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"In Action" Absolutely. Machine Learning text converted to usable code,
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This review is from: Mahout in Action (Paperback)
I have a large scale production code background and have been slowly getting deeper and deeper into recommenders, classification & clustering due to the nature of our business. The Data Mining textbooks have a very different objective, which is to cover every technique so that the person taking the class knows ins and outs of these.
Mahout in Action is written and explained so well with simple real life explanations and definitely executable code that you can gather all the techniques you've heard/read about come right near your grasp. Just extend your arms and reach for that recommender or clusterer.
A big thanks to every Mahout contributor and double thanks to the authors.
Oh by the way! Order the book. At whatever price, this will save you hundreds of hours of reading and coding.