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Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics) [Hardcover]

Christopher M. Bishop
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1 Feb 2007 0387310738 978-0387310732

This is the first textbook on pattern recognition to present the Bayesian viewpoint. The book presents approximate inference algorithms that permit fast approximate answers in situations where exact answers are not feasible. It uses graphical models to describe probability distributions when no other books apply graphical models to machine learning. No previous knowledge of pattern recognition or machine learning concepts is assumed. Familiarity with multivariate calculus and basic linear algebra is required, and some experience in the use of probabilities would be helpful though not essential as the book includes a self-contained introduction to basic probability theory.


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  • Hardcover: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387310738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387310732
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.5 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This beautifully produced book is intended for advanced undergraduates, PhD students, and researchers and practitioners, primarily in the machine learning or allied areas...A strong feature is the use of geometric illustration and intuition...This is an impressive and interesting book that might form the basis of several advanced statistics courses. It would be a good choice for a reading group." John Maindonald for the Journal of Statistical Software

"In this book, aimed at senior undergraduates or beginning graduate students, Bishop provides an authoritative presentation of many of the statistical techniques that have come to be considered part of ‘pattern recognition’ or ‘machine learning’. … This book will serve as an excellent reference. … With its coherent viewpoint, accurate and extensive coverage, and generally good explanations, Bishop’s book is a useful introduction … and a valuable reference for the principle techniques used in these fields." (Radford M. Neal, Technometrics, Vol. 49 (3), August, 2007)

"This book appears in the Information Science and Statistics Series commissioned by the publishers. … The book appears to have been designed for course teaching, but obviously contains material that readers interested in self-study can use. It is certainly structured for easy use. … For course teachers there is ample backing which includes some 400 exercises. … it does contain important material which can be easily followed without the reader being confined to a pre-determined course of study." (W. R. Howard, Kybernetes, Vol. 36 (2), 2007)

"Bishop (Microsoft Research, UK) has prepared a marvelous book that provides a comprehensive, 700-page introduction to the fields of pattern recognition and machine learning. Aimed at advanced undergraduates and first-year graduate students, as well as researchers and practitioners, the book assumes knowledge of multivariate calculus and linear algebra … . Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (C. Tappert, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (9), May, 2007)

"The book is structured into 14 main parts and 5 appendices. … The book is aimed at PhD students, researchers and practitioners. It is well-suited for courses on machine learning, statistics, computer science, signal processing, computer vision, data mining, and bio-informatics. Extensive support is provided for course instructors, including more than 400 exercises, lecture slides and a great deal of additional material available at the book’s web site … ." (Ingmar Randvee, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1107 (9), 2007)

"This new textbook by C. M. Bishop is a brilliant extension of his former book ‘Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition’. It is written for graduate students or scientists doing interdisciplinary work in related fields. … In summary, this textbook is an excellent introduction to classical pattern recognition and machine learning (in the sense of parameter estimation). A large number of very instructive illustrations adds to this value." (H. G. Feichtinger, Monatshefte für Mathematik, Vol. 151 (3), 2007)

"Author aims this text at advanced undergraduates, beginning graduate students, and researchers new to machine learning and pattern recognition. … Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning provides excellent intuitive descriptions and appropriate-level technical details on modern pattern recognition and machine learning. It can be used to teach a course or for self-study, as well as for a reference. … I strongly recommend it for the intended audience and note that Neal (2007) also has given this text a strong review to complement its strong sales record." (Thomas Burr, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 103 (482), June, 2008)

"This accessible monograph seeks to provide a comprehensive introduction to the fields of pattern recognition and machine learning. It presents a unified treatment of well-known statistical pattern recognition techniques. … The book can be used by advanced undergraduates and graduate students … . The illustrative examples and exercises proposed at the end of each chapter are welcome … . The book, which provides several new views, developments and results, is appropriate for both researchers and students who work in machine learning … ." (L. State, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2008)

"Chris Bishop’s … technical exposition that is at once lucid and mathematically rigorous. … In more than 700 pages of clear, copiously illustrated text, he develops a common statistical framework that encompasses … machine learning. … it is a textbook, with a wide range of exercises, instructions to tutors on where to go for full solutions, and the color illustrations that have become obligatory in undergraduate texts. … its clarity and comprehensiveness will make it a favorite desktop companion for practicing data analysts." (H. Van Dyke Parunak, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (3), March, 2008)

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The dramatic growth in practical applications for machine learning over the last ten years has been accompanied by many important developments in the underlying algorithms and techniques. For example, Bayesian methods have grown from a specialist niche to become mainstream, while graphical models have emerged as a general framework for describing and applying probabilistic techniques. The practical applicability of Bayesian methods has been greatly enhanced by the development of a range of approximate inference algorithms such as variational Bayes and expectation propagation, while new models based on kernels have had a significant impact on both algorithms and applications.

This completely new textbook reflects these recent developments while providing a comprehensive introduction to the fields of pattern recognition and machine learning. It is aimed at advanced undergraduates or first-year PhD students, as well as researchers and practitioners. No previous knowledge of pattern recognition or machine learning concepts is assumed. Familiarity with multivariate calculus and basic linear algebra is required, and some experience in the use of probabilities would be helpful though not essential as the book includes a self-contained introduction to basic probability theory.

The book is suitable for courses on machine learning, statistics, computer science, signal processing, computer vision, data mining, and bioinformatics. Extensive support is provided for course instructors, including more than 400 exercises, graded according to difficulty. Example solutions for a subset of the exercises are available from the book web site, while solutions for the remainder can be obtained by instructors from the publisher. The book is supported by a great deal of additional material, and the reader is encouraged to visit the book web site for the latest information.

Christopher M. Bishop is Deputy Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, and holds a Chair in Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of Darwin College Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His previous textbook "Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition" has been widely adopted.

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*For students, worked solutions to a subset of exercises available on a public web site (for exercises marked "www" in the text)

*For instructors, worked solutions to remaining exercises from the Springer web site

*Lecture slides to accompany each chapter

*Data sets available for download


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Machine learning Book 27 Jun 2013
By Spiros
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Although it's expensive book I think it worth the money as it is the "Bible" of Machine Learning and Pattern recognition. However, has a lot of mathematics meaning that a strong mathematical background is necessary. I suggest it especially for PhD candidates in this field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book 16 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is an outstanding book. The author did not neglect any aspect for a good explanation and even a undergraduate student can follow the points in the book. Even though, the book covers as much an introductory view as a more advanced math in a considerable detail, in a clean and simple way. I totally recommend this book.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great insights, but a hard read 14 Jun 2007
By Sidhant
Format:Hardcover
This new book by Chris Bishop covers most areas of pattern recognition quite exhaustively. The author is an expert, this is evidenced by the excellent insights he gives into the complex math behind the machine learning algorithms. I have worked for quite some time with neural networks and have had coursework in linear algebra, probability and regression analysis, and hence found some of the stuff in the book quite illuminating.

But that said, I must point out that the book is very math heavy. Inspite of my considerable background in the area of neural networks, I still was struggling with the equations. This is certainly not the book that can teach one things from the ground up, and thats why I would give it only 3 stars. I am new to kernels, and I am finding the relevant chapters quite confusing. For those who want to build powerful machine learning solutions to their problems, I am sorry but they will have to look elsewhere. This book cant help you build an application, another serious drawback in my opinion. The intended audience for this book I guess are PhD students/researchers who are working with the math related aspects of machine learning, and not undergraduates or working professionals who want to write machine learning code for their applications/projects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a reference in the domain of machine learning 31 Oct 2013
By Robert
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a reference in the domain of machine learning ... plus the quality of the paper used, the colors .... everything makes this book a must have if you are interested in machine learning
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Textbook and Reference 5 Mar 2009
By Prepaid
Format:Hardcover
For people that are interested in machine learning this is a must. Not dry and colorful, I really enjoyed the small boxes with the biographies of the great mathematicians, very cool idea.

Advices:
1) Mathematical background in advanced calculus and linear algebra is required.
2) Basic background in statistics and probability will make the chapters more comprehensible, but if you don't have it, don't despair. The author gives an overview of the required statistical and probabilistic tools in the first chapters and in the appendices.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 28 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover
As a newbie to pattern recognition I found this book very helpful. It is the clearest book I ever read! Accompanying examples and material are very illuminating. I particularly appreciated the gradual introduction of key concepts, often accompanied with practical examples and stimulating exercises.
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