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    PSAT Prep 2018: Study Guide Prep Book & Practice Test Questions for the College Board PSAT/NMSQT

    PSAT Prep 2018: Study Guide Prep Book & Practice Test Questions for the College Board PSAT/NMSQT Lowest new price: $10.10
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    Author: PSAT Study Guide 2018 Team

    Test Prep Book's PSAT Prep 2018: Study Guide Prep Book & Practice Test Questions for the College Board PSAT/NMSQT
    Developed by Test Prep Books for test takers trying to achieve a passing score on the PSAT exam, this comprehensive study guide includes:

    •Quick Overview
    •Test-Taking Strategies
    •Introduction
    •Reading Test
    •Reading Test
    •Math Test
    •Practice Questions
    •Detailed Answer Explanations

    Disclaimer: PSAT® and College Board® are registered trademarks of College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

    Each section of the test has a comprehensive review created by Test Prep Books that goes into detail to cover all of the content likely to appear on the PSAT test.

    The Test Prep Books PSAT practice test questions are each followed by detailed answer explanations. If you miss a question, it's important that you are able to understand the nature of your mistake and how to avoid making it again in the future. The answer explanations will help you to learn from your mistakes and overcome them.

    Understanding the latest test-taking strategies is essential to preparing you for what you will expect on the exam. A test taker has to not only understand the material that is being covered on the test, but also must be familiar with the strategies that are necessary to properly utilize the time provided and get through the test without making any avoidable errors. Test Prep Books has drilled down the top test-taking tips for you to know.

    Anyone planning to take this exam should take advantage of the PSAT study guide review material, practice test questions, and test-taking strategies contained in this Test Prep Books study guide.

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    Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

    Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Lowest new price: $16.37
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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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    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: $9.97
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    Author: Barbara Oakley PhD
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    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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    Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics

    Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics Lowest new price: $77.90
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    Author: Neil J. Salkind

    The Sixth Edition of Neil J. Salkind’s best-selling Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics promises to ease student anxiety around an often intimidating subject with a humorous, personable, and informative approach. Salkind guides students through various statistical procedures, beginning with descriptive statistics, correlation, and graphical representation of data, and ending with inferential techniques and analysis of variance. New to this edition is an introduction to working with large data sets. 

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    Multiplication Facts Math Worksheet Practice Arithmetic Workbook With Answers: Daily Practice guide for elementary students

    Multiplication Facts Math Worksheet Practice Arithmetic Workbook With Answers: Daily Practice guide for elementary students Lowest new price: $7.86
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    Author: Shobha
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    Gift your child endlessly rewarding skills they can cherish lifelong.

    This book has more than 3100 multiplication facts for daily practice by students. Each page has 2 different sets consisting of 18 problems each. It is recommended for students to attempt 1 set daily for consistent practice. Book starts and ends with times table charts for easy reference followed by some quick multiplication facts. Once students start gaining confidence in individual facts, they can attempt mixed facts. Book can be used to track practice time for each set. Date and time can be recorded at top of each page. Answer to each problem is given at the end of the book.

    Knowing multiplication facts is helpful not only in academics; we frequently use multiplication in our daily lives too. Just like learning to walk before you can run, learning multiplication and familiarizing yourself with numbers are building blocks for other math topics taught in school - such as division, long multiplication, fractions and algebra.

    Mastering the basic math facts develops automaticity in kids. Automaticity is the ability to do things without occupying the mind with the low level details that are required; this is usually the result of consistent learning, repetition, and practice. For instance, an experienced cyclist does not have to concentrate on turning the pedals, balancing, and holding on to the handlebars. Instead, those processes are automatic and the cyclist can concentrate on watching the road, the traffic, and other surroundings.

    Until students have developed sufficient sensory-cognitive tools supporting access to symbolic memory, they will not be able to image, store or retrieve all of the basic facts with automaticity. Therefore, students need a comprehensive, developmental, and multi-sensory structured system for developing automaticity with the facts.

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    Barron's AP Calculus, 14th Edition

    Barron's AP Calculus, 14th Edition Lowest new price: $9.95
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    Author: David Bock M.S.

    Both Calculus AB and Calculus BC are covered in this comprehensive AP test preparation manual, which has been updated to align with the new curriculum framework taking effect for the 2017 AP Calculus AB and BC exams. The book's main features include:

    • Four practice exams in Calculus AB and four more in Calculus BC, modified to reflect the new exam format
    • All test questions answered with solutions explained
    • A detailed subject review covering topics for both exams
    • Advice to students on efficient use of their graphing calculators
    BONUS ONLINE PRACTICE TEST: Students who purchase this book will also get FREE access to one additional full-length online AP Calculus test with all questions answered and explained.

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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: $10.44
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    Author: Cathy O'Neil
    Brand: Broadway Books

    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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    Algebra I Workbook For Dummies

    Algebra I Workbook For Dummies Lowest new price: $11.80
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    Author: Mary Jane Sterling
    Brand: DUMMIES

    The grade-saving Algebra I companion, with hundreds of additional practice problems online

    Algebra I Workbook For Dummies is your solution to the Algebra brain-block. With hundreds of practice and example problems mapped to the typical high school Algebra class, you'll crack the code in no time! Each problem includes a full explanation so you can see where you went wrong—or right—every step of the way. From fractions to FOIL and everything in between, this guide will help you grasp the fundamental concepts you'll use in every other math class you'll ever take.

    This new third edition includes access to an online test bank, where you'll find bonus chapter quizzes to help you test your understanding and pinpoint areas in need of review. Whether you're preparing for an exam or seeking a start-to-finish study aid, this workbook is your ticket to acing algebra.

    • Master basic operations and properties to solve any problem
    • Simplify expressions with confidence
    • Conquer factoring and wrestle equations into submission
    • Reinforce learning with online chapter quizzes

    Algebra I is a fundamentally important class. What you learn here will follow you throughout Algebra II, Trigonometry, Calculus, and beyond, including Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and more. Practice really does make perfect—and this guide provides plenty of it. Study, practice, and score high!

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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: $17.53
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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: $45.57
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    Author: Trevor Hastie

    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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