on 19 October 2011
I bought this book to get an up to date view of machine learning and though heavily mathematical this book is certainly worth the effort in areas that take your fancy.
I especially like the way Haykin shows how classical ideas e.g. eigenvector decomposition fit within a neural framework - principle component analysis by a single neuron.
My reason for only giving 4 stars is the lack of actual examples. The Lena pictures were very instructive, more of these types of real world examples would be useful.
I still have lots more to read so may post an update later.