Found 11 comments on HN
asafira · 2018-05-15 · Original thread
Here's how I would do it, my 2 cents:

1) Find a good source of information --- typically, this is either very good lectures (like on youtube), a good textbook, or good lecture notes.

2) Do problems. There is a fairly large gap between those that just watch the lectures and those that have sat down and try to go through each and every step of the logic, and that's what everyone here (on HN) is pointing out when they similarly mention doing problems.

2b) Have solutions to those problems. I make this a separate point because it's important to spend quality time on a problem yourself before looking at the solutions. At the end of the day, if you read the problems and then the solution right away, that's much closer to reading the textbook itself instead of the more rigorous learning one goes through when trying things themselves.

If you were to ask me what textbooks or lectures I recommend, I think that's a more personal question than many here might guess. What topics are you most interested in? Are you really just solely interested in a solid background? How patient are you when doing problems?

Regardless, I'll give my two cents for textbooks anyway. In no particular order:

1) Griffiths E&M: https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Electrodynamics-David-J-...

2) Axler, Linear Algebra Done Right: https://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algebra-Right-Undergraduate-Ma...

Good luck!

nextos · 2017-12-07 · Original thread
Axler's book is fantastic. But sadly Springer altered the typesetting on the 3rd edition. A really classic and clear LaTeX layout got turned into something much less clear. This freaked me out. Look inside and compare:

* Second edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0387982582

* Third edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/3319307657

I wonder whether widespread adoption of his book pushed editors to make it look flashier and watered down. The contents are the same though.

nextos · 2017-12-07 · Original thread
Axler's book is fantastic. But sadly Springer altered the typesetting on the 3rd edition. A really classic and clear LaTeX layout got turned into something much less clear. This freaked me out. Look inside and compare:

* Second edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0387982582

* Third edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/3319307657

I wonder whether widespread adoption of his book pushed editors to make it look flashier and watered down. The contents are the same though.

· 2017-02-06 · Original thread
delluminatus · 2015-07-21 · Original thread
Depends on how basic you're imagining. Khan Academy [0] is a fairly well-regarded free resource for high-school and undergraduate level mathematics video lectures. They have probability and statistics as well as linear algebra courses.

If you prefer textbooks, I have heard good things about "Linear Algebra Done Right," [1] but I would not recommend it unless you are "math literate" at an undergraduate level already.

[0] https://www.khanacademy.org/math/probability

[1] http://www.amazon.com/dp/3319110799

You can try "Data Science from Scratch" [0] to get some taste. It uses Python to teach essentials of data science, and ML altorithms. The code quality is very good, and there is an introduction to Statistics, Maths and Python to start.

Then you can continue with improving your maths (Linear Algebra [1], Calculus [2], [3]) and moving on with Statistical Learning [4] [5]. I am personally going now through this plan.

[0] http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920033400.do

[1] http://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algebra-Right-Undergraduate-Mat...

[2] http://www.amazon.com/Calculus-4th-Michael-Spivak/dp/0914098...

[3] http://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Manifolds-Approach-Classical-...

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

[5] http://statweb.stanford.edu/~tibs/ElemStatLearn/

nilkn · 2014-03-03 · Original thread
I always have to mention my all-time favorite introductory book on this subject:

Liner Algebra Done Right (http://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algebra-Right-Undergraduate-Mat...)

Its breakthrough is its focus on the basic algebraic properties of vector spaces and linear maps between them. It de-emphasizes matrix computations and especially determinants (they are covered, but only insomuch as they are necessary).

In my experience, the result of a typical linear algebra course is most students don't fully understand the determinant and more importantly they don't understand the proofs of major theorems which involve long manipulations of the determinant. They also don't understand the more algebraic side of the subject because they aren't given a chance to--it's not covered in much detail. The result is they don't understand the subject overall much at all.

This book is based on the observation that the abstract algebra involved in linear algebra is actually remarkably easy, much more so than arcane determinant manipulations.

nilkn · 2013-12-10 · Original thread
This is my favorite introductory textbook on linear algebra which goes to great lengths to avoid matrix and determinant computations:

http://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algebra-Right-Undergraduate-Mat...

nokcha · 2011-09-13 · Original thread
I've read and would recommend Linear Algebra Done Right by Sheldon Axler. http://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algebra-Right-Sheldon-Axler/dp/...

For numerical aspects of linear algebra (and other subjects), I've found Numerical Recipes to be quite helpful.

aconbere · 2009-12-16 · Original thread
While not explicitly mentioned in the introduction I think it's safe to say that the books title is a play off of the popular title "Linear algebra done right"

http://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algebra-Right-Sheldon-Axler/dp/...

Which is a pretty amazing text if you're delving in to the algebra side of linear algebra. Though I suspect significantly less useful than "Linear algebra done wrong".

brg · 2009-08-11 · Original thread
If you have some decent background in reasoning and logic, I would suggest Linear Algebra Done Right by Sheldon Axler. It provides a general introduction in mathematical reasoning as well as providing a strong framework for maths needed in many fields.

http://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algebra-Right-Sheldon-Axler/dp/...

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