chapter5 · Programming Collective Intelligence (code) By Toby Segaran. Copyrigh 6 years ago. chapter6 · example from the summary chapter, 6 years ago. Programming Collective Intelligence is a book by Toby Segaran and published by O’Reilly Media in August, It covers the use of data-mining and machine . Programming Collective. Intelligence. Building Smart Web Applications. Toby Segaran. Beijing • Cambridge • Farnham • Köln • Paris • Sebastopol • Taipei •.

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The exercises at the end of the chapters are applied and not purely theoretical – and coming up with exercises from the domain I work with every day was pretty easy!

Programming Collective Intelligence

The Table of Contents is comparable to more recently written ones though I haven’t read other introductory books yet. Some code samples are actually incorrect implementations of the given algorithm and there are antipatterns like string sql concatenation in the code without a warning comment to the reader to remind them it’s a bad practice. The book introduces lots of algorithms that can be used to gain new insight into any kind of data one might come across.

While understanding segarqn the previous chunks is required for the later ones, this allowed me to read through most of the book on the train to and segzran work. The book was written inbut is not dated.


Refreshing and advancing my data analytics skills is one of my goals this year, and reading this book was part of the plan. Nonetheless, it is great to have actual code to play with, just the initial reading and reviewing of it requires some extra effort.

What do you think? Also, the Python language has come a long way since 2. Posted on March 01, at Each of the algorithms is illustrated with real world application examples, and examples where applying them doesn’t make sense are brought too.

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That aside, I would have purchased this book this year anyway, and would have reviewed it on this blog too. The opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily reflect those of my – current or former – employers’.

First, the foundations of any topic tend to be timeless, and the most recent algorithm the book describes was published in The hosting provider likely records operational data. Template from James Yu’s Jekyll template This is a personal weblog.

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In addition to the well written, gradual introduction, the book has a concise algorithm reference at the end, so when one needs a quick refresher, there is no need to wade through the lengthy tutorials.


While the prose and the logic of the explanations are great, I have found the code samples hard to follow: Excercises in public learning This site doesn’t use cookies, and doesn’t collect data about your visit.

While I haven’t used math much in my day jobs, I liked and was good at it in high school, including taking extra imtelligence – so I have learned basic statistics.

For more info, email me hello at zsoldosp. Intslligence Me I’m a software developer and outdoors enthusiast among other things. This site doesn’t use cookies, and doesn’t collect data about your visit.

The book claims that you don’t need previous Python knowledge to understand the code samples, which I can’t confirm I use Python at my day jobbut I wouldn’t be surprised if not knowing Python could make understanding the code even more difficult I’ve actually learned a few new segaaran features from the samples! The explanations are broken up into digestible chunks, and are supported by great visualizations. I would love if you would leave a comment – drop me an email at hello zsoldosp.

The book is really inspiring, which is intelljgence for an introductory book!