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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applied Survival Analysis: Regression Modeling of Time to Event Data
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: David W. Hosmer Jr., Stanley Lemeshow
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
nice introduction

I enjoyed the authors' book on logistic regression analysis in 1989, and this book is just as good, or better, with many extremely practical suggestions on building regression models for survival data. Happily, the authors summarize, compare, and contrast several major texts on survival analysis which have appeared in the past 10 years. For example, they discuss different names used by different authors for score residuals. They present a helpful appendix on the counting process approach to survival analysis, which will make more advanced texts accessible to students; thus, anyone who wants to use survival analysis, at any level, should consult this book, even if he has already studied books by Miller, Lee, Collett, Fleming-Harington,Andersen, et al, etc. An unfortunate drawback to this book is that the first printing contains many careless errors, some of which may affect student learning: for example, the definition of a survival function is misstated. I recommend that you insist on the second or third printing when buying this book, and you will be quite satisfied.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Six stars for this book!

Want to set up, maintain, or fix a W2KServer? Need to know how? Look no further than this book. I bought it for my own personal use, and ended up using it at work as well. Daily! What's more, the book comes complete with a cd-version of it allowing for fast searches and making it really easy to take with you. The book covers everything you'll ever need to know about W2KServer exhaustively and is so well written that if you're a bit of a nerd it reads as if it is an exiting novel.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Christina Wodtke
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
IA Takes A Step Forward

Christina's thought provoking guide to the nuances of IA and what it really takes to get beyond site maps, frameworks, and card sorts to start architecting effective information tools for users is a top notch guide for those interested in creating better user interactions.
Full of bold statements like, "On the web, everyone's a woman," and then backing them up with equally provacative insights, this thoughtful book puts the reader on the frontlines of the corporate IA revolution. This book is an easy read with many valuable lessons, both burned and learned.
Christina's no nonsense approaches culled from a rich experience in print and digital media make this book a must read for IA's, and the people that IA's want to influence, to start making them think differently about not making people think at all and inspiring interfaces that allow people to just DO.
The most exciting thing about "Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web" is the way it begins to hint that there may just be life after the web for IAs who still have hope. Thanks for the affirmation that Information Architecture is still very alive and well, and most important, more necessary than ever.
Nice Pants!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good beginners' guide.

This book takes the beginner from scratch to being able to competantly handle PostgresQL databases.
The only real drawbacks as far as I could see are the lack of some python examples, and the use of MS Access. Even though I am a linux convert, I am not necessarily biggoted against Micro$oft.
But while I have a wealth of RDBMS background, I needed to know two things: one, how to configure and execute postresQL under linux, and two, what GUI tools are available to do this. Hence my disappointment at the use of MS Access, which I already know anyway.
Still it is a good book to kick off with.