Who this book is for

This book is intended for budding and seasoned practitioners of predictive modeling alike. Most of the material of this book has been used in lectures for graduates and working professionals as well as for R schools, so it has also been designed with the student in mind. Readers should be familiar with R, but even those who have never worked with this language should be able to pick up the necessary background by reading the online tutorial chapter. Readers unfamiliar with R should have had at least some exposure to programming languages such as Python. Those with a background in MATLAB will find the transition particularly easy. As mentioned earlier, the mathematical requirements for the book are very modest, assuming only ...

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