The Intelligent Web

Search, smart algorithms, and big data

Author: Gautam Shroff

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191664626

Category: Computers

Page: 320

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As we use the Web for social networking, shopping, and news, we leave a personal trail. These days, linger over a Web page selling lamps, and they will turn up at the advertising margins as you move around the Internet, reminding you, tempting you to make that purchase. Search engines such as Google can now look deep into the data on the Web to pull out instances of the words you are looking for. And there are pages that collect and assess information to give you a snapshot of changing political opinion. These are just basic examples of the growth of "Web intelligence", as increasingly sophisticated algorithms operate on the vast and growing amount of data on the Web, sifting, selecting, comparing, aggregating, correcting; following simple but powerful rules to decide what matters. While original optimism for Artificial Intelligence declined, this new kind of machine intelligence is emerging as the Web grows ever larger and more interconnected. Gautam Shroff takes us on a journey through the computer science of search, natural language, text mining, machine learning, swarm computing, and semantic reasoning, from Watson to self-driving cars. This machine intelligence may even mimic at a basic level what happens in the brain.

Learning from the Japanese City

Looking East in Urban Design

Author: Barrie Shelton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113673290X

Category: Architecture

Page: 208

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Japanese cities are amongst the most intriguing and confounding anywhere. Their structures, patterns of building and broader visual characteristics defy conventional urban design theories, and the book explores why this is so. Like its cities, Japan’s written language is recognized as one of the most complicated, and the book is unique in revealing how the two are closely related. Set perceptively against a sweep of ideas drawn from history, geography, science, cultural and design theory, Learning from the Japanese City is a highly original exploration of contemporary urbanism that crosses disciplines, scales, time and space. This is a thoroughly revised and much extended version of a book that drew extensive praise in its first edition. Most parts have stood the test of time and remain. A few are replaced or removed; about a hundred figures appear for the first time. Most important is an entirely new (sixth) section. This brings together many of the urban characteristics, otherwise encountered in fragments through the book, in one walkable district of what is arguably Japan’s most convenient metropolis, Nagoya. The interplay between culture, built form and cities remains at the heart of this highly readable book, while a change in subtitle to Looking East in Urban Design reflects increased emphasis on real places and design implications.

Learning from the Water

Fishing Tactics & Fly Designs for the Toughest Trout

Author: Rene Harrop

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811743284

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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90 fly patterns that will work east and west plus details on insects and the patterns developed to imitate them.

Learning from the Lasses

Women of the Patrick Geddes Circle

Author: Walter Stephen

Publisher: Luath Press Ltd

ISBN: 1909912921

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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In his time his revolutionary ideas appealed to women and he was surrounded by more than a generation of clever and forceful women. One who could say that 'life is not really a gladiators' show; it is rather a vast mothers' meeting!' could not fail to attract followers. WALTER STEPHENPatrick Geddes - Sociologist, Town Planner, Biologist, Peace Warrior. It is well known that this extraordinary Scot shaped the cityscape of Edinburgh, but for the first time Walter Stephen turns the lens onto the strong, wilful women who influenced the revolutionary man - and who were in turn influenced by him.From his wife and mother in Scotland, to a nun in India and a Marchioness in Ireland, this insightful volume shows the wide range of women across the globe whose lives intertwined with Geddes's, whether professionally or personally.Delving deeper into Geddes's personal life than ever before, Walter Stephen and his fellow Modern Geddesians go beyond the surface of the Scotsman's acclaimed works to reveal the female characters that shaped him throughout his life. Contributors include: Veronica Burbridge, Si?n Reynolds, Anne-Michelle Slater, Kenny Munro, Swami Narasimhananda, Sofia Leonard, Kenneth MacLean, Robert Morris and Kate Henderson.A well-researched and thoughtfully written book. SCOTTISH REVIEW OF BOOKS on The Evolution of Evolution [The book] makes the reader realise in what esteem Geddes should be held, not just in Scotland, but across the globe. LALLANS MAGAZINE on A Vigorous Institution

Improving the Exploration Process by Learning from the Past

Author: K. Ofstad,E.-J. Kittilsen,P. Alexander-Marrack

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080534596

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 292

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Learning by experience is both a part of the daily life and the exploration life. A systematic review of the past is essential to improve the exploration process by better managing risks and uncertainties. Learning through different disciplines has become a favoured technique. With new tools for interpretation and simulation, integration and data and the creation of cross-discipline teams, we can take major step forward in understanding the exploration task and its different elements. Global views and lessons learned on the Norwegian Continental Shelf on risk management and retrospective prospect assessment are presented in this book. Detailed exploration case histories from the Norwegian Continental Shelf documenting both positive and negative experiences and highlighting the benefits of integrated thinking and methods are presented. The impact of the application of various state-of-the art and developing technologies on portfolio management, opportunity evaluation and volumetric and risk assessment of prospects and discoveries are reviewed, and the future technological challenges in exploring the remaining hydrocarbon potential of the Norwegian continental Shelf are summarised.

Social Intelligence, Power, and Conflict

Author: M. Afzalur Rahim

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412855519

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 219

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This volume is focused on the social intelligence (SI) of leaders. SI is generally defined as the ability to be aware of relevant social situational contexts; to deal with the contexts or challenges effectively; to understand others’ concerns, feelings, and emotional states; and to interact appropriately in social situations and build and maintain positive relationships with others. Beginning with a cross-cultural study of the social intelligence of leaders in the United States, the United Kingdom, Scotland, Hong Kong, and Thailand, the work moves on to discuss the influence of SI on creative performance. The findings of the study show that leaders’ SI was positively associated with their creative performance in each of the five countries. Other contributions cover topics relating to SI such as social connection and executive compassion. In addition, the volume also features five book reviews, a list of books received, and a detailed case study, titled “Program Management for Global Software Development: A Case Study of the Windows Embedded Automotive Team” by Paul Gratton. The work will be of use to those studying business, management, and economics.

Learning to work : making the transition from school to work.

Author: N.A

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1428920315

Category:

Page: 116

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Over the past decade, public attention has been drawn to the difficulties that many young adults are having in finding their way in the changing economy and earning a decent living. A broad movement is emerging across the country to better connect school with career opportunities and further education to help these young adults succeed. In 1994 Congress responded by passing the School to Work Opportunities Act (STWOA), which assists states and localities in establishing comprehensive school to work transition systems. Soon after the school to work legislation was passed by Congress, OTA was asked by the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and the House Committee on Education and Labor to assess the potential and problems of work based learning as a component of school to work. As the report shows, work based learning has considerable promise but will be difficult to implement. Work based learning can potentially help students see the relevance of their academic studies later in life, allow students to explore career options, and help them develop needed occupational skills. But the implementation of good work based learning programs will require considerable effort on the part of schools and participating businesses. Whether many businesses can be recruited to participate remains to be seen.

The Least You Should Know About English: Writing Skills

Author: Paige Wilson,Teresa Ferster Glazier

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 133751747X

Category: Education

Page: 336

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For decades, students have mastered the basics of writing with THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH: WRITING SKILLS. Uncomplicated explanations allow students to focus on fundamentals, reinforced by real-world samples, over 200 exercises, and instant feedback in all areas of writing. Parts One to Three clarify and provide practice in the essentials of word use, sentence structure, and punctuation. Part Four on writing covers all types of paragraphs and essays and fundamental reading-based writing skills in a brief, easy-to-follow way. Each numbered section includes concise explanations followed by lively exercises with answers in the back of the book so that students can instantly grasp and apply what they learn. Exercises from multiple disciplines broaden students' understanding and interest in science, art, history, film, literature, social studies, business, and the media. When the course ends, the book becomes a valuable reference to support students' future writing needs. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Learning from the Children

Childhood, Culture and Identity in a Changing World

Author: Jacqueline Waldren,Ignacy-Marek Kaminski

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857453254

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Children and youth, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, are experiencing lifestyle choices their parents never imagined and contributing to the transformation of ideals, traditions, education and adult-child power dynamics. As a result of the advances in technology and media as well as the effects of globalization, the transmission of social and cultural practices from parents to children is changing. Based on a number of qualitative studies, this book offers insights into the lives of children and youth in Britain, Japan, Spain, Israel/Palestine, and Pakistan. Attention is focused on the child's perspective within the social-power dynamics involved in adult-child relations, which reveals the dilemmas of policy, planning and parenting in a changing world.

The Least You Should Know about English: Writing Skills, Form B

Author: Paige Wilson,Teresa Ferster Glazier

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1111350256

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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For over thirty years, students have mastered the basics of writing with Wilson and Glazier's THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH: WRITING SKILLS. Uncomplicated, well established, and student tested, the 11th edition continues to cover the essentials of spelling, word choice, sentence structure, punctuation, paragraph and essay writing -- as well as more advanced skills such as argumentation and quotation -- in a brief, easy-to-follow way. Each concept includes concise explanations accompanied by plentiful exercises (with corresponding answers in the back of the book for immediate feedback) so that students quickly grasp and reinforce what they learn. Popular Continuous Discourse exercises include tidbits from history, literature, science, and current events that engage students in the concepts being explored. When the course ends, this self-teaching text becomes an excellent reference tool for students to use in their future courses and careers. FORMS A, B, AND C include identical least you should know explanations supported by different exercises, samples, and writing assignments -- making each form unique. The three forms offer instructors unparalleled variety within each edition and provide students with options for additional practice beyond the classroom. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Professional Learning: Gaps and Transitions on the Way from Novice to Expert

Author: Henny P.A. Boshuizen,Rainer Bromme,Hans Gruber

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402020945

Category: Education

Page: 308

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About the Book Series The idea for the Book Series “Innovation and Change in Professional Education” (ICPE) was born in 1996. While working on another publication in this area, we noticed that professional educators faced similar problems without even knowing from each other. It was this observation that resulted in examining the possibilities for a new publication platform about professional education with input from different professions. We wanted to develop a publication source that would bring together educators and researchers to exchange ideas and knowledge about theory, research and professional practice. But we were not only striving for a book series informing readers about important themes in the professions. A second goal was to focus on processes of change and innovation. We were heavily involved in innovations going on in our institutions, and were convinced that a better understanding was needed in a wide range of issues critically important to the future of professional education. It was our belief that scholarly publications about innovation processes may support fundamental change in professional education. ICPE reflects our view that professional education deserves such a publication platform. It aims to approach critical questions of educational innovations, and to examine dynamics of educational change in various professional domains in the context of innovation processes. The books will include contributions from frontline practitioners, leading researchers, or distinguished scholars in professional education, delivering reports of empirical or theoretical research, reviews, interpretations of evaluation studies, or descriptions of innovative approaches.

The Path of Least Resistance

Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life

Author: Robert Fritz

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

ISBN: 1483103684

Category: Psychology

Page: 310

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The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life, Revised and Expanded discusses how humans can find inspiration in their own lives to drive creative process. This book discusses that by understanding the concept of structure, we can reorder the structural make-up of our lives; this idea helps clear the way to the path of least resistance that will lead to the manifestation of our most deeply held desires. This text will be of great use to individuals who seek to use their own lives as the driving force of their creative process.

Learning Teaching From Teachers: Realising The Potential Of School-Based Teacher Education

Author: Hagger, Hazel,McIntyre, Donald

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335202928

Category: Education

Page: 203

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This volume explores the implications of different approaches to helping student teachers to learn from practising teachers. It puts particular emphasis on an approach based on research into that expertise and designed to give student teachers access to it.

Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques

Author: Ian H. Witten,Eibe Frank,Mark A. Hall

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0080890369

Category: Computers

Page: 664

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Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques, Third Edition, offers a thorough grounding in machine learning concepts as well as practical advice on applying machine learning tools and techniques in real-world data mining situations. This highly anticipated third edition of the most acclaimed work on data mining and machine learning will teach you everything you need to know about preparing inputs, interpreting outputs, evaluating results, and the algorithmic methods at the heart of successful data mining. Thorough updates reflect the technical changes and modernizations that have taken place in the field since the last edition, including new material on Data Transformations, Ensemble Learning, Massive Data Sets, Multi-instance Learning, plus a new version of the popular Weka machine learning software developed by the authors. Witten, Frank, and Hall include both tried-and-true techniques of today as well as methods at the leading edge of contemporary research. The book is targeted at information systems practitioners, programmers, consultants, developers, information technology managers, specification writers, data analysts, data modelers, database R&D professionals, data warehouse engineers, data mining professionals. The book will also be useful for professors and students of upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level data mining and machine learning courses who want to incorporate data mining as part of their data management knowledge base and expertise. Provides a thorough grounding in machine learning concepts as well as practical advice on applying the tools and techniques to your data mining projects Offers concrete tips and techniques for performance improvement that work by transforming the input or output in machine learning methods Includes downloadable Weka software toolkit, a collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks—in an updated, interactive interface. Algorithms in toolkit cover: data pre-processing, classification, regression, clustering, association rules, visualization

Securing Strategic Leadership for the Learning and Skills Sector in England

Author: Great Britain. National Audit Office

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780102932683

Category: Education

Page: 57

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The learning and skills sector includes further education colleges, sixth-form colleges and specialist colleges, school sixth forms, adult and community learning and work-based learning. This complex sector is central to the Government's policy for tackling social exclusion and improving workforce skills, based on the vision that everyone should have access to training opportunities to fulfil their potential, and that this will deliver benefits to business through a higher skilled, motivated workforce. This NAO report focuses on the strategic leadership of the further education college sector in England, including the planning, management and monitoring of learning provision. Issues discussed include: the changing landscape of the learning and skills sector and increasing choice, the governance framework and recruitment of governors, the role of the Learning and Skills Council, strategic area reviews, priorities and needs of employers in terms of national, regional and local levels, regional skills partnerships, use of self-assessment and self-regulation options, and financial assurance systems.

From Workplace to Playspace

Innovating, Learning and Changing Through Dynamic Engagement

Author: Pamela Meyer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470599624

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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From Workplace to Playspace is about visionary, courageous, innovative, and persistent organizations that challenge long-held preconceptions about the incompatibility of workplace and playspace. Each day organizations across industries and with wide-ranging missions are discovering that playspace is the space they can and must create every day at work if they are to think creatively, question old assumptions, respond effectively to the unexpected, and engage all to work at the top of their talent. Filled with case examples from such organizations as Learning Curve International, Google, Chicago Public Schools, Umpqua Bank, and Threadless, the author provides both the conceptual framework and the principles to guide practitioners to create playspace for innovating, learning and changing in their organizations.

Elements of Quality Online Education: Into the Mainstream, Wisdom from the Sloan Consortium

Author: Janet C. Moore

Publisher: Olin College - Sloan-C

ISBN: 9780967774176

Category: Distance education

Page: 206

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Of value to practitioners in the full range of educational contexts, the sixteen wisdom papers in this collection include perspectives ranging from programs and institutions to effective practices to insights about the future of higher education as new models emerge that will improve learning effectiveness, cost effectiveness, access, faculty satisfaction and student satisfaction.