Network Models for Data Science by Alan Julian IzenmanThis text on the theory and applications of network science is aimed at beginning graduate students in statistics, data science, computer science, machine learning, and mathematics, as well as advanced students in business, computational biology, physics, social science, and engineering working with large, complex relational data sets. It provides an exciting array of analysis tools, including probability models, graph theory, and computational algorithms, exposing students to ways of thinking about types of data that are different from typical statistical data. Concepts are demonstrated in the context of real applications, such as relationships between financial institutions, between genes or proteins, between neurons in the brain, and between terrorist groups. Methods and models described in detail include random graph models, percolation processes, methods for sampling from huge networks, network partitioning, and community detection. In addition to static networks the book introduces dynamic networks such as epidemics, where time is an important component.
Publication Date: 2023
A Concrete Introduction to Real Analysis by Robert CarlsonA Concrete Introduction to Analysis, Second Edition offers a major reorganization of the previous edition with the goal of making it a much more comprehensive and accessible for students. The standard, austere approach to teaching modern mathematics with its emphasis on formal proofs can be challenging and discouraging for many students. To remedy this situation, the new edition is more rewarding and inviting. Students benefit from the text by gaining a solid foundational knowledge of analysis, which they can use in their fields of study and chosen professions. The new edition capitalizes on the trend to combine topics from a traditional transition to proofs course with a first course on analysis. Like the first edition, the text is appropriate for a one- or two-semester introductory analysis or real analysis course. The choice of topics and level of coverage is suitable for mathematics majors, future teachers, and students studying engineering or other fields requiring a solid, working knowledge of undergraduate mathematics. Key highlights: Offers integration of transition topics to assist with the necessary background for analysis Can be used for either a one- or a two-semester course Explores how ideas of analysis appear in a broader context Provides as major reorganization of the first edition Includes solutions at the end of the book
Publication Date: 2023
Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes by George F. Simmons (Contribution by)Fads are as common in mathematics as in any other human activity, and it is always difficult to separate the enduring from the ephemeral in the achievements of one's own time. An unfortunate effect of the predominance of fads is that if a student doesn't learn about such worthwhile topics as the wave equation, Gauss's hypergeometric function, the gamma function, and the basic problems of the calculus of variations--among others--as an undergraduate, then he/she is unlikely to do so later. The natural place for an informal acquaintance with such ideas is a leisurely introductory course on differential equations. Specially designed for just such a course, Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes takes great pleasure in the journey into the world of differential equations and their wide range of applications. The author--a highly respected educator--advocates a careful approach, using explicit explanation to ensure students fully comprehend the subject matter. With an emphasis on modeling and applications, the long-awaited Third Edition of this classic textbook presents a substantial new section on Gauss's bell curve and improves coverage of Fourier analysis, numerical methods, and linear algebra. Relating the development of mathematics to human activity--i.e., identifying why and how mathematics is used--the text includes a wealth of unique examples and exercises, as well as the author's distinctive historical notes, throughout. Provides an ideal text for a one- or two-semester introductory course on differential equations Emphasizes modeling and applications Presents a substantial new section on Gauss's bell curve Improves coverage of Fourier analysis, numerical methods, and linear algebra Relates the development of mathematics to human activity--i.e., identifying why and how mathematics is used Includes a wealth of unique examples and exercises, as well as the author's distinctive historical notes, throughout Uses explicit explanation to ensure students fully comprehend the subject matter Outstanding Academic Title of the Year, Choice magazine, American Library Association.
Model-Based Reinforcement Learning by Milad Farsi; Jun Liu; Maria Domenica Di Benedetto (Series edited by)Model-Based Reinforcement Learning Explore a comprehensive and practical approach to reinforcement learning Reinforcement learning is an essential paradigm of machine learning, wherein an intelligent agent performs actions that ensure optimal behavior from devices. While this paradigm of machine learning has gained tremendous success and popularity in recent years, previous scholarship has focused either on theory--optimal control and dynamic programming - or on algorithms--most of which are simulation-based. Model-Based Reinforcement Learning provides a model-based framework to bridge these two aspects, thereby creating a holistic treatment of the topic of model-based online learning control. In doing so, the authors seek to develop a model-based framework for data-driven control that bridges the topics of systems identification from data, model-based reinforcement learning, and optimal control, as well as the applications of each. This new technique for assessing classical results will allow for a more efficient reinforcement learning system. At its heart, this book is focused on providing an end-to-end framework--from design to application--of a more tractable model-based reinforcement learning technique. Model-Based Reinforcement Learning readers will also find: A useful textbook to use in graduate courses on data-driven and learning-based control that emphasizes modeling and control of dynamical systems from data Detailed comparisons of the impact of different techniques, such as basic linear quadratic controller, learning-based model predictive control, model-free reinforcement learning, and structured online learning Applications and case studies on ground vehicles with nonholonomic dynamics and another on quadrator helicopters An online, Python-based toolbox that accompanies the contents covered in the book, as well as the necessary code and data Model-Based Reinforcement Learning is a useful reference for senior undergraduate students, graduate students, research assistants, professors, process control engineers, and roboticists.