1st Edition

A Concise Introduction to Machine Learning

By A.C. Faul Copyright 2020
    334 Pages 123 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    334 Pages 123 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    334 Pages 123 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    The emphasis of the book is on the question of Why – only if why an algorithm is successful is understood, can it be properly applied, and the results trusted. Algorithms are often taught side by side without showing the similarities and differences between them. This book addresses the commonalities, and aims to give a thorough and in-depth treatment and develop intuition, while remaining concise.

    This useful reference should be an essential on the bookshelves of anyone employing machine learning techniques.

    The author's webpage for the book can be accessed here.

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Probability Theory

    Chapter 3. Sampling

    Chapter 4. Linear Classification

    Chapter 5. Non-Linear Classification

    Chapter 6. Dimensionality Reduction

    Chapter 7. Regression

    Chapter 8. Feature Learning


    A.C. Faul was a Teaching Associate, Fellow and Director of Studies in Mathematics at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. She came to Cambridge after studying two years in Germany. She did Part II and Part III Mathematics at Churchill College, Cambridge. Since these are only two years, and three years are necessary for a first degree, she does not hold one. However, this was followed by a PhD on the Faul-Powell Algorithm for Radial Basis Function Interpolation under the supervision of Professor Mike Powell. She then worked on the Relevance Vector Machine with Mike Tipping at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Ten years in industry followed where she worked on various algorithms on mobile phone networks, image processing and data visualization. Current projects are on machine learning techniques. In teaching, she enjoys to bring out the underlying, connecting principles of algorithms, which is the emphasis of a book on Numerical Analysis she has written.

    "This book aims to present a concise yet rigorous introduction to several basic topics in machine
    learning. The concepts and algorithms are comprehensively explained with intuition and illustrative examples in MATLAB, using mathematics as the common language. The focus is on
    why and how an algorithm works...this book covers the mathematical foundation, the techniques and applications in machine learning well. It may be useful for readers with some background in mathematics who wish to extend themselves in statistics and machine learning, such as statisticians, graduate and senior undergraduate students."

    -- Shuangzhe Liu, Professor, University of Canberra

    "Data scientist Faul (British Antarctic Survey) aspires to provide the much-needed reference for identifying appropriate machine learning (ML) algorithms suitable for problem solving scenarios. Because ML concepts will vary in name across disciplines, she adopts mathematics as a common language to offset such differences. The text emphasizes why and how ML algorithms are successful and identifies the type of problem best addressed by each algorithm covered, as well as the commonalities shared between various algorithms... For readers who already have some experience in ML or a mature understanding of probability and statistics, this text indeed offers a worthwhile reference."

    --M. Mounts, Dartmouth College