Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning

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This is the first textbook on pattern recognition to present the Bayesian viewpoint. It presents approximate inference algorithms that permit fast approximate answers in situations where exact answers are not feasible, and it uses graphical models to describe probability distributions.

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vagrant

Jan 1, 2009

Trustworthy seller

Fast shipping, good brand new book and good print. Price is reasonable.

Dxxxx

Oct 30, 2008

As good as it gets

This book makes for terrible machine learning study material -- it's entirely equations, with no intuitive explanations or even real-life examples. It might be a good reference for someone who already has an intuitive understanding of the algorithms.
Unfortunately, I've done some research and haven't found any books that are better overall. Tom Mitchell's book has a far better explanation of traditional machine learning methods, but it doesn't cover SVMs, which should be the meat of any modern machine learning course. I'd tell a friend to buy Mitchell's book instead, then using various papers, the site svms.org, and the tutorial by Burges to learn SVMs.

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