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Algorithm design with Haskell
Bird R., Gibbons J.,  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2020. 437 pp. Type: Book (978-1-108491-61-7)

Algorithm design with Haskell is sectioned into six major parts, covering a multitude of topics and algorithms. There are too many individual topics to highlight in this review; however, as a programming lecturer, these few were of particul...

Apr 12 2021
Kings of crypto: one startup’s quest to take cryptocurrency out of Silicon Valley and onto Wall Street
Roberts J.,  Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, MA, 2021. 236 pp. Type: Book (978-1-633698-70-3)

Kings of crypto is a fun read about a Bitcoin exchange startup. It begins with a readable exposition of blockchains and cryptocurrencies. Blockchains are basically distributed ledgers that show every pertinent transaction. The ledger is org...

Apr 5 2021
Carl Adam Petri: ideas, personality, impact
Reisig W., Rozenberg G.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 249 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319961-53-8)

Every computer scientist studies Petri nets in their early academic years. Petri nets are a powerful yet very intuitive modeling tool for concurrent and distributed systems. Such networks were introduced by Carl Adam Petri (1926-2010) in his PhD t...

Mar 29 2021
Natural language processing with Python and spaCy: a practical introduction
Vasiliev Y.,  No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2020. 192 pp. Type: Book (978-1-718500-52-5)

Having had three Amazon Alexa units in my house for years, I’ve always wondered how my utterances are interpreted and understood by a machine, and how a machine talks back to me and carries out my commands without error (almost!). This book ...

Mar 22 2021
Digital health: scaling healthcare to the world
Rivas H., Wac K.,  Springer, Switzerland, 2018. 370 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319614-45-8)

Digital health generally refers to the application of computer technology to healthcare. This takes several forms, for example, storing electronic health records (EHRs), mobile device applications that provide guidance or reminders, and specialize...

Mar 15 2021
Diversity in visualization
Metoyer R., Gaither K., Ebert D.,  Morgan&Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, CA, 2019. 128 pp. Type: Book (978-1-681734-93-4)

Diversity in visualization is a small book, spanning 88 pages (nine chapters plus references and editor/author bios). Yet it is very surprising, in a very good sense. The book is the result of “observations ... based on the analysis o...

Mar 8 2021
The practice of crowdsourcing
Alonso O., Marchionini G.,  Morgan&Claypool Publishers, 2019. 150 pp. Type: Book (978-1-681735-23-8)

The practice of crowdsourcing provides a very concise, yet very practical, guide to crowdsourcing computing. In computer science, we discuss algorithms, software, hardware, design, and societal issues in computing, among many other topics. ...

Mar 1 2021
Quantum techniques in stochastic mechanics
Baez J., Biamonte J.,  WORLD SCIENTIFIC, Singapore, Singapore, 2018. 263 pp. Type: Book (978-9-813226-93-7)

In an increasingly specialized world, it is a rare pleasure when a book can build compelling and useful connections among widely different disciplines. This volume offers such a treat, merging physics (the mathematics of quantum field theory), com...

Feb 22 2021
Foundations of information security: a straightforward introduction
Andress J.,  No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2019. 248 pp. Type: Book (978-1-718500-04-4)

Like the subtitle suggests, this book is a gentle introduction to the subject of information security. It doesn’t assume any special background from the reader other than an understanding of the basic concepts of information technology (IT),...

Feb 15 2021
An introduction to compressed sensing
Vidyasagar M.,  SIAM, Philadelphia, PA, 2020. 341 pp. Type: Book (978-1-611976-11-3)

Compressed sensing has emerged as a key technology in the signal processing area. This disruptive technique has found applications in many real-life problems. We know from the classical Nyquist-Shannon theorem that a signal can be recovered perfec...

Feb 8 2021
 
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