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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Causality : Models, Reasoning, and Inference
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Judea Pearl
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
another myth on causality


This book is fundamentally defective. Now the author stepped in generic causation activities stepping back from the obstinate stalwarts of empirical causation. But still he is missing the point of the matter. There is no geater illusion to human thought than thinking in terms of linear causality even embellished with probabilty and graph theories additions. Apart from the innate symmetricity of structural equation systems, the very definition for the conditional probability as well as Bayes's law of inverse probability unambiguously suggest the reversibility of cause-effect relationships. Such crucial property is the heart of the real world processes, because all of them from physical effects to biological aging to socio-economic phenomena are eventually liable to causal reversal. For car-minded readers it may be well to remember how can work the transmission power train. It is time to stop spawning false beliefs, for any theory on causality, mathematical, physical or philosophical, falling short the reversible causal mechanisms is substantially fallacious, however sophisticated it may be, and it deeply distorts our understanding of the world. So, dear reader, wait other decade when the author will grow up to the evident fact that processes run backwards, that the direction of causality turns the other way round, and that the linear causal ordering was only the desease of the mental growth. Then we eventually get the rightened but completely contrary title:"Reversible Causality: Models, Reasoning, Inference". And it will start with the historical recognition: "A is a cause of B only when B can cause A". Amen.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Colin Moock
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
definative is exactly what it is


I've bought quite a lot of books, some better than others, this one has it's position right next to my work computer. I cannot remember everything, and this book provides an excellent source of reference, as even now although I've read it many times and understand the concepts, the finer points sometimes need completion. This reference section covers just about everything. - I'd give it a "must have".



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A very good introduction or refresher book


This book is written like a college textbook. The same style with exercises and questions in the back of each chapter. I liked it, since there are lots of examples to walk you through the different parts of the language.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: InDesign CS Killer Tips (Killer Tips)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby, Terry White
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy the book, and spend more time designing not reading!


I bought this book in a quick fix attempt to learn Indesign 2.0 at the last minute for a 150 page book layout, with cover. I only had very short deadline and no time to read big books. While I was still in the bookstore, it answered a question I had about importing excell documents (which I'd consider worth the cost of the book right there). While developing my layout, I would flip though the book find a great tip and then try it right out.

Much of the book still applied to 2.0. The parts that didn't, really just made me want to upgrade to CS even faster.

I paid full price for the book at Borders and I would do it again. I feel it save me about 10-15 hours worth of work on this one project alone. That's alot of money or free time, depending on how you look at it!