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excellent - accessible machine learning,
This review is from: Programming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications (Paperback)This is excellent - forget the marketing rubbish about making better web 2.0 apps: It is all about machine learning - the science of how Amazon and others can make recommendations based on the ordering patterns of others.
The difference between it and other texts on this machine learning, is how accessible it is, and how apt the data sets it chooses are. Machine learning is an active area of research, and I was surprised that this book even covers kernel methods.
It generates a real appetite to learn more about the theory of machine learning: Which you will need, as most machine learning text books are mathematically tough going and dry.
I only wish I could skip the day job for a week and study this book from cover to cover.