Writing the acknowledgments is always the nicest part! A lot of people have helped us, and we relish this opportunity to thank them. This book has arisen out of the machine learning research project in the Computer Science Department at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. We received generous encouragement and assistance from the academic staff members early on in that project: John Cleary, Sally Jo Cunningham, Matt Humphrey, Lyn Hunt, Bob McQueen, Lloyd Smith, and Tony Smith. Special thanks go to Geoff Holmes, the project leader and source of inspiration, and Bernhard Pfahringer, both of whom also had significant input into many different aspects of the Weka software. All who have worked on the machine learning project here ...

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