The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction (Google eBook)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 should be 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 boostingthe 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 & path algorithms for the lasso, nonnegative 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 apopular book of that title. Hastie codeveloped much of the statistical modeling software and environment in R/SPLUS and invented principal curves and surfaces. Tibshirani proposed the lasso and is coauthor of the very successful An Introduction to the Bootstrap. Friedman is the coinventor of many datamining tools including CART, MARS, projection pursuit and gradient boosting. 
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Review: The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction
User Review  Danial  GoodreadsUnnecessarily dry and difficult to read through; but as a reference book with a solid index it hits its mark. Read full review
Review: The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction
User Review  Scott  GoodreadsA classic! One of the first books I read on Machine Learning. Comes at things from the statistics perspective, probably wouldn't recommend as a first introduction. Also would recommend the updated electronic editions (freely available form Hastie's webpage Read full review
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