A First Course in Machine Learning, Second Edition

A First Course in Machine Learning, Second Edition


Simon Rogers, Mark Girolami

July 27, 2016 Forthcoming by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook – 405 Pages – 186 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498738484 – CAT# K26587
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Machine Learning & Pattern Recognition

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  • Introduces the main algorithms and ideas that underpin machine learning techniques and applications
  • Keeps mathematical prerequisites to a minimum, providing mathematical explanations in comment boxes and highlighting important equations
  • Covers modern machine learning research and techniques
  • Includes three new chapters on Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques, Classification and Regression with Gaussian Processes, and Dirichlet Process models
  • Offers MATLAB/Octave code on a supplementary website


“A First Course in Machine Learning by Simon Rogers and Mark Girolami is the best introductory book for ML currently available. It combines rigor and precision with accessibility, starts from a detailed explanation of the basic foundations of Bayesian analysis in the simplest of settings, and goes all the way to the frontiers of the subject such as infinite mixture models, GPs, and MCMC.”
—Devdatt Dubhashi, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University, Sweden

“This textbook manages to be easier to read than other comparable books in the subject while retaining all the rigorous treatment needed. The new chapters put it at the forefront of the field by covering topics that have become mainstream in machine learning over the last decade.”
—Daniel Barbara, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

“The new edition of A First Course in Machine Learning by Rogers and Girolami is an excellent introduction to the use of statistical methods in machine learning. The book introduces concepts such as mathematical modeling, inference, and prediction, providing ‘just in time’ the essential background on linear algebra, calculus, and probability theory that the reader needs to understand these concepts.”
—Daniel Ortiz-Arroyo, Associate Professor, Aalborg University Esbjerg, Denmark

“I was impressed by how closely the material aligns with the needs of an introductory course on machine learning, which is its greatest strength…Overall, this is a pragmatic and helpful book, which is well-aligned to the needs of an introductory course and one that I will be looking at for my own students in coming months.”
—David Clifton, University of Oxford, UK

“The first edition of this book was already an excellent introductory text on machine learning for an advanced undergraduate or taught masters level course, or indeed for anybody who wants to learn about an interesting and important field of computer science. The additional chapters of advanced material on Gaussian process, MCMC and mixture modeling provide an ideal basis for practical projects, without disturbing the very clear and readable exposition of the basics contained in the first part of the book.”
—Gavin Cawley, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK

“This book could be used for junior/senior undergraduate students or first-year graduate students, as well as individuals who want to explore the field of machine learning…The book introduces not only the concepts but the underlying ideas on algorithm implementation from a critical thinking perspective.”
—Guangzhi Qu, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA

Table of Contents

Linear Modelling: A Least Squares Approach. Linear Modelling: A Maximum Likelihood Approach. The Bayesian Approach to Machine Learning. Bayesian Inference. Classification. Clustering. Principal Components Analysis and Latent Variable Models. Further Topics in Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Classification and Regression with Gaussian Processes. Dirichlet Process models.

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