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  Cause effect pairs in machine learning
Guyon I., Statnikov A., Bakir Batu B.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 372 pp. Type: Book (978-3-030218-09-6)

From the earliest courses in statistics we are taught that correlation does not imply causation. However, apart from some special cases, it is also generally true that causation implies correlation (or dependency). While the first sentence is a se...

May 17 2022
   Social engineering: how crowdmasters, phreaks, hackers, and trolls created a new form of manipulative communication
Gehl R., Lawson S.,  MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2022. 344 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262543-45-3)

The book’s subtitle is a fitting 13-word summary of what it is about. The book taught me that social engineering is a polite, obfuscating, nonthreatening label for the pernicious, amoral manipulation of people to accomplish someone else̵...

May 13 2022
  Database design for mere mortals: a hands-on guide to relational database design (4th ed.)
Hernandez M.,  Pearson, Boston, MA, 2021. 586 pp. Type: Book (978-2-017528-40-1)

This is the fourth edition of a text that was published 25 years ago. The main purpose of the book is to explain the logical design phase of the database development process, independently on a particular database software. Note that a situation i...

May 10 2022
   Core data analysis: summarization, correlation, and visualization (2nd ed.)
Mirkin B.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 540 pp. Type: Book (978-3-030002-70-1), Reviews: (2 of 2)

This interesting textbook on data analysis considers summarization as a means for developing and augmenting analytical concepts; correlation for enhancing and establishing relations; and visualization as a means to “presenting results in a c...

May 5 2022
   Dive into algorithms: a Python adventure for the intrepid beginner
Tuckfield B.,  No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2021. 248 pp. Type: Book (978-1-718500-68-6)

Algorithms--their concepts, theory, and methods--are not limited to computer science. My recipe for making chili for dinner is an algorithm, as are my lesson plans for my courses, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax return forms...

May 2 2022
  Security of ubiquitous computing systems
Avoine G., Hernandez-Castro J.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2021. 283 pp. Type: Book (978-3-030105-90-7), Reviews: (2 of 2)

Frankly, my first reaction to this book was a silent groan. Why do some people seem to think that a technical book must be obscure, unbelievably boring, and written by people with poor-to-mediocre language skills? Come on! Read Knuth’s Th...

Apr 25 2022
   Computer networks: a systems approach (6th ed.)
Peterson L., Davie B.,  Morgan Kaufmann, Cambridge, MA, 2022. 848 pp. Type: Book (978-1-281820-08-2)

The field of computer science and engineering is advancing rapidly, especially in the area of computer networking. As the speed of networks increases, large amounts of data can be transferred at the speed of light. This makes more advanced applica...

Apr 20 2022
  Practical doomsday: a user’s guide to the end of the world
Zalewski M.,  No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2022. 250 pp. Type: Book (978-1-718502-12-3)

Why is this book relevant to computing professionals? When this book was made available for review, I was curious about why it was listed, and I selected it. We all have digital assets that we protect. In day-to-day behavior, we back up our data ...

Apr 18 2022
  Big data mining for climate change
Zhang Z., Li J.,  ELSEVIER, Cambridge, MA, 2020. 344 pp. Type: Book (978-0-128187-03-6)

The book looks more like an encyclopedia than a handbook or textbook. The chapter titles mention climate issues that are typically discussed in the last subsections of the given chapter. Each chapter systematically goes through the formal computer...

Apr 14 2022
  Cause-effect structures: an algebra of nets with examples of applications
Czaja L.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 160 pp. Type: Book (978-3-030204-60-0)

Most systems in the real world--for example, computational, physical, or biological ones--consist of multiple components that on the one hand operate concurrently, but on the other hand may also interact with each other. Since at any ...

Apr 12 2022
 
 
 
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