The LION way
Machine Learning plus Intelligent Optimization
Roberto Battiti and Mauro Brunato
LIONlab, University of Trento, Italy, Feb 2014.
This freshly printed book presents two topics which are in most cases separated:
(the design of flexible models from data) and intelligent optimization (the automated creation and selection
of improving solutions).
Both topics are considered technical and we do not expect our book to be for the masses.
But for sure, more and more innovative and bold people (lionhearted?) can
now master the source of power arising from LION techniques
to solve problems, improve businesses, create
Powerful tools are not only for cognoscenti
and this book does a serious effort to distinguish the paradigm shift
brought about by machine learning
and intelligent optimization methods from the fine details,
and it does not refrain from presenting
concrete examples and vivid images.
To check if you like the content and the style of the book,
sample chapters 1-6, and table of contents (6 MB).
The opinions of our readers
give additional hints about the book style.
A wonderfully warm introduction to Machine Learning,
Informative and well written,
Couldn't stop reading,
Smooth read, covers the essential ideas, will help even experienced practitioners avoid mistakes.
The messages we receive give us a boost to wake up on cloudy days, and we try to answer
in person (but be patient, some days we are very loaded).
Some excerpts from our emails:
"what an amazing book",
"thank you very much for your sharing!",
"Very good book! Well done man!",
"Thanks for this nice book!!!It's very interesting and useful!",
"I want this book, I'm a coder!",
"friends told me this book is awesome!".
If you are adopting the book for courses,
some slides and exercises are available at the LIONcommunity.