Probability and Statistics for Computer Science
This textbook is aimed at computer science undergraduates late in sophomore or early in junior year, supplying a comprehensive background in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, probability, random variables, and statistical methods, including machine learning.
With careful treatment of topics that fill the curricular needs for the course, Probability and Statistics for Computer Science features:
- A treatment of random variables and expectations dealing primarily with the discrete case.
- A chapter dealing with classification, explaining why it's useful; how to train SVM classifiers with stochastic gradient descent; and how to use implementations of more advanced methods such as random forests and nearest neighbors.- A chapter dealing with regression, explaining how to set up, use and understand linear regression and nearest neighbors regression in practical problems.- A chapter dealing with principal components analysis, developing intuition carefully, and including numerous practical examples. There is a brief description of multivariate scaling via principal coordinate analysis.
- A chapter dealing with clustering via agglomerative methods and k-means, showing how to build vector quantized features for complex signals.
Illustrated throughout, each main chapter includes many worked examples and other pedagogical elements such asboxed Procedures, Definitions, Useful Facts, and Remember This (short tips). Problems and Programming Exercises are at the end of each chapter, with a summary of what the reader should know. Instructor resources include a full set of model solutions for all problems, and an Instructor's Manual with accompanying presentation slides.
Professor Forsyth has regularly served as a program or general chair for the top conferences in computer vision, and has just finished a second term as Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.
A Fellow of the ACM (2014) and IEEE (2009), Forsyth has also been recognized with the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Achievement Award (2005), the Marr Prize, and a prize for best paper in cognitive computer vision (ECCV 2002). Many of his former students are famous in their own right as academics or industry leaders.He is the co-author with Jean Ponce of Computer Vision: A Modern Approach (2002; 2011), published in four languages, and a leading textbook on the topic.
Among a variety of odd hobbies, he isa compulsive diver, certified up to normoxic trimix level.