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There are loads of free resources available online (such as Solutions Review’s buyer’s guides
and best practices), and those are great, but sometimes it’s best to do things the old
fashioned way. There are few resources that can match the in-depth, comprehensive detail
of a good book.

Solutions Review has taken the liberty of doing the research for you, having reviewed many
of these books. We’ve carefully selected the top data science books based on relevance,
popularity, review ratings, publish date, and ability to add business value. Each book listed
has a minimum of 15 Amazon user reviews and a rating of 4.0 or better.
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Below you will find a library of books from recognized leaders, experts, and technology Side Comparison of the Top
professionals in the field. From advanced analytics to machine learning, these publications BI and Data Analytics Vendors
have something to offer even the most tenured data scientist.

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

“For those who slept through Stats 101, this book is a lifesaver. The author
strips away the arcane and technical details and focuses on the underlying
intuition that drives statistical analysis. He clarifies key concepts such as Most Viewed by Our Readers
inference, correlation, and regression analysis, reveals how biased or
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brilliant and creative researchers are exploiting the valuable data from Magic Quadrant for
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Data Science for Business: What You Need to Know about Data Mining and Data-Analytic
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“Written by renowned data science experts Foster Provost and Tom

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Fawcett, Data Science for Business introduces the fundamental principles
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necessary for extracting useful knowledge and business value from the
data you collect. This guide also helps you understand the many data-
mining techniques in use today.  Based on an MBA course Provost has
taught at New York University over the past ten years, the book provides examples of real-
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Data Smart: Using Data Science to Transform Information into Insight

“Data Science  gets thrown around in the press like it’s magic. Major
retailers are predicting everything from when their customers are pregnant
to when they want a new pair of Chuck Taylors. It’s a brave new world
where seemingly meaningless data can be transformed into valuable
insight to drive smart business decisions. Data science is little more than
using straight-forward steps to process raw data into actionable insight.
And in Data Smart, author and data scientist John Foreman will show you how that’s done
within the familiar environment of a spreadsheet.”

Data Science from Scratch: First Principles with Python

“In this book, you’ll learn how many of the most fundamental data science tools and

algorithms work by implementing them  from scratch. If you have an aptitude for
“In this book, you’ll learn how many of the most fundamental data science
tools and algorithms work by implementing them from scratch. If you have
an aptitude for mathematics and some programming skills, author Joel
Grus will help you get comfortable with the math and statistics at the core
of data science, and with hacking skills you need to get started as a data
scientist. Today’s messy glut of data holds answers to questions no one’s
even thought to ask. This book provides you with the know-how to dig those answers out.”

R Cookbook: Proven Recipes for Data Analysis, Statistics, and GFraphics (O’reilly


“This book helps you perform data analysis with R quickly and
efficiently.  This collection of concise, task-oriented recipes makes you
productive with R immediately, with solutions ranging from basic tasks to
input and output, general statistics, graphics, and linear regression.  Each
recipe addresses a specific problem, with a discussion that explains the
solution and offers insight into how it works.  If you’re a beginner,  R
Cookbook will help get you started. If you’re an experienced data programmer, it will jog your
memory and expand your horizons.”

R for Data Science: Import, Tidy, Transform, Visualize, and Model Data

“Learn how to use R to turn raw data into insight, knowledge, and
understanding. This book introduces you to R, RStudio, and the tidyverse, a
collection of R packages designed to work together to make data science
fast, fluent, and fun. Suitable for readers with no previous programming
experience, R for Data Science is designed to get you doing data science
as quickly as possible.  Authors Hadley Wickham and Garrett Grolemund
guide you through the steps of importing, wrangling, exploring, and modeling your data and
communicating the results.”

Numsense! Data Science for the Layman: No Math Added

“Want to get started on data science? Our promise: no math added. This

book has been written in layman’s terms as a gentle introduction to data
science and its algorithms. Each algorithm has its own dedicated chapter
that explains how it works, and shows an example of a real-world
application. To help you grasp key concepts, we stick to intuitive
explanations, as well as lots of visuals, all of which are colorblind-friendly.
This book provides a  practical understanding of data science, so that you can leverage its
strengths in making better decisions.”

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“Do you know that last two years accounts for 90 percent of the data in the
world?  Data whispers stories. Only if you listen carefully, process it,
analyze it and act on it, to move towards your next revolution. In this book,
you will have gain tremendous insights, understanding and basics of Big
Data and how it can helps to identify new growth areas and product
opportunities, streamline their costs, increase their operating margins and
above all; make better human resource decisions using efficient budgets.”

Practical Data Science with R

“Practical Data Science with R shows you how to apply the R programming
language and useful statistical techniques to everyday business
situations. Using examples from marketing, business intelligence, and
decision support, it shows you how to design experiments (such as A/B
tests), build predictive models, and present results to audiences of all
levels. This book is accessible to readers without a background in data
science. Some familiarity with basic statistics, R, or another scripting language is assumed.”

Introduction to Machine Learning with Python: A Guide for Data Scientists

“Machine learning has become an integral part of many commercial

applications and research projects, but this field is not exclusive to large
companies with extensive research teams. If you use Python, even as a
beginner, this book will teach you practical ways to build your own
machine learning solutions. With all the data available today, machine
learning applications are limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn the
steps necessary to create a successful machine-learning application with Python and the
scikit-learn library.”

The Data Science Handbook

“The Data Science Handbook  is an ideal resource for data analysis

methodology and big data software tools. The book is appropriate for
people who want to practice data science, but lack the required skill sets.
This includes software professionals who need to better understand
analytics and statisticians who need to understand software. Modern data
science is a unified discipline, and it is presented as such. This book is
also an appropriate reference for researchers and entry-level graduate students who need to
learn real-world analytics and expand their skill set.”

Doing Data Science: Straight Talk from the Frontline

“In many of these chapter-long lectures, data scientists from companies

such as Google, Microsoft, and eBay share new algorithms, methods, and
models by presenting case studies and the code they use. If you’re familiar
with linear algebra, probability, and statistics, and have programming
experience, this book is an ideal introduction to data science.  Doing Data
Science  is collaboration between course instructor Rachel Schutt, Senior

VP of Data Science at News Corp, and data science consultant Cathy O’Neil, a senior data
scientist at Johnson Research Labs, who attended and blogged about the course.”

Data Science for Dummies

“Data Science For Dummies  is the perfect starting point for IT

professionals and students who want a quick primer on all areas of the
expansive data science space. With a focus on business cases, the book
explores topics in big data, data science, and data engineering, and how
these three areas are combined to produce tremendous value. If you want
to pick-up the skills you need to begin a new career or initiate a new
project, reading this book will help you understand what technologies, programming
languages, and mathematical methods on which to focus.”

Python Data Science Handbook: Essential Tools for Working with Data

“Several resources exist for individual pieces of this data science stack,
but only with the Python Data Science Handbook do you get them all—
IPython, NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, Scikit-Learn, and other related
tools.  Working scientists and data crunchers familiar with reading and
writing Python code will find this comprehensive desk reference ideal for
tackling day-to-day issues: manipulating, transforming, and cleaning data;
visualizing different types of data; and using data to build statistical or machine learning
models. Quite simply, this is the must-have reference for scientific computing in Python.”

The Data Science Handbook: Advice and Insights from 25 Amazing Data Scientists

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I”nside you will find the tools you need in order to take full advantage of all
of the data that your business is already generating. There are currently
over a quintillion byte of data being created each and every day and if you
aren’t considering how you can make the most of your share then you are
already losing out to the competition.  Understanding what this data truly
means is key to succeeding in the marketplace these days and if you are
looking for a way to give yourself an edge then  Data Analytics  is the book you have been
waiting for.”

Practical Statistics for Data Scientists: 50 Essential Concepts

“Statistical methods are a key part of of data science, yet very few data
scientists have any formal statistics training. This practical guide explains
how to apply various statistical methods to data science, tells you how to
avoid their misuse, and gives you advice on what’s important and what’s
not. Many data science resources incorporate statistical methods but lack
a deeper statistical perspective. If you’re familiar with the R programming
language, and have some exposure to statistics, this quick reference bridges the gap in an
accessible, readable format.”

Data Analytics Made Accessible: 2017 Edition

“This book fills the need for a concise and conversational book on the
growing field of Data Science. Easy to read and informative, this lucid book
covers everything important, with concrete examples, and invites the
reader to join this field.  The book contains case-lets from real-world
stories at the beginning of every chapter. There is also a running case
study across the chapters as exercises. This 2017 edition has added four
new chapters in response to the thoughts and suggestions expressed by many reviewers.
Finally, it includes a tutorial for R platform.”

Learning R: A Step-by-Step Function Guide to Data Analysis

Learning R: A Step-by-Step Function Guide to Data Analysis

“Learn how to perform data analysis with the R language and software
environment, even if you have little or no programming experience. With
the tutorials in this hands-on guide, you’ll learn how to use the essential R
tools you need to know to analyze data, including data types and
programming concepts.  The second half of  Learning R  shows you real
data analysis in action by covering everything from importing data to
publishing your results. Each chapter in the book includes a quiz on what you’ve learned, and
concludes with exercises, most of which involve writing R code.”

Fundamentals of Machine Learning for Predictive Data Analytics: Algorithms, Worked

Examples, and Case Studies (MIT Press)

“After discussing the trajectory from data to insight to decision, the book
describes four approaches to machine learning: information-based
learning, similarity-based learning, probability-based learning, and error-
based learning. Each of these approaches is introduced by a nontechnical
explanation of the underlying concept, followed by mathematical models
and algorithms illustrated by detailed worked examples. Finally, the book
considers techniques for evaluating prediction models and offers two case studies that
describe specific data analytics projects through each phase of development.”

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