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Photo forensics
Farid H.,  The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2016. 336 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262035-34-7)

From a number of perspectives, Photo forensics is a wonderful book. From the most material point of view, it is simply beautiful. You may even see it on coffee tables. The cover is smartly designed, the paper is of high quality, and the ima...

Sep 18 2017
Unix: the textbook (3rd ed.)
Sarwar S., Koretsky R.,  Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2017. 1380 pp. Type: Book (978-1-482233-58-2)

This 1380-page, five-pound behemoth of a “textbook” is unlikely to burden the backpacks of operating system (OS) students, but it certainly provides a definitive academic and professional reference for one of the most pervasive softwar...

Sep 11 2017
SC-Haskell: sequential consistency in languages that minimize mutable shared heap
Vollmer M., Scott R., Musuvathi M., Newton R.  PPoPP 2017 (Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming, Austin, TX,  Feb 4-8, 2017) 283-298, 2017. Type: Proceedings

Concurrency remains a hard problem. Efficient concurrency is even harder. But what if there were a setting where writing correct concurrent programs was significantly easier, at a very modest cost in efficiency? Too good to be true, right?...

Sep 5 2017
Test oracle strategies for model-based testing
Li N., Offutt J.  IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering 43(4): 372-395, 2017. Type: Article

For software testing, it is important to know the expected results of test inputs. In a simple form, an oracle helps to determine if a test passed or failed by providing the expected output for a given test input. Oracle strategies intend to deter...

Aug 28 2017
A case-based reasoning system based on weighted heterogeneous value distance metric for breast cancer diagnosis
Gu D., Liang C., Zhao H.  Artificial Intelligence in Medicine 77 31-47, 2017. Type: Article

Case-based methods have previously been used to assist in treating cancers, and this paper introduces a number of significant modifications in the case of breast cancer. Specifically, these modifications relate to the way in which the distance bet...

Aug 21 2017
Deep learning
Goodfellow I., Bengio Y., Courville A.,  The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2016. 800 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262035-61-3), Reviews: (3 of 4)

Deep learning is currently the most popular (and maybe hyped) discipline within artificial intelligence (AI). It is a key component of current speech recognition systems and it has allowed computers to reach human-level performance in many tasks t...

Aug 14 2017
Twenty lectures on algorithmic game theory
Roughgarden T.,  Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2016. 352 pp. Type: Book (978-1-316624-79-1)

I often find myself deliberately avoiding books that are based on university courses. In my experience, such books tend to feel rushed and thrown together rather than carefully planned out. So it was with some trepidation that I sat down to read T...

Aug 7 2017
Blockchain applications: a hands-on approach
Bahga A., Madisetti V.,  VPT, 2017.Type: Book (9780996025560), Reviews: (1 of 2)

Blockchain is known from its first generation implementing cryptocurrency bitcoins. This book casts a much wider net and surveys a mixed sample of applications using the technology. The book covers blockchain conceptually, but also includes a numb...

Jul 31 2017
Windows 10 troubleshooting
Halsey M.,  Apress, New York, NY, 2016. 493 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484209-26-4)

Nothing ever goes wrong with a personal computer (PC), right? After the nervous laughter subsides, we recognize the need for guides to troubleshooting the inevitable problems that we know will arise. In this book, Mike Halsey, a Microsoft MVP (mos...

Jul 24 2017
Connected gaming: what making video games can teach us about learning and literacy
Kafai Y., Burke Q.,  The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2016. 224 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262035-37-8)

For over a decade, educational theorists have been promoting the idea of using video games for education under research headings such as “serious games” or “edutainment.” After all, if kids are going to spend endless hours ...

Jul 17 2017
 
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