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The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction, Second Edition (Springer Series in Statistics) Hardcover – 19 May 2017
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From the reviews:
"Like the first edition, the current one is a welcome edition to researchers and academicians equally…. Almost all of the chapters are revised.… The Material is nicely reorganized and repackaged, with the general layout being the same as that of the first edition.… If you bought the first edition, I suggest that you buy the second editon for maximum effect, and if you haven’t, then I still strongly recommend you have this book at your desk. Is it a good investment, statistically speaking!" (Book Review Editor, Technometrics, August 2009, VOL. 51, NO. 3)
From the reviews of the second edition:
"This second edition pays tribute to the many developments in recent years in this field, and new material was added to several existing chapters as well as four new chapters … were included. … These additions make this book worthwhile to obtain … . In general this is a well written book which gives a good overview on statistical learning and can be recommended to everyone interested in this field. The book is so comprehensive that it offers material for several courses." (Klaus Nordhausen, International Statistical Review, Vol. 77 (3), 2009)
“The second edition … features about 200 pages of substantial new additions in the form of four new chapters, as well as various complements to existing chapters. … the book may also be of interest to a theoretically inclined reader looking for an entry point to the area and wanting to get an initial understanding of which mathematical issues are relevant in relation to practice. … this is a welcome update to an already fine book, which will surely reinforce its status as a reference.” (Gilles Blanchard, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 d)
“The book would be ideal for statistics graduate students … . This book really is the standard in the field, referenced in most papers and books on the subject, and it is easy to see why. The book is very well written, with informative graphics on almost every other page. It looks great and inviting. You can flip the book open to any page, read a sentence or two and be hooked for the next hour or so.” (Peter Rabinovitch, The Mathematical Association of America, May, 2012)
From the Back Cover
During the past decade there has been an explosion in computation and information technology. With it have come vast amounts of data in a variety of fields such as medicine, biology, finance, and marketing. The challenge of understanding these data has led to the development of new tools in the field of statistics, and spawned new areas such as data mining, machine learning, and bioinformatics. Many of these tools have common underpinnings but are often expressed with different terminology. This book describes the important ideas in these areas in a common conceptual framework. While the approach is statistical, the emphasis is on concepts rather than mathematics. Many examples are given, with a liberal use of color graphics. It is a valuable resource for statisticians and anyone interested in data mining in science or industry. The book's coverage is broad, from supervised learning (prediction) to unsupervised learning. The many topics include neural networks, support vector machines, classification trees and boosting---the first comprehensive treatment of this topic in any book.
This major new edition features many topics not covered in the original, including graphical models, random forests, ensemble methods, least angle regression and path algorithms for the lasso, non-negative matrix factorization, and spectral clustering. There is also a chapter on methods for ``wide'' data (p bigger than n), including multiple testing and false discovery rates.
Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, and Jerome Friedman are professors of statistics at Stanford University. They are prominent researchers in this area: Hastie and Tibshirani developed generalized additive models and wrote a popular book of that title. Hastie co-developed much of the statistical modeling software and environment in R/S-PLUS and invented principal curves and surfaces. Tibshirani proposed the lasso and is co-author of the very successful An Introduction to the Bootstrap. Friedman is the co-inventor of many data-mining tools including CART, MARS, projection pursuit and gradient boosting.See all Product description
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My experience with the book so far if very positive. It contains incredibly relevant machine learning methods/tools which many other books, most notably PRML, doesn't touch upon or at least explain very shortly, which are extensively used in practice. Most notably: Support Vector Machines, Random Forests and Ensemble Learning. Also, the structure of ESL has made a lot more sense to me compared to PRML, it wraps parts of the field into more easily digestible chunks, and therefore makes for a better reference than PRML (just compare the table of contents). Also, as the authors themselves point out, the book itself will rather the reader understands the intuition, algorithm and the cases in which they perform good/bad rather than the mathematical background/proofs behind them (don't worry, most of them are still presented in ESL though). In conclusion, if you can accept the skimming of proof and some rigour in ESL, this book is perfect, and summarizes a large part of the field in such a way that even a mathematically mediocre computer scientist is able to somewhat grasp and apply in real world problems. However, if you want to get the entire picture, you might want to read both ESL and PRML, which will give you some of that Bayesian goodies as well.
beside the formulas and tables there are many figures, in color. these figures give a very good idea how al types of analyses work. After reading a lot of books in this field one can say that this is the best.
My main complaint is about the truly awful print quality (second edition, seventh printing 2013). Many pages look smudged. For at least a dozen pages, the ink has gone right through the paper to make the overleaf pages completely unreadable.
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