Hi,

I was wondering whether people could recommend materials to help me learn machine learning? My goal is to gain an intuitive understanding of each of the algorithms, and to be able to work with them in Python/ R.

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Hi,

I was wondering whether people could recommend materials to help me learn machine learning? My goal is to gain an intuitive understanding of each of the algorithms, and to be able to work with them in Python/ R.

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Look no further than Introduction to Statistical Learning. It's not overly technical, but will give you a good enough understanding to go out and create some models for yourself using R. Since St Andrews has a subscription to Springer Link, you can get the eBook for free here.

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Thanks Jordan!

daniela
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The "big brother" of that one, i.e. bigger and more statistical/mathematical, is *The Elements of Statistical Learning*.

You can get PDFs for both direct from the authors:

https://web.stanford.edu/~hastie/ElemStatLearn/

http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~gareth/ISL/

I recall there are no neural nets in ISL, which is a weird omission IMO.