Acknowledgments

This is by far the easiest part of the book to write...

First, I would like to thank the folks at Manning. Above all, I would like to thank my editor Troy Mott; if not for his support and enthusiasm, this book never would have happened. I would also like to thank Maureen Spencer who helped polish my prose in the final manuscript; she was a pleasure to work with.

Next I would like to thank Jennie Si at Arizona State University for letting me sneak into her class on discrete-time stochastic systems without registering. Also Cynthia Rudin at MIT for pointing me to the paper “Top 10 Algorithms in Data Mining,”[1] which inspired the approach I took in this book. For indirect contributions I would like to thank Mark Bauer, Jerry Barkely, ...

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