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tequila_shot · 2018-04-04 · Original thread
I keep ~10 books at my desk. 9 of them are related to Javascript / Python / Probability etc [1]., There is one book though, that I really love to see everyday. Arabian Nights. That was the first book that was gifted to me when I was 11. I always had it with me. It reminds me of my childhood when things get too stressed and I read excerpts out of this book.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Definitive-Guide-Activate-... [2] https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp... [3]https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Probability-Models-Tenth... [4] https://www.amazon.com/Hackers-Black-Book-Important-Informat...

btown · 2015-07-21 · Original thread
Like most fields, it depends on your definition of "studied." If you want to push the envelope in theoretical non-applied research, you're going to want to learn analysis & measure theoretic probability theory. If you want to apply existing techniques, read (well-written) papers and code up the algorithms you find there, you can get away with undergraduate-level linear algebra & probability knowledge - Bayes' rule, expectations, independence, the general ability to think about random variables (and matrices thereof) as values that can be transformed and combined. And of course, you can fire up a classifier in SciPy without knowing any of this at all. But that's stretching the definition of "studied" quite a bit!

I personally went into a graduate-level probabilistic machine learning course with probability knowledge consisting of an undergraduate course that followed Ross http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Probability-Models-Tenth-... - so there's certainly no need to have been a math major. But if you've never dealt with random variables whatsoever, you'll hit a wall following research from the last 20 years.

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