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Although Bishop's book is my favourite from a mathematical point-of-view
on 27 May 2017
As a medical reseacher, I do not have any formal training in maths / stats. So I have (tried to) self-teach ML from various resources, i.e., Tibshirani, Kevin Murphy and Bishop's textbooks. I think this book leads the pack if you are looking for simple explanation, tangible examples, and worked out numerical examples (in MATLAB code). I am able to follow this book and with the help of provided MATLAB code, model most of the ML problems given here, whereas with the other books (e.g., Bishop's) I find myself spending most of my energy wrestling with esoteric mathematical sub-concepts with virtually no worked examples to help. Although Bishop's book is my favourite from a mathematical point-of-view, I think this book is an essential for a beginner.