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Ripley brings together two crucial ideas in pattern recognition: statistical methods and machine learning via neural networks. He brings unifying principles to the fore, and reviews the state of the subject. Ripley also includes many examples to illustrate real problems in pattern recognition and how to overcome them.Amazon.com Review This book uses tools from statistical decision theory and computational learning theory to create a rigorous foundation for the theory of neural networks. On the theoretical side, Pattern Recognition and Neural Networks emphasizes probability and statistics. Almost all the results have proofs that are often original. On the application side, the emphasis is on pattern recognition. Most of the examples are from real world problems. In addition to the more common types of networks, the book has chapters on decision trees and belief networks from the machine-learning field. This book is intended for use in graduate courses that teach statistics and engineering. A strong background in statistics is needed to fully appreciate the theoretical developments and proofs. However, undergraduate-level linear algebra, calculus, and probability knowledge is sufficient to follow the book.
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Brian David Ripley FRSE (born 29 April 1952) is a British statistician. From 1990, he was professor of applied statistics at the University of Oxford and is also a professorial fellow at St Peter's College.
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