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Information theory, inference and learning algorithms

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I’d like to recommend the book Information theory, inference and learning algorithms by David Mackay, a Cambridge professor of physics. I wish I’d had a course on this material from Mackay when I was a student! Especially nice are the introductory example on Bayesian inference (Ch. 3) and the discussion of Occam’s razor from a Bayesian perspective (Ch. 28). I’m sure I’ll find other gems in this book, but I’m still working my way through.

I learned about the book through Nerdwisdom, which I also recommend highly. Nerdwisdom is the blog of Jonathan Yedidia, a brilliant polymath (theoretical physicist turned professional chess player turned computer scientist) with whom I consumed a lot of French wine at dinners in the Harvard Society of Fellows.

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September 20, 2007 at 3:06 pm