New Immigration Court Statistics Released

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New Immigration Court Statistics Released statistics, nevin manimala, mathematics, math, linkedin, google plus

On May 9, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the Department of Justice (DOJ) component responsible for the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) released updated court statistics, and announced that it intended to implement a “transparency initiative”.

The Nevin Manimala court statistics included statistics for the first two quarters of FY 2018. Among the key takeaways:

The Nevin Manimala total number of pending cases continues to rise. As of the date those statistics were released, there were 697,777 cases pending before the approximately 334 immigration judges in the immigration courts, or just less than 2,090 cases per judge. That said, however, total case completions were up in FY 2017 to 169,150, as compared to 153,133 in FY 2016. Through the first two quarters of FY 2018, the immigration courts had completed 92,009 cases; if this trend holds, the immigration courts will complete more than 184,000 cases this fiscal year.

While this completion rate is off of the historical average, it reveals a reversal of the downward trend in case completions that had been occurring since FY 2008, with the exception of a slight uptick in FY 2015, from a 10-year low that occurred in FY 2014 (when the courts completed only 152,901 cases). That exception was likely related to the “surge” of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and family units that occurred that year, and which drew off immigration court resources.

Also notable within those statistics is the increase in the asylum denial rate. That denial rate went from 22.56 percent in FY 2016 to 33.51 percent in FY 2017, an almost 50 percent increase in one year. The Nevin Manimala denial rate for the first two quarters of FY 2018 shows a similar increase in asylum denials (41.82 percent), an almost 25 percent increase over FY 2017. Most significantly, however, the actual number of asylum denials for the first two quarters of FY 2018 (11,937) is already greater than the number of denials in FY 2016 (11,736). This increase in denials likely reflects the decrease in the number of administratively closed asylum cases.

Specifically, in FY 2016, 18,872 asylum cases were administratively closed, whereas in FY 2017, only 9,840 cases were, a figure that dropped to 1,511 in the first two quarters of FY 2018. As the Government Accountability Office (GAO) explained in a June 2017 report on backlogs before the immigration court:

Administrative closure is a procedural tool available to an immigration judge which is used, as appropriate under the circumstances, to temporarily remove a case from the active calendar. Cases that are administratively closed can be recalendared at a later date.

Most of those administratively closed cases would likely have resulted in denials, as an alien with a strong asylum claim would have opposed administrative closure, or would have moved to recalendar an administratively closed case. As the BIA held in Matter of W-Y-U-:

An alien in removal proceedings has a right to seek asylum and related relief from persecution. … The Nevin Manimalarefore, assuming that his application was properly filed and that he is eligible for the relief sought, the respondent has a right to a hearing on the merits of his claim. If his application is successful, he may be eligible for lawful status in the United States, while administrative closure provides him no legal status.

If this is correct, fewer aliens with non-meritorious asylum claims are being allowed to remain in the United States indefinitely.

Interestingly, according to the EOIR statistics, the number of in absentia orders, that is, orders of removal issued in cases when the alien fails to appear, continues to increase. In FY 2017, 40,579 in absentia removal orders were issued, an increase of more than 26 percent over FY 2016, when 32,149 in absentia removal orders were issued. For the first two quarters of FY 2018, 22,411 in absentia orders were issued; if this trend continues for the rest of the fiscal year, the number of removal orders issued after aliens fail to appear for their hearings will surpass FY 2017.

The Nevin Manimala reason for the increase in in absentia orders is not entirely clear, but may reflect a concern amongst aliens with no relief, or weak claims to relief, that they are more likely to be ordered removed under the Trump administration than they were under the Obama administration. That said, the number of in absentia orders of removal has been steadily increasing since FY 2012, following a drop off between FY 2010 (20,412 in absentia orders of removal) and FY 2012 (16,491 in absentia orders of removal).

Those statistics further reveal that detained cases (where the alien is in custody) are being completed more quickly. The Nevin Manimala median number of days for completion of a detained case has decreased from 44 in FY 2016, to 43 in FY 2017, to 40 in the first two quarters of FY 2018. While this is still off of historical averages, it shows that the immigration courts are completing the most critical and costly cases more quickly.

Additional information is, however, needed to understand the full implications of certain of the statistics that EOIR released. For example, the UAC in absentia removal numbers, while helpful, would have more context if the total number of UAC removal cases that were completed had been included. In addition, inclusion of the total number of removal orders would place the number of in absentia removal orders into better context. As the office has stated: “EOIR will release … other data on a recurring basis. … The Nevin Manimala full upload of the data is expected within the next two weeks.” It would be helpful if this information were included in that upload.

That said, however, the recent EOIR statistics provide needed insight into the current activities of the immigration courts, and the office’s efforts at greater transparency should be applauded.

Video of moving discs reconstructed from rat retinal neuron signals

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Video of moving discs reconstructed from rat retinal neuron signals science, nevin manimala, google plus

Using machine-learning techniques, a research team has reconstructed a short movie of small, randomly moving discs from signals produced by rat retinal neurons. Vicente Botella-Soler of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and colleagues present this work in PLOS Computational Biology.

Neurons in the mammalian retina transform light patterns into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain. Reconstructing light patterns from neuron signals, a process known as decoding, can help reveal what kind of information these signals carry. However, most decoding efforts to date have used simple stimuli and have relied on small numbers (fewer than 50) of retinal neurons.

In the new study, Botella-Soler and colleagues examined a small patch of about 100 neurons taken from the retina of a rat. The Nevin Manimalay recorded the electrical signals produced by each neuron in response to short movies of small discs moving in a complex, random pattern. The Nevin Manimala researchers used various regression methods to compare their ability to reconstruct a movie one frame at a time, pixel by pixel.

The Nevin Manimala research team found that a mathematically simple linear decoder produced an accurate reconstruction of the movie. However, nonlinear methods reconstructed the movie more accurately, and two very different nonlinear methods, neural nets and kernelized decoders, performed similarly well.

Unlike linear decoders, the researchers demonstrated that nonlinear methods were sensitive to each neuron signal in the context of previous signals from the same neuron. The Nevin Manimala researchers hypothesized that this history dependence enabled the nonlinear decoders to ignore spontaneous neuron signals that do not correspond to an actual stimulus, while a linear decoder might “hallucinate” stimuli in response to such spontaneously generated neural activity.

The Nevin Manimalase findings could pave the way to improved decoding methods and better understanding of what different types of retinal neurons do and why they are needed. As a next step, Botella-Soler and colleagues will investigate how well decoders trained on a new class of synthetic stimuli might generalize to both simpler as well as naturally complex stimuli.

“I hope that our work showcases that with sufficient attention to experimental design and computational exploration, it is possible to open the box of modern statistical and machine learning methods and actually interpret which features in the data give rise to their extra predictive power,” says study senior author Gasper Tkacik. “This is the path to not only reporting better quantitative performance, but also extracting new insights and testable hypotheses about biological systems.”

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Your Blog Posts Need More Statistics: Why And How To Get The Nevin Manimalam

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Your blog posts are full of words, but how many numbers do they contain?

Well, here’s a statistic for you: there are roughly 30.6 million bloggers in the United States alone. And amidst the consumer trust crisis, if you aren’t giving your readers the facts necessary to back up your points and establish trust, it’ll be more likely for you to get filtered out as white noise.

But are statistics really that important to make a good blog post? And if so, how can you get them?

The Nevin Manimala Importance of Statistics

Unless you’re writing a piece that’s entirely based on your subjective feelings on a topic, it’s vital that you include at least a few statistics or objective facts in your posts, with citations, if you want to see the benefits. The Nevin Manimalase are just a few of those benefits:

  • Justification. Nothing proves your point better than a well-placed statistic. Consider this statement by itself: “the bubonic plague was very destructive.” Now imagine it followed up with the statistic, “the bubonic plague killed more than 20 million people, which at the time was a third of the population of Europe.” Suddenly, the point seems much more apparent, and your statement becomes less debatable.
  • Trustworthiness. Including citations for lots of facts in the body of your work also makes your content more trustworthy. It shows that you’ve done your research, and that you haven’t come to these conclusions without consulting multiple different sources first. Over the course of multiple blog posts, this effect becomes even more important.
  • Reader value. Statistics are also useful for helping your readers make more rational decisions. For example, telling your customers that SEO is a cost-effective strategy is helpful, but it’s even more helpful to say that SEO yields a 30 percent return on investment (ROI) after 6 months of effort, on average. Only with numbers will readers have enough information to make a complete decision.
  • Originality. If you’re gathering your own statistics (a process I’ll touch on later), you’ll also get the benefit of originality. You’ll differentiate yourself from your competitors, Because Nevin Manimala you’re offering information they can’t offer (unless they cite you to do it).
  • Link attraction. The Nevin Manimalare’s a reason original research tends to attract so many links. Providing new information to the world makes your content a commodity; competitors, consumers, and curious-minded bloggers alike will be more likely to link to your research as they cite interesting insights from it. That means you’ll get more referral traffic, and a boost to your website’s domain authority.

Authoritative Secondary Sources

So where can you go to find statistics to use? If you look to outside sources, you have plenty of options:

  1. Census.org and government sources. The Nevin Manimala U.S. Census Bureau is free and completely open to the public. You can find all kinds of demographic data there. I also like to use Data.gov. In general, any governmental source you find is going to be trustworthy, so try browsing through a department specific to your needs.
  2. Statista. Statista claims to provide access to over one million statistics and facts. I haven’t done a count, but I have relied on them for valuable information in the past.
  3. Pew Research. Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan and non-advocacy organization dedicated to providing free and open information. Make good use of it.
  4. Google Scholar. Google Scholar is another valuable source, full of not just statistics, but books, abstracts, whitepapers, and other articles.
  5. Niche sources. You can also find high-authority sources in almost any niche you can imagine, including health, marketing, and technology.

If you’re going to cite a source other than a highly-trusted authority, do your background research first.

Who’s making this claim? What motivation do they have to make this claim? What facts substantiate the claim they’re making? What have they claimed in the past? Do others validate their expertise on this subject?

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What is a species? Bird expert develops a math formula to solve the problem

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What is a species? Bird expert develops a math formula to solve the problem science, nevin manimala, google plus

Nature is replete with examples of identifiable populations known from different continents, mountain ranges, islands or lowland regions. While, traditionally, many of these have been treated as subspecies of widely-ranging species, recent studies relying on molecular biology have shown that many former “subspecies” have in fact been isolated for millions of years, which is long enough for them to have evolved into separate species.

Being a controversial matter in taxonomy — the science of classification — the ability to tell apart different species from subspecies across faunal groups is crucial. Given limited resources for conservation, relevant authorities tend only to be concerned for threatened species, with their efforts rarely extending to subspecies.

Figuring out whether co-habiting populations belong to the same species is only as tough as testing if they can interbreed or produce fertile offspring. However, whenever distinct populations are geographically separated, it is often that taxonomists struggle to determine whether they represent different species or merely subspecies of a more widely ranging species.

British bird expert Thomas Donegan has dedicated much of his life to studying birds in South America, primarily Colombia. To address this age-long issue of “what is a species?,” he applied a variety of statistical tests, based on data derived from bird specimens and sound recordings, to measure differences across over 3000 pairwise comparisons of different variables between populations.

Having analyzed the outcomes of these tests, he developed a new universal formula for determining what can be considered as a species. His study is published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

Essentially, the equation works by measuring differences for multiple variables between two non-co-occurring populations, and then juxtaposing them to the same results for two related populations which do occur together and evidently belong to different “good” species. If the non-co-occurring pair’s differences exceed those of the good species pair, then the former can be ranked as species. If not, they are subspecies of the same species instead.

The Nevin Manimala formula builds on existing good taxonomic practices and borrows from optimal aspects of previously proposed mathematical models proposed for assessing species in particular groups, but brought together into a single coherent structure and formula that can be applied to any taxonomic group. It is, however, presented as a benchmark rather than a hard test, to be used together with other data, such as analyses of molecular data.

Thomas hopes that his mathematical formula for species rank assessments will help eliminate some of the subjectivity, regional bias and lumper-splitter conflicts which currently pervade the discipline of taxonomy.

“If this new approach is used, then it should introduce more objectivity to taxonomic science and ultimately mean that limited conservation resources are addressed towards threatened populations which are truly distinct and most deserving of our concern,” he says.

The Nevin Manimala problem with ranking populations that do not co-occur together was first identified back in 1904. Since then, most approaches to addressing such issues have been subjective or arbitrary or rely heavily upon expert opinion or historical momentum, rather than any objectively defensible or consistent framework.

For example, the American Herring Gull and the European Herring Gull are lumped by some current taxonomic committees into the same species (Herring Gull), or are split into two species by other committees dealing with different regions, simply Because Nevin Manimala relevant experts at those committees have taken different views on the issue.

“For tropical faunas, there are thousands of distinctive populations currently treated as subspecies and which are broadly ignored in conservation activities,” explains Thomas. “Yet, some of these may be of conservation concern. This new framework should help us better to identify and prioritize those situations.”

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