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Another Amazon page showing this title in an edition from August 16 2021, tells us that this one here is the later edition, however it mentions that it's from July 30 2021... Which is incoherent. But where's the error, which one is the latest edition in the end?
I reviewed this book for a class in my master's program and I loved it from start to end. I already knew most of the concepts but became hooked because of how clear the explanations are. The authors convey complex ideas with remarkable simplicity, and for that, I think this is the most important book for data scientists. I am an avid opposer of the R programming language (ew) and even I enjoyed the applied programming parts of the book. In all honesty, the applications in R are very good, but it's not the main focus of the book. I think people should read this to understand the inner workings of the most popular AI algorithms instead of learning how to train predictive models (especially in R, haha). Overall, I think this is a great book for beginners and veterans alike. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone interested in statistics, data and AI.
I recently used this book along with a couple others in a graduate level ML course. IMO it was the best in terms of striking a good balance; containing enough detail to help grasp theory but not so much that it becomes a slog to get through. I used the Ebook in class and liked it enough to buy a hardcopy. Unfortunately, the print font size is quite small. Overall dimension is smaller than listed on Amazon. Maybe that was how big the 1st edition was?