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Recent Free Online Books for Data Science

This is just a short list of a few books that I have have recently discovered online.

  • Model-Based Machine Learning – Chapters of this book become available as they are being written. It introduces machine learning via case studies instead of just focusing on the algorithms.
  • Foundations of Data Science – This is a much more academic-focused book which could be used at the undergraduate or graduate level. It covers many of the topics one would expect: machine learning, streaming, clustering and more.
  • Deep Learning Book – This book was previously available only in HTML form and not complete. Now, it is free and downloadable.

Online Textbook Publishing Platform?

About a week ago I posted a link to a free data mining textbook. Hacker News got wind of the book as well, and I am guessing a flood of traffic hit the textbook’s site. The flood happened to take the site completely down for a couple of days. It was a shame because the book is really good.

If you frequently read this blog, you will notice it has quite a number of links to free online textbooks. Each free online textbook is available a bit differently. Most are PDF downloads (either by chapter or the entire book) hosted at some person’s personal website or somewhere on a university’s website.

Here is my question. Does the web have a publishing platform for textbooks? Is there a startup working on something like this?


I am aware of wikibooks, but I just don’t hear much about the quality of the books. As a matter of fact, I just don’t hear much about wikibooks.

The Statistical Sleuth in R

Nicholas Horton, Professor of Statistics at Smith College, has published a nice set of R tutorials that go along with the book The Statistical Sleuth. If you are looking to learn R, this might be a good place to start.

Once again, see the R tutorials here.

Data From eReaders

Reading Your E-book is Reading You in the Wall Street Journal, is an excellent example of data science. Book publishers now know how much of a book readers will finish, how long they read, what book they read next, and lots of other stuff. Read the article and find out more. It also opens the door to some privacy issues.

A big thanks to Mark Nickel for sharing the article with me.

Books Can Tell More Than One Story

This is a very entertaining Ted Talk about how what books can tell us over time. Just watch the video.