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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Support Vector Machines and Other Kernel-based Learning Methods
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Nello Cristianini, John Shawe-Taylor
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not even close to an intro...

Oh Puhleeeezzzzz... How is your vector math??? Remember your linear algebra well? Do you have a background in SVM's? Intuitively able to suck out of thin air the meaning of the Gamma co-efficient as applied to svm's?? You've read all the background papers and remember your formal logic???? No?? too bad..your out of luck..

This book is more aptly titled an Introduction to the Formalisms of SVM's. If your a software engineer trying to implement one of these, forget it.. Be nice if they put that quadratic algorthim psuedocode into something more readable than greek symbology..

If you are trying to build one of these engines, then this book is of absolutely no help, unless you have a background in machine learning and have read all the papers on SVM's. If you can decompose the math into code in your head, then you might find it entertaining... What I don't get is how all the rest of these reviewers can give such "glowing praise" for this book and have it be so completely worthless as an introduction... makes me think some of these are shills..

Bottom line is, if your trying to code a svm, this book will not help. If your trying to understand how to implement a svm, this book will not help. If you are trying to understand how an svm works, this book will not help. If you want to know the mathematical basis for SVM's and like that presentation.. this is the book for you..

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LDAP System Administration
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Gerald Carter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An useful LDAP guide for system administrators

Inside this book, you can fetch a lot of useful tricks and clear references. Perhaps is not a complete guide for LDAP administration, but covers the basics about LDIF, OID, tree structure -organization and replication-, indexes and so. I found very useful the explanation about LDAP use in system integration: accounting issues for services(nss, pam), mail routing, and AD issues.Provides useful scripts and explain a lot of "traps" about security integration and configuration: TLS, SASL, etc. I strongly recommend it for newies in LDAP admin.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Intrusion Detection (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Northcutt, Judy Novak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Northcutt hits the ball out of the park!

I am the chief of a 15 person intrusion detection team, with responsibility for centralized, around-the-clock monitoring of a global network. I believe I have enough experience to claim Steven's book is first rate and sorely needed. His reconstruction of a Christmas Eve system compromise and his analysis of Kevin Mitnick's TCP hijack of Tsutomu Shimomura's host are excellent case studies. His coverage of reset scans and other non-standard reconnaissance techniques prompted me to scour my traffic for the same events and write a paper on my findings. I do not agree with some of his conclusions on SYN ACK and reset scans, but his work made me investigate those topics. While I would have preferred slightly more explanation and examples of network traces (who wouldn't?), I hope this book begins a trend of sharing (sanitized) packet-level incident details within the IDS community. I recommended Steven's book to every analyst on my flight and every person in my unit, and I plan to build in-house training around it. I guarantee every person with a technical leaning and a position on the front line of intrusion detection will appreciate Steven's book. See you at SANS Network Security 99

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David McAmis
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A step in the right direction for Wrox

After having gotten pretty fed up with the increasingly sloppy work coming out of Wrox, I was pleasantly surprised by this title. It's currently the only thing out there written specifically for CR.NET. At 325 pages (appendices and index included), it's length is appropriate for its subject (which, more than anything, is what I mean by "a step in the right direction"). It is well organized, written and edited, and I found it quite helpful in meeting an important deadline.
I highly recommend this title and hope it portends an overall improvement in future products from Wrox.