An Introduction to Statistical Learning

with Applications in R

Gareth James, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie and Robert Tibshirani

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This book provides an introduction to statistical learning methods. It is aimed for upper level undergraduate students, masters students and Ph.D. students in the non-mathematical sciences. The book also contains a number of R labs with detailed explanations on how to implement the various methods in real life settings, and should be a valuable resource for a practicing data scientist.

Winner of the 2014 Eric Ziegel award from Technometrics.

For a more advanced treatment of these topics: The Elements of Statistical Learning.

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"An Introduction to Statistical Learning (ISL)" by James, Witten, Hastie and Tibshirani is the "how to'' manual for statistical learning. Inspired by "The Elements of Statistical Learning'' (Hastie, Tibshirani and Friedman), this book provides clear and intuitive guidance on how to implement cutting edge statistical and machine learning methods. ISL makes modern methods accessible to a wide audience without requiring a background in Statistics or Computer Science. The authors give precise, practical explanations of what methods are available, and when to use them, including explicit R code. Anyone who wants to intelligently analyze complex data should own this book.              Larry Wasserman, Professor, Department of Statistics and Department of Machine Learning, CMU.

As a textbook for an introduction to data science through machine learning, there is much to like about ISLR. It’s thorough, lively, written at level appropriate  for undergraduates and usable by nonexperts. It’s chock full of interesting examples  of how modern predictive machine learning algorithms work (and don’t work) in a variety of settings." Matthew Richey, The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 123, No. 7 (August-September 2016).


Linear Regression?

I covered that last year.

Wake me up when we get to Support Vector Machines!

                 Noah Mackey