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Probabilistic Graphical Models: Principles and Techniques (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) 1st Edition

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This landmark book provides a very extensive coverage of the field,
ranging from basic representational issues to the latest techniques for approximate
inference and learning. As such, it is likely to become a definitive reference for
all those who work in this area. Detailed worked examples and case studies also make
the book accessible to students.

(Kevin Murphy, Department of Computer Science, University of British
Columbia)

About the Author

Daphne Koller is Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Nir Friedman is Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Hebrew University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series
  • Hardcover: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (July 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262013193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262013192
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're trying to learn probabilistic graphical models on your own, this is the best book you can buy.
The introduction to fundamental probabilistic concepts is better than most probability books out there and the rest of the book has the same quality and in-depth approach. References, discussions and examples are all chosen so that you can take this book as the centre of your learning and make a jump to more detailed treatment of any topic using other resources.

Another huge plus is Professor Daphne Koller's online course material. Her course for probabilistic models is available online, and watching the videos alongside the book really helps sometimes.

If you have a strong mathematical background, you may find the book a little bit too pedagogic for your taste, but if you're looking for a single resource to learn the topic on your own, then this book is what you need.

The only problem with it is that it is a big book to carry around, and if you buy the Kindle edition for the iPad, you'll have to zoom into pages to read comfortably(or maybe I have bad eye sight), and Kindle app on iPad does not keep the zoom level across pages. So my experience is, zoom, pan, read, change page, zoom, pan, go back to previous page to see something, zoom, pan... You get the idea. I'd gladly pay more for a pdf version which I could read with other software on the iPad. Even though my reading experience has been a bit unpleasant due to Kindle app, the book deserves five stars, since it is the content that matters.
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Stanford professor, Daphne Koller, and her co-author, Professor Nir Friedman, employed graphical models to motivate thoroughgoing explorations of representation, inference and learning in both Bayesian networks and Markov networks. They do their own bidding at the book's web page, [...], by giving readers a panoramic view of the book in an introductory chapter and a Table of Contents. On the same page, there is a link to an extensive Errata file which lists all the known errors and corrections made in subsequent printings of the book - all the corrections had been incorporated into the copy I have. The authors painstakingly provided necessary background materials from both probability theory and graph theory in the second chapter. Furthermore, in an Appendix, more tutorials are offered on information theory, algorithms and combinatorial optimization. This book is an authoritative extension of Professor Judea Pearl's seminal work on developing the Bayesian Networks framework for causal reasoning and decision making under uncertainty. Before this book was published, I sent an e-mail to Professor Koller requesting some clarification of her paper on object-oriented Bayesian networks; she was most generous in writing an elaborate reply with deliberate speed.
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I bought this book to use for the Coursera course on PGM taught by the author. It was essential to being able to follow the course. I would not say that it is an easy book to pick up and learn from. It was a good reference to use to get more details on the topics covered in the lectures.
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This was the book that really got me into AI research. Clearly written and detailed. I especially like that variational inference is taught using discrete variables so you don't need to learn both variational inference and calculus of variations at the same time.
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I have read this book in bits and pieces and find it extremely useful. Finally, we got a book that can be used in classroom settings. There are some typos (hence four stars) that will hopefully get fixed in the future editions. The book also has a lot of new insights to offer that can only be gleaned from the vast existing literature on the topic with excruciating labor. Agreed that this book is pricey but for what it has to offer, I think it was money well spent.
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It seems to want to be viewed in some PDF ish format on the Kindle Reader on my iPad. This means I can't set the font to something readable. I can pinch zoom each page but this makes for a not happy reading experience. Amazon should warn people when a book is in a different format or views differently. If they did so then I certainly missed it.
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with an eye to taking the course. Very informative. Although the phrase "in context" covers a multitude of sins. I'd prefer the distinction between the the distribution of an intersection of random variables (where comma's are used as a short-hand) and joint distributions a bit clearer.

Aside, I managed to find an error not listed on the errata web page for the book. The equation for MAP queries on page 26 has it as the maximal assignment of a JOINT distribution, while on the next page it is the maximal assignment of a CONDITIONAL distribution (I believe this is the correct one). This was a little confusing until I read page 26 a bit closer.

Before you ask, yes I do read Math textbooks for pleasure.
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I am not reviewing the book itself, which I just bought and started reading. I am reviewing the Kindle version product. As an old and regular Amazon customer, I have to say I am very disappointed with this deal. Other review from another reader already pointed to the fact, but I am sorry not so clearly as I intended to do, making the most explicitly I could at the title of my review that the Kindle edition of this book is not a regular Kindle file, but some adapted PDF file. So, you are unable to download the book to your Kindle device. I only can read it on my iPad, but is not the same experience you are used to have with a Kindle book. It's annoying and Amazon should provide, with no further costs, a replacement of this item, in the regular format we expect, and that we can read in our Kindle devices.
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