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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Modern Applied Statistics with S
Publisher: Springer
Authors: W.N. Venables, B.D. Ripley
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An excellent application of statistics with S


I am an experienced S-Plus user. I found the 4th ed. of the popular book very helpful (and practical). The authors added many libraries to the packaged S-Plus, which is very generous. I would give it a five-star ranking, but I found the various comments on R really disturbing (I suspect most practioners use S-Plus instead of R). Maybe the authors should put everything related to R into separated boxes (or in a separate chapter). Overall, it's a great book and I would like to recommend it to anyone interested in computational statistics. Note: Basic knowledge of S and some advanced training statistics are assumed. Good for graduate students in statistics/finance, or experienced statisticians/financial engineers. For those without sufficient training in statistics, try the S-Plus Guide to Statistics I & II first.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jonathan Corbet, Alessandro Rubini, Greg Kroah-Hartman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Need to write a Linux driver You Need This Book


If you're looking for a good overview/reference for making device drivers happen on Linux, this book is a must-have. It covers most of the pertinent topics (incl. handling cross-platform support details) and covers them with a view on the 2.4.X kernels- whlie explaining the old functionalities all the way back to the 2.0.X kernels to enable you to write backwards compatible drivers if you so desire.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try
Publisher: Velociteach Press
Authors: Andy Crowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book if you want to pass the PMP


I didn't have a whole lot of time to study for the PMP exam so I took an accelerated, two-day class based upon (and using) Andy Crowe's book. The class was amazing and my practice test scores improved dramatically literally overnight.

Andy's approach to the PMP exam not only made the test seem easy, it also improved my overall knowledge of project management concepts that I had been familiar with but wasn't sure how to use in an every day work setting.

I keep this book in my office and refer to it every now and then. This is a great book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Howard Rheingold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Provocative Prescience


The ethical core of Smart Mobs is cooperation, around which orbits a whirling constellation of hot-topic technologies. Cooperation, Howard Rheingold argues, was the founding Internet weltanschauung; now, aided by tiny computers, sensors and transmitters embedded in the environment, mobile ad-hoc social networks might make for more profound social change. These are "smart mobs" - groups who use technology to coordinate their actions in unpredicted ways. American college students, Tokyo teenagers, Al Quaeda and WTO protestors use mobile phones and peer to peer file sharing today, and tomorrow will likely use geospatial bulletin boards, mesh networks and reputation systems. Smart Mobs tingles with provocative prescience.