Monday, October 30, 2017

Introduction to Machine Learning with Python by Andreas C. Muller & Sarah Guido

Machine learning has become an integral part of many commercial applications and research projects, but this field is not exclusive to large companies with extensive research teams. 
 If you use Python, even as a beginner, this book will teach you practical ways to build your own machine learning solutions. 
With all the data available today, machine learning applications are limited only by your imagination.
You’ll learn the steps necessary to create a successful machine-learning application with Python and the scikit-learn library. 
Authors Andreas Müller and Sarah Guido focus on the practical aspects of using machine learning algorithms, rather than the math behind them. Familiarity with the NumPy and matplotlib libraries will help you get even more from this book.
With this book, you’ll learn:
  • Fundamental concepts and applications of machine learning
  • Advantages and shortcomings of widely used machine learning algorithms
  • How to represent data processed by machine learning, including which data aspects to focus on
  • Advanced methods for model evaluation and parameter tuning
  • The concept of pipelines for chaining models and encapsulating your workflow
  • Methods for working with text data, including text-specific processing techniques
  • Suggestions for improving your machine learning and data science skills
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Goodreads Rating - 4.55 out of 5 ( 11 Ratings; 0 Reviews  - As on October 30 2017)
My Rating  4 out of 5
My Comments:
A very good introduction to machine learning concepts. 
Systematic organization of the topics,  and  ample examples provided makes it a worthwhile read. 
Several important algorithms have been discussed along with their pros and cons with minimum use of advanced mathematics.  
Much much better book to start with Machine Learning as compared to the "Machine Learning for Dummies" book which was pedagogically horrible.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Wonder by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Man has always wanted to know more about life. 
This intense quest has caused all the progress humanity has made day and yet there still remain many unanswered questions.
In this book Sri Sri takes questions while interacting with gatherings all over the world covering eclectic subjects - 
the mundane and the profound, the physical and the metaphysical, 
the personal and the universal, some philosophical and 
some even irrational, answering them this characteristic simplicity, playfulness and depth of wisdom

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Goodreads Rating - 3 out of 5 ( 1 Ratings; 0 Reviews  - As on October 27 2017)
My Rating  3 out of 5
My Comments:
A good compilation of answers by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to the questions put to him by his devotees. The answers are classified under following chapters - Ancient Wisdom, Dispassion, Divinity, Duality & Non-duality, Ego, Enlightenment, Faith and Devotion, Guru, Health, Karma, Love, Mind, Miscellaneous.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America. 
At the age of forty-four, in the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike through the vast tangled woods which have been frightening sensible people for three hundred years. 
Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favorite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. 
Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.

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Goodreads Rating - 4.05 out of 5 ( 269,057 Ratings; 14,591 Reviews  - As on October 20 2017)
My Rating  4 out of 5
My Comments:
An adventure travelogue written with a great sense of humor. Vivid characterization of people and picturesque description of the places on the renowned Appalachian Trail. A must read for every travel and  adventure buff.

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