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    Elements of Programming Interviews in Python: The Insiders' Guide

    Elements of Programming Interviews in Python: The Insiders' Guide Lowest new price: $34.60
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    Author: Adnan Aziz
    Brand: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

    Take great care to buy the latest version: bit.ly/buyingEPI

    EPI includes a framework for writing your solutions, as well as testing them against a comprehensive set of test-cases. Head over to judge.elementsofprogramminginterviews.com for details.

    Before you buy this book, please first head over to our sample page - elementsofprogramminginterviews.com/sample

    The sampler should give you a very good idea of the quality and style of our book. In particular, be sure you are comfortable with the level and with our Python coding style.

    Since different candidates have different time constraints, EPI includes a study guide with several scenarios, ranging from weekend Hackathon to semester long preparation with a recommended a subset of problems for each scenario. 

    All problems are classified in terms of their difficulty level and include many variants to help you apply what you have learned more widely.

    All problems includes hints for readers who get stuck. This simulates what you will face in the real interview.

    The version being sold by Amazon itself is always current. Some resellers may have older versions, especially if they sell used copies.

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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: $62.92
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    Author: Trevor Hastie
    Brand: Springer

    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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    Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto)

    Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto) Lowest new price: $8.00
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    Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Brand: Random House Trade Paperbacks

    Fooled by Randomness is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are The Black Swan, Antifragile, Skin in the Game, and The Bed of Procrustes.

    Fooled by Randomness is the word-of-mouth sensation that will change the way you think about business and the world. Nassim Nicholas Taleb–veteran trader, renowned risk expert, polymathic scholar, erudite raconteur, and New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan–has written a modern classic that turns on its head what we believe about luck and skill.

    This book is about luck–or more precisely, about how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill–the world of trading–Fooled by Randomness provides captivating insight into one of the least understood factors in all our lives. Writing in an entertaining narrative style, the author tackles major intellectual issues related to the underestimation of the influence of happenstance on our lives.

    The book is populated with an array of characters, some of whom have grasped, in their own way, the significance of chance: the baseball legend Yogi Berra; the philosopher of knowledge Karl Popper; the ancient world’s wisest man, Solon; the modern financier George Soros; and the Greek voyager Odysseus. We also meet the fictional Nero, who seems to understand the role of randomness in his professional life but falls victim to his own superstitious foolishness.

    However, the most recognizable character of all remains unnamed–the lucky fool who happens to be in the right place at the right time–he embodies the “survival of the least fit.” Such individuals attract devoted followers who believe in their guru’s insights and methods. But no one can replicate what is obtained by chance.

    Are we capable of distinguishing the fortunate charlatan from the genuine visionary? Must we always try to uncover nonexistent messages in random events? It may be impossible to guard ourselves against the vagaries of the goddess Fortuna, but after reading Fooled by Randomness we can be a little better prepared.

    PRAISE FOR FOOLED BY RANDOMNESS:

    Named by Fortune One of the Smartest Books of All Time

    A Financial Times Best Business Book of the Year


    “[Fooled by Randomness] is to conventional Wall Street wisdom approximately what Martin Luther’s ninety-five theses were to the Catholic Church.”
    –Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink

    “The book that rolled down Wall Street like a hand grenade.”
    –Maggie Mahar, author of Bull! A History of the Boom, 1982—1999

    “Fascinating . . . Taleb will grab you.”
    –Peter L. Bernstein, author of Capital Ideas Evolving

    “Recalls the best of scientist/essayists like Richard Dawkins . . . and Stephen Jay Gould.”
    –Michael Schrage, author of Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate

    “We need a book like this. . . . Fun to read, refreshingly independent-minded.”
    –Robert J. Shiller, author of Irrational Exuberance

    “Powerful . . . loaded with crackling little insights [and] extreme brilliance.”
    –National Review

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    Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

    Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Lowest new price: $13.56
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    Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
    Brand: Basic Books AZ

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

    A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll

    Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of "maps" or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

    Twenty years after it topped the bestseller charts, Douglas R. Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid is still something of a marvel. Besides being a profound and entertaining meditation on human thought and creativity, this book looks at the surprising points of contact between the music of Bach, the artwork of Escher, and the mathematics of Gödel. It also looks at the prospects for computers and artificial intelligence (AI) for mimicking human thought. For the general reader and the computer techie alike, this book still sets a standard for thinking about the future of computers and their relation to the way we think.

    Hofstadter's great achievement in Gödel, Escher, Bach was making abstruse mathematical topics (like undecidability, recursion, and 'strange loops') accessible and remarkably entertaining. Borrowing a page from Lewis Carroll (who might well have been a fan of this book), each chapter presents dialogue between the Tortoise and Achilles, as well as other characters who dramatize concepts discussed later in more detail. Allusions to Bach's music (centering on his Musical Offering) and Escher's continually paradoxical artwork are plentiful here. This more approachable material lets the author delve into serious number theory (concentrating on the ramifications of Gödel's Theorem of Incompleteness) while stopping along the way to ponder the work of a host of other mathematicians, artists, and thinkers.

    The world has moved on since 1979, of course. The book predicted that computers probably won't ever beat humans in chess, though Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in 1997. And the vinyl record, which serves for some of Hofstadter's best analogies, is now left to collectors. Sections on recursion and the graphs of certain functions from physics look tantalizing, like the fractals of recent chaos theory. And AI has moved on, of course, with mixed results. Yet Gödel, Escher, Bach remains a remarkable achievement. Its intellectual range and ability to let us visualize difficult mathematical concepts help make it one of this century's best for anyone who's interested in computers and their potential for real intelligence. --Richard Dragan

    Topics Covered: J.S. Bach, M.C. Escher, Kurt Gödel: biographical information and work, artificial intelligence (AI) history and theories, strange loops and tangled hierarchies, formal and informal systems, number theory, form in mathematics, figure and ground, consistency, completeness, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, recursive structures, theories of meaning, propositional calculus, typographical number theory, Zen and mathematics, levels of description and computers; theory of mind: neurons, minds and thoughts; undecidability; self-reference and self-representation; Turing test for machine intelligence.

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    Barron's AP Statistics

    Barron's AP Statistics Lowest new price: $8.92
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    Author: Martin Sternstein Ph.D.
    Brand: Barron s Educational Series

    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

    ONLINE PRACTICE TEST: Students who purchase this book will also get access to one additional full-length online AP Statistics test with all questions answered and explained.

    Want to boost your studies with even more practice and in-depth review? Try Barron's Ultimate AP Statistics for even more prep.

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    Argo Brothers Math Workbook, 1st Grade Workbook: Common Core Math Every Day Practice | 100% Free Video Explanations | Grade 1

    Argo Brothers Math Workbook, 1st Grade Workbook: Common Core Math Every Day Practice | 100% Free Video Explanations | Grade 1 Lowest new price: $17.99
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    Author: Argo Brothers

    This workbook is your comprehensive guide to prepare for the 1st Grade Common Core Math curriculum.

    By practicing and mastering this entire workbook, your child will become very familiar and comfortable with the state math exam and common core standards. This 1st Grade Common Core Math Workbook (Every Day Practice) includes:

    • 20 Weeks of Daily Practice

    • Weekly Assessments

    • State Aligned Common Core Curriculum

    • Free Video Explanations to each problem in the workbook

    • End of Year Assessment

    To access video explanations, please visit www.argoprep.com/common-core

    Each question is labeled with the specific common core standard so both parents and teachers can use this workbook for their student(s). This workbook takes the Common Core State Standards and divides them up among 20 weeks. By working on these problems on a daily basis, students will be able to (1) find any deficiencies in their understanding and/or practice of math and (2) have small successes each day that will build competence and confidence in their abilities.

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    Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data Lowest new price: $6.00
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    Author: Charles Wheelan
    Brand: W W Norton Company

    “Brilliant, funny . . . the best math teacher you never had.”―San Francisco Chronicle

    Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called “sexy.” From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you’ll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    For those who slept through Stats 101, this book is a lifesaver. Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details and focuses on the underlying intuition that drives statistical analysis. He clarifies key concepts such as inference, correlation, and regression analysis, reveals how biased or careless parties can manipulate or misrepresent data, and shows us how brilliant and creative researchers are exploiting the valuable data from natural experiments to tackle thorny questions.

    And in Wheelan’s trademark style, there’s not a dull page in sight. You’ll encounter clever Schlitz Beer marketers leveraging basic probability, an International Sausage Festival illuminating the tenets of the central limit theorem, and a head-scratching choice from the famous game show Let’s Make a Deal―and you’ll come away with insights each time. With the wit, accessibility, and sheer fun that turned Naked Economics into a bestseller, Wheelan defies the odds yet again by bringing another essential, formerly unglamorous discipline to life.

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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: $6.00
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    Author: Barbara Oakley PhD
    Brand: Tarcher

    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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    The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time: A Mind-Blowing Challenge of Math, Logic, and Wordplay

    The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time: A Mind-Blowing Challenge of Math, Logic, and Wordplay Lowest new price: $8.70
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    Author: Marcel Danesi Ph.D

    Solve history’s greatest puzzles with this classic collection of brain teasers from The Best Brain Teasers of All Time.

    The best brain teasers are those that have challenged and captivated the attention of puzzle lovers throughout time. Collected here to keep your wits sharp, The Best Brain Teasers of All Time features the cleverest brain teasers from around the world and throughout history.

    The Best Brain Teasers of All Time gives you hours of fun-filled entertainment with brain teasers that develop your problem-solving skills in math, logic, and wordplay. Organized as an integrated challenge, these brain teasers build in momentum as they increase in difficulty from classic nursery rhymes to the riddle of the sphinx.

    The Best Brain Teasers of All Time puts your mind to the test with:

    • 125 Brain Teasers that require no special skills to solve. Plus, each question comes with an optional clue in case you get stumped and a handy answer key in the back to test yourself or play with friends
    • Brain Teasers for Every Level that cater to beginners and advanced masterminds alike, with brain teasers organized by level of difficulty to improve your skills as you move forward
    • Hints of History that provide fun facts and background information for every brain teaser

    Get ready to sharpen your wit with every “aha” moment. The Best Brain Teasers of All Time is a go-to source for timeless fun and mind-blowing challenges.

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    Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

    Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Lowest new price: $4.04
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    Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

    The #1 New York Times bestseller

    The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

    Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

    Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

    Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

    Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

     

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