variants from 6,753 patients with neurodevelopmental disorders and 1,911 unaffected siblings, and observed a 5.56-fold enrichment of patient variants in our identified regions (95% C.I. =2.76-Inf, p-value = 6.66×10−8). Using an independent ClinVar variant set, we found missense variants inside the identified regions are 111-fold more likely to be classified as pathogenic in comparison to benign classification (OR = 111.48, 95% C.I = 68.09-195.58, p-value < 2.2e−16). All patient variant enriched regions identified (PERs) are available online through a user-friendly platform for interactive data mining, visualization and download at http://per.broadinstitute.org. In summary, our gene family burden analysis approach identified novel patient variant enriched regions in protein sequences. This annotation can empower variant interpretation. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Lorrains actifs à l'étranger, analyse au niveau communal
Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle UL; Helfer, Malte UL

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A growing number of people living in Lorraine cross the border for work. Today, there are more than 100 000 commuters, the majority of them working in Luxembourg. The flow of commuters into Luxembourg is ... [more ▼]

A growing number of people living in Lorraine cross the border for work. Today, there are more than 100 000 commuters, the majority of them working in Luxembourg. The flow of commuters into Luxembourg is on the increase, whereas commuting into Germany continues to shrink. The analysis of com-munes of residence shows a high proportion of cross-border commuters living as the active population in close vicinity to Luxembourg, but many also live in communes further afield; this phenomenon is moving beyond the borders and raises many issues: environmental, social and economic … [less ▲]

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See detailA Symbol of History
Danescu, Elena UL

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As the fifth sovereign of the national dynasty since 1890, Grand Duke Jean was a head of state who perfectly embodied the ideals of service to his country and commitment to European integration.

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See detailMonetary Policy Transmission to Consumer Financial Stress and Durable Consumption
Georgarakos, Dimitris; Tatsiramos, Konstantinos UL

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We examine the effects of monetary policy on household self-assessed financial stress and durable consumption using panel data from eighteen annual waves of the British Household Panel Survey. For ... [more ▼]

We examine the effects of monetary policy on household self-assessed financial stress and durable consumption using panel data from eighteen annual waves of the British Household Panel Survey. For identification, we exploit random variation in household exposure to interest rates generated by the random timing of household interview dates with respect to policy rate changes. After accounting for household and month-year-of- interview fixed effects, we uncover significant heterogeneities in the way monetary policy affects household groups that differ in housing and saving status. In particular, an increase in the interest rate induces financial stress among mortgagors and renters, while it lessens financial stress of savers. We find symmetric effects on durable consumption, mainly driven by mortgagors with high debt burden or limited access to liquidity and younger renters who are prospective home buyers. [less ▲]

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See detailLe travail frontalier au Luxembourg : éléments de contexte et de portrait statistique
Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle UL

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In Luxemburg, 44.4% of employees lives across the border and comes from the three neighboring coun-tries. Cross-border work has historic roots. It is a lasting, growing phenomenon, anchored in local econo ... [more ▼]

In Luxemburg, 44.4% of employees lives across the border and comes from the three neighboring coun-tries. Cross-border work has historic roots. It is a lasting, growing phenomenon, anchored in local econo-mies. This contribution underlines the importance of contextual conditions under which these flows have in-creased. It presents the main characteristics and challenges of cross-border work in Luxembourg, in order to compare with Switzerland. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Lorrains actifs à l'étranger : une analyse cartographique au niveau communal
Helfer, Malte UL; Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle UL

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A growing number of people living in Lorraine cross the border for work. Today, there are more than 100 000 commuters, the majority of them working in Luxembourg. The flow of commuters into Luxem-bourg is ... [more ▼]

A growing number of people living in Lorraine cross the border for work. Today, there are more than 100 000 commuters, the majority of them working in Luxembourg. The flow of commuters into Luxem-bourg is on the increase, whereas commuting into Germany continues to shrink. The analysis of com-munes of residence shows a high proportion of cross-border commuters living as the active population in close vicinity to Luxembourg, but many also live in communes further afield; this phenomenon is moving beyond the borders and raises many issues: environmental, social and economic … [less ▲]

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See detailDéchiffrer le phénomène des travailleurs transfrontaliers en Suisse
Duchêne-Lacroix, Cédric; Wille, Christian UL; Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle UL

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Cross-border workers form a little-known but numerous population in Switzerland. Beyond clichés, this contribution brings together the main characteristics of this population based on official statistics ... [more ▼]

Cross-border workers form a little-known but numerous population in Switzerland. Beyond clichés, this contribution brings together the main characteristics of this population based on official statistics and the latest research. The introduction of the Freedom of Movement Agreement did not change the growth trend of the population that remains to live and work in proximity of the border, mostly in France and near-Switzerland agglomerations. Conversely, the occupational areas and levels have diversified. Generally, cross-border workers have no negative influence on the labour market, except on salary level in some economic sectors in Ticino. The initiation of the “priority to Swiss residents” will not change the situation, which relates above all to the economic evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailles travailleurs frontaliers au Luxembourg et en Suisse : Emploi, Quotidien et Perceptions
Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle UL; Wille, Christian UL

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Petits pays ayant d’importants besoins de main-d’œuvre, le Luxembourg et la Suisse attirent tous deux un grand nombre de travailleurs frontaliers. C’est dans une perspective comparative que les 19 auteurs ... [more ▼]

Petits pays ayant d’importants besoins de main-d’œuvre, le Luxembourg et la Suisse attirent tous deux un grand nombre de travailleurs frontaliers. C’est dans une perspective comparative que les 19 auteurs impliqués dans ce Cahier Thématique analysent la situation des travailleurs frontaliers dans les principaux pôles d’emploi transfrontaliers (Luxembourg, Bâle, Genève), mais également au Tessin. En tenant compte des éléments contextuels et méthodologiques, géographes, économistes, sociologues et politologues se focalisent sur les questions d’emploi, le quotidien transfrontalier et les perceptions des frontaliers par la société. Cette approche collective et pluridisciplinaire est résumée par les éditeurs en identifiant des enjeux communs pour le Luxembourg et la Suisse. [less ▲]

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See detailLES IMPACTS ECONOMIQUES ET TERRITORIAUX DU TRAVAIL FRON-TALIER SUR LES TERRITOIRES DE RESIDENCE : L’exemple du bassin de Longwy
Belkacem, Rachid; Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle UL

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This article questions the impacts of cross-border worker mobility on the economic and social devel-opment of their place of residence. We hypothesize that cross-border mobility produces resources for the ... [more ▼]

This article questions the impacts of cross-border worker mobility on the economic and social devel-opment of their place of residence. We hypothesize that cross-border mobility produces resources for the worker, the enterprise and the territory, but it can also be a source of constraints. After a geo-graphical framework of the study, this article analyses the main positive territorial impacts of cross-border mobility. It shows that they contribute to the territorial dynamism of these border regions by attracting new sociological profiles of workers, by revitalizing rural territories (through housing), by limiting the increase of local unemployment and by encouraging a new form of in-place economy. Fi-nally, the paper also shows how such mobility can impede the own development of these border terri-tories, such as via a deeper local social stratification and a lack of highly qualified manpower. [less ▲]

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See detail5. Forschungsbericht zur Weiterentwicklung des Arbeitsqualitätsindexes in Luxemburg
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Der „Quality of Work Index Luxembourg“ (QoW)-Survey, der von der Universität Luxemburg und der luxemburgischen Chambre des Salariés konzipiert wurde (Steffgen, Kohl, 2013; Sischka, Steffgen, 2015, 2016 ... [more ▼]

Der „Quality of Work Index Luxembourg“ (QoW)-Survey, der von der Universität Luxemburg und der luxemburgischen Chambre des Salariés konzipiert wurde (Steffgen, Kohl, 2013; Sischka, Steffgen, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), wurde 2018 zum sechsten Mal durchgeführt. Ziel des Surveys ist es, die erlebte Arbeitssituation und -qualität luxemburgischer Arbeitnehmer zu erfassen. Der vorliegende Bericht dokumentiert die psychometrische Testung der Güte des aktuellen Erhebungsinstruments. In einem ersten Schritt erfolgt eine Beschreibung der Befragungsumstände sowie eine demographische Beschreibung der Stichprobe. Da die Erhebung 2018 als Mixed-Mode-Design – telefonische als auch Online-Befragung – durchgeführt wurde, wird auch analysiert, ob Stichprobenunterschiede zwischen den beiden Erhebungsmodi auftreten. Außerdem wird geklärt, ob es hinsichtlich demographischer Eigenschaften der Befragten, hinsichtlich der QoW-Skalen oder hinsichtlich verschiedener Well-Being-Maße zu systematischen Ausfällen seit der letzten Welle gekommen ist. Dann werden die Items der QoW- und Well-Being-Skalen auf fehlende Werte untersucht und es erfolgt eine Beschreibung der Items mittels verteilungsbeschreibender Maßzahlen und Balkendiagramme. In einem nächsten Schritt werden die Skalen mittels verschiedener Reliabilitätsstatistiken (Cronbach’s Alpha, Korrelationsanalysen der Items) sowie Koeffizienten zur Beschreibung der Skalenverteilung überprüft. Außerdem werden die Zusammenhänge der Skalen mittels Korrelationsanalysen überprüft. Im Anschluss daran wird die unterstellte Faktorenstruktur mittels konfirmatorischer Faktoren-analysen getestet. Die QoW-Skalen werden außerdem auf verschiedene Well-Being-Skalen regressiert, um deren Relevanz für den QoW-Index zu prüfen. Ebenso werden einige Längsschnitt-Regressionsanalysen durchgeführt, um zu überprüfen ob einige Arbeitsbedingungen längerfristige Effekte auf das Well-Being der Arbeitnehmer aufweisen. Die QoW-Befragung 2018 hat außerdem das Schwerpunktthema „Work-Life-Balance“ behandelt. Die Güte der Skalen zu diesem Thema wird ebenfalls geprüft. Im Anschluss werden dann Korrelationen mit den QoW- und Well-Being-Skalen berechnet. Abschließend wird das gesamte Erhebungsinstrument zusammenfassend diskutiert und Emp-fehlungen bezüglich zukünftiger Befragungen gegeben. [less ▲]

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See detailBORDERS IN THE LIVES OF ASYLUM SEEKERS & REFUGEES IN LUXEMBOURG & METZ
Paraschivescu, Claudia UL

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See detailWeshalb wechseln Arbeitnehmer ihren Arbeitgeber?
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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4,4% der Befragten des Quality of Work Survey hat zwischen den Erhebungen 2017 und 2018 den Arbeitgeber gewechselt. Vor allem die jüngsten Arbeitnehmer (16 bis 24 Jahre) sowie Arbeitnehmer mit einer ... [more ▼]

4,4% der Befragten des Quality of Work Survey hat zwischen den Erhebungen 2017 und 2018 den Arbeitgeber gewechselt. Vor allem die jüngsten Arbeitnehmer (16 bis 24 Jahre) sowie Arbeitnehmer mit einer befristeten Arbeitsstelle wechselten eher ihren Arbeitgeber. Je geringer Partizipation und Feedback, je höher Mobbing, und je geringer Einkommenszufriedenheit, Ausbildungs- und Beförderungsmöglichkeiten ausfallen, desto höher die Wahrscheinlichkeit eines Arbeitgeberwechsels. Arbeitnehmer, die den Arbeitgeber gewechselt haben, weisen dann im Mittel einen Zuwachs an Wohlbefinden auf. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperideal polyhedra in the 3-dimensional anti-de Sitter space
Chen, Qiyu UL; Schlenker, Jean-Marc UL

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We study hyperideal polyhedra in the 3-dimensional anti-de Sitter space AdS3, which are defined as the intersection of the projective model of AdS3 with a convex polyhedron in RP3 whose vertices are all ... [more ▼]

We study hyperideal polyhedra in the 3-dimensional anti-de Sitter space AdS3, which are defined as the intersection of the projective model of AdS3 with a convex polyhedron in RP3 whose vertices are all outside of AdS3 and whose edges all meet AdS3. We show that hyperideal polyhedra in AdS3 are uniquely determined by their combinatorics and dihedral angles, as well as by the induced metric on their boundary together with an additional combinatorial data, and describe the possible dihedral angles and the possible induced metrics on the boundary. [less ▲]

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See detailGrothendieck-Teichmueller group, operads and graph complexes: a survey
Merkulov, Sergei UL

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This paper attempts to provide a more or less self-contained introduction into theory of the Grothendieck-Teichmueller group and Drinfeld associators using the theory of operads and graph complexes.

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See detailA Multi-agent approach for in silico simulations of micro-biological systems
Proverbio, Daniele UL; Gallo, Luca; Passalacqua, Barbara et al

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A Multi-agent approach forin silicosimulations ofmicro-biological systemsProverbio D., Gallo L., Passalacqua B., Pellegrino J., Maggiora M.AbstractUsing a Multi-agent systems paradigm, the present project ... [more ▼]

A Multi-agent approach forin silicosimulations ofmicro-biological systemsProverbio D., Gallo L., Passalacqua B., Pellegrino J., Maggiora M.AbstractUsing a Multi-agent systems paradigm, the present project develops, validates and exploits a computa-tionaltestbedthat simulates micro-biological complex systems, namely the aggregation patterns of thesocial amoebaDyctiostelium discoideum. We propose a new design and implementation for managingdiscrete simulations with autonomous agents on a microscopic scale, thus focusing on their social be-havior and mutual interactions. Then, the dependence on the main physical variables is tested, namelydensity and number of amoebas; in addition, we analyze the robustness of the dynamics against var-ious noise sources. Along with these results, we suggest a methodology for further studies that makeuse of our validated model. [less ▲]

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See detailRank n swapping algebra for Grassmannian
Sun, Zhe UL

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The rank n swapping algebra is the Poisson algebra defined on the ordered pairs of points on a circle using the linking numbers, where a subspace of (K^n×K^{n∗})^r/GL(n,K) is its geometric mode. In this ... [more ▼]

The rank n swapping algebra is the Poisson algebra defined on the ordered pairs of points on a circle using the linking numbers, where a subspace of (K^n×K^{n∗})^r/GL(n,K) is its geometric mode. In this paper, we find an injective Poisson homomorphism from the Poisson algebra on Grassmannian G(n,r) arising from boundary measurement map to the rank n swapping fraction algebra. [less ▲]

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See detailBig images of two-dimensional pseudo representations
Conti, Andrea UL; Lang, Jaclyn; Medvedovsky, Anna

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For an odd prime p, we study the image of a continuous 2-dimensional (pseudo)representation rho of a profi nite group with coe cients in a local pro-p domain A. Under mild conditions, Bella che has proved ... [more ▼]

For an odd prime p, we study the image of a continuous 2-dimensional (pseudo)representation rho of a profi nite group with coe cients in a local pro-p domain A. Under mild conditions, Bella che has proved that the image of rho contains a nontrivial congruence subgroup of SL2(B) for a certain subring B of A. We prove that the ring B can be slightly enlarged and then described in terms of the conjugate self-twists of rho, symmetries that naturally constrain its image; hence this new B is optimal. We use this result to recover, and in some cases improve, the known large-image results for Galois representations arising from elliptic and Hilbert modular forms due to Serre, Ribet and Momose, and Nekov a r, and p-adic Hida or Coleman families of elliptic modular forms due to Hida, Lang, and Conti-Iovita-Tilouine. [less ▲]

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See detailRepatriation Efforts – Luxembourg State Policy Towards Jews during World War II
Bronec, Jakub UL

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See detailSingle-cell transcriptomics reveals multiple neuronal cell types in human midbrain-specific organoids
Smits, Lisa UL; Magni, Stefano UL; Grzyb, Kamil UL et al

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Human stem cell-derived organoids have great potential for modelling physiological and pathological processes. They recapitulate in vitro the organisation and function of a respective organ or part of an ... [more ▼]

Human stem cell-derived organoids have great potential for modelling physiological and pathological processes. They recapitulate in vitro the organisation and function of a respective organ or part of an organ. Human midbrain organoids (hMOs) have been described to contain midbrain-specific dopaminergic neurons that release the neurotransmitter dopamine. However, the human midbrain contains also additional neuronal cell types, which are functionally interacting with each other. Here, we analysed hMOs at high-resolution by means of single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq), imaging and electrophysiology to unravel cell heterogeneity. Our findings demonstrate that hMOs show essential neuronal functional properties as spontaneous electrophysiological activity of different neuronal subtypes, including dopaminergic, GABAergic, and glutamatergic neurons. Recapitulating these in vivo features makes hMOs an excellent tool for in vitro disease phenotyping and drug discovery. [less ▲]

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See detailScalable Viewing. Digitale Methoden und die Digital Humanities
Pause, Johannes UL; Walkowski, Niels-Oliver UL

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See detailEnergy policies for eco-friendly households in Luxembourg—a study based on the LuxHEI model
Poncin, Stéphane Louis Maxim UL

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In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the residential building sector is a major energy consumer and greenhouse gases emitter that is considered key in achieving the country's climate goals. The purpose of ... [more ▼]

In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the residential building sector is a major energy consumer and greenhouse gases emitter that is considered key in achieving the country's climate goals. The purpose of this paper is to assess the effectiveness of the most important policy instruments in achieving savings in the final energy consumption and direct CO2 emissions of Luxembourgish households. Our study is based on the LuxHEI model, which is an enhanced and upgraded version of the well-known French simulation model Res-IRF. This variant has been adjusted to the particular problems of a small country with growing economy and a quickly increasing population. The LuxHEI model goes beyond standard energy-economy models by incorporating global warming as a decision-making factor. The model outcomes reveal that total environmental and economic effectiveness increases if energy policy tools are applied concurrently. In 2060, and compared to the no-policy baseline scenario, the most aspirational policy mix enables energy savings of 42% and an emission mitigation of 60%. From our results we can draw the following policy implications: for a significant improvement of the sector's energy efficiency and sufficiency, (1) the implementation of a remediation duty for existing buildings and (2) the tightening of the performance standards for new constructions, (3) combined with a national carbon tax, are crucial. [less ▲]

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See detail4. Forschungsbericht zur Weiterentwicklung des Arbeitsqualitätsindexes in Luxemburg
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Der Survey zu dem „Quality of Work Index Luxembourg“ (QoW), der von der Universität Luxemburg und der luxemburgischen Chambré des Salariés entwickelt wurde (Steffgen, Kohl, 2013; Sischka, Steffgen, 2015 ... [more ▼]

Der Survey zu dem „Quality of Work Index Luxembourg“ (QoW), der von der Universität Luxemburg und der luxemburgischen Chambré des Salariés entwickelt wurde (Steffgen, Kohl, 2013; Sischka, Steffgen, 2015, 2016, 2017), wurde 2017 bereits zum fünften Mal mittels einer telefonischen Befragung durchgeführt. Ziel des Index ist es, die erlebte Arbeitssituation und -qualität luxemburgischer Arbeitnehmer zu erfassen. Der vorliegende Bericht dokumentiert die psychometrische Testung der Güte des aktuellen Erhebungsinstruments. Dazu erfolgt zunächst eine Beschreibung der für die Skalen genutzten Items, die Überprüfung der internen Konsistenz der jeweiligen Skala mittels verschiedener Reliabilitätsstatistiken (Cronbach’s Alpha, Korrelationsanalysen der Items) sowie Koeffizienten zur Beschreibung der Skalenverteilung. Konfirmatorische Faktorenanalysen dienen dazu, zu testen, ob die Items auf den a priori festgelegten Faktoren laden und ob sich die unterstellte Faktorenstruktur auch in den Daten zeigt. Außerdem werden die Zusammenhänge der Skalen mittels Korrelationsanalysen über-prüft. Die QoW-Skalen werden außerdem auf verschiedene Well-Being-Skalen regressiert, um deren Relevanz für den QoW-Index zu prüfen. Da der QoW Survey teilweise als Panelbefragung durchgeführt wird, wird außerdem geklärt, ob es hinsichtlich demographischer Eigenschaften der Befragten, hinsichtlich der QoW-Skalen oder hinsichtlich verschiedener Well-Being-Maße zu systematischen Ausfällen seit der letzten Welle gekommen ist. Ebenso werden einige Längsschnitt-Regressionsanalysen gerechnet, um zu überprüfen, ob einige Arbeitsbedingungen längerfristige Effekte auf das Well-Being der Arbeitnehmer aufweisen. Die QoW-Befragung 2017 hat außerdem das Schwerpunktthema „Digitalisierung“ behandelt. Die Themenblöcke werden mittels Latenter Profile-Analysen untersucht. Im Anschluss wird überprüft ob sich die extrahierten Profile hinsichtlich der QoW- und der Well-Being-Skalen unterscheiden. Abschließend wird das gesamte Erhebungsinstrument zusammenfassend diskutiert und Empfehlungen bezüglich der weiteren Entwicklung der Skalen gegeben. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomobile, sport et tourisme. Le Grand Prix de la Marne dans le calendrier européen (1925-1939)
Moreau, Sebastien UL

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Depuis le début du xxe siècle, notamment à l’occasion des coupes Gordon-Bennett (1900), c’est sous les projecteurs d’une presse cocardière, complice et friande de modernité technique que les constructeurs ... [more ▼]

Depuis le début du xxe siècle, notamment à l’occasion des coupes Gordon-Bennett (1900), c’est sous les projecteurs d’une presse cocardière, complice et friande de modernité technique que les constructeurs automobiles présentent, sur la scène européenne, les performances de leurs bolides. Au lendemain de la Première Guerre mondiale, alors que le parc automobile et les flux touristiques croissent de façon vertigineuse, les courses automobiles se multiplient. Un championnat d’Europe est organisé en 1925 par la Commission sportive internationale de l’Association internationale des automobile-clubs reconnus (AIACR) qui s’appuie sur des initiatives locales. Pour les organisateurs locaux de courses, inscrire son circuit dans le calendrier du championnat d’Europe devient un enjeu majeur. Soutenus par les commerçants, industriels et édiles politiques locaux, les organisateurs saisissent l’occasion de la course pour faire de la publicité et stimuler l’économie. Partout en Europe, des acteurs locaux se mobilisent en ce sens pour tirer profit et prestige des circulations plurielles qu’engendre le sport automobile européen. Le cas du Grand Prix de la Marne illustre parfaitement l’enchevêtrement des échelles qui caractérise, du local à l’international, l’émergence d’une scène et d’un public européens pour les spectacles sportifs automobiles [less ▲]

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See detailRank n swapping algebra for PGLn Fock--Goncharov X moduli space
Sun, Zhe UL

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The rank n swapping algebra is a Poisson algebra defined on the set of ordered pairs of points of the circle using linking numbers, whose geometric model is given by a certain subspace of (K^n×K^{n∗})^r ... [more ▼]

The rank n swapping algebra is a Poisson algebra defined on the set of ordered pairs of points of the circle using linking numbers, whose geometric model is given by a certain subspace of (K^n×K^{n∗})^r/GL(n,K). For any ideal triangulation of D_k---a disk with k points on its boundary, using determinants, we find an injective Poisson algebra homomorphism from the fraction algebra generated by the Fock--Goncharov coordinates for X_{PGL_n,D_k} to the rank n swapping multifraction algebra for r=k⋅(n−1) with respect to the (Atiyah--Bott--)Goldman Poisson bracket and the swapping bracket. This is the building block of the general surface case. Two such injective Poisson algebra homomorphisms related to two ideal triangulations T and T′ are compatible with each other under the flips. [less ▲]

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See detailThe induced metric on the boundary of the convex hull of a quasicircle in hyperbolic and anti de Sitter geometry
Bonsante, Francesco; Danciger, Jeff; Maloni, Sara et al

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Celebrated work of Alexandrov and Pogorelov determines exactly which metrics on the sphere are induced on the boundary of a compact convex subset of hyperbolic three-space. As a step toward a ... [more ▼]

Celebrated work of Alexandrov and Pogorelov determines exactly which metrics on the sphere are induced on the boundary of a compact convex subset of hyperbolic three-space. As a step toward a generalization for unbounded convex subsets, we consider convex regions of hyperbolic three-space bounded by two properly embedded disks which meet at infinity along a Jordan curve in the ideal boundary. In this setting, it is natural to augment the notion of induced metric on the boundary of the convex set to include a gluing map at infinity which records how the asymptotic geometry of the two surfaces compares near points of the limiting Jordan curve. Restricting further to the case in which the induced metrics on the two bounding surfaces have constant curvature K∈[−1,0) and the Jordan curve at infinity is a quasicircle, the gluing map is naturally a quasisymmetric homeomorphism of the circle. The main result is that for each value of K, every quasisymmetric map is achieved as the gluing map at infinity along some quasicircle. We also prove analogous results in the setting of three-dimensional anti de Sitter geometry. Our results may be viewed as universal versions of the conjectures of Thurston and Mess about prescribing the induced metric on the boundary of the convex core of quasifuchsian hyperbolic manifolds and globally hyperbolic anti de Sitter spacetimes. [less ▲]

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See detailCOP 24 and Climate Finance: A Stepping Stone or a Blurred Line?
Alexandraki, Chrysa UL

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In December 2018, the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), took place in Katowice, Poland. The main objective of those ... [more ▼]

In December 2018, the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), took place in Katowice, Poland. The main objective of those negotiations was to finalize the so called ‘Paris Rulebook’ [the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP)], which would constitute a set of rules to implement and operationalize the Paris Agreement. The issues at stakes varied from mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage, to more technical issues, such as transparency, climate finance and carbon market mechanisms under the Paris Agreement. This post focuses on the progress made on the issue of climate finance based on an analysis of the COP 24 decision on the relevant issues. [less ▲]

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See detailFollow the Money, If You Can - Possible Solutions for Enhanced FIU Cooperation Under Improved Data Protection Rules
Quintel, Teresa Alegra UL

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Financial information can play a key role in tackling Money Laundering (ML), Terrorist Financing (TF) and combatting serious crime more generally. Preventing and fighting ML and the financing of terrorism ... [more ▼]

Financial information can play a key role in tackling Money Laundering (ML), Terrorist Financing (TF) and combatting serious crime more generally. Preventing and fighting ML and the financing of terrorism were top priorities of the European Agenda on Security, which might explain the fast developments regarding the regulation of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Financing (CTF). During the past years, the European Commission (Commission) proposed several legal texts to reform the current AML framework and to facilitate timely law enforcement (LE) access to financial data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of serious crime. The line between administrative sanctions and criminal law measures seems to become increasingly blurred, as the latest proposals are no longer based on an internal market provision, but on police and judicial cooperation legal bases. Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) play a crucial role in analysing and exchanging information concerning suspicious transactions, serving as intermediaries between the private sector and Law Enforcement Authorities (LEAs). Because of the international nature of financial crime, cooperation between FIUs is of paramount importance. Yet, due to different organizational settings in the EU Member States, FIUs are not always able to exchange data effectively, which leads to information gaps. One of the reasons why the data exchange between FIUs is impeded are data protection rules that apply differently depending on the organizational structure of the FIUs in the 28 Member States. Whereas some FIUs must adhere to the stricter data protection rules under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), others may exchange data more flexibly within the scope of the data protection Directive for police and criminal justice authorities (LED). Therefore, the counter-argument to granting broader LE-access rights to financial data by LEAs could be to enable a more effective exchange of data between FIUs. This article argues that FIUs should be able to process personal data within the scope of the LED, in order to have more flexibility to receive, analyse and exchange data: On the one hand, the LED provides sufficiently high data protection standards and adequate safeguards for data subjects while allowing FIUs to carry out their tasks effectively under harmonized rules. On the other hand, this would be an argument to strengthening the role of FIUs as neutral intermediaries instead of granting additional access to personal data by LEAs. [less ▲]

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See detailConformal actions of higher-rank lattices on pseudo-Riemannian manifolds
Pecastaing, Vincent UL

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We investigate conformal actions of cocompact lattices in higher-rank simple Lie groups on compact pseudo-Riemannian manifolds. Our main result gives a general bound on the real-rank of the lattice, which ... [more ▼]

We investigate conformal actions of cocompact lattices in higher-rank simple Lie groups on compact pseudo-Riemannian manifolds. Our main result gives a general bound on the real-rank of the lattice, which was already known for the action of the full Lie group ([33]). When the real-rank is maximal, we prove that the manifold is conformally flat. This indicates that a global conclusion similar to that of [1] and [17] in the case of a Lie group action might be obtained. We also give better estimates for actions of cocompact lattices in exceptional groups. Our work is strongly inspired by the recent breakthrough of Brown, Fisher and Hurtado on Zimmer’s conjecture [7]. [less ▲]

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See detailMcShane identities for Higher Teichmüller theory and the Goncharov-Shen potential
Sun, Zhe UL; Huang, Yi

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In [GS15], Goncharov and Shen introduce a family of mapping class group invariant regular functions on their A-moduli space to explicitly formulate a particular homological mirror symmetry conjecture ... [more ▼]

In [GS15], Goncharov and Shen introduce a family of mapping class group invariant regular functions on their A-moduli space to explicitly formulate a particular homological mirror symmetry conjecture. Using these regular functions, we obtain McShane identities general rank positive surface group representations with loxodromic boundary monodromy and (non-strict) McShane-type inequalities for general rank positive representations with unipotent boundary monodromy. Our identities are expressed in terms of projective invariants, and we study these invariants: we establish boundedness and Fuchsian rigidity results for triple ratios. Moreover, we obtain McShane identities for finite-area cusped convex real projective surfaces by generalizing the Birman--Series geodesic scarcity theorem. We apply our identities to derive the simple spectral discreteness of unipotent bordered positive representations, collar lemmas, and generalizations of the Thurston metric. [less ▲]

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See detailGrenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit als Praxisformation. Perspektiven für eine alternative Kooperationsforschung
Wille, Christian UL; Connor, Ulla UL

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The paper presents a practice-sociological approach to the description and analysis of cross-border cooperation. For this purpose, the development of cooperation research, its characteristic orientations ... [more ▼]

The paper presents a practice-sociological approach to the description and analysis of cross-border cooperation. For this purpose, the development of cooperation research, its characteristic orientations as well as the fundamentals of practical theoretical thinking will be outlined. Based on this, the heuristic figure of thought of cross-border practice formation is developed, which breaks with the premises of conventional cooperation research. It will be further differentiated on the basis of four challenges of cross-border cooperation, in order to arrive at an alternative perspective on cross-border cooperation. The following is an outlook, which deals with the research-specific features of the approach presented, with a view to a future practice-sociological and multidisciplinary cooperation research. [less ▲]

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See detailLes pratiques du quotidien transfrontalières dans la Grande Région SaarLorLux
Wille, Christian UL

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This paper analyses everyday practices carried out by the residents of the Saarland, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Wallonia in the neighbouring regions abroad. The key assumption is the ... [more ▼]

This paper analyses everyday practices carried out by the residents of the Saarland, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Wallonia in the neighbouring regions abroad. The key assumption is the consider-ation that the inhabitants of the Greater Region SaarLorLux define the transborder reality of life of this region through their cross-border performance of everyday practices. Such a socio-constructivist perspective is not interested in what the Greater Region SaarLorLux actually is, but in what ways it is constituted or how it manifests itself in the daily lives of its inhabitants. Therefor the most common cross-border everyday prac-tices, such as shopping for everyday needs, leisure-time shopping, outdoor recreation / tourism, cultural events, as well as visiting friends and family are looked at in greater detail. These observations are based on selected findings from three recent empirical studies of the study region, which have been linked to each other as well as socio-culturally and socioeconomically mapped in order to carve out the spatial organiza-tion, the motives and other contextual factors of cross-border everyday practices in the Greater Region SaarLorLux. This approach allows reconstructing mobility flows and spatial emphases in the context of everyday practices and gives insights into the nature of cross-border living realities in the Greater Region SaarLorLux. [less ▲]

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See detailHousehold credit and growth: International evidence
Leon, Florian UL

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This paper has two main objectives. First, it attempts to distinguish the effects of household and enterprise credit on economic growth for a large sample of developing and developed countries. Second, it ... [more ▼]

This paper has two main objectives. First, it attempts to distinguish the effects of household and enterprise credit on economic growth for a large sample of developing and developed countries. Second, it investigates the channels through which household credit affects economic growth. To do so, a new database covering 143 countries over the period 1995-2014 is employed. Econometric results show that household credit has a negative effect on growth, while business credit has a positive, albeit non significant, impact on growth. The literature provide two possible explanations to justify the negative effect of household credit. On the one hand, household credit expansion can induce more financial fragility. On the other hand, the negative impact of household credit could be explained by its effect on saving behaviors. Results provide some evidence indicating that the negative effect of household credit is more driven by the latter than the former. [less ▲]

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See detailA Commentary on the Right to an Effective Remedy in the Case Law of the CJEU
Hofmann, Herwig UL

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The right to an effective judicial remedy is an essential element of realising the rule of law. It is the fundamental right granting individuals the possibility to request independent review of compliance ... [more ▼]

The right to an effective judicial remedy is an essential element of realising the rule of law. It is the fundamental right granting individuals the possibility to request independent review of compliance with the legal provisions. The genius of protecting as an individual fundamental right this structural notion of independent judicial review, has much contributed to the prominence and the protection of judicial accountability and effective enforcement of EU law. Yet, this critical commentary on the right to an effective remedy shows that the case law of the CJEU has predominantly aimed at ensuring Member State compliance with the right to an effective remedy. When it comes to reviewing EU law provisions against this right, the general considerations of ensuring effective judicial remedies are a lot less pressing, and accordingly, the CJEU has decided to be less stringent in its application of the right. Such case law of the CJEU has left gaps in protection. The commentary ends with the observations that additional problems for the enforcement of the right to an effective remedy arise from the often-composite nature of procedures, linking one or several Member State bodies with European institutions and bodies in one single procedure. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Breuer-Major Theorem in total variation: improved rates under minimal regularity
Nourdin, Ivan UL; Nualart, David; Peccati, Giovanni UL

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See detailGalois families of modular forms and application to weight one
Arias-de-Reyna, Sara; Legrand, François; Wiese, Gabor UL

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We introduce Galois families of modular forms. They are a new kind of family coming from Galois representations of the absolute Galois groups of rational function fields over the rational field. We ... [more ▼]

We introduce Galois families of modular forms. They are a new kind of family coming from Galois representations of the absolute Galois groups of rational function fields over the rational field. We exhibit some examples and provide an infinite Galois family of non-liftable weight one Katz modular eigenforms over an algebraic closure of F_p for p in {3,5,7,11}. [less ▲]

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See detailMultivariate stable approximation in Wasserstein distance by Stein's method
Chen, Peng; Nourdin, Ivan UL; Xu, Lihu et al

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See detailPredicting Functional Effects of Missense Variants in Voltage-Gated Sodium and Calcium Channels
Heyne, Henrike O.; Baez-Nieto, David; Iqbal, Sumaiya et al

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Malfunctions of voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels (SCN and CACNA1 genes) have been associated with severe neurologic, psychiatric, cardiac and other diseases. Altered channel activity is ... [more ▼]

Malfunctions of voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels (SCN and CACNA1 genes) have been associated with severe neurologic, psychiatric, cardiac and other diseases. Altered channel activity is frequently grouped into gain or loss of ion channel function (GOF or LOF, respectively) which is not only corresponding to clinical disease manifestations, but also to differences in drug response. Experimental studies of channel function are therefore important, but laborious and usually focus only on a few variants at a time. Based on known gene-disease-mechanisms, we here infer LOF (518 variants) and GOF (309 variants) of likely pathogenic variants from disease phenotypes of variant carriers. We show regional clustering of inferred GOF and LOF variants, respectively, across the alignment of the entire gene family, suggesting shared pathomechanisms in the SCN/CACNA1 genes. By training a machine learning model on sequence- and structure-based features we predict LOF- or GOF- associated disease phenotypes (ROC = 0.85) of likely pathogenic missense variants. We then successfully validate the GOF versus LOF prediction on 87 functionally tested variants in SCN1/2/8A and CACNA1I (ROC = 0.73) and in exome-wide data from > 100.000 cases and controls. Ultimately, functional prediction of missense variants in clinically relevant genes will facilitate precision medicine in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailEphemeral persistence modules and distance comparison
Berkouk, Nicolas; Petit, François UL

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We provide a definition of ephemeral multi-persistent modules and prove that the quotient of persistent modules by the ephemeral ones is equivalent to the category of γ-sheaves. In the case of one ... [more ▼]

We provide a definition of ephemeral multi-persistent modules and prove that the quotient of persistent modules by the ephemeral ones is equivalent to the category of γ-sheaves. In the case of one-dimensional persistence, our definition agrees with the usual one showing that the observable category and the category of γ-sheaves are equivalent. We also establish isometry theorems between the category of persistent modules and γ-sheaves both endowed with their interleaving distance. Finally, we compare the interleaving and convolution distances. [less ▲]

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See detailLes auteurs programmés en milieu scolaire
Raus, Tonia UL

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See detailANCHOR: logically-centralized security for Software-Defined Networks
Kreutz, Diego UL; Yu, Jiangshan UL; Ramos, Fernando M. V. et al

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Software-de ned networking (SDN) decouples the control and data planes of traditional networks, logically centralizing the functional properties of the network in the SDN controller. While this ... [more ▼]

Software-de ned networking (SDN) decouples the control and data planes of traditional networks, logically centralizing the functional properties of the network in the SDN controller. While this centralization brought advantages such as a faster pace of innovation, it also disrupted some of the natural defenses of traditional architectures against di erent threats. The literature on SDN has mostly been concerned with the functional side, despite some speci c works concerning non-functional properties like ‘security’ or ‘dependability’. Though addressing the latter in an ad-hoc, piecemeal way, may work, it will most likely lead to e ciency and e ectiveness problems. We claim that the enforcement of non-functional properties as a pillar of SDN robustness calls for a systemic approach. We further advocate, for its materialization, the re-iteration of the successful formula behind SDN – ‘logical centralization’. As a general concept, we propose anchor, a subsystem architecture that promotes the logical centralization of non-functional properties. To show the e ectiveness of the concept, we focus on ‘security’ in this paper: we identify the current security gaps in SDNs and we populate the architecture middleware with the appropriate security mechanisms, in a global and consistent manner. anchor sets to provide essential security mechanisms such as strong entropy, resilient pseudo-random generators, secure device registration and association, among other crucial services. We claim and justify in the paper that centralizing such mechanisms is key for their e ectiveness, by allowing us to: de ne and enforce global policies for those properties; reduce the complexity of controllers and forwarding devices; ensure higher levels of robustness for critical services; foster interoperability of the non-functional property enforcement mechanisms; and nally, better foster the resilience of the architecture itself. We discuss design and implementation aspects, and we prove and evaluate our algorithms and mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailThéorie d'Iwasawa des motifs d'Artin et des formes modulaires de poids 1
Maksoud, Alexandre UL

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Let p be an odd prime. We study the structure of the cyclotomic Greenberg-Selmer group attached to a general irreducible Artin motive over Q endowed with an ordinary p-stabilization. Under the Leopoldt ... [more ▼]

Let p be an odd prime. We study the structure of the cyclotomic Greenberg-Selmer group attached to a general irreducible Artin motive over Q endowed with an ordinary p-stabilization. Under the Leopoldt and the weak p-adic Schanuel Conjectures, we show that it is of torsion over the Iwasawa algebra. Under mild hypotheses on p we compute the constant term of its characteristic series in terms of a p-adic regulator and we highlight an extra zeros phenomenon. We then focus on Artin motives attached to classical weight one modular forms, to which our preceding results apply unconditionally. We formulate an Iwasawa Main Conjecture in this context and prove one divisibility using a Theorem of Kato. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Crowdsourced Replication Initiative: Investigating Immigration and Social Policy Preferences. Executive Report.
Breznau, Nate; Rinke, Eike Mark; Wuttke, Alexander et al

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In an era of mass migration, social scientists, populist parties and social movements raise concerns over the future of immigration-destination societies. What impacts does this have on policy and social ... [more ▼]

In an era of mass migration, social scientists, populist parties and social movements raise concerns over the future of immigration-destination societies. What impacts does this have on policy and social solidarity? Comparative cross-national research, relying mostly on secondary data, has findings in different directions. There is a threat of selective model reporting and lack of replicability. The heterogeneity of countries obscures attempts to clearly define data-generating models. P-hacking and HARKing lurk among standard research practices in this area.This project employs crowdsourcing to address these issues. It draws on replication, deliberation, meta-analysis and harnessing the power of many minds at once. The Crowdsourced Replication Initiative carries two main goals, (a) to better investigate the linkage between immigration and social policy preferences across countries, and (b) to develop crowdsourcing as a social science method. The Executive Report provides short reviews of the area of social policy preferences and immigration, and the methods and impetus behind crowdsourcing plus a description of the entire project. Three main areas of findings will appear in three papers, that are registered as PAPs or in process. [less ▲]

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See detailMinimizing immersions of a hyperbolic surface in a hyperbolic 3-manifold
Bonsante, Francesco; Mondello, Gabriele; Schlenker, Jean-Marc UL

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Let (S,h) be a closed hyperbolic surface and M be a quasi-Fuchsian 3-manifold. We consider incompressible maps from S to M that are critical points of an energy functional F which is homogeneous of degree ... [more ▼]

Let (S,h) be a closed hyperbolic surface and M be a quasi-Fuchsian 3-manifold. We consider incompressible maps from S to M that are critical points of an energy functional F which is homogeneous of degree 1. These ``minimizing'' maps are solutions of a non-linear elliptic equation, and reminiscent of harmonic maps -- but when the target is Fuchsian, minimizing maps are minimal Lagrangian diffeomorphisms to the totally geodesic surface in M. We prove the uniqueness of smooth minimizing maps from (S,h) to M in a given homotopy class. When (S,h) is fixed, smooth minimizing maps from (S,h) are described by a simple holomorphic data on S: a complex self-adjoint Codazzi tensor of determinant 1. The space of admissible data is smooth and naturally equipped with a complex structure, for which the monodromy map taking a data to the holonomy representation of the image is holomorphic. Minimizing maps are in this way reminiscent of shear-bend coordinates, with the complexification of F analoguous to the complex length. [less ▲]

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See detailAccounting for the distributional effects of the 2007-2008 crisis and the Economic Adjustment Program in Portugal
Sologon, Denisa; Almeida, Vanda; van Kerm, Philippe UL

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This paper develops a new method to model the household disposable income distribution and decompose changes in this distribution (or functionals such as inequality measures) over time. It integrates both ... [more ▼]

This paper develops a new method to model the household disposable income distribution and decompose changes in this distribution (or functionals such as inequality measures) over time. It integrates both a micro-econometric and microsimulation approaches, combining a flexible parametric modelling of the distribution of market income with the EUROMOD microsimulation model to simulate the value of taxes and benefits. The method allows for the quantification of the contributions of four main factors to changes in the disposable income distribution between any two years: (i) labour market structure; (ii) returns; (iii) demographic composition; and (iv) tax-benefit system. We apply this new framework to the study of changes in the income distribution in Portugal between 2007 and 2013, accounting for the distributional effects of the 2007-2008 crisis and aftermath policies, in particular the Economic Adjustment Program (EAP). Results show that these effects were substantial and reflected markedly different developments over two periods: 2007-2009, when stimulus packages determined important income gains for the bottom of the distribution and a decrease in income inequality; 2010-2013, when the crisis and austerity measures took a toll on the incomes of Portuguese households, particularly those at the bottom and top of the distribution, leading to an increase in income inequality. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamical strategies for obstacle avoidance during Dictyostelium discoideum aggregation: a Multi-agent system model
Proverbio, Daniele UL; Maggiora, Marco

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Chemotaxis, the movement of an organism in response to a chemical stimulus, is a typical feature of many microbiological systems. In particular, the social amoeba Disctyostelium discoideum is widely used ... [more ▼]

Chemotaxis, the movement of an organism in response to a chemical stimulus, is a typical feature of many microbiological systems. In particular, the social amoeba Disctyostelium discoideum is widely used as a model organism, but it is not still clear how it behaves in heterogeneous environments. A few models focused on mechanical features have already addressed the question; however, we propose that phenomenological models focusing on the dynamics may provide new meaningful data. Consequently, by means of a specific Multi-agent system model, we studied the dynamical features emerging from complex social interactions among individuals belonging to amoeboids colonies. After defining an appropriate metric to perform meaningful measurements, we found that: a) obstacles play the role of local topological perturbation, as they alter the flux of chemical signals; b) that obstacle that physically block the cellular motion as well as the chemicals elicit dynamical evolutions that are not statistically distinguishable from the case where obstacles that do not interfere physically with said motion; c) that fluctuations of the dynamics can lead to better exploration of the physical space, thus preventing multiple stable aggregates. From previous results, we may speculate about the fact that chemotactic cells, in many cases, can avoid obstacles by simply following the altered chemical gradient: social interactions seem to be sufficient to guarantee the aggregation of the whole colony past numerous obstacles. It is then unlikely that cells have developed special mechanisms to cope with the presence of topological perturbation sources. Nevertheless, we suggest that further studies can provide better understanding and that, in order to gain deeper knowledge, mechanical models should be coupled with phenomenological, system-oriented ones. [less ▲]

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See detailPractical bounds on the error of Bayesian posterior approximations: A nonasymptotic approach
Huggins, Jonathan; Kasprzak, Mikolaj UL; Campbell, Trevor et al

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See detailUnramifiedness of weight one Hilbert Hecke algebras
Deo, Shaunak; Dimitrov, Mladen; Wiese, Gabor UL

E-print/Working paper (2019)

We prove that the Galois pseudo-representation valued in the mod p^n parallel weight 1 Hecke algebra for GL(2) over a totally real number field F is unramified at a place above p if p-1 does not divide ... [more ▼]

We prove that the Galois pseudo-representation valued in the mod p^n parallel weight 1 Hecke algebra for GL(2) over a totally real number field F is unramified at a place above p if p-1 does not divide the ramification index at that place. A novel geometric ingredient is the construction and study, in the case when p ramifies in F, of generalised Theta-operators using Reduzzi-Xiao's generalised Hasse invariants, including especially an injectivity criterion in terms of minimal weights. [less ▲]

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See detailAlzette: A 64-bit ARX-box
Beierle, Christof UL; Biryukov, Alex UL; Cardoso Dos Santos, Luan UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2019)

S-boxes are the only source of non-linearity in many symmetric primitives. While they are often defined as being functions operating on a small space, some recent designs propose the use of much larger ... [more ▼]

S-boxes are the only source of non-linearity in many symmetric primitives. While they are often defined as being functions operating on a small space, some recent designs propose the use of much larger ones (e.g., 32 bits). In this context, an S-box is then defined as a subfunction whose cryptographic properties can be estimated precisely. In this paper, we present a 64-bit ARX-based S-box called Alzette, which can be evaluated in constant time using only 12 instructions on modern CPUs. Its parallel application can also leverage vector (SIMD) instructions. One iteration of Alzette has differential and linear properties comparable to those of the AES S-box, while two iterations are at least as secure as the AES super S-box. Since the state size is much larger than the typical 4 or 8 bits, the study of the relevant cryptographic properties of Alzette is not trivial. [less ▲]

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See detailDistributional change: Assessing the contribution of household income sources
Kyzyma, Iryna; Fusco; van Kerm, Philippe UL

E-print/Working paper (2019)

We develop a decomposition of distributional change by factor components to quantify how changes in the association between sources of income and changes in their marginal distributions contribute to the ... [more ▼]

We develop a decomposition of distributional change by factor components to quantify how changes in the association between sources of income and changes in their marginal distributions contribute to the change in the distribution of household incomes over time. The two components are further broken down to isolate the contribution of specific income sources. Application to the change in the distribution of household incomes in Luxembourg between 2004 and 2013 reveals contrasted results: increased association between spouse earnings, public transfers, and taxes depressed the income share of poor households while changes in marginal distributions increased incomes in the upper half of the distribution. [less ▲]

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See detailCryptanalysis of the Legendre PRF and generalizations
Beullens, Ward; Beyne, Tim; Udovenko, Aleksei UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2019)

The Legendre PRF relies on the conjectured pseudorandomness properties of the Legendre symbol with a hidden shift. Originally proposed as a PRG by Damgård at CRYPTO 1988, it was recently suggested as an ... [more ▼]

The Legendre PRF relies on the conjectured pseudorandomness properties of the Legendre symbol with a hidden shift. Originally proposed as a PRG by Damgård at CRYPTO 1988, it was recently suggested as an efficient PRF for multiparty computation purposes by Grassi et al. at CCS 2016. Moreover, the Legendre PRF is being considered for usage in the Ethereum 2.0 blockchain. This paper improves previous attacks on the Legendre PRF and its higher-degree variant due to Khovratovich by reducing the time complexity from O(plogp/M) to O(plog^2p/M2) Legendre symbol evaluations when M≤p√4 queries are available. The practical relevance of our improved attack is demonstrated by breaking two concrete instances of the PRF proposed by the Ethereum foundation. Furthermore, we generalize our attack in a nontrivial way to the higher-degree variant of the Legendre PRF and we point out a large class of weak keys for this construction. Lastly, we provide the first security analysis of two additional generalizations of the Legendre PRF originally proposed by Damgård in the PRG setting, namely the Jacobi PRF and the power residue PRF. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-integrable stable approximation by Stein's method
Chen, Peng; Nourdin, Ivan UL; Xu, Lihu et al

E-print/Working paper (2019)

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