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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Principles of Data Mining (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: David J. Hand, Heikki Mannila, Padhraic Smyth
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very, Very, Very Bad Book !

I am a professional in the field of data mining (over 10 years experience). I am always taking classes and reading on the subject. This book was a required text in a grad class I was taking in the evenings. I was excited because I had heard so many good things about it.

The book is indescribably bad.

It is bad if you want theory.
It is bad if you want practical advice.
It is just plain bad.


Do yourself a favor and go out and get the books by Gordon Linoff et. al. (Mastering Data Mining and Data Mining Techniques). I believe that Amazon will sell you both for not much more money than if you buy this book. Either one of those books is better than this! (I recommend buying both, you won't be sorry!)


Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for Intermediate to Expert Photoshop Users

I read a review that said this book is written for professional photographers and hi-end serious amateurs. While that may be true, I found all of the explanations in the book to be very simple and step-by-step, so that advanced beginners or intermediate users should be able to follow along easily.
Author Scott Kelby, Photoshop User magazine editor, shows you the Photoshop pros' techniques for managing, correcting, retouching and outputting your photos to produce brilliant results. This book is great for traditional photographers who are making the jump to digital photography. Reading it should empower you to experiment with your photos.
The full color book is packed with graphics and tutorials that will show you how to re-size your images with the proper resolution without losing image quality, deal with High ISO noise, blue channel noise, and other common digital camera problems. There's good info on color correcting photos for output on everything from inkjet printers to printing presses, and how to get perfect fleshtones. I love the "digital plastic surgery" and facial retouching techniques using Photoshop 7.0's new tools.
Plus, some great exercises in masking, digital dodging and burning tricks, colorizing hair and replacing a portion of a pic (such as a sky).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
It's old stuff but it's geared for the test!

(the test is on the old stuff)I agree with alot of the other coments on this book, and there are some mistakes. But it will help you pass the test and get you A+ certification. I used it to refresh before the test and passed. Infact if it weren't for the mistakes I would give it 5 stars.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Assembly Language for Intel-Based Computers (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Kip R. Irvine
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great reference for the CPU and ASM

I've been programming in high-level languages for a number of years and this book took the little bits of knowledge I had of hardware and other obscurities and put them all together. Not only is it a great reference for ASM, but a gives an unparallelled understanding of the CPU. The only problem I had as a novice Assembly programmer was the few code mistakes and Irvine assumed that the reader knew a little too much in the first couple of chapters.