Thinking machines are harder to observe than people. And there’s math involved.
Enter authors Nick Polson and James Scott, both data scientists and statisticians with a demonstrated ability to explain things clearly. They use an approachable style and a collection of engaging stories, for example, how Netflix’s algorithms connect to British bombers in WWII.
They recognize upfront that math can be a barrier for many. They press on anyway. They make the argument that (a) you’ll understand it, (b) you’ll like understanding it, and (c) afterwards everything will make more sense. They’re correct on all three. Who knew probability functions could be so interesting?
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Review by Andrew Cochran | December 2018