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    Arithmetic

    Arithmetic Lowest new price: $16.61
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    Author: Paul Lockhart

    Because evolution endowed humans with a complement of ten fingers, a grouping size of ten seems natural to us, perhaps even ideal. But from the perspective of mathematics, groupings of ten are arbitrary, and can have serious shortcomings. Twelve would be better for divisibility, and eight is smaller and well suited to repeated halving. Grouping by two, as in binary code, has turned out to have its own remarkable advantages.

    Paul Lockhart reveals arithmetic not as the rote manipulation of numbers―a practical if mundane branch of knowledge best suited for balancing a checkbook or filling out tax forms―but as a set of ideas that exhibit the fascinating and sometimes surprising behaviors usually reserved for higher branches of mathematics. The essence of arithmetic is the skillful arrangement of numerical information for ease of communication and comparison, an elegant intellectual craft that arises from our desire to count, add to, take away from, divide up, and multiply quantities of important things. Over centuries, humans devised a variety of strategies for representing and using numerical information, from beads and tally marks to adding machines and computers. Lockhart explores the philosophical and aesthetic nature of counting and of different number systems, both Western and non-Western, weighing the pluses and minuses of each.

    A passionate, entertaining survey of foundational ideas and methods, Arithmetic invites readers to experience the profound and simple beauty of its subject through the eyes of a modern research mathematician.

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    Calculus: Early Transcendentals

    Calculus: Early Transcendentals Lowest new price: $140.00
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    Author: James Stewart
    Brand: Stewart James

    Success in your calculus course starts here! James Stewart's CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS texts are world-wide best-sellers for a reason: they are clear, accurate, and filled with relevant, real-world examples. With CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, Eighth Edition, Stewart conveys not only the utility of calculus to help you develop technical competence, but also gives you an appreciation for the intrinsic beauty of the subject. His patient examples and built-in learning aids will help you build your mathematical confidence and achieve your goals in the course.

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    Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

    Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy Lowest new price: $9.30
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    Author: Cathy O'Neil

    Longlisted for the National Book Award
    New York Times Bestseller

    A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life — and threaten to rip apart our social fabric


    We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated.

    But as Cathy O’Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can’t get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he’s then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a “toxic cocktail for democracy.” Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.

    Tracing the arc of a person’s life, O’Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These “weapons of math destruction” score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health.

    O’Neil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it’s up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change.

    — Longlist for National Book Award (Non-Fiction)
    — Goodreads, semi-finalist for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards (Science and Technology)
    — Kirkus, Best Books of 2016
    New York Times, 100 Notable Books of 2016 (Non-Fiction)
    The Guardian, Best Books of 2016
    — WBUR's "On Point," Best Books of 2016: Staff Picks
    — Boston Globe, Best Books of 2016, Non-Fiction

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    Barron's AP Statistics, 9th Edition

    Barron's AP Statistics, 9th Edition Lowest new price: $11.99
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    Author: Martin Sternstein Ph.D.

    This manual's in-depth preparation for the AP Statistics exam features the 35 absolutely best AP Statistics exam hints found anywhere, and includes:

    • A diagnostic test and five full-length and up-to-date practice exams
    • All test questions answered and explained
    • Additional multiple-choice and free-response questions with answers
    • A 14-chapter subject review, covering all test topics
    • A new review chapter highlighting statistical insights into social issues
    • a new chapter on the Investigative Task, which counts as one-eighth of the exam
    • A guide to basic uses of TI, Casio, and HP graphing calculators
    BONUS ONLINE PRACTICE TEST: Students who purchase this book will also get FREE access to one additional full-length online AP Statistics test with all questions answered and explained.

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    A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)

    A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) Lowest new price: $8.00
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    Author: Barbara Oakley PhD
    Brand: Ingramcontent

    The companion book to COURSERA®'s wildly popular massive open online course "Learning How to Learn"

    Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a new skill set, A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating material. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options—both to rise in the military and to explore other careers—she returned to school with a newfound determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life.
     
    In A Mind for Numbers, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to learning effectively—secrets that even dedicated and successful students wish they’d known earlier. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Most people think that there’s only one way to do a problem, when in actuality, there are often a number of different solutions—you just need the creativity to see them. For example, there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. In short, studying a problem in a laser-focused way until you reach a solution is not an effective way to learn. Rather, it involves taking the time to step away from a problem and allow the more relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over. The learning strategies in this book apply not only to math and science, but to any subject in which we struggle. We all have what it takes to excel in areas that don't seem to come naturally to us at first, and learning them does not have to be as painful as we might think!

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    Microsoft Excel Data Analysis and Business Modeling (5th Edition)

    Microsoft Excel Data Analysis and Business Modeling (5th Edition) Lowest new price: $30.00
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    Author: Wayne Winston
    Brand: Microsoft Press

    Master business modeling and analysis techniques with Microsoft Excel 2016, and transform data into bottom-line results. Written by award-winning educator Wayne Winston, this hands on, scenario-focused guide helps you use Excel’s newest tools to ask the right questions and get accurate, actionable answers. This edition adds 150+ new problems with solutions, plus a chapter of basic spreadsheet models to make sure you’re fully up to speed.


    Solve real business problems with Excel—and build your competitive advantage

    • Quickly transition from Excel basics to sophisticated analytics
    • Summarize data by using PivotTables and Descriptive Statistics
    • Use Excel trend curves, multiple regression, and exponential smoothing
    • Master advanced functions such as OFFSET and INDIRECT
    • Delve into key financial, statistical, and time functions
    • Leverage the new charts in Excel 2016 (including box and whisker and waterfall charts)
    • Make charts more effective by using Power View
    • Tame complex optimizations by using Excel Solver
    • Run Monte Carlo simulations on stock prices and bidding models
    • Work with the AGGREGATE function and table slicers
    • Create PivotTables from data in different worksheets or workbooks
    • Learn about basic probability and Bayes’ Theorem
    • Automate repetitive tasks by using macros

     

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    The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction, Second Edition (Springer Series in Statistics)

    The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction, Second Edition (Springer Series in Statistics) Lowest new price: $62.34
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    Author: Trevor Hastie
    Brand: imusti

    This book describes the important ideas in a variety of fields such as medicine, biology, finance, and marketing in a common conceptual framework. While the approach is statistical, the emphasis is on concepts rather than mathematics. Many examples are given, with a liberal use of colour graphics. It is a valuable resource for statisticians and anyone interested in data mining in science or industry. The book's coverage is broad, from supervised learning (prediction) to unsupervised learning. The many topics include neural networks, support vector machines, classification trees and boosting---the first comprehensive treatment of this topic in any book.

    This major new edition features many topics not covered in the original, including graphical models, random forests, ensemble methods, least angle regression & path algorithms for the lasso, non-negative matrix factorisation, and spectral clustering. There is also a chapter on methods for "wide'' data (p bigger than n), including multiple testing and false discovery rates.

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    • Springer

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    Ti 84 Plus Calculator (Quick Study Academic)

    Ti 84 Plus Calculator (Quick Study Academic) Lowest new price: $5.36
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    Author: Inc. BarCharts
    Brand: BarCharts Inc

    You’ve just purchased a TI-84 Plus calculator to assist in performing different types of mathematical equations―now, how can you get the most out of it? You’ll find the answer to this question with our comprehensive, 6-page guide that shows in great detail what exactly the TI-84 Plus can do. Function key and mode descriptions, as well as problem-solving examples, are included within a color-coded format for easy reference.

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    • Ti 84 Plus Calculator

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    Data Science for Business: What You Need to Know about Data Mining and Data-Analytic Thinking

    Data Science for Business: What You Need to Know about Data Mining and Data-Analytic Thinking Lowest new price: $25.02
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    Author: Foster Provost
    Brand: imusti

    Written by renowned data science experts Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett, Data Science for Business introduces the fundamental principles of data science, and walks you through the "data-analytic thinking" necessary for extracting useful knowledge and business value from the data you collect. This guide also helps you understand the many data-mining techniques in use today.

    Based on an MBA course Provost has taught at New York University over the past ten years, Data Science for Business provides examples of real-world business problems to illustrate these principles. You’ll not only learn how to improve communication between business stakeholders and data scientists, but also how participate intelligently in your company’s data science projects. You’ll also discover how to think data-analytically, and fully appreciate how data science methods can support business decision-making.

    • Understand how data science fits in your organization—and how you can use it for competitive advantage
    • Treat data as a business asset that requires careful investment if you’re to gain real value
    • Approach business problems data-analytically, using the data-mining process to gather good data in the most appropriate way
    • Learn general concepts for actually extracting knowledge from data
    • Apply data science principles when interviewing data science job candidates

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    • O'Reilly Media

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    Cracking the AP Calculus AB Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)

    Cracking the AP Calculus AB Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation) Lowest new price: $12.90
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    Author: Princeton Review

    PREMIUM PRACTICE FOR A PERFECT 5! Ace the AP Calculus AB Exam with this Premium version of The Princeton Review's comprehensive study guide.

    In addition to all the great material in our classic Cracking the AP Calculus AB Exam guide—which includes thorough content reviews, targeted test strategies, and access to online extras via our AP Connect portal—this edition includes extra exams, for a total of 6 full-length practice tests with complete answer explanations!

    This book provides the most practice at the best price (more tests than any other major offering currently on the market, at a price that's 20% less than the nearest competitor).

    Everything You Need to Know to Help Achieve a High Score.
    • Comprehensive content review for all test topics
    • Up-to-date information on the 2018 AP Calculus AB Exam
    • Subjects organized into manageable units
    • Access to AP Connect, our online portal for helpful pre-college information and exam updates

    Premium Practice to Help Achieve Excellence.
    • 5 full-length practice tests in the book with detailed answer explanations
    • 1 additional full-length practice test online with detailed answer explanations
    • Comprehensive drills at the end of each chapter and unit
    • Handy guide to key calculus formulas, plus bonus tips online for optimizing your TI-84 calculator

    Techniques That Actually Work.
    • Tried-and-true strategies to help you avoid traps and beat the test
    • Tips for pacing yourself and guessing logically
    • Essential tactics to help you work smarter, not harder

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