Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Franz (+ Lisp Graph) Newsletter - August 2017

In this issue Intel Monte Story Webcast "Temporality in Graphs" Tech Corner Article: New external format support in Allegro CL 10.1 Recent articles Miller School Researchers Help Push the Limits of Programming Languages in Biology - http://med.miami.edu/news/miller-school-researchers-help-push-the-limits-of-programming-languages-in-/ Classes

Intel Solution Brief - Montefiore Creates Data Analytics to Advance Patient Care
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Like all healthcare organizations, Montefiore faces complex challenges from government pressures to reduce costs and stringent regulatory guidelines to diverse patient populations and disruptive technologies. A focus and investment in precision medicine has brought the nation's and industry's attention to expanding the breadth of patient data in order to personalize treatment for individuals and historically underrepresented groups. Further, understanding patients requires information on a complex array of factors, some of which may not even be known during a clinical interaction, such as the home and work environment, nutrition, and genetics...
To read about their solution, see here

Free Webcast - A Time Machine for your Graph
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August 23, 10 AM Pacific

Many use cases for a Graph Database, like AllegroGraph, involve temporal events. In general, "Events" are modeled as objects that have a start time, end time, a type, some actors and a geospatial location. In this webinar we will explore the temporal aspects of events using a set of practical examples from healthcare, government intelligence, the world of finance, and real estate.
With Gruff v7.0os new "Time Slider" feature, these examples really come to life. Using Gruff, a semantic graph browser, we will visually demonstrate how graphs that are comprised of temporal events are constructed over time, allowing time machine like exploration of your data.
To register for this webcast, see here

Tech Corner Article: New external format support in Allegro CL 10.1
The recently released Allegro CL version 10.1 has a number of enhancements relating to characters and to external formats. These enhancements include:
  • Support for the GB 18030 external format. The GB 18030 external format is a Chinese government standard which defines the required language and character support necessary for software in China. See this Wikipedia article for more information on GB 18030. See See Basic External-Format Types in iacl.htm for a list of external formats. Support is provided for ensuring writing and reading characters with the :gb18030 external format are valid. See the variable *gb-18030-transcoding-error-action* for more information.
  • Better support for UTF-16 characters. 16-bit character Allegro CL (that is, the alisp, mlisp, and allegro executables, but not alisp8, mlisp8, and allegro8) stores characters in UTF-16. New operators facilitate the creation of UTF-16 octets and characters. These are particularly useful when using characters outside the ASCII range. The operators include code-to-utf16-charcompose-octet-array, and compose-string.
  • Better support for BOMs (Byte Order Marks) in Unicode. A new function sniff-for-unicode applied to a stream returns information on BOMs. The value of the variable *unicode-version* is a string containing the version number for the Unicode Character Database used to build the Allegro CL character name table and collation rules. And new unicode external formats handle BOMs. See The unicode and fat External-Format Types; the unicode BOM in iacl.htm.
See here for additional information

Recent Articles about Franz 

Miller School Researchers Help Push the Limits of Programming Languages in Biology
Bohdan Khomtchouk, a fourth-year human genetics and genomics Ph.D candidate working in the Center for Therapeutic Innovation and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has spearheaded the publication of a high-impact review paper published in Briefings in Bioinformatics that was the subject of this year’s invited keynote speech at the European Lisp Symposium in Brussels, Belgium.
Khomtchouk is joined in authorship by his graduate advisor, Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, associate dean for therapeutic innovation and director of the Center for Therapeutic Innovation at the Miller School; Edmund Weitz, Ph.D., professor of mathematics at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany; and Peter D. Karp, Ph.D., director of the Bioinformatics Research Group within the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International.
“Bioinformatics and computational biology software is dominated largely by higher-level languages like R and Python and lower-level languages like C and C++,” said Khomtchouk. “In our paper, we systematically review the advantages posed by a unique hybrid of languages, called the Lisp family of languages, that offer both high-level scripting and low-level performance capabilities not commonly seen in other languages.”
In bioinformatics and computational biology, Lisp has successfully been applied to research in systems biology, high-performance computing, database curation, drug discovery, computational chemistry and nanotechnology, network and pathway -omics analysis, single-nucleotide polymorphism analysis and RNA structure prediction...
Read more here

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